Is this NEW on ActiveRain?

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ActiveRain LogoHave you posted content to ActiveRain recently?  Is this NEW?

I noticed it this morning.  I have not posted to AR in a couple of days.  Is this NEW? 

Original URL content

The "This is not my content but I have permission to repost it" checkbox is NOT new. That has been there a long time.   The place for members to provide the Original URL content" is new? 

Or has the Original URL content box been there and I am just not paying attention? 

The pop up seems to have not changed. 

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  • Symbol

Mine may look slightly different since I have disabled Re-Blogging on ActiveRain.  Does this change anything for most of us? Do you share content on ActiveRain that is not your original content?



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Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

It looks like the original url piece is new to me but I haven't been on Activerain in a while.

Dec 12, 2012 09:49 PM #2
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

There are plenty of folks on AR who try to pass off non-original content as their own.  If they don't already check the box they likely won't put in the original URL either. 

Dec 12, 2012 09:57 PM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I think it is a wonderful idea, not sure why it has not been there before BUT I wonder if those who copy and paste content to ActiveRain for points  or another reason would fill it in.

Is it to encourage members to share content that is not original on AR?  

I had another question about the Original URL box as it relates to those who repost their content from their own blog, a site etc. 

That was my thought Cindy

Dec 12, 2012 10:05 PM #4
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

hmmm, looks new to me but then I havent really looked for awhile. I would think if you are reposting your own content from your own wordpress blog then you have permission...I think this is a good idea, whether its new or not..

Dec 12, 2012 10:49 PM #5
Ki Gray LLC - Aspen, CO - the ultimate snowsport home search!

I did notice this awhile ago, but not sure if it's new or not. :)

Dec 12, 2012 11:43 PM #6
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Karen They may own it but if they want to tell Google that this is not the first instance of the content and not give AR the credit for the content OVER their / content, this same field would work for that.  I did NOT play with it to see but I will.   Does it tell Google / search engines that this is something that is not the original. 

Ki I was told its new as of yesterday.

Dec 13, 2012 02:30 AM #7
Johnny Davis
Florida Realty Investments - Clermont, FL
Where SOLD Happens!

I noticed it yesterday for the first time.

Dec 13, 2012 03:52 AM #8
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I noticed the change as well, fairly recently and wondered what prompted it. Have not seen any notification regarding the change. I have used material that wasn't my own (with permission) and marked it as such; no points for it, it's just to pass on info.

Dec 13, 2012 03:54 AM #9
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I wrote a post about reblogging a couple of weeks ago asking AR to consider a change.  This wasn't it, but I don't recall seeing this feature you speak of wasn't available when I wrote that post.

Dec 13, 2012 03:58 AM #10
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

I think it is new as of yesterday. Interesting.

Dec 13, 2012 04:19 AM #11
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Olga and Johnny thanks for the comments.  You are more observant than I or it happened just yesterday. Or the day before.  I forget when I last posted here.

Olga I hate the look of the Kersplat symbol and the ambiguity of it.  Someone told me one big mama r.e. guru (in her own mind anyway) got caught by AR copying and pasting but I am sure it was her content reshared here and she took the kersplat.   If ontent is online I will share via a link and a quote and blather on and on about it (or not)  rather than copy and paste a whole post.  If Google picked up the AR version as the original I would feel horrible, even with permission to use.  You have no control. 

Curious about the change you proposed Charita.  Off to read your post. 

Dec 13, 2012 04:22 AM #12
John & Irma Nelson
San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes

i dont think i have noticed it no . ...but i will have to go and take a look at it and see what it is that I am missing...

Dec 13, 2012 04:29 AM #13
Angela Clark
Tony Clark REALTORS - Owensboro, KY
CRS, Realtor, Broker

Hi Maureen, The original URL section is new to me. You've got good eyes! 

Dec 13, 2012 04:39 AM #14
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

It's very new. Saw it yesterday. 

Dec 13, 2012 04:39 AM #15
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Yes Maureen,

That is a rel='canonical' link. That allows the search engine to give the main priority for the content in the blog post to the original source of the content. Kind of a 'best practice' as it relates to Google.

It just hit the site yesterday as a few people suggest.

Dec 13, 2012 04:58 AM #17
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


Dec 13, 2012 05:02 AM #18
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Aha - now we know the whole story.  Good for you for asking and getting the answer.

Dec 13, 2012 05:33 AM #19
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Thanks Georgina, it's new.  It's a good thing.

Dec 13, 2012 06:19 AM #20
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I had not noticed until you pointed out, but now looking at it, it looks different. This is good, because now I can post to my original blog post on WP (If I'm understanding this correctly).

Dec 13, 2012 08:50 AM #21
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Debbie My thought is it will show with a symbol that some interpret as the scarlet letter. Or did.  I have not seen a lot of content with a kersplat on it lately.   You won't get points for it either.  Most members are very points oriented.   I think they need to do a little more "splaining." 

Points-removed Posted by Maureen McCabe Columbus Ohio real estate on 12/13/2012 12:36 PM

Could you just insert the link into posts yourself?  Not use the "It is not my content?" because it is your content.  Switching back and forth to html got a lot easier recently on AR.  I always knew I could do this but I hate editing content in html, especially old content, so I avoided switching to html while posting unless absolutley necessary.  I also have not really been interested in posting the same content in two places, but run into so many people who are so concerned about doing so.

It's a lot easier now!

I assume this space at the bottom  part of the ongoing effort to make sure the original content on AR shows up in the SERPS.  

My little experiment with my own content  is because so many members are concerned with posting the same content both here and a WP site.  It is not something that I want to do necessarily.  In my little experiment I did NOT post the content to my AR Outside blogs. I may go back and do that experiment when I have some time.   The bottom of an AR post has the line that tells the search engines the Outside blog's post is the original.  Not sure that is working.

If in my experiment I did post to my AR Outside blog would I have 2 canonical links?  The one that the Original URL content and one saying the original content is on my Outside blog?

Deleting comments with the link because they are stretching my AR blog too wide. 

Dec 13, 2012 10:39 PM #23
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