Proposed blog category changes

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Education & Training with ActiveRain

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
Realtor, ePRO
Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office

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!

October 18, 2006 09:36 PM
Rainer
3,043
Dan Jungclas
Re/Max Orange County East
Great ideas!  Only comment I might offer is can you make it possible for a city to span multiple counties?  Thanx
October 18, 2006 11:26 PM
Ambassador
1,803,823
Jeff Dowler CRS
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
Solutions Real Estate
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?
October 18, 2006 11:44 PM
Rainer
262,270
Ginger Sala
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC
I hope you will give examples of what goes where. There are some paosts that are not too esily categorized.
October 19, 2006 12:05 AM
Rainer
1,092,162
Matt Heaton
Timu Corp - CEO, ActiveRain - Co-founder
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).
October 19, 2006 12:57 AM
Rainer
24,914
Pete Willner
Broker Direct Real Estate

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

October 19, 2006 01:14 AM
Rainmaker
164,193
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty
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.
October 19, 2006 05:10 AM
Rainer
11,979
William Seufert
Florida List For Less Realty, Inc.
Good idea. Real Estate opinions makes a lot of sense.
October 19, 2006 05:47 AM
Anonymous #27
Anonymous
Paul
I like it!  Keep up the good work guys.
October 19, 2006 09:43 AM
Rainer
200,293
Eddy Martinez
Nationwide Funding Group
Cool stuff i already see how these changes are getting to the consumers out there.....
October 19, 2006 10:24 AM
Rainmaker
50,548
Jonathan Dalton
Realty ONE Group
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. :-)
October 19, 2006 11:05 AM
Rainer
18,722
Andrew Hodge
Right At Home Realty Inc.
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.
October 19, 2006 12:08 PM
Rainmaker
206,753
Toby Barnett
Toby Barnett
Barnett Associates R/E Team

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.

October 19, 2006 03:38 PM
Rainmaker
246,143
Gena Riede
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792

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.

October 19, 2006 04:51 PM
Rainer
278,090
Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters
Great idea! also glad you asked the community before making the change.
October 19, 2006 05:58 PM
Rainer
236,503
Lawrence Yerkes
Broker Associate, Southern New Jersey Real Estate Services
RE/MAX Preferred
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.
October 19, 2006 09:22 PM
Rainer
17,223
Rob Wills
Gilpin Realty Inc.
That looks like it will be more catagorized I like it
October 19, 2006 09:58 PM
Rainer
132,658
Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
Noted Curmudgeons

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

October 20, 2006 03:45 AM
Rainer
29,293
Michael Roberts
Real Estate Professionals of Glynn

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

October 20, 2006 08:57 AM
Rainmaker
327,936
Carolyn Nelson
REO, Short Sales & Closing Coordinator/Client Serv
Online REPA
This is a great idea. Thank you for including us in your decision making process.
October 21, 2006 12:47 AM
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