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New ActiveRain Widgets for ActiveBlogs

He won't admit it, but Rich Jacobson is addicted these little things so I have to keep testing them out and requesting them for HIS Blog!  This isn't the first time I've written about Widgets and Rich, and it won't be the last.  haha!  Those who know me well, know all about my Widget World fetish.  lol~


Seriously, while most of you were sleeping and the other late night Bloggers were posting...(like me), our AR Tech MASTERS released another update for the Outside ActiveBlogs.  I had said earlier that these were coming and when I heard they were here, I just couldn't sleep.  Then when I saw this, I just couldn't resist squeezing out a quick post.

Widgets for ActiveBlogs.  This feature is limited to our Outside Blog users who have Individual or Group Blogs.  Although these widgets will display in all browsers, Internet Explorer 6 is not a supported browser for "managing" your new AR Widgets.  We suggest that any IE6 users Upgrade Your Browser. 

We've added a topic/category widget and support for some third party widgets.  Be sure your posts each have a topic/channel or this widget will pull up blank results.  (I would go back and edit posts if need be)

Screen shot of the "Edit Widget" mode on your Outside Blogs.  Next, is one of the coolest Features yet...

Members can now reorder their widgets with just a simple drag and drop process.  WOW! These guys are good!  This is the coolest Widget Feature ever! 

No more code, no more embedding, no more errors, and no more wasted time trying to figure out how to install these little gizmo's on your Blogs, just a simple user interface which allows you to add what you need to customize and get the maximum "Widget" power from your new ActiveBlogs.  But wait, there's more...

I saved the best for last:

ActiveBlogs & SEO

SEO Upgrades for ActiveBlogs. (Again, limited to Outside Blog users)  The high point is our automatically generated Site-map which helps Google (and other search engines) more quickly and accurately index these Blogs.  Now with the ability to search Local posts, topics and categories, and add widgets, this altogether will  make these Blogs ROCK.  I know where you're going next...

Be sure to stop by Rich Jacobson's Blog, I'm sure he'll have every "Widget" available right on his sidebar. That is, if you can get your computer to stop crashing from the lag caused by his widget-happy blog page!

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Comment balloon 130 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 03 2009 09:56AM

Comments

Brad, widgets Rock...I never knew of Rich's obsession with these things.  the SEO will definitely rock!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 11 years ago

Time to go play with widgets!  Thanks  Brad!

Posted by Lesley Lambert, Real Estate Agent - Realtor - Westfield, MA - 413- (Park Square Realty serving Western MA) over 11 years ago

Is there a 12 step program for the widget obsessed?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 11 years ago

Check out the ActiveRainGuide.com manual now, it is 100% functional with search capabilities and category searches. I am totally stoked at the job our TEAM has done with this.  Jorgen, Mike, and Diego are to be commended and deserve all the kudos for a stellar upgrade to ActiveBlogs last night!  :-)  Thanks Guys.

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

Something else to learn.....but I'll take a look, thanks.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 11 years ago

Wow! yet more great information...  I'm on Active Rain overload!

Posted by Zilkia Olmeda-Martins, GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes (RE/MAX North - San Antonio) over 11 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the update. I've been reluctant to add back all of my widgets after the losing them. Maybe it's time to start back on the widget train.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 11 years ago

Definite AR overload happening! But, I love learning new things. Thanks!

Posted by Steve Blehl (The Home Depot/Referrals to Geba Realty) over 11 years ago

Is something wrong with me? I'm not into those thingies....should I be?

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Jeremy - I was just projecting! lol~

Lesley - you're gonna love these and what they'll do for your new Blog.

Donna - I'm the founder!!  haha hehe

Karen - they're so easy to use, there's really nothing to learn. :-)

Zilkia - better overloaded than underachieved. (wink wink)

Larry - these only affect the new outside blogs.  It's nothing like adding them to your AR blog.

Steve - I prefer the word improvement or enhancement versus overload.  And it's easy to learn and do. :-))

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

These look incredible.  I am hoping to get an outside blog going in the next few weeks.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Fantastic! I'll add that to my list of 4,375 things to do thanks to AR. Thanks Brad!

Posted by Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner (www.GoSimplyTexas.com) over 11 years ago

These are definitely some powerful upgrades and very useful tools. 

