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
Just about any 'how to be a better blogger' tip sheet you will come across suggests that people use lists in their blog. I can't be the only person out there who will click on a 'Top Ten (fill in the blank)' list when I see it.
I think the reason I do it is because I want to see if the author's top ten is something with which I agree. If it's a national list of some kind, I'm always interested to see if one of my local establishments/cities/companies/etc. make the list. If it's a local list, I want to know if there's something great in my own community on which I might be missing out.
As a real estate blogger, blogging for business, what kind of 'Top Ten' (or top five, or twenty, or seven) lists could you incorporate into your blog? Let's come up with some ideas together......
Top 10 Home Bargains in Bellingham: Do a list of what you believe to be the X (pick your favorite number, mine was 10) most well priced homes in your market
Top 6 Locally owned Businesses in Saline: Do a list of locally owned business that you believe are worthy of support from the people that live there. It'd be great if you had written about each of these businesses so you had a review to which you could link
Top 4 Neighborhoods in Seattle: Do a list of the X (you pick your own number) most desireable neighborhoods in your market. This is another one where it would be great if you had posts about the neighborhoods to which you could link for more information, or (GASP) so someone could look for a home in that neighborhood.
Top 5 Condo Complexes in Bellevue: Do a list of the X most well maintained condo complexes. Or maybe a list of the X complexes with the best amenities.
Top 7 upgrades to add value to your home: Do a list of the upgrades most likely to add value to the home
Top 9 things to do with your Kids in Ann Arbor: Do a list of things in the local community that people can do with their children. When I'm with my son, I'm always looking online for stuff to do with him in our local community.
Top 8 Historical Homes in Gettysburg: This one is for Gerry.....
Top 11 Little League Sports Organizations in Seattle: I'll be looking for this one soon, as will anyone with kids getting ready to start competing. (And please, for the love of all that is good about this country, don't include organizations that don't keep score. Kids need to learn at an early age that in life, there are winners and losers. While it's great to always be a winner, it's just as important to learn how to cope with losing and be able to bounce back from it. If you're convinced kids learn something from sports leagues where 'everyone is a winner' I say you don't understand sports and your kids should be in the band....of course, that's just my opinion)
If you farm a small community or subdivision, you could even use this as a chance to reach out to potential clients in your area. What about:
Top 5 Gardens in Wallingford Seattle
Top 6 Views in Queen Anne Seattle
Top 7 Garages in Gwinnett County Georgia (that one is for Lane)
Top 8 Decks in Hunters Ridge of Saline (that one is for Missy)
Top 9 Well Maintained Yards
I'm sure you guys can come up with much better lists. These were just a few of the things floating around my head. If I was targeting my neighbors or an area I was farming, I probably wouldn't rank them, as I wouldn't want #5 being upset because he thinks his garden is better then #3. It would just be a list of the 5 coolest gardens. You probably don't have to use something bland and boring like I did.....'Top 6 blah'. You could use better adjectives, '6 Stunning Views and The Homes That Accommodate Them'.
I'm sure if I gave you 1000 points for every list you'd crank out a ton of lists. Not this time. Just consider adding a few lists to your blog because people like to click on them and they have the potential to generate debate, engagement and traffic.
Friends, followers, and connections are the way of the future.
Make sure you check out some of our Facebook Fan Pages Too!
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.