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The ActiveRain Featured Blog Post

The ActiveRain Featured Blog Post -

I get asked everyday about the ActiveRain Featured Blog post.  The wide variety of questions range from "Who Is Featuring The Posts" to "Why Are The Same Members Featured over and over again?"  Well, it's taken me 2 1/2 years working here to finally write a post about the infamous "Featured Blog Post!" 

Now some of you will agree, and some may disagree, (I wouldn't have it any other way) but at the end of the day, what really matters most is that you understand the process, the system, and have some compassion for the thankless position of those responsible for keeping that feature board going day in and day out.

So who, what, when, where, why, and how does this all work?

 The ActiveRain Feature Board

Are you kidding?  You really thought I was going to give up the secret?  Share the coveted recipe to KFC's Chicken?  Unveil the ancient Chinese secret that all proverbs were built upon?  Are you nuts?  You really thought it would be that easy to just come along and read a post and all of a sudden be the "all knowing" understander of the ActiveRain Featured Blog Post?  Sorry folks, I've held back this long, I'm not about to lay it all out there now and take the fun, the mystery, and all the guess work out of it.  Haha, had ya goin there for a sec eh?

The ActiveRain Feature Board is a living, breathing, ever-changing, powerful, and exciting AR feature.  It could possibly be one of the most important and exciting things about the entire ActiveRain RE Network.  Acquiring that sought after gold star and having your picture on the main AR page has been compared by some to being as exciting as having your picture on the cover of the "Rolling Stone!" 

Why is the "Feature" such a coveted "CRAZE" here on ActiveRain?  For those with an ego, it's the recognition, for others it's the potential traffic, and the added exposure.  The opportunities a featured post can create are unbelievable.  The thought and potential of getting a featured post has created some pretty crazy frenzy's.  It's also stirred up some pretty wild and crazy far-fetched ideas and posts from some of our more "voicy" ActiveRain members. One thing is for sure, this will always be a sensative and even contraversial topic.

So how do we feature posts and are the same people getting featured too often?

First off, I want to thank you (the community) for helping us refine this delicate process of selecting posts for featured status. Since the inception of the feature board, we continually strive to refine the process in which featured posts are selected. The recent addition of the 'suggest' button is our second shot at trying to put the feature board in the hands of our members.

The first shot was over two years ago and it failed as we were unable to control it from being manipulated by folks banding together and suggesting each other for features. We believe that the newest incarnation will be more successful as the shear numbers of people suggesting posts for feature has grown significantly and the ease with which someone can manipulate it has diminished.

Add in a few additional administrative controls, now we can determine who may be trying to manipulate the system, and we believe we are getting much closer to a true community decision of what merits a feature worthy post on ActiveRain.  That being said, we still have the ultimate decision on what gets featured and all posts that are suggested for feature are reviewed by our staff prior to being featured. 

(The AR Staff Moderators names will not be disclosed in this post for obvious reasons)

This sentiment has been echoed in the past, and I believe it still holds true today. There are certain members that are excellent writers. For whatever reason, and it's not because they have overtly recruited people to suggest their posts for feature, their posts get suggested for feature at a higher rate than others.  Much of it has to do with the large followings they have amassed because of the balance they have achieved in writing to consumers and also focusing on writing posts that help the community.

We have a hard time justifying penalizing these folks by keeping them off the feature board or restricting the amount of features they can have. However, I am in agreement with all members that having the same person on the feature board more than once at the same time is not the best representation of the depth of writing talent here on ActiveRain.  For this reason, we have asked our staff to be mindful of who is already on the feature board as they review the posts that have been suggested for feature.

We have also asked that they look deeper in the pool of suggested posts for members that have had very few (or no) featured posts in the past. This will help us develop the new talent on the site and allow them to amass followings that can benefit from their writing skills. We truly appreciate all our members for taking the time to voice their concerns to us, it's because of these members that ActiveRain will continue to grow and get better.

My personal ancient secret recipe for finding features

The ActiveRain Featured Blog post, just one more great example of how ActiveRain has and will continue to evolve.

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 176 commentsBrad Andersohn • August 07 2010 10:14PM

Comments

Most Marathoners know when they set out that they probably won't win the race, but they still put one foot in front of the other to complete the 26 plus miles. Blogging and getting a feature post is similiar. You blog one after another and while you know most of your blogs won't be featured, you keep on submitting. Then when it unexpectedly happen it's like Christmas come early.

Posted by Billi Evans (Murney Associates) about 9 years ago

Actually---how can I possibly find anything to swear at here

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Brad, I think the suggest button is a great idea, but right when it started... it kind of looked like there were Rainers who just sat there... looking at the blog roll, and "suggesting" each new post that even remotely deserved to be featured... just to get their cute lil purple star.  I think that tendency has died down now, or at least it seems that way to me.

One think about the new suggest" button, and the disappearance of the old "flag"... is that now, although it is easier to suggest a post to be featured, it is now unknown what to do when we think someone is cutting and pasting, or spamming, or just writing a nasty post.  Do we hit the suggest button with those as well, and hope you understand just why we are doing that ?  Any suggestions ?

 

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 9 years ago

I enjoy AR and I am not worried as I learn the process.  One day a featured post.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) about 9 years ago

When I was a struggling college sophomore way over my head in a graduate honors program, one day I sat crying in my adviser's office. I wanted to know what I could do to get A's, and only A's. Mr. Professor simply replied that I should never, ever think about the grades again. If I knew the material better than it was possible to know it, then work on analysis, and then write to communicate new and interesting perspectives, then the grades would simply come by themselves.

Writing for features is like thinking about grades....turn your back on the scoring, do the work and they'll come when they come.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, I help brokers build businesses they love. (Swanepoel T3 Group) about 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for clearning things up a bit. :)

Posted by Sara Mehrpouyan, Short Sale Agent - Los Angeles (Rodeo Realty 818-903-2040) about 9 years ago

I've had two featured posts, and both times it felt like I won the lottery! I think the true secret is to write excellent content for your potential clients to find and enjoy.

Or maybe a bribe to an AR staff member! Just kidding, just kidding! :)

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) about 9 years ago

It is something I strive to get to in my time here on AR. 

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) about 9 years ago

Brad - thanks for this entertaining and enlightening post.  We may not know the real secret, to being featured but we know more about the process. Or do we?

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Excellent post Brad.  The thing I like most about the feature board is when I uncover a blogger that I have never seen, heard, or read before.  I much prefer coming across more diverse opinions and styles than having to read posts on the same rehashed subjects by the same regular 'dirty dozen' who all have 200+ features.

YES some of them write well and most of them format a pretty post, but after awhile it is like watching reruns on television or listening to the same music every day.  If you don't give independant artists, and I include bloggers in that batch, a chance they will never get one.

 

Thanks for featuring anyone but the same old same old!

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Brad,

I don't do this very often, especially nowadays, when I can hardly find time to blog myself. It is 1250 am Albuquerque Time and here I am commenting on your post.  It is important.  Thank you for for the clarification.  

One should not set out to write a feature.  One should merely write from the heart and with passion.  A well written post should be featured on its merit.  Probably the most under-rated member in this community is Ross Quintana.  He deserves some features. 

 

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque about 9 years ago

Brad, I'd also like to know what Karen Anne was asking in comment #3:

One think about the new suggest" button, and the disappearance of the old "flag"... is that now, although it is easier to suggest a post to be featured, it is now unknown what to do when we think someone is cutting and pasting, or spamming, or just writing a nasty post.  Do we hit the suggest button with those as well, and hope you understand just why we are doing that ?  Any suggestions ?

