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
Making comments in ActiveRain is very much part of our routine. Yes we do get
points for the comments (called incentive) but the comments are integral to what
makes AR so interesting. If you've ever blogged "on the outside" you know what
it's like to work hard on a post and then the crickets chirp as you wait for
somebody, anybody to answer. (at least when you first start) However, from your
very first blog post in AR, you get a few comments and each post that you do you
gain more associates and subscribers and the discussion gets better all the
There have been quite a few posts lately about how the best etiquette is to follow up
on comments made on your blog. It has been noted not to ignore, nor to just give
a blanket "thank you all" comment. If you make specific acknowledgements to each
commenter, it is a much more personal conversation. I've been trying to do that
lately, I hope you've noticed!
Now here's the thought for this post... how do you follow up on the comments
that you have made on other people's blogs? It is interesting to go back and see what the person had to
say to YOU when you visited THEIR blog. On the main "My Home" page of AR at the
bottom is "Your Messages" - this shows you ALL activity on your account which
includes comments you've made, comments you've received, associates gained,
contact emails that have been sent to you, etc. Thus with all of this together,
it is a pretty busy dashboard.
You have the option to find the "comments you've made" references and click
through to go back to see if there has been followup. That's ok. But I like
something BETTER. See if you agree...
On the "My Home" page on the left sidebar menu, down a bit is the
Comments" link. I like this page better than the home page for two reasons
(1) This is a filtered listing of ONLY YOUR comments and it is quick and easy to trace back the past
couple of days (if you are an active blogger, your home page will have lots of
OTHER notifications and you will appreciate this stripped down listing)
(2) when you click on a link via "My Comments" it not only takes you to the
page but it takes you to the exact point (anchor) in the comment stream
you made your comment! So you only have to scroll down a little to see the
response. Especially on a featured post and you are down the list a ways, this
makes a BIG difference. In Barbara's post below, I was comment #156, now that
would have been some serious scrolling that it saved me!
Finally, I take advantage of the bookmarks bar on my browser. I put buttons
to all my most visited pages and (AR gets many buttons here to the various sub
pages). Rather than multi-click to get in to this comments listing, I shortcut
it on my bar and it is always only one click away for me. Furthermore, once I
get to my comments listing page, I always middle button click
on several of the page links I want to go
back to. When I do this, they line up as new tabs in my browser and I can rapid fire click through
my tabs to follow up and see if I have any replies yet. (BTW any guesses what my
abbreviated AR buttons are on my bookmarks bar, I'll post soon about how to
customize your own bar if you need more help with that, stay tuned)
Well that's how I do it! Maybe it gives you an idea to try it out. We have
busy schedules don't we and every little timesaver to me is important!
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.