How to Nominate a Featured Blog Entry

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 CA BRE 01349863

I thought I was the only one with absolutely no idea how blog entries are nominated for Featured status?  Once I realized I was not alone, I researched it to share with you.

Every morning, I get my ActiveRain e-mail with the list of Featured Blog Entries.  As a matter of fact, this morning's e-mail had a great article from Jon Sigler about another curious topic; Re-Blogging.

I always wondered how they picked particular blog entries.  Do you do the same thing I do, sit there hoping your blog or your friend's blog will be featured?  I understand how that disappointment can rise to the level of frustration, but I don't think it justifies complaining.  I'm the type of person who strives to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem, so I researched how to nominate Featured Blog entries.  I found the AR staff to be friendly and sincere in their efforts to get the best blog entries featured.  The simple truth of the matter is that this website has become so popular and has inspired so many to write that the Active Rain staff can no longer read every post - they need our help.

Go to a favorite post of yours...or mine!  At the bottom of the post is a Red Flag Flag.  Seriously!  The Red Flag Flag.  (I thought it was to report spam.  It is, but it is also to report the good posts!  Click on that flag and you will see that you are flagging the listing as good or bad.  Check Feature and enter the  requested information on the screen.  You have just nominated a quality post for featured status.

THere is even a section for the funny posts.  There are some great posts on here every day that are worthy of nomination.  As a community, when we read a good post; we absolutely must take a moment to nominate it.

Pick one: 

  1. Does A Stripple Pole Define a "Niche"?
  2. Top 10 Direct Mail Campaign Tips
  3. What's the Green Truth?
  4. Christmas Eve in Court
  5. I Am Not An Animal!

Pick a title that intrigues you, if you enjoy the post, click on the red flag Flag at the bottom of the post and nominate it for Feature Listing.  In no time at all, we will have some of the best, most-informative, fun and inspirational postings on here.

The red flag Flag is tiny, but it's easy to find once you know where to look.  It's on the same row as the e-mail button Email.   See it now?

What happened to that little kid inside of you that used to press buttons to see what happened?  It's time to let that little rascal out!  Pressing ButtonYour computer is not going to explode, check out the great features the ActiveRain staff have built into this site.  Together, we can make this wonderful site even better!

I modeled this behavior for you, I read a great post that made an analogy of a push lawn mower and motivating yourself.  I enjoyed the post so much that I scrolled down to the red flag Flag at the bottom of the post and nominated it for a Featured blog entry.  The next day, it showed up as Featured.  37 other people commented on the log that it was a wonderfully inspirational entry.  That sure made me feel good!

Once you click on the red flag Flag at the bottom of the post, select Feature.  Copy and paste the URL for the nominated blog entry into the URL field.  That is the http address in the top of the window that hosts the blog.  Highlight it, then select Ctrl-C or right click on your mouse and select "Copy".  Go to the URL field and either hit Ctrl-V or right click on your mouse and select "Paste".  In the comments field, write why you think it is feature-worthy.  Then click on Flag Post.  It sounds like you are reporting spam, but you are reporting quality!  The screen that comes up LOOKS like I reported something bad because big RED letters say, The post has been flagged  It feels wrong, but it is right! 

Now you try it.  Please feel free to re-blog this post so we can get the word out to the entire community!

Together we are better!

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Vic Steele, Broker, CA DRE License No. 01349863
1250 N. Lakeview Avenue, Suite M, Anaheim, CA 92807



Re-Blogged 11 times:

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  1. Roy Kelley 01/23/2010 12:45 AM
  2. Wallace S. Gibson, CPM 01/23/2010 12:29 PM
  3. Tom Davis 01/23/2010 12:36 PM
  4. Barbara Raley 01/23/2010 11:49 PM
  5. Barbara Calwhite 01/23/2010 11:54 PM
  6. Mary Yonkers 01/24/2010 01:14 AM
  7. Roland Woodworth 01/24/2010 09:18 AM
  8. Jon Sigler 01/24/2010 09:48 AM
  9. Charles Stallions 01/24/2010 10:56 PM
  10. Sharon Paxson 01/25/2010 01:15 PM
  11. Crystal Morris 02/12/2010 02:51 AM
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Ryan Crozier
Red Door Real Estate - Avon, IN
Avon Indiana Realtor

Thanks for sharing this Vic!  I never knew that.  I have ended up writing a community manager to recommend a post.

