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NEW MEMBERS - Start Here

Welcome Active Rain New Members & Invited Guests - If you are looking to Active Rain as a place to get rich quick, or just score points, you're in the wrong spot.  However, if you're looking to surround yourself with incredible knowledge, experienced professionals, worthy relationships, industry support, and marketing ideas to grow your business and better your Blogging skills, you've landed in the BEST spot on planet earth. 

For months now, I have been welcoming "New Members" by adding links in your comments, and a welcome message to your "Very First Post" here on Active Rain.  Now, I still welcome you, and just include a link to this post. :-)

As a new member to Active Rain, I'm inviting you to join me on a journey which will hopefully guide you through our Active Rain "Land and Community."
I have spent numerous hours creating posts for other friends, members, and invited guests to help them speed up the "learning & success" process here.   My advice, take your time, get yourself set-up properly, and then enjoy the many benefits and privileges of being an Active Rain Member.

Please understand that there are a ton of helpful posts by many members here on AR, and this is no substitute for all the great stuff you will find here.  The intent of this post is to guide you through the set-up process, take you on a guided tour of some helpful and "Value-Added" posts and sites, simplify your learning curve, and minimize the time it takes to get you up and running with your Blog on Active Rain.  Let's begin step by step....

BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

The first step is to make sure your Profile Page is setup properly.  Your profile page on Active Rain is your personal web page within the community.  This is the place members and visitors will go to find out more about you, your business, services, products offered, and your experience. #1 How To Set-up Your Active Rain Profile, #2 How To Complete Your Active Rain Profile - Part II and #3 Your Active Rain Profile - Your Masterpiece  (also see Active Rain New Members - Getting Started )

NOW START HERE:

You'll want to be sure that all your "settings" in Active Rain are set to your specifications, and getting you the maximum results for your time and efforts here. This post covers all the settings options available on your personal settings page. How To Use Your "My Settings" Page  &  Active Rain Settings & SEO Benefits

THE NEXT STEP:

This next post is a compilation, which will give you some great links, ideas, and resources to really kick-off your Blog, and possibly answer some of the many questions you may have at this point.  The Bloggers Start-Up Kit is FREE for you to use and refer to when needed.  You will find many of these links and this information posted there.  Blogger Startup Kit

ADDING ASSOCIATES and SUBSCRIBING: 

Adding associates and subscribing to their Blog is what keeps Active Rain alive and thriving.  It's another big part of the relationship building process here.  There are a couple things to know about when doing this.
So You've Added Me as an Associate
 

BEING THE FEATURED AGENT ON ACTIVE RAIN: 

You are now ready to go to the next level with your Active Rain Blogging experience!  Many new members want to know how to get to the coveted "Featured Member" status in their geographic areas.  There is an easy explanation of how to do this, and yes, it can be you.  You will get out of this community as much, and even more than you put into it.  Here's how.
Do You Want to be the "Featured Member" in your Area

OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE HERE ON ACTIVE RAIN:

How do I know if anyone is reading my Blog and why should I care? 
Who's Reading Your Blog - 3 Ways To Find Out

We all have to learn by our mistakes, but sometimes, can we learn by others?  7 Mistakes to Avoid on Active Rain

What makes a good post on my Blog?  Is there a formula? 
5 Principles to Creating an Effective Post

What do I need to know to keep from getting frustrated here? 
Warning ALL Active Rain Members - You Can't Go Back


MARKETING AND FARMING YOUR BLOG:

All of us started here just as you have, learning as we go, advancing by trial and error, and gathering data from others to try and be more successful in our attempt to grow business, build referrals, and establish relationships.  Here's a post that will help you market your Blog more effectively, instead of just waiting for someone to hopefully find it by a Google "Keyword" search, or through osmosis and luck.  Marketing and Farming Your Blog

TOOLS FOR YOU TO USE: 

Is there something I should know before I begin my Blog? 
Successful Blogging in the Real Estate Industry

Why would I want to use or include Video on my Blog or in my posts? 
Video and Your Blog - See Future Technology

What does Google have to offer me, my Blog, and my business for FREE? 
20 Google Tools for Your Business

Where do I find cool photos, graphic, clip-art, and stuff for my Blog? 
FREE Photos and Graphics and Clip-Art

What is a widget, and how do I add them to my Blog or sidebar? 
Widgets: How to Add Them to Your Blog

How do I keep up with the stuff I want to know more about? 
Staying "Alerted"

How do I use my Statistics Page on Active Rain and why? 
Using your Active Rain Statistics Page to Improve Your Blog

How can I create custom maps for my website or Blog? 
New Tools for Your BLOG - Customized Mapping

I'm a REALTOR®, can I add my Listings to Active Rain? If so, where and how?
Activerain MLS On-line

JOINING ACTIVE RAIN GROUPS:

There are over 3000 Groups here on Active Rain.  This area is entirely up to you as far as which ones to join.  I suggest you take an hour, look through them all, and determine which ones will benefit you most.  As you create posts on Active Rain, you'll want to add them to "Topic Related" groups, so choose wisely.  Please DO NOT add your posts to groups if they are not ON TOPIC for that group. 

Here's a couple groups I recommend if you're new here, and looking for some places to hang out and learn while starting your adventure here.  You can search ALL GROUPS, just click here.  You can also create your own GROUP by CLICKING HERE, but please do a thorough SEARCH first, chances are, that group may already exist!

Active Rain NewbiesBlogging Etiquette 101,   The Art Of Marketing You,    Practice Here!,  Blogging & SEO

SEARCHING ACTIVE RAIN:

You may want to search for others you know here, maybe some specific topics, keywords,  or even a particular Blog or post that may have the answers you're looking for.  There are a few ways to do this more efficiently and more affectively.  Finding What You Need - The Ultimate Search!

QUESTIONS YOU MAY STILL HAVE:

What is all the Fuss about Blogging, I have a website already. 
Should You Have A Blog or a Website

My Blog is great for the Cyber World, how does in benefit me in the Real World?   Your Blog in the REAL World

Which program is the best to build my database of clients? 
How Important is your Database? Think Inside the Box

Is there a tool that allows visitors to search just my Website or Blog? 
Do You Want Visitors Searching Your Blog

WHAT DOES "PAYING IT FORWARD" MEAN ON ACTIVE RAIN? 

Paying it forward is a term you will see used frequently here on AR.  It simply means to "Pay Forward" a kind deed or gesture to another member or person as you see fit.  It's like paying the toll bridge fee for the person in the car behind you.  They in turn pay for the person behind them, and so on, and so on.  It's a great way to give back to a community that gives so much to you.  It's OK to take from the "rain", but you must also be willing to give back, or "Pay it Forward" from time to time.  Paying It Forward, Active Rain Style

LASTLY, OTHER POSTS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL: 

FLOCK - The "New" Social Web Browser

Open Houses - The Controversy

REALTOR® - The Way It Should Be

Active Rain | A Referral Network & Business Goldmine

FINALLY - You are ready to be cut loose and set FREE to roam around the Active Rain Country, but before you go, I've started an AR Birthday Calendar,  so can you please click on the link below and enter your birthday?

ENTER YOUR BIRTHDAY HERE        

It's not that we need to know how old you are, it's that when your birthday comes, we want to do something special for you.  Members are important, and sharing that special day is just my way of having an excuse and good reason for "PARTY TIME" with you!!  :-)

Good luck to you in all your endeavors here, I hope that you'll get as much out of this place as the rest of us members have.  This truly is the one and only place that you'll find yourself coming back to, time and time again.  To find other informative posts here, just search the keywords, "Active Rain Community Support", or just CLICK HERE!

