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How To Maximize Indexing (RAINdexing) on your Outside Blogs

There is a need for some clarification as to how RAINdexing or Indexing your Outside Blogs works on ActiveRain.  With all the options available and the inter-connections between AR Blogs, Localism and Outside Blogs etc.,  I am going to try and simplify how it all works and what it all means.  Since my recent post "poll survey results" concluded that reading was the #1 best way for the majority to learn, I'm opting to do a Blog post on this topic.

Here's the 5 areas we'll cover in order to help you grasp and get your arms around how this all works: 

Channels, Topics, Localism, Outside Blogs, Categories & Local Post Widgets.

MAXIMIZING INDEXING ON OUTSIDE BLOGS - PART I

Indexing Your Outside Blog Categories Using Channels and Topics

TIP: The Channels and Topic options are located just below the Visibility Section when creating or editing a post.

When creating a new Blog post that you want to appear on your Outside Blog, it's imperative that you are adding the post to Channels and giving it a "TOPIC".  Topics will appear on your Outside Blog as "Categories" and will be indexed or RAINdexed accordingly.  When you apply the Categories Widget to your Outside Blog, your "Topics" will appear on the sidebar as "Categories."  See below.

Here's a Screen-shot from the Outside Blog Sidebar
(This is referred to as the Category Widget)


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MAXIMIZING INDEXING ON OUTSIDE BLOGS - PART II

RAINdexing your Outside Blog Local Posts Using Localism and the Local Posts Widget

TIP: The Localism options are located just below the Visibility Section when creating or editing a post.

To have your Blog posts RAINdexed and sorted by Geographic Location, you'll need to add them to Localism for this Widget to work on your Outside Blog.  Adding posts to Localism allows you to select State, County, City, and even down to a specific neighborhood.  Having these geographic locations broken down this way allows viewers to search those specific Hyper-Local posts by "Index" for the areas they may be interested in.

Here's a Screen-shot from the Outside Blog Sidebar
(This is referred to as the Local Posts Widget)


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MAXIMIZING INDEXING ON OUTSIDE BLOGS - PART III

How To Add The Indexing / RAINdexing Widgets To Your Outside Blog

Step 1:

Go to your Outside Blog and Log-in

Step 2:  

Click on the link at the top of the page and then click the button.

Step 3:

Open the "Add New Widget" pull-down menu and select "Categories" or "Local Posts" then repeat.
(you can only add one widget at a time)

Step 4:

You can use the button to align your Index Widgets by simply dragging and dropping them where you want them to appear on your Outside Blog sidebar.  Once you're finished, just click on  .

Step 5:

Click here to see a sample of how this has worked well for another AR member.  RAINdexing is Powerful.

I hope this post clears up some of the confusion or misunderstanding of how all these tools work together to get you the best possible results and indexing of your Outside Blogs.  As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance, our support staff and team are always ready and willing to help.  If you do not currently have an outside blog but might be considering one in the future, taking these steps now will ensure you won't have to go back and make edits to your posts in the future. 

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Comment balloon 76 commentsBrad Andersohn • June 03 2009 02:56PM

Comments

Thanks again Brad,

I am really working on grasping all this useful technology.  Great stuff.

Steve

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Wailea Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - Thank you!  I have so much to learn still...this is a good start!

Posted by Jeanna Martinez (RE/MAX Access) over 11 years ago

All we can say is "we're trying"...bookmarked this to read again, and again, and again.......

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 11 years ago

Thank you  Brad,

I'm still trying, I'll get it, just takes me awhile. Do appreciate all of your help.

Posted by Ann Hayman, GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate (Norville Realty) over 11 years ago

Since my recent post "poll survey results" concluded that reading was the #1 best way for the majority to learn, I'm opting to do a Blog post on this topic.

Hmm.  I think I'll wait for the movie!!!  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Brad,

There's always something new on AR!  Something new to learn, something new to help Rainers get the most from their blogging experience.  Thanks for putting all this together and for explaining it so well.

