activerain community: Why in the World Would You Want to Reblog a Post? And How to Do It! - 12/03/17 04:58 PM
Why in the World Would You Want to Reblog a Post? And How to Do It!
 
There have been many times when I would have missed out on an interesting post or information about a challenge or contest had it not been for another member’s reblog.
 
Do you have any idea how many posts scroll through the blogroll in a day? I don’t but I can tell you it’s just about impossible to read each one of them unless that was your job.

Every Sunday I attempt to highlight posts that have made the lightbulb over my head click on. And though … (69 comments)

activerain community: OOPS...What to Do When You Can’t Access ActiveRain. - 11/06/17 03:29 PM
OOPS...What to Do When You Can’t Access ActiveRain.
 
It’s Monday morning and you’re ready to go. Post, then do a quick check for comments on ActiveRain. You have your coffee in hand then oops!
 
It’s not the end of the world, and it’s not the only time this has happened.
 
In the big scheme of things, it’s not all that important.

Servers have issues no matter the site, and the crew here is excellent about doing their best to fix whatever’s broken behind the infamous curtain.
 
 
So what can you do if you can’t access ActiveRain?

First, find out if it’s the whole site, a … (35 comments)

activerain community: Are You a Groupie? - 10/26/17 03:57 PM
Are You a Groupie?

Admittedly, Groups aren’t what they used to be but even so, you might want to consider becoming a Groupie.

No, not that kind! But if you’re new to ActiveRain or haven’t yet discovered them, we do have groups here.

Or, perhaps you’ve discovered them but aren’t quite sure if they are working for you.

When I joined ActiveRain about 9 years ago, I joined all sorts of Groups- some were general that encompassed all sorts of posts.

Others were local-Palm Beach County- where I hoped my posts would be seen by members in my area. I also joined Groups … (53 comments)

activerain community: Curb Appeal for Your Blog...Font Size Matters! - 09/20/17 03:42 PM
Curb Appeal for Your Blog...Font Size Matters!
 
Size can matter in many things and that includes the size of the font you use in your blog.

Many years ago Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, a member from South Florida, sent me a private email suggesting that a larger font size would help others read my post.
 
I am forever grateful to Patty for taking the time to suggest this as well as emailing me privately.
 
At the time, I was writing in Georgia with size 12 font.
Hard to read, isn’t it?
 
It was then that I decided … (100 comments)

activerain community: Wordless Wednesday...Thank You. - 09/19/17 12:13 PM
Wordless Wednesday- Thank You
 
There are times when some have questioned why they are on this platform. What possible benefits could they receive?
 
New agents or those new to blogging have dared to dip their toes in the Rain. Some have stayed, while others never quite understood or discovered what many of us know.
 
It’s not just about SEO...it’s not just about referrals.
 
It’s the Community,more specifically, the members who ARE the Community.
 
I can’t speak for anyone else in Houston or Florida, but I have a feeling that they would stand with me in saying  Thank YOU! ActiveRain members for reaching out … (35 comments)

activerain community: If You Wouldn’t In Real Life, Why Would You Here? - 07/24/17 03:52 PM
 
If You Wouldn’t In Real Life, Why Would You Here?
 
Every so often I see a post where there are some typos, incorrect grammar, and misspelled words. It happens. In fact, I’m a horrible proofreader...just ask Sharon Tara, my fairy grammarmother!

And, for the most part, this community is good about pointing this out to the blogger in private...via a phone call, text, or email.
 
And yes, we could all do better at making sure that our outgoing marketing doesn’t call into question our thoroughness and attention to detail
 
However, once in awhile I’ll see a comment that is akin to pointing out … (57 comments)

activerain community: Not Getting Any Referrals from ActiveRain? - 05/25/17 03:03 PM
Not Getting Any Referrals from ActiveRain?
 
The other day I received a call from a member looking for someone at ActiveRain. (that’s another story!)
 
The member wanted to know how they could get referrals from this community.

They are a relatively new member. After asking a few questions, I could see why there were no referrals headed their way.
 
