Advice for Newbie to ActiveRain?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

Hello Active Rain members -

I have heard so many wonderful things about ActiveRain from my marketing consultant and I upgraded my account today.

Now that I have upgraded my account, I would love to learn from the experts - WHERE DO I START!?

Other than surfing through older posts to see what has already been recommended, I am wondering what are your best tips to optimize my profile and my blogs. (I have never blogged before.) And, what do you recommend I don't do (I am sure there are lots of those too).

What else should I be doing?

I am very excited to get started but am wondering where I should focus my efforts.

Thank you!!!!



Comments (38)

Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

Renee Burrows is from LV, and she is an ActiveRain Ambassador


than there is Brad Anderson, Lenn Harley, Broker Bryant, Jason Crouch, Loreena Yeo, ..

since you are fluent in German, I would also say that in German too, and do some of your blogs in german.

Also read as many blogs about SEO as you can to get on the first page of google ASAP using Hyper-Local content


Oct 10, 2009 06:20 AM
Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS
iTexas Realty Co. - San Antonio, TX

Hi Gabriele-

One word for all: SPELL-CHECK!

We're new, too and have been blogging every day.  They may be too elementary for you, but I posted some on what we learned at RainCamp this week.  Today I'm getting listing up from Postlets (which I noticed that you have been using).

In the hope that it will help motivate you to tell us more about your thoughts, I am subscribing to your blog!

Oct 10, 2009 06:31 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Weldome to active rain.  The newbie tutorials will really get you up to speed the fastes in my opinion.  They are great.  Also join the newbie group! Also, be sure to reciprocate when people leave comments on your posts... then you will build readers and development some new relationships (which may lead to referrals)...  Good luck and we will look forward to more posts.

Oct 10, 2009 06:46 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Gabriele. I'm glad to see that your post was featured. ~ Lana

Oct 10, 2009 08:08 AM
Jeani Codrey
RE/MAX Corridor - New Braunfels, TX
Director of Opportunity & Agent Development

Welcome to the Rain and congrats on the Feature!  I learn so much from reading and commenting on the posts of others.  I would say practice your blogging and learn from the masters on this site...there are many of them to learn from!  I takes time and practice, like anything, to get good, but in the have to start somewhere!  Best to you and again, WELCOME!!! :o)))

Oct 10, 2009 09:20 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I posted this recently, so it might give you a few tips to jump in with.

Good luck.  You are going to love it.

Oct 10, 2009 09:25 AM
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

I did a lot of reading and commenting and observing. I find there is so much information and resources in the rain and the people are wonderful.

Oct 10, 2009 09:35 AM
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Great to have you here on AR. One way to jump-start your Rain career is to use the Search tab to look up Brad Andersohn and read his treasure chest of blogs. Welcome and happy blogging.

Oct 10, 2009 12:39 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

And when you get done reading Brad's post, go read Bob Stewarts.  There's lots of great groups to join.  THE SEO group has great info.  And often, be here often, answer people who comment to you and comment on their posts and get to know people.  People here are so willing to help you.

Oct 10, 2009 12:48 PM
Gabriele Buonacorsi
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty - Henderson, NV

Thank you all so much for the advice - there is so much to learn and after seeing your comments, I see there is more to learn than I thought.

I am very excited to make ActiveRain a part of my day-to-day life.

And, extremely excited that my blog was featured!

I hope that others have picked up a few nuggets from all of your wonderful suggestions.

Oct 10, 2009 01:22 PM
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Welcome Gabriele! I am recently new to this as well, but I can tell you, it becomes addictive! I have learned so much from everyone here it is amazing! Take time to read the featured posts, it will help with ideas on what you can write about. Start commenting, it helps relieve the anxiety of trying to figure out what to talk about and pick a topic and GO!

Congratulations on having your first featured post so early! It is one of my goals here on AR to get a featured post! I am already featured#1 in my area and have hit my 10,000 point mark. You will find these things are some of the fun in contributing!

Happy Blogging!

Oct 10, 2009 03:04 PM
Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours
Knightyme Video Tours - Lawrenceville, GA

I consider myself a newbie, and I would suggest to read here daily.

Oct 10, 2009 03:59 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

From what I've learned, if you want to make sure Google picks up your posts, make sure they are at least 400 words and about 3% of that is your keywords.

Also, be sure to read Brad Andersohn's and Katerina Gassett's blogs.  They are full of all sorts of great information.

Oct 10, 2009 04:26 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Gabriele - as you can see, there are so many wonderful people here that are willing to help, share, and care.  Each of these comments offer some great advice, just take it at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you ever need anything at all, don't hesitate to let any of our staff or team know, we're here to help.  Congrats, and Enjoy your journey and successes here in the rain. :-))

Oct 10, 2009 06:21 PM
Desert 360 Virtual Tour Real Estate Photography
Desert 360 Phoenix Virtual Tours LLC - Mesa, AZ
3D Phoenix Real Estate Photography

Gabriele..welcome!  Active Rain Blog posts are VERY powerful! Research some of the tutorials and make good use of keywords and tags. If you have a website, create a link on your site to point to your Active Rain Blog Page. The backlink should help boost your page rank. Also,when writing those blogs,check the "draft" box,so your blogs won't publish until there just right. You can even insert YouTube videos! Have fun!



Oct 10, 2009 07:28 PM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Gabrielle, my biggest successes from Active Rain have been from keeping it local.  Write about local neighborhoods, schools, events, businesses...all of the things that someone who is relocating to your area would want to know about.  I can't tell you how much I have learned about my market and how many consumer contacts I've received from sharing little day-to-day things about my community.

Oct 18, 2009 11:11 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

 Welcome Gabrielle,

 You are going to meet some really great people at Activerain and get yourself out in the web really fast through Activerain, and some great google juice.

 I sent you a email just before this comment inviting you to around 30 of my groups, that will help you get a good start around here.

 "Have a wonderful evening"

 Robert Swetz (Vegas Bob)

Oct 20, 2009 02:35 PM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Welcome to Active Rain Gabriele!!  I have written a tutorial about making your keywords, posts, tags, etc rich for the search engines and am currently going into syndication.  Mr Novak is right about centering posts around your niche!

Be yourself, write about what you want and have fun, there is no other way to do it :)

Oct 20, 2009 03:19 PM
Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

Welcome Gabriele!  I joined in April of this year.  Nice to have you here!  I've learned quite a bit and feel free to scan down through my blogs.  You'll see how they improved as time went on.  Make it a great day Gabriele!  ~Nyssa

Oct 22, 2009 03:57 AM
Gabriele Buonacorsi
Coldwell Banker Premier Realty - Henderson, NV

Thanks for all of your advice.

Oct 23, 2009 04:05 AM