Need more points? Do more than the minimum!

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

My owner is a Marketing & Business Consultant in San DiegoI guess this past week should be titled "I want more points!" week because I swear that fully half of the blog posts I read were complaining about not getting points, not getting enough points, someone else getting more points, someone else getting too many points, not getting enough points to catch up with someone, etc.

There are two excellent and very easy ways to get lots of points here at ActiveRain if that is your goal:

  • Never miss a week getting your minimum ten blog posts in.
  • Never miss a day getting your minimum ten comments in.

Notice that the word "minimum" is underlined? Most people say that there is a maximum of ten blog posts each week and 10 comments per day. NO! No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Those are minimums! They are the minimum required to get the maximum number of points.

Even that doesn't tell the whole story, though, because if you do more than the minimum, you will find that you'll also get more than the maximum. "How is that possible?" you ask? "Ah, young grasshopper, pay attention now and follow along!"

I think at least ninety percent of the people who actively participate at ActiveRain, persistently and consistently, also return comment for comment. Each comment in your blog post, excepting your own, is worth four points, up to a maximum total of 200 comment points for any blog post. So if you comment on the blog posts of 28 people each day, you'll find that 25 of them will come comment on your blog posts. Voilá! More points!

That also means that even if you don't get the automatic 225 points for any blog post over 10, you will get comment points!

In addition to getting more points, you just might get a Featured Post for one of those posts over 10, and that means Featured Post points! Additionally, well, who knows? You actually might learn something new and make some new friends, too!

It's an interesting system, and very addictive! Try it! You just might like it! Besides, would you really want to hire someone who does the minimum while hoping to get the maximum out of it?

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Rainmaker
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Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Russel - Points, points, points, blah, blah, blah.  Not once have I ever heard anyone say to me that they called/emailed me because of how many points I have.  When an internet lead contacts me, I always ask what it was that prompted them to contact me.  It's almost always because of something I wrote that they read that they liked or for more info on something that I wrote. 

Instead of whining about how many points they don't have or don't get, they should focus on writing a better blog.  JMHO 

Feb 20, 2010 10:38 AM #16
Rainmaker
317,495
Liz Flint
Century 21 Hardee-Team Realty - Houston, TX
Houston\Tomball Realtor (832)816-8066

Hi Russel, you have always said to do more than the minimum.  I totally missed people complaining about points.  I guess I could search for it.

Feb 20, 2010 11:33 AM #17
Rainer
42,737
Keith Sellers
Sellers Real Estate - Kalamazoo, MI
Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore

Well, of course, after reading that, I'm going to post a comment! LOL!  Thank you -- I had no idea that there were min posts and comments required to qualify for max points.  I'm just a loose cannon blowing out smoke and fire from every crevice of life experience I have!

Feb 20, 2010 12:12 PM #18
Ambassador
2,329,353
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Russel and great post, some members don't care about the points created by leaving comments. They just want to post their blogs for exposure!

VB ;o)

Feb 20, 2010 03:04 PM #19
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3,114,472
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Russel, If I were to write 10 blogs a week and 10 comments a day...I would have to cut back on my listings, sales and settlements. WIN..what's important now!

Feb 20, 2010 03:55 PM #20
Rainer
321,367
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, David - Make sure you read the links in the "Help for Newbies" posts. Also don't neglect the Help/FAQ link at the bottom of your screen. It's not your typical Help/FAQ page.

Hey, Eric - You win first place in the pun contest!

Hey, Yvette - Typically, those who post junk are not persistent and consistent anyway, so it's easy to catch them.

Hey, Maria - Unless you're AR like me and keep detailed records! LOL

Hey, Gwen - Just stick with it, persistently and consistently, and it will sink in.

Hey, Li - Hope it helps you go where you want to go.

Hey, Anna - While they might not be the point, ask someone with hundreds of thousands of points if they would be willing to give up half of them, or even 100,000, or even 50,000, or even 10,000. Nope.

Hey, Wallace - One's first comment in one's own blog does count, as long as it's not the first or second comment. After one's first comment, though, none of the rest count. That's the best upgrade that ActiveRain made. No longer do two people having a conversation in one of their blog posts count for 500 points because they each made 50 comments. If I wanted to have a one-on-one conversation with someone, I'd pick up the phone and call!

Hey, Gerry - It's a fun system, but it can be frustrating when ActiveRain chooses not to tell people how the system works. I'm one of those who likes to analyze things to see how they work. It's a necessity if one is going to be in the business of analyzing markets and businesses.

Hey, Barbara - I so agree that it should be spelled out, but I guess part of the fun is finding out for yourself.

Hey, Vic - A great way to get lots of points is to invite other people to Play in the Rain and actually have them accept the invitation. You get 250 points when they accept and 10% of all the points they earn. I have 124 Invitees right now Playing in the Rain, some more than others, though.

Hey, Gene - 90% true, because there are many ActiveRain members who, when needed to refer someone, look at points first.

Hey, Diane - Help yourself by helping others. Hmmm. I think my wise old grandmother told me that.

