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The Official ActiveRain Team Blog

The Official ActiveRain Team Blog
"Your Personal Real Estate Think Tank Team, bringing you the best of the "Rain" Real Estate Network!"

Jon Washburn, Jeff Corbett, Bob Stewart, Jorgen Hahn, Rich Jacobson, Brad Andersohn, and Claire Cruver, the ActiveRain Team and staff, have created a new ActiveRainTeam Blog.  Our new Blog can be found at ActiveRainTeam.com.  We'll be posting content there now on a regular basis regarding many of the features and benefits of the network, as well as insider information on how to get the most out of ActiveRain.  You might even catch some our early adopted thoughts, network stats, personal and office musings, and most likely... some really good gossip.  lol~  (there'll be no office meeting minutes posted)

We will strive to put all of the Network pieces of the puzzle together for readers in the new Blog.  

Our New site has been a much needed and long sought after feature and tool for both us and for our members.  Until now, our posts have been scattered all through-out the community and network and in many cases, lost or buried in the Blogosphere on AR.  With the launch of our new ActiveBlogs, we'll now have the ability to create new and focused group content for our members and viewers. It will be useful and easy to access, all in one location, all in one group Blog. This will benefit both our staff and our members.

The Official ActiveRain Team Blog, come see what we're up to, calls for thunder, lightning and RAIN!

Here's some of what you'll already find on the Multi-Authored Group Blog:

ActiveRain Launches ActiveBlogs, a Multi-Author Blogging Platform for Real Estate Industry Professionals

Winning Wednesday: Introducing New Team and Individual Blogs

ActiveBlogs - 5 Suggested Ways To Maximize Your New Group Blogs

Recent Upgrades and his evil twin Mr. Proxy Error

Solving the Mystery of the Unclaimed Listing Router Click

Smart work is overrated: Hard work is where the top producers are

First Upgrade to ActiveBlogs

Do consumers even visit ActiveRain?

Pending Death and Future Living. Transparency, Technology, Social Media, Business Strategy, With Some Economics Sprinkled On Top

A Proper IDX Solution is Vital to Your On-line Marketing Success

The ActiveRain Listing Router

Listing Router - How To Setup & Save Your Own Traffic

Contributors: Click Photos for Details

                

Next week: ActiveRainGuide.com - Your paperless on-line Group Guide, User Manual, and Tutorial for everything Activerain. Written by members for members...launches this next Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Next Post Coming Up: How To Create and Setup Your Own Group or Team Blog

 

     

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

Comment balloon 81 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 16 2009 04:48PM

Comments

Thanks Brad,

I think this will be very helpful.  Plus it should provide some great ideas for brokers on how to build their own team blogs.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Brad,

WOW! Socialism even coming to the rain...!!! Only kidding! I like the idea of a central place from which all wisdom emanates!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Great idea and a great way to watch how the new team blog will look and work.

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 10 years ago

Awesome!!   I'm thrilled that all of the posts will be in one place and also am looking forward to next weeks ActiveRainGuide.com launch.  I'll be teaching a blogging class next month at our office and I'm asking everyone to bring a laptop so that I can help them through signing up to AR.  That one stop guide will be easy for all the new people.

Thanks so much!

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad,  I just commented on this idea a couple days ago......how's that for thought transference.  I love the idea.  These important blogs

get lost at times even if they do get featured.  This way they are all in one place and it sure makes it easier for us to keep up for the numerous changes going on Thanks  for all you guys do and take care.

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) over 10 years ago

Rock on !!!  That is a very powerful and informative blog !!  Best real estate resource on the net !

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) over 10 years ago

Testing the comments from the outside world.  Just making sure visitors can comment on this post.

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

Great!  I am a power shopping woman and I love "One Stop Shopping"!  So can we assume that everything you post will be there or will you post other things in your ActiveBrad blog?  Will there be a link on the main page to take us to this blog?

Thanks so much for keeping AR fresh and new!

