ActiveRain Signatures - Part 1

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As a part of setting up your ActiveRain blog, you should give some thought to your "signature". AR gives you the opportunity to create a signature, or footer, that will display at the bottom of each of your blog posts. If a person has discovered you by means of "google" - the article that they just read is the first they had seen you. Your footer (signature) then is a chance for you to redirect them to your main website or other call to action so that they hopefully won't "surf" away from your sphere.

Your signature should be concise and interesting. In some ways it is like a business card. There is only so much space on a business card, you have to really give thought to picking just the right info. Unlike a business card, your signature in AR doesn't have actual size 'boundaries" - it could go on and on but you should not let it.

First let's look how to get to your signature editing box. On the left side navigation menu, choose Settings. On the page that you are taken to, notice there is an edit box for your signature. Whatever you put in this box will show up at the bottom of each of your blog posts. Also of note, your signature is dynamic which means that when you make a change here, ALL your articles will show what you put here (regardless of whatever signature may have been active at the time that you posted the article)

I wanted to show an example of a signature to illustrate this blog topic, so I got in touch with Michele Miller (one of my subscribers and frequent commenter on my posts!) Michele had a good signature already, but I wanted to make it even better. We worked on it together and came up with what you see below.

Here are some notes on the design of Michele's footer. First of all, I offset the footer with a header bar with blue background. It creates a visual boundary that the main article has ended. I added Michele's portrait because in the virtual world of first contact it makes a stronger impression than just your name. You are trying to get someone to feel comfortable to reach out to you. This way they can "see" who you are. Michele had recently added her handwritten signature to her signature. I like that. It softens the all rigidness of the font-only computer look. Finally, we put the basic contact information such as what you would find on a business card. How do they contact Michele or look at her website? It's all right there.

So we worked on the goals of concise and interesting. How did we do?

I'm going to be writing a couple more articles on signatures. For instance in this example I used an HTML table with cells. I had better teach you how to do that because I know you'll be asking. Also, how do people do those "social media icon buttons"? I'll get to that too! Stay tuned. You can subscribe to my blog if you want to not miss anything!

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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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great post Craig...I will be using your advice within a few days! Thanks for the help.

Sep 19, 2011 01:46 PM #135
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Tanya Redic
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Great info! Can you do the sane to an email signature in Yahoo or gmail?
Sep 20, 2011 02:16 AM #136
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Sarah Maus
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Thanks for the info...however, how do you single space when you hit return?  Mine keeps double spacing, so it really looks all spread out!

Sep 20, 2011 03:13 AM #137
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Kelvi - I love the enthusiasm, thanks for subscribing! :)

Randy - I'm very glad to share, thanks

Stefanie - thank you for subscribing

Jeffrey - I'm glad to hear that, you're welcome

Tanya - yes similar principles apply to email signatures - leave your reader with good ways to contact you and entice them with just a couple calls to action - webmail systems like gmail/yahoo will have preferences/options where you can define an automatic signature

Sarah - glad you asked, check out my blog post ActiveRain - Did You Know?

Sep 20, 2011 03:28 AM #138
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Bob Marsh
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Hi Craig, The AR Newsletter email led me to this post of yours.  Thanks for the info.  Interested to know how to create the hand-written signature also.

Sep 20, 2011 08:08 AM #139
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Bob - the handwritten part is created by making a scan of your writing and then inserting it into the blog signature in the same way that you insert a photo into your blog posts

Sep 20, 2011 09:17 AM #140
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Roger Steiner
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Thanks Craig! For several months now I've been seeing people's "fancy" AR signatures and wondering "how did they do that?" They obviously found you before I did!

Sep 22, 2011 12:53 PM #141
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John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
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How can I get my picture to show when I am commenting on a blog? for some reason my signature is not saving and my picture does not show up.

Oct 29, 2011 06:49 AM #142
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Hrisco & Associates
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HI Craig, thanks for the heads up on the signature information, I will work on it and get back to you.

Nov 19, 2011 07:15 PM #143
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Lori Salzman
Room To Improve - Boston, MA
Boston, MA move manager and home stager

Hi Craig,

it looks great but it would look even better without the spelling mistake in her certification.

Now, how do I hit the "return" button without getting a space (like above) between each line?

Jan 09, 2012 04:43 AM #144
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Lori - 144 comments and you are the first to see the spelling mistake, doh! - I'm usually the first one to get those kinds of things too - 
now about the enter without the space, do Shift+Enter for a new line without extra spacing that happens with the normal enter (called "paragraph spacing after") 

Jan 09, 2012 05:26 AM #145
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Brenda, Ron, Lee Cunningham & Tara Keator
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
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I can seem to get single spacing in my signature... any suggestions? 

Aug 20, 2013 08:16 AM #146
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David Calvello
Los Gatos, CA
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Hey Craig!!! Thank you for being the tech guy. I am excited to get active on this site and will be using your help along the way. Cheers!

 

-David

Jul 12, 2014 06:29 AM #147
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Eddie King
Keller Williams on the Water - Sarasota - Venice, FL
Serving all of Sarasota and Charlotte Counties, FL

Great article.  I am currently trying to get a better signature block and I am looking forward to the rest of you articles to finish this.

Sep 20, 2014 03:46 AM #148
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Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Thank you! Very good information. I just re-joined Active Rain after years of not participating. I am committed and very excited about being a part of this community. I am going to be working on my signature today.

Oct 13, 2014 10:30 PM #149
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Michael McGuffie
Regal Classic Homes - Windermere, FL
Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling

Hi Craig, I'm new to AR and appreciate the great advice! I was wondering how others on AR were able to creat great signature lines, now I know.

Aug 15, 2015 01:28 AM #150
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
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I was wondering how everyone was doing that. Now I know. Thanks !!!

Nov 09, 2016 01:28 PM #151
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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Thanks for the great example. I've bookmarked and will work on mine!

Mar 17, 2017 04:33 AM #152
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Silvana Baez
Keller Williams Seneca - Seneca, SC
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Hi! I am having trouble finding where the settings are, could you guide me? I am new to this thing.

Thanks

Apr 07, 2017 06:58 AM #153
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Ruth Vogt
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Giving this a try as I need to update my signature line. Appreciate the updated info!! Wish me luck... 

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