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Widgets: How to Add Them to Your Blog

 How do you add "Widgets" to your Active Rain Blog?  You can only add them to either your profile page, your posts, or in the right side column on your main Blog page.  These instructions are to add a Widget to your Blog under your photo, the same as you see on mine.

The first step is to select a "Widget" that you'd like to add to your blog.  All Widgets will require you to use the HTML code provided by that Widget, and then paste it into Active Rain.  If you would like to see some samples of the Widgets I have previously used, you can click here .  All these Widgets are FREE.  You just need to register with them to get the HTML codes.

***WARNING:  Be careful using too many Widgets, they can cause your Blog to load slower on older computers "Blogging them down", therefore, causing readers and members to not come back and view your posts.  Too many Widgets can do more harm than good.  See: "Widgets can be hazardous to YOU and your readers!"  DETAILS>>>


To add a Widget, I am going to use the TopBlogArea widget as a sample:  It looks like:     Real Estate blogs     This is a just a little Widget that is used to track your Blog, and see what position you are in on the web.  It's also known as a chicklet.


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STEP 1:   INSTRUCTIONS FOR  WIDGET REGISTRATION 

Go to the Widget Website TopBlogArea to sign up, register, and get the HTML code:
(open the link in a new window so you can still read these steps)

a. Click on "Register an Account" 

b.Add your information about you and your Blog

c.Complete other information IE: Blog Category, Blog Name, Blog URL, Blog Description etc.

*NOTE:(Your URL is http://activerain.com/blogs/YourUserNameHere ) Your RSS Feed will be the same.

d. Click on "Get HTML Code" It will look something like below:

Top Real Estate blogs

e. Highlight and select ALL the HTML code with your mouse, and then press  CTRL + C to copy.

Now you're ready to paste into your Active Rain Blog!

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STEP 2:  INSTRUCTIONS TO ADD YOUR WIDGET IN ACTIVE RAIN

Now that you have copied the HTML code, you need to paste it into the proper place on Active Rain.

a. Click on "My Profile" in Active Rain (that means your profile, not mine) LOL!

b. Next, Click on "My Settings"

c. Now paste the HTML code by using the CTRL + V on your keyboard in the "Blog Description" box just below the
Blog Title box as shown below:

 


                                           


d.
Now click on "My Blog" to review your Widget.  It should be on the right hand column, just under your photo.

THAT's IT! You're Done!   ~  Now you can use this same process to add "ANY" Widget to your Active Rain Blog. 

Here are some others "Widgets" and links you may be interested in:
GIZMOS  |  MYBLOGLOG  BLOGLINES   |  GRAZR  |  POLLDADDY  SLIDESHOW  |  JAXTR  |  MEEBO  |  CLUSTER MAPS  |  FEEDBLITZ  |  MEEZ AVATARS  |  WIDGET BOX  |  GCAST  |  WUNDERGROUND  |  TECHNORATI  |  BLOGFLUX  |  SONIFIC

For Hundreds of Widgets, GO TO WidgetWorld or WidgetBox.  See  Missy Caulk's  post: "Why I Love These Little Guys"

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*TIP:  You can adjust the sizes of your Widgets and graphics in the HTML code.  Height="350" and Width="500" can always be changed to any size you like.  Just change the number between the quotations "   ".  Be careful of the LARGE Widgets, they'll run your photo and Blog right off the screen. I use around "150" max width to be safe.

*TIP II:  If you want your Widgets to be centered, you'll need to use an HTML code

at the beginning and
at the end of your HTML code.  This will center ONLY the widget, and NOT everything else, like your links, your tags, or anything else above or below your widget. 

See the sample HTML below...

Top Real Estate blogs


You can also use Widgets on your profile page.
  If you do use Widgets, be selective.  They can be fun, cute and even entertaining, but they can also be distracting, annoying and irritating.  Always use moderation and good judgement.  Change them around and update them often.  There are some great Widgets out there and I am sure that with Apple leading the Widget and Gizmo way, there will soon be many more to choose from.  Good luck, and good Widgets! 

This post is for Seth Callen, a new member on Active Rain who specifically requested this.
Paying it forward, "Active Rain Style!"

 

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Comment balloon 231 commentsBrad Andersohn • August 12 2007 07:18PM

Comments

Wow! Thank you. We were on the save wave length. I was just wondering how to do some of these things.
Posted by Michael Kelsaw, Broker/Notary (RE/MAX ACCORD) over 12 years ago

Brad,

Nice to see this post right after your post of removing them :)  so, that is why you said not to put too many as they can slow down your blog.  Thanks for the "How to" on this.  does it also work with putting this on your website?

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 12 years ago
Michael - glad you found this then. I have had numerous people ask about this, supply and demand right?
Glad we're on the same wave length! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad, I rated this a 5 it is a excellent tutorial for new members and old members. I posted on widgets last week but didn't go into that much detail, just where to find a few. This is fabulous to put them into this framework so the community can follow and add them. I like your word of caution about using too many.

Great job !!

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 12 years ago
Brad - Thank you!  I have kept fooling around with these darned things and so far have gotten none of them in the right spot!  Your instructions are clear, concise and well done.  Thanks again!
Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 12 years ago
great information and well written too. Thanks for the great ideas.
Posted by Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Brad - any chance you'd post this in the Blogging & SEO group?  Come on, it'll be fun - I'm seeing stars in your future.  ;)
Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago

Brad.... you spend way too much time on here and the computer. I am still having problem with my bloglog on the side of my profile. In any case, thanks for sharing all of the types of widgets.

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 12 years ago
Kathy - I actually put so many widgets on my blog, it locked up and crashed.  Other members let me know they couldn't even open my posts. Now that's a community that's got your back!  Now my Blog works fine.  You can add widgets to any website as well, in fact it's so much easier to use HTML on a website. Thewhole thing is already HTML.  One of the links above for samples, show them on a website page.  Now you just have to decide what widget you want on there and why?  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Love all these how to blogs... its people like you that make it so much easier for people like me... and spare me alot of frustration and cursing at my computer... thanks
Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) over 12 years ago

Missy - thanks for the high 5! :-)  I saw your post, and have added a link to it on mine.  I'm sure we will see more and more on widgets in the future too!  :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Jon - I think some of the gadgets you'll discover can actually help your Blog and contribute to the success of returned visitors, which can mean business growth.  Enjoy!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Carol - thank you.  We'll be checkin out your Blog to see what one's you select.  If you need any additional help with that, you're definitely in the right place!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Joe - thanks for recognizing what it takes to get a "Final" edited edition of a post, which in my opinion takes way too long to create.. LOL!!!  Ahhh, the things we'll do for another member!  :-)

Maureen - I took care of that, thanks!! :-)  I miss the early days when we could post to unlimited groups.  There are so many now, maybe the 5 allowed, should be increased to 10 based on how many we have on AR. Hmmm...  :-)

Jeff - you might want to move your bloglog from your profile page, to your blog home page.  That's what this post is all about.  As far as my time goes, if friends like you didn't need help all the time, I could be doing my needle knit or crochet! (hahaha)  Shoot, I may even join the Bingo Club at the Elks Lodge!!  LOL! 

