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This morning in our sales meeting, our agenda includes training on blogging on Active Rain.  I've been sending invitations to my coworkers and trying to get them to join, but there was very little interest.  I've mentioned a little business from it and higher ratings on search engines ... NOW there's some interest!  :o) 

So, if you're one of my coworkers peeking at my blog and wondering what this is all about, or if you're just new on AR (Active Rain) and want to know where to begin, I'll tell you what little I know.  Hey, I've only been doing this a short while myself!  But it's fun, you DO get referrals and you'll learn a lot

First, fill out your Profile completely.  Be creative and thorough, a lot of people are going to look at it. 

Blog ScreenNow, look around.  Click on Blogs at the top of the page.  You will find literally THOUSANDS of people telling you about their business ideas, how they do things, what their area is like.  If you are trying to find information on a specific topic, use that Search feature and find more than you ever thought there was to know about the topic. 

Read a blog entry.  Read some more.  Soon you'll find that you like the style of certain bloggers.  You'll start looking for their posts and you want to hear more from them.  Subscribe to their blog, and you'll be notified on your Blogs page each time they have a new post.  Their blog will shoot to the top of your Subscribed Blog list each time they have a new post.  Comment on a blog.  You just got points for that!!  See how easy it can be?  You're moving up already.

***WARNING:  This will get addictive.***

Ready to try your hand at it yourself?  Go back to My Home.  At the left you'll see My Blog (post).  Click on post and start writing.  For your first post you can even do something as simple as just introducing yourself and admitting you have no clue what you're doing.  Don't worry, the Rainers are friendly and they will take pity on you and say hello. 

NewlsetterAfter an initial Hello, start blogging away.  Talk about what you do and why.  Talk about what you want your clients to know.  You will love being able to tell someone, "I covered that in my blog, let me send you the link."  As you write, you'll begin to find your "voice".  This is a blogging term that simply means your own writing is not going to sound like anyone else's.  You are an original and that is a wonderful thing. 

USE your blog.  Send your favorite blog entry as a Newsletter to your SOI.  Sharing your own writing is so much more personal than just mailing out an article someone else wrote.  You'll get a reaction, I promise.  Talk about what's important to you and you'll draw in people with similar interests. 

***WARNING: This too will get addictive.  Your brain will start thinking about blogging and catch you unaware.  You may miss out on your regular life while you get your Active Rain fix.  This is normal.  However, I have not found out yet if there is a cure.*** 

Once you start to get the hang of blogging, look into Groups.  Whatever your interest, you're going to find something here for you.  Join and participate.  You can submit your posts to the groups you think will find them of interest.  The Active Rain Newbies group might be a good place to start.

The AR members are FRIENDLY.  Do not be afraid to try.  They will leave you encouraging comments.  Eventually you will get a phone call from someone who liked what you had to say.  You'll make friends.  And did I say you'll learn a lot? 

Another good rule is keep it brief.  In keeping with that rule, this entry is over.  :o)  Questions?  Feel free to ask me.



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Thanks Sarah!  I'm a 'newbie' and can't wait to use your tips!!

 See ya 'round!


Mar 08, 2007 04:58 AM #32
Pete & Rebecca Tocco
Weichert Realtors Excel - Macomb Township, MI
Hi sarah, Nice post, I to am trying to get co workers on , any other tips ?
Mar 08, 2007 05:35 AM #33
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO

Posts like this serve as a great example of how to give back to your community.  Your willingness to share and help others grow their business is to be commended.  Keep it up!

Mar 08, 2007 06:07 AM #34
Angela Sonia
Axis Financial - Seattle, WA

Hi Sarah

I really enjoy reading your blogs, I love your idea about turning a blog into a newsletter.  Someday I will be able to upload a picture. 

Keep up the inspiration.

Mar 08, 2007 06:23 AM #35
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Deborah - LOL!!!  I did force myself to push the vacuum around a little today to make it LOOK like I'd done something.  ;o) 

Toni - Hi!  Nice start blogging!  You're going to be just fine.

Pete & Rebecca - So far I haven't had much luck getting coworkers signed on.  If anyone knows how -- this might be good blog material!!

Rich - I always feel like it's not going to hurt me to help someone else out.  Even with my coworkers, I don't mind sharing tips.  A lot of people might think I'm crazy for that (you know, because they're also competing in my marketplace) but I feel better about myself for it. 

