FAQ~ Frequently Asked Questions Straight From the Ticketbox.

Real Estate Agent with Myrtle Beach Homes Blog

Below are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions I receive through the Contact ActiveRain support service.

Why can't I make public posts? Writing public posts is one of the many benefits of having a Rainmaker Membership.  Brad Andersohn wrote a great post about the Activerain membership program.  To learn more visit the following link: ActiveRain's NEW RainMaker Membership Plan

Why doesn't my picture show up in comments? Once you reach 10,000 points, your profile picture will begin to show up in comments.

I have tried joining but haven't been able to.  Any suggestions?  Make sure all fields are filled in completely.  Also, usernames & passwords need to be in all lowercase with no spaces.  If this does not allow you to register, then my guess would be that the username you are trying to register with has already been taken.  Try registering again with a different username.  If things still do not work, there should be a red box around the field that needs to be corrected.  If the red box is on the username field, that means either your username has already been taken and you will need to try a different one. Hopefully this will correct your signup problems. 

I have linked to my website & submitted it for bonus points but have not been awarded any yet.  Unfortunately, we are no longer giving points for linking to the network from your websites or other Blogs, but please feel free to continue enjoying the benefits from having that link in place. We appreciate you directing traffic to AR, and we don't mind sending traffic back to your site as well. Thank you.

Help! my blog has gone all out of whack!  My profile picture is off the page & everything looks crazy! What happened?  More than likely, you have copied & pasted something (from either your website, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel) that has a piece of bad coding attached to it.  Either remove that piece of copied & pasted material from your blog, or place that post back into draft mode & things should return to normal.  If this still does not correct the problem, it is possible you have some sort of image/graphic that is set with parameters too wide for your blog/outside blog. To fix this, make sure all images/graphics are no wider than 550 pixels.

My last post did not receive any points.  Why?  Points are only awarded for the first 10 posts of the week.  The week begins on Monday & runs through Sunday.  Also, the post must be posted as either "public or Members only" and be at least 50 words in length.  Lastly, it must be your original content in order to receive points.

Is there a place where I can find out about your community rules?
  Yes, please visit our community guidelines.

Why are the Photos on my Outside Blog Lapping over & looking funny?
  Make sure all photos are no wider than 550 pixels in width.  To correct, edit the original post on ActiveRain & change the width of the photo.

Why won't my header/sidebar image load on my outside blog?  I keep getting a 500 error when trying to upload my new banner?  This is another common issue but is easily corrected.  While in your outside ActiveBlog, click on the "Customize" link located in the top tool bar, use the browse button to find your banner then the upload button to submit it.  Notice the text along side the button that reads: (Your header image must be 960x134) This use to say "Looks best when...) but we changed it.  Your header/Banner image must be the right size or you may get this error.  Picnik.com is a great FREE on-line resource that allows you to resize and customize your images and photos.  Here's one I created for my outside blog.   The secret is 960x134 only for your header & 189 pixels wide for the sidebar image.

Why would I want to become a Rainmaker?  What are the benefits & what results can I expect?  The ActiveRain Rainmaker is more than just a membership! There are so many benefits to becoming one.  You can read those benefits here: The ActiveRain Rainmker Getting Results


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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

At least people are asking questions instead of running away thinking it's all too complicated.

Aug 17, 2009 08:50 AM #20
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator


Thank you for posting this information and if I get into trouble I know just where to come :)



Aug 17, 2009 09:31 AM #21
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


Thanks for all of the answers for the new and seasoned members.

Aug 17, 2009 09:42 AM #22
Christine McInerney
The McInerney Team with Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

So let me get this straight, you only get points for the 10 posts a week?? 

Aug 17, 2009 11:07 AM #23
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Christine & Jennifer- That is correct!  You only receive the 225 points for your first 10 posts of the week.  The week is from Monday-Sunday.

Aug 17, 2009 11:35 AM #24
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

OMG people actually have time to write more than 10 posts a week. It takes hours for me just to write one. 

Aug 17, 2009 11:35 AM #25
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Jeremy..I hope you don't mind i will need to call you my outside blog page needs HELP!


Aug 17, 2009 12:51 PM #27
Sharon Paxson
Arbor Real Estate - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate

Jeremy - this is an excellent post and thanks for answering all the questions. I don't write more than 10 either . . .

Aug 17, 2009 12:53 PM #28
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Jeremy: Poor you. Answering the same questions over and over and over and over. Probably was a good idea to post answers to the most common ones. Have a good one!

Aug 17, 2009 01:19 PM #29
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

I know a lot of people might not understand why you post these posts that most would think are elementary but to those of us who are new...these are greatly appreciated!

Aug 17, 2009 02:07 PM #30
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

You mean I can't get points for aLL of the 50 posts I write every week?  Darn... 

Actually, this is pretty good stuff.

Aug 17, 2009 03:03 PM #31
Nellie Lytvinenko
Homes by Nellie-Working with Buyers & Sellers - Raleigh, NC
919-210-9992, Raleigh - Cary NC Real Estate

Thanks for the post & info.  Great info!  and Activerain is working pretty well.........I'm new, will let all know of successes. Cary NC has got a lot of members, therefore I've got lots of competition. 

Aug 17, 2009 03:20 PM #32
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Why would you want a Rainmaker Account?  The better question is why wouldn't you want to harness the power of AR to drive your posts and your website to the top of Google?

Aug 17, 2009 04:36 PM #33
Carol Pease
JP & Associates Realtors - Bastrop, TX
CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320


Thanks for answering all those questions.  I've been trying to figure out about the linking points because I saw that so many others had them. 

Aug 17, 2009 05:22 PM #34
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Jeremy. Thank you for the reminders.

Aug 17, 2009 06:07 PM #35
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Great list of the things most often asked.  We are lucky to have you on staff at AR.  Thanks Jeremy

Aug 17, 2009 10:33 PM #36
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL


What a wonderful, helpful post!  If I had even half of your knowledge my head would explode.


Thanks for sharing.

Aug 20, 2009 02:20 AM #37
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

Great answers Brad, the go-to guy!

Oct 10, 2009 09:59 AM #38
Kelly Dix, Real Estate One
Real Estate One - Fraser, MI

That helped me.  I was wondering about the picture.  Now I need to work on my points!

Dec 29, 2010 01:06 PM #39
Jim Courtney
OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma - Claremore, OK

This post was very helpful and easy to find a few weeks ago when I started on this journey. Thanks for clarifying things to help me get started! :)

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