Posted by Jan Evett, Broker Associate, 20 years+ in real estate (The Premier Property Group LLC) over 11 years ago

Ah ha! FINALLY, a GREAT explanation! THANKS Brad.

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) over 11 years ago

Brad, can we put multiple widgets on our outside blog.  For instance I'd like to put my picture as well as a map of the area in widgets. 

Thanks!

Posted by Connie Betz, Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate) over 11 years ago

You make my dreams come true, Brad!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 11 years ago

Steve - one bite at a time.

Jeanna - the learning never ends here....

Al & Peggy - it will all come together as long as you keep trying, I promise.

Ann - you've alreadu come along way, just think back to when you started.  :-)

Bruce - The movie always comes out after the book!  lol~

Jan - thanks goes to you for all your dedication, hard work, and support in the community, you rock!

Kat - wasn't sure how clear this would be, so thanks for saying so.

Connie - you can use the text widget and try, we're also adding an HTML widget which would allow that for sure.

Irene - you are too sweet, thanks. 
Dreams do come true, believing is only half the challenge, knowing and doing is the other half .

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad for this interesting article.  We all need to do this.  Now, I just need a quiet, ten-minute window to try to bang it out!

Posted by Melissa Juarez (Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC) over 11 years ago

You Rock!

 

Posted by Connie Betz, Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate) over 11 years ago

the step-by-step approach is very helpful.  You have answered some of my questions.

Posted by An Marshall, Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant (Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine) over 11 years ago

Great information!!  I'll get on it tomorrow!

Now, if only my GOogle ALerts would start working again.  My blogs and comments were always coming up in my alerts, and now it's been weeks since I've seen anything, though I heard it's working again for some people....

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

I have not had the Part I visible

MAXIMIZING INDEXING ON OUTSIDE BLOGS - PART I

I took the widget to show that the categories off because it is SUCH a long list and part of it seems redundant with the first part of  PART II.  I just made Categories visible..on one of my two blogs. It looks horrible. I am going to have to work to make it look better.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad, this is exactly what I needed to know. I hope to start on this tonight.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate over 11 years ago

Brad - Your last sentence stated "If you do not currently have an outside blog but might be considering one in the future, taking these steps now will ensure you won't have to go back and make edits to your posts in the future."

I don't have an outside blog or localism yet since I joined in May 2009. 

1)  Thus, how can I take the steps for the outside blog and localism before I start paying you?

2)  Once I start paying, I assume that I can go through my internal blog and select certain postings to go to the outside blog.

Thanks

Posted by FN LN over 11 years ago

Brad...

I've bookmarked this but I think that I have it going now..FOUR Google Alerts fron my OUTSIDE blog today!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - I also bookmarked this, and thanks for the information and continued improvements here on the Rain.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad: That was neat - thanks for sharing as always!

:)

Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

Maureen - one suggestion that has worked for others with outside blogs is to have a second window open so you can see the categories on the sidebar and then create your topics accordingly.  If you have a thousand topics, the categories widget can get long and ugly.  Consolidating those topics can be neater and might be more beneficial to visitors.  Just a thought...

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm just going to make a comment, because I have no clue how to "bookmark" this.

Gotta find an AR tutorial!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Marc - let me explain in a bit more detail.

Many members join AR for FREE, and eventually become rainmakers and get outside blogs.  In the meantime, ALL members should still be adding topics and adding their posts to channels to cover the Categories Indexing when they do start posting publically. 

The Localism part will only come into play once you are a rainmaker and using Localism to generate hyper local content in your gepgraphic area.  It shouldn't take long to see the value of an AR rainmaker account or the outside Blogs so this really hasn't been an issue up to this point. 

The topics and channels however when left blank will leave the indexing widget blank on the outside blog when the time does come to launch it.  I hope all that jabber makes sense, I think I drank too much coffee today, sorry.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Lori - here ya go, just click on the Bookmark located at the bottom of every members post to bookmark:  Save_blog

For a tutorial, see my sidebar links, there are quite a few resources available for you here:

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Am back and ultra serious. Thanks to Bill Gasset too for letting us see his stuff!

