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5 Important Tips - Outside Blogs


ActiveBrad was kind enough to make this available for a re-blog.

Considering the fact that I "broke" the ClubChaosAgents.com team blog for a couple of days I thought it would be useful to point out the fact that you can not use special characters like "@" when you are sending out your team blog initiations (ROTFL). Seriously! ;-)


Here's 5 Really Important Tips for Outside Blogs

Now that many members have had the chance to setup their own Individual and Outside Group Blogs, and we've had the chance to work out the kinks, I've noticed some common issues that keep popping up as we're setting these up.  I wanted to share them in hopes it would save you some time and frustration.


You do NOT need to go elsewhere to purchase a domain name for your Outside Blogs on ActiveRain.  If you setup your Outside Blog and URL or Domain name through AR, it is a 3-step process and your domain will be up in most cases within minutes.  If you go outside AR to purchase a domain name, you can still use it, but you'll have to point the DNS nameservers and for some, it's a PITA(Pain In The @$$) See Jodi's Post

This is the best way right here!

see below: (and yes, you do own the domain name, AR is just hosting it)

Once you click check availability, You'll know if the domain is available or not by what's returned in the box.  If it has a red dash mark, then it's not available, if it has a green check mark, then you can claim it! 
Just click on the "Claim Domain" button and you're done.  Some new domains come up instantly.

  RED = NO  &  GREEN = GO 


Adding your Posts to your Individual and Group Blogs is easy.  You can either create new posts or move existing posts over to your new domain and outside Blog, but you'll need to be in the edit mode, then select the appropriate boxes by placing a check mark in the ones you want to push your post to.  It's Fast!!



Be sure that you are using the "Topic" feature in Channels when creating ALL Blog posts from now on, this will help index your posts for easy searching on your outside blogs.  Many other Blog formats have "Categories" or "Keywords" on the sidebar that can be searched and viewed by visitors, but your AR Outside Blogs will be searchable by "topics" and "local area posts"(Raindexing) Make sure you are using "topics" to avoid having to go back and edit posts later. 

You may even want to go back and edit the ones you have.


Keep ALL your Videos, Photos, and Images under 600W on EVERY POST.  (200-400 is optimal)  This will keep ALL your (AR Blogs, Outside Blogs, & Localism) formatted properly and looking consistent across all three platforms. This is one of the main issues we see repeatedly when setting up outside Blogs. Some members are using photos that are 1024x768 or 800x640 and they will not look right on Localism or Outside Blogs. 

You can see this post at ActiveRainGuide.com to confirm this format works.

        Bay Bridge Photo - By Brad Andersohn The Bay and Bay Bridge - Photo By Brad Andersohn Rare Bay Bridge Photo By Brad Andersohn


If you want readers to be able to see your FULL SIZE photos, upload them to Flickr.com first, then place the photo in your ActiveRain post at 200w (as shown above), with a link to the full sized photo in Flickr.  This will not only look better on your posts, if readers want to see the full image, they can, but let it be their choice.  An 800w photo or image is just too big, it'll overlap and look weird on Localism and Outside Blogs.

There's your High-Five for this week ~

I am very proud and excited of what our team behind the scenes at AR have produced.  I'm looking forward to showing off some of these Blogs by our members and groups this week, they really do look awesome. :-)

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Comment balloon 12 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 26 2009 08:48PM


Thanks for sharing.  I am still not sure what an outside blog is.  How does it work?

Posted by Nate Rowe, Realtor, Homes in Richmond VA (Oakstone Properties, Homes in Richmond VA ) almost 12 years ago

Hi Carolyn, thank you for this very informative re-blog. Formatting the picture width is so important and the tips here reinforced that.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 12 years ago


Ah, the blog is finally working! It looks great, and the writers are an ActiveRain Who's Who! This is going to be great!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 12 years ago

Yay, the new blog is up and working...now, I gotta figure out what kinda stuff to put on it.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 12 years ago


Thanks for posting this....I hope no one ever tells you what I did with my outside blog when I signed up to use the SEO of the Individual Blog....it was lost and I had to ask Rich to go find it for me.....(Jeremy stop laughing). 

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) almost 12 years ago

Thanks for the re-blog.  Seems like work but I need to stop resisting!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) almost 12 years ago

Nate, it is truly a beautiful gift from the Rain. You write what you want on your main AR blog/dashboard that syndicates to groups, localism and your individual blog. This is my localism blog, this is my outside/individual blog and this is my team blog. Still setting up the team blog. I'm trying to be careful because I messed up the settings and locked us all out (LOL). I've been known to do that every now and again, but I am trying hard not to make that a habit. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Gary, you are very welcome. I'm trying to re-think what I will be doing in the future regarding the photographs and design layout. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Richard. I still have people to invite, but it may be best to hold off and trickle them in instead of having all 49 show up at once. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Looking forward to it, Jeremy. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Julie, I was thinking of upgrading my outside blog, but then I found myself thinking about having to reformat the 23 websites linking back to it (LOL). I miss the original look and feel of the old outside blog, but I like where we appear to be heading with this. AR Rocks! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Cristal, it is just as easy as checking off a group box (LOL). I love where this is going. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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