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How and Where to Find FREE Images and Photos for Websites and Blogs

Steven Graham from ActiveRain shares where to find images and photos for use on your websites and blogs.  Learn about FREE versus creative commons and understand the difference of share and share alike photos and more.  This video was recorded “LIVE” at RainCamp Atlantic NJ and is unedited.

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Active Rain Dinner – Ends In Marriage Proposal

Tuesday night of this week, a few of us AR members got the chance to meet up with Active Rains very own Jonathan Washburn and Bob Stewart as they were passing through San Francisco, California.  We met at a place called Cafe Tirimisu for some really good food, fun, and Vino.  It was really cool getting to meet a few of the folks who showed up to enjoy and partake in the evening with us.

I finally got to meet Bob Stewart and Ginger Wilcox who I feel like I’ve already known forever. We’ve talked on the phone at times, even commented to each other on our Blogs, but meeting in person is really the coolest part of the whole Active Rain experience.  There’s something special about finally meeting another AR member that I just can’t put into words.  It seems that every time I meet someone from AR in person, there’s already an invisible bond or “code of respect” that exists, and then the relationship just gets stronger and now means so much more.

Who else was there? I was fortunate to get our waiter to take this photo of us outside the cafe after dinner.  I promised I’d share this photo here!

Me, Mary Pope-Handy, Dionne Morgan, Cindy Lin, Bob Stewart, Janet Guilbault, Mike Mueller, Jonathan Washburn, Ginger Wilcox.

 I just have to share this little tid-bit here. When someone at the dinner table asked Bob Stewart his role at Active Rain Corp, his response was that he’s the community builder for this great social network that we all love!  OK, are you ready?  Here it comes…I never said it out loud, but now I will always see you my friend as “Bob The Builder”…you knew it was coming Bob!!!  LOL!~   I just had to share that…..sorry.  🙂

While sitting at the dinner table discussing a wide variety of topics and musings, the gentleman sitting right next to me at the adjacent table, stood up, said excuse me to Janet Gilbault, and I quote, “I need to get in here” as he semi nuzzled her out of the way.  Then he repeated, “Excuse me, I really need to get in here” as Janet moved from his pathway and he squeezed between our tables.  He drops down onto one knee, pulls out the little black box, and begins  proposing.  I hear the words, “Will You Marry Me?” Just FYI, he was not talking to Janet or Bob Stewart.  I couldn’t believe this was happening right next to me, I’ve only seen this kinda stuff on TV, but since I had the camera…well…you know me, I just started clicking away.

I found out that Pax Smith was the gentleman’s name, so I gave him my card and told him to contact me so I could email him the photos of his “special moment.”  Little did Pax know, he was sitting next to a table of Active Rain Bloggers, so before I send him these photos, I thought sending him a link to this post might even be more special.  I hope he won’t mind that I shared this with all of you here on Active Rain.  I thought I’d let some comments build up before I send him this link.  We wish Pax and his “Wife To Be” all the very Best!

So here’s to you Pax and to your beautiful new Fiancée. This moment captured on film can never be re-lived or taken back and re-done, but it will always be remembered and special.  I hope these photos will remind you of that special night in San Francisco, and always bring a smile to your faces knowing that the complete strangers sitting next to you were very touched by your proposal that evening.  My gift to you both is this post, these photos, and if you look around here on Active Rain, you’ll find over 70,000 people here who would love to help you and your lady with the process of finding that next home you’ll be buying soon to start your wonderful “new” family!  We represent the entire Country here, so you’re in good hands.   Just click here to roam about the country.

Congratulations to Pax Smith and his Fiancée, and “thank you” to Active Rain and the other members for a wonderful and memorable evening that will be etched in our memories forever.  It really was a special night for us all!  A very special “Happy Valentine’s Day” to each of you and especially to Pax and his new Fiancée.

EDIT 1: See Ginger Wilcox’s Featured Post about This Dinner Event


EDIT 3:  The Comment Response from Pax

Hello Brad and the whole Active Rain dinner party!

WOW! What an incredible and overwhelming response! Tiffany and I, want to thank each and everyone of you for your well wishes and offerings of luck. It was a fantastic evening made even more so, by the emotional support offered to us by strangers who each, in their own way provided and are still providing love and memories that we will forever carry with us.

Thank You All!

And when we start the search for a new home we know the people to whom we’ll turn.

James Pax Smith

EDIT 4:  The Comment Response from Tiffany

To the active rain crew,

Thank you so much for being there at our special moment on Tuesday night. The photos and video montage are more that Pax & I both could ever ask for! I haven’t been able to stop grinning since it happened, and I know I’ll always be able to look back at the photos and re-live the happy night! I’m the luckiest gal in the world!

Future Mrs. Pax Smith  (Tiffany)

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Your Active Rain Profile – Your Masterpiece!

