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How To Complete Your Active Rain Profile - Part II

This tutorial is to help you complete your Profile Page. There are (3) three sections on your Profile Page that you'll want to utilize to maximize the value and benefits of your page. The areas are "About Us", "Areas of Expertise", and "Testimonials".

It's good to have an idea of what you want your "Final" Profile page to look like when it's completed. I will breakdown the details of how all the tools and options work, but it will be up to you to be creative and decide how you want your final page to appear. Take a look at some of the samples provided in THIS POST! In my opinion, these sections are what can make your Profile Page your ULTIMATE MASTERPIECE!

THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS APPLY TO ALL THREE AREAS ON YOUR PROFILE PAGE. EACH AREA HAS THE EXACT SAME FEATURES AND TOOLS TO WORK WITH, WE'LL USE THE "ABOUT US" SECTION FOR THIS TUTORIAL POST:

  1. First, always be sure you are logged into Active Rain.

  2. If you forgot your password "CLICK HERE" for directions.

  3. Once logged in, Click on the "MY HOME" tab located at the top right corner of your screen.

  4. Now Click on (EDIT) next to the words "My Profile" on the left side of your screen.

Go to the first section which is: About Us - You can change this by clicking on [Rename Section], and then rename this portion of your page to whatever you want. For example, I changed mine from "About Us" to:

WELCOME TO YOUR NATIONAL RESOURCE FOR REAL ESTATE RELATED TECHNOLOGY & MARKETING

Here is a screen shot for reference that may help you. You might want to start with some simple text in the beginning, and then elaborate with photos, links, and HTML as time goes on. After viewing this post, hopefully you'll be feeling more comfortable with your navigational skills, and the tools that are available.

 

 


 

 


USING THE VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE TOOL BAR:

 

  1. Write some text in the "About Us" box to begin. (You can always come back and change it anytime)


  2. Highlight any section of the text with your mouse.

  3. Use the B, I, U  to make your text BOLD, ITALIC, UNDERLINED, or any combination of all three.

  4. To Use the strike-out tool, simply highlight the text with your mouse and click on  ABC it works like this.

  5. To change text "Fonts" and "Sizes", use these tools provided:


HOW TO USE THE TEXT ALIGNMENT TOOLS:

  1. This tool will keep all your text left justified

  2. This tool will center justify all your text

  3. This tool forces all your text to be right justified

  4. This tool causes your text to expand equally across your page


USING THE TAB or INDENT TOOLS:

If you want your text or images to be indented just as this text is here, you can use the   icon. Just highlight your text or image, the click on it.  Each time you click on it...

 It will TAB or indent your text evenly and consistently.

 If you want your text to go back to the left and align with previous text, just use the   tool to send it back to the left justified position.

This will allow you to create some really cool text layouts

It will also allow you to fill in some of the blank space on your page.

Being a little creative is what will set you apart from the crowd.

HOW TO ADD LINKS TO TEXT OR IMAGES:

  1. Links can be created to link text and images to other pages, websites, and videos etc. in other locations.

  2. Select the text or image you want to link. For this example, I will use MAKE MILLIONS as my text.

  3. Highlight the text MAKE MILLIONS with your mouse, then select the    linking tool.  The following screen will appear:


The final result of your text will look like this: MAKE MILLIONS It works exactly the same with photos, graphics and images. Try it, click on the screen shot above and it will take you to the same location as the "Text Link" does.

TIPS: The reason I select to have linked pages open in a "new window" is that if your visitor/reader closes the window, they are right back at your post. The reason I always use a "Title", when you hold or hover your mouse over the "text link" or "image link", the "Title Text" will appear. This is a great tool for sending a subliminal message. Try it, just hover your mouse over the image above...
To remove links from text or graphics on any Page, simply click on   and that will break the link or links.

USING THE BULLET POINTS & NUMBERING:

  1. Placing your cursor next to your text, click on the Bullet  or Numbering Icon. This will place a number or a bullet point next to your line of text.
  2. To continue using Bullets & Numbers, just press "Enter" and the next Bullet or Number will be created automatically.
  • To discontinue using Bullets and Auto Numbering,
  • simply click on the  or the or   icon one more time, and toggle the option off!

HOW TO ADD PHOTOS, GRAPHICS, and PICTURES:

  1. Place your mouse cursor where you want your "Image" to be placed.
  2. Next, Click on the icon.

  3. The window below will appear.

  4. Follow these simple steps to insert/edit your images:


HOW TO MODIFY, RESIZE & ADJUST APPEARANCE OF IMAGES:

Now if you want to wrap text, and make some appearance adjustments, follow these next steps.

