Zoey the Cool Cat's Top 11 ways to get ActiveRain points

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Zoey the Cool Cat's
Top 11 ways to get ActiveRain points 

Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsI get a kick out of people who only do the minimum in life and business, and then complain about someone else who does more than the minimum. If you're just going to do the minimum, don't be surprised when someone passes you by, gets a greater market share, buys a bigger house or a faster car.... I'm just saying.

A certain person in my household is somewhat AR, and you have to trust me when I say that AR does not stand for ActiveRain. He specializes in deconstructing things to see how they work, and then putting them back together to make them work better for himself and his Clients.

For those ActiveRain newbies and middies who are after points (oldies don't need more points! LOL), here are some ways to get MORE than the minimum number of points each week, although first you should realize that there is no minimum number of points each week, and with all the ActiveRain bonuses and contests, I'm not sure there's a maximum, either.

  1. Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsMaximize your profile — I'm not sure what the maximum number of points for your profile is, but if you only have a few hundred, or even a couple of thousand, you can probably get more. That means upload a high-definition picture, complete the contact information, and include lots of testimonials.
  2. Be sure you leave at least ten comments a day — Each comment you leave, up to 10 each day, gets you 25 points per comment. However, if you really like points, go all out and leave 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, or more comments each day (this AR guy whom most of you know has a personal best of 313 comments in one day and a second best of 185. My bests are 106 and 67). Why do more than the minimum? Because wherever you leave comments, those people will return to your blog and leave comments, and.....
  3. Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsPeople who leave comments in your blog earn you 4 points per comment, with a couple of caveats: (1) You won't get any points for the first two comments, but when that third comment shows up, you'll get 12 points, four for each of the three comments. (2) Once you get 25 comments from other people, or 100 points, the rest of the comments get you no points. I like this because it allows newbies at least a fighting chance to catch up with the oldies who get featured posts each week and hundreds of comments on those featured posts.
  4. Be sure you publish at least 10 posts in your blog each week. If you use the ActiveRain channels, each post gets you 225 points, or 2,250 points each week. Many people consider this a maximum because you will not get any automatic 225 points for any posts over 10 in any week. Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needs(Note that the ActiveRain week runs from Monday at 12:00:01 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59:59 p.m.) The problem with the thinking here is that it is not a maximum. You can publish as many posts in your blog each week as you want to. The key here is that if you do, and you go above and beyond in leaving comments (see #2), then those people will have lots to comment on when they come by your blog. Don't think those four points for comments add up? I can tell you they do.
  5. Do a lot of reading, and when you find a post that is useful to you and your Clients in your service area, re-blog it. You get 25 points for each re-blog, and from what I've been able to tell, you are allowed five re-blogs per day.
  6. Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsInvite people to ActiveRain! You get 10% of whatever points they earn! My AR marketing guru currently has 155 invitees. That might be a record, but I can't find any list of those with the most invitees. Maybe ActiveRain should add that to the leaderboard. After all, it seems that invitees would be more valuable to ActiveRain than the number of featured posts that any person has.
  7. Mentor your invitees! My AR marketing guru spends a lot of time mentoring the people he has invited. If he sees that they haven't blogged in a month or so, he'll leave a message in their blog that says this: "Hey, [name]. I see this is your most recent post. Hope all is well with you and yours, that you're really busy, but that you'll be back soon to Play in the Rain with us. Take advantage of that love affair between Google and your ActiveRain blog! Let me know if I can help you with anything."
  8. Call Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego County real estate needsParticipate in challenges and contests. This means that you have to watch the Featured Posts to see what challenges and contests come along. Winners often get 5,000 points, with second and third places getting 2,500 and 1,000 points, respectively. If you simply enter the contests, you usually get 500 points. Currently there is a 30 blogs in 30 days challenge, and I'll finish up my 30/30 on September 14. I'm looking forward to my 5,000 points!
  9. Help ActiveRain members and make suggestions to improve ActiveRain. If the Staff sees you reaching out to members regularly, or they implement a suggestion, they often will award you bonus points. In some cases, they might even hire you!
  10. If you have an ActiveRain success story, tell it to ActiveRain. Go edit your profile, and at the very bottom of your screen is a section for your success story. Your very first success story gets you 500 points!
  11. Bribe an ActiveRain staff member! (JK)

Feel free to reblog this to your blog so that all your friends can see it.


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Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I did not know about #3 and I would suggest that members SUGGEST for posts they would like to see featured so that other members will SUGGEST their blogs which also get extra points!!!

Sep 13, 2010 12:08 PM #19
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

OK Jim - does Zoey blog too!  She looks almost as active as some of the agent in the office ... but has more personality.  Thanks for the list and on #11 - I'm working on a budget ... so how much?

