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How To Drive Traffic To Your AR Outside Blogs - Riddle Me This

If one of the ultimate goals is to drive traffic to your Blog, (any blog or post) then what is a good way to do this?  Some of our daily AR tasks have included helping members set up these ActiveBlogs.  Bob Stewart and I have helped setup hundreds.  Take a look at some of these.  This is one reason why my response time on comments, emails, and calls has diminished. LOL~

So what is the best way to drive traffic to your outside blogs?  The clues are scattered all over this post.  (hint: use your mouse) First, you'll need to have an ActiveRain Outside Blog.  If you don't have one already, here's a two for one clue.  Check out ActiveBlogs.  If you wanted to add Widgets to your ActiveBlog, it's really this easy. 

Maybe you're just looking for some Important tips about the new outside Blogs.  Did you know that AR discussed these in detail on the air, and recorded it?  So what is the answer to this "Riddle" post?

The point I am trying to make is that there is great way to send traffic to your outside Blog and many of our members might be are missing it.  I have put clues all over this post.  If you have hovered your mouse or clicked on any of these links, then you have discovered the answer by now.  This is just one thing members with an outside Blog should be thinking about and doing.

We'll be starting our first AR Webinar Training Series on how to setup and maximize an ActiveBlog sometime next week (if setup by then)  We'll cover all this in detail and much more, but if you already have an outside AR blog, or are considering one, please take the clue you just got here, and apply it to your outside Blogs right away. 

I know you ALL probably got the answer to this "riddle"... You did get the answer right?

 

     

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

Comment balloon 116 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 11 2009 07:45AM

Comments

Guilty as charged!  I will start changing the links i use to be the ones in my outside blog and not my good old AR original blog.  Great tip, not sure how i missed that seo idea.

I haven' t been sending people to my  Lethbridge Real Estate blog properly.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

brad..great stuff ..have bookedmarked ..read my blog on UFO s if you get a chance.....these links got me there...:0)

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 11 years ago

A great list of resources as Always Brad! I am working hard on the ActiveBlog that I just purchased last week!

 

Posted by Heather Moriah Martin, REALTOR - Lehigh Valley (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

I am guilty. One of those AR members who is missing it. I really need to get in gear, and get my outside blog setup. Thanks for the tips:)

-Lisa

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

It's called synergy. It's what makes the Internet go round and round. 

It's what squeezes Google Juice from the fruit of ActiveRain.

I think it's magic.

 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad ~ Great advice and love the popups! Took some doing to read the last one but I managed.  I didn't know you could make them so long so that was a bonus lesson learned. Thanks.

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Brad for the always helpful tips.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Brad. This is great. For some reason my photo isn't showing up on my Active Rain blog. Do you know how I can fix this? Thanks!

Posted by Donna Cox (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Rand Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hey Brad,  is there a way to know what another members outside blog is?  That way if we refer to them in a post we can link to their outside blog to help them?  Just curious.  :)  Thanks for the tips.

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) almost 11 years ago

No I did not know you could add that much text into a pop up link. Ditto to Stephanies question.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

Webinar Training...

What an excellent idea that is :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the reminder..  I have to just set up sometime to get mine started

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 11 years ago

Even though you can add so much text to the pop up llink, I don't think you want to as you saw it was hard to read the entire thing without more effort to make it appear again and again.

I hadn't thought about linking to the outside blog, where was my brain?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 11 years ago

Brad - You techy savvvvy guy you ! It's a good thing AR has you around, otherwise a lot of us would have sailed off on some ship to timbuckto trying to figure this out.

Guilty as charged. Yikes !

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

I seem to be late to the party but maybe today i will work on this.  Something that I have had churning around in my head for awhile.  Thanks for the nudge in the right direction Brad.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) almost 11 years ago

Brad...

No complaints here. My outside blog is getting kick-a$$ Google love! Now, it took a week or two, but once it "got in the loop" the results have been phenomenal!

Thanks for the additional tips, but I'm wondering how to advance past number one? lol

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago

More great help as usual and now with Jeremy on board I can only think that it will only get better.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago

Brad thanks for the numerous clues for those of us who take a while to get it!!!

Posted by Vanessa V. Simmons, Realtor (Real Living HER) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the timely post.  Just getting website setup so now I know not to link to the AR post but the outside blog.