Follow and repeat steps 1 - 3 above. Now click on the "Appearance" tab at the top of the window.

That will take you to the screen below:

Use the options available to modify, and adjust your graphic image or photo to your desired specifications.

 

 

***NOTE: Don't worry about Class and Style at this point, they will be covered in a future post.


USING THE ADDITIONAL TOOLS PROVIDED ON THE TOOL BAR:

  1.   This tool cleans up messy HTML code on your page. This is a section we will be discussing in an upcoming post regarding HTML. Not here, and not today.

  2.   This tool allows you to use HTML code anywhere you see this icon. We will cover HTML and all the tips, tricks, and techniques in the "Using HTML on Active Rain" post coming soon...

  3.  Now you've done all this work on your page and you want to preview how it will look, just click on this icon  to get a preview opened in a new window, and decide if you like what you see. If so, and you're all
    done editing, don't forget to click on

  4. The final tool and Icon I want to share is the "Spell check" tool. DO NOT take this tool for granted. Many of us are great spellers, (not me) but when you're typing/blogging out your thoughts so quickly, it's easy to make a typo. Use the "SpelChck" ... see what happens if you don't?!

You can check out PART I of this post called: "How To Setup Your Active Rain Profile." Watch for the next "TUTORIAL" post titled: "How To Create & Upload Video on Active Rain"


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Comment balloon 150 commentsActiveRain Real Estate Network • March 03 2008 10:19AM

Comments

Brad,

You've saved this newbie a lot of time and wasted effort with this post.  I've copied and pasted it into a Word document so I can refer back to it - as I'll no doubt have to do many times.  Thanks!

Posted by Vance Shutes, Your Saline, MI Real Estate Connection (Real Estate One) over 12 years ago
Thank you, thank you!
Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) over 12 years ago
Brad, thanks for the reminder. Please encourage new and old member of the community to include their address.
Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 12 years ago

Brad,

Another well done post! Keep them coming, pal...even with over 120,000 points I will always have a lot of 'Newbie' in me...and a lot o learn!!! Thanks,   Brad

P.S. Good News about your brother!!!

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 12 years ago

You never cease to amaze me!

Thanks Brad

Posted by Mott Marvin Kornicki, Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille) over 12 years ago

Brad... Thanks again.... now aybe i can figure out how to change the text size....  WoW... Feels like I' dragging the learnin curve here...LOL. I'mgetting there

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad: Thanks for 2 great posts on setting up the profile.  I learned a lot and made some changes on mine.  I read all your posts..they are so helpful...and off topic, congratulations on your reunion with your brother.  I had tears in my eyes reading about your wonderful discovery!
Posted by Diana Corcoran, Rhinebeck Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hudson Valley Properties) over 12 years ago
Thank you for making it simple for us newbies!  This will be an unbelievable help to me!
Posted by Giuseppe "Joe" Pistone (JWC Florida Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad - Priceless information for the new AR member, and great review and clarification for those of us who've been around a little longer. Wish I had your two posts when I first came here!!

Thanks, Ken Tharp, Iowa Equity Exchange

Posted by Ken Tharp, Section 1031 Exchanges, Iowa/U.S. (Iowa Equity Exchange) over 12 years ago
Great information.  This will save me a lot of time trying to figure this out myself.  Thanks.
Posted by Brian Kreick (Willinger Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Thanks a ton!
Posted by Scott Williams, Defiance, OH (Realty Five of Defiance) over 12 years ago

Brad: You are awesome!!! I have learned so much from your "tutorials."  Thank you, friend!!

Posted by Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality, Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains! (Century 21 In the Mountains) over 12 years ago

Brad,

This is another great post I have bookmarked for those I invite to join Active Rain.....thanks

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) over 12 years ago

Vance - sorry for the late response, busy week! :-)  Just FYI, you can bookmark posts that you want to return to. Just click on the "Bookmark" below the post you're interested in, it will turn red, and go in your AR Bookmarks folder.

Larry - anytime!  :-)

Frank - great idea, you can lead a horse to water... LOL!~

Fran - I still learn every day, problem is, I just like to share...thanks for the kind words about my brother. Couple weeks I'll be getting to see him in person.  :-)

Mott - I hope you'll let me know when I do!  :-)  Thanks Mott!!

Roland - My friend Cynthia just did a post on that...here ya go: http://activerain.com/blogsview/410288/Using-Large-Font-Made 

Diana - glad to be of assistance in your setup here.  Also glad to have great comments like yours, thanks! :-)

Joe - no problem, let me know if you need any help!  There are a ton of great posts and members here! 

Ken - thanks!  I wish I had these two posts when I started here too!  LOL!~  Better late than never...

Brian - I'm glad!  Time is money....   :-)

Scott - You're welcome 2 tons!  (Big Smile)  :-0

Kim - No, you are awesome!!  I learn more from comments like yours than I do my own posts! :-)

Julie - that is so cool that you would use my post to send those you invite here.  I am honored, honestly!! 

 

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

Brad,

How do you single space your information at the bottom of a page?  Like your name, phone # and website.

Posted by Endea Thibodeaux, Solar Energy Consultant, CDPE, CLHMS over 12 years ago
Endea - I use the <br> code or the <p> code before and after the HTML babble.  I think that's what you're asking?!?   Let me know.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Hey Brad! 

 

 I am really new to Active rain so forgive me if this is a lame question. 

When I originally listed myself in active rain it was a mortgage company.  I would prefer to list myself as a loan officer.  For the life of me I can not figure out how to change this.  Any help would be appreciated!  Thanks again for such great posts.

 Erin

Posted by Erin Newington, Elk Grove Realtor ((916) 585-3858 ) over 12 years ago
Erin - let me see what I can do to help you out. I will try to get it changed to loan officer for you.  Welcome to ActiveRain, the best place in the World to start your Blogging experience and connect with others!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
thanks Brand, great information     
Posted by Eric Egeland, SFR, e-PRO, CDPE (RE/MAX SUBURBAN) over 12 years ago
Eric - thanks, I appreciate that. 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Erin - we got that corrected for you, hope it's all working out ok.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Thank you. Thank you. I just signed up and I am beginning to like it already. More Power to you.
Posted by Helga Reyes~Realtor Associate~ (Century 21 Prime Properties) over 12 years ago
Helga - you're welcome, I see you are making the rounds on my Blog.  You're welcome to use any of the information I post here to help you.  Thanks for the comment, and the "power" be to you!!  :-) 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Thank you Brad,

I had begun my profile page months ago and then ignored it. I'm going back in now to make it more interesting with the addition of some logos and links. Very helpful blog!

Tim

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 12 years ago

Hello Brad:  I enjoy reading your post and learning all the interesting stuff you post.  Not sure if this is on my end but the icons used within the post are not showing up (just an red X). Do you have any post that relate to HTML or any good websites that are for beginners that you could refer?  Thank you.  

Posted by Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate, Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill (!Daley Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Tim - no reason your profile can't be as good or better than your website.  There is nothing your website offers that you can't include on your AR profile.  Make it you "Ultimate Webpage" with new and fresh content regularly, trust me, more and more will find you and use it as a resource.

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

Hi Michelle - the icons should be all better now, I had to feed them their vitamins! lol~  Maybe the server was still moving over images when you were here last, sorry about that. 

Regarding the HTML, here's a couple links that will get you started.  You can always do a google search for other sites that will help you as well.

http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp

http://htmlhelp.com/

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

Brad,

I want to know how you created a hyperlink to Part II, in your Part I article.  Did you post part II first?

Coco

Posted by Anonymous over 12 years ago

Coco - make sure you login before commenting, you get points for your time and comments here.

In answer to your question, I wrote part 1 first, then part II, but I went back to part one, edited it and added a link to part II when part II was completed.  :-)

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

Michelle - I just noticed that. I'll have to check it out and see why my cut and paste images are no longer showing up. It may be a IE thing. I'll check it out in Firefox and see if there is any difference. If not, I'll have to come back and re-edit the entire post.  Thanks for commenting and bringing this to my attention. :-)))

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

Ok Michelle, all done! WOW, I had to go back and import every one of those little icon images. It took me over an hour.  Forgot how long these posts actually take.  Thanks to you, it should be looking ok again. Thanks!  :-)

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

Does anyone know if that has or will ever be changed on the thing about the user selecting the wrong category when setting up their profile. I selected "Real Estate Other" and have been trying to change to "Business Broker" and can't seem to find where to change it. Looking here it appears that it can not be done by user. Is this where help is requested?

Sure is lots of great stuff here....Thanks

Posted by Bruce Pockrandt (Truforte Business Group) over 12 years ago

Bruce, I will change it for you. It Should be corrected by the time you find this comment. You can request help here anytime or you can click on the "contact Activerain" link that's located on the bottom of every AR page.  Whatever works best for you my friend. :-)

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

Hey Brad - thanks for this. I was just updating my profile, and none of the changes saved - and I was docked 70 points - any thoughts on that? What did I do? Anyway, now I can't save any changes and there is an error on the page. I need to reboot and see if it goes away. I don't understand the point deduction though.

