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How To Use Your AR "Settings" Page

Here is some information on "How To" use your Active Rain "My Settings" page.  I have tried to make this as simple as possible, for you to get the most out of your Active Rain experience.  To access your settings page, go to your "MY HOME" link at the top of the page next to the "Logout" option.  Make sure you are logged into Active Rain before you try and modify your settings.  Next, click on the "My Settings" link on the left hand side of the page just under the "My Ads" link.  The rest is detailed below for your use.  You might want to print these instructions so you won't have to go back and forth from this post and your "My Settings" page.

Brad Andersohn's - My Settings Instructions

Brad Andersohn's - My Settings Instructions

 This is your Blog's Title.  Be sure to give this some thought, it is the theme of your entire Blog.  This is what will appear when anyone clicks on the "Blogs" link at the Top of Active Rains main homepage.  You'll see this title under your Blog Subscriptions.  You can use any Title you want for your Blog, I suggest make it interesting, and not just your name like "Brad's Blog" or "My Blog".  Your Title will attract readers and your name in it will help search engines find YOU easier.  You can always change it if you come up with a better idea later.

 Your Blog Description.  This is an important area of your "My Settings Page" and it has multiple uses and values.  First, this is where you can add HTML code to your Blog.  For example, I want to have the search engines come see my Blog every 7 days to check for new and fresh content.

A. Here's the code I added for that.
<meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="ALL"/><meta NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days"/><p>

B. I also use Google Analytics for tracking, so I added their HTML code as well.

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"></script><script type="text/javascript">_uacct = "UA-XXXXX2026093-1";urchinTracker();</script>
QUICK  IMPORTANT TIP: Be sure to register your Blog or Site at Google Analytics to get your own code, the one above is a sample!  This code once added, will not make anything appear on your profile or sidebar, it is a hidden code.  All the reports and information gathered from your Blog have to be obtained from your Google/Analytics account at their website.

C. Add Meta Tags, or keywords for your Blog.  I use the following for my Blog:

<meta name="keywords" content="Title, Escrow, Technology, Solano, Contra Costa, Title Insurance, Agent Assist, Target Marketing, Marketing, Blogging "/>  Yours will obviously vary. 

D. Lastly, this is the section where you add the HTML code for widgets, gadgets, graphics, on vacation messages etc, that you want to appear on your sidebar under your photo.  There is an instructional page on "How To Add Widgets" to your sidebar in Active Rain. If you want your graphics and widgets to be centered, be sure to use <center> code at the beginning, and use </center> at the end of the code.

 Here is your Blogs Description. (Text Only - NO HTML Allowed Here)  This is where you should describe your Blog, it's content, and it's value to your readers, but remember this is your HUGE SEO opportunity.  You are limited to 100 words, so be direct and focused with your description and keywords.  FACT: This is the most overlooked area by new and existing AR members.  Want maximum SEO (Search Engine Optimization?  You need to read this!!! Trust Me!

 Allow Non-Member comments.  Be sure you have this box checked, otherwise readers who are not members of Active Rain will be unable to comment on your post.  Unless all your posts on your Blog are (members only) I would make sure it's checked!

 Sharing your comments.  Your comments are already shared in the posts where you've made them.  If you want other members and readers to access "All" your comments in one easy access location, you can check this box and allow them access.  It's really a matter of preference.

 General Settings.  There is currently only "One" option under general settings.  Let others know you are on-line or not!  If you notice at the top of the page right now, you'll see  "Members: 53,842 - 1,270 On-line Now"  in the upper right hand corner.  Out of 53,000 members, I have never seen more than 1600 members on-line at a time. If you click on the 1,270 On-line Now"  about every 5 seconds, you'll notice that the numbers change, funny thing is, the numbers never add up.  This is very interesting.  Regardless, ONLY check this box if you want to be seen by others that you're on-line.  Not sure why this is an option, who'd want to hide?  :-)



 Your Email Settings.  This is a very important part of Active Rain and your settings page.  You have to decide how you want your email notifications to work and be managed here.  Do you want to get emailed every time someone adds you as an associate?  What about the comments you'll receive on your Blog Posts?  What about the groups you've joined, the founder or administrator can do mass emails to the group, do you want to be notified?  There is even Manual Score Adjustments and Link Status notifications.  This is really up to each members discretion.  You can see, I like to be notified about anything that's going on with my Blog or posts! :-)

Brad Andersohn's - Members On-Line

 Your Referrals.  Use the Active Rain Referral Exchange to find the best Real Estate Professional match for your clients.  You can also use the associates that you have added to your personal network here.  This is NOT for just advertising your listings. This area of Active Rain is for "REFERRALS ONLY!" Please review and follow the instructions when you click on this link. 

 My Comments.  This is where you can go back and track every comment you have ever made on Active Rain.  Maybe you commented on another members post, and then had a change of heart and wanted to modify or change it, but you can't remember where that particular post is.  Use the "My Comments" link to go directly to any post you have made a comment on.  Most members don't even know this is here.  

  Your Points Summary.  This is a link to your total breakdown of points earned here on Active Rain.  Every point you'll ever receive will be found here.  It's a great tool to see your total points on Featured Posts, comments, regular points, inviting new members points and more.  ONLY YOU can see the breakdown of individual points, keep in mind other members can see your over-all points breakdown. TIP: This page can tell a lot about you or other members.  Take a look at it, or someone else's, you'll see what I mean!  Are you about points or content?  Do you comment as much as you receive?  Where is your focus here on Active Rain?  This link will tell!

  Your Blog Statistics.  How many comments do you receive?  How many views do you get on your post?  How many clicks are your posts getting?  It's all here at this link.  Another great feature of the Statistics link is that you can see every post you've ever submitted on one page!  I like using this page to see what's hot and what's not!  Using the statistics page will help you determine many things about your Blog and each of the post's you've written.

  Your Active Rain Bookmarks. This is the link that will take you to ALL the posts you have book-marked here in Active Rain.  We all get the comments from other members that say "I've Book-marked Your Post!"  This is so you can refer back to them at a later time when posts get get moved down and buried into a members Blog.  The sad thing is, just like "Toy Story" I'm not sure how many of us actually go back and utilize or read the posts we've book-marked.  I have hundreds, and am guilty of neglecting them as I am sure you will too. :-)

  Inviting Others.  Use this link to send an invitation to someone who is NOT currently a member but that you'd like to invite.  When you use this link to invite other Real Estate Professionals, you will be credited for their membership and get points for everything they do on Active Rain.  You will get a percentage of their points on any activity they have while Blogging here.  You also will get points just for them signing up from your invitation.  You can also sent an Active Rain Invitation on your own, just be sure to use the proper link or graphic so you can get credit for inviting them. 

  Links To Active Rain.  This link will give you options and graphics to place on other websites and Blogs.  This allows you to promote your membership here and the network.  You can use the HTML codes here to on outside  websites and Blogs.  You will receive "Bonus" points when you add these links to other Internet pages. Here is an example of some I have added to my Outside Blog at TechKnowBabble.  I suggest doing this not for points, but to help promote our Real Estate Network Community to others!

  Your Associates/Associations.  Here are all the other members that have added "YOU" as an associate.  When you add someone as an associate, don't forget to put a comment in the box at the bottom of the page.  When someone adds you as an associate, this is privilege and an honor.  Don't just add them without commenting, others want to read why you've added them, this adds credibility and helps them determine if they want to add them too.  This in my opinion is one of the best tools on Active Rain.  I use it as my Referral Network Resource and would truly refer business to those who I've added and who have added me.

The Final and MOST IMPORTANT TIP HERE: Don't forget to click on the  link when you're done making your changes. Trust Me, we have all learned the hard way!! LOL!

 Feel free to modify your settings now with the hopefully, a better understanding of what each of these areas and links provides.  If you have any questions on how to do ANYTHING here on Active Rain, there are hundreds of instructional posts available, or you can ask right here, I will try to answer or find the answer to your questions or comments.  I hope you'll find the same value and relationships that I have. There's nothing quite like being a member here at Active Rain.

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Comment balloon 510 commentsBrad Andersohn • October 21 2007 12:38AM

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Some great ideas there. I am going to have to come back to follow the detailed instructions. Thanks..
Posted by Al Maxwell, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams) about 12 years ago
Brad, a lot of work you did for us again. thanks for the code tips in item # 2. All appreciated as usual.
Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) about 12 years ago
Al - I am posting this for the few who have asked me how to do these things this past week, but I do hope it will help many others.  Sometimes a single post can have that kind of impact! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Gary - thanks, I tried to put some "more advanced" stuff in this one, glad you caught that! :-)  Check out #6 too, the whole off-line, on-line thing is pretty interesting.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
wow good stuff aloha ha ha ha
Posted by Jeffery Griffin, Broker Owner (Jeff Griffin LLC ) about 12 years ago
Hi Brad. Thanks for covering all that information. Some info I am just becoming familiar with. I will need time to review, when is the test?
Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks, you really cleared up some questions.
Posted by Kevin McLaughlin (S&P Mortgage (Alumni)) about 12 years ago

question, on the "blog description" part (#2) are you suppose to put your blog name where you wrote "meta NAME" or leave as is?  Thanks Brad, just trying to figure it all out!

C&M

Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) about 12 years ago

Brad, you never cease to amaze me with your tips and information. Just to set up something like this is amazing. Rated a 5 and bookmarked. Thanks,

http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 12 years ago
Hi Brad,  This has been very helpful--thank you.  I have never taken the time to find this stuff out.  I am as far away from being a teckee (see I can't even spell it) as one can get!
Posted by Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional about 12 years ago

Brad it is no accident that you are one of the "Kings" on AR. I had questions on how to really use the Blog Description for my blog but haven't had time to research it. You answered my questions in this one post.

Thanks

Posted by Kotambu "KS" Shabazz, Renton, Real Estate Consultant (Quality Real Estate Services) about 12 years ago
You are getting way too good!!  Wow- now where was this when I needed this post!!  I will be sure to bookmark this and pass it on!! Great job my friend! Hope you are enjoying Rocky Point!! I'm jealous!!
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad - I bookmarked this one and flagged it for a feature...sure wish I could give you a big 4, too!  What great content.  You are just so giving. 

One of your fans in So Cal,

Marlene

Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) about 12 years ago
WoW! My head is spinning around from all this information! Did you work all week on this? I feel like a slacker! lol
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 12 years ago
Yes - Print it FIRST!!
Posted by David Bennett, Yorba Linda Real Estate (Tarbell, Realtors) about 12 years ago
Jeff - thanks, Aloha oi oi oi! hahaha! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad, Definite bookmark post! I have one request. Would you mind changing Associates to Associations? I think it may not be that clear to someone new. The difference between the two:)
Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) about 12 years ago

Dionne - I wish I could give DRE credits for this stuff. LOL!  Maybe if I put all my instructional posts together in a book and teach an on-line class, we can get Active Rain to approve a DRE course.  Then members could earn the coveted ARS certification...

(Active Rain Specialist)

Thanks Dionne, nice to hear from you...always!! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad -  I have a question about #3, if you don't mind.  I used to have something in this box but when looking at my blog, I never saw what what written there so I removed it and added it to #2 instead.  Is this something that I would see?  If so, where?  Or is something that Google sees?  Thanks for your time.
Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Kevin - glad this was helpful for you.  I'm still waiting to see if the folks who requested some of this info show up to comment.  That's half the fun!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

question, on the "blog description" part (#2) are you suppose to put your blog name where you wrote "meta NAME" or leave as is?  Thanks Brad, just trying to figure it all out!

C&M

Chris and Maria -  you'll want to leave [<meta name="keywords" content=] as is.  Anything you place between the " " after that, are the Meta name tags or keywords.  Also, be sure to separate your words with comma's.  You could put the name of your Blog between the quotes if you think anyone will be searching for those particular words. Let me know if that helps. I'm here for ya! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Teri - It's nice to hear from you again. How's the "Lady In Red" been these days?  Thanks for the bookmark, the rating was taken away last night, sorry I can't get the benefit of your 5 if you were able to still rate this post. Sure appreciate the thought and the attempt though.  Hope you're doing well!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Leslie - glad this helped you out.  We'll make a "techee" out of you yet! LOL!  That's the nice thing about being part of such a caring and sharing network.  We can all learn at our own pace.  There's some great info out here, makes it hard to stay up on it all...I know.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you for the information.  I just subscribed to you blog.  I feel a little less lost.
Posted by Adele Irving - Easton Area Homes (Prudential Patt, White Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Kotambu - I have been watching your growth here on AR.  Just keep doing what you're doing and you will have success.  At some point, the "King" will have to hand over his right to the throne! LOL!  Are you ready for the scepter? :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

You are getting way too good!!  Wow- now where was this when I needed this post!!  I will be sure to bookmark this and pass it on!! Great job my friend! Hope you are enjoying Rocky Point!! I'm jealous!!

Candace - Thanks, I've learned from some great members (LIKE YOU)!!  You are fabulous with HTML code.  This post was still a "Learning in Progress" when you needed it! hahaha  My next series of posts will be teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced HTML code for members.  This is another request I get quite frequently.  Hope you're having a slammin weekend! :-)

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

Brad - I bookmarked this one and flagged it for a feature...sure wish I could give you a big 4, too!  What great content.  You are just so giving. 

One of your fans in So Cal,

Marlene - thanks for the Flag and "Feature" request, that is mighty sweet of you! I know they don't make 4's any more so you might as well make it a $5.00!  LOL!  Need my address? hahaha  I sure hope we can hook up for coffee or tea at the next RE Connect.  If you're ever in these northern parts, our door is always open to you. To say I am a fan of yours would be an understatement! :-)

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

Lizette - you got me, I actually clicked on your link.  That was funny, thanks! :-)  You could say I worked on this all week, I had numerous calls and emails asking me about some of the items I covered in this post.  I just decided to throw in the "whole ranch" and get er' done!  Now get ta steppin and stop slackin!!  LOL! :-)

BTW - tracks are coming along nicely, had to pull the last post due to copyright pending issues.  Glad you at least got to hear a sample before we yanked it!  Thanks for your help and support with that!  More on that later....

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
David - yes, print it first!!  Makes it so much easier to follow when you're trying to set the stuff up. Thanks! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, Definite bookmark post! I have one request. Would you mind changing Associates to Associations? I think it may not be that clear to someone new. The difference between the two:)

Karen - I will "Edit" and change that just for you!!  And of curse those who may feel the same as you do.  Thanks for pointing that out, good call!  I think we need to keep you around for sure!!  (BIG SMILE) !! 

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

Brad -  I have a question about #3, if you don't mind.  I used to have something in this box but when looking at my blog, I never saw what what written there so I removed it and added it to #2 instead.  Is this something that I would see?  If so, where?  Or is something that Google sees?  Thanks for your time.

Nancy - AWESOME QUESTION....Be right back.... 

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

Nancy - This is the $64,000.00 question of the day. I looked into this a bit further and it will take a bit more research.  I WILL GET YOU THE ANSWER, as soon as I have it!  Great Job! You get the trophy for today!!

 

                                                                               

                                                                                               
 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad, you are amazing!  This is exactly what a newbie like me needs.  I have booked marked this blog and I have already subscribed to your blogs.  What you do takes a lot of time and we appreciate your contribution to AR.  You make AR a great place to come and learn.  You inspire me to put out good stuff.  Thanks again!
Posted by Ernie Cabrera, Real Estate America (REAL ESTATE AMERICA - Ernie Cabrera) about 12 years ago
Adele - thanks for subscribing, it's nice when someone leaves a comment like yours. It makes all the time and effort that goes into producing these posts worth it!  Thank you!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ernie - WOW!  Thanks my friend!  You are very generous with your kind and complimenting comment. It sincerely means a lot to me to receive comments such as yours.  It makes ME want to do even better putting out "good stuff" too, so as I don't let readers like you down in any way!  Thanks again Ernie, you're awesome!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad, That's much better! Thank you.   Hmmmm  Keep me around, huh?  My ex father in law used to say that all the time:)
Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) about 12 years ago

This is terrific information, Brad. I think there are many who don't have an idea of what to do with their settings, and this will really help peple make the right choices to improve. I also would recommend using keywords in the blog title. Location is a good one, for example. That will get searched by the spiders as will the post titles themselves.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 12 years ago
Brad, I have so many of your posts bookmarked for later!  Hoping us Northern Californian's can get together soon as we can meet in person, you, the guru of all that is Active Rain (and beyond)!