Jan 24, 2010 02:37 PM #83
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

Well, I feel a little like looking behind the curtain in the land of Oz! Thanks for such a useful post.

Jan 24, 2010 04:04 PM #84
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

With a log jam of post after post to sort, scan, consider for the short time they are up front and personal on the opening AR page, it is great to highlight, send up a flare to let others know, hey, this one is different. Helpful, well written, needing exposure. Good post to describe the mechanics of the AR platform.

Jan 24, 2010 09:24 PM #85
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Good information and often many forget to vote here too. Thanks for sharing your research.

Jan 24, 2010 11:46 PM #86
Israel Rothman - - Boerne, TX

Oh shit!  Now they will have to find a way around people teaming up and intentionally getting their stuff nominated: just like Google!

Jan 24, 2010 11:52 PM #87
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Congrats on your feature. I'm sure you have received a lot of red flags.

Jan 24, 2010 11:53 PM #88
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Thanks for the information. I also had no idea that you could do this. I thought you just had to get lucky.

Jan 24, 2010 11:55 PM #89
Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

I thought it meant someone was diving down there somewhere....LOL

Jan 25, 2010 12:21 AM #90
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, Realtor | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Excellent post. Sorry but I also flag posts that are true plagiarism.

Jan 25, 2010 12:27 AM #91
Alan Brown
Coldwell Banker Montrose Colorado - Montrose, CO
26 Years of Real Estate Experience .

I also learned something new today, thanks for the info, I was wondering myself how certain blogs made it to featured status

Jan 25, 2010 01:31 AM #92
Christine Hynes
American Capital Corporation - Laguna Beach, CA
Orange County Senior Loan Consultant

Vic - thanks for the reblog - i always wondered the same thing but really never put anymore thought into it!

Jan 25, 2010 01:45 AM #93
Todd Kenthack
The Pines Realty - Pinehurst, NC

Thanks for the information, Vic.

Jan 25, 2010 02:24 AM #95

Thanks for sharing this information.  Does this work for the ones on the first page of AR only, or for the featured items for various groups as well?  And when you are features on one of the groups, does that count as a featured post?  It's all still confusing to me!!

Jan 25, 2010 05:07 AM #96
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Always wondered how this came about.  I thought it had to do with the number of comments received.

Thanks for the info.

Jan 25, 2010 12:14 PM #97
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Vic - nice post and many people I am sure were not aware about how to nominate a post!

Jan 25, 2010 01:14 PM #98
David Cahill
Century 21 Cahill Associates - Boston, MA

Thanks for the great tip!  I'll make sure to use it when I see something I feel was great and should be featured.

Jan 26, 2010 02:12 AM #99
Jae Wu

Well done my friend. I learned something new. Thanks Nyssa for posting his post on the By Referral Only message board so I could click to this. I will definitely be flagging the ones I enjoy and others would benefit from. 

Jan 26, 2010 05:34 AM #100
Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive


I never realized the red flag was a clickable item.

Jan 30, 2010 09:04 PM #101
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Vic, thanks so much for this information.  I thought a featured blog had to do with amount of comments in a short period of time, or you paid to have such a thing.  But this makes more sense.  Thanks again!   ---Gloria

Feb 01, 2010 01:47 PM #102
Vic Steele
Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863 - Anaheim Hills, CA

You're very welcome Gloria!  Thanks for dropping in!

I know what you mean Jean-Paul, it looks like something "bad" doesn't it?

Nyssa is fantastic for spreading the word, thank you for acknowledging both of us Jae!

We've each got one featured post David, now we are obligated to help others get their first features post!

Together we are better!

May 30, 2010 04:22 PM #103
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