Tell Us a Little About Yourself - ActiveRain Profile Fields

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Whether you are new on ActiveRain or know somebody just starting out here, perhaps you might want to share these thoughts about how to start to set up their profile information. For this blog post let's look at the basic mechanics of how to do that. Then we will look at various examples of what various ones have done. Finally, we can look at a little strategy in case you've been here for a while but need a little polishing up of your own settings!

How To Set Up Your Profile Basic Text

First of all, how do you get to your own profile page? At the top left of the ActiveRain pages is a little square photo of you. You can click that photo at any time to jump to view your profile page. Next to that photo is your name and drop down arrow that if you click you get choices. One choice, "Edit Profile" will take you directly into profile editing mode.

how to get to activerain profile page

If you are just viewing your profile page, notice the "Edit Profile" button in the name banner. That also will let you get into editing mode.

Now that we are ready for you to edit - starting with the real basics - first of all, WHO are you? We need your first name and your last name. 


activerain profile settings

Also, notice that there is a box to put in a tagline with a 50 Characters maximum. This little blurb will help us know what you do. More on this later. For now, just note where this tagline can be typed in.


After you save the items above, notice next down on the profile page is another + button. Here you can set your Profession Type (e.g. Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, etc.). You also indicate your State, County, City primary market location. Also, you can type in your Company Name (and Corporate Affiliation if applicable).


activerain city state and company name


Let's See How This Information Gets Used - Examples

The obvious way that this information gets shown is on your profile page which is a landing page for someone to learn more about you. This basic information also gets shown everytime that you make a comment on a blog post. This is very helpful for the blog author and other persons viewing your comment to learn the basics about you. When somebody is new on ActiveRain and they comment we want to get to know more about them. Who are they? Where are they? What aspect of Real Estate are they in? Notice how the AR system shows this to us.

The heading on a Dick Greenberg comment lets us learn a little about him:

example of an activerain comment



Do you start to see how the information fields that we talked about above will get used?

Now we not only know his name but what company he is at and the area that he serves. Do you have a buyer moving into his area? Now that you know where his area IS, you can see how that networking tidbit could prove extremely useful!


Let's look at a second example, Debbie Reynolds :


Activerain comment example of long company name for added tagline

The tagline can only be 50 characters long. However the company name field can be up to 128 characters. Some have leveraged this if they want to include additional blurbs which may include a tel number, area served reference, or perhaps a website URL.

Craig's Recommendations and Strategies

As you can see above, between the tagline and the company name fields, you should have more than enough characters to add a few key tidbits about yourself. If people want to learn more about you they can go to your PROFILE PAGE. There you have a WHOLE PAGE to give more info!

Comments really are for networking within our community to our peers. As the community gets to know us better, where we are and what we do, they will more easily think of us if a business opportunity or referral presents itself. A few simple blurbs in the header of our comment can be informative. However, don't stuff your fields like you are on an SEO life or death mission. It won't help you. In fact, it could just make it more annoying for us to read all that.

Speaking of stuffing - You may have realized you can stuff more words into your first name and last name fields. Don't do it. That may have been an ok strategy at one time in AR history. However, now that we have the ability to tag each other in our comments it becomes very awkard when you tag someone and instead of simply seeing their name in your comment you get two lines of additional blurbs about them!

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Comments (38)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Craig is on the ball and then is is looking out for others and their ball too

Nov 15, 2014 10:20 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I too am going to bookmark this page so I can come back to it. I think it's time for review my profile page anyway. I might be one of those people that overstuffed theIr profile page.

Nov 15, 2014 10:32 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good points and like all your blog insertions, they are spot on, pertinent and through, helpful.

Nov 15, 2014 10:34 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I especially like the part about not adding to your name...I've actually decided NOT to tag someone because I didn't like all the excess that went with their name.

Nov 15, 2014 11:02 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Craig, What an excellent tutorial for everyone to consider. Love your examples too.

Nov 15, 2014 11:13 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Interesting post!  I can see why Kathy chose to highlight it this week!

Nov 15, 2014 11:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Craig, This is very helpful information. I am glad to see this on the Feature Board. Some of my favorite peeps in AR do that stuffing thing. When I tag them I get their life history, blood type, etc. It really is not necessary.

Nov 16, 2014 12:23 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks Craig Daniels ! Great over view of the AR profile and I appreciate you talking about First/Last name stuffing... Agreed, that's a no no!

Nov 16, 2014 01:04 AM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Craig Daniels, Interesting blog and a great reminder that we need to update and enhance our profile info frequently.

Nov 16, 2014 03:43 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Craig, many good tips and reminders.

On that has been an irritation for a while is the name stuffing, glad you addressed it here.

"Speaking of stuffing - You may have realized you can stuff more words into your first name and last name fields. Don't do it."

Nov 16, 2014 02:18 PM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I never thought about using that extra space on company name. Hmm. I have an idea

Nov 16, 2014 03:08 PM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Great feature Craig Daniels!

It looks like all that commented agree with your blog content.  

*Have a terrific week*

Nov 16, 2014 10:39 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Guaranteed Offer for your Home - eXp realty - Atlanta, GA

You did a good job with this Craig Daniels. It's always nice to have a good easy-to-understand reference like this one. Uh-oh, it looks like I probably oughta remove some stuffing.

Nov 16, 2014 10:59 PM
Beth and Richard Witt
New York, NY
The best Retired Brokers !!!!

I'm bookmarking and will go back to when I have some time... LOL

No I'm kidding, I will get back to it and take advantage of all that you have shared with us...

Thanks to Kathy I didn't miss it...

Nov 17, 2014 04:13 AM
Mercy Colberg
RE/MAX Best Choice - Sappington, MO
Colberg Team RE/MAX Best Choice Listings


Nov 17, 2014 04:19 AM
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

As always, appreciate the updates and good info from Activerain and it's members.

Thanks for the post.


Nov 19, 2014 06:59 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Craig, this is a great tutorial.  It's also a good reminder to go back and reevaluate our profile page.

Nov 19, 2014 02:18 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Awesome!  I needed this to finish mine.  Thank you!!

Nov 19, 2014 08:36 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving! This is a very helpful post, particularly for newer members. It helps to remind me that I need to revisit my profile!

Nov 28, 2014 01:41 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

These are great tips, but I'm having trouble editing, keep getting an "error" message when trying to save; contacted help.

Sep 01, 2015 10:02 AM