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Take a look over there on the right side of the screen (you may have to scroll up or down to see it) but do you notice the section of the sidebar called "Links"? This is an area of ActiveRain that is editable by you . It is important to use this area (and if you already knew about it, go back once in a while and make sure everything is current). Right next to the Links title, click on "add/remove" in order to edit what is displayed there. (note: you will have to be on YOUR blog page to have the add/remove link)

To add a link, you will need two parts: "Link" (the URL)and the "Link Text" (what the reader sees). When you type your Link Text, keep in mind that the sidebar is only wide enough for about three words (w/o wrapping the text and it is cleaner w/o the wrap if you can do so).

You'll want links to your website, facebook (business page), twitter, etc. If you are keen on SEO (you should be), this is also a backlink opportunity you don't want to miss. Google likes deep linking too. In other words, link to your home page but ALSO link to secondary pages. For example, "Search the MLS" link could take them to the IDX search page ON YOUR WEBSITE. (Don't send them anywhere but to you!)

But notice something else you can do... link to articles by TOPIC that you have blogged about in ActiveRain. See how I have done that with mine. I have written series of articles on Picasa, ActiveRain, and Graphics for Bloggers and have these linked via being TAGGED as such for future reference and here is a case in point.

I have written a couple of articles on tagging and perhaps you want to go back and check them out Tips on Tagging and Using Tags and Your Tags Are Virtual Folders

When you tag your articles with keywords, you will then have a URL that you can leverage like I am doing:

Notice yours will be similar, you will replace your username and the specific tag you want to use:
e.g. short-sales, foreclosures, first-time-homebuyer, etc. Note that you don't need to type out the URL (in fact better that you don't in case of typos). Start with your tag cloud, and right click to get the URL of the tag you want to use so that you can copy/paste it in. (advanced note: spaces in tags create %20 codes and that gets a little messy so copy/paste you don't have to worry about it)

And after you review my articles on tagging, you might realize "oops, shoulda/coulda" It would take too much time to go back and edit all your posts... however, I do recommend that you go back to your BEST posts and fix those.

Think about the consumer that finds you and your blog. Do you want to impress them and have them hire you? Show them all the good work you've done. You ARE the best person for the job! :)

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Lynn M. Bower
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL

Craig, you are the Active Rain gift that just keeps giving. I learn so much from you. It's amazing I didn't know what I didn't know....did I say that right? At any rate, your information is great!

Dec 26, 2010 11:03 PM #15
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks Craig.  Another good tip.  While I am technically unable to do some of them, I am learning!

Dec 26, 2010 11:51 PM #16
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Thanks, as always, Craig!  I love your classroom and will keep checking it out all through the year.

Dec 27, 2010 03:14 AM #17
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I am so glad you are back teaching us things! LOL. I need to do this for sure. My 2011 resolution is the whole SEO thing. Any tips you have on it will be greatly appreciated. Can we link to a YouTube video too?

Dec 27, 2010 02:22 PM #18
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

yep, youtube too, http://anythingyouwant :)

Dec 27, 2010 02:42 PM #19
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Craig~ This is a great informational blog! I could not figure out that whole link thing... I like that you have liked back to certain blogs I would like to try it. Bookmarking to come back to as I am too tired to comprehend at this point!! LOL!

Dec 27, 2010 05:11 PM #20
Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Hi Craig~


I am having problem with the signature portion.  I recently changed it using word to cut and paste didn't work so good.  Now all the garbage is showing up.  I tried to correct it but it just won't go away.  And the signature formatting for the outside blog is all screwed up (centering etc.) but it looks fine in the settings portion. I'm so confused...... help!!!!!

Dec 28, 2010 04:27 AM #21
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Kim - I sent you an email to follow up on that question ...

Dec 28, 2010 04:52 AM #22
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Nice post!

Oh, I have to add some words to add up to nine.

But as I was saying...

Nice post!


Dec 29, 2010 11:11 PM #23
Wendy Hayden
Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO - Richmond, VA
Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan

I really like the idea of linking to catagories of blogs.  Very cool!  Thanks Craig.  I love your blogs, but they sure do add to my to do list!

Dec 30, 2010 01:36 AM #24
Clinton Porter
Keller Williams - Littleton, CO

Thanks for helping me figure this out!

Dec 30, 2010 03:16 AM #25
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Thanks Craig for the reminder.  I have used these from the beginning but have not gotten back to them for ages.  Will have to work on them for the SEO. 

Dec 31, 2010 05:03 AM #26
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Thanks Craig. I just went and checked my links and added a couple more. Now, I'm off to read your posts on tagging.

Dec 31, 2010 12:28 PM #27
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the tips . I have suggested this post for feature.

Jan 05, 2011 12:55 AM #28
Joy Baker
RE/MAX Insight - Salem, NH
So NH RE & Short Sale Specialist

Will this work the same way on my Active Rain "Outside Blog"?

Jan 09, 2011 01:47 PM #29
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Joy - when you are on your editing console of your outside AR blog, you will see a very similar thing and it works just the same way

Jan 10, 2011 01:51 AM #30
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Great post. I am finally at the lever where I know what I am doing... sort of, and with your post I can do it even better.

Thanks. Tatyana.

Apr 27, 2011 01:12 AM #31
Don McBride
Nautical Realty - Saint James City, FL
Nautical Realty

Thanks Craig I am new to Activerain and this post was a great help


May 14, 2011 01:14 PM #32
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Thanks you for this Craig. I am not new to active rain, but I am glad I found out about all this because it is a great way to advertise my outside blogs.

Jul 12, 2011 05:24 AM #33
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA

Great reminder Craig, thanks

Oct 25, 2012 02:27 AM #34
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