Do You Want Visitors Searching Your Blog?

Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

 Last month I did a post regarding ways to search Active Rain using the built in "Search" option.  I also shared how you can use the URL address bar above to search Tags or Keywords.

Now you can have your very own search engine built into your Blog.  Have you ever read a post by another member, book-marked it, then tried to find it in that list of the other 3000 posts you've book-marked? :-0  Here's a really cool tool that will allow you and your readers to search your Blog for any topic or keywords.  NOT JUST TAGS either.  This is great for your fellow AR members and for visitors to your Blog or Site.

It's called BlogBar.  NO, this is not a place where Bloggers gather to drink, agreed, the name is a bit deceiving.  Sorry!!  I know how much some of you like a good bar! LOL! 

It's a free search engine widget you can add to your own Blog or Website.  I put this on my Blog a few weeks ago to see how it would work and I LOVE IT!  It's like having your own "Google Search" on your site.  I can find anything I have ever written about anywhere in my Blog and so can you.  Search single words, multiple words, or even phrases, and it pulls up every relevant post available on your Blog.  You can also use the BlogBar pull down menu to search Google, Technorati, All Your Friends, or ALL of the Internet.

DISCLAIMER: EDITED ON 12/10/07 - Before you continue, you need to know that some members on AR experienced errors after installing the Blogbar on their Active Rain Blogs.  There is a 460 stack overflow that is being reported, and no one seems to know why.  It works fine on sites outside AR, so continue with caution if considering this for your Active Rain Blog! Read the comments on this post for more details:


Do you need Blogbar on your Website or Blog?  I wouldn't post this if I didn't want you to certainly consider it!  Try the BlogBar I've added over on the right, (under my photo) and you'll see how powerful it is!  This can really help your visitors find what they're looking for while they're visiting you.  It will only take a minute to set up, then you and your visitors are ready to search anytime!


Adding the BlogBar Widget is very simple: 1. Just go to BlogBar   2. Select your color and design  3. Choose from one of the eight different languages  4. Enter the domain name of your website or the location of your Blog  5.  Then click on the button that says "grab it!"  Once the HTML code is generated, just cut and paste the code into your Website or Blog.

For Active Rain, just copy the HTML code from BlogBar (CTRL + C), then go to "My Settings", and paste the HTML code (CTRL + V) anywhere in the "Blog Description" box.  Be sure to click on the "update" button, and now it will appear under your photo on the right hand side of your Blog.  You're Ready to search!

Blogbar Friends

Here's another cool feature!   Imagine you wanted to know what your friends said about the Blogbar Widget, for instance.  Just type in “BlogBar” in the Blogbar search box, and select “at my friends” in the drop down menu, Hit “OK”, and that's it!

Blogbar will now search on all Blogs you've linked to in the past: friends, media sources, acquaintances, etc.  This is really a powerful tool to help you know what’s going on in YOUR Blogoshpere!  

I'd give Blogbar two thumbs up, but I'm not Siskel and Ebert.  Try it for yourself, and you decide.  If for any reason you don't like it, (which I doubt) at least you know now where it's available and it's FREE!  Once you have written 20 or more posts, then I know you and your visitors will see the benefits of having a Blogbar.

Do you want visitors searching your Blog?  Well now they can!  :-) 


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Comments (271)

Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Gail - glad it works well for you, I love this widget, it's such a valuable tool for your visitors. Thanks for the comment!  :-)
Dec 20, 2007 09:15 AM
John Duncan
Keller Williams Realty - Clear Lake City, TX

Thanks Brad, great post.  I'm going to give it a try.  By the way, I wanted to share with you that First American Title got nearly half their business from my Keller Williams office here in Clear Lake Texas due to  providing value added services.  They bring quality people in to teach and train and that, is worth more than any of the old days of flyers, donuts and the like.  They charge obviously due to the P53 bit however, it is extremely affordable and most of the time they bring it right to us.

Thank you First American!


Dec 20, 2007 09:52 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
John - that is great news and information!  Thank you so much for sharing that! DON'T try to install this widget on your AR Blog!  Too many members had problems with it here, but outside Blogs it works Great!  Have a great Holiday my friend, and thanks again for the Kudos to my company!!  I take great pride in working for First American Title for over 20 years now!  :-)
Dec 20, 2007 09:58 AM
Diana Turnbloom - Martinez, CA
The Leading Expert in TC Services & Education
Brad Oo, Oo, Oo! You will be so proud of me. That awesome meeting we had helped me to prepare the sweeetest blog for one of my loan officers. Thanks for your wealth of information. You and First American Title Rule! BTW-I spoke with Rod about loading Foxfire on my computer. Unfortunately our MLS is not compatible. It only works with IE. (I should have known!) "Welcome to my World!" Diana
Dec 20, 2007 10:06 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Diane - I'm always proud of you. I use FF on AR because Internet Explorer has too many issues.  I understand the whole MLS thing, that's why I have both. Plus, if I want to help other members and clients, I really need to know both.  Hope you guys are having a great Holiday!  
Dec 24, 2007 03:22 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876



