The Official ActiveRain Guide


The ActiveRain Manual - NEW & IMPROVED

The ActiveRain Manual - NEW & IMPROVED

When I started creating the first AR Manual, it was so that I could find posts I'd written to share with others I had invited, those new to AR, or anyone who just wanted to know more specifics about how to use different areas and tools offered by AR.  Creating a "manual" back then was more for my own use than anything else.  It was an easy way to keep organized and find posts quickly. 

3 Years later, the AR manual has evolved into a resource library that now anyone can use.  The OLD version, (on the left) was not something I was really proud of, but it served its purpose for the time being.

Today, I'm announcing The NEW  Tons of tutorials, tips and how-to's.

Both of these manuals were built using WIX.  I really like their site and how easy it is to create and update content.  For the new manual, WIX stepped up and offered to help out.  The goal was to create a site that would be cleaner, more organized and professional, easier to search, and that would save members time.  WIX provided the platform and the tools, and Kris Fitzgerald helped me design and set it all up.

These guys were awesome, very professional, really fun to work with, and I endorse them 100%. 

WIX sites are FREE, their templates are flashy, professional, easy to work with, and their customer service is exceptional.  Check out the new AR Manual, (I upgraded the my account on WIX to remove the ads and use my own domain) hopefully this will be helpful to AR members.  WIX also added an ActiveRain Promo for AR members only, you can get the same discount and support they gave me.  Most of all, I think you'll like the new manual over the old one, I've upgraded it, removed a lot of the clutter, and cleaned the place up nice for you.  Take a peek...

Ross & Brandon from WIX, and Kris and I are pretty excited and proud of the new AR manual. Enjoy!



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

Comment balloon 123 commentsBrad Andersohn • March 11 2010 09:00AM


Brad - this looks pretty cool. I can see some other applications, besides your stellar AR Manual. We all appreciate so much all that t=you share with us!!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Brad always thinking...trying to improve the mouse trap huh? You could not just leave it alone and let it ride but had to tinker, reinvent. Good for you! Less and less folks reading manuals though and want to be "fed" , shown information with video. Get on camera, all the active rain staff and explain each and every crevice and update them as needed. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad,


 A real handy item. 


Thank you

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( almost 10 years ago

Wow Brad...Thanks Newbies and Old Members alike will want this great resource at their finger tips. I'm booking marking it for how can I organize my book marks...mmm

Brad You Rock....Thanks for your continued support to us all in the Rain !

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad, thanks for the heads up, this is alot better system my bookmark system that I currently using, there is just so much info on AR that I bookmark stuff and take a day now and then to go back and really learn the material. Thanks Again for making my life easier

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad:

I downloaded the toolbar - I'm sure this will be another super feature to boost AR to new heights. The manual is something we could all benefit from.


Posted by Mott Marvin Kornicki, Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad.  A great resource we can all use.

Posted by Jeff Craig, Greensboro Area Real Estate Photography (Hang Me Up Photos) almost 10 years ago


That is so cool....I think this is going to be a great resource...and probably a great time saver for you too....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) almost 10 years ago

This should be required reading for new members...and old ones alike!


Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 10 years ago

I love this informational book!

Posted by Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc. (NMLS #145368)) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Wow What a new and modern look. I'll have to dig into this... Can you dig it?  Bookmarked.... 

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad:  This... as can be expected from you... is excellent.  I will add a link to this post to my collection of AR posts that I send to various Newbies as I greet them when I notice they are making their first posts.  Thanks so much.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 10 years ago

Wow, brad.. this rocks!!!   Nobody will be blogging today... we'll all be reading the new manual!  thanx

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad, thank you so much for the new improved AR Manual! It will be a great help to oldies and newbies alike!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 10 years ago

 Brad ---- I'm really looking forward to taking a look at the manual -- thanks to you and the WIX guys.
                                                                          The AgentOwned Realty  <br/><br/><br/><br/>Company - Mama Liz Signature  with blue

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) almost 10 years ago

QUESTION TO BRAD: We are going to start doing Active Rain training sessions in the office . Any hints or tips on how to use the manual to support this? Are there any "training" templates we could get from you? Can I wrangle a trip somewhere warm to learn more? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) almost 10 years ago

Leslie - we can setup some custom training classes at the ActiveRain University just for your office. Give me a call and I will show you how we can incorporate the manual, the help toolbar, and these custom online webinar classes for your folks.  I'm in Arizona right now but will be back in the office tomorrow afternoon. My number is on my AR profile page.  Thanks.  :-))

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

Brad, yet another great way to help us find the information we need.  Thanks for this very helpful tool and also for turning us on to WIX.  I'll have to check that out.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago

Thanks, Brad!

