How to Insert a Picture into an Activerain Post

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fathom Realty

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An Activerain friend just asked me how to insert a picture into an Activerain post.  I decided it was just as easy to SHOW him... than to try and TELL him... so here goes:

I find it easier to write all the words in the post and THEN go back and add pictures.  Until I have it written... I don't know exactly where I'm going to want one to show up... and I'm now always sure exactly what picture I want to show (hope that makes sense)

So first thing, when you are going to do a new post on Activerain, you have a toolbar.  On that toolbar is an image of a Tree.  The Tree is what you click to get started inserting a picture on Activerain.

See those Trees?  That's for Images




Activerain can be a little tricky sometimes, and I've had days when no matter which browser I used, I kept getting error messages... when that happens, I usually save my post as a draft, and come back to it an hour or two later.






After you click on the tree image - this little box will pop up (another tip... cause I've been there, done that...make sure you don't have pop-up blocker on!)

This is the box that will show up next






Click the little box with the blue tab (this really isn't intuitive is it?)














Then THIS Box shows up!

Here's where you Browse for a picture






You click BROWSE for a picture and upload from here.  I get pictures FROM a ton of places, and I like to use Picnik to edit (it's a FREE photoshop site and it has AUTOFIX, and it will STRAIGHTEN a picture if your were a little "off" when you took it!).  I normally upload them this way... you could use the box above and just insert a URL - like from your Flickr Account.  I think there's some SEO Value in that - but this is how I normally do it.





Once you click Upload - you are back to this screen.

THIS is an important Screen so Pay Attention





Fill in the description "blanks" (both of them) This is what will show up when you scroll over the picture.  They CAN help your SEO.  Then ALWAYS click the Apperance Tab.










Once you have the image ready, this is the final step

Where do you want the image to show up in the post?



See that Tree with the Lorem ipsum?  When you click on the Alignment Drop Down - you can say Right, Left, Center... and the Tree Moves!  It's literally telling you do you want the image on the right and the words on the left?  Then look at the size.  You NEVER want an image larger than 600x600.  If you change the first Dimension to something smaller - it will automatically change the second dimension in scale.


Finally, ALWAYS look at the Vertical and Horizontal Space.  I normally use 4 and 5.  If you leave these BLANK then your words will float RIGHT NEXT to the image (and it just looks silly).

You can add a border to the image if you like.

And that my friend is how you add an image to Activerain!

If you have any other questions about Activerain, or if you have questions about your creating leads from your real estate blog, or how to get your Listing seen by more eyeballs – call or text Josh Harley, Fathom Realty, 214-228-0301. I”d love to help you, and learn more about what’s working in your market! Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Let’s Connect!


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Josh Harley is a gadget/techno geek with a passion for creating new ways to improve his brokerage, Fathom Realty, by leveraging technology, social media and good old-fashioned sweat and hard work. He has an extensive background in Internet lead generation, lead management and lead conversion. This has led him to build a new real estate brokerage with a focus on technology and lead generation while redefining the role of a brokerage in this new era of real estate. Josh writes the real estate technology blog Fathom Cafe with a focus on teaching REALTORS how to utilize technology to increase their bottom line while working more efficiently.


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Greg Freeman
The Michael Group

thanks for the tip, Happy Holidays

December 11, 2010 02:42 PM
Margaret C. Taylor
St Marys/Calvert/Charles MD Real Estate Agent
Century 21 New Millennium MD

Excellent tutorial  and comments.  I resize in Microsoft Office Picture Manager.  I just learned how to change border colors.  My pictures still jump about a little but I can usually get them situated.  Watch uou for the pop up bar it tricks me now and then just because I forget it.  Just allow teporary pop ups.  Margaret C.

December 12, 2010 05:19 PM
Rich Gaasenbeek
Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM

Very well done - thanks!

December 13, 2010 11:23 AM
Robert Lei
Sunnyvale Cupertino Santa Clara, Palo Alto Mountain View Saratoga Campbell
Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA) - (408) 893-2410

Nice tutorial on how to add images.  You pretty much take people step by step.  Great job!

December 13, 2010 01:57 PM
Liane Thomas - Corona & Riverside Real Estate
Bringing you Home!
The Jet Team, Keller Williams Realty, Corona Real Estate

Hi Josh, thank you for sharing, I figured out how to do pictures but never could figure out how to position them. U R Priceless!

December 13, 2010 05:16 PM
Anonymous #76

I have figured out most of this on my own, after a lot of time.  I wish I would have seen this earlier.  You broke it down in very simple steps.  Thanks!

December 14, 2010 10:17 AM
Jamie King
Sandusky, OH
Hoty Enterprises, Inc.

So helpful! I missed the "appearance" tab when I tried to insert a picture. Makes a big difference!!!

Thank you!

December 14, 2010 04:34 PM
Patrick Henry

Thanks, it is nice to find post for a newbie like myself and pictures should defenitly help my post... Now I need to figure out this bookmarking thing. Thanks again.

December 14, 2010 06:22 PM
Renée Montgomery
Northern Virginia Real Estate
Century 21 New Millennium

Now I understand!!

December 15, 2010 05:02 AM
Renee Marrs Caperton
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate
Century 21 Marrs & Associates

It's all in the details!  Thanks for the step-by-step.  I've been adding pics but sometimes not exactly where I wanted them.  Your post is very helpful...

December 15, 2010 07:20 AM

I'm going to try it!  Always learning something new on AR..... now as a NEWBIE, how do I bookmark?

December 15, 2010 08:39 PM
Eric Anderson
Fort Bragg Military Relocation Services, Fayetteville, NC Realtor
Prudential PenFed Realty (Fayetteville)

Joshua, great post. I never had any issues with updating the pictures.  But, if you have any suggestions as to how to create your blog offline and post without all the extra characters.  Please do share...  Thanks

December 15, 2010 10:03 PM
Jeremy Wrenn
President, Wrenn Home Improvements
Wrenn Home Improvements

Thanks, I can't believe I didn't see the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" that were right there in the appearance tab.  Argh!

But now all is better, thanks to your post!

December 23, 2010 02:39 PM
Maureen Fukumoto
Help-U-Sell Realty Pro

Thaks Joshua, I just loaded my first photo following your instructions.  Thanks

December 25, 2010 05:03 AM
Craig Snead
Real Estate Investor
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI

Joshua, very detailed and helpful. My do you insert the "live" pictures/images of your computer screen?

January 01, 2011 10:43 AM
Joe Sosky
Commercial Real Estate Broker - (360) 816-9652
KW Commercial

Great step by step instructions.  I didn't know about the vertical and horizonal numbers. 

January 01, 2011 12:46 PM
Suzanne Asher
The Winning Team in Real Estate
Signature Properties of Huntington

Hey Josh, Thank you so much!!!  I just e-mailed Kerrie today to ask her how to insert a photo into my blog, and here I found it!!!!  You are THE BEST!!!


January 02, 2011 10:05 PM
Aida Pinto
Real Estate Broker (562) 916-3237
United Associated Brokers

"Vertical and Horizontal Space"  I never knew what that was for so I never did anything with it...I will use all your great advice....thanks for the post.

September 16, 2011 07:36 PM
Adrian Willanger
Profit from my two decades of experience
206 909-7536

Josh-another thank you for taking the time to go over the how to's, I didn't totally understand the floating concept now I do.



December 01, 2011 09:26 AM
Sherry Scales
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas
Austin Texas Homes, LLC

How does it work now? With the new change.....

September 29, 2013 02:29 PM
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