Your ActiveRain Profile Page NEEDS HELP

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Can I be frank?
Your ActiveRain profile page is deficient and really needs some help!!

Now...
don't get mad at me. It is not your fault that you have this problem. But in this post, let's talk about how you can make it better!

So somewhere back in time, the AR devs made a change that handicapped us all. Take a look below at the profile editing screen that we now have.

The first thing that really bothers me about this, is that you have a 2 inch box in which to edit your profile text. Um, really?? That's just uncomfortable (unless you are a fan of scroll bars). Secondly, you are not allowed to insert any pictures. There used to be a workaround to be able to use pictures. You could create a draft blog post that included text and pictures and then copy & paste over to the profile edit box. (see my profile in the background, that's how I did it in the past). That hack no longer works. If you try that now, it strips out all the pictures. So now we are constrained to words only, bold and italic formatting (you can do this by using the shortcut keys like Ctrl/Command+B for bold), and hyperlinks

When is the last time that you wanted to read a wall of words? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Ok, so now what?? This is something that should be fixed, but the development resources on ActiveRain have dried up for the time being. We can hope this changes in the future, meanwhile we all choose to stick around because AR is still a community with benefits that are really hard to match anywhere else. You know that's true.

So, we learn to workaround AR issues here and there. A good workaround solution for this profile problem I will now share with you.

Consider creating a blog post that will let you create a full bio for others to come to know you. By creating a blog post, you can mix text and pictures so that you have a more visually appealing presentation. Compare the transformation with Mimi Foster in the above illustration. Her ActiveRain previous profile page is above left and her full bio post is above right. (Here is a link to Mimi's new Full Bio post)

In order for this strategy to work, after creating the full bio post, you'll need to link to it in order for it to be found in the future. The two primary places to link to it will be in your blog signature and a cross link from your profile page. This is important, so let's look at these links more closely.

First, your Blog Signature is what automatically follows each of your blog posts. It gives some basic information about you, but there is limited space. So a link to "Read full bio..." in the signature is a perfect opportunity to lead traffic to the bio post that you have created.

The second primary place that you will want to link to your bio post is from your ActiveRain Profile page. People are funneled here for example via clicking on your portrait or name on comments that you make on other people's posts. Also, each of us have a "My Profile" button on the top right of each page of our blog posts. So people will land on our profile page, what we want to do once they get there, is detour them to the page we actually want them to be on.

If we put just a few overview sentences about us here, we can then follow that text with a "Read full bio..." link to direct them to the page we actually want them to be on. Be careful not to put too much text in your profile because then the system will automatically create a "Read More" link. If that happens, it will require that the reader click the "read more" link to see the link that we WANT them to see. Many will skip over that extra click and miss the opportunity.

 

Here's a look at Mimi's completed bio post:

You'll see we used composite graphics throughout the post. This raises the bar on the quality of your visual presentation. I've got you covered though, check out my Blog Signature (part 2) post where I dive into this topic more specifically. The images aren't hard to make, but it does take a little practice and it is worth the effort!

The key to a good bio is balance. Nobody wants to read on and on about how many certifications you have. Narrate more about what you can do for them and why you are qualified by experience. A few specifics in the narrative will show that you know what you are talking about and that you are not just copy/pasting the same generic text that every agent website has. Also, testimonials are good to show but not three pages full! As you can see, we picked out two testimonials and highlighted these.

While this is a professional services bio, it can be very beneficial to add just a touch about you and your personal interests -- a little bit shows a depth of character and informs us about the PERSON and PERSONALITY behind the name. This is opportunity to humanize and connect at an alternate level. 

The final section that we added to Mimi's bio was for highlighting Selected Blog Posts. This is an opportunity for you previous blogging work to shine. This is another chance to make an impression by not only saying that you know what you are talking about, but to show it! (note: I used some HTML/CSS styling to make this section appear as visual tiles. That's an entirely different, and very advanced, so far unwritten, tutorial. You can however make a list your best blog posts and hyperlink them to the articles.)

Finally at the end is the blog signature that puts some nice finishing touches on the page with a link to your website, how to contact you by phone or email, social media links to connect to you and and a few other select calls to action. (This post is part 1 of a three part series describing how you can update your blog signature. From there you can follow the series.)

Finally, if this idea of mine gains any traction, you may see these bio pages popping up here and there in ActiveRain. This is your chance by your comments for sincere praise for the person and their qualifications. Remember, it is the "non-members" that these posts are targeted for primarily. By the array of excellent comments that are attached to the post, this only brings more credibility to the person that somebody out there is considering to hire. 

So there you have some food for thought. It's all part of the PRESENTATION OF YOU. People have a choice for who they want to work with. Make sure you help make that an easy choice!

PS - If you go ahead with the ideas in this post, I'd love that you come back and share a link to your new bio page. :)

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Comments (34)

Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Never hurts to get the perspective.

Thanks for the insight, and congratulations on your Feature status.

 

Merry Christmas

Dec 19, 2019 09:45 AM
Craig Daniels

glad you stopped in to check it out! thanks!!

