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500,000 Points and $122,000 Later!

Real Estate Agent with Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com 0480809

I've been so busy lately that it took someone else pointing out that I passed 500,000 points to realize I had done it.  I read lots of people getting excited about their points, but yet, most don't have anything to show for it.

What do the 500,000+ points mean to me?  Since I joined in 2006, ActiveRain has put over $122,000 into my pocket, spread over 17 different buyers and sellers.  That's a lot of "FREE" money, if you want to look at it like that.  I know that's chump change for some of you, but I'm in a market where the average sales price is under $200k.

How did I get $122,000?  From my blogging!

Too many people are blogging for "points".  I have said over and over again that the points mean NOTHING if the points aren't putting money in your pocket.  My points are putting money in my pocket!  My points work very hard for me!

What do your points do for you?  Can you track every dollar you've made from ActiveRain?  No?  Why not?  If you're not tracking your marketing, advertising, and prospecting time, how do you know what works and what doesn't work?

I don't care to spend time on things that don't work for me, which means no money in my pockets.  ActiveRain and Blogging, though I thought it was really tough at first to come up with things to always write about, has blossomed into a very important part of my business.

My proof is at the bank!

500,000 points means a lot to me, but the money in my pocket means even more!  Money pays the bills, but I doubt ActiveRain will allow me to cash in my points for anymore more than a toaster!

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

AZ Mortgage Broker: Michael George
Arizona Wholesale Mortgage Inc. - Phoenix, AZ
AZ Mortgage Rates

500,000 points seems inconceivable to me.  Congrats on all of your success with AR.  I think that's just fantastic.

I noticed that your "button" has a black background.  I made it white for you, in case you wanted it to look as such.  I hope you don't take offense.  If you do though, just delete this comment!

Again, great job with the points & clients.

Aug 18, 2009 03:36 AM
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage - Kenmore, WA
Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA

That is just absolutley wonderful and as a new member, inspries me to getting going a little more aggressively.

Aug 18, 2009 03:40 AM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Donna,  Very good post.  Congratulations on the $122,000 and the 500,000 points.  Both are wonderful A/R achievements!!

Aug 18, 2009 03:57 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Good work Donna.  I hope things continue to go well for you. 

Aug 18, 2009 04:30 AM
Monica Bourgeau
Portland, OR
Authentic Marketing for Heart-Led Agents

Wow, that's amazing. ActiveRain is such a powerful tool, and you're right, it's not about the points, it's much bigger than that. Congrats!

Aug 18, 2009 05:17 AM
Peter Clarke
Your Choice Realty Corp - Ottawa, ON

Nice Job! The power of the internet is amazing - its changing our business dramatically! I thought you might be interested in adding some of your articles to http://austinhousingmarket.net/ it should help your google juice as well.


Keep up the blogging and congrats on the income!

Aug 18, 2009 06:32 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Alan, A Toaster that does "all in one".

Emily, Thanks!

Carla, That's great that people are finding and using you.

Robert, Thanks!

Bruce, I'm happy!

Michelangelo, Thanks and as long as you keep at it, you'll be there.

Bryant, Exactly, thanks!

Patricia, Thank you!

Erica, Several million?  I would love to be in your price range!

Sharon, Thank you!

Michelle, Thanks!

Sheldon, Thank you very much!

Brian, Thanks!

Brittany, You better get better at it!

Damon, The only ones that start late are the ones who never get on the wagon.  Good luck!

Lane, 500k is easy??  Am I doing something wrong?

Paul, I could never afford such marketing to pay so much just for "points".

Nelya, Congrats! Those will snowpile into more.

Roland, Thanks!

Michael, Isn't everything about the ROI, no matter what we're doing?

Loreena, I agree, thank you!

Holly, Ahhh, shucks! *blush*

EW, I did favor the lenders in my previous area and we did several deals together, but my new area doesn't have any lenders that blog regularly.

Lisa, I hope it was helpful.

John J, They're big and shiny!

Chris, You're welcome!

Marchel, Funny because I did take Bob up on the offer to trade my points in.  The points are nice, but the consumer finds my blogs before they go back to the main page to see points, and localism doesn't even have points posted, so I think it's only an internal thing for others in the network to gauge who they're sending referrals to.

Ginger, Just keep working at it, and you'll be there.

Debbie, I'm glad I could help.

Arizona, No offense at all, thanks for doing that!

Jirius, Inspiration is my middle name.

Y & D, Thank you!

Gene, Me too, thanks!

K & M, Exactly!

Peter, Thanks, and I'lll look into that site when I get some time.

Aug 18, 2009 06:42 AM
Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale

Oh my gosh - 500,000 points!  And cash in your pocket too...what a great ActiveRain success story.  Thanks for the inspiration

Aug 18, 2009 08:27 AM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Donna congrats! I have never sat down to see how much I have made exactly but I know it is up there. The leads continue to roll in ever week:)

Aug 18, 2009 09:41 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Congrats Donna!  The money earned is impressive, but the consistency and dedication to achieve those points is impressive.  I'm sure that that did something towards driving the clients your way.

Aug 18, 2009 03:09 PM
Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

Congrats on making 122 K.  That's awesome.  What are these points thing people are talking about?

Aug 18, 2009 07:32 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Congrats on your 500K points! You were so wonderfully busy making $$ that you forgot to look!  Blogging for bucks that's my mantra!  I'm embarrassed to say that I would have to total up a figure!

Aug 20, 2009 12:08 PM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Kate, You're welcome!

Bill, You should be keeping track so you know how to spend your marketing dollars!

Lora, Yes, very consistant...

Mike, Points are when you look at someone only concerned about points and you stick your finger at them and laugh!

Lyn, You better get totalling!!

Aug 21, 2009 02:24 PM
Mark Velasco
West Shores Realty - Whittier, CA
Top Producing Broker Associate

Congratulations Donna. Not only are we earning money...we are also learning AND meeting great people too.

Aug 23, 2009 10:27 AM
Linda Landry
HomeSmart Realty - Tucson, AZ

Thanks Donna; great post and I have no doubt you earned the $.  Blogging takes time, thought and persistance.

Sep 15, 2009 03:31 PM
Malendaz Coleman

Congratulations on reaching that 500K and 122K level. Keep up the GREAT work...

Oct 01, 2009 09:14 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Mark, Lind, and Malendez, THank you all for the kind words.

Oct 02, 2009 01:43 AM
Sonja Adams
Keller Williams Realty - Purcellville, VA

Congratulations on your blogging and financial success!  That is very inspiring!

Jan 04, 2010 05:27 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Sonja, Thank you!

Jan 05, 2010 01:00 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Interesting to look back at the post and comments about Active Rain points!

Sep 08, 2010 02:00 AM