It's nice to know there are those out there who really do appreciate our time and efforts, and are able to express it by the exchange of business and referrals.  I'm certain that's why we all do what we do.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Desiree - If I can help just "ONE" member from frustration and Cursing at the computer, then I have accomplished great things planet earth!  LOL!  You're probably cursing right now at all the widgets that are calling out to you....Try me.. Try Me...!!  Thanks for the sweet comment. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad - another valuable post - well done I know many will benefit from this! Well done.
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 12 years ago

This is excellent, Brad. You are SO good at this stuff. Gread reading, and bookmarked for the future.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 12 years ago
Good stuff, Brad, I really appreciate you taking the time to share tips with the newbies! 
Posted by Rachel Luckow, e-Pro TRC CDPE (Re/Max Advantage Plus) over 12 years ago
I love these but they drive me crazy at the same time... I notice that when I make a comment on a post with one of these I start typing then the page finishes loading and I have to type my comment again.
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago

Brad - Your post has been featured in the Blogging & SEO group.  

It is true there is some overlap.  I try to go with the groups that have the most members.  And ones where they changed the featured blogs often.   

Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago
Thanks again Brad...I bet your kids never have a problem finding you something on Fathers Day....gadgets, gadgets!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 12 years ago
This is really great information. I am also bookmarking it. I just figured out how to make a cartoon person and put it in the sidebar - but that was as far as I got. This is a fantastic resource! 
Posted by Erica Wallace (the Wallace Consulting Group) over 12 years ago
Widgets Rock!
Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad - oh I'd say you've likely helped far more than just ONE person here on AR with this post!!  If I EVER get around to checking out all the widgets you mentioned, I'm sure your instructions will be of great help to me.

Many thanks for taking the time to write this out like you did - very helpful!
Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 12 years ago
As usual, you are willing to share your knowledge with the AR community.  This is easy to understand and I appreciate your taking the time to share this information.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 12 years ago

Brad- Thanks for the tips on adding widgets to my blog. Now I just need to add them.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 12 years ago

Looks like a pretty cool widget. But do note. Every time I go to your blog, it locks my browser up for about 60 seconds. Apperently there is a bug with Firefox and Vista. I have noticed this with other bloggers on AR that have widget heavy side bars. But I guess there are not too many others running Vista and Firefox.

Brad

Posted by Brad Carroll, Real Estate Web Designer (Dakno Marketing) over 12 years ago
Brad, you 'da man!  I'm going to try that slide show for my profile.  Try and soften that puppy up!  Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Tracy Thrower Conyers, buy. sell. lease. residential in silicon beach. (Silicon Beach Properties • KW) over 12 years ago
Thanks for the info! I will definitely put it to use. I just think the name "widgets" is hilarious, dont know why!
Posted by Carolyn Hollier over 12 years ago
Thanks for you assistance on this. My time is torn between selling homes and working on the computer. You just made me more productive. Excellent!
Posted by Drew & Christine Morgan, Belmont California Real Estate (RE/MAX Star Properties) over 12 years ago
Brad, I did it!! I almost had a brain freeze trying to figure out how to work these widgets and here comes your post- and it's all done. I still have to decide why I need this particular widget, but I was not going to make it any harder on myself - I just followed your steps. The widget now as promised appears under my name. Now the description of my blog is gone. How do I get it back ? Thanks from the former widget-challenged.
Posted by Faina Sechzer, Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ (Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, VERY detailed, informative post for those needing help with this. Way to be a source of support here in the Rain!
Posted by Ryan Hukill - Edmond, Realtor, Team Lead (ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite) over 12 years ago
Thank you I have tried a few times this week and kept doing it as a link.  Thank You
Posted by Rebecca Savitski, NC Real Estate Listings (BSR Real Estate Group) over 12 years ago

Very good post!  I have wanted to add widgets but have not because of the time in figuring out who to do it.  I have bookmarked for that time whan I have time.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Thanks for that...I was trying to figure that out the other day...great way to show off listings to people reading your blog.
Posted by "JT" Prevatte (Former Agent) over 12 years ago
Thanks for the variety of widgets, Brad, and also for the warning about using too many. Nice step-by-step that I'm sure will be helpful to many Rainers.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 12 years ago

Cyndee - your comments make doing these posts very much worth it!!  The greatest reward for a post like this, is a comment like yours and all the others here.  Thank You!  :-)

Jeff - I know many like yourself already know how to do this.  I hope this will help some of the newer members to feel confident knowing there are members on AR that are here to help.  Thanks for the kind words and comment!  PS. Love your new photo, I think I told you that in a previous post, but if not...well...there you have it!!  B-)

Rachel - Thanks!  It's a great feeling to be appreciated!!  It's even a greater feeling to be featured with a "how to" post! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, what a great post. A wealth of information and very concise. I am going to bookmark this one and  see where else I can put some of those widgets!
Posted by Pam Hofmann, Your Crossville, Lake Tansi & Fairfield Glade Specialist (Third Tennessee Realty & Associates, LLC) over 12 years ago

Brad,

An awesome post---now all I have to do is put your tips into motion.  Thanks!!

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 12 years ago

Thesa - try waiting until the writers page loads completely before starting your comment.  I have had the same thing happen to me, sometimes it even happens on my own posts!  Not very funny, but LOL anyway!

Maureen - thank you for the great tip and advice. Also, thanks for featuring me in the SEO group.  Looks like someone else decided to "Feature" this post.  Sure would love to know which moderator made the feature only so they could be thanked.  Guess that might take all the wonder out of it, and it could probably create more challenges than gratitude!  Thanks again Maureen, you are the BEST!!

Joan - my kids are my gadgets!  Sean is my Widget, Dustin is my Gizmo, and Brandon is my what-cha-ma-callit! LOL!  Thanks Joan, love and appreciate your comments always!!

Erica - I will have to come check out your cartoon person. I think you may be referring to meez avatars, but either way, glad it worked out for you, I"m heading to your Blog now to see what ya got cookin!  Thanks!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Thanks Brad, I knew I had a reason to come back and read your informative blogs.
Posted by Diana Perez (Majestic Properties) over 12 years ago

Yvette - ok...here you go!

  My Name is "Widget"

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

Ann - sometimes just helping the needs of the few or the one, really helps the needs of many. Glad this post fell into the latter category.  Always nice to see your comments, thank you. These are just a few of the widgets I have seen during my adventures and travels in the rain.