Don't be overwhelmed, give yourself 2 weeks to get through this post, and all the links and information here!  It took an entire year in the making! :-)

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Comment balloon 262 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 26 2008 12:26PM

Comments

Holy cow Brad what an informative post. It must have took you all day to make this one - GREAT JOB!
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad, thanks for posting this, with your permission, I'd like to forward the post to the new agents I've invited. It will be a true leg up for them. Thanks.
Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 11 years ago
 Wow Brad, one word... Masterpiece!!! I hope the newbies(or anyone) reading this appreciates the wealth of info and guidance you've gathered together here in one place. Totally excellent.
Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) over 11 years ago
Brad - You are always giving so much back to the ActiveRain community. I actually just referenced (and linked to) your ActiveRain Profile Masterpiece post to the Windermere Group about what they should be doing with their Windermere profiles. No matter what Social Networking website, your profile should always look the best.    
Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) over 11 years ago
Brad - the time you spend in with your posts is amazing. Overwhelming just knowing the time you spend. Fantastic post for both new and old 'rainers'.... Great job as always.  Greetings from Arizona. Candace
Posted by Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker (MR Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad........ Cudos to you ! This is a POWERFUL post. You have freated a Great EAD START package here. I have saved this to help in my AR growth too.

You always deliver a great blog !

THANK YOU !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 11 years ago

 Come on star.... roll in here!!!

I bet its on its way.... good post, Brad! I'll bookmark for newbies!

Posted by Kim Wood, Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte (The Tech Byte) over 11 years ago

Hey Brad.. Nice job.. Candace is right.. Not only is this good for "newbies" but "old timer's" as well. (and anyone in between!)

Thanks for the email today..

Rock on.. :-)

Posted by Nick Bastian, Real Estate Agent - Tempe (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago

WoW Brad...fantastic ....and you've been flagged!

BTW my Birthday is 7/12/??

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 11 years ago
What great timing....I've been trying to muddle through a few things I have questions about, and I think you answered them all in one post!  Looks like I've got some reading to do!  Thanks for the help!
Posted by Barbara Hershey, Realtor, Maine Real Estate over 11 years ago

So much helpful information in this one post- thank you!

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging (STAGING SMART N SOLD) over 11 years ago
This is amazing!  I've bookmarked it and I'm not a newbie.  I also flagged you for a feature.  Thanks for your efforts!
Posted by Krista Fuchs, Chester County Realtor - (484) 459-8025 - Home Buying and Selling (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 11 years ago

Excellent job!  This is priceless for newblies and oldbies too.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Brad:  I e-mailed this to a couple of newbies... and being a relatively new member myself, reviewed all your links myself.  Thanks for the reminders.  P.S.  Is there an easy way to print a blog post?
Posted by Jan Wood (None) over 11 years ago
Brad,  Wow!  A well done job and surely a lot of work comprising it.  What a great tool for AR'ers old and new.
Posted by Marc Grossman, GRI, Greater Orlando Real Estate Broker (Marc It Sold!) over 11 years ago

Howdy Brad

Very fine written post with lots of very helpful info for anyone needing to know how to do things.

You a fine man to take the time to do this for folks.

Have a good one

Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago
Wow Brad!  This is like a veritable buffet of information!  I'm going to be forced to make another pot of coffee and take notes!  :))   Thanks for sharing!  Hope all is going well for you and yours!
Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago
Hi Brad,
This could be titled "The AR Bible".  Very thorough and well put together, 
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago
Brad - I love how helpful and clear you are - I try to do something like this and it is a convoluted road map that no one understands - thank you
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago
Brad: Great compilation for both new and old members alike. I always come away with something that I can use from your posts.
Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) over 11 years ago
Ok, so I am not new Brad, but this one is so good I am bookmarking it anyway. 
Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago
I love your opening statements. But now that I've been distracted by the little fellow on the right, why does he seem to fall on his butt before opening the door?
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 11 years ago
I am not new anymore but I still come back and check out the group and your posts especially.  Always something to learn.  How's the new job and the family?  Just wanted to learn a little bit today and say hello to you.  Great post - as usual.
Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 11 years ago
Brad... Your stuff is always so helpful & way to "suck us in" to your other articles!  You very sneaky fellow! Thanks!
Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) over 11 years ago

Brad---This is the most informative post I have ever seen. The time you put into this just shows the type of people we have here at Active Rain. Thanks a lot Brad

Posted by Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad - WOW, this is THE compilation for all new members and some of us that have been around quite awhile, too, as a great resource reminder of all that's here and all the cool things we can do, too.

You ROCK!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago

Dear Encyclopedia Bradtannica. Thank you for the 27 volume series on being awesome on Active Rain. :0

Bookmarked. I'm going to re-read this, too. Since there are too many ideas and articles to digest all at once.

Just curious, did you catch my post on how I use the Associate feature? I think that's a good one for beginners, too...but I won't link to it on your blog (that's the etiquette, right?)

Posted by Jolynne Photography, Creative Wedding Photography, Family Portraits, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Senior Pictures, Event Photography (Jolynne Photography) over 11 years ago
Brad, it's worth repeating this is a great compilation. I've only touched on a few of the resources you have listed. Thanks for putting them in one place.
Posted by Craig W. Barrett, Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100) over 11 years ago
Brad, this is another Masterpiece!!!  We are not worthy!!!  That's great for everyone in AR.
Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 11 years ago
Brad, excellent advice, as usual. I have bookmarked to email to new people here so they can get started right. Thanks so much!
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago
What a great list of links. It will take me awhile to get through them all. Thanks.
Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 11 years ago

Even though I am not completely new...I have a lot to learn.  Thank you for this post.  It is by far, the best post I have read!  Lots of information that will help me!

Posted by Dorothy B. Rhone, GRI, CRS, ABR, e-PRO, SRS, OA (Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Brad, what an excellent resource for newbies - this is incredible!!!!!  The AR guys should just email a copy of this post to every person when they sign up!
Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 11 years ago
This is a great post for those just beginning here. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 11 years ago
Brad - this is great, I'll try to use this advise to improve my blogging style. I really could have used this a few months ago before I hacked my way around.
Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Brad,

You always have the best techie stuff on your posts.  The birthday alarm is cool.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 11 years ago

Brad,

It's going to take me all week to sift through this!  GREAT job, and congrats on the feature!!!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago
Thanks, Brad, for the homework, I need it.  So nice of you to write this for those of us still muddling.
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago
Good advice, as usual.I've book marked many of your posts, this one not being an exception. Thank you.
Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) over 11 years ago
Brad, what a comprehensive post.  I do want to know how you did that side bar!  Anyway, I've been added to your birthday list.  :>)
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) over 11 years ago

So why didn't you do this when we first started? But we're glad you're helping others with it now.

Hope the new place is working out much better for you than those bums ;-)

best 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad- This is not just for newbies! The is a great post packed full of major info and a well deserved gold star to top it off with! I love this post! I am bookmarking it.
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago
Bill - actually, this one took all year...literally!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I am a newbie!  And I have been attempting to navigate and learn the ins and out of Active Rain.  This is very informative and as a Newbie, I appreciate your assistance.

Posted by Tina Farinas, REALTOR, ABR, GRI, SFR, CHS, e-PRO (Fusion Real Estate Network, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Debbie - feel free to send this to anyone you feel will benefit.  I still refer to many of these posts myself, and send them to different individuals when needed.  It's great to finally have them all in one post...finally!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Marti - thanks man!  I think Masterpiece might be a bit over the top though, haha...  Glad I get your approval on this one.  I'm on an inviting spree this month, hopefully this will help new members.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Ryan - I totally agree. Your profile on any Social Network should be your masterpiece!  This will hopefully help new members on many levels of their AR experience.  Darn thing took forever to finish....still not sure if I even did a spellcheck on it...ooops! LOL!~
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
You truly are amazing!  Not sure that 2 weeks is sufficient time for a slowpoke like me.  haha  But I will muddle thru this and in the end, my blog will thrive.  Thanks for being here, Brad.
Posted by Nancy Brenner, Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent (Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Candace - I don't post as much as I used to, so I have to make sure each post is worthy.  This one should help save many friends and members a ton of time here.  I'm willing to sacrifice some of mine if it saves them some too.  :-)

Greetings back at ya, hope you're doing well and keeping busy with your RE sales!   Wish you were closer, I'd love to be your Title and Escrow Company!  (Big Smile)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Roland - thanks for the kudos, makes a guy feel pretty good to hear all that!  :-)  Really appreciate it!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad - I'm constantly overwhelmed by your generous, loving spirit.  May God richly bless you and your family. 
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Kim - that was just too cute...see what you went and did? LOL!~ Feel free to send to any new members that you feel appropriate. Maybe not the other title companies though.........just kidding!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Nick - thanks for responding today, and sending me the date.  Birthdays are a blast, a great time to celebrate and know that others are celebrating too.  Yours will be no different!!  Thanks for the comment, you're the BOMB!!  Have a great week!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Joan - I've been flagged...thanks...I think?!?!  LOL!~   Thanks for the B-day info, I am putting something together that I think will be unique and very cool!  It's a surprise so shhhhhhh......
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Barbara - if you can't find what you need here in this post, feel free to comment here anytime with any questions or answers that you may need. 

