ActiveRain Launches ActiveBlogs, a Multi-Author Blogging Platform for Real Estate Industry Professionals

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ActiveRain Launches ActiveBlogs, a Multi-Author Blogging Platform for Real Estate Industry Professionals.
ActiveBlogs increase online marketing power for real estate with easy syndication of blog content and superior search engine performance


SEATTLE, January 7 2009 – ActiveRain (http://activerain.com) today announced the release of Active Blogs, a turn-key blogging platform built for single or multiple authors. ActiveBlogs are customizable, dynamic web-publishing sites designed for the real estate and related industries.

ActiveBlogs allow individual professionals to team up and syndicate multiple types of content from their existing ActiveRain individual accounts to a custom website and url, which delivers innate Search Engine Optimization benefits such as location based Real Area Indexing or ‘Raindexing’.  
The aggregation of continuous, targeted and fresh ‘Raindexed’ content within a single domain from numerous individuals  improves Long-Tail Search Engine Optimization, efficiently and dramatically improving online marketing efforts.

‘ActiveRain recognizes that dynamic content integrated from multiple sources creates the robust experience today’s real estate consumer is looking for,” said Jeff Corbett, ActiveRain’s vice president of Operations and Business Development. “We believe ActiveBlogs provide a foundation to efficiently display this content.”

At launch, individual ActiveBlogs are priced at $19 per month while multi-author or ‘Team Blogs’ will cost $79.00 per month for hosting.  Personalized branding is possible with numerous template options that may be customized to the administrator’s satisfaction.  
‘Real estate related professionals deserve products and services pro-actively designed to suit their unique needs,” Corbett said.  ‘No other platform at any price – including free – offers real estate professionals a better value in terms of ease of use, flexibility and seamless movement of content.”

About ActiveRain

Active Rain is a real estate technology company based in the Pacific Northwest. The company launched its online community for real estate professionals in June of 2006 and quickly established it as the leading real estate social network. The ActiveRain community currently has over 125,000 members. The company, founded in 2003, secured $2.75 million in funding in December of 2007.

For more information, visit http://www.activerain.com/.

Media Contact:   Jeff Corbett//ActiveRain//jcorbett@activerain.com

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Rainmaker
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Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

I will read all the other posts but I have been wanting two blogs - the free "Outside Blog" that I have with my own domain and another that I have been trying to set up with my own domain and the wordpress format and don't understand how yet - and so I have delayed.  Will this be as good as having a separate blog like wordpress and keep my present set up.  Probably shouldn't ask all this until I read everything - off to do that now.

Jan 08, 2009 09:28 AM #71
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528,230
Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Jason and Amber:  Just curious, but why would a warning be necessary if your current Outside Blog didn't change? You aren't being forced to pay anything. The upgrade is optional. I agree that the link on your 'My Home' page for the Outside Blog should still be there, and allow you to make changes as you did before. I wil check into that for you.

Jan 08, 2009 09:33 AM #72
Rainmaker
1,371,487
Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Just when you thought..there...its one of the earth's seven wonders...(BOING) they do it again. Keep tweaking, poking, punching and improving the voice we broadcast!

Jan 08, 2009 11:12 AM #73
Rainmaker
1,392,851
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I was willing to pay for an ActiveRain blog in 2007 when they first started talking about them.  Rich J said that paid blogs would not work to monetize AR back shortly after Local sponsorships were sold.  Wondering what has changed?

Jan 08, 2009 12:41 PM #74
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391,775
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor - Charlottesville Virginia Homes and Horse Farms

Sounds interesting.  Like many others on here I need to find out more.  Off to read the other posts.

Jan 08, 2009 02:00 PM #75
Rainer
286,997
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

My power has been out and the first thing I read when I was back up and running were several emails from AR friends suggesting new group blogs!  Sounds like fun and will enjoy watching this unfold.  I have several of my own blogs and one group blog for my community so it will be interesting to compare the results. 

Jan 08, 2009 03:55 PM #76
Rainmaker
65,373
Joe Spake
InCity Realty - Memphis, TN
Midtown, Downtown, East Memphis Specialist

Jeff,

I signed up for the upgrade last night.  I can't update the them, nor can I add the custom URL (no matter what I try).  Is there a help of FAQ area that is easily accessible??

Jan 09, 2009 12:25 PM #77
Rainmaker
67,985
Jeff Corbett
Charlotte, NC

Reporting from LaGuardia Airport in NYC...