Debbie

Posted by Debbie Hutchins over 10 years ago

Very cool Brad. I can hardly wait till those of us who have an outside domain can get our blogs operational.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad, I have been training a group of new members about AR and have been looking for one place for them to go to learn the maximum about AR...now I have it.  Be sure to include all of your old posts...the how to's etc.  Thanks!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Bill - you should be able to use your name now.  There is a space for you to enter the domain name and a link to the nameserver instructions now.  It should be working ok.  Let me know...   :-)

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

Hi Brad, I love it!  There's nothing like having information in one place and now we don't have to wonder and search for who posted what and we can see all of you together.  Thanks again to you and all the team for alwways listening to our needs, concerns and ideas - I am so proud to be a part of this community and each day I am more blessed than the day before.  ~Anne Marie

Posted by Anne Marie Malf, Real Estate Marketing Consultant/Virtual Asst, Bucks County,PA (Malfi Marketing Solutions ~ for real estate professionals) over 10 years ago

Great idea finally can read everything in one spot

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Brad - I also decided to test the ability to comment on the outside blog here.  Cool!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad~ This is a great idea.  I know I have missed posts before and at least now they will all be in one place.  I am looking forward to it!  Vickie

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

Great Idea!  Thank-you all for your contributions...there is much I need to learn.  I am just now realizing the ability this AR blogging has for SEO work and see my Localism and Profile now on Google Search.  Amazing, I am so thankful for Dan my web designer for inviting me to this group.  I have been welcomed by many and am enjoying the friendships I have made.


Shawn Davis

Posted by Shawn Davis, Homes For Sale, Genesee County, Michigan (Home Crossings, P.C.) over 10 years ago

Brad - Great idea of a) making it easier for us to follow ActiveRain happenings and b) showcasing your own newest feature.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 10 years ago

Thought...is there a way to build it so that the ActiveRain Outside Blog can be subscribable within ActiveRain.  I mean I know I can add it to a feed reader, but if there was a way we could add it to our subcribed blogs within ActiveRain, it would make it even easier to be a "one stop shop."  Just thinking out loud.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 10 years ago

This is perfect.  I have signed up for so much stuff and I hate to say it, but I am not sure I have done it all correctly or where I should go now that I have signed up for stuff, now I have an index at my finger tips.  Thanks!

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 10 years ago

Brad - Having all information in one place is the best idea.  We don't have to go all over the place searching for who post what and where.  Thanks!

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" over 10 years ago

This is great news for me as I do not have time to visit all of the blogs I should be visiting to get all of the information that I can use.  Thanks

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 10 years ago

If you keep developing new stuff, I never will catch up:) but thanks anyway.

Posted by Ann Hayman, GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate (Norville Realty) over 10 years ago

This is great stuff.. I look forward to stopping in at one place for this type of information..

Posted by MARYANN SUMARAGA (Vandyk Mortgage Company) over 10 years ago

Brad...you guys are making such GREAT features for us.  I really appreciate it!  This team blog sounds perfect.  Thanks for all of your hard work:)

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 10 years ago

Brad, enhancement to Active Rain just keep coming. Kudos to you and the whole group.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Wow...Just amazing amazing amazing. Thank you guys!  Please keep us updated on how many hits your outside blog is getting. It'll be interesting to know. 

Posted by Elayna Fernandez, BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful! (The Positive Mom) over 10 years ago

Bruce - great point and observation my friend. 

Fran - not all wisdom, but hopefully enough to keep you coming back, check out Jon's most recent post.

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

Jo - we're looking forward to seeing the results of our outside group blog.  SEO is the clainm to fame, we'll see how we do.  :-)

Kris - the ActiveRainGuide is something I have wanted to do for a long time now and just didn't have the means or resources to pull it off.  Now we do.  I'm really excited about it.

June, I totally agree, thanks for the thought transference.  lol~

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

Christopher and Stephanie - that's was a fine compliment, thank you.  We're not worthy...ok, maybe...  :-)

Debbie - each of us will still have our own AR Blogs, but we'll post the proper content in the proper locations.  If I do a post showing how to get wine out of the carpet, it probably won't end up on our group Blog or on my individual outside blog, most likely just my AR Blog.  If I post a tutorial, it will most likely go on the ActiveRainGuide Blog and not the others etc. etc. 

