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How to Use Google Maps on Your Website or Blog - 10/29/09 05:47 PM
In a continuing effort to keep my real estate clients and others "in the know" with the latest and greatest, I have stumbled upon a fantastic tool that Google has created to help make your website and blog even more visually appealing and engage your reader. Have you ever wondered how you could use Google Maps on your website or blog? Google has made it easy as pie to add a street map, satellite map or even a street view map of single and multiple addresses to your website or blog. You can even create a widget that allows people to get detailed directions right to (159 comments)
It's official - I'm moving. It's something my husband and I have been comtemplating for several months. Since I'm not a huge fast food fan, I was wondering about easy make-ahead meals that we could make while in this transition. Going to a dine-in restaurant takes too much time. So, that's ruled out, too. To find answers, the first thing I thought of was realtors. Surely, I'm not the only person a real estate agent has worked with who wondered about this. Sure, there's lots of other stuff to handle, (16 comments)
Bing! Microsoft Recognizes Importance of Social Networking - 10/22/09 11:56 AM
Can you hear it? "Bing!" That's the sound of the lightbulb going off over Microsoft's head. Microsoft has recognized the power of social networking. This computer software giant just announced that it will start adding status updates from both Facebook and Twitter in real-time to its own search site Bing. Google has already responded by announcing that they, too, have signed a deal with Twitter to index updates in real time on their search site. Twitter has begun to gain a valuable reputation for its use of real-time information. Many times, news breaks first on Twitter before it even hits the major news sources, which is (12 comments)
The World's Most Dangerous Chocolate Cake - 10/20/09 02:24 PM
A friend of mine just emailed the following recipe to me. I haven't tried it yet but apparently you can create a chocolate cake for one in about five minutes. Sounds like a dream come true for chocoholics! If you give this a try, let me know if you liked it or recommend it.
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE 4 tablespoons flour 4 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa 1 egg 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons oil 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional) A small splash of vanilla extract 1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe) Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. (18 comments)
Pajama Party in Paris - 10/19/09 12:40 PM
Every once in awhile I just get lucky. This past week was one of those times. I should preface this by letting you know that I was born in Alliance, Ohio and lived there until I was 11 years old. My best friend (since we were 2-years old) was a wonderful person named Dorothy. She was really mad at me for moving to California and leaving her without her favorite playmate - a feeling she remembers to this day. This past week Dorothy, a couple other old schoolmates and I got together in Vegas for a wonderful time. We laughed (12 comments)
RealBird Offers Real Results for Real Estate Listings - 10/15/09 11:07 AM
RealBird offers real results for real estate listings. Really! This wonderful program allows Realtors® to create a listing post complete with slideshow, maps and Realtor® contact info and photo so you can post it to your blogs, website and other social networks on the internet, including Active Rain. RealBird allows you to market up to 3 listings for free. If you wish to use this great service to market more than 3 listings at a time, you need to upgrade to a RealBird PRO account for either $11.95/month or $99/year. You can even add a link to your website, blog URL and (8 comments)
How to Get Your Site Seen by Search Engines - 10/08/09 05:47 PM
Since search engines are the driving force behind 84% of internet traffic, getting your site seen by the search engines is important. You want to make sure you show up on at least the top two pages of searches for your keywords and, preferably, the first page. Google has the lion's share of all searches (55-65%), while Yahoo and Bing get around 10-15% each. But, how are search engines reading your sites? There are two ways: spiders (automatically "crawl" websites on the internet) and directories (human-edited). The search engine spiders automatically go through website pages and determine your "expertise" based on the text both (24 comments)
The Frustration of Bad Information - 10/05/09 01:23 PM
The Frustration of Bad Information - Have you ever found yourself doing something or not doing something because "they" knew better? Personally, I think "they" must be related to "someone". "They" said that "someone" said that . . . . As a real estate agent, you probably feel the same frustration I do when someone doesn't listen to your expert advice because "they" or "someone" told them something different, leaving your prospect even more confused and often paralized into doing nothing at all. Here's my Monday morning experience: Last week everything was all set for me to start doing work on (12 comments)
Is There a Place for Google Place Pages - 10/01/09 04:30 PM
Is there a place for Google Place Pages? Google recently unveiled its Google Place Pages in Google Maps. This feature is accessible via the "More Info" tab on any listing. The whole point of Google Place Pages is to get as much information about one place (business, city, points of interest, landmarks, etc.) in one central place. Instead of having to hunt down information through several websites, you would be able to not only get information about the particular business/point of interest you are looking for, but you will also have access to photos, maps, directions, a street view and even (6 comments)
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Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.