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Getting Started on ActiveRain

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Getting Started on ActiveRain -

This is a "what now?" for those of you who just joined ActiveRain, and can also be a refresher for those who have been here awhile.

So you've just joined ActiveRain and are wondering, what is next? Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

The ActiveRain Members and Ambassadors wish to welcome you to the ActiveRain community.  We know you have limited time to spend on social networking sites. We are glad you've chosen our network as a place to connect with others, grow relationships, support your local neighborhoods and of course grow your business.

Before you begin your journey here, there are a few details we'd like to share.  This will save you time and give you a better understanding of the 'Rain.  We're confident that our site will bring value, benefits and substantial rewards to you and your business.

Getting Setup:

Complete your profile:

  • Hover over your photo on the top right of the page, click "My Home" and then find "My Profile (Edit)" on the left-hand side of the screen. Click the Edit button and then click on the pencil icon for any area you'd like to complete or update. You can do the following:
  • Add your photo, in png, jpg or jif format, no bigger than 600x600.
  • Add your tagline, URL, Blog title and email address. Your phone number should be added, and you can put it in your blog title, tagline and blog post signature.
  • You may then add such bits of information as your service areas, specialties (buyers only? buyers/sellers/commercial?) and languages spoken.
  • You can also add a featured video, certifications, awards, skills and testimonials.

Your Statistics 

You also have the ability to see how many views, comments, likes and short URL clicks you get for each of your posts. The columns are all sortable. To check out your specific statistics, click on this link.

Your Blogs

Write a blog post! There are a ton of ideas from market reports to neighborhood information to recipes. For more ideas on topics, check out this link.

Please note in order to get points for your posts, they must be at least 50 words in length. To make the post more legible for readers, it should have plenty of space around paragraphs and be written in at least 18px font size. It is also suggested that you include a featured photo which is required to get featured, and a photo within the body of the post if the post is long enough.

You are also encouraged to write your own content. Please do not use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to write your posts. If you do use AI, it's important that you disclose that information somewhere in your post.

  • Regarding points, there are many ways to get points on Active Rain as described in this post. Points are a fun way to motivate members to write more, and they are also useful if you have a Rainmaker account. That is because when you've earned 500K points, your account becomes free.
  • If your post is featured, it will be included on the main screen of ActiveRain. Typically, featured posts have information that will be of interest to all members or is unique.
  • A Rainmaker account means your posts and comments will be visible to Google and can show up in searches to non-members. This is definitely recommended if you are writing to potential buyers and sellers. There is a fee for this service. A free Rainer account will allow you to post and comment, but the only people who can read your posts will be members.
  • You should also set up a Blog Post Signature, which will appear on the bottom of all your posts. Here is a primer by Craig Daniels on how to do that.

Commenting on Posts

ActiveRain is a great way to build relationships with other professionals in the industry. This can lead to amazing friendships, new knowledge and referrals. One of the easiest ways to start making those relationships is to comment on posts you find interesting. If someone comments on your post, you may reply to them on your post or find a post of theirs to comment on. Commenting is easy and a great way to "meet" new people.

A few additional thoughts about commenting on other people's posts. The best comments are those that show you read the post. In other words, cutting and pasting "great post thanks" on twenty posts a day just so maximum points are given is not a great way to start conversations. Also, self-advertising/promoting your business on someone else's post isn't a good strategy either.

Finding Agents

If you are wondering whether other agents or other professionals in your area are participating in ActiveRain, you can take a look at the LeaderBoard which can be sorted by State and County. You may also sort by type of profession. This is also a great place to go if you are looking to make a referral to someone in another area. Check it out!

Other Tips

Participating on our Tuesday Zoom Calls will accelerate your success. ActiveRain hosts calls every Tuesday from 2-3pm EST - click here to join. Various topics are covered, such as real estate markets, blogging, moving a business across country, feng shui, mortgages, inspections, staging, and more. Feel free to call in to see what other members are talking about. Here are some other things to keep in mind if participating.

You can also learn from and join Groups. If you head to the bottom of the page, there is a link to all the ActiveRain Groups. You can select anything that sounds interesting and see what kind of information is posted there. Once you join a group, you can also tag the group in your posts and anyone who is a member can see your post. Here are a few suggestions of Groups that may have information to help members get acclimated: Ask an Ambassador, BananaTUDE, Crap-Tacular and Weekly Highlights in the Rain, just to name just a few.

The guiding principles of ActiveRain (our Weltanschauung) can be found here.

ActiveRain typically has a monthly Challenge, which can be found under "Contests" on the bottom of the page. Entering a post into those Challenges can earn you extra points.

If you have any questions, feel free to use the Q&A option on the top of the screen or reach out to any active member or ambassador.

Thank you, welcome, and enjoy your time in ActiveRain!

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Comments (33)

Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kat thanks for taking the time to write a 'getting started on AR post"!  There are new folks joining every day and this is an awesome 'quick start' guide to get going in a great direction on AR. Reminds me of the 'old' days on AR when we used to read this type of post way more often.  And they were always helpful to newbies and oldies but goodies alike.

Feb 20, 2024 09:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Anna "Banana" Kruchten - we have a similar one that's been here for a while but the links and information was outdated so it was time for a redo!

Feb 20, 2024 09:58 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTude!  ActiveRain Rocks!


Feb 20, 2024 10:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for the feature Anna "Banana" Kruchten !!

Feb 20, 2024 10:08 AM
Seth Mayfield
Horseshoe Bay Real Estate Group - Horseshoe Bay, TX
Real Estate Consultant in Horseshoe Bay, TX

Great post, Kat.  I plan to apply a lot of this stuff for my blog about Horseshoe Bay real estate.

Feb 20, 2024 10:00 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Seth Mayfield !

Feb 20, 2024 10:09 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

Seth Mayfield suggest you go back to your first blog post and follow everyone who left you a comment.  Welcome again to the Rain😎

Feb 28, 2024 06:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Bravo on an awesome post for new bloggers to learn more about making the best of their time in the Rain. It's also a terrific refresher for others. There's a lot to know and it takes a while to get acclimated but this puts the key information and suggestions all in one place. Congrats on a well deserved featured.


Feb 20, 2024 10:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS !

Feb 20, 2024 10:54 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

A great effort here Kat!!  A lot of time taken to welcome and educate new AR's.  Congrats and thanks from everyone!

Feb 20, 2024 10:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank YOU John Henry, Florida Architect !

Feb 20, 2024 10:54 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kat Palmiotti EXCELLENT job on this post.  A well deserved feature!!!

Feb 20, 2024 02:14 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you George Souto !

Feb 20, 2024 03:38 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - Through and through, you are a true professional. This blog post was well organized from start to finish. You continue to lead by example and you're always there for others who need a helping hand. New members will benefit greatly, thanks to you. You serve the membership well.

Thank you for your leadership.    

Feb 20, 2024 05:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Awww, thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Feb 20, 2024 05:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti,Your post is truly outstanding and deserves recognition. It addresses all members and is perfect for introducing AR to new members. You have made us all proud!

Congratulations on this well-deserved feature!

Feb 20, 2024 09:26 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I feel like it was a group effort Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 and thank you!

Feb 21, 2024 04:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is great information to share with new members. I will post your blog on X.

Feb 21, 2024 05:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Feb 21, 2024 06:25 AM
ActiveRain Member Support
Seattle, WA

We've added a link to your post in the post Getting Started on AR so there's a connection from there to here!  Thanks again for all the work to put this together!

Feb 21, 2024 01:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Wonderful, ActiveRain Member Support - thank you so much!!!!

Feb 21, 2024 01:34 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912

ActiveRain Member Support when I click getting started on the home page it directs me to the 2012 post not Kat Palmiotti updated version😎

I was thinking of sending the link in a message to all the newbies this month who have yet to point and click

Feb 29, 2024 06:21 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 , we put Kat's post link inside the old post, not in place of the old post.  There were some items in the old post are still relevant.

Feb 29, 2024 06:33 AM
Reputable Realty - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

Yes to everything in the blog new Rainers.  Join us on zoom when you can!  Interesting topics and it's good to have a chat and get to know people a little bit!

Feb 21, 2024 03:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti

KAREN SANCHEZ - Yes indeed! Thank you for your support!

Feb 21, 2024 05:57 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

When you first start out, it takes a minute to get your rhythm, but I’ve been out here for so many years that it’s become second nature.

Feb 21, 2024 09:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Laura Cerrano - and hopefully other newbies will eventually feel that way!

Feb 22, 2024 04:36 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is a lot harder to stop participating on ActiveRain than to get started. I still have trouble in withdrawl 🤨

Feb 22, 2024 01:43 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Speaking of which, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - where have you been?

Feb 22, 2024 01:52 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

This is a superb primer for newbies and having it be a welcome post is even better. This post encompasses the entire spirit of that Zoom call and is a wonderful call to action.

The new members need to know that people do care and the easiest thing to do is to call. It is far easier than making a cold call to a client. One of the established ActiveRain members will always recognize the name of the platform and that automatically opens the dialogue.

Feb 24, 2024 06:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - You are so correct! We are here to help!

Feb 24, 2024 08:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kat and great information for newbies here in the Rain.  Hope more people see this blog of yours.


Feb 24, 2024 09:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Will Hamm 

Feb 24, 2024 11:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Your post is a very comprehensive example of thoroughness and hopefully, newbies will read and then implement your suggestions when becoming a member here at ActiveRain, Kat.

Also, congrats on the feature for a job well done!

Feb 24, 2024 03:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Feb 24, 2024 06:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I realized I hadn't stopped by to say thank you again for putting this together so quickly, Kat! Well done, my friend!

Feb 24, 2024 11:06 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS !

Feb 25, 2024 04:46 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, great information for the newbies, but also those who have stepped away for quite some time.  I saw someone on line this week that has been gone for 11 years.  Lots has changed since they were active!

Feb 25, 2024 11:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Yes, a lot can change in 11 years Joan Cox !

Feb 25, 2024 02:22 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

WOW! a wonderful, needed update completed by Montana's finest Kat Palmiotti and team😎  I never saw the original post two decades ago.  Easy to follow your get started especially for those who have yet to complete their profiles.

Feb 28, 2024 06:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 !!!!

Feb 28, 2024 08:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kat,

This really is a great post and so glad to see the powers at be hooked a link to it! A real refresher for many who have been here a while and a good start for those coming on board. So glad to see it getting re-blogged by many. I saw it re-blogged this morning by Joyce Marsh

Mar 06, 2024 05:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I hope it is helpful to new members!

Mar 06, 2024 05:46 AM