If you have Microsoft Office, you can right click on the photo file and choose "Open with....Microsoft Office Picture Manager."
Click on the tab that says "Edit Pictures" (this is NOT the same thing as "Edit" on the control bar)
A menu bar will pop up that gives you options on editing
Choose, under "Change Picture size: either:
1. Resize (to make it easier, just enter what % yo uwant it reduced) or
2. Compress picture -- which gives you the option to reduce the size of the file for documents (print flyer, for example), or for web pages. Choose which option you want -- then save the compressed picture as another file while you keep the original as a master copy.
You can do the same thing when editing in Picassa.
I'm with you: Stone Age. I must tell you, they've got the same 30-35 agents that they constantly feature in their blogs, whether the topic is stupid, horrendous, or simply OFF-topic. Some of their topics are outright offensive. I've noticed that probably 40-50% of their blogs are not even about real estate, just tons of whining and b*tching about this business. How embarrassing, really.
I read more than a few comments from agents that noted that many of the 'stars' and 'top bloggers' on AR are in reality pretty bad at selling/listing homes. One agent said he checked up on a 'rainmaker' agent in his area and saw that the guy hasn't sold or listed a home in a year. They probably have a VERY low following among consumers, whereas Trulia attracts both in droves. AR is really a b*tching forum between agents, a place to vent about how horrible buyers and sellers are and how miserable agents are from their clients.
Stick with Trulia. Zillow is for entertainment purposes only. AR doesn't even rank. I still love CL as a top pick, too.
Boca Raton, FL
That is one of the delimas real estate folks face, we want to use the 'stuff' but have neither the time or patience to read the volumes of instructions in the 'quick start' guide. :)
We want results with as little intrusion as possible or our most precious resource...TIME.
Of great importance is to understand what the goal of your AR participation is to be? Understanding a real value that can be derived, that truly benefits your consumer facing promotions, is based on the highest ranked search engine rating element. A pretty AR page is not relevant. Understanding AR benefits to you, then leveraging those attributes to benefit your enterprise is essential. Don't get distracted by the internal competition among r.e. folks. Stay focused on what benefits your business....of course if you are trolling for r.e. agent referrals....then AR has another purpose.
Most of what we learned in regard of SEO (search engine optimization) and web presence development, we learned it from ActiveRain through free webinars and other agents blogs.
Now we are giving back and offering free classes for agents on how to get their online content rank higher in SERP through mainly the LTK strategy.
ActiveRain is truly unique but is not for everyone. It takes dedication and consistency to make it work. I donâ€™t think one can really understand the power of AR until being able to rank on the first page of Google most of their blogs.
As for the technical challenges about the picture, Pacita provided a good solution. I can relate with your frustration as I can get frustrated myself with every day technical challenges but thatâ€™s everywhereâ€¦
I have added my ActiveRain profile in the Web References-
Thank you again and have a great week-
However with anything based on experience of person using it .
I am one of the top bloggers on A/R authored 870 posts.
TRUST me I have no time "mess with tech problems" if that were case I would have left 3 years ago when I joined.
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
The Michael Group - Dallas Business Journal Top Ranked Realtors
I find Acrive Rain to be cutting edge, state of the art. Active Rain has changed and is evolving. I've experienced the and am still experiencing the same issue with the 600X600 image. http://activerain.com/mmk ~ Every request for Help has always been handled very quickly and professionally.
Active Rain is a fantastic portal and should be on the top of every real estate or mortgage professionals aresenal.
Active Rain is great as a real estate professional community forum. If you are into that sort of thing and feel you want and need the support. I really like the "Localism" feature to highlight my listings in a Google friendly format. I haven't had any difficulty with navigating the system beyond the initial hunting and pecking that goes along with any new program. I've seen some incredible bloggers there, but like others, I feel like it is more of a "look at me" forum than a true discussion amongst the top producers. And, I have seen some highlighted blogs that made me cringe for myself and fellow Realtors. As a top producer I do not have time to prepare elaborate blogs simply to increase my visibility amongst other professionals/competitors. I focus on service to my clients. I also concur that top bloggers do not make top producers.
I saw this question on Zillow, too
My answer is the same: next time you log on to ActiveRain, scroll down to the bottom of your screen and click on the tab that says HELP/FAQ. http://activerain.com/groups/helpfaq
You will find a ton of information on how-tos not just on things you can do on Active Rain, but also give you some ideas on what you can do on other sites. That's the first place you should check out.
Stone Age? Hardly!. The Active Rain team and many contributors are so far ahead of the game. With the thousands of real estate professionals (agents, escrow officers, lenders, stagers, attorneys, photographers, transaction cooordinators, etc) there is so much good information to pick up. Maybe you should participate in their Active Rain University, or go to an Active Rain Camp.
You just need to know where to look.
In terms of pic sizes, I feel your pain. it seems like I am having to always re-size photos for some site.