Want referrals from ActiveRain?
When we refer someone to another professional, we need to know that we are placing our referral in good hands.
How are we to know who you are and if you are someone we would feel comfortable referring someone to?
 
The best … (107 comments)

activerain community: Just for You Joe Pryor...How I Choose My Sunday Picks. - 05/17/17 05:24 PM
Just for You Joe Pryor...How I Choose My Sunday Picks.
 
Last Sunday, Joe Pryor wondered if I’d ever shared how I choose posts for my Sunday post. Although I probably have, I thought it was a good opportunity to revisit this one post and see how it’s become what it is.
 
I actually had to go back through my archives to see when my very first What I Learned at ActiveRain post was.
 
It turned out that back on February 4, 2012, I decided to put my money where my mouth was. I was forever saying that you could learn something new in this … (29 comments)

activerain community: Come On...You Know You Want to Ask! - 05/11/17 03:31 PM
Come On...You Know You Want to Ask!
 
I’ve been accused by my husband of asking a lot of questions. Admittedly...I do.
It drives him nuts.  
But, isn’t that how we learn? We’ve been taught to ask questions when we don’t know something or question things we know that don’t make sense.
 
So there you go, and here you are. One of the best question-asking/question answering blogging communities in Cyberville is right here!
 
Have a question about…
 
~What the most effective blog post is

~A good mortgage loan coach

~Recommendation for a good Wordpress theme company that also includes IDX integration

~Where you can go to find out who … (46 comments)

activerain community: The ActiveRain Community...Just Like Real Life. - 04/24/17 03:49 PM
The ActiveRain Community...Just Like Real Life.
 
Mick Michaud wrote a post asking Who Really is on ActiveRain?  And, it’s a very good question for which there is a myriad of answers. Just go to his post and read the comments.
 
Mick noted, in his response to my comment, that perhaps over time, the community evolves into an Ambassador’s Club, with members either “graduating” into it or leaving the community.  
 
I don’t know what the answer is because without going to the list of Ambassadors and looking at it, I couldn’t begin to name everyone with the Ambassador badge.
 
ActiveRain is very much like … (34 comments)

activerain community: Wednesday April 19 is Banana Day!! - 04/18/17 05:40 PM
Calling All ‘Tudes!
And other thoughts on Groups!
 
Wednesday is Banana Day and it’s time for all of the ‘Tudes to celebrate!

From what I read, Banana Day is celebrated on some college campuses but for my purposes here, it is to celebrate my favorite group...Bananatude. (and other groups)

But before I go on about Bananatude, here are 7 reasons to be excited for Banana Day.
 
One more thing, when’s the last time you had a banana?
 
Did you know how healthy they are? Did you know that besides helping to lower your blood pressure, and improving your digestion, there are many other health benefits of bananas?

But … (28 comments)

activerain community: An ActiveRain Meetup-Meeting Joe Pryor - 04/13/17 05:00 PM
An ActiveRain Meetup-Meeting Joe Pryor
 
It’s always fun to meet ActiveRain members, and it’s especially fun to meet those who from out of the area!
Yesterday, we got together in Palm Beach Gardens to meet Joe Pryor from Oklahoma City.  

 
 
Joe and his wife, Charlene, are in for a stay at their Jupiter condo and he and I have been threatening to meetup for months!
 
We met at Blaze Fast Fired Pizza in Palm Beach Gardens. Joining us were Eileen Burns , Elyse Berman, PA, CRS , Donald Urschalitz , Mark Loewenberg , who brought new agent, Neil Archer.
 
 
 
 
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activerain community: Another Comment on Comments - 03/26/17 04:12 PM
Another Comment on Comments

It has been said that one of the bonuses of the ActiveRain community is the relationships we form with other members. It is more than a platform from which to launch our blog.  
 
Without comments, our posts would be like talking to a brick wall.
Our comments are how we get to know other members here.
 