Are you getting the most from your Active Rain Profile? Does it have the same information or content as your website?  Did you cut and paste like many of us I know did?  Is it a “Wall Of Words?”  Here’s an opportunity to make your AR Profile even “BETTER” than your website.  You should put as much attention and love into your profile page as you do your posts, maybe more.  Are you updating it with fresh content weekly, monthly or never at all?  The truth is, the profile is the first place we all start as “New” members!  The problem is, when we are new, we don’t really quite know or understand how to set up our profile’s to be in our best interests.  I know what you’re thinking, let’s see if I’m right…

It’s time to come around full circle, where we started, and maximize an area we may have all forgotten about. We get caught up in learning so much here, and trying to navigate our way around, I think we just simply forget.  Your profile is YOU! It should be Inter-Active and not just static like a website.  You should always be trying to put new and relative information there.  In order to help you create the “Ultimate Profile” on Active Rain, I have done some extensive research over the past 2 weeks.   Here are some ideas and tools you may be able to use for your profile page.

Take a look at some of these other profiles.   I have, and think you should too. I suggest you don’t stop here.  Go See what others have done, and how they are using their profile page to maximize the value to their viewers and clients.  Is your page all that it can be?   Is it focused with rich and informative content about your area?  Do you have links, graphics, maps and interactive widgets?  What about MLS links, searches and Virtual Tours?  The list could go on and on.

Profiles from Other Members:

Karen George – AZ Home Loans

Bryant Tutas, Broker-REALTOR(R) Tutas Towne Realty, Inc

Sarah Cooper, Realtor, Hurricane, WV

Colleen Kulikowski Florida Realtor

Kristal Kraft ~ Denver Real Estate

Downtown Long Beach Condos Long Beach Real Estate, Laurie Manny

Lenn Harley, Homefinders

Renee Burrows – Las Vegas NV Real Estate

Chris Elizabeth Griffith ~ Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate

Craig Schiller (Real Estaging)

Mariana Wagner ~ Colorado Springs REALTOR®

Gilbert Arizona Real Estate – Candace Robinson

Rick & Ines – Miami Shores Real Estate

Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate

Central Oregon Real Estate | Thesa Chambers

Portsmouth NH Real Estate ~ Ann Cummings

Nick M -Realtor®-Appraiser in West Palm- South Florida Real Estate Appraiser

Midori Miller- Daytona Beach Florida Real Estate Training

Maureen Henry – Rockland Home Staging

and there are so many more…but some need some love and attention…LOL! 🙂

Once you go and update or modify your profile page, be sure to keep checking and back and updating it. DON’T forget about it.  As your market changes and you change, so should your profile.  You want to keep it updated and fresh.  What kinds of things can you do to spice it up a bit?  Here’s just a couple things I noticed when looking at other profiles, and I looked at hundreds…

Give it color, add photos, create useful links, the design and look are important and simple is the key. Put some animation, but not too much.  Don’t be afraid to erase what you’ve done, it’s OK!  I think this might be a factor as to why we don’t update them more often.  Don’t just cut, copy and paste from your website. Why duplicate?  Be Creative and Realistic.  Don’t laugh, but Here’s my Profile, I have been working on it a bit, but it still has quite a ways to go!!


This part is simple to complete, however, I often get asked, can I select more than one “Primary Market?”  You only get one, but you can still sell Real Estate or do loans, or provide your services anywhere in the Country or World if you choose.  I also do not suggest setting up 2 or 3 profiles in multiple areas.  That has never worked for anyone on AR including myself.  I tried it in the beginning, and it was a nightmare!  TRUST ME, JUST DON’T DO IT!


There are three of these sections below available on your profile page.  This is like having 3 Blogs on one page!  The hardest part for most members is the HTML section.  Here are 3 tips regarding HTML.  1. Learn It   2. Use it   3.  Love it!  I am no HTML expert, but I have learned a lot from other members.  If you want to see any page on the net in HTML format, here’s how.  Using Firefox: Go up to “View” and select “Page Source”.  Using Explorer: Go up to “Page” and select “View Source.”  HTML code can be copied from one place and pasted into another, the same as you would a widget or stat counter.

1. What exactly is HTML 2. HTML School 3. HTML Goodies, the Ultimate HTML Resource 4. HTML Code Tutorial I have learned so much from these sites, the first time I turned text “RED” I opened that bottle of saved Merlot to CELEBRATE!! LOL!  Don’t laugh, you will too!  There are even HTML Forums that will help you on-line and answer your questions for FREE!  (that is if I can’t) These are some great sites to get you started!  Here’s a couple more if you want to create banners and buttons etc.

Finally, create time and have patience building your Profile on Active Rain. See it through the eyes of your viewers, or customers.  Think of what they want to see, and what they will find to be of value.  Make your profile your “Best Blog” ever!  It’s always going to be a work in progress, so don’t give up or get frustrated.  Pay off comes in the long run, guaranteed!  We should always autograph our work with the best quality possible!  After all, this is YOUR “Profile!”  Shouldn’t it really be your Ultimate Masterpiece?  🙂

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