Proposed blog category changes

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Based on feedback we are going to try to be more pro-active in getting members involved in updates to the system before we make them.  This will prevent people from being so surprised when something changes and also get feedback before implementing a change.

One of the changes we plan to make in the next several days is changing the current categories/channels that blog posts can be added to.  Current it looks like:

Instead we are going to change it to, two categories with several sub categories.

For Real Estate Professionals

  • ActiveRain Community
  • Industry News
  • Tips, Tricks and Advice
  • Real Estate Opinions
  • Off topic, humor, etc
  • Advertising

For Consumers

  • General Information and Advice
  • Regional Information
  • Regional News
  • Advertising a listing
  • Other service advertisement

What this will allow us to do it provide some better post viewing options, and also better display content to consumers.  The existing viewing options would still be available all posts for real estate professionals could be viewed regardless of sub-category.  We want to get feedback on the categories we are planning to offer.  The idea is to keep the list of categories reasonably short, and if need be, we can offer more later.

-Matt Heaton (ActiveRain CEO)

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Rainer
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Carole Cohen
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office - Cleveland, OH
Realtor, ePRO

I definitely agree the Market Update Category would be a very useful tool. When I hit 'Associates Blogs' i can still view every type of listing anyone on my list has written.  Will that stay the same? I hope so. Many different ways of searching on here and I try to utilize them all at different times of the day....unless I'm actually out working of course!

Oct 18, 2006 09:36 PM #19
Rainer
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Dan Jungclas
Re/Max Orange County East - Naperville, IL
Great ideas!  Only comment I might offer is can you make it possible for a city to span multiple counties?  Thanx
Oct 18, 2006 11:26 PM #20
Ambassador
1,832,397
Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
I think it makes a lot of sense. There are so many good blogs that one cannot read them all, and having a list to consult (both for posting as well as to select what to read) is very helpful. Knowing about changes in advance is a must I think. I love seeing all the positive changes as the network grows and evolves. Can we post in more than one category if it makes sense, or both consumer and Realtor?
Oct 18, 2006 11:44 PM #21
Rainer
262,370
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
I hope you will give examples of what goes where. There are some paosts that are not too esily categorized.
Oct 19, 2006 12:05 AM #22
Rainer
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Matt Heaton
Timu Corp - CEO, ActiveRain - Co-founder - Bothell, WA
Jeff: Yes, you'll will be able to post to multiple catagories if the post is appropriate.  We'll probably have some built in restrictions to simply keep people from clicking on all of them (which happened all the time).
Oct 19, 2006 12:57 AM #23
Rainer
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Pete Willner
Broker Direct Real Estate - Murrieta, CA

Another great addition in my opinion. It will make browsing and posting much more efficient when broken down.

Pete Willner
Who Will? Pete Will!
Broker Direct Real Estate
www.petewill.com

Oct 19, 2006 01:14 AM #24
Rainmaker
164,193
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
The changes appear to be good for making it easier to find the type of information desired. My principal concern at this point is not to be so fragmented that is discourages utilization due to the numerous options.
Oct 19, 2006 05:10 AM #25
Rainer
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William Seufert
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
Good idea. Real Estate opinions makes a lot of sense.
Oct 19, 2006 05:47 AM #26
Anonymous
Anonymous
Paul
I like it!  Keep up the good work guys.
Oct 19, 2006 09:43 AM #27
Rainer
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Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group - Highland Park, CA
Cool stuff i already see how these changes are getting to the consumers out there.....
Oct 19, 2006 10:24 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Jonathan Dalton
Realty ONE Group - Glendale, AZ
Wouldn't that depend on the topic of the rant, Cheryl? I can rant real estate as easily as why my Buccaneers are terrible this year. :-)
Oct 19, 2006 11:05 AM #29
Rainer
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Andrew Hodge
Right At Home Realty Inc. - Richmond Hill, ON
I like this addition.  Any time you can organize information better I think it is a bonus.  It will save us all time finding the types of information that we are interested in.
Oct 19, 2006 12:08 PM #30
Rainmaker
208,469
Toby Barnett
Barnett Associates R/E Team - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett

The break down of categories should also help SEs sort through all the information as well. I'll second or third the Market Update category.

Oct 19, 2006 03:38 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Makes sense and will give credence to the search engines when we want to post something for fun versus informational as well as being an asset for us to search great categories such as Tips,Tricks & Advice etc.

I still do feel that a link on our homepages with realtive do and don'ts might be helpful...examples are always nice.

And I'm still not getting my ActiveRain email updates.

Oct 19, 2006 04:51 PM #32
Rainer
280,676
Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters - Arlington Heights, IL
Great idea! also glad you asked the community before making the change.
Oct 19, 2006 05:58 PM #33
Rainer
236,703
Lawrence Yerkes
RE/MAX Preferred - Medford Township, NJ
Broker Associate, Southern New Jersey Real Estate Services
I like where you are heading with this. 

Concerning the consumer subcategories...
I have posts that fall into more than one state (or county or city) as I am in a tri-state area. Will it be possible to select more than one "region"?   Otherwise, my only option will be the general consumer category.

Would also like to see something like an "Off-topic, Humor, etc." category on the Consumer side.

Thank you for your efforts on this and allowing us to provide feedback.
Oct 19, 2006 09:22 PM #34
Rainer
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Rob Wills
Gilpin Realty Inc. - Everett, WA
That looks like it will be more catagorized I like it
Oct 19, 2006 09:58 PM #35
Rainer
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Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
Noted Curmudgeons - Saint Paul, MN

Matt,

 

Medford & I are quite excited about this change—at last a couple of categories we can lurk in with our opinions & (we hope) humor)—and specific areas we may search for the all-important “blog food.”

 

Thanks, Jay & Medford

Oct 20, 2006 03:45 AM #36
Rainer
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Michael Roberts
Real Estate Professionals of Glynn - Saint Simons Island, GA

Good concept changes and since you answered other questions in later response I fully support the change.

Oct 20, 2006 08:57 AM #37
Rainmaker
328,918
Carolyn Nelson
Online REPA - Durham, NC
REO, Short Sales & Closing Coordinator/Client Serv
This is a great idea. Thank you for including us in your decision making process.
Oct 21, 2006 12:47 AM #38
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