The Official ActiveRain Guide


Blog Tips for Rain Drips

The following archived articles are from a series I began a while back entitled "Blog Tips for Rain Drips" and were designed to provide needed instruction in the finer points of blogging/social media, and to help our members derive the most benefits/value from their involvement here on ActiveRain.

"The Road to Remarkable"

"Rants, Rights, and Reputations - Lessons in Online Behavior"

"Embracing Change in the Rain"

"Jing adds Bling to Your Digital Conversations"

"Roost Media Toolkit for Facebook"

"Referrals in the Rain"

"Conquesting Creative Constipation" or "Overcoming Blogger's Block"

"Social Media Sushi - Developing a Social Media Strategy, Part IV"

"Taking AIM - Developing a Social Media Strategy Part III"

"The 'Why' of Social Media - Developing a Social Media Strategy Part II"

"New Series: Developing a Social Media Strategy"

"Hello? McFly! It's called 'Social' Media for a Reason!"

"Learning the Balancing Act of Social Media"

"Perception vs. Reality"

"Don't Waste Your Time on ActiveRain!"

"Attracting Great Clients thru Blogging"

"Overwhelmed by the Technology Learning Curve?"

"Your Blog Stimulus Package"

"Taking the Hype out of Hyper-Local Blogging"

"And the Password is!".....

"When I Search My Name, Nothing Comes Up!"

"Don't Turn Your Blog into a Refrigerator Magnet!"

"Would You like a Side of SPAM with those Comments?"

"How to Balance Your Blog"

"When in Doubt, Read the Instructions!"

"Rain-Vitations: Your Ticket to a Higher Score"

"Bring Back that Loving Feeling: Building Community"

"How to Kreate Kwality Kontent"

"How to Engage Your Blog Readers"

"Forgive me, Father, it's been 3 weeks since my last blog post!"

"Is Your Blog a Brick Wall?"

"When is Your Blog like a Toxic Waste Dump?"

"The 3 Powerful 'P's' of Posting"

"What is Comment Junk Mail SPAM?"

"How to Sabotage Your Own Blog"

"But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express"

"Roxanne, Glamor Shots, and Casper the Ghost"

"Is it possible to be TOO Transparent?"

"Monsters in the Blogosphere"

"What is a Straffing Run Blogger?"

"Playing Fair in the Blogging SandBox"

"Are You Feeling a 'Draft' in Here?"

"How to Write Good Hyper Local Content"

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed professional real estate broker providing Relentless Representation and Knowledgeable Empowerment for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at,, SoundBiteBlog, Everyday CK@KitsapAgent and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:

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Rich Jacobson is a REALTOR® and licensed Broker with Fathom Realty. He's a Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, skilffuly vanquishing anything in a shell! He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

Comment balloon 70 commentsRich Jacobson • June 04 2011 02:36AM


Hi Rich!  An off-topic question that you might be able to answer for a 4 day old rainer.  How do you link AR to my websites?  Thanks for your time! 

Posted by Rick Sergison (Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area) about 12 years ago

Rick:   If you go to your 'My Home' page, down at the bottom left is a link "Link to ActiveRain"....if you click on that, you will find several different AR links you can copy and import to your webpages. Simply copy the HTML code, and imbed it in the desired location on your website. You may need to have the help of your Webmaster to do that.

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 12 years ago

Rich, Thanks for the tips for this rainy drip. Always looking for thing to improve my quality...

~~ Your friend in Brentwood, TN - Michael

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Rich - Do you ever sleep?  I look forward to reading these posts.  I always learn something new! (and I have a long way to go!)  Take a nap!

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) about 12 years ago

Hi Rich I remember quite a few of these. I was thinking about doing a similar summary post.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago

Thanks just spent some time reviewing some of these which I missed out on.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Rich, these kind of articles really help me and I'm sure many others who are new or not getting what they want from the experience. 

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) about 12 years ago

Thanks Rich. many of those posts are "most reads" for newer bloggers!

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 12 years ago

Just when I think I might be knowing a bit about what I'm doing, I get slapped back into reality! Thanks Rich.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing about 12 years ago

Rich: Thank you for a wonderful list of topics here in one location. This is kinda like a one stop blog spot for great information.. A bookmark for sure

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 12 years ago


Thank you for the refresher on your tips.  I will have to go back and read all of the links to get all of the information you are passing out.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Rich, I'm glad that I subscribed to your post they are very helpful for someone new like I have to ask are you one of the (ACTIVE RAIN GODS) that others talk about? peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) about 12 years ago

Hi Rich,

Wow!  Lots of food for thought! Since I can't make it through the list at this moment I've bookmarked it, added it to two Favorites folders, and emailed the link to my home.  I don't want to let this one slip by - great stuff.  Oops - I've just subscribed to your blog after noting the comment above. Thanks so much.


