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I really love when somebody makes an appreciative comment. I like when they tell me they been reading my other articles too! So I'm thinking, "awesome, another subscriber!" But... I head over to my statistics page to look at my new subscribers and the person is not there. Huh? Did I miss something? Now I'm thinking that perhaps people are missing out by not understanding how they will benefit by subscribing. Let's look at that topic today. (if you are watching my picasa series, stay tuned, I'll be back on that again tomorrow)

Anytime you come across a good blogger, you should subscribe to them. I can't tell you how much I've learned over the past few years by subscribing to some really great and knowledgeable people who share their knowledge on the internet. The really amazing thing is that it is FREE to do it!

In ActiveRain, you've seen the "subscribe" button  (it's over there >>> underneath the person's picture on the right hand side) Once you do, they will be in your subscriptions list. NOW WHAT?

Let's think of it in terms of Facebook. When you "friend" somebody, what happens? Whatever they post goes into YOUR NEWS FEED so that when you check in to FB you see what's new with all of your friends. ActiveRain is similar then isn't it? The home page is a news feed of all the featured posts. The second feed is when you click the blogs link. What you see at that point is a feed of Everybody in AR, the newest posts. (Be sure and check out the "newest posts" feed - you might discover the next ActiveRain Star, be sure and click suggest button on articles that you like!)

Now the other news feed, the one that you really cannot miss, is a news feed of all the people that you are subscribed to. Initially, you see the people you have subscribed to listed on the blogs page, but...
this is NOT a news feed. It does show you in the order of the most recent posts, but that is it. There are no articles titles or descriptions. If you use this list, it is awkward, click in, click out, click in, click out. Give up after a few.

If that is the case with you, then notice that the news feed view is MUCH BETTER and changes everything. Just above the blog posts listing is a menu of links. Choose the one that says "My Subscriptions"

In the figure below, you can see what your "Subscriptions News Feed" can look like - notice that it shows the title and the first few lines of the post. In this way, you can grab your cup of morning coffee and quickly scan through all that's new in your AR world and read the ones that interest you most.

If you have subscribed to my blog: THANK YOU. As you know, for a blogger, this is very rewarding because you know that all the effort you put out will get an audience.

If you are my subscribers list, watch out because I'm constantly looking for examples to highlight a good point. I go to my subscribers list to find good material. Also, I was thinking about upcoming articles where I feature specific examples of good AR layouts and profile pages. I'll be going to my subscribers list when I do that. Maybe you will be featured on an upcoming "craig's-list" (hmm, maybe I have to name it something else, I think that name may be taken!) Stay tuned!

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out my blog today. I'm a tech guy living in New York City but I love that I can reach so many via means of the web. In my blog posts and tutorial videos, you'll get many new takeaway points that you'll be able to apply. By following my blog (button below), you will be able to see my new posts in your "following" newsfeed. If you enjoyed this post also be sure and click "like". It helps me see that my content is hitting the mark!

My blog home page lists my most recent posts, so if you feel like reading more, that's the place to go next!

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I periodically check the list of those who have subscribed to my blog. If we haven't chatted lately via comments, I go visit them.  If there are no new posts, I shoot them an email.

Sep 15, 2010 04:57 AM #31
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I never used the "subscriptions" button to pull up the list of posts for my subscriptions.  I always just went to the top of my subscriptions list and they plodded through their separate blogs.  This is a great finding.  It makes it much easier to follow the individual posts.  Thanks for a very good post.

Sep 15, 2010 05:05 AM #32
Manuel Monserrate
Raleigh, NC

Awesome find.. I was wondering about how to see my subscribed blogs easily (at this point I didn't even remember who I'd subscribed to).

Sep 15, 2010 05:13 AM #33
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Good tip.  When I see the list of available blogs subscribed to I do the following:

- Simply right-click the link to the blog

- Highlight and click "Open in new tab"

- Click on each tab in succession to read the articles in each blog

That eliminates overusing the "back" button.

Sep 15, 2010 07:06 AM #34
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Craig, I've read several of your posts. You got me this time, I subscribed. Thanks.

Sep 15, 2010 08:53 AM #35
Patty Clark
Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200 - Denver, CO
Helping Families Move with Care

I had no idea what that was all about.  Great post!

Sep 15, 2010 08:59 AM #36
Steven Beam
RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate. - Parker, CO
Parker Colorado Real Estate

I never even thought about hitting the blog button above right. Now I know what it's for. I guess I've just pounded AR as a place to gain business and I haven't really read as much as I should. guess I'll read most of your posts tonight.

Sep 22, 2010 05:24 PM #37
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

You are the first one to make me understand, "I've subscibed. Now what happens?' Thanks.

Oct 22, 2010 04:50 PM #38
Susie Johannes
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty - Lake Havasu City, AZ

GOT me!!!! Thanks for a great post!

Oct 25, 2010 04:03 PM #39
Dave Whittington - Ocean City, MD REALTOR
Associate Broker - Coastal Life Realty Group - Ocean City, MD
Associate Broker

Craig, I am new to Active Rain and the blogging world...thanks for your post and insights.

Dec 07, 2010 07:26 AM #40
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

Hi Craig. Happy Holidays!

Can you tell me how to UN-subscribe from a blogger?? Thanks you!

Dec 26, 2010 07:00 AM #41
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Mara, the same button on a person's blog page that you use to "subscribe" can be used to "unsubscribe" (it toggles back and forth)

Dec 26, 2010 07:05 AM #42
Mike Kazi - San Bernardino, CA

Hi Craig,

Thank you very much for this post. I was looking for something else on the FAQ section and thought this might have the answer (how to have those title images on blogs that other people have). Although I didn't get the answer, I think I got some other useful stuff. Seems like there is a lot to learn about active rain!

Dec 27, 2010 11:20 AM #43
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

See there ~ I did miss one Craig!  This is a great tutorial...  But I've been a subscriber of yours forever!  I don't want to miss a thing!!!

Jan 01, 2011 07:17 AM #44
Larry Atkins
State Wide Realty Co. - Farmville, VA

Craig - I found you through the new social blog "suggested reading" feature....but I'm definitely have some great info....of course I am working my way through your "Best of" post.

Jan 06, 2011 02:49 AM #45
Tommy Taylor
Taylor Properties & - Kerrville, TX
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor

I didn't realize you could do this and how simple it makes things. Thanks for the tip.

Jan 06, 2011 03:08 AM #46
Christie Moore
ERA First Advantage Realty, Homes and Real Estate - Henderson, KY
Your Real Estate Lady,ERA First Henderson

Thank you for this useful information.  Finally some of this Active Rain stuff is starting to make since.  I just subscribed and look forward to learning more.

Jan 11, 2011 01:05 PM #47
Leslyn Joseph - JosephTeam, Ga
Thanks for the info, will be working my way through your posts. Good to knpw
Jul 25, 2011 09:57 AM #48
Michael Baralt - Loan Originator
McCaughan Home Lending, A Division of Hamilton Group Funding, Inc., NMLS # 200719 - Clearwater, FL
McCaughan Home Lending, a division of HGF, Inc.

Great post!  I'm a newbie to active rain and am still working at getting by blog started.  BTW you have one new subscriber...

Aug 03, 2011 09:11 AM #49
Mohan Tarneja

Great information Craig.. nice trick to get update.. :)

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