I actually hit the "suggest" button for a (spam) post that I meant to be flagged, thinking along the same lines as Karen. Sorry for any misunderstandings about that one...I wasn't just being funny! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad.  While that sure was a long way around to a short stop I do appreciate the knowledge.  I like the featured board and hope it continues the same as it has been.  I think the post I have read from there have all been deserving of their status.

Posted by Bob Murphy (Keller Williams Realty Consultants) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad,  Sometimes you just have to sit back, relax and trust that you Active Rain folks know what you are doing.  If we look at what you have done to this forum and the improvements made, I think that the success speaks for itself.  And as for it being as thrilling as being on the cover of Rolling Stone, you bet! (Well, maybe Realtor magazine is more like it...)

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) about 9 years ago

Brad, i don't want to know the 'secret' that is what makes it fun too on AR..i'm sure it's tough with all the posts to decipher who should be on the board for today. As long as everyone has a fair shot, keep it going the way it is & thanks for taking the arrows!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 9 years ago

And here all along I thought these decisions were simply being made by The Fickle Finger of Fate.  To know there is a plan - even a secret one - is reassuring.

:-)

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 9 years ago

Hey Buddy,

Good talking to you the other day...maybe you'll need to get the shovel out and start digging..lol

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (Brokered by eXp Realty LLC) about 9 years ago
Brad, Thanks...seems like more of an art than a science. Makes sense that way. Rich
Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Brad,

No "Suggest" button on this post?  Shucks.

I am glad to see that you have established a mission to delve deeper into the pile, but people who don't get Features and think their stuff is eminently worthy will still....   Ah, well....

Thanks for this post.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) about 9 years ago

Brad, we all know there are some serious cream of the crop writers here in the rain, I appreciate the featured posts and try to make my blogs more like them. Rather than whine, learn from these examples, or choose as Ben Kinney has to write for SEO and google juice and never worry about being featured. That is not why I joined...if all I wanted was a gold star I would go back to kindergarten.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 9 years ago

I have to agree with C Lolyd, sritting is about writting, if it gets featured great, if not, oh well. I don't write for featuring, I write for therapy, it gives me a chance to show the public what my knowledge base is, it gives me an opportunity to be part of a family of like minded people who are dealing with like kind issues, it gives me a chance to rant about all that is wrong with the industry. Just write....

 

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 9 years ago

I was totally bummed that my photograph wasn't in that large clump of Rainers, until I realized how old it is... I think it predates me, as Lenn's picture is her old one, prior to her action figurines.

In general, I do see a lot of the same people featured with some regularity... (Recently I did have TWO post featured on the blog roll... which even I thought was over-the-top, but then who am I to disappoint my adoring fans?)... I love seeing my smiling puss on the feature blogroll... but I also like finding a new blogger there.

I think y'all have been doing a great job of feeding us new and exciting people to read, along with some of our regulars when they post something "worthy".

Keep up the good work.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

It's like a fico score !!!

Like a good credit score ...just keep doing the right thing....

Keep on learning and writing.......it will get you where you want to go (The Big Picture)

 

You also might get that gold star

 

Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale (www.sanantoniotexasnewhomesforsale.com) about 9 years ago

There really are many great writers here, and many new aspiring writers joining everyday, but it's the content that really matters always.  When I was featuring posts, I always looked at posts for their content and the value they would bring to the readers and community. The listings and market reports are great, the wordless Weds. had some great shots that I enjoyed as a photographer, but the features I always sought out were the one's that just had great content from a variety of topics and subjects.

There are an average of 2000 or more posts that go up each day making it quite a challenge to not only feature them all, but just to read them all takes quite a crew and a very dedicated team.  There's a few ways to dive deeper into the Rabbit hole if you're interested in finding some interesting and very cool content here on Activerain.

Here's a few ways I used to find potential features and some really great content in the process of going into the deeper puddles of the "rain!"  There are many others, but these were and still are just a few of my favorite stops every day.  You may or may not know about them.

You see, these are all feature boards in my opinion!  There is a great amount of content to chose from these days, so having that suggest button really does make it easier for the AR moderators, but we do still go digging around the community to find "content" in other areas too. Featured or not, you should be writing for whatever reason YOU need to be writing.  For Business, SEO, sharing education, getting points, or even like Gerry above...  just therapy.  Getting featured is very exciting indeed, what it did for me personally was allow me to create and build some of the best relationships with some of the greatest people on earth I know. YOU!!  :-)

Now go create some great content, do it for all the right reasons, and the variety of rewards will come in unique and unusual ways.  And who knows, it might be your post up next on that feature board!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the post on Featured Posts Brad.  Things aren't any more clear than before about the internal selection process but I do appreciate and value the SUGGEST button and the attempt to let members help in the decision making process.

 

Posted by Kent Dills, Real Estate 817-495-8028, Bellingham, Washington (Broker, Dills Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Kent - each AR moderator has their own internal processes and way of doing it, the comment just above yours was a sample of my way to seek out featured posts and great content everyday.  The filtering process is unique and differs from one moderator to the next. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for clearing this up Brad! Now the only thing left to do is to find the secret KFC recipe!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

Brad now I know what I thought I didn't know in the first place for sure know I'm not sure now of what that is.

Posted by Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Brad, as someone who has never been featured by the head honchos (although i have been featured within some groups), I can tell you that not everyone is concerned about the coveted gold star.  Sure, it is a nice warm fuzzy, I suspect, but just bc I don't have one, doesn't make me stop posting :-)  Great info... I really appreciate all the help you have given me here over the years!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 9 years ago

Thank you Brad for clearing this for us. .after 2000 posts..I'm definitely a better writer than I was  a few months ago. . .but still I would like to be featured a little more frequently. . so I keep on trying!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 9 years ago

Brad - ya mean ya ain't gonna snitch on who the AR NARCS are???  LMAO

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) about 9 years ago

Christine - I'd live longer if I got you the KFC secret recipe!!!   :-O  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

I appreciate the clarification and like the suggest button.  I think it's important that peer to peer people can choose who should be featured.

Posted by Janet Sebile (Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors) about 9 years ago

Brad, never have I been featured. That's all right with me because I can directly say my #1 producer and I have close over the last few years more than 20 deals due to AR. That is why I am here. AR is the best and I will continue to do what I do and that is sell property.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago

Brad, Quit beating around the bush and just give us a list of the people to bribe! 

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) about 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for the slight peak behind the curtain, and also for the help with getting the outside blog domain name fixed yesterday!

We write what we have, some for our own entertainment, some for others, and some for consumers. 

Featured is just gravy when it happens!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 9 years ago

I was allowed to choose one feature every day for a week during my "2nd Chance Blog Feature" challenge a few months ago and wow...some stuff that came through was well...really sad.  I then felt kind of guilty for suggesting a person who was already being featured weekly. But it was relevant information for that time period and needed to be viewed by the masses in my opinion.  Tough, tough job.

Posted by Andi Grant, Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA! (310-508-4354 | FirstTimeHomeBuyerRealEstate.com) about 9 years ago

Thank you for the (what is likely to be a Featured) Post on Featured Posts! Even trying to find one excellent post per day to SUGGEST can be a lot of work, so I appreciate the folks that are keeping that Feature Board moving!

After less than 2 months on AR, I had my first featured post last week (What's the Matter with Paying a FAIR Price?). From the comments this post received, I quickly understood that this post just had that appeal to generate a lot of discussion.  Sometimes we just hit the right  button!

