Blogger Startup Kit

Education & Training with Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp

When you first heard the word "Blog" you were probably just like the rest of us.  Not sure, confused, and maybe even uncomfortable with the whole idea and concept.  My guess is that you still are if you've opened this post and you're still reading it. 

Here is a Starter Kit with everything you need to know, for your Blogging and Blogosphere survival.  If you are new to Blogging (less than 3 months or so) this is the post for you.  Here is the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Blogging, which is the newest and most exciting way for social networking in the World...and it's FREE!

Your Starter Kit Includes The Following: 

Here are the TOP 100 Most Subscribed Bloggers on the Active Rain Network.  Almost 50,000 members strong, but these are the 100 that most readers subscribe to.  If you view and learn from these Bloggers, you can shave years off the learning process.  This is where I have learned so much, and you can too!  Who should Blog?   You!  That's why you signed up isn't it?

ActiveRain Networking

Top 5 secrets of successful blogs and how yours can be one of them

ActiveRain Community Resources - Updated 05/18/07

So what is a Blog?  What should you Blog about?  Here's what the experts have to say. No chance of writers block with this available to you.  Here 's 101 ideas to write about on your Blog - compliments of the Real Estate Tomato.  If that isn't enough for you, CLICK HERE to be blown away!  There are more ideas and content here than you could ever write about.

What should I write next? The Ultimate Guide to Ideas for Your Next Blog

What Kind of Blogger Are You?   Blogphobics, Come On Out and Play

The Top Ten 4-Letter Words of Real Estate Blogging

When should you Blog? It varies for most, but I use the hours of 6-7am and or 10-12pm.  Post in the mornings and comment at night.  This way it doesn't interfere with my daily obligations and commitments.  You will have to decide when and how much time you want to put into it.  Here's my analogy.  If you practiced piano for 1/2 hour and only once each month, that's 12 practices a year totaling 6 hours of overall rehearsal.  Now if you practice for a 1/2 hour each day, within two weeks, you'll be better than the one who practiced all year!!  I see you're catching on. :-)  You'll find your way, just get started! Finish this post, read the links, then just go post.  

Welcome Active Rain Newbies: Read Me First

Active Rain of course, but also get connected on Facebook, LinkedIn, MyBlogLog and some of the other social networking groups out there.  Even Myspace has even generated business for some folks.  Where can you Blog from?  Anywhere you have an Internet connection.  Your desktop at the office or home, your laptop, your palm top, and even your cell phone.  The iPhone and TREO are great for mobile Blogging.

Blogging 101 - Advice from some of the best....

Paying It Forward, Active Rain Style - 100 Links You MUST See!

Do You Want to be the "Featured Member" in your Area?

This may very well be the $64,000.00 question!  I'm going to let these successful and very well rewarded Bloggers give you the why.  For me, it's simple: Networking, Business, SEO, Relationships, Referrals, Education, Advertising, Experience, and the Price! FREE!  Better than a website, and much less expensive!

Is Blogging Journaling? - Why Should I Blog?

Does real estate blogging really work? 

Blogging For Business

The Top 10 Reasons to Blog on ActiveRain (If you are a mortgage broker)

The Power of Blogging - SER 


Rain Tips and Pieces of the Puzzle that are good to know! What Say You?

Do You SEO?

SEO | It's Not all That Complicated

This is the one holding 1000's back from being successful Bloggers!!!

Goal setting for bloggers: how to build a popular blog

10 Effective Steps to Blogging For Business $$$

5 Principles to Creating an Effective Post 

How To Become The Expert in an Area

How to write a blog that generates leads 

7 Mistakes to Avoid on Active Rain 

10 Features of Successful Blogs

Best blogging resources

Top 10 Most Common SEO Mistakes 

Please.... No More Wall of Words!

10 Features of Successful Blogs

Top 10 Free SEO Web Tools 

Should I post to Professionals, Consumers or Both?

How To Get Your Post Featured and/or Included in Week in Review  


Blogging Tools and Help? 

ActiveRain Owner's Manual | Book 2

Photos and Graphics and Clip-Art Oh My...

Blogging Tools - ProBlogger


20 Google Tools for Your Business

Widgets: How to Add Them to Your Blog

Successful Blogging in the Real Estate Industry


I know that if you have not placed your first post on your Blog yet, there's a chance you just won't ever do it at all.  I hope this "kit" will inspire you to better understand and utilize Blogging to your benefit, and your customers.  This "Starter Kit" is all you will need to move forward effectively and efficiently on Active Rain, and in the Blogosphere.   It's all here, now the question is... are you?  


