Change the Channel To Google!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas

What Channel Are You ON? Do You Need One? You bet! Active Rain is changing like a New York minute, faster than a speeding bullet and faster than a fox with a hound on his heels.

I'm one that seems to always )*%%^&*( about any kind of change. It just doesn't settle well with me at first. I have to examine it, analyze it, toss it around, stew on it, simply consider it, disect it, put it back together, whine a bit, argue, attempt to control the issue of change and then I might feel comfortable with it.


It seems to me that right now Active Rain is a bit like a game of chess. They are making me think several moves ahead. The strategy is there if you want to learn and win the game.s_chess14.jpg chess board image by lebaron76

I do. I want to win.

We all do.

We all want our efforts in the Rain to benefit us to our highest and best use.

We spend a great deal of time writing "OUR WORDS" AND "OUR WORDS" ARE A PART OF US.


Sorry for yelling. It's true though.

After spending your precious time writing the words you want to share with the world, you want to make sure that those you want to READ it will get to SEE IT!

My suggestion is that we take the same "careful" time after we've written the post to place it properly. I have been known many times to get in a hurry about this. If I wanted to make sure this post would be found by the Google Bots and placed in my area, I would be sure to mention within this post that I sell Lake Livingston Real Estate.

The Bots would pick that up, compare it to my tags, and then place it in the direction we point them to.

1. We Tag it for you know who.....adsense.jpg google adsense image by bimods

I would tag this post:  Lake Livingston Real Estate,Channels,Deb Brooks,tips and strategies

Why do we do this? You are directing Google straight to your intended audience.

2. Visibility would then be set to Public (so the Bots would read it)~Nothing to hide here!

3. And then we come to the biggie. There is a huge strength in numbers. I want this post to be placed with its like kind so the Bots will recognize the content and place it with "like content" and the post is given more strength.

First click on Active Rain Channels. It's new you see! This is going to help you Optimize your post for the Search Engines and within the Active Rain Community. Once you click Channels this is what you will see.


Then, choose your channel. If you just click on Active Rain, your post will go into the hundreds of thousands of posts amongst AR itself and dilute your key words. So, click the arrow and let's go shopping.

The Channel that suited this post best is the Training catagory.

But wait~there's more! (LOL)

Active Rain Channels

It is up to you to choose your own catagory wisely. For this TOPIC I chose CHANNELS since that's what I'm talking about.

CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC WISELY. Remember, you want your post to be positioned with the "like kind".

If one of you members OR a consumer types CHANNELS into our search bar...guess who will pop up? Yep, right along with Brad and Bob and Rich and anyone else talking about CHANNELS. All of their KEY WORDS will enhance the KEY WORDS within this post and cause them all to climb on the Search Engines.

HUGE IMPORTANT HINT TO REMEMBER...After deciding on your TOPIC type your letters in VERY SLOWLY. As you are typing in the letters new words will appear that other members have placed into the TOPIC AREA.


Choose that one. The top word is always the fullest post slot. Go for it.

Please remember that placing your posts is like a game of chess. Think ahead before you make your move. Make sure you have placed your post properly. This will give you and all others the strength we want to make a difference and blow away the Bots!

Have fun with it. It's a bit like a game!Your key to a successful Real Estate Transaction is in the Hands of Your Agent, Brooks Prime Properties.




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Paul Puka Realty Executives North Shore, Huntington, New York

Hi Deb,

Thanks for the valuable info! I haven't yet ventured into posting yet but your "behind the scenes"  info makes me want to dive into the pool. I certainly will be waiting for your next posting.  Keep up the good work and have a successful 2009!

Paul Puka


Jan 26, 2009 12:36 AM #90
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Virginia, Yes you can go back and change the channel! That is no different than changing groups. Open it up and choose new catagories.

If your post is the only one in that channel it simply means it would reach less people. And, get less google juice. You want to choose the right topic.

Good luck! I hope it works for you~

Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 26, 2009 01:42 AM #91
Casey Joiner
Scenic Sotheby's International Realty - Destin, FL
Scenic Sotheby's International Realty

Back to the drawing board.....need some adjustment after this.  Many thanks!

