Don't Click the Follow Button!

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click the follow buttonDon't Click the Follow Button...
   UNLESS you know what to do AFTER you click it!

Actually, DO click on the Follow button of quality bloggers because I'm about to show you what you NEED to do after you follow a list of people.  (PS - You can start with my follow button, it's right over there on the right ----->   ;)

Here's the thing... Now that you have clicked, now what??

Once you have selected bloggers on ActiveRain to follow, you should FREQUENTLY go to the newsfeed page that lists, in order of most recent post, the titles of each of the most recent posts by each of the persons that you have followed. This is equivalent to your blogging "inbox" so you can see what's new with the people that you enjoy reading and interacting with.

This is how you get to your blogs to read inbox:

following on menu


And when you get to your "newsfeed page," there you will see all that is new with the bloggers that you have chosen to follow

following newsfeed in activerain

So let me re-emphasize, when you find a quality blogger, do FOLLOW them and then FOLLOW up with the newsfeed page regularly to see what new things have been written. Head over to visit them, click 'like' on the excellent posts, and comment on the post. As we blog, we find it very encouraging to see see Page Views and interaction. By  people following us and going to the following newsfeed, this basis for these connections is established! 

You see this is a rather important point, and one that makes ActiveRain a little different than other social media sites. In Facebook, for example, you friend a person or follow a page, and this is the newsfeed that you see automatically when you open Facebook. In ActiveRain, you have to actively click to get to the page! (My two cents opinion, I think a link to get to the following newsfeed should be brought back to top level like it used to be. I'd rather not have it inside a menu. But that is for another discussion.)

Now for many of you reading this, this newsfeed existence is not news. You already knew that! Awesome!! But if I helped any new ones have a light bulb moment, well then terrific!

Now let's consider building up your following list with quality bloggers. This way your "following newsfeed" always has a fresh supply of posts, why not check out the "top 99 most subscribed to bloggers". You are sure to find quality bloggers there, that is WHY they are on the list.

top bloggers list on activerainI remember back in 2010 being curious about this list (as I was wondering if I would someday make it). I wondered how many followers does it take to get on this list? I noticed Barbar Todaro was at that time there at #90 (PS look where she is now). Since we were chatting in email about another topic, I asked her how many followers she had at the time... she answered 279... well I had a target starting number in mind then!
LOL well I finally snuck into the list. I have no idea what the number is now to make the list. Perhaps if we ping Mike Cooper 
at #99 to see if he'll share his count with us or another kudos also to Dick Greenberg up at #95, let's ask him how many he has. (footnote: oops it looks like since I drafted this we have a new occupant in the #99 spot, a little competition to get on the list :)
(another footnote: after a little research... it looks like the magic number to break into this list is now at 432)

Well, top list or no list, any subscribers you get are VERY IMPORTANT. If those subscribers know where to look for the new posts newsfeed, then they will find your new posts. If they don't see your new post, then you will miss out on that potential blog view count and comment.

When somebody follows you, you will get a notification. And here's a tip: From your My Home page, you can filter the notifications list to show only new follower notifications. If you have lots of other notifications such as for comments received, you might easily lose track of the new follower notifications.

new follower notification


So DO Follow Quality bloggers and then DO FOLLOW UP by going to the following newsfeed!


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Comments (64)

Maia Whitaker
Superior Notary Service | Allstate Insurance - Boulder, CO
Your Trusted Notary & Insurance Advisor

Thanks for the information!

I'm still adpting to the changes after having been away from the site for a while.  I appreciate you laying it all out and pointing out some changes I hadn't caught onto yet - thanks for helping with my own little light bulb moment.


Apr 12, 2015 07:21 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Craig, I do check the "following" list to ensure I comment on those I'm following, can't get through the list every day but I do try my best.

Apr 12, 2015 10:28 PM
Karen Luke
South Metro Property Management, LLC - McDonough, GA
Henry County Real Estate

Thank you for having the heart of a teacher. 

Apr 12, 2015 11:15 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I like this tip. Thanks for highlighting the use and benefits of the "follow" button!

Apr 13, 2015 02:02 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Craig - I find it amazing that one of the bloggers at the top hasn't posted in years, and there are a few who haven't posted in the last year or two.

Apr 13, 2015 04:02 PM
Kathryn .
Rentec Direct - Grants Pass, OR
Rentec Direct

Thank you for your blog with great illustrations.

Apr 14, 2015 12:26 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Thank you for the ability to teach an old dog some new tricks Craig Daniels. It's my belief that this will surely shed some new light on how I navigate through the AR maze. It needed a jumpstart from my perspective. Here via Kathy Streib.

P.S. Could you please make it any simpler? Ha, ha, gotcha! 

Apr 14, 2015 02:20 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

I'll have to see where on am on this roll. I appreciate the insight and you are the consumate teacher in the Rain. Happy Friday, Craig. 

Apr 17, 2015 06:41 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

These are great suggestions.  I have no idea where I am on this roll.  Keep on making us smarter!

Apr 18, 2015 06:52 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Now if I could just still find the blog posts (easily) of those I follow.

May 16, 2015 01:17 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Nice tutorial Craig. I am now intrigued to see where I rank on this

Thanks for the post

May 24, 2015 02:16 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Craig - I am am happy to see my followers growing but I still have a way to go before breaking in.

Jun 06, 2015 11:16 AM

good to share about follow button uses. thanks you Android Training in Chennai

Jun 26, 2015 06:04 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Craig Daniels 
Thanks for yet another clear lesson on the inner-workings of AR. Soon we will have other rhythms to learn - won't we?

Have a successful day -

Jul 05, 2015 06:39 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great suggestions, Craig Daniels!  Hopefully they can be implemented in the "new" AR!


Jul 05, 2015 09:13 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Craig Daniels Great advice, thank you.  I was not aware you could filter notifications.  

Oct 02, 2015 05:46 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Guess I did not realize how important that 'Follow' button is.  Thank you for being a great teacher - I very much appreciate you.

Oct 06, 2015 02:11 AM
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks for the pointers Craig.. I just starting following YOU!

Mar 14, 2016 06:35 AM
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Great tips on how/why to follow an Active Rain member. I did not realize there was a top 100 list. Congrats for being on it.  Am going to make sure my "followed" newsfeed is showing up.

Sep 30, 2016 01:56 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

5 years later, here I am stumbling upon this for the first time, finding it as relevant. Your link is still Truilia links but simple modifications made them work still. Good stuff.

Aug 01, 2020 05:42 AM
Craig Daniels

thanks Thomas! I update the link in the post. Glad you stopped by :)

Aug 02, 2020 05:39 AM