Posted by Catherine Myers, Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate (Windermere Bay Area Properties) about 12 years ago

Brad,

   Thanks for the great post. I have subscribed to your blog. I don't want to miss anything that you have to say.  

Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) about 12 years ago
Brad - This will be really helpful, now I just have to find some time to sit back and do the revisions.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 12 years ago
Brad, Thanks for the helpful information.  I am going to review my settings and see what I can improve.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Karen - thanks, see how I roll?  Now, regarding my comment about keeping you around...the last thing I want to become is an Ex-Blogger In Law, so I retract that comment, apologize,  and replace it with this one...

Karen Hurst, thank you for your suggestion and your input for this post!  You are the BEST! 
(there, does that get me out of the dog-house?)   :-)  

For being such a forgiving and wonderful person Karen, I present you this little gift.  It's a show I know you'll enjoy! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jeff - that's an excellent idea and I knew I could count on you for some quality input like that.  The more we know about how spiders and the whole SEO thing works, the more successful our Blogs and efforts will be. Thanks for sharing that my friend, I hope your weekend is as beautiful down there as it is up here!  The weather was stunningly gorgeous today!!  I owe you a coffee or lunch next time we meet...and when is that by the way? :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to post this ... excellent information
Posted by Allen C. Wright, NS, AHS, REPS (RealtyU) about 12 years ago
Catherine - WOW!  Great minds think alike.  I just had a meeting last Thursday regarding that very thing.  We have the Active Rain Network for on-line, and I am starting the Real Rain Network Live in Walnut Creek in a couple weeks. You are already on my list to contact for our first meeting in November.  I do hope you'll come, I look forward to meeting you in person.  I will be contacting you next week sometime.  Thanks for your very kind comment Catherine. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Great post.  I am working on fixing my settings from what you have supplied. Thank You
Posted by Gary Bland R (S) E-Pro, ABR (Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers) about 12 years ago

Great post, I learn something new from you when I read your blog. THanks.

Posted by Ulises Romo (Realty One Group) about 12 years ago
Sal - I can think of a few things you might choose to miss hearing me say...but rarely! hahaha!  Thanks for such a great comment and for subscribing to my Blog.  I'll do my best to not ever let you down!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jennifer - I get the whole time thing...I thought I would just post this and run, silly me...someone went and featured it, and now I am spending my evening commenting.  I love it!  Wish I knew who to thank for "Featured Posts".  Let me know if you need any help with your revisions, I'm happy to help anyway anytime I can!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Roberta - let me know if you have any questions or need any help at all.  It has taken me quite a bit of time to learn my way around here, and I certainly don't mind helping if I can save others some of that valuable time. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Allen - glad you liked this post.  I hope it helps you with any revisions you may be considering for your Blog.  You know where to find me if you need any assistance at all.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Gary - if you get stuck or need any help, just give a holler, you know where I'm at... :-)  Glad you found this post to be somewhat  useful.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ulises - and I learn something new every time I post too!:-)  There is always something new here to learn Ulises, I'm glad I was able to contribute to your learning today!  Thanks my friend!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the tips Brad! I checked the non-member box and changed a few of my settings. It was very helpful for a newbie like myself. Dan
Posted by Daniel Smith, PROUDGAY (First Priority Financial ) about 12 years ago

I need to bookmark my bookmarks.

Spamword: quandong

Posted by M. Suzi Woods (Gravenstuk), Suzi Woods, Prior Independent REBroker in MS (NOW Sharing the life and spice of the GC one day at a time) about 12 years ago

Brad,

I don't think the members online feature woks any longer or I have not seen it.

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

Over 50 comments (so far) and featured.  WOW.  But it doen't surprise me one little bit because....

YOU ARE AWESOME!

I'll wait here patiently while you round up the answer to my $64,000 question.
Thanks a million!

Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Brad, you have all your email settings checked that is confusing to me. I didn't check Associates Blocked and Associates Unblocked, why are both checked ? I get notifications when someone adds me, can you explain the feature more ?

Also why do you run the Google Ads on the side bar ? Do you get paid when someone clicks on from the ad there ?

Thanks

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

Brad- Excellent. Geat tips on an often overlooked area.Thanks so much. I didn't know about the meta tags code. I'm off to my settings!

P.S. What's behind Suzi's spamword?

Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) about 12 years ago

Excellent! I did a little tweeking as per your instructions..let's hope for the best!

thanks for this very informational post!

Posted by Armando Rodriguez, Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI (QUEST REALTY SERVICES) about 12 years ago

Brad,  Thanks so much for the helpful information...I have this bookmarked this so I can more throughly go over it later.  Congratulations on the Feature...well deserved and helping so many others.  :-)

All the Best,

Posted by Therese VanderMeer, Realtor-Greater Grand Rapids, MI area communities (Midwest Properties of MI - Grand Rapids) about 12 years ago
Hey Dan - When you check the Non-Member box, it allows outside readers to comment on your posts too.  Most the comments you'll get here will be from other members, but you wouldn't want to limit comments to just members.  If a customer reads your stuff on localism or finds your AR Blog, you want them to be able to comment as well.  Glad you made the change in your settings. Good luck to you and your Blog! :-) 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
You know your stuff.  Thanks for the tips about settings.  I was able to add Google Analytics.
Posted by Dan Forbes about 12 years ago

Suzi - that's hilarious!!  I rarely look at my AR bookmarks, but need to more.  I have tagged/bookmarked some really great posts, but I am so busy moving forward and bookmarking new ones, that I never have the time to go back and really enjoy the ones I already have.  It's like an obsession!!  LOL! 

Worst part of it is, when I do think of the post I want to go back and refer to, it's so buried in all the other book marks, I can't find it anyway! hahaha! Is that Crazy????!!!!! 

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

Morning Neal - the members online works, I just checked. If you check the box, your picture will show up. What doesn't work is the link that says 1274 Online Now.  It takes you to the online members page, but when you do the math, you see that things just don't add up.  Click on the link every 10 seconds and watch the numbers of members change, but they don't total up to what the link says are currently online. 

Don't you think it's a little odd that there are 54,000 people and NEVER more than 1500 Online Now?  I think that's the part that needs to be revised and probably will in the new AR release in November.  Can't wait to see the new face lift and upgrades.  Hope all is well with you and the family. Ciao!! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Nancy - You are too kind, and thanks for your patience.  I have done some more research on this, now I have the AR folks looking into it as well.  I thought it might have something to do with the <meta name> keywords for search engines, but I have not confirmed that.  I have looked everywhere and tested every possible way to see the use of the "Blog Description Text" box, it shows up No Where!  My theory is that it is some how used behind the scenes, or it is just a self indulgent ego builder! LOL! hahaha. I will get the answer, so be sure to check back in the next day or so.  Thanks Nancy, you're the AWESOME one!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
A day doesn't seem to go by that  I don't learn more about AR...thanks for the helfpul info.
Posted by Chelle Gassan, NOVA Realtor and Stager (RE/MAX Regency and Staged Homes VA) about 12 years ago

Brad, thank you so much for this information, it really answered some questions I was having.

A while back I saw a widget that allowed properties that were for sale in your market area to scroll on the your screen.  At that time I didn't understand how to use it, and now I would love to have it but I can't remember where it was.  Have you seen this?

Secondly, do you know of a widget that I can add to my personal website that would send people directly to my blog page on active rain?  I tried the four links on the link page but none of them goes directly to my blog page.

Thank you so much for your help - you are a goldmine!  

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) about 12 years ago
What a great tutorial.  Wonderful for newbies!! It's also easy to read and you kept it simple.  Great job!
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) about 12 years ago

Brad,

Another great post that is packed with great information!!!  I shall begin to call you "Master Jedi of AR"!  Thanks for the great tips.

Ft. Smith Real Estate

Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) about 12 years ago
Thanks for clarifying some lingering questions I had!
Posted by Eric W. Gage, ABR, CDPE, ALHS, e-Pro (RE/MAX CityView) about 12 years ago

Brad, you have all your email settings checked that is confusing to me. I didn't check Associates Blocked and Associates Unblocked, why are both checked ? I get notifications when someone adds me, can you explain the feature more ?

Also why do you run the Google Ads on the side bar ? Do you get paid when someone clicks on from the ad there ?

 

Missy - great comment, response, and questions! 

The email notifications box is just that.  Selecting any of those options by checking the box just means you'll be notified by email if any of those events takes place.  If someone blocks you as an associate, (probably rarely ever happens here on AR) it just means you'll be notified by email. If they unblock you, the same thing applies.  In the beginning creation of AR, they probably weren't sure how it would all play out so they added this feature.

The google ads, I do get paid if you click on any of them so "CLICK AWAY" LOL!  It doesn't cost the clicker anything, but Google sends me a check based on clicks and impressions.  It's not a lot of money, but it's easy money.  I average 8000 readers per month, so those clicks do add up. Let me know if this helps answer your questions. Always nice to hear from you, I hope all is going well with you and the family. Thanks Missy. B-) 

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

Very nice Brad.  I wish I had seen this when I first got started months ago but I've learned quite a bit and learned some of it the hard way which is not a bad way to learn.  I plan to reference your post as often as I can.  This is great information for everyone and especially the new folks.  I did bookmark it and I supposed I'm a nerd but I do go back and see the posts that I've bookmarked.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) about 12 years ago

Brad- Excellent. Great tips on an often overlooked area.Thanks so much. I didn't know about the meta tags code. I'm off to my settings!

P.S. What's behind Suzi's spamword?

Tom - it's great to see so many benefit from this post, it was meant for a few, and looks like it's helping many!

Regarding Suzi's spamword, I can only imagine, and it's probably better that I don't! LOL! Have you seen some of these words lately?  They are pretty crazy and one could get pretty creative in using them in a post! haha! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Armando - the way your comment reads, "Your Doing A Little Tweeking", you know they have medication for that! (just kidding) :-)  Glad you were able to make some modifications to your settings.  There's not much to hope for other than hopefully you have a better understanding of how the settings work for you. Thanks for commenting.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Therese - thanks for your acknowledgment!  Don't just bookmark this post, it will get buried in "Bookmark" land. Just make the necessary changes you'd like to your settings and feel free to move on.  If you just bookmark this post, you may never come back to it because of all the great posts on AR, they will keep you plunging forward. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Dan - Google Analytics is Awesome.  Best tracking tool out there so far. The detailed reports will really help you understand your blog, your websites, and your readers.  Mike Mueller turned me on to GA sometime ago, and I am forever grateful to him for that. Now, I'm paying it forward on his behalf! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Chelle - a day will never go by that you won't learn something new if you're out "Playing In The Rain".  This has got to be one of the most powerful and resourceful online networks in the country!  I'm glad you are finding value here at Active Rain. The key is to balance what you learn from others, and to share and give back what you know at the same time.  Give and Take, that's the engine that is keeping this network growing at a record setting pace!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you - your information has made my first day on this site so much easier!

 

Posted by Sharon Lancaster, SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan (Sage Executive Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Like most of us, I really could do a little more optimizing here...  (eyes rolling) Gee, I guess that is something else I can add to my "to-do" list. 
Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, thank you so much for this information, it really answered some questions I was having.

A while back I saw a widget that allowed properties that were for sale in your market area to scroll on the your screen.  At that time I didn't understand how to use it, and now I would love to have it but I can't remember where it was.  Have you seen this?

Secondly, do you know of a widget that I can add to my personal website that would send people directly to my blog page on active rain?  I tried the four links on the link page but none of them goes directly to my blog page.

Thank you so much for your help - you are a goldmine! 

Marie - you are very welcome.  I have a couple Widget Websites and you might find it there.  The first is a blog called "Widget World" and the other is just a compilation of widgets at "My Widget Showcase".  If you don't find what you're looking for there, it probably doesn't exist!!  na na na ...just kidding!  If you don't find it there, let me know and I'll help you find it ok?

Secondly, there are some widgets that will bring your posts right into your website.  You can also just create a link to your Blog in your website. It really depends on how you want them linked.  WidgetBox.com allows you to create as RSS feed widget that will show all your AR posts.  To see a sample of how I use it, go to my TechKnowBabble site.  It's on the side column of widgets.  If this helps. great, if not, let me know and we'll get you what it is you need.  I'll wait to hear back from you....  :-) 

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

Tracy - I like to K.I.S.S!   don't take it wrong.... It's just the acronym for Keep It Simple Silly! LOL!
Thanks for your comment and allowing me to have a little fun with it in return!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

 

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

 


 

 

Ray - I feel a disturbance in the force!!  C3PO is telling me to "use the force" don't disturb it! LOL!  Thanks for your compliment and comment my friend, you made my day!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Eric - glad to do it!  Let me know if you have any other questions lingering?!  Happy to help if I can. B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Very nice Brad.  I wish I had seen this when I first got started months ago but I've learned quite a bit and learned some of it the hard way which is not a bad way to learn.  I plan to reference your post as often as I can.  This is great information for everyone and especially the new folks.  I did bookmark it and I supposed I'm a nerd but I do go back and see the posts that I've bookmarked.

Donna - I wish I had posted this months ago too, but as you know, it takes time to learn these things, (like you said, by trial and error) then to try and find the time to create a post like this...well, let me just say, it is a lot of time and work.  I'm glad I was finally able to create this. I was motivated to do so based on so many of the questions I have been getting lately. 

I will say for the record that you are "NO NERD!" with your bookmarks, you are very efficient.  I am jealous and can learn from members like you that I need to do that too!  My bookmarks are lonely and are requiring some of my attention. Thanks!!

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

Sharon Lancaster - I'm sure I speak for ALL OF US here at Active Rain when I say: WELCOME!!

Your First Day here should be a special Day!  We're glad you have joined, it's the best decision you could make.
There is so much for you here, you won't believe all the stuff you're about to learn, and the relationships you're about to grow. You will get as much out of this as you put into it. I promise!! Again, welcome aboard!!  :-)

Here's a little welcome gift for you: 

The gift inside is all the great stuff and people you'll find here at Active Rain!

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

Like most of us, I really could do a little more optimizing here...  (eyes rolling) Gee, I guess that is something else I can add to my "to-do" list.

Lane - you mean "Like All Of Us"!! LOL!  Don't let your "to-do" list get out of control, no need for additional stress in these times.  Have fun, optimize when possible, and stop rolling your eyes at people!! LOL! (Big Smile)!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Good post. You put a lot of effort into this. I am sure it will be tremendously helpful to a lot of people.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 12 years ago

Thanks so much!  I love when a new piece of the puzzle falls into place.  It always amazes me how little I know and how much more I must be missing.  Beth

Posted by Beth Anderson, Realtor - Tecumseh / Lenawee County (Goedert Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Brad, you taught an old dog, a new trick. I had my blog description under both the description as well as the text so thank you. Don't know if I necessarily did it correctly but at least I attempted before the phone rang.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 12 years ago

Howdy Brad

You have done a very helpful post for folks here on AR. Thank you.

