How To Create an ActiveRain Outside ActiveBlog - 10 Easy Steps

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

How To Create A New ActiveRain Outside Blog for an Individual, Group, or Team.

I'll demonstrate how to set one up from scratch.  Following these steps correctly should have you setup in about 15 minutes including invitations out to your desired contributors.

1) Make sure you are Logged into ActiveRain. 

2) Click on the "My Home" link located at the top of your screen in the upper right corner.

3) Click on the "Outside Blog" link located on the left hand sidebar of your "My Home" page.

4) Next, Click on the "Sign Up" button:

5)  Just Fill out the details in this section below:

Blog Name, Description, Select Theme, Credit Card Info, and Click Create Blog
(If your credit card info is not currently on file, you'll be prompted and need to enter it.)

5) Selecting the "THEME" of your choice from the "Theme Library".  There are some themes that are not branded with a company name: Elements of SEO, Legacy, Blue Days, Black Tie, Easy Going etc.  The Chameleon Theme has CSS Styling Capabilites.  These are available to use if your company theme is not listed.  More company themes and non-branded themes are coming...

Your Team Blog has now been created. 

To start posting to your new Individual or group Blog, just click on the link "Write a Blog Post"

on your "My Home" page and begin writing a new post.  NOTE: Your posts are still created in ActiveRain, but before submitting them, be sure to click on the check box to add them to your OUTSIDE Blog.  You can also add previously written posts by going to a post, select edit, then check the box to add it to your Outside Blog.

You will also receive an email that confirms the creation of your new Blog.  There will be a link to the temporary internal site (ie: 09567de4.ActiveRain.com) Click on this Blog link in your email, and you can now go in and customize your Blog with your own domain name that ActiveRain will host, or you can add a domain name that you have previously purchased. 

(YES, ActiveRain Hosts Domain Names Now)

NOTE: Only enter a domain name in the "DOMAIN" box at the bottom if you already own one.  This would be a name that you have previously purchased and wish to use.  (this can't be a domain where you already have data in use) If you do select an outside existing domain name, you will need to click on the blue link that says "HOW DOES THIS WORK"  This will show you the information you'll need to give to the site where you purchased your domain name.  example: TheRealEstateScoop.com purchased from GoDaddy.com etc.

7) Take a deep breath, you're almost done...

Once you click on the update domain button, you're done, now you're ready to use the toolbar below for additional features, and then it's time to invite other contributers, add listing router, create links, widgets and more.

8) If you chose to Invite other members as contributors to your team/group Blog, click on the "Members" link:  The following screen will appear:  You can add them as Editors, Authors, or just Contributors.  AR Team Blogs and Individual Blogs are the same thing, the only difference is if you wish to have multiple contributors or not.

9) To invite another member to contribute to your Blog, just enter their ActiveRain Profile user name which can be found on their profile page.  It will be up in the URL box or Address bar.  Example: (ActiveBrad)  The member you invite will get a message on their "My Home" page that will look like this:

They can choose to accept or decline your invitation.  If they accept, their photo will be automatically added to the new blog as a frequent contributor, and they'll have the ability to start posting or moving posts over immediately.  To see an example of an Individual Blog setup, check out Bill Gassett's outside Blog at MassRealEstateVoice.com.  Look at how the "RAINdexing" on his site is already working wonders with all his previously written content.  Also, See Bill's Post on Individual Blogs.

To see a group Blog, go to ActiveRainGuide.com or ActiveRainTeam.com to compare a multi-authored Blog.

10) You will be able to modify, edit, make changes, add listing router, create links and more by simply using the toolbar options at the top of your new outside Blog page.  I apologize for this extremely long tutorial post, but these are the steps you'll need to go through to create your NEW ActiveBlogs. 

One of the things this price includes is support from myself and the AR staff and team.  Plus you'll get BIG SEO, RAINdexing, Themes, Wider bandwidthWidgets, and the ability to mange your invited contributors.  We're here to help, but if you follow these instructions, you'll probably never need us.  Need more details?  Here's How To Create & Maximize Your Outside Blog.   Here's 5 Ways you could use a group or team Blog.

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Rainmaker
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Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Can someone point out an outside blog that is using a sidebar image?  I'm not sure whether I'm better off with the sidebar image or without it.  Thanks!

Feb 20, 2009 07:38 AM #142
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Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

Brad:  Looks like it's time for me to get on board with this new change.  I still wondering how long I've been asleep.  I'll give it a try over the weekend.  Thanks for the info.

Feb 20, 2009 02:46 PM #143
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Anne Lok
Blue Elephant Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Modern Real Estate

Hi Brad, Is the outside blog feature available to Canadian AR members? I tried to fill out the form and it does not recognize canadian postal code addresses.

