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5 Principles to Creating an Effective Blog Post

 


Before you post on your Blog, here's five principles that may help you get more views, readers and comments, and (no promises), featured on Active Rain!

First off, put some thought and effort into your posts.  There are so many things you can write about IE: your business, events, personal experiences, travel, technology, other members, the Market etc.

If you invest a small amount of time "thinking" about your post and your readers, their perceptions and what you are trying to get across, the better your posts will be. 

Don't knock yourself out, and remember, you'll never know what kind of response you'll get until you just "Go For It!"  This is how you will learn, grow, and improve your Blogging Skills.


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  1.  This is very important!  Look at it like the HEADLINES of your newspaper, or like the subject line of your email,  it will determine if your readers are going to open it and read it or not.  Coming up with a good title, is often times over-looked and under-estimated.  Put some time into creating a title that "GRABS" the readers attention, but is also on course with your subject!  If readers like your title, they will at least breeze through your post. 

  2.  Make sure you DON'T create posts that are 1000 or more words, all clumped together on one page!  Very few will read it!  Your post needs to be pleasing to the eye, and easy to read!  Follow this rule of thumb (in my humble opinion),  never have more than 3-5 lines of text before you have a paragraph break.  I know this isn't what we learned in our grammar school English class, but for Blogging, it 's acceptable.

  3.  It's unlikely that you'll get any value from your posts that are only 25 words or less.  You need to be able to engage your readers without teasing them in a short post, or boring them with a long one.  You'll find your way, it does take time.  Understand that other readers, viewers and members can tell a lot about you by your posts.  Your intelligence, your intentions, and your personality.  I would also use the spell-check on AR, we all make typos, but there's a tool here to help you minimize them in your posts. 

  4.  This is essential in creating a good post and more importantly, creating returning viewers.  This is more important than points, comments, or any other compulsive things that may cause you to Blog on Active Rain.  Content must look, feel, and flow smoothly, but also take your readers to a final ultimatum.  They'll either just read it, or read it and comment.  Ultimately, you want them to also subscribe to your Blog and add you as an associate!!   


  5.  These are items to help enhance the view and attract-ability to your post.  Photos and graphics tend to set a mood and often times can engage a reader even more.  BE CAREFUL, you don't want to over do it here.  Also the size of your photos and graphics should be proportionate to your text and content.  Use Links to other members, topic related materials, and any other useful articles or websites to increase your "Exchange In Value" on your post.  Same with bolding, underlining and italicizing text, important, but use in moderation. 

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TIP:  Make your profile page your "BEST POST OF ALL!"  When someone reads one of your post for the first time, often they will go to your profile page to read and learn a little more about you.  I suggest making it like a website!  Detailed information, links, testimonies, useful bookmarks, and photos or multimedia.  You want to have "stickiness" on your profile, just as you would your web-page.  Make it better than a webpage.

In closing, Blog safely, wisely, and often, but more importantly, BE REAL, follow your instincts and intuitions, and maximize your potential and possibilities here!  :-))

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Comment balloon 218 commentsBrad Andersohn • July 04 2007 04:57AM

Comments

I have had the make profile more like a web page on the to-do list for some time now. Good post Brad you hit all 5 points to make your point!
Posted by Ashley Drake Gephart (Drake Intel Group) over 12 years ago
Brad, this is excellent and will absolutely help the newcomers! Great job
Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 12 years ago

Wonderful post, Brad. Timely reminders for not only newbies, but experienced bloggers as well. You covered all of the most important points of writing a good blog post exceedingly well and it was a very enjoyable read first thing this morning.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 12 years ago
Great work Brad, these are key reminders for all of us.   Thanks for the insight...you get a 5:-)
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 12 years ago

Excellent post, Brad.  These reminders are applicable to all of us...

Tony

Posted by A. Grey, Real Estate Video Mentor - Vidlisting.com (Vidlisting.com) over 12 years ago
This reminded me that I need to go back and re-do my profile page.  Thanks for the reminder!  LOL...
Posted by Becky Troutt (No longer practicing real estate as of 2008.) over 12 years ago
Another GREAT posting, Brad.  Thanks for this easy-to-read (and follow) guide to good posts.  I'm saving it to share with people I invite to ActiveRain!
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Brad, I know, you have been to my profile page and are waiting for me to update it! Do you ever sleep???

I don't know how to find enough time in the day to get everything done. I do love to blog and have learned so much since being on AR. My weekly newsletter is personally written and out by Thursday. My clients anticipate it's arrival it now! It's hard to figure out what takes priority beyond that. Life is good! Hope you have a happy 4th of July!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 12 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for helping out...I know my responsibilities busy me a bit and your help on this subject will surely help new members looking to improve content and style. Keep it up...because I do not have anymore time to come up for air as you said to me. You helped me in the past also. Rock on Dude!

The Real Deal

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad - this is a great post - very well-thought out and very well-written about each of the points you made.  I LOVE that graphic - that should help get your points across as well.  I need to pay more attention to my profile page.  I sorta forget about that part of all this.  Thanks for the reminder.

Happy 4th!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 12 years ago

Brad -- Wow!  Thanks for this!   May I put a link over to the Practice Group?  I think that many members would benefit that if they are tentative and want to have help, there are several members that pop in and try and assist members with their writing.

It would be neat if some of the more experienced members would pick up the phone and help a newer members with a post.  There is a bonus to doing so.  You gain a friend for life.....  I know that there are several of you paying it forward!  What a great gift!

Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) over 12 years ago

Brad,

Tremendous post!  I went back and bookmarked all of the free graphics sites for future use.  Thanks for the easy to understand principles. 

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 12 years ago
I agree...excellent post.  I'm wanting to figure out how to use links, etc.
Posted by Todd Murphy (Fitts Agency) over 12 years ago
Good stuff to know from a Newbie. I also could not let you have 13 comments!
Posted by Jackie Moye, CSP (Bob Parks Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, this is a terrific post and perfectly illustrates all of your points!  Thank you
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Thank you for the tip!  I am new and this helps a lot!  I am also trying to figure out on how to use links and all the extra I could add. 
Posted by Darlene Wurth, Realtor/REOS (Keller Williams Select Professionals) over 12 years ago
Brad, WOW this is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !!!!!  Wish I had it when I first joined the rain. I know the newbies will love and feel like they can work in the rain better.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago
Thanks for the tips
Posted by Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate over 12 years ago

Great summary, Brad. This will be helpful to new folks as well as those who are more experienced but perhaps not doing the best they can.

Have a great holiday!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 12 years ago
Brad - You've inspired this not so new newbie to do more!  Thanks for a great post and Happy 4th of July!
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Great ideas. Thanks, Brad. Your profile page is a wonderful example for all of us. If only my TO DO list weren't so long...........
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 12 years ago

You're an inspiration and a real asset to this community, Brad!  Thank you for taking the time.

Where is the reference to the free graphics sites that Diane references above?

Posted by Tracy Thrower Conyers, buy. sell. lease. residential in silicon beach. (Silicon Beach Properties • KW) over 12 years ago
Those are all great tips. I forgot about bold text. That really does help eye appeal.
Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Superb post, Brad.  Not that I expect anything less than that from you.  You have a knack for getting your point across in effective and fluent ways.  Thanks for yet another great post!
Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Thanks Brad.  Now I'm going to re-do my profile, and try to make my posts more visually interesting.  These tips are very valuable!