Have a good one

Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 12 years ago

Hello Benjamins - (I'll have you know, I usually only refer to that term on payday...just couldn't resist!) LOL!!  :-)

Yes, a lot of effort did go into this one, but it was worth it!  Helped out a few more than I anticipated. Thanks!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Beth - to complete the jigsaw puzzle would mean to move on to the next thing.  I hope your puzzle is never completed and that you find all you'll ever need from my Blog and others here! (Big..no..HUGE Smile) :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Gena - you mean I gave a puppy a new toy!!  Dogs don't get old, they become more loved as the years grow on them.  In reference to the Blog Description Text box, I am waiting to hear back from Jonathan and Matt as to why it's even there. 

Nancy Rivera brought up an interesting point, and I am trying to resolve her question as to where the text in that box goes, or does it even matter....  Hope your phone ringing was that buyer that wants to pay cash for that listing you just took last week!  :-) Thanks for stopping by, I know how busy you are and I always appreciate your visits!  Hope to see you again soon, I really enjoyed our last visit together.  I'm meeting with Wendy C in a couple weeks, be nice if we could all get together for lunch or coffee. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Dale - thanks for the kudos, hope your weekend is a pleasant one! Thanks for poppin in! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

I came, I saw, I learned, I went into My Settings, I tweaked, I "updated".

Thanks so much for your well written instructions. I thought my settings were OK but I know I just made an improvement. 

Posted by Vicki Burton, A local Buyer's Agent - Southport NC Real Estate (Southport Realty-Southport, North Carolina) about 12 years ago

Buyers Agent - This is one area you might want to update as well.  You can save us all an extra click by putting your name in this area of your setup. Here's what shows up on every comment you leave:

10/21/2007 by Southport NC real estate - buyer's agent

I'll go check out who you are and then come back with my suggestion..... BRB!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks a lot for this. I can see I have homework to do!
Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) about 12 years ago

OK... Vicki Burton...(Buyers Agent) COME ON DOWN!!  LOL!  You should go to your profile page, click on edit, and put your Name in the name field and your Company in the Company field.  This will help others identify you when you comment as well as when you post on your Blog.  It's a small change, but could have a Major impact!  Just my opinion for what it's worth.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Simon - this isn't too bad for a homework assignment,  should take you less than 5 minutes to make sure it's all setup the way you want.  Knowing "how-to" do it is 90% of the battle.  The other 10% is just finding the 5 minutes to do it!  Glad you found this info to be useful, that's what it is for. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Hi Brad - Hope you are having a good weekend. I am curious what program you use to create the tutorial on the Active Rain screen? Thanks in advance for this information.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad,  Terrific post.  Didn't know what all of those functions were about.  Thanks.
Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 12 years ago

This post just became my official   "My Settings 101"    page!    LOL!!    Thanks you guys!!   :-)

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Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Bill - I just did a post on the TechKnowBabble site about this tool called picnik.  Jeff Turner had done a post about it also on AR.  I also use Paint Shop Pro but picnik is FREE.  Check it out at TechKnowBabble!  Let me know if you need additional help, be happy to assist you if I can.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Bill Gillhespy - Now you know just a bit more than you did earlier this morning.  If you hang out on AR for another hour or so, you'll be surprised at how much more you'll learn on here!  Glad you're finding your way around and gathering useful information.  Best to you and all your endeavors!!  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Hmmm...there seems to be some new features. I've been gone too long!
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) about 12 years ago

OK Brad, you got me on that....you're absolutely right, my name should be there for my comments. I remember setting it up that way when I first got started a couple months ago-I think it was my first attempt at "tweaking" trying to follow the instructions of "that other guy named Brad." HAHAHA

I fixed it!  I appreciate your help. I think you hit one right out of the ballpark.

Posted by Vicki Burton, A local Buyer's Agent - Southport NC Real Estate (Southport Realty-Southport, North Carolina) about 12 years ago
Well I thought I fixed it..maybe now.
Posted by Vicki Burton, A local Buyer's Agent - Southport NC Real Estate (Southport Realty-Southport, North Carolina) about 12 years ago
Vicki - you fixed it!  It just may take a couple hours for the AR server to pick up your changes!  It's up...up...it's out of the park!!!  LOL!  I love baseball!  :-) Thanks!! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Christy - you have been away a while and missed terribly!!  Yes, there are a few changes but wait till you see what AR is doing to the network in November. You don't want to miss that. Don't be a stranger, I love having you by and appreciate your comments! Hope all is well with you and the business!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you for great information.I will bookmark and read it again.
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 12 years ago
Brad     Once again you have answered more questions I didn't even know  I had! Thanks for being so thorough. 
Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) about 12 years ago
Gita - Maybe I should print all these posts and sell them as the AR Manual? LOL!  Glad you can use this info. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ricki - happy I was able to create a need you didn't even know existed.  How cool is that? LOL! thanks for being so grateful and for commenting, I really do appreciate that! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the blog. It is helpful and the more I read, the more I don't know. Now I need to go and fix some things.

Keith Hoffman
LoansAreFree.com

 

Posted by Keith Hoffman, 1st Advantage Mortgage - Residential Mortgage Specialist (1st Advantage Mortgage) about 12 years ago
...thanks Brad..........again.  If you're looking for ideas for your blogs (as if)  .... your post reminds me of a topic that I personally don't know anything about...    "widgets for idiots"  ....  what is a widget? (I think they're the little thingies on the side....)  what is it for?  why would I want one?   if I named one, would it be a "Gidget widget"?
Posted by Nancy Morrish, Stage Tucson! (Stage Tucson! Professional Home Staging) about 12 years ago

Thaqnk you brad I just spent 7 hours following your Settings advice.Hope it will work.

Tommy

Posted by "Tommy" Decebal, Adamescu Long Island NY MASTER Home Inspector (HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833) about 12 years ago
Brad, alot of effort into this post. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and time.
Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 12 years ago
Keith - Don't look at it that way, look at it as TheMoreIKnowFree.com.  Just like LoansAreFree.com.  Sure grabbed my attention, glad this one grabbed yours! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Very Informative Post.  Thank you.
Posted by Vicky Poe, Realtor/ Auctioneer (Good Ole Rocky Top) about 12 years ago

...thanks Brad..........again.  If you're looking for ideas for your blogs (as if)  .... your post reminds me of a topic that I personally don't know anything about...    "widgets for idiots"  ....  what is a widget? (I think they're the little thingies on the side....)  what is it for?  why would I want one?   if I named one, would it be a "Gidget widget"?

10/21/2007 by Nancy Morrish, Stage Tucson!  

 

Nancy - Her's one for you!!  It's called "Widgets and Gadgets for Fancy Nancy" and this one's just for you. LOL!  I just did a blog called "WidgetWorld" You can find out answers to all your widget and gadget questions there.  In particular, I did a post called "What's A Widget?"  (There are also links to these and others from TechKnowBabble)  They are little "thingies" (as you say) that go on your Blogs and Websites but are not limited to just sidebars.  What are they for?  Some of mine will track and analyze viewers, provide information and RSS feeds from other sites and blogs, give readers interaction with me, and some actually pay me money.  Why would you want one?  Depends on what you are looking for, but the last few seem like pretty good reasons.  If you were to name it, I kinda liked my "Fancy Nancy" title. LOL!

There's more to a widget than meets the eye. Check out the Widget World, you will find access to every Real Estate Widget, Website, and Blog that offers these watchamacallits, and most of them (95%) are FREE!  There's another reason.  If people had to pay for these (and one day they may) they'd still be using them.

Hope this helps, let me know how you feel about widgets and gadgets when you get done touring Widget World!  :-) 

 

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

Great Tips I will be using them next time I blog..

Question: Can you go back and edit previous blogs with the new settings? 

 

Posted by Donna Whitaker, Exit Premier Realty (Exit Premier Realty) about 12 years ago

Tommy - I get the 7 hour thang!!   I just spent the better part of my day replying to the comments in this post.  Started out to be for just for a handful of folks and turned into a 100 comment day! 

I LOVE GETTING FEATURED!! :-)

I'll come check ya out, I'm sure it will all work fine, let me know if you need any help...NOW GET OFF THE COMPUTER!!!  (Big Smile)

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

Frank - thanks for sharing YOUR appreciation of my time and effort here!  I appreciate yours as well. 

100's of people read these posts, but only a small percentage will take the time to comment as you did. :-)

Just look, here's the proof... this is just from today!

Date Title Comments Views What are views? Clicks What are clicks?
10/21/2007 How To Use Your "My Settings" Page 123 927 556


See what I mean?  That's a bit over 5% (since half the comments were mine) of the total viewers.  So when I say I appreciate and thank you for your comment, you can be assured that I really mean it!! 

 

Sincerely. thanks again!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Vicki - no problem! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you for the clear and concise tutorial.  I was wondering how to implant HTML code into the different sections and you answered my questions.  Thank you!
Posted by Chris Pollinger, Consulting for Luxury Teams and Brokerages (Berman & Pollinger, LLC.) about 12 years ago

Thank you for this post. I am new and still trying to get the hang of this techie stuff. Copy & paste I can handle. The info was very helpful...now all I have to do is fix it!

I tried out the photo site picnik.com that Jeff Turner recommended..too cool! I chopped and cropped and lopped and well,... you get the idea.

Sorry to keep you up late...no comment needed.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 12 years ago

Hey Brad this is Tommy.I just looked at your profile page and wondering if you could share a tip:How do you do the Networking Groups section and Click here to join/Add as an associate/Subscribe to blog as part of it?Is that a widget?Can you add this to any blog?Can you or should you put a backlink on your profile page too or just the blog page?I put link for spiders on my settings.Is that for blogs or for profile?Do the spiders prefer the link at the top or bottom of page?Sorry I know you are a busy man, I just wanted to ask you a question only, but I couldn't stop.I would appreciate some advice.Thanks a lot.I personally think you are the most knowledgeable member of active rain.

Tommy

Posted by "Tommy" Decebal, Adamescu Long Island NY MASTER Home Inspector (HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833) about 12 years ago
Brad, know how you feel. I see those results almost always! So comments are always appreciated instead of those that simply like to peak in and take but not give. You did a good job explaining the Settings page. Too bad when I set mine up back in 06, we had to just struggle and figure it out on our own.
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 12 years ago
the best information I have had so far...thank you so much!
Posted by Gail Gladstone, Brokering Success (Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage) about 12 years ago
Brad -- thanks for taking the time to write this very helpful post.  I truly appreciate your willingness to share with the Active Rain members.  I have been fortunate enough to be busy this year -- I have bookmarked your post so I can go back and improve my profile.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 12 years ago
Great Post! Incredible!
Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Crye-Leike REALTORS®) about 12 years ago
Brad thanks for the info I am going to use this as my user guide
Posted by Dan Tobias, Northridge Real Estate Expert (Rodeo Realty) about 12 years ago

Great Tips I will be using them next time I blog..

Question: Can you go back and edit previous blogs with the new settings?

Donna - Not quite sure what you mean, the answer to your question the way I understand it is yes. You can go back and edit your previous posts (Your Blog is all your posts combined) but I'm not sure what settings you are referring to. You can always go back into your Blog Settings "My Settings" which is what this post is referring to, and change them anytime as well.  Let me know if that answers your question?  Thanks.  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Chris - were you one of the one's who emailed me looking for this info?  Not sure if you're the right Chris, but either way, glad this post was timely and helpful to you. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you for this post. I am new and still trying to get the hang of this techie stuff. Copy & paste I can handle. The info was very helpful...now all I have to do is fix it!

I tried out the photo site picnik.com that Jeff Turner recommended..too cool! I chopped and cropped and lopped and well,... you get the idea.

Sorry to keep you up late...no comment needed.

Terry - no worries, comment still required! LOL!  Thanks!!  :-) 

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

Hey Brad this is Tommy.I just looked at your profile page and wondering if you could share a tip:How do you do the Networking Groups section and Click here to join/Add as an associate/Subscribe to blog as part of it?Is that a widget?Can you add this to any blog?Can you or should you put a backlink on your profile page too or just the blog page?I put link for spiders on my settings.Is that for blogs or for profile?Do the spiders prefer the link at the top or bottom of page?Sorry I know you are a busy man, I just wanted to ask you a question only, but I couldn't stop.I would appreciate some advice.Thanks a lot.I personally think you are the most knowledgeable member of active rain.

Tommy - One question at a time my friend! LOL!! 

How do you do the Networking Groups section and Click here to join/Add as an associate/Subscribe to blog as part of it?
On my profile page I simply made links and used some graphics to link to.  Just use the "Link" graphic while you are in edit mode. It's not a Widget.

Can you add this to any blog?
Yes you can, but it made more sense to have it on my AR Blog than any other.  Placing it on any other Blog wouldn't make sense to the subscriber unless they were another Active Rain member.

I put link for spiders on my settings.Is that for blogs or for profile?
It will work on Both, I put the code at the top of the page before anything else, not sure it matters where you put it on the page, only makes sense to put it at the top so a spider that reads it does it the same as you would. Top to bottom.

Lastly, I am humbled by your comment, but I am no way the most knowledgeable member of Active Rain.
After you are here for a while and you meet as many members as I have, you'll find tere are some better than FANTASTIC folks roaming around out here in "the rain."  I hope this helps answer your questions, let me know if any of this isn't clear or if you need further assistance. Thanks Tommy! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Please tell me how to bookmark this page
Posted by Gail Gladstone, Brokering Success (Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage) about 12 years ago

Brad, know how you feel. I see those results almost always! So comments are always appreciated instead of those that simply like to peak in and take but not give. You did a good job explaining the Settings page. Too bad when I set mine up back in 06, we had to just struggle and figure it out on our own.

Gena - I remember setting mine up back in Feb this year, I struggled too.  Making it easier for those who take the time to find this post deserve to have it.  There are still some issues with the "My Settings" page that are unclear, but I'm sure they will be addressed in the new  AR FaceLift in November. 

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

Gail, thanks for that comment, I'm honored for you to say that.  I noticed that you commented twice so I'll answer your second comment here.  To bookmark any post, look at the bottom of the post, it will have info that looks like this:

JUST CLICK YOUR MOUSE ON THE WORD GRAPHIC THAT SAYS "BOOKMARK"   

Once you click on it, it turns RED like this:      Now it is bookmarked.  You will find all your "bookmarked" post by following the link on #12 in the instructions above.  There you have it!  Here to help if you need anything else. B-)

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

Brad -- thanks for taking the time to write this very helpful post.  I truly appreciate your willingness to share with the Active Rain members.  I have been fortunate enough to be busy this year -- I have bookmarked your post so I can go back and improve my profile.

Joan - thank you. Just to clarify, these instructions are for your "My Settings" page and not your profile page. If you click on "edit" for your profile page, that's a different page altogether.  I just don't want you to confuse your "Profile Page" with your "AR Settings" page.   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jim - glad you thought so! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Dan - feel free to use this post any way you see fit. It's hre for you my friend, glad it's useful to you. B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,  You know your stuff. Thanks for the tips about settings. I was able to add Google Analytics.
However, how can I use the Google Webmaster Tools and complete the site "verification" step. I can't figure it out. I go to my google account and then Web Master Tools. It gives two options for Verification of your web site so you can use the tools. I can't seem to find a way to make either option work. Can you help?

Dan - here is the answer to your question, hope you don't mind me posting it here for you.  I did some research this afternoon and found that webmaster tools only works if you are the owner of the root directory which is Activerain.com.  Unless you are the owner and can upload HTML or meta tags to the root, this will not work for you, I'm sorry. See the information I copied for you below. The yellow exclamation mark explains it.



This will work great on a website of your own, wish I could help you more my friend. You are a bit limited in what you can do here on AR, but it's a small sacrifice for the rewards you'll receive here. :-)

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

I had set up my new settings and might ask for one more detail to your instructions. I added my google robot search, and google analytics account. I am wondering the http//:website address might be?? I clicked on google analytics and it can not find the page it is to track. If you could advise me a little more detail to completing this process this would be appreciated.
Thanks For Your Great Blog.

Gary - I looked into this for you this evening. The website you'll want to use is your Active Rain Blog site:
I noticed you have two profiles, this will come back to haunt you trust me, I had 2 when I started too.

