Getting Started with Virtual Results

As you can probably imagine, I’ve been quite busy at Virtual Results since I started full time a little over a week ago. We’ve got a number of killer sites slated to go live in the next month and, as Jim alluded to, we’re working on an entirely new product line that I’m overseeing and super excited about. It could just be me being the optimist that I am, but I think you will absolutely love the new pre designed websites we’re working on. In addition to working on that new product offering, I’ll be helping manage relationships with our existing clients. If you are a current Virtual Results client, expect an email from me sometime in the next week or so as I make my rounds and introduce myself.

If you’re interested in learning more about the BETA program we’ve got going right now for the new pre designed website product – shoot me an email at drew at virtualresults dot net and I’ll be happy to share further details with you. For those that don’t know Jim or me personally — you’ll have to trust me (or ask someone that knows us) that we care more about creating great real estate websites than anyone else in this industry; our primary goal is to create the best real estate websites on the web. Currently, our sites start at around $5k, but there is a real need for a quality website product in the sub $1,000 price level — and that’s what we’re focused on building.

Whether you’re a broker looking to revamp your own web presence with one that works, looking to offer your agents the best website product available, an agent looking to move to a WordPress platform, or an agent who wants a totally custom website built in 2011 — we’d love to speak with you.

Now, back to work.

Flattered to be mentioned in "Life by Design"-Tom Ferrys new book.

header_left_home_bgJust thought it was a really cool gesture of Tom Ferry to mention me in his new book “Life by Design.” First to acknowlege me at all… I have learned as much as I have taught.

Secondly, to be surrounded in text by THESE NAMES… was simply surreal. I know and respect each one of these individuals as great coaches, motivators and writers… I am truly humbled to be included.

Here is the acknowlegement:

I want to thank all the people who have assisted, coached, and
consulted with me over the last twenty years. Each of you have made
such an indelible impact on my life; the late Jim Rohn, Mike Vance,
Ron Arden, Theresa Jabbour, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Jim Marks,
Gary Vaynerchuk, T. Harv Eker, and Mark Victor Hansen. These are
just a few of the inspirational leaders who helped me learn, grow, and
become a better coach.

BTW, the book absolutely rocks, and is timely as all hell.. If this business climate, or life in general has you second guessing yourself, read this book. It is a shot of inspiration.

Active Rain-Pay to Play…

Active Rain has launched a new membership policy for new members starting this morning at 5am… New members will now pay $29 month for outward facing blogs. New members may create new members only blogs for free. I think this is a great step for Active Rain and I wish them success… Their service has truly benefited tens of thousands of Real Estate Professionals and they deserve to be profitable with these efforts.. Here is the details…

ACTIVERAIN – Our NEW Membership Plan

We are implementing some changes in our membership structure on ActiveRain for NEW MEMBERS. We believe the NEW membership plan will be beneficial to both our existing members and to our “New” members joining the Community. We want ALL NEW MEMBERS to reap the same benefits and rewards that existing members have created and experienced in the past. The time has come for us to make a change.

* Any member accounts that were created before February 16th, 2009, but have NOT yet produced at least a single Blog post will continue to have access to the network and all the tools that they’ve utilized up to this point. If those members wish to activate their account so their Blog posts will be viewable to consumers and search engines, they’ll be required to sign up for the New Membership Plan at $29 per month.

All New and Existing ActiveRain Members will also receive:

* Listing Router “Wholesale” pricing, with clicks being delivered to the highest bidder on an auction basis. All members will have the opportunity to pay the same price as bulk wholesale buyers. This represents a 70% per bid price reduction.

* The NEW Rainmaker Badge: If you currently utilize any AR product (Listing Router Campaign, Outside Blogs, Sponsored Localism Communities etc.) the new RainMaker VIP Badge will appear when leaving comments and wherever the member profile picture is currently displayed.

* ALL Outside Blogs will now have the ability to add multiple users/authors. The pricing will only be $19 per month for existing AR members going forward. (This includes Individual and Group Blogs)

* Premium technical support will continue for paying members. Non paying members will only have access to email based support. These changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will be automatically applied to member accounts.

* Weekly ActiveRain Webinars and On-line Training will also be made available to ALL ActiveRain Members.

All current members will be given ActiveRain Founder Accounts. You have gotten us to this point and your contributions have been the fuel to mature the network. Again, nothing changes for our existing Active AR members.

This new membership plan goes into effect at 5am PST on Monday, February 16th, 2009. Feel free to contact any of the ActiveRain staff or team if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to the continued growth and success of our network and YOUR business here on ActiveRain. Thank you for your continued support, your contributions, and your allegiance.

FInd the WHOLE article, HERE…

Google Reader Short Cut Keys…

Every Realtor should spend a small portion of their day keeping up with local, regional and National Real Estate news. Your clients and prospects EXPECT you to know the answers. Google Reader is absolutely the best thing since sliced bread for keeping up on your RSS feeds. But wait… it gets better. I found this list of shortcut keys around the internet…

j/k item down/up selects the next/previous item in the list
space/shift-space page down/up moves the page down/up
n/p scan down/up in list view, selects the next item without opening it
shift-n/p navigation down/up selects the next/previous subscription or folder in the navigation
shift-x navigation expand/collapse expands or collapses a folder selected in the navigation
o open/close item in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
enter open/close item in list view, expands or collapses the selected item
shift-o navigation open subscription opens the subscription or folder currently selected in the navigation
Acting on Items    
s toggle star stars or un-stars the selected item
shift-s toggle share shares or un-shares the selected item
v view original opens the original source for this article in a new window
t tag an item opens the tagging field for the selected item
m mark as read/unread switches the read status of the selected item
shift-a mark all as read marks all items in the current view as read
e email item opens the email form to send an item to a friend
g then h go to home goes to the Google Reader homepage
g then a go to all items goes to the “All items” view
g then s go to starred items goes to the “Starred items” view
g then shift-s go to shared items goes to the “Your shared items” view
g then u go to subscription allows you to navigate to a subscription by entering the subscription name
g then t go to tag allows you to navigate to a tag by entering the tag name
g then shift-t go to trends goes to the “Trends” view
g then d go to feed discovery shows the recommendations page, or the browse page if there are no recommendations
r refresh refreshes the unread counts in the navigation
u toggle full screen mode hides or shows the list of subscriptions
1 expanded view displays the subscription as expanded items
2 list view displays the subscription as a list of headlines
/ search moves your cursor to the search box
a add a subscription opens the “Add a subscription” box in the sidebar
? keyboard shortcuts help displays a quick guide to all of Reader’s shortcuts

Simply search for sites that carry the content you crave and subscribe to them in your Google Reader. Then list all unread and power short cut through them. Get ready to replace your keyboard whent the “J” pops off!!

Good Luck!