All in all, that was a really good week for me--Monday was RainCamp Boston, Tuesday I wrote a blog post on RainCamp and received my highest number of comments that I had ever gotten on a blog post. Wednesday I was a featured member in the newsletter (I'm sure it helps when you meet AR staff personally), and then Thursday I wrote my first featured post (more comments than my previous record!).  What a fun week for me on AR!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Lisa Orme, Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu (The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY) about 9 years ago

Soooo this is where we come to find out the secret herbs and spices in KFC's chicken?  LOL   : )

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) about 9 years ago

Lisa - what an OUTSTANDING week in the rain!!  Congrats~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

I've suggested posts that discuss a new topic or something seen from a different angle and I think the variety is great - I love the new suggest button.  You have definitely been listening!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Andi - tough tough, yes it is.  :-)

Kate - haha~ Here's your list!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Thx for sharing.  I like the suggest feature.  I think that now I've had 4 called shots.  (BTW, how many does it take to become a shot master?)

It seems to me overall the featured posts are excellent.  Yes, you are right - there are many great writers here.  I think it's less about whether or not the featured posts have merit and more a question of "what's been missed."  I know it's impossible for you guys to read everything.  But, whatever features you can put in place to try to find some of the newer people/newer bloggers would be helpful.  The overall issue is that since they are new, fewer people are subscribed and fewer people reading their posts and therefore not getting suggested.

Also, might make sense to try to have a bit more diversity of topic on featured posts.  I've had a few comment on mine (since I'm not a realtor) that we need more posts on the actual brick & mortar of the house.  Just a thought.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

Brad- guess I don't read enough of your 'featured posts" as I really thought for a few paragraphs you were going to tell us the secret.  Oh, well, that's life. I'll just continue to ramble on in my posts for myself.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 9 years ago

Pretty good post, I must say.  :)  Thanks for your update! And thoughts behind it.

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 9 years ago

"Featured" issues have been around a long time. I have come to accept that with nearly 400 posts and only 4 featured - I need to get better at writing! If I am not featured it is my doing - not some pettiness issue or favoritism! Good explanation!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

It takes a village even at AR!  Good info! I like features, and even better Pat Kennedy's post of writers you might have missed, as of course, I miss a bunch and I still read a lot. 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Very Interesting post Brad! I enjoyed viewing all the links.  I have to go back to work now.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago

I was just emailed by a member that said getting "Featured" SUCKS!  When they get featured on AR, they get 50 to 100 comments, get buried with email notifications, and can't get any work done because of all the time it takes to comment back to other members....  and yes, they were dead serious!?!?  :-O

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad - thanks for some clarification on this issue and thanks for helping us on Active Rain....keep up the good job!

Posted by Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA, Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM about 9 years ago

That's hysterical Brad (#52)!  I can't stop laughing at the thought of that email.  It sucks to be featured!  It's like when a star is born, they can't go out to the mall and be normal anymore without being hounded by the paparazzi!

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Brad, it isn't rocket science.  Write something that others find of value and it will get featured.  And my I add that posting 10 Market Reports per week or telling 10 jokes, or 10 listings, probably isn't going to get a "Gold Star" :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 9 years ago

Brad- I remember exactly where I was when I received by first Feature.  I'd actually given up on ever making the "Front Page" and just decided to write what I hoped were good, entertaining, informative, fun and hopefully SEO packed posts and forget about getting Featured.  But in all honesty, I was like a kid making the honor roll when I did get one.  It's not about any kind of point thing, because you don't get any extra (or do you?) but it does give you the opportunity for your post to be put in front of more people on ActiveRain, who otherwise would never have read your post.  And, thanks again for the "Suggest" button.  "It's a Good Thing!"

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Yeah, Brad, never, never give up, one day it will come - my Motto

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) about 9 years ago

I moderate the site more than I blog.  I need to turn this around and blog more narrate less.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad, No explanation needed here. I enjoy reading posts from every section of AR. I learn something everyday. Sure, I'm not the best writer but I'm honored if even 1 other person finds it interesting. Keep up the good work! Jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) about 9 years ago

Brad - Determining which posts to feature will always be a difficult task and there will always be people who disagree with the process.  Some of the frequently featured writers were writers that attracted me to join AR after folloiwng the featured posts on the home page for a couple of months.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

I have had 2 featured blog posts and really at times look at some of our other blogs and think they should be featured too. Often I read posts that I think should not be featured. But you know what nothing is perfect and I am happy here at activerain and really love this network

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 9 years ago

Brad, I have one shiny gold star and I am proud as punch! Happy Camper and and all is good in my world. I was surprised at the post that was featured!

Posted by Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale (Sells Real Estate, LLC) about 9 years ago

I used to look forward to the day that I would one day have a featured post, not now.  I have realized that a featured post isn't the end all.  Now I want to write good posts with good SEO structure, informative posts that will draw in web traffic throught the search engines.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 9 years ago

Brad, I suggest we have a featured poorly written post since we seem to have more of them than posts worthy of a feature (LOL)

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 9 years ago

Kathleen - that could be funny, and cruel at the same time...  lol~

What about an entirely different type of feature board, what about a feature board for each category of ActiveRain? 

Brokers, Agents, Lenders, Title Companies, Stagers, Inspectors etc. 

Why not have the AR Feature Board broken down into each category showing at least 3-5 posts from each category, with the ability to click on a see more... link for the top 20 posts in that category for that day??? hmmm....  I'm just sayin....

I have wanted to see something like that since I started here, too bad I'm not the programmer eh??  (Big Smile!)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad, I love the new "suggest" button.  It's fun to find some new or new-to-me blogger who's written a terrific post and see it featured the next morning.

Also, remind everyone that if they don't get a gold star from you, it means that they might wind up on my Sunday list!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 9 years ago

So far, I've been pleased with the "better" results, since the new button has been installed. I'm seeing a lot less of what appeared to be favoritism. And it's good to know that there are now some behind-the-scenes systems in place to prevent the gaming of the system. This post actually gives me some peace of mind. I don't really want to know who is choosing the features. I just want to make sure there's no favoritism. Some of us have been here a long time, and really resent that kind of crap!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) about 9 years ago

Makes sense Brad.  Thanks for the insight.  Love the lists. 

DeeDee

PS  My daughter is dating a young man whose family goes way back with the Colonel himself and my husband has been working hard on that secret.  He did get a big bag of the mix last year for Christmas but no recipe!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for the post. I think you have driven the point home about how the featured blog post works. Thanks for a well written post.

Posted by William Collins, Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad, I still don't understand "gaming" featured posts. So what if a million of your closest friends hit the suggest button? I would think that the staff is clever enough to figure it out.

Because each of us sees things totally different than the person sitting next to us, it is very subjective I am sure, within the secret criteria.

I don't envy anyone the job, oh wait, maybe I do. Getting paid to sit and play in the rain all day? Hmmm....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for sharing all the ways to check out posts here in the Rain! Maybe there should be Featured Posts within each cagetory! Or would that be a Moderator's nightmare? LOL

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 9 years ago

I still believe its a crap shoot.  One of my associates had more than 94 comments on her post.  No feature.  One guy I went to comment on had one comment and a feature.  Go figure. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 9 years ago

I'm in complete agreement on NOT limiting the number of featured posts that a person can have! The featured posts are where I can count on learning something each and every day, and to limit a person because they're "too good" would just be hurting the rest of us who, well, aren't as good:-) I, for one, prefer to learn from the best, and not the second best.