HERE's a redemption post for all of you who were unable to use Blogbar here on Activerain: 







Dec 26, 2007 03:58 AM
Mirela Monte
Buyers' Choice Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate
Wow!  Thank you!  I'll try it!
Dec 29, 2007 09:02 AM
Nate Ellis - Keller Williams Realty East Bay 925-337-8489 - Concord, CA
"Mr Danke Schoen"
Bard - Thanks for the endless supply of ideas to help us promote our business.
Dec 29, 2007 09:27 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
M&M, be sure to let me know how it works for you.  I just noticed Diana Turnbloom is using it here on AR and isn't having anyerrors or problems at all.  I wish I could say that for everyone who has tried to add it to their AR Blogs. Keep me posted!  Maybe something has changed or been fixed!  :-)
Dec 30, 2007 11:09 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Nate - always glad to help any way I can. Especially my local friends and clients like you.  You always know how to reach me and where to find me anytime.  At your service my friend, you only need a phone, I'm one call away!  Happy New Year, be safe and enjoy the Celebration time!!  :-)

BTW - Thanks for the headline news on the page.  That was a blast, and the photo didn't turn out half bad!  

Dec 30, 2007 11:13 AM
Will Daly
We Know Urban Realty - Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix High Rise and Loft C

Hi Brad,

Google Custom Search bars are similar to BlogBar and may not be problematic for Active Rainers.  Do you know of any custom search bars that do not use the google spiders and index?  In other words I'm looking for a search bar that will spider whatever site I dictate and then generate search results from that custom index?  I wrote further about this in a blog.  Thanks for any help you can offer.  W

Jan 02, 2008 01:00 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Will - thanks for sharing this, I'll check it out and then possibly do a redeem post (LOL) since this one didn't work toooo well here on AR.  I do see it around on other members sites, but many had trouble with it, or at least thought it was Blogbar causing the problem.  Happy New Year and thanks again! :-)

In ref to your question, this is the only search bar I have found that allows you to do exactly what your asking.  This is why I posted about it, I had other members ask me about the same thing.  You might want to check out the swicki post I did as well, it has some great features the others don't!  

Jan 03, 2008 07:24 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Brad

Your always sharing and helping us to learn about the technology you know and have learned about. Thank you for doing so Brad.

I have bookmarked this post.

Have a good one


Jan 05, 2008 06:52 AM
Vinnie Vacca
DPR Realty LLC. - Glendale, AZ
Glendale Arizona, Arrowhead Ranch
Brad, you seem to be the techie guru here, I've read a lot of your post and find them very helpful, thank you.
Jan 05, 2008 11:17 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Dale - I'm happy to see your comment here.  I am just paying it forward because I can.  Sometimes by helping just one, we are actually helping many.  This is the ultimate way to pay it forward.  I know that what we put out does and will come back to us.  In many cases for me, it already has!  :-)
Jan 13, 2008 05:57 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Vinnie - just an ordinary Joe who loves helping my fellow AR members and clients!  Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to comment with them.  I truly appreciate it.  Let me know if you ever need any help with anything at all. :-)
Jan 13, 2008 05:59 AM
Aida Pinto
Independent Real Estate Broker - Los Angeles, CA
Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196

Brad---again thanks---antoher one to bookmark---there are only a few bloggers I bookmark--and yours I always do!

Jul 15, 2008 04:06 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Aida - that was a very sweet comment, thanks.  I wonder if anyone else has the same issue I do with bookmarking posts and then trying to find them later??  I must have 500 posts bookmarked, but when I go to find the one I know are there, I forget the title, and in some cases who wrote it, and then I'm scrolling around my bookmarks trying to find something that resembles what I'm looking for. Then, after a few minutes of scrolling around and I'm on page 3 or 4 of my bookmarked posts, I realize, I've forgotten what I was looking for, and that's why I think I have a bald spot starting in the center of my scalp. haha

I'm sure it's just me though, with a bald spot that is.. lol~   :-))

Jul 15, 2008 05:03 AM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Brad is that 460 stack overflow problem still existing for users embedding the widget on their active rain blog? or was this fixed.

Thanks for any insight.

Aug 09, 2008 12:34 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I'm not sure this was corrected on the members blogs that were having the issue. I was using it but members said they were getting errors in some cases. Google has a search widget that I think you may find more stable and reliable. I was using this on a couple other blogs too where it worked fine, but it just didn't pass the upgrade and approval process on those other sites.  You can try it and see.  It's a very cool search tool and may very well work here 100% now with all the changes we've made at AR since this post.  :-)

Aug 11, 2008 01:40 AM

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