Posted by Ron Bridges (ERA Wilder Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Great post...as always!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for the great info. I am newer to AR and have bee trying to figure it all out. Thanks again! Very helpful!

Posted by Josh Bradley, Spartanburg, SC Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

When in doubt, link it. :)

It is funny with all of the emphasis on SEO, a lot of people, myself included, forget the easiest thing to do sometimes is to simply set up a link.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie almost 11 years ago

Great post....I am defintely going to have to spend some time on this post..so much information and links to visit.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad that was seriously one of the most ingenious posts I've ever seen here on Active Rain!  Thanks for entertaining me this morning.  If there was one thing I walked away from Project Blogger learning the importance of.. it's linking!!!

Posted by Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi (john greene Realtor) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Brad, Can't Wait for the class to learn how to do this.  Thanks for sharing......... Sorry, I was speed commenting there for a minute..... ROTFLMAO

I'm glad you wrote this post because even though we talked about this on the phone the other day, it hadn't occured to me to go back and change the URL's to get more "JUICE".  Ok, that's my project for the day.

Posted by Connie Betz, Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Brad - Would love to hear the answer to Stephanie's question as well.  If we could see other member's outside blogs as a link on their profile page (like how they get separated on our own "my home" page when logged in), it would be of great assistance in helping others as well as getting to know their outside blogs.  Thanks for the (obvious) tip.  I hadn't really thought of it and that was one of my questions to you (sorry I didn't call Monday - its been busy the past few days).

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) almost 11 years ago

Brad --- You have my head spinning --- I don't know if I am ready for an outside blog. Also, am wondering if I as a non-competing broker really would benefit from having one.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 11 years ago

been there done that plus i want our blog posts to sound human not robotic but there's no doubt that works.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) almost 11 years ago

I was wondering why my outside blog wasn't showing up in Google.  I have so much to learn! Thanks for letting us know. Now I have my task for today.

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

Hate to sound dumb, but I'm not clear on what you are instructing us to do.  YOu are saying link to the outsideblog url NOT individcual posts?

Aren't there going to be times when you want to link to individual posts?

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) almost 11 years ago

Brad

Now I have a better plan

Tom

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

Brad - wow, what a great selection of tips. I, too, like widgets, although am not obsessed as Active Rich is. Off to spend some time widgetizing and more.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) almost 11 years ago

Brad: I hear you loud and clear. I really need to get this working....properly.

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

Brad - THanks for the inforamtion. I'll take advantage of anything your write about

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) almost 11 years ago

I have not yet set up an outside blog - can you give me a brief description of what the differences are between doing it an dnot doing it?  Is it that you can get outside subscribers?

Posted by Bridget Cella, e-Pro, Realtor (Re/Max Connection) almost 11 years ago

Brad - I was wondering, should we go back through all of our older posts and check the box to outside blog or would it be better to copy and paste the post in a new blog all together and start it over ?

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

WHOA!  I go to sleep for a few hours and look what happens.... (BIG YAWN)   Good morning everyone:-))

Stephanie has a great question regarding Link Love to others posts using their Outside Blogs.

I think the obvious thing to do would be to use the ActiveBlog badge to link to a members outside blog.  We aren't there just yet, but are working on this.  Because some members have more than one blog, we may also need to add links somewhere on the sidebar of their Blog or on their profile... or maybe both.  Maybe even a popup window over the badge that allows multiple choice?  Hmm...  just thinking out loud.

Not sure what the development team has in mind or in store, but they've done a pretty kick a$$ job so far and I have all the faith in the world in these guys.  I've seen their work and abilities first hand.

Keep in mind, we are probably the only network on the web with the ability to even have this kind of potential, so we want to make sure we think things through and do it right the first time, a lesson many of us have had to learn the hard way.  

now for a nice BIG hot cup of jo...

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

Brad....In just the few days I have been here I have also been running through hundreds of trouble tickets and that is one of the biggest topics in there!  You only thought you were making it to Tahiti!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 11 years ago

Wow...Brad, you've made those clues really really tough....lolol :)

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) almost 11 years ago

I had an outside blog, but now I can't find it.  There is a light colored spot where I think the outside blog used to be where I can start one.

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

Great idea for a webinar. I still haven't set mine up, but learning more about it makes me inspired!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 11 years ago

I checked google and there is nothing.  Help!  How did I mess this up?!

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

I will have to come back and read all those links you included.  I will be getting my paid outside blog soon.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) almost 11 years ago

LOL Jeremy...

