What It Feels Like to Be a 3 Millionaire

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What It Feels Like to Be a 3 Millionaire

ActiverainSpeaking in ActiveRain jargon, points seem to be the catalyst to get bloggers interested in blogging on a regular basis. The founders were smart in putting this point system in place because as sales agents and independent business people working in an agressive real estate market, we like challenges and we like to set goals for ourselves.

When I joined ActiveRain in October 2011, I didn't know about the points and it took me a few months before I had read enough posts about it and noticed the point clicker changing by my name to really understand. Then someone mentioned when a member reached 500,000 points the ActiveRain account would be free. That seemed like a daunting number and in my mind would take years to get there.

I had prepaid for an entire year membership in ActiveRain and my motivation when starting was to creating more traffic and SEO presence which would get more business in my town of Clarksville TN. But now this point thing was getting under my skin and I wanted that free account. I set a goal.

Daily I blogged and improved my blogging skills. I learned what worked to bring in business and to interact and make friends online. Frankly, it consumed a lot of time and caused friction in my household. My husband made comments that I was addicted and I was. Our marriage survived and finally I reached the free account in July of 2013. I thought that would satisfy me.

Now the truth about how all this feels. The 500,000 was the most special. Earning something that will be free from that point forward feels good, really good. In fact, it felt great and my marketing budget appreciated it, too.

You would think the pressure was off but as some of you know, we aggressive types cannot let it go. We have to go on to the next level and mine was the 1,000,000 point threshold. Reaching the million point mark also felt great because it meant I had stuck with it and was beginning to get real business from my blog. The paydays were the real reward. 


The next goal marker was 2,000,000 and that came much sooner than I expected. You see over time, the point system has changed and the points have come easier. We are awarded points for all kind of things including entering contests, hosting contests, having people bookmark our posts, reblogging a post and commenting.  The Q&A section was added a 3 years ago and that too awards points. The 2,000,000 threshold came in like a lamb without anyone noticing but a couple of members. There was no fanfare, no discount to be had, just the knowledge that I was continuing on my course.

Now then it was off to 3,000,000 points. By this time, my blogging routine has been set and the benefits from blogging have been made clear. Every week someone calls or contacts me because of something I have written. In fact as I write this post, I have talked to two ladies that want to make a move and found my posts. My niche is neighborhoods and that is what they are searching for.

So now I have passed the 3 Million mark. How does it feel?

  • I feel blessed to have been a part of ActiveRain for almost 6 years.
  • I feel blessed to have met lots of quality people and to call many of them friends and met several dozen of them.
  • I have been blessed to have read information that has been shared by my fellow AR buddies and been able to apply a good portion to the way I do my business. 
  • I have been uplifted with the many funny stories and inspirational posts that are the backbone of the members and their businesses.
  • I have a good business and much of it is because of this platform and the push the points gave me to set in motion a course of action where I could be found.
  • I appreciate that my account is free and just hope I give back enough to help sustain its existence.

If the points were to go away today, I would be okay with it. The are not the motivator for me now like they were in the early stages. My habits will not change.

But for the new members that are finding their way, not having points would be sad. The motivation I felt for those first million points or so got me into a regular pattern of blogging and have rewarded my real estate business. I am totally comfortable sharing my thoughts, ideas and information about what I do. Those that have not reached those early thresholds have great rewards waiting for them and need to pursue them.

The public yearns for good information and when we put it out there, it becomes part of the reason our businesses flourish and the momentum will continue for years to come. The Internet is forever, after all.


Written by Debbie Reynolds, ActiveRain Blogger.


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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Way to Go! Debbie! You've contributed so much to our community, and you've been an inspiration for so many bloggers here. Keep up the good work!

Jun 20, 2017 09:33 AM #50
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Congratulations on your successes and the reaching of this goal, Debbie Reynolds ... it was no small fete!  Push that carrot out a bit more ... I'm sure 4 Million will be just around the corner for you ...


Jun 20, 2017 11:32 AM #51
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Debbie - Congratulations on this milestone! You are inspiring me to write more. I took a few years off, but the writing pleasure is starting to call me again! Hope to see/read you soon!

Jun 20, 2017 12:55 PM #52
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Congratulations, and well done. Consistency is rewarded by contacts that lead not just to points but to income as well.

Jun 20, 2017 01:02 PM #53
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Debbie you give a tremendous amount of your time and energy on so many MANY levels to our community.....and then some!!!  Bravo!

Jun 20, 2017 03:22 PM #54
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debbie Reynolds You are so appreciated in the Rain for all you do and all you share. I remember the the first 100,000 points being a big deal.


Jun 20, 2017 07:32 PM #55
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Congrats, and thanks for the inspiration. I'm coming up on a meager 100,000 points, which I initially thought would never happen. Lo and behold, the Rain is not only addicting, but a great place to learn, share and make new friends. 

Jun 20, 2017 07:37 PM #56
Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP
United Realty Group - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hi Debbie: What a wonderful post and sharing which is the essence of AR.

The founders were brilliant with the point system. I don't play sports or anything competitive aside from our business and find the point system  super fun and motivating.  Guess we all have a bit of competitiveness in each of us. Costs much less than going to the casinos or shopping which is all around here.  A BIG congratulations for exceeding 3 million!!!!

Jun 20, 2017 08:23 PM #57
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Can't imagine ever getting to 3 mil points. My goal is to just have enough points to be #1 blogger for my city. Currently number 2. Only about 23,000 to go and that would put me at about 92,000. The last time the current #1 agent blogged was 4 years ago !! I think I'll make and keep going! Congrats on reaching 3 mil. 

Jun 20, 2017 08:29 PM #58
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Debbie,

You are amazing! See me coming for you way, way, way behind.

Jun 20, 2017 09:03 PM #59
David Wright
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN
Real Estate Refined

Debbie Congratulations on reaching the 3,000,000 mark! You are such an inspiration to others to step forward and create new, rich content that will only help their own cause as well as the rest of the ActiveRain community.

Thanks again for sharing!

Jun 20, 2017 09:30 PM #60
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Debbie, you are an integral part of Active Rain, helping make it the wonderful community it is. Thank you, and congrats on those 3M points!

Jun 21, 2017 05:38 AM #61
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Congrats Debbie! The 3 million is just a drop in the bucket compared to what you have given the AR community.

Jun 21, 2017 06:53 AM #62
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Well done and well said Debbie Reynolds Congrats on your featured post and your continued success and prosperity in our real estate profession.  We are so happy you are part of the #Active Rain community and for all your contributions

Jun 21, 2017 09:02 AM #63
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you Debbie!  Your motivation and discipline are clearly evident.  Go get 'em girl!

Jun 21, 2017 09:46 AM #64
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Way to go . . . . Congratulations on achieving the ActiveRain 3,000,000 point milestone.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 21, 2017 07:21 PM #65
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on earning a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 21, 2017 07:22 PM #66
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Three million is some achievement. My first million was tough but not as rough as this second million!  Congrats!

Jun 22, 2017 07:44 AM #67
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Wow, 3 mil... Congratulations on this very impressive number, the sign of dedication and hard work

Jun 22, 2017 07:28 PM #68
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have enjoyed watching your climb and forming friendships during that time Debbie. 

My story is similar, still not sure if that addiction is a healthy thing or not since it does produce some great SEO and the phone does ring due to it.

Congratulations, and now on to 4 million!


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