For your Wailea use http://activerain.com/blogs/gbland

For your Lahaina use http://activerain.com/blogs/garymbland 

Hope this helps you my brudah!  Fly me over so I can buy you lunch at Mama's Fish House. One of my favs in all the Islands! Mahalo! :-) Aloha my friend!

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

Thanks a million for this blog.  I used ALOT of the tips you gave.

Duane Hosek in the Black Hills of South Dakota including Ellsworth AFB.   www.duanehosek.com

Posted by Duane Hosek (Coldwell Banker - Lewis-Kirkeby-Hall) about 12 years ago
Lots of great info thanks Brad, Now to put it to use.
Posted by Anonymous about 12 years ago

Hey Brad,

Something is not right with it for sure. I just checked it and it says ...There are 111 members currently logged in.
There are 1,279 not logged in on site.

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

Brad - wow, this is a great post!  I didn't know about adding the HTML code for search engines and I would never have thought to put meta tags there.  You are the BEST!!!

Here is a cookie award for all your hard work:


Posted by Maureen Maureen about 12 years ago
Brad- Your knowledge and willingness to help everyone is just incredible! Although we were familiar with most of this since we have been members for a few months, it was a great refresher course! Thanks again for sharing and helping! Hope you have a great day!!
Posted by Rick and Lynn Orze, Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro (RE/MAX All Pro) about 12 years ago
Thanks for taking the time and pointing out some aspects of Active Rain I wasn't aware of.
Posted by Lori DeLoera (Century 21 Sundance) about 12 years ago
Brad, oh my gosh I didn't realize that you just came  to Active Rain in February of 2007!
Posted by Gena Riede, Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699 (Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792) about 12 years ago

I knew most of that, but I still picked up a couple more tips.  I think I learn something new every day here! Thank you very much!! 

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Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) about 12 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the tips on "My Settings". I didn't realize that we can add Meta tags to our Blogs. I typically write my websites freehand in HTML using Editplus 2, so I am accustom to writing in good header tags.

Question: What is and how do I use Google Analytics? 

Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) about 12 years ago
I am very impressed with the quality of this post.  This is a great tutorial on the correct way to do it.
Posted by M A about 12 years ago
Just when you think you know how to blog, you learn somthing new!!
Posted by Chris Gempeler, Mountain Top Realtors (Breckenridge Mountain Top Realtors ) about 12 years ago
Wow, there's a ton of useful info in this post. Thanks!
Posted by Jeffrey Malburg (RE/MAX Acclaim) about 12 years ago

Ok now that I finished my week in review,where I featured this, I need some help. Do you just copy this in the Blog Description? But change my meta tags and key words in the 3rd line ?

Here's the code I added for that.
<meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="ALL"/><meta NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days"/><p>

I also use Google Analytics for tracking, so I added their HTML code as well.

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"></script><script type="text/javascript">_uacct = "UA-2026093-1";urchinTracker();</script>

Add Meta Tags, or keywords for your Blog.  I used the following for my Blog:

<meta name="keywords" content="Title, Escrow, Technology, Solano, Contra Costa, Title Insurance, Agent Assist, Target Marketing, Marketing, Blogging "/>

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

Thank you for everything Brad. I didn't think you would answer all my questions, but you did.Let me know when you come to New York, I own you a beer. By the way, I wanted to congratulate you for having such a nice family.I've seen your family pictures(some of them, I think there are a million,Could not see them all).Anybody could see you are a passionate photographer.I am a good one too(I have to in my Home Inspection business).You are a lucky husband and father.God bless you all.

Tommy

Posted by "Tommy" Decebal, Adamescu Long Island NY MASTER Home Inspector (HomeSpector Inc. 516-851-5833) about 12 years ago
Brad,
Wow...this post really took off, huh?  I read it quickly when you posted it, but I didn't have time to comment and acknowledge your efforts.  I finally get back, and there is over 150 comments.  Great job!  This post looks like it was time consuming!
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) about 12 years ago
Brad:  Thank you for all of the great information!  I am fairly new to blogging.  You have given me a "to do" list that will help me get my blog up and running.  There is always so much to learn.  That keeps things interesting, doesn't it?
Posted by Mary Richards, Mary Richards (Reece & Nichols Realtors) about 12 years ago
Duane - thanks a million what?  $$$$$$  LOL!  You're welcome my friend, hope to come see you someday in them there Black Hills of South Dakota!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Neal - I told you something was weird about that, plus, if you add up the numbers, they don't total the number it says are online.  That'll be another post for later...you can take it if you want!  LOL!  Thanks for coming back and checking that out...thought I was losing it for a minute there!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ahhh Maureen, It's been soooooo long since I've earned the coveted cookie.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and my tummy). You're the BEST!!  Speaking of Meta Tags, I can't wait to see the cookie I'll get after you read this: Active Rain Settings & SEO Benefits - VERY POWERFUL!!!  I'm going downstairs now to get some milk for my cookie! LOL! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Rick and Lynn - you guys are incredible.  Never new a nicer couple who are so complimenting all the time.  You know all this stuff already, yet you take the time to leave a comment, and a very kind one at that!  I hope you know how much that means and how much I appreciate it!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Lori - glad to help, this stuff is good to know, especially for the new members here....shoot, I was here for months and still didn't know some of this stuff!!  :-O
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Gena - Boy doesn't time fly when you're having fun.  Dustin Luther told me about AR on Feb 25th 2007, and on Feb 26th, 2007, I became a member here.  It's been a great adventure and a "WILD" journey.  I will say after meeting some of the folks, the AR Gods, moderators and YOU, I have no regrets what-so-ever!!!  

 

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Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ronald - I knew many would know a lot of this stuff already, but there are a few who found it in their time and hearts to contact me and ask for help.  This was for them, but anyone else that will benefit from it, well, my momma always taught me to share!  I love my Momma and hope this post makes her happy too!  (she actually reads my blog) Thanks Ron!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the tips on "My Settings". I didn't realize that we can add Meta tags to our Blogs. I typically write my websites freehand in HTML using Editplus 2, so I am accustom to writing in good header tags.

Question: What is and how to I use Google Analytics?

Ryan - First, you better read this post called Active Rain Settings & SEO Benefits - Very Powerful. This is the best value I can offer any member here.  Second, Google Analytics is a website and Blog analysis that tells you the who,what,when,where, why, and how about your Blog or Webpage.  You need to register your blog with them, then add their code as described above. They'll give you more reports than you'll ever know what to do with. They are very powerful reports if you want to know more about your viewers, your readers, and the equipment they use etc.  Really great stuff, I highly recommend it.

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Martin - thanks for your compliment, it's always nice to know that someone out there appreciates my efforts. 
One day I hope to close title and escrow transactions with every person who comments on my Blog! LOL!  Serious!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Chris - you do know how to Blog already, this is just maximizing the settings so your Blog can soar even higher!  Keep up the great Blog, it will bring you great success and fortune!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Jeff - it's only useful information if you use it my friend, I hope you will.  If you know someone else who might benefit from it, you can email or forward them this post.  I find that the little   works very well!  :-)

Thanks for your comment Jeffrey. B-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Missy - glad you got me email regarding your questions above.  If it is still not clear, you know how to reach me, just not at 5:30am ok?  LOL!!!  Really Loud!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you for everything Brad. I didn't think you would answer all my questions, but you did. Let me know when you come to New York, I own you a beer. By the way, I wanted to congratulate you for having such a nice family. I've seen your family pictures (some of them, I think there are a million, Could not see them all). Anybody could see you are a passionate photographer. I am a good one too (I have to in my Home Inspection business). You are a lucky husband and father. God bless you all.  ~ Tommy  ~

Tommy -  if and when I make it to New York, the first round's on me! :-)  Thanks for your kind words about the family, I am truly greatful and blessed to have them in my life.  They Are My Life!!!  I guess you could tell by all the photo's.  You must have found my Photography site. haha!  Love my panasonic with the 12X Zoom, but not as much as them!  Blessings right back at ya my friend!  :-)

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

Brad,
Wow...this post really took off, huh?  I read it quickly when you posted it, but I didn't have time to comment and acknowledge your efforts.  I finally get back, and there is over 150 comments.  Great job!  This post looks like it was time consuming!

David - how are you guys?  Thanks for coming back to comment, this one really did take off!  It's been 24 hours and this one still has me commenting back! LOL!  These posts are very time consuming on my part but if you add up the time it might save another member or members, that's what it's all about right?  It gives us that good ol feeling inside!  :-)   

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

Brad:  Thank you for all of the great information!  I am fairly new to blogging.  You have given me a "to do" list that will help me get my blog up and running.  There is always so much to learn.  That keeps things interesting, doesn't it?

Mary - I look forward to witnessing the success of your Blog here on AR! I am joined here with thousands of other great resources and associates including yourself, who are the absolute core and transmission of this ultimate Real Estate Network.  If you need any assistance at all, you couldn't be in any better place to find it, and you will truly grow your business here!  Keeping things interesting is putting it mildly!!  :-)

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

Nancy - I finally have an answer to your question and it's a doozy!!  I just did a post and put it up a little while ago.  I wanted you to see it, you helped me discover a "hidden treasure" here on AR.  Oh.....there you are right now...I see your smiling face on my BlogLog widget.  That's a first....sitting here typing you a comment and you show up at my Blog...how cool is that!  Hope you enjoy and can use the answer to your question here. Thanks for being instrumental in helping to get this information out there! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad - This is great information.  I need to go back and check my settings.  Plus I am going to pass your blog along to some of my fellow agents in my office who have just joined Active Rain.  Thanks for the information!
Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale) about 12 years ago
Lori - I'm honored!  Welcome your fellow agents in the office for me!  I'm sure they're all great folks just like you.  If you need any help with those settings, you just let me know, I got ya covered! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

This is Comment # 180 for this blog post - Which is what I am about to do when I update Box # 3.  I'm gonna do a 180 and turn this thing around.  I'm gonna be so full of SEO, it'll be coming out of my ears!

Brad - You're da BOMB! 

 

Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Awhhhh, shucks! Thanks Nancy - I Love your 180 concept, that's what I'm going to do in my chair right now, and go to bed!!  haha!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Say it again-great post.  In relation to your #13 Inviting Others to AR I made a simple graphic 'button' for this on my blog and I welcome other AR members to use the graphic.  You can use it where it is currently hosted but you may want to host it yourself.  I would be happy to send AR members the graphic by e-mail along with some html code instructions.  Thanks Brad
Posted by Byron Lewis, Realtor, e-PRO, ABR, CRS, Manhattan Kansas Real Es (Landmark Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Brad, You are a wealth of knowledge!! I have learned a ton from your posts and I think my blogs and my profile have really improved - Thanks!!! on a side note in 2005 and 2006 I was an escrow assistant for Firt American Title in southern Calif - small world. Two of the most crazy years of my life - after selling real estate in Wa for 10 years and then having to relocate to CA and working in escrow - eeeewww!! I as a real estate agent sure gained new respect for Escrow!!! :)
Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) about 12 years ago
Excellent description, Thanks
Posted by Tim Bradford, NMLS 250013 about 12 years ago
Byron - I'll have to check it out, what a great idea.  I created an invitation in my outlook to send to people who aren't currently members.  I also created an AR invitation as a post.  If you go to google and type in Active Rain Invitation, It should be there somewhere.  Love the button Idea, thanks for sharing!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Ok tweaked the settings thanks again this is good stuff.

regards,

Brian Barringer

http://www.tracyhomes.com/
http://www.tracyrealestate.blogspot.com/
http://www.tracyrealestateexpert.com/
Brian@TracyHomes.com

Posted by Brian Barringer, REALTOR- Tracy, CA Real Estate (Century 21 M&M) about 12 years ago

Brad, You are a wealth of knowledge!! I have learned a ton from your posts and I think my blogs and my profile have really improved - Thanks!!! on a side note in 2005 and 2006 I was an escrow assistant for Firt American Title in southern Calif - small world. Two of the most crazy years of my life - after selling real estate in Wa for 10 years and then having to relocate to CA and working in escrow - eeeewww!! I as a real estate agent sure gained new respect for Escrow!!! :)

Jo - I am glad you have a new found respect for escrow.  My mother did it for 40 years and my Grandmother for 30 years.  I'm right on their tail at 21 years.  That's over 100 years in the Title and Escrow Business, just my family and 3 generations.  I, however am not on the escrow side, I'm the technology/marketing executive service guy. Big Difference!!  I know Escrow, but I'd rather be an air traffic controller in the tower! LOL!! I have great offices and EO's all over the country that can do the escrow stuff!! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Tim - Excellent Comment, thanks!!  :-) What more can I say....
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad--- Perhaps you can hold online classes for newbies on how to set up their page!  It would save them days of work!!!  Thank you.
Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) about 12 years ago
Brian - it may take some time to see a difference, I guess that all depends on what changes you made and in what areas.  That's the beauty here, we are all unique, and get to set things up in a way that works best for us. It's all about your personal goals here on AR and your desired success.  I know this is just a "my Settings" post, but this applies to our business lives as well.  Making sure our settings are right before we can expect any kind of positive results.  WOW! What a correlation! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Eva - that's a great idea, I was hoping this post would have that same affect! :-)  Problem with Web Conferences is that it has to work for everyone's schedule, and sometimes, that's a difficult thing to coordinate across the entire country.  With a post like this, it's a little more effective in that members can find and read at their own leisure.  If you have any ideas on how to create an online conference that mutually benefits the teacher as well as the attendee, I'd love to entertain your ideas and thoughts! Thanks Eva.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Great post Brad. Thanks for the great info. I never can get my google analytics to work on this blog. I posted the code, but google doesn't find it. I haven't had problems with my other blogs doing this. Any thoughts?
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the great set of instructions!
Posted by Laura Everett-Osiadacz (RE/MAX NW) about 12 years ago
OMG! What valuable information! Who knew??? I am overwhelmed by what I've learned in this one little post. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :)
Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) about 12 years ago

I added the meta tags, I still struggle with them.  I've also seen, you share a LOT of useful info!!  Thanks again!

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Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) about 12 years ago

Another great post for you Brad - really good information.  I have bookmarked and will come back to it to improve on my settings.  Thanks again.

Now tell me why my picture never show up on anything?????? wink wink

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) about 12 years ago
You SOOOO Rock Brad.  Thanks!
Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) about 12 years ago
Hi Brad:  This is so incredible.  I just saw part two of this tonight, and then clicked on the link to this part.  Incredible information.  Are you always so amazing, or is this just an extra-good day for you ? <g>  thank you so much !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 12 years ago
I learned something new today, thx for caring and sharing
Posted by Brett Noel (Keller Williams) about 12 years ago

Great post Brad. Thanks for the great info. I never can get my google analytics to work on this blog. I posted the code, but google doesn't find it. I haven't had problems with my other blogs doing this. Any thoughts?

Joe - are you posting to the proper domain?  ie: http://activerain.com/blogs/joemanausa

The only other thing I can think is in the registration process with Google Analytics, something went wacko!  I just double checked mine to be sure it's working here and it seems to be fine.  I would start from the beginning Joe.  Blow out what you have already since it's not working anyway, and start from scratch by re-registering and getting new code for your blog here.  Here's what mine looked like after this post:

 

Let me know if there is anything additional I can do to help you out Joe! :-)

BTW - Love your Blog, graphs are sweet and your content is great.  I also really like your "About The Author" Box as a signature on each post.  Cool idea, jope it's getting you some leads, referrals, or some business.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Laura - no problem.  This is just one area of instructional documentation for AR.  I will be also doing a series on some other areas that may be beneficial to you.  Be sure to check back soon for more how-to's with AR, technology, and marketing stuff! Thanks for your comment. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Kelly - you are so welcome, I am really glad this post helped you.  You seem sincerely excited and thankful.  I feel the same about you taking the time to read this, apply it, and commenting your thoughts here.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ron - it's ok that you struggle with the whole meta tag thing, as long as it's working for you, that's all that matters right?  Glad you find some of this stuff to be useful and hopefully helpful as well.  Just trying to make it easier on those of us who already have difficulty and challenges with this kinda stuff!  Thanks Ron.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Another great post for you Brad - really good information.  I have bookmarked and will come back to it to improve on my settings.  Thanks again.