They couldn't pay me enough to work those tickets. I almost feel for you :)

I used to hang with Lydia Heaton. I know stuff :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Links & referring sites is a huge part of my website hits. In fact is is over 50% of the 1100 I had last month. Will be looking forward to the webinar to help get the most out of my new activeblog

Posted by Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate (Mike Russell & Associates) almost 11 years ago

Maya, it takes a little time for it show up on google after you create a post. We've noticed about 2-4 hours, but this can vary with multiple degrees.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) almost 11 years ago

One of the best tools for driving traffic and SEO for our Outside blogs would be the sharethis feature. When will you be adding this one?

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago

Don 't have time to comment, Brad, too busy changing the links on over 450 posts to link to our outside blog 0_0

Posted by Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad—If anyone reads your blog or Jeff Turner's with any regularity they know "link love" is where it's at! I still have a lot to do, but you guys have made the learning curve much easier and I appreciate that very much. In the midst of growing pains at AR and loving every minute of it... thanks!

Posted by Linda Bourgault (lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art) almost 11 years ago

Here's an after-thought about promoting your outside blog so other members can link to your posts.

Until we have the badges linking to outside blogs, here's a couple ways you can promote your ActiveBlog so others can start giving you some link love.  These are just a couple ways to do this in the meantime:

1. Add a link to it on your side bar using the Links [add/remove] it's just below your tags pull-down menu.

2. You can also create a link on your sidebar using this code on the "settings" page in the same place you would add a widget to your Blogs sidebar. 

Here's how:

DIRECTIONS FOR ADDING A TEXT LINK TO YOUR BLOG SIDEBAR

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET AS A RESULT

This is a simple and effective way to let others know about your outside blog, and it will allow other members to link to posts that are in your ActiveBlogs. Hope this helps...    :-)

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

So, you're saying I should add a link to my outside blog to all my posts, right? AHHHHHHH...Thanks!

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Brad!  Phew!  Have bookmarked this and will have to set some time aside to study it.  It's good of you to draw it all together for us, and to emphasize the point.

http://www.PoconoLandAndHomes.com

 

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 11 years ago

OMG, when am I going to understand this??? I've already started working on hooking up the listing router to the Growth Leader. Now this. HELP!!!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Kim, that alone won't do it. We have 2 in every local post. The post itself has to have good keyword density (5-7%) and have about 250-450 words centered around certain keywords. 

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) almost 11 years ago

Brad, As always thank you for the help in an easy to understand format.  I don't like widgets because they slow down opening a page (at least on MY computer) but I do love the LINKS.  Thank you again,  your help is always appreciated!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Yippie!!  Thanks BRAD !   I just added my "active blog" links BOTH ways as you showed in your comments!    (I should get an "A+" on my homework assignment)

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) almost 11 years ago

I have to run out to a meeting but will be back shortly and answer the the rest of the questions here...   :-)

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

Brad, I had never added a link, widget or anything. I think I've done it correctly, but I'm not sure. Why would I do it in my settings vs just on my blog under the links add/remove tab?

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Great riddle, tough one! I like idea of placing badges on our profiles for others to find our blogs easily. In the meantime, I will add the link..very cool

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

Thank Heaven the real estate market has slowed down.  I used to be so busy selling property that I never had time to devote to learning all this tech stuff.  Now I'll be ready for the next wave of buyers...  

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) almost 11 years ago

I'm just getting started with AR and blogging.

What Brad has mentioned in this post is way over my head. I'm not sure I know the distinctions being made. Who wants to help me out here?

As for Brad's tips about how to make a blog more reader friendly, absolutely! Lots of white space, simple paragraphs -- Brad, did you notice I already figured that one out on my own -- and pictures where appropriate.

However, I do think people overuse bold, italics, etc. Some may think it makes it easier on the eyes; I'm not one of them.

Posted by Andrew Haslett, Heartland of Kentuckynulls, Best Home Inspector (Van Warren Home Inspections, NAHI CRI) almost 11 years ago

Brad - This was the easiest riddle to solve that I've seen in awhile.  Thanks, man.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Ok...  I'm back! 

Donna - you are only 700 points away from having your photo show up in comments, it does show on your Blog and Profile, just not in the comments yet.  That begins when you hit 10,000 points.  Almost there...   :-)

Stephanie and Missy - hope you saw my mini tutorial above, in the meantime, we'll get something together.

