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How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature

How To Backup and Export Your Blog Posts - ActiveRain NEW Feature

On August 18 @ noon CST, we launched the ability for members to export all of their blog entries to a single, compressed XML file. Its open nature will allow for the development of third-party import tools.

Exporting your posts from ActiveRain has been a long awaited feature that is now available to all members.  The format is XML and can be manipulated in many different ways which I'll demonstrate in future posts.  Special thanks to our tech team for making this possible.  This new feature will allow you to backup and export your Blog posts with a single click.

The first thing you are probably asking yourself is what the heck is XML?  Read more at XML.com

 

Here are the simple steps to download your ActiveRain Blog File

Step 1:
Log in to ActiveRain

Step 2:
Click on your "My Home" link in the upper right hand corner of your screen

Step 3:
Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the link "Export Blog Entries"

Note: Depending on what computer you are running (IE: Mac, PC) and what operating system, the next window that pops up may appear slightly different, but it will be the same principle.  You are saving a file to a specified location on your computer.

 

Step 4:
The pop-up window below will appear.  Select "Save File" to your desktop, and click OK.

 

 

Step 5:
You will have a zipped or compressed file on your desktop containing the XML file with all your Blog entries.

(if file is not on desktop, check the location you saved it to, often times it will default to your "Downloads" folder located in your "My Computer" folder.)

 

 

Step 6:
When you "Double Click" on the zipped file, it will extract the .XML file to your desktop

 

 

Step 7:
To open and view this file, or to use with any XML compatible formats and programs, right click your mouse on it and select the program you wish to open it in.  For this example, I am going to use a simple text editor application on my computer called TEXT EDIT.

 

Step 8:
You can now see the XML format of your entire ActiveRain Blog.

 

Now don't go passing out on me (LOL~) understand that XML formats are a complex and more complicated format than most of us are used to working with or seeing, however, there will be a multitude of ways that this data can be used by other programs and sources.  You cannot hurt your ActiveRain Blog by messing around and experimenting with this file.  It is already exported from AR to your computer and will not affect your AR blog in any way.  You have now successfully downloaded and backed up your entire ActiveRain Blog and every post in it.

I'll try and post some more advanced information on ways this can be used in the near future, but for now, at least you know how to access and download it to your computer.  Baby steps, just baby steps before we show you how to run the 100 yard dash with it.  I'm sure there will be many questions, and ideas generated by this post, so please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts.  I'll do my best to get your questions answered in an accurate and timely manner.

 

     

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

Comment balloon 114 commentsBrad Andersohn • August 18 2009 12:00PM

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Hi Brad,

Thank you, that is very exciting news:)

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) almost 9 years ago

Ok, back after having to take the smelling salts - lol! No I really didn't pass out! lol!  This is awesome news. Of course other than having a backup copy I am excited in seeing what the uses will be. Thanks Brad.

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hopefully someone will find me on the floor soon where I passed out after seeing that code. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 9 years ago

WooHoo!  I love you guys....thanks!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 9 years ago

Interesting...opens all sorts of possibilites.  Thanks to the AR team for innovative ideas.

Posted by Keith McMullin, Port Aransas Real Estate (Mustang Island Ventures, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Ok, well I thought all would be easy. For some reason I can't get to steps 6 or 7. There seems to be no "extraction" taking place. When I double click I get that box that says Windows can't open this file. Any thoughts?

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the information Brad. Once I upload the blogs, can I delete those old blogs from AR, and if I delete, do I lose my points ?

Posted by Suma Kakani (Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad - This is a very exciting feature!  I need to bookmark this post and work on this when I have more time.  Great stuff!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Jo - you'll need to use a program that works with XML file formats, you won't be able to open it in just any windows program.  Right click on the file, see what options you have, I'll be doing a more detailed posts (advanced) on the XML file format later.  :-)

Suma - DO NOT delete your older blog posts, they are what generate search engine results for people to find you. If you delete them, you're deleting opportunities!!  This is just to backup your posts and use the data and information in other creative and suggested ways.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Phew!!!  I think I need the smelling salts too!  LOL.  I'm working on it though so thank you for the information.

Posted by Steve Merson, CNE, e-PRO (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

This is wonderful news Brad.  Thanks for opening up this opportunity for us -- can't wait to save my posts.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 9 years ago

Oh ! I see ! got you . Thanks for the info.