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 12 years ago

Dawn - you might want to click on the contact AR at the botton o this screen. Not sure why points may havebeen docked.  If you are making the profile better, enhancing it, and adding more to it, it wouldn't make sense to me that you would lose any points.  Maybe it just takes the system a bit to reflect your changes and convert them to points.  Contact the AR support would be my advice on that one. Sorry, wish I could help you more.  :-)

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

Thank you Brad.  I can't wait to go through your other tutorials!

Posted by Nancy Ewing (Creative Angle REdesign & Staging) over 12 years ago

Nancy - thank you. There are quite a few on my profile page, just click on my name below, I've categorized a bunch more for you there. Enjoy, and thanks again.  :-)

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

Hi Brad,

I think I am the 38th question!!!  Yea!!  I am adding my Testimonials to my Profile page and I am having trouble getting a space between either paragraphs and also a new entry.  I read both I and II of your tutorial and I am stumped!!  Please help me out, I appreciate your help.

Shelly Quilliam

Posted by Shelly Quilliam (Platinum Home Mortgage, NMLS ID#331738) over 12 years ago

Shelly - just use your enter key to create paragraph spacing.  You can also use HTML if you are comfortable with it.  You have 3 areas (boxes) to work with on your profile page, look at some of the samples and links I put of others. This will give you some layout ideas, then, if you get stuck, just shoot me an email and I'll walk you through whatever challenges you may have.  Hang in there, you'll get it.  You can always call me too..  :-)

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

Thank you. This is a great post. I appreciate you taking the time to put all of this together. I am beginning to realize how much work this is..hah.

Ken Jansen


Posted by Ken Jansen, REALTOR, CRS, 913.908.2215 (REMAX INFINITY) over 12 years ago

Ken - you're welcome.  Did you think you could be successful in the business of Real Estate and Blogging and not have it be work?   haha!  :-)  

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

Brad,
You are SO awesome to share with us!

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. about 12 years ago

Maya - happy to do it....oh yeah, now it's my job!!  :-))

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

Thanks, Brad.  I'm a newbie & obviously have a lot of work to do!  But now I know where to start and what to do.

Posted by David & Suzanne Howard (Keller Williams Advisors Realty) about 12 years ago

David and or Suzanne - Welcome aboard the "rain" train.  It's not as much work as you may think and the rewards are most definately worth the efforts, trust me on that. 

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

This is very helpful and much better than trying to learn by trial and error.

Posted by Retired Notworking about 12 years ago

Colleen - hahaha!  That's how I learned!!  :-))

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

Brad, thanks for the tips.  I have been on ActiveRain for a while learning only when I had the time.  I wish I had read this a while back.

Posted by Ira Freireich, EBA (Best Buyer's Broker Realty) about 12 years ago

Ira - thank you.  If you want more like these, just click on my name below this comment, and you'll have a whole page of them all sorted if you're interested.  Glad this was useful, I wish I would have had something like this when I started here too.

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

Brad- throw the gold star on this baby!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the heads up on all of the features to make the use of Active Rain a bit easier.

Posted by Not Here (Active Rain Please Delete this account. Thank you) about 12 years ago

Jer - I can't feature my own stuff!  Thanks buddy..   :-)

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

Hazelhoff - I do hope this makes setting up your profile easier and more efficient. Thank you. :-)

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

Brad,

I'm trying to add a widget of my listings on my profile page.  I'd like to put in the place reserved for the mission statement.  Cutting and pasting the code just isn't working.  Please help!!!

Your friend in the business,

Marcus

Posted by Marcus Bruno (Bruno Real Estate Group) about 12 years ago

Marcus - you'll have to click on the HTML graphic on the tool bar to add HTML code or embed code to any portion of your profile page.  Let me know if you still need help after that.  It also depends on the widget and code you are using, not all are compatible with our network. :-)

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

I've had my ActieRain account for quite some time, but have just now started to figure everything out.  So far, I've found great information and will continue to use this.

 

Posted by Eva Beshears, Realtor for Springfield, MO Area (Murney Associates, Realtors) about 12 years ago

Wow! You are really helping us all!  This Real Estate Networking site rocks!