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) almost 10 years ago

I stumbled upon this manual the over day and I love it.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thank you Brad for this wonderful tool! Looks like I have to get busy reading! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 10 years ago

Brad - is there an issue with IE8 for the manual or is it just the fact that I am on wireless (slow) as it did not load for me. Is there such a thing as a minimum recommended download speed? Does it run better in Firefox?

Of course patience may be a virtue I am one of those who does not stay with a site that does not download quickly.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for all your work.  I use the manual daily.

Posted by Tricia Pearson, Real Estate Broker, San Antonio/Hill Country Homes for Sale (Tricia Pearson - Pearson Real Estate - Texas Hill Country) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) almost 10 years ago

This looks this a free site ??? I just glanced at this before going into a closing..hoping to get an answer when I return..thanks Brad for another wonderful tool.

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 10 years ago

What a wonderful idea Brad!  No doubt this will be a grand one to help out the members.... Now when someone emails me for info....I'll send them this link :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 10 years ago

Hi Kathy - It is a Flash site so you will need the most recent version of Adobe Flash Playerf or the best results.  I always prefer Firefox over IE because of the speed, ease of use, and it's a much more forgiving browser.  Also make sure you check for IE browser updates if you want to continue using IE.  Dial up and slow internet access will definitely have an impact on load times and speed of any internet site.

BTW - I mentioned the new Manual and the "Flashy" WIX site at RainCamp Denver so I thought I better get this post up and out there.  :-)

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

Brad - This is just what I needed.  Thank you very much.

Posted by Bob Murphy (Keller Williams Realty Consultants) almost 10 years ago

Great Brad.  It's great to find all these resources in one place.

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) almost 10 years ago

What a fabulous resource!  Thank you.

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS almost 10 years ago

Helpful Hannah - the wix sites are free, I upgraded the manual on wix (for a fee) so I could host it at  They gave me a great discount deal which they'll do the same for all AR members as well.  You can still create some cool sites and flashy pages on Wix and yes, they are for free.  :-)

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

Wow, I'm shocked !!!!!!! All this time I thought AR was like my I-Phone, NO BOOK (*L*) !!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 10 years ago

Very cool, I am excited, I will bookmark and download your tool bar!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate) almost 10 years ago

It's SWEET Brad!!! Very easy to navigate and looks sharp too! I can't imagine how much time this project took but a big thank you from me.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Wow, this is really going to come in handy in the future.  Thanks for your efforts.  I'll be referring to it a lot in the future. 

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) almost 10 years ago

Cynthia - thanks!! :-)

It's taken me 3 years to get it to where it is right now.  What's really cool is that I will be able to add and update it in the future with new ideas, tools, tips, AR tutorials etc.  I have a few more posts to add already this week.

If you don't find what you need or are looking for about AR in the manual, please let me know and I'll create a post and add it.

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

Thanks, again, for all your help! Keep on rockin'!

Posted by Melissa Hughes (Ponderosa & Sun Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad- where would we all be without your efforts??? I'm checking out the manual and WIX.   You must truly live, breath, eat, drink ActiveRain.

PS just checked it out quickly before the next Webinar and love it.  Great colors and easy to use.  Now I don't have to go back over all of your old posts to search for something.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 10 years ago


I'm going to have a look ASAP. And I'm also going to check out the WIX tool!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad thank you for your quick and speedy response you are the BEST ..I know this will be an awesum site

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 10 years ago

...and here I thought I'd died and gone to heaven with the AR toolbar!!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for this great tool.

Posted by Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker - (Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229) almost 10 years ago

Love the new tool bar, esp the radio feature!!!  Thanks Brad!!!

Posted by Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411 (CENTURY 21 Triangle Group) almost 10 years ago

Appreciate the support, as always, Brad.  Thanks much.

Posted by Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country (Pacific Union International) almost 10 years ago

WOW how cool is this. Great info... Thanks

I'll be downloading the tool bar asap.

Posted by Roxy Redenbaugh, NMLS#269926 (Roxy Redenbaugh (Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation)) almost 10 years ago


I'm pretty new here so this is going to be a HUGE help!  THANK YOU!


Posted by R. Michael Brown, Communication that increases sales! (R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations) almost 10 years ago

Brad thanks so much if anyone needs help in these areas it is me for sure . I will be doing home work next week in this

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 10 years ago

Excellent. Hopefully you'll have a tutorial on linking. I know how to do it in my blog but not on my profile.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad, this is great to have all this info in one place.  Do I have to save this to favorites or will it be on a tab on the AR site?

Also I noticed while reading it that you are giving the tutorial on how to add photos to the sidebar of the Localism site.  I haven't been able to upload photos or use the map for a year now using IE.

When I questioned it I was told to use Firefox but I can't get it to work even with Firefox.  Have you checked yourself lately to see if it is working?  It was such a great tool and I was using it for many of my local neighborhoods until it's demise.

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) almost 10 years ago

Awesome, Brad!  I'm continually amazed at the outstanding support you guys give us - - and very appreciative.  Thanks.

Have a great day!

 Mike


Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) almost 10 years ago

Howdy and evenen there Brad

Looken mighty fine there, I check out the manusl and WIX.

Baker Home and Commercial Properties Inspections

Posted by Baker Home Inspection and Commercial Properties Inspections, Home and Commercial Properties Inspections Vermont (Baker Residential and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 10 years ago

Darn, now I can't be a rebel and go against the rules. But as Detective Murtaugh said in Lethal Weapon, I getting to old for that s....

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 10 years ago

Thanks everyone for all the great comments and love, you're all the BEST!  You make my job and adventure here on AR the funnest and most rewarding career I've ever had!!  You've all helped me over the past 3 years just as much as I have helped you, so thanks. :-)

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

Brad, I love the manual. Thanks for the time and effort.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the reference guide.  It is a great accomplishment for AR.

Posted by Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete, The Earl of St. Pete (St Pete LUXE Living Group) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this manual is awesome, you have done yet another stellar job for all of us here on AR. Thank you!

And you just don't know how timely this is, I am going to get a few more websites up and running, this might just be the place I want to use. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

You have repeatedly improved my info and experience with your blogs, Brad.  Best part:  I enjoy your writing.  What's the tv saying?  "I not only work here, I shop here!"  Quite applicable.

Thanks, Brad.


Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) almost 10 years ago


Very strong. This is the mother of all AR manuals. Newbies, and veterans too, will find asnwers to their questions and puzzled looks here.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 10 years ago

Connie - I will do a post on Linking and cover topics like Anchor text and how to best use the linking features.  Great suggestion, thank you.  FYI - linking works on your profile page the same as it does on your Blog.  The profile even has more editing tools than the Blog post or comment toolbar.  You'll notice a font style and size option on the profile pages toolbar.

Jenny - no need to bookmark or save this post or the manual, just remember Regarding your photos on Localism, I would suggest adding them to your posts instead which show up on your Localism profile.  The upload feature is still under review until we best figure out how to manage it.  As you're probably aware, not everyone is a photographer and some of the photos that were ending up on Localism were more self promotional, advertising, nothing to do with the local areas etc. and no way humanly possible for us to monitor them. That is just not a process that can be automated unfortunately.

We'll figure out a good solution that works for everyone, but until we do, I would create your Hyper-local posts with photos and images, that way each person will be responsible for their own content and pictures and we won't have to spend our days searching and removing photos that are .... well let's just say, suggestive or less than appropriate. :-)

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

I just came across WIX last night, nice site.  Thanks for combining all the info., will definetely come in handy.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I look forward to perusing the new Manual & checking out WIX too.  Thanks so much!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 10 years ago

Are you building a spaceship for inter galactic travel, Brad because you keep coming up with these amazing new products?

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) almost 10 years ago

I can not wait to use it.


Posted by Paul Smith, BRE# 01107845, Servicing the Lake Tahoe area Real Estate Needs (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) almost 10 years ago

Geez Brad, this is AWESOME! I referred a lot to the "old" AR manual when I first got here.  I'm looking forward to exploring the new one as well!  THANK YOU for all you do for AR.....the knowledge you freely share with us is invaluable. 


I'm just curious, you ever SLEEP??  Yikes!  :)


Thanks again for all of your hard work.




Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Looks awesome! This is an awesome resource for all of us here. Cool to learn about WIX too.

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

That looks awesome and chalk full of good information. The newbies won't have to "trial and error" like I did almost 4 years ago!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Brad ~ Thanks, I really need this and can't wait to read it!

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Thank you to you and all of those who made this happen, for all of your time and effort.  For some reason though, the colors showed up on the page, and no words.  Anyone else have this issue?

