The ActiveRain Stuff You Won't Find Anywhere Else on the Web

An Activerain Manual for New Members and Blogging Beginners

One of my main contributions here on Activerain was focusing on writing tutorials and how to blog posts for agents and lenders in my local market. One day, I got a call from another ActiveRain member, Colleen Kulokowski who suggested I write for the entire community.

So I did.

I must have written more than 200+ blog posts that ranged from SEO tips to setting up a profile. Next thing I know, I was employed here at Activerain for about 4 years. I spent the majority of my time helping grow the community and creating content to help other members.

At one point, I even created an ActiveRain Manual that members could reference for quick tips and ideas to get the most out of their rainmaker memberships. Well today, I found that manual, blew off the dust and realized many of those articles might still be helpful to new members here?

While some of the posts might be a bit outdated due to many changes here, there are still quite a few useful articles and many of them still getting comments. So here is a link to the whole kit and kaboodle if you're interested. It took me more than 3 years to create and complete it, hopefully it saves and shaves some time and learning curve for some new members here.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!  :-)



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

Comment balloon 14 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 29 2014 10:11PM


Although I have seen your name around here many times Brad, I think you may have already been gone before I even got here. :)

I look forward to reading the manual!

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

The oldie but goodie, stacks of blog wax never wear thin and gleaning, reaping happens with the hunt and pecked online word. Got to have a plan, study many to come up with your own voice that is wired to detonate and be seen, remembered. To cause more listings, sales.

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

Oh yes, I read this manual (or a slightly earlier version) and this was very helpful as were dozens of your other posts.  Thanks so much for bringing this community to a new level.  Thank you for teaching me so much about SEO so I could grow my busines.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

Brad, That manual certainly helped us as we were starting out!  Thanks for the tips and pointers along the way!  I think you've got a good many of our bookmarks.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 7 years ago

Hi Brad - bookmarked.  I've never read the manual and I'm sure I along will many others will find it a great reference and very useful.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 almost 7 years ago

Well done. I also, have never seen the manual before... Sounds like it was/is exactly what I need or needed when I began posting on AR.  Thanks for putting this up. I know it will be helpful for many.

JC in Vegas.

Posted by JC Melvin - Commercial & Business Broker, The ONE Thing Workshop Trainer (JC Melvin - KW Southwest) almost 7 years ago
Thanks JC for reading and commenting. Michael - I do hope this will be helpful to new members and bloggers here. Liz and Bill - I do have many a bookmark and many comments from you, so glad we met here on AR. Debbie - It has been so fun getting to know hundreds of members here. Now when I travel, I get to meet so many in person. Sorry I missed you when I was in Stamford CT last week. :( Andrew - you most certainly have acquired a knack for expressing yourself in a unique "found your voice" way my friend. I've enjoyed watching your growth and success here in the rain.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 7 years ago

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... ( almost 7 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the manual, wish I had known about it when I joined AR. Bookmarked for reference!


Posted by Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) almost 7 years ago


You have always been my inspiration and I've learn so much over the years from you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!


Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 7 years ago

DeeDee - your kindness shows no limits! The honor and priviledge is (and always has been) all mine. Thank you for the many years of love, support and friendship. :)

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

Thanks Marty - I love that "featured sharp cookie" award!!

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

Diana- some of it will be outdated (or classic depending how you look at it) and some might actuially be useful... that is my hope anyway :)

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

ActiveRain is ALWAYS changing....good to have a starting point for reference!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 7 years ago