Channels are pre-set, which I grasped and accept fully. 

Topics- I had been entering a couple letters and seeing what my choices were. Are these also preset or can one establish her own?  If the latter, are there Google-juice pluses to using well-established AR topics?

Most important part - Am I again going to lose points when I edit existing posts to incorporate new knowledge? I'm backsliding on Google Mountain...(Okay, so not ultra serious!)

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 11 years ago

I have a question: how long does it take for the Outside blog to get indexed? Or rather, how soon do many people see an increase in traffic to their blogs?

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 11 years ago

OK...I made a miserable comment and then deleted it because, upon reading the post again, I already do this stuff. My outside blog's performance remains disappointing, especially compared to my work on the wordpress platform. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 11 years ago

I have bookmarked this post and will be back.  Thanks for taking the time to explain this.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad, So much great information! I will try and apply what you've shared. Thanks

Posted by Amy McAllister, REALTOR Hood River, Oregon (Amy McAllister Realty LLC ) over 11 years ago

You make it seem so easy.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Brad, great post. I'm with Lori, why is it that the "bookmark" option isn't always there? Also, I have an outside blog on wordpress, will these tips work for linking it to AR? I'm REALLY new to this and trying to understand it all. Thanks for your help and your great blogs.

Posted by Pat Eardley (PureStyle Home Staging) over 11 years ago

Brad: Here is where i need to really focus... MAXIMIZING INDEXING ON OUTSIDE BLOGS - PART III

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thank you for making this clarification simple and easy to read.  I'm going to go see your example.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad ~ I'm going to re-read this post about 10 or 20 times and see if I can follow your instructions.  As always, THANKS for the detailed posts about how we can maximize our AR Outside Blogs!  The SEO from these is awesome!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 11 years ago

Thanks again, Brad! I'm going to do this now.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, this is so embarrassing. As long as I've been doing this, I really didn't understand the AR Channels. If I go back and add them on my posts, will it have the same effect?

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 11 years ago

These posts are really informative, these are difference makers, I really appreciate the free flowing advice on how to constantly improve our blogging.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the information. I really had no idea.

Posted by The Brewer Team - Benchmark Realty (Benchmark Realty) over 11 years ago

What a great idea Brad!

Tiem to go and check out ythe new improvements.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for this! I've learned so much about AR, but still have SO much to learn!  Keep these articles coming....you ROCK!  :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors) over 11 years ago

Great job with this Brad. I see you used my site as an example. I have one suggestions that would really improve the outside blogs ~ The items in the drop down list should in alphabetical order. It would make viewing SOOO much easier.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

Very informative - I see Bill is in many places on the rain.  You both do a great job.

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad - always happy when I see that I am doing all that is suggested.  I will have to ready the related links though to see further.  I agree with Bill above that alphabetizing would help - seems a bit scattered at times.  Repetitious here but I love my Outside Blog.

Posted by Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate (RE/MAX Showcase Homes) over 11 years ago

Very enlightening I never understood the correlation between the channels and the Indexing.  I have to admit I did not put much thought inot it because I did not understand it... but now!!

Posted by Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers (EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad. I've followed your very clear instructions. I also didn't really understand channels before either. Now I do.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad...I need to check my outside blog now to see I'm utilizing this!

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 11 years ago

Thanks for the input. For someone still learning about the blogging - this stuff helps.

Posted by Nicholas Goraczkowski, Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES over 11 years ago

Hi! Brad,

Thanks for the informative post, which I will bookmark.  I realize how much I don't know about all of it, but will start climbing that learning curve.

Posted by Dana Wilkinson, Broker-Your TX agent for The Woodlands-Spring-Conr (Connect Realty, The Woodlands, TX) over 11 years ago

You guys never stop, but that's a good thing!  Every time I learn something new, there's something newer!

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Very good information.  I have most of this running on my Blog, but it is always good to understand it a little better.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Great info...I'm still struggling to understand it all, but I'll get there...

