How to Insert a Picture into an Activerain Post

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fathom Realty

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An Activerain friend just asked me how to insert a picture into an Activerain post.  I decided it was just as easy to SHOW him... than to try and TELL him... so here goes:

I find it easier to write all the words in the post and THEN go back and add pictures.  Until I have it written... I don't know exactly where I'm going to want one to show up... and I'm now always sure exactly what picture I want to show (hope that makes sense)

So first thing, when you are going to do a new post on Activerain, you have a toolbar.  On that toolbar is an image of a Tree.  The Tree is what you click to get started inserting a picture on Activerain.

See those Trees?  That's for Images




Activerain can be a little tricky sometimes, and I've had days when no matter which browser I used, I kept getting error messages... when that happens, I usually save my post as a draft, and come back to it an hour or two later.






After you click on the tree image - this little box will pop up (another tip... cause I've been there, done that...make sure you don't have pop-up blocker on!)

This is the box that will show up next






Click the little box with the blue tab (this really isn't intuitive is it?)














Then THIS Box shows up!

Here's where you Browse for a picture






You click BROWSE for a picture and upload from here.  I get pictures FROM a ton of places, and I like to use Picnik to edit (it's a FREE photoshop site and it has AUTOFIX, and it will STRAIGHTEN a picture if your were a little "off" when you took it!).  I normally upload them this way... you could use the box above and just insert a URL - like from your Flickr Account.  I think there's some SEO Value in that - but this is how I normally do it.





Once you click Upload - you are back to this screen.

THIS is an important Screen so Pay Attention





Fill in the description "blanks" (both of them) This is what will show up when you scroll over the picture.  They CAN help your SEO.  Then ALWAYS click the Apperance Tab.










Once you have the image ready, this is the final step

Where do you want the image to show up in the post?



See that Tree with the Lorem ipsum?  When you click on the Alignment Drop Down - you can say Right, Left, Center... and the Tree Moves!  It's literally telling you do you want the image on the right and the words on the left?  Then look at the size.  You NEVER want an image larger than 600x600.  If you change the first Dimension to something smaller - it will automatically change the second dimension in scale.


Finally, ALWAYS look at the Vertical and Horizontal Space.  I normally use 4 and 5.  If you leave these BLANK then your words will float RIGHT NEXT to the image (and it just looks silly).

You can add a border to the image if you like.

And that my friend is how you add an image to Activerain!

If you have any other questions about Activerain, or if you have questions about your creating leads from your real estate blog, or how to get your Listing seen by more eyeballs – call or text Josh Harley, Fathom Realty, 214-228-0301. I”d love to help you, and learn more about what’s working in your market! Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Let’s Connect!


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Josh Harley is the Founder and CEO of Fathom Realty. Josh is a serial entrepreneur, tech geek, innovator, disruptor, marketer, teacher, artist, U.S. Marine, and an Alaska-raised sweet tea fiend.

As the CEO of Fathom Realty, Josh helped earn Fathom a prestigious place on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. … not once, but three times in a row. Josh also made the Swanepoel Power 200 list of Trendsetters for 2017.

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Greg Freeman
Citiwide Real Estate Services - Allen, TX

thanks for the tip, Happy Holidays

Dec 11, 2010 06:42 AM #71
Margaret C. Taylor
Century 21 New Millennium MD - Mechanicsville, MD
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent

Excellent tutorial  and comments.  I resize in Microsoft Office Picture Manager.  I just learned how to change border colors.  My pictures still jump about a little but I can usually get them situated.  Watch uou for the pop up bar it tricks me now and then just because I forget it.  Just allow teporary pop ups.  Margaret C.

Dec 12, 2010 09:19 AM #72
Rich Gaasenbeek
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM - Toronto, ON
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!

Very well done - thanks!

Dec 13, 2010 03:23 AM #73
Robert Lei
Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410 - Sunnyvale, CA
Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell

Nice tutorial on how to add images.  You pretty much take people step by step.  Great job!

Dec 13, 2010 05:57 AM #74
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Hi Josh, thank you for sharing, I figured out how to do pictures but never could figure out how to position them. U R Priceless!

Dec 13, 2010 09:16 AM #75
Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet
Seaside Properties - Murrells Inlet, SC

I have figured out most of this on my own, after a lot of time.  I wish I would have seen this earlier.  You broke it down in very simple steps.  Thanks!

Dec 14, 2010 02:17 AM #76
Jamie King
Hoty Enterprises, Inc. - Huron, OH
Sandusky, OH

So helpful! I missed the "appearance" tab when I tried to insert a picture. Makes a big difference!!!

Thank you!

Dec 14, 2010 08:34 AM #77
Patrick Henry
PMZ - Stockton, CA

Thanks, it is nice to find post for a newbie like myself and pictures should defenitly help my post... Now I need to figure out this bookmarking thing. Thanks again.

Dec 14, 2010 10:22 AM #78
Renée Montgomery
Century 21 New Millennium - Warrenton, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

Now I understand!!

Dec 14, 2010 09:02 PM #79
Renee Marrs Caperton
Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

It's all in the details!  Thanks for the step-by-step.  I've been adding pics but sometimes not exactly where I wanted them.  Your post is very helpful...

Dec 14, 2010 11:20 PM #80
Reno, NV

I'm going to try it!  Always learning something new on AR..... now as a NEWBIE, how do I bookmark?

Dec 15, 2010 12:39 PM #81
Eric Anderson
Prudential PenFed Realty (Fayetteville) - Fayetteville, NC
Fort Bragg Military Relocation Services, Fayetteville, NC Realtor

Joshua, great post. I never had any issues with updating the pictures.  But, if you have any suggestions as to how to create your blog offline and post without all the extra characters.  Please do share...  Thanks

Dec 15, 2010 02:03 PM #82
Jeremy Wrenn
Wrenn Home Improvements - Wake Forest, NC
President, Wrenn Home Improvements

Thanks, I can't believe I didn't see the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" that were right there in the appearance tab.  Argh!

But now all is better, thanks to your post!

Dec 23, 2010 06:39 AM #83
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro - Mililani, HI

Thaks Joshua, I just loaded my first photo following your instructions.  Thanks

Dec 24, 2010 09:03 PM #84
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Joshua, very detailed and helpful. My do you insert the "live" pictures/images of your computer screen?

Jan 01, 2011 02:43 AM #85
Joe Sosky
KW Commercial - Vancouver, WA
Commercial Real Estate Broker - (360) 816-9652

Great step by step instructions.  I didn't know about the vertical and horizonal numbers. 

Jan 01, 2011 04:46 AM #86
Suzanne & Brian Asher
Signature Properties of Huntington - Huntington, NY
The Winning Team in Real Estate

Hey Josh, Thank you so much!!!  I just e-mailed Kerrie today to ask her how to insert a photo into my blog, and here I found it!!!!  You are THE BEST!!!


Jan 02, 2011 02:05 PM #87
Aida Pinto
United Associated Brokers - Downey, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 916-3237

"Vertical and Horizontal Space"  I never knew what that was for so I never did anything with it...I will use all your great advice....thanks for the post.

Sep 16, 2011 12:36 PM #88
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Josh-another thank you for taking the time to go over the how to's, I didn't totally understand the floating concept now I do.



Dec 01, 2011 01:26 AM #89
Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

How does it work now? With the new change.....

Sep 29, 2013 07:29 AM #90
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