Angela - Thanks for the compliment!  If you need help with pictures, I'm happy to help.  Contact me and I'll walk you through it.

Mar 08, 2007 06:49 AM #36
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Sarah, what a great blog and an inviting one to all new bloggers. Congrats on your featured post. I look forward to hearing more from you.
Mar 08, 2007 06:57 AM #37
SEO Expert: Michael George
Phoenix, AZ
Real Estate and Law Firm SEO
What an excellent post.  In addition to being informative, I appreciate your use of pictures and the whole layout.  Nice!  ...with many good points.
Mar 08, 2007 08:35 AM #38
Kelli Fronabarger
Bend River Realty Inc. - Bend, OR
Realtor - Bend Oregon
Sarah--Great Job ! ! ! I am referring people left and right to AR and will be putting this in their list of MUST READS! Your post is well written and will save others from being "lost" when they first join. Thank you ! : )
Mar 08, 2007 09:45 AM #39
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Sarah great job.  I too make use of my blog, I sent it to my SOI and the response was great.  I am on a senior committee in town and I was asked about the real estate market; so I promised to send the information to all the members, what I did was to send my blog.  At the next meeting they thanked me for the informative information and now I have more people reading my post.
Mar 08, 2007 10:20 AM #40
Valerie Baldwin
John L. Scott Sandy - Gresham, OR
Harvey, Gresham Oregon Real Estate


Great information for those of us who are new.  Way to hand out some clever ideas on using your own blog for maketing!  Well done.

Mar 08, 2007 01:53 PM #42
Paul Francis
Francis Group Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate Agent - Summerlin Homes
Great post -- the power of the internet seperates the joes from the superstars.
Mar 08, 2007 09:06 PM #43
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Gena - Thanks for that!  I'll try to give you something worth reading. 

Karen - Glad the pictures helped!  I wanted to make it easier for the very new Newbies.

Kelli - I really appreciate that you want to pass this along to your new invites!  Thank you!

Jennifer - That's the beauty of blogging, drawing people back in and getting them thinking of you.  If they're already getting their information from you, WHO are they going to call when they have a need???  YOU.

Robert - Tried invitations again, nothing so far.  Oh well!

Valerie - I do like to think of as many ways as I can to use what I'm already doing.  Why reinvent the wheel?  Just "recycle" what you're already doing where you can.

Paul - When you're separating the Joes from the Superstars, don't forget those Janes!  ;o)

Mar 08, 2007 10:42 PM #44
Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate
AR is addictive.  I have invited a few people with very little interest.  Maybe I need to mention it in a team meeting.
Mar 08, 2007 11:25 PM #45
Paz Martinez
Realty 123, Inc. - Chicago, IL


After reading your post, it gave me inspiration to start my own.  But, what do I write about?!  Where do I start?  Maybe you can refer me to a site for "blogging for dummies" --LOL  :-).

Thanks for the great post.  Keep it up.


Mar 09, 2007 03:46 AM #46
"Tommy" Decebal
HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833 - Farmingdale, NY
Adamescu Long Island NY MASTER Home Inspector
Hey I liked that:keep it brief.Cool.
Oct 20, 2007 01:30 PM #47
Krista Fuchs
Prudential Fox & Roach - Exton, PA
Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling
Thanks!  You've inspired me to say hello with my first blog.  I have to say it's a little scary putting yourself out there.  And AR is already addicting to me, I love it!
Nov 12, 2007 10:47 PM #48
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
Sarah Cooper is inspiring people and it isn't even 8:00 a.m.  I'm still sipping coffee in my robe.  When I grow up I want to be S.C.         
Nov 12, 2007 10:53 PM #49
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Chris, you're too funny.  I'm at the office, sipping coffee and slipping my shoes off.  (I love socks.)

Krista, I subscribed.  Make me proud. 

Nov 12, 2007 11:00 PM #50
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties
I'm addicted! I bought a notebook dedicated to blogging ideas. I take it every where and when an idea hits me, I start jotting away!
Dec 14, 2007 09:42 AM #51
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
I am a newbie, already addicted.  For the last month, I have told local agents about it - they are not interested.  I have invited two very successful agents who both ignored it.  Their loss!
Dec 26, 2007 04:25 PM #52
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