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group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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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
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Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
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Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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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
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Every once in awhile, stuff happens on Active Rain that makes me re-think why I'm here and what is the real purpose of The Art Of Marketing You group ???
In the past week there was a mini flood of posts about what should or shouldn't be featured, how to comment, how to reply to comments, etc... Yes I know people are entitled to their opinions, complaints, etc... as well as voicing how they think things should be done. I have kind of a busy life so I try to stay out that kind of stuff.
I do hear my fair share of whining and complaining in comments/emails asking me why certain posts are featured in this group and why certain posts aren't featured. 99.9% of the time, the people who ask that haven't read the group guidelines
If you haven't read our group guidelines here is a very short, to the point version.
- our group is about marketing (duh!)
- off topic stuff like movie reviews, recipes, fitness tips, etc... do not belong in this group
- what counts is the quality of your posts, not the quantity
- if you're one of those people in the habit of adding 5 "posts" an hour, we no longer read you
I'm really tired of all the whining, complaining and off topic posts so beginning this week we'll only be featuring posts directly related to marketing, branding, technology, etc... as well as Rain related news.
A warning to those in the habit of posting junk, depending on how much of it we see and which direction the wind is blowing on any given day, if we ban you from posting in this group it will be permanent. If you don't think I'm being fair, feel free to whine/complain to AR management, I don't want to hear it!
I'm trying to add value to the Rain, I don't have the time, interest or patience for the bullsh%t stupid stuff that seems to go around every few weeks. If you're here to waste our member's time or if you're just plain desperate for attention, go and join MySpace, they love junk!
On the other hand, if you're here contributing insightful, well thought out, well explained, on topic content (i.e. seeBill Gassett'sposts listed below as a great example), you're more than welcome to post as much and as often as you like!
Continuing with my Rain blog theme series, between doing branded Real Estate blog themes like RE/MAX, Keller Williams, etc... just for fun I'm going to throw in some designs I'm doing for Wordpress but will adapt them to fit into the Active Rain blog format.
My first theme along those lines was Think Green, this week I thought I'd give you guys something a little "jazzier" with...
The graphic above is a preview of the Jazz #1 Rain blog theme. The graphics for this theme include...
- the blog header
- the background image tile
- the post divider
- and the navigation menu colors
If you'd like to use this theme on your Active Rain blog, all you have to do is download the graphics and then upload them into your blog customizer panel.
Here is a look at the graphics that come with this theme...
a preview of the blog header
The blog header is 950 pixels wide X 115 pixels high so it fits perfectly into the header space, no need to re-size anything. just add your own text like I did in the theme preview image.
the background image tile
This is the background image tile for the Jazz # 1 theme. Like all the other graphics it's optimized for size and speed, it loads fast and won't slow down your blog!
the post divider
And since my post dividers seem to be a hot commodity, I've also included on of those as well to complete the Jazz # 1 look.
If you don't have the time or patience to fool around trying to get the navigation menu to match your blog header or background, here are the color settings I used for the theme preview...
- menu background 386455
- page background 386455
- header background 386455
- menu text FFFFFF
You can download all the images for the Jazz # 1 Rain blog theme here
In addition to the blog themes I'm doing for the community to use here on Active Rain, I'm also working on similar ideas & graphics that you'll be able to use on blogs such as Wordpress.
There's a lot more info and goodies in the works that I'll announce here in my Rain blog very soon!
If you have ideas, suggestion or requests for blog themes you'd like to see, let me know either in your comments and/or by email and I'll seriously consider each and ever one of them.
I realize that this isn't the same as having a totally customized, pimped out blog but hey, it's free! ;-)
If you're time challenged like me and there aren't enough hours in a day to sort through the mountains of info being posted here in the Rain or out on the web, here are some of my favorite reads from the past few days...
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.