Ask An Ambassdor: Search And You Shall Find

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I KNOW I read a post the other day about __________!!

I KNOW I wrote a post about _____________ a few years ago!!

And now I can't find what I'm looking for!  Well there are a few ActiveRain tricks of the trade for finding blog posts!

Sometimes it's a simple as looking at the site's footer.  For instance, if you go to the bottom right of the footer you can find the "Leaderboard" and then search by state to find potential referral agents.

Also on the bottom footer is the "Getting Started" link, you'll find a collection of links to blog posts that explain some of the basics of ActiveRain, a link to the ActiveRain Community Guidelines and plenty more.

Now as for that post you can't find, if you remember who wrote it, the search gets easier.

Use the ActiveRain search bar and use the following format:


So basically if you want to find something I've written about patio homes, use:

Spear:  patio homes in the Search bar.  The results won't be perfect, and just like Google you might need to poke around a bit to find the post you want.

Another thing you can do to make a post findable again is to bookmark it when you first read it.  Just go to the bottom of the post, find the bar with "Like" on the left, then go to the far right and look for the bookmark icon (the rectangle with the notch out of the bottom).  Click that and you'll have that post added to your Bookmarked section.  To retrieve your bookmark list, go to My Home, then on the left sidebar click Find Blogs To Read and then Blog Bookmarks.

As far as finding your own posts, that can get challenging (we're over 3000 posts and knowing that somewhere in there is THE one I want, but don't remember how long ago I wrote it?).  You can of course use the LASTNAME: SEARCHTERM technique, but there are a couple of other things you can do.

Next up, go to My Home, then on the left side bar click Traffic (Stats).  From there, you can put in a search term at the top right of the title table and search.

Another technique?  If you use tags (those are the words you add in the Options section when you draft a post), you can search via your tags.

Use the following template:

Plug in your username (you can get that from the URL on your Profile page) and drop that URL into your browser search bar.  Presto, you'll get a page with a "tag cloud" of all the tag words you've used.  The ones you've used the most will be the biggest.  Click the tag that you want and up posts a list of all the posts that used that tag.  Find the one you want and you're in business!


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz



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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I am totally with Richie Alan Naggar on this one - great explanation of something I didn't know - I just stand in the darkness and curse - you show us how to light the candle!

Sep 13, 2017 07:03 AM #9
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It can be so frustrating trying to find a particular post I've written. Your tip for accessing our tag cloud is very helpful!

Sep 13, 2017 09:25 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Bliz really great tips for all of us!  Thanks for taking the time to write up an ambassador post every week.


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Sep 13, 2017 09:53 AM #11
John Wiley
EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

When we do not use certain features often it is easy to forget how to get to where we need to go.

Thanks for a clear reminder of how to search this great site.

Sep 13, 2017 02:49 PM #12
Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Real Estate Agent

Hi Liz and Bill - good information for a newbie like myself. Thank you.

Sep 13, 2017 05:33 PM #13
Marie-Denise Kratsios
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Huntington, NY

Bill, you are always a wealth of knowledge on Activerain.  I always learn so much from you posts.  Keep them coming.  Thanks for the good info Bill.

Sep 14, 2017 06:20 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Thanks for the tips; I haven't been using the last name when searching....will do so for now on.

Sep 14, 2017 04:55 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bliz- I will definitely be bookmarking this one so I won't have to spend hours looking for it!

Sep 15, 2017 10:58 AM #16
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

Great search tips! I seldom use tags but will do so from now on. Bookmarked!

Sep 16, 2017 01:37 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sep 16, 2017 06:39 PM #18
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Some excellent search tips, Bill.  I sometimes find putting the info into google works well, too, as long as it's a public post.

Sep 17, 2017 04:51 AM #19
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

These are good tips! I have searched for my own posts using my last name and the topic, but I never used the :

I'll have to try that next time.

Sep 17, 2017 04:53 AM #20
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to pick your post for her wrap up this week!

Sep 17, 2017 05:46 AM #21
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Bill - those are great tips and some that I did not know.

Sep 17, 2017 06:35 AM #22
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


I wasn't sure if I had read this, but see that I had, and commented. But it was well worth another read. There are a couple of things you mentioned that I haven't used - so nice to add some techniques to the search arsenal. Funny what a little thing like : can do!


Sep 17, 2017 07:56 AM #23
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bill. I missed this and it is very helpful. I bookmarked for one of those days. TY

Sep 17, 2017 09:19 AM #24
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bill, 

I just searched my tags. This is great info to see what tags you use the most.

Sep 18, 2017 05:05 AM #25
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Bill and Liz, for the longest time, I had no idea what the tags were used for, then figured it out by accident. These are great tips to make our search easier.

Sep 18, 2017 05:31 AM #26
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

This is good info. I finally figured out about flagging a post to be able to find it quickly. The problem with that is that there is so much good information, I've accumulated a large list of posts I want to go back to. The rest of your suggestions are very helpful as well. Thanks for sharing. 

Sep 18, 2017 11:10 AM #27
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

The tags search is a life saver for me!  Just learned about it last week and it'll save countless clicks through the 'stats' page

Sep 18, 2017 01:05 PM #28
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