This could end up being my official "Support Post" for Active Rain. 

If I don't have the answers for you, I do know where to find them here.  ( I sound like a pusher in prison don't I? ) LOL 

Seriously though, if you have any questions, feel free to ask me anytime.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Kathy - thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the read!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Krista - so you're the one who got this featured! Thanks! :-)  My efforts here are rewarded greatly by comments like yours. They are always welcomed and very much appreciated!  Thank you again.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Georgina - I bet I could put a price on it!! LOL!~  .....it would never sell at that price! (BIG SMILE)  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Jan - thank you, I hope the folks you sent this to will benefit and enjoy it.  As far as printing, the best way I have found is to just highlight all the text in the post with your mouse, then copy and paste it into a word or publisher document.  It prints much better that way.  I have found that printing with most browsers cuts of the pages and does weird stuff with the graphics.  There are other ways around printing here, but that's the easiest I know for now.  Let me know if you need help with it, be glad to do it!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Marc - time consuming yes, time saving for others, hopefully yes!  Thanks my friend, glad you appreciate the efforts here. I know you know how it is!  :-)  Glad it's worthy to be referred to as a "Tool",  thanks Marc.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad - This is a phenomenal list of links! I've been here for about a year and a half, and I'm even going to take a look at most of these. You definitely have a talent for building effective systems.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Dale Baker

Love Your Style

Your Comment Really stood out to me, it gave you a kind of signature!

It also gave me this idea....

I think I'll comment this way from now on.

Establish a new "Sig" of my own.

Might make the dialogs on my post easier to read and follow..Hmmm  

Love it, thanks for the comment, the compliment, and the unique Idea! 

:-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Brad, Are you looking for job with Active Rain? (LOL).  Man, you are THE resource for all things AR.  Thanks for your great contribution.
Posted by Dan Forbes over 11 years ago
My goodness, what a GREAT resource for anyone joining ActiveRain - not to mention a few who have been around a while.  I'll be reviewing this throughout the week, to make sure I haven't missed any of those previous articles.  Congrats on another GREAT post.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

JANICE KUTT- GRAB YOUR UMBRELLA & COME ON DOWN!- YOU ARE THE NEXT NEWBEE TO BE FEATURED ON THE ACTIVE RAIN NETWORK!

BRAD:  I included a link to this post in my welcome post to a new agent in my team.  Thanks for always posting such wonderful information

Hope life is better for you now than it was in early January

Don

Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 over 11 years ago
I teach a class for Realtors monthly this will be a site that I recommend.VERY good info! 
Posted by Karel Rogers (Real Estate Staging Unlimited) over 11 years ago
Brad, I don't think any unique adjectives are left so I will just say this is just awesome.  I sure wish I had something like this when I joined AR.  This should be a must read for all! I know a lot of work went in to this post...thanks so much from all of us!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
Carol - did you say buffet?  Makes me want to run to Sizzler, forget about the coffee! LOL!  Thanks for being the coolest!!  By the way, the family is doing great, hope yours is too!  Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Cynthia - thanks!  I think that if we combined this post with many of the other AWESOME posts on AR, we really would and could have an "AR Bible".  That was my attempt with the "Bloggers Start-up Kit" there's just too much great stuff out here...from Genesis to Revelations!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - I love how helpful and clear you are - I try to do something like this and it is a convoluted road map that no one understands - thank you

Thesa - don't cut yourself short...I have seen your work here, your features, and your contributions to the rain. You are awesome, and we all appreciate you and your work here too!   

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Jill - if you come away from my posts with anything you can use to help your Blog or your business, that's what they were intended to do. I'm glad to see that they are going to some good use here.  Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Steve - thanks, I think you know most of this stuff already, but feel free to stop by or send it out anytime. Thanks my friend!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Good post - I wish I had found this one when I started. Maybe AR could set it up to be emailed to new members when they sign up?
Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 11 years ago
Thanks for the breakdown Brad, I have been on for a couple months and still have yet to discover everything AR has to offer.
Posted by Josh Adams (Heavy Hammer New Media Solutions) over 11 years ago

Brad:

Glad to see that you are back in the game. I know that I have a ton of questions, of which I have been without a doubt searching for answer, I will perusing your blogs for the solution.

Thanks.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 11 years ago
Brad- Thanks for this post.  Whether you're new to AR or not, this post is an excellent source for information.  I've bookmarked it because I know I'll need to come back to it often.  Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Matt Moxhay, Moorestown Real Estate (Prudential Fox & Roach) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I appreciate you helping newbies. I know you have helped me a lot.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 11 years ago
I'm not new but there was some great information in there, so I bookmarked this. You can always benefit from a refresher course, right?
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 11 years ago
Brad -   {Bob here} As usual you are "the man". Fantastic job for newbies as well as oldies like us. I will definately bookmark this for people I have invited as well as a great reference back for ourselves. They should hire you at A/R. lol.  
Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad-

Thanks for all of the useful info!  Greatly appreciated!

Live good. Be Happy.

-Mimi

Mimi Osterdahl / The Muljat Group Realtors / Bellingham, Washington / www.LiveGoodBeHappy.com

2008 President, Northwest Washington Women's Council of Realtors

Posted by Mimi Osterdahl, NW Living, "Do good work for good people." (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

i'd bookmarked and I think this is invaluable info you put it all together.

Thanks so much

Posted by Maria Borci, ABR-TRC-ASP - Kendall FL (Real Estate ) over 11 years ago
Youre awesome Brad- always making it easy for others....  great post...  when I invite someone I will send them here! (I need to email you....I am on my way)
Posted by Kim Carpenter, Lake Winnipesaukee REALTOR -Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, NH (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago
I wish I had seen something so thorough when I started.  This should be sent as an automatic email to any new subscribers!
Posted by Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S. (Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon) over 11 years ago
Thanks for the guide, I wish I knew this when I started months ago.
Posted by Chris Frantz (EDU Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

very useful blog it goes on an on with info

Posted by DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Another boomark for me. Thanks Brad, it's so wonderful to have such a great library of resources to use and share with others.  I'm still working up to adding those widgets and can now use this when I finally get ready.  LOL
Posted by Linda Sanderson (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) over 11 years ago

I love your opening statements. But now that I've been distracted by the little fellow on the right, why does he seem to fall on his butt before opening the door?

Lisa - he falls on his butt because he's so busy waving and showing off, he can't see the invisible door.  He comes out of an invisible door, then leaves through the invisible door.  This always happens to members commenting this far down the post! LOL!!  He's really only suppose to be there to draw attention to the "links".

Did it work? Did you click? NO.  You just want to know why he falls on his butt!!  Swell....   :-)  Thanks for the laugh!! 

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

I am not new anymore but I still come back and check out the group and your posts especially.  Always something to learn.  How's the new job and the family?  Just wanted to learn a little bit today and say hello to you.  Great post - as usual.