TLW - setting up the webinar training series now, just have to iron out a few kinks. 

Donna - I agree, the last popup bubble was just a bit of a joke.  It was almost a post in itself. haha!  I figured if someone just wanted the straight answer to the riddle, I'd make em work for it just a bit.  I would never recommend doing a text comment that long over a hyper-link.  Geez... Let a guy have some fun around here would ya???  ROFL~ 

Richard - Glad to hear your Blog is working well for you.  You are too funny, that sounds like a great post.  "How to Pass Yourself Up when you're #1!"

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

Hi Brad, You mean they let you sleep?!?

Thanks for the mini tutorial.  :)  You guys are all doing an AWESOME job for sure!

Another easy way would be to email the other member and ask them  :0)  I'll get to work on my sidebar.  Thanks again for the tips.

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) almost 11 years ago

I'm riddled no more thanks to you!

In all seriousness, thanks for this advice.  I'll make it a point to link to my beautiful and wonderful outside blog (smile).

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) almost 11 years ago

OK Brad, I have got some serious work to do.  Thanks.

Posted by Aron Bailey Bruser (Win-Win Home Staging & Redesign) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing Brad, There always seems to be more and more to learn here everyday! Thanks for helping my business grow!

Joe 

Posted by Joe Kendall Broker, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe" (Keller Williams Realty of Fort Myers & The Islands) almost 11 years ago

Brad...we need to talk.  I have a blog through my website that is not getting the job done.  I need to setup an AR outside blog, but how is that different than the blog I currently have with AR?  Do I need to update both?  Do I post the same blogs on both?  Do I discontinue updating the old one? 

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) almost 11 years ago

Sweet Bard. This something I have been procrastinating and jnow a very simple well organized model for doing so forces me to get off my rump :) and make it happen.

Thanks

Bo

Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) almost 11 years ago

Simon - calling you now....  :-)

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

Hey Brad...Another Great and Helpfull Post, Thanks for your Help with my outside Blog

Cheers, Have a Great day Brad :O)

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Simon - great talking to you, let me know if you need any help getting that setup.  :-)

Ron - you nailed it.  Kinda took all the fun out of the riddle though...  lol~ 

Juile - thanks for seeing the lighter side and entertaining factor on such an important and serious subject.

Connie - I hope to have the 1st class in place sometime next week.  We'll probably start with about 25 members for the first one.  Should be another great addition to our AR support system.  

Matt - here's a temporary solution for you: See comment #50  No worries on the call, been busy myself...

Liz - we need to talk.  The answer is yes, more than ever.  You're ready.  I'll explain, my number is on my AR profile.

Jen - this is just one way to drive traffic to your outside blog that might help google to recognize it more quickly based on traffic, but no one really knows the miracle secret of getting your Blogs and posts in the top of the search engines.  I can tell you that many members are missing this one simple opportunity that could make a big difference.

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Kate - No.  I am saying link to your outside blog posts instead of the AR post where you originated it.  If you refer to a previous article you have written, create the link to go to the outside blog post and not the AR Blog post.  Here is an example. 

This Blog post is: http://activerain.com/blogsview/977137/How-To-Drive-Traffic-To-Your-AR-Outside-Blogs-Riddle-Me-This

In the future, if and when I reference it in another article or Blog post, I would create the link to be this instead: http://activerainguide.com/post/977137/how-to-drive-traffic-to-your-ar-outside-blogs-riddle-me-this 

The second link goes to our outside blog, not to this post which is housed on AR.  Does this make sense or is it clear as mud?  :-))  Let me know if you need help.

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

Bridget - why don't you call me or I'll call you and explain it.  Takes less time and is much more effective to explain over the phone.  My fingers start hurting about this time in the afternoon...   lol~  :-))

Melissa - I would just do this on a go forward basis, but you could go back to say your last 5-10 posts if you had links to your others AR posts and correct the links, I think every little bit of traffic you can send to them helps.  It's really your call.  Hope all is well.  :-)

Amber - don't laugh, some members still won't get this, but I still have to try.  Tough riddle eh??  ROFL!!~

Maya - I'll call you and walk you through it if you'd like, or you can call me at your convenience.

Kristi - just go for it.  You have all the support you need behind you right here in the "rain!" 

Tere - let me know when you're ready and I'll clear some time to help you.  We'll need about 3-5 minutes.