Here are just a few examples of the kinds of comments that add to the richness of this community. (Click on the photo to go to the post)
 
There are some who can always find a photo to leave in their comment … (76 comments)

activerain community: Here’s One More Reason to Revisit Your Old Posts… - 03/20/17 04:24 PM
Here’s One More Reason to Revisit Your Old Posts…
 
In working on Debbie Laity’s March Challenge, it was necessary to return to many of my old posts.  Having written just over 3000 posts, I found myself pouring over topics that are still relevant even after almost 9 years.
 
This is exactly why when you are searching for a topic for tomorrow’s post, you might want to go to the way back machine.
 
You don’t want to just Copy and Paste it either. Google/SEO doesn’t look kindly at that.  
 
However, what you can do is re-do, adjust, and add your today voice to it. … (33 comments)

activerain community: Why I Comment on Market and Listing Reports - 03/09/17 04:50 PM
Why I Comment on Market and Listing Reports
 
No...it’s not for points.  At the core of ActiveRain is the community. We build relationships virtually and sometimes in person.
It has been suggested that the best way to begin that relationship building is to read and comment on the posts of others.
 
It’s true!  It’s not enough to write a post and let it float off into cyberville. If your goal is to get to know others here, then there needs to be a back and forth of dialog.
 
Hey, it’s just like real life!  Friends stop to say “hello” and support each … (39 comments)

activerain community: Nine Years in the Rain...Thank YOU for Being There. - 02/05/17 03:18 PM
Nine Years in the Rain...Thank YOU for Being There.
 
On February 6, 2008, I logged on for the first time to a site called ActiveRain.  No clue what I was doing. When I started my business, I kept hearing about blogging. What was that?
 
Mind you, I created my first website on my own thanks to GoDaddy.  It took me the better part of one night to figure out what a text box was!
And on that day, I began reading the many posts here.  I lurked.
 
My first post was written on June 5 of 2008 and I didn’t post again until December … (83 comments)

activerain community: ActiveRain Community Guidelines- Respecting the Member’s Target Audience - 01/17/17 03:55 PM
ActiveRain Community Guidelines- Respecting the Member’s Target Audience
 
In the ActiveRain Community Guidelines, one word plays an important role...Respect.  There are so many areas where we can show each other, this community and the industry respect, however, one I would like to point out is respect for the member’s target audience.

When you write a post you’re directing it to the general public or the members here and sometimes both.
 
Market reports, listings, How-to tips and similar are directed towards the consumer...the blogger’s target audience.
 
It’s important to remind ourselves of this when commenting on the post.  
 
Out of courtesy and respect … (28 comments)

activerain community: Are You Stuck in a Rut? - 01/15/17 04:19 PM
Are You Stuck in a Rut?
 
Let’s face it, we all get into our comfort zones, whether at work, in our personal lives or here at ActiveRain.
 
We end up with our cozy group of members we know and read the posts of members we follow.  If you hop over to the front/feature page of ActiveRain then you’ll see some members new (to you) and familiar as well.
 
To be sure, it’s pretty much impossible to read every single post that is shared here every day unless that is your job.
 
Every member has their own way of navigating through the many posts … (32 comments)

activerain community: Oops...I Totally Forgot About You... - 01/09/17 04:27 PM
Oops… I Totally Forgot About You
 
No, not YOU.  Today I spoke with Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and she mentioned something I’d not thought about in a long while.

 And that was the ActiveRain University.
 
There was a time when I would “attend” the live webinars on blogging and SEO and there was never a time when I didn’t learn something.
 
Thinking back, I don’t think I’ve listened to a webinar for at least a year...maybe more.  
 
Why is that?
 
It’s not as if I  know everything and am no longer in need of further information.
 
In all honesty, the old saying “Out … (48 comments)

activerain community: Make Sure the Contact Information Can Be Seen for Local Posts - 01/05/17 03:16 PM
And I don’t mean yours!
Back in 2009, Bob Stewart hosted the first 1000 point local post challenge that I entered. It was a crazy period because it seems to me that there were back to back challenges and we were all going nuts trying to write these.
Well, you know how crazy we all get when someone mentions points.

 And Bob’s modus operandi for getting us to do what ultimately is good for our business has always been these challenges and contests!  

And write we did, and many of us continue to do so.
 
However, we all noticed that we were … (28 comments)

 
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