Rosemary - we are good, hope all is well with you too. Thanks for stopping in to say hi!  Always great to see you. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Don - did you get sucked into my other posts? Not sneaky...well maybe a little, I was thinking more along the lines of clever!  :-)  These posts took me a year to write, thought this would be an ironic yet worthy post for my one year anniversary!  This is the best of the best of Brad on AR!  Sneaky is the one who reads, clicks like crazy, runs with the ideas, but never leaves a comment...now that's sneaky!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad---This is the most informative post I have ever seen. The time you put into this just shows the type of people we have here at Active Rain. Thanks a lot Brad.

Thomas - that is one heck of a compliment...thank you.  I hope this isn't the first post you've read here. LOL 

The type of people you will find here, well let me just say, you will find them no where else... ever!!   :-)

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

Hi Brad - WOW, this is THE compilation for all new members and some of us that have been around quite awhile, too, as a great resource reminder of all that's here and all the cool things we can do, too.

You ROCK!

Ann - there is a ton to learn here, and it takes so much time, I hope this will really help new members with a jump start that some of us old timers never had.  After a year here, this is all I've figured out, and now someone can learn it all in a week. Now that's the power of the rain!!  and not to argue with you, but YOU ROCK!!  :-)

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

Dear Encyclopedia Bradtannica. Thank you for the 27 volume series on being awesome on Active Rain. :0

Bookmarked. I'm going to re-read this, too. Since there are too many ideas and articles to digest all at once.

Just curious, did you catch my post on how I use the Associate feature? I think that's a good one for beginners, too...but I won't link to it on your blog (that's the etiquette, right?)

Joey - I think you have created a new nick name for me and I kinda like it!   "Encyclopedia Bradtannica"  as far as your post, I'll have to check it out when I get the chance.  Thanks for checking out my other Blogs too, nice to have visitors over there once in a while too!  Thanks!!  :-)

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

Brad, it's worth repeating this is a great compilation. I've only touched on a few of the resources you have listed. Thanks for putting them in one place

Craig - it does seem more convenient to have them all in one location. Makes it more like a table of contents or a help manual.  Thanks for your gratitude!!  I appreciate your comments and support.  B-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Great list, thanks for doing the legwork for a newbie like me!
Posted by Audrey Hoffman, VoteAudrey (VoteAudrey blog) over 11 years ago
Ray - you are soooo worthy!  Buy or Sell Um, Call Ray Nellum!  Anyone who comes up with a line like that is more than worthy!  (Huge Smile)  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Hi Missy - thanks, I hope it will be useful to the new members.  Maybe more new people will dive in and post instead of joining and leaving this behind with never a single post!  I really despise this photo! LOL!~


Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Wayne - give yourself a week or two at least, remember, it took a whole year to create all these posts and links.  Trying to do it all in a day could make you really ill.... maybe this post needs a disclaimer!  haha!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Dorothy - I am so happy that this will help your Active Rain experience!  It's all about "Quality" time and not quantity.  Thanks for your wonderful comment here!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, what an excellent resource for newbies - this is incredible!!!!!  The AR guys should just email a copy of this post to every person when they sign up!

Lisa - I normally welcome new members to AR with a link to a post like this, but we can only welcome those who have written their first post. (that's about 10% if that) AR should send out a welcome with some links.  It doesn't have to be mine, or this one, but I do agree, that's a great idea!  Thanks!!  :-) 

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

Bob and Carolin - thanks for your blessings and approval! 

How many more ways can a guy think of to say "thanks!"  :-)

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

Larry - many of us had to Hack our way around to learn what we know here.  I have chosen to, and declare "Save The Hacker Day" as a new Holiday on the rain!  I also want to incorporate the "Bring A Buddy" day or "Tell A Friend" week to promote AR.  If they'd only hire me, I have so many great ideas for this community!!  LOL!!  :-)

I want to run for "Mayor" of Active Rain.  I'm working on my stimulus package now....   :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Fran -  the AR Birthday alarm is very cool, I already have almost 100 signed up!  Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Mike - it better take you longer than a week.....  That's like chuggin down a bottle of wine in 10 minutes.  I want you to sip it, savor it, enjoy it, take your time and then feel really good when you're done!!  :-)  LOL!~
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Virginia - I really do hope this helps you. I hope you'll muddle no more!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Maria - thanks for the bookmark, just don't leave the book on the shelf!  :-) Thanks, you're the best!  
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

HI Braf,

thanks fo the the concise post :) I will keep it for friends that join


Anne

Posted by Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie, Previews Property Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 11 years ago
Natalie, the side bar was created from a photo I took of a trail in the woods. I cropped it using Paint Shop Pro, then went into Picnik.com to resize, create a border, add the shadow box, and overlay the "Follow Me" text.  It's not magic, you just need to know how....and now you know.  It's really easy.  Thanks for adding you birthday and joining the party!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Gary - I would have done it sooner, but it took all this time to write all these and then compile them. One year exactly. I started here in Feb. just a month before you guys, and look at ya now!  I think you have moved into the #6 position in CA., and you've written over 400 posts!  That's almost triple what I've written. WOW!  You should be the ones creating the "hot to" here on AR!  Congrats on ALL your successes, it's been great watching you and your Blog grow here!  :-)

BTW - The new job is great, the market is picking up, just wish it were more and faster!!   

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Katerina - this post is really for anyone who wants it.  I just thought that I would put it out there for those I invite, and welcome on a regular basis.  I'm glad you enjoyed it too. Thanks!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Tina - you are the perfect candidate for this post!  This was created just for you.  Let me know if it helps you get around, and what you'd possibly like to see added to it.  I tried to cover most of the things you'll need to know here excluding the advertising module on AR.  Would love to get your comments and feedback.  I can always add more to this if I missed something.  Thanks for your comment, let me know if you need any assistance here at all. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

You truly are amazing!  Not sure that 2 weeks is sufficient time for a slowpoke like me.  haha  But I will muddle thru this and in the end, my blog will thrive.  Thanks for being here, Brad.

Hi Nancy - 2 weeks is the crash course!  Remember, it took me a year to write all these posts and compile them into this one.  No pressure, take your time, and most of this stuff, I think you already know.  Let me know if you think there is anything I need to add to this post for our new members.  Thanks Nancy, you're the BEST!!  :-) 

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

Brad - I'm constantly overwhelmed by your generous, loving spirit.  May God richly bless you and your family.

Marlene - I am constantly overwhelmed by how many wonderful, loving, and caring people I have met here on AR like YOU!  That is the Richly Blessed Life that I enjoy, having friends just like you!  I hope you are blessed as much as you bless others.  Life is beautiful, but people are what make it that way!  :-) 

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

Brad - This is a phenomenal list of links! I've been here for about a year and a half, and I'm even going to take a look at most of these. You definitely have a talent for building effective systems.

John - thanks for that fine compliment.  I remember yours was one of the first Blogs I read here.  It's great to get a comment from someone you look up to and consider a silent mentor.  I have learned so much from so many here, you included.  Thanks for being here, all your efforts an contributions, and for taking the time to comment and go through this post.  Let me know if there's anything you think I should add for our new members. Thanks my friend, have a great week!  :-) 

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

Brad, Are you looking for job with Active Rain? (LOL).  Man, you are THE resource for all things AR.  Thanks for your great contribution.

Dan - you never know....LOL!  I do love this place, but more than that, I love what I learn and get to share.  I love the freedom, the ability to grow, and most of all, I love helping others. It's a passion of mine that just won't go away. I've tried.  So thanks for the compliment, maybe one day, I'll be more than just a Blogger here..   :-) 

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

What a great post. I am still trying to get to know the site. Thanks for all the great information. Jessica Cordell

Posted by Jessica Cordell (Century 21 Hendershot Realty) over 11 years ago

My goodness, what a GREAT resource for anyone joining ActiveRain - not to mention a few who have been around a while.  I'll be reviewing this throughout the week, to make sure I haven't missed any of those previous articles.  Congrats on another GREAT post.

