ActiveRain Profile Page Cover Photos - Inspiration Board

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A very important part of your ActiveRain blog is your profile page. In a recent post, I discussed all sorts of  things to consider for your profile photo. Now let’s look at the Cover Photo. I’ll follow with another post soon digging into the particulars of setting up your cover photo.

craigs-clicks-starIn this post, I went surfing the ActiveRain profile pages looking for cover photos that we can use for inspiration. I came back with 40 covers as a comprehensive sampling of what can be done. I’m handing out gold stars today as you’ll often find me doing. Well done to those that I came across in my search and got me to click to save in my gallery! :)

Here are the basics to know about your cover photo for starters. Your cover photo should be a minimum 600 pixel x 200 pixel image. If you do a little math, that means it is three times wider than it is tall. That is a wider aspect ratio than your camera shoots. Therefore if you take a photo from your library and upload it directly to ActiveRain, the system is going to have to chop off a little and an equal amount from the top and the bottom of the image. Just keep that in mind as you pick your photo. You can of course do a custom crop (in a photo app) if the automatic crop is cutting off elements not to your liking. I’ll show that in a future post about how that would work.

As you can see from my inspiration selections below, I’m looking at a few particular things.

1) It represents and features something local for you – you are a service provider and an expert in your area, show it!

2) It is not overly cluttered with too much going on (e.g. logos and text, or too may images stacked into the frame)

3) Either no text or minimal text. As you can see in context, all your contact information is right below so duplicating it on the image could be redundant and distracting. If you want to put text, do it minimally with your most important contact feature whether it be your website address or phone number. Sometimes your tag line as text on the photo also is a nice touch.

4) Selection of the background color theme – orange or blue. Pick a color that compliments the photo selected.

And now without further ado, let me share my inspiration board!
(you can click on any of the images to jump to that profile page)




andrew mooers








bob crane






catherine ulrey


christine donovan


cindy westfall


















jeff dowler


jennifer fivelsdal


karen fiddler






kathy schowe


kathy streib












michelle gibson










richard yates


tammy white


tammy lankford


william johnson

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Comments (97)

HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I like the fact that you gave so many great examples for our perusal after your blog post. I just became an Rainmaker last week and modeled my cover photo after Richard Yate's...but I will have to see if I can come up with something better since I didn't make  your Top 40.

Aug 13, 2014 07:57 AM
Monte Wall
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, TX
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas

Craig, this is a great post. Thank you for including the examples from those who are doing it well. A picture really is worth a thousand words. 

Aug 13, 2014 10:26 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Great gallary for inspiration.

Aug 13, 2014 10:51 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Craig, I love all of them. Great choices.

Aug 14, 2014 12:38 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Inspirational.  I should go back and upgrade my profile page.  Thanks Craig.

Aug 14, 2014 03:17 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Finally got around to reading your post.  Saved the e-mail for when I had time and glad I did.  What great examples from across the country.  They are area specific, showing specific features for each location.  Need to review and update mine!

Aug 14, 2014 03:19 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow, that is a lot of inspiration and I really have to do a better profile pix!

Aug 16, 2014 12:48 AM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

These are great examples of nice looking cover pages! Time to Update cover and photo - thanks for sharing!  

Aug 16, 2014 01:47 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Craig, these are great examples.  Thanks for the simple formula for our cover page photo!

Aug 16, 2014 06:53 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Thanks for the reminder... it's an easy item to overlook once we post our personal photos.

Aug 16, 2014 09:33 PM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Craig Daniels Wow! This is great information and I will definitely reblog this so more folks can see it. Then I'll be going directly to my profile page for a little facelift. Hope I make the cut next time. BTW, should we be mirroring our Trulia and AR profiles and images?

Aug 17, 2014 12:33 AM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I found this by way of John DL Arendsen 's re-blog. Great information. I will need to find a picture or graphic to spice up my page. Great examples which probably took you some time to find, as several others have mentioned, so thanks for all of the examples.

Aug 17, 2014 12:59 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Craig, you really chose some great examples of cover photos.Thank you for the great ideas!

Aug 18, 2014 01:34 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Great profile photos. I change mine often as I do my FB page too.

Aug 19, 2014 04:09 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Thanks for the inspiration and reminder, Craig.  I changed mine.

Aug 19, 2014 05:26 AM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Thanks Craig for pointing out the value of cover pics.  I just went in and changed Robin's to show our beautiful Western NC mountains.  Sue of Robin and Sue

Aug 21, 2014 12:10 AM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Another great post , really enjoyed this one today.  Can't wait for the next one!  Liz Harris

Aug 21, 2014 09:39 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

These are some great examples of some excellent photo covers. It looks like most of them are photos of some beautiful scenery, or a popular cityscape.

Aug 25, 2014 07:05 AM
Tara Skinner at Keller Williams Advantage Realty
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - Golden, CO
- Connect with us!

Okay, we need to find a fabulous photo pronto... Great ideas for capturing local flavor for a more professional presence. Thanks. 

Sep 07, 2014 04:29 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Another resolution for the new year....great covers and eye candy for potential clients.

Nov 18, 2014 09:22 PM