We may put a link to it at some point on the main page, that's not a bad idea.  Thanks.  :-)

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

Diane - when we launch the ActiveRainGuide next week, I will be moving some posts over that were already created, but since many things on AR have changed lately, many will have to be rewritten.  Outside Blogs now being ActiveBlogs is a perfect example.  I will be contacting a few of our other tutorial writing members to see if they'll be contributing as guest authors on the ActiveRainGuide Blog as well.  Keep your eyes out.  :-)

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

We may put a link to it at some point on the main page, that's not a bad idea.  Thanks.  :-)

Hey Brad,

That's actually a GREAT idea!

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Finally my blog-fearing co-workers will group together and do THIS! I'm trying to get it all figured out...How can we get out logo up if it's not one of the selections?

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 10 years ago

Brad..I'm coming around to the idea, but I'm very independent and I'm not likely to purchase a new model till the kinks are all worked out. Be patient with us and we will follow when a winning thought is in deed proved a winner. Only comment on the line up..Claire needs to be in the middle of you guys not at the end, she will keep the ball rolling you might as well admit it from the start.

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

Brad,

Tried to email Claire, her link doesn't go anywhere, atleast from clicking on her pic above.  How does she keep you all in order...Nice lady.  Well at least when I clicked on her email...

Then again my Localism doesn't work either, it says, "Temporarily disabled"  which I've discussed with your peers already.

Posted by Karen Monsour, REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert! (Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach) over 10 years ago

Sounds great! Keep up the good work. Thank you!

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com) over 10 years ago

Brad... very creative and ingenius idea....  but now I have to go to another site and read?  ;o(  Could you make it audio, so I can lay down and listen instead of reading?  Can you be the narrator since you have so much time on your hands?  Better yet, can we pick a female voice?  lol

Seriously, this is a great idea. I wonder what you guys will come up with next. And PS... it was great meeting you last week. I just wish I came up earlier so we could have caught up some...  hopefully next time. thanks

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 10 years ago

Brad,  Oh noooooooooooo.

I think I may have to take a vacation day or call in sick just to stay up with all the wonderful stuff. Let's see, if I call in sick and I answer...oh never mind.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

Brad:) Cool idea!  I will be joining in the fun!  Thanks to AR for all their hard work.

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

You guys have made so many changes lately that I'm giving up on trying to figure out anything else. I've never paid for a blog, and never will so that's not an option. And by the time you added the outside blogs, I had already created folders and bookmarked all my AR posts in my Foxmarks. I wasn't about to go through hundreds of posts to "file" them again. So I've lost major SEO, since my links remain inbound. Then there's Localism. That's a whole other story.

I give up on trying to keep up with so many changes; especially when it's obvious that it's all being done for the money. I totally understand that the investors want to make money, but I was perfectly happy with what we had before. Now it's a bunch of stuff I can't keep up with, let alone afford. I'm still posting blogs here, but now I'm equally focusing on my WordPress blog, since for the last few months, that's the one that's been getting the best SEO.

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Brad: This is GREAT news to hear that all will contribute to a a single information blog !

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

My Howdy

there Brad

I have not signed up as of yet, for one of the out side blogs. Have been thinking it over. I want you to know, I have not lost one bit of my SEO, from the changes. That Active Rain has been doing.

There is one funny thing going on, folk's that use a bolg skin. You can no longer use the search, groups, blogs, and my home. Buttons on the tool bar anymore. Is AR going to fix it so folk's can use them?

Glad to know, Y'all have a Team Blog. For all of us to come and find info out at from Y'all. When we need a bit of help.

Keep up the fine things Y'all are trying to do for the members of the community.

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 10 years ago

I hope to have my new outside individual blog with you guys up and running next week.

Posted by AMBER NOBLE GARLAND - Top Real Estate Expert, Property Tax Appeal Specialist & Author, - The Agent You Can Trust To Deliver REAL Results! (Strategic Marketing Expert & Relocation Specialist Serving New Jersey and nationwide!) over 10 years ago

Rich, this is a great idea and you've got an incredible team there! Top of the line fine!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago

Great idea, Brad! I'll be watching.....