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Comments (190)

Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Marian - I like that yours are in Blue, but not sure I am cool with mine always being yellow, guess it will take some getting used to.  :-))

Dec 24, 2008 05:09 AM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

Gees Brad, It'll take me forever and a day to go through all these resources.  I checked out, and learned some things.  Thanks :)

Jan 08, 2009 11:49 PM
Alastair Buchanan
A&H GMAC Real Estate - Dartmouth, NS

Question.  Just wrote my first (active rain) post, but when I went to post it the only options were members, associates or draft; public wasn't an option.  Further I could only select one category.  Am I missing something?


Thanks in advance for the help.

Feb 22, 2009 05:37 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Alastair - you have the basic AR free membership. If you want to post public, you'll need to setup your AR Rainmaker acct.  Here's a link if you're interested in doing that.  AR RainMaker Account

Feb 22, 2009 11:38 AM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS


Feb 25, 2009 09:54 AM
Sheri Mapes
Coldwell Banker West Shell - Cincinnati, OH

Thanks, this will be very helpfull!  When will my profile picture show up on my comments is what I am trying to figure out.

Feb 25, 2009 10:21 AM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Brad, You write too much good stuff :)

Feb 25, 2009 10:29 AM
Earleene Woods
Keller Williams Experience Realty - Murray, KY


Thank you so much for putting so much good information together in one spot!!!

Feb 25, 2009 11:49 AM
Isaac Bensussen
Pacific Coast Real Estate Group - La Jolla, CA


This information is going to project me to new heights.  Of course, it is going to take me a few weeks to digest it all. I believe your informational blog contains the most comprehensive data put out so far; so for many of us that do not blog frequently,  there should be no more excuses. Thank you.

Feb 25, 2009 12:26 PM
Colleen Lane
Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale - Kennewick, WA
Realtor(r) 509.438.9344

It's good to see this post featured again in today's email newsletter.  This post is one of those entries that is a great resource to bookmark.  :)

Feb 25, 2009 01:55 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Sheri - your photo will show up in the comments when your reach a minimum of 10,000 points.

Victor - thanks, your content and contributions are nothing short of "value-added" as well.  :-)

Earleene - the thanks really goes to all our members, there is so much great content on this network, I am just one contributor that trys to add to that awesome mix. We are quickly approaching 1,000,000 posts on ActiveRain.  This is a huge library and resource of valuable information, knowledge, and experience.

Isaac - thank you for that, and you're right, there are no excuses, unfortunately, there are those that will still try to find them no matter what.  :-)

Colleen - I was wondering why I was getting a slough of comments on this post today, now I know.  lol~

Feb 26, 2009 02:28 AM
Cathy Glass
Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
Realtor - Knoxville, Tennessee

This is one of the most helpful articles ever posted. Thank you for the time to collect all this information. Of course, we will all be bookmarking it so we can refer to it again.

Feb 26, 2009 04:24 AM
Debra V. Edwards
edwards builders and realty, inc. - Cashiers, NC
Realtor/Builder, Cashiers, NC., Highlands, NC., Glenville

'Bless your heart'...that's what we Southerner's say...instead of the thank you's...I know that you did this one for me...especially since it's a year old. (I think) 

With sooooo many folks blogging these days, how can you get through all the noise?  Are the top 100's butts as sore as mine from all this ... learning? 

debra edwards, cashiers, n.c. ; edwards builders and realty, inc. me, myself & I...all 3 of us


Feb 26, 2009 10:21 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Debra - you are too sweet.. (That's what us westerners say) There is such a thing as the flat butt syndrome from excessive blogging, Wendy Cutrufelli has coined the phrase from just reading my blog, or so she claims.  I bet she'll get a google alert about this comment and be here soon to explain...   LOL~ 

Seriously though, thanks for your comment, it really does mean a lot to me. 

Feb 26, 2009 11:34 AM
Jan Currier
PRUDENTIAL Northeast Properties - Bangor, ME

Thank you, Brad, for your great Kit which was forwarded by a Rainmaker to an Interviewer/Editor

working with me through a referral contact program who forwarded it to me when I advised I was

just starting a regular real estate Blog and could use any tips and counsel!

Your voluminous information has been bookmarked- and will become an essential resource which I'm sure I'll end up forwarding to many others as well.  Congratulations, and thank you for your

help!  Jan Currier

Mar 11, 2009 05:32 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Jan - Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you found this post useful, I know it has helped save many members some time and frustration in getting started here.  I appreciate your kind words.  Thanks again. :-)

Mar 11, 2009 06:42 AM
Mike & Sheryl Eddy Realtors® Wailea Maui Hawaii
Coldwell Banker Island Properties - Wailea, HI

Thank you so much for all the great information. It looks like everything I will need to help me get started.

Mar 30, 2009 01:18 PM
Xinh Truong
Connect Realty.Com, Inc. - San Leandro, CA

wow!!  thank you for all the links and information.  I felt a bit intimidated with being a newbie and all...You made this a less intimidating place to be.

May 19, 2009 07:37 AM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Brad,

Really awesome post. Collection of Information. Good job.


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