Now tell me why my picture never show up on anything?????? wink wink

Hi Rosemary - nice to see you again. Glad you liked the post, not sure about the picture thing?  Can you give me more details, would love to help if I can. Let me know, I hope all is well with you and the family. Miss our BBQ's and Parties! wink wink back!  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Karen Anne - you're too sweet, I guess I was just in the zone the past couple days! LOL!  I try to be amazing, but it never works, then I go to help a couple folks and look what happens...go figure!!  (BIG BIG SMILE) Have a great evening, and thanks for coming by and commenting, means a lot to me you know!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brett - glad I could do it.  This was definitely a share and care post and based on the comments here, I see a lot of folks really care I shared.  Like Forest Gump used to say, "Blogging is like a box a chocolates, you never know what you'll get inside!"  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Great job Brad!  How long does it take you to write one of your posts?  I have another question for you.  When I am in the middle of writing a post is there a way to save it without publishing it?  I would appreciate knowing!  I lost one yesterday when I accidently left the page!  Thanks in advance!
Posted by Kim Carpenter, Lake Winnipesaukee REALTOR -Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, NH (Coldwell Banker) about 12 years ago

Kim - Thanks!  Some posts take longer than others, especially if you're a perfectionist!! LOL!  Average is 15 minutes to a couple hours depending on the post and the editing time that takes place once I've put it all out there.  

Regarding your your second question, here's the perfect post for you!  See #5 on this one!  Thanks Kim. http://activerain.com/blogsview/185852/7-Mistakes-to-Avoid

 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks Brad! I had nothing other than my title. I usually pick up on that stuff quicker but not this time until I read this. I have put in a description and tags in now!
Posted by Craig Smith, Frederick MD Real Estate (Re/Max Achievers) about 12 years ago
Craig - having something in the box is definitely better than having nothing there, the key is to fill out ALL the information the best that you know how or can.  Remember that the "Blog Description Text" is for meta tag or "Keywords" for SEO.  See the post Active-Rain-Settings-SEO
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Hi Brad:  I have been working on this quite a bit since I read your post yesterday.  It is amazing how much you know about this stuff.  I commend you both on your knowledge, and on your willingness to share it with others.  Your use of diagrams and arrows are so helpful.   Thanks again...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 12 years ago
Karen Anne - sorry to create more work for you but in the long run it will be beneficial.  Glad you found this post to be simple and useful, thanks!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you so much for that post, I went ahead and made the changes you mentioned. As a newer member I didn't realize how much was available.
Posted by Christina Bennani-Persechini, Realtor - The House For You (Keller Williams Realty Boston North West) about 12 years ago
Christina - some of the members who have been around a while like me didn't know for the longest time either.  That was some of the motivation factor for this post. Glad you found it, and were able to implement the changes.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

this is exactly what i needed, thanks brad.   I would tell everyone to be careful printing this out.  If youre not paying attention and just hit print on your browser, you will get 94 pages with only the title printed.

 

i learned this one the hard way

Posted by Michael Truiano (BHG Rand Realty) about 12 years ago
Michael - great tip! Regarding the printing of this post, sounds like a printer setup issue.  If you just want to print the post and not all the comments, cut and paste the post into word or notepad, then you can print just the part you need.  If your pages are printing blank, there might be some settings in your browser or print settings that have to be adjusted. Thanks for pointing that out for other readers and members! You're a good man! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Wow, great post Brad...thank you for sharing this...
Posted by GA-agent.com Georgia Real Estate Directory (GA-agent.com) about 12 years ago
Brad, I had no idea!  Thank you so much for bringing this to everyone's attention.  Great post!
Posted by Charlene Storozuk, Home Stager - Burlington Ontario (Dezigner Digz) about 12 years ago

Brad -

I am a newbie to all, especially the techy terms & use!  I am treating your blog like a manual to learn & self-teach me the 'how to's' - I did get stuck, however, on #3 re: Widgets.  First of all what are widgets in laymans terms & is there an alt site other than "how to add widgets" - it does not appear to be availabe any longer - can't link even when logged in to Active Rain?

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for sharing this information - I believe a true professional is always willing to share their knowledge - abundance for all!

Kelly

Posted by Kelly Collins about 12 years ago
Did great with explantation!  Thanks...
Posted by Joyce Heffner-Williams, Owner/Broker/EcoBroker - Monument Real Estate (Keller Williams Clients' Choice Realty) about 12 years ago

wow. You are pretty good at this stuff.  This is a great intro article to active rain.  Keep this great content coming.

 

Regards,

Ron

Posted by Ronald Stead, Your HomeTown Real Estate Professional (Valley HomeSteads) about 12 years ago
Brad,
We have been doing great.  Thanks for asking.  How about yourself?  Congratulations on a great post.  Now over 220 comments!  Seems like you have the knack for posting things that we all can relate to.  Take care, my friend.
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) about 12 years ago
Thank you so much for posting this information, Brad. I was one of the guilty parties under utilizing a wonderful feature. Not anymore!
Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) about 12 years ago
Brad:  You are very welcome.  You seem very patient.  As far as making more work for me... I look at it this way.  If I cannot find the time to do it right the first time... where will I find the time to do it over the second time ?  Again, thanks for sharing.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 12 years ago
James - always glad to help a fellow AR member!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Charlene - there is so much to learn about AR and blogging, glad this helped you out. Thanks for the comment.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad -

I am a newbie to all, especially the techy terms & use!  I am treating your blog like a manual to learn & self-teach me the 'how to's' - I did get stuck, however, on #3 re: Widgets.  First of all what are widgets in laymans terms & is there an alt site other than "how to add widgets" - it does not appear to be availabe any longer - can't link even when logged in to Active Rain?

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for sharing this information - I believe a true professional is always willing to share their knowledge - abundance for all!

Kelly

Kelly - I noticed you weren't logged in when you commented here, you won't get your commenting points (25) if you're not logged in when you comment. Just FYI...

A widget is something you can add to your Blog, Post or website that have multiple uses and functions.  I setup a website/blog for AR users called Widget World.  You'll find everything you ever wanted to know about Widgets and Gadgets there.  You'll also find thousands of widgets there and links to many gadgets and websites. 

The link on "How To Add Widgets" seems to be working ok, I just checked it for you.  I appreciate your comment, and I agree about the "True Professional."  Thanks for considering me to be in that group. :-)
 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Troy - thanks for the comment, I really appreciate that, I know other members do too! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Ron - I'll do the best I can, sure appreciate your comment my friend! Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,
We have been doing great.  Thanks for asking.  How about yourself?  Congratulations on a great post.  Now over 220 comments!  Seems like you have the knack for posting things that we all can relate to.  Take care, my friend.

David - Glad to hear all is well with you and the family. We are doing well too.  The market has shifted and changed in our area, so we are accepting and adjusting.  Thanks for your compliment on this post. It's a personal record for me.  The post had over 200 comments in 2 days.  (including mine of course) haha!  Looks like I may be finally finding my voice out here eh?  LOL! Be safe, and have a great week my friend! :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Karen Cooper - we were all guilty of the same charge, myself included.  Seemed like a great motivation and inspiration to do this post! LOL!  Glad you found it and could put it to good use!  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Very cute...thanks for the ROCK Brad. Clever as always :)

All the best,

Beth

Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) about 12 years ago

Brad:  You are very welcome.  You seem very patient.  As far as making more work for me... I look at it this way.  If I cannot find the time to do it right the first time... where will I find the time to do it over the second time ?  Again, thanks for sharing.

Karen Anne - Patient?  I should be one at the Napa Valley Psychiatric Ward! LOL!  It's 1:30am in the morning!
You know what they say, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!  Hope your week is going well, be safe! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Beth - that was my little way of saying back that "YOU ROCK", thanks Beth.  You must be just getting up, I am just going to bed! haha!  Goodnight!  :-)     zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the advice.  Sometimes all these sites get a little overwhelming
Posted by Kristen Jones, Your Local Realtor - 609-713-1335 (Prudential Zack Shore Properties) about 12 years ago
Thank you for these instructions, hopefully this newbie can make it work.
Posted by Cindy Saling, Smooth Saling with Cindy Saling (Award Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the info Brad. I figured out a lot of it myself, but you helped making the adjustments easier!!
Posted by James Wells, Zionsville Indiana Real Estate (Honeycomb Properties) about 12 years ago

Great---what a mountain of information---Thanks, thanks. A real project on your part!!!

 

Posted by Jim Willis, Knows Virginia Beach Area Real Estate (Rose and Womble Realty) about 12 years ago
Hey Brad excellent stuff. I definitely will print this out as I'll never remember it all. Not being the most computer literate some of what you said was Greek to me. Good stuff non the-less. Thanks Scott
Posted by Scott R. Turner, Everything We Touch Turns to SOLD!! (CENTURY 21 Broadhurst) about 12 years ago
Kristen - your welcome.  It can get a little overwhelming, just walk away for a bit, it takes time and patience, but you'll be fine. Just write!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thanks for the help. I am glad to see someone break it down so it is understandable.
Posted by Gary Porter (GLP's Home and Mold Inspections) about 12 years ago
Cindy - if I can do it, you can do it!  8 months ago, I didn't even know what a blog was! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
James - glad this post could be of service to your adjustments!  I appreciate the comment very much, thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jim - thanks, it was a big climb up the mountain, it's been a long walk back down to the valley! :-) I had no idea I'd still be commenting back on this 5 days later!  It's been a great journey, and truly a project!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey Brad excellent stuff. I definitely will print this out as I'll never remember it all. Not being the most computer literate some of what you said was Greek to me. Good stuff non the-less. Thanks Scott

Scott - if you print and follow the screens, you'll see that the technobabble here really isn't too bad, and you're going to have to learn about this stuff sometime or at some point!  I hate to be the bad guy, but I really am the good guy just trying to help.  It was all new to me at one point, I have learned so much from other members, I'm just sharing back.  My real goal is to close 54,895 escrows here someday! :-)

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

Thanks for the help. I am glad to see someone break it down so it is understandable.

Gary - it wasn't always that way, I wish this post was here when I first signed up. It's truly a learning experience here, and hopefully you learned just a bit more today! :-)

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

This is awesome stuff. I am going to start from the beginning of this and work my way through.

Just curious, do you suggest copying and pasting the AR blog into Google Blogspot or is it not worth it

Posted by Sean Carroll, Real Estate Speaker and "Expert" Coach (The Get Off Your A$$ Academy) about 12 years ago

All this computer stuff has passed me along time ago.  I was lost by the third sentence.

http://www.gregorygarver.com
http://www.san-francisco-mls.net
http://www.san-francisco-ca-real-estate.us
http://www.san-francisco-apartment.net
http://www.motelbrokersusa.com
http://blog.gregorygarver.com

Posted by Gregory "NNN" Garver, (323) 696 1031, Net Lease Broker (NNN Brokers USA Commercial Real Estate) about 12 years ago
Gregory - unfortunately this won't be the first or the last one that will do that to you. LOL!  I looked at your profile and your Blog, it will make more sense after you've been here a while.  I think it was #2 that probably scared you away. Enjoy your time here, you can always maximize your settings when you understand it more.  Thanks for taking the time and for commenting!  Nice touch! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Sean - I don't suggest copying your AR Blogs to your Blogspot Blog.  I have heard that there is the possibility that google and other search engines may see the duplication as a negative, but I have not confirmed that or seen any proof.  I prefer to not risk it until I know the facts. Great question, and worth the time to investigate.  There are some Blog posts here on AR that address that very question. You might want to do an advanced search to find out more.  Thanks for your comment here! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad,
Congratulations on the personal record here!  I think you found your voice here a while ago!  Keep it up.
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) about 12 years ago
David - thanks, I think I'm ready to move on to some other topics now, I have one more post to put up for maximizing settings, then I'm off to my next agenda!!  LOL!  Fasten your seat belt, the next series is going to be a doozy! hahaha!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad,

 Thank you for sharing, I'm working on updating my BLOG settings.

 I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.

-Debbie

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 12 years ago
Debbie - thanks, feel free to look at any of the posts in my blog anytime.  I hope they'll help you out even if in a small way while you're out here enjoying the "rain"!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad - I am printing this now, and bookmarked.....It looks like you have given me another homework assignment to make sure my "STUFF" is up-to-SEO-snuff.   Thanks!
Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) about 12 years ago
Christine - up to snuff...that's the stuff! LOL!  The settings are a piece of cake, the results are the milk that goes with it!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you, thank you.  I had no idea that settings were so important.  I've bookmarked this one, but today is my day to work on improving my profile page.  Tomorrow for settings.  I figure if I do one useful thing here every day, I'll be doing all right in 90 days or so.
Posted by Judith Reppert (United Country Countryside Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad, thanks again for this post.  I went ahead and fixed my settings and added a bunch of blog keywords in the blog description, and saved it all.  Then I went over to widexl.com to see how I was doing (got that idea from here) and for some reason my keywords show up in widexl as what must be the "generic" AR keywords, as follows:

ActiveRain, Real Estate, agents, Network, Real Estate Agent, Mortgage, realtor, social network

Here's exactly what my blog description has in it right now:

<meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="ALL"/><meta NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days"/><p>
<meta name="keywords" content="real estate, southwest missouri, carthage missouri real estate, mt vernon missouri real estate, southwest missouri rural real estate, rural real estate, carthage missouri historic homes, carthage missouri victorian homes"/> 

I've no idea where these generic keywords are coming from, or where to get rid of them.  Any ideas?  Thank you so much for sharing all of this.  I joined the Google analytics thing too.  Comments on my keywords welcomed too!  Thanks again.

