Jack Gerbehy

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Ambassador
1,446,619
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

A blog gets featured when it is deemed interesting to others, will start a conversation, is relevant to current events/topical . . .   this has been under discussion since the earliest days of AR and will forever be a source of contention for some.  Hopefully, in the spirit of the holidays you'll not find you've opened a can of worms!! 

Nov 27, 2015 03:12 AM
Rainmaker
400,356
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I have no idea what makes for a featured blog post.  Some that I've seen featured have interesting and useful information and others are a complete mystery to me.  Some bloggers seem to be featured at the first keystroke. 

Nov 27, 2015 03:42 AM
Rainmaker
2,775,781
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

What is the best way to roll sevens in a dice game? Here is a multiple choice answer. choose one

a. know the game

b. load the dice

c. get lucky

d. not care

Nov 27, 2015 06:34 AM
Rainmaker
5,772,353
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jack,

The best way to get featured is to write about what you like.  Be genuine and authentic, that is what I find in common about those who are featured.  A

Nov 27, 2015 04:23 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

The staff picks which blog is featured based on their take for what is the most engaging and informative posts.

Nov 27, 2015 03:16 AM
Rainmaker
5,096,366
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jack... this is a question for the ages that many have asked many times.

Nov 27, 2015 10:07 PM
Rainmaker
1,619,191
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

That is a biggest mystery of AR, lol. I'm here for years and still can not understand how it works. I do have my guesses, since it is not about content and comments for sure. 

Nov 27, 2015 04:34 PM
Rainmaker
3,415,644
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In the past it was thought it was cash, bribes or you need to be in the "IN" crowd.  Otherwise you have to write something that peaks everyones attention and garners lots of comments and LIKES.

Nov 27, 2015 05:03 AM
Rainmaker
5,583,167
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

quality content results in a feature if those who select features are "paying attention"....often, a quality post will be "missed".... but google doesn't miss!!!

Nov 27, 2015 04:10 AM
Ambassador
2,166,567
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It is among the top 25 mysteries of the universe.  :-)  

Nov 27, 2015 09:26 AM
Rainmaker
908,708
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

AR has a big wheel like on Wheel of Fortune with all members names on it. They spin it once a day, and if it lands on your name, and you blogged that day, you get featured. If you didn't blog that day, you lose your feature opportunity, and they spin again. Eventually someone gets featured, so blog often as you can to increase your odds!

Nov 27, 2015 05:04 AM
Ambassador
6,356,194
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

How to get a blog featured is the fifty dollar question that has been asked by most of us without a good consistent answer so far.

Not all good ones will get featured, and not all featured posts are good but the goal is to feature the good ones,  ....

or at least that is what is supposed to happen.

Nov 27, 2015 04:05 AM
Rainmaker
1,466,207
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jack Gerbehy This is the mystery of the Universe. Keep writing posts with good content and you will soon get "Featured".

Nov 27, 2015 03:24 AM
Rainmaker
2,070,825
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Content. 

Nov 21, 2019 08:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,598,452
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Great answers you got.

Nov 21, 2019 01:07 PM
Rainmaker
4,319,419
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jack Gerbehy Richie Alan Naggar has a great answer!

Though I can say, probability of getting featured is much less than rolling a dice and getting 7.

Nov 28, 2015 03:05 PM
Rainer
57,189
Jack Gerbehy
Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Just wanted to Thank Everyone for commenting 

Nov 28, 2015 12:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,722,826
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That is one of the most elusive questions that you may never receive an answer.

Nov 27, 2015 10:07 PM
Rainer
213,263
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I have had several featured and never know how or why.

Nov 27, 2015 09:50 PM
Ambassador
3,727,581
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

A post gets featured by what we fondly call the Gold Star Fairy.  Generally, a featured post is (most important) original (no rent-a-blog posts or reprints of New York Times articles), and a combination of a good topic a reasonably well-written.  There are no hard and fast rules - it's totally up to the whim of GSF.  It took me serveral months to earn my first one. 

Nov 27, 2015 09:03 AM
Rainmaker
5,850,101
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is a million dollar question, and is all up to those watching the blogs for the day with the best content.

Nov 27, 2015 07:44 AM
Rainmaker
1,525,616
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I have had 6 features out of 1494 so obviously I don't know the secret.  It does seem like certain people get more features than others.

Nov 27, 2015 06:57 AM
Rainmaker
7,792,559
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The requirements of becoming a featured blog is still one of the mysteries of ActiveRain. You need to have supportive friends among the selected Ambassadors and the staff.

You can always suggest that a blog should be featured.

Nov 27, 2015 04:45 AM
Rainmaker
2,538,633
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jack. The best way to get something features is to write good content about a topic, if that doesn't happen it won't be likely. I never write with that hope, if something ever got featured, that's great, if not that's OK as well.

Nov 27, 2015 06:17 PM
Rainmaker
3,986,196
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That is the question of the day and every day

Nov 27, 2015 12:15 PM
Rainmaker
2,443,200
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Someone or a group of someones unknown to the general membership awards "features" for reasons most of us do not know.

Nov 27, 2015 11:18 AM
Rainmaker
2,224,473
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

To be honest with you...I believe it has a lot to do with the title. A catchy title gets more readers drawn to it and more chances to get more likes on the post. Great content is really what a featured post should be all about, though, and a lot of the time it is. 

Although this is just what I think. Who selects and helps to find the feature worthy content isn't known to me, and I don't know what the process for selecting a feature is. 

Nov 27, 2015 08:00 AM
Rainer
231,224
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

ask or answer with some frequency...and of course the content,,, blogs can be featured as well as questions... and answers can grab attention as well... after that..just bribe AR pundits :)

Nov 27, 2015 03:27 AM
Ambassador
5,789,838
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

It's a question that gets asked often and there is no pat answer.  We call them the feature fairies who strike at will.  Just write in your own words and offer good content. That seems to work. 

Nov 28, 2015 02:03 AM
Rainmaker
4,554,044
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Sometimes for a very good reason and sometimes for absolutely no reason at all.  

Nov 28, 2015 12:04 AM
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

What Patricia Kennedy said...

Nov 27, 2015 11:41 PM
Rainmaker
1,658,636
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I have no clue and actually never think about getting one. 

Nov 27, 2015 11:06 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

Feaures are Industry related and of high interest to the other members  The are hand picked to be a Feature by the staff.

Nov 27, 2015 01:39 PM
Rainmaker
1,498,438
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My understanding is an ambassador must choose the post to be featured.  They likely have guidelines to go by.

Nov 27, 2015 10:00 AM
Rainmaker
1,577,443
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Active Rain monitors read posts and decide which might be of more general interest, they get featured. As far as how to be featured? Write good posts and become an active community member...commenting and responding to members. 

Nov 27, 2015 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,237,495
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is the role and choice of management. I suspect they read a few and picked whoever's whose work stood out.

I got one featured early in the morning.  Then they removed the feature and points.  I do not reblog mine and my work is original.  I removed it and repost with extensive rewrite, editing but it was not featured.   The only reason I think is they did not like to  see my bio at the bottom.

Others that I have featured I do not think that many read but the staff thought they were good.

If you make an effort and blog more often I think your chance is very good.

Nov 27, 2015 05:14 AM