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
I had a few people read my last post and ask me about Social Networking Sites. So hopefully this post can help answer some of those questions.
What Are Social Networking Sites
The Short Answer: Link Builders!
Social Networking Sites are communities where like minded people share ideas, thought and links (Active Rain is a perfect example.) They are great places to build links (and SEO) for your website. But please, offer real content and not spam. If not, you will just waste your time and the time of your visitors. Offer tips, create unique Top 10 list, answer questions, etc. All these things help to build credibility in the Social Community. The more creditable you are in Social Network Sites, the more creditable your backlinks to your main site will be.
Don't Take The Easy Way Out
After All, Readers Want Real Content
Don't just think you can copy an article off your website (or worse, off someone else's site) and paste it on a Social Network Site. It's important to offer real value.
Why Social Networking Sites are Better than Secondary Sites
One Word: Credibility!
You may be thinking, "if I have all this great content, why not build another site for myself". Here are a few reasons...
Google already knows and trust Social Networking Sites
Social Networking Sites give you immediate access to thousands of people
They are usually easier to maintain or add content
Never Link To The Site
Think of your Main Website (your flagship site) as the Hub. Every other marketing extension should point back to your main site. It's important that you don't link back from your main website to the Social Network site, otherwise it just becomes a reciprocal link. And we all know how much Google hates those!
A Real World Example
And a Shameless Plug For My Company :-)
There are really two examples. One example is exactly what you are reading right now. I am using Active Rain to build buzz and link back to my real estate web design company. The other example is a Squidoo Page that I created that contains Statistics About Online Real Estate Buyers. You will notice that this Squidoo page gives real value to the visitor and then has a "call to action" at the bottom of the page.
A List Of Social Networking Sites
Resources to Jump Start Your Backlinks
I recently wrote an article for ePOWER News that talks about SEO. Toward the bottom of the article, I list a few ways to jump start your linking strategy. In the next few weeks my company will also be releaseing a PDF ebook that contains over 100 free places to drive more traffic to your site. The ebook also gives tips and advice on how to maximize each resource (including a rank of their effectiveness).
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.