Posted by Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale (McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560) about 12 years ago

Thanks Brad, once again you have helped me out

Mike

Posted by Mike Davis, Realtor, Selling Buying Homes Fort Gordon, Hephzibah, Augusta, Evans (Keller Williams Realty, Augusta Partners) about 12 years ago

Eva - you will keep finding great stuff on this network everyday, especially now that we are over 110,000 members and already have nearly 1,000,000 posts here.  :-)

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

Nelson - trying my best, I know you'll do the same here.  Thanks for the nice comment.  :-)

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

Mike - no problem, happy to do it. Before I just did it because I liked helping people, now I do it because I like helping people and I get paid to do it, it's my job!  lol~ 

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

Brad,
   Sal & I thank you for the info; we are 1 day into Active Rain & never expected to hear from anyone about anything; but I did. Actually, I had set this up very late yesterday 13 Oct. & did not get back to read this part until this time tonight.
  Besides reading this "Getting Started Guide" , we actually have received other contacts. We received one for a referral in our area Michigan, but do not understand the referral fee or how to proceed. Is there another item that we can read to know how to go forward?

Barb & Sal  2dragottas4u.com  Keller Williams Lakeside Market Center--Shelby Twp, MI.

 

 

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan about 12 years ago

Barb and Sal - there are other posts I have written and sorted on my profile page here on AR, just click on my name below and it will link you to my other posts.  As far as the referral network here, you have a couple options.  Feel free to contact me (my number is on my profile) and I'll do my best to guide and direct you to the right resources for your referral. Thanks and congratulations. :-)

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

Brad what can I say?  I bookmark just about every blog you post.  Thanks for giving all of us "newbies" such great information.  It's truly appreciated

Posted by Katie Reed (Nick Reed State Farm Insurance) about 12 years ago

Katie - thanks for the Bookmarks and kind words.  I'm glad you are finding some of my posts to be helpful. The biggest reward for me other than great comments like yours, is when I get that email from you of how your business has grown, the relationships you have established are some of the best ever, and you Blog on ActiveRain has generated you millions of dollars in revenue.  That's rewarding for us all!  :-)

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

Thanks Brad and we all appreciate your help inside the Rain family. keep it up.

Posted by Scott Mazza (Stewart Title of California) about 12 years ago

My comment is the same as everyone elses....but, it's worth repeating...thanks, Brad. Your posts are chock full of great information.

Posted by Cecily Parks (iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Great postings, Brad!

One of the most valuable features of ActiveRain is having relevant KEYWORDS in your anchor text, for links to your own real estate websites.

George

Posted by George Fanucci, Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions (CoreFact.com) about 12 years ago

Thanks for these detailed instructions.

Posted by Kelsey Barklow, 423/948-9154 (Hurd Realty) about 12 years ago

I wish I had found this post when I first joined AR.  I definately need to go back and update my profile page.  Thanks for all the help.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I look forward to the next set of advanced teachings. Nice of you to share.

Posted by Deborah Weiner about 12 years ago

Brad... Once again.. you hit a home run with the information on settingup profiles..

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Where and how do you input the information and widgets that are showing on the right side of your blog? I saw someone had an SMS widget under her photo and contact information.

Posted by Charly about 12 years ago

Brad,

Have a question; the last2 days on our site page listing all posts / comments made, we have been receiving posts made to you on the AR part11 article. Did I do something incorrect when making the comment on our 14 Oct response?  If so, how does one go about rectifying the situation? I can see below the "Norify me of..." box. If I checked that, can you 'uncheck' it for us.  I like going online direct to this Blog.

Barb of 2dragottas4u.com

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan about 12 years ago

Barb and Sal - just go back to your comment, click edit, and then uncheck the "Notify me of comments" box.  It's not a good idea on some posts to check that box as some members do get large amounts of comments. I learned because I checked that box on one of Jason Crouch's posts, and my email inbox was nearly destroyed.  I think he got 2000+ comments on that one!  LOL~ :-)

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

Charly - you will find that tutorial on my AR Profile (How To Add Widgets) just click on my name below in this comment.  Let me know if you need any additional assistance. Thanks.

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

Thanks for this comprehensive tutorial.  I was feeling good that I knew everything that you were explaining, and then Wham! you hit me with something I hadn't tried and had wondered about.  And I will begin using this new knowledge on my blog and even on my website right away.  I am learning so much on AR and I always learn neat stuff from you.  Thanks again!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 12 years ago

Hi Brad Just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Your information was just what I needed to make a change:)

-Cindy

Posted by First Impressions Home Staging, LLC. Jenny Duke, Anne Harding, Cindy Mahan (First Impressions Home Staging, LLC, Everett WA) almost 12 years ago

Wow...this newbie is amazed at your 101 approach.  I have learned so much about the icons and how to use them.  Have you created the Tutorial "How to create and upload a Video on Active Rain" yet?

