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
Copyrights and Copywrongs - Community Guidelines about Respect
It's like two sides of the same coin.
On one side, you are the blogger, trying to finish your blog, when you find the perfect photo to to illustrate your point. And you know it would only take a second to copy and paste it right where you need it. Just one tiny problem - It's not in the public domain!
On the other side, you spent a half day of your vacation taking some great photos. Then you spent a couple more hours with photo editing software. It was really worth your investment, because you created some killer photos you used to illustrate your blog. Just one tiny problem - the killer photos showed up a week later in a competitor's blog!
A Quote from the ActiveRain Community Guidelines:
Respect copyrights. Only upload content and images that you have the right to use commercially.
Do not plagiarize content from another source and publish it as your own. You must obtain explicit permission from the original source to republish, and give reference to such within the body of your post. Permission to re-print is NOT the same as permission to re-publish. This also applies to publishing real estate listings that are not your own.
The point system is intended to encourage and reward genuine effort. Points for blogging will only be awarded for your own original content.
You have Alternatives:
Take some photos yourself. It is easy to do, and can lead to topics and interests that will fascinate your readers. Localism blogs are easy to illustrate and much more interesting with local photos. If you get in the habit of carrying the camera, you can build quite a collection of "stock" photos. This can be very useful when you want to blog about the beach in January. Photos can also be the reminder of something you intend to write about, and having the photo stored in your computer is an invitation to get the blog started.
Go to some free sites for photos. Search AR for free photos, and you'll fine at least a half dozen very good posts with good sources in each one. You can spend an entire evening just looking at the variety that's available. Almost all the free sites have a "paid" section, which is how they stay in business. When you are finished looking at the "free" images, move to the next alternative....
Buy some images. OK, sometimes it's just fun to shop. You see some interesting images that would be tough to create yourself. There are some really fine and fancy images available, and even the "cheap" ones look pretty impressive. If it fits in your budget, go for it!
Flout the copyright law - and deal with Lynn's lawyer! If stealing and reposting someone elses' images still seems like a good idea at this point, then I have one very convincing counter point left. Search for Lenn Harley and "copyright". Lenn has been defending copyrights for a long time. She has created some very detailed maps of her area, and has had to go to court to fend off the lazy thieves who think they have a right to use them "because they're on the Internet". I strongly recommend that you follow a few of the links - the size of the awards from the courts will remove any remaining desire to shortcut someone else's copyrights.
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.