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 Every once in awhile, stuff happens on Active Rain that makes me re-think why I'm here and what is the real purpose of The Art Of Marketing You group ???

 

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 In the past week there was a mini flood of posts about what should or shouldn't be featured, how to comment, how to reply to comments, etc... Yes I know people are entitled to their opinions, complaints, etc... as well as voicing how they think things should be done. I have kind of a busy life so I try to stay out that kind of stuff.

 Right now I'm speaking for myself and The Art Of Marketing You group. I'm not speaking on behalf of Active Rain, the management or anyone else.

 I do hear my fair share of whining and complaining in comments/emails asking me why certain posts are featured in this group and why certain posts aren't featured. 99.9% of the time, the people who ask that haven't read the group guidelines

 

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 If you haven't read our group guidelines  here is a very short, to the point version.

- our group is about marketing (duh!)

- off topic stuff like movie reviews, recipes, fitness tips, etc... do not belong in this group

- what counts is the quality of your posts, not the quantity

- if you're one of those people in the habit of adding 5 "posts" an hour, we no longer read you

 

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 I'm really tired of all the whining, complaining and off topic posts so beginning this week we'll only be featuring posts directly related to marketing, branding, technology, etc... as well as Rain related news.

 A warning to those in the habit of posting junk, depending on how much of it we see and which direction the wind is blowing on any given day, if we ban you from posting in this group it will be permanent. If you don't think I'm being fair, feel free to whine/complain to AR management, I don't want to hear it!

 I'm trying to add value to the Rain, I don't have the time, interest or patience for the bullsh%t stupid stuff that seems to go around every few weeks. If you're here to waste our member's time or if you're just plain desperate for attention, go and join MySpace, they love junk!

 On the other hand, if you're here contributing insightful, well thought out, well explained, on topic content (i.e. see Bill Gassett's posts listed below as a great example), you're more than welcome to post as much and as often as you like!

 

 

 

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 Continuing with my Rain blog theme series, between doing branded Real Estate blog themes like RE/MAX, Keller Williams, etc... just for fun I'm going to throw in some designs I'm doing for Wordpress but will adapt them to fit into the Active Rain blog format.

 My first theme along those lines was Think Green, this week I thought I'd give you guys something a little "jazzier" with...

 

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theme preview

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 The graphic above is a preview of the Jazz #1 Rain blog theme. The graphics for this theme include...

- the blog header

- the background image tile

- the post divider

- and the navigation menu colors

 

 If you'd like to use this theme on your Active Rain blog, all you have to do is download the graphics and then upload them into your blog customizer panel.

Here is a look at the graphics that come with this theme...

 

 

a preview of the blog header

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 The blog header is 950 pixels wide X 115 pixels high so it fits perfectly into the header space, no need to re-size anything. just add your own text like I did in the theme preview image.

 

 

the background image tile

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 This is the background image tile for the Jazz # 1 theme. Like all the other graphics it's optimized for size and speed, it loads fast and won't slow down your blog!

 

 

the post divider

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 And since my post dividers seem to be a hot commodity, I've also included on of those as well to complete the Jazz # 1 look.

 

 

instructions/suggestions

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 If you don't have the time or patience to fool around trying to get the navigation menu to match your blog header or background, here are the color settings I used for the theme preview...

- menu background  386455

- page background  386455

- header background  386455

- menu text  FFFFFF

 

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 You can download all the images for the Jazz # 1 Rain blog theme here

 

 

 

 

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 In addition to the blog themes I'm doing for the community to use here on Active Rain, I'm also working on similar ideas & graphics that you'll be able to use on blogs such as Wordpress.

 There's a lot more info and goodies in the works that I'll announce here in my Rain blog very soon!

 

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 If you have ideas, suggestion or requests for blog themes you'd like to see, let me know either in your comments and/or by email and I'll seriously consider each and ever one of them.

 I realize that this isn't the same as having a totally customized, pimped out blog but hey, it's free! ;-)

 

 

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 If you're time challenged like me and there aren't enough hours in a day to sort through the mountains of info being posted here in the Rain or out on the web, here are some of my favorite reads from the past few days...

