How to Fill In the "Bottom" of an ActiveRain Post

Chances are, if you are in North Carolina and I notice that you are not filling in the "Bottom Part" of your blog posts... we've talked.

I know that other people have written posts about this - but I figured I'd show it again, and as I call more people, I can refer them to this page! 

Soooo after you finish writing your masterpiece blog post, you need to take a few minutes and fill in the "Tags."  These are the words someone would enter into Google to find your post.  They should probably be in 2 - 4 word "groups" with a comma after each "group" of words.  These are called "Long Tails" or "Buying Words".

Activerain Tag Words

If this was for a listing, I recommend that you consider words that include the street name, the Subdivision, maybe the School or the price range... In fact, if I was an agent I would ask EVERYONE what words they put in Google to look for property... while there are TONS of analytical tools, I personally think it's a good idea to talk to friends and clients about what you are learning and doing online.

After you complete the Tags, complete the Hyper Local Page information.  

What are Activerain Channels

CHANNELS:  You've seen this button - but didn't know what it is?  If you are new to Activerain - don't worry about what it is... just fill it out!  Who are you "targeting" with this post?  A Home Buyer?

Activerain Channels

Are you looking for First Time Home Buyers? (four words by the way) Is this an Active 55 Community? WHAT about Home Buying are you targeting????

Look on the Front of AR Before You Login

If you don't know what to fill in on Channels, go to the front page of ActiveRain and look at the Channels section... it will give you ideas.

You can check up to 5 groups

ALWAYS put your post into the appropriate Group.  Many fellow ActiveRainer's (is that a word?) interact via groups.  You can place your post in up to 5 different Groups. The idea here guys is to be SEEN.  You want people to READ what you've just spent time creating... okay, so you are TARGETING a First Time Home Buyer in Apex - Why would you want a comment from an Agent in Michigan?  Well, Google is interested in posts that OTHER PEOPLE are INTERESTED IN!  You need to subscribe to people, and you need to leave 10 comments every time you login!

Activerain Groups

Another point about Groups... see #1? Be selective about putting your post in a hyper-local small group where only the people in your county might see it... #justsayin'

Categories gives you ANOTHER chance to let Google know who you are targeting.  

If you have an "Outside Blog" you need to figure out WHICH posts are focused on the topic you are amassing.  Is your Outside Blog for Luxury Homes? Well then you might not want to put a post for First Time Home Buyers in that "separate" Blog.  Is it about NYC? Then you might not want to put a post about the other side of the Hudson... Many agents I talk to don't want to "Limit" themselves to one category - if that's who you are, then I personally don't recommend taking the time and effort to build an Outside Blog.

I want you to know that I get calls every week from Consumers and Agents that find us through ActiveRain.  Blogging works - but it works faster and better if you will use all of the tools you are given!  Fill In The Bottom of your blog posts!!

If you have questions about your ActiveRain Blog Posts I can answer, call me - Eleanor Thorne 919-649-5057

Comment balloon 29 commentsEleanor Thorne • September 16 2010 08:45AM


Excellent tutorial.  Should be posted in the Newbies Group BTW.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 9 years ago

Eleanor, thanks again for giving me tips on blogging.

Posted by Shay Campbell, Raleigh, NC (Universal American Mortgage Company) over 9 years ago

Fabulous my friend - and flagged for a feature!  Great tutorial Eleanor.  And one I'm sure lots of us here in the rain will bookmark!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) over 9 years ago

Thanks eleanor, It appears that I am almost using this stuff correctly.  But, I'm going to have to go back and see if I need to do more.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 9 years ago

I aoppreciate your time in doing this. There is soooo much info out there.


Posted by J Perrin Cornell, Broker, ABR, VAMRES (Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hey guys!  I decided I would do a couple of quick tutorials for folks that I call, and make suggestions to... so many people are working REALLY hard - but you need to use all of the tools available!

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 9 years ago

Eleanor, very helpful information! Yes, put it in the newbies group.  They need this stuff!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 9 years ago

If the post is for "Members ONLY' What is the benefit for using tags?