Posted by Gary Paris, Broker Associate (Cedar Creek Realty) almost 12 years ago

Gary - there are many posts regarding video on AR.  You can view the getting started link on the main AR page (below channels) there's instructions on everything there.

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

easy to use and beneficial information for a newbie...thanks

Posted by Jimmy And Annette (RE/MAX Oceanside) almost 12 years ago

Hi,

I am a newbie! I have been setting up my profile page. It does not seem to be updating the profile when I hit the save proflie. It just stays the same.The font is wrong and the size is wrong and  the wording is misaligned. If the area on the edit page looks ok then the preview is wrong. If the preview is ok then the edit page is wrong. Help!

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 12 years ago

Brad - Great information.  I have to master how to add links to texts and images.  Thanks.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" almost 12 years ago

Great info.  I'm anxious to learn more about using html.  Couldn't figure out how to get a photo into my last blog.  I'll be watching for your blog on how to do so!

Posted by Team Endicott (RE/MAX Ability Plus) almost 12 years ago

Hi, I am a newbie! I have been setting up my profile page. It does not seem to be updating the profile when I hit the save proflie. It just stays the same.The font is wrong and the size is wrong and the wording is misaligned. If the area on the edit page looks ok then the preview is wrong. If the preview is ok then the edit page is wrong. Help!

Janice - there are a couple things tyou might want to do.  1. reboot your computer, 2. clear the cache memory in your browser if using IE.  3.  Enable your pop-ups or disable popup blocker.  4. Consider using FireFox as your browser.   5.  Call me if none of the other 4 work.  :-)  

Side note: Be careful when you cut and paste from other sites, programs, and locations.  Sometime there is hidden codes that conflict with the AR formats.

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

RosaLinda - you can master that in a matter of minutes.  There are quite a few posts on how to do that, if you can't find them on my profile page, or in the community, let me know, I'd be happy to help you if I can.  :-)

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

Team Endicott - just click on the little tree    in the icon bar above your new post.  It will allow you to select a photo from your computer's harddrive.  You can use the tabs at that point for spacing, size, and alignment.

 

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

You reference Firefox quite often. Were you a Netscape Navigator guy pre-Firefox? Do you prefer Firefox because of virus issues, or other reasons?

Posted by Kevin L. Swann, CCIM (Swann Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Kevin - I think most people who use Firefox on AR never go back to Explorer.  There are too many reasons to list why I prefer FF over IE.  Maybe I'll do a post in the future breaking it all down why Firefox is the superior browser on AR.  :-)

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

Thanks for the "How To...", Brad!

Posted by Iva Lee (Artiva Staging & Redesign) almost 12 years ago

Iva - you are more than welcome.  Hope it helps.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Brad, thank you for all you do to help! Can you help me out? I added a blog post this morning and my paragraphs aren't showing. When I hit the edit button, the edit options don't show. My post is unreadable in it's current form, in my opinion. I know you're busy, but can you take a peek at my post and give me some advice? Thanks!
Posted by Leslie Hampton, Realtor, Boise and Eagle Idaho Homes (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 12 years ago

Leslie - I can help.  You have posted using the HTML tab. 

Here's how to fix it.

1.Go to your post, click on edit, 2. click on the tab that says WYSIWYG, (don't mind the warning, just click ok), 3. then setup your paragraphs, your bold text, your links, add 1 or 2 photos and images, 4. and then click on submit post button.  That's it!!  FIXED~ 

You should always use the WYSIWYG tab unless you understand HTML or are adding HTML code to your posts. 

Thanks for taking the time to ask for help, many people just give up and quit, but not Leslie!  I respect and appreciate that very much.  That quality has brought you and will take you far in life! 

Cheers! :-)

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

Hi Brad-

Thanks alot for your advice. One little problem: when I click to edit, I don't have any of the tabs at the top; that is- the bullet option, the html link option, bold option, etc. I don't see those options on your comment box, either, and I think I usually would.

I just now hit the enter key, so this should appear as a separate paragraph on my post to you.

Again, thank you for your advice and encouragement! :)

* eta: my comment to you isn't showing paragraphs, either...

**eta: I went back and added < p>and < /p> to make paragraphs. I'll do the same to this post to you now. It's strange, though, because my enter key has always created the paragraphs for me. (I still am not seeing the options when I go to edit).