Posted by Judith Reppert (United Country Countryside Realty) about 12 years ago
WOW! Brad, awesome stuff. I have been a member for several months and thought that I had it all figured out. Thanks for all of the HTML info.
Posted by Rob Baldwin, REALTOR, Santa Clarita (US ECO-GREEN REAL ESTATE INC.) about 12 years ago
Judith - don't do too much on your profile just yet, I have been working on your post and it will be ready in the next day or so. You may want to wait on the profile till you read my next post. Your call.  You'll be doing alright in way less than 90 days if I can help it. Thanks for your comment and watch for my post!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Judith - I'm not sure why the keywords are different in widexl.com, I'm not familiar with their site...yet.  It looks like it may be picking up some of the Active Rain Meta Tag keywords.  If you want to see where your keywords are showing up, go to http://activerain/blogs/tags. This is where your specific keywords will show up under your photo.  You can also contact AR support by clicking here.  Let me know if I can be of any further help to you on this. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Rob - I don't think we'll ever have it all figured out! LOL!  Just when we think we do, that's when someone comes along and does a post like this! hahaha!  Thanks for your comment, keep learning all you can here, that's one of the Biggest and Best benefits of this place!!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Thank you Brad, I will go check the tags page.  Right now I'm just editing text in my profile, nothing too snazzy.  I look forward to your article!
Posted by Judith Reppert (United Country Countryside Realty) about 12 years ago
Judith - let me know if you need any additional help with that, I will put that post up this evening and it will help you with your current project, your profile! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hey Brad, what are you going to do when business picks up again? I doubt you'll have this much time to individually respond to your comments. I've already praised you above, but good job!

http://www.GlitterMaker.com/ - Glitter Graphics

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 12 years ago
Thanks Teri - I am trying to help others get up to speed by setting a good example.  I don't like when I comment on another members post, and they never come back to see or reply, I think it's kinda rude.  I try to not post more than I can handle.  As far as the market, it shouldn't affect my Blogging and commenting as I only do this before or after the business day and some weekends....like now! LOL!  Thanks for coming back for a second time, now be honest, would you be disappointed if this comment was not here?  If not, then why would you come back to see?  This is one of those gray areas on AR that no one really has an answer for because it's personal preference I guess.  Hope you have a great weekend, and you're welcome to come by my Blog and posts anytime, as many times as you'd like. I will always comment back! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Dana - check it out and let me know if you need any help with any of these settings.  Once you're done, you're set!  Hope it all works out ok for you. B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Mary - I didn't forget about you, I got your email and your messages.  The settings page and the profile page are the very first pages you'll need to complete just after joining Active Rain.  I put these next 4 posts together for you and the others. I hope they'll help you out.  If you need more help, just comment here and I'll be emailed.  I'll come back and answer any questions that you or the others in your office may have!  thx. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Dana - did you get your settings fixed? Are you seeing any difference now? Would love to know how it's going for you. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Sorry If I missed you here, I hope I didn't miss anybody!  Thanks and Happy Holidays to all of you! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for the info, hope to learn enough to be able to do all that someday:)
Posted by Steve Mattison, Vietnam Veteran almost 12 years ago
Steve - this is the first thing you should do before you even really get started here.  These are your settings to get you the ultimate from your AR Blog.  When you have the time, you should really run through it. It's shorter to do than it looks, I promise!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I am going to write you in for President of ActiveRain.    Jess Rankin, Pickering Group
Posted by Jess Rankin (Pickering Group) almost 12 years ago

I am going to write you in for President of ActiveRain.    Jess Rankin, Pickering Group

Jess - would that mean I'd have to give up my whittling sticks on the porch every evening? LOL!  You are WAY TOO kind to offer such a comment!! :-)  I am honored you'd consider me for President, not sure that's one I could handle!  Thanks Jess, you are the BOMB!!  

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Angie - I'll do my best to keep you a Happy Subscriber!  I have to go out on the edge once in awhile, so bear with me, and thanks for all your support.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I know this seems like a lot of info, but your "My Settings" page is so important to have setup properly.  Let me know if you need any help, I helped 4 others this week, just ask them if it makes a difference!  It Does!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
There are some new changes coming to AR.  I have received some emails regarding the changes to the settings page. Not sure what's coming, but AR is always looking for ways to improve the network.  Their outside Blogs will become available the first week of the new year!  Look for some great stuff coming in the future!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hey, Brad.  I've been meaning to come back here and finally did, okay, after I hit another one of your blogs that sent me here!  I just created a google analytics set up for my profile page and put it under settings.  Not sure if this tracks blog traffic or not?  I have checked to see if we're tracking, and so far, not yet.  I may have to log out and come back in or wait until tomorrow.  Thank you for supporting us all.  I don't know how you do it!  I'll be back if I can't figure it out!
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) almost 12 years ago
Natalie - glad to see you back! :-)  I would setup Google Analytics on your Blog as well as your profile page.  Might find that more people are checking out your Blog than your profile, at least I did.  Let me know if you need any help, glad to do so if I can.  Thanks!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
well, I guess I will had my thanks to the long list. These helps are awesome!
Posted by Jeff Fullmer, Real Estate Investor/Financier (FM Properties) almost 12 years ago
Jeff - thanks for the kind comment, hope this helps you with your settings and even more, I hope it generates you some leads and some business. Thanks again!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Wow... this is exactly the basic information needed to get me going on this site!  Thank you for getting down to the basics!
Posted by Leah almost 12 years ago

WoW... GREAT POST !....... Lots of great comments too.  Will need to save this for future reference...

 

Thanks

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 12 years ago
Leah - I am so glad you found this post and it's helping you. Thanks for your nice comment. Makes doing posts like this worth all the time and effort!  Have a great weekend!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Roland - Thank you, and yes, there are lots of great comments here, but it's because of all the great people that are here.  You will find so much information and so many great members, I wish you ALL THE BEST in your Active Rain endeavors.  If you ever need anything at all, please don't hesitate to give me a call, email, or comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
  I hate being a newbie.  I frequent a couple of non-real estate message boards and have been on them for years.  I'm sure I'll be an old pro at this one before long too.
Posted by Tara Branz, ABR, Portage Lakes Real Estate, Stark County Real Estate (RE/MAX Edge Realty) almost 12 years ago
Tara - I don't much like the term "newbie" myself.  I hated being referred to as a newbie.  I even wrote a post called "When am I not a Newbie Anymore?!"  LOL!~  This will be a breeze for you here, if you need any help, just let me know!  AR has many features and benefits, as well as a fantastic group of members here.  Have fun!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Thank you for the info. This is a lot to digest. I can see this will take some time to develop, to do it right.
Posted by Mike Randall, Consider It Sold (Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Properties, Florence Alabama) almost 12 years ago
Mike - it's a lot at first, or seems like a lot, but doing it right IS the most important thing...take it from someone who had to learn the hard way! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Brad- Thanks for all the detailed information. I am new to AR about 2 weeks and still overwhelmed by all the information. I appreciate you taking the time to help all of us newbies get started the right way. On a side note, Fairfield Ca! I use to live there for about 2 years ( 1990-1992) while I was stationed at Travis AFB. I lived in Monterey for a number of years after that and would come up to Fairfield and Vacaville to visit friends, it has grown so much. I loved my time in California, especially the sunsets,  lucky you!

 

Posted by Dana Forster, Realtor, A Home 4Sale Inc, Va (AHome4Sale) over 11 years ago

Dana - I live 3 exits from Travis AFB off of Hywy 80.  If you're ever in the area, consider you have yet another friend to come and visit here.....  ME!!   :-)   On a side note, my wife and I have our favorite little places in the world and one of our most favored is MONTEREY!  How funny is that?  We go to the Fisherman's Grotto for Clam Chowder every time we are there. 

 

BTW - The California Sunsets miss you too!   :-)

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

Brad- It truly is a small world. My husband and I use to look forward to the Clam Chowder Cookoff every year. I love the Clam Chowder from Fisherman's Grotto as well, it has to be in a bread bowl! Stay tuned for that surprise phone call, I'm here!

Thanks again for all the great information.

 

Posted by Dana Forster, Realtor, A Home 4Sale Inc, Va (AHome4Sale) over 11 years ago

Brad - Its the basics we forget about! I'm going to go through and review mine. That part about the HTML ! I know i have none. Thanks!

 

Posted by Paul Viau, Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog + Photo Services (Nova Scotia Real Estate Blog) over 11 years ago
Dana - bread bowl is the only way to go!  (ring ring) :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Paul - let me know if you need help or have any questions, just post it here and I'll do what I can to get you over the HTML Blues!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
There are more tips to the my settings page, this seemed to be too much info as it is.  I will be posting some more tutorial posts about various segments of AR over the next few weeks. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Terrific information provided Brad. In particular the link to active rain info. I'd been looking around now for awhile trying to figure out how that worked. Thanks!!!
Posted by Clark Garrison, "Loan Modifications" (Taylor 1 INC) over 11 years ago
Klarque - first off, I love how you spell your name! Very cool!  :-)  Thanks for commenting and I'm glad you found this post useful.  I never know which ones will live long and prosper, this post appears to have passed the test.  Best of luck to you here in the rain, let me know if you ever need any help here!!   :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Thank you so much. As a newbie learning my way around this is very helpful. Now I can use My Settings the way they should be with a lot less experimenting. You are the best. Thanks again
Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 11 years ago

Martha - that was sweet! Thanks!  My goal in writing this post was to do exactly what you commented.

"use My Settings the way they should be with a lot less experimenting."

Sure appreciate your taking the time to view this post and also to comment! Thanks a million!!  :-) 

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

I do need to do 2) a, b and c. I think I will do number 6 as well so I do not look like this.

Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 11 years ago
Scott - Good call!  LOL!~  At least it's a "Happy Face!"  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hello Scott,

Wow, you have received some serious response from your Blog, I am so jealous. It's alright, I only found out what a Blog was three months ago. Really like you Blog, keep up the good work.

ROBERT SWETZ

www.SwetzSellsVegas.com

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago
Robert - Brad here, Scott was a visitor here, but no worries on the name, the important thing is you enjoyed and hopefully found this post useful.  That's all that really matters in the end my friend!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you!  I have used every tip you mentioned.  (I think).

I hope much good comes to you out of this thoughtful and generous post!

Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) over 11 years ago
Kim - the "much good" is the reward knowing this post helped you.  I may not be a doctor and save lives, but it is rewarding knowing that I have saved someone's TIME!  It's the most valuable thing "In Life"!  So I guess in a sense, I am saving lives!!  LOL!~ (Big Smile)  Thanks for your kind and very thoughtful comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad, I have been on AR for about a month and have learned quite a bit.  I was going to put together a post to help people get started a little quicker than I did.  Now, I think I'll just say 1) Login 2) Read Brad Andersohn's blogs.  Thanks for your great work!!
Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) over 11 years ago
Erik - thanks my friend!  It's great to have you here, thanks for the 2-step, but you should still write what your heart desires as your readers might want to see it from you too.  I asked the question when I first started if I should post about topics when so many others already had, and the answer from members here came back "YES"
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
There are some changes coming to Active Rain soon.  Very exciting, and the settings will have some updates I'll be posting about soon.  Very exciting times ahead!!   :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
OK, this is very helpful information. Thanks.
Posted by Bob Edwards, Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI (Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Bob - I am happy you found the info here useful, I appreciate the comment and you stopping by!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Dear Brad,

When I tried to add my blog to Google Analytics, it says "invalid input" and this is the address I am trying to register: http://activerain.com/blogs/debrakukulski

What am I doing wrong?

 Thanks for all the info!

 

Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Suburban) over 11 years ago
Debra - sometimes there are little querks with any Internet service or platform.  My suggestion would be to try again after a bit and see if maybe it's that Google Analytics might just be in overload mode.  It is used by millions and sometimes just has little glitches.  Let me know if you are still having a problem and we can get on the phone and work it out for you.  I know it's cliche to say, but if at first you don't succeed, try try again!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

I'm just really getting started being active on A/R.  I love the info you provide and I've tried to print it out, but it just shows blank.  Any tips?  Thank you very much for all of your hard work and for sharing with this newbie!

Posted by Patti Glover, CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA (Stage It In A Day!) over 11 years ago

Patti - if you highlight any portions of the post you want to print, copy then paste to a MS Word doc or notepad, you can then print it out. Try that, it that doesn't work, I'll print it out and send it to you...but it will work, I promise.  :-)

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

Brad - I've read this before but now realize that it is a great "tune up" tool for my blog as well!  Thanks for being such a wealth of information!

Tina in Virginia

Posted by Tina Merritt, Virginia Real Estate (Nest Realty) over 11 years ago

Tina - I've read this one before myself, and thanks to you, I've had to read it again.  haha!  It's funny when we go back and read posts we've written from the past.  The comments too.  I read some of these comments I made back then and thought to myself... what a dork I am! lol~  Then I read the post and remembered many things I had forgotten about.  Is is possible that we can learn from our own Blogs??? Hmmm...    :-))

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

Brad,

Worked like a charm - I've been fighting with this on other posts I wanted to print out...duh!

Thank you so much!

Patti

Posted by Patti Glover, CISS,RESA, Home Staging, Ventura County CA, Conejo Valley, LA (Stage It In A Day!) over 11 years ago

Patti - awesome!!  Always here if you need anything at all. :-)

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

Help - I cannot use Google Analytics- everytime I try to put my blog addfress page in, it tells me that the input is invalid.  I have been able to put in several other pages, but it will not let me put my blog page in. I made sure i did not try to paste the http:// in. Anyone else run into this problem and if so, any solutions?

 

Thanks

Posted by Jason Goodman, Triangle Area NC Realtor over 11 years ago

Great post! This will be very helpful information.

Enrico Pozzo, Coldwell Banker Bain: Seattle Condos, Lofts, Houseboats and all Seattle Real Estate Listings

Posted by Enrico Pozzo, Seattle Condos, Lofts, Houseboats (Coldwell Banker Bain) over 11 years ago

Jason - sometimes it takes a day or two for the Google Analytics to kick in and start capturing data on AR Blogs. Let me know if you're still having issues with it after the weekend. Be sure to paste the code in the right Blog Description Box on your my settings page. :-)

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

Thanks Enrico, glad you found some value here.  Just FYI, you don't need to put a additional link to your site here, there's already a link from your name when you comment.  Many might frown on this activity as it can be perceived as spamming or Highjacking a post. I don't mind on this one, just wanted to give you a friendly heads up. Thanks for commenting, have a great weekend. :-)

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

This explains why my first localism posts did not show up. I had thought I was doing something wrong. I suppose that should I ever get in the top 10 for the state, my localism posts will show up in that region.

Can localism posts be placed in any region, city, county, and have the blog show if your point total is sufficiently high? Or is your profile associated with a particular county and city?

 

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

Which tracking should be used - urchin.js or ga.js ?

Also, I was able to set up tracking for my website www.RichardSmithHomeLoans. , but unable to set up tracking for my blog, using http://activerain.com/blogs/richardsmith or using the analytic drop down http:// and putting activerain.com/blogs/richardsmith in the next field.

It seems to work fine for my website, but not for the blog site. Any thoughts are appreciated. I can tell that everyone else seems to have no problem.

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

Brad, I worked out the problem that I was having setting up the tracking for the active rain blog site. Here is the help screen from google. It is pasted to help anyone else having difficulties. Maybe you had already explained this somewhere among the numberous comments in the blog.

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Here is my last post on this. I was not able to confirm the tracking for the analytics.

Tried several things, changing the order for different html scripts you recommended, erasing the profile and starting over, using urchin and ga both, singly. Any ideas are appreciated.

Thanks sharing for all your AR insights. They ae might helpful

Richard 

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I've never seen so many comments on a post before!!  Thank you for this info.  I will certainly put it to good use!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 11 years ago

Richard, it's much easier to just call me my friend, I have been parked here watching you drive your self CRAZY!!  lol~  The analytics urchin is what I use, if you need assistance, you have my number buddy, use it ok?  Hope you're having a rockin Memorial Day weekend.  :-)

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

Hi Yvette - this is not the comment leader when it comes to posts, but there are quite a few here.  Glad you found it to be useful, thanks!  :-)

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

...after reviewing this post, I have determined...you may need a drink!  It's pretty deep, and justifies a couple head spins when you're done.  By the same token, you may come away with a ton of helpful stuff that may shave weeks or even months off your getting the "my settings" all dialed in. :-)

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

Thank you so much for the detailed info.  It has definitely helped.

Posted by Jennifer Kipila, The Muldowney Team - Ocean County Homes (Van Dyk Group) over 11 years ago

Brad,

If you think my efforts putting in the settings for Google analytics were interesting, please check out the story about uploading an audio file. Here is the blog link from last night.

http://www.activerain.com/blogsview/525098/WUTC-interview-from-Feb

BTW, the google analytics are working well. I have added my website to analytics, and plan to add all my LO's websites. Next step is to learn to interpret the information.

Thanks for your encouragement and guidance.

Richard

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Hello Muldowney Team - thanks, and I'm glad this was helpful for you. :-)

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

Richard - glad it's working my friend, reading the reports and analytics is very interesting, you may be shocked at some of the results you'll get back.  It's all good when building a better business and a better Blog.  Keep up the great job!!  :-)

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

Brad - You really helped answer a few questions that I felt stupid asking! THANKS!   http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Smile_fasdfdsfoiueire.svg

Posted by Jennifer A. Martin, Executive Assistant over 11 years ago

Jennifer - never feel that way, but if by chance you ever do, use my email, that way you can ask anything you like.  The only stupid question is the one that never gets asked. 

