Sarah Layton | Copywriter & Inman Star Contributor, I provide real estate content marketing services  (Best Real Estate Writer, a Layton Media brand)

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Rainmaker
2,969,249
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Formatting is an issue in Active Rain, regardless of how you post. I'm very frustrated and tired of it.

May 16, 2019 06:43 AM
Rainmaker
1,023,012
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

 You have many great answers here Sarah. 

May 16, 2019 07:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,562,770
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Sarah Layton | Copywriter & Inman Star Contributor if you are not typing it directly into AR you are going to have problems. What Barbara Todaro said usually works for me but when it doesn't I take an extra step of pasting it from google docs into notepad and then into AR.

May 16, 2019 07:21 AM
Rainmaker
1,503,980
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

You're doing it wrong! Either copy the html into that window or stop using G docs. 

I'm confused here so HELP ME OUT ..... you are  writing about how to blog & you are asking US how to fix this? Should be something that you know already like the back of your hand. 

I think you be scammin' us here ......

May 16, 2019 06:57 AM
Rainmaker
347,875
Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I copy and paste many things in AR and almost always don't look right in terms of formatting.  Often I just let it go or I'll spend the whole day just to correct it.  There many things to do to run this business and correcting format in AR is not my top priority.

May 16, 2019 06:51 AM
Rainmaker
4,863,072
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

you need to highlight the post.... click on the formatting button...make sure it's all highlighted and select the font you want

May 16, 2019 06:48 AM
Rainmaker
2,422,675
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

it makes one want to use the Q & A...doesnt it? LOL   As Nina Hollander says its a problem of a sort....

May 16, 2019 06:46 AM
Rainmaker
2,762,486
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

The AR platform is very unstable.  Formatting is an issue. I stip all formatting either by dropping in Note and then pasting into AR and reformatting. A real PITA for sure or if the txt formatting is working in AR I use that. 

May 16, 2019 07:50 AM
Rainmaker
1,276,257
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Formatting is a problem in AR. I always write directly in AR and save as Draft as I write.  Save often!

May 16, 2019 07:44 AM
Rainmaker
521,216
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

I've found that you can't just copy & paste into your blog here- the content just doesn't translate well. Rather than tweeking it I just load the content manually with an understanding of the shortcomings with which I must work. 

May 16, 2019 07:13 AM
Rainmaker
3,237,213
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I previously used Google Docs, then switched to Google Drive and now write posts directly into ActiveRain.  it's not the most user-friendly system and has provided much frustration over the years.  Good luck.  

May 16, 2019 06:59 AM
Ambassador
4,049,393
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

That Tx button on your toolbar will delete all the goofy formating and allow you to start fresh.

May 16, 2019 11:11 AM
Rainmaker
1,520,396
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That's because the PC format from Google doesn't interface with Commodore 64 computer language in use at AR.

May 16, 2019 09:30 AM
Rainmaker
998,342
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

I'll just re-iterate what many have said, AR as a platform sucks, it's very unpredictable. Even if you use notepad to copy paste is can be temperamental. Hence I dont use this to blog anymore.

May 16, 2019 08:59 AM
Ambassador
3,912,275
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep, the editor does crazy stuff, like it or not, and has for a while. I always highlight my cut and paste text, then click on the Tx icon to remove formatting, then you can change your font, bolding, etc

May 16, 2019 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
679,454
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Copy paste is no bueno. If you want to save time and get it out there, I would say write a short introduction, then link it to your other blog. Some don't like that, others do it successfully, your alternative is to transcribe.

May 16, 2019 08:10 AM
Rainmaker
983,617
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 high light all, then anchor format what color and font save. Good luck.

May 16, 2019 07:11 AM
Rainer
2,300
Michelle C Smith
Virtual Properties Realty - Loganville, GA
Dream home finder.

Try right click and paste with the keep source formatting and see if that works. Some times you just have to make adjustments in the interface you are pasting into.

May 16, 2019 05:16 PM
Rainmaker
441,751
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I just type right into Active Rain ... Seems AR needs to get a handle on this problem. It's getting very old and there are some choosing to leave and work from a different platform.  Not good.

May 16, 2019 04:16 PM
Rainmaker
790,971
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

 I have had good results copying/pasting HTML code from my website blog into AR.  Anything else is VERY problematic. The txt and format again is time-consuming but works.

May 16, 2019 01:21 PM
Rainer
221,731
Caroline Gerardo
CMG Financial - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

We can't paste direct from Google docs on this platform.  You must save as .txt document so download the doc and save as  .txt don't just paste. The html code / added with google sauce in google docs works to be pasted into blogger but not Active Rain

I'm giving a plug for my poetry blog here (a comment thing I never do just because I've been blogging since 1991) https://carolinegerardo.blogspot.com

May 16, 2019 12:32 PM
Rainmaker
5,257,579
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You will need to remove the old format and use the ActiveRain format.

May 16, 2019 09:54 AM
Rainmaker
76,297
Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing

Like others have mentioned:

Copy from G Docs > Paste in Notepad or Mac equivalent > copy again > paste in AR text editor > format again.

Yes, it's a pain.

May 16, 2019 09:13 AM
Rainmaker
4,018,042
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I write my posts directly into the AR editor.

Jun 04, 2019 10:47 AM
Rainmaker
649,801
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Very interesting.

May 17, 2019 03:04 PM
Rainmaker
3,062,878
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think Barbara Todaro is the best help.

 

May 17, 2019 09:31 AM
Rainmaker
3,162,500
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Parked and reading the suggestions.

May 17, 2019 05:41 AM
Rainmaker
416,586
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Save your document as html or xml and paste the code into the AR html editor. It works every time and even keeps the formatting on tables.

May 17, 2019 04:49 AM