Jan 26, 2009 03:18 AM #92
Külli Yee ~ Metro Vancouver Home Staging
Ilus Design ~ Home staging, re-design and organizing - Port Coquitlam, BC

Thank you, Deb! I am also just getting set up and this was very helpful information. Looking forward to more posts from you!

Jan 26, 2009 03:19 AM #93
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX


I'm so glad this is helping! I am behind on answering each of you so if you will please be patient with me. I will get back to each one of you wonderfully complimentary AR'ers! No better peeps in the world!


Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 26, 2009 03:30 AM #94
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Later in the rain Deb...Is there any way we could find out how many posts are in a channel?  This question is a result of your last comment.

You mentioned that the first word has the most posts and I was wondering if there is any way to know if the second has only one less post or dozens less.

Am I being difficult?  If so, it's your own fault.  You had to go and show us how brillant you are!


Jan 26, 2009 03:32 AM #95
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

LOL, Kit Kat....Okay. No brilliance here. Just pure D stubborness.

Let me clarify.

When you are typing in your TOPIC (like mine is channels) you type slowly. The first word that appears that most matches your TOPIC is the one you would choose.

With Channel there could be Channel or Channels or Choosing Channels or Channels to choose or anything relating to Channels.

The very first word that appears as you are typing in Channels is the "MOST USED" and the most populated TOPIC. That's the one you would choose.

And yes you can check out your post! Go to the top of the search bar and choose Channels and click. You will receive a batch of catagories with the Channels. Pick the catagory you chose and that will take you to yet another grouping that gives the TOPICS.

You can find your post within these catagories. If you explore more you can make a plan to post to your favorite TOPICS and build personal strength in the Search Engines.


I do hope this helps girlfriend!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 26, 2009 03:44 AM #96
George Bennett
Inactive - Port Orford, OR
Inactive Principal Broker, GRI

Thanks for the tip Deb. I now see what I can do better.

Jan 26, 2009 05:12 AM #97
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

You're welcome George. Like I said, It's like a chess game only more fun. Keep blogging and keep learning.

Kate, I hope you read the answer!

Later in the rain~Deb

Jan 26, 2009 05:17 AM #98
Donna Shuman
Florida Wholesale Realty Corp - Oviedo, FL
REALTOR - Marketing for Richard Shuman -

Great tips

You can bet I'm going to refer back to this post often!

Jan 26, 2009 05:46 AM #99

Happy Chinese New Year!

Jan 26, 2009 12:50 PM #100
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Deb...Yes, I read the answer and even though I can be a little thick at times (I'm not talking about my waist right now) I understood.

Thanks so much.  You've helped a bunch of us.

When are they going to hire you at AR?


Jan 26, 2009 02:51 PM #101
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


Yup I have it on my to do list and tag my posts more appropriately as well as to put them in channels.  Its the grunt work that's necessary sometimes.  That's o.k.  I have I Tunes.:-)

Jan 27, 2009 05:33 AM #102
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

You rock girlfriend!  Well done.  Deb, I am always learning from you here in the rain!  Thank you  - thank you -  thank you!!!

Your Raleigh Realtors

Jan 27, 2009 11:34 AM #103
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Congrats on the feature, and I'm glad to be one of the first to comment in the second hundred comments!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 28, 2009 08:38 PM #104
Laura Higgins
ERA Advantage Realty - Sebring, FL

Hi Deb,

Great article and I learned alot about channels and placement from your blog!

Jan 28, 2009 09:33 PM #105
Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Deb: Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful post. I find that your posts always have a value for me...and that is the sign of a successful blogger.


Jan 29, 2009 01:39 PM #106
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Fantastic timely advice! :-) Thank you Debs!

Jan 29, 2009 03:55 PM #107
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Deb, great information!  I have been doing my best a channeling but have never been completely sure what was the most effective way to use channels.  Thanks!

Jan 31, 2009 09:32 AM #108
Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES
Exit Preferred Realty - Bel Air, MD
Harford County Specialist

Hi Deb,

Great information. Question: can I go back to my posts and edit them using your information and get results?


Apr 01, 2009 12:54 AM #109
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