"Rain-vitations!" Your Ticket to a Higher Point Score - Blog Tips for Rain Drips

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

It's no secret.... The genius of this platform? ....It's in the points!

Seriously,... forget about all the great information, the social networking, and all the potential business it generates. We Want Points

Just put a bunch of "Type A" personalities in the same virtual room, tell them they're competing for status & position by earning points, and watch the 'FRENZY' begin!

Now, granted, there are some who take this point thing just a little TOO seriously! But for the majority of us, it simply adds to the fun and enjoyment of participating in the Rain.

(Who are we kidding? We'd sell our own Mothers if it would help us achieve top spot in our State, right? Well, okay, maybe not 'Mom,' but maybe that annoying little brother or sister, eh!)

For some of you newer members, you may be asking yourself, "What hope is there for me? How can I ever hope to catch up to some of the veteran players who've racked up a gazillion points already?"

 Well, don't despair, Buckwheat! You too can become the Big Cheese in your respective town, city, county, or even State, by following one simple, seemingly overlooked strategy.....


                     ......by 'Inviting Others' to the Rain!

Down at the bottom left-hand side of your "My Home" page, you'll find the link that says, Invite Others Bonus Points for inviting real estate agents

Click on that link, and it will take you to the 'Invitation Page,' where you can enter your colleague's name, e-mail address, write a short personalized note encouraging them to join our beloved community, and hit 'Send Invitation!'

It's that simple!

For every person you get to join the Network, you receive 50 points! Then, after that, you receive 10% of ALL the points that person earns from there on out!

 We have a member here in Washington State who has nearly 70,000 points! He's only posted 3 articles, made 9 comments, so almost ALL of his points are from inviting others to the Network! Imagine how much more he could do if he were actively participating?

If you look at some of our Top Scoring members, almost all of them have 10's of Thousands of points as a result of 'Inviting Others.' Granted, they've all worked hard to achieve their ranking. Effective blogging takes time, hard work, and commitment. But 'Inviting Others' to benefit and contribute to this platform is a major part of their success. And it can be a part of Your success too!

So start Inviting a couple of people a week, and watch your numbers climb!

Your Mother will most definitely appreciate it!

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

I too have invited people to join... got credit for one and not the other,I contacted AR about it,  I never got the points.  Maybe this will seem like a selfish question..but... why would I invite an agent in my office or in the community where I live.  Isn't it competitive enough for agents?  We are handing them an open invitation . for a stronger position against us.  It's like handing over your customers.

Five people in my city were in AR, long before I was.  I accidently stubbled of AR, but was never told about AR from any of the five.  They are great agents and we all work together as friends,  but I can understand, why AR was a secret.  What has happened.   I am close to 27,000 points in 2 months and have the 1 position in area  the  2 spot is held by an agent that was in AR long before I was.and has 5000 pts I came in last but gain on him.  If he would have invited me would't there be  a little hostility there?

Sorry this is so long should a been a post  Thanks for your post...love the way you present topics in your post.  Thanks btw  I have invited 7 people 2 joined and only added a profile,  the rest didn't bother.

Sep 01, 2008 01:06 AM #148
Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

So the scret is to find another chatty cathy like myself and invite her to active rain...gotcha ya.

Sep 01, 2008 02:10 AM #149
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA



It is simple and the best part....everyone in AR benefits too.....by adding the new member's we get the advantage of their knowledge and experience's.....what a great site.

Enjoy the holiday my friend.

Sep 01, 2008 02:36 AM #150
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

I have invited several people, however most of them put up their profile and that's that. And while, sure I like the points, I really thought they'd be great additions to the community.

Anybody have suggestions or tips on how to get them to 'get' the value of participation or encourage them?


Sep 01, 2008 11:35 AM #151
The Dunn Team Real Estate by The Book
Exit Realty Tri County - Acworth, GA

50 bonus points and a percentage of their points from there on out? Had no clue! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 05, 2008 06:08 PM #152
Jane Page Thompson
Aiken Properties - Aiken, SC

As a Southern girl, I understand the beauty of Hospitality and will jump right on this "Invitation Thing"!  thanks for ALL you do to help us, newbies out.

Sep 06, 2008 07:31 AM #153
Beth Larsen
RE/MAX Sedona - Sedona, AZ
Sedona Arizona

One has tried that as well Joseph, with more or less the same results ;^(.

Sep 07, 2008 11:57 AM #155
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Rich, how much do a half dozen stray cats give (points wise).

Thanks in advance.

Sep 16, 2008 07:36 AM #156
Houses Foreclosure
- - Apalachicola, FL

That right

Sep 20, 2008 04:04 PM #157
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Regional Manager Regal Christie's Int'l Realty

Thanks for clearing up the "points" issue.  I was wondering what the secret was to accumulating so many!  I'm going to get busy inviting!!

Nov 28, 2008 04:47 PM #168
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT

I have invited two colleagues to join but they have not yet taken the time to discover AR.   I am sure once they get on to AR, create their profile and start reading the posts, they too will want to join in the action and blog on AR.   Points or no points, the important is to gain a better online presence, to share knowledge with those in our industry, to better ourselves as individuals and to have fun doing it.

Nov 28, 2008 05:33 PM #169
Tony Orefice
Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com - Concord, NC
Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC

I hear ya! I invited several people, none of which joined. I can't rack up invite points for nothing!

Nov 29, 2008 12:12 AM #170
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Yes, must say that aspect is inspirational to roll out the red carpet and invite everyone you can think of!  Keep hoping I invite a few that get active - so I can get a bigger bonus! :)

Dec 02, 2008 12:54 PM #176
Julie Nelson
eXp Realty - Austin, TX
Smart real estate.

ok ok, 25 free points ... thanks ... my clients would also expect me to pick up the easy free stuff ... then work hard for the big prizes.  what a nice long thread of comments.

Dec 03, 2008 12:44 PM #182
Kathy Kooyman
Home Realty - Pella, IA

Rich,  I like the reference to the Type A personality.  I think that is a prerequisite for being a real estate agent.  So far it has been pretty easy to climb the ranks in Iowa, not very many other agents have caught.  I just figure I am way ahead of the game when they do.

Dec 04, 2008 01:38 AM #185
Bruce & Sandy Soli
Sierra Sotheby's International Realty - Incline Village, NV
Tahoe Lifestyle Experts

The point system is awesome, but I think it is time to get creative with new ways to earn points.  In the hayday when AR was free to set up a blog I think it was probably much easier to invite people with some success.  Any other tips on some of these bonus points and linking points?

Mar 02, 2009 04:45 PM #187
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Bruce & Sandy:   I still think that one of the most effective ways of garnering points is inviting other to the Rain. On your 'My Home' page on the lower left column is a link 'Invite Others.' If you click on that, you'll find a link similar to this:


Whenever you invite someone to the Rain, take the time to sit down with them and actually help them log on with this link. Then, help them with the 5 minutes it takes to set-up a basic profile.

This ensures that you get credit for inviting them, and they'll appreciate you taking the time to help them get started!

Mar 02, 2009 05:10 PM #188
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I've invited two members passively since the membership changes.  I don't think the changes are going to kill invites.  

Something creative (to earn points) to get people involved in ActiveRain is always fun!!!!!

Mar 02, 2009 09:42 PM #189
Kim Scott
Coldwell Banker United - Atascocita, TX

Thank you Rich for all the knowledge I am gleaning from you as a newbie.  Your tips are walking me through this in an easy to understand way (and helping me figure out this point thing along the way)


Jun 13, 2011 07:32 PM #190
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Kim:  It thrills me to know that someone is deriving value/benefit from something I've written. Thanks! Feel free to shoot me an email if you ever get stuck or need some help!

Jun 13, 2011 07:43 PM #191
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