 

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- Drop Everything - Run To LinkedIn NOW  by Chris Brogan

- How To Ride the Recession the Steve Jobs Way  by Steve Rubel

- The Top 5 Mistakes Internet Marketers Make On Twitter  by Michael Martine

- How To Build a Successful Email Newsletter  by Darren Rowse

- How To Lose  by Seth Godin

 

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- ActiveRain New Hire - Welcome Harlen 'The Copyright Crusader'  by Bob Stewart

- REBarCamp - "The FREE Social Media Conference that Comes to You!"  by Rich Jacobson

- The ActiveRain Listing Router  by Jeff Corbett

- Listing Router Two Week Free Trial, Reduced Click Cost By City  by Jeff Corbett

- Listing Router 'Whiteboard Explanation'  by Bob Stewart

- Listing Router - How To Setup & Save Your Own Traffic  by Brad Andersohn

- Listing Router - How To Set Up Your Own Click Campaign  by Brad Andersohn

- Listing Router - How To Opt Out  by Brad Andersohn

- A Lead vs a Hit... for Listing Router (how to make the most of it)  by Missy Caulk

- Listing Router....some IDX Solutions  by Missy Caulk

- Listing Router ~ Business Development Big Time!  by Jeanean Gendron

- Listing Router is a no brainer hook up to profit. JUST DO IT!!!  by Rebecca Levinson

- Until the stats can be obtained from the new listing router - try this!  by Kris Wales

- WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RE-BLOGGING  by Gail MacMillan

- Size Does Matter! The New Channels Features Explained...  by Shane O'Gorman

- New Active Rain Group on Feng Shui  by Gary Woltal

 

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- Your Social Media User Name - Is It Too Late?  by Brad Andersohn

- Associated Content Article/Blog Submission for Backlinks & Readership  by Bill Gassett

- Puurple ~ Social Bookmarking site like Digg but just for Real Estate!  by Bill Gassett

- Warning-The Facebook worm-loves Google Reader and Picassa!  by Midori Miller

- Using Facebook For Business - From a BlitzTime Call W/ Jake Press  by Joshua Jarvis

- Cool Color Tool From HP- Interactive Color Zeitgeist  by Debi Boucher

- Do You Know How To Serph?  by Mana Tulberg

- copyright laws... publishing blogs with images that are not yours  by Castellum Realty

 

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Rainer
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Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

MARTI:  You are just too good to us! Thank you for all the wonderful stuff...and for being so available. Ya know I'm not a techie girl...but I'm learning...bit by bit. I think it is great that you are drawing a line in the sand. You have set a high standard, and no one should be able to cheapen what you have created. Go Marti!! GBU!

Nov 01, 2008 10:34 PM #56
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Elizabeth... the truth is none of us were techies at one time, it's not that difficult, it just takes time to stay on top of it all because everything changes so fast. Then again, that's why God made geeks. ;-) GBU

Nov 01, 2008 10:40 PM #57
Rainer
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Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA

Marti, Again thank you for the mention.

Is your Wordpress Theme widget and plugin ready? If so are you gearing your plugins towards those in Real Estate?

Nov 02, 2008 08:46 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Mana... hi and thx for the Serph post/resource! Re Wordpress, I'm designing all my new stuff for the next generation of Wordpress 2.7 which should be out in the next few weeks. Everything I'm doing is cutting edge including widget & plugin eady, Gravatars, etc...

 I'll definitely have some themes specifically for the real estate industry since that is where a lot of my biz came from this year. If you like what you've seen me do here, you'll love what I'll be doing for Wordpress. I'll mention it here on my AR blog when it's released along with previews & live demos. thx again for the post and have a great week!

Nov 02, 2008 09:57 PM #59
Rainer
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Robyn Guinn
StageAZ - Phoenix, AZ
Home staging, Arizona

Marti, sorry to hear you are having some difficulty.  I guess since I'm fairly new I don't see it or hear the whining and complaining.   You're right this is no place for that and happy that you're on top of it.  Thanks for all you do!!

