The ActiveRain Guide

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

The ActiveRain Guide is "FINALLY" available but will probably never be completed. (LOL)  It's taken nearly two years for this project to get to this point... let me explain.

When I joined ActiveRain back in February of 2007, there were no manuals, very few tutorials, only about 20,000 members, and I had no idea where to begin or what to do here.  Countless hours and days were spent navigating the site and community in search of a manual, tutorials, and how to get started here.  Help was far and few between back then.  As a newbie here, I remember what I went through, and always had the desire to create a users/members manual.


Now it is nearly two years later, we are 130,000 members strong, tons of changes and additions to the network, and many members have written various posts and how to's on numerous topics as well as specific areas of ActiveRain.  With the help of some of these members, (and the NEW AR Group Blogs), we have created an online "AR Blog Guide" for members.

                                  


ActiveRainGuide.com is a resource for everything ActiveRain and then some.  It's was created and designed by our members for our members.  You'll find multiple contributors who have spent many hours creating posts to help you learn, save you time, and show you how to build and grow your business and relationships using Social Media Networking and Marketing on ActiveRain.  These posts used to be scattered everywhere. Not anymore.


Now you can find out things like How to Blog
, Import Video, Photos, and Graphics, Setup Listing Router Campaigns, Add widgets, Create Outside Blogs, Create Links, Add Images, Use RSS feeds, embed Google Docs and Forms, Maximize SEO and so much more. You can get tips, tricks, secrets, and techniques on how to do just about anything possible on this ever changing, continuously growing network.


Some of the contributors include Jeff Turner, Jason Crouch, Katerina Gasset, Justin Smith, Mike Mueller, Kristal Kraft, Rich Jacobson, and Jeremy Blanton to name a few.  The hope is that the "Rain" Guide will simply help our new and even our existing resident members.  Especially those that are looking for detailed content on how to get things done in the least amount of time.  You see, you don't have to know everything here, just know those members that do.  :-)


So if you're looking for answers to questions you don't even know that you have yet, stop by, say hi, and see some of the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into some of these tutorials and how-to posts.  It's a growing manual, tutorial, and on-line guide for ActiveRain.  This wouldn't be possible without ALL the contributions from the members I've listed above.  Please try to thank them when you can for ALL their hard work and for their efforts in helping the "Rain" reign, and for Paying It Forward. 

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Ambassador
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Pat Haddad
Carmel IN Real Estate Expert
Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE

Wow!  Active Rain for Dummies---of which I am one!!!  This is perfect----but being the paranoid person I am, I will still save all of those bookmarked posts from the past.  Thanks Brad!!

February 01, 2009 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
193,827
Sandy McAlpine
Search Lake Norman Homes For Sale - Lake Norman NC
McAlpine Properties

I am so glad this finally came out. no more searching and guessing, and good ol' experimenting!

February 01, 2009 04:46 PM
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Brad Andersohn
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Thanks for all these great comments, but I also have to give kudos to those contributing.  Our newest contributor is James from Zipvo, he just added a great post on how to create headers and banners for your Blogs using picnik.  Check it out at ActiveRainGuide.com.  Thanks James and everyone for all the love and support you bring to myself and this awesome community. It and all of you are one of a kind!!  :-)

February 02, 2009 05:37 PM
Ambassador
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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Thanks for putting everything in one place!!

February 02, 2009 09:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Mike Henderson
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848
Your complete source for buying HUD homes

Sweet. Dude. Sweet. Dude. Sweet.

February 04, 2009 02:45 AM
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Brad Andersohn
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Mike - "How Sweet It Is!"  :-)

February 04, 2009 09:52 AM
Rainmaker
105,513
Tonda & Steve Hoagland
Real Estate - Greenwood Homes for Sale - Central Indiana
Keller Williams Realty

Yippeeeee!

Thanks!

February 05, 2009 05:09 PM
Rainer
10,588
Randi Steckler
RE/MAX Executive Realty

Hi Brad,

I am learning so much from the many postings on ActiveRain. Thanks for making things clearer.I plan to be a committed member. I still have more learning to do, but am learning something new every day!

Randi Steckler

February 16, 2009 12:20 PM
Rainer
5,588
Pat Eardley
PureStyle Home Staging

Hi Brad,

 I'm having trouble viewing this link. Can you advise?

March 01, 2009 07:19 PM
Rainer
15,268
Alfred Harding
Beach Villa Resort

I can't wait to dig in. Great site, enjoy being a part of the community.

March 01, 2009 08:11 PM
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Brad Andersohn
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Pat - which links are you having trouble with?  I just checked them all and they seem to be fine in my browsers.  Let me know an I'll try and figure out why you are having difficulties.  Thanks.  :-)

March 02, 2009 08:58 AM
Rainer
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Mike Schulz
Raleigh NC Inspector
Affordable Home Inspections

Brad I am knew and can't seem to find a good source of on help here. At the moment I can't seem to find where I can install a picture of myself that will appear when I comment on someones post. Could you direct me in the right location.  Thanks

March 31, 2009 01:32 PM
Rainmaker
295,163
Karina Kfuri
Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES!
Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)

Thanks! I will save the file, and read, read, read!

July 28, 2009 10:53 PM
Rainer
3,302
Mack Linan
Sky Realty

Guess this page is dead? I tried clicking on the link and got a "We are sorry, something went wrong" message. Seems like a great idea. Guess I will have to dig a little deeper. FAQ's here I come.

February 02, 2011 11:46 AM
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Brad Andersohn
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I'm on a plane, I'll check that link when I land. I'll fix it.
February 02, 2011 12:18 PM
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Brad Andersohn
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

I'm Back Mack - looks like AR must be working on some things. 

The ActiveRainGuide.com is an ActiveRain Outside Blog and I can't get into it either right now.

You can always go to http://ActiveRainManual.com for help and over 500 posts of how-to's and tutorials, it's hosted on a godaddy server so I haven't ever seen it down.  I'm sure AR will have this one up and running here again in no time at all, they're probably just upgrading and making the site even better, so it's just a temporary broken link.  Thanks. :-) 

February 02, 2011 11:21 PM
Rainmaker
169,528
Monica Nunchuck
St. Augustine Buyer's Agent
St Augustine Team Realty

How do you delete blog posts on localism that was orginally posted for "Memebers Only" but ended up on Localism? The AR blog post has been deleted.

June 13, 2011 05:56 PM
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Brad Andersohn
ActiveBrad 707.646.1876
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

Monica - you should be able to delete it from your localism account when you login on the localism side of the web.  You may need to contact one of the AR employees or staff if they changed it to an admin only feature.  Let me know. 

June 14, 2011 12:05 AM
Rainmaker
169,528
Monica Nunchuck
St. Augustine Buyer's Agent
St Augustine Team Realty

I've called several times but left on hold and have emailed with no response. Brad I would heve deleted from Localism if I could have.....so yes do I need help on this please. Thank you

June 14, 2011 06:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Monica Nunchuck
St. Augustine Buyer's Agent
St Augustine Team Realty

I'm still waiting for assistance....Please Help me!!! No one is picking up the AR hotline.....what gives?

June 14, 2011 06:21 PM
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