Joan - it's fun to post a "how to" that actually works and helps other members.  All these comments, but nothing yet from Seth, who I was hoping would be one of the first few to comment. Where are you SETH? Oh well, the time it took to create this post was worth it when getting comments like yours, thanks Joan! :-)

Robert - like my post says, be selective and use moderation. It's easy to get excited and start overloading your Blog with widgets and gizmos. Just use caution and maintain integrity.  Thanks for your comment!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad - Great tutorial and an excellent way to "pay it forward"!
Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) over 12 years ago

Brad Carroll - that widget was just a sample to show how the HTML code works in AR.  You'll find that some pages take longer to load actually due to the content in the posts.  Remember, there are 8-10 posts that load when you click on a members blog. Depending on what graphics, videos, animated gifs etc that writer has used, it too will have an impact on the loading time.  My widgets are few compared to some, and are small in loading time. It could be my graphic and video rich posts that are slowing the process. Not sure it is a Vista or Firefox issue, just wanted to share that with you, but I am sure you knew or considered that already!! You are the Man when it comes to web stuff, thanks for all your efforts and contributions out here on the rain. :-)

How ironic is this security word: LOL!

Notify me of new comments:
What does the graphic say?

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

Tracy - I hope the slide show works for you, it's great!  Let me know if you need any help softening that puppy up!  LOL!

Carolyn - You reminded me of the first time I heard the term widgets and how hard I laughed. I don't know why either. It's just a whacky word for some reason.  Soon, these widgets will be more than just a gadget on our blogs and websites, they will be like RSS feeds are to the blogging industry.  There are hundreds of widgets and thousands more to come.  I am working on one now that will pay your bills and do your dishes!!  ROFL!!  :-)

Drew and Christine - don't be torn between your time, just figure a way to manage it!!  It's like a car.  You can't drive if you don't have gas, and you need to make money to buy the gas. Should you drive or work? I say both, just have to manage it.  Do a search on AR for Time Management and Blogging and see what you come up with?  If there isn't anything, well, there you have your next post...and add a widget while you're at it!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Faina - I went and checked out your blog to see if I could help. I don't see a widget under your photo, so I assume once you tried it, you saw it worked, and thn changed it back until you decide what you really want on your blog. If you need help, just let me know, I'd be glad to help you with that!  Your description box can contain HTML and regular text, but I think you are limited to 100 words (regular text) or something like that. HTML does not count towards those 100 words, so you are unlimited on what you can put there. Thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, this is fabulous!!! I have bookmarked this post. Even though I added a widget or two to my blog, I always forget.  Love the step by step.  THANK YOU!!!
Posted by Irina Netchaev, Pasadena CA Real Estate (Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Brad~ You are so good at this stuff, I love it! You and me have something in common...we are widget crazy! Thanks for sharing;)
Posted by Laura Monroe, Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media (Inman News ) over 12 years ago
Good post, Brad.  I'm not sold on massive amounts of widgets unless they have a payoff for me of some sort - not interested in overly personal demonstrations, etc.   I really like Mybloglog and widgetbox.
Posted by Jeff R. Geoghan, REALTOR, Marketing Manager (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 12 years ago

Brad, I did it!  Thank you, this post was sorely needed.  I did a search on widgets three times and couldn't figure out how to install them on AR.  I had no problem on my personal blog, but I was stumped with Active Rain. 

 I love the vFlyer widget and it was free!  Great way to showcase my listings on both AR and my personal blog. 

 

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 12 years ago
This is a great show and tell. Thanks for taking the time to post this information.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 12 years ago
Thanks Brad, I was wondering how to do this.  Now I have to step up to the plate and try.
Posted by Suzanne Cutler, 617-549-5829, Braintree MA, Realtor, Real Estate (Success! Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Brad,  sorry but the image of you sitting around the fireplace and blogging is more than I can handle at this hour...

As far as your widgets, do you find that they slow down your site at all.  That is my concern -especially if I want to do one where I can showcase my listings.

Thanks,

Now Have a Blessed Day,

by John Occhi, Hemet REALTOR®  
Mission Grove Realty  
Preforeclosure Specialist

Oh, is that my 25 points I see... let me pick those right up

Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Ryan  - thanks, I appreciate your comment!

Rebecca - links work too, but sometimes the widgets add a bit more to the everyday links we all see and use. Let me know if you need any help. :-)

Marchel - hopefully this post and some of the others will save you some of that precious time.

Jeffery - that is one of the better widgets out there.  It's a great idea to be exposing your listings anytime and any way that you can.  Hope your widget sells some homes for you!! 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
John - thanks. There are quite a few widgets available on the web for your blog. Just in case you want more, just google "widgets" and watch what happens.  Do it again one week later and you'll be blown away all the new ones that become available. 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Finding post like yours is one reason I never want to leave this place. I know you are right in the neighborhood. Please let me know. When you or someone locally is hosting a class that would beneficial to the AR experience. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and knowledge.

Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) over 12 years ago

Pam - I'm glad you found this post to be useful.  This will work on any blog or website. Have fun and enjoy!

Diane - put them into motion, just be careful to not over-do-it!  Too many widgets may be harmful to your blogging health!!  LOL!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Diane - glad you come back to read my posts, I hope you'll subscribe to my blog and come back often.  I'll try to make it over to your blog as much as I can too!  Thanks for the great comment!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Paula - paying it forward is really what AR is all about.  The best "pay it forward" is the referral of a buyer, seller or client that needs great service.  Our AR members are 1st class!! Thanks!

Irina - now you don't have to worry about forgetting how to do this.  Since you bookmarked me, feel free to come back and visit anytime.  My door....I mean Blog is always open to you!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Laura - You and I do have something in common, but it's not so much the widget part as it is the CRAZY part!!  LOL!  Thanks for your comment.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Jeff - I don't believe in massive amounts of widgets either. The two you mention are great! Just don't forget that it's ok to add some WOW factor to your blog once in a while.  People like to see change when they come back to your blog, especially google.  Widgets or no widgets, just keep making changes every so often to maximize your exposure and stickiness to readers and future clients!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Gail - vFlyer is great! Hope you are posting them in the Active Rain MLS Online group. Great place to feature your vFlyer listing!!

Bob and Carolin - thanks for taking the time to read it and comment.  That's thanks enough for me unless we can do some business together in the future...   :-) Appreciate your comment, thanks!

Suzanne - it's not too hard. Give it a try with whatever widget you like, then let me know it worked ok for you.  Thanks for your comment too!  B-)

John - it's not really me...IT's A WIDGET!!  LOL!! Seriously though, if you just showcase your listings and have maybe 1 - 3 widgets, it shouldn't slow you down or your readers and subscribers.  I have actually crashed on AR due to an overdose of widgets.  I would not want that to happen to you, not sure what I'd do if you weren't around to keep snaggin your 25 points off my blog! ROFL! 
Ok...enough is enough! Truce already!!  :-)  Pass me up, be #1 for all I care, just don't let those points turn you into an obsessed compulsive gambler or drinker!!  I love your competitive spirit, now go after Jeff Turner, he's the one you need to focus on for the long haul! (no offense Jeff Turner  :-) )

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

Finding post like yours is one reason I never want to leave this place. I know you are right in the neighborhood. Please let me know. When you or someone locally is hosting a class that would beneficial to the AR experience. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and knowledge.

Thanks Dionne, I am doing a round table Focus group on Blogging for the CRB next month in Concord at the Holiday Inn, and then again for the WCR in November at the Benicia Yacht Club in Benicia.  Let me know if you'd be interested, or if you'd like me to put on a custom training for you and your office in town.  All my contact info is on my profile page, I know that you know how to reach me. Thanks!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad- yes I tried the widget and it worked, and yes my profile is still work in progress. Thanks for the offer of help . I am taking you up on it right away. I was wondering if and how I can put a widget not under my name but somewhere lower on the page. Any other advice: my profile, post or anything else is also greatly appreciated. I am just feeling my way through the AR, so if I am asking to much, let me know.
Posted by Faina Sechzer, Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ (Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty) over 12 years ago
Great Info. Thanks for posting this!!!
Posted by Richard Thewissen (ERA Realty Pros) over 12 years ago
Hey, Brad, now that I've bookmarked great pages like this, how do I get back to my bookmark list?
Posted by Tracy Thrower Conyers, buy. sell. lease. residential in silicon beach. (Silicon Beach Properties • KW) over 12 years ago
Brad, thank you much.  That was eactly the info I needed.
Posted by Seth Callen (Farmers Insurance) over 12 years ago
Faina - where ever you place the HTML code for that widget, that's where it will go.  That applies to any page in or outside Active Rain. If yo want blank space and need to move it down the page, use the HTML code <p> or <br>.  That will create the same affect as pressing enter.  If you need to move your widget down 4 spaces, just put <br><br><br><br>.  I hope this helps, if that is not what you're asking, just let me know.
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Richard - glad to do it!  I am assuming this was something you were trying to do.  :-)

 

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

Tracy - to view the bookmarked posts that you've tagged, go to your "My Home" page, then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, it will be over on the left hand side toward the bottom and look like this:

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Seth - YEAH!!!!  You found it!!!  My work here is done!!  LOL!  Glad you were able to get this. As you can see, your email request came at a perfect time.  There are many who benefited from your request.  Thanks for being so patient to get this, the only thing I ask in return is that you "Pay It Forward" to another member some how or some way!  That's what we do in the "Rain". Thanks Seth.  B-) Have a great week...
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad this one got a big 5 rating and has been bookmarked.  Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Great post!  Thanks for sharing! I think the widgets are fun!

Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, Thanks for the follow up. I think it's just a glitch with Vista and Firefox. Your blog loads fine in IE7 and Vista. On firefox, it loads everything but the sidebar and then waits for a while before it unfreezes. I did some Google searching and found other people also referencing the Vista/Firefox issue.
Posted by Brad Carroll, Real Estate Web Designer (Dakno Marketing) over 12 years ago
This is great!  Thank you so much. Bookmarked.
Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 12 years ago

Hi Brad,

Wish I had this back when I was trying to figure it out.  Here's a question:  How do we set the columns across?  Never could figure that out.  Thanks for sharing.

 

 

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 12 years ago
Thanks, Brad.  I know who da man is to ask!
Posted by Tracy Thrower Conyers, buy. sell. lease. residential in silicon beach. (Silicon Beach Properties • KW) over 12 years ago
Brad-thanks for the tips.  I am working on an outside blog and am slowly learning about the wonderful world of widgets.  Great post.....
Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) over 12 years ago
Marlene - you're the best!  Thanks for the 5 and for your wonderful comment!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Candy - widgets are fun, but getting more clients is always funner! Hope this post helps you to do that one way or another!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad Carroll - thanks for researching that. Glad you found the info you did, I would hate to think it was my blog blogging people down! LOL!

Rosemary - you are very welcome, you know that!! :-)

Lisa and Robert - with widgets, it's height and width. Just adjust it in the HTML code as outlined in this post. When you say columns, not quite sure what you mean.  If this is NOT what you are referring to, please let me know in a little more detail, and I'll help you out.  Thanks!

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

Tracy - thanks!  I am assuming that was what you were looking for and found it!  :-)

Midori - I look forward to seeing your outside blog. I'm sure it is awesome, just don't use too mant widgets, they can consume your blog!!  :-)  Good luck with your blog, though I don't think you'll need any of that!

 

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

Hey Brad, thanks for the great tutorial on posting widgets.  We actually just developed a widget ourselves here at HouseFront as a tool for people.  So if anyone’s looking for a cool widget on their blog or web page you can find ours here, and we’d love to hear back from people to let us know how it's working.

Posted by Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront (HouseFront) over 12 years ago
Brad, way cool!!!  As a newbie at AR, I'm thrilled to be able to read your posts and actually understand some of this stuff!  Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the instructions and the red flags on roadside hazards to watch out for! 
Posted by Sarah Miller-Legg, It's Real Estate; Done Right! (Meridian Star Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Thank for the info. I am gonna bookmark it.
Posted by Malika Cumbie (Alotta Apartments) over 12 years ago
We have seen many cool widgets on blogs but never new where to get them or how to do it. This step by step is perfect. We have bookmarked it for future references. Once again....thanks for your help!
Posted by Rick and Lynn Orze, Carol Stream, IL RE/MAX All Pro (RE/MAX All Pro) over 12 years ago

Way to go Brad. It's bookmarked. Have got a to-do list of widgets alone. Hope to get to it next weekend. 

This is very helpful... and AR spirited to the max. 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) over 12 years ago
Whoa!! This is great. I was trying to figure it out myself and could not do it. Thanks for the know how.
Posted by Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck" (Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS) over 12 years ago
Thank you Brad. It is great to know. Thanks for paying it forward.
Posted by Randy Lyon (Kettley and Company) over 12 years ago

Brad, AR should include this information in their FAQ's.  This is a classic.  Thank you.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Thanks for sharing about the Widgets to use in AR!
Posted by James and Joseph Bridges (Keller Williams Realty - Global Trust Team) over 12 years ago

Gurjit - Cool, thanks!!

