Active Rain -- newbie tips #2-- subscribe to a blog

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Active Rain -- newbie tips #2-- subscribe to a blog

When someone is new to Active Rain, they may be looking for a starting point. Here are some quick suggestions

  • Log in every day (100 points). Blog daily (200 points each) Comment (25 points each).  Ten comments per day. Re blog (25 points). Invite others and get points from their activity. Points are given for updating your profile. 
  • Like the name Active Rain says -- get Active. To learn more, read the manual.
  • Look in groups. Find some groups that interest you and join. Read, comment and post to those groups. Subscribe to blogs that you enjoy reading.
  • Not sure how to do something? Go to the "search" link at the top, type in a question or phrase and you will find a blog about it. Also look at the FAQ link at the bottom of the page. As you progress, it will get easier.

I have put together a short video on how to subscribe to a blog.. When you find a blogger that you enjoy reading or you find informative, you can subscribe to their blog.

 

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Go here if you missed the first newbie tip.

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  1. Donna Foerster 04/27/2011 11:52 AM
  2. Lynn B. Friedman 07/22/2011 07:17 AM
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Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
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You've got a good blog run going here and I am sure you will get some new subscribers because of that. I like your simply steps to setting things up right.. Really works for the newbies Craig! Have a productive day! :)

Tammy Emineth

Jan 24, 2011 12:23 AM #3
Rainer
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John Combs
Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp. - Oceanside, NY

Thank you for the helpful reminders. It was a good refresher for me.

Jan 24, 2011 12:35 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Kathy, occassional reminders do help.

Toni, doing more than ten comments a day will not get you more points, but the whole point of commenting is to build relationships. Comment away.

Tammy, thank you for the vote of confidence. I am just sharing what I have learned for FREE in Active Rain. Some of it I have learned from you as well. I remember being a "lost" newbie.

John, I have a few more coming.

Jan 24, 2011 12:50 AM #5
Rainer
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Myhang Gibson
Myhang Gibson (Premiere Mortgage Centre) - Oakville, ON
Oakville Mortgage Broker

Thanks for the great tips Craig, the search link will be very useful for me! Have a great productive day!

Jan 24, 2011 02:05 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Homes for Sale Mount Dora Realtor

Craig,

I've been here a couple of years.

Need to re visit some of the basics.

Re-Blog?

Not really sure how that works.

Using someone elses work, but giving them credit?

Feb 05, 2011 01:46 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Ray and Karen, if there is a small green "reblog" button in the upper right hand corner of a post, you can click on that and it will open in a new window. It will give credit to the original writer and you can insert some text as to why you felt it was worth sharing. Maybe add some thoughts to the original content and posting to groups that the original writer didn't post to.

Feb 05, 2011 01:51 PM #8
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Brad Baxter
Brad Baxter, Weichert, Realtors - McDonald-McKinney - Fishers, IN
Indianapolis Real Estate Broker

Thanks for the tips.  As a newbie, I need all the help I can get.  What exactly does it mean to invite others? Is that inviting people you know to join active rain and then if they join you get their points?  Can someone join today without a monthly payment like in the past? Thanks.

Feb 05, 2011 02:02 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Brad, yes invite others to join Active Rain. You will get some points from their activity. As for the monthly payment......I don't see how to avoid that.

Feb 05, 2011 02:07 PM #10
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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Excellent advice for the Newbies, Craig.   Thank you for the Post!

Feb 05, 2011 03:15 PM #11
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Craig - Thank you for the information on the detail of getting points on Active Rain.

Feb 05, 2011 04:02 PM #12
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Craig - I subscribe to a number of blogs.  It is an easy way to read many of those bloggers whom I find interesting.

Feb 05, 2011 05:25 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Fred, I am still learning a lot from the people here on Active Rain. Great community.

John, the points are a side bonus. Blogging to get exposure and people coming to you is what it is about. Write local posts. Look like the expert and people will come to you.

Marc, I read my subscriptions regularly but on occasion I will go into another group that I am not familiar with just to read something new and different.

Feb 06, 2011 03:02 AM #14
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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

You know I'm subscribed to your blogs Craig!  You pass along the best info for newbies and alumni alike.  There is so much to learn in here that we need each other to point things out, and you with your tips are doing a great job!!!

Feb 08, 2011 03:48 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Lee & Pamela, thank you for the kind words. I have learned from a lot of people here in Active rain, starting with you. I just want to share with others. That is what makes this a great community.

Feb 08, 2011 04:14 AM #16
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Craig~ This is just what I was looking for!  Just re-blogged!  I would love to learn how to do a similar video.  How do you do that?

Apr 27, 2011 11:54 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Donna, when I did those videos, I used the free trial version of snag it. It is a great program for screen capture and video. Currently I am using Jing for screen capture as well as the snipping tools in Microsoft. Jing does offer an upgraded version that will allow for videos.                Thank you for the re-blog.

Apr 27, 2011 01:40 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Thanks Craig!  Free is good, but I don't want to pay for anything.  I've got a webcam, but of course, that will show me, not the screen!

Apr 28, 2011 04:40 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Donna, FREE is always good. I have learned so much here in Active Rain for free. It is unbeatable. You can download the Snag-it trial version. It's free for thirty days. During that time, you can make as many videos as you want and post them to You Tube.

Apr 28, 2011 08:46 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan

Thanks for all of the informative posts. I found this blog by a link from Robert Gilbert who also wrote a great post about how to's on AR.  So much info!  Thanks!

May 28, 2011 01:17 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Donna, I'm just a small fish in a big pond. Active Rain is FULL of members who are eager and willing to share what they know. Keep learning and growing -- for FREE.

May 28, 2011 01:39 PM #22
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