Introducing the New ActiveRain Home Page Activity Feed

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Notice something different? We just did a major overhaul on the content that appears on the ActiveRain home page!

Every day on ActiveRain we receive nearly 1,000 blog posts and questions from our amazing community.  One of the biggest challenges for us is to find the most thought-provoking content and make it discoverable to the community at large.

Historically, ActiveRain has had a secret group of members who had the power to "feature" a blog post or a question which would prompt it to appear on our home page.  The quality of these selections was amazingly good, but what always hurt to think about were the 990 other pieces of content that day might never see the light of day.

What Gets Selected for the Home Page?

On our new home page, we are looking to include a lot more content in the activity feed. In addition to our hand-picked (featured) blogs and questions, we are now including:

  • "Popular Blogs" that receive a certain number of Likes
  • "High Traffic Blogs" that receive a certain number of pageviews
  • "Popular Questions" that receive a certain number of Answers
  • "Popular Answers" that receive a certain number of Upvotes
  • "Follow this Member" call-outs for people who reach the 200,000 point milestone

While we definitely want to be a transparent about what we're up to, we aren't revealing any of the exact formulas that surface content. The fact is, some of our point-crazed members will look for ways to exploit this new system so we'll frequently be changing the criteria.

How Do I Get My Content Highlighted?

The beauty of this new system is that so many more people can find their way to the home page.  Here are the tips that will get you ranked:

Write Great Content - Hopefully, this was an obvious one for you. When you write thoughtful content that helps our community do their jobs better and live their lives fuller, we'll see "social signals" from the community such as Likes, Upvotes, etc.

Share It - Share your blog posts on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.  Get it in the hands of your peers and your contacts.  When we see traffic reaching your content, we assume that you've written something worth reading!

Build Your Audience - We are doing a lot of work on the idea of Following people on ActiveRain.  Here is your "insider tip" if you're still reading this post... START FOLLOWING MORE PEOPLE!!!  We have some cool projects in the works to reward the people who are creating connections in the community.

What Happens Next?

We are going to be watching this activity feed in the coming weeks to make sure everything continues working as we expect it to it to. Will there be bumps in the road? You bet. This change definitely has some risk but if our predictions are right on the benefits to our community it will be worth it.

All of our team here would like to extend our most heartfelt thank you to our secret team of "feature fairies".  Your work over the years has molded this community and your contribution is invaluable.  We know that this is a huge change for you guys and it wasn't something we take lightly.  We wrote some special rules in the code to make sure you are still able to suggest the best of the best blog posts to our community and look forward to having your suggestions fuel our Daily Drop newsletter.

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Rainmaker
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Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

I note negativity, and further note that such seldom produces success.

 

 

As I understand the plan, FOLLOW THE BEST THE MOST, AND STRIVE TO BE THE BEST.  I have noted on my page that the activity of those I follow is right under my nose.  Correct? 

Feb 15, 2015 10:13 PM #73
Rainer
153,757
Peg and Jerry McGrory/SRES/ABR
Realty ONE Group Dockside - Myrtle Beach, SC
Realtors, Associate Brokers /Myrtle Beach/Conway

Thanks letting us know about the new changes, looking to have this ARmore of our day !

 

Feb 15, 2015 10:57 PM #74
Rainer
389,243
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Thank you for the update.  I like others like some of the changes.  Change is always hard to accept even if we will like the end result.  Maybe I am just not clear on what the end result is suppose to be here on ActiveRain.  I will continue to look forward to more information, as that is why I joined in the first place.

Feb 16, 2015 12:15 AM #75
Ambassador
1,239,412
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

I am glad to see the update but read all the above contents and agree that changes are always hard to adapt to. I am always impressed that you are constantly working to make things better for all of us.

Feb 16, 2015 02:40 AM #76
Rainmaker
422,160
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

You guys are always keeping us on our toes!

Feb 16, 2015 07:51 AM #77
Rainer
482,868
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ
#ChandlerRealEstateAgent

I really enjoy the new update. It's easy to find what I'm looking for. Thank you!

Feb 17, 2015 04:07 AM #78
Rainer
405,297
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Changes are good for us all.  Keeps us better informed of who and what is going on in the business.