As with any and every product release, there will be bugs...which our programmers are acutely (and chronically) aware of, and are diligently fixing.  Many of the bugs ID'd in these comments have already been rectified.

A detailed FAQ post will manifest early next week, but a few things before I jump a flight:

  • There will be a short free trial period.
  • Widget enabling is coming. 
  • You own the domain name, not AR. 
  • There is no limit to the number of members for Group Blogs.

If you have any detailed questions, please don't hesitate to email me. 

Jan 09, 2009 01:40 PM #78
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Jorgen & Jeff--why should we change our blog name/domain name? Can't we continue to use the AR-assigned domain? Is there a good reason to change it?

Jan 10, 2009 12:26 PM #79
Rainmaker
90,473
Risa Liebster
Ramsey-Shilling Associates - Los Angeles, CA
Toluca Lake Real Estate

Hi there. I need the domain name for another purpose that my outside blog is currently using. How can I delete my AR outside blog and simply go back to using the AR free blog? Will we still get good Google juice if we use the original blog format? Thanks!!!

Jan 28, 2009 06:58 PM #81
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528,230
Rich Jacobson
Keller Williams West Sound Realty - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Risa:   Is there a good time tomorrow that I can call you and get this issue resolved? Let me know  rich@activerain.com

Jan 28, 2009 10:20 PM #83
Rainmaker
210,711
Angela Lawrence
North Carolina Homes Realty - High Point, NC
Realtor/Broker/Owner

I notice my current outside blog does not have rss symbol anymore, and also notice my widget is not updating anymore everytime I post a blog, the post do show up on my outside blog, but not my widget like it used to, matter of fact, my widget lost all its post back to Oct 2008, it this because I am still using the free version?  My widget still has the setting to be fed from my outside blog, not sure what is going on, I am thinking because of the recent "free" to "pay" for outside blog changeover.  Any help would be appreciated.

Jan 30, 2009 07:54 PM #84
Rainmaker
67,985
Jeff Corbett
Charlotte, NC

Which widget are you speaking of Brad and Angela? 

RSS Feeds are undergoing some fixes as I type this, and should be reconciled by early in the week...

Jan 30, 2009 07:59 PM #85
Rainmaker
210,711
Angela Lawrence
North Carolina Homes Realty - High Point, NC
Realtor/Broker/Owner

It is the widget at http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/nc-piedmont-triad-real-estate-blog

The widget is set to be fed from my outside blog http://nchomesforsaleblog/rss

Hopefully, the RSS feeds will be fixed this week and my widget will be updating correctly.

Feb 02, 2009 11:43 AM #86
Rainmaker
69,391
Mobile Austin Notary
Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services - Austin, TX
www.mobileaustinnotary.com

Thank you for sharing this. feather pin

Feb 02, 2009 11:34 PM #87
Rainmaker
207,840
Nicky Dou
kw | Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Rogers, AR
TOP LOCAL REALTOR in Northwest Arkansas

I was wondering why I never run into my "new paid for Blog" - in search engines? I still always come up as the old blog within activerain. I want to make sure that I am not missing something - is there something I should be doing? Thanks. Nicky Dou

Also - is there a way to customize more than just the standard backgrounds you guys have - like on the other AR Blog (the free one?) Thanks!

Feb 08, 2009 08:03 AM #88
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joe spake

Let me get this straight, Jeff.  I am paying you a monthly free for my outside blog http://memphisrealestate20.com and now  in the upper right corner in a prominent visual position is a search box that takes readers away from the blog and my site and directs them to an AR vendor.  Sorry, but that is not acceptable!

Feb 08, 2009 01:22 PM #89
Rainmaker
65,373
Joe Spake
InCity Realty - Memphis, TN
Midtown, Downtown, East Memphis Specialist

Jeff,  sorry for my rant.  I just discovered the widget feature, which, I swear, was not there the last time i looked at my outside blog. 

Is there some place we can go to get updates on what you are doing with the outside blogs, like the widget add, or can i sign up for updates??

Feb 08, 2009 02:06 PM #90
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

When you refer to an outside blog... are you referring to any blog other than Active Rain.  We have a blog on our Point2 website, is this what you mean.

Also when you refer to a "Team" are you referring to a husband and wife that work together.  If so the price seems to high.

Thanks,

May 06, 2009 09:04 PM #91
Rainmaker
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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

I post my blogs on more than one platform. It's amazing to me how many times Active Rain blogs are first in the google search. Active Rain Rocks!

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