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
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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!
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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
On ActiveRain, you have the ability to purchase exclusive local branding and community sponsorship of a neighborhood. Simply go to the "States" link in the top blue bar, click a state, click on city, and then click on a neighborhood. From here you can buy the exclusive local sponsorship of this neighborhood for $19/mo. You are branded in the upper right of the page and other members of the community are ranked below your picture. The majority of the traffic comes from local search targeting Ardmore in Bellevue, WA. See below picture of the Ardmore neighborhood of Bellevue.
Local sponsorships work well as long as there is new content on these pages and there is search traffic for the neighborhood.
ActiveRain local sponsorships look like this when consumer searches on Google:
ActiveRain has a lot of brand recognition in the real estate industry, but ActiveRain does not have massive consumer brand recognition (at least not yet.)
Market Leader bought a web site called RealEstate.com from LendingTree over the summer. RealEstate.com is a pretty interesting web site receiving roughly 1 million visitors per month and 7 million pageviews per month. Most of the traffic is driven by search, but a surprisingly large % is driven by people typing in real estate or realestate.com into their browser. RealEstate.com has very high domain authority of 79 similar to Trulia, Zillow and Homes.com.
Have you noticed the number of ads on real estate web sites like Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com?
Real estate web sites have become overly cluttered with ads, "featured agents" and featured homes. I live in Bellevue, WA. When I look across the top real estate web sites, 10 ads on Zillow, 4 ads on Trulia, and 7 ads on Realtor.com, not including "featured homes".
And when do featured listings or properties stop being featured? If all the properties are featured on the web site, are none of them featured?
RealEstate.com is re-launching in March 2011. With RealEstate.com there is a great opportunity to build a CLEAN consumer and real estate professional friendly and focused web site, given the strong consumer recognition and consumer brand of RealEstate.com Given ActiveRain's expertise in hyperlocal blogging and social media, ActiveRain has a great opportunity to build a great service from RealEstate.com's local content.
So what is the Local Expert Program on RealEstate.com?
One Agent Per Page: A real estate agent or broker can receive exclusive branding on a local CITY page on RealEstate.com (not neighborhood or community), with the simple premise - One Agent per Page. Only one real estate agent will be featured on that page (not 10 agents like other sites).
Local Data: The RealEstate.com local city pages will be data and photo rich containing homes sold information, demographic information, school information, and shopping information that is search engine optimized.
Social Media: We are building out a social media area where the Local Expert real estatet agent will be able to post information on local events or other local features on that city (blogs, videos, microblogs). There will be-built in social sharing for the content on the page to FaceBook, Trulia, Google Plus and Youtube.
Back Link Opportunity: Unlike other sites, we will allow real estate agents and brokers to backlink to their personal web site or IDX web site from RealEstate.com. A back link from RealEstate.com should help your personal blog or web site rank higher in the search engines
Sold on a City by City Basis: We want ONLY one agent to represent each city (not neighborhood). So rather than selling local sponsorship for 10 neighborhoods in Bellevue, WA, we have one. The pricing varies based on the number of people that live in that city. So a real estate agent or real estate broker could purchase both the entitre city of Seattle, just the city of Bellevue, or the city of Monroe (a smaller city in Washington State ). The pricing ranges from $499 per month for all of Seattle to $79 per month for a smaller city.
Below is screen shot of the current design of the Local Expert page of RealEstate.com:
ActiveRain is playing a key role in both managing the development of RealEstate.com and selling RealEstate.com. If you do have any concerns, please feel free to contact me or Kate directly.
If you do not want to be contacted with regards to RealEstate.com, please contact Kerrie who will be working closely with Kate and managing a "do not call list" as we move forward.
Finally, if you are interested in learning more about the Local Expert on RealEstate.com in your area, please contact Kate.
We hope you are as excited as we are about this unique opportunity.
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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.