How To Put Your ActiveRain Blog on Facebook, Twitter, and Digg

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Real Estate Technology with Tim & Julie Harris® Real Estate Coaching

 

Here's how it works: Just follow the step-by-step instructions below, and every time you post a new blog on ActiveRain a story summary & link will automatically appear on your Facebook & Twitter pages, and the story will also be promoted on Digg to maximize your search-engine value. BTW - If you like this post, PLEASE repost it or forward it to a friend to help other agents on ActiveRain!

 

STEP #1: Get your ActiveRain RSS feed

Every time you publish a new blog post on your ActiveRain account, a summary of what you've written and a link to the blog-posting are automatically published in your RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. ActiveRain does this specifically to let you promote your blog online, so no worries about connecting this with other sites!

First, go to your main ActiveRain blog page - the one with a list of all your postings on it. Scroll halfway down the page, and on your right you'll see an "RSS 2.0" link. Copy the location of the RSS feed for your site from this link to a text editor or email message so you can use it later.

 

 

Having trouble? The URL for ActiveRain blogs is http://activerain.com/blogs/USERNAME/rss, where the "USERNAME" is your login or username. So my blog is http://activerain.com/blogs/timventura/rss, and yours is probably the same, except that it has your username instead of timventura. Why not try putting your own login into that URL, pasting it into your browser, and see if it shows your RSS feed? If it does, then copy that URL down & save it for later!

 

STEP #2: Setup a TwitterFeed Account

This step is easy & free - you'll need to visit http://www.twitterfeed.com and sign up for the service. What's Twitterfeed? Basically, it's a task scheduler that automatically scans your RSS feed for new stories every few hours, and posts them to whatever forum you tell it to when it finds them! Tens of thousands of people currently use this to post RSS content to Facebook & Twitter, so it's a good choice for posting stories from your ActiveRain blog.

 

STEP #3: Setup A New Feed on TwitterFeed

Now that you've got a Twitterfeed account, you've got to create a new feed in it. Basically, this means that you have to tell Twitterfeed where it can find your RSS feed, and then which services (Facebook & Twitter) it can post those stories to.

Click the "Create a New Feed" button at the top-right hand side of your Twitterfeed dashboard, and follow the instructions below to add a feed. This is a 3-step process that takes about 30 seconds to complete. You're going to want to name your new "feed", paste your RSS feed into the URL text-box, click the "Continue to Step 2" button (see the image below)...

 

 

Next, you're going to want to tell Twitterfeed where to publish your RSS feed details. First click the Link to "Twitter" shown below, and Authenticate (Login to your Account). After doing this, you'll need to do the same thing for Facebook. This might seem a little challenging, but all it requires is clicking a link & logging into your account for each service, so there's no technical work required. When you're finished, click "All Done"!

 

 

You're almost there! Right now you've got your ActiveRain blog connected to both Twitter and Facebook, so every time you publish a blog your social networks will get updated. But what about the rest of the Internet? Well, Digg gets great search-engine ranking, so let's show your blog to the rest of the world by connecting to that!

 

Step #4: Create a Digg Account

Go to http://www.digg.com and create a new account. Basically, Digg is a promotion engine: you submit a story to Digg, and users of the site can automatically rate & review it. However, Digg also has amazing search-engine value in Google, which opens up your blog to an entirely new audience. If your story is highly-rated in Digg, then it'll get a TON of visitors - but even if it isn't, you'll still get traffic from it!

 

Step #5: Add Your RSS Feed to Digg

Login to Digg, and click the little down-arrow right next to your profile pic - that will let you access the settings menu, where you can then go to the "Import Feeds" page using a link on the left-hand side of the page. Simply paste your RSS Feed into the text-box and select a category for your blog (I use "Business").

Next, you'll need to verify your feed - basically, Digg is going to give you a little code that you need to paste into a blog posting. So open up ANOTHER window and create an ActiveRain blog post containing this link. (Don't close your Digg window, because you'll need it again in just a moment) You can put it into the title or the body of the blog posting, or you can edit one of your recent postings to contain it.

After you create or edit your ActiveRain blog to contain the verification code, go BACK to the page with the "Verify Now" button and click it...and that's it! I've also put some step by step instructions in the picture below:

 

 

Finishing up

You're all done! Now, every time you post a blog on ActiveRain, it will also show up on Facebook and Twitter. If you see double-postings, it's possible that you connected Digg with Facebook & Twitter, which means that your postings show up directly from ActiveRain and also as a pass-through from Digg (you can disconnect FB and Twitter publishing for Digg in the Settings page, which will fix that).