Love the smiley, thanks!!  :-) 

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

Brad,

Very good information, Thanks again for all that you do.

Posted by Don Rider, Shreveport Bossier Home Inspector (EZ Rider Home Inspections LLC.) over 11 years ago

Don - you're welcome, happy to do it. :-)

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

Another excellent and very helpful post, thanks a TON Brad!!!

Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SRES;SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Suburban) over 11 years ago

Debra - thanks, glad this will be helpful to you. You are welcome a ton!  :-)

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

 

OK - I'm going to my settings right now!!!!!

Thank you ... 

 

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 11 years ago

Pippa - aren't you going to hang around for some cookies and tea? Hate to see you run off so quick! lol~ :-)

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

Brad- I love your blogs and plan to subscribe. They are so helpful! One question - I was trying to add my blog url to google analytics and it would not take the complete url. It would only accept www.activerain.com. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks much!

 

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

Heather - thanks for subscribing, I'll try not to let you down..  :-)

The address you want to add is http://activerain.com/blogs/YOURUSERNAME  or for your profile page, you'd want to use http://activerain.com/YOURUSERNAME.  Let me know if that works for you.  Looking forward to seeing your work and efforts as well as your successes here.

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

Hi Brad - I got it sorted out. Neglected to remove the www. I am all set now and just waiting for google's next data pull. I appreciate the quick response and look forward to learning more AR tips and tricks!
- Heather

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

Heather - I am happy to hear that as you are I'm sure. :-)  It won't take Google long at all to notice and record your changes. Have a great weekend!  :-)

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

Thanks.  I didn't even know to do any of this.  It was helpful and I was able to understand you completely.

Posted by Amy Boehm, Your Realtors For Life, The Boehm Team (Keller Williams Realty - Boerne Hill Country) over 11 years ago

Amy - that's awesome.  Being able to understand this technobabble is more than half the battle! lol~  :-)

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

Hi Brad, I have been working on my outside blog and am trying to put in the code on the settings page. I got the google analytics code for the domain I entered on the outside blog page. I also added the analytics code for my realty website and that one seemed to work and now shows views,etc. I can't seem to get the outside blog one to accept. It always says "tracking code not detected check status" no matter how many times I've tried entering the code and saving it on my settings page in the " blog descrip" box. Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong? Amy

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

Hi Brad, I have been working on my outside blog and am trying to put in the code on the settings page. I got the google analytics code for the domain I entered on the outside blog page. I also added the analytics code for my realty website and that one seemed to work and now shows views,etc. I can't seem to get the outside blog one to accept. It always says "tracking code not detected check status" no matter how many times I've tried entering the code and saving it on my settings page in the " blog descrip" box. Any ideas of what I'm doing wrong? Amy

Amy - I don't think it will work right now on your new outside blog, only your AR internal Blog.  When more enhancements are rolled out, I'm sure it will include these capabilities. :-)

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

When I try and enter http://activerain.com/blogs/amym to get the analytics code it says "invalid access" and won't give me a code. That is why I thought  I was supposed to copy the code from the outside blog which did give me the analytics code. I am trying to follow the directions in your blog for #2 Blog Descriptions. Maybe I am misunderstanding something. Thanks, Amy

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

Amy - you do not want to copy the Google Analytics code from any outside blog.  You want to copy it directly from Google Analytics after it sees and has registered your page.  Each bit of code they provide is uniquely different for each and every page.  Not sure why it's giving you an invalid access. 

Try starting from scratch, go to GA, register your AR Blog, let it give you a new code, then embed that code like #2 explains.  If that doesn't work, call me, we'll find out why it's giving you an issue. :-)

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

Hey Amy, real quick  - I just checked out your "My settings" you have 3 different Google Analytics codes pasted in there.  This is the problem.  You should only have one code in that box.  The other two codes will mess up the Google Analytics and reports.  You need to determine which one is the right code for your AR Blog, then remove the other two.  I also noticed you have some wierd info in your Meta-tags, this might also be causing you some problems as well. Let m know if you need my help.  :-)

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

Thanks Brad, I will keep trying to figure this out.

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

Amy - if you need any help with it, just let me know.  You're not alone and you don't have to try and figure all this stuff out by yourself.  Plenty of love and support here in the rain!  :-))

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

I am afraid to leave this page before I explore all the links because it is so helpful, and I dont consider myself a novice!! 

 

www.davidvannoyjr.com

Posted by David Van Noy, Jr. (ReeceNichols Realtors) over 11 years ago

David - thanks, hang out as long as you like, or bookmark it and come back anytime.  :-)

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

Great info.   I see several profiles that have nice backgrounds and additional pictures and content.. is there a blog that can help with adding html and graphics and such to your profile page??????   I enjoy you blogs, they are very helpful to a newbie like me

Posted by Thomas Hargreaves (TriStar Financial Services) over 11 years ago

Thomas - there are a couple posts I have done about setting up your profile page.  You will find them all sorted by category on my profile page, just click on my name below and the link will take you there. 
How To Set-up Your ActiveRain Profile  and  How To Complete Your ActiveRain Profile - Part II.

You might also want to check out: Your Active Rain Profile - Your Masterpiece Hope these help, and welcome aboard. You won't be a newbie for long, just dive in, contribute great content, and have fun. :-)

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

Wonderful information!  Thank you so much!

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

Maya - this must be your 10th comment on my blog, I've been chasing you around all night. As I comment back to you on a post, you're leaving another one somewhere else.  Too funny!  Thanks.  :-)

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

Hey Brad, I have done several searches and have been reading but really haven't found an answer. My question is how do you get BONUS POINTS? I understand the LINKING points have changed I understand that AR will only allow you one link to your personal website for points. Is this correct? Or will they give you LINKING POINTS for all links to AR?

Also, how do you get a blog post featured?

 

Thank you so much!!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

I got everything down except the bookmarking. It's probably super simple but I haven't found an icon for saving posts. Can you point me in the right direction?

Posted by LS Rogers Realty (LS Rogers Realty) over 11 years ago

Teresa - to get bonus points, you'll need to win some contests or challenges on the rain. You'll find them everywhere.  Sometimes members will get bonus points just for doing random acts of kindness to other members.  The AR Gods are always watching.  :-)

Regarding how to get a featured post: Write Great Content

Additional Tips: Write Great Content

 

 

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

Thanks for the information Brad!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad- I added the Google Analytics tracking to my AR Blog and Google recognized that it was installed. However, it is not receiving data. It has been in place for a while to no avail. I pulled out the robot code from above in case that was conflicting and still nothing. Could there possibly be a conflict with the AR Blog Customizer? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

Brad!  You just made my blog SO much better!  Thank you for taking the time to spell all of this out so clearly and simply.  Fantastic post.  Have a fantastic night!

JB Brookman

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 11 years ago

Brad--

Thanks so much for helping us figure this out! It must have taken you a while to do all of those screen shots and get all that info down! You should get extra points for that!!!!

 

Posted by Amy Bowman (Stonebrook Mortgage) over 11 years ago

Brad, I used your Meta tag script to embed the meta tags and didn't have room for text under my email link so I uploaded an image of the text I wanted with and used the "image Description to do the job.  Sometimes you have to take these great resiurces and get a little more creative, so thanks for the resource!

Posted by Garren Grup, REALTOR, ABR, CNE,CDPE, GRI, Naples & Bonita Springs, FL (John R. Wood REALTORS) over 11 years ago

Trunda - I just wrote a post for you, not sure if you found it.

Here's a link to answer your question. I posted it in your Honor.

Great question and topic, thanks. :-)) 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/618114/3-Ways-To-Bookmark

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

Heather - you should be able to start seeing results within a few days. I have not heard of the customizer causing any issues, I have it on mine and it works fine. 

Make sure your HTML analytics code is not connected or touching any other text or code, that could cause a problem. I put white space between all my HTML codes in the my settings descrition box, that way there's no chance of the codes getting attached and it makes it easier for editing when I need to add or change things. 

Call me if you need more help, we can review it over the phone if you like.  :-)

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

JB - No, you just made your Blog SOOO much better, congrats and have a great weekend!  :-))

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

Amy - It did take me quite awhile to get this done, and yes, I did get extra points for sure...ActiveRain hired me!!!!   :-)))))))))

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

Garren - that certainly was creative and you are welcome. Are you sure an image will do what you're looking for? Just wondering.  :-)

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

Teresa - no problem, glad I could help. Can you do me a favor and "pay it forward" to another member here sometime somewhere? That's the AR silent code of honor.  (Big Smile) :-))

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

Hi Brad- I added the 'white space' (great idea - had not thought of that) and re-pasted the Google code. I will wait a few days to see if this time it 'takes.' If not, I will give you a call. Thanks!!

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 11 years ago

Heather - that's great. You always know where to find me and feel free to call me anytime. :-)

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

Thanks Brad, that clears some things up for me.

Posted by Travis Newton, FHA, USDA, VA, LOAN EXPERT - Salem OR Homes For Heroes SALEM OREGON (Salem and Bend Oregon FHA, VA & USDA 503.931.4490) over 11 years ago

Travis - glad this was helpful for you. :-)

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

I've referred to this post so many times but still not sure of a few things in the email settings and know that you will help.

  1. Contacts should seem straight forward but not sure of the use in AR
  2. What is manual score adjustments?
  3. What is link status?

Thanks for your help.

 

Posted by Debbie Small, REALTOR (Long & Foster Realtors) over 11 years ago

turtleThanks for sharing! I am bookmarking this... I know it will be so helpful! How do you do it such valuable info everytime I look at your post. Have a great day! Brenda :)

Posted by Brenda Tressler (Crye-Leike Realtors) over 11 years ago

I've referred to this post so many times but still not sure of a few things in the email settings and know that you will help. 1. Contacts should seem straight forward but not sure of the use in AR 2. What is manual score adjustments? 3. What is link status? Thanks for your help.

Hi Debbie -

1. If you check the contacts box, when someone contacts you through your AR profile, you'll receive an email in your regular email delivery as well as your AR My Home page.

2. If you get manual points like the ones I just gave you for asking such great questions, then you'll be notified by regular email as to why and how many points. This too will come to your My Home page.

3. If you check this box, you'll be notified bt regular email and on the My Home page about points and links that you've effectively setup on outside blogs and websites. 

Thanks for asking these questions, you are the first and I have been here for quite some time now...  :-)

 

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

Brenda - thank you, that was sweet of you to say that.  Glad you found this post helpful. :-)

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

Thanks Brad! Now it makes sense. Something else I discovered yesterday was all the great associates I've been gathering up that I can click just on their (posts). Sort off like a personal blog of friends. Thanks for the gift too.

Posted by Debbie Small, REALTOR (Long & Foster Realtors) over 11 years ago

Debbie - ;-))

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

Thanks for sharing --- You are simply the best!!!

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

Norma - thanks!!

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

Brad, gosh you are amazing.  I just love reading your blog posts.  This was dated back in 2007, just stumbled onto it, and immediately used the html to have the search engines check for updates. Excellent!  Thanks!  It is wonderful to have someone like you helping us get the google juice we crave as well as improve the content on our site.  Thanks again!

Posted by Deborah Fisher (Fisher & Company, P.A., Marketing & Creative Strategists) over 11 years ago

Fisher & Co. - Thanks, I appreciate that you find the stuff I post about useful. It's kinda my thing around here as if you haven't noticed.  It's probably pretty obvious, "I Love My Job here at ActiveRain!"  hehehe.. :-)

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

Brad - this is great - thank you. As a newbie I will definitely go thru this step by step and UPDATE!  Numbers 2 and 3 I believe are two huge missing components to my blog.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 11 years ago

Kathleen - this is a huge missed opportunity by many here, I'm glad you found this post and I hope you benefit greatly from it's content.  :-)

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

Brad - I don't know how I came across this post - I saw it a few months ago and didn't understand it - now I do!  I am going to change my settings - if my blog disappears,  I will know I messed it up.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

Virginia - your Blog will not disappear.  Hopefully it will only appear more!!  That #2 setting is still very under used and under estimated by so many members here, I think it's just not clear to most on how to use it and it's value.  Hopefully more and more will understand it as you have after time.  :-)

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

Thanks so much Brad.  I'm slowly crawing my way though all the features of AR and benefits.  Amazing stuff!

Posted by Karen Staha, CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas (Gaston & Sheehan Realty) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial. particularly the "How to add widgets" section.

Posted by Bob Wilson (Access San Diego) about 11 years ago

Karen - there's quite a bit to craw through here, but it won't take long at all before you'll be "The Master" at your craft.  I'm glad you are finding posts and information here that is helpful and beneficial to you. :-)

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

SDSS - the widgets are pretty cool, especially the ones that allow your readers to interact and use as tools. :-)

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

Hi Brad:  Regarding widgets - I took a look at some of those last evening and placed the 'mybloglog' on my page.  It's cool!  I'll have to check out others and especially those you mentioned. 

Thanks again! 

Posted by Karen Staha, CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas (Gaston & Sheehan Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad, thanks for the fabulous tutorial....you're some kindof saint for this one...the information here is excellent, like a reference manual.

Posted by Susan Zanzonico, Sellers/Buyers Agent, Morristown NJ Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 11 years ago

Hey Brad,

 

Great info... Thanks Again,

Pamela Elder

Posted by Pamela Elder (Gaines Realty) about 11 years ago

Karen - there's a link under my photo to Widget World, it's right over here  ----------------------------->

You may find some really useful widgets and "new" stuff there.

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

MDR - no saint here, just been around the block a few times in the rain! lol~  Thanks.  :-))

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

Hi Brad - I found link to Widget World!  Thaanks for getting me there.  Oh my, I just took a look at the Widget page.  Lots of widgets!

Posted by Karen Staha, CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas (Gaston & Sheehan Realty) about 11 years ago

There are a lot of widgets out there Karen and new ones coming out everyday.  Be sure they aren't just cute and fun, you want the ones that generate stickiness and leads that convert to transactions. :-) Enjoy your surf search. 

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

Pamela - NP. :-)

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

Hi Brad - I'll take your good advice.  I won't go for just the cute and funny  :)

Posted by Karen Staha, CRS, GRI, ABR, REALTOR, Austin & Surrounding Areas Texas (Gaston & Sheehan Realty) about 11 years ago

Karen - cute and funny is ok too, depends on your audience, but in certain doses only. :-)

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

Thank you for sharing Brad, your blog post are great, maybe you need to consider writing a book about using advanced features on active rain. Thanks again!!!

Jay

Posted by Joseph Skinner, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Skinner & Associates Realty) about 11 years ago

Great post and so much info - It is like a reference book!  AWESOME!

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

Joseph - that's not a bad idea, I'll just go buy a rheem of paper and press print! lol~  How much should I charge? :-O

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

Norma - it kind of is, I have even come back and used it as a resource. Funny I know, but sometimes I forget the stuff I write and need to come back and be reminded of why I wrote some of this to brgin with. Sometimes these posta are so old I have to read them again just so I understand the comments.  lol~

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

Thanks Brad for schooloing us on this. You are definitely the educater here on the Rain. Have a good day.

Posted by Scott Mazza (Stewart Title of California) about 11 years ago

Scott - just another little fish in the BIG rain puddle, that's all.  Thanks.  :-)

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

Can anyone tell me how to delete an account? I somehow managed to end up with 3 profiles and only need one!

Posted by Kathryn Rasmussens (Royal LePage All Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Kathy - I can take care of that for you.  Just email me the user names you used for the two accounts you want deleted, I'll do the rest.  Brad@ActiveRain.com

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

Thanks for taking the time to make Active Rain work for everyone.  I keep clicking back and forth between "My Settings" and this page!

Posted by Barb Overmann (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Barb - thanks for taking the time to read my posts, that's what makes AR the great place it is.  Not just me, but all the members who share their wealth and information here, it's nearly too much to comprehend. :-)

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

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.  I didn't even realize how much I didn't know!