Posted by Shannon Lewis, Realtor, Broker - Champaign-Urbana, IL (Beringer Realty) about 9 years ago

Hey Brad, I was featured once in the very very beginning and I am so very grateful fot it...I love the featured posts and however you all decide about them.

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate) about 9 years ago

It is very interesting to read all of the points of view.  It must be quite difficult to go through over 2000 posts a day.  There may be ways to give more exposure to folks.. I think for instance there was a "featured localism" category at one time and it seems to have disappeared...  Or perhaps you take 1 post from each category of the list you posted above  to highlight someone ...

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 9 years ago

I wrote a blog a few days ago on 8/4/10 that I just knew would be featured; but alas, no feature. I guess back to the drawing board keyboard!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Southwest Missouri Realty - www.teamknowles.com) about 9 years ago

I was surprised and thrilled when one of my blog postings was featured!  I was wondering how getting "featured" happened ... I now know.  Thanks

Posted by Rita Gibbons, The Gibbons Group (MacDoc Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Brad - I am hesitant here to respond but last week I read through with the intent to find a great writer and someone that usually does not get featured. I was successful at getting 2 called shots that gave me my purple star :). So all that I have assumed in the past as "the same people" still holds true but there are the cases that others are as well let in if suggested the proper amount of hits works to their advantage.

BUT, I saw a feature the other day on a park and all its features. Many nice comments and it was done well but REALLY???? Feature??? I don't mean to disrespect this writer but I now have NO clue.


So when I choose for content, joy and learning from the featured blogs, that that I read and comment on daily, I still am going to wonder just what is the actual reason a feature is chosen.


But thanks for leading me on to the answer

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Brad - You are all doing a fantastic job going through 2000 posts a day.  I don't really want to know the secret recipe of being featured.  I do enjoy reading the featured post daily because I am learning a lot from them.  I blog because I want to reach out to my audience - the buying and selling public - and I want to contribute something to the AR community which has been a great resource of information for me.  To be featured feels wonderful and a bonus.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" about 9 years ago

Good explanation Brad. I still want the KFC  recipe though.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I"m new to AR, but am of the school who believe it's a numbers game. Blog often enough and it should happen, right? Also, 'practice makes perfect.' The more we blog the better we get at it.

Posted by Cece Blase (Paragon Real Estate Group) about 9 years ago

Howdy and evening there Brad

Brad, I must say, I got a bit of a hoot out of this blog post of your, seeing that a year ago you told me on the phone. That a Featured blog post did not do a thing for anyone that got one. Which I knew better!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad!
What? With 79 comments, this isn't a featured post? That's just not right! hehe

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad, By the time  I read all the comments, I forgot what I wanted to say. Must have been a senior moment. :-) Don't laugh, it happens.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 9 years ago

I like the easy ability to suggest a feature.  I also think it makes sense that people who have lots of followers and/or good writers are going to show up on the board again and again.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the insight. I think most of us are A. R. addicts and featured or not (8 times in about 140 blogs for me) we'll be here stirring it up. Active Rain is the real estate 'teachers lounge'.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 9 years ago

Brad - I agree with Charles about this place being a great tool for learning as well as advertising! We love this place and just hope the Rain Gods choose us for a feature! That said, when we write what WE feel is a REALLY worthy post, I am sure we are all disappointed when it is NOT chosen - but that's how life works, we don't always get what we want (do I hear a song coming there???).

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 9 years ago

How about great photos that help all AR member start their day...?

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 9 years ago

I like the ability to be able to suggest a feature. It was a mystery before on how they got picked. I really like not seeing the same old faces as before.

I do remember Brad when you used to use that Member Background back when I started. Hey, it was cool & edgy at the time.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 9 years ago

Great post Brad. It's all about content and I love reading the wide variety of informative and interesting posts on the Feature Board.

Some people don;t realize that content is king and think that putting in a photo or a drawing and taking the points is the same as writing a good blog post. It may get you your 200 points (or so I still can't figure out that system) but no google juice and no recognition from your peers on the Feature Board.

It is very cool to see yourself up there, but what is even cooler is to see yourself in the morning e-mail.

I also had my first Called Shot the other day - another good feeling to know that you have in some way contributed to the community.

Posted by Donna Galinsky, Make Lake Norman Your Home! (Allen Tate Company) about 9 years ago

Brad - Can you reveal this secret? How many Called Shots do you need to get the cute purple star?

Posted by Donna Galinsky, Make Lake Norman Your Home! (Allen Tate Company) about 9 years ago

Brad - I'd make some more suggestions but I see you have enough already. The SEO on Ar is the meat and mashed potatoes. The rest is gravy. Thanks for your and the rest of the staff's dedication to making improvements.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 9 years ago

Seems like many of the featured posts are tied into topics related to active rain. Mix in a little helpfulness and a dash of controversy and Bam!

Posted by Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate about 9 years ago

Brad on of my post got reblogged without comment and featured in the Raindrop under the name of the person that reblogged it.  I find it hard to believe a lot of thought went into that one.  I have no problem with the person that reblogged it, she is great.  But it hurt me a lot.  You work hard for those features.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 9 years ago

To Lisa 'z comment on her great day.......FEATURES help tremendously ...they draw more comments, more hits and it makes the time spent researching, planning and posting worthwhile.  I really think the more features you attain the more you blog.  It can be disappointing to spend so much time blogging with little response.  Aside from that the advice, inspiration, knowledge, referrals and everything else is unmatched...to say up-most value in the friends you make can-t be mesasured in value.

As far a quality...absolutely it matters...there has to be gold in thaem there blogs....although fools gold has often slipped through and some writer genius falls through the cracks with an outstanding blog because he or she was unable to be  found....but it is  what it is................just blog for the love of it..hope you have something to say that everyone wants to read and just maybe you will luck out with a feature....going to church    bye.................

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 9 years ago

Brad. I learned a long time ago to just write the best that I can about topics that are relevant. Then hit post and let it do it's thing. I have had so many features it's embarrassing. BUT.. I have ZERO control over it so I just keep doing my thing.

I truly appreciate all the folks that have supported my blog over the years. Thanks to all.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I'm sure your's is a daunting task.  Thanks for the explanation so we can understand who, how and why!

Posted by Karen Rittenhouse, Real Estate Investor (www.JKKPropertyInvestors.com) about 9 years ago

Verrrrry interesting! Since I come from an extremely small (3-person) office, the feature board is my "water cooler". I love to see what others are thinking, how things differ around the country, and also to learn from those with more experience. I'm not one of those people who feels like they need to make every mistake themselves! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort that goes on behind the scenes to provide first rate material in the features...and it's basically a thankless job, since we don't know who is doing it to thank them :).  The main reason I would enjoy being featured one day is just so people recognize me and I get to make some new friends. I look forward to that!

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) about 9 years ago

I also find some of the features not that interesting as Ken says #79 or they were just posted...perhaps people need to garner some comments or interest from the community before they are featured.

Broker Bryant writes a great blog and he should be featured as often has his great posts warrant it.  I don't think there should be a limit.

Posted by Alan Bruzee (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Does this mean I should stop mailing a $250 check to you each time I want to be featured, Brad? LOL!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, we all want to read something interesting and worth our time, I do no have a problem finding and reading the featured posts of those I can learn from, no matter how often those writers get featured.As much as I like all my blog posts featured, I know that those that have achieve that goal, have been those that were well written, informative, educational and grammatically correct.

