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!

go to Part 2 of the Blog Signature Series

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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Sept 19 - hello all coming here from the AR email

Nancy - glad you liked, hope you get into the other articles too

Rick - leave them with a clear "who is this guy" and what "calls to action" can you take them to

Dianne - there's so much to AR, you pick it up as you go along! :)

Sharon - glad you see some ideas here!

Jim - hmmm, not sure about the graphics, I use chrome too, everything looks good from here, glad at least you had another way (IE) to see it

Maya - thanks for saying so :)

Keith - even a starter signature is sooo much better than without! good job

Sep 19, 2011 03:00 PM #131
Kelvi Cunningham
ERA High Pointe Realty - Manhattan, KS

I'm so excited to be a new subscriber to you blog. I am also now a fan on facebook. You drew me in with all of this amazing information and helpful tips! Thank you so much for you posts and I look forward to reading and learning in the future! Thanks!!!


Sep 19, 2011 03:09 PM #132
Randy Elliott
RE/MAX Gold - Lodi, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

Thanks for the 'techie' advice Craig!  It's always great to have someone that knows all that stuff be willing to share to all of us.

Sep 19, 2011 03:18 PM #133
Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty - Cooper City, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

This is great information! I will subscribe to your blog....I can see that there is a lot to be learned! Thank you!

Sep 19, 2011 03:47 PM #134
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253
Fontaine Property Group - Melbourne, FL
Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!

great post Craig...I will be using your advice within a few days! Thanks for the help.

Sep 19, 2011 08:46 PM #135
Tanya Redic
CIDER Properties - Tyler, TX
e-Pro, SFR
Great info! Can you do the sane to an email signature in Yahoo or gmail?
Sep 20, 2011 09:16 AM #136
Sarah Maus
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Longwood, FL

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 10:13 AM #137
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

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 10:28 AM #138
Bob Marsh
Warm Weather Real Estate - Mesa, AZ
Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate

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 03:08 PM #139
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

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 04:17 PM #140
Roger Steiner
RSVP Real Estate - Seattle, WA
Seattle & West Seattle Property Marketing

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 07:53 PM #141
John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes

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 01:49 PM #142
John Hrisco & Associates
John Hrisco & Associates | RE/MAX Heritage - Keller, TX
-"The Sign You Want, The Agent You Need!"

HI Craig, thanks for the heads up on the signature information, I will work on it and get back to you.

Nov 20, 2011 03:15 AM #143
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 12:43 PM #144
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

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 01:26 PM #145
Brenda & Ron Cunningham
West USA Realty - Phoenix, AZ
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro

I can seem to get single spacing in my signature... any suggestions? 

Aug 20, 2013 03:16 PM #146
David Calvello
Los Gatos, CA
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

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!



Jul 12, 2014 01:29 PM #147
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 10:46 AM #148
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 14, 2014 05:30 AM #149
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 08:28 AM #150
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