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
Whether you're a new or experienced Rainer, adding big points quickly is possible. Even if you're very active, you may have missed some "low hanging fruit" I discovered.
I joined on 1/31/07 and as of today, 2/14/07 I've got over 5,000 points....in only 15 days.
1. Profile Points - Make sure you get all the Profile points possible. I still see veteran Rainers with incomplete profiles. Pick the City you actually work in...Don't' worry about the competition. Don't be intimidate by the heavy hitters and duck out to a less competitive city...it's your city too. Stake your claim and start swinging. (I picked Denver, because that's my City, but that also means I'm up against the Active Rain Leader, Krystal Kraft with almost 150K points! No worries...I can take her!) Upload a photo, fill out all the contact fields, complete all the descriptions, testimonials, etc.
2. Linking Points - Don't mess around here...go for the big guns. Put the biggest logo on your websites home page. Don't bury a small logo on an interior page and have to change it later. You have to ask for another review and that will slow you down. If you don't have a personal web site...get one, you need it for search engine ranking anyway (I'll write a post on that some day) and link back to Active Rain from you home.
3. Invitation Points - Get your invitation link and craft up an email informing folks about Active Rain, and send it to as many agents, mortgage folk, appraiser, etc. that you know. Post the link on your "other" blog or website letting others know it's a great site for networking and consumers too.
4. Commenting Points - You get 25 points for commenting on other peoples blog posts and you can do that 10 times max per day. I didn't figure that out until a few days ago, so I really could have done better there. The big hitters get the most points from blogging and the second most points from commenting.
I know there's a lot of folks that just jump into a post and say, "Great post, thanks"...to get the comment points. I think that's where getting points has to take a backseat to "building a community". Comment because you have something to add, not for points. That's my take...I'm sure I'll get blasted for that one. Oh well, blast away.
Of course, if you're just commenting to give a Rainer an "attaboy" ...like "Way to Go Rob...good job". That kind of comment is totally acceptable. Everyone likes encouragement. That's building a community too. ;)
Blogging Points - Here's the big daddy of them all. Each blog post is worth a minimum of 200 points and then you get points for comments, and if your post becomes a "Featured Post" you can get well over 500 points for a single post. Getting many of my posted featured really helped.
Nobody really knows what criteria warrants a post being featured, but I think writing for others is the key - see a need and fill it. And you'll get rewarded to write a post that matters to others. So pick your topics judiciously. But don't worry about that too much in the beginning. Search your skills - a web tip, a marketing tip, or time management tip that worked for you and write a blog post about it. You may want to use the sites search to see if it's already been covered and then just get in there and post away.
Before you start posting though, go the Groups area and join all the Groups you think you'll have something of value to contribute. You do this because when it comes to time to post, you'll be given a list of Groups you want to sent that post to...more Groups, more readers....more readers, more comments...you get the idea. But don't post to Groups that the topic of the post doesn't' really apply. That's a no-no.
Now here's the hard part...post and comment everyday. Sit in front of the TV at night, open up Notepad, start typing a blog post. Paste it into your blog, spell check it, pick the Groups, and hit send. Then go to the Dashboard, look at the Featured posts....make a few comments and call it a night. I really didn't get into this routine until a few days ago...so I could have done more... a lot more.
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.