Craig's Week in Tech 6/4/11

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Bob Stewart does a weekly random thoughts and I thought I’d try it. There is little free time in my week to blog about all sorts of things that come to mind. So perhaps this is a way to go over some thoughts and you will forgive the unpolished state just to keep the conversation going and perhaps build ideas for future blog posts.

In fact, I took a AR University webinar class that Bob taught yesterday, “orientation” - because I want to continue to teach others about AR and I want to know all I can. (maybe someday AR will hire me to be the trainer! ok... a guy can dream can't he...) Here’s a thought for you that clicked with me. In your AR name field first and last name you can add more than your name to those fields and most people do. However, one of the things you SHOULD include is you city, state reference. As we connect with others on AR via our comments, others should really associate the place where we are in case of times to refer clients they think of us geographically! Also, I just remembered... if you aren't getting the "daily drop" activerain newsletter, you should, it's great! Go over to Bob's Blog page and on the right sidebar down a ways you will see the sign up form!

What is your best google long-tail or medium-tail search? We know AR is great for getting us to the top of google, but I’m looking for examples of success, do you have one. And I’m not talking about any google search that includes your name... people who don’t already know us will not use our name in the search... Which by the way my own name search turns up some other fella that shares my name reversed and goes by the alias 007 :)

I’m going to start a rework of my website, it is really pathetic now. I created it several years ago. I’m trying to find a way to start earning money from all this work, donations probably?? it has been suggested by several and I think it is a good idea. It is possible to create a paid subscription login but that gets complicated quick of how to create the paywall gatekeeper app AND with my busy full-time schedule I’m not able to keep up with a consistent posting schedule that paid subscribers would require. hmmm, brainstorming that one, to be continued...

Are you a windows or mac person? Fortunately many of the things I write about are not dependent on which operating system but more of cloud or browser. My wife just got an iPhone and it is very cool. I still have a blechberry because that is what my corporate job has dictated to all of us (company phone). I’m very glad android is such big competition to apple, it helps keep raising the stakes. My next phone I hope will not start with a B. But speaking of windows, I saw an intro video to windows 8 this week. Win 8 looks alot like their windows smartphone UI. Kind of cool. I’m still using windows vista and haven’t even made the jump to 7 yet though I’ve had a little hands on time with 7. Do you have an iPad? Are you able to successfully work on the AR site via your tablet? Wbich reminds me... I have to make sure I add AR/ipad compatibility into my wishlist post.

This past week they picked the top 10 collages in the AR contest and happily I was there (voting by people's choice is now open through Sunday so go do it if you haven't already!) Meanwhile, I discovered via the finaliststs list a site called shapecollage.com where a couple of the entries, particularly the united states collage was created with. Don’t get me wrong I think it is a very cool collage, but it was completely computer generated. You find a batch of photos and tell it the shape you want and click! done! Hmmm, if you see my collage post, you’ll know how much time I put into my entry. Oh well, c’est la vie... it was still very fun for me to create it and I learned a TON about were all of you are located! Isn't there an ongoing famous man v. machine chess contest, who can do better? hmmm... checkmate???

I'm liking the photo site flickr for the community and inspiration of seeing others work there. In fact, one group is very inspiring that you might enjoy looking at "photography for real estate" - our own Iran Watson has some amazing stuff there - someday I'd like to enter photos into that group that are worthy. Hey, that reminds me Andre! oh yeah, he just got married I guess well cut him some slack :)

It was so cool to have met Chris last week. I love being able to have that conversation about things that we'd like to see improved. He has a ton of work ahead of him on the stability front, but we'll hopefully get enhancements added sometime soon. (starting with a better blog editor, ugh)

Well my time is up for this post... hope it wasn't too boring. I have to go do some real work now (starting that website refresh). I would love to hear your feedback on any of the thoughts above. This is one post I will not be replying back to everyone that visits (I have to get some real work done! hehe) but I'd love to hear any thoughts you have! ... especially your sharing your best long or medium tail search... have a great weekend! :)
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Sally Weatherley
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Craig - Great ramblings!  I'm an all Apple girl.  Macbook Pro, iPhone, and I really, really, really want an iPad, although I don't really need one.  I'm not techie savvy, so I probably only use 1/100th its capabilities, but the designs are so sexy!

I wrote a long tail title for one of my A/R posts in January 2010:  Mid-Century Modern Home Staging - Gastown, Vancouver, B.C.  If you type "home staging Gastown" in Google, it shows up #1 and #2. 

I voted for your collage!

I think A/R should hire you to teach webinars.

 

Jun 04, 2011 09:44 AM #16
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Love it...kind of speed reading because the sun is out here today...and it's been a damp spring, but I'm going read it again tomorrow.  And, I agree with Sally. I will also vote for your collage...and I too think you should teach webinars.

Jun 04, 2011 10:25 AM #17
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Christine OShea
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My long tail key word success: homes for sale in eagle creek golf and country club naples fl,  I have just checked and I am now at the top two, this is the result of my 31 day of May Challenge!

Great post and I have no doubt that one day you will be employed by AR!

Jun 04, 2011 01:59 PM #18
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Cindy Marchant
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So many things to comment on...I've been meaning to subscribe to the Daily Drop...you made that very easy for me.

Long Tail Search...events...it seems the Annual Easter Egg hunt is my most popular followed by NORAD at Christmas time...

Collage...I wish I'd known that about the State one...I thought that was pretty cool.  But computer generated takes all the oooh and ahhhh out of it.