Margaret - I think you have probably seen most of these posts, but feel free to browse through and see if there are any you might have missed.  I think you have commented on every single post of mine. Thank you!  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Don - thanks, I'll check it out!  Life is definately much better than in was in January.  Not waiting on the market anymore...I'm pushing and pulling it!!  Make it happen is my motto this month!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I teach a class for Realtors monthly this will be a site that I recommend.VERY good info!

Karel - feel free to use this post for your class or to direct new members.  I know it can be frustrating when you first sign up and don't know where to go.  :-) 

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

Brad, I don't think any unique adjectives are left so I will just say this is just awesome.  I sure wish I had something like this when I joined AR.  This should be a must read for all! I know a lot of work went in to this post...thanks so much from all of us!

Diane - you don't need any adjectives, just having your comment and appreciation is plenty good for me! Thank you for that, it really does mean a lot to me!  :-) 

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

Good post - I wish I had found this one when I started. Maybe AR could set it up to be emailed to new members when they sign up?

Kevin - thanks!  I was just discussing that with AR last night over dinner, I think they have some great plans coming ahead!  Thanks for that vote of confidence for my post!  I'm just here to help those I can, when I can.

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

I haven't gone through all of the fantastic information you have put together for us yet. Wow, you are just awesome. I have a feeling that when I get through this information, so many of the questions I've been wondering about will be answered.

From what I have read of you, it sounds like you are such a great person. I am so glad things are going in a positive direction for you. You are so appreciated here on Active Rain.

 

Posted by Amy Jones, (licensed in LA) (Amy Jones Photo) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for writing this post......I have it bookmarked for my use and for members I invite to join....

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida (DR Horton ) over 11 years ago
Josh - it takes time, just be patient, stay focused, and have some fun too! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

 

Brad:

Glad to see that you are back in the game. I know that I have a ton of questions, of which I have been without a doubt searching for answer, I will perusing your blogs for the solution.

Thanks.

Lorraine and Loretta, feel free to use this post to ask any questions that you may have.  This will be kinda like a tech support post for anyone who reads my Blog.  I will always comment back, and if I don't know the answer to your question, I will find it for you.  So ask away.....     :-) 

 

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

Brad- Thanks for this post.  Whether you're new to AR or not, this post is an excellent source for information.  I've bookmarked it because I know I'll need to come back to it often.  Thanks for sharing.

Matt - you're welcome back anytime, and if you see another new member or even veteran that may be struggling, please feel free to forward when necessary.  Thank YOU for sharing my friend!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Mike - I'm glad that I have been able to help you out in the past, hope to do the same in the future! Thanks! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm not new but there was some great information in there, so I bookmarked this. You can always benefit from a refresher course, right?

Christy - refresher is like riding a bike, feels funny when you don't do it for a while, but it only takes a second to get right back into the swing of things.  Some of the stuff here I forget, but when someone comments, it forces me to goback and read my own post.  I actually learn some stuff from myself! LOL!~  :-)

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

Brad,

This is my first week as a blogger, and I want to thank you for the wealth of information that you have provided in such a condensed manner.  Bloggin is strangely far more difficult yet far more enjoyable than I thought it would be.  Your advice will help greatly.  Thank you again.

Posted by Steven Odierno, NJ Mortgage & Marketing Professional over 11 years ago
Truly fantastic tips and information.  Thanks!
Posted by Bob Myers, Montgomery County MD Real Estate (Re/Max Realty Services) over 11 years ago
What a wonderful, useful blog for everyone
Posted by Renee Stengel, Westchester County (Houlihan Lawrence, Associate Broker) over 11 years ago
Steven - great to have you on board!  This IS the best Network to start your blogging experience!  Enjoy my friend, and feel free to come back anytime if you have any questions.  I'd love to help you out if you need! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Bob - Thanks!  It will be fantastic if you can use it, it helps you, and your business grows because of it.  Good luck to you always, and happy writing!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Renee - I sure appreciate that comment.  Thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Thank you so much for the great information.  It is really great to have someone willing to share tips. 
I really appreciate your helpfulness!

Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago
You are very welcome.  Not sure who left this comment, be sure to login to AR before you comment, it's worth 25 points if you do.  I appreciate you taking the time to comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad,

 Great advice.. I am going to try to log on and blog more often. Just I seem to lose focus and start surfing. I guess I will check blogs for time management next.  lol

Posted by Brian J. OShea (Keller Williams) about 11 years ago
Brian - time is of the essence, it's key to spend it wisely.  I have a system I use that seems to work well for me. Each of us are unique and what works for one, may not work for another.  Explore my friend and discover what works best for Brian!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad - OMG..this has only been up an hour and you've already gotten this many comments??? I am bookmarking this one for sure. What great information for ANYBODY not just the newbies. My only question is...why is this not featured already???
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) about 11 years ago
My goodness Brad! You've just written the most thorough new member orientation I've ever seen in any business or blog ever.
Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) about 11 years ago
Brad you getting better and better. This is one of the most informative blogs i have ever seen. I sent the link to this to some of the people I have gotten to join and will save it to sent to the rest. Thanks
Posted by Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT) about 11 years ago
Gee, 140 comments and no feature? Why? or why not? Great information and I am saving the link to welcome new folks. 
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago
Geez. Are you the new unofficial welcoming committee? I hope the newbies appreciate all this information. If they take it to heart, it can help them enjoy blogging experience much more, as it will be much more profitable.
Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 11 years ago
Linda - this one I can't explain.  The Rain Men must have done something I can't quite understand!  I wrote this a few days ago, and it nows shows as my most recent post!  It's all good, but just for the record, all these comments did not come in the last hour.  Not sure what happen, but I am sure happy to get your comments....always!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Chuck - and that is the finest compliment I think I've ever received!!!!  Thanks my friend!  Really...Thank you!!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Thomas - thank you, getting better and better means getting older and older!  LOL!~  Right?  I hope the members you send this to will get some value and save some time by using the information here.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your endorsement!!  Thank you!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Missy - my dear and special friend, do you remember the TV series called "Creature Feature?"  I have no explanation for this post or the actions that have taken place here! LOL!~  Not sure what else to say!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad, thanks for all the great advice.  I have a lot of work to do.
Posted by Dustin R. Burke about 11 years ago

Geez. Are you the new unofficial welcoming committee? I hope the newbies appreciate all this information. If they take it to heart, it can help them enjoy blogging experience much more, as it will be much more profitable.

Lisa - I am the unofficial whatever you want me to be! LOL!~  Just trying to do my part in this wonderful community....shoot, I could have been the janitor!  Imagine all the trash that needs to be emptied  from time to time here!  (laughing out loud really hard)  Thanks!!  

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

Dustin - you're welcome, take your time and have fun!  That is always the most important thing!  You will learn more by doing here, this is just a place to start!  Thanks for the comment, let me know if you need help anytime.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad - You are such a giver and great contributor to this community. I had to flag this one for a well-deserved feature.
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) about 11 years ago
Marlene - aren't you just one of the sweetest people I know....thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad,  you are a very wonderful welcome wagon!  I was commenting that this would be great to have on the post about how to improve AR and here it is in B&W.  It will surely be at the top of the Newbie list as well as high on the bookmark for many of us who love AR.  Thanks for putting it all together.  Ask and you shall receive here on AR.  Thanks for writing it!!
Posted by asdf zcxv, Ann Arbor Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago
Karen - putting this together for the appreciative members like yourself makes it all worth while!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
thanks for the kind advice, I look forward to contributing to this fantastic community of resources and information
Posted by The Real Estate Group Luxury Home Specialists (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad,

Thanks.  I bookmarked this post and will come back later to read all the links.  Great stuff.  I've been with AR for exactly 1 month today or one month and 1 day as it is almost 1 AM and I have learned a lot.  I tried to contribute as much as I can.  Thank you for all you wonderful people for sharing your knowledge with us newbies. 