Sep 13, 2010 12:46 PM #20
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Thanks for the info.  I didn't have a clue how comments on your blogs were counted #3, now I know.

Zoey is adorable and entertaining.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Sep 13, 2010 12:49 PM #21
Toronto, ON

Jim - You wrote a fantastic post on how to accumulate points.  I just want to clarify for people that in point # 4, the ActiveRain week is from Monday 12:00:01 am to Sunday 11:59:59 pm EASTERN TIME.

Sep 13, 2010 01:38 PM #22
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Excellent info!  What's amazing about the points is how differently everyone gets their points and what works for them.  I comment a lot, but I've seen some numbers where folks never comment, but blog constantly. 

Great deal. 

All the best, Michelle

Sep 13, 2010 01:47 PM #23
Scott Baker
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area

Thank you for the pointers. Always looking to improve my lot.

Thank you

Sep 13, 2010 02:11 PM #24
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hey Jim, did you hear the news.  How many points for that?

Sep 13, 2010 02:23 PM #25
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jim - This is probably the most thorough post about points and every newbie and maybe even oldie needs to check it out.

Sep 13, 2010 02:25 PM #26
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Ok, Jim, so I guess I didn't catch it the first time around- thank goodness for the re-bog that Roy gave you.  In fact, I am going to re-blog this myself (thanks!!).  

Does one get a Zoey from some special breeder?  What a smart cat!! ;)

Sep 13, 2010 03:21 PM #27
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

What a wonderfully helpful post!  And I really think that having a blog cat as good looking as Zoey should be worth some automatic bonus points too - yes??

Sep 13, 2010 03:30 PM #28
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Way to go, Jim.  I understand the comments and I have been trying to leave at least 20 per day.  It gets tough sometimes when you read and read and read....and stay just on one person's blog. 

Great tips.  And we so love all the photos of Zoey, who must be the most photographed cat EVER!!!

Sep 13, 2010 03:33 PM #29
Mel Wagner
Knipe Realty - Salem, OR
Principal Broker/Agent Salem Oregon Real Estate

Jim-thanks so much for the explanation on points.  I am a newer blogger so this was extremely helpful.  Love Zoey!!  We have three VIP's in our house also, Bootsie, Duster, and Silly. 

Sep 13, 2010 03:40 PM #30
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Hey Jim,

Don't know that we have had the pleasure, maybe on Thursday... I love the cat part - the points, yeah well... Are we doing it for points or for the greater good? Ok, ok - so it's the points... 

Enjoyed the post. Thanks.

Sep 14, 2010 03:00 PM #31
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Well, it never fails! I learn something new from either you or your wonderful AR partner every day! I will have to share my AR success stories on my profile! Thanks for the info, as always!

Sep 15, 2010 03:24 AM #32
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim the best one I like of all your advice is #11, what is the going rate in the black market for an extra 100k points??

Sep 15, 2010 03:32 PM #33
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

This should be required reading for every new AR member.  It's a great explanation of how it works here in the Rain.  I have a cat named Zoey too!

Sep 16, 2010 11:35 PM #34
Christa Borellini
Prudential California - San Diego, CA

Nice post Jim!! Good job.

Sep 18, 2010 09:09 AM #35
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Jim - Thanks for the tips.  I could really use more points and this is sure to help. 

Sep 19, 2010 04:17 PM #36
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting. Comments are greatly appreciated!

I'm trying to follow up on these older posts like this one to see if anyone had any questions or if I really need to respond to anyone's comments.

I will read all the comments and respond to any that need a response, but rather than making comments here in my post to each and every one of you, I'll just let everyone know that I have read all the comments and if there are any questions, I'll answer those in comments below this one. Otherwise I'll simply post this comment and then head over to your blogs soon to visit and do some reading and commenting. I hope you'll have a nice welcome mat out for me!

Don't forget to let your cat come out to play with all the other ActiveRain kitties. Your cat-friendly dogs can come, too! At the end of the 2010, which is the Chinese Year of the Tiger, I'm going to put together a slide show or an eBook of all the ActiveRain kitties. If you see any stray cats roaming around ActiveRain, gather them up and bring them over to our forever home right here! The more the merrier!

Also, if you need a great cat book, get yourself a copy of Peg Silloway's The Cat Lover's Book of Days. It has great pictures and cat trivia, and you can use it year after year since it only has dates but not years.

Best wishes to everyone for a great Fall!

Sep 28, 2010 06:58 AM #37
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Hey Jim,

I see this is an old blog but it is relevant to me. Thanks.


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