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
"But WHY isn't my website or blog ranking on Google?" you ask. "What am I doing wrong?" Well, you may not be doing anything wrong. It just might be that there are things you're NOT doing...
Now EVERYBODY knows that Google and its algorithms are as fickle as the day is long. You can have page rank here today, gone tomorrow. The good news is, there are some simple things we can do to get our page rank up and KEEP it there! It's so simple it isn't even funny, so please don't go running for the newbie/techie hills, lol!
What Google wants to see on your site is simple and twofold. Well, actually three. Google ranks websites and blogs by relevant, original content and linking most, along with meta tags/keywords. The ways to accomplish these are really easier than you think. I'll explain one at a time:
1. Relevant, Original Content.
In a nutshell, relevant, original content is exactly what it says. Content, as in articles or posts, that pertain to your site topic. In this case, anything real estate, mortgage, home inspections, foreclosure, etc.. Original, as in PREFERABLY your own articles, written fresh, by you. Absolutely you can re-post articles or posts, WITH the writer's permission and a link to their site. Ask them for a link back to your site also, I'll explain why in a moment. (Do NOT re-post without permission, or it will be considered plagiarism, or theft of someone's content, and it's illegal!) Google LOVES original, useful, relevant content. It considers you an "authority," having useful information on your website.
2. Meta Tags and Keywords
Using meta tags and keywords is how Google allows people to find you and your blog or website. By posting keyword rich articles, you not only appease the Google Gods with content, but when someone types "Short sale 123 my listing address," into a Google search bar, your page on your website will be at the top of the Google search page. So when you make your website or blog, make SURE to use the "tag cloud" widget, and the "meta" widget, as your keywords will all appear on the front page of your site and make things easy for the Google bots to spider your pages, allow your page to show up in the search engines and get you ranked quickly!
Linking is one of the most important factors for Google rank. Why? Well, Google thinks in a "hierarchy" frame of mind. Google thinks that if your site is related to real estate, and you have other real estate sites, mortgage sites, title company sites, etc. linking back to your site, well, you must be smart, important, and an authority at what your site is about. So thusly, Google will give you page rank. See, you can go linking with other sites, like your friend's crafting site, your other friend's mechanic site, etc., but it won't get you rank, because the links aren't between "relevant" sites. So, how do we accomplish this? Simple! By sharing or trading links with other real estate minded people, like everyone here! Networking at its finest. By linking with EACH OTHER, you have what is called "reciprocal linking." "You link to my site, I'll link to yours." Now don't just go posting links on your home page, or worse, putting up a "links" page. Google will actually penalize you if you do. Put different links on different pages, so that they will ALL get ranked. If you make a post or a page, if you can, put a link to someone else's post that may be related to your topic on that page. If that's not possible, just go to the bottom of ANY page, and type, say, "For a great article on avoiding foreclosure, see: http://www.joeblog.com/howtoavoidforeclosure (obviously the link to someone's article page.) Make sure Joe has a link to your site back from his! CAN YOU have just a one way link, as in, you linking to another site? Sure! It just won't carry as much weight from Google. That being said, ladies and gentlemen, if anyone here is willing to exchange links, whether to just web addresses (home pages) or specific pages, posts or articles, post it here! It WILL get you some Google luuuuuv!
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.