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" about 11 years ago
Michael - and we look forward to your contributions and successes here!  Thanks and best of luck to you and all your endeavors here and outside Active Rain!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Rosalinda - congrats on your I month and I day celebration.  Just wait till you've been here a year or even 2.  We'll have to come back to this post then and have a real celebration.  Welcome, it's great to have you as a member here and it's even nicer getting your comment, thank you!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Brad,

Please tell me it took you days to assemble this tremendous post...only a brother title guy would have this much patience!!! I personally thank you and admire your thoughtfulness!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 11 years ago
Fran - this post took longer than I care to admit! LOL!~  But as you know in "Title" we must press on until we complete our mission and goal!  Thanks my friend for the kind words!  Now go close those PIQ's..  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
This is one of the most helpful posts I have read. Thanks so much...I actually feel like I know how to do some things on here now!
Posted by Nichole Brady (Long & Foster) about 11 years ago
Nichole - that is fantastic, that's why I posted this, not to just get comments like yours, but to also get the results that you left in your comment!  Thanks for letting me know this post is working!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Thanks so much. GREAT INFO!!
Posted by Diana Foster, Realtor- Helping you find the perfect home!! (Braselton Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago
This is truly the best blog- as you know when I was a beginner you helped me so much- but now you put it in one blog.  A must read for new bloggers and old too.
Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) about 11 years ago

Hi, it is great that you took the time to help us newbies learn the ropes a bit.  I have changed the name of my blog and am looking through Google to understand how to register my blog.  I did register my Keller Williams website with them, just not sure how to do a 2nd domain name.  But, I'm working on it. 

I'd love to subscribe to more blogs, but I think it will take me weeks to get through reading all of your helpful hints and understanding them.  My real estate skills are far better than my technical skills!

I think the biggest problem I have is knowing what to read first; the home page has so many choices.  I did find your posts though, so that's progress.

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com) about 11 years ago

Brad - You are AWESOME.  Thank you so much for such an informative post.

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 11 years ago
Brad you inspire me in the Active Rain Community Keep up the great work
Posted by Greg Dallaire, Green Bay Homes (Dallaire Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad you inspire me in the Active Rain Community Keep up the great work
Posted by Greg Dallaire, Green Bay Homes (Dallaire Realty) about 11 years ago
Thanks Brad for all the great info. all in one place. I am definitely book marking this for future reference.
Posted by Lori Franks, Brookings, Oregon (Real Estate Consultant) about 11 years ago

Thanks for taking the time to help all the 'Newbies' out there.  It is much appreciated...

Posted by Linda M. Cataldo, Beach Destinations Realty Myrtle Beach (Dock Street Realty) about 11 years ago

I AGREE !  HOLY COW BRAD!  Wow What a great job and it must have took you all day to do this blog!  I think their is plenty of info on here for all of us!  THANK YOU!

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) about 11 years ago


Diana
- you're very welcome!

Judy - I do remember, and I wouldn't hve it any other way!  Thanks..   :-)

Cindy - it seems a lot at first, but then it all comes clear.  Let me know if I can help you out in any way. 

Bob - thanks for that comment, you're the awesome one!

Greg - inspiration they say is all we need, thanks my friend.  X 2.  LOL!~  :-)

Lori - it took a year to write and gather all this into one post!  Glad you can use it.

Linda - We all started as newbies, remembering those days is why I create these posts.  We had no manuals.

Tom - THANK YOU!  I love when I get comments of members who are clearly excited and appreciative.
Yes, this post to all day to write and a year to create. 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
This is great!  Thank you.
Posted by Jonathan Yasko (Entrust Solutions, LLC) about 11 years ago
Thanks,,,I need this information...graat bit of advice...
Posted by Pamela Knight (Urban Knight Enterprises, Inc.) about 11 years ago

GOD BLESS YOU!! This is awesome. Kelli

Posted by Kelli Patrick, RE/MAX REALTOR - Mobile Alabama (RE/MAX Realty Professionals) about 11 years ago

Jon - totally welcome, thank you!  :-)

Pamela - glad you found this info to be of value to you.  If you need any help, let me know...glad to help!

Kelli - The blessing is you!  Thanks for that and for commenting.  Be blessed!  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Thanks for the post.  Man, I have alot to do!
Posted by Rick Schaffer, South Florida Title Company (All Florida Title Company of Broward) about 11 years ago
thanx for this post, I find myself looking at it repeatedly...
Posted by Patrice Estess (PB APPRAISALS) about 11 years ago
Rick - take your time my friend, just go with it, and have fun!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Patrice - nice to have you back repeatedly, thanks for taking the time to comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
The title drew me in... being here for just a week, I had to read it. And I'm glad I did! This blog is a true wealth of information and one that I will surely come back to time & time again. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this... and please let me know when you visit SLO!
Posted by Candis Hidalgo (Real Estate Marketing - Go Smart Solutions) about 11 years ago
Candis - thank you for such a kind and supportive comment.  We hope to be down in SLO next month sometime. My son has a pretty hectic school schedule so we have to work around it.  Stop by my Blog anytime to just say hi or see what I'm up to, I'll try and do the same on yours.  Have a great week!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Would totally invite your (polite and appropriate) comments to my recent (contoversial) blog; Realtors + Home Stagers = $$$$$$

Best regards:

Thom Scanlon ASP/IAHSP/RESA

Houston Home Staging

Posted by Alicia Barrington, Houston Home Staging Presents Alicia Barrington (THE ORIGINAL HOUSTON HOME STAGING) about 11 years ago
Thom - well that peaked my interest!  You know I can't resist an opportunity to see a controversial post!! LOL!~
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

 

  Brad, I am a newbie. A year after signing up I decided to come back and see what A/R is all about.  I am learning alot,and I know I have alot more to go. My question is how can I change my username?  I can't find it on my profile page to edit it.  I will work on my official introduction for this weekend so A/R people will know I exist.

Thank you

Windy  

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) about 11 years ago

Windy - you might need to contact Active Rain support for that one.  I can't change it for you but maybe they can!  Welcome back, it's great to have you here.  Looking forward to your posts! 

Contact ActiveRain

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

Windy - you might need to contact Active Rain support for that one.  I can't change it for you but maybe they can!  Welcome back, it's great to have you here.  Looking forward to your posts! 

Contact ActiveRain

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

 

 

BRAD, You are totally awesome ! You answered me superman fast.  I will contact support.

Thank you

Posted by Windy Hixson, Riverside Ca~h2o Homes Specialist (MOVE HOME REALTY) about 11 years ago
Great Info!  Now I have to learn how to save this info to refer back to it. 
Posted by Laurie Jenner (Your Home Team Advantage) about 11 years ago
Windy - let me know if there is anything else I can do to help! :-)))
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Laurie - there are a couple ways to save this post for future reference, the easiest way is to use the bookmark tool at the bottom of the post.  Every post on Active Rain has this option.



You can use the email icon to send to a friend, or the "Bookmark" to save to your Active Rain bookmarks folder.

 

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

Brad

You be the man! You pack so much information into your blogs, we don't have to go anywhere else.

Posted by Gary J. Rocks (Juba Team Realty) about 11 years ago
Gary - heart and soul my friend, heart and soul!  Thanks, that was very kind!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Brad,  Thanks for your  post.  Here it is months later and it is still helping.  It helped me.
Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) about 11 years ago
Thanks so much.  This is great!
Posted by Debby Roth (Century 21 Best Realty, Inc) about 11 years ago
Robert - that's great to hear, I refer to it at times and email it to others pretty often.  Glad it's one of those that may last a while here.  Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Debby - you are so welcome, thank you.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago
Wow, I can't believe how long it took me to see this. What a great tool.
Posted by Cole Moline (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) about 11 years ago
Cole - Welcome to the party!  Better late than never right?  Enjoy my friend, have a great week!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

This is great information, thanks for taking the time especially for Newbies like me - Active Rain is definitely a great place to network, especially in this market!

 

Posted by Janet Alvanzo, GRI (Re/Max ALL PRO) about 11 years ago

Janet - I have used this post to welcome many new members to ActiveRain.  I'm glad you were able to find it and I'm happy it is useful for you.  AR is an awesome place to network in ANY market.  There are so many success stories here, imagine how many there will be when the market really picks up nationally. All the efforts here will really pay off in that market as well.  :-))

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

My page is too wide.  How do I customize it to make it fit less wide on the center of my screen?