I think it would be very cool if AR hired you...I could say I knew you when...lol

Jun 04, 2011 02:00 PM #19
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Sally - cool that you gave that SEO example thanks! (and thx 4 the vote!) :: Debb - hope you enjoyed the sun! see you on the return! :: Christine - great niche victory, thanks for sharing! :: Cindy - you got the location added to your name fields probably better than anybody! LOL good thing you don't live in columbus, that just wouldn't rhyme!

Jun 04, 2011 02:35 PM #20
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Elizabeth Byrne
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Craig, every time I visit your post, I learn something new. Thank you so much for sharing great tips and links. Have a great weekend.

Jun 04, 2011 02:44 PM #21
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Wow, that really was random - but fun, not boring at all.

How about a PayPal click at the bottom of your posts?  I know I owe you a couple of bucks!

I think Bob should hire you as a trainer - you are very patient.  (I have proved that for ya!)

I have a LOT of mesquite subdivisions - copper bluffs, sunset greens, vista del monte, etc.

One of my favorites is generic ones:

gated golf course community mesquite nv

I don't have anything MAC - I want an Ipad.

I use Windows XP on my laptop, 7 on my office computer - HATE 7

 

Jun 04, 2011 04:47 PM #22
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Dorie Dillard
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Good morning Craig,

Wow what a great post..You are the best and love all the information you make available to us! I bookmark more of your posts than anyone!!

Jun 05, 2011 02:56 AM #23
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Elizabeth - teacher's favorite words, thanks! :: Virginia - I'm doing a post soon on medium/long tail success stories, will definitely use your refs (you were a fav of Steven in ARU for that reason!) thanks! :: Dorie - I'm honored to be bookmark fav! thank you! :)

Jun 05, 2011 03:07 AM #24
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Shar Sitter
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Great random thoughts Craig. I wish my brain worked like that. My random thoughts are "oh no I forgot to email so and so", "I can't forget to follow up with so and so tomorrow", ......So pretty much an ongoing to do list.!

Jun 05, 2011 03:52 PM #25
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Craig-my mouth and mind wake up with random thoughts, my problem is that they are never in sync.

My best long tail post was written March 2010 and is # for Millpond Home Staging and #1 for Boca Raton Home Staging.

I'm a PC user, with the Droid X, which I do have some issues with.  I think though it's not the Android system but the insturment itself.  I want to get a tablet but can't decide between an iPad or Samsung Galaxy.  Whichever I get has to be able to "comment" on AR.  I like th Galaxy because it has Flash but since everything seems to be "i" oriented in terms of the peripherals then I'm leaning towards the iPad.

I ended up in the Top 10 in the Collages challenge but was embarassed when I saw some of the others.  I did however picked out the words and put them together for my center part. LOL

Finally I have to say you are a welcome addition to the AR Community.

Jun 06, 2011 01:27 PM #26
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Craig, your random thoughts beat mine anyday.  Wish AR would wake up and hire you to do their AR University classes.  If you were on their team, our wishlists would be closer to reality.

I'm a PC user with a Blackberry.  I'm seriously considering getting an ipad2.  Is it not compatible with AR?  That would be a bummer and take alot of the wind out of the sails.  Which tablet would you get if you were in the market for one right now?  As for SEO and longtails - I wish I understood them more and how to make them work for me.  I could use a private tutorial on that one and even then, I'm not sure it how much I'd grasp.  Help!!!!

Jun 06, 2011 05:11 PM #27
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Donna Malone
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Craig, I wish everyone on AR would include their name in their AR name field. As you said, location is important. Name is very important, as well. When I am replying to people who leave comments on my blog, I like to use their first name. Sometimes there is only a company name.

I am seeing results from my long tail homesforsalein lunenburgcountynovascotia

Jun 07, 2011 03:25 AM #28
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Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
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Craig

I stumbled across this blog because another one of your's was just featured.  Thanks for the education.  I'm liking your training style.  I also love to train.... thanks...

Jun 11, 2011 05:05 AM #29
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Kristi DeFazio
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Craig- You seem to have a wealth of knowledge about all things techy! I like the random thoughts post!

Jun 11, 2011 05:22 AM #30
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Linda Graves Arnold
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I like the idea of a random thoughts post. I think I will try one and see if it makes it out of draft.
Jun 14, 2011 05:28 PM #31
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Paul Gapski
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wow i love ur background, good job. nothing like the random thought post

Jun 24, 2011 04:57 AM #32
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Roberta Kayne
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Well, I'm a little late to the party here, but I like your post.  I didn't think of adding my city and state to my name, but I will try it.  Thanks for the random thoughts - I need to do more of that, well, actually, I need to blog more, period.

Jun 26, 2011 08:17 AM #33
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Patricia Feager
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Craig,

I regret that I didn't know about you when I joined AR. I did a lot of meaningless ramblings; thankfully, some nice people must have felt sorry for my amateur ways and gave me a chance to grow up and be brave and bold and stay in the RAIN to blog nearly every day and I've been fortunate to have had a few features.

There are so many good people in the RAIN and you are one of the Stars I see, so it's an honor and a privilege to get to know you. Thank you for this post that has helped me already. I am always thankful for confident leaders like yourself who are the backbone to success.

Jul 02, 2011 12:06 AM #34
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I have yet to switch to Apple yet but do have iPad and iPhones. Kind of reluntant to learn new OS. :) I know they are great for media editing and I am really really tempted.

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