Posted by Mark Duncan about 11 years ago

Mark - you're welcome, happy to help. :-)

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

Thanks for the great info.  As a newbie I had not done several of these things and I hope that I did the SEO part right!

Posted by Todd Densmore (RE/MAX Creative Realty) about 11 years ago

I guess I'm not a newbie anymore but I had to revisit this since I know there are things in my profile that are missing...

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

Printed and ready to get started. Thanks for all the hard work and the help you give to us all. I am kind of just fumbling through and picking up here and there.

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) about 11 years ago

Todd - you're only a newbie for so long here, the idea is to just keep writing great content, and the newbieism will just fade away.  There's a lot to learn, looks like you're off to a great start.  :-)

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

Sonja - funny thing is you'll know when you're not a newbie anymore. A really good sign is when you find yourself helping other newbies within the community.  I think you're there already.  :-)

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

Joyce - I hope this helps you and saves you some time and frustration setting up your stuff here in the rain. Let me know if you ever need any help at all, it's a pleasure to work with our new AR members. :-0

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

There have been some additions to the "My Settings" page since this post was written. The Twitter Acct setup, the Listing Router Custom Link and Opt-out option, and I'm sure there will be more.  I will be updating this post shortly to include all the new AR features that have been added to the "My Settings" page.  Thanks.

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

Thanks for taking the time to post this ... excellent information

Posted by Debbie Salmon (keller williams) about 11 years ago

Barb - I hope going back and forth on this post has helped you, If you need assistance, just let me know, I'm happy to help if I can.  :-)

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

Amy - just wanted to make sure you got everything working ok? Let me know.  Thanks. :-)

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

The My Settings page has changed a bit since this post, but everything is pretty much the same.  New additions are Twiiter setup and a couple others I'll add to it shortly. :-)

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

Debbie - you're welcome, I'm glad you found this information to be useful.

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

Here's some of the new features we've added since this post was written. All great new additions.

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

BTW - We are adding a couple new features to AR hopefully this week, stay tuned....    :-)

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

Brad, THANK YOU so much for all this information about settings, what it all means, and how to complete the different areas.  It was a great help to me. 

Posted by Lydia Pollard (RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc. Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Brad,

As usual, your organization of the steps are exceptional.  As I am working through many of the other comments, I find the answers of most of the questions I had.  I am sure they are all there and I will find them with persistence.  Over 400 will take a little time.  Thanks again.

Posted by Derenda Grubb, GRI, ABR, CRS (CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) about 11 years ago

Lydia - sorry for the delayed response, I'm glad this helped.  I am in the my settings today making some major changes and overhauling my profile on AR.  I hope it works.  :-)  Thanks.

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

Derenda - I may seem organized on Blog, but you should see my desk! LOL~  If you do have any other questions after reading these 400 (hahaha), feel free to contact me anytime.  :-))

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

Thank you for the great ideas.  I will look into and add it to my profile, as well.

Posted by Serena Brown (Taylor-Brown Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

thanks for your tips.  this helps.

Posted by Connie Wilhelm Zulu (Peak Realty Ltd., Brokerage) almost 11 years ago

I have learned that a truly useful blog is just as pertinent months later as it was on the date it was posted. Thank you Brad for giving me the information I need to become successful with AR. I knew the Settings must be useful but I wasn't quite sure how to use each item. You've made your instructions very clear and easy to follow. Truly the Description piece had escaped me entirely.

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

I tried to change the name of my blog, but it didn't change after I clicked on the update button. There are other things I need to change, but I want to look around first.

Any Idea what I did wrong on the name change?

Posted by Jim Walker (ERA Tradewind Realty) almost 11 years ago

Taylor - glad this helps you out a bit.  Best of luck here in the rain. :-)

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

Connie - that's awesome, that's why I wrote this, had those very hopes in mind!  :-))  Thanks.

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

Kevin - thanks.  You just never know which posts you'll write that will take on a life of their own, or last as long as others.  This one certainly has stood the test of time and held on to that sticky part of the Blogosphere.

I'm glad you found this info to be useful, if I recall correctly, I didn't know what to post about that day and this was my choice.  Funny how these things happen my friend, it really was intended to just explain to another few friends and members how to use this section of AR. 

I'm glad that many are still getting the benefits of this post! :-)

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

Jim - if all you did was change your Blog title, there is no reason it shouldn't save.  If you are using Internet Explorer and you have your pop up blocker on or your security settings too high, that may be causing an issue. Try using Mozilla Firefox as your browser, it's FREE, and I think you'll like it much better that IE.  Most AR members do.  If you are still having a problem with it, let me know after the Holiday, and I'd be happy to try and help you out.  Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday my friend. :-)

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

Brad - Thanks. I'll give the "fox" a go. I've used it before but our MLS is maximized for Microsoft...

Posted by Jim Walker (ERA Tradewind Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jim - if you're on your MLS all day or for hours at a time, I understand.  Remember, you can use both browsers at the same time.  Just have 2 windows open:  IE in one, the Fox in the other.  Not a problem at all.

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

Most people may not realize that Firefox is just another Browser and it has no bearing or effect on Internet Explorer.  There are too many MLS systems that have members brainwashed into thinking they can only use IE...  This is NOT TRUE!  You can use firefox for everything else, or even google chrome, or Flock, or Safari, and then only use IE for the MLS searches and listing uploads.  I usually have multiple windows and tabs open in both browsers and find that Firefox is faster, more forgiving, less bugs, and less lockups and security issues.  Consider this comment my mini Firefox vs Explorer Blog post.  LOL~  Thanks.  :-)

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

As a new member to AR, I have found all of your tips very useful and educational.  Thank you so much for putting so much time and effort into your blogs for us newbies!

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regal Christie's International Real Estate (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

I too am a newbie and want to thank you for this information.  I have been following a rabbit trail of links through useful sounding posts and am very glad to have run into this one!

Posted by Jan Bruster (CC Herber Co. Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Joyce - welcome to AR, we're happy you're here.  That newbie thing wears off pretty quick so enjoy being one while you can.  :-))  Thanks for the great comment. 

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

Jan - Welcome to you too! Watch out while on the rabbit trail, stick to the links, and not those little things that look like Cocoa Puffs.  You will occasionally find those too on any rabbit trail! ROFL!!  :-))  Thanks. 

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

Thank you for the great info.  I will have to re-visit to absorb it all.  I'm still learning the ropes.

Posted by Debbie White, Your K C Realtor (Reece Nichols) almost 11 years ago

Debbie - if you need any help, just let me know. Have a great week. :-)

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

Just tooo much - wonderful posting.  Will come back to this time and again. Thanks again  5 Star rating.

Posted by James Angelo (Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage LLC) almost 11 years ago

Brad,

Is there a specific image size we are supposed to use when we customize our blog on active rain? The images I've uploaded look large & don't appear as either the background or header image...

Mahalo (thank you),

David

Posted by David Buck, Realtor-Broker (Harcourts Island Properties) almost 11 years ago

David - I've asked our tech dept to get the proper dimensions, they used to be posted there, I see they are gone now. I'll have to get back to you on that one.  :-)

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

Hi , two questions . where do I place this? Below you have "meta Name=..... what name do I use?

jim

<meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="ALL"/><meta NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days"/><p>

Posted by Jim Hirschman (Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago

Oh Brad ! Everytime I read your post makes me smile! You are always very informative and helpful, just when I think I know Activerain already, you always have that extra tip or two that I did not know about! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR POSTS!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hey Brad, how do you get yellow for your answers and I have blue?  Is that a choice too?

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) almost 11 years ago

Jim - add the robot code to your description box, the one that allows for HTML.  It's the same place you would add images and widgets to your sidebar on your Blog.  You'll need to go to your "My Home" link, then click on the "Settings" link.  It should be the 2nd box down under your Blog Title.

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

Eileen - glad you keep finding some value in some of my older posts.  Thanks for stopping by every once in a while, I appreciate that.  :-)  Have a great New Year!

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

Terrylynn - that's just something the programmers added a week or so ago.  All AR staff comments are now yellow, and all members comments on their own Blogs are blue.  Why?  No clue!  Because they can I guess!  haha   :-)))

I did notice it makes yours and my comments really stand out.  Easier for a reader to "READ" just yours or my comments.  Maybe people will be a bit more careful what they says in the comments section now. 

I have also noticed that my google alerts have tripled, and it's all coming from my AR comments. Yeah!!

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

James - thanks for that 5 star rating!!  :-)))

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

Hi Brad

can you please answer the second part of my questions was? Below you have "meta Name=..... what name do I use? Even better is their phone support on something like this available at AR?

jim

Posted by Jim Hirschman (Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago

Jim - you use it exactly as it is in the post:

<meta NAME="robots" CONTENT="ALL"/><meta NAME="revisit-after" CONTENT="7 days"/><p>

This tells the google bots to revisit your content every 7 days.  You can call me for support issues on AR, and if you need some outside consulting or coaching, I'm available for that as well.  My number is on my AR profile if you need it. :-)

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

Great information as always. The only problem I have with your posts is that they are so popular it takes a long time to scroll down to the bottom to leave a response.

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) almost 11 years ago

Janice - hahahaha!!!  How do you think I feel. :-O

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

I am so glad you did this for us noobies! I just signed up today and you made my day, Thanks!!!

Posted by Lisa Udy, Logan Utah Realtor ( Platinum Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Brad~

I think I'll go back and try some of this stuff.

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Posted by Aventura | Bal Harbour | Sunny Isles Beach | REALTOR® 786-229-7999 (SIB REALTY, Llc // WaterWayRealty.com) almost 11 years ago

Thanks again for your wealth of knowledge.  I updated my settings and am getting closer to my first blog post.  :-)

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

Zilkia - looking forward to that first post followed by many others.  :-)

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

Thanks, Brad.  I knew how to use most of these things.  But, the keywords and Google Analytics info helped me out alot.

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

I will have to delve deeper into the links on your article, but as an intro it is very useful.  Thanks.

Posted by Alastair Buchanan (A&H GMAC Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the tips, they were very helpful.

Posted by Miami Beach Condos and Homes (www.miamibeachcondosandhomes.com) over 10 years ago

Brad

 

I have a simple newbie question. I have posted a few blogs. I'm not sure which settings to use. Currently they are set to be viewed by members only. That's not gong to help customers find me or stimulate the webcrawlers.

TYE

Posted by Tye Caldwell & Associates, Sells Augusta, Columbia Cty, Ft Gordon Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty Augusta Partners) over 10 years ago

Tye - You are using the "Basic AR membership account, in order to create "public" posts, you will need to upgrade your AR Blog to the "RainMaker" account.  See the RainMaker Membership post for more details on how to do that, or feel free to contact me anytime if you need my help.  :-) 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/925822/ActiveRains-NEW-Membership-Plan

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

Hi Brad,  As all have said I too very much appreciate the info you have posted here.  I am puzzelled though.  I have copied the HTML code into the box 2 of settings and since then, none of the new posts are bing picked up by google and the Google Analytics is not working either.  I have now removed it all and reinstalled to see if anything was done improperly.  So my blog is invisible to Google since adding the tools you suggest in this post.  Strange. 

Also, someone rebloged a post that didn't get picked up by google from my blog but when it was reblogged, it was picked up from that persons blog.  That is how I found out it was reblogged.  Are you able to look at my settings and see if there is a problem?  If so, please do and let me know if you see a problem.

Thanks.

Posted by R. Greg Osmond, MBA, Red Maple Realty (Sutton Group-Capital Realty Ltd.) over 10 years ago

R. Greg - Google analytics is not working on the AR site currently, we are developing an interface that will allow it to work on members blogs in the days ahead.  We are still working on it.  Your Blog is not invisible to google at all, in fact the opposite.  Google Analytics is just that, it's used for tracking and stats. 

Regarding reblogs, this is another tool we are trying to enhance with some cool reporting and linking features, but it's still in beta and being developed and tested.  These are both a priority, so be assured we will try to have something in place shortly.  Thanks.  :-)

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

Brad, you've outdone yourself with this one.  The html section was particularly helpful since it isn't obvious on the "settings" page that you can put html in that area.

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 10 years ago

Great information Brad, this really is helpful stuff for a Newbie like myself. Thanks again.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Great information Brad, this is really helpful stuff for a Newbie like myself. Thanks again.

Posted by Colin Crooks (Re/Max Realty Services) over 10 years ago

Wow...more great stuff!  Yet another wonderful tool to bookmark.

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

I am new to Active Rain and new to blogging & search engines (altho I've been a Realtor and journal writer forever!!!).  So...forgive me if this is a silly question (also I hope it was not covered in the many comments...I did skim thru them all)...

Are you supposed to set up "my settings" for each blog post or is this a one-time thing?

THANKS!

Posted by Sandy Harper, #SandySellsHomes (Better Homes & Gardens Fine Living) over 10 years ago

Hi Sandy - This is a one time thing, but can be edited and modified at any time.  I think the Link just says settings now.  You'll find it by clicking on the "My Home" link at the top right corner of any AR page.  Welcome to AR, let us know how we can help make your experience here the best ever! We're happy to have you, thanks for joining.  :-)

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

Thanks, Brad!

Posted by Sandy Harper over 10 years ago

Sandy - don't forget to login before commenting, you're missing out on the linkback to your profile and 25 points just fyi.  :-)

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

Your goal " to make it as simple as you can" in my eyes you have accomplished this goal. Once again thank you!

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

Your goal " to make it as simple as you can" in my eyes you have accomplished this goal. Once again thank you!

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

Just found this Brad...  Thank you, this has been very helpful. 

I haven't figured how to use the google analytics for my blog yet, but I'll get it.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Thank you fro these tips! Now I can use ActiveRain to the fullest!

Posted by Monique Lucas, "...it's your move." (BML Properties Realty) about 10 years ago

Thank you fro these tips! Now I can use ActiveRain to the fullest!

Posted by Monique Lucas, "...it's your move." (BML Properties Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this with us - You guys are the best!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this with us - You guys are the best!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing this with us - You guys are the best!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the info... It was very helpful....

Posted by Stephanie Leon | Miami Lakes Realtor®, Turning For Sale Into SOLD! (Realty Empire Incorporated) over 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Thanks for sharing this information, and definitely capitalize on Google Analytics... it is a great tool.

 

Regards,

Aaron

Posted by Aaron Siebuhr, 858.848.4807 (YourOnlyRealtor.Com | Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Useful Post.  Thank You!

Posted by Mark Raymond Godleski, REALTOR - (949) 330-3320 (REALTY ONE GROUP) over 8 years ago

Glad to see members are still finding this useful, thanks for commenting.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Brad, this is VERY helpful information, thanks for taking the time to explain all of this in an easy-to-understand manner. Thanks again!

Posted by Michael L. Brownstead, ABR, GRI, MRP, SRS, 1SG US Army (Ret.) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

WOW good stuff thanks for shareing

Posted by Richard D. Chapin, PLLC - Commercial Real Estate (Arizona Elite Commercial) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the GREAT tips! I am definitely going to check my settings now!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) about 8 years ago

Wow.  This is an old blog but extremely helpful.  Got here from Cathy Bureau's reblog.  -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) about 8 years ago

This is an excellent resource.  Thanks for the info.  I have some work to do!

Posted by Susan Zanzonico, Sellers/Buyers Agent, Morristown NJ Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the information,appreciate the helpful hints.

Posted by Cynthia (Cindy) Vogt (Long & Foster Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Great infor. I always say the more I learn the more I find out that I have more to learn.

Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) almost 8 years ago

601 comments.  Amazing.  This is information we all needed.  Thank you!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 7 years ago

Thanks Sharon - I guess it proves that a feature on ActiveRain can get awesome SEO and visits for a long time into the future if the content is worthy and beneficial to readers.  Oh yeah, and the reblogs certainly don't hurt either.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 7 years ago

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