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How to Get Your Text Away from Your Pictures in AR blogs

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Ever notice how some Active Rain blogs look nice with the text away from the pictures while others seem to have the text all jammed up against the picture?

Believe it or not, it's easy to make you pictures stand out by keeping the text away!

Here's how to do it.

First, start typing your blog.

Step Two:  SAVE your work!

When you're done, SAVE your work using the "Draft" setting in the visibility setting.  This way you won't loose all that excellent hard work you put into your blog.

Always save in Draft mode

Step Three:  Upload your picture.

You should already know how to do this.  Just click the tree looking button on the menu and a window will open.  Once the window is open, click on the red, white and blueish button as shown below.  This will then open another window which will include a browse button.  Clicking on the browse button will take you to your computer where you can locate and upload your chosen picture.

find a picture on your computer

Step Four: Name the picture and adjust the settings.

This is where the magic happens.  When your picture is uploaded, you should name it in both boxes.  And here's a cool trick.  Name your picture something like, "Abacus by Bob Haywood" (use your own name!).  That way whenever someone sees that picture in their Google search results, it will be under your name!  Do this enough times and you'll have pictures all over the Internet with your name attached to them.  Be sure you are not using copyrighted pictures!

Name your picture in your blog by Bob Haywood

Now that you have named your picture, use your mouse and click on the "Appearance" tab in the insert image window.  It should look like this.

AR blog appearance insert pic tab

To make the text stay away from the picture put a 2 or a 3 in both the vertical space and horizontal space border boxes.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  Make sure you click on the next box down after you put the number in.  This makes the program take the number.  I click on the border box after I put the number in the Horizontal Space box just to be sure.

I do not put a number in the border because I don't use borders around my pictures.  You can experiment with this to determine your own preferences.

Once you're done, click on the Insert tab and your picture will pop into your blog with your border settings.  You can then move it left, right or to the center using the settings on the Entry tab of your blog.

This should put a nice space between your picture and your text.  Repeat the above steps for each picture you want to put into your blog.

Finally, SAVE your work as Public or Members Only.

Be sure to put in your tags and choose where to post your blog and you should be good to go!

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Sarah Eubanks
Hill Valley Financial Services - Oregon City, OR
Preferred Oregon Loan Consultant & Notary Public

Thank you, Bob.  I will use this as a reference when I return to posting blogs with photos again.  :-)

Oct 18, 2009 05:04 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Thanks for all the great tips -- all the best.

Oct 18, 2009 08:12 PM
Leslie Helm
Tennessee Recreational Properties - Jamestown, TN
Real Estate For Trail Riders

Holy Moly....this post hit a home run! I've never re-blogged a post but I'm going to do it now; this deserves to get out to as many people as possible. Thanks again, Bob!

Oct 18, 2009 09:52 PM
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

This is a good tip.  I had figured it out but I still have trouble fitting the words around the pictures.  You glossed over it with a simple

(You can then move it left, right or to the center using the settings on the Entry tab of your blog.)

but it does not seem simple to me.  Perhaps another tutorial is in order.  Thanks for this one!

Oct 19, 2009 12:26 AM
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Bob - This one was so overdue ... and a post I never got around to writing. Thanks!!! Now just to get this into everyone's hands as required reading! :)

Oct 19, 2009 01:54 AM
Muffy collins
Bridgeport, CT

Bob, thanks so much for all of your tips. I did not know how to space your pictures from you text so this is very helpful!

Oct 19, 2009 02:04 AM
Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks


Thanks so much for the guidelines. My blog will certainly look better fater reading this.

Oct 19, 2009 03:15 AM
Dana Scanlon GRI

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have been trying to figure out how to fix this. I would LOVE to see more blogs with easy tips for the blogger on how to improve without taking an advanced technical course.

Oct 19, 2009 03:25 AM
Dana Scanlon GRI - (N Bethesda Keller Williams)

See, my response above is just what I mean. It did not include my photo. Can anyone tell me how to include it?

Oct 19, 2009 03:28 AM
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

Good post! I like to also put in a 2-3 pt border, but change the color to white! Probably could do the same thing with more vertical or horizontal space, but somehow I've gotten in the habit ....

Oct 19, 2009 04:08 AM
Robert Reid
Premier Real Estate - Vancouver, WA
OR & WA Real Estate

Thaks so much. Love it when people answer my questiions before I can even think to ask them.

Oct 19, 2009 05:47 AM
Suzanne Strickler

It's not physics, but the many steps made it complicated. Thank you for taking the time to show all of us the steps to success postings.

Oct 19, 2009 08:14 AM
Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale

Bob, I loved the tip about naming your picture with your own name as part of the title.  Simple but so effective.  I bookmarked this one to come back to over and over till I know exactly how to do it.

Oct 19, 2009 11:10 AM
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator


This is why I like playing in the rain, you always learn something really cool.

Thanks for the tip and congratulations a well deserved featured post.


Oct 19, 2009 01:42 PM
Carol Hamilton
Prudential Ambassador - Omaha, NE
Prudential, Real Estate, Omaha, NE

Oh, thank you!  I saw that the program kept telling me to save my data, but could not find a save button.  This is great!

Oct 20, 2009 07:31 AM
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

This is just what i needed!

Nov 03, 2009 12:23 AM
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Perfect! I just bookmarked this so I will have it in case I forget anything. Now to test it! Thanks.

Nov 13, 2009 06:05 AM
Dana Devine
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Apollo Beach, FL

wow and thanks this is so cool....i have bookmarked this

Jan 11, 2010 03:07 AM
Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for this info.  I have never put anything in the vertical and horizontal space fields because I didn't know what it was for.

Mar 02, 2010 12:36 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
This is a great explanation. Good thorough job on explaining how to space the photos without borders.
Oct 14, 2012 01:38 PM