Antonio

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) about 9 years ago

I have heard that several of the points leaders, or perhaps they were volunteers, used to have the privilege of acctually featuring posts. I don't know whether or not that is still true, but in at least one case, it seems to be.

I don't like the new suggest button coupled with the purple star, notwithstanding what you say, Brad, because it appears that the ones who were here first and have thousands of subscribers simply suggest the posts of their friends who were also here first. I have noticed no statistically significant difference in new people being featured since the new system came online.

Let's take Lenn Harley as an example. Here is what I have noticed since the new system came online:

If you can get Lenn to comment on your post, it's highly, extremely, almost 99.9% certain, that your post will be featured. In fact, it appears that Lenn has the power to actually to feature a post. I say this because I've noticed that whenever Lenn is up early commenting on posts, those posts immediately, and I mean immediately, get featured.

For example, let's look at what happened this morning, using ActiveRain time.

  1. Rosalinda Morgan's post showed up featured at 6:26 a.m. When I clicked on Rosalinda's post, the most recent comment was Lenn's, timed at 6:26 a.m.
  2. Judi Barret's post showed up featured at 6:31 a.m. When I clicked on Judi's post, the most recent comment was Lenn's, timed at 6:31 a.m.
  3. Jeff Dowler's post showed up featured at 6:42 a.m. When I clicked on Jeff's post, the most recent comment was Lenn's, timed at 6:42 a.m.
  4. Steve Loynd's post showed up featured at 6:50 a.m. When I clicked on Steve's post, the first comment was Lenn's, timed at 6:50 a.m.

I know you don't need more "proof" because you probably know exactly what's going on, but I have an Excel database of these instances that go all the way back to May 9, which is when I started keeping track.

Don't worry, though, deconstructing things and people to find out why and how they work is simply part of my marketing & business consulting tactics. Keeps me sharp when I have to actually work with someone who is paying me to do such deconstructing and then advise them on what to do to make a good living.

We all know that the ActiveRain staff can feature posts because y'all have told us so, but this does seem grossly unfair, unless Lenn is ActiveRain staff.

Are there other "volunteers" or non-staff with the same power?
How does someone go about getting that power?
Is there some place where one can apply, or where we can suggest someone for the power to feature posts?

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 9 years ago

In your comment #66, Brad, I've also suggested that to Bob Stewart a couple of times, but I make the suggestion more from a financial aspect.

ActiveRain still has lots of room to make lots of money. Much of that can come from sponsorships or advertising, but where the current system fails is that someone who wants to sponsor/advertise to home inspectors has no real way to do that. Someone who wants to sponsor/advertise to mortgage lenders or stagers has no real way to do that. If ActiveRain would separate us by professions, I could probably find you many sponsors/advertisers for those home inspector pages. As long as all the professions are mixed together, they have no interest in sponsoring/advertising because their message gets diluted.

My first focus when I look through posts is to visit those who have visited me first. Then I'll visit newbies from the current month and give them some encouragement. After that, I search for things that can help me in my professions. Rarely do I find that in posts by Lenn Harley, Todd Clark, and some of the other top real estate bloggers. At times it is simply fun to read their posts, but since I rarely have something to contribute, they don't get many comments from me. Of course, I could sit here all day waiting for Todd, Lenn, Jason, Jeff, Missy, Loreena, and others simply to write a post so that I could push the SUGGEST button and get that all-important purple star and become king of the Called Shots Masters, but I really do have more important things to do. LOL

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 9 years ago

Brad, are you writing for content, or just trying to get featured?  :-)

You can please some of the people some of the time...  I think you guys are doing a great job.  I certainly wouldn't want to be responsible for choosing features.

Posted by Patsy Overton (Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia) about 9 years ago

In looking at the featured posts this morning, no new featured posts have shown up since Lenn finished her rounds and featured her four. Yet 483 new posts have been published. I realize that it is Sunday morning, but really?

Michael Thornton also had a recent post questioning why posts show up several within minutes and then, no new featured posts for hours at a time, sometimes not even until the next day! With almost 2,000 posts being published each day, and probably hundreds of people each day pushing the SUGGEST button, seems like something still needs refinement.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) about 9 years ago

Thanks Brad.  Some day, I dream of getting a Featured Post!!!!  The real goal is for our clients to find us on the internet, not just getting featured.  Then again this is from someone who has never been featured.  lol

Posted by David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com (www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending) about 9 years ago

Thanks, Brad

I love the fluidity of ActiveRain.  It is constantly gowing and changing with the needs of its members.  Thanks.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Thanks for trying to keep a level playing field!  But this is what I would expect from the wonderful AR team!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) about 9 years ago

Great job on explaining this process. 

I will admit that at first I wondered about this alot because I felt some of my posts were "great" or at least good enough to get the star. 

But now after all this time.... while I would appreciate getting the star.... being featured, and because I still feel some of my post are at least "good".  And sometimes I can't see how some of the "featured posts" made it. And I will admit i have felt it is "fixed" or populated with the same folks and for some folks everything that is posted is featured - I have resolved that I am not a part of that group, and this does not delute my desire to post and try to reach the consumers.  

 --- I appreciate the hard work of the "featured team" and the featured posts and give you a holla to say "GREAT JOB"!

Posted by Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) about 9 years ago

I guess for now, this will all remain a mystery ... oh well, I'll just keep writing like I love to do!

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) about 9 years ago

Brad, as usual, thanks sooo much!    We all appreciate all that you  and all of the others at Active Rain do for us.    I do love the new suggest button, and find it's fun to read with the idea of suggesting or not.

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Thank you for posting this.  I like the fact that the suggest button is letting others have a say in what is featured.  I agree that you should write what you feel and are passionate about.  If you get a feature....BONUS!!

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) about 9 years ago

Hey Brad, in one of your replies here you posted a link to the AR staff page, I see that BEN KINNEY is on the roster.  Is he working at AR?  I wondered why his blogging came to an end and he disappeared the end of last year as I am a subscriber of his blog, but he just went MIA.

 

ps. Russel Ray is a wise man and has come to the same conclusion that many of us have months ago.

Posted by Robert May, Real estate consulting (Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I normally think the features posts are very good. What I don't like is the same writer being featured day after day. Sometines you will even feature the exact same post on more than one day.  Spreading the wealth around would be nice. I'm not complaining, I've been lucky enough to have had a couple of my posts chosen so I must be doing something right!

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) about 9 years ago

Great Post, I have found in writing back to back featured posts, that as I went through my old posts that my writing has gotten better and more useful. Those are the keys more than anything else to getting features. Write stuff that people can use to improve thier lives and their business. Thanks.

Posted by Ross Quintana, Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966 (Real E Smarter) about 9 years ago

Hello Brad:

Let's see, 187,000 + Realtors trying to game the system and get an advantage and you're only getting 2000 posts a day?  Something must be wrong in the cosmos.

 

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-966-3200) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad,  thanks for kind of clearing it all up.   I do side with Russel Ray's conspiracy theory though.   That's good data!

Posted by Coral Gundlach, Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate. (Compass) about 9 years ago

You DID have me going.  I thought I was going to learn how and why it all happened...NOPE!

It was informative, though.  So thanks!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) about 9 years ago

Since I was here this morning, 10 more posts have been featured. Of those 10, the most recent five all showed up on the featured roll at the exact same time as Lenn Harley's comment. The other five were not commented on by Lenn.