Posted by Arthur Mondejar (Holly House Realty, PL) about 11 years ago

Arthur - you can use the activeraincustomizer.com site to adjust or modify your blog.  Here's a link to a tutorial post.  ActiveRain Customizer

 

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

WOW!  I am a newbie as of 3 weeks ago, this will save me a lot of valuable time searching and making mistakes!

Thank you!

Posted by JoLynn Pipkin, DCC (Simple Details Redesign, LLC) about 11 years ago

JoLynn - thank you, but there is no real way to help you keep from making mistakes.  It's ok to make them here, that's how we learn to grow and help each other.  I'm glad this post will help you, there are hundreds of members with thousands of helpful posts on AR just like this one.  You WILL love this place and all the information that is available to you 24/7, and right at your fingertips.

Welcome to the "Rain" JoLynn
, we're happy you're here.  :-)

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

OK, I give up.  Where do I go to put my header and background pcis on AR.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Gerald Richards (Team One - The Franklin Group) almost 11 years ago

Great Post! Very Informative.

Posted by John Powers (NAI Black Commercial Real Estate Services, Worldwide.) almost 11 years ago

Gerald - you have to use the AR Customizer, here's a link to the video instructions.

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

John - glad you liked it.  I see you're selling restaurants, we should talk.  :-)

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

WOW, this is huge

Posted by Randy Sanger (Keller Williams Partners Realty/High Altitude Homes) almost 11 years ago

Randy - This is really 3 posts in one, I just get too excited sometimes, and don't know when to hit the "Submit Post" button. lol~  Thanks.  :-)

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

Hi Brad,

I read your great post and still cannot figure out how to change my professional title on the search engine. For example "real estate - other" to "real estate agent."  ANy feedback would be great. Thanks again!

Posted by Imma Carletto (Houlihan Lawrence) almost 11 years ago

Imma - I took care of that for you, and sent you an email. Contact me anytime you need any help here. Have a great weekend. :-))

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

Wow!  Great post.  I should have started here, but I didn't and some of the stuff I learned has been by trial and error and frankly was getting a little overwhelmed and thinking maybe this was not for me.  Glad I found your post.  I will have to go back and re-read it and follow the advice.

 Question: 

Is there a way to save the post so I could come back to it?  I found a great post the other day and just could not find it

Also, is there a way that I could "auto pop" the pass word to submit my comment? some of the passwords are lenghty and confusing and for one miss letter it rejects my comment.

Thank you!

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (United Associated Brokers) almost 11 years ago

Brad: I am glad I found your post. I have been on ar for a couple of months but I still keep learning new things.

Posted by Greg Hampton, North Georgia Mountain Property,Blue Rid (Re/Max Around The Mountains) almost 11 years ago

Aida - DON'T GIVE UP!  I know what you are experiencing, I've been there, done that! :-) 

1) You can bookmark posts to come back later and review.  Look for the icon (BookMark) at the bottom of every post. Just click on it, that adds it to your "BookMark List" on your "My Home" page.

2) If you use FireFox as your browser, it remembers what you've typed into the password box.  You only have to type it the first time, from then on, it will automatically pop up for you to select. I don't think IE Browsers offer that option.

Let me know if you need any assistance with either of these, I'm happy to help you out when you need. Thx.

FYI - if you do mis-spell a word, you won't lose your comment, you'll just get another password to enter.

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

Greg - there's quite a bit you can learn here, the key is to take one day and one post at a time.  If you are committing any significant amount of time here, you will learn more on this network than you ever thought possible.  I've been here just over a year, and I still learn new stuff every single day.  The relationships you build are the greatest asset here, but the knowledge and information available is very powerful too.

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

I use Sharper Agent for my flyer creations.  I am trying to use the HTML code in the ActiveRain Blog Post, but for some reason it is not creating the flyer, but merely showing the code when I post.  What could cause this problem?  Any ideas?  Thanks

Posted by Ben Goldstein, Lennar Homes (Lennar Homes) almost 11 years ago

Ben - you need to click on the HTML tab at the top of your "New" post.  It defaults to the "WYSIWYG" tab. Just click on the HTML tab, then paste your code in the body of the post and save. That should work. If not, let m know and we'll figure it out for you. :-)

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

Can anyone tell me how to change my "category". I guess there was an error when I started my profile and I am not showing up as a "home stager" as I should. Thanks for your help.

Posted by All American almost 11 years ago

I will change you to home stager. You'll also want to login to ActiveRain before trying to create blog posts, make comments, setup your profile etc.  When you login next time, you will officially be a "Home Stager!"  Let me know if you have any additional questions or need any more help. ;-)

This is all provided that your profile and setup is under "All American"

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

All American - I will need more info from you to make your requested changes. We have no profile with that name here on AR.  Send me an email with your personal information and how you setup your account here on AR, and I'll take care of the rest.  Thanks!  :-)

 

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

Yikes!! The custom design that I had added to my blog and some custom links have disappeared from my site. Do you have any clues for me?  I did contact the help desk except the they didn't seem to recognize my login.  So I'm not sure it went through. Can you help? Thanks, Judy

Posted by Judy almost 11 years ago

Sorry, thought I was logged in :-( Judy

Posted by Judy Peterson, "Superb Service, Superb Results" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox&Roach Realtors ) almost 11 years ago

Judy - if you weren't logged in, I wonder if that made a difference with your customized blog?  If not, what browser are you using? IE has been giving other members some issues.  Feel free to call or email me anytime and I will try and walk you through it over the phone ok?  :-)

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

Wow, so much to digest all at one time. I hope I can get as proficient at this as you are.

Thanks for all of the tips, I am sure I will be back often for more information. Before I start asking all sorts of questions that are probably already answered here, I will do some searching first.

Posted by Eugene Loan Guy/Fred Chamberlin almost 11 years ago

Eugene and Fred - feel free to come back and ask away anytime.  If you click on my name below this comment, you will find all the other tutorial posts I have written for ActiveRain members.  There is also a link at the bottom of every AR page that will take you the the HELP/FAQ group where you will find tons of helpful posts and information. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to login to AR before commenting or doing anything, that way, members will have a link to your profile and blog here. :-)

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

Great article - thank you for all the links to getting started up, too!  Your help is greatly appreciated!

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

Greetings Brad - This article took a year to develop and 6mos later it is still bearing fruit.  I'm a newbie and the resources in this one post look like a wealth of information.  I will bookmark it and see if I can get through all of it in 2 weeks (I have my doubts).  Thanks for your contribution to the community.

Michael Scher - www.WhoInspects.com

Posted by Michael Scher (Austin Home Inspection Team) almost 11 years ago

I am new on active rain, and new to blogging.  I had already bookmarked another one of your posts.  this one is definitely a good start for me to start to read and learn more. congratulations. 

I am down in Mexico, and wanting to meet many more people in the industry, share my knowledge and expertise of buying real estate and investing in real estate down here in Mexico, referrals, bank trusts, condo investments etc..  I think Active Rain is a great community to do so.  My goal was to share my experiences and knowledge, but find myself being the student here in Active Rain.  Thats good!

Thanks Brad... I have you at the top of my favorites list

- Thomas

Posted by Thomas Lloyd almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad...What a wonderful piece of work this is. 

Just yesterday I gave a brief demo on AR to other agents in my office.  I will now pass this along to them.  Perhaps they will be more inclined to give it a try.

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago

Wow!!  Thank you for sharing all of this information!! It is wonderful and I will be passing it on as well!! I am really going to like all this information sharing!!

Posted by Karen Cheek (United Country Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Again...Meant to tell you this will be a great tutorial for me also.  I still do not know it all (and I'm not a know it all either).

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been trying to figure all this out, going from post to post. Well, I've made some mistakes. I have been adding people as associates first of all. I did not know about BOOKMARK LOL!!! And.........I did not leave any comments. It never occured to me I am so sorry. This is a big help. Thank you.

