Your Neighbor in Real Estate: My Easy Way to Find Groups I Like on AR

My Easy Way to Find Groups I Like on AR

My Easy Way to Find Groups I Like on AR

I am always surprised by the number of AR bloggers who do not click their blogs into groups. Perhaps, they are unaware of this feature or do not know how to do it.

Or, more likely too, is how does one ever pick a group from the 7628 groups that are available? . Have you ever tried to search the groups for one that you might like to join? Do you have the time to scroll through over 7000 groups and the included over 302 pages?Browser groups

I would like to think  that as a blogger, you are trying to get some kind of information or message out to your readership. It may be as explosive as  the announcement of the cancer cure or as humble as a Zen photo of peace and tranquility. But unless this sharing goes out and gets to your readership, what is the point? Then it becomes, at best, a solitary, creative outlet.

So the point is that the more groups you select (up to five), the more people will see your post. If you do not select any groups, the life span that your post may have on a typical day is around one hour or two, because it will only post on the Newly added blog roll, which scrolls off the page as new blogs are added.

If you post to a group that has a lot of subscribers and posts, i.e. “Newbies,” then your chances of being seen/read by more people are greater. But there is also a lot of movement on that page.So there may be more eyeballs, but with a shorter time span. If you search out a group that has fewer members and posts, your blog will stay longer on that front page. It may not have as many eyeballs all at once, but may make up for it in the long run.

The solution is to align yourself with groups that you enjoy and have an interest in pursuing and perusing. And how does one find that group, with so many choices to choose from?

Posted GroupsWhat I have started to do is easy.When I come across blogs that I like, as I scroll down to make a comment, I pass the section that shows the groups that this blog was posted to. At this point you can click the link to that group, and read why they have formed that particular group and what the guidelines are. This is important, because you want to follow their guidelines and not be posting to a group that does not appreciate what you are communicating.
While you are there, you can hit the ‘Join Group” button if it appears to you that you would enjoy reading and posting to that group.

In this way, I have started to join a lot more groups and I have found some groups that I never would have thought existed. There really are a lot of places to see on ActiveRain. Go explore!

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Comment balloon 14 commentsSandy Acevedo • September 09 2011 01:53AM


I enjoyed the post Sandy. I was going through some of my old posts and noticed that I was one of those that didn't post to many groups when I first started here. I think that the newbies will benefit from hearing what you have to say.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 8 years ago

Sandy * I actually cruised through the AR groups when I first joined - about 6000+ then and at least 1,000 have less than 5 members.  Seeing groups where GOOD posts are placed is a GREAT way to find groups that might be interested in your posts!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

If you put a blog post in say the Active Rain SEO that has nothing to do with the topic though, whoa, does that mess up the finding what you need, getting in and out and back on the road process for researching a topic, subject. Like a library where you wonder, who put the kids book on chia pet care in the literary greats catagory with Plato?

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 8 years ago

Sandy, I do the same thing! I've discovered most of the groups I post to that way! Great post!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) over 8 years ago

Hi Sandy-This is a very well put together post on how to find groups and add your posts to them to get you more exposure!  I just dropped in to let you know that you have been featured in the group Introducing Newbies in Active Rain!


Introducing Newbies in Active Rain

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 8 years ago
I have started noticing this, too. Another cool tip is when there are bloggers I enjoy reading, I focus on their reblog selections and frequently pick one for the day they have also selected. There is a reason I enjoy their blog so this is a natural way to find some good topics to share. That's my extra tip for the day!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago

Hi Tom, Thanks for the kind words. I wonder if you can go back and add them to more posts?

You are brave, Wallace, to go through that. I would be so bored and then they would all run together.

So true Andrew. That s why I advise reading what the group is about first and follow their guidelines. I hate when I see that someone has either not read the guidelines of the group or has ignored it totally.

Hi Peg, And I've discovered some that are here that I would think would be here at all.

Thank you, Brenda. I appreciate that!

That is a great idea and a good tip Cheryl! Thanks for contributing!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

Sandy, This is just the kind of information that we wanted our seasoned bloggers to share with our Newbies. This would be an excellent post to re-blog, and I am glad that my New Moderator Featured your Post in our new Group. Keep up the Good Work!

Suggested Too!

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, over 8 years ago

Thanks so much, Jerry. I am happy to help in any way as many have helped me in the past, when I was newly here!

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

I also got some of the Groups i joined from my friends posts, and you are right it is a big advantage when you post your blog in a group, more exposure and more bloggers can read your article, when you dont publish it with groups your missing a lot of audience. Great post Sandy!

Posted by Rob Kittle, "We Specialize, You Benefit!" -Kittle Real Estate (Kittle Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for stopping by. So true about missing a lot of exposure. "Liked" your biz page.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

These are some good ways to get into the groups that strategically enhance our blogging presence.

Posted by Daniel H. Fisher, MCRP - Charlotte Real Estate, NC or SC ( (704) 617-3544) over 8 years ago

Thanks Daniel for stopping by. It sure beats going through them one by one.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 8 years ago

Sandy there are some many groups, you just about have to go on an exploration to find out about them.  But's that's okay because then it's kind of like an adventure.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago