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Top 10 ActiveRain Outside Blog Tips

ActiveRain Outside Blogs offer members the opportunity to have a "stand alone" presence outside the network and they are included with the rainmaker memberships.  I still get many questions on how to set these up and the most common question is "How do you customize it so it's not like anyone elses blog?"

Here are my top 10 best practices and tips for those Rainer's wanting to maximize their outside blogs.

1. Select a theme that works best for you, your brand, your company and target audience. 

2. Utilize all the features and tools available form the dashboard toolbar.  (you must be logged in)

3. To customize the CSS formatting, colors, backgrounds etc. and if you're a techy, use the Chameleon theme.
I like it because I can make sure my blog won't ever look like anyone elses.

 

Maximize your SEO, analytics, and widgets by implementing the tools made available. 

4. I highly recommend the "Google Search" which magnetically draws the Google spiders to your site.  Since this is a Google product and tool, I can assure you that they follow its placement and use very diligently.  Make sure you have plenty of content on your site first, you don't want to draw Google attention to your site if you only have 3 or 4 posts there.

5. Adding the "Analytics" tool helps so you know what's working best, and tracking your visitors and target audience couldn't be made any easier. You can't add the Google analytics to your ActiveRain blogs, but you can add it to your outside blogs. 

6. Each of these tools available adds additional value to your outside blogs but it's your content that matters the most. Great content on ANY blog will garner traffic and create business opportunities.  Allow those that find you the chance to get notified  via email every time you post something by adding the "feedburner" widget. Let people subscribe to your blog.

Note: MyBlogLog and Retaggr are no longer services that are available on the web.

7. Give your outside blog a Kick-Arse custom domain name (it's included) making it easy to search for your site, find your site, and easy for you and clients/targets to remember.  What's in a name?  Everything, so try to incorporate the most important aspects of your blog in the title to get the most impact and results.  Including Hyper-local if you can is always a good thing.

Note: The "Internal" URL is your back-end dashboard, the "Custom Domain" is the public view.

8. Adding good "links" and using great anchor text for "calls to action" is a key traffic generator and lead capture opportunity that often times gets over-looked and most often under-utilized.  Think about what would make someone absolutely have to click on these links and trust me, they will.  I can prove this by just having you create a link similar to this one that says something like... "DON'T CLICK HERE!"  haha~

Adding links is easy: Just paste the URL in the Link box, and place the anchor text in the Title box.

BTW -  Did you click on the DON'T CLICK HERE link?  lol~ 

9. The last thing you should know is that the SEO (search engine optimization) on outside blogs carries a great deal of weight in the SERPS (search engine results page) which is great for your ROI (return on investment) since ultimately the people you are trying to reach and get in front of are the ones that will find you when searching the Internet.

Google search results DO matter, and where you land on the page makes all the difference in the world.

10. All of these tips and best practices are to help you do one thing: create content that cultivates traffic/visitors which allows you to capture contacts and convert them to clients right?  There are really ONLY two types of people out on the web and searching Google: Those that know you, and those that don't.  Which audience is your target?  Exactly! :-)

ActiveRain outside blogs are one of the best and most powerful tools that I think ActiveRain offers its members, but then on the other side of that coin, the greatest tools and power of ActiveRain IS IT's MEMBERS!!

 Stop by anytime and check out my ActiveRain Outside Blog at http://ActiveBradsBlog.com

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 97 commentsBrad Andersohn • October 28 2011 06:30PM

Comments

Wow, really comprehensive and helpful post with screenshots too! Thanks for posting.

Posted by Sara Garden, MBA, HSE, HSR, APSD, Home Stager (Rocky Mountain Home Staging) over 7 years ago

Brad  What a fabulous post ! As always you post such valuable tips ..I need to be sure to check my outside blog because I do not think i have the links in there .

Hope you are well and doing fine ..Always nice to see your face

HelpfulHannah

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 7 years ago

Awesome post chock full of great ideas. It has been bookmarked for future reference!