Posted by Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Reliable, Premier Personal Service since 2001 (Revelation Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Gary - good question!  Even if the Post was "Members Only" it should have tags.  Members Only posts are directed at Fellow Rainers... and the information is still very valuable.  I personally search AR as much as I search Google for information.

Reposted to Newbies - thanks.

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 9 years ago

Wow, this is really great information.  Thanks for helping us, this is something I will  start to use right away!

Posted by Curt Baumgarth, CDPE Realtor Serving the Valley of the Sun. 480 26 (Century 21 All Stars) over 9 years ago

Great tutorial! Wow! I should probably freshen up my groups since I haven't done that in years! Thanks Eleanor.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

Great tips to get your posts recognized.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 9 years ago

Eleanor - you never cease to amaze me!  Thanks for the excellent tutorial!

Posted by Patty Keller, AnotherMe - 770-414-9393 - RE Virtual Assistant (AnotherME, LLC) over 9 years ago

A well written post. I appreciate your time in putting this together. I just forwarded this to my friend who's learning to Active Rain.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

This was very helpful! I was just visiting with a friend yesterday on this very topic! Thank you!

Posted by Janeil Lester, Old Republic Title (Old Republic Title) over 9 years ago

Thx. I've been using these, but just realized today, that I"m not posting correctly in the channels.  I select Home Improvement, but didn't realize that I needed a subcategory in there.  At least I know going forward.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Although, I have been blogging here for a while, it is interesting to see what I have been doing.  Great tutorial.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

Wow! Thanks for the help! I read your comment that you search AR as much as google. I have a hard time searching AR. When I search for groups it always comes up blank. I have better luck if I use the search box along the top of the page. Is there a trick to searching that you can share?

Example: I searched groups for the word flowers to see if there was a flower group. Nothing. Finally, I saw a flower group in someone else's group list and joined from there. I can't figure it out. :O/

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Eleanor. This is useful not only to newbies. It's also a great reminder for those of us who have blogging for awhile.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I learned this the hard way so here is a tutorial to learn it the easy way. The bottom of the post entry process is just as important as the title and what is in between! Just reblogged in Southern Maryland!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 9 years ago

Very helpful. I've been filling out the bottom of the pages using a guessing game.... I will be more selective about the tags, channels and groups from now on. Every little bit helps... thanks for taking the time to share.

Posted by Caroline Gosselin (Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Thank You Eleanor, and thanks for the personal coaching on this recently. I have a question, how do you get the arrows and the page on your post like that?

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 9 years ago

Eleanor - This is a very well written post for newbies on how to prepare a post.

Posted by Marc Swartz, Principal Broker / Mortgage Broker, AMP (Mortgage Finders Canada Inc., Mortgage Brokerage, Lic# 11118) over 9 years ago

Good morning Eleanor,

What a great tutorial! Your step by step approach is of benefit to everyone!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 9 years ago

I have bookmarked and will refer to it when I do my next blog.  Very helpful info, thanks for thinking of us newbies!

Posted by Kathy Kenney, Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale (Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ) over 9 years ago

Hey gusy - thanks for the comments and re-blogs, I'm going to do a post this week about pictures.  We just had a REBarCamp in Raleigh, and TONS of people want to start blogging.  Figured this might help!

David  - I did a print screen, went to PAINT, made a "line" in red to create the arrows.  I'm sure there''s a more sophisticated tool - I'm just about simple.  Here's an example of how I used that in a different blog post (same print screen idea) for the map, I used PowerPoint tools, but same concept.

Posted by Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058 (Equity Resources) over 9 years ago

Eleanor: Great tips! Gold star from me!

Posted by Julissa Jumper, Fayetteville, NC Real Estate (Select Properties of Fayetteville, LLC) over 9 years ago

AWESOME post!  How did this not get featured?  I know this is very helpful to anyone who is new to Activerain, and maybe a few who are not-so-new.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thank you Eleanor for sharing your wealth of knowledge!  I so look forward to us getting together soon, so I can pick your brain in person : )  How lucky am I to have someone like you in my world?

Posted by Gina Gilliam (Gilliam & Associates Realty) over 9 years ago