I have been fortunate enough to have 176 of my blog posts featured on ActiveRain, and I've always assumed they would be my traffic leaders as featured posts end up on the homepage of the site. But that is not necessarily true.
The fact is that ActiveRain pulls in so much traffic that many non-featured articles are doing very well too, and a study of my statistics shows that only 3 of my top ten most-trafficked articles were featured.
How To Study Your ActiveRain Statistics
There is a wealth of information that you have access to on this great site. Click the down arrow next to your profile image and choose the fourth item on this list "Stats." When you do, you'll see something similar to the image below.
What's nice about this report is that you can sort the information by clicking any column heading. For the purpose of generating the image above, I clicked on "Views" and the table sorted from highest to lowest. Were I to click it again, it would reverse the sort order.
Surprisingly, my top-viewed article (written in 2008) was not featured. It generated 87,234 through the time of this posting, and I suspect it ranks well enough through SEO that it will continue to generate more views. My second most-viewed article was also not a featured post, yet it has nearly 30,000 views (one click away).
Don't Worry About Being Featured
So I guess the moral to the story is to quit worrying about getting featured, instead write the type of content that is sought-after by the people you want to attract. Hyper-local is never a bad choice because you most likely want to work with people who are interested in your specific part of the Country (and State, and perhaps neighborhood). So keep writing great content, and ActiveRain will serve up the views.