Posted by Suzanne Gallegos, Realtor - Salt Lake City, Utah Homes (Equity Real Estate - Advantage) over 10 years ago

OK, parked for the gossip!

Really, great idea, I am getting ready to start my new one, so I will know where to go when I blow things up.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the great updating on what is happening. I would think this would be great for brokers. I'll be watching to see how it develops.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 10 years ago

I like Virginia's comment:  "parked for the gossip."  Commentary in the Rain is as good as the post.

Thanks, Brad!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Brad, this is great , great, great!!! I love that the I will have "one stop shopping".

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

Anne Marie - we are all blessed in many but different ways by this network, I too am very proud to be a part of this community and family.  I have a passion for this place and for many of these people here, I can honestly say that AR has completely changed my life and the proof is right here in my Blog.  :-))

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

Russ - that will be one good benefit, I see a few others as well.

Jason - thanks for doing that, I'm glad you confirmed it works.  We should talk later, couple things I can let you know about that are coming up and you might be interested.

Vickie - don't forget to check our individual blogs too, not EVERYTHING from each of us will be posted to the group, that's the beauty of ActiveBlogs, AR Blogs, and Localism, you can post what you want and place it where it needs to be. 

My RE Tech Stuff will post to my RENetBlog, my AR Tutorials and how to posts will go to ActiveRainGuide.com and my AR news, updates, musings, gossip etc can go to ActiveRainTeam.com.  Localism is the next big project for our group so I am preparing to start writing Local and Community event info.  One blog platform with the ability to post just like normal, but have every option and placement possible available, I think we may be a bit ahead of our time, but I love it.

Shawn - we're happy you are here, I think you'll be even happier here in the very near future.  :-)

Matt - I was going to add c) How to do this yourself, but A & B seemed like enough.  C is on the way.  lol~

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

I'm so glad to hear this.  I appreciate all the posts will be in one blog. Less bookmarks for me.  Thanks!

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

Matt - since the outside Blogs are syndicated from posts within ActiveRain, you can just subscribe with the AR Subscribe feature.  With a group Blog, on your own domain name, the only way would be an RSS feed or an email subscribe like feedburner or feedblitz.  The ability to add such widgets is coming next....   :-)

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

Audrey - you can always contact me if you need help with any of the things you are signed up with here on AR.  I have always had tutorials and how to's on my profile here on AR, and thought now would be a good time to take advantage of the ActiveBlogs to not only share my posts and how to's but share other contributors as well.  Watch for the ActiveRainGuide.com launch next week. 

The AR Team Blog will be great to have as one place for all our posts that are relevent to the network and what's going on with each of us and as a group.  This is all new and exciting, I can't wait to see where it takes us next.  BTW - I really enjoyed meeting you in NYC, hope we can do it again sometime soon. :-)

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

Finally my blog-fearing co-workers will group together and do THIS! I'm trying to get it all figured out...How can we get out logo up if it's not one of the selections?

Mara - I am putting together a tutorial now.  You can select a non branded theme from the library when you set these up. There are 2 that aren't branded, and you can always replace the header and photos to whatever you want.  I should have the post up showing how to do this by the end of the weekend. :-)

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

Brad..I'm coming around to the idea, but I'm very independent and I'm not likely to purchase a new model till the kinks are all worked out. Be patient with us and we will follow when a winning thought is in deed proved a winner. Only comment on the line up..Claire needs to be in the middle of you guys not at the end, she will keep the ball rolling you might as well admit it from the start.

Steve - there are only a couple kinks left and they should be worked out by this weekend.  Regarding the comment about Claire, she needs to be at the top, and she will be when she writes and adds a post to the new Blog.  The contributors sidebar always moves the most recent contributor to the top.  Most group Blogs who are multi-authored work that way. 

You can click on anyone of the links next to the photo of that contributor to just read that contributors posts.  I'll plant a bug in her ear to add some office gossip when she gets a chance!  lol~  :-)

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

Karen - I just tried both links in this post and her photo and link both took me right to her Outside Blog page.  You can also click on her link at the AR Team blog and it will take you to her about me page.