Feb 17, 2015 11:02 AM #79
Ambassador
442,025
Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate - Tracy, CA
Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate

Time to give it a chance and see what happens.  Many of us noticed the same featured authors week after week.  While they may have had great content, so did many others.  Jury's out for now - but Rarely does AR something that doesn't work.

 

Feb 17, 2015 01:15 PM #80
Ambassador
662,214
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Jim Joeriman I couldn't agree more with your statement. Trulia did a great job of screwing up their own blog and Q/A platform. I've always contended that that was one of the driving forces behind the acquisition from the get go. I just hope they realize what they have with AR and don't tweak it into oblivion like they did their own.

Feb 17, 2015 10:33 PM #81
Ambassador
662,214
John DL Arendsen
CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Susan Goulding Spot on! While I have a great respect for all the seasoned veteran member/contributors that have made AR the success it is today I have always noticed a trend towards favoring that "GOOD OLE BOYS CLUB". Kinda like insider trading in some respects.

Feb 17, 2015 10:37 PM #82
Rainmaker
235,088
Vadim Zolotarevskiy
FunCoast Realty & Management, LLC - Daytona Beach Shores, FL

First page became very messy and user unfriendly. If you wanted to create all those categories, fine, but couldn't you^ at least have mercy and ave featured together, so that I can see all featured blogs in one place, so that I do not have to surf through all that?

So UN-thoughtful

Feb 17, 2015 11:57 PM #83
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1,720,911
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I also think that the changes are too often user unfriendly.

Take "log In" and "Log out". They were very unfriendly put on the far right end of the screen. On many screens you do nopt see it. For newcomers, it was tricky. For old timer there was a need to move the screen to log in. It is like have an electric switch to turn the lights in one place, and the switch to turn it off in the fartherst room possible.

Awarding people 100 points for logging in and making it unfriendly is weird at best.

Now it is even worse. Now you log in in one place, still at the far right end of the screen, but logging out is hidden in the drop down menu. Unless you know, you would spend time trying to figure it out.

What genius, what is the idea behind these user-unfriendly changes? Sometimes I think that someone is purposely looking for the ways to make it less friendly. Every update is like one step forward, two steps back.

And a new a very messy front page is no different in this sense.

Feb 18, 2015 12:04 AM #84
Rainmaker
254,260
Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

It will take some getting used to.  But I'm optimistic and will do my best to go with it  

Feb 18, 2015 01:56 AM #85
Rainmaker
359,138
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

Great Information, I have not had a featured blog since my first month.  There were 2.

Feb 25, 2015 10:51 PM #86
Rainmaker
1,177,973
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

My home page went blank. If this is the direction that Trulia is taking with AR, then blank it is

Mar 10, 2015 10:42 AM #87
Rainmaker
235,088
Vadim Zolotarevskiy
FunCoast Realty & Management, LLC - Daytona Beach Shores, FL

There was the time when featured posts were generating hundreds of comments and it was a great sicussion. Noticed that now even featured posts do not generate a lot of comments? So, if even the best of the best (that's what we are supposed to believe), are not interesting to others, there is something terribly wrong with this system.

Apr 10, 2015 05:13 AM #88
Rainmaker
359,138
Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty
Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986 - Port St Lucie, FL
Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292

Wow!  What a great suprise, I made the home page.  This is a first for me.   Thank You!

Apr 18, 2015 09:17 PM #89
Rainmaker
1,764,781
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

It feels like I'm constantly seeing the same 20-30 bloggers on the home page, sometimes with multiple entries. Nothing at all against them as they write really good content. But there has to be a better way to give some exposure to the other 200,000+ members.

Apr 20, 2015 02:29 AM #90
Rainmaker
1,143,921
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Do I have to write a heartfelt thank you?

Maybe thats why my most excellent posts get shined no thank you's???

lol

Jun 04, 2015 11:06 AM #91
Rainmaker
449,954
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Fred Cope you should translate these comments to a blog post.  Very well stated.  I just got notified of being on the 'Home Page' but couldn't find my blog on the HP?

Nov 28, 2015 02:06 AM #92
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