I've been getting the impression since I started deconstructing the featured posts that Lenn is responsible for about half of the featured posts. I think that's grossly out of proportion.

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

Russel I least you can tell that I have no super powers :) Very funny.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I have often read posts and knew right away they should be features.  And many times they already were before I had the chance to suggest.  After 2 plus years here I can often feel when a post just stands out and deserves to be recognized so more people will enjoy the read.

There are also some great photo bloggers here and it is nice to see that things have changed and more of those are being featured.

I remember when my first or second feature received a comment by someone saying they "didn't get" why it was featured.  If you don't get it, move on.  It was from that post that I learned what the AR community was really all about.

There are some amazing "big brothers and sisters" out there to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet.

 

Posted by Jenny Kotulak, Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Brad... I would have expected any other type of response to these questions.  It should just come down to quality content and if it can help the community and such. I have seen a lot more posts written by members show casing Active Rain.. kind of like mini advertisements... and not just a few, but a lot. I can understand why, but in my opinion, some other good stuff gets missed.  In many case, good content that the real estate community should know about.. like a mortgage announcement or such. And in my opinion, when more members see these types of posts being featured, that are written about AR, it can be a way to manipulate the minds of others to suggest them.  I guess my point is, how many of these can you actually read in a day or in a week.  Just food for thought.  In any case, thanks for this post... hopefully it will help some.

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 9 years ago

Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I wrote about this topic as well. My email has been bustling for weeks about this very thing. Why oh why can't I seem to write a featured post? My answer is always the same. Read the AR Dashboard and see what's being featured. There is usually a trend that's fairly easy to spot. Right now, Real Estate and AR are the trends. A bit regurgitated, buts trends none the less :)

I also have these same observations about Lenn pouring into my email. Those emails have gone un-answered. I want to answer them but I can't. I won't. And I shouldn't. I do hope that all of that works itself out. And soon.

I think that the recent changes, and point incentives, for HyperLocal content, will help people get featured posts in perspective. I understand having featured posts is nice. However, when all is done and said, does a featured post about how to use AR put money in a Blogger's wallet? Probably not :)

Now what do you get when you put thousands of type A personalities on one Blogging Platform? SpreadSheets and a few other unexpected goodies :)

To All...

Does it make any of you feel better that I once went 14 months without a featured post? You're not alone ya know. When AR goes back to giving Google what it needs to keep the Spiders on this platform, even I get lost in the Real Estate Shuffle. BB has dibs on Real Estate. I've had to make my mark on AR without writing about Real Estate. Not an easy task on a Real Estate Blogging platform :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Well, you guys do what you do and feature those that you all believe are worth the read. No one can say what's right or wrong or the type that should be featured because in the end....it's personal preference.

You asked me a long time ago....do you want to moderate? I said NO!!!  Yup, with an exclamation mark. And that's that...you guys have a hard job....and each and every one of you are commended... :) :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 9 years ago

I have been featured once and was beside myself with elation!!!

I am looking forward to Rain Camp in Orlando so I can be even better educated.  Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) about 9 years ago

Hey Ya'll, I'm outta town this week but am checking in to see why I got flooded with so many emails on this post!  Wow, I actually thought I got featured based on all the comments I was getting. Lol~  Be back l8r, my internet and cell service is very limited where I am staying. I hope this comment actually goes thru.  Hope you're all having a great week!  :-)

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

One question about this post: With 130 comments, why is this one not featured? Where is that little yellow star. No one can get comments without a feature...or can they?

Do you realize that today is 8-9-10.

Brad, Hope you are having a great week!!

I figured out the secret many years ago and TLW hi-jacked it! What fun.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 9 years ago

I really do think it's the quality of what one writes and not the quantity of posts they contribute. I've written over a hundred posts and have only been featured 7 times (Should I be discouraged about a 7 to 8 percent feature ratio? I think not). I started to get a little discouraged for a time but then I started re-reading my posts. Sometimes several times.  Am I being overly and conspicuously self-serving? Does the subject and/or content benefit the AR readership.....let alone deserve it? Am I droning on about something that no one else is really interested in?

In fact, being in a minority (Manufactured Housing vs site built RE) I often questioned whether or not I was really a fit for the AR model and venue. But then when I realize just how many leads, inquiries and eventual deals my company's actually mustered up and what an absolutely great website presence we've established and continue to maintain I really have nothing to complain about.

Add to that all the wonderful folks I've become acquainted with from Agents, Lenders, Brokers Home Inspectors, Staging Experts right on up the AR staff line-up from Lauren and Kerrie to Bob and Brad and I don't think you could ask for much better than that for being a first time blogger and a neophyte to the AR community. By golly Brad I think you've mustered fodder and inspiration for another post. Not that it will become a coveted feature but at least I'll get a lot off my chest.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad. So much controversy. So little time. I am glad that I have one star to my name. I am even more glad what Active Rain has done for me. Kudos to you. See you in the dog house LOL

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Florida and Washington Real Estate (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad...for the most part the selection of feature posts works. Having said that ....having lots of subscribors certainly has helped in the past. it's it numbers Game for the most part.

I agree there are some awesome writers here, in fact, I'm sure they could make a living at writing. yet with 188,000 Members it is hard to believe there isn't more variety of members posts being featured.

In the long run, Localism is what gives me Google Juice, and I wish we had a points system for getting ranked ijn Google at the Top of the Page with our Localism Posts. We might see some different results with points standing...and at least consider bring back points for Localism Photos.

Cheers, you guys Rock, thanks for bringing us Active Rain

PS: I'll certainly Bookmark this post Brad :O))

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 9 years ago

So after reading all of that and seeing the comments, how do we get a featured post?  (wink) - Keep up the great work.

Oak Hill VA, USA

Posted by Robert Earl -The Earl of St Pete, The Earl of St. Pete (St Pete LUXE Living Group) about 9 years ago

Brad, I, for one, have never had a problem with the same people being featured over and over again.  These people are excellent writers and I attribute their increased features due to the fact that they are excellent writers.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Brad: First, thanks to you and your associates for featuring my posts with a fair amount of regularity. I'm sure this is most pleasurable to my parents--senior citizens who have no clue what a blog is but who spent lots and lots of money for me to obtain an advanced degree in writing. About 25 year ago, the little old lady across the street said to me, "What can you do with a Masters in Writing?". I was taken aback and offended. Had I known where life would take me I would have said, 'sell real estate and write blog posts." Anyway, the best part of AR is not the features, it's the people, the benefits of Google Juice and the thrill I get from learning new things.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) about 9 years ago

It's good to hear that there is some type of policing against the manipulators. Thanks for the tease on the secret! I guess I've got my work cut out for me.

Posted by Kristina Heili, Comprehensive Real Estate Services (Keller Williams Premier Realty) about 9 years ago

Hello Brad and I think it's a conspiracy, forget the features and show me the money $$$

Vegas Bob

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 9 years ago

Hi Brad!  I'm glad the suggest button is working for you!  I wondered if there was some sort of gaming going on behind the scenes but, honestly, I didn't have that much time to think about it!  I say, write what you write and if it gets a feature that's great but, if it lands you a new buyer or seller, that's AWESOME! 

Oh, regarding my last feature--I can totally relatate to your emailer you mentioned!!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 9 years ago

Brad - I read your blog and really forgot about it until Vegas Bob mentioned it again and wow I'm the 140th commentator. 

I really don't know why folks will go into so much depth making a spreadsheet and watching and watching instead of writing good content and communicating with clients and consumers.  