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Gerard Maher
Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty - Ocean Springs, MS
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Thanks so much for info.  I did try the Digg steps, but they changed them? After I went to settings, there is a link tab, but I did not see a feed one.  Is that where I should put the RSS feed info?

Great post

Feb 25, 2011 08:37 AM #24
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Mary Kay Keshishian
Advanced Group Property Inspections - Los Angeles, CA

Great tutorial my man.

Feb 27, 2011 01:09 PM #25
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Nita Shinsky
Shinsky & Assoc - Azle, TX
Broker, GRI, SFR, e-Pro

Thank you. I actually linked your suggestions. I learned something new this morning, I love it.

Feb 28, 2011 03:59 AM #26
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Tammy Pearce
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Tammy Pearce

Thank you Tim for the easy-to-use tutorial!

Mar 12, 2011 05:53 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the tutorial.  When publishing the AR feed to facebook, twitterfeed accesses my personal facebook page, instead of my FAN page.  Because the personal and fan pages share the same login, how can the AR feed be sent to only to the fan page? 

Mar 27, 2011 07:07 AM #28
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Jodi Johnson
HomeSmart Realty - Scottsdale, AZ

This must be and old post I can't find the IMPORT FEED on digg please help?

May 23, 2011 05:42 PM #29
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Linda Tublitz
I am a brand new "newbie" and your post was just what I was looking for. The description plus the illustrations will make it easy for me to set up. Great tutorial! I read some comments at a repost of this posting that said the Digg feed no longer works. Would you please comment on that.
Nov 16, 2011 11:25 PM #30
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Wendy Baldwin
Baldwin Realty Group, LLC - Columbus, OH
Columbus OH Real Estate, 614-433-0008 Residential,

Great detailed instructions on setting up the rss feeds. Thank you! fyi - Digg must have changed their menu because I could not find the import feed setting, so I was unable to do the Digg linking.

 

Dec 20, 2011 04:11 PM #31
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I really like the sound of all of this.  I will send it to myself in a email so I can re-read it.

Aug 05, 2012 12:38 AM #32
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Thom Abbott
MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I'm thinking you can do another post to help us out. I just went to Digg, and found none of the options in the order you noted above?

UGH, I hate all these changes!

 

Aug 05, 2012 12:39 AM #33
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Mike Kozlow
Mike Kozlow Real Estate - Lakewood Ranch, FL
Broker

Am I in a time warp? This was posted in December of 2010!!!!!! The last two comments, (not counting mine) are August of 2012. I am not complaining because the information seems helpful but apparently no longer accurate based on the comments from 2011.

 

How about an update because the subject matter is great!

Aug 05, 2012 03:39 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Well I'll be . . . GREG NINO (#2) was right.  I always wondered about that $10 bet and yippee, today it's finally paid off for the guy!!

Aug 05, 2012 05:11 AM #35
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Tim, It is really an excellent and I trust that this is a solution based post for the archives, so as they say, good information is good information no matter when it is posted.
Aug 05, 2012 06:07 AM #36
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Tim, I came back to let you know that I suggested this post for feature. I am not sure if something that dates back to 2010 can actually be featured, but at least I tried. Perhaps you could rewrite this tutorial and re-submit.
Aug 05, 2012 06:17 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Thanks Tim for some great automation tips.  Make it a great week!

Aug 05, 2012 08:11 PM #38
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Tim,

This is above my head. Thank you for the instructions anyhow.

Aug 05, 2012 11:18 PM #39
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Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc.
Dennis J. Zisa & Associates, Inc. - Camden, NJ
28 years in So. Jersey and the Greater Camden area

Tim, this is great information and, once I set it up, I can see it as a big time-saver, in addition to the seo benefits!

Thanks!

Aug 06, 2012 12:37 AM #40
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Tim:

Thank you for the information. I am going to give it a try, because I have been very lax with Twitter and my AR blogs.  

Aug 06, 2012 06:45 AM #41
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Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I will see if I can get this to work. I start with the RSS feed...

Aug 06, 2012 04:56 PM #42
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

OK this is way over my head for tonight.  I am going to need to come back to this.  Really interested in Digg.

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