House Front - thanks for the comment, I'll go check out your widget now.  I may add it to this post if you don't mind.  I am always looking for great technology to share with other members and especially my clients. Thanks for sharing that!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Stephen - (house front) -  I put your widget on my blog, check it out.  I do have a couple suggestions, left you a message on your VM.  I think it's great!  I'll let you know more when we can discuss it in detail. Give me a call when you get a chance.  Thanks for the widget and the comment. 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Sarah - let me know how it works out for you. If you need any help with these, just let me know, we'll help you out. Thanks for your comment!

Malika - thanks for the bookmark, come back and visit my blog anytime. I hope you'll subscribe too!  :-)

Rick and Lynn - glad this post will help you guys out.  Enjoy your widgets and feel free to ask any questions if you need to.  You might want to look at some of the widgets that are coming soon, they will affect your RE business dramatically!  Thanks.

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

Brad- Awesome post, I have been wondering how to do this! Thanks so much- you get a 5!!

Posted by Melissa Wagner (Leo Parker Real Estate & Auction) over 12 years ago

Gary - don't get so caught up with the widgets that you miss out on that beautiful Tahoe weather!!  LOL!
Wish I was there!  Thanks for your compliment and comment.  I appreciate that.

Chuck - now that you know how, be sure to pay it forward in another way to someone else.  Give and Take is the beauty of Active Rain! Glad you commented, and stopped by my blog.

Randy - no problem, just do the same for someone else, paying it forward that is. :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Gail - if they read your comment, AR just might do that. Thanks for your comment and your kind thought, that was a very nice thing to say. I really do sincerely appreciate that very much!  Thanks!!  :-)))
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
James - you're welcome, glad you found this information to be useful!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Melissa - thanks for the comment, the 5, and especially the smiley face. I love it, Thanks!! 

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Awesome! I love that Gizmo on your widget page! The answering machine is hilarious! Great post.
Posted by -- -- ( --) over 12 years ago

I see by all the comments that this has been a very successful post.  I always appreciate detailed instructions.  Thanks for the info!

Posted by Debbie Johnson, Novi, MI Real Estate Professional (REMERICA United Realty) over 12 years ago
Ray - I know, that talking head cracks me up!  I picked that one up from Jeff Turner, he's the "Real Deal" when it comes to technology and gadgets.  He's also a really cool guy. Check out his blog if you haven't already. Thanks for your comment and checking out my blog. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Deb -thank you.  I think the success of a post is often measured by the amount of comments, but in my opinion, it's really measured by the "value" it brings to the readers.  It is perceived successful only because you appreciated the detailed instructions on how to add widgets.  The other success is measured by SEO and where this post will show up on google.  The fact is, it won't.  Members only posts don't make it out to google from my understanding. *Just another little tip for the day in trying to bring "value" to this blog. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad, Thanks. This kind of help is very useful to a technophobe like me.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 12 years ago

I love widgets.

I get a lot of hits on my chat applet

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) over 12 years ago

Bill - I never have referred to you as a technophobe, but if the shoe fits, wear it!  LOL!  I too am one of those techy things you mention!  hahaha

Tom - are you referring to the jaxtr widget?  I have seen so many widgets in the past few months, it's almost overwhelming.  Problem is, I love em all!  Thanks, great to hear from you again. Hope all is well!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
This is HUGE, thanks for the post and for looking out for the rest of us, keep them coming!
Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) over 12 years ago
Chris and Maria - I do, and will continue to do my best, or better!!  (BIG SMILE) Thanks!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, Thanks for the information.  There are so many choices that it is tough to pick which ones to use.
Posted by Kristin Small, REALTOR -GRI, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) over 12 years ago
David and Kristin - choices choices choices!!  Decisions Decisions Decisions!!  It's all good! Thanks!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Thank you very much for sharing, that is very good information.
Posted by Shane Sarae over 12 years ago
Shane - you're welcome!  It's only very good information if you use it and then share something else with others.  I know you do that already, and therefore honor and support the "Paying It Forward" theory here on Active Rain!  Thanks again Shane!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
I always wondered where these little people came from.  They're cute.  Thanks for the info.
Posted by Tammy Stone, "Eco-Green" Agent in West Michigan (Prudential Preferred Realtors) over 12 years ago
Tammy - only as cute as you make them!!  LOL! Enjoy!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the post. I missed this one, but glad I found it. Definitely bookmarked!

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 12 years ago

William - with 45,000 members, how could you miss my post!! LOL!

Glad you found it, hope it becomes useful to you each time you comeback to view it. I will be updating the webpage link in the post with new widgets every week.  Check back regularly, I have already added 4 new widgets in the past 2 days.  Enjoy!!

Brad

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

Brad, just as I was about to go into meltdown trying to figure out how to get a Stage It Forward Widget on my blog, I had a brainstorm and ran a search....your post was *just* what I needed.  I rated it a 5  as I'm no technogeek (actually quite the opposite) and the clarity of your directions made it even fool-proof for me.  Thanks!

 Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) over 12 years ago
Jackie - that is awesome.  So glad you found this post.  Let me know if you need any help at all!  Thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Hi Brad, thank you so much, I had spent awhile this afternoon trying to figure this out before I did a search on this topic here at AR, and found your post. From now on, I will search first!
Posted by Allison Werner (To Be Announced) over 12 years ago

Thanks for the info, Brad. I just added a Blidget to my blog. I'm totally excited!

Introducing MixIts

 

 

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Posted by LaShon James-Major, Long Beach Mobile Notary - 562.314.4319 (The Document Diva) over 12 years ago
LaShon - I'll have to come check it out!!! Way Cool!! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago

Allison - you have discovered the secret weapon and most under utilized, least discussed tool on all of Activerain. You have found it!

The "search" feature on AR, is as good as the "google" feature on the web. You can find anything and everything right here on Activerain! Great Job, you're well on your way. Congrats!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Brad, I am so glad Colleen included this on her list.  I am definitley widget-challenged.  I just haven't quite grasped the bigger picture of how to use them and why.  I will read all of your links and ideas. Thanks!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Brad, I am so glad Colleen included this on her list.  I am definitely widget-challenged.  I just haven't quite grasped the bigger picture of how to use them and why.  I will read all of your links and ideas. Thanks!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 12 years ago
Nice post. This one would go well with Jeff Turner's post regarding how to create a widget.  I wish I had this when I started posting widgets.
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 12 years ago
Brad - Such a helpful post. Sometimes I just scratch my head trying to figure out how to do something on ARand you've just solved a few of those mysteries. Thanks!
Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) over 12 years ago
What is the link to Jeff's post?  It does sound like a nice companion post.
Posted by Tracy Thrower Conyers, buy. sell. lease. residential in silicon beach. (Silicon Beach Properties • KW) over 12 years ago

Diane - I'm glad too!  Hope you enjoy the reading!  Thanks!  :-)

Tracy - Thanks! Glad you found this post too!  Jeff has some great ones as well. My fav is his RE Shows!!