Posted by Leslie Hampton, Realtor, Boise and Eagle Idaho Homes (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 12 years ago

Leslie - answer your phone, calling you now!  LOL~  :-))

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

Leslie - I left you a Voice Mail, call me back when you can. :-)

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

Hi Brad,

 

Why is it we can`t change our Business Category ourselves?

Tom

Posted by Tom Lyons, Making You Findable (makingyoufindable.com) almost 12 years ago

Tom - great question.  There are some areas of AR that are only accessable by staff.  If you need yours changed, just let me know, I'll take care of it for you, it only takes me about 30 seconds and you're good to go.

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

Hi Brad,
Question: When I go to link to AR I get the html code to add to my website, but I don't get anything to allow AR to know that I linked to you. In other words, what I have on my computer screen is not the same as what I saw on the tutorial. I've linked on both my website and my outside blog and have received no points for it. Am I doing something wrong. 

 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) almost 12 years ago

Suesan - AR no longer provides linking points for adding links to outside Blogs or websites. Sorry.

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

Thanks Brad - Nice to know that at least I'm not doing something wrong.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) almost 12 years ago

Suesan - no problem, here if you need me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :-)

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

Thanks! I'm new here and this is very helpful! Easy to refer back to if I need to. Thanks again!

Posted by Diane Dames, The Real Estate Chick (Broker Associate & Leasing Consultant@ Lions Share Realty ) over 11 years ago

Thank you, very thorough!

Posted by Bev Boeck (My Idaho Place Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I wasn't sure if we should include our address if we work out of our home office, any tips?

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

Andrew - that's really your call.  :-)

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

Thanks for all your helpful information.  It's made my setup a breeze.

Posted by John Lupton, The Premier Home Staging Company Servicing Washington DC, MD, VA (Elite Home Redesign, LLC) over 11 years ago

Once again thanks for adding numerous how to articles.  Certainly making my life easier.

Posted by Alastair Buchanan (A&H GMAC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad got it OK, will go back and change "rename section" to something more useful.

Posted by Nyc Country Homes Real Estate Group (NycCountryHomes - Putnam & Westchester NY) over 11 years ago

Brad,

How do I add my photo to my comments? Thanks for all your great help! I look forward to more help and direction. I guess I am now an Active Rain addict. I love browsing around and reading what people are saying!

Posted by Shelby Kyle (Texas Country Properties) over 11 years ago

Shelby - you can upgrade your account to a rainmaker account, or wait till you get 10,000 points earned, then your photo will begin appearing in the comments that you leave on other members posts.  :-)

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

Thanks again, Brad - I hadn't realized we could get that creative with our profile.  I'll definitely be working on mine.

A quick Question:  In another part of your "help" blog, you mentioned letting AR know if we talk about AR on our external blog - how do we do that?  Just a note to support?

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike - a note to support or one of the AR community builders is fine. :-)  If you hear or see a member do a good deed (including yourself) there is a chance that one of our staff might issue bonus points to that member.  Just food for thought....   :-)

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

Thanks brad

I'll save this page as i'm sure I will refer back to it

Posted by Daniel Parr (Century21 landmark associates) over 11 years ago

Thank you thank you thank you and you were so precise!! So easy to follow!

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

Great set-up walkthrough.  Thanks for all the information.

Posted by Laurie Burgess (Webb and Company Realty) over 11 years ago

Thank you so much for spending time to help others. You have really saved us so much time and frustration! You rock!

Posted by Dee'Anna Wright (RE/MAX All Points) over 11 years ago

AR has really motivated and helped me learn web publishing, html, images etc.  It's easy to get behind the curve.  Good info

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

Hopefully I didn't skip over this question already...how can I change my email address on my profile? Under edit the email is the only thing I can't change. My email is mdorta@live.com

Thanks for all your useful information.

 

 

Posted by Maria Dorta (Mass Properties LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Brad:  You're so kind to us newbies.  A real gentleman, and I can understand you!  Best, Thalia Poulos from Temecula, CA

Posted by Thalia Poulos (CB International Realty) over 11 years ago

Maria - I will take care of that for you.  :-)

Thalia - thanks, I appreciate your comment.

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

Brad,

Great stuff.  I can definately see the value in completing your entire profile.  Great section to bookmark!  Now...finding my creative juices is another thing.

