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
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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!
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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
Recently, both Teresa and I took a stab at what we saw as mistakes on real estate blogs. You may have noticed, we don't always agree on what we feel is the best of advice for the Tomato audience, and neither does Kris Berg. This is what makes it such a pleasure to have active participation in the blogsophere.
Below is an example of Teresa and I taking the same above headline and having our way with it for your enjoyment. We alternated our items to mix it up a bit. Who’s who? 1. High Traffic = Success
Why: Having people come to your site is always a positive thing, certainly. Large numbers should mean large success. Why it's not: Quick success with a blog generally indicates that you have either:
1. Uncovered a popular topic or 2. Piqued the interest of the mob.
Popular topics are softballs when it comes to getting someone to visit the site. If everyone is searching for stories about a topic, writing about that topic isn't an indication of success, it is an indication of bandwagon jumping. Knowing where to find an audience, and enticing them with a great headline, shows savvy, not success. It is the consistent traffic, garnered by target audience keyword phrases that support your success.
2. A Great Writer Will Have A Great Blog.
There are some very well written blog posts that miss the mark because of what the writer is writing about. The ability to write is one skill that is helpful to have but writing a blog is different from a literary master piece or a newspaper article because of that all important voice and focus. With so many blogs these days unique content is best. Blogs have not changed the old rule that content is king when it comes to web sites and marketing. Isn't the goal to distinguish ourselves in the market place?
3. Regular Comments = Success
Why: Participation from your audience is an indication that people are reading, not just visiting. This is great. Why it's not: Although audience participation can be a first step in lead development, there are a number of reasons not to get too excited about regular comments
1. People leave comments just for the link back to their site 2. People leave comments to attract your audience to their site 3. Your competitors read your site, and like to participate either to appear vigilant or to keep an eye on your message. 4. The same audience enjoys participating as you create a community that is your blog.
It is generally the silent majority that you develop as regular readers that incubate into a potential lead base. Your faithful readers, a number which can be determined by your feed subscription count, will be a better barometer for your success.
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.