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
Yesterday, I made a new website, just for bank-owned homes. It really wasn't that difficult, I just made a pretty Google map, embedded it on a blog page, and bought a domain for it. And then the Google map has links to lists of bank-owned homes for that area on the map, it just links out to a different site.
But it looks pretty cool. In reality, it's stuff I already had, I just framed it a little differently. And now I can promote that I have these lists of bargain homes to attract buyers.
I was reminded of that when I read ActiveBrad's excellent post today about a woman who put a nice looking search at the bottom of her posts. Now, buttons at the bottom of posts to search homes isn't all that new, but hers has dropdown boxes so that a reader can select what kind of home they want to search. Now, imagine if she had a post about a specific neighborhood or home, and could have those boxes already set to search homes in that area. That's incredible power.
It's an iframe, which means that little search widget is a tool provided to her by her IDX, so all she has to do is copy and paste that little line of code in wherever she wants a search. So incredibly easy. And that's the whole point of having an MLS search on your site is that you should be able to integrate listings and your posts with extreme ease.
Now, with that tool, that little quick search widget, think about what else you could make out of it. If I wanted to target a neighborhood, I could buy a domain for that neighborhood, make a page with that quick search, write a few paragraphs about it, and promote that. I could whip one of those up for a listing pretty quick, use that special neighborhood domain on my listing advertising. I could put it on my single property websites - if people look at the single property website and don't like that particular house, then they can search other homes easily, right from that widget. Heck, if the widget is the right size, you could embed it in your AR sidebar and provide a listing search - in a prominent location - for anyone that visits your blog.
With the right tools, making something from nothing is easy. And making something that your site visitors will appreciate and return to is even better. Sometimes, it's not about adding more stuff, it's about using the right stuff in new ways.
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.