Posted by Joshua Stein, Homes For Sale - Montgomery County (Coldwell Banker Preferred - Conshohocken) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad - Thanks for posting this. I feel good that I was already doing most of this, and even better that I know how to improve it further - added to next week's to do list and bookmarked.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 7 years ago

Thanks for this info. I did not know how to customize the outside blog and really wasn't that excted about it. Now I see some things that can be done...I guess I have some stuff to do over the weekend!

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) over 7 years ago

Brad, not sure if I have all the links, so need to double check..Thanks for the info!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 7 years ago

Brad thank you for the information.  But one question on FeedBurner.  Do I want "count" or "email"???  What's the difference?

Thank you!!  Cyndi

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 7 years ago

Always giving us excellent information.  Bookmarking this one as well.  Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks Brad,

I thought an outside blog on top of the regular blog was too much.  I'll have to rethink this through. 

Posted by Deborah Wilson, Stark County OH Real Estate (Hackenberg Realty Group) over 7 years ago

There are a lot of great suggestions in the blog.  Thanks for sharing your expertise!

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 7 years ago

Thanks Brad  for the much needed and appreciated info.  Had to bookmark so I can go back and refer to it!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad - This is very useful for anyone who wants to setup or improve their outside blog.  Have a very spooky and scary Hallowe'en.

Posted by FN LN over 7 years ago

Hi Brad,

wow, there is so much very good stuff in this one post that it will allow us to really finish our outside blog exactly the way we want to, your timing in perfect, thanks

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) over 7 years ago

Thank you for posting that fine detail !!  The info we get here is found only on ActiveRain and  "off the chart".....

Posted by Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial (AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC) over 7 years ago

Holy Crap Brad!!!! Just when I think I have it under control....

Your outside blog kicks butt.... now I am off to change mine by using chamelion... I didn't realize, I didn't pay attention...

Thanks!

Yes, I clicked... you knew I would....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Brad - As alwasys a great pep us up post. Got to get to our outside blog now to check out what I had put up there so long ago. Thanks buddy. Hope you are well

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the excellent how to list! I appreciate your insights. Thanks so much for posting.

Posted by Laurie Clark CRB Angel Realty LLC Your Monument Realtor 719-502-6572, Angel Realty, LLC (CRB-CCSS-ASD-HBS-RSD-Denver Short Sale Agents) over 7 years ago

@Cyndi - you can use both email and count. The email allows folks to subscribe, the count shows how many have. :-)

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

you lost me after #3 Brad.  Jeez I wish my brain was younger.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago

Thanks to everyone for your comments and to someone behind the scenes at AR for the feature.

I have to be honest in saying that I haven't been posting as much as I used to on AR as of late with my crazy schedule and crazier exciting life (lol) but now I'm coming back around because I really miss all my AR friends.  Plus, there is just so too much going on and soooo much I want to share. 

I hope to get back on track here in November so fasten your seat belts and hang on.... 

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

Brad,  Thanks for the great tips, as always.  I am going to take you up on some of them right now.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Thanks for your great tips.   You always make everything easier than it seems!

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 7 years ago

A great post filled with very important tips... thanks for taking the time to post this information to make us all rise to the top.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

Brad - As usual, you have great information and lots of stuff for us to do to improve.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 7 years ago

Excellent post Brad!  Very informative!  I see I have a little bit of work to do.  

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate over 7 years ago

Awesome man, thanks for sharing!  I need to work a little bit on my outside blog.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

The SEO dance means realize what needs doing to wire your media, whatever platform, to attract eyeballs, ears drums.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

Good post... but I have to say that the headers available are lacking.  Sorry.  I had a hard time finding one that really fit.  Is there any way we could get more options there?   I would love some sunny... CA ... options?   Let me know!  Love the outside blog though.  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 7 years ago

Good stuff Brad. I have a pipe dream that we could have a wordpress mechanism for an outside blog, but until that day comes the best thing is to use what we have to its full potential. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 7 years ago

Brad,   I was just thinking today that I need to work on my outside blog so this is very timely.  Thank you.

