More updates to ActiveRain last night...

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Some of you may have already noticed but we made several updates to ActiveRain last night.  Here's a quick rundown of what they are...

1. We added two additional catagories that blog entries may be posted to "Advertising a Listing" and "Other Advertisement.  While we didn't exactly intend for people to use the blogs to post these item, people are.  So by offering specific catagories, we hope it will keep them out of other public catagories such as "For real estate professionals".  In fact it won't allow you to add posts that have been marked as "Advertising a Listing" to the other catagories.

               

2. We added the ability to mark posts as being regional to a specific state/county/city.  We are in the process of building a number of new ways to view information and news by region.  Simply tagging a post with names of the regions wasn't going to work, as well as being hard to understand.  So if you are writing a post that is about a certain region, please select a region appropriately.  While there may not seem to be a benefit of doing it now, there will be a big one in the future...

               

3. We added an archive of blog posts by day.  The main purpose of this was to help search engines in indexing blog posts (less clicks from the front page), but it also is a pretty cool view for seeing everything talked about on a specific day.  It can be found at http://activerain.com/blogindex and is also linked to from the blog dashboard.

-Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO)

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Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc - Poinciana, FL
Broker/REALTOR, Tutas Towne Realty, Inc
Matt, the blog archives is just awesome!!! Excellent enhancement. Thanks
September 19, 2006 03:06 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Toby Barnett
Barnett Associates R/E Team - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
Matt, I went back to some of my older blogs to see if they were categorized byt region...some where some weren't. Should we go back and check to see if our blogs are orgized by regions? Do you think it would help any if we did?
September 19, 2006 04:03 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Pete FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS
Active Rain gets better day by day.  Love the new categories that will keep listings and advertising out of the regular blogs.
September 19, 2006 04:06 PM #17
Rainer
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Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA
Awesome i cant wait to utilize these new features!!!!!!!!!!!
September 19, 2006 04:38 PM #18
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Karen Hurst
STONEHURSTREALTY.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!
Matt, I noticed the archives this am, great addition. Will there be a search feature for the advertised listings? Say, I'm looking in Florida?
September 19, 2006 04:40 PM #19
Rainer
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Ben Kakimoto
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Seattle, WA
Seattle Condo Specialist

Ahh, that explains the rise in property listings today.  Thanks for the continuous improves you guys are making.

Questions/Suggestion...have you considered an exclude option on viewing posts.  I normally don't use the filters because I don't want to miss any blogs so I always choose the "All Blogs" channel, rather than selecting each channel individually.  But with the inclusion of listings, can there be an option to exclude the listings if a viewer chooses?  Perhaps set up an general user options page where people can customize things somewhat (e.g. exclude certain types of blogs, add a blog signature, etc).  I know it may not be practical for you...just wondering is all.

September 19, 2006 05:28 PM #20
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Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
I am new to the network but am so impressed with the quality, and quantity of activity here, and the opportunities for learning. But in particular it is great to see this site evolve and improve over time. Your new features make lots of sense, and I'm sure we can expect more, right?!
September 19, 2006 05:44 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Jonathan Dalton
Realty ONE Group - Glendale, AZ
Great work with the advertising link. I hadn't thought of adding listings, but with the rapid rise of my Active Rain blog in the search engines, it only seems logical. Anything to get a property sold!
September 19, 2006 06:28 PM #22
Rainer
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Scott Turner
Turner Residential - Austin, TX
Great! I cant wait to list some properties on AR!
September 19, 2006 07:26 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
Very helpful changes. Look forward to more!
September 19, 2006 08:11 PM #24
Rainer
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Steve Campbell
Century 21 Commonwealth Real Estate - Georgetown, KY
Matt I really like the regional idea and even the advertising of listings.  Very good enhancements.  Thanks.
September 19, 2006 08:26 PM #25
Rainer
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Professor X
NONE - Ludington, MI
Will point hungry posters still get points for advertisements or will they need to rely on...GASP...Content
September 19, 2006 10:16 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Robert Mayo
Mayo Auction & Realty - Your Kansas City Auctioneer - Kansas City, MO
CAI, AARE, ATS, CAGA
Thank you for continuing to make this site better every day.
September 19, 2006 10:56 PM #27
Rainer
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Caryll Miller
Saprinc Corp - Mount Vernon, NY
thank you for helping to make it easier for newbees like me
September 20, 2006 12:52 AM #28
Rainer
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Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
The upgrade will definitely help with search engine indexing.
September 20, 2006 05:14 AM #29
Rainer
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Mark Flanders
Consulting - Silverdale, WA

Another excellent improvement. Thanks AR team!

I have to come by here daily just to keep up with the improvements.

September 22, 2006 08:07 PM #30
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Christine Adler
FindAHomeWithMe.com - Fort Lauderdale, FL
SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL
I think it is great I will be putting some of my homes on here soon. Keep up the improvements.
September 26, 2006 06:42 PM #31
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Christine Adler
FindAHomeWithMe.com - Fort Lauderdale, FL
SE Palm Beach, Broward & NE Miami-Dade Counties FL
If you post listings how can they be found by other people then realtors?
October 04, 2006 07:27 AM #32
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Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Question... can I post a blog for consumsers and the cut & paste it an put it in regional?

 jbelonger@e-americanmortgage.com

thanks,

jeff

October 05, 2006 07:13 PM #33
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Derek and Mariana Wagner
Wagner iTeam -Keller Williams Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Wagner iTeam - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
Wow! Thank you for the updates! (I know .. I am a little late to this ... ) ;)
September 04, 2007 03:40 PM #34
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