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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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - 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
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

 You have many great answers here Sarah. 

May 16, 2019 07:36 AM
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
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg 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
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - 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
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
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
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

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
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
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

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
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
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
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, 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
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - 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
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
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
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
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
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
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - 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)

May 16, 2019 12:32 PM
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
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
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
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Very interesting.

May 17, 2019 03:04 PM
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
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Parked and reading the suggestions.

May 17, 2019 05:41 AM
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