Posted by Jared Hokanson, Your Home Sold, GUARANTEED!* (Hokanson Realty & Jared Realty Group) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this is amazing.  I only wish it was in print so I could read it and apply it better.  All the best information packed into a great website.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) almost 10 years ago

Brad, this should help us all, quite a bit!  Thank you!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad. It's great that you have revised and updated it. ~ Lana

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad, are you gifted with days that are longer than 24 hours?  How do you manage to pack as much into a day, a week, a month... that yo do?  Thanks for all that you do for us and the manual looks great.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 10 years ago

Wish I had it several years ago. You're making it too easy we need to suffer.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 10 years ago

Brad - A great idea to have a manual since it has been cumbersome to try and find a particular post otherwise.

Posted by FN LN almost 10 years ago

I'm planning on reading the New Manual this weekend.  Thanks for your hard work!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, I didn't know ActiveRain had a manual, I'll definitely check it out.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 10 years ago

What a great tool you have created Brad - This can be useful to so many

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 10 years ago

I cannot wait to read through this....  Maybe there is some updates on Localism in there:) hint hint...  The site looks great, on my way!

Posted by Barbara Kornegay, Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes (REMAX Essential) almost 10 years ago

thanks for the one stop place to go for information -- I look forward to diving in to the detail

Posted by Scott Hoen, VP, Marketing Systems & Sales Tech, 714-270-9607 ( almost 10 years ago

Wow Brad, this is amazing. We are so big now and yet it takes most newbies a long time to understand how to do things on AR.

This would be a great resource to pop up, after someone joins or a week later.

You're the best!

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago


Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is very useful information and I am excited to learn more about the benefits of AR and how to use it in my business!


Posted by Marianne Cherico, Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Interiors by Marianne Cherico) almost 10 years ago

Nice going Brad ~ the manual is without a doubt going to be a very useful tool for everyone on AR.  WIX I'll look into next week.  There's a lot of potential for use for REALTORS isn't there?

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 10 years ago

WOOO-HOOO, Brad! I've added the AR Manual to my favorite links and look forward to getting smarter.  Thanks.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 10 years ago

WOOO-HOOO, Brad! I've added the AR Manual to my favorite links and look forward to getting smarter.  Thanks.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 10 years ago

And now the fun really starts - great stuff Brad - thanks for all that you do!  Reblogged

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ (Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty) almost 10 years ago

Awesome! I will definitely check it out. I can't believe I didn't notice before you were from Fairfield - so HI neighbor!

Posted by Cari Anderson almost 10 years ago

I love the idea Brad...I just spend a bit of time on it and got 2 proxy error messages...

Posted by Catherine Chaudemanche - Edison & Central NJ, Full Time, Informed and Involved- Results Driven (Metuchen Keller Williams Elite Realty / Middlesex County, NJ) almost 10 years ago

Brad...Consider it book marked, there are many times in the wee hours of the morning (or Night) that I just can't get things to work...a quick refresher or tutorial would be great.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 10 years ago


Very cool.  It looks awesome and easier to use just to start.  The old one was a bit clunky - great info, but we like the newer technology.  

Do you guys ever sleep?  I heard you yesterday on Mike Mueller's Facebook Fan Page Webinar and you are always doing cool stuff.  Love the AR University concept too! 

Thanks for all you do!  All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) almost 10 years ago just keeps getting better !

I think I have checked in with this tutorial a few dozen times over this past year !

Cheers B-Rad !!!

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 10 years ago

sorry for not commenting back sooner, I had to get some sleep! lol~  :-))

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


What a great resource to put together and make available. Thanks for the hard work. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) almost 10 years ago

WOW Fred, thanks!!  I love the "tax" idea... thanks for your kind and very thoughtful comment~   :-)

....I can smell that soil now.....

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

Someone just sent me an email with this graphic and said, "Hey Brad, Look what I just found, did you know there's an ActiveRain Manual?"  I'm totally laughing my arse off right now...  :-))

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

Be sure to check out some of the other cool Real estate related sites that have been created by others on WIX.

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

Hey Brad - Did I join AR at the right  time or what?? - but then I'd have to say to anyone who's HERE - come on down!  AR is the wikipedia of real estate marketing.

Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad - You've got a lot of ideas packed into this manual. Is WIX content searcharble?

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 10 years ago

The manual is broken down into categories John, people don't know what to search for if they don't know what they're looking for.  If you want to search WIX? Yes, it's searchable.  If you wanted to search the manual, I haven't added a search tool but may look into that now that you mention it. Thanks.

