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
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
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Find answers to most FAQ's
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!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
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
Do you auto-tweet your posts from here on ActiveRain?
Can I ask you why?
Did you know you can do that in a vastly better way that will - brand yourself - give you an idea of the power of your Twitter network - not waste 20% of your tweet!
As a Twitter old-timer, here's why I don't think you should auto-tweet from ActiveRain:
1. You waste 20% of the available text by saying "Just posted on ActiveRain: ". That's 27 characters that you could be using to entice people to actually read the post, instead of letting them know they're about to be auto-spammed. 27 characters is a lot when you only get 140!
2. You can't track your traffic. How do you know if your Twitter network is working or not? You can't track clicks from those auto-tweets to your post.
3. It doesn't brand yourself. First words of those auto-tweets brand ActiveRain. Which is all well and good - but I'd rather brand myself, thankyouverrrymuch.
4. If you've got an outside blog, the auto-tweets don't link to it. The point of the outside blogs is to have your own domain and a prettier blog, right? But those auto-tweets send people to the "inside" version of your blog. Think about that. Your outside blog has how many links across the top that can take people away from your site? Mine has none. The AR inside blog has 9. 9 links *away from me* up at the header - in the exact place most people look for navigation and global links. Why pay for an ouside blog if I'm not sending all my traffic there?
First - turn off that auto-tweeting. It's in your "Settings" link in your Home.
Second - go to BudURL and sign up for an account. BudURLs let you track click traffic, and you can make custom URLs.
Third - use the link from the post on your Outside blog, if you've got one, and make a BudURL. Plus, I hear Google Analytics works now on the outside blogs, so you've got two methods to help you figure out if your post tweets are getting you any clicks or not.
Fourth - tweet your new BudURL with an interesting headline, something that will be intriguing to your Twitter audience and compel them to click on the link.
Fifth - don't tweet every post you write, unless you think that post will honestly be interesting to your Twitter network. Think about who you're trying to engage there. Is it other agents or non-agents in your area?
And Finally - go back to BudURL and see how many people actually clicked on your link in your tweet. This is a sign of both the power of your Twitter network, and the interesting-ness of the headline you used. By looking at those numbers, you can start to create more compelling tweets - a successful headline will get a lot more clicks than a boring one.
Yeah, you'll have to remember to do it. And it's an extra step you'll have to take, another 2 minutes you'll need to spend every time you post. But the reward is worth it. You'll be more engaging, attract more followers, and generally have better interactions both here and on Twitter.
If you want to see how I do it, you can check my account - I'm @housechick.
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.