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Activerain and Google+: Posting Tips

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I'm writing this post specifically for Active Rain members who are submitting content to Google Plus from their Active Rain Blog.  I'm following a lot of you already, (and if we're not connected, circle me now!) and I see this happening on most of the posts coming from the AR site.

Google+ is very visual.  It likes photos.  When you submit a link to Google+, it will pull a picture from the link to add to the Google post.  Most of the links coming from an Active Rain site end up with this little cutey:

AR Logo

Yep. That's it. Not very visual (unless your intended reader happens to be an AR junkie, perhaps).  It does nothing to help promote the post that you've taken the time to promote on Google Plus.  BUT FRET NOT MY FELLOW ACTIVERAINER'S! There is a simple solution!

When you initially submit a link to your Google+ account, you get a box that should appear something like this:

Google Plus Post

See those little arrows at the top of the picture?  Use them to cycle through the various photos that can be used.  If you've included any photos within your post, they'll be there.  Photos on the page that the link points to should be there, too (that means YOUR AR profile pic).

Pick a clip from the post that best reflects the topic. Pick something that is enticing. If nothing else, pick your Mug ShotGlamour Shot, AR profile pic.  That way, it will at least interest people that are interested in what you write.

And while we're on the subject of Google+ posting, when you submit a link, think of it as an AR type reblog and write a brief lead-in the post box that tells people why you think they should click on the link you've provided.  You'll get better results.  And finally, make them PUBLIC!  What's the use of promoting them if you're limiting the audience?  Don't hide your work!

UPDATE: Already posted and need to change the pic? Here's how to do it

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Roger Johnson is a Realtor with CENTURY 21 American Homes in Hickory, NC.


I service the Catawba and surrounding counties, and the Hickory, Newton, Conover, Taylorsville, Claremont, Statesville and Charlotte, NC real estate markets.

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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Roger, Hope you are feeling better. Just left you a message.


Jan 19, 2013 11:22 PM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Thanks for the advice.  Google plus is going to be big simply because it is owned by Google.

Jan 19, 2013 11:28 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Thanks for sharing this information and your perspective about social media. I have a lot to learn and implement, however, I appreciate this invaluable information. 

Jan 20, 2013 12:46 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Roger,  Thanks for the tip. I spent the first two G+1 posts wanting to get rid of the AR photo (no offense AR) and by accident I figured it out. I saw the arrows and clicked it and bingo... there was the post subject photos. I went back, deleted and re-posted the ones with the vanilla AR pic.

Jan 20, 2013 02:02 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roger, great tip and I see this a lot also.  After I write an AR post, I click on my G+ icon, select my photos and write a brief comment...

Jan 20, 2013 02:49 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Even MORE good information! I just went ahead and subscribed to your blog so I don't miss more tips. THANKS!

Jan 20, 2013 11:46 AM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Thanks for the information! It's very helpful! I just circled you! Wishing you well! 

Jan 21, 2013 02:31 AM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

First, let me say that I appreciate all the comments. Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been on a winter retreat with 250 teenagers with past weekend, so I'm just now getting back to the real world.

Lyn, I'm not sure If I understand, but I think you might find it a bit annoying. :) I do, too.

Terkel, even a really good post looks like spam if the AR logo is used on it, over and over.

Margaret, I had little service where I was, but I'll try to touch base with you today.

Jan 21, 2013 09:48 PM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

Rob, I wouldn't say that simply because Google has had a few flops over the years (anyone remember Buzz or Wave).  That said, I think they're doing it right this time with Google+

Right on, Kimo

Definitely the way to go, Dana. They'll attract better attention with a complimentary photo.

That's the way to do it, Rebecca

Thank you, Travis, I'll do my best to keep 'em coming

Slyvia, I'm playing catch-up today, but I'll add you back ASAP!

Jan 21, 2013 09:51 PM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

And I'll add one more comment to boot specifically for the AR staff.


If any of the Active Rain top honchos are reading this post, maybe you should reconsider this idea of auto-generating the AR logo as the primary photo for posts generated from the platform.  There are numerous articles on AR about spamming and the negative vibe from it.  To me, this is a form of spam and really should be stopped.  Not only is it bad for the specific posts that get stuff with the AR logo, it's giving Active Rain a negative image on Google+ as a whole.

Points to Ponder, my friends.

Jan 21, 2013 09:55 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have been doing this.  Pretty simple once you figure it out.  Thanks for the post.

Feb 05, 2013 02:38 AM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

Not an issue once you figure it out, Gene. Just wish more would take the time to figure it out! :)

Feb 06, 2013 01:58 AM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

I knew that feature had to be there somewhere!  Thanks for pointing it out.  Got it now!

Feb 24, 2013 11:31 AM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

Hope it helps, Brad. Don't forget to circle me on G+!

Feb 24, 2013 09:40 PM
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Roger: Sometimes when I do that, it still only gives me the option of my profile picture or the AR logo. Any idea as to why that is?

Mar 02, 2013 10:39 PM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

Melissa, could be a couple of things off the top of my head.

1st, your profile pic and the AR logo are the only 2 photos that are picked up besides any inside the post itself.  Assuming that you have photos inside the post, I've read that sometimes it doesn't always pick them up the first time.  Not sure if that is because of coding issue, file type or what.  Most have said that if you cancel and retry that it usually works.

Mar 04, 2013 12:05 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Yes, I found this out some time ago, but didn't know we could go back and change it..thanks!

Apr 22, 2013 08:53 AM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

You're welcome, Rebecca :)

Apr 22, 2013 08:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Great tips, and someone called me to alert me to this small step.    I just checked - we are in circles!

Aug 14, 2013 07:31 AM
Roger Johnson
Hickory, NC

Hope it helped, Joan

Aug 15, 2013 10:24 PM