Bill - sharethis is an approved widget, we just haven't released the next round of widgets for outside Blogs yet. They're coming soon, just no eta or confirmed date just yet.  Thanks for your patience.  :-)

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

Had been doing that for a while, but in reading the comments and finding your after thought... I hadn't thought of that.  Off to do that NOW.  Thanks again Brad.  You are always So helpful.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 11 years ago

Brad - ok i get the picture - i can't imagine how many times you get asked the same questions with over 138,000 members at this point!  I'll try not to be one of the statistics who asks you questions with already written down answers!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago

I pledge alligiance to the ........

Seriously, hats off to Brad and especially Bob for "pulling me through the river."  I am very pleased and look forward to having this added dimension as part of marketing our business.

Cheers

Posted by Omega Omega (Omega) almost 11 years ago

Looking forward to your webinar - hope it will be available online to registrants after the fact.

Hope we can add a google custom search widget to our pages.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 11 years ago

You write great posts. Thanks for taking the time.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sharon- you can add the custom google search widget to your AR and outside Blogs now. It works on both.  You'll see mine on my side bar over there   ------------------------------------>

You can see it on my outside blog here: Check Out Brads Google Widget

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

Hi Brad! This was really an interesting post. I think my outside blog already has a link. I will double check. Thanks! 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

I LOVE this, it's hilarious and imformative!  I think I will create a similar egg hunt at some point in the near future.  Great idea!

Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Once again, thank you for pointing out ways to drive traffic to our outside blogs. It took me a while to figure it out. I'm slow but trainable. I'll be linking to my outside blog now.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 11 years ago

I really need to tweak out my Outside Blog...  So much to do...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Brad - Rock on !  I got the "hints".  Really looking foward to the webinar !

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) almost 11 years ago

Brad, I'm just getting started with blogging and so much of this is over my head despite the fact that your posts are really clear and well written.  I'm looking forward to the webinar's  and maybe the fog will begin to lift.

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Brad, I'm just getting started with blogging and so much of this is over my head despite the fact that your posts are really clear and well written.  I'm looking forward to the webinar's  and maybe the fog will begin to lift.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 11 years ago

I'm always interested in what's out there to enhance my blogging.  Thank you for your post today.

Patricia   Portsmouth NH Real Estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

I'm never going to get all this put together, where do I just send a check?:)

Posted by Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad!  Thanks for the great info, as always.  Off to fix the outside blog

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 11 years ago

Brad has double vision from computering all day, time to call it quits for the evening.  Hope you all have a wonderful and blessed evening, be back tomorrow, same Brad time, same Brad channel! lol  :-))

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

Thanks for your post. I am almost decided on my outside blog domain name! So many choices!

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

CleverBrad, love your riddle. I'll check mine but I think maybe I've linked to it a time or two. If not, it'll be corrected soon.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Brad,

I am really glad to see this.  I have been wanting to focus on my outside blog.  I love the ease of the widgets.  They are coming next.  Thank you for all that you do.

Posted by Jodi Bakst, Team Jodi - Chapel Hill Real Estate, Durham Real E (Team Jodi Realty) almost 11 years ago

OK, I get it! I actually did that, but took out the links because I wanted to make it appear my about the area than about me and my outside blog. Maybe I will reconsider that.

 

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 11 years ago

More great stuff, Brad!  Thank you sir!!

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) almost 11 years ago

Brad - Thanks ! Everything is good hear. Hope all is well with you. I will do what you advised. I went into my outside blog again yesterday and I am tweaking it some more. I must be doing something right, received a contact yesterday and listed his property. Then a few hours later received a call off of one of my blogs and now looking for lake front properties.

For anyone who thinks everything you guys are doing doesn't work I am classic proof that it does !

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Kim - anytime you reference a previously written AR post, you should be linking to the post on your outside Blog and not the AR post.  You should drive traffic to your outside Blog and posts any opportunity you get. 

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

Connie - I'm only a call or comment away if and when you ever need help. You can do both.  Adding links to your outside blog and posts in any fashion is beneficial.  Take every opportunity you can.

Christine - your A++ has been granted.  :-)

Kate - Blogging in this Market is like planting seeds for the great harvest that is "soon to come!"

Andrew - I'll help you out if you need, the riddle here is to just drive traffic and visitors to your outside Blog and hopefully this post explained how.  If not, just hover your mouse over the last link in the post above.