There are some other enhancements that are already in place from last nights update.  I'm still waiting to see if any members notice or comment about it.  If you are the first to find it and comment here, I'll see that you get 1000 bonus points from the point hamsters.  (hint: The enhancement has nothing to do with widgets)

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

Joan - just let me know, we're getting those Blogs setup in record time now.  Let me know if you need any assistance.  Give yourself about 3 minutes if you already have a good domain name picked out.  Otherwise give yourself an hour to come up with a name that is available. (LOL~)  We'll do all the rest.  :-))

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

Kim - 4375?  What are you doing?  Looking at every single group on AR?  (haha)  Now that you've read this post, there's only 4374 to-do's left to go.  Just eat the elephant to-do's one bite at a time.  :-)

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

I guess it is time for me to seriously take a look at the outside blogs!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago

Brad, I am having a problem with my outside blog feeding my widget, my widget lost all my posts back to Oct 08.  My widget will not update anymore, I checked the setting on the widget, it is correct.  If you goto http://nchomesforsaleblog.com/rss , it is out of date.  I really need assistance from activerain.

Posted by Angela Lawrence, Broker/Owner (Noble Merit Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Thanks Brad for the work on the widgets.  I always look forward to the widget posts.

Posted by Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri, It matters to us as much as it matters to you. (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - Thanks for always sharing such great information.  I really appreciate it!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 11 years ago

Kristi - I just looked at your Blog, it is seriously time.  This is a perfect opportunity for someone like yourself.  Start driving traffic and SEO right out the gate.  Let me know when you're ready, I can help.  :-)

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

Brad - it was great finally meeting and getting to talk to you.  Hopefully what we discussed will work, if not, just call me back.  The RSS feeds might not be working properly on the subdomain free blogs, I'll have to check.  The work around should be ok.  Have fun with your "widget" gizmo gadget what-ya-macallit.  :-))

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

Widgets... SEO Upgrades... you guys are incredible!  Thanks for all you do- we appreciate it and are looking forward to the fruit from it all!!  Go AR!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 11 years ago

Ok - I get it except for Apture - I loaded the code and have an account but can not for the life of me figure out how to insert links.  I think I will need an Apture Tutorial for AR :)

Posted by Jo Olson, Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt (HOMEFRONT Realty) over 11 years ago

Jo - you know how I hate writing tutorials! LOL!~ 

I was just over adding some of these to my Outside Blog (ActiveBradsBlog.com) when I realized I could just comment from the outside Blog. 

I think being more active directly from the outside blogs can't hurt the SEO and activity levels. :-O   I call that a BFO - Blinding flash of the Obvious!  haha

I'm not pushy at all, just anxious to see the SEO results.  I'll get the apture thing going in a bit.  :-)

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

widget wodget wouldgew watchit? we are having SO MUCH FUN!!! Thank you, elfinmagic and Santa... hahaha hohoho!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 11 years ago

Brad,

I think I've just reached OVERLOAD!!!!  I can't keep up with all the new gadgets/gidgets/widgets that  pop-up as I sleep!

Good work!

Kathy Opatka Re/Mx OCEAN CITY,MARYLAND

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 11 years ago

Thanks, I will check out your recommendations.

Aloha,

Keahi

Posted by Keahi Pelayo (KU Realty) over 11 years ago

Mike - you can add them to your outside Blogs really easy.  I've added them now to both group and individual blogs and it's a breeze!  :-)

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

Sally - yes you should be, at least the one's we're talking about here?  Look what they've done for the ActiveRainGuide. Blog.  The search functionality is the coolest.  :-)

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

Debi - no problem.  I actually wrote this post Blind with screen shots, but it turned out exactly like our guys said it would.  I call it Blogging by "Faith!"  These guys behind the scenes rock and deserve all the credit on this one.  I'll pass your appreciation on to them.  Thanks. :-)

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

Widgets... SEO Upgrades... you guys are incredible!  Thanks for all you do- we appreciate it and are looking forward to the fruit from it all!!  Go AR!

JB - the seeds are planted, we're watering and fertilizing Blogs now for the harvest soon to come.  You're fortunate...no, we're ALL fortunate to be a part of it.  Thanks.  :-)

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

Mara - hahaha!  I mean hohoho to you as well.  Enjoy!!

Kathy - I have an easy solution for you.... never sleep again! lol~

Keahi - check it out, these are the "no ka oi" of widgets.  Did I say that right? :-)  Aloha my friend.

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

OMG!  I love widgets - I better go study up!

