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
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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
Have you searched the web lately for content that has been copied from your site?
I use copyright checking services and have not had anything reported from these services...EVER.
That's a good thing.....or so I thought!
If you have a website with original content and want to maintain good organic search rankings....read this ENTIRE post.
I was updating some content the other day and decided to try a simple test. I copied a paragraph and pasted it to my Google browser. I was a little surprised when the result showed not one or two but......twenty two (That's 22) sites that had the same exact paragraph text. I opened all of the sites and some did add a word here and there that was there own yet, still my content. The others simply copied and pasted entire pages from my site....images and all!
What to do?
I called and emailed each and every one of the site owners. I have to say that all but 2 were very apologetic and removed their sites immediately. One took a few days. He admitted right upfront that he took the content and liked it so much he had to copy it. The last one took a bit longer. The content was removed, a little piece at a time. Each time took another call and eventually the domain was re-named and all the content re-posted. Directly from our site. Another phone call and a little denial.....the site was removed again.
All in all, a good first step but, their content was showing in Google's organic search results. Not a good thing and will hurt our organic search results and our ranking with Google (Not that Google ranking means everything). To believe that it wont hurt at all would be reckless at the least. Everything helps.
What to do about Google?
We have an analytics account and decided to check what, if anything, they had to say. Lo and behold.....there is a section dedicated to protecting your material. A few short steps. Copy your content, paste it and reference the domains that contain your content. Google verifies the information and....POOF...it should be removed and also flagged for infringement. I filled out the online request and submitted to Google. I assumed it would takes weeks, if not more. Patience is a virtue they say. The next day I received communication from Google that our content was verified, the other sites removed from Google and all were flagged as infringing. WOW........that was easy and worth the effort.
All in all, it only took a couple of weeks and all of our content was removed from other sites and our organic search results improved as well. Original content is very valuable in many ways. I did not think others would comply without having to have our attorneys (costly) formerly request removal of our content. With Google's help, their content was removed from search results and the owners sites sand-boxed. A very good thing (as Martha would say) for sure!
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