Points are not Demerits, they are Navigational Tools!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com 71785

Points are not Demerits, they are Navigational Tools!

I recognized the value of Active Rain Points in terms of posts and later in terms of comments, but the BIG picture took a while.

They are designed to make you a better Blogger overall.

So even the little ones matter.

I often put AR  contests on the back burner. Maybe I do half or so of the contests.

But today alone, when I ventured outside my comfort zone and  did QA posts for one contest and Social media blunders for another, I am noticing all this extra buzz while I blog about new topics just to get a few points.

So follow the bread crumbs. I mean points. They are the Navigational Tools to get to become a better Blogger. 

After all, blogging is marketing. And marketing us what we do as Realtors.

Rats! Five Market Reports to go for another contest! Stretch, grow, stretch!

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Comments (6)

Jean Hanley
Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters - Hemet, CA
Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes

Cheryl, you funny girl.  You are right, though, we need these points and blogs etc to help us grow in our marketing.  Like you say, that's what we do for business.  Have a fun day!

Aug 07, 2013 01:09 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Cheryl, We've gotten pretty selective about which challenges/contests we'll do, but typically there's a very clear reason why the AR Staff has them out there:  either to build business directly or build relationships in the Rain.

Aug 07, 2013 05:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some of the challenges for extra points are very interesting. The August challenge by Debbie Reynolds has created some of the best reading of the year.

Aug 07, 2013 11:09 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Cheryl, great blog post, it took me a while to see why I should care about points and the activities that earn them.  Then when I saw the things that I would learn by doing these activities, I became hooked on the process and things just seem to be getting better all of the time.

Aug 08, 2013 02:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cheryl- well done.  I've done contests to support the person sponsoring them and to write the kind of posts we need to be writing.  You made an excellent point though, points are breadcrumbs or navigational tools!

Aug 25, 2013 12:54 PM
Phil Stevenson, CRMP
PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630 - Miami, FL
"Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas

Cheryl, never thought of it like that. I recently did the social media blunders contest as well and, as from the point, it was really fun to let loose and blog about something else. It can really make you a better blogger if, in your search for points, you venture into new adventures.

Aug 26, 2013 02:09 AM