Posted by Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841 (Ben Kinney Brokerages Leadership at our Keller Williams North Seattle Office) over 11 years ago

Courtney - these widgets are the bomb.  Have fun.  :-)

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

Brad - So when you mentioned REAL SOON in your email yesterday, you really meant that night itself. Glad to hear that. I've been waiting for the Feedburner widget for my prospects and clients.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

Brad, Thanks for your help over the phone with this. I really appreciate it. How long does it take for the widget to appear on my site? I also had some trouble dragging them to put them in the order that I want.  Help!! and thanks again.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 11 years ago

Thanks for the info Brad.

Question for you:  I tried using bligets and I implemented their recent blog posts widget as a flash plugin and found this widget caused an extra 5-10 second delay in page loading versus it not being there, and that was just unacceptable so I removed it.  I've noticed on other AR members blog page that have it there is the same kind of general delay.

Has AR tested the performance of these widgets for outside AR use beyond their great functionality?  Does it add to the loading time of the page? 

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad - HELP! I want to install the Subscribe via Email feedburner widget but it looks like it it s FeedCount of Feedburner. Can I get the Subscribe via Email feature on my outside blog? Did I do something wrong?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

Brad, since sliced bread is a term I heard from another tech recently, thanks for all your help with this stuff, drives me nuts, I think I got this widget thing right for a change, thanks to your great instructions, you rock!

Posted by Steve Mattison, Vietnam Veteran over 11 years ago

Brad, I see the categories so neatly displayed, or raindexed, and the RSS feed, that is the only difference that I have noticed.

BTW - I think you have more widgets than Rich.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 11 years ago

I want to play with the widgets too!! But my computer does not like internet 7 and won't finish downloading it....   ~~sniffle~~sniffle~~~It goes all the way through it and says it didn't complete...~~sniffle sniffle~~~....   :-(

 hopefully I can figure it out soon since I got this great new individual blog now! 

Posted by Valerie Spaulding, Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise! (Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA) over 11 years ago

I need help as well. Brad, there are not enough hours in the day!

I am SO looking forward to your visit to my office. I hope to catch 10 minutes with you before or after.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing the tips. I am going to sign up for the outside blog real soon. thank you also for the rain radio special about the blog.

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Wow Brad - very cool. I LOVE widgets, but to drag and drop - waaaay cool. ;-) Thanks, by the way for her call. Great help. ;-)

 

Pepper

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago

OK Brad I can't believe you are accusing Rich of being addicted to widgets!!!! I think at one time you had close to 200 of them in your side bar. Wasn't it your blog that shut down the Internet for 2 hours back in 2007?

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Congrats on the new widgets.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 11 years ago

Brad: You are always on top of things here in the rain.. Shall we call you or Rich Widget Man ?

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

Loreena - we had to let the programmer go home this morning and sleep.  We got the half of feedburner up that does the count, but we were remiss in getting up the subscribe part of it. (LOL)  He'll know when he wakes up that we had a minor oversight on that particular widget.  No worries, it'll get corrected and more widgets are coming...we just had to let him get some rest after a long and productive night.  :-)

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

Is there a way to add other widgets beyond those listed in the drop down list? There are a few other third party widgets I would like to add if possible.  BTW - incredible ease of use on this.  It is amazing what you guys put together.  You actually make people like me look like I know what I'm doing.

Posted by Craig Frazer, Real Estate, RE/MAX Metro, Davis & Salt Lake County over 11 years ago

My outside blog is not functioning well this evening.....perhaps the widgets have toasted the outside blog server ????   Great Info post on the widgets, but I am just too tired to start putting widgets on my OUTSIDE blog today. 

Thanks Brad!

UPDATE......ok I lied.....I just got my widgets done!!! WOOHOO!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 11 years ago

Brad - Rock on !!!  This is another homework assignment for The Somers Team !

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) over 11 years ago

Brad- As soon as we have returned all the calls for short sale listings that we get from just our AR blog this week, I will get right on this. I wanted to be activeblog live on the 26th when we could move our domains over. First things first, and just getting better! I love that SEO sitemap, google loves that! The spiders will be happily munching away! Widgets, love them!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago

Brad, I am convinced I will forever lag behind....but I want to get my outside blog up and do think it's going to be one terrific source of business.  I must have every ONE of your blogs bookmarked--and it's a good thing, I'll be needing them!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

It isn't nice to deploy all of the groovy junk and leave us freeloaders out in the cold...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm having dificulty just writing and posting, but i will try this out.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 11 years ago

Drag and drop? I can do that! Thanks Brad and all you great AR guys for constantly keeping us on the edge of our Web 2.0 seats!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 11 years ago

I'm loving this Brad..this will speed up my widget creativity....:) Thanks you guys..MWA

Posted by Laura Monroe, Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media (Inman News ) over 11 years ago

Brad my love...

After just getting back on AR, I can't even get my custom blog set up again.  Why did you have to go change everything while I was laid up?????  So you love Rich more than me, OK I think I can live with that...maybe.

Just come on down here to Katy TX and help me out till I'm back in top form, OK?  Then all is forgiven!!  + a guy passed me by in points and knocked me from 2 down to 3.  Now that is something we need to remedy ASAP.

I got the 2nd arrangement for y'all, it is so pretty and makes me smile every time I walk by...and thank of you...oooooh.  Bib Hug, Liz

 

Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) over 11 years ago

Barb - I knew if I didn't comment or call you right away, you'd figure it out.  Sometimes that's really the best way to learn.  Glad it's all working out for you now.  Looking forward to your posts.  :-)

 

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

Thanks for the info Brad.

Question for you:  I tried using bligets and I implemented their recent blog posts widget as a flash plugin and found this widget caused an extra 5-10 second delay in page loading versus it not being there, and that was just unacceptable so I removed it.  I've noticed on other AR members blog page that have it there is the same kind of general delay.

Has AR tested the performance of these widgets for outside AR use beyond their great functionality?  Does it add to the loading time of the page?

Chris - great question.  I never used a Blidget before so I'm not the guy to give an experienced answer, but I do know that some widgets can slow up a page load, especially for users with Internet Explorer, dial up modems, old operating systems, and even low memory video cards.  There are too many variables to simply blame it all on a widget, blidget, or whatchawhosit. 

Yes, our widgets have all been tested and approved by our programmers and developers.  You won't see any of those types of blidgets on our list.  :-)  These are for outside blogs only.

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

Steve - it was great getting to talk with you the other day, you're just in time to try some of these on your new Blog.  Let me know what you think or if you need any assistance at all.  I still love that photo you took of the Hay Bails and the cows!  :-))

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

Virginia - Rich only deleted all his because he saw this post before I could make it public.  I'm surprised he hasn't dropped in here to defend himself or give some smart @$$ comment.  (he always gives me a bad time) He must be really busy. 

You will see the difference on your Blog only when you start adding some of these widgets to your sidebar.  You can remove any or all of your sidebar including categories, and local posts.  You get to choose what you want and what you don't.  :-)

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

Valerie - easy answer and solution.  Use Firefox, and now you know why.  :-)

 

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

Vickie - looking forward to my visit at your office next week.  I will try and set a few minutes aside after so we can meet.  Thanks for inviting me, it should be a great class.

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

Eileen - let me know when you're ready, your Blog awaits you.

Teri - you'll have an idea of how cool this is when you see it live on your own site.  You'll love this.  :-)

 

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

OK Brad I can't believe you are accusing Rich of being addicted to widgets!!!! I think at one time you had close to 200 of them in your side bar. Wasn't it your blog that shut down the Internet for 2 hours back in 2007?

Broker Bryant - yes it was me!  lol~  I remember when TLW commented and said she was never coming back to my Blog because I kept locking up her Internet Browser.  haha~  Thank goodness I got rid of a bunch of widgets.  I only have 180 now.  :-) 

Tell her hi for me and keep a howdy for yourself.  It's always nice to see you.

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

Castellum - (Victor) thanks!  :-)

Roland - truth is, Rich follows after me.  LOL~  I have the cooler stuff on my Blog... but I have to be careful, he can go into my Blog and wipe me out if he wants.  He's been around the inner-workings of AR longer than I have. :-))

 

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

 

Is there a way to add other widgets beyond those listed in the drop down list? There are a few other third party widgets I would like to add if possible.  BTW - incredible ease of use on this.  It is amazing what you guys put together.  You actually make people like me look like I know what I'm doing.

Craig - we will be adding many more widgets.  We had to let our Tech Masters get some sleep.  There will be other options, widgets, themes and more all coming shortly.  We even have another surprise, but no one has caught it yet.  I offered 1000 points to the first member to find it and report it here. 

More Great stuff Ahead!

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

Christine - you're messin with me....   :-)

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

Brad- As soon as we have returned all the calls for short sale listings that we get from just our AR blog this week, I will get right on this. I wanted to be activeblog live on the 26th when we could move our domains over. First things first, and just getting better! I love that SEO sitemap, google loves that! The spiders will be happily munching away! Widgets, love them!

Katerina - make sure you call me when you're ready, I want to show you a few things.   :-)

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

This is one of the best non-infomercial commercial for the outside blogs I've seen so far. I'm on the verge of giving in. Just one more 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 11 years ago

Brad, how many ways are there to say...COOL!  I love them widgets and will admit I am total geek for gadgets!  Take care and keep a rocking and a blogging!

Posted by Jason Neumann, Realtor - www.KelownaRealEstateNews.com (Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Very good stuff. You guys keep adding all these new features.

Posted by Shuki Haiminis (Lofts.com) over 11 years ago

More, more , more..... I am trying to learn this stuff as fast as I can and you give us MORE!!! Keep it coming, I love it.

Posted by Keith Pound, Realtor, Auctioneer - Louisville, KY - 502-645-5950 (EXIT REALTY CRUTCHER) over 11 years ago

Brad - Love those widgets and new features!  Thanks so much for your easy-to-learn instructions.

Mary

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 11 years ago

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

We've added the FeedBurner E-mail Subscription widget to the ActiveBlog platform. YEAH!!  :-)

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

Brad, I am convinced I will forever lag behind....but I want to get my outside blog up and do think it's going to be one terrific source of business.  I must have every ONE of your blogs bookmarked--and it's a good thing, I'll be needing them!

Carole - no worries, you always got me here to help.   I'm honored that you would bookmark any of my posts, I'll have to share an idea with you that might make it easier.   Just fyi...you are not lagging behind at all, you're way ahead of the pack if you ask me.  :-)

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

Lane - I never really looked at it that way, but if the shoe fits.... lol~   You know that's NOT it at all....

I am waiting to see you get an OB for the "Racing Lane" site you know you want.  You should call me, I got a few killer ideas for ya...  :-)

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

Brian - just let me know where you are having any difficulties and I'll direct you to the right posts and members that can help.  There's nothing that hasn't been written about multiple times on AR, including any challenges you may be having.  Just let me know....

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

Frank & Sharon - Yep!  Drag and drop is as easy as it gets. 

Wish writing these posts and commenting was that easy.  haha!!   :-)

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

Laura - you are already one of the most creative people on the planet!!  BTW - It was great talking to you the other day, we need to do that more often, I just need more hours in the day like everyone else!  MWA!  :-)

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

Liz - you have been missed big time!  I am glad to see you at least back commenting with enough spunk to get riled up over another member passing you up.  Just remember dear, those points may move your picture on the page, but they will never move you any further from your relationships.  Your readers and friends don't care about your picture and placement, they care about you. 

Glad you are back and feeling a bit better!!  :-)  We luv ya...

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

Amber - I've marked my calendar.  :-))

Jason - there is only one way to say cool....  COOL! 

Shuki - you bet we will, you can count on that.

Keith - it'll keep coming for sure, and it just keeps getting better and better...  just wait!

Mary - I'm always happy to help out others if I can, it's very rewarding contributing to others successes.  :-)

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

Brad - it looks like after a good night sleep, tech support did their wonders. I am so excited that I can tell them all about it now.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

OK, when are you releasing more templates?  There's one template for small boutique companies and no way to personalize it...

Posted by Kerry Jenkins (Prime Properties) over 11 years ago

Loreena - don't say that too loud, they might get jealous.  (Over the sleep that is....)   :-)

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

Amy - there are 2 non-branded themes you can use until we release more.  The new ones have to be created before we can release them. Elements of SEO (3-Column) and Legends (2-Column) are both custmizable and not branded.  Hang tight for more of a selection sometime in the near future.   :-)

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

Thanks Brad...I played with the widgets tonight and it does seem really easy to reorder them!  Thats great...I haven't figured what the purpose is of the other widgets....added my bloglog, but what is it telling me?  I'd be really interested in google analytics or something along those lines...is that a possibility?

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 11 years ago

Brad - You know I'm getting too bold when I ask alot. Is there anyway we could track stats using Google Analytics?

Is that too much to ask?

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 11 years ago

Brad, I have some ideas for me too...  Oh, but you were talking about on here...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 11 years ago

Brad,

Absolutely, without question...brilliant, phenominal. etc., etc. Whistle, whistle...I'm off to see the Widget, the wonderful Widget Wizard of AR.

Posted by Ron Withers ----Retired Mortgage Professional over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing!  Widgets are on my "to do" list now that you've made such a compelling reason to use them.

Posted by Myrick Tantiado (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 11 years ago

Love it, can you tell me how to drag and drop. I mean I know how to do it just can't change the order.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 11 years ago

So the widgets only work on the paid blogs?

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 11 years ago

Sonja and Loreena - we are working on the ability to add the GA widget to your outside blogs.  Should be available soon.  We will continually keep adding more to the options for our ActiveBlogs.  Thanks for being patient and understanding.  :-)

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

Missy - dick on the button that say Reorder Widgets, then just drag and drop them above or below the other widgets where you want them to appear on your Blog.  You can do it!  :-)  If you need some help or it's not working for you, let me know, I'll go in and do it for you.

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

Mike - these specific widgets are only for the New Outside ActiveBlogs, all other widgets for your standard AR Blog run separately and should all work fine.

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

Brad - How do you install a Snippet?  Thank you!

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Brad - I figured out snippet,  but mybloglog is a mess.  I cannot figure out first, what the RSS is for the upgraded site www.destinrealestate-sells.com to put into bloglog.  Also, when I try to get a snippet from mybloglog, it puts all this other stuff about me onto the new site, not just the pictures of recent visitors like on my main AR site, where I can track sources, et.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Wendy - there is an RSS link on your toolbar of your outside Blog.  The link there is what you want.  The mybloglog you are trying to add is NOT the visitor tracking widget.  It is the personal mybloglog widget only.  We are adding more widgets once our programmers get some sleep! :-O 

Glad you figured out that a snippet is just the piece of HTML code required to install that particular widget. :-)

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

geeeez...this is addicting! Another great post, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Your blog is so informative it makes my head explode if I haven't kept up for a while.  THANK YOU so much for all the valuable information!!!!

Posted by Jenniffer Lee, Broker/Owner/Realtor at RE/MAX Complete Solutions (RE/MAX Complete Solutions) over 11 years ago

Okay I am going now to check it out !! Thanks Brad !!

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) over 11 years ago

Gee, Brad, do you see what time it is? Too late to make any decisions, but I'm on the verge of upgrading. You are tempting me too much with the widgets, google juice, and now Feedburner? Good thing I had a closing today! Woo hoo!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 11 years ago

thanks for the greta info on the wdigets - still learning about all this good stuff

Posted by Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate (Carolina One Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I've just started with blogs and until I get that down pat, I'm not even thinking about outside blogs.  I feel like I'm a million years behind.  I tried installing a widget on one of posts but couldn't get it to work.  Now wouldn't your drag and drop system for outside blogs have been a lifesaver.  I'm feeling left out.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 11 years ago

Lora - there are posts that will help you to install widgets on your AR Blog. Use the search tool at the top of any AR page and just type in the word "widgets" and you'll get many posts that members have created and contributed just to help you. 

That's just one of the things that makes this network and community so POWERFUL. I even wrote a post on how to do this: http://activerain.com/blogsview/170783/Widgets-How-to-Add-Them-to-Your-Blog I hope this will help.  :-)

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

Is this Widget advice only for the outside blogs? I have tried to update my AR blog with Widgets and I have been unsuccessful. Probably because I don't really know what I am doing.

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago

Yes it is. We refer to outside blogs as ActiveBlogs on most occasions.  :-)

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

Helllo Brad!  Still working hard on my Blog and have a blast! So, now I learned the things I needed to learn before I learned them on my own...LOL

I have a question.  How did you get the different size fonts on your Blog? Are they word art.??

Thank You!

Posted by Heather Moriah Martin, REALTOR - Lehigh Valley (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

You can use the CTRL+ 1-6 shortcut keys, or you can use scribefire.com.  That's what I use.  BTW - thanks for your great praise report below over on GetSatisfaction.com, I really appreciated you taking the time to do that, and then allowing me to share this with others!

You Rock!!  :-)

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

An artist starts with a clean white surface, or a fresh sheet of sketching parchment. And all along the way he/she has a vision in their head of the final product but along the path currents of inspiration and creativity shape the final product. Or should. Bloggers that have a vision of the final look and utility can hit the bull's eye. Ones that have widgets thrown here, different shaped elements, mismatched colors, font type and size explosion can be like a Christmas tree of ornaments and tinsel/garland heaved on in handfuls from across the room. The blogger gets an "A" for effort but the final product is Frankensteined and an
"oh my gosh" , "what happened here" experience. Easy does it.

Brad, as always enjoy your posts, and they are ones you leave thinking and returning to digest and implement the new tools being added to the toolbox. Time to get a larger toolbox though or maybe sort out some that work, from those that don't depending on particular market dynamics.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 11 years ago

Andrew - Point made.  I have seen what you have seen many times over, read the book, and got the t-shirt.  I was even one of those who got the A for effort but created a frankenstein of a mess.  I have learned from my mistakes and still have not yet arrived, but hopefully we are on the right track by limiting the AR outside Blogs to widgets that do work, are non malicious, and have proven to be successful over time. 

It's a fine line we need to be careful crossing when we limit an individuals ability to start with that "Artists Clean White Surface" and their desired outcome they have for their art.  Being here to help them is the key, and with members like yourself assisting, it's truly what makes AR the powerful and supportive network that is is today. 

Thanks for the candid and always appreciated comment my friend, they're always welcomed. :-)

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

This is great stuff.

Posted by Michelle Cappabianca over 11 years ago

GREAT GREAT GREAT BLOG!!

Posted by The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC (Benchmark Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing the info Brad. So far I didn't get time to explore completely what AR is offering and make use of it. Hope will do soon.

Posted by Suma Kakani (Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty) over 11 years ago

Michelle - thanks. :-)

Stephen - I appreciate that, thanks.

Suma - I'm here to help you anytime you need it, just shoot me an email or give a call.

Here's a couple links that will give you a headstart.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1142301/the-activerain-rainmaker-getting-results-

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1074552/top-10-activerain-tools-for-new-members-and-rainmakers

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

Brad, I have been trying to educate myself on widgets. However with so many out there, it is overwhelming.  What would be your top 3 widgets?

Posted by Chris Walters (Edisto Realty Edisto Beach,SC DiscoverEdisto.com) almost 11 years ago

Hi Chris - they are all my babies, too hard to pick just 3.  I guess it really depends on your audience and what value you're trying to bring them.  Some are cool, some are fun, but the ones that make you drive to the bank to make deposits are best!!  :-))

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

OK I touched a Widget for the first time today!  I bought a trial packet to Active Rain three weeks ago and it included the outside blog.  I'm still wanting to add to the page but haven't done so yet.  When I click on the widget tab will I be able to drag the desired widget to anywhere on the page?  Sorry for my ignorance but when a visitor clicks on my widget is it automatically set up to take them somewhere or do I set this up for each widget?  Thanks for any response you give.  Margaret C.

Posted by Margaret C. Taylor, St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent (Century 21 New Millennium MD) almost 11 years ago

Hi Margaret, yes, you can drag and drop any of the widgets onto any location of the sidebar you choose. They only appear on the sidebar of your outside blog, you can't just place them anywhere on the Blog, they all appear on the sidebar just as they do on the ActiveRain internal Blogs. Hope you have a great 2010 New Year!!  :-)

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

Thanks... This really helped me out..

Posted by Mike Ontiveros (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

I have so much to learn and relearn.  I did a widget about two months ago and have forgotten competely what I did.  Amazing.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) almost 11 years ago

This is great! I can't wait to use it!

Posted by April Brown ~ AprilBrownRealty.com ~ 214-708-7678 (Allie Beth Allman ) over 9 years ago

Brad, your blog just keeps on giving! No wonder you are one of the top 50 most influential people - you deserve it! Brad for President!!! lol

Sharon

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

Hi Brad....I just started learning about widgets and actually installed my first one on a wordpress site I have.  There's so much I don't know!

Posted by Suzanne Martin, Your South Orange County/North San Diego Broker (Suzanne Martin, Broker) over 9 years ago

Suzanne - you're in the right place to learn about a lot of this stuff!!  :-)

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

I am really glad that I found this and I really like the google search widget

Posted by Jeremy Joslin, Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Thanks Jeremy - it's hard to go wrong with "MOST" google tools out there!!   :-)

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

Brad, all roads lead back to you!  I was checking out ActiveRain tools and click on this link and it lead me right to you!  I love it.  Thank you for all you have done to educate us on how to market our business and have fun doing it.

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) over 8 years ago

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