RantRave is a wonderful platform for debating and publishing articles on a wide range of topics. Although it is no longer a provider for Google News and Ad Sense revenue share is now only 50%, RantRave remains the only revenue sharing, article publishing site that allows op-ed type of articles.
I hope that the freedom of expression will remain one of the guiding lights for this site. However, some changes would really help the site rankings in search engines and help authors with promotion of their work here.
So… Here is my wish list of changes I would like to see implemented on RantRave:1. RSS Feed and RSS feed subscription
RSS feed is de-facto standard for all sites similar to RantRave. RSS readers are everywhere and there are hundreds of feed directories that can bring both back-links and traffic.
FeedBurner offers really easy form that can be integrated on site so people can subscribe to updates. People might actually be interested to read further writings on this site but if they see no easy way to subscribe, we lose them.2. RSS Feeds for individual authors
Same reasons as above, only it would be great to offer people option to follow a single author. Of course, it would make it easier for individual authors to promote their own feeds in their blogs or feed directories. If sites like Wizzley can offer individual feeds
I don't see why RantRave couldn't do the same.3. Allowing anonymous comments with moderation
A lot of people might want to comment on our articles but do not want to go through the hassle of registering on RR to be able to post comments. Allowing anonymous comments would be great. The only difference should be that registered author's comments are immediately visible on site, while anonymous comments should wait for author's approval. This would effectively stop spam and it would help with the discussions and popularity.4. Adding comment form to "flag this post"
Just flagging the article without being able to explain the reason for flagging does not help. Many posts infringe on copyright or are just a straight copy/paste from other sites. This lowers the ranking of entire site and Ad Sense could even suspend accounts for that. If I could say that I am flagging the post because it is copy/paste from www.similartorantrave.com
then the admins will know what the exact reason for the red flag is. 5. Updating the home page links at least once a month
Most of the TOP articles and TOP authors listed on the home page are based on old statistics, and in some cases, extremely old statistics. Updating those links at least once a month based on the last 30 days of activity would help with the freshness and authority of the site. It would also be an incentive for authors to remain active and post new articles and comments all the time.
Just changing the Daily Rant and the Daily Rave from time to time simply does not cut it.Well… That's it. Implementing these five suggestions would make me happy. What do you think?