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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


    Close your eyes, cross your heart with both arms, click your heels together several times, and chant "Feature Fairy, Feature Fairy" over and over.


   Just kidding!  The features are chosen by AR staff.  There appears to be no rhyme or reason.

Jul 08, 2016 11:28 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I decide that.  Keep working, Steve.  :)  

Jul 08, 2016 12:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

That's the million dollar question that we all ask Steve. 

Jul 08, 2016 11:11 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

 Call Feature Fairy 


Jul 08, 2016 11:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's done by the AR staff as far as I know, but not sure who or how many

Good quality writing on topics that will appeal to members are likely to be selected, but there are lots of these so the true criteria are hard to know. Keep plugging away

Jul 08, 2016 10:47 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Fred Griffin said it well, we call it the Fickle Finger of Featured Post.  Don't worry about it, just keep writing... A

Jul 08, 2016 12:37 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

One of the secrets is to not ask  

The other secret is to write good content, something that will start a conversation, something that will stimulate others. 

My best advice is to not worry about it and continue to write to your audience and if it happens, great.  If it doesn't, great too because a gold star doesn't make the phone ring!

Jul 08, 2016 10:15 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

We have all asked that question and one thing to help your chances is to write really good content that will be of benefit to the community. Don't copy anyone else's materials and be sure to format it so it is easy to read with a large enough font to read. Then sit back and see what happens. There is really no magic formula and some get featured and you may wonder why and others you will totally agree with.

Jul 08, 2016 01:49 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It will not make one rich. There are virtually 100s of blogs posted daily. The big brother has just so much time to read them.

The content has to be politically correct. It is a numbering game. What constitutes quality relevant content is in the eye of the beholder.

Keep blogging..

Jul 08, 2016 10:25 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

the smart ass answer is : its google analytics :  the real answer it isnt much different. it is done by a human, based upon readers and members viewing etc.. 

Jul 08, 2016 09:55 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

The age-old question in AR... it's the AR gods who decide. Then again, Fred Griffin gave you a pretty good answer, as well.

Jul 08, 2016 09:10 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Most of us wonder the same thing. I have seen posts go Featured before anyone even comments on them. Then I see some folks get every other post featured and others with very good content overlooked.

Once I saw a "featured" given for a post by a "popular" AR member about a new side walk he put in on the side of his driveway, I was flabbergasted. So your guess is as good as ours.

Jul 08, 2016 08:56 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Write something that will benefit a wide audience. I like to write about real estate issues in my area, and often times I will write in a general way, so it appeals and can be helpful to people in other markets. Those seem to get attention and sometimes featured. 

Jul 08, 2016 03:02 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Let me know when you find out!

Jul 08, 2016 12:13 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

There are blog Gods who do it behind the scenes. I am not sure who they are...

Jul 08, 2016 11:52 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


this is the biggest mystery of the Rain. We try to solve it for years. 

Jul 08, 2016 05:43 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Good Question.... it seems to happen way more for some than others... we used to be able to suggest a post was featured but they took that button away... Good Luck!

Jul 08, 2016 05:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Steve Snyder - apart from being a good post, you got to be lucky....(just kidding!)

Jul 08, 2016 04:04 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

To tell you the truth; I don't know anymore Steve.

Jul 08, 2016 02:14 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

The is the numnber one question on this sight.

Jul 08, 2016 12:55 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I wish I knew.  I know staff at AR features posts.  The feature fairies, as we affectionately call them, are unknown to the AR Community at large. If you find out ... please let the rest of us know.. okay?

Jul 08, 2016 12:50 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I bet that if you write a very interesting post it will be featured Steve.

Jul 08, 2016 12:49 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not sure, but have been blessed a few times!

Jul 09, 2016 12:05 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

I'll go with Amanda & Jarad Christiansen's answer. Too funny.

Jul 08, 2016 11:57 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Take a look at the things that you could write to make your phone ring, then do the opposite.  The reality is that I've had lots of Feature posts in writing here for 6 years, but those posts are NOT the ones that are business productive.  The posts I write about subdivisions, new construction, our patio home niche, etc., THOSE are the posts that make us money.  They don't get many comments, but I'll trade paychecks for comments any day.

The other part is as some said, just pure luck.  You can write great content, but if your posting time doesn't align with when AR Staff and Feature Fairies are looking, it's easy to get missed.  The more followers you develop over time, the easier it gets to be noticed.  It's often a chicken/egg thing.  People that get featured often are known to consistently write well, so perhaps their posts are more likely to get noticed.

Good luck!

Jul 08, 2016 09:43 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Ok follow these steps...

  1. Close your eyes
  2. Spin around clockwise three times
  3. Clap your hands once - if you do it twice, wait 5 minutes and start again
  4. Spin around counter clock wise 2 times - if you get dizzy sit down before your fall down
  5. Write and publish your blog post
  6. Close your eyes and Voila...

There are approx. 200 other posts that probably didn't get featured either - it's up to the gods that exist at AR.

Jul 08, 2016 09:12 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Steve - Your guess is as good as mine.

All I know is that AR Staff decides, but I don't know the criteria.

Jul 13, 2016 11:47 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

You have to sleep with the Feature Fairy.  Just kidding. A well-written post with good graphics and a catchy title will usually grab its attention.  And you never know.  It took me a long time to get my first one.

Jul 09, 2016 03:41 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've often wondered about that.  The AR staff decides and there does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.  I've seen some absolute crap that barely counted as a blog and had limited appeal get featured and I've seen some brilliant content with mass appeal not get featured.

Jul 09, 2016 05:50 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Jul 09, 2016 04:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good question, Steve.  Everyone has an opinion, but no one knows for sure.

Jul 09, 2016 03:56 AM
Toronto, ON

AR management and/or its designated persons decide which posts are featured.

Jul 09, 2016 03:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

An age old question on ActiveRain -- kinda like "what is the meaning of life?" except without the chance for a greater understanding and deep discussion. A gold star may attract some additional eyes and comments here but they rarely make the telephone ring.    

Jul 09, 2016 02:34 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

The age-old question... there are some good posts on the subject; try researching. Basically, I think it needs to be viewed as being of value or educational or just super cool or who knows?

Jul 09, 2016 02:27 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Good question and asked often without a really clear answer. Features are chosen by the AR staff, to the best of my knowledge, and they try to include a little of everything and from a variety of members. That being said, there are always members who are very strong writers, write original or pertinent content, and are then featured more often than most.

Jul 09, 2016 02:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I wish they would have a feature button that if so many people think it is worth hitting than you are feature.

Jul 09, 2016 01:48 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

say a Hail Mary....

Jul 09, 2016 01:06 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

The AR Gods/Goddesses decide, and I do not know that answer!  I do not write numerous Blogs and actually ask more questions in the Q & A.  You will get quick, informative, answers, and there is usually always humor involved!  I've written on topics real estate related and just ordinary topics that are of interest to me here in the desert.  None have been featured, and I hope that one day, one will be!  I know that you will get a featured Blog - hand in there Steve Snyder!! 

Jul 09, 2016 12:57 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

You will need to bribe the AR staff then maybe your post gets featured or just write great content.

Jul 08, 2016 11:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You just joined Features anonymous. Your name is Steve? Hi Steve! (all)

Jul 08, 2016 11:20 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Steve Snyder Keep writing good quality posts with good content and you will get featured.

Jul 08, 2016 11:18 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Write outstanding content. 

Requirements for feature recognition are elusive. 

Jul 08, 2016 10:21 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

It's sort of like a Zestimate - closely guarded algorithm & secret lol .

Jul 08, 2016 09:39 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

what William Feela said...

Jul 08, 2016 09:31 PM