Localism is the next big project endeavor for our entire staff.  It's coming, we are doing our best here, and with the limited resources we have, I think the team is doing a great job!!  (gloat gloat)  :-)

 

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

Jeff - you mean to tell me you never leave the AR site?  Funny thing, I actually believe that!!  lol~

Margaret - no calling in sick!  haha  I wanted to thank you for sending me your new book!  One was sent to my office in WA. and is being forwarded to me by Claire.  The other you sent to my home arrived just before I headed out to NYC.  I'm really enjoying it and wanted to say thanks for the autographed copy.  I can say I knew Margaret when.....     :-)

Dona - it will be fun indeed!  Thanks.

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

You guys have made so many changes lately that I'm giving up on trying to figure out anything else.

Lisa - it's true, we are the only network on the planet that offers all the features to our members that we do.  There is NO other platform that includes all these tools ie: Listing router, referral exchange, SEO, Free Blogs, Outside Blogs, Localism, etc. etc.  The only one's we charge for now are Outside Blogs.  All the other paid items and services are optional.  If you sold one house or converted just one lead thanks to your efforts and ours here, having this FREE platform available has most certainly paid off for you.  I know it has for me and for many others.

I've never paid for a blog, and never will so that's not an option.

Aren't you glad that buyers and sellers don't think like this when it comes to working with a REALTOR®???
No one says you have to pay for anything, that's the beauty of AR and the ability to make choices. 

The choice is always yours.

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

Roland - you can probably see how this would work for a Broker, an office, a Real Estate Team, Property Specialists etc.  We are setting the trend here, it's where the future is headed.  Group and Team blogs will become very competitive because we all know that multiple voices combined together carries great power. 

Almost every one here has commented how nice it will be to have all our stuff in one location, one stop shop etc.  Now think how the consumer would feel if they saw your group blog in the same light. 

I think the point has been driven home based on the consensus and comments here. There's Value!!

People like to have information and access to it ALL in one spot, or one stop shop.  The group Blogs are really the way to go in my opinion.  Look what agentgenius, zillow, bloodhound, raincityguide, mytechopinion and many others have done, now the Brokers, REALTORS, and other members have a chance to do the same thing right here.

Why learn something new, a new platform, build from scratch, no support, no SEO, no CSS or HTML knowledge, spend hours recreating the wheel, when we got it all covered for our members. There is no other Real Estate network that can provide the value, tools, products and services that we do for our members.  I have yet to find one that compares and I am on many.  :-)

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

Hey Brad...this looks like serious stuff! I gotta get around to it. ;-) Have to figure out if I start a NEW BLOG 'cause I've already got two others besides the AR group....I'll watch and see.....;-)

Pepper

 

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

Dale - thanks for sharing that my friend.  SEO will only get better for everyone.  Even comments are now getting picked up and my google alerts have gone off the hook.  The links at the top of your toolbar on AR work on the main AR page, but not on your individual Blog site. 

Internet Explorer has an issue with them and the guys know about it and will have it fixed shortly. 

FYI - the topbar links work fine in Firefox.  I think they might have that fixed this weekend, at least I'm hoping so.  The one's that don't work are Search, Groups, Blogs, and My Home.  The channels and states pulldowns should be fine.  I'll stay on it and make sure we get that fixed.  :-)

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

Amber - if you need any help with it, call me.  I am working on a step-by-step tutorial right now and hope to have it up after I get finished commenting around the network today.  It should make setting up an individual or group Blog very simple.  You know where to reach me if you need anything at all.  :-))

 

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

Deb, Suzanne, & Virginia - I know you just want the gossip!  lol~  I'm sure we'll be getting to that soon...  In fact Jon has posted some pretty good gossip there already, go check it out.  ActiveRainTeam.com.  :-)

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

Awesome, Brad.  Thanks for putting the pieces of the puzzle together.  I know when I started out here on AR I had a ton of questions that weren't always easily answered.