Posted by Suma Kakani (Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty) almost 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I simply am never going to get anything done today. All the cool new features are feeding my need to be entertained :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad: I recall many asked about this in the past..Looks like a great feature.. Question is... Where are these stored ?

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 9 years ago

Sweet!!! Thanks Brad

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) almost 9 years ago

That looks really cool. I'm just getting involved in all this tech stuff so I'm guessing your gonna let us know what we can use it for. :) Besides just back up>

Posted by Joel Weihe (Realty World Wichita) almost 9 years ago

Brad, this looks very interesting.  Now other than to have a back-up copy of my blog, what else can I do with this?

Posted by Marie Story, Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist (Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami)) almost 9 years ago

Brad, Okay, I will go and get this done. Then, wait for the next step:)  Thanks!

It's a Good Life!

Fran

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

WOW More updates.  I guess you guys want to keep us on our toes at all times.  Just when I thought I could rest a bit. lol  I just figured out today how to get my face on mybloglog and Jeremy with the signature and now you with a interesting feature that I have no idea what to do with.  I will bookmark for a later date.  Thanks!

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad,  This was a snap, even for me!  It was on the left sidebar of my page:)  Now, I am going to look into the signature thingy.

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

this is great and thank you for the update on the capability -- will be able to do more now.

Posted by Scott Hoen, VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607 (TitleCapture.com) almost 9 years ago

Roland - the XML file is stored on your computer, wherever you tell it to save when you download the file. 

Joel - I will, you bet.  :-)

Marie - there are all kinds of options, I'll post more information for members later, we need to progress with this series using baby steps.

If you want to know more about XML files and how they can be used, you should use Google to find some of the great articles that have been published.  In the meantime, I will be working on a couple ideas and ways to use this new backup feature that will be simplified and easy to understand. Thanks for your patience. 

We have been working on adding this feature for a while now, and it's finally here! WOOHOO!!!!!

Today is a great day, and another that will go down in the History Books as "A Huge Growth Step" for our network.  :-)))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

I don't know whether to be "excited" or "scared"!  I'm wading through all of this tech stuff and just when I think I know what I'm doing.....things change.  Oh well, it keeps things interesting.  Looking forward to your teaching us how to use the features in the future!

Posted by Tonda & Steve Hoagland, Real Estate - Greenwood Homes for Sale - Central I (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

you guys are so good to us, I like baby steps- yeah baby- baby steps!  cw

 

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) almost 9 years ago

Very cool feature Brad. Nice to know I can place my over 3 years worth of work on a back up. Well done!!!

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Great feature that's been awaited!  Thanks the powers that be for me!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago

How do you find the time to learn all this great stuff? I don't know where you are headed with this, but I like the idea of backing up our blogs! Thank you.

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 9 years ago

Can I ask what the purpose of exporting the blog posts is?  I mean, it's not like I'm going to export them to write a book or anything.  If I wanted to post a blog on another forum, it's easier to just copy and paste that one blog...

So, what are people needing to export for since everyone seems so excited about this?  What am I missing?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

I think Donna...

Has posed a very good question.

You Guys aren't going to be deleting some of our content are you?

If that's the case I hope you will let us all know. I for one do not feel I need to back up my Blog. Everything I've written is already stored on my P (piece of) C (crap)

:)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad as a low tech guy I am curoius why isn't cut and paste an easier way to do this. ? Ok stop laughing , but I am serious. You have all those steps and when I import into blooger or bloglines I cut and paste

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, I'm sure I'll wait till you explain why! I do love learning new stuff that I can showoff to my husband! When ever I can't figure out how to do things I have to ask him so sometimes I like to know something he doesn't know.

Posted by Valorie Stover, Realtor for Casta del Sol, Mission Viejo,CA, Active Adult Community! (Casta del Sol Real Estate / HomeSmart Everygreen Realty) almost 9 years ago

interesting.  I have been using the copy paste to add some of my blogs to other blogs i have.

Like CHARLIE I would post a blog here, go back and edit it, in HTML.  I just highlight and copy/paste it into the HTML editor of Wordpress and Blogspot.  But i must say, I like the idea of having a regularly backed up copy of all my blogs

well done AR

Posted by Daniel J. Hunter (REALTOR®) almost 9 years ago

Hmmm now this is very cool - I'll just have to figure out how to apply it - I've used the old copy and paste routine that others have done.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

Sounds like something I would like to try. It will be nice to have them right on my desktop.