Vicki

Posted by Vicki Lloyd, (619)452-9798, Real Estate San Diego California (The Lloyd Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Ashley- I think our profile page is always a "work in progress" ...so is finding the time!!  LOL

Allison - thanks! :-)

Jo-Anne - I need to be reminded of these 5 principles myself from time to time, thanks for your kind words.

Jason - thanks for the 5 my friend, wouldn't it be great if every time another member gave you a five, it was added as points to your Blog?  Members giving other members points based on a rating...hmmmm??
Are the rain Gods listening?  :-)  Thanks!!

Tony- you are right, I have seen some long-time veterans of Blogging write some pretty questionable stuff!  Sometimes I think they are after points, or maybe just in a hurry to gt their thoughts out there!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Becky- looking at some of the other members profiles will help you get some more ideas on how and what you might want to update on your profile page.  I think each of us should review our profile page monthly for updates and modifications.  Our lives change frequently, so should our web-pages and blogs. thanks for your comment here, I'll be by your blog later to drop you a visit!

Margaret, thank you.  I have to confess, these posts don't always start off so easy-to-read!!  For me, I have to get it all out onto the screen, then edit, edit, edit, walk away, come back and edit, edit, edit...post!
They take more time to do it this way, but I feel better when I look at the original and then the final post!  Thanks for confirming my theory of making these easy to read.  Now if I could just do that with my comments....they always seem to digress back to "A Wall of Words" like this one is starting to!!  LOL  :-)

Lizette - Great to hear from you, have you been sleeping?  LOL  ;-)  I think your profile page is fine, if you were to add anything, maybe just some links to some of your posts or favorite stuff in Kentucky. Maybe even a link to your newsletter for your readers....like me, who would love to see your newsletter too.  Have a great and safe 4th of July Holiday!!  You've been missed here lately..  :-)  and no...I don't sleep! Who has time for that!?!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Good pointers Brad. A successful blog is all about good marketing, in my opinion. And catchy titles, pictures, graphics etc...are all a part of that. Of course once you get their attention you have to be able to back it up with a well written post.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Brad excellent post...and i looked at your profile "website". It seems like you spend a great amount of time on detail. Once again EXCELLENT! and thanks for the help!
Posted by Dave Sulvetta, Realtor (Dave Sulvetta, ReMax Connection, Gloucester County Realtor) over 12 years ago

Neal "The Real Deal" - always glad to help out my friends on AR!  Can you believe my verification word for this comment is "lovi-lovi"?  I feel the lovi-lovi, do you?  Thanks Neal, always great to hear from you!!

Ann - thanks!!  The graphic in this post took me longer than anything else.  The picture in the middle is my son years ago at the Monster Truck races in Oakland, CA.  They were so loud, you can see his response.  I thought it might represent some of us who don't want to listen to reason sometimes.  A subliminal message there... LOL!  Thanks for noticing it, sometimes I put too much effort into the little things, but it's nice to know when their appreciated.  Happy 4th back to you and your family!!

Colleen - This Buds for you!!  ooops...I mean "this Blogs for you"!  LOL!  Feel free to put a link anywhere you like, as always, I am honored when you do that!  I try to pop into that group when I can to help others, just been traveling and really busy lately.  There is more truth to the "bonus" than you know, I have gained many life-long friends on the rain.  It may very well be,  the most "taken-for-granted" benefit of this network.  It's Nice to have you as a "bonus" friend!!  :-) 

THOUGHT TO ALL - For those about to Blog, we salute you!!

Diane - it's good to know that some readers actually click on the links we work so hard to create!  I myself tend to read and then comment without really utilizing the links in other members posts.  You have made me realize this from your comment. I'll try better now,  Thanks you!  Enjoy using those graphics and photos, but also take your own pictures and create your own graphics.  It's easy and fun...and it's ALWAYS legal!!  LOL!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, very timely post and good job helping the Newbies out with this.  Happy 4th to you.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) over 12 years ago

Todd -thanks!  To use links, just highlight your text with the mouse, then click on  above.  When the next screen pops up, just type in the URL for that link IE: http://activerain.com/zerocommission.  I see you have some on your profile page, you should use them in your posts too!  Thanks for your comment!

Jackie- thanks for saving me from the dreaded "13th" comment, though I am not very superstitious, I am grateful that you are... LOL!  Would you have commented otherwise?  :-)  Regardless, I am grateful for your comment and will repay the favor shortly!!  Thanks!

Patricia -thank you and you're welcome.  Enjoy the Holiday today!!  :-)

Darlene- I'm glad this post helps you, that is the sole intent of me doing it!  Let me know if you need any additional help with posts, links, etc.  Glad to help out.  Just shoot me an email or a call on my cell!  Until then, have a Happy 4th!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad:

Great post!  It reminded me (again) that I have more work to do.  LOL  Don't you ever take a break?  Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 12 years ago

Missy - WOW!  Thanks for the "FANTASTIC" comment, you sure know how to make a guy feel good!!!  I hope that many new members will benefit from this post, if so, then my goal and purpose will be achieved! 

For the past month, I have been welcoming new members everyday.  It's very interesting to read their first post!  So many varieties, and so many variations.  Some too long, some too short.  Some very well written but some that just say,

"Hi, My Name Is Brad"  and that's it! 

I do hope this helps generate better posts in the future for our moderators, and for us Bloggers here on the rain!! 

Have a F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C- 4th of July Holiday!!  Best to you always!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Fantastic post Brad, you have put the post together well.
I have bookmarked it to keep refreshing my mind
Posted by Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate (Weichert - McKenna & Vane) over 12 years ago

Brad~ You are so super cool for posting this. And so visually appealing!

 

Posted by Laura Monroe, Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media (Inman News ) over 12 years ago
Excellent post and truly represents all the great suggestions you made. I made major changes to my profile last month based on some ideas posted by Chris G and Mariana W. There's always such good sharing of info on AR. If people listen - or heed - it makes us ALL look good!
Posted by Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio (Real Living HER, Powell Ohio) over 12 years ago

                   DID YOU CATCH THE NEW THEORY ON LINK LOVE???


You'll notice that at the end of each of the 5 principles, there is a RELATED ARTICLE(S) >>>>> link.

Here's a great way to give "Link Love" back to multiple members on the rain.  By doing a search on the rain of related articles, you can link to multiple members, and let the readers choose which ones they wish to review.  This is also a great way to get comments and ideas from some of (y)our older, but useful posts!

I was waiting to see if anyone would comment or notice....  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Bruce - You're Welcome. :-)

Jeff - excellent point, I will have to refer back to it often as well.  Great to have your comment, thanks!!
BTW - Jeff, did you know that your post was the first one that I ever read on Active Rain?  It was just 4 months ago when you did your post about "Not Getting The Listing".  Seems like just yesterday...  
Have a great Holiday too, enjoy your Independence!!   :-))

Marlene - that's great to hear and know!!  Thank you, enjoy your 4th too!  We're off to see the fireworks from a hilltop that has a 360 view of the entire valley.  4-wheel drive sure pays off on the 4th of July!!  :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad,
Great name! Thanks for the helpful post. I am still a newbie to blogging and I am trying to learn as much as possible to improve and become a better blogger.