Nov 02, 2008 11:22 PM #60
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

marti- I love seeing Linda on your blog again :)  We may not be the most techi people but we both love cookies LOL :)

Nov 03, 2008 12:18 AM #61
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Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Real Estate Pro

Thanks so much for all of the really cool things that you create and share so willingly with the masses.  Eventually I will have the time and smarts to take advantage of them!

Nov 03, 2008 12:40 AM #62
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Robyn... it's nothing too serious, I just wanted to put the word out one more time for people who post non-stop crap in this group. Once I boot them out, they're gone for good so I wanted to warn them publicly so they can't say I never told them.

Kathy... same here! Great friends,  cookies & Linda, what a nice combination! ;-)

Janna... thx, it's really a pleasure for me to help out when I can, we all contribute in our own way. Have a great week!

Nov 03, 2008 01:25 AM #63
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marti & Kathy - you guys are too cute! Love you both!

Nov 03, 2008 04:57 AM #64
Rainmaker
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Marti Garaughty
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Linda... it's a Monday morning cookie love festival! ;-)

Nov 03, 2008 09:46 AM #65
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marti!  I'm all for that!

Nov 03, 2008 10:11 AM #66
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Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Marti - with close to 7440 subscriber and over 11600 blogs posted, no wonder you feel a little agitated - I would be, too. I do have to commend you with keeping up the way you do. I don't whine if I don't get featured, I just try harder the next time and besides aren't we supposed to blog with good content anyways. As always you have done an outstanding job!

Nov 03, 2008 03:47 PM #67
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Marti Garaughty
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Linda...  ;-))

Petra... no kidding. It's no longer a problem, I just wanted to warn people so if/when they get banned from postinig here they can't say I didn't mention it. Then again, they probably won't read this either. ;-)

Nov 03, 2008 05:37 PM #68
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Karen Pierce
Karen Pierce | Housing Counselor |Oregon - Medford, OR

Marti - Kudos to you for taking on such an all-encompassing task with this group. The value you provide is appreciated. And I'm all for:

No whining photo courtesy of flickr.com

Nov 05, 2008 01:10 PM #69
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Kevin & Ashley Teeters
Kevin Teeters Realty LLC - Hickory, NC
Hickory NC Realtors

Marti - Another great post.  I'm anxiously awaiting your full-sized Keller Williams blog headers, etc.  Also, do you have a resource for new blog widgets?  I'm interested in creating two blog buttons - one for subscribe to my AR blog and one for subscribe to my outside blog (that consumers can use)....I'd love it if you had some graphics for this to refer me to...Let me know.  As always, thank you for your input and guidance.

Nov 06, 2008 06:43 AM #70
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Karen... hi, this post seemed to settle a few whiners down, at least in my mailbox. ;-)

Kevin... thx, and yes I updated the KW theme, look at my post from 2 weeks ago and you can find the subscribe buttons in a post I did about 2 months ago. I'll also be doing more when I have time, thx for stopping by!

 

Nov 06, 2008 02:06 PM #71
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Marti,

Thank you for the 502 Proxy Error page divider.  I can see this being used by many Rainers.

Nov 08, 2008 07:58 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
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Don... it's better than being frustrated! ;-)

Nov 08, 2008 10:54 AM #73
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Kevin & Ashley Teeters
Kevin Teeters Realty LLC - Hickory, NC
Hickory NC Realtors

Marti - I've just added the new, full-sized header today - I added some text to it using the Picnik site....I've also altered my AR picture using Picnik to match the theme you have created.  I think my blog looks great now, thanks in large part to your creations!  Thank you!!

Nov 09, 2008 11:54 AM #74
Rainmaker
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Marti Garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type. The Art of Mar

Kevin... good timing, I just saw/commented on your post from earlier, you did well buddy, your blog looks great!

Nov 09, 2008 01:30 PM #75
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