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.
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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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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
This week, I'm spending a lot of my blogging time allowance looking for some good newbie bloggers. And as I read through some of your earliest posts, I am seeing you doing some of the same things that many of us did in our blogging youth. So here's some unsolicited advice:
1. Your Active Rain profile picture needs your face - my humble opinion. Not a cutsy logo. Yes, I know. A lot of bloggers use their logo, their kid, their dog - whatever. But I think there is only one person on Active Rain who might be ugly enough to substitute something elso for his/her own mugshot. And even s/he uses his/her own photo.
2. Before you post what you've written, some of you (probably accidentally) click the box saying it's not your content. If you are using something that someone else has written (with their permission, of course) you check that box. But if it is your own material, do not check this box! I've seen bunches of new bloggers who are writing posts that really do look original, and it still winds up with the "X" mark.
3. If you change the color of the font you are using, don't make it a pale color. You want your posts to be easy to read, and if you use gray or light blue, you make it less legible.
4. Stage your post. A lot of us use many original photographs. There are also companies that provide reasonably priced clip art to bloggers. You have to be careful about where you get your graphics so you don't run afoul of the copyright laws.
5. When you are new, it's good to try to "reciprocate" comments. In other words, if someone comments on your blog, click a link to their's and see if they have any comment worthy posts. At some point, you'll find it impossible to do this and run a real estate practice at the same time, but when you're new, it's a great way to get noticed.
6. As a new blogger, you might have time to respond to every comment, but as you start getting lots of them you might have less time, especially if you are in the business of listing and selling houses. Read all of the comments you get and try to respond, but don't beat yourself up if you don't get to all of them.
7. When you mention other bloggers in your posts, send them "Link Love" - an email with a link to your post so they can stop by to see what you have written. If you get a "Link Love" post from another blogger, follow the link and leave a comment.
8. When you are new, get into the habit of writing lots of comments on other bloggers' posts. Like many bloggers, when I am deciding who to comment on, I look to reciprocate, commenting on bloggers who have commented on mine.
9. Try to balance your posts, with a mix of local information, market statistics, listings, and opinion or information posts. Your local posts, market information and listings will make your phone ring from consumers. Your opinion and information posts will get you noticed by other bloggers ane the Gold Star Pixie in Seattle.
And 10. If you feel shy about jumping in with that first post, find a blogger you like to read, and ask them if they will mentor your blog efforts for a while. And I'll bet they'll say yes!
Blogging on Active Rain is educational, fun, and will greatly improve your writing skills over time. It's also a chance to form some great friendships with people you might not otherwise get to know. Oh, and you might have to join a support group. It is a little bit addictive - it's the points thing!
Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!
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.