Brad Snyder

Posted by Brad Snyder (Sierra Vista Realty) over 12 years ago
Sharon- my profile page is actually do for a face-lift, I think that will keep people coming back too.  We get comfortable with some things, then let em ride.  The profile page, just like your blog, needs to change often, or people just won't come back.  If I could, I would change it every week, unfortunately, like you...who has the time with our TO-DO lists!! 

FYI - you are one of the veterans of the rain that I am inspired by and look up to very much!!  Thank you for your posts, your blog, your wisdom and your comment here on my blog!  I am truly honored and appreciate all "YOU" do for members like me.  If I get a comment from Sharon on my post, I do get excited!!  (Big Grin!)  Have a great 4th with your friends and family Sharon!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad -- I really liked the way you made the message short, simple and to the point.  Some of these "how to" or "don't do" posts get a bit preachy -- I am going to book mark this one as there is some great reference information.  thanks for taking the time to put this together and enjoy the 4th.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 12 years ago

Brad, as always a very well written and informative post. I will have to revisit my profile page, and see what I can do to make it more informative.

As far as link love, I really liked Maureen Henry's post about linking for SEO as well. I liked that alternative she offered in case we link to her website or to her post. This time I'm doing a link love to her actual article so anyone can check it out that is interested and missed it.

I'm giving you a BIG 5 for this one, and bookmarking it! Thanks Big Time.

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 12 years ago

Brad!

You put in a lot of effort into this--I did notice the links but I wanted to thank you first.  Great links and bookmarked!  Congrats on being featured in the Newbie Group!

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) over 12 years ago
Great tips and I have to admit, I guilty of four out of the five (I don't have 25 word posts). Fortunately, I have been getting great advice from several other AR's.
Posted by Tony Gallegos (Cognicorp Mortgage Banking Advisory) over 12 years ago

Hi Tracy - nice to see you here.  The link for the graphics link is above in the post where it says, "RELATED ARTICLES>>>>>"  Number #5 principle takes you to the post which gives you info on where to get these for FREE!  It will be the first of many posts to come up once you click on it.  You can also go directly to that specific post by CLICKING HERE! Thanks for your wonderful comment!

Steven - BOLD is good but remember, only in moderation, otherwise it can make any post very difficult to read.  I use them more for important points, or sub-headings.  It helps viewers to breeze through the post more easily.  See what I mean about moderation?   LOL!!  :-)

Jim and Maria - thanks for the high expectations...nothing like a little pressure.  LOL!! 
What's really funny is, you've given me an idea for my next post...are you ready?

                            TITLE:  When a couple or Team like "Jim and Maria Hart" leave you a comment 
                     on your post, how do you know which one to respond to? Jim or Maria?
   hmmmm... LOL!! 

Thanks to which ever one of you wrote the comment above! I wish you both a safe and happy 4th! 
FYI - if you both are posting, maybe you'll need to type your name in the comments you leave or....maybe you just like putting us through this torture!!  RFOL (BIG SMILE!!!)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Vicki - that's awesome!!  Your comment is my reward!!   Any of the members you see commenting here are your best resource for information and valuable networking.  I never take these comments or the members who made them for granted!  The trick is to find the time to go back to all the people who comment on your post, and "pay it forward" by commenting on theirs!  I am guilty of this in the 1st degree, but am also doing all I can to change that.  This may be one of the downsides to having a decent or even featured post!  You can get caught up in commenting back, meeting others for the first time, and revisiting old friends like this post!  Hey....check out the wall of words I got going here, do you really think anyone is going to read this comment?  It's too long! My point and theory are now proven!  I do hope you'll come back and read this though...LOL!!  Thanks and good luck on your profile and future posts!  I'll be by to check out your profile page as soon as I get out of this comment box!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad - some excellent and very practical advice. Thanks for putting this together.
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 12 years ago

Join Practice here groupClick on the heart to the left and join the practice here group..

If you want to improve this is an excellent place to start.  Read the post by the founder for the rules.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) over 12 years ago

EXCELLENT TAG-TEAMING Colleen, you never cease to totally AMAZE me!!  Where others might call this SPAM, I honestly appreciate the "TRUE VALUE" you're bringing to this post!!  Thanks for all you do!!  YOU ROCK!!!

JOIN MIKE's PRACTICE GROUP!!  It's a great place to really get up and running in a non-threatening environment, where other members like to help!!  I am a member there myself...and on top of all that, Mike Mueller is a personal and dear friend who has helped me a great deal with blogging and many other personal and business issues. Thanks Colleen and Mike!!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad -- it is a great resource!  I wish I had a place when I first started to get advice on how to write a post... 

Have a great 4th of July!

Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) over 12 years ago

Brad,

This is great information for everyone.  Thanks so much for taking the time to do the research (all of the related articles) and pulling it all together for us.  With all the free advice we have at our fingertips to improve our blogging, we should all have quality blogs posted.  I'm working on it and think I have improved a little -- still not where I want to be, but with all the help we have here how can anyone fail -- unless they just don't do it!

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) over 12 years ago
Pictures are very important. I certainly look for visuals when reading blogs. I need to remember to do that in my blogs on here more. Thanks!
Posted by delete account over 12 years ago
Great guidelines for writing a good post!  This will help new members understand the importance. How is one to comment if it doesn't even catch the attention?
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 12 years ago

Brad- Thanks for the tips. I see that sometimes it takes a couple days before you get a lot of comments.

Posted by SHAUN WREN (LICENSE IS NOT PLACED) over 12 years ago

Hey Brad,

We all should follow your lead :) and thanks to Colleen for creating another great Group to learn from!

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 12 years ago
Another great post with excellent information. For me it's always hard to find the balance between a title that I know people will click on and a title that is optimized for SEO. I typically choose the title that's going to get the clicks more than focusing on SEO.
Posted by Brad Carroll, Real Estate Web Designer (Dakno Marketing) over 12 years ago
Awesome post.  I have been trying to find the winning comdo and this is layed out very well to help me get where I want ot be with my blogging.  Thanks.
Posted by Joe Zapata, Your Burbank Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Media World) over 12 years ago

Brad - Trying to figure out which type of blog entry will get people to interact with the author is quite challenging. 

When I post something semi-technical, I don't seem to engage anyone.  I'm had a post about CAP Rates and P/E Ratios, and another about mulit-family valuations up for quite some time -- neither has drawn a comment. 

Then, I posted something to ask whether people were thinking about going to see "Sicko", and that drew a lot of comments.   Some who can't stand Michael Moore and others who were willing to really try and talk about the issues raised in the movie.  Last count, I had over 20 comments so there was a fairly lively discussion for that political lightning rod and not any for what I'd really like to talk about -- the real estate business. 

Go figure, but ... good luck to you!  

Posted by Andrew Lietzow, MBA-Exec Dir Iowa Real Estate Investors Association - (IaREIA | Iowa Landlord Association) over 12 years ago

Broker Bryant - thanks for the confirmation, coming from you, that is very re-assurring!!  I hope I was able to back this one up with good content!  :-)  Your comments are always appreciated...hope my widgets didn't slow you down any today!!  Happy Fourth My Friend!

Dave - glad you enjoyed my profile page, as I stated earlier in these comments, it is actually due for a facelift.  There are so many great examples of AWESOME profile pages, I need to take mine to the next level too.  Thanks for the comment!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

 

I HAVE TO PAUSE HERE FOR A MOMENT TO SALUTE AMERICA AND OUR INDEPENDENCE!