Posted by Novella Henry almost 11 years ago

THANK YOU!!!!

Posted by Maya Thomas LLC, Broker, Key West FL Historic Old Town Estates, Bungalows (Key West, Key Haven, Geiger, Sugarloaf, Cudjoe, Summerland) almost 11 years ago

Wow, great directions!!!!!  I see you already have 234 posts saying pretty much the same thing.  But in my brief stay here, I have been actively! absorbing great info from members posts, like yourself, and my policy is to say thank you when I read valuable content.

Thank you.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) almost 11 years ago

This is really great....I see where I have made a mistake by reading your "how to post on Active Rain MLS" section.  Going to go your route and sure that will help.  You know though....I am "fairly new" and I may stand to be corrected...do not remember getting a "welcome aboard" from you....????

Posted by Alicia Gibson almost 11 years ago

greetings--brad,

great helpful info. all in one place!!, as a relative newbie--this and the other information you have posted really helps, to understand the community. keep it up.--thanks

 

 

Posted by andrea re (Mopper-Stapen,Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Mike - glad you found some stuff here helpful.

Michael - it did take a year and it's hard to believe it's still going. Some posts live and some die, happy that this one is still bearing fruits!  :-)

Thomas - you're too kind. Thank you.  I look forward to the knowledge you'll be sharing. We are all students and teachers in one form or another.  Welcome to AR, you'll get much more from here than you could ever imagine. Paying it forward is how ActiveRain thrives.

Kathleen - thank you for sharing this with others.  I hope it will be a useful post they can benefit from.

Karen - you have no idea...you could spend a month here and learn more than most people learn their entire careers. The best of the best are scattered all through out the country, just like they are on AR.  The information and wealth of experience here is un-comprehend-able.

Kathleen - that was cute, thanks!  :-)

Novella - I have posted some other useful posts for new members on my profile page. They are sorted by category.  Just click on my name in the bottom of this comment if you're needing any more info. 

Maya - :-)

Margaret - I feel compelled to thank you too. Many people sometimes apply the "read & run" policy and never comment, so I sincerely appreciate that you took the time to read and comment both.  Your voice is always welcomed here. Thanks.

Alicia - I'm sorry, you didn't get a welcome from me so I'll welcome you now.  I use to welcome every new member every day with a link to posts like this, then just ran out of time to do it each day.  My plate may be full, but that doesn't make new members any less important to me.  Welcome to ActiveRain, the best place on earth to Network, Blog and do business.

Andrea - glad this helps you out.  This is just one post in thousands you are going to find here that will help you with ALL aspects of the industry. Anything you want to learn about, it's here.  My favorite line is, "ActiveRain is like trying to drink out of a Firehose!"  :-)

 

 

 

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

Brad,

I am still unclear how to add an associate.  I have tried adding several and none of them show up, including you!  I really appreciate all your information about how to help us get started and am really enjoying being part of the A/R community.

Posted by Gail Alexander, Seattle Home Stager (Setting the Stage, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Gail, when you click on the "add associate" button over another members photo, you're adding them to your associates, be sure to leave them a comment.  When someone clicks on your button over your photo, they are adding you to their list.  There are 2 lists you can access now.  You'll find both links on the "My Home" page.  The top link to associates are those you'v added, the bottom link at the bottom of the page is all those members who have added you.  Hope this helps, go check it out, you'll see what I mean.  Let me know if you need more help. :-)

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

Hi Brad,

 

Did you do some magic?  I had tried this before and it didn't work.  However after reading your answer to me, it does now.  Thanks so much for your help.

Posted by Gail Alexander, Seattle Home Stager (Setting the Stage, LLC) over 10 years ago

Gail - Not MagicBrad... ActiveBrad!!  lol~  Glad it makes more sense now and is working for you. :-)

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

Brad-You never cease to amaze me on the quality of your blogs. It must be a gift. Thanks once a again for such great info

Posted by Pat Whitehouse, Broker/Owner (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) over 10 years ago

Pat - thanks for that compliment, you made my "Labor Day!"  Blogs can be Labor intensive, but always worth the effort and reward.  Thanks again.  :-)

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

Brad,

I have just joined Active Rain and it looks like I have alot of reading and studying to do but I have a question and think you could answer it best.  I have subsribed to at least 10 groups (or at least I thought I did).  When I go to my profile it says I have subscribed to 0 blogs.  When I subscribe it takes me to a page where it shows what groups I have subscribed to but for the life of me I can't find how to get to that page from "My Home".

I'm feeling pretty technically challenged at the moment but I'm a fast learner. I feel like I'm learning how to walk and talk all over again.  I love a challenge though so I won't give up.  I could use a little "basic info" 

I also can't figure out how to answer blog comments. 

By the way.....you are so inspiring!!  Thanks for all you do on this site.

 

Posted by Anice Keenan Marietta, GA (Real Property Solutions, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Anice - Welcome!  Here is the link you need to start at: Getting Started on ActiveRain.  This will answer many of your questions, save you tons of time and frustration, and give you the tools and navigation capability to get around the community in a fun and productive way.  I know it will help. Thanks.

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

Brad,

I didn't receive this when I joined.  I wish I had received it.  There is a lot of info here.

Thanks,

Chastity

Posted by Chastity Guevara (Camelot's Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Chastity - you should have received a link to the "Getting Started" post when you joined (if recently).  It has a link to this post in it.  Thanks for stopping by, checking it out, and leaving your comment, I appreciate it. :-)

PS. The getting started link is on the AR Main page, just under channels in the "More Information" box.

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

THANK YOU! Totally helped!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Marianne - it's a good place to start, glad this helped.  I appreciate the comment, now go have some fun and best of luck to you here. :-)

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

Thank you for responding...YOU are the source of all things Active Rain!

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Marianne - consider me your resource for anything you need here, but keep in mind, there are sooo many other members here that are just as valuable and resourceful to you as well.  AR is the GREATEST online resource for information and experienced friendly members.  It's Truly a ONE-STOP-SHOP here. 

Thanks for such a nice follow-up comment.

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

Brad, I actually met Ricardo Bueno at a conference last week. He's the one that clued me into AR. He's been very helpful as well. Oh, and another extremely helpful fellow is Jay Thompson, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy.

Anyone interested in these very helpful guys, should check them out at:

Ricardo Bueno: http://activerain.com/buenofinance

Jay Thompson: http://activerain.com/jaygt

 

Posted by Marianne Snygg, ABR, ASP, GRI, SFR (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Marianne - Both good guys, I'd list about 500 others, but maybe I'll save that for my next post! LOL~  Glad you decided to join, Thanks to Ricardo for bringing you on board.  You're gonna owe him big time for that one. :-))

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

Brad,

I bookmaked this one, still go back to it, and send it to new members I invite.  Once of the best overall summaries on how to get started!

Posted by Ann Dail, Broker/Realtor,CRS, ePRO, SRS, B.A.Chem (Baton Rouge Area Homes, Louisiana, USA, 225-761-0551) over 10 years ago

Ann - thank you, what a nice comment you left. I'm glad you are finding this to be helpful for those members you invite and send this to.  Thanks again. :-)

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

This is the best of all...I could read this blog every day and still learn something new!

Posted by Debbie Hutchins over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, So glad that I followed your 'year in review' link. This is just what I needed! I've done the first few steps, now on to the others... I've posted 3 (w/ one featured!!!) , haven't found my voice yet. I suppose it will come. I'll look more.

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Hi again, I forgot to mention. I'll plan to give a link to this post  to those that I've invited to AR.

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Marian - I have a better one called "Getting Started", there's a link to it on the main AR page.  You can also find more like this on my profile page.  Hopefully this will help anyone you invite get started.  Thanks. :-)

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

Still a lot of information, But I am trying.

Posted by Judy Schneider about 10 years ago

Took me months to discover this, but what a find!  Thanks Brad for this very informative post.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

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