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Gotcha!  Seriously folks, people here can’t read you if they can’t find you.  
As I wander around the Rain, I will often stop by posts by Newbies or at least “New to Me” bloggers.  If the title catches my eye or if they have little or no comments I’ll pop in to say “hello”.  

I’ve been doing a lot of that lately as I search for posts for my weekly “What I Learned in Active Rain this week” series.  Many have written about how to write a good blog post... what to include, adding photos or graphics,  no wall of words, bolding words for emphasis.  

However,  if no one sees you what good does it do?  


With so many Rainers posting, the blog log can whiz by.  Your post you just published could  be at the bottom or next page in the blink of an eye.  If you had subscribers,  you would come up in their Social Blog or on the right side of the Blog Log Page, which is a list of their Blog Subscriptions.


But, if no one can find you to read your post, how can they subscribe to your blog??
Join Groups and Post to Them!

ActiveRain lets you place each of your posts  in up to 5 Groups!  There are people who only go to the Groups to which they subscribe to read posts.  Not only that many Groups will feature posts within their Group.  This means you could hang at the top of that Group page a lot longer than you would in the general bloglog.

The point is your post for which you labored long stands a better chance of being read when posted to groups, especially if you do not have a lot of subscribers and/or are new to Active Rain.  

Some points to remember:

1. Read the Group Guidelines!  For example, in the Stage It Forward Group, your post needs to be about Staging.  While the group welcomes Realtors, Inspectors, and any member of ActiveRain, it discourages Listings or anything non-Staging related.  

2. Do Unto Others:  If you become a member, don’t just post there... read and comment on the posts of others in the group.

3. If you see a Goose Egg by a member’s post, stop in and leave a comment.

4. Some Groups are very topic specific and may not have a large # of members or the activity as a larger group.  

5.  Vary the Groups to which you post.  If you are always posting to the same groups, then it’s pretty safe to say that, with a few exceptions,  the same people will see you.   Mix it up depending upon the topic of your post.

Most Active Groups

And, a few of my favorite Groups to get you started:

Posts to Localism


Stage It Forward

ActiveRain Newbies


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  2. Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor 05/02/2012 10:24 AM
  3. Joe Jackson 05/03/2012 12:29 AM
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Kathy....I love all the ones you suggested, took time for me to get to know them but they are popular and will get you noticed.

May 02, 2012 05:27 AM #35
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Kathy, great idea to help people who are new to AR, who would really know that? You are a wonderful mentor!

May 02, 2012 06:04 AM #36
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Kathy  That is excellent advice for newbies - I still join groups to be read further

May 02, 2012 06:52 AM #37
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cheryl- many thanks, and yes, titles will grab someone's attention which is what you want but hopefully your content will follow suit!

Toni- I think you have an excellent point.  I know that when i began here, it was so hard for me to learn what would be an appropriate topic for a blog other than staging.  

Jennifer- Thank you so much and thank you for subscribing. 

Roy- you have used my favorite color!  Love that flower 

Joy- most of us here have been lucky and receive comments on our posts but it didn't start out that way. 

Bryan- I agree with you!  I post to at least 5 groups 99% of the time.  And that's another reason why reblogging is good!

Curtis- I will send my thanks to Roy and thank you for coming by.  Hope to see you again!

Ellen- what a treat getting to talk to you today... thank you!

Joanna- just passing it along as it was done for me!

Karen- I do too.  Unfortunately i don't always have time to visit each one daily. 

May 02, 2012 09:53 AM #38
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great information and congratulations on the gold post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 02, 2012 09:59 AM #39
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

I love to post a reply on someone's post when they have zero responses. It means so much

May 02, 2012 11:06 AM #40
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Very good advice. I just looked through groups, looking for more to join and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of them. It's hard to decide which groups will be the most productive for me. Sometimes I wish we could post to more than 5 groups per post, like when I have an awesome photo.


May 02, 2012 11:20 AM #41
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Kathy, Good advice as always... expose yourself!  HaHa.. 

May 02, 2012 11:51 AM #42
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Great post Kathy. It contains great advice on how to be seen and how to participate in this wonderful community.

May 02, 2012 11:58 AM #43
Kevin O'Rourke - Keller Williams Miami Beach Realtor
Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty - Miami Beach, FL
CDPE Miami Short Sale Agent 305-520-9436
Great post Kathy. Your scandalous headline lured me in, but I stayed for the great content! Thanks for sharing those great tips. You have helped this newbie bigtime. Cheers.
May 02, 2012 12:41 PM #44
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Kathy - It's always fun to post on a newbie's post.  I also agree with you about posting to groups.

May 02, 2012 02:06 PM #45
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

First it was “Debbie Does Dallas”. Now you want us to expose ourselves. It is a very interesting day in the Rain!

May 02, 2012 02:38 PM #46
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Congrats on your feature, Kathy. Very considerate of you to pay it forward. I need to take your advice and post to other groups. Fresh Eyes Joanna posted to a group called "Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul"... who knew?

May 02, 2012 03:56 PM #47
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Outstanding post and thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with all of us.

May 02, 2012 08:54 PM #48
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kathy.  I have learned so much from other AR bloggers.  It is a wonderful place to learn.

May 02, 2012 08:55 PM #49
John F Muscarella
Broker/Owner, Venice, FL, Florida's Suncoast

All us newbies need to hear these type of suggestions born of experience.  Thak you.

May 02, 2012 09:58 PM #50
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you have just inspried a future post.  perhaps todays.

May 02, 2012 11:17 PM #51
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Solid advice Kathy and congratulations on the feature. Too many newbies never discover the benefits of Active Rain because they don't bother getting properly involved, and if they do, some of them don't take advantage of all the bells and whistles.

May 03, 2012 12:36 AM #52
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great advice Kathy, thank you. 

I will start implementing some of these tips this next week.




May 03, 2012 09:10 PM #53
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I quit posting to most groups in late January. It just took too much time to go through all my groups and figure out which five I wanted to post to. Plus the buying and selling public isn't a member of groups and they are who I'm after.

May 08, 2012 05:00 AM #54
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