TO ALL ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS, READERS, VIEWERS, COMMENTORS, MODERATORS, RAIN GODS, GOD HIMSELF, AND EVERYONE ELSE I MAY HAVE MISSED.......

 

Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Gena- Happy 4th to you as well, I hope this helps not just the new members, but maybe some others who have muddled through as well.  We have so many new people joining Active Rain, seems they should have to pass a Bloggers Group Test before being allowed to have FREE Reign to blogging.  All members blogs represent our industry here, hopefully we can keep them a cut above the general myspace stuff!  Thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Yolanda - thanks!!  Actually, I have taken many breaks this week.  Went camping and fishing last weekend at Vista Canyon Creek in Winters, CA.  took time out to go the the Marin County Fair to enjoy rides and fireworks with the kids.  Went and saw Pat Benatar last Monday night!  Joined the folks in Benicia for the 3rd of July Annual Parade and Street party.  And today, I took my family to see "Evan Almighty" at the movie theatre.  What a great flick!!  Anywho, just keeping you informed of my busy yet rewarding life outside of work, homelife, the recording studio, my photography and blogging!  Wondering what I should do with all my extra time!  LOL!!   :-)  Gotta make a few more comments, then take a nap, then head for the mountain tops to see all the 4th of July Fireworks.  Guess you're right, maybe I should take a break once in a while. NOT!!!  Life's too short, I don't want to miss a thing!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Bob - Thanks!  Any relation to my Driver Friend John?  Thanks for the bookmark and comment!

Laura - thanks, I think you're the super cool one, afterall, you took the time to not only read this, but you took the time to comment as well.  And a nice comment at that!  Thank you for being so cool!!  :-)

Elaine - thanks for the tips, I'll have to go check out Chris G and Mariana W. profile pages.  Thanks!!
Oh, I'll have to check out yours too!  I'm sure it's awesome.  Please help one other member with theirs if you ever get the chance.  If every member, helped just one other member, we'd take our blogging community to the next level.  That's what it's all about, helping others!  Would ya do that for me?  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad- great name back!!  LOL!  I do hope this post will help you even if just a bit to feeling better about your future posts and blogging.  I look forward to seeing your future successes out here on AR.  I'll be watching for your posts, and dropping by your blog from time to time,  always here if you need help or just have a question!!  Thanks for your comment!  :-)

Joan- I know what you mean, I have written a couple of those myself knowing that it was TMI. (too much info).  I have found the trick is to edit, edit, edit, walk away for a while, come back, edit, edit, edit, preview one last time, then hit the upload post!  Seems to be working based on your comment.  Thank You!!  :-)

Teri- thanks for the kudos!  Love Maureen Henry's blog, posts and writing.  I have seen that post and many others she has written.  She is an incredible resource to us all, and she's really a great person too!
Thanks for commenting, I'll check out your profile page later and have a wonderful 4th of July!! 
                                                 (Big Smile to the Lady In Red!!)  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Yolanda - thank you, I appreciate that and hope this helps the folks in the newbie group...that's my old stompin ground, a group I'll always call home!!  You're the best!!  Thanks again!  :-)

Tony - glad you found this post then, hopefully it will help you even if in just a small way!  I'll be checkin out your posts and profile as soon as I get out of this post.  I also have to go catch up on another post I did about the "Fruit Being Gone"!  Looking forward to seeing you again soon!  Thanks!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

 

 

 

BTW - Did anyone notice the temperature on my widget over on the right?  It's 103 degrees outside right now.  Just went out to the truck to get my cell phone and it was melted on the floor boards!!  LOL!  Not really, but it was too hot to pick up without palying Hot Potato with it! LOL! 

 Click for Fairfield, California Forecast

 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, what a well written post... a great example of how to write great blogs!!!!!
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Brad, when I grow up, I want to be just like you!  Great information as always and this newbie greatly appreciates it.
Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 12 years ago

Brad -

Thanks for the helpful information.  I have a lot to learn and improve on.  It's wonderful that you're always sharing and being so helpful. Have a great 4th!

Posted by Lisa Lawrie (Homelink Real Estate and Mortgage) over 12 years ago

great information!

I think we need to offer a primer for formatting...

and point penalties for breaking the rules.

 

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 12 years ago

Rich - thanks for your comment, practical is something I am not...well, except for this post!!  LOL!  :-)

Colleen - I am glad Mike started the "Practice Here Group", I fully endorse it too!  Thanks!

Judi - thank you, that is our intent and goal here.  If we all improve just a little, then AR improves a little.  If (I) can improve alot, then hopefully other AR members can improve alot too.  It should be each of our individual goals to improve a little each day, and help other members improve with us. I personally do not
have time to be a part of "Project Blogger" and get coached all the way to success, but I can watch from the sidelines and learn a ton, and grow as the other writers do too.  My daddy always use to say, "Watch and Learn my son!"  I have watched so many others and had the chance to learn from their failures and their successes!  Glad I joined this awesome network, and got to meet people just like you.  Thanks again. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
As they say  content is king, but nice graphics and layour make it more inviting
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Pamela - a picture really does tell a thousand stories!  I love using photos and graphics on my posts.  Don't think I have ever done a post without one.  Thanks for commenting, your comment is picture perfect!!  :-)

Sally - Aloha!  I think the Title is so important, you're right, they won't comment if they aren't attracted! Glad this one sucked you in, and even happier you commented!!  :-) Thanks!!

Shaun - it can take a few days to collect a few comments, but I really think it depends more on your content.  If you go to any group, look at the views -vs- comments, it's shocking in many cases.  I just saw one that had 4525 views and only 12 comments.  The writer had great info, wonderful layout, but no reason for the reader to engage and comment.  I reviewed the post to see why, and it was because every bit of that post was non-engaging!  I learned alot from reading and evaluating that post!  Oh, by the way, the post I am referring to was one of MINE!!  :-O  I share this with you because it's not the days on the market that count, it's pricing it right with "great engaging content".  Even this post is not engaging to a point, it allows for the typical thanks, great info, nice job type comments, but not engaging at that "deep" level that gets 200 comments....where every comment is extremely long like the one I'm leaving your right now!  LOL! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad -

You sure wrote a well commented post!  Congrats for that and I see why so many people have read it.  I've been learning this lesson over the last several months.  I sure hope that the newbies do see this and use it to make their posts more effective.

Posted by Cynthia Sloop (Community Association Manager) over 12 years ago

Lisa $ Robert - (like the dollar sign?)  LOL!  Thanks for the "lead" comment!  You guys are too kind!  Just FYI - Colleen is the Bomb, but Mike Mueller is the actual creator of the group.  Just giving credit where credit is due.  :-)

Brad - we all struggle with the same dilemna - I try and bounc around a little, but my audience i different than most!  Great comment, thanks for leaving it!  SEO is important, but so are returning readers!!  :-)

Joe - Glad you liked this post, I hope it really does help, good luck with your future blogging!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Irina - thanks for the compliment, glad you approved!!  :-)

Donna- if that's the case, you better never grow up!!  LOL!  Thanks for your kind words, they're appreciated!  You're only a newbie until you don't say you're a newbie anymore!!   :-)

Lisa - it's my pleasure!  It's a great reward to get comments like yours, I think that is what keeps us going and really creates what many call the AR addiction.  It's not the computer or even the AR network, it's the people like you that keep me coming back for more!!  (BIG SMILE)! 

