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
Take a look over there on the right side of the screen (you may have to
scroll up or down to see it) but do you notice the section of the sidebar
called "Links"? This is an area of ActiveRain that is editable by you . It
is important to use this area (and if you already knew about it, go back once in a
while and make sure everything is current). Right next to the Links title,
click on "add/remove" in order to edit what is displayed there.
(note: you will have to be on YOUR blog page to have the add/remove link)
To add a link, you will need two parts: "Link" (the URL)and the
"Link Text" (what the reader sees). When you type your Link
Text, keep in mind that the sidebar is only wide enough for about three
words (w/o wrapping the text and it is cleaner w/o the wrap if you can do
You'll want links to your website, facebook (business page), twitter,
etc. If you are keen on SEO (you should be), this is also a backlink
opportunity you don't want to miss. Google likes deep
linking too. In other words, link to your home page but ALSO link
to secondary pages. For example, "Search the MLS" link could take them to
the IDX search page ON YOUR WEBSITE. (Don't send them anywhere but to you!)
But notice something else you can do... link to articles by TOPIC
that you have blogged about in ActiveRain. See how I have done that
with mine. I have written series of articles on Picasa, ActiveRain, and
Graphics for Bloggers and have these linked via being TAGGED as such for
future reference and here is a case in point.
Notice yours will be similar, you will replace your username and the
specific tag you want to use:
e.g. short-sales, foreclosures, first-time-homebuyer, etc. Note that
you don't need to type out the URL (in fact better that you don't
in case of typos). Start with your tag cloud, and right click to get the URL
of the tag you want to use so that you can copy/paste it in. (advanced note:
spaces in tags create %20 codes and that gets a little messy so copy/paste
you don't have to worry about it)
And after you review my articles on tagging, you might realize "oops,
shoulda/coulda" It would take too much time to go back and edit all your
posts... however, I do recommend that you go back to your BEST posts
and fix those.
Think about the consumer that finds you and your blog.
Do you want to impress them and have them hire you? Show them all
the good work you've done. You ARE the best person for the job! :)
About the Author
Craig Daniels is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. He teaches by means of this blog, online courses and webinars, as well as one-on-one remote sessions with persons located throughout the country and beyond.
craig's classroom blog is a place to come for short technology lessons - here on ActiveRain I focus on technologies for real estate professionals - please subscribe if you want to catch future posts! :)
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.