Tom - Great, but you're still alowed to scratch your head if need be!  LoL! :-)

Tracy - if you use the AR "Search" feature, you can find anything.  Just type in "Create a widget" and you'll come up with everything that covers widgets.  It's like an internal google search right here on Activerain. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
This blog is much easier to do than trying to figure out the widget page thanks for the help.
Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Thanks to Susan I had to view your Blog on widgets. I had no idea what a widget was, and am not sure I have a full understanding what they can do for me, however I will experiment and see where it goes. Thanks for the post.
Posted by Roy Kotz (NPDodge) over 12 years ago
Susan - I am truly glad and grateful that this post worked well for you. That is great news and very rewarding. 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Roy - Susan did a good deed sending you to understand widgets.  To a Mac user, widgets are the norm, but to a PC user who is not familiar, I can understand some of your frustration.  All the things you see under my photo on the right are referred to as widgets.  They can serve many purposes depending on what part of the Industryyou are in or that you service.  You can also click on the "LINK" in the post that will take you to my Widget Showcase webpage.  Let me know if you need any additional support or help. Thanks Roy!  B-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 12 years ago
Please feel free to email this to other members who may be having difficulty adding widgets to their blogs. I have received 4 emails in the past two days of AR members wanting to know how to do this. I have also created a web page with tons of Real Estate widgets for you all to choose from. Go to Brad's Real Estate Widgets to choose the one's that best work for you, your business, and your blog! Happy Blogging to all!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
This is great information. Thankyou
Posted by D B, e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578 about 12 years ago
Donald - glad you found this information to be useful to you, you're welcome.  It helps to have posts like this out there for those who need a little help from their friends here.  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Perfect post for a AR Newbie. I really appreciate it. 
Posted by Kristen Senn, Colorado Springs Military Relocation (Keller Williams Hope Realty) about 12 years ago
Perfect comment to give an Oldbie! LOL!  Thanks Kristen, I appreciate it back!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad:  I'm new to this board today and want to introduce myself.  I'm Jan Wood and I have enjoyed reading all the posts.

You are great!  I have been trying to find this information for most of the afternoon, I even e-mailed a tech friend to figure this out.  Eureka!! I found the information and I did it!  Thanks ever so!!

Posted by Jan Wood (None) about 12 years ago
Jan - that's great, I'll have to come check out your Blog.  I have about 38 more comments to go then I'll be by. Thanks for your kind comment here!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad:  You are a busy man!  Thanks for your comment and I am trying to get going here.  Well, I got the widget on my site; now, I have two other questions.  I am alot of trouble, I'm afraid.   1) how do you add another widget; 2) how do you embed...  Trouble in Tennessee !  but I'm trying!  Jan
Posted by Jan Wood (None) about 12 years ago

Jan - you are well on your way, and you're no trouble at all. 

1.) You can add as many widgets the same way you added the one you have. Just keep adding the HTML codes in the "blog description" box using the "My Settings" link.  Be careful to not add too many, it will slow down the load time of your blog which can chase readers away, especially if they have older and slower computer systems.  I had to learn the hard way.  I like to rotate my widgets, and keep the ones that are the most valuable up and running. 

TLW and Broker Bryant hardly come see me any more because I was locking up their computers and browsers.  I've since removed most of them, but for some readers and subscribers, I guess the damage was already done. 

2.) To embed text into your sidebar, just type <center><b>Trouble In Tennessee</b></center> This will appear like this on your sidebar Trouble In Tennessee. <center> centers your text and <b> makes your text bold.  Not sure if that's what you mean by embedding the term, let me know if that answers your questions. B-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Brad:  Yes, this is exactly what I needed.  Thanks for everything!  Sorry it took me so long to respond... but I am grateful.
Posted by Jan Wood (None) about 12 years ago
Jan - no worries. Glad this is what you were looking for.   The Widget World is my latest project and seems to be really taking off.  I am getting a ton of calls and emails.  It's just a wordpress blog but it looks like a website. If you go to http://WidgetWorld.WordPress.com, you'll see there are oodles and oodles of widgets and links to widgets for everyone! :-) 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Love it !!   Now if I can just resolve my Firefox issues with Virtual Tours I'll be set.  I read your blog posts on Firefox and I.E. and posted an inquiry the other day with no comments so far.  I have solved the problem by just going back and forth from FF to IE.
Posted by Jan Wood (None) about 12 years ago
Jan - I have to use both as well. Sorry for the "No Comment" on the other post, I'm still going through 16 pages of comments and replies from my last too posts...poor me! :-(  LOL!  I could think of worse problems to have right now!  I'll get to the other...I Promise, just give me a chance to get there.  I really am sorry for the delay!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago
Jan - I checked my post about FF and IE Explorer and there is no comment from you. Are you sure you hit the submit button? Check for yourself, I swear I looked!  :-) The Firefox vs Explorer Post
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Brad... I had been trying to figure out how to do that.. then I stumbled across your post... THANKS.  I was about to think AR was going to get the best of me. :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 12 years ago

Jesse and Kathy - stumbling across my post, when there must be 1,000,000 of them our here, is sheer luck! LOL!  Glad you found it, and that you figured out how to do the widget thingy!!  If you want to see more widgets that you can add, go to Widget World, it's packed with links to RE Widgets and Gadgets.

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

Your are definitely the best!  This was so easy to do, I can't believe it.  Thank you very much, I am so happy right now, you have made my day!

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

Posted by Lorinda Ward, Serving, Hampton Roads Virginia. Norfolk, Chesapeake, Va Beach (Keffer Realty) almost 12 years ago
Lorinda - your comment has made my day!  Thank you so much, your sincerity came through loud and clear!  I hope this is the best Holiday for you ever.  To really get you in the spirit, I hope you'll check out the "12 Days of Christmas" I did for all AR members. (if you haven't already!)  Happy Holidays to you and your family Lorinda! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Wow, thanks for this great information Brad!  You are a computer wizard!  Happy Holidays!
Posted by Thavisak Lucky Syphanthong (Lucky Star Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hey "Lucky", not a computer wizard, just enjoy helping others and paying it forward!  Thanks for the compliment. Happy Holidays to you and yours.  I hope the Holiday Season is good to you this year!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago



Thanks so much for the great information!  I've already put it to use and I'm sure will be using it in the future as well! 

