7 Hot Topics that will earn you a Featured Post

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Okay, okay first the disclaimer: As an Active Rain newbie I have not even had a featured post. A good title will not assure anyone that they will be a "featured post". However, what I have done however is study the last few months of featured posts and tried to see some patterns in the titles that become Featured Posts. Here are some observations in no particular order:


SEO - Everyone wants to know how to be ranked higher on the search engines. Google in particular will draw a good bit of attention. These posts in specificly have to be written in a simple, easy to read format. Most RE pros are not web or computer gurus. If the tips are concise and easily executed, this is a big plus. (Recent topics: Meet the new owner of GOOGLE, Broker Bryant, Marketing your blog - Google Juice)

Active Rain - If you have something to offer your fellow Active Rainers, when it comes to communicating in this forum it will be well received.  The "Week in Review" segment of course is always featured.  You also might discuss great AR features and functions, How To's, or community questions. (Recent topics: AR - Are you Treating it as a Business?, Let's nominate...Active Rain!!)

Numbered Posts - What?!? Yes, people like to hear the top 10 reasons why...or 5 keys to a successful...These posts should have quick but useful insights, small chunks of information that can easily be digested. (Recent topics: 12 U.S. Laws that Impact Bloggers, 10 ideas for Localism Posts...)

Blogging - Yes, believe it or not blogging about blogging is a very popular topic. There are so many new people to blogging (myself included), it is always beneficial to share tips to help everyone to become more proficient and responsible members of the blogosphere.  (Recent topics:  Itsnoteasytoreadyourpostsifyoudon't Give Them Some Air, For a QUICK DIVE in Blog Readershi...Go on Vacation)

Rant - Topically, this can be very effective. A word to the wise on this, don't play the rant card too often or you will alienate your readers. Everyone loves to hear a sane person have a well deserved rant. But if someone rants all the time, it will reflect poorly on their attitude and professionalism. (I'm not giving recent posts on this, since most rants are "members only" posts and that should be respected)

You Tube - This is one of the hottest sites on the web. Many RE pros are wondering if they should make use of the capability to post videos on You Tube. If you have an opinion, a success story or even a warning on this, it is worth sharing. (Recent topics: You Tube Is Not a magic elixir..., more available to members only)

100th post - When you hit this landmark, let the community know about it. It is a great way to be featured and you will receive a lot of healthy encouragement to keep up the good work. (Recent topics: I suggest you go ahead and type 100th into the Search feature on the home page)

 A few other notable ideas - Foreclosures, The Flat Guys (Ben, Matt, James, Jonathan, etc), anything "Green", Localism tips

 Hope these prove helpful. Have a great week!

Comments (38)

Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
Thanks for the encouragement. Still learning the ropes.

Thanks Paul,
Featured or not, I hope it proves helpful for those looking to see what topics may be hot at the moment.
May 08, 2007 03:43 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
Eric, thanks for your study and research. I often wonder how to get a feature post. I knew as many do that the average real estate person is not a tech guru. I can use any insight.
May 08, 2007 06:37 AM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
SEO is something that most of us are constantly trying to understand. Part of this is because sites like Google have to change how there search engines rank sites, due to the fact that peole are always looking for ways to "beat the system" to be ranked high.

As for featured posts...only time will tell if my observations are valid.  I believe the hot topics will always draw a fair amount of attention.  Thanks for stopping by.
May 08, 2007 07:25 AM
Donald Sutherland
Marathon Constructors Inspection Services - Seward, AK
Inspector-Seward, Alaska

Great post Eric,

What's hot today may only be due to global warming. OOps, did I say that?

Alaska Don

May 08, 2007 08:02 AM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
Thanks Don,
At least it's a bit cooler out your way.
May 08, 2007 08:56 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Eric, thanks for the mention on nominating THE activerain boys.

Maureen, I hear ya ! hey my 100th post will be in the next couple of days. tee hee.

May 08, 2007 01:37 PM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
You definitely had the right idea...this community is a testament to all of the hard work that the creators have put into it.  Happy pre-100th post!
May 08, 2007 02:16 PM
Stephen Gladstone
Stonehollow Fine Home Inspections & Testing - Stamford, CT

Nice post. Useful take on the difficulty to understand how some of this really works. But it is fun to play here.

Steve Gladstone Home Inspector in CT.

May 08, 2007 03:06 PM
Beth Bastian
Rosemont Financial Inc - Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley Real Estate
Both of my featured post were very short, and to the point.  I wrote both blogs in less than three minuets.  
May 08, 2007 04:22 PM
Paula Henry
Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group - Avon, IN
Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174
Eric - Very Insightful! I think I will stick with writing for and about my community, that's what gets me clients and a paycheck!
May 08, 2007 04:31 PM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
Thanks Stephen.

Beth...good advice for all of us.

Paula, That is what blogging is about.  Finding your voice and sharing your knowledge.
May 09, 2007 12:48 AM
Jordan M. Mackey
Overland Park Real Estate (No association with Inc) - Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Real Estate ::

Its pretty funny you write a post about how to get featured and of course they don't feature it which they should... :-P  Geesh the feature person has been asleep this week.

 I wrote a post about my first lead from active rain and it got denyed as a featured :-P

Welp you've got my vote!  Good Post :-d

May 14, 2007 09:30 AM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY
Thanks for the compliment.  Yep, it's a strange world out there, and AR is no exception. Not being featured is no problem...I did happen to hear that this post made the "Week In Review" which I guess is cool.
May 14, 2007 11:43 AM
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes
Well, maybe one day I will write something that will be considered a featured post. For now I will lump along at my own speed till someone (higher-up) discovers my brilliance! lol 
May 15, 2007 11:42 AM
Rob Robinson- Lehigh Valley PA
Bertrum Settlements (Title & Abstract) - Allentown, PA
You and me both Lizette.
May 16, 2007 12:28 AM
Coach Steve Toth
Real Coaching Radio Network™ - Broomfield, CO

Is this a place of an Ego parlor? - I think not

I'm new here, but so far my observation is that it's a place of a bunch of professionals sharing ideas, experiences and themselves.  A refreshing  change from some other networks I have been part of where it's all about selling each other something.

I personally do not care when I'll get featured.  When I do it will be the perfect time and it will be great, If I don't it will be great too!

I do enjoy every ones sense of humor.

To Your Success,

Coach Steve
Tune into Real Coaching Radio-It's all about YOU!


May 16, 2007 02:30 AM
Eric Carlsen
The Scene Lab - New York, NY


Thanks for your comment and you candor. I certainly understand your sentiments when it comes to featured posts. They will not define your success as a blogger or member of this community. That being said, many in this community are curious why some posts are featured and others are not. It also stands to reason that featured posts give individuals an opportunity to be seen and heard by others who may not otherwise have taken notice.

Every post need not be a featured post, but each one can be meaningful and help you reach out to community members. 

May 16, 2007 06:40 AM
Nicolette Ceballos, Fountain Valley Now Serving all of California
Bilingual Escrow Officer - Fountain Valley, CA
Great post!  Thanks for all the tips!  Each one will be helpful to all bloggers.
May 16, 2007 06:52 AM
Carmen Offutt
La Rosa Realty - Altamonte Springs, FL

Interesting observation and I would have to say that is the same impression I got.  I would like to know what kind of information attracts more consumers, that would really be interesting.

May 16, 2007 08:29 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI
Great ideas. Thanks so much.
May 23, 2007 03:28 PM

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