Posted by Kellie Fitzgerald (Kellie Fitzgerald - Chiricahua Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad - I wish that I had understood this a while age.  I think that I have way too many categories.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Bill - you are good!!  You found a tiny link on the network hidden in millions of posts that used your Outside Blog as an example with no warnings or hints, yet you found it anyway!  I am impressed.  The Test is now over, I just wanted to prove how good you are my friend!  haha.  For that, I will see what we can do about getting those categories sorted by alpha for you.  It would be nice to be able to sort with multiple options available, I'll check with Jorgen and see what we can come up with. 

Thanks, and great job on finding that "example" link in this post, and with your outside blog.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Topics- I had been entering a couple letters and seeing what my choices were. Are these also preset or can one establish her own?  If the latter, are there Google-juice pluses to using well-established AR topics?

Most important part - Am I again going to lose points when I edit existing posts to incorporate new knowledge? I'm backsliding on Google Mountain.

Irene - you can establish your own topics, the ones that appear when you start typing are just in the memory.  You can chose existing topics or create new ones, depends on how you want your sidebar widget to look on your outside blog.  Not sure of the google plus, but I'm sure it's recognized, the title and the content are more important to google than your topic, but since consumers do search topics and geographic areas, I would imagine it plays a significant role.

Regarding points, there was a bug in the system awhile back that added points to a post everytime you would edit that post.  Some were editing just to game the system for points.  If you do edit a post, there is a chance that post could drop back down to the 475 range, I have had this happen to many of mine where the points were legit, but it's worth it to me to provide updated, accurate, and useful info on my blog and to make corrections that help with my OB and SEO.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I have a question: how long does it take for the Outside blog to get indexed? Or rather, how soon do many people see an increase in traffic to their blogs?

William - there is no definite answer for that one.  There are too many variables that would affect that result.  Multiple Contributors, amount of subscribers and traffic, links and back-links to your OB, not to mention Google is a mystery on how and when they do things and why.  Just keep doing all these things and it will get indexed and picked up by the SE's.  Also, add the google search widget to your outside blog, this helps to get it indexed even if just for their widget.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

J Phillip - there is no comparison with AR Outside Blogs and Wordpress Blogs.  That's like comparing apples and oranges.  We are a Real Estate Social Network and Community, Wordpress is strictly a Blog Platform.  AR has groups, localism, outside Blogs, referral networking, newsletters, advertising, Hit Router, and more, with millions of visitors and millions of member contributed blog posts.  You can't compare the two? 

If you'd like some support and ideas how to better your AR Outside Blog, it's ranking, it's SEO etc, I'd be happy to help you out.  Give me a call anytime, you won't get that offer from wordpress either..   :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, this is so embarrassing. As long as I've been doing this, I really didn't understand the AR Channels. If I go back and add them on my posts, will it have the same effect?

Connie - yes.  :-))  Be sure to add a topic as well.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I wish I had NOT added them.. it would be easier to just be adding them now, not removing them and readding them. 

I have been working on removing and re-adding the AR channels for a day and a half now... with two screens open at all times...( not straight through of course) my Worthington blog looks OK... my older Columbus blog is still a snarly mess.  I had just looked at it and said "Goodness that's Ugly" and turned off categories on  my outside blog not understanding what the purpose was.  

Back to try to unsnarl it.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago

Brad - One tip.... If you create kind of a road map before you re-assign all your old posts, you can create something with more meaning.  I have wanted to have an index, not kowing that this was the way to do it. Intesad I created a complicated system that works here ar my AR blog.  Now, my plan is to create 5 or 6 sub categories for each category, then be vigilant about posting only within those groups.  to me the goal is to not get your post so spread out that people can't find what they want.

Unfortunately, this only organizes your outside blog.  It would be nice if this also worked in organizing your AR blog. 