David - that's not a bad idea, they are already taking points away from certain posts by members who don't play by the rules!!  Thanks for the comment, I know others will read that too and have their own opinions!  I have to agree, something has to govern the ungovernable!!

Michael - Content IS KING, but without good graphics (part of the content) the post might not be KING material, just Prince or Guard maybe... LOL!  Thanks for your comment!  Happy 4th of July All...It's almost over...7 more minutes till midnight here...bed time now!!  Goodnight!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Cynthia- it's nice to see you again. Hope all is well.  Thanks for your compliment, never expected a feature or so many comments.  It has taken me all day to catch up with this one!  Hopefully it will help ANYONE who reads it.  I too, still have a lot to learn, but certainly don't mind sharing as I go.  One day, I think we all hope to be pretty good at this stuff.. I'll say this, my typing skills sure have improved!!  LOL!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Excellent post.  Simple guidelines that make it so much easier to effectively blog.  Thanks for the great information.  Your post exemplified its content.
Posted by Melody Young, Auto Broker-Milestone Motoring (Milestone Motoring - Auto Broker/Dealer) over 12 years ago
I'm going back to work on my profile page! After looking around like you suggested, I realize how impressive many of these profiles are --- and how bad mine is! I also see what you mean by writing an interactive post. Good information.
Posted by Sandra Williams (Rancon Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Melody - thanks!  Glad you thought it was simple, hope you and others can use this info to better your blogging and your business!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Sandra - go easy on yourself, we all started on AR just the same as you.  It's a growing process and should be taken seriously but enjoyed at the same time.  If it aint fun...don't do it!!  :-)  I look forward to checkin out your profile page.  Let us know when your ready ok?
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Good post, Brad - love the graphic.  Homemade?

If I could add my two cents it would be to focus at least 25% of your blogging on local communities and neighborhoods.  Of the public posts, it should be 50% or more - after all, most AR-only posts are where we share personal issues as it were.  I've seen the absolute best response from my local neighborhood posts.  That's what 99% of Real Estate folks are looking for in the end - contacts.

 

Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 12 years ago
very nice post on the subject. I especially like the graphic you created with the five colored bubbles. Makes it really easy to see the important points. Good idea for that.
Posted by Angie Vandenbergh, A Crye-Leike Blogger (Crye-Leike, Realtors) over 12 years ago
Jeff - yes. Made the graphic myself.  Took longer than the post!!  LOL!  I agree with you ONLY if I am wearing my realtor or lender hat.  Coming from a Title and Escrow background and industry, my focus is YOU! Realtors and Lenders that want a stable, reputable and experienced resource in the title industry.  I do some writing for consumers and communities, but my focus is really the members on AR and the clients in my areas.  Just like you said...99% focused on contacts!  Great comment, thanks for taking the time to leave it!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Hi Angie - Glad you like my graphic!  Made it myself, the picture in the middle is my 10 year old son plugging his ears at a Monster Truck Show a couple years back!  Kind of a subliminal message for those who read the post but don't want to listen or comment!  LOL!  On the other hand, the circles worked and helped simplify the whole concept of the 5 basic principles.  Thanks for taking the time to notice it, and for commenting regarding it!  It did take a while to create! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Being one of the folks who reads the instructions before starting the assembly this is getting bookmarked for future reference!
Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) over 12 years ago
Tony - you are too kind!  I am the opposite...the bikes all together, 3 screws, 2 bolts, 6 washers and a chain left over!  Used the instructions to wipe the greese off my hands!!  LOL!  You certainly have earned my respect!  Thanks for the bookmark and the comment, now can I get you to give me 5?  No...not the rating, a high 5!!   :-) 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Wish I had read this before I did any writing...thank you very much.....this is the second oneof yours  I have read, and totally enjoyed it.
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad...I really love the look and feel of your blog....glad to have you model where I could be one day!!
Posted by Scott Hoag, Preferred Lender / Mortgage Company (FBC Mortgage) over 12 years ago
Scott - thanks!! Just checked out your blog and profile, what are you talking about?  I think you're well on your way!  Give yourself some credit man!!  I can tell how hard you've worked, and from your 1st to your most recent post, there is great improvement!  That is a sign of growth and persistance!  Keep up the great blog, and always try to improve on EVERYTHING in life, not just your blog!!  (Brad steps down from the pulpit!) LOL!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Kathy - thank you, and I'll try to make sure the third one doesn't let you down either!!  :-) 

To be honest with you, I wish I had known or read this before I did my first post!  It's fun to look back at some of these "Long-Time" bloggers, and see where they all started and came from.  Check out the Top Bloggers on AR, then go read their very first post!  That's what gave me hope and faith that one day, I'd be able to write and post like them. 

I have learned so much in the past 4 months, but I still have a long way to go!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad, tomorrow is the Fight 73 , also , awesome blog for beginners, great advisers, very colorful, keep the good blog :)

Are you ready for the UFC ?

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 12 years ago
What time should I come over?  Should I bring the steaks and beer this time? How about you provide the Big Screen TV and I'll provide the people.  Can I bring Chuck and Tito with me?  LOL!!  I'll be out with the Family tomorrow but maybe catch it later in the eve!  Thanks Ray, nice to hear from you once again.  I never do my next post until you've come by to comment!  You're my time gage that tells me when I need to do another post!!!  Thanks for always being there to comment on every one of my posts!! I try my best to do the same for you when I can!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Way late to this party Brad but once again great information. I also liked how you added the subscribe to this blog link to the bottom of your post.
Posted by Jay McGillicuddy, Real Estate Broker (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 12 years ago
Thanks Jay - there are some that would disagree with the "subscribe" button on my posts, but afterall, they are my posts, right?  Thanks for coming by, it's never too late, and I am glad to hear that you approve of the new buttons on my posts.  I hope you'll subscribe and come back again!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, great as usual!  New or not, we all need a refresher course for continued success at blogging!  Thanks!
Posted by Joddie Roberts, Your Spokane Realtor - Spokane, WA (Mountain Real Estate and Property Management) over 12 years ago
Joddie - we are a funny species if you ask me.  I probably need this the most of all!  There is so much to know and learn about the next generation of Internet and consumer e-commerce, just trying to keep up with all the new technology and products is really a full-time job!!  I am always looking to better my skills at everything I do, especially my writing.  I guess as we mature in life, we want to learn and grow more, but our minds and bodies say sorry, no can do!   Did you say refresher?  LOL!!  Thanks for your appreciated comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

CONGRATS on your 100th Post Brad! This one was great I am hoping to see it pass 100 comments !

           

 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 12 years ago
Michele -How Ironic is this....me thanking you in my own post with the 100th comment, right after yours!  That's kinda cool.  Thanks for your nice comment and for recognizing this post, but it's actually not my official 100th post, that one you might want to check out, NUMBER 100.  I think you'll really enjoy it!!  :-)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Great post, Brad.  We've just started a new blog on Vox.com and have been searching for how others (such as yourself) increase the return for time spent.  Thanks!
Posted by Aubrey Morey (Gainesville Apartments by Trimark Properties) over 12 years ago
Wonderful advice, am not new but found it helpful.  Didn't know, for instance, that the old rules of grammar and paragraphs doesn't have to apply to blogs.  Good to know. Thanks
Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS over 12 years ago

Smiley SunglassesGreat and best post Brad.  I will rank this a 5.  I think it is already featured but I just saw it.  Great and very useful and to the point.  Of course, all your posts are useful.  You really know your way around AR.  I feel bad, I had no idea you were having your own celebration as I was pumping up mine.  Hope you enjoyed it and had some fish to go with it.  Keep up the good work, when I'm grown I hope to be just like you.

