Do You Want to be the "Featured Member" Here's Some POINTS!

Education & Training with Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp

There is only "ONE WAY" you can be the featured member.  It's Points!  You have to have the most points... period!  It is not based on your successes, your experience, your moral or ethical values, it's all based on points.  I will tell you from personal experience, that points don't get you leads, and points will not get you referrals, it's the content of your Blog that is the most important of all.  However, points do determine where you are placed both on ActiveRain and on

If you are not in the top 10, you will not show up on in your area.  If you are not on the first page in your area, will you get lost in the crowd?  How do you get enough points to be in the #1 spot in your area? Maybe even just being in the top 10 could be to your benefit!  Let me say this, you're going to have to work very hard.  How hard, depends on how many members there are in your area, where you want to be, and where you are now on the totem pole.

This is the best way I know to help you become the number one "Featured Member" in your area.  I owe this post to the guests I've invited.  Here is the recipe for your success on ActiveRain based strictly on points:

  • First, your profile page is the starting point and foundation for your initial points. I quote the FAQ section that states, "We've incorporated a unique scoring system into the ActiveRain Real Estate Network to reward contributing members. When you create your profile it is automatically scored based on thoroughness, and also will be manually scored by a reviewer for quality." Build your profile as you would your own webpage.  Remember, a web-page will pass away when you do, but your Blogs live on forever!!
  • Point Summary - By checking your points summary the first time (located on your "My Home" page), you will automatically be given 50 points.  there are some other "secret" areas on ActiveRain that will award points so click around on everything and explore.  Navigation on the rain is the key to getting around quickly and efficiently.
  • Invite others to ActiveRain- When they join, you'll get 50 points and then 10% of all their points forever.  There are various ways to invite others, be sure to use the "referral link"when doing this.  You must use this link to get the points.  Then help those you've invited to be successful Bloggers, it helps their business, and gets you more points.
  • You must Blog!  You get 200 points for every post you place on your Blog.  Make it a good post, because you'll get 1 additional point for every comment made.  You are allowed 10 posts per week.  If your post is selected as a "Featured Post" on ActiveRain, you'll get 400 points plus 1 additional point for every comment made.  Content is king, so put some thought and effort into your posts.
  • Commenting on others Blogs and posts.  You are rewarded 25 points every time you comment on someone else's Blog.  You are allowed up to 10 comments a day.  That's an additional 250 points per day.  If you comment on theirs, they'll comment on yours.  These are the most important points of all.  You will learn from other members, and establish great relationships in the process.
  • Uploading Photos to  You used to get 100 points for the first photo to an area, 50 points for the next 10 photos, and 25 points for any photos after that. This has been changed due to the mass amounts of photos that were being uploaded just for points.  The quality was over-run by quantity. There are no points available for uploading photos, but there is the benefit of sharing "Quality Photos" of your area with visitors and viewers.  Plus, when someone sees "Your" photo, it has your name and links them back to you. USE ONLY YOUR BEST QUALITY PHOTOS for uploading.
  • Helping Other Members gets bonus points.  When ActiveRain sees examples of members helping each other they may reward you points. This could be just answering questions, making referrals, etc.
  • Promoting Active Rain.  If you promote ActiveRain,  let them know and they'll reward you with points for it. For example writing about AR in your off-site Blog, adding a link, or mentioning them in one of your marketing pamphlets, etc. ActiveRain rewards creativity. 
  • Contests and Challenges:  From time to time, you will find various contests put on by ActiveRain and it's members.  In many cases, there are points awarded for the winners. See examples:
    (and sometimes you'll get points at random for acts of kindness to others in the community.)

All this to say, if you create a post, (get featured), comment on 10 posts each day, that's a potential of 650+ points a day. My disclaimer on all of this is that it's about quality, not quantity.  Remember that readers and other members will be able to tell if you're just after points,  based on the time and effort you put into your work here.  You can have the best of both worlds if you do it right.

Here is MY POINT!  To become the featured member in your area, and to use ActiveRain as a tool to increase your business, your network, and be successful, you need to become skilled in the art of Blogology.  You have to become a blogger, and just Blog, Blog, BlogYou will get out of it, only what you put into it!

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Comments (731)

Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

To get featured, lots of it! If it were based on looks, smarts or charm...well since it is not I must get to writing!

Jul 28, 2011 01:01 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I just really wish someone would suggest this post for a feature!!!  rofl~

Jul 28, 2011 06:01 AM
Richard D. Chapin
Arizona Elite Commercial - Payson, AZ
PLLC - Commercial Real Estate

Good points I guess bottom line is be active good to know how the points are earned though thanks.

Aug 25, 2011 12:30 PM
Rick Lindemulder
Coldwell Banker Bain - Duvall, WA

You can tell usually who is just trying to gain points and who is trying to contribute to active rain. A lot of great information here and great feedback. Much more here then gaining points.  

Oct 04, 2011 08:19 AM
Ryan Roark
Tri State Properties - Monroe, LA
CCIM, Commercial Real Estate Monroe LA

Thanks for the reminder... only 40,000 more points to make it to the top in my area.

Nov 09, 2011 11:15 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Ryan - go for it, you can do it man!!!

Nov 09, 2011 12:41 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Thanks for the motivation!

Jan 08, 2012 01:29 AM
Karen Simms
Century 21 Arizona Foothills - Queen Creek, AZ
Horse Property Specialist

Thank you for the information on the Point system.  I am following your checklist and hope to have my site up and running here soon.sunberry

Feb 23, 2012 11:18 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thanks Karen - I can't believe this post has over 700 comments.  Who'da thought?  :-))

Feb 24, 2012 08:45 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Thanks for the info it was very helpful..

Mar 26, 2012 06:19 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Richard - you are more than welcome! Love that I can actually comment on ActiveRain from my new iPad3 too. :-)
Mar 26, 2012 06:36 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

Wow, what a great source of information for the real way to get noticed online these days. 

May 21, 2012 01:59 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thanks Bud and Beth - I am still amazed to this day that this post is getting attention and comments and yet it was never featured here on ActiveRain.  It has more comments than all my other 300 plus featured posts.  Just goes to show you that even with our best intentions in mind, the outcomes are often times very unpredictable.

May 21, 2012 02:15 AM
Gina Tufano
Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty - Sterling, VA
Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate

Thanks for the "pointers!" One other thing to add - I've found if you get others to "suggest" your great blogs, it helps bring notice to your post and get featured!

Jul 24, 2012 06:02 AM
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD


It's always fun to read your blog posts. You always make great points!!!


Feb 23, 2013 05:06 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Thanks Betsy - "POINT" well taken :)

Feb 24, 2013 01:01 AM
Tonia Rahming
RMS Realty, St Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach Counties - Saint Lucie West, FL
Relocation Specialist

Thanks for the breakdown on the point system. You learn something new everyday!  I  did not know you get one point for each comment.  Here is a point just for you!

Mar 02, 2013 01:56 AM
Brivity Software
Bellingham, WA

This was very helpful for a new member such as myself..thank you!

Apr 26, 2013 09:35 AM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Emily - much has changed since I wrote this, but you still get points so thanks for reading and commenting.  You'll get points for that too. :-)


Apr 26, 2013 09:43 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

There are a lot of changes since that time and I believe Localism is gone from Active Rain. 

Wow,I just noticed: almost 800 comments.

Btw, I'm surprised too that it is NOT featured. I suggested:)

Oct 26, 2013 05:03 PM