Dec 19, 2019 10:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Craig - awesome ideas for a workaround on profile pages. I used to pay more attention to it and change it up every year, not so much this past year or so. You just might have inspired me to create anew!  And what perfect timing to give Mimi a new look on her pages - absolutely perfect timing!

Dec 19, 2019 09:55 AM
Craig Daniels

Anna you inject such fun and personality into your work. What better place to spotlight that in an updated bio post. I look forward to see if you tackle that. I see your profile still has photos so you must have got that last edit in before they closed the gate. :)

Dec 19, 2019 10:10 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

                             Featured in BananaTude Group by Santa Tude!

 

Dec 19, 2019 09:57 AM
Craig Daniels

always love to get a gold star from bananatude :) thanks!

Dec 19, 2019 10:11 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Craig ~ Thanks for sharing... especially in a way that I can understand and implement!

Dec 19, 2019 12:41 PM
Craig Daniels

AJ - I love those last three words. Hope it goes well for you with that! :)

Dec 19, 2019 04:40 PM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

What a great idea Craig! I never thought to use a post as the bio! Brilliant workaround! We all should keep our bios and profiles spick and span! I'll have to put that on my list! Thanks - Congrats on the feature! don't see you around much anymore.. which means your busy! YAY!

Dec 19, 2019 02:36 PM
Craig Daniels

Hi Tammy - that's great to hear that you like the idea! Yes a few years away, and yes busy! Hope to be back here more often again. good to see you!

Dec 19, 2019 04:42 PM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Craig,

This is going to take some reading to be able to follow all this...but I will.  I have been trying to change my blog signature.  How do I do that.  There is an old photo in there I would like to delete or change out.  When I go into my profile, the option is not there.  Any help would be appreciated.

Dec 20, 2019 04:28 AM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Cindy Edwards - hi, great to see you!
I just finished a 3 part series on blog signatures. Check out in particular part 3 (here's the link) where you'll get a reminder where to go to edit your blog signature. Please reach out to me if you have any problems! :)

Dec 20, 2019 04:57 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Great post. I've bookmarked so I can come back to it. 

Dec 20, 2019 05:30 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks for the bookmark Carla, see you on the return to the page :)

Dec 21, 2019 09:39 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great stuff, as always, Craig. I have to first fix my Pinterest profile.  Some glitch this week and it reverted to what I had in 2017.  very bizarre.

Dec 20, 2019 12:46 PM
Craig Daniels

thanks Debbie! back to the future? :)

Dec 21, 2019 09:40 AM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Thank you for sharing your expertise.  Here's hoping I can follow your great instructions!

Dec 20, 2019 01:24 PM
Craig Daniels

Hi John, a bunch of small steps can get you far. thanks!

Dec 21, 2019 09:41 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you so much as always for being a plethora of help to us! 

Dec 20, 2019 02:21 PM
Craig Daniels

appreciate the appreciation! : ) thanks

Dec 21, 2019 09:41 AM
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Definitely doing this, thank you.

Dec 21, 2019 08:29 AM
Craig Daniels

hi MaryKay, definitely like that comment :)

Dec 21, 2019 09:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Craig Daniels ,

What an awesome post. I've bookmarked to look at after the holidays. Than k you as always for such excellent information!

Dec 21, 2019 07:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Craig Daniels,

Congrats on the feature. Lots of good points in your blog. Thank you for sharing them.

Dec 22, 2019 11:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is excellent advice to share.

Dec 22, 2019 11:59 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Excellent as usual Craig.  I will try the bio thing!  Let's see how I do.

Dec 22, 2019 12:12 PM
Cindy Bernstein
Aim 4 Order LLC - Pikesville, MD
Downsizing & Home Organizing Services in Baltimore

Thanks for a very informative post - looking forward to the next one!

Dec 23, 2019 07:02 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’ve been there myself but there is light at the end of the tunnel for absolutely sure. we all could do a little better, right?

Dec 28, 2019 10:49 PM
Anja Kerstens, 669.270.8034
Compass - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, NHCB, CDPE, CHS. Silicon Valley Homes

Hi Craig, I tried to follow your instructions. I recently changed brokerages but the box to change the "get to know...." pops up but I can't manipulate or enter any information. Tried Chrome and Safari. What do I do?

Jan 25, 2021 05:12 PM
Craig Daniels

Hi Anja - sorry to have not replied. AR notifications are broken and I was not aware that you posted the question. The edit "about me" section of our profile is currently not editable because of a bug. I can email you a workaround idea in the meanwhile!

Feb 07, 2021 05:50 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Craig, was led here today, great post with great explanations and how-tos.  I look forward to implementing.

Feb 06, 2021 02:37 PM
Craig Daniels

glad you found this post Kris. thanks for letting me know that you found it useful! :) (PS - the edit profile function is temporarily not working because of a bug... However preparing your profile post is still a useful step you can take without waiting)

Feb 07, 2021 05:49 AM