 

Thanks for posting this, tho.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) over 11 years ago

Brad - great overview - gotta come back and review this in more detail. I am doing some of these things but I bet I could do more. You are SO full of great information!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Sally - we used to have the category links on the sidebar of AR blogs, they are a bit different in that they are pulled strictly from keywords used on Blog Posts.  There was a great demand to have the links consolidated as in many member cases, they would run down the side of the page for miles and miles.  The solution was to create the pull-down menu that is now in place.  Maybe we could look into creating a similar type of "topic" related link for AR blogs. 

Jeff - thanks for not saying I'm full of something else.  LOL~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I am done... finally.  I hope I never snarl up my categories again... or be tempted to hide the snarly mess from consumers eyes because obviously that hides it from the search engines too.  I had the Part II OK but Part I was the snarly hidden mess...  I did not understand. 

Dumb stuff, plural rather than single.

I couldn't figure out why I had one staging post (a Re-Blog ) that was not with the others... you gotta spell staging with a g, if you use a q....as in Staqing, it is not the same Topic or same Category (on the Outside blog)  as Staging with a g.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 11 years ago

Maureen - looks great!  Your time invested was worth it.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad- After following your instructions, the traffic to my outside blog increased 300 percent for the last 7 days compared to the previous week. THat's pretty impressive.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

I saw this tweet about the 300 percent increase and had to run over here to the Rain.  Congrats, Larry.

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 11 years ago

Brad, whatever they are paying you -- they need to double it! Tell them I said so! THANK YOU!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Lori - that was sweet!!  I'm the lucky one to be here, I should be paying AR!!  :-)  But I did what you said anyway, I forwarded your comment to all the Big Cheeses at the AR Headquarters!  haha.....   no word back yet though.  :-O

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Not that I ignore you about outside blogs but I haven't edited mine since these things were rolled out over a year ago and all I have to say is WOW!

I am getting ready to start print advertising campaigns (now that people may have equity soon) in the form of postcards and door to door neighborhood newsletters.  I have always promoted my outside blog but wasn't exactly proud of the look and feel so I went back to edit

AND

I spent a little time playing with it and reorganizing it and NOW I have my outside blog coming up in search engines in JUST HOURS BRAD!  (you knew that though didn't you!)

Now I need to figure out this contributor/author/editor thingymajig.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 11 years ago

Hi Renee - post coming soon, I'll work on it now.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad you are going to have us all being "walking machines", think thats good.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 11 years ago

your post are great and helpful... but i notice i learn more reading the comments about the blog than just reading the blog

Posted by Dana Devine (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

WOW!

 

 It's amazing how little changes can make such a BIG difference.

Posted by Jean-Paul Peron, Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive (The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany) almost 11 years ago

I was just told " the channels have nothing to do with outside blogs being indexed or anyhting.  The channels are just ways for AR to categorize the stuff in the network.  So that if someone wants to search one specific subject alone they can. Consumers will still find the stuff on their own through Google, etc."

How does that jive with this post and in particular where you say 

When creating a new Blog post that you want to appear on your Outside Blog, it's imperative that you are adding the post to Channels and giving it a "TOPIC".  Topics will appear on your Outside Blog as "Categories" and will be indexed or RAINdexed accordingly.  When you apply the Categories Widget to your Outside Blog, your "Topics" will appear on the sidebar as "Categories." "

Widget shows the Categories on the sidebar.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

Hey Maureen, at the time you were told, maybe the outside Blogs weren't using the topics as categories on the sidebar.  One thing's for sure, everything is and always will be changing, and of course we're doing our best and part to make it for the "better!"  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

but Categories( which come from Channels and Topics work NOW. May 2010. 

ActiveRain indexing Channels and Topics was NOT a failure.

I was JUST told the quote above this last week.  Either ActiveRain Channels and Topics are working on our Outside Blogs (IF YOU USE THEM) or you and Bob Stewart have me imagining  something in Google that is not there. 

I had the widget turned off on my Outside Blogs because my Categories were all snarly but followed your directions here and I am convinced that is what makes my Outside Blogs on page one of Google for hyperlocal content.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

This is interesting and 4 years old.have there been Chanel's to the outside blogs? 

Posted by Ann Marie Clements, Montgomery County & Frederick County (Remax Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

Participate