We are writing for our consumers and readers who want to move to a specific town or neighborhood or about real estate information that has great content. None of my featured articles has brought money into my pocket, what brings money into my pocket is writing about my town and what matters to readers.

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Petra - "We are writing for our consumers and readers who want to move to a specific town or neighborhood or about real estate information"

Yes, but is everybody?  This poses yet another question or possible controversy... do members feel the "Featured Post" gets them more mileage? It seems that the local type posts you mention are featured far and few between?  What and why do members make suggestions and what is it based upon?  Are we featuring what our members or the consumers want to see?  Shouldn't we be featuring both?

One day, I dream of a feature board that will serve each category of ActiveRain, as well as a feature board for consumers too.  I think we got closer with the addition of "Channels" on the main page, but that just seemed to organize content better.  What if in the place of where each feature is located now, we replaced that spot with a graphic or link to featured posts from different categories here in the community... IE:Agents, Lenders, Title Companies, Inspectors etc.  That would be awesome, but it's our members and staff's decision, not just mine.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad if more people just concentrated on writing better they would not be worrying about featured posts because they would be out with clients instead.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad  I was so excited when I read your blog about Struck by Lightning... I thought wow - my blog finally made it to the ranks.  WRONG BLOG!!

I appreciate that you can't share your receipe for picking featured blogs.  That's what makes AR life so exciting.  So I will just keep typing my brains out as often as I can hoping that one day I will have something worth while to give to the AR Community.  Afterall, I have gotten so much back thus far - from all the folks on AR - just being new to AR since this year. 

As you put it.... "Acquiring that sought after gold star and having your picture on the main AR page has been compared by some to being as exciting as having your picture on the cover of the "Rolling Stone!" I look forward to it.... and I will put it on "my trophy shelf" with my featured story in FLORIDA REALTOR Magazine - some day!  I tell all my clients that I'm out with about the importance of AR and the great network of over 188,000 professional people I've met.  Thanks and keep up the great work.

Posted by Susan Gaieski, Director for Social Media & Technology (Water Pointe Realty Group) about 9 years ago

Brad, I've had the privilege of being featured quite often, and it's always a humbling experience.  But no one should mistake the many comments on a featured post as being the be all and end all of blogging on Activerain. 

Just take a look at your statistics, and you'll be amazed at how many clicks and views there are on local posts and market studies where there are NO comments.  Ask a new lead why they called you, and they'll inevitably name some random post from your past... NOT the recently featured how-to for Activerain members that amassed 100 member comments.  It's the dollars earned, not the gold stars or points that REALLY matter.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Man...I totally thought you were going to share some beef here! But, I can see why this recipe secret can't be disclosed, nope...it would change everything!

Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) about 9 years ago

I really appreciate all you do for us!

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) about 9 years ago

I really appreciate all you do for us!

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) about 9 years ago

I really appreciate all you do for us!

Posted by Karina Kfuri, Leal, Florida Broker - FALO PORTUGUES! (Leal USA Realty 561-350-3503 ( FALO PORTUGUES)) about 9 years ago

Karina - I really appreciate you too X 3  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad - I'm only a week or so into ActiveRain and totally loving the community and good info here! I was featured on my first blog post and that was a tease since it was so awesome to get that much attention. Trying for #2 - hopefully soon. Anyway, my question was about the channels which I'm starting to get into now too. How does one get featured in a Channel topic? There must be a similar selection process there too? (5 featured posts under each main heading) thanks for helping create and manage a very cool community!

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) about 9 years ago

Hi Craig - There is no features in channels. The 3 top links you see are based on the most written about topics and what's "Hot Now!"  Channels are a great way to get additional exposure, try writing content based on what's hot in those channels right now.  The top 3 topics are selected based on the volume of content written by members who are adding posts to those channels. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Ha...

I just yanked your plug :) 

I'm in Chrome, and you Blog-N-Roll have been shut down :) 

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 9 years ago

TLW - does this make you a yanker???   lol~ 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Brad - thanks for the clarifications on the channels as to what TOPICS make it to the top of the list (based on volume of content). But for example, in technology and tools channel (my forte), I see that each of the hot topics have 5 featured (what I call featured) posts. Once you click into the topic, you see it is not the latest 5 posts. So there must be some other 'selection' process. They weren't overall featured posts as far as I can tell. Is there someone who moderates a channel to decide which 5 posts show on the cover page? These obviously get a little more spotlight than the rest. Person sees even before clicking to dig in deeper.

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) about 9 years ago

@ Craig in # 154:  I think one of the problems adding to the confusion here is your use of the word "featured."  An Active Rain "Featured" Post... gets the Gold Star, and a bunch of extra points... for being chosen as an AR "Featured Post."  The first five posts listed that you reference... are not necessarily AR Featured Posts.

I might suggest you call those first five posts you see in that technology and tools channel as "spotlighted" posts, or "highlighted" posts.  Or, they are just the top five posts listed... at the time you looked at the channel.

I am guessing that there is no "moderator" on this channel, and that what appears there is pretty much due to the algorithm that Active Rain has written to let their "robots" automatically select them.  Just my guess here.

Brad... am I close ?

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 9 years ago

Karen Anne - close enough for the gold medal. :-) 

You are correct, there are no moderators in these channels, and your explanation and choice of words like "algorithm" was excellent.  Maybe Bob Stewart will pipe in later and share a more technical perspective as to the selection of those posts in the top of each channel. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

I don't understand the hype of the featured post??? I write for customers not other Realtors. I want business not accolades from my peers. I'd rather have 9 closings this month than 50 realtors commenting on my blog post.

 

Thanks for the tech tips. I love thos posts.

Posted by Steven Beam, Parker Colorado Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate.) about 9 years ago

The article really did not answer anything for me.  I got a 1 next to featured blog and still don't know what that means to me or why that one was chosen.

Posted by Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ) about 9 years ago

Hi Jane - the "Rain Gods" work in wonderful and mysterious ways.  I'm certain that even since this post was written, things have changed yet once again and will continue to evolve without a final destiny.  Just keep cranking out great content and everyone's a winner!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

I've read too many featured posts on topics of no substance and an equal portion poorly written, to believe a word.  Sorry.  But I see just about everyone is drinking the kool-aid.

Posted by Bruce Brown (Keller Williams Ottawa Realty) about 9 years ago

@ Bruce in # 160:  I read your comment here, and wondered what you were so upset about.  So, I went to your profile to check out what I was expecting to be some pretty good blog posts.

I found that you have been on Active Rain just over one full year, and have not written any blog posts yet.  I also see, as far your your participation, that you have averaged writing about one comment per week.  I guess, with that in mind, I just do not see any real basis for your comment, or how you can make a judgment like you have.

Jump in... participate.  The water's fine !

Have a great week.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 9 years ago

Well Bruce?  So what's in your kool juice cup?

Go easy Karen, he may never put up his first post knowing there's folks like you here that do their research so thorougly?!  :-O Not sure I could even bribe him with a "featured post" now.  :-)  

Yes, the rain water is fine here, whether you choose to drink it, play in it, dance in it, or wash your hands of with it.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Karen,

No no!  I manually deleted all of my posts earlier this week and blanked out my profile yesterday...

I wasn't "upset" by any means, just aware that the activerain community runs much like any other ad hoc community and I'm ok with that.  But it just isn't for me.