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Posted by Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team (RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs) over 10 years ago

Brad, this is a great move and long overdue but why wasn't it done as a part of Active Rain instead?  Will there be a link on AR at least so I don't have to keep trying to remember the new domain?  Trust me, as simple as it is with all I have to remember, I WILL forget it.  LOL

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad~ I'll be looking forward to seeing how the group blogs work..you guys are perfect for it! I'll add the blog to my toolbar for easy clicking!

Posted by Laura Monroe, Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media (Inman News ) over 10 years ago

Brad- thanks for the information! Besides bookmarking this post I have saved the 'offical' blog site to my 'favorites' so I can always find it easily!!!

AND thanks for all the information on the phone the other day!!!! Hope your trip went well!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Great idea.  Thanks for sharing this information in a post.  I'll certainly check out the new site so i can keep you on the latest and greatest.  As you (and all other AR folks know) your members have a lot of questions about whats to come and what changes were made.  Im sure you will get a LOT of hits there.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

Brad - what a great crew and a terrific add-on to AR. Heading over to check it out, and look forward to reading regularly.

Jeff

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

Active Rain I truly think is the best resource for an agent right now out there, its like an encyclopedia of information that is cutting edge and relevant.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Rich kind of stands out with the suite and all. is he your token guy in a suit? 

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Dorie - This would be perfect for brokers.

Mike - I couldn't agree more!  lol~

Barb - If you love one stop shop, just think what your clients will feel when they see yours.  :-)

Rebecca - we should be contributing regularly to our new blog, thanks for checkin in every once in a while.

 

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

Teri - I should have a tutorial out in the next day or so, been away on personal stuff this weekend.  This IS serious stuff and I think you'll be seeing some great success stories here in the very near future from both individual and group/team blogs.  :-)

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

Kris - the puzzle pieces are coming together nicely now, always takes a couple days to work out the kinks.

Maggie - it is long overdue and is still part of ActiveRain, but what better way to test out the new ActiveBlogs than to have our own.  We can test and measure the results regarding SEO, traffic, content, plus benefit members and us by having it all in one place. 

Laura - thanks, and adding it to your browser toolbar is a great idea, I bet many people don't know how to do that.  Maybe you could write a post and we could have you add it to our ActiveRainGuide.com Blog when we launch it next week.  Also, thanks for the great flyer you did for my trip to Omaha, you're are one Rockin Virtual Assistant and will get my referrals and endorsement every time!  (Mwa!)

Barbara - the trip was great, and the people there in Omaha were awesome.  Thanks.

John - I hope we get a lot of hits, not just for the SEO and tracking, but to also help keep our members and community informed. 

Jeff - we love your visits always and anytime.  I'll be calling you next week to discuss a couple things ideas, hope you're having a great weekend and not working too hard.  The weather up north has been beautiful.  :-)

 

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

Active Rain I truly think is the best resource for an agent right now out there, its like an encyclopedia of information that is cutting edge and relevant.

Morgan - What a great testimonial comment, I couldn't have said it any better myself!  :-)

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

Teresa - he looks great in that suit, much better than the Santa Hat photo, but of course I liked that one too.  I'm still a rebel and anti-suit fanatic since I had to wear one for 22 years at First American.  Yet another great reason I love my job at ActiveRain. lol~

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

Hi Brad,

Putting all the information, annoucements, etc in one place is a great idea.  Looking forward to some enlightening blogs from the team!

 

Posted by Dora & Vincent Kwok, CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate (HomeSmart Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad,

     Thanks for putting this out there.  I stay away for about a week and you guys come out with this.  This is great news!

Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I've been working on getting others in our firm on AR and I think they are reluctant they 'aren't technology savvy'. Well, now I can point to one blog to help them get started. Thanks!

Posted by Ron Spanton, Kentucky Lake Area (RE/MAX Real Estate Associates) about 10 years ago

Help!!

 

I am trying to do a new post and this is what I get, everytime I click on new post.

How do I add to my blog now?

Posted by David Peters (Sutton Group - Whitecap Realty Ltd.) about 10 years ago

David - great talking to you today, my guess is that it has something to do with your Safari Browser since it worked ok using Firefox.  :-)

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

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