Posted by Carl Winters almost 9 years ago

water...... oxygen......... 

Thanks to the Active Rain team for this terrific update.  It will be nice to be able to back up my blog and I'm looking forward to seeing the other uses for it.  You guys work too hard.  Raises all around!

Posted by Connie Betz, Top Omaha Realtor - Omaha Homes for Sale (Berkhire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

AMAZING! Just in time for me to start backing up all the blogs other than just import it into other blogs! THANK YOU!!!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Brad...

This is the best news that I've had today. I'm going to try it right now!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 9 years ago

Donna - many members over the years have wanted the ability to export their Blog posts and backup their Blog from AR.  Now they can.  Your Blog is yours and all the content contained herein.  Using the XML format just opens other opportunities and ways to use the data with other formats and platforms if need be. 

TLW - LOL~  We are NOT deleting anything.  This is just an alternative way to Backup your AR stuff and give members more options and control of their content.  Crappy computer or not, there should be some comfort in knowing that everything can be backed up into a single file now.

Charlie - cut and paste works just fine, many are doing that already.  This is NOT a copy and paste feature at all.  Take a look at the link to XML that I put in this post, this might help you better understand what the file is and how it can be used depending on each individual members needs.

This is a new feature that many members have been asking for in the past.  Just like HTML, CSS and and now XML, these file formats have a much more complicated format, but much more can be done with them.  I'll address some of those ideas in some later posts.  Right now, those members who do understand XML file formats are the ones you see getting really excited, just like when HTML capabilities were included on your AR Blog posts. Trust me when I say, This is a good thing.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad...this was very exciting---at first; when I got to step #7, I choose 'xml editor' as a program to open these zip files--did open, but no words correction--NO words in English--am certain that I contacted some alien planet though.  Windows or someone, suggested among other options, that a purchase of 'winzip' will answer all my problems. Do I really have to purchase this program?
Will keep watching for additional info. thanks
Barb & Sal  

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan almost 9 years ago

Wonderful!  I have been wanting to do this.  Now I can play with it.   THANK YOU!

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 9 years ago

I have been waiting for this... (even though I don't know I was waiting and or what "this" is)

Posted by Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad: What would be the use for this? Could you please write a post about why people would want to do this? Thanks

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 9 years ago

This looks a bit overwhelming at the moment... I will trust you will make it understandable to those not so tech savvy.  Thanks.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 9 years ago

i ...KNOW..I was here earlier....and told you I love you guys....thanks ...did it ...and done it. :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 9 years ago

I've been wondering when this would happen.  For Public posts, I have exported them to WordPress using the RSS feed...  Member's Only won't work like that...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad this is awesome....looks like martian for HTML...but I love that we can do this. So many cool features being released - such as our signatures.....;-)

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) almost 9 years ago

Brad - uhhhhhh, ok. Not sure why I should, but sounds like everyone is excited about it. Maybe it's just been one of those days.

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 9 years ago

Brad- that thing that just whizzed over my head was your post!! Just kidding. I'm going to re-read it and go to the XML link you provided and I'm sure with a little help, I'll figure it out.  Thanks for keeping us on our toes.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 9 years ago

I'm gonna send this to my techie son-in-law to read and interpret for me.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad -- Very cool and useful.  My blogging life has now been reduced to a 352K file. LOL

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad - I am glad to have the ability to back-up my blog.  But I have to admit that the thought of learning more about xml is overwhelming to me.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com) almost 9 years ago

Looks good.  So... it begs the question, is there any existing system that will import our XML-based blog entries?

To all the AR users who have been dying for this feature, can you tell us how you plan to use it?  Sometimes I'm just dense and sometimes I need a jumpstart to come up with other great ideas.  Ignore the implementation issues for the moment. 

Posted by Robert T. Boyer, San Diego Real Estate & Mortgage Loans, Ph.D. | VA Home Loan (FHA Loan, VA Loan, Jumbo Loan,FHA Loans,VA Loans,Jumbo Loans) almost 9 years ago

Brad: this is great... Easy access to our files any time we want. ( providing you don't loose a hard drive )

BB: Sounds like we better have more than one back up file :P

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 9 years ago

 

Brad:

Please go in baby steps here.  The peanut gallery doesn't know what you are talking about. :-)

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) almost 9 years ago

Hey all, Here's a couple links I found on the web:  I want to try and keep this as simple as possible so it will make sense to those who don't understand XML, how to use it, or why.  There will be more information coming about these backup file options when I get the chance.

