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
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
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
There are many things I love in this world,my husband, my children, family, friends, chocolate and a great glass of wine. In my work world,I love creativity, sharing of knowledge, great to work with clients and colleagues, LINK LOVE, subscribers, readership, being a Rainmaker and SEO just to name a few.
So why am I telling you these things? I want to take you through my latest challenge, in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. I think we all realize we can learn from one another and if I can share just a few things that you can do to improve your blogging, increase your readership and become more known in your communities, then I will consider it a good day.
In task 2 of the challenge, in which I was told to write and post a "list blog", mine was: Are your social networking efforts paying off - 5 ways to know: I shared some ways you can examine if your social networking is paying off - don't we all want to know if all the time and effort we're putting into something is bringing us the results we want and need?
Task 3 involves promoting your blogand the advice that Darren gives is that many bloggers direct their readers to the main home page but suggests that you will have greater success when you promote your individual blog posts. He goes further in depth by sharing 11 ways to promote a blog post and being mindful of choosing your best posts and using the methods of promotion in a way that's helpful to others. Some examples of these methods are:
I have all my blog posts automatically fed to Twitter, Facebook, My Squidoo Page. Activerain has this function all setup for us. Simply go to your settings page and put your Twitter username and password and every time you post a blog to Activerain, a notification tweet will appear alerting all your followers that you just posted.
You can also setup something similar up on Facebook. For great instructions on how to set it up, see Jason Crouch's post.
As for my Squidoo page, my free lens about my Marketing Virtual Assistant services, I have my Activerain blog pulled directly into that page via an rss feed. Here's what it looks like.
2. Article Marketing:
Choose key articles and post them to other sites to further promote your ideas and increase your readership. My example is posting key blogs to sites like Top Article and Broker Agent Social.
3. Rainmaker ~ Localism:
On ActiveRain you have the option to sponsor a local community that puts you in direct contact with consumers. I've had many people subscribe to my blog because I regularly post to Localism.
I also think it's important to say that this is just one of the ways you can become a Rainmaker.Maybe you've been wondering how some people have pictures come up when they leave comments or why some people have the badge that says Rainmaker.These bloggers have done one of the following:
have purchased an ActiveRain Outside Blog,
they sponsor at least 1 Local Community
have spent $10 on a listing router campaign.
Why would you want to do any one of these things?
Having a Rainmaker Account provides a super great benefit - your blog post has the opportunity to reach the over 2 Million visitors to ActiveRain that otherwise would not be able to see your blog post because if you're not a Rainmaker your posts are only being seen my AR members. Rainmakers drive people directly to their posts and at the same time that increases your SEO.
Want these benefits and so much more?
4. Related posts:
Putting links on your current post that link back to previous posts on related topics.This post is an example of this method. I posted a link to the original post in this post which takes people over to that post. This helps anyone reading your post to quickly be directed to that post to further explore the topic you are discussing and hopefully further promote your expertise as well as increasing your subscribers and readership.
Other great things to do to expand on your linking is right on the side of your own blog by adding:
Create a toolbox - a link that takes your readers to one location where all your posts are organized by topic (mine take readers to my website)
Create links to key sites you want your visitors to be directed to (your website, your squidoo page, social media sites, article sites)
Of course there are many other things I do to promote my blog and services but I can't give away all my secrets can I?
As Darren reminded us, many people feel funny about promoting themselves but leaving your blog post a secret and hoping people come across it by chance may not give you the results you are looking for - put yourself out there and see what comes is advice I'm taking to heart. Still not sure about how you can extend your reach to consumers?
I was recently contacted by someone outside of Activerain who came across my blog when she was doing an unrelated search to real estate. What's interesting about this is, she started to explore my blog and commented that she liked my writing style and that the advice that I was giving could be used in any business. Guess what?She's one of my new subscribers. I was touched to say the very least and I hope by sharing this example you too will realize that we never know who we're going to reach and the impact we can have on our readers. (Thanks Colleen)
At the very least I hope after reading this post you will do one if not more of these things:
Sponsor a local community on AR (become a Rainmaker - see above for more ways)
Put out great content to increase the chances of connecting with your readers
Link, Link, Link
Join the challenge ~ start building a better blog today ~ and grow this great community and your voice in it.
So let me ask you, in what ways do you promote your blog posts?
If it's not evident to you by now, consumers are very knowledgeable and computer savvy and are using the Internet to not only search for homes but for real estate agents and real estate professionals who they feel are like minded and can lead them to the results they are looking for.
As we all know, there are only 24 hours in a day to get it all done...are you focusing on the right stuff to grow your business and meet your client's needs? Contact us today to get started!
A “Marketing” Virtual Assistant that will partner with you to increase your online and offline marketing. This blog is where I will share everything from helpful marketing, branding, time management tips and solutions to tons of advice, motivation and inspiration so that you are working smarter - not harder! I look forward to getting to know you and your business more.
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.