Hey, Carole - My person best for comments in one day is 313, done on February 7, 2010. Remember that your blog does not have to be 100% business. Heck. Look at my two as examples. I do nature, history, travel, book reviews, restaurant reviews, etc. I used to try to keep my professional blogs at 80% business and 20% personal. I still try to do that, but not as much. I just want to have fun, and if business and life is not fun, then it's too much work.

Hey, Donne - You have valid points, but I can also tell you that there are many here who believe that if you have lots of points, you must be persistent and consistent in what you do, and that gets you a referral. I've received 12 referrals from other ActiveRain members "because you have a lot of points." I've received one from the general public: "I don't know what the points are about, but you had a lot of them."

Hey, Liz - I also get at least one email a week asking me if I can help someone get more ActiveRain points. When I go look to see what they've been doing, they've been doing the minimum, and not even persistently or consistently, at that.

Hey, Keith - May I put your sentence, "I'm just a loose cannon blowing out smoke and fire from every crevice of life experience I have!" in my wise old grandmother's Book of Wisdom?

Hey, VB - There are. There actually is a very diverse community here of people doing different things for different reasons. I think that's why I like it here.

Hey, Margaret - Probably not if you simply did ActiveRain during those times when you can't be showing a listing or be at the closing table. The beauty of being self-employed, though, is that we get to decide for ourselves what's important now.

Feb 20, 2010 08:12 PM #21
Rainmaker
1,006,048
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Russel:  What a great educational post.  I often write posts which try and share my AR knowledge... but it is just GREAT to read a blog post that gives me ideas that I had never considered.  Way to go, Russel.  In addition to having my admiration, you have my respect.  Again... thanks so much.

Feb 21, 2010 02:28 AM #22
Rainer
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Denise OnullDell
Santa Clarita Mobile Notary - Santa Clarita, CA
Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent

Thanks for the "pointers" Russel!

Feb 21, 2010 07:49 PM #23
Rainmaker
432,861
Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Orange, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

Great suggestions.  Less is actually more!  I really need to increase my posts and comments in order to reach the minimums.

Feb 22, 2010 02:52 AM #24
Rainer
223,097
Michael Gendreau
Edina Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
Edina Realty

Thanks Russ, I need to get creative and start blogging any ideas?

Feb 27, 2010 01:29 AM #25
Rainer
389,257
Jay Schmitt
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg Real Estate Agent

Hey Thanks for that post. I wasn't aware of the point for comments received on posts.

Mar 03, 2010 02:06 AM #26
Rainmaker
621,584
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Great info on the posts...still get confused..I had a featured post...my first and only so far...and although I got points...on my start page it isn't referenced any more..it was for a few days then it disappeared...any thoughts??   and how do you get a star under your name???  

I don't know that I will ever completely understand the points but I am starting to "get it"  LOL

thanks again ! 

Mar 06, 2010 01:02 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

LOL  and now the Featured post is back??   LOL  like I said...I won't try to even understand it all!   I will just do as I am doing..

Mar 06, 2010 01:09 AM #28
Rainer
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Michael - I try to be about 80% professional and 20% personal in my blog, although I sometimes get carried away on weekends. I also try to keep it about 80% blogging for prospective customers and 20% for the ActiveRain community. If you follow those two guidelines, you should find a lot to blog about.

Hey, Deborah - As you have seen, the Featured Post count on your home page comes and goes, up and down, in and out, here and there. No explanation. It is what it is. Deal with it. Treat others as you would be treated. Add any other cliches here that come to mind. LOL

Don't mind me. I'm just the court jester!

Mar 06, 2010 11:44 PM #29
Rainer
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Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor

Comment #16,

I have received an excited caller one time and he chose me he said because I had more points than anyone else and that I am a professional agent... WOW... how is that for a great call!  Loved it!  They do mean something to consumers!  They are watching!

 

Mar 07, 2010 02:13 AM #30
Rainmaker
400,259
Michael Collins
*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent* - Janesville, WI
CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto

Fantastic info - very much appreciated!

Michael Collins - Broker - Rock Realty
Rock Solid Real Estate Strategies
www.RockRealtyWI.com

May 14, 2010 07:46 AM #31
Rainer
53,639
Lesley Wagstaff
Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC - Coquitlam, BC
For Real Estate and Mortgages

I have managed to get to the 10 comments a day.  Now working on the 10 blogs a week.  I does take a while to get into the system and figure out what you are doing, but I am progressing.  Thanks for the help.

Jun 08, 2010 08:08 AM #32
Rainer
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Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

How in the heck does anyone have 10 blogs a week?  Geez, I have been proud of myself to get 2 or 3.  Guess I'd better step up and start typing.

Jun 08, 2010 10:35 AM #33
Rainer
321,367
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Coral - I know there are many of us here who use voice recognition software and we write many blogs in advance. Right now I have 37 blogs written and ready to post.

Jun 08, 2010 10:57 AM #34
Rainmaker
1,080,329
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Russel, I'm really goig to have to use voice recognition software to help me when I am inspired and can't put pen to paper. You know those moments, and sometimes the inspiration is lost if you can't at least get the gist of of on paper or dictated. You definitely get out of it what you put in it!

Jun 08, 2010 04:04 PM #35
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