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 12 years ago

Zane:    Since I have reverence for the Big Guy upstairs, and an aversion to lightning bolts, my answer would be 'Yes,' but it's Rain gods (little 'g'). It's not a term that any of us take seriously. As a licensed agent, I consider myself, first and foremost, a member, just like you. I just happen to have the good fortune of being an ActiveRain employee!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 12 years ago

Elizabeth:    Thanks for your kind words. Welcome to our community! Let me know if I can of any help to you as you find your way around!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) about 12 years ago

Rich, thanks for the quick answer, Again you have been helpful to me.....I figured rain gods was not serious....and I am very glad you are so humble about your position in Active Rain from the stuff I have read from you I can see why you are a (leader)(god)(employee)(member)what ever your title here is.....again thank you for the info and I look forward to another lesson...peace zane

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) about 12 years ago

Rich, thanks for the helpful comments to me about the three "P's" of blogging and I love the way you indexed your blog tip posts.  You can bet I will be back to read more.  Thanks for your time and efforts for the community.

Posted by Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri, It matters to us as much as it matters to you. (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Gracious Rich...

I knew you were up to something. Wanna know why? Okay, I'll tell you why....

Blog Updated.

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By the way I love your new picture. You clean up real nice. Now can I have some extra points for making you smile, not to mention all the sucking up I do :)

See ya round the rain as needed :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thanks Rich!

Good informational post this Sunday morning.  Still trying to learn as much as possible about AR, blogging and posts in general.  I appreciate your time and advice.

Have a great day!


Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) about 12 years ago

Thanks again for the post and for the instructions on how to link to AR.  CHeers!

Posted by Rick Sergison (Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area) about 12 years ago

that is a useful list that we all appreciate receiving - love the way you guys take care of us here! Thanks!

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) about 12 years ago

I am going to review and use all of these tips.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 12 years ago

Hi Rich,

Just got in under the wire with the new membership requirements. My first blog was a week ago and I must admitt someone was looking out for me. Thanks for the tips, I will read them all. This is a whole new world!!

Posted by Sanna K. Thomas, PA GRI, E-Pro, SFR, AHWD, LH Ocala Florida Luxury (Sellstate Next Generation Realty) almost 12 years ago

I was accused of sucking who was that? lol.

You do have some great rain drip posts :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago

Wow that's a lot of links to go through.  Going to be a while.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) almost 12 years ago

Thanks, Rich.  This will provide some great reading, I'm sure.

Posted by Heather Goodwin, Coldwell Banker Gosslee (Licensed by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission) almost 12 years ago

Rich, thank you for posting links to these informative posts.  I have clicked and read some and find them very informative...I just need more time!!!!

Posted by Sonya Loose, Helping Buyers & Sellers of Waterfront Property (Modern Realty) almost 12 years ago

Wow, what a slew of content.  I have bookmarked because it will take me a month to read them all.  good for you!

Posted by An Marshall, Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant (Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine) over 11 years ago

Hi Rich,

I look forward to reading some of these, especially the first one. Don't have any time to waste. Thanks,

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) over 11 years ago

Rich, clicked here from your most recent blog post.  Glad I did - this is a bookmark.  Thank you!

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

Hi Rich...Great Resource everyone should bookmark for future reference..Well Done.

Merry Christmas from Fred Carver

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

Very well done. I just reblogged this. More people should read your info. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 10 years ago

Thank you for the info.  I will flag it and come back and spend some time.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the awesome post. I am now a subscriber.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) about 10 years ago

great tips, Rich....I've got lots of good stuff to read up on now!  Thanks

Posted by John Whittinghill, Marietta, GA Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta) about 10 years ago

Bookmarked. What great tips for a new blogger, thanks.

Posted by Maureen Fukumoto, Maureen (Help-U-Sell Realty Pro) about 10 years ago

Wow, that's a lot of posts to have kept track of. I realize the posts were all stashed away in the AR site, but still, wow!

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) over 9 years ago

Jon:  Writing all these articles have been a major labor of love, but it's simply one way for me to repay this network for all the tremendous value and benefit it has provided my business and personal life!...

