Blog categories - Where should I put my post?

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Here's a description of the various categories blog posts can be put assist others in finding them.  There is no requirement to add a post to a category, or sub category.  If you don't feel you post fits in one of the categories don't add it, people can still view your post.  Many posts may fit in more than one sub category, but choose the one that fits best. 

For Real Estate Professionals: Posts who's target audience is others in the real estate industry such as agents, loan officer, title, etc.  Do NOT add posts that are indended for buyers and sellers here, as it will just frustrate members who want to read real estate information.

  • ActiveRain Community: Posts dealing specifically with some facet of the ActiveRain Real Estate Network.  Such as posts about features, improvements to the system, discussions among members, etc.  For instance this post was added to the ActiveRain Community sub category.
  • Industry News: Posts dealing with a current event in or effecting the real estate industry.
  • Tips, Tricks and Advice: Posts that share knowledge about some facet of the industry.  How do you improve marketing, what's the correct way to do this or that.
  • Real Estate Opinions:
  • Off Topic, humor:
  • Advertising: Blatent advertising, whether we want it or not people will still post it, so we might as well make sure it's properly categorized as such so people can choose to filter it out. 

For Consumers: Posts who's target audience are buyers and sellers.  Do NOT add posts here that are intended mainly for others in the real estate industry.  These posts will be displayed regionally to buyers and sellers.

  • General Information: General non regional information for buyers and sellers.  For instance a post on the advantages and disadvantages of different loan types.
  • About a region: A post describing a certain state/county/city.
  • Regional News and Events: News or events happening in a certain state/county/city. 
  • Market Reports: A market report about a certain state/county/city
  • Advertising a Listing: Blogging about a listing or set of listings, add these here. 

If you have any questions/comments please add them here...

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Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA
Great addition i love it!!!
Oct 22, 2006 04:46 AM #19
Eileen Landau

And, I just noticed that in addition to points you've included how many blogs written; how many comments made. Interesting.

Any correlation? Are the top blogs due to content or comments?                 

Oct 22, 2006 06:19 AM #20
Christine Adler - Fort Lauderdale, FL
SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL
You are making a lot of great changes keep it up. How do you get a gold star?
Oct 22, 2006 06:52 AM #21
Matt Heaton
Timu Corp - CEO, ActiveRain - Co-founder - Bothell, WA

Eileen: The top blogs listed are based on a combination of comments, user ratings, and a few other factors.

Christine: Gold stars mean we've featured one of your blog posts, to show on the front page of the site. 

Oct 22, 2006 08:39 AM #22
Suzanne Marriott
Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Anthem, AZ
Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO

That is the age old question asked by all Sellers.

I suggest they avoid the water pipes.......

Oct 22, 2006 12:18 PM #23
Teresa Boardman
Boardman Realty - Saint Paul, MN
Thanks for all the new categories.  With so many choices I ought to be able to find a categroy for just about everything.  Now if you could just put in a spell checker so I don't have to copy paste all the time I would be greatful.
Oct 23, 2006 12:45 AM #24
Rob Lang
At Home Kansas / - Lawrence, KS
Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes

Thanks for the great improvement in the categories.  I am new to your website so please excuse me if I am missing something.

Is there anything in the works for addressing listings that are in one geographical area but you want investors or buyers from all parts of the globe to know about the listings?

My listings are going to be in Kansas but the buyer may be from California.  I don't want to limit the geographical area of the listing by checking the Kansas box since other states and even other counties and cities will miss the post if it is too pigeon-holed to just Kansas or just Lawrence Kansas.

The same goes for my blogs about local financing since a buyer from California who wants to buy a home in Lawrence Kansas should be able to see my posts so they can know what to expect regarding local financing options.  For now, I am not using the region boxes until I understand the sorting process better.

Oct 23, 2006 03:12 AM #25
Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc - Eustis, FL
I think that these categories will make things a lot easier for finding the material that a person wants to read.
Oct 23, 2006 05:33 AM #26
Tom Giansante
The Title Company of Jersey - Wildwood, NJ

This is extremely informative.   I can't take anything for granted!



Mar 10, 2007 08:52 AM #27
I have a question - how do you post to communities?  It states no ne has posted, but when I attempt to, I can't figure out how to do it.  Any insight??
Mar 30, 2007 04:40 PM #28
Bob Van Deusen
Coldwell Banker Mt West Real Estate - Salem, OR
Great information, but how do i get a blog into the newbie section. I am somewhat lost here.
May 31, 2007 04:15 AM #29
Carolyn Dubrofsky
Charleston Your Home - Mount Pleasant, SC

I am pretty clear on the Localism categories, but when I'm trying to reach all the RE Professionals on AR what category should I choose - Advertising? 

Thanks in advance!

Jun 06, 2007 08:31 AM #30
Tim Tanz
Platinum Realty - Saint Louis, MO
St Louis Real Estate
Thanks for the information.  It's very helpful.  What a great site!
Jun 11, 2007 02:40 PM #31
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate
Thanks for posting this clarification for us!  It's very helpful.
Jun 11, 2007 05:12 PM #32
Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information
Have not really known how this is set up, and this information helps. Now I think we can get posts into the right categories, at least. 
Jun 11, 2007 09:07 PM #33
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
RE/MAX Executive - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

Thanks for clarifying the intended purpose of each of the Blog categories, this information should be very helpful to Newbies and Old Timers alike.

Jun 28, 2007 02:56 AM #34

Oct 29, 2008 08:45 AM #35
Connie Lou Barnett
Real Living/Home Realty - Owensboro, KY

Gee will I ever learn all of this.  It is so time consuming but I know it will certainly help my business once I learn how to apply all of this to my real estate.

Mar 14, 2009 10:45 AM #38
Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours
Knightyme Video Tours - Lawrenceville, GA

Sometimes categories and tags are just plain confusing.

Oct 25, 2009 03:23 AM #39
Lori Fishkind
Reliant Realty - Franklin, TN

Well, I do have a question!  How do you ADD categories?  I want to easily file discussions under certain headings, and see that others have a "categories" section near the links and archive sections.  I cannot for the life of me find where to create these additional categories!

Aug 27, 2010 06:23 AM #40
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