How to Make Points on ActiveRain

Real Estate Agent with ZipRealty, Inc.

OK, I am going to share some secrets with the members of this group.  This blog post is only to the members of this team and not to the ActiveRain community.  This post also will not appear on my blog and also will not earn me an points.  Maybe it will earn me your friendship and support on ActiveRain.

I noticed there are several others in this group who have also earned a substantial number of points.  I would hope they will also share with us by posting only to this group.

I participated in Karen George's "Great Experiment" on SEO and increasing your position on Google.  There are two other members of this group who also participated.  We all learned a lot and Karen is a great teacher.  See her blog to read about this and get involved when she does it again.  I will cover SEO and how we as a group can participate in a later group post.  If the other two participants want to post about it to this group only, please do.

The subject today is just on ActiveRain points.  The point game can seem a little bit trite, however it is what moves us up in our city or town, county, and state on both ActiveRain and Localism.  Prospects usually pick the top agents, so this is all about increasing our business.  The points are just the medium to achieve this.

My current status is 64,931 points.  I am #1 in Huntington Beach, #1 in Orange County, and #10 in the highly competitive market of California with Jeff Turner and others I am sure you know.

I joined ActiveRain on an invite from someone I do not know on December 9, 2006.  I put in my personal profile information and like several new members went to sleep.  I got active with some blogs in January 2007 and only posted one in Feburary. I really only started getting active on ActiveRain in March of this year.  That is why I created this group.  Thus most of what I have done is in two and a half months.

Before I go into suggestions on what you should do, let me give you my statistics.

1558 points for profile.

2011 points for invites.

35,697 points for posting 163 blogs.

8200 points for commenting on others blogs.

5800 points for linking my websites.

11,665 points for other (5225 for pictures to localism; 6290 for listing neighborhoods to the cities where I work, 50 points for first looking at my point summary, and 100 points for first sending in an email to ActiveRain about a problem or suggestion.

Now what can you do.

First the profile.  I do not know how they evaluate the points (maybe someone else can comment) and the amount is small.  But the profile is important for SEO.  Make sure all your cities are includes and the primary neighborhoods are included.  Also include any keywords you think are important to your business.  You can look at mine.  I have not dressed it up yet for consumers, but it has all the relavant SEO information and comes up in the front page of Google for all the neighborhoods I have listed.

Second the invites.  Unless you know service providers or others that are not competing with you in your region, forget about this.  I am a e-PRO and a menber of the Women's Council of Realtors, so I invited out of state Realtors, with little success.  Eight responded, and of them only one is active and earned me nearly half of the points I got this way.  Obviously you do not wnat to invite people in your city, town or county because they may compete with you for the coveted #1 spot that will earn you new business.  points are insignificant so why go to the effort.

Third blogs.  The big daddy of them all.  You can post up to 10 blogs a week and earn 200 points each.  That is 2000 points a week.  You also earn bonus points for traffic, comments, and featured listings.  Traffic and comments are keys so make sure you have a catchy title and solicit comments in your blog by asking questions.  I too need to work on this, however many of my posts are to localism and the public so the titles are just descriptive. Don't worry about featured listing.  The points are minimal and it is more of an ego thing.  The moderators on AR all have their favorites.  Although I did get 3 featured posts on ActiveRain and 2 on Localism out of 163 posts.  Posta about your area and market conditions to Localism are key.  This is what the public sees and could lead to new prospects. If you have posts to Localism please join the Posts to Localism Group and submit them here for AR members to comment on them.

Get involved with your favorite hobby.  Mine is amateur photography so I have done a lot in the Photography group and have also created the Photoshop Elements Group.  If you do not see a hobby group on AR create one.  Just do a group search with key words first since there are so many duplicate groups.  Don't create groups for points, you get none.

Fourth, comment!  I just got wise to this.  You can comment on up to 10 posts a day and earn 25 points for every comment.  That is 1750 points in a week, nearly what you get for your own posts.  You can see that I have not done this as much as I should do.  I am generally doing better now.

Fifth link your websites to ActiveRain.  I have several websites so I got a fair number of points.  But if you have one or two add a link to them.  You can always get a free website on

Last promote your area of business on localism.  You earn points for listing new neighborhoods on Localism and for sdding pictures of your area.

I know this has been long, but hopefully you have learned some good tips.

Now in return when you see a blog from one of our members make a comment.  It moves that blog up on the charts and allows others to see it and comment.  This is what gets us the bonus points and you the extra 25 points.

I will talk about SEO later.

Have fun and I hope this helps our groups members.



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Marjorie Taylor
Landon Homes - Saint Augustine, FL
New Homes in St. Augustine Florida

Great explanation of the point system.  I think I'll go add a few neighborhoods in Localism!

Sep 18, 2009 03:56 PM #21
Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks

Thanks Mike, I'm doing most of your list and vow to get moving on all of it.

