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Free RainMaker account with 500,000 points


500,000 image for active rainLook, I literally just started using this platform last night. I wrote my first blog post late last evening and poured a bunch of time into it and made it look all pretty (check it out here if you haven't read it yet). It's an informative post, and honestly I plugged my services in it. A little self promotion is never a bad thing, right? But in my searches I was informed of a way to get a RainMaker active rain account for free, and I'll get into that in just a second.


We all have goals when we jump into platforms like this. Some of us truly want to connect with other agents and brokers in the world. Many want to promote their pages and services to the consumers beyond the confines of the Active Rain community by utilizing the great SEO benefits and outreach that this platform provides. Others just simply want to be heard, while benefiting from great exposure out in this community and the world at large. Whatever the motivation that brought us here, it really doesn't matter. We're all here, we're all part of a great community, and we all want to benefit while also providing benefit. A true give and take, Quid Pro Quo at its finest.


Real estate is a jumble


A Discovery to help All Our Finances


In my blog post last night, Tony and Suzanne Marriott were nice enough to comment on the post and provide some insight into a part of the community I had no idea about. See, when I upgraded my account to become a true "Rainmaker," I signed up for $39/month in order to unlock the true benefits of the program. I looked at it like a simple business expense where I can network with the real estate community and increase my exposure where it will eventually produce a nice ROI (return on investment) from the expenditure. $39 x 12 = $468 a year. Now there was a $199 for the year option, but I am one of those subconscious masochists when it comes to money (not like 50 shades of gray, keep it PG there people). What I mean is for some reason, I will pay more money over time with monthly payments rather than drop it all up front and save. I do this constantly and I don't know why. I am a numbers guy so I do the math, I see the clear financial benefit of the yearly price, and yet I always opt for the monthly, slow, attrition based, blood letting option. Ughhhhh!


I digress ... back to Tony and Suzanne. They were so nice as to point out a feature of Active Rain I never knew of. Apparently, when you reach the 500,000 point milestone you actually get to stop paying for your rainmaker account. That's right... Once you reach 500,000 points you are entitled to a FREE Rainmaker account. 


Time it takes to get to 500,000 points and a free account


time is moneyMy first impression was jubilation. I was like "Yes, I was brilliant by not paying the yearly because I can just blog and rack points up all day long and get to 500,000". Yes, this is true you can rack up points quickly, but how do we get to 500,000 points and how quickly can one really get there?



First, let's talk about how you earn points in the first place. The Active Rain powers that be have done a full breakdown already and you can find that right here with the Active Rain Points Breakdown Page.

I could sit here and type out and regurgitate everything, but who has time for that when it has already been done.


Open up that page and follow along. I'll break down how quickly you can realistically get from zero to 500,000 points. 






We all know that blogging will get us there, but what can we really do in a week? A month? The table next to me shows the point structure on how we earn points by blogging. There are limitations on a daily basis in order to promote a non-spammy atmosphere, while also supporting the community financially. Clearly, Active Rain wants quality content being published and not garbage. 


Blogging points on Active Rain

Let's say you're motivated and publish the max blogs per week. You'll get some comments on them as the community rewards people for commenting. You'll also get some likes and maybe even a reblog. So realistically, let's say you do all 10 blog posts per week, reblog another post every day, you get bookmarked, liked and comments (not maxed out, but you get them). Here is what you can realistically expect to receive from blogging in a week.


10 Blogs a week: 10 x 225 = 2,225 points a week

1 bookmark per blog: 10 x 25 = 250 points a week

8 comments average per blog: 8 x 10 x 6 = 480 points a week

10 likes per blog average: 10 x 10 x 5 = 500 points a week

1 reblog per blog: 1 x 10 x 25 = 175 points a week (limited to 1 per day)


So realistically, you can expect to receive about 3,630 points a week from blogging if you are a very active blogger on Active Rain. I think the main thing to do is put out quality content that people actually care about and want to read. Yes, self promotion is fine, but if you're gonna do it ya gotta offer the reader something. Stuffing your post with a ton of key words and SEO links to your products and services is not something that is going to get an overwhelming response from the community at large. So, offer something and they'll reward you for it. Quid Pro Quo!


Commenting & Reviewing:


Commening and Reviewing pointsOk... so blogging is the primary way to rack points up, but there are other ways as well, such as commenting and reviewing. Reviewing is not a major player in my opinion, but it will add up to the grand total if you embrace it.

Commenting is almost more important than blogging in a lot of ways. Just look at how many points you can amass by simply writing comments to people on their blog posts. 


25 comments on posts: 25 x 20 x 7 = 3,500 points a week

1 product review a week: 1 x 50 = 50 points a week


Maybe you'll review a product everyday, I guess you could, but for 50 points it seems like a waste of time. I mean do it when you have something viable, but eking out that extra 350 points per week seems like a stretch. It seems like one of those things you do for a week or two and then never do it again. So, in my humble opinion, I think it is realistic to get 3,550 points per week if you're motivated and commenting a lot out there.


