Top 10 ActiveRain Tools for NEW MEMBERS and RainMakers

Home Stager with Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging

My last post mentioned how AR and SIF have numerous changes.
Active Brad has a terrific post on how to use all the great tools AR offers to help with your business.  Great post to get you up to speed.  

Thank you to Brad! 

Love the Rain

Original content by ActiveRain Real Estate Network

I've been out doing office presentations these past few weeks, and sharing with Brokers and Agents what ActiveRain is all about.  In my travels, I have found that as new members join ActiveRain, it can seem a bit overwhelming because there are so many members, tools, great posts, and let's face it, there's a ton of information here. 

So Where do you go and what do you do once you hear about ActiveRain? 

The first step is to just sign up, the second step is to setup and create your ActiveRain profile, and the third step is to write that first post.  To help new members with these steps and to try and simplify the process, there is a "Getting Started" post that helps minimize the frustration some experience their first few visits here. 

The most common question I get is "What tools does ActiveRain offer to help my Business?"

Having useful tools in your "Toolbox" is great, but if you don't know where they are, you're not using them, you don't know how, or you never open the toolbox, then none of them will present much value?  Hopefully this wil help some of you that are new to the community.

Here's the "TOP 10 ActiveRain Tools" and in no particular order:

10.  Advertising on Activerain can get you some great exposure.  Nearly 150,000 members, and over 2,000,000 visitors each month.  We have numerous options available through channels, Activerain pages, the Daily Newsletter and the Top Spot on the Feature Board.

9.  Go Hyper-Local using  Creating content on ActiveRain for your Localism Blog can be a huge resource for your local communities and neighborhoods.  The worlds most complete neighborpedia.  Sponsoring a community is easy and inexpensive.

8Building a Profile is more than just your picture, company name and phone number.  Member profiles CAN generate Subscribers, Traffic, Associates and Business.  Take the time to make your profile your masterpiece.  Your Profile can be just as powerful as a website.

7.  Outside Blogs have become one of ActiveRains leading tools for members.  There's No need to learn a new Blogging platform.  It's easy to set one up and there are plenty of tools and widgets to help make your custom outside Blogs successful.

6.  Vision - Do you know what your prospects are thinking?  ActiveRain presents a new vision for success.  IDX and Leads are great to have, but you'll need the tools, a plan, and the follow-up / follow thru to make any lead generation tool become a success.

5.  Hit Router - With over 100,000 City searches on ActiveRain recently, you could generate some great leads via your IDX.  Set up your FREE Markets, create City Search Campaigns, you can watch a webinar how to do it all.  There's over 1,000,000 posts on ActiveRain which means one million plus opportunities for visitors to search for homes in your area and find YOU.

4.  The ActiveRain Referral Exchange.  Be sure to setup some alerts in your area immediately.  This training webinar will help.  There's even a rating system in place that can be used at the close of referral transactions.  A tool every referral exchange should have.

3.  Networking, Connecting, and building Associations with other Real Estate Industry Professionals on ActiveRain will increase your knowledge and resources faster than any other website or Social Network out there.  Your Associates are a great reference and endorsement.  You can Build your National and International Associates all in one place.

2.  It's good to find Blogging mentors who have been successful.  There are thousands of great Bloggers and successful members here on ActiveRain, you can see the Top 100 most subscribed to get some great ideas and to see what works for them.

1.  Becoming a Rainmaker member does have it's obvious privileges.  Why?  (see all the above)  There are many more tools, services and benefits you'll discover on ActiveRain, but these 10 are the most valuable and powerful in my opinion.  Remember that joining ActiveRain and using these tools is not a "Sprint To The Win" it's a "Marathon To The Victory!"

Sometimes finding support and answers to your questions can seem like a daunting task, but there are some easy ways and "tools" available to help you get anything you need on ActiveRain. You can Contact ActiveRain, use the SEARCH tool, check the HELP/FAQ Group, visit the for "how-to" posts and tutorials, use my profile, or you can contact our staff on-line anytime.  You'll find our staff Blog at

Specific Tools are created to get certain jobs done, I hope these tools help you "Get Your Job Done!"

Posted by

Margaret Innis
Owner & Principal of Decorate To Sell, LLC
Why be "For Sale" when you can be "Sold!"™
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Comments (9)

Janelle Fisher, Instinctive Staging & Design, Seattle Wa.
Instinctive Staging & Design, LLC - Seattle, WA

Margaret,  Great information about AR and how to be successful, without being overwhelms. And the fact that is all in one place is a definite plus.  I am new at AR, still getting my feet wet and I will definitely book mark this post.  Thanks for all of the helpful info.

May 31, 2009 05:03 AM
Pat Eardley
PureStyle Home Staging - Mount Pleasant, SC


Great Post!! I have bookmarked it. Oh, do you know why some posts aren't bookmarkable? I know I just made up a word but I figured it would work.

May 31, 2009 05:23 PM
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Thanks for pointing this if I would only DO more of them!

Jun 01, 2009 02:59 AM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

What would w all do without Brad A.!! 

Jun 01, 2009 06:34 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Thanks for posting this, great information in a great readable format.

Jun 01, 2009 10:40 AM
Christine Bird
New View Home Staging ~ - Kitchener, ON
New View Home Staging

Wow... thanks for the information.  I've bookmarked this one!

Jun 02, 2009 11:55 AM
Margaret Ann Innis
Decorate To Sell - Merrimack Valley Real Estate Staging - Andover, MA
Real Estate Staging - MA & NH

Janelle - One of the terrific features of AR is the "reblog" feature which allowed me to blog about Brad's blog! 

Pat - Bookmarkable because it's remarkable!  Haven't figured that one out - try the search or the Newbies site.  Have you thought of including your location in your name & biz co title?  That will help with SEO.  Thank you for stopping by!

Hi Cathy Lee!  He is amazing!  Good to see you in the Rain!

Jun 02, 2009 10:22 PM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Hi Margaret, If I don't check in once a week I'm afraid I'll get lost! Brad does a great job of keeping us up to date.

Jun 03, 2009 08:36 AM
Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

As always AR amazes me!  Thanks for putting this together!

Jun 03, 2009 05:53 PM