How to Put Listings in Your ActiveRain Blog Sidebar

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Postlets in blog sidebarHow to put listings in your ActiveRain blog sidebar -

I have had many emails from AR folks asking me how I put the listings in the sidebar of my blog.  I know there is another post out there in AR land saying how to do it because that is how I learned, but rather than go look for it, here it is, my way.

I use www.postlets.com for my sidebar listings, plus I use postlets to post listings as a blog post and to syndicate my listings to many other websites. I use the free version of postlets (I always use the free version in everything I do on the net if one is available).

Create an account if you don't have one, then walk throught the steps to create a listing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the last page, postlets gives you the HTML to paste your listings in various venues.  I use the medium HTML code pictured here. Copy this code, be sure to scroll all the way over to the right to get it all...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the "My Home" link in the top right hand corner of any AR page.  Scroll down the page and on the left hand side you will see the settings link. Click that link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are going to paste the postlet code in the "Blog Description" box.  As you can see here I have several in my box because I have a lot of listings in my sidebar.  I put a space between them so it is easier to add and remove listings as needed. 

You have to go to the postlets website periodically and renew your listings or your sidebar will have some error messages in it where the listing should be.  Also, if you change a postlet listing,  for instance, add new pictures, postlets automatically updates your sidebar listings, so you do not have to repaste this code after you update a listing.

Update: Comment left by Ultra Agent said you can add a line to the HTML code to give the sidebar a more seamless look.

I bolded and underlined the code to add to your HTML if you feel confident enough to do so. I pasted the code in the Blog Description box, then added the code. I like the look it gave to my sidebar.

<iframe style="width:250px;
height:225px; "src="http://www.postlets.com
/realestate/mini_250.php?
pid=3107951" frameborder="0"
marginheight="0"
scrolling="no"
marginwidth="0"></iframe>

I hope I made this tutorial easy to understand. If you run across any problems, please do not hesitate to email me. 

Thank you.

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Rainmaker
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Wayne B. Pruner
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Thanks for the tutorial Fran. I will bookmark this for future reference.

December 27, 2009 11:12 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Donovan Blatt Realty

I've been using my IDX which allows me to create a little window.  I like the idea of Postlets as well which I've used for syndication but not this. Thank you for the idea.

December 28, 2009 12:01 AM
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C. Lloyd McKenzie
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Thank you Fran.  You've definitely provided some value added to my business today.

December 28, 2009 02:02 AM
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Dawn Nuzzi
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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Fran!!!!!

December 28, 2009 06:23 AM
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Thanks for this information.... I will add the widget to my blog also. ~ Celeste ~

December 28, 2009 07:06 AM
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Susan Thompson-Solomons
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Thanks for the info. I have used Postlets, but didn't know about the sidebar and I think it will make my blog look nicer.

December 28, 2009 08:44 AM
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Stephen Arnold
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HomeSmart International

Hi there!  Well thought out post!  Thank you!  All the best in 2010!

December 28, 2009 09:51 AM
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Suzanne Strickler
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Fran - I'm familiar with Postlets but never used it in this way.

Thank you for sharing.

Happy New Year.

December 28, 2009 11:46 AM
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Kirsten Lindquist
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Fran:

Thanks for the lesson.  I've got you bookmarked.  Still trying to get the hang of the basics....althought I'm feeling more confident that I was two months ago....when I joined AR.

 

December 28, 2009 02:04 PM
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Andrea Merriott
PalmerHouse Properties

Thanks for sharing. I've always wondered how to do this. Please keep posts like this coming.

December 28, 2009 03:55 PM
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Jean Hanley
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Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters

Fran, thanks for this great information.  I have heard of Postlets but never tried it....until now.  I am going to go to it when finished here.  This is probably the first and foremost reason I love ActiveRain.  So many agents willing to share what they know, and not EVEN worried about any sort of competition.  Life is too short.  We belong to a premier group I would say.

December 28, 2009 04:42 PM
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Gregory Bain
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O.K., I did it. Thanks again.

December 28, 2009 06:03 PM
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Carol Hamilton
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Great info, Fran.  Thank you so much for sharing.  Their are so many little "secrets" out there and it is so nice that you fill the rest of us in, thanks.

December 29, 2009 08:54 AM
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Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties

This is great information!  Thanks sooo much.  I had no idea you could do that...

December 29, 2009 07:24 PM
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dave baum

Tried to.  Seems to be accessible for u.s only.  Is there a canadian version ?  Couldn't find one.  Can anyone suggest a good site.  The usual ones like craiglist get very little response.\

 

dave baum

dave@thebaumteam.com

toronto, ontario

December 30, 2009 10:40 AM
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Margaret C. Taylor
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WOW!  I had to come back and tell you I did it successfully.  Your instructions were fantastic.  Thaank you sooo much.  Margaret C.

January 01, 2010 05:19 PM
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Sham Pathania
Homelife/United Realty Inc. Brokerage

Wonderful! Shall Try later.

January 01, 2010 07:55 PM
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Peggy Chirico
REALTORĀ® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate
Prudential CT Realty

Thanks again! I just did it and it was so easy. Awesome!

January 03, 2010 09:41 AM
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Ryan Gorman
Campo Realty

Fran, Thanks a million!  Works Great!

January 07, 2010 02:14 PM
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Lyn Sims
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RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

I currently do this and just stopped in to see what you had to say. Will try to add the HTML so that I have that seamless feature you illustrated.  Thanks for the update.

 

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