Using ActiveRain SideBar Links in Your Favor

Services for Real Estate Pros with Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing

Are you using the ActiveRain sidebar link location to the best of it's ability? Did you know every time you post a blog those links are counted as a back link? Granted, they are not as heavy on the back link scale as say a back link from a .gov or .edu site but they still count and every little bit adds up.side bar links, activerain links

The best way to utilize those links is to find the best keyword for whatever you are pointing the link to. DO NOT use the link phrase "my website" as this means nothing about your site. You don't want to be found for the keyword "my website".

You can point those links to anywhere you want, as many as you want! Google really only likes pages with less than 100 links but recognizes ActiveRain to be a blogging platform and will naturally have more links on the page.

Remember these things when adding links to your sidebar:

  • Use each domain only once - Google will only count one exact domain for each keyword phrase. Don't add 10 links with different keywords all pointing to the exact same address. Use your main keyword for the homepage of your website and sub pages should have links of their own like this -

Walla Walla Real Estate

Walla Walla County Home Values

Walla Walla Washington

Each are directed to the same website but different pages. These count now as three back links to the site, one link each for each page.

  • Don't use generic terms such as "my facebook page" or "My linked in profile" - Use your keywords here too.

Bozeman Real Estate on Facebook

News about Bozeman Real Estate

(While these can be used in your links, to get people to follow you it's best to use them in your signature as icons)

  • Don't neglect the power of your profile for links as well - Google indexes your profile as well even if you are not an Rainmaker. Make sure you utilize the space there to promote not only yourself and your business but your links as well.
  • Click on the [add/remove] link next to the link bar and simply add the url. It's really very easy.

Here are some more helpful tips about keywords and back links.


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Comments (94)

Carol Barron Cross
Sunflower Homes & Equestrian LLC

Thanks for the information.

Jul 29, 2011 07:10 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Thanks Ben! :)

Gary, I know you can in the signature and the text but not the sidebar.. the only downfall unfortunately.

Michael, HA, just add some in and see what happens! :)

Gayle, Really easy fix, just title them with your keywords instead

Kristine, Thanks so much for the reblog and your kind words! Glad I could help.

Thomas, Pretty easy thing to work on and fix. One of those quick tips :)

Thanks Robert! REally appreciate the feedback and compliment.


Jul 29, 2011 09:37 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Frenchtown, MT
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Dennis, Thanks so much!

Thanks Pamela! Appreciate the stop by and comment. Refershers for everything we do is always a good idea. :)

Lyn, Thanks, Like Pam (above) really helps to go through things again to make sure we don't have any dead or duplicate links,. I am guilty of that too.

Robert - HA (green fees comment) - That's great! Feel free to ask anytime if you need help on AR or SEO tips.

Thanks Mitsy, You have to stay up with this stuff if you want to be seen online. Feel free to ask away anytime.

Marte, It certainly helps for each of those internal pages. Then you get more juice to them and Google knows they are important as well.

Thanks Carol!


Jul 29, 2011 09:42 AM
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad

I always seem to read your posts. 

Thanks, I get alot out of them.

Jul 29, 2011 11:42 AM
Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

Thanks for the tutorial, Tammy! Anything I can do to boost my Google juice!

Jul 29, 2011 03:01 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Tammy, thanks for the great info. I really need to take a day and do a thorough overhaul. Maybe my next off-site day

Jul 29, 2011 03:43 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

just started using them so as my Mother used to say: "we shall see"!! LOL

Jul 29, 2011 04:21 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Tammy and VB is so sorry he missed this post, great write, featured by "The Gods" and Vegas Bob!

Your post has been featured at one of my favorite groups at AR ...




Vegas Bob ;o)

Jul 29, 2011 07:12 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Great information. I will need to make some changes to my profile.

Jul 30, 2011 02:20 PM
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

I didn't even know I could put links in the sidebar. Seeing it on your page was the first time I've noticed it. Guess I've got a bit of research to do!

Jul 30, 2011 04:22 PM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Another item on the never ending to do list.  A very important and great one though.

Jul 31, 2011 01:45 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Great information.  I know I need to do some improvements and upgrades to my AR Blog and I have bookmarked this.

Aug 01, 2011 04:29 AM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Thanks for the help.  Now, go teach a class at ActiveRain University. 

Aug 01, 2011 02:11 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Thanks to Anthony for reblogging this. Otherwise I would have easily missed  it, and it seems a very useful blog

Aug 01, 2011 02:22 PM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Excellent information and an excellent reminder Tammy. I need to spend a little bit of time sprucing up my sidebar.

Aug 01, 2011 04:06 PM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

This is very helpful Tammy, thank you! 

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Aug 08, 2011 03:57 PM
Team Lesti
Windermere Napa Valley Properties - Napa, CA
Napa Valley Real Estate Experts

Thanks Tammy, I'm new around here and cant seem to figure out how to name my links inside a blog.  I'm sure if I keep looking around I'll find my answer!

Sep 08, 2011 10:59 AM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Tammy, I love your tips, there seems to be so much to learn and uncover.

Jan 12, 2012 01:06 PM
Tracey R. Wrisper
American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA - Leesville, LA
"RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA

I am going to beef up my sidebar. Thanks for the great tips.

Jan 31, 2012 04:49 PM