Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
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Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Here's the quickest and easiest 7-step plan to setup and maximize your ActiveRain Outside Blog.These directions should help you to have your Blog set-up in no time at all. Allow 30-60 minutes to complete these steps. ActiveBlogs are currently available to ALL Rainmaker and Grandfathered AR members. Find Out More
Creating Your ActiveRain Outside Blog
First, be sure you are logged into ActiveRain. Click "My Home" to get started.
From the tools and links on your "Left Sidebar" click on "Outside Blog"
(Some members may already have a link and upgrade option available, click upgrade)
Enter your information below in the following order:
Enter the name of your Blog
Give a description of Blog
Select a Theme for your Blog
Enter Credit Card Information
After you've completed the steps above, click on the "Create Blog" button
Once you click on the "Create Blog" button, please note: (To avoid being charged multiple times, please don't use your browser's back or refresh buttons)
Your new Outside blog is ready to go. You'll receive an e-mail containing further instructions. If you want to get started immediately, you'll be given a temporary name until you choose your own custom domain name. (Domain names are included w/Outside Blogs) Your temporary domain name will look something like this: 37e99f3.activerain.com Click on the link to start customizing and personalizing your new Blog.
You can have Unlimited Outside Blogs on AR, just repeat the above steps for each Blog.
Getting to Know The ActiveBlog Toolbar
Theme - Select from multiple Company or Generic Themes for your Blog
Customize - Allows you to import a Custom Header/Banner and Sidebar Image
Widgets - Add from multiple ActiveRain and Third Party Widgets currently available
Info - Change your Blogs Title and Description
Domain - Create, Check Availability, and Select a Custom Domain Name for your Blog
Links - Add Custom Links To Your Blog Sidebar - Unlimited
Members - Invite other ActiveRain members from your Brokerage or Team to Contribute
NOTE: If you DO NOT see the toolbar above, just click on the link, and the toolbar will appear. (You must be logged into ActiveRain in order to login and begin customizing your Outside Blogs)
Creating and Claiming Custom Domain Names - Easy as 1-2-3
It's important to establish your own domain name for your Blog once you have created it.
From the Outside Blog Toolbar, click on "Domain"
1. Choose a Domain name in the box: No spaces, No Caps, No Symbols, No Dashes, No HTTP or WWW. (Example: activerain.com)Don't forget to add .com
2. Check the Domain Name Availability by clicking on the blue "Check Availability" Link:
If the domain name is NOT available, you'll see this:
If the Domain name you select IS available, you'll see this:
3. The final step is to click on the "Claim Your Domain" name button. Your Blog will now appear at that URL / Web Address immediately.
Very Important! The section below is ONLY if you have already purchased a domain name elsewhere, and feel you must use it. Keep in mind that there CAN NOT be any existing data, websites, or current Blogs attached to or affiliated with the domain name you wish to use.
If you choose this option, be sure to follow the instructions located on the "How Does This Work" link.
Adding Widgets to your ActiveBlog
What's a Widget? Installing widgets is easy. There are many currently available, and plenty more being added.
1. Go to your ActiveRain Outside Blog and Click on the link.
2. Click on the "Widgets" link from the toolbar at the top of the page.
3. Click on the button to open your Blogs Widget Manager.
4. From the "Widget Manager", using the pull-down menu, select any of the available "Widgets" then, Click the "ADD" button and you're ready to install. Follow the instructions for each widget carefully. You can customize and sort or reorder your widgets any way you like. Click "Reorder Widgets" then just drag and drop them wherever you want them placed.
Setting Up Your Listing Router and IDX
As traffic and visitors start to frequent your Outside Blog, you'll want to be sure and setup your Listing Router so that it links all property searches back to your IDX sites. Be sure to set this up immediately after creating your outside Blog. You can either use the "Listing Router Campaigns" or the "My Markets" search when creating the links to your IDX systems.
Adding Content to Your Outside Blog
In most cases, when setting up your first Outside Blog, all your current public content will be moved over to the new Blog. To add or create new content, you can edit existing Blog posts, or create a new ones.
To add posts to Blogs, put a check in the box next to "Outside Blog" then submit your post.
Inviting Others to Participate and Contribute to Your Blog
Click on the "Members" link on your Outside Blog Toolbar
You can invite other members just by entering their ActiveRain user name (Example: activebrad)
An Invitation will be emailed to that specific member giving them the option to either accept/decline. Once a member accepts your invitation, they will appear on your "Members" link as shown below. You can assign different roles and rights to your Blog contributors. There is also a frequent contributors widget that can be added to your sidebar showing the authors and sorted by the most recent post.
Don't forget to always promote and link back to your New Outside Blog and posts. Add Google Analytics for tracking, the Google Search Widget to search your Blog, and the Feedburner Widget so others can subscribe via email to your Blog. Add hyper-links anytime you can to drive traffic to your Outside Blog.
We're always available to help you with these, so don't hesitate to ask any of us if you need it. Enjoy!!
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.