ActiveRain Signatures - Part 1

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As a part of setting up your ActiveRain blog, you should give some thought to your "signature". AR gives you the opportunity to create a signature, or footer, that will display at the bottom of each of your blog posts. If a person has discovered you by means of "google" - the article that they just read is the first they had seen you. Your footer (signature) then is a chance for you to redirect them to your main website or other call to action so that they hopefully won't "surf" away from your sphere.

Your signature should be concise and interesting. In some ways it is like a business card. There is only so much space on a business card, you have to really give thought to picking just the right info. Unlike a business card, your signature in AR doesn't have actual size 'boundaries" - it could go on and on but you should not let it.

First let's look how to get to your signature editing box. On the left side navigation menu, choose Settings. On the page that you are taken to, notice there is an edit box for your signature. Whatever you put in this box will show up at the bottom of each of your blog posts. Also of note, your signature is dynamic which means that when you make a change here, ALL your articles will show what you put here (regardless of whatever signature may have been active at the time that you posted the article)

I wanted to show an example of a signature to illustrate this blog topic, so I got in touch with Michele Miller (one of my subscribers and frequent commenter on my posts!) Michele had a good signature already, but I wanted to make it even better. We worked on it together and came up with what you see below.

Here are some notes on the design of Michele's footer. First of all, I offset the footer with a header bar with blue background. It creates a visual boundary that the main article has ended. I added Michele's portrait because in the virtual world of first contact it makes a stronger impression than just your name. You are trying to get someone to feel comfortable to reach out to you. This way they can "see" who you are. Michele had recently added her handwritten signature to her signature. I like that. It softens the all rigidness of the font-only computer look. Finally, we put the basic contact information such as what you would find on a business card. How do they contact Michele or look at her website? It's all right there.

So we worked on the goals of concise and interesting. How did we do?

I'm going to be writing a couple more articles on signatures. For instance in this example I used an HTML table with cells. I had better teach you how to do that because I know you'll be asking. Also, how do people do those "social media icon buttons"? I'll get to that too! Stay tuned. You can subscribe to my blog if you want to not miss anything!

go to Part 2 of the Blog Signature Series

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Jim Paulson
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FYI, I am not sure if it is just my system, but I  couldn't see the graphics using Google's Chrome browser.  I switched back to IE and it worked.

September 19, 2011 02:29 PM
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Maya Garg
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Love this article.  I will try and put the signature on my blog.  Thanks Craig.  You are always teaching us.  I appreciate your knowledge in the techlology world

September 19, 2011 02:51 PM
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Keith Kropp
Keeping The Focus On You.
J Wood Realty

Wow, thanks, Craig.  I was able to create a signature I am happy with for now based on Part 1.  Part 2 gets  more "techie" than I can handle right now.  Thanks again.

September 19, 2011 02:59 PM
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Sept 19 - hello all coming here from the AR email

Nancy - glad you liked, hope you get into the other articles too

Rick - leave them with a clear "who is this guy" and what "calls to action" can you take them to

Dianne - there's so much to AR, you pick it up as you go along! :)

Sharon - glad you see some ideas here!

Jim - hmmm, not sure about the graphics, I use chrome too, everything looks good from here, glad at least you had another way (IE) to see it

Maya - thanks for saying so :)

Keith - even a starter signature is sooo much better than without! good job

September 19, 2011 03:00 PM
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Kelvi Cunningham
G&A Real Estate, Inc.

I'm so excited to be a new subscriber to you blog. I am also now a fan on facebook. You drew me in with all of this amazing information and helpful tips! Thank you so much for you posts and I look forward to reading and learning in the future! Thanks!!!

 

September 19, 2011 03:09 PM
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Randy Elliott
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Thanks for the 'techie' advice Craig!  It's always great to have someone that knows all that stuff be willing to share to all of us.

September 19, 2011 03:18 PM
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Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR
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This is great information! I will subscribe to your blog....I can see that there is a lot to be learned! Thank you!

September 19, 2011 03:47 PM
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SouthBrevardBeachHomes.com
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great post Craig...I will be using your advice within a few days! Thanks for the help.

September 19, 2011 08:46 PM
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Tanya Redic
e-Pro, SFR
CIDER Properties
Great info! Can you do the sane to an email signature in Yahoo or gmail?
September 20, 2011 09:16 AM
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Sarah Maus
Nextage Diversified Realty

Thanks for the info...however, how do you single space when you hit return?  Mine keeps double spacing, so it really looks all spread out!

September 20, 2011 10:13 AM
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Kelvi - I love the enthusiasm, thanks for subscribing! :)

Randy - I'm very glad to share, thanks

Stefanie - thank you for subscribing

Jeffrey - I'm glad to hear that, you're welcome

Tanya - yes similar principles apply to email signatures - leave your reader with good ways to contact you and entice them with just a couple calls to action - webmail systems like gmail/yahoo will have preferences/options where you can define an automatic signature

Sarah - glad you asked, check out my blog post ActiveRain - Did You Know?

September 20, 2011 10:28 AM
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Bob Marsh
Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate
Warm Weather Real Estate

Hi Craig, The AR Newsletter email led me to this post of yours.  Thanks for the info.  Interested to know how to create the hand-written signature also.

September 20, 2011 03:08 PM
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Bob - the handwritten part is created by making a scan of your writing and then inserting it into the blog signature in the same way that you insert a photo into your blog posts

September 20, 2011 04:17 PM
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Roger Steiner
Seattle & West Seattle Property Marketing
RSVP Real Estate

Thanks Craig! For several months now I've been seeing people's "fancy" AR signatures and wondering "how did they do that?" They obviously found you before I did!

September 22, 2011 07:53 PM
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John Wingate
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes
EXIT Shore Realty

How can I get my picture to show when I am commenting on a blog? for some reason my signature is not saving and my picture does not show up.

October 29, 2011 01:49 PM
Rainmaker
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John Hrisco & Associates
-"The Sign You Want, The Agent You Need!"
John Hrisco & Associates | RE/MAX Heritage

HI Craig, thanks for the heads up on the signature information, I will work on it and get back to you.

November 20, 2011 03:15 AM
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Lori Salzman
Boston, MA move manager and home stager
Room To Improve

Hi Craig,

it looks great but it would look even better without the spelling mistake in her certification.

Now, how do I hit the "return" button without getting a space (like above) between each line?

January 09, 2012 12:43 PM
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Lori - 144 comments and you are the first to see the spelling mistake, doh! - I'm usually the first one to get those kinds of things too - 
now about the enter without the space, do Shift+Enter for a new line without extra spacing that happens with the normal enter (called "paragraph spacing after") 

January 09, 2012 01:26 PM
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Brenda & Ron Cunningham
Realtors, Homes for Sale - Phoenix Metro
West USA Realty

I can seem to get single spacing in my signature... any suggestions? 

August 20, 2013 03:16 PM
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David Calvello

Hey Craig!!! Thank you for being the tech guy. I am excited to get active on this site and will be using your help along the way. Cheers!

 

-David

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