  Sprinkler Sprinkler  Sprinkler And by the way, it is still hot enough to have a swim party. HAPPY 100th.



  

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 12 years ago
opps! forgot to rank.  Here's your 5.
Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 12 years ago

Good Sound advise - well written and very pleasing to the eye

John Occhi, Hemet REALTOR
Mission Grove Realty

Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Thanks so much for the practical, "take it to the bank" post. As an avtiverain 'newbie', this is just what I need! And, I hope your sharing pays you back a million times! Cheers to you, Brad.

Wendy Casey

 

 

Vancouver, BC., Canada

Posted by Wendy Casey (A-List Home Staging & Decor) over 12 years ago
Kudos for your insightful and much needed information about blogging and its prinicples. I will definitely return again and again to increase my knowledge as well as share it with other people. Mahalo (thank you in Hawaiian)!
Posted by Linda Bourgault (lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art) over 12 years ago

Aubrey - I'll check out your blog on Vox.  Good luck to you in "your returns".  :-)

Miriam - I think grammer is very important, and spellcheck too, but in a blog post, I find myself reading and commenting more on the one's that are pleasing to the eye. I still read others too but I hate the "WALL OF WORDS"!!!  Mostly because I used to do it myself, and never got any comments.  Then Colleen Kulikowski rescued me.  This post is how I am "paying it forward" to her.  Thanks for your comment... :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Rosemary - My party is your party!  Doors always open to you, thanks for the 5, the comment, and all the smileys!  I love the shades!!  Remember...Life is the party, so enjoy it everyday!! 

John - coming from you my friend, that means a ton to me!  Thanks!  Now google me and report back!! LOL!  :-) 

My Dear Wendy - thanks for your "awesome" comment, I like the bank part and the word millions.  They seem to go real well together!  LOL!!  I am glad you found this post and that you can use the info. Welcome to AR and don't hesisitate to call if you need any assistance at all.

Linda - Aloha and Mahalo to you.  Your comment and referral is more than I could ask, but I'm happy to accept them.  Congratulations on being the "Featured" member in Ewa Beach.  Enjoy and Welcome to Active Rain!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, I am so glad to see you did "take a break" like you implied in your 100th post!! You are the Blog God!  Your posts are easy to read, understand, helpful, insightful and fresh!  Keep it up!  THank you for all your hard work!  Janie
Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 12 years ago
Janie - and you are much too kind!  Can I wrap you up and have you shipped to work over here??? :-)
Thank you for the very kind comment!  Definately makes one of the Top 3 Ever!  Happy to help anytime, and always!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, :) sure it will be fun, sorry for delay, but I was so busy, :)  I am checking your answer here 2 :P 
Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 12 years ago
Thanks Ray - missed it! LMK so I can LMAO!!  Thanks buddy!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad, explain me about the  LMK and the LMAO   hahaha,  I need to learn those abbreviations now ! ;)

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 12 years ago

Ray - sorry for the technobabble... LMK means "Let Me Know"  and LMAO  means "Laugh My _ _ _ off!"  I think maybe you're messin with me!!  :-)

Did you like the 5 principles of a good post?  I try and use these every time I write.  They say that sometimes less is more, but I think these are the basics!  Thanks Ray!  B-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Is that baby Brad in the middle?  I didn't read the comments, but just saw that :)  Well, more like Tweenie Brad :)

Lexa Montierth
Posted by Lexa R. Montierth, Real Estate Sales Agent and Marketer (NextHome Complete Realty) over 12 years ago
Lexa - hahahaha, you're funny!!  That is actually my 10 year old son a few years back at the Monster Truck races.  I felt it was a good photo for this post because many members just might not listen or agree.  Out of the 100+ comments, you are one of the few to catch or even mention that!  Good eye, and keen sense of awareness you have, truly a gift!  I wondered if anyone would even ask about that graphic...thanks!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad, they are awesome, and I am not messing with you, I was wondering what did it mean those abbreviations :) thanks for letting me know.

Ray

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) over 12 years ago
Brad - These are words to live by.  Your post looks great and has the content to back it up. 
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago
No problem Ray!!  :-)  Glad to do it!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Maureen, thanks! You know how I love words to live by!!  :-)  I appreciate your comment and also your time the other day.  It is great getting to meet people like you, I hope one day it can be in person!! 

THOUGHT:  Let's start a webcam group!!  NOT!!!  LOL!  B-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Thanks so much for the post.  Very helpful and informative.  I am very new to this community and blogging in general.

 

 

Posted by Kim Zajan -- Oviedo FL Real Estate (Prudential Florida Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad - thanks a ton for all this information!  Being a newbie it's sometimes hard to find a comfort zone right off the bat.  Fortunately AR has some great folks and the help is always there.  Thanks again!
Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 12 years ago
Kim - you'll be getting around fine in no time at all!  There is a ton of info and members on the rain to help you. Let me know if you ever need any assistance. Thanks for your comment.  :-) 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Carol - You're so welcome! I couldn't have said it any better myself! You will meet some great people, read some great blogs, and hopefully do some great business thanks to Active Rain.  Best of luck to you.  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad, I joined AR just two days before you posted this. I was totally lost then so I missed it completely. I really could have benefitted from it then. Heck, I can still benefit from it so I am bookmarking it. If you don't mind I will ask for one little bit of help: how do you imbed graphics in your blog alongside of text? I can put it in above or below the text. I am trying to learn how to be a good blogger. AR is my very  first experience at it.

Thanks for your help before and kind words.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Brad,

This is great. I will be using this for my posts.

 

Thank you.

Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Bill - sorry for my delayed response, was out of town camping the last 4 days.  To embed a graphic under your photo area of your blog, you need to go to the edit mode and use the description box.  Place your HTML code or link in the description box and it will show up on the right side column of your blog. Let me know if that helps, you'll see many members doing that on their blogs...  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Joe - best of luck to you and your blogging efforts!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

You have published the most useful information that I have seen so far. My goal is to be the best blogger in my area. The knowledge that you are willing to share can help me reach my goals.   THanks for you help. I'll continue implementing you helpful hints, with the idea that if I learn from the best, I can prevent  wasting a lot of  time and energy.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 12 years ago
Larry - thanks for the compliment!  I am happy you are finding my Blog useful in your Blogging success!  I do hope it saves you time, and also hope it creates shortcuts to helping you be the best Blogger in your area. There are many to learn from here, but I am humbled by your comment of considering me one of the best! Thanks Larry.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
What constitutes an effective post?  Maybe we should change this to "What Makes a Healthy Post!!"
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I am enjoying reading your info thanks!

Anne

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 12 years ago
Anne - thanks, I enjoy getting your comments too!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad! Nice post! Thanks for the tips!
Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) almost 12 years ago
Don - these are very basic tips, there is so much more, but this is a great start. There are no real rules in creating an effective post, only creativity and etiquette are the really important elements! Thanks for checking out this post and commenting!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Brad - What an excellently layed out post! Very easy to read and informative. Way to pay it forward!!!
Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 12 years ago
Lindsey - if you're happy, I'm happy! :-)  Thanks! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Will do. I appreciate you blogging the blog tips and I wish you a super great day of writing. 
Posted by Heather Black (Keller Williams The Rich Group) over 11 years ago
Heather - and I appreciate your appreciation!!  :-)  Go out and make it a great day, and have an EGGSTRA special Easter weekend!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - this is an extremely useful post. Thanks a lot!