Posted by Gary Coles (International Referrals), Latin America Real Estate (Venture Realty International) over 7 years ago

Brad:

I need to study your blog closely.  Important information I need to assimilate.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 7 years ago

I love my outside blog and what it does for my business. If you aren't utilizing it then you aren't going to get all the business you deserve. 

 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Too much to absorb at one time so bookmarked for a more leisurely look later.  Thanks for the great stuff.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

Brad, never knew you could do some of these additional things with the outside blog.  Will check it out, so thanks.

Posted by Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert (Brokers Guild Classic) over 7 years ago

This is super helpful.  I have some work to do on my outside blog. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) over 7 years ago

Bookmarked! This way to much to try to figure out this late at night! LOL!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 7 years ago

Brad--thank you, great post.  Bookmarked and coming back to immediately.  Looks like I have half of what you have written done . . .  a lot more to do. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 7 years ago

Bookmarked! Going to have to get up early to review this list tomorrow Brad.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

I'll have to reconsider this. So much to do, so little time. Bookmarking for later.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 7 years ago

I will have to check this out - thought that there was an additional charge for an outside blog. THanks for the information!

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) over 7 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the information and for sharing these great tips.. I will bookmark this post for later.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 7 years ago

Brad, great tips and now to figure oout how to use chamaelon to make my outside blog better & better...there i am lost!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I love your guerrilla marketing techniques Brad. .outside blogs are an important piece to my systems. .

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 7 years ago
I found it easy to hire some to do mine. It was very in expensive, looks like my website, it took her 5-10 minutes to do it. It would have taken me hours of frustration. She is a fellow active rain person if any one else wants to hire her. Her name is Crystal Pina.
Posted by Pam Crawford, Owner-RE/MAX Prof. Assoc.,MBA, CDPE, CRS, ABR (RE/MAX Professional Associates) over 7 years ago

Thank heavens for my son...I write the content, he's in charge of all things techie.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 7 years ago

Brad, good information! I'll have to go back and take a look at it again.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

Brad, your tips are always most helpful. Outside blogs are great other than the AR blogs to provide extra spot on SERP! Hope you are well.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I agree with "ActiveRain outside blogs are one of the best and most powerful tools"

setting up and adding the widgets takes very little time.  I tried Chameleon once and was not geeky enough to do it.  Perhaps I will try it again on at least one of my AR Outside blogs.


Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 7 years ago

Brad, I was able to add the feedburner for email, but I need to go back and add it for count too. Great tips for improving our outside blogs. I see I will have to come back and work on mine some more very soon.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Brad.  I need to bookmark this one so I can come back and go through the tips again.  Good stuff!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 7 years ago

Brad...

UGH, I haven't changed anything on mine in over a year. Time to take another look at it.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks Brad! Always looking to improve my blog & tweak the things that are working and make them even better.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 7 years ago

Awesome post! This is a good time to take a look at my blog and see if I'm using all that's offered. Thanks for the timely information.

Posted by June Rodgers, Realtor - Northern Virginia (Samson Properties - June Rodgers Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

Outside Blog here I come …… I have my weekend cut out for me now ….. utilizing the info in this blog, I am going to be busy …… Brad, Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON (RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Good stuff, as always, Brad. My outside blog needs a LOT of work and this is just the nudge that I needed.

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Brad - great post about the outside blog, i haven't looked at mine in a long time, who knows if it's even working.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 7 years ago

Awesome blog tips Brad. There is a lot to do and your tips are great to keep us busy.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) over 7 years ago

Hey Brad,  Thanks again for all the rockin' good stuff you bring us.  Good to see you again !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad,

How about a post on how to add the Google Search that you recommend?

Thanks,

Carol

Posted by Carol Fox, Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns (Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935) over 7 years ago

Thanks for such a comprehensive explanation about outside blogs.  I have some questions that are too long for this comment.  I will e-mail you directly if you don't mind.

