Grandfathered RainMaker Accounts: Rewarding Members Who Continue to Participate

Reblogger Josef Katz
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Original content by Bob Stewart

Thank you to everyone who has helped build ActiveRain into the network it is today. In our continued effort to reward our members who have spent time, energy and heart growing our network and contributing on a regular basis, we are implementing a new policy regarding grandfathered RainMaker accounts:

Grandfathered Rainmakers who have contributed one blog post in the previous 90 days will keep their grandfathered RainMaker account. Grandfathered RainMaker members who have NOT contributed one public blog post in the previous 90 days, will lose their grandfathered RainMaker account.

This change is about:

  • Allowing ActiveRain to focus its resources and the search engine presence of our members on those members who continue to contribute great content.
  • Encouraging the members who haven't blogged on ActiveRain recently to leverage ActiveRain to reach out to the over 2,000,000 consumer visitors we get every month to the site and utilize the search engine presence of ActiveRain to increase the visibility of their personal blogs and websites.
  • Rewarding members who continue to educate consumers with relevant real estate information about their markets and who engage their peers with relevant information about the business of helping people buy and sell homes.
  • Striking a balance between rewarding our long term contributors and giving them a reason to continue to engage the community with their talents and expertise.


For a little background: In February of 2009, ActiveRain changed our policy regarding our member's ability to post their content for public consumption. At that point, we grandfathered any member who had ever written at least one blog post prior to February 16th, 2009. Those members were given free RainMaker accounts as a thank you for the effort they had put into helping ActiveRain achieve a thriving community.


From that date forward, any member who wanted to publish content for public consumption (who had not written one post prior to February 16th, 2009) would have to pay in order to have their content be made public, and indexed by the search engines.

So in order to keep your Grandfathered status, you simply need to post one public blog post every 90 days. For most of you reading this, who have grandfathered RainMaker accounts, this will not impact you at all. You have integrated ActiveRain into your daily and weekly routines. If you haven't posted to ActiveRain on a regular basis, now is your chance to re-engage the community and leverage the vast amount of knowledge present in the form of tens of thousands of experienced real estate professional on ActiveRain.

Starting June 24th, grandfathered RainMakers who have not posted a public blog post in the previous 90 days will lose their grandfathered RainMaker status. You will be notified when your account has gone 60 days without a blog post. This will give you 30 days to generate one public blog post in order to keep your grandfathered RainMaker status.

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner

Joseph thank you for reblogging this information for us. I had not seen the original post

May 26, 2010 01:59 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT
ASA, TRC, SFR

Josef,

Thank you for re-blogging this one.   I was not aware till I saw the re-blog.

Jun 11, 2010 03:38 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Carolyn Kolba
Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio - Mentor, OH
Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio

I think one of the problems I am seeing over and over again from the people who are in danger of losing their status, is that there has been no communication directly to them over what they had to do to stay in good standing.  I am inclined to agree with that.

Jul 09, 2010 01:15 AM #3
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Shari Posey

I never received any notification regarding a change in status until I tried posting a new post. Now it can not be public. Who do you pay? How much do you pay? There's not really any information about any of this.

Jul 18, 2010 01:22 PM #4
Anonymous
Cece Blase

I'm with Shari. Finding this information was i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-y difficult. I almost gave up on Active Rain last night after returning and getting active on my blog again. I think I'm ok with paying, but you gotta tell me how and where. . .

Jul 28, 2010 06:55 AM #5
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Randy Landis

I have to agree that the non-disemination of information regarding this change in account status will affect many folks. I have two Realtors that were never notified of this change in policy and now have lost the ability to comunicate to the public. With so many other free blogs available, I'm afraid my efforts to keep them on AR will go unheeded.

Aug 15, 2010 05:50 AM #6
Anonymous
Rebecca Cummings

Thank you for the post. No one contacted me about what was going to happen with my "Rainmaker" status if I did not blog within the given time. Is there anyway to reactivate my status?

Sep 18, 2010 08:06 AM #7
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Ida McCarthy

I never got a notice either.  HELP!!!!!!!!!!!  How do we get back where we were????

Oct 14, 2010 01:41 PM #8
Anonymous
Bob Dunn

This is a shock.

I have been off sick since June.

I did not receive notice.

Is there any way to reactivate my account.

after this illness the new cost is a problem.

 

Bob

Oct 17, 2010 02:14 PM #9
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Josef Katz
Digital and Direct Response Marketing - Manhattan, NY
{Marketing Maestro}

Folks - I would reach out to one of the AR team members to ask them for more info.  Sorry I can't be any more help.  I wish I had more info too.

Oct 18, 2010 12:47 AM #10
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Cathy Baumbusch

"At that point, we grandfathered any member who had ever written at least one blog post prior to February 16th, 2009."

My first blog post was in March 2007- and still, they took my ability to post to the public away and said I had to pay $19.99 to have it reinstated.

"Starting June 24th, grandfathered RainMakers who have not posted a public blog post in the previous 90 days will lose their grandfathered RainMaker status. You will be notified when your account has gone 60 days without a blog post. This will give you 30 days to generate one public blog post in order to keep your grandfathered RainMaker status."

I never received such notice. Furthermore, I posted a blog on May 24, 2010- and yet again, they took away my RAINMAKER. And now they say i have to pay $39.99/mo. to have it reinstated.

I'm pretty steamed. I should have been grandfathered the first time around and they've taken away everything.

Oct 19, 2010 05:31 AM #11
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