Posted by Wendy Kuhn (Webster Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Brad, a lot of other people have said it, and I want to add my thanks for your excellent and thorough instructions!  I'm new to Active Rain (tonight!) and now have gotten addicted to all the fun things I can do...  And finally I'm on a site that actually prefers Firefox over IE -- wow!  :)  I'm with Wendy -- now to decide what and how to update my profile to make it professional, attractive, etc....any how-to's on creative juices or decision-making? <grin>

Posted by Shoshana Shay (St. Pete Realty) over 11 years ago

Shoshana - if you want some ideas and creative juices, I setup a few posts on my AR profile, there are 150,000 other members who have some really great stuff to share here too.  Have fun, good luck, and let me know if you ever need anything at all here in the rain. :-)

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

Thank you for your post it has been really helpful.

Posted by Road House Realty (Road House Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm another newbie and this is really great stuff.  I'm off to work on my profile now, but it looks to me like you are the "go to" person for lots of questions!  Thanks for the great tips and tricks!

Posted by Vicky McPhee (Keller Williams Realty Peace River Partners) over 11 years ago

Welcome Vicky - there are lots of "Go To" folks here on AR, but if you ever need anything, I'm pretty easy to "go to" too.  :-)

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

Question I am a newby and I am trying to see how to make my image appear on the left hand side of my comments.

Thanks in advance for your prompt respone.

Posted by Road House Realty (Road House Realty) over 11 years ago

RHR - you'll need to upgrade to a rainmaker account or establish 10,000 AR points in order for that to happen.  :-))

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

Thank you for your help!

Posted by Eddie Reynolds (Land Mortgage) over 11 years ago

Ive been doing this for a while now and yet there were still things I learned!  Thank you!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 11 years ago

Thanks for the tips Brad! I just went and did some editing on my profile.

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) over 11 years ago

I am ompletely confused...unable to update profile.....followed instructions....but no luck....instructions look good, but how do you use them?

Thanks you

Posted by Patricia Hollingworth (Century 21 Professional Group) about 11 years ago

Patricia - to access your profile and make edits, updates, changes etc.  It's simple:

  1. Make sure you're logged into ActiveRain
  2. Click on the "My Home" link in upper right corner of screen
  3. Click on the "edit" link located next to your "profile
  4. Make the necessary changes, updates, and edits etc.
  5. Click on the "Update" button.

You're done. It's that easy. 

If you need help, just call the number on my profile, I'd be happy to help you.  :-)

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

Brad thanks for this step by step guide for us newbies.

Posted by Nicholas Caron (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Thanks for your time in training us newbies.  I think I emailed you seperately, but I thought I would show you the problem I have here.

Everyone else's text is lined up nicely on the right of the their picture.  So far so good for me.

But

look

what

happens when I get past the picture.  I cannot work out how to line it up all on the right.

Also, it will be interesting to see if my name shows up at the bottom as Jane Peters - Los Angeles Realtor.  I won't be able to see until I hit submit.  Also, if it links to my email.

Thanks again for all your help.

 

 

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 11 years ago

Jane - the photos you see in comments of other members are automatically added when they comment.  You need to be a rainmaker member in order for your photo to show in comments.  If you need help and are interested, let me know, I'd be happy to help.  :-)

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

What a great tutorial on how to edit your profile.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by Richard Green (U.S. Cybertek, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Brad, Many thanks for the walk thru!!!

Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) about 11 years ago

Thank you!  Great step by step process!

Posted by Wendy Sabo, Building Relationships For Life! (CENTURY 21 Signature Realty) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the easy steps. The hints are great too.

Posted by Greg Anderson, NMLS # 116211 (Hearthstone Mortgage) about 11 years ago

Great Learning Tools. Thank you.

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) about 11 years ago

Your tips are educational and helpful.  Thanks!

Posted by David C. Stinson (Meybohm Realtors) about 11 years ago

Brad - This is a fantastic post to teach ActiveRainers how to improve their profiles.  Thanks.

Posted by FN LN almost 11 years ago

Thanks Marc - there is so much to learn here, which means there's so much for me to post. I love my job at ActiveRain because I really enjoy helping other members and all my new found friends here. Thanks again. :-)

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

Hi Brad,

I'd finished my profile and I was wondering if there's any way to add color to the letters/words. 

Great work on helping us all out.  Thanks a lot!

 

 

 

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) almost 11 years ago
Hey Mike - I use scribefire for coloring fonts. It's a firefox browser add-on. You can download it at scribefire.com.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.

Posted by Chris Walters (Edisto Realty Edisto Beach,SC DiscoverEdisto.com) almost 11 years ago

Thanks, this should be very helpful!

Posted by Robert Frazer (Exit Realty Chesapeake Bay) almost 11 years ago

Thank you this is just what I need.  I will review it again and then save it for future reference.  I think I subscribed to this site and I'm not sure what that means.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) almost 11 years ago

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