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 9 years ago

Hi  Rich, a terrific list of tips..thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 9 years ago

Look at all of these comments - and all you did was list the topics! I'll be checking some out.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 9 years ago

Rich - wow thanks for brining this one alive again out of the archives. what a list! I'll have to bookmark this one, thanks! (PS - I like your avatar update)

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) over 9 years ago

Hi Rich - This is an awesome library of great articles.  I am glad you have highlighted it for us since the post was originally written quite some time ago.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Hi Rich, came to this post via Michelle Carr re-blog, have not had time to go through everything yet, but looks like a lot of good information, will defiinitely bookmark and reference often.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Hrisco & Associates, Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods (Hrisco & Associates ) over 9 years ago

Bout time you posted something worth bookmarking!  lol~ Suggested for a feature too since I can't feature posts anymore.  Always loved your stuff Rich and really loved working with you here in the rain.  I mean it when I say it's great to see you posting great stuff like this, reminds me of the good ol days my friend!  :-)

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

Lots of great info here, thanks for the information.  Have bookmarked for future reading and learning.  Thanks to all the others comments too!

Posted by Debbie Lynn, Realtor, North San Diego 858.775.9771 (Prudential California Realty) over 9 years ago
You just gave me a lot more reading to do on something I do very poorly. Just the jump-start I needed. Thank you.
Posted by Alan M. & Associates ( (RE/MAX Crest Realty - Vancouver, BC Canada) over 9 years ago

Thanks for reposting and the work and knowledge you put into the posts. I am going to figure how to "bookmark" this post for future reference.

Posted by Steve Davis, Carlsbad CA (Davis Coastal Properties) over 9 years ago

Brad:  Yeah, I know, I've been such a SLACKER!...Some exciting things on the horizon here in the Rain! We can talk about later this month when we see each other during RainCamp!!!....It will be just like old times, but only better!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 9 years ago

Great post!  You just created an easy to access to a wealth of information.  A mini library, if you will ;)

Posted by Beth Good Realtor, Temecula Horse Property Specialist (Prime Horse Property) over 9 years ago

Thanks for this Rich. I have bookmarked this post and am going to subscribe.

Posted by John Cunningham, Helping Phoenix Sellers and Buyers find each other (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Ah.... a great comeback indeed!

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

Thanks - I will make time to peruse and hopefully pick up some great information!

Posted by Ann Wilkins, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA (Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Pick this one off on Twitter Rich. Thanks a bunch...have it bookmarked and will take some time to go through it later today. Have a good one.

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Back to school I go!

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

Thank you for the post.  I am a newbie to blogging and I am overwhelmed with all that I need to learn.  I will benefit from experienced bloggers like yourself who SHARE.

Posted by Christine Koch, Realtor - eXp Realty San Antonio TX (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago


More stuff to add to my reading list.  Thanks, I guess.  My reading list is already a mile long. 

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 9 years ago

Rich, wow that's a lot of information, thank you. I've bookmarked it.

Posted by Ray Waisler, NMLS #6621 - Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA (Finance of America) over 9 years ago

A ton to read.  You did get bookmarket though.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 9 years ago

Great information and made a feature over 2 years later! Timeless information. Thanks

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) over 9 years ago

Sure am thankful this was featured, otherwise I would have missed it.  I have some reading to do.

A big thank you.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 9 years ago

Rich, I typically choose one AR blog a day to open and then comment upon, this has taken a few days to get through but is AWESOME!  I still have about 10 to read but all are valuable!!!  I also love the Blue Crab background!

Posted by Steve Barker over 9 years ago

Rich, great stuff! I continually learn something with every post I read. What a awesome forum!

Posted by Jack Rockwell, "Know How Is Key" (The Rockwell Group at Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

This looks like some great material, thank you so much for sharing. I do a blog for my area and all the addition tips given are very much appreciated. Anything to increase awareness.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) over 9 years ago

Thanks Rich for the great list of articles, I have reblogged your archive list 

Posted by Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor (Keller Williams Sandpoint over 7 years ago
Rich, thank you for the invaluable compilation of blogging resources. These additional tips, once reviewed and implemented should prove to be very effective!
Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 7 years ago

This is more information than my brain is wired to process!  I will be checking back until I can absorb it...


Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) over 7 years ago

So much to learn and hopefully earn from your archives. Thank you so much for re-posting.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 7 years ago

Some pretty good stuff here. Thanks1

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 7 years ago

Rich, you have provided us with a lot of "rich" material to read!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 7 years ago

Wow Rich!  What a great list.  You should gett AR to make you part of their university.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago