Whatcha Lookin At? Take Advantage of Active Rain University.

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Real Estate Agent with REMAX Santa Clarita Real Estate and Homes BRE #01410130

Whatcha Lookin At? Take Advantage of Active Rain University.

Actively being on Active Rain lately and reading many BLOGS I noticed who has costumed BLOGs and who doesn't. I really liked all the custom BLOGS and so... wanted to have one myself. I will be the first to admit that I am technology challenged. I came across a recent BLOG by Jeremy Blanton entitled ActiveRain University Presents Customizing Your ActiveRain Blog. After I saw the post I immediately signed up for the the Active Rain University class given by him.

In one hour Jeremy showed me how to make a custom header and customize my Active Rain Blog. The class was amazing. I know as Realtors we are so busy but one hour made a world of difference to how my blog looked. I went from having a mushed up picture header to a clear crisp picture that fit perfectly on my Active Rain BLOG. I could also add text.

I went from this.... coffey grounds 

 

 

 

To this in one class.  coffey grounds

                                                                                                                                                                                               Jeremy showed me lots of ways to go in the back end and create custom color palettes from free web-sites and more. When I had a question I could type it in and Brad Andersohn was there by his side to help and answer all my questions.

Another great Active Rain University class was given by Steven Graham. He taught me in one hour great ways to get my BLOG up the search engine. After the class he sent me an email with lots of free to use helpful web-sites for blogging.

Have you ever noticed all the widgets on the side of everyone's BLOG? Most of them you can just click and grab your own if you like it. I just grabbed a FaceBook badge from Bob Stewart. I was reading his BLOG because he is giving a class tomorrow at Active Rain University entitled ActiveRain University: Hyper Local Blogging and How to Target the Buyer Most Likely to Buy Now, I can't wait. I loved the FaceBook badge so I just clicked it and got my own.

How your BLOG looks makes for more appealing reading. Take advantage of the Active Rain University classes to make your BLOG your own. Learn how to add pictures and get pictures for FREE. I learned you have 30 seconds to capture someone's attention without pictures. That's not alot of time to capture attention. Jeremy and Steven taught me all the ins and outs of adding pictures.

Trust me if I can learn it, you can too! Schedule an hour a week or even a month if you're busy. If you have a boring BLOG like I did, you soon could have a fabulous one! Thank you Active Rain University.

                                                                                                                      

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Rainmaker
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Marc Swartz, CPA, CA, Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Vision Realty Inc., Brokerage, Direct: (416) 737-9800, Office: (416) 321-2228 - Toronto, ON
Toronto, Durham & York Regions, Ontario, Canada

I'd like to know when ActiveRain is going to start recording the sessions and making the archives available.  A lot of valuable information is only being made available to those who are able to attend that day.

Mar 25, 2010 05:39 AM #25
Rainer
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Barbara Kornegay
REMAX Essential - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate, Homes

Well I am going to bookmark this page and do these webinars this weekend... I have been trying to optimize my heading forever - maybe this will help!

Mar 25, 2010 06:01 AM #26
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Laura Coffey
REMAX Santa Clarita Real Estate and Homes - Valencia, CA
ReMax of Santa Clarita

There's a great web-site called picnik.com that can help with a header. You need to crop a photo 960 x 134. You can add text in the create section

Mar 25, 2010 08:14 AM #27
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

Laura, your blog looks great.  I have learned so much on AR that my head is spinning but it is all great!  Thanks for sharing all of this information.

Mar 25, 2010 08:21 AM #28
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Jan Stearns
Jan Stearns, Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley, NH - Waterville Valley, NH
Marketing Dir. 1-888-987-8333

What a helpful post.  I learn something (well, I learn some THINGS) every day on AR. 

Question about AR webinars...must you have a microphone?!  I just signed up for the hyper local one for TODAY but cancelled after reading what they suggest you have (microphone & headset).  I have just speakers...that's it.  Technically behind the times here!

Thanks,

Jan

Mar 25, 2010 08:49 AM #29
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Laura Coffey
REMAX Santa Clarita Real Estate and Homes - Valencia, CA
ReMax of Santa Clarita

Jan

I don't have a micro phone either. That is if you want to ask questions. I was able to type my questions and receive answers. Speakers worked just fine for all the webinars I attended.

Mar 25, 2010 09:24 AM #30
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Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
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Laura, I just wanted to say congrats on your "success story" feature in the daily drop, and BTW who is that handsome gentleman in the picture above yours....LOL

Mar 25, 2010 09:32 AM #31
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Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

Excellent post. I missed that class and hope they offer it again soon. I am signed up for the other class today.

Mar 25, 2010 09:38 AM #32
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Laura Coffey
REMAX Santa Clarita Real Estate and Homes - Valencia, CA
ReMax of Santa Clarita

Thanks Gerry, For some reason I haven't received the daily drop yet.

Mar 25, 2010 10:53 AM #33
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John Marion
RE/MAX Town & Country - Canton, GA

Thanks for the links, Laura. I want to cusomize my Active Rain blog for my real estate investors business in Manassas, Virginia.

Mar 25, 2010 10:57 AM #34
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
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on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!

Laura...I always think better after having my morning (Coffey). I needed to hear it. Thanks for bringing it up. While I am busy and get distracted throughout the day, I do want to learn how to make a bettter presentation.

 

Mar 25, 2010 12:32 PM #35
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Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog
Bartlett IL Real Estate & Homes - RE/MAX Suburban - Bartlett, IL

Looks great, I've just changed mine today as a matter of fact.

Mar 25, 2010 01:45 PM #36
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Hi Laura - I've listened in on the SEO and Hyperlocal webinars. Great content, whether you're just writing your first post or you've written a thousand, and definitely recommended for all Rainers.

Mar 25, 2010 02:04 PM #37
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Rose Marinaccio
Coldwell Banker Residential Properties - Scarsdale, NY

I love your changes, I think they look great. I think my question is, should I become a rainmaker? Does one automatically become a rainmaker when they reach a certain amount of points, or do you have to join? I still can't decide if its worth it. Have you gotten actual leads from this? Thanks.

Mar 25, 2010 02:52 PM #38
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

I love your blog title and graphics there. Nice play on words.

Mar 25, 2010 06:31 PM #39
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Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

I like your new header it looks great! I took a class last week and picked up some good pointers. I definately plan on trying to work some more webinars into my schedule, thanks for the suggestions. For those that can't make the classes, I have found the staffers have great posts to point you in the right direction.

 

Mar 25, 2010 07:24 PM #40
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I haven't taken any classes and I definitely can use the help.

Mar 25, 2010 08:26 PM #43
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I have not taken any classes yet but I am definitely getting the concept the classes are great.

Mar 25, 2010 08:39 PM #44
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Susie Lemons
Keller Williams, Tulsa OK - Tulsa, OK

THe classes really need to be recorded and accessible for those of us that have appts at the times the classes are offered!  There is sooooo much to learn!

May 13, 2011 03:11 PM #45
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George Fanucci
CoreFact.com - Los Altos, CA
Internet - Technology - Business - Solutions

Seems like a broken link ...

This URL works:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1563880/activerain-university-hyper-local-blogging-and-how-to-target-the-buyer-most-likely-to-buy-now

 

This one did not work, gives an error:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1563876/activerain-university-hyper-local-blogging-and-how-to-target-the-buyer-most-likely-to-buy-now

 

Are there any notes, slideshow, or video of the webinar?

Feb 11, 2012 05:36 PM #46
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