Brad,

Ha ha!  The joke is on me!  You mean I could have received a feature as a bribe?  Sheesh - it's true what they say - we often give up just before we reach the prize :)

No worries - I was not particularly concerned that I, specifically, had not been featured yet. I'm a decent enough writer and may have eventually caught the "right" person's attention.  Actually, Canada's #1 ActiveRain blogger (by points) recommended one of my posts just last week, for which I was greatly appreciative.  I re-read that post after his generous comment, and while I believe it held within it the seeds of something great, I had not spent sufficient time refining it to meet even my own standards, let alone those of the feature Gods, so I would not have anticipated a feature.

The reality is, though, that the numbers don't wash here.  You become one of the clique and will be featured frequently almost regardless of what you write, or you write and write and may eventually be noticed. It's human nature and there really is nothing wrong with it.  However, representing oneself in an environment where 1% (very rough estimate :)) of the participating agents have all the air time, diminishes the stature of those not in this minority, in the eyes of the readers of one's blog - ultimately one's paying clients.

I felt it made sense to move to platforms that do not actively illustrate to my clients that I am explicitly NOT one of the "anointed elite".  Publicly demonstrating on a daily basis that my thoughts are never amongst "the best" is counter-productive.  On top of that, my identical blog posts on other platforms get me higher in Google results than my activerain posts, and those platforms are free... kind of a no-brainer. Not sure if some of this is due to differences in the Canadian web-o-sphere. I noticed that some of the top Toronto activerainers, for example, also do not rank high on google searches that I would think they would be targetting.

I think activerain is cool  It reminds me of a photography forum I have participated on for years - supportive community and all that jazz.  But photography is my hobby - doesn't matter if I don't appear to be among "the best."  With Real Estate, it does.

All the best to each of you!

Cheers,

Bruce

 

Posted by Bruce Brown (Keller Williams Ottawa Realty) about 9 years ago

Hey Bruce, thanks for responding and for your thoughts and comment.  It's a shame we can't feature comments too, I'd love to hear how others would respond? 

There is one correction I can try to make or address from your comment above which is a common mis-belief, but the clique's on AR or any network for that matter are the same as in the real world, company's and websites etc have no control over what cliques evolve, and who is involved in them.

For the record, there is no "featured" cliques here on AR, only members who contribute content that gets suggested for feature by other members, or gets picked up by one of our staff or moderators for a feature.  The site is constantly growing and we're always looking for better and more efficient ways to refine the "featuring" process.

Good luck in all your endeavors my friend, I sincerely wish you all the best of luck in whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go to participate.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Really appreciate your comment too, Brad, thank you.

I'm currently re-architecting my online presence (sheesh, such churn - but this time I think I've learned just enough to at least get the right organization so I can just focus on content) and I do believe activerain will factor into it - just not the way I thought it would originally.

Thanks again for the considered thoughts on this issue. I agree with your comment about how communities work, which is what I intended to say at the outset of my original post.

Cheers & "see" you around...

Posted by Bruce Brown (Keller Williams Ottawa Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Bruce - my door is always open to you should there be a need for an ear or an opinion, God knows we all have those in stock! :-)  Looking forward to hearing about your successes in the future, cheers to you my friend, and yes, I hope to see you around...

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Some people, no matter what they write, seem to get featured. I always chalked it up to them having helped create the "Active Rain Brand" in the early years, and they deserve some props, and I am OK with that. However, the new members may think there is an elite group and that spells trouble for the long haul. I'm glad AR is trying to become more democratic. It's time to spread the sugar around!

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 9 years ago

I have read some phenomenal comments from a few of the members, and should they every be inclined to write a blog, I hope it will be instantly featured. Not sure what the process is to achieve the "featured" blog selection, but Mike Morrison (Will & Will Real Estate Brokers) is incredibly articulate, thoughtful, and intelligent, especially on current topics. His comments are amazing, and I'm sure his blogs would be outstanding. 

 

Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland (Listings.com) almost 9 years ago

Jayson - there are hundreds... no wait... thousands of great writers here and ALL deserve to be featured,
hopefully at some point they will be! :)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

OK so my question is "When we notice that we have posts that have been featured, how do we find out which posts they are?"

Posted by Jean-Paul Peron, Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive (The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany) almost 9 years ago

Jean-Paul in #170:  When you have a post that gets featured... and scrolling over your gold star says you have three Featured Posts... there IS no notice sent to you by Active Rain.  You will know it gets featured by seeing the Gold Star Star that will appear under the bottom left corner of your Featured Post.

So, you have to scroll down through them... in order to find them.

Another way would be for you to click on the link along the left side of your profile page that is labeled Points Summary.  Scroll down, and your three featured posts will each be labeled "Featured."

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 9 years ago

Man Karen, you are good... and FAST TOO!  :-)  Thanks. 

Listen to Karen Jean-Paul, she's correct.  Happy Holidays!!

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

So you're saying, "There is no man behind the curtain!" ?

My goal on ActiveRain is to have the highest number of quality posts without ever having a Featured Blog Post. And I'm well on my way with 110... don't screw this up for me Brad. ;^)

Posted by Tre Pryor, Realtor, e-PRO - Louisville (REMAX Champions) almost 9 years ago

Did I say that?  :-?  Failure should never be an option....

If I could still feature on AR, I'd ruin your entire day with a gold star right now! lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I too, am waiting on the secret recipe... where can I find it ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris - the secret is simple...  content, content, content. 

It's like being on the first page of Google, what's really more important, being on the first page, or getting business because of your great content?  Content wins hands down, featured or not.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Being a NewBe, (did I even spell that correctly?) I didn't even know what a featured blog was until last week.  I do enjoy reading those as they seem to be more upbeat and hold my interest.  Maybe that's the key to getting featured.  I tend not to comment as much on these featured blogs as it takes so long to go through all the comments, but that's part of the total experience of reading these.  By the time I get to the end of the comments, whatever I had to say was most likely already said. Whatever you are doing seems to be working.  While the Featured section is your crown jewel, the other blogs and groups have a tremendous amount of great information to offer as well.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 8 years ago

Well this post will just keep getting circulated ! HA.. And well it should because we all ask... all the freakin time! HA.. We know you choose the features and you need a mix of different topics and ideas to make a cohesive homepage. It is what it is.. those that get featured a lot. Blog a lot.... A LOT! and that will just happen! Thanks Brad.

Posted by Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your post.  I've been making an effort to get more involved in AR.  It seems to pay off if you put the time in.

Posted by Suzanne Martin, Your South Orange County/North San Diego Broker (Suzanne Martin, Broker) about 8 years ago

I better step my blogging game up so I can have more feature posts! 

Posted by Tim Krueger (Morovish Properties) about 8 years ago
Just interested in the current 2013 thoughts on the almighty FEATURED on AR, and Brad, this 2010 post came up. Still interesting and curious how BRUCE is doing in Canada?! He seemed to be a good writer - good strong comments. Liked your responses, also.
Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) almost 6 years ago

Jane - thanks for reading and commenting. This post was written over 3 years ago, I think much has changed since then IE: ownership of AR, staffing, the culture here etc. You'll notice even this post was not "Featured" but it's not because I was banned or bounced from the featurable members here, it's really the choice of the moderation team and members and the current staff who select which posts they like for the feature board.

If you want to know how the process works today, you'll have to contact one of the AR moderators or staff members who carry's the "golden clicker" for featuring articles. Not sure who is on that list anymore but there use to be quite a few key members here on AR that had this ability.  My suggestion is to focus on your content always whether it's here on AR, your outside Blog or website, and even on social media. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 6 years ago

Participate