What is XML?

What is XML for?

Some quick answers about XML

What XML software is available?

If you Google search info about XML, you'll find hundreds of articles written about the many aspects of this type of File format.  I'll do my best to break it down into simplified and useful terms you can understand and use.  Baby steps.....   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad, it may be useful here to try a car analogy.  Tell people not to worry too much about how the engine (xml) actually works, all they really need to do is to know how to put in the gas and turn the ignition key.

Posted by Robert T. Boyer, San Diego Real Estate & Mortgage Loans, Ph.D. | VA Home Loan (FHA Loan, VA Loan, Jumbo Loan,FHA Loans,VA Loans,Jumbo Loans) almost 9 years ago

Great! Thanks for the new feature! I am sure it will really come in handy. :)

Posted by Gabriele Buonacorsi (Coldwell Banker Premier Realty) almost 9 years ago

Wow, busy all day and two great features are added to AR.

This is exciting. I have been backing up my Wordpress.org blog and felt so much safer.

Now this is great to be able to do it here.

......wondering....

I've been here since 06, this is gonna take some time.

thanks to all AR staff, look forward to more tutorials on it.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 9 years ago

Brad yet one more cool reason to spend so much of my time here.  You guys keep this up I am going to need a way to manage my leads in here so I just don't leave.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 9 years ago

I actually passed out after reading this, no kidding. It turned out to be a virus. Sorry Brad, you'll just have to be satisfied with my anxiety attack on trying to do this. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 9 years ago

I actually passed out after reading this, no kidding. It turned out to be a virus. Sorry Brad, you'll just have to be satisfied with my anxiety attack on trying to do this. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 9 years ago

Brad, you guys are just great. Thanks and I will try this backup this afternoon.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the new features. I need to check it out.

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) almost 9 years ago

I'm really proud of myself, Brad, because I understand just enough to bookmark this and return for further study! That is my accomplishment for the day  ;-)

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

We use Point 2 for our website.  Are we now able to put the same blog from AR into Point 2?

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Another great feature, Brad - you guys have really been busy this summer!

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Yeah Baby!!!! Another winner from the A/R team.

Thank you

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Senger, Licensed Transaction Coordinator (tcDocs) almost 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I think I understand this better now. It appears that if we use ScribeFire to write our Blog posts, there's no way to save our posts with that plug in? That right there would be a reason for me to use this new tool. It's either this tool, or copy and paste into docs.

Please correct me if I'm wrong. I was wrong, once :)

P.S. Are you enjoying my Crap Colored comments? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy - you'll need to check with Point 2 and see if they work with XML file formats, this is yet another example and opportunity of how these files can and might actually be used.  Contact their support department to see what they have for an answer on that one. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

TLW - thanks for motivating me to find a video that does a decent job of explaining what and how to use XML.  This guy does a pretty good presentation about XML and discusses a few ways it can be manipulated.  He also shares how to create an XML file, but that part won't be needed as the XML files have already been created and downloaded thanks to this new feature.  I hope this helps.

Just Remember that this stuff is really advanced and usually managed and utilized by webmasters, programmers, developers etc., so beyond the fact that it's great to have a backup of your entire AR Blog and all the posts contained in it, I'll still try to simplify and share information like this with our members. 

To many, this will always seem greek and very technical, and that's ok, just having the knowledge of what it is and how it can be used in the future will give many some level of comfort and security.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Ah Ha...

You'll win me over with good video every time :)

I'll be back tomorrow to do my homework. Please don't give me a detention. I've a busy girl spreading my love (and Crap) around The Rain :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

TLW - we can never get enough of you, there's just not enough of "The Lovely Wife"  to go around. 

BTW - Love the red comments, Black and Red is one of my favorite combinations of colors.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

OK, I tried it too, but it says that I can't open it. I think I need winzip on my computer which it looks like I don't have.  I think this will be a work in progress.  I'd also like to make an easy transfer to my Point 2 site.  I'm bookmarking for future reference.  I think it's too much for me to think about now. :)

Posted by Jen Bowman, Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL (Keller Williams on the Water) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, your awesome...

Posted by Joannie Williams (J.Williams Home Staging LLC.) almost 9 years ago

Sheesh, I'm away for a few days and I missed all kinds of great posts on your blog, Bob's, and others.  This is an awesome feature.  I was hoping this would be available one day and now we have it!  :)

Chanda panda

Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) almost 9 years ago

Brad, Rock and Roll!  Thank you so much for the new feature and the explanation!

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) almost 9 years ago

All the updates are very exciting, looking forward to learning more about how this could be used.

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) almost 9 years ago

I like the new badges. I know it's a preference but I also noticed that the badges are now below the profile photos instead on it. Good job.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 9 years ago

Holy Moses!  My head is spinning trying to keep up with this stuff!  I will be eagerly anticipating your posts explaing how we can use this application.  And thanks for the 100 free points every day just for having a pulse!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 9 years ago

-->there's just not enough of "The Lovely Wife"  to go around.

Well there's a good excuse for not doing my homework. Why didn't I think of that? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

what do i do with it can i leave it unzipped

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 9 years ago

This is exciting news - cut and paste is a pain. Thanks Brad and everyone at AR!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 9 years ago

ROCK ON! I was hoping we would get this feature some day!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) almost 9 years ago

So much to learn...I'm thankful for all your help!  I'll bookmark this and try it soon!

Posted by Michelle Hatmaker, Houston Galveston Real Estate (Real Living - The Hatmaker Group) almost 9 years ago

Hannah - you can leave it unzipped and place it in a folder somewhere on your computer for safe keeping if you like. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

What the hey...I've done everything as laid out, but my pop-up box, instead of saying, "Save", it says, "Save to Disk".  I did that, and then I clicked on the STuffit File, and then double-clicked on the zip file, and a GAME came up, called Big Bang 4-in-a-row.  What did I do wrong?

Posted by Lisa Bosques almost 9 years ago

Hi Lisa - I have no idea what happened in the process of you downloading the file and trying to open it.  If you want to give me a call this week, I can try to walk you through it and see if we can get it resolved.  In the meantime, Big Bang four in a row sounds like an interesting tic tac toe game!  lol~   Seriously though, here to help if you need.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

Should you really be suggesting that folks leave things unzipped? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

cool ideas as always - glad to have a back up copy and looking forward to future horizons!

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Team Leader/ Investor for Brand New Keller Williams North Seattle Office) almost 9 years ago

Thanks, Brad.  Very easy back-up.  Good option.

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) almost 9 years ago

Yes...

I am practicing the updated technique on your Blog.

But only because you won't bitch at me :)

P.S. You did promise me a dance :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks so much for this tutorial.  This is very exciting news as i have wanted to have this capability for a long time!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 9 years ago

Brad,  Thank you very much,  I think!  Now that I have the blogs on my hard drive, I need to find another place to use them.

 

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Posted by Erika Nicholson, Columbus Ga Homes, Columbus Ga Real Estate, Ft Benning Ga, (ROSE ANNE ERICKSON REALTY, LLC. Columbus Ga) almost 9 years ago

Hi Erika - you're welcome.  Having them backed up is great, however finding another place to use them might not be the best use of your time and effort.  If your blogs here on AR have already been indexed and show up on google, then placing the same exact content elsewhere might not get you the best results.  If you are pushing your content to your outside blog here on AR, this is where we are trying to get you the maximum SEO and indexing for your AR Blog content. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Awesome post Brad.  I did not know about that feature...and I've always been a wee bit worried that all of Karen's posts could disappear one day.  I'll be doing that back-up right now me thinks.

Hey...  I just posted about breast cancer and I addressed you in the post...if you happened across it, but I might as well just ask, since I'm here:

Do you happen to know how many ActiveRainers are women?  Because I wrote a post about breast cancer among our friends here at AR.  Sorry I am off topic here.

Posted by SEO Expert: Michael George, Real Estate and Law Firm SEO almost 9 years ago

Hey Michael - great to hear from you. I would say we are about a 50/50 split, but that's my guess. Not sure we have a stat with that report but that would be my guess.  :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad, If I wanted to import from Windows Live writer to AR what Blog Provider would I use?  It currently doesn't detect what I've provided to it.  I also need the remote posting url for my blog.  Thanks for all of the amazing information, you're a great help!