Posted by Tricia Flicker-Miller, Cressy & Everett (Cressy & Everett Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Tricia - always happy to help any way I can.  This post is just a good start to finding what works best for you. Happy Easter!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

You are the best Brad!  Boy do I have a lot of reading to do.  I hope you and your family have a very blessed Easter!

 

Posted by Denise OnullDell, Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent (Santa Clarita Mobile Notary) over 11 years ago

P.S.  I just found out how to bookmark Brad!  Just noticed it under your post like you said.  It was a little hard to find above all the wonderful and well-deserved comments you received. :-)

Posted by Denise OnullDell, Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent (Santa Clarita Mobile Notary) over 11 years ago
Thanks Denise - I hope you and your family have the best Easter EVER!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

You can bookmark, email, or flag any post.  The flag can be for features requests or spam.  The email could be to a friend or other member, and the bookmark, well, you know all about that one now!  :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
I saved your post. Thanks for the info. I'm a new blogger and your post was very helpful! Can you read my blogs and tell me what you think?? I haven't written many..
Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) over 11 years ago
Christopher - I'll take a look, but it will have to be after Easter.  I'm sure you are off to a great start, just keep in mind that content is KING!  Share the things you know bring value or interest to your subscribers and visitors. Have a great Easter my friend!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Awesome post - even better than knowing what to do is what not to do.  thanks again!

Posted by Mike Kinlaw (Prudential Georgia Realty) over 11 years ago

What a great reminder, just saw someone comment on it and thought gee-- you should refeature this for some of the new people..

 

 

Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) over 11 years ago

Mike - good point. Sounds like a great title for a post!  :-)

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

Colleen - you're the one that got me sold on AR. Remember?  Skeleton? haha  "Wall of words" and "Paying it Forward" are phrases I've coined that I learned from you.  I think you were the first one to ever feature one of my posts here.  Do you see what you've created??  lol~  Have a great fourth, and no refeatures for this puppy, he's gone the rest of this weekend....    :-))

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

Brad -- every time I see you pop up around here I am so proud...   It was a pleasure to work with you!   We should do a story of paying it forward and how the chain goes.   Kristal Kraft taught me, I taught you and who you have helped and how they paid it forward...  

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions... (Retired) over 11 years ago

Colleen - let's do it!  I can create a family tree graph. Let's see how far we can trace it back and then follow it as it gets paid forward.  You were a great mentor to me, and I'm thankful you have turned into a great friend. When the heck are we gonna meet for the first time???  lol~  I feel like we have already met, it' the strangest thing!  Have a fun and safe weekend!!  :-)

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

Your suggestions are very helpful.

Posted by Jodi Spickler (Home Staging by Jodi) over 11 years ago

Nice blog Brad you always have useful information! I've been on for a few months now but I'm still learning. You have helped me out a lot with your wonderful posts. Thank you!

Posted by DeVerie Riley, Helping Buyers in Tehachapi & Bakersfield (Associated Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Brad....when I click on #5  I get this:

Home : File not found.

File not found.

If you believe this file should have been found please use the Contact ActiveRain page and let us know. Include the URL and/or location of the file you think should have been found.

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (Independent Real Estate Broker) over 11 years ago

Oh it must me --- every link I click on is giving me the same message!

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (Independent Real Estate Broker) over 11 years ago

Jodi - glad they're helping you out.

DeVerie - glad these posts are useful and hopefully saving you some time and frustration.

Aida - those links were to AR searches and have long since changed. I corrected them all or just removed the links that didn't work anymore. Thanks for catching that and letting me know.

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

Brad Thanks a lot for your Post !

Posted by Tyrone Brown over 11 years ago

Wish I had found this my first day on AR!

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. over 11 years ago

Tyrone - happy to do it. Thanks!

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

Maya - you're telling me...I wish I had this kind of knowledge my first day, I would have posted it long ago.

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

Working on creating my first blog. It seems a daunting task, but your 5 principles broke it down into more manageable bites. Thank You!

Posted by Kevin L. Swann, CCIM (Swann Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Kevin - just write it!  Remember your first listing presentation? Well look how good you are now.  Your Blog is the same way.  Each post you write will just get better and better. Trust me on this!!  :-)

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

Graat post as always - I am fairly new to the rain and I love to read your blogs - so much info!!!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Norma - welcome! We're happy you're here.  Let me know if you ever need a hand here, there are plenty of us who would be happy to help you if you need.  You'll love this place and the people.  :-)

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

I am a newbie to blogging and I appreciate the tips. Thanks!

Posted by Brandy Bigler (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Brandy - just write from the heart and know your audience.  Practice will make perfect.  Welcome to ActiveRain, we're glad to have you here with us. :-)

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

I didn't know I could add pictures to my blog posts.  Thank you!

Posted by Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale (McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560) about 11 years ago

Nelson - yes you can and in fact, it's highly recommended too.  Glad you found out, let me know if you ever need any help here, glad to be of service if I can.  :-)

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

There is so much to this blogging thing!  We were talking about the merits of blogging in my office yesterday morning - - I have never done it and have long had doubts about what value you get for the amount of time it takes to do it on a regular basis.  I had two really great ideas for blogs this morning and it motivated me to investigate AR, sign up and set up my profile - - now, it is the end of the work day, I'm still reading "how to's" and my brilliant blogs are not yet "out there" - - and they really are brilliant!  This material was very helpful - - I will use these 5 simple guidelines to take my scribbled notes from scraps of paper to the cyber world - - Stay Tuned.  

Posted by TERRY DRISCOLL, REALTOR - Buy or Sell in Any Season! (MAINE HOME REALTY) about 11 years ago

Terry:   Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be of help to you in the process!

 

 

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 11 years ago

Terry - Rich and I have been around the block a few times here in the community, if there is anything either of us can do to assist you, please don't hesitate to contact either of us.  He's the great presenter, I'm the good looking and smart one!  :-))

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

Terry:  If you need any help with pocket protectors, sliderulers, or HTML coding, Brad is your man. But if you need practical advice on how AR can benefit your business, just give me a call....

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 11 years ago

Terry - just remember where and whose Blog you got this valuable information from to begin with!  LOL~

@Rich - Hijacker! haha :-)

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

Terry:   Everything you've read here was plagiarized from a post I wrote 2 years ago:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/64587/7-Habits-of-an-Effective-Blogger

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 11 years ago

Terry - 2 lessons to be learned here by Rich:

1. Hijacking = when you try to take someone from someone elses post or Blog over to yours.

2. SPAMMING - placing links in another members post or Blog is forbidden as Rich has clearly demonstrated.

All joking aside, you can see what a great teacher Rich is here, you should call him 2-3 per day with any questions you might have or any help you might need.

I hear he's pretty good at working on cars, remodeling houses, and designing websites too. Here's a link to his homepage.

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

I hate reading really long blogs and really short ones with a few sentences.  I do know personally I skim the blog first to see if the content I'm interested is in there and then Ill go back to comprehend each line.

Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) about 11 years ago

DeAndrea - there does seem to be a "somewhere in the middle" perfect post.  Not too long, not too short.  Not too HOT, and not too cold. We're all in search or writing and reading the post that is "Just Right!"  :-)

BTW - I'm a skimmer too! LOL~

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

I think this post still holds true today!  Now we need to add video and podcasts to add a little variety to the Blogs.  Also the use of certain widgets (when called for) can add a little excitement to a blog post as well. :-)

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

excellent post as well. I have recently viewed some wall of text posts and they are so hard to read! also, I think folks that use bullet points or bold points really make their posts more legible. I love big photos too.

Posted by Sandy McAlpine, Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC (RE/MAX EXECUTIVE) almost 11 years ago

To reach the skimmers in your audience, try starting and ending with summaries and fill in the detail in the middle.  In sneaky direct mail copy, we'd distil our message and stick it in the PS. Studies show people will open the letter, read the first paragraph, skip to the end, and if the like the ending, will read the details.

Posted by Michael Swinney (Select Realty Services, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Sandy - thanks.  We all have our prefrences just like our readers.  :-)

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

Michael - an excellent point.  I always start reading snail mail letters with the first sentence, then I skim over to the bottom to see who it's from, then go back and read if it's caught my attention, and there's value.  :-)

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

Brad! Thank you!  That was such great information as I begin the journey on AR.  It's been great to read and learn so much from so many.  I hope I'm able to share as much one day.

Olga

Question:  Do you know how to add a signature or different font to my comments?

Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) almost 11 years ago

Olga - the font for comments is a standard font used across the entire network.  Let me know why you need to change it and I'll see what I can do to help.  Thanks.  :-)

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

Yet another excellent post!  Needless to say, I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to learning a lot more about active rain from you.

I do have a quick question.  How do you customize the background and headers of the blog?

Thanks again!

Posted by Zilkia Olmeda-Martins, GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes (RE/MAX North - San Antonio) almost 11 years ago

Here's a link to help you Zilkia:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/714232/The-NEW-ActiveRain-Blog-Customizer-Version-20

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

Thanks Brad. I joined AR a few weeks ago and just "jumped in". This really helps me get a better handle on how to do things more thoughtfully. 

Can you direct me to more information on how to format the blog...add photos, graphics and the like?

Thanks!!

Posted by Hal Benz almost 11 years ago

Hal - there is an ActiveRainGuide that was created just for YOU!  Go to ActiveRainGuide.com and you'll find everything you'll ever need to know right there.  There is also a getting started link on the main AR page. :-)

PS- I noticed you were not logged in when you commented here, be sure to login first on AR before you try to do anything else or none of the tutorials and how-to's will work.

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

These are great tips for blogging.  I'll certainly keep them in mind.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) almost 11 years ago

Thank you!  Very helpful points and tips for someone like me who is just getting started.  Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Posted by Michelle David Lehman (Century 21 Noel David Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad, this is a great blogging guide, thanks for the information.

Posted by Andrew Wise (ARM Loan Modification Experts) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Brad for this useful information and your joy of networking that shines through so well!

Posted by Aron Bailey Bruser (Win-Win Home Staging & Redesign) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

I joined AR just recently and didn't have a chance to read it all yet.This post is very helpful.

Thanks again,

Eva

Posted by Eva Erdmann, interior decorator (Lion International Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

I have never done a blog before but by the end of next week I hope to have one up and going.

Thanks for the help!!!

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 10 years ago

You've done it again...simple and easy to understand info on how to blog. Kudos!

Posted by Wendy Kuhn (Webster Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, Thank you for all the great info...so helpful!

Best to you!!

Bozeman Broker Group

Posted by Larry Wilcox (Bozeman Broker Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad,

This is going to sound like a dumb question.  How do I get my picture to appear in my blog responses?

Posted by Joe Roy (HomeBased Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Joe - your picture will appear in comments once you either reach 10,000 points or upgrade your current account to a rainmaker account.  Here's a link for the upgrade if you're interested.  :-)

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

Hi Brad, I know this must be around somewhere but i've done several searches on it.  When I write a blog, I know I'm limited to postings to 5 groups, but does that include any Localism or channels?  Thanks. 

Also, I know I now have my picture included as well as a "Rainmaker" symbol (Yea!!!) but do I need to pay the monthly fee for an outside blog?  Thanks.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Hi Kathy - 5 groups, Localism, Your Outside Blog , and 1 Channel are your options.  With the paid rainmaker membership, an outside blog is included.  As a rainmaker grandfathered in or by points, outside blogs are 19.00.  Let me know if you need any assistance.

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

The biggest issue I am having with my blog is figuring out how to use graphics.  Can you suggest an ActiveRain tutorial link that will give me the low down on adding graphics to my blog?  Thanks!

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) over 10 years ago

Marian - you can add graphics and images to your Blogs by clicking on the "tree image" in your toolbar and then uploading them from either your computer or the Internet.  If you need additional help, just let me know and I can walk you through it. :-)

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

Brad,

I should have been more specific.  I can upload images I just can't control them! LOL.  I can't seem to get the text to wrap around them nicely the way every else has them.  Mine seem to push to the bottom under the text.  Do I need to use HTML or something?  I would like to have images within my text so it is visually appearing and breaks up the big text blocks.  Have there been any tutorials on that? 

As an extra bonus, I would like to know what program some agents are using to make those highly graphic intense, slick, posts of their listings.

Thanks! Marian

 

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) over 10 years ago

Marian - I'll see what I can find for you. 

There is an "appearence" tab when you upload new images to a blog post, if you click on that tab, you'll have the ability to resize, add borders, create spacing between images and text both vertically and horizontally, and you can justify the images ie: Left, Center, Right, etc.  I'm sure there's a tutorial out there somewhere, but once you click on "appearence" you'll probably find that you won't need one anymore. 

If I can't find one, I may just have to create one for you.  :-))

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

This is very good info! New to the blog world I will defiantly have to refer back to this pretty often until it becomes 2nd nature!

Eddie

Posted by Eddie Reynolds (Land Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Great tips. Now all I have to do is apply them.

Posted by Tony Anderson, Realtor - Serving Habersham Banks, White & Hall Co (Century 21 Community Realty) almost 10 years ago

Very informative. Now let me see, if I can remember it all and get my blog off on the right track.

Posted by Ron T. Weems Jr., Managing the details one home at a time. (Weems Property Group | KW North Sound) almost 10 years ago

Great, concise information that is useful with most business writing, not just posts. Will put it to use in our first post later today, I hope! 

Posted by Jenn & Phil Beck, Salt Lake City Homes For Sale (www.utahspot.com, Salt Lake Real Estate, Coldwell Banker) almost 10 years ago

The 5 principles will be helpul to me.  I appreciate that you have taken the time to write this down for those of use who will struggle with our first few or more posts.

Posted by John Sweeney (Crye-Leike Elite Realtors) over 9 years ago

Thanks John - you need not struggle here, there are too many great folks around this community willing to help. Enjoy my friend. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

I am still learning about AR, so this was greatly helpful!

Posted by Marsha Cash (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Thank you for the advice. Every little bit helps

Posted by Mike Kozlow, Broker (Mike Kozlow Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks again for another helpful blog for newcomers! 

Posted by Brivity Software over 6 years ago

Thanks! This will help me write my first blog!

Posted by Shelly Pousson, Lafayette, LA almost 6 years ago

Shelly - that's great, looking forward to reading your first post. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 6 years ago

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