Posted by Knikkolette Church (Your Social Media Mogul) almost 12 years ago
Knikkolette - you're very welcome.  Glad to see you made it by, Welcome again to Active Rain, I think you're gonna love this place.  You will also find many useful posts at the bottom of my profile page.  I know I sent you some links on your post yesterday as a welcome, but there is so much more you can learn here on AR. Not just about Blogging and tips, RE in general. Enjoy, my door is always open to you. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Very good points. Thanks for the info Brad.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Thanks for the very informative and detailed instructions, I shall give it a try Dottie .
Posted by Dottie Hicks, ABR,CRS,GRI, Historic Homes Specialist (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 12 years ago
Matthew - glad it was useful to you! Thanks!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Dottie - this concept works for any widget or gadget.  Let me know how it works out for you...   :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Bronson - you don't have to mention it, but since you did, thanks back! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Just 4 days into AR and I've learned the "go to guy"!  thanks!
Posted by Leah Mealiffe (Fountain Creek Properties) almost 12 years ago
Leah - I'm just one of the TEAM here, there are so many go to guys and gals here, 4 days is just the beginning, just wait till your here 40 days, you'll be blown away!  :-)  Enjoy your time and successes here, but most of all, enjoy the relationships and business you'll do here!  Active Rain really Rocks!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Howdy Brad

How are things going for you and your family ?

You are a very good Active Rain community Team player Brad that is for sure. You are always finding ways to help us. Thank you for the help with Widgets.

Have a good one

Dale

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 12 years ago
Dale - you're a gentleman and a scholar, thank you.  Things are good with the family, I really hope the same for you and yours.  Thanks for stopping by, checking in, and for your kind compliment and comment.  :-)  Always here if you need anything, not just Title and Escrow, AR membership has it's privileges!! 
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Sooooo helpful! Thank you!
Posted by Dawna Graham (River City ReDesign & Painting) almost 12 years ago
Where do you find the time?  But we are all grateful that you do....thanks again....Mike
Posted by Mike Tetreau, ABR, CRS, GRI, Sales Vice President (William Raveis Real Estate - Fairfield, CT) almost 12 years ago
Dawna - you're sooooo welcome!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
Mike - time is always an issue when trying to balance the things you HAVE to do, and WANT to do.  Balance is the "key" word, and having it is sometimes more challenging than we'd like.  
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Thank you Brad - I very much appreciate the info!

Tiffany Cloud, Arizona

Posted by Tiffany Cloud (HomeSmart Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Tiffany - glad you found it, I hope it helps, let me know if you need any other assistance!  Welcome to the Active Rain family.  You can check out anytime you like, but you will never want to leave!!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

Hi Brad.. I lovethis post and wantto kep it for future reference, but I can't fugure out how to bookmark it. Can you help?

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Laura - at the bottom of every post on ActiveRain, you will find a graphic that looks like this:

Just click on it one time and it will turn red, now it will be in your AR bookmarks.  To get to your bookmarks, click on the "My Home" link at the top of any page, then scroll down and it will be on the left hand side of your screen.  Just click on "Blog Bookmarks" and you'll see all your saved posts.  Let me know if you need help. :-) 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago
Got it, Thanks!
Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago
Laura - no problem, bring your questions, I'll try to find you answers! :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad, thanks for the tutorial.

John

Posted by Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate (Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington) over 11 years ago
Thanks for the tips Brad! This is awesome! Keep the info coming!
Posted by Jeffrey deJESUS, Realtor® (eXp Realty of California Inc.) over 11 years ago

John - anytime!

Jeffrey - I'll do my best! Thanks!  :-) 

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

Brad, looks like you are a widget machine.  I've bookmarked your blog so I can go back and figure all this out when I have a minute.  Where do you find the time to do all this?  Great post.

Posted by Ben Myers, CEO/Designated Broker (The Broker Ben Group at Realty Idaho) over 11 years ago

Ben - It's a full time job....literally!  lol~ 

BTW - watch those widgets, too many can cause you a case of widgetgidgetphobia!

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

Brad,  I love your Blogs they are always so informative..

Posted by Thomas Hargreaves (TriStar Financial Services) over 11 years ago

Thomas - thanks, and I love comments like yours, they are encouraging.  :-)

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

Thanks, you always have the most informative posts!

Posted by Nyles Courchesne, Massachusetts Real Estate Attorney (Peskin, Courchesne and Allen, P.C.) over 11 years ago

Thanks Nyles - coming from a RE attorney, I am quite honored by your comment!  Thank you.  :-))

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

You R-U-L-E!  Thanks so much for the information.  I have been wanting to add some interest to my Profile!!!

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

Maya - you can add the widgets to your profile, your Blog, you Blog posts and even your websites.  Widgets go where ever you need them.  :-)

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

Hi Brad---just found this post---thanks again!  Of course, like usuall will bookmark!  I have tons of bookmarks---yet I still have so many questions!

P.s. do you know if the password removal is permanent, because on some blogs I don't have to type one in--yahoo!! but on other's I do!! 

Posted by Aida Pinto, Real Estate Broker (562) 884-6196 (Independent Real Estate Broker) over 11 years ago

Aida - THE PASSWORD WILL ONLY BE THERE WHEN YOU LOGIN THE FIRST TIME. After you enter it once, the rest of your comments, it won't be required. If you logout of AR or shut your computer off, you'll have to enter a password the next time you login and leave someone a comment. Only once though. 

It will stay that way unless or until someone takes advantage and figures out how to SPAM in the comments, then we'll have to bring the "Fruits" back.  :-)

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

Hi Brad, somewhere I read that widgets will hurt your SEO standings - is that true?  I like them and find my clients like the ones, especially mortgage and weather.

Posted by Palm Properties (Palm Properties) over 11 years ago

REO Broker - the security words go away after you ae logged in and comment a couple times. If you log out and then log back in, they will appear again for the first couple comments.

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

Susan - I have not seen, read, or ever heard that. Can you send me a link to that post?  I'd be interested in knowing who would put that out there.  I guess it depends on the widget too.  Seems to me that if it was going to hurt anyone's SEO, why would hundreds more be coming out every day?  It's worth looking into for sure, if you can send me a link to the post where you read that, I'd be happy to research it further for you. Thanks. :-)

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

thanks for the tips and information

Johnathan Smith
Staten Island

Posted by Johnathan Smith (Coldwell Banker DiTommaso Realty) over 11 years ago

I've been trying to get on topblogarea for 2 days.  Is the site down?  Thanks!

Posted by The Ward Team, Realtors, ABR (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the tip!!!

Posted by Rhodes Waite about 11 years ago

Bob and Richelle - The widget I have for them seems to be working fine.  You'd have to check at their site to see if they are having any issues. I'm not aware of their site being down.  Wish I could help you more. Sorry.

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

Rhodes - NP. :-)

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

Brad, Thank you for opening my eyes to widgets and not to be afraid of them.  Your step by step instructions will be of great help as I learn this new world.

Posted by Scott Rotheiser (Shelter Mortgage) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the advice - I just need to take time out and fix my page. 