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

Brad, looks great. Thanks for the hard work you have put into this manual.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad ~ This is awsome to have all this in one place and no more searching through your blogs.  Thanks for all your hard work you put into this site to help us be better!

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 10 years ago

ROCK OUT BRAD!  I have this bookmarked for newbs.  One of my friends who is due to have a baby any day from now till raincamp is disappointed she is missing it.  Trying to round up the troops for ya ;)

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) almost 10 years ago

Brad: The new manual is a great tool for newbies and oldies, THANKS!  You are always keeping us so up to date on Active Rain.


Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) almost 10 years ago

Yay,Ithink folks have gotten tired of mr asking questions like hey how did you do or where did you find....  Now I can get it all in one place and I also love the AR toolbar!!  Thanks  Brad

Posted by Bill Dean, William Dean - Broker, Salesperson (Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.) almost 10 years ago

Wow! I wish that was around when I first started here. There are things in there everyone can learn from. I am going to mention it on the newbie Side bar. You are still incredible!!

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 10 years ago

Karen - thank you so much, I remember signing up and joining the newbie group and finding so many great posts and tutorials there.  That was the beginning of my new endeavor and the starting point of my new career here at ActiveRain.  Thanks for creating the newbie group, the value of that group brings more benefit to new members than any other I know of.  YOU are still incredible!!  :-))

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


I look forward to using the manual. Previously, I relied on the "search" Active Rain on Google  feature, to find things. This reference looks like it will be a big help. Thanks.

Posted by Mary Weaver, Expertise & Knowledge in Ruidoso-Alto Real Estate (Weaver Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thanks a million for the AR manual...and for the tip about WIX. I'm setting up a website using their resources right now, and it is terrific! Easy, good-looking, fast...and the price is certainly right!

Posted by Sonsie Conroy, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor (I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County) almost 10 years ago

Sonsie - glad you like the manula and the wix site as well. Thanks.  :-)

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

Hi, Brad. I've learned ALOT  from reading your posts but I just sent this link to my Broker. She is an AR "newbie" and has a very inquisitive mind so she will put this to good use! Thanks!

Posted by Leslie Helm, Real Estate For Trail Riders (Tennessee Recreational Properties) over 9 years ago

Hi Leslie - thanks for "paying this forward," if your broker needs any help, training, or additional support, please feel free to let me know. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for this. Great manual, I was think of building a wix site.

Posted by ReShawna Leaven, Experience. Knowledge. RESULTS. (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Brad - this is a "required" reading for me,


Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) over 9 years ago

Mike - no problem, hope you'll find it to be useful and save you some time.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad -

Thanks to you and your team for spearheading this project. While I realize that many of us have bombarded the technical help desk with questions over the past several months, I know that this will be a real useful tool for those of us - both new and "seasoned"  who like to know the "hows, whys and how-comes" of AR.


Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) over 9 years ago

Thanks for devoting what must have been a heap of time putting the new manual together Brad.   I'm looking forward to going through it to help me figure out how to improve my blog site. 

Posted by Marie-Denise Kratsios, Where ever you are, that's where I'll be! (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Marie - "A Heap of Time" ....  I couldn't have said it better myself!!  (Big Smile!!!)  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Wow!  On it's own domain even.  I just happend by this post and saw the manual.  Nice work.  I'll bookmark it.  I already picked up a how-to I've learned from.  :)

Posted by Colleen Lane, Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 (Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale) over 9 years ago

Every day another gold mine from AR!  Fantastic!  Thank you Brad and AR.

Posted by Ken Speer (Alpha Global Associates) over 9 years ago

Hey Brad, I just found the manual today via the Help/FAQ and this post.  Thank you so much for the great information!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

I accidently came across the book when I needed a question answered.  AR has so many features that this book will be really good for newcomers, like me, who just hit and misses until I get it right,

Posted by Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care (Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200) over 9 years ago

Hi Chris and Patty - this book you stumbled across is actually years of my work here on AR.  Glad you found it useful.  You should check out the site which is who I used to create this book, they have some awesome tools on a great platform with some of the best support staff I have ever worked with.  I endorse their site every opportunity I get.  You can see the quality of their work and site by checking out this manual in detail.  If you guys ever need any assistance here, don't hesitate to look me up.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing so much knowledge.  I am also going to bookmark this for reference later.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) about 9 years ago

Hi Margaret - thanks for the reminder, I have some more posts that need to be added to the manual, I'll try to get to that this next month.  Glad you're finding the information helpful and useful, thanks. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago