Trulia Contributor Program

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

ActiveRain and Trulia have come together to give ActiveRain members a chance to have their content published on as well as potentially be published on some of the most highly trafficked news, finance and real estate information sites on the internet.

The Trulia Contributor Program is a way for agents, lenders, home stagers, inspectors and other real estate professionals to get their ActiveRain blogging content pushed out through major media sites like the Huffington Post, Forbes, Kiplinger, MSN, Yahoo, and MotleyFool.

Here are the topics that Trulia is currently requesting content:

Topic Deadline
Investing in Your Future - Advice to homeowners, future landlords, or people looking to invest in a vacation property. Closed
Spring Selling Season - Write a blog post about why this time of year is such a great time to list or buy a home, what kind of preparations people can make to get their home ready to sell, or how to spruce up an existing listing.
The Value of Staging Your Home - Write a blog post about why staging is important to consumers.  Add your spin in regards to market and expertise to heighten your chances at getting picked.
The One Room Sellers Should Focus OnIf Sellers had only one room to update before selling, which one should it be and why? Closed

Submit your ActiveRain blog post to the Trulia content team now.

How the Program Works

Several times each month you will be given a topic you can choose to write about. For seven days after the topic is announced, we'll ask you to submit blog posts that the content team at Trulia will review.

From every group of submissions, the Trulia content team will pick a few articles written by ActiveRain members. Those articles will then get published on the Trulia Blog, with full attribution to you as the author, including a link back to your profile on ActiveRain as well as a link to your website. 

Here are some examples of Rainers that have been published on Trulia:

Hidden Gems: Hidden Value When Purchasing a Home by Richard and Beth Witt

Advice for Couples Buying Their First Home by Shannon Milligan

When the call goes out for articles, you'll have one week to write and submit an article about that particular theme or topic......OR (and for many of you this is huge), go back and find a previous article you've written. Yep, that's right, you can use past articles that you've written (although I might suggest you make sure there isn't anything that could use a little freshening up.)

How Does Trulia Select the Content?

This is what Trulia is looking for in a great blog post:

  1. Does it present the information with a unique spin?  The big media companies don't want cookie-cutter content.
  2. Geographically, a neighborhood is too small. Think in terms of a big city, a region, or the entire country.

You may receive a request to make some edits if your post is selected to make sure it will be received well by the big players out there.


What's The Big Win?

Here's where it gets fun. In addition to having your content featured on the Trulia blog, the Trulia content team will pitch the very best articles to some of the most recognizable consumer sites for news, finance and real estate information. 

Have you heard of Huffington Post? What about Forbes? Yahoo? MSN? MotleyFool? Kiplinger? If you haven't heard of any of these sites, you've most likely had your head under a rock for the last 15 years.

These are the kind of sites to which your content has the potential to be syndicated. If you've been paying attention to me beating the Google Author Authority drum, you'll know that having your content published in this fashion could really be great for your online business. In addition to the millions of consumers that read these sites every months, having your content published on these high authority sites will be great for raising your profile as an expert in your market. (Seriously, go read the Google Author Authority post I linked to above. Once you read that, you'll understand how important this is.)

How Do You Get Started?

Above, there is a table that has the most current topic for which submissions are being accepted. Click the link in that table to get some background on the kind of content for which Trulia is currently seeking. Once you've written a post about the subject, you can submit your blog post to Trulia.

What's the worst that could happen? You end up on the home page of

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  1. Debbie Reynolds 03/07/2014 11:37 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

For some reason, I missed it - and realized when I saw a few posts about couples first home. Little late for first one, however, not too late for the other two.

Mar 06, 2014 12:39 PM #28
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Oh, now I understand why I see so many blogs on those subjects.

I missed one, but I'll try to make other two.

Mar 06, 2014 04:11 PM #29
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a good opportunity. I have a busy week but will look for topics next month.

Mar 07, 2014 07:57 PM #31
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!
Mar 08, 2014 06:58 AM #32
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
What a great opportunity, I'll definitely be participating.
Mar 23, 2014 02:57 AM #34
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is just one more reason why ActiveRain rocks!!!!

Mar 23, 2014 04:43 AM #35
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Looks like another winning idea. Looking forward to trying this out.

Mar 23, 2014 04:54 AM #36
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Great idea!! Just submitted my first post. 

Apr 10, 2014 06:54 AM #37
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I was not aware of this opportunity until this morning and will submit a post.

Apr 13, 2014 01:26 AM #38
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I have a Trulia blog but this will add another opportunity to reach consumers.

Apr 25, 2014 08:45 AM #39
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Where is the updated subjects for May?

May 03, 2014 02:16 PM #40
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador


The person who was running this program on the Trulia side has moved on to tackle new professional endeavors.

We are in the process of connecting with the new person running this program on their side and should have some additional topics and things to report on this in the next week.

May 05, 2014 08:27 AM #41
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the update and I will now stop looking for it. I am sure you will get this up and running again soon. Thanks.

May 09, 2014 01:27 PM #42
Cherie Young
How often are you going to look for articles? Just found this, great way to get "Linkerati" to publish your articles! Cherie Young
May 11, 2014 03:24 AM #43
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Any update on this? I came on to look for a topic Trulia wanted and I don't see anything new. Thanks!

Jul 20, 2014 06:59 AM #44
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Cherie,

Hi Shannon,

No, nothing yet but will try to get an update from Bob Stewart.

Jul 20, 2014 07:27 AM #45
Sandra Wilson Realtor - VIP Realty Dallas TX
"Working For You From Start To Finish"

I have a few blogs to submit. Thanks for the opportunity.

Dec 12, 2014 09:26 PM #46
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Sandra,

Not sure why they stopped this program but we should ask them to reinstate the blogging opportunities. Sandra Wilson Realtor - VIP Realty Dallas TX 

Dec 14, 2014 01:39 PM #47
Sandra Wilson Realtor - VIP Realty Dallas TX
"Working For You From Start To Finish"

So this blogging doesn't work?

Dec 14, 2014 09:55 PM #48
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