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Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Not at all. I think some people are sure to get featured because of who they know (and I don't know who you need to know), but really good quality content with widespread appeal is what will get you featured. 

Jul 15, 2016 01:17 PM
Rainmaker
4,425,938
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great question funny part is there is a "secrecy oath" taken by all ambassadors so even if they knew the answer they will not share it with you because that will jeopardize their ability to get Featured:))Just kidding, what do I know I am just a Rainmaker but a successful Realtor in Beverly Hills,CA:))

Jul 15, 2016 04:49 PM
Ambassador
3,163,189
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Perception, not reality.  Frankly our Tuesday's Ask An Ambassador posts have a better than average change of being featured, just like Kathy's Sunday posts and Pat's Sunday posts.  People look for them and expect them and they're giving back to the community.  The same for some of the Ambassadors who regularly write posts that are aimed at giving back to the community.  Outside of that, it's a roll of the dice for the Ambassadors just like anyone else.

Jul 15, 2016 09:17 PM
Rainmaker
2,443,200
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

no, absolutely not!

Jul 15, 2016 01:23 PM
Ambassador
1,022,123
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

This one made me laugh out loud. There is nothing that 'guarantees' a feature. As a general rule, featured posts are posts that benefit the community, have widespread community interest, teach something that is beneficial . . . no telling what gets featured, but there tends to be a common thread . . . and sometimes it's just plain good ol' human interest. But Ambassadors have no 'feature preference' over anyone else.

Jul 15, 2016 01:10 PM
Ambassador
1,446,769
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

You would think the feature status was created to instill turmoil and angst!  It has to be the most talked about feature of the entire platform. 

Concentrate on writing blog posts that will make your phone ring and your inbox sing -  that's the best benefit of ActiveRain.  If you get Star Status, that's just a cherry on top but be prepared to reply to hundreds of comments on that post -  as they say, be careful what you wish for!

Jul 15, 2016 11:37 PM
Rainmaker
7,793,704
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Ask an Ambassador.

Jul 15, 2016 09:49 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Might help to contact Feature Fairy . . .

Feature Fairy

Jul 16, 2016 07:13 AM
Ambassador
1,285,970
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

LOL. Not Really! I have seen great quality posts not selected as Featured that had been written by Ambassadors. Posts that are beneficial for the whole community are the ones that normally get selected as Featured, especially if it's a success story about the benefits of blogging.

Jul 16, 2016 06:42 AM
Ambassador
2,157,878
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Wouldn't that be easy?

Jul 15, 2016 09:09 PM
Ambassador
3,160,329
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yes,  okay I'm kidding.  I found the question amusing.  Thinking about the features this week I think three were 1st or 2nd posts.   No guarantees around here.

Jul 15, 2016 02:39 PM
Ambassador
2,047,695
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
An offer you can't refuse!

uh.... nah.

Jul 15, 2016 02:36 PM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

No guarantees of features for anyone!  A

Jul 15, 2016 02:01 PM
Ambassador
3,727,581
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

This is one area where there are no guaratees!

Jul 15, 2016 01:43 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,762
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

There are no guarantees in life.

Jul 15, 2016 01:30 PM
Ambassador
5,033,156
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Heck, no. There are no guarantees about features, as in life..except death and taxes

Jul 15, 2016 01:09 PM
Rainmaker
1,525,616
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

There is no guarantee of being featured, but it does seem that some poeple get more features than others.

Jul 15, 2016 01:06 PM
Rainmaker
1,088,437
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

No, and if they were, wouldn't everyone want to be an Ambassador?

Jul 16, 2016 02:53 AM
Rainmaker
4,554,400
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

As Bill Liz and Bill Spear answered there are certain weekly/regular posts that seem almost guaranteed to be featured because they are well-written and recognized as a part of AR.  Beyond that --- it's anybody's guess and that may be part of the formula(guessing).  