Posted by Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO, Sells Homes in Morris/Somerset/Hunterdon Cos., NJ (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan) over 7 years ago

Ok Brad - it took a bit of doing.  The places I had to go and select what I needed (per the instructions ON the widget loader) were NOT where it said they were.  It was interesting to say the least but I accomplished it.

Posted by Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains! (Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!) over 7 years ago

Good stuff Brad,

Now I just need To Do It!

Thanks

Posted by Charles Gardner-Realtor/Investor (ZIP Realty, Inc-Houston District) over 7 years ago

I've been meaning to do some more upgrades to my outside site and have lacked the incentive or direction to do it.  This guide is absolutely perfect!  I've bookmarked and will revisit this before the end of the year to implement changes.

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 7 years ago

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL TIP: 

Be sure to use the "Hyper Local" section and Categories to take advantage of the Outside Blog sidebar.  The hyper local info and content will show up as links on the side bar and the categories will show up as links as well.

See screen shots below:

 

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

Thank you , Brad!

I thought I knew enough already :) I definitely can improve by blog post with your help now.

Posted by Tatyana Makarov, Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Always proving great tips and feedback to us Rainers Brad. Thanks! I've bookmarked it so I can go back and ensure Im doing many of the things you suggested.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 7 years ago

Brad I found your post due to a reblog, it is extremely helpful for those of us new to AR. Thanks for the tips!

Posted by Win Home Inspection (National Home Office ) over 7 years ago

Brad, thank you for the information.  I didn't know about the widgets.  I am going to go to my outside blog right now and work on it to make it more google friendly.  Thanks so much!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) over 7 years ago
Great information! Lots more to do! Thanks for sharing!!!
Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks for great information on outside blog - I'm not techie - so I have to go with the "standard" themes - but I'm learning!  I can for sure implement some of your insightful tips!

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) over 7 years ago

Thanks for great information on outside blog - I'm not techie - so I have to go with the "standard" themes - but I'm learning!  I can for sure implement some of your insightful tips!

Posted by Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad....Wow another great how to post, Thank you again for sharing with us all. I'll be bookmarking this post and look at my outside blog and freshen it up soon!

Congratulations on your feature ...:O)

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Bookmarked Brad as soon as I get time I have to come back and reread your blog and work on my outside blog.  Thanks great information. 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 7 years ago

Hey Brad this one went by my radar, have been busy....which is a good thing:)) Now I have bookmarked for future learning. Thank you as always  another Brand Andersohn very informative post (VIP)

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 7 years ago

Brad

Ditto re the thanks. Going to my outside blog and implementing so of these as soon as I send this. cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 7 years ago

Oh my, I just set up my outside blog. And got a great domain name. I think I have hit the payload on this. Ok so I know I need to get writing to get myself found but I think this has been the best thing I've done in ages!! Thank you for all your advice. I'm off to add some widgets.

Posted by Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent (Royal LePage Benchmark) over 7 years ago

Karen - thank you, comments like yours make my day!! If you ever need any assistance, just let me know.

Thanks and Happy New Year! 

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

Dear Brad,

I am only clicking on your posts from now on when I have plenty of time! I love reading what you teach and I just go from link to link and get lost in the BRAD TEACHINGS!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 7 years ago

Brad ... Wonderful  I'm bookmarking it and taking it to the office today to absorb ... Superbowl Sunday ... I think I'll have plenty of time!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 7 years ago

Lynn - hopefully the Brad teaching are "timely" and not too "time consuming" for you.  Always great to hear from you Lynn, hope you're having an awesome weekend.

Lisa - GO NINERS!!  Oh, that's right, they lost to NY.  :-(  What Superbowl???  Glad you liked the post, enjoy the game and the day today, I'm personally looking forward to watching the commercials. 

fyi...  C/21 is suppose to be airing their "Big" commercial today. 

