Posting to ActiveRain Channels

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ActiveRain blogging platform has several means to help our posts get more visibility. For instance we can post to groups. Those visiting the groups page will have opportunity to see our post if they haven't yet subscribed to us and would otherwise not have seen it. When somebody subscribes to us, we have the highest probability of being seen as it shows up in the subscriptions news feed. (To learn more about subscriptions, see my post "You've Subscribed - NOW WHAT?")

Inside the walls of AR, we also have a means gain visibility by categorizing our posts into "Channels" and "Topics" (if you are familiar with Wordpress, this is similar to "Categories") For instance you might write a post for someone new to the home buying experience and categorize it in the Consumer Channel titled "Home Buying" and the topic "First Time Home Buyers". Another post that you write might be for your peers about your experiences creating community videos. So you would file that under
Professional >
Technology and Tools > Video.

As you can see here on the ActiveRain site, at the top navigation bar above, there is a link to Channels.  Your peers will pick the professional topics and consumers will pick the consumer categories.

Besides the link in the above navigation bar to channels, your categories are extremely useful on your outside blog page. These channels show up as clickable links in a sidebar widget. If somebody lands on your outside blog via a web search, your widget is offering them an easy way to see all that you have written broken up into categories. When they click a link, it takes them to a page that lists all your matching blog posts. If you have a diversified blog, you have a great opportunity to show them your expertise and hopefully get a new contact from it.

I have created a one-page reference sheet that you can download and print. It shows all the channels and the sub-categories. I highly suggest you print it and highlight the channels that you plan to write posts for. You won't choose all of them. However, pick your "buckets" to fill and start filling them. This also will give you a diversity of posts and make your blog more interesting!

[Channels reference page PDF, right-click and "save as" to download a copy]


Besides channels, we also need to mark our posts with tags. My next post will show you best practices on how to tag your posts as well of how you can leverage your tags. Stay tuned!

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David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Craig - thanks for sharing. Did not realize there were that many channels!! You also referenced how it helps when posting to outside blogs - interested in knowing if you do this and are an advocate - I continue to avoid given duplicate content concerns but sure you have a good opinion!! Regards Dave

Sep 28, 2012 04:22 AM #44
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


All my years in AR and I'm still learning new things.  Thanks so much for this!

Sep 28, 2012 04:28 AM #45
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Craig, always a pleasure reading your blog, always come away with something of value. Thanks for the post.

Sep 28, 2012 09:39 AM #46
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Thanks Craig. I will go check that out!!  I appreciate you sending me the email to make sure I saw the comment. 

Sep 28, 2012 10:28 AM #47
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Craig, I right clicked and saved the document.  I'm still a bit overwhelmed with what to do with posts and this is great information.  What really is murky to me though are the tags, so I'm going to check that post out next.  Thanks so much for all the great techie info you share.

Sep 29, 2012 10:27 PM #48
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

David - Google understands that content is republished on various web pages and when this is done 'with permission' it is not look at disfavorably. The originating content on AR posts to outside blogs is automatically cited and linked at the bottom of each post. Look for "orignailly posted at" text whenever somebody posts to an outside blog. This is basically telling google this is republished with permission! Good question.

DeeDee - always glad to help people learn new things :) thx

Adrian - glad to hear it - thanks for visiting

Melissa - you are welcome!

Mona - glad you got the pdf reference - tags post is half written now - coming soon :)

Sep 29, 2012 10:37 PM #49
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

CHANNELS are a great feature of ActiveRain and many forget them or fail to use them properly!

Sep 29, 2012 10:59 PM #50
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Craig, I know that I need to better choose channels when I post..  and give it more thought. 

Oct 02, 2012 11:12 AM #51
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

Craig ~ I saved the PDF file for future reference. There is so much to AR, that it is fantastic that you keep us abreast of all the features.

Oct 03, 2012 03:10 AM #52
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

This is bookmarked.  I need to pass it on to the powers to be in my office that will know how to best work with this.

Thank yoU!

Oct 13, 2012 05:54 AM #53
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Craig-re-read your post, I guess I didn't get the "value" the first time. LOL.



Oct 14, 2012 12:04 AM #54
Brett Ward
Real Talk San Diego - San Diego, CA

I continue to get en error message when I try to post in a group. This has been going on for about 24 hours now. it says it's being fixed, but hasn't yet. Where might i go/check to determine why I'm having that issue?

Nov 26, 2012 11:29 PM #55
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Brett - you can reach out to the AR staff via the feedback page or their facebook page. Let them know what difficulties you are having...

Nov 26, 2012 11:42 PM #56
Noelle Hipke TV
Realty ONE Group - Huntington Beach, CA
Need to SELL...Call NOELLE!

Do you happen to know how to get a blog from draft mode to post?

Dec 06, 2012 01:48 AM #57
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Noelle - on the blog edit page look for the "visibility" drop down list - set your post to public (or member's only in some cases) to get your post out of draft mode

Dec 06, 2012 02:07 AM #58
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

This is a great cheat sheet for me.  I am always so confused with this.

Dec 09, 2012 07:01 AM #59
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I did not know that htere are so many channels here on Active Rain.

Thanks for the PDF map, it will help  a lot!

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Thanks for this post, its helpful to newbies like me !

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Laura Filip
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Very interesting post will ready and looking forward to your tags blog will we be updated on the posts if we subcribed to your blog or do we have to look for the blogs. 

Oct 11, 2014 09:44 AM #62
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