Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor (Sandpoint Realty rain@lakeandhomes.com)

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Rainmaker
2,807,436
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I've given up on this as it's duplicate content and not a good user experience.  The technology is old and it's not mobile friendly.  Further, when they make updates on google in a few months (w/ mobile first), these sites will probably drop further.

If I were you, I wouldn't do anything here until if and when AR decide to update them and have a real strategy.  They still have not announced whether they will do this nor when.

Oct 24, 2016 09:57 PM
Rainmaker
2,020,450
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I haven't been chrcking that box. Wouldn't mind getting an answer from AR Staff !!!

Oct 24, 2016 08:25 PM
Rainmaker
4,065,750
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good question.  I'm watching the answers.   

Oct 24, 2016 10:25 PM
Ambassador
5,366,352
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I suspect that they are largely a thing of the past.

Oct 24, 2016 04:28 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Michael Jacobs nailed this one!

Oct 24, 2016 11:28 PM
Rainmaker
4,166,296
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Just here to see the other answers! Thanks for the question!

Oct 24, 2016 10:32 PM
Rainmaker
1,717,254
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

They really haven't been being used for quite some time. A few months ago I requested they get deleted from AR HQ but that was before the upgrade.

Oct 24, 2016 10:00 PM
Rainmaker
729,553
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

I try to repost everything I post here to all my social media and sometimes my personal blogs.

Oct 24, 2016 09:59 PM
Rainmaker
1,398,858
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Watching the answers.

Oct 24, 2016 09:26 PM
Ambassador
2,953,703
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Rain, There's the possibility of making them a subset of your ActiveRain posts.  We have two AR Outside Blogs, one is for all our "general" AR post topics and the other is solely dedicated to our patio home niche.  So basically whenever we post about patio homes that gets posted to ActiveRain and our AR Outside Blog with the url WarrenCountyPatioHomes.com.  While the sites aren't very aesthetically pleasing and you can't do much with them from an editing standpoint, they CAN rank well and draw consumer eyes.  It's all in how you use them.  Bill

Oct 24, 2016 09:16 PM
Rainmaker
819,197
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I never fully understood those either. Hope to see good answers here.

Oct 24, 2016 08:54 PM
Rainmaker
6,553,924
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Click the option when you blog and you will be able to view your outside blog.

Oct 24, 2016 08:47 PM
Rainmaker
1,636,242
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Circling and reading

Oct 24, 2016 08:28 PM
Rainmaker
752,094
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

interesting question... I still click on the outside blog and have my Bay Blog... maybe it isnt doing anything! I will check for other answers as they come...

Oct 24, 2016 05:30 PM
Rainmaker
1,514,855
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not check any more an option to post to outside blogs. It never made any difference for me. I do not really believe it adds you more comments or likes. 

Oct 24, 2016 04:38 PM
Rainmaker
267,055
Nicky Dou
Keller Williams Market Pro Realty - Fayetteville, AR
The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas

When did the old outside blog go away - I am a little behind HA! I am guessing now that what we post automatically just goes out to public except for if you put for members only?

Mar 28, 2017 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,381,523
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I enjoyed them because for a while I got backlinks because of other people's outside blogs.

Oct 25, 2016 02:53 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,683
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with Debbie.

Oct 25, 2016 02:32 AM
Rainmaker
5,571,411
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I don't think they work as they should....but I'll be waiting for answers here...

Oct 25, 2016 12:26 AM
Rainmaker
2,635,227
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I would like to know many things in AR-Land like this thank you

Oct 24, 2016 11:46 PM
Rainmaker
1,216,691
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I still click the box, but have not visited it in months.

Oct 24, 2016 11:44 PM
Rainmaker
1,149,509
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Desk top AR-there are just two links allocated to anyone. In my case I find G+ is a must.  AR is not a site for buyers or sellers. I doubt any customer will look on AR except spammers.  I have a blog section on my website.

Mobile AR-Wait for their response. They really need a Mobile friendly and boost its SEO.

Oct 24, 2016 11:42 PM
Rainmaker
916,373
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Nota  good idea to do so if you ask me - it's duplicate content and not a wise thing to do

Oct 24, 2016 11:27 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,599
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

I gave up posting to outside blog from AR as I see others have, too.

Oct 24, 2016 11:07 PM