Posted by Jennifer Arsenault, Online or in person, Jen cliques with you (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Jen - you got me on that one. I post directly to AR and use scribefire from time to time for fonts. That's about it. Not too familiar with Live Writer. We don't have a remote posting URL for your Blog.  You can create AR posts and have them pushed to your AR Outside Blog, but that's not what you're asking, at least I don't think.  Wish I could help you more. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I am unclear on this concept. Why do you need to do this and what are the benefits? I don't get it yet.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

Hi Cheryl - if you needed all the content from your blog to use in another location with the xml format, you could. It's also might help you sleep better at night if you have 500 activerain posts all backed up on your harddrive somewhere.  I'm not an XML expert and have yet to find the time to explore some of the other many uses that might be available for this, but when I do, you can bet I'll be posting about it. :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

Thank you for having this feature, I am going to back-up my posts.

Posted by Catherine "Cathy" Chaudemanche- Edison, NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) over 8 years ago

The xml file can be used to backup your posts. It also works well with any platform that support xml formats. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

Thanks so much Brad. Its great to have a backup and I'll use the files elsewhere too.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) over 8 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

This is not working on Win7. Any idea why? Win7 doesn't regonize the file type. I'm thinking perhaps that has something to do with, what, an XPI extension maybe? Correct me if I'm wrong, please :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

TLW - exporting this file should have nothing to do with your operating system.  Opening it on the other hand may.  Any text editor will open the file unless of course your operating system is setup in a way that conflicts with this file type being opened. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

Always interested in ways to duplicate blogging posts to the benefit of SEO for Realtors.  Interested in any syndication ideas that will eliminate the hours required to duplicate by blog.  Thanks Brad!!!

Posted by Bob Marsh, Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate (Warm Weather Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Bob, not certain of any SEO benefits from duplicate content in blogs or out on the web, but backing up your data on your computer an out on the cloud is alway a good idea. I'm glad AR implemented this capability. I just backed up my blog a couple days ago and dumped it into my http://BradAndersohn.com. It turned out pretty cool and I also now have all my posts backed up on my site. Not really looking for the SEO on this one, like others, I get plenty of that SEO here on AR! :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago
Haha, sorry about my last comment, my spelling and grammar from this iPhone this late at night using my fat thumbs never seems to work for me. Lol- :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad, Thank you for the post, I don't use a Word Press web site, I knew XML format looked similar but not the same animal as HTML.  I can use an HTML editor with my web site to convert to WYSIWYG.... Do you know any converters and or editors that would convert from its existing file format to WYSIWYG?  

I am thinking my only way to bring my blogs into my web site is to try to cut and paste... unless you have any more tricks up your sleeve.  

Even thou I am not a rain maker yet I wanted to bring my content into my web site for those viewing my web site can read some of my blogs if interested and I wanted to build up a library that would compliment my web site as well as AR.  

You mentioned in your post that you were going to post a more advance post explaining more ways to use XML file format, is this post available or still in the thought process?  

Thank you for your help, 

Posted by Rod Pierson, Northern California (Results Real Estate Inc) over 4 years ago

Hi Rod - Everything I posted about this topic is still sitting on TheRainBlog, hopefully that "how-to" will help.  Thanks.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 4 years ago

Hi Brad-- I dont see the "export blog entries" as the bottom of the home page any more.  Did it move? Help please.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 4 years ago

Hi Joan - a couple things have changed since this post was created...

To export and backup all your ActiveRain blog posts, follow these 3 steps:

1. From the top of your blog page, select the "Blog Settings" link.

2. Now Click on the "My Blog" Link

3. At the bottom of the list options should be an "Export Blog Entries" entries link. This allows you to save the export file to your laptop or dektop.

Hope that helps.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 4 years ago

Thank you, Brad!  I wish there was an easy way to just grab a list of the TITLE and URL of each AR blog post we've ever published to be shared in the future...and/or for repurposing.  With 965 post, it's a daunting task to say the least.  Any suggestions?  

Posted by Bill Cobb, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser (Accurate Valuations Group, LLC) about 1 year ago

Unless ActiveRain has come up with a new way to do that, I'd suggest backing up your entire blog. You can always go to your settings page to copy each individual link by right clicking on the title saving it to a spreadsheet but with more than 900 blog post that could take you forever. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 1 year ago

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