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

Jason - thanks.  I think this was my first riddle post ever! lol~  Great talking to you last night.  :-)

Stephanie - what a concept, you rock!  I think adding a link to members outside blogs is key and we'll hopefully have something in place to do that shortly.  Making it simple for members is important.

Bo - Bard???  lol~

Tammy - I know not everyone reads all the comments, I'm glad you do and that you saw my after-thoughts, see what a little coffee in the morning does for me? HAHA!  Thanks for noticing.

Emily - you will never be a statistic, call me anytime with ANY questions you may have.  When I post the FAQ's, your question might help hundreds of other members who have the same one.  Thanks.  :-)

Lizette - linking to your outside blog posts was the answer.  Too many members get an outside Blog showing all their AR posts, but then when they create a new post referring to their previously written posts, they are linking back to the AR post and not the one on the outside Blog.  This just recirculates traffic on their AR Blog.  The idea here is to send traffic over to the outside ActiveBlog every chance you get.

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

Janie - glad you found this post as it was intended. Funny, yet informative.  We have a pretty sharp group out here in the rain.  Thought this would change it up a bit from my normal style of blogging.  Looking forward to that Easter Egg hunt, make sure you include me ok?  :-)

Michelle - you figured it out, that's the key!  Yeah!  It's just one more way to get your outside Blog on the map.  You are not slow at this stuff, you're just growing everyday you learn something new.

Lora - just keep pressing on, the fog will clear soon, I promise.  Just don't give up like some do.  They always end up coming back and wishing they had stuck with it.  Baby steps, and one bite at a time.

Drew - It will all come together in time, so invest your time wisely.  You can make your check out to me!! haha

Eileen - let me know when you decide, I'd love to have you add a link to the "Link Love & SEO" post....

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

Melissa - that's what it's all about!!  Well, at least part of it.  I think the business that comes to members from ActiveRain is actually just an added bonus.  It's the relationships that really count and that will last a lifetime.  Thanks for sharing that success comment, hopefully it will impact the non-believers.  :-))

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

Brad- Great riddle. The fact is that most people get used to do a thing a certain way, like link to AR blog instead of Activeblog. After a while of intentionally making the change, it will become second nature just as it has been on AR blog.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Brad,

Pretty complete tutorial how to get it right. And producing. Some of our members have created good-looking blogs, I must say. Thanx.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 11 years ago

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Sarah

http://www.lyricsdigs.com

Posted by Sarah almost 11 years ago

Sarah - thanks for visiting and reading my Blog, you're always welcome to stop by anytime.  Just a quick question, is the lyricsdigs.com a site you created?  Seriously, as a musician, I was intrigued and just trying to make the connection?  Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll continue to do so.  :-)

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

Katerina - you nailed it!  Thought this post might rattle the cage a bit and help jump start some new and creative habits.  I was going to write a post called "7 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers", but  I decided to write the book instead.  :-))  It's always nice to hear from you, thanks for poppin in.

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

Now that I've read more comments and your explanation, I think I understand it better. I'm going back to change some of my links. Can I sign up for the class now????? :)

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Connie - I am trying to have the 1st class setup for this coming Thursday, but still have some technical issues to work out. 

I'll do a post about it as soon as I know more, and have the class(es) confirmed.  :-)

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

Brad - you're awesome!  I'll let you know when I hit "paydirt" with some of your tips.

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

Mike - I'm really looking forward to that, hopefully very soon my friend.  :-)

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

Ummmm....I don't get it!  =)  Thanks for the tip Brad!

Posted by Michael Barrow, Realtor, San Diego CA Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty - San Diego Metro) almost 11 years ago

Michael - LOL~ Very funny... If you're serious though...that's TOO BAD!  :-))

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

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

Ok, ok.  I get it.  I need to stop linking to my Active Rain blog and start linking to my outside blog.  This should have been obvious but wasn't.  So, Brad thanks once again.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 11 years ago

Christine - this will make a huge difference if you do.  :-)  ActiveBrad

BTW - I am editing a SPAM comment as you'll see by the signature below.  Once I track this spammer down, it's good riddens.

Posted by psuitoqf almost 11 years ago

Taking advantage of yet another spam comment by replacing it with my own.

I am chasing these suckers down and will eventually catch them and reciprocate. 

Signed - ActiveBrad

Posted by apouqgoj almost 11 years ago

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