-Anne

Feb 21, 2009 12:09 PM #144
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Brad Andersohn
Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus - Fairfield, CA
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Anne - I'll have to check with the tech guys behind the scenes to see what we can do.  I know if it's possible, it will be done. Thanks for commenting and pointing this out.  :-))

Feb 23, 2009 02:34 AM #145
Rainer
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Zac Hill
Resident Lending Group, Salem, OR - Salem, OR
Very helpful to someone new to both active rain and blogging!
Mar 04, 2009 12:45 PM #146
Rainmaker
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Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Very interesting.  I do have another outside blog, but my active rain posts always seem to beat them out and get better search engine rankings.  I think it is definitely worth checking into.  Can you customize the background for the outside blogs or do they have to be the templates?

Mar 05, 2009 01:11 AM #147
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Brad Andersohn
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Christine and Jennifer - Yes, google juice abounds in the "rain", and we're glad to see you reaping those benefits.  Currently we have multiple themes setup, but I'm sure as we progress and evolve our ActiveBlogs, your options in the future will be limitless. 

A great analogy of this would be like a new born baby asking if he/she will ever be able to walk or run instead of just crawl?  The obvious answer to us is yes, but to a newborn (like our ActiveBlogs) the unknown and future is always full of questions. 

We will only continue to get better adding more themes, new widgets, cool features and options allowing you to customize and maximize your ActiveBlog to it's fullest potential.  Come along, take the journey with us, and enjoy the ride.  :-))

Mar 05, 2009 01:22 AM #148
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Brad, my company logo isn't included in the list. Is there a way to get it in there? I think by FL law we have to have our company logo there somewhere.

Mar 07, 2009 03:04 PM #149
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Frank and Sharon - you can use either the "Elements of SEO" or "Legacy" themes, neither of these are branded, so you can add a custom header, banner, Logo, image, whatever you want.  We will be adding more themes in the future, both Company Branded and non branded templates. 

Mar 08, 2009 06:44 AM #150
Rainmaker
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Brad...

I REALLY NEED those stats so I can REALLY talk up the Group Blog(s).....

Do ya have a time table for that??

 

Mar 08, 2009 06:48 PM #151
Rainer
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Home Insulator
Home Insulator Sydney NSW - San Francisco, CA

Brad - Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll get a post up soon! I AM NOW LIVE !! take a peek! Check out our refer a friend promotion in Sydney

The Home Insulator

www.homeinsulator.com.au

 

Mar 31, 2009 01:42 AM #152
Rainer
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Eddie Reynolds
Land Mortgage - Austin, TX

As usual you make thing easy to understand.  I am sure that this will be very helpful to those wanting to start a group blog.

Jun 16, 2009 11:25 AM #153
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William Spells
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY HOOVER - Birmingham, AL

Brad, Thanks. I am having a problem with the "manage you widget" section of the outside blog. When I click on it, it opens up properly, but it has a very dark background. So, I'm not able to read the information that is provided about each widget. I don't know if it's the settings or not. In looking for this problem on other blogs, I'm not finding any information about that problem. Can you help me please?

Oct 17, 2009 06:42 AM #154
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Brad Andersohn
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Hi William - I'm wondering if it might be your browser causing the issue. I just checked out your Outside Blog logged in as you and the widget tool looked fine on my computer and browser. (using firefox) Give me a ring on Monday and we can walk thru it together to see what we can do. My number is on my AR profile, call anytime at your convenience.  Thanks. :-)

Oct 17, 2009 07:09 AM #155
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Heather Tawes Nelson
Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ

Hi Brad- Thanks for an informative tutorial. I will be back when I set up my outside blog. Cheers!

Oct 30, 2009 05:01 PM #156
Rainer
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Momentum Realty
North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists - Yorba Linda, CA
Orange County CA Real Estate Agent

Love your easy to understand posts! Thanks once again for your help!

Oct 31, 2009 06:23 PM #157
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Suzanne Hinton
ReMax Premier Realty - Overland Park, KS

Hi Brad-We obtained a domain name at the time we created our outside blog.  We now would like to change the domain name with one that we have had.  We have changed the server infomation with the server provider to direct to our outside blog, but not sure how to change the domain name on our outside blog  Any direction would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Brad.

Nov 02, 2009 09:19 AM #158
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Suzanne Hinton
ReMax Premier Realty - Overland Park, KS

Hi Brad-We obtained a domain name at the time we created our outside blog.  We now would like to change the domain name with one that we have had.  We have changed the server infomation with the server provider to direct to our outside blog, but not sure how to change the domain name on our outside blog  Any direction would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks Brad.

Nov 02, 2009 09:19 AM #159
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Hi Suzanne - I'll have to go wipe your old domain name from the Outside Blog.  Wait a day or so, then go into your Outside Blog, click on the "Domain" link in the Black toolbar, and enter in your new domain name. (It's the box at the bottom) You only need to enter the name, no www, or http, and be sure you add the .com when you enter it.  Let me know if you need any help.  :-)

Nov 02, 2009 09:35 AM #160
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Karen Paris
Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax - Fairfax, VA
REALTOR, ASP

m looking forward to putting all this great advice to practical application. thanks again for the great user manual!

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