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Scott - have a widget of a time here, just be careful because some scripts won't work.  The scripts sometimes have really funky codes and they just won't fy on AR.  :-)

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

Norma - everything takes time, just make sure yu have some balance, we don't want you to start resenting the Blogosphere.  LOL~

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

Thank you so much for the information! I have been trying to figure this out for a while now.

Posted by Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005, Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com (Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs.) about 11 years ago

Wonderful! This is right to the point and REALLY help me!!! thanks so much!!

Posted by Leslie Jeffers, First time buyers, sellers, New Jersey Real Estate (Collini Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago

GREAT stuff HERE Brad! I will be adding Widgets to my page soon!!  Thanks

Posted by Dan Haggerty (RE/MAX RESULTS) almost 11 years ago

A tremendous help, as always!

Posted by Keisha Hosea- KASIHomes.com, Real Estate Solutions For Real People (KASI Homes ) almost 11 years ago

This was a fantastic tutorial as are all of your lessons!

Posted by Lynn Cromer (ReMax Advance Realty) almost 11 years ago

Tina - glad this helped.

Leslie - it's not so bad once you know how.

Dan - if you need any help, just let me know.

Keisha - thanks. :-)

Lynn - I appreciate that, thank you.

Happy New Year to you all!

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

Thanks for the info and I bookmarked this so I can read it later! Thanks again!

Posted by Tim Hart (VanDyk Mortgage-Branch Manager) almost 11 years ago

Yes it is, all widgets can be added by this process.  One quick tip, you may want to fill out your profile with name and company etc.  As you can see in your comment above, there is no way to identify you.  Let me know if you need help with this. :-)  At least sign your comments with your name so I know who I'm commenting to.  :-)

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

Hey this is awsome,  this will help me to add things to my blog I have been wanting to add widgets. Everyone have a great day>

Posted by Frank McLawhorn, Bringing Families Home (Frank Mclawhorn Realty .com) almost 11 years ago

Hi Brad,

How long should it take for the widget to appear on the blog? I copied the code and pasted it into the blog description box (not the text version) and clicked update. When I go to the blog page, the widget is not there. Still trying to figure this stuff out...

Posted by Harold "Hal" Benz, Helping Home Sellers Preserve Their Home Equity (Local Impact Real Estate Network) almost 11 years ago

Hey Brad,

Disregard the last post. I figured it out. Needed the flash version of the code!

Posted by Harold "Hal" Benz, Helping Home Sellers Preserve Their Home Equity (Local Impact Real Estate Network) almost 11 years ago

it took me forever to figure out how to add a widget...i should have just read this from the start. hahahaha.

 

JP Lowry--President-Preferred Financial Funding

Posted by Jay-Paul Lowry almost 11 years ago

Just when I think I've come across the most helpful blog of all time, I find another. This one is outstanding! I have one questions (it comes from that " A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" concept). How do I set my widgets to apprear where I want? In my case, it will generally be on the side bar.

Thanks very much.

Posted by Pat Palmer, Realtor - Upland, CA 91786 (Forefront Real Estate/ Forefront Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Pat - any codes you cut and paste into the box is how they will appear.  In the order that you place the code.  Get use to using copy and paste alot when moving your widgets around.  haha...   You can also use the <center> tag to keep them aligned center. 

If you need help, you know where to find me.  :-))

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

Wow.  This is great.  I had no idea how to do this.  Thanks!

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, good information.

Maybe someday you can go through "Clicky" how to get it, put it on the blog, and how to interrupt it.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Thanks Brad, good information.

Maybe someday you can go through "Clicky" how to get it, put it on the blog, and how to interrupt it.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Brad, If we are adding a widget to our profile, do we just pick a section to add it? and also, I am having a hard time adding a zillow widget to profile. Is this common?

Posted by Julianna Hind (John L. Scott) about 10 years ago

Julianna - you should be able to add your widget in any of the 3 sections of your profile page. Be sure to add it using the HTML tool located in the toolbar. They also have to be an approved widget of which I'm certain Zillow is.  Make sure you are adding a non javascript version if they have a choice available. :-)

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

Ahhh. Perhaps it is a javascript issue.  In my past attempts, the widget displays nicely in a regular post, but is a bunch of muck on a profile section. Wondering if you had run into this before, and if there was a work-around, or if profile sections were more limited in the types of additional code that can be used -- by design. thanks for you quick response.

Posted by Julianna Hind (John L. Scott) about 10 years ago

Julianna - you bring up a good point that I may have not recognized. Thanks.  I'm not sure if the profile sections have more limitations than a Blog post, and since I don't use that widget, I'm still not sure.  I'll have to check and see if the HTML tab on profiles allows the same HTML format that Blog posts do. I'll check with our programmers on Monday and see what I can find out.  I do know that most javascript widgets unless approved by AR won't work in either section. 

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

I used to have a WidgetBox Twitter widget on my blog and then all of a sudden one day it just showed up as a black box?  Not sure if AR changed or Widgetbox changed thier code, but it looks like AR isn't able to handle it because it contains javascript. 

Do you have any suggestions? 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 9 years ago

Hi Sara - some javascripts have been removed from AR, I would try one of the Twitter widgets provided by the Twitter site, I think that one of those will work fine for you. :-)

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

Wow, easy to follow and understand.  I wish you would post the three or four must have widgets.  The example one seems good, but I really don't know what else is out there.

Posted by Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ) over 9 years ago

Hi Jane - It would be hard to pick the best three or four because it depends on you and what you want to provide from your Blog. There are a variety of very cool and useful widgets out there depending on what you are looking to offer that will be beneficial and useful to your visitors and traffic.  If you'd like me to go over some options with you that might be good for you personally and your audience or targeted traffic, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to help you customize your Blog with the most useful and powerful widgets.

There's a link to my contact info in the bottom of this comment if you need to reach me.  :-))

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

I have be wondering how to go about adding these fun widgets to my blog. Thank you for providing step by step instructions! Now I need to go and decide which ones I want... :)

Posted by Gretchen Karr, Realtor (Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty) over 9 years ago

Much appreciated by a non-techy. I tried it and it worked. Thank you

Posted by Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON (RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've seen this on profiles and have had this on my to do list for over 2 months...just didn't know how to do it! Love it when I can "check" something off my list.... will add the widget now!

Posted by Caroline Gosselin (Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Caroline - I'm actually doing a FREE live webinar tomorrow on how to do this and some other stuff with widgets, see my most recent post here on AR if you want to join us. :-)

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

Brad:

Had to go back to a previous post (this one) to understand the post that was featured today. I manage to get Google Voice installed. Yahoo.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 8 years ago

Thanks! I'm going to try this.  I tried it once but typed in a description beforehand so it didn't show up.  Maybe I'lll leave out the description and it will work?

 

Posted by Realty Executives NOLA, Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate (Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kim - a few things have changed since this post was created, still pretty much the same concept though. Let me know if you need any assistance. Thanks.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

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