Q & A points:

Q & A points on Active RainThe next major way to pile on the points on your way to 500,000 is by asking questions and providing answers in the Q & A section on Active Rain. It's a great place for people to stay active and gain other's opinions and perspectives about a number of topics. You might know your local market, but trends and styles and thoughts of your peers can be very beneficial. So ask away and answer away for your own benefit and watch your point total grow at the same time.


1 questions per day: 1 x 10 x 7 = 70 points a week

1 bookmark every 3  questions: 25 x 2 = ~50 points a week

15 answers per day: 15 x 20 x 7 = 2,100 points a week

1 like per answer average: 10 x 140 = 1,400 points a week


You see how fast questions and answers can accumulate points for you? Writing good questions and answers can get you bookmarks and likes where writing reviews of products can't. Q & A takes a lot less time than a product review and you get so much more exposure for it plus extra points. Work smarter not harder. The smart way is to answer and keep answering questions. On average, if you are very active in this section, you can look to bank about 3,600 points in a week.


Other Points:


Other points for a Rain Maker accountThere are some other way to stack points up in addition to the main ways outlined above. Some of these you have control of, others you do not have control over. Still, there are some additional ways to increase your overall point total.



1 login per day: 1 x 100 x 7 = 700 points a week

5 times you follow another member: 5x 10 x 7 = 350 points a week

5 time you are followed: 5 x 50 x 7 = 1750 points a week


If you're active everyday, you'll get 700 points a week, so that should be an automatic for you. Following other members is easy if you're doing everything else in regards to commenting and answering questions. Being followed is a gray area I just don't know about. I imagine if you are blogging everyday, posting questions and answers everyday, following others everyday etc... That you will also get reciprocating follows. I just can't imagine why that wouldn't happen. So again, if you are active and making it rain, it looks like you can add another 2800 points a week doing this.




Here is where it all starts to really add up. We are all in the real estate field if we are here at Active Rain. If you're anything like me, then you know a bunch of people in the field that could benefit from a service like this. Whether they jump in with both feet and gun for 500,000 to get a free rainmaker account is completely hit or miss. If they do, they you get a bonus of 10% of their points that they provide. So if they hit 10,000 points in a week that means you get an extra 1,000 points that week. Kinda nice, right? It can really add up. Plus, for every person that just accepts your invitation and signs up for a free account or whatever you get 250 points. 


Recruiting could work out for you or not. Again, this is one of those areas which is really out of your control. You should do what you feel comfortable with. If it works for you then great, but I am not going to include that in this analysis as it seems more like bonus to me.


Give us ... us ... FREE!


I'm a movie buff so that was a little quote from Amistad if you don't know. In summation, let's look over what you can expect to get in a week if you are very active and doing everything you can to reach the Free Rain Maker account with Active Rain!


Blogging:                 3,630 points in a week

Commenting:         3,550 points in a week

Q & A:                      3,600 points in a week

Other:                      2,800 points in a week

TOTAL                13,580 points


Ok ... so ... by these calculations you're looking at topping out at about 13,580 points a week if you are doing everything you can to rack up as many points as possible and really interact with the community by providing relevant content with strong comments, questions, and answers. If the goal is 500,000 points, then all we have to do is a little bit of math.


500,000 / 13,580 = 36.8 weeks 


So, it will take you about 36.8 weeks or roughly 9 to 9.5 months in order to turn your paying Rain Maker account into a free Rain Maker account if you are super active on the site. As I mentioned before, I am paying $39/month so I will pay roughly 10 months of that or $390. I definitely should have paid for the year, but I just didn't do it. Now, the only way I can see curving that time in my favor is by recruiting a lot more. If I wanted to really shave some time off that 10 month clock, then I would have to recruit people and get them fired up to be overly active like I am right now. I am not so sure that is a realistic goal for me or not, but it could make sense.




I am still pretty happy about the fact that this option even exists at all. There is a end in site. The most important thing for me is the platform itself. I want to reach out and promote my services because many people need them. There are a lot of investors and agents on here that can use my help. Vice Versa, I will be able to connect with agents and investors on here that can help me and expand my knowledge about the entire real estate industry. This is an exchange interface and the people that created this platform created a great community. They figured out a way to organically promote people to interact and share and work together in a great environment with the incentive of allowing one's upgraded account to become a free rain maker account with active rain once they have proven themselves. It's a win-win scenario and I am happy to be a part of it.


I hope that helps you a little bit in understanding what it's gonna take to hit that 500,000 point milestone and get your free account with Active Rain. Best of luck out there.


Steve Snyder, the writer of this piece, is a hard money master who's been loaning since The year 2004. He is currently writing for a number of online blogs regarding customized fiscal management, real estate and obtaining credit.



Comments (35)

CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

You are so thorough. Great blog and hurry up and get to 500k. I am slowly getting there. I went on hiatus. ;/

Jul 09, 2016 11:08 AM
Steve Snyder

You're so close. Nice work.

Jul 09, 2016 01:11 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

OK, Steve!  This is the Numbero Uno points maven on ActiveRain, and I just sent you 62 of them.  I commented on the of your posts (6 points per) and then I followed your blog (another 50 big ones)  - mainly because I have fun