Jul 16, 2016 01:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,390,113
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I think the perception is there because lots of featured posts are written by Ambassadors. But, more importantly, are a higher percentage of Ambassador posts featured than non-Ambassador posts? In other words, if I write 100 posts, can I expect I'll get the same number of features as an Ambassador would out of 100 posts? I think not.

Ambassadors, as part of their "job" description are expected to write posts to help the community which is what features are supposed to recognize.

 

 

Jul 16, 2016 01:02 AM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

All I know is i could not get a feature if I fell on it. Funny how i have not seen a feature since answering a queston with my opinion regarding changes on AR? I know features dont make us money but it does sting to be left off the page

Jul 16, 2016 01:00 AM
Rainmaker
3,988,007
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

There are no guarantees at all. It has a lot to do with chance. I have seen some terrific posts writen by Ambassadors and Rainmakers that didn't get featured. I have seen some get featured that caused me to scratch my head.

On another note, many Newbie posts get featured if they are good. Are they formated perfectly, have an expose' of photos or easy to read? Usually not but they have CONTENT that the community can benefit from seeing. That is the magic ingredient. 

Jul 16, 2016 12:14 AM
Rainmaker
1,617,866
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

There are no guarantees just because you are Ambassador that will guarantee featured posts.

Jul 15, 2016 11:22 PM
Rainmaker
823,379
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

No guarantees, but I think that most of the Ambassadors are strong writers and know how to get their message across to other members, which equals more featured posts.

Jul 15, 2016 10:34 PM
Rainmaker
5,096,366
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No.

Jul 15, 2016 10:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,712,551
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No, it has nothing to do with that.

Jul 15, 2016 10:00 PM
Rainmaker
1,840,236
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

No, they are usually featured because they give good general info that everyone can benefit from.

I can see how you might think that way. Up your game so that you'll be included.

Jul 15, 2016 09:48 PM
Rainmaker
3,071,489
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

doubt it

Jul 15, 2016 09:41 PM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

If that was the case.... however, that's the biggest myth!

Jul 15, 2016 04:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,619,316
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Lol, this is the best Q so far today:) I guess, it can. At least for some. 

Jul 16, 2016 03:45 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

NO

Jul 16, 2016 01:31 PM
Ambassador
6,356,500
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think I've had a lot less feature since I became an ambassador than I had before

Jul 16, 2016 12:54 PM
Rainmaker
1,498,448
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

There is never a guarantee to be featured.

Jul 16, 2016 10:06 AM
Rainmaker
382,160
Karen Hurst
RICOASTALLIVING.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Well, let's put it this way. I used to have featured posts years ago. Once I became an Ambassador, I have not had one.  So, no.

Jul 16, 2016 06:05 AM
Rainmaker
4,902,296
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Doubt it.

Jul 16, 2016 03:50 AM
Rainmaker
4,800,082
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No

Jul 16, 2016 03:44 AM
Rainmaker
5,583,167
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Oh, the answers I could give you!!! but I'll stick with NO

Jul 16, 2016 02:58 AM
Rainmaker
4,136,405
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Generally, blogs with good content are featured.

Jul 16, 2016 02:57 AM
Ambassador
3,582,089
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

No way!  I've been an ambassador since 2009 and written thousands of posts that were not featured!

Jul 16, 2016 02:13 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,495
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Definitely not to be featured as avatar. 

Jul 16, 2016 12:34 AM
Ambassador
2,679,459
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

No.

Jul 15, 2016 11:50 PM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

No post is guaranteed to be featured.

Jul 15, 2016 11:13 PM
Rainmaker
2,775,931
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Free parking at your own house is all you get my friend

Jul 15, 2016 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
4,975,728
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Nope!

Jul 15, 2016 11:09 PM
Rainmaker
969,448
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA
FrankRubiRealEstate.com

no

Jul 15, 2016 10:47 PM
Rainmaker
4,434,127
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

no

Jul 15, 2016 09:34 PM
Rainmaker
1,157,785
FN LN
Toronto, ON

No.

Jul 15, 2016 01:58 PM