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

Brad... in my opinion... as can be typical of lists like this, this one is way too techie for many folks (like me) who would actually make great use of it if they could understand it.

This one... (Bless Your Techy Heart) at least for me... needs a translator, as far as I am concerned.

And of course, most folks who can read a list like this, and understand it, may not need very much of the information contained IN the list.  They already knew it.

It figures.

By the way... Great Post... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Karen - for you, there's only 3 things you need to know:

1. Pick up your phone...

2. Dial 707 646-1876

3. Know that the guy that will answer the phone (me) can walk you through or explain anything you ever need to know and will do it anytime you need! 

Sincerely,

Techy Heart Brad  :-)

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

Hi Brad, great blog

I am very new to the Rain and need all of the help I can get.  The have signed up for future blogs and am looking forward to your wisdom.

Jim

Posted by Jim Graham (West USA Realty) over 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the information...for some reason I seem to have a mental block.

Posted by Randi Lubenow (RE/MAX of Cherry Hill) over 7 years ago

Randi - happens to us all from time to time. :-)

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

Brad, I can't thank you enough for this.  I have bookmarked it and plan to re-read (and perhaps re-read after that).  It was exactly what I was looking for and found it under the FAQ section.  Thanks again!

Posted by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, REALTOR and Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates) almost 7 years ago

Anytime Gary - I'm glad you found this information useful and worthy of revisiting.  :-)

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

Thanks for the list. Great how-to post!

Posted by Rhonda Duffy, #1 Retail Listing Agent in the U.S. (Duffy Realty of Atlanta & Rainmaker Realty) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for the info Brad, like the video too, but sometimes it is easier for me to see it in text and then apply.

Thanks.

Posted by Rachell Lara & A List Properties, A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts (eXp Realty / 619.316.7445) almost 7 years ago

Brad,

Had no idea there was so much to learn and how little I actually know about all tricks and twists.  Guess like in the days of school it's a matter of research and doing your homework! Thanks for all the good ideas and sources...now I have something to fill in some spare time with! :)

Posted by Berni Kerr, AMP Mortgage Agent - Port Dover ON (Dominion Lending Centre - Mortgage Professionals Inc.) over 6 years ago

There is always much to learn with all the new sites and technology emerging every day. I think the key is to align yourself with "those-in-the-know" just like you do a good mechanic or doctor. Don't try to learn and do it all yourself. 

Just my opinion...     :-)

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

Hello Brad -  Just came acros you article.  I still have many questions.  I have a blog on my firm's wordpress site.  Can I tie the active rain outside blog to my exisitng wordpress blog?  Or, is the outside blog a stand alone? 

Posted by Allen Lomax, WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists (Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in the area.) about 6 years ago

Hi Allen - the outside blog is a stand alone.  You can of course direct the address to any domain of your choice.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 6 years ago
Thanks Brad. I will have find out how to re-direct.
Posted by Allen Lomax, WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists (Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in the area.) about 6 years ago

Brad,

Given all the updates to Google, is there value to having an "outside" blog on ActiveRain? Don't you think that if you duplicate content that this could pose a problem?

I have an strong AR blog, I have an "outside" blog at www.Annapolis-blog.com.  I recently relocated to Sarasota and and posting content to the new marketplace.  Obviously I don't want it posted on the old outside blog.  So, I'm thinking about either a new outside blog and dumping the old one or starting another outside blog.

I also have wordpress sites where I post unique content and which I reference in my AR posts or vice versa.  Since I have these wordpress sites, I'm not sure I see value in duplicated or non-duplicated content in an AR outside blog.  Thoughts?

 

Stephen

Posted by Stephen Howell, Annapolis MD Homes For Sale 443-994-8043 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 5 years ago

Thank you this was very helpful!

Posted by Realty Executives NOLA, Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate (Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Anytime Kim, I'm glad to hear it was helpful. Hopefully you will increase traffic, appointments, and experience more client conversions. Best of luck always! :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

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