Oct 04, 2009 10:20 AM #22
Monique Hailer & Todd Combs, PA
Schooner Bay Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Waterfront Specialists!

Mike ~ Thank you taking the time and effort in this very inforamtive post. See you in top spot in Google.

Nov 07, 2009 07:57 PM #23
GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster
THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279) - Westminster, CO
REOptions LLC

Yo Mike.

U R the man..thanks for the pointers!!!!Really ..Ive asked several to no reply...

Apprecited your help !!!!

Score on !!

Gary D

Nov 12, 2009 05:49 PM #24
Michael J. Perry
KELLER WILLIAMS of Central PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster Relo Specialist

Mike , if you've still here ,I've got a points question !!!!

I'm competing for track position with a guy in my state ! He has greatly closed the gap with 24,000 BONUS points !!!!!! Is this all by linking tons of domain names and or websites(possibly of 1 page variety) ???????? These bonus points are very foggy for most of us !!!!!!

Mar 12, 2010 07:13 AM #25
House Sale Advisors Lancaster and Lebanon Counties PA
House Sale Advisors - Quarryville, PA

Thanks Mike and Mike,

This was very informative.  It explatins a lot about what AC is.

Mar 12, 2010 10:07 AM #26
Wendy Hayden
Photographer, Home Stager, ePRO - Richmond, VA
Chesterfield, Richmond & Powahatan

I have been having a great time getting the points to get to the top in my area.  Now I want to keep growing and make sure I stay in front.  Thanks for the post!

May 20, 2010 08:43 PM #27
Tim Derylak
Keller Williams Realty - Fort Mill, SC

Great post Mike!  I've been trying to learn the ropes of the ActiveRains points system.  Any new suggestions as time goes by would be greatly appreciated!

Jul 30, 2010 11:08 PM #28
Phil Leng
Keller Williams Eastside Market Center - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng Team - Residential Real Estate Experts &

Hi Mike

This was a very systematic and organized blog about points.

I must admit I was disappointed when I saw how many points you had. I thought you would have over 200000!

Nonetheless, very helpful



Sep 03, 2010 06:23 AM #29
Joel Schmidt
Re/Max Platinum - Brighton, MI
Waterfront Luxury & Golf Course Frontage

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the tips... I will get better at working on localism for sure!!


Sep 26, 2010 08:04 PM #30
Jark Krysinski

Mike thanks a lot for this post.  I appreciate that others are thinking about learning something and generating something, over and above just snagging more and more points for no reason.  I've noticed that putting in a testominial on you profile ads 500 points alone, which is admorable.  I've been on AR for 22 days now and have about 17,000 and am loving every step of the way.  The best part, is the sheer number of contact I have from people who, on a site like facebook, would seldom talk to each other.   Cheers and keep on keepin' on.  Jark.

Sep 27, 2010 10:55 PM #31
Ben Benita - Gainesville, VA
Short Sale Negotiator, Author

Well done amigo....I too am trying to figure out the points system....I am learning just how competitive I am!!!!


Oct 18, 2010 12:52 AM #32
Tracy Lee Parker
Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006

It is amazing to me that you posted this 3 years ago and you are still getting comments!

Nov 14, 2010 11:28 PM #33
Renee Marrs Caperton
Century 21 Marrs & Associates - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate

Thanks for putting the points list together and explaining.  Great post!

Dec 18, 2010 09:39 AM #34
James Sanson - Ranked in the TOP 1% of Arizona
Sonoran Properties - Maricopa, AZ
Homes for sale in Maricopa AZ

How important are point for Real Estate Agents?

Jul 18, 2011 02:50 AM #35
Sherri Wellborn
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

Thanks Mike!  I am still learning about the localism feature!  

Jul 30, 2011 11:17 AM #36
Brian Sharkey | Broker | GRI | South Florida's #1 Broker
SharkeyRE LLC - Stuart, FL
SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker

Thanks Mike, I've been in the rain for years but this is a good reminder on how to keep the points coming in.

Mar 29, 2012 06:15 PM #37
Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
Giving you the service you deserve!

Mike - well done.  I've always wondered how the points work.  Your post was invaluable to answering the question. Hmmm now to get to the localism more.  I'm a little rusty, but time to brush off the dust and get moving.  Thank you!!!

May 22, 2012 04:42 AM #38
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore
Aug 19, 2013 09:29 AM #39
Paula McDaniel
Realty Center - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga's Best Luxury Home Realtor!

Thank you for sharing Mike. I have been trying to get to number 1 in Chattanooga, TN for over a year now and the only members ranked above me now are members that have not been on this site or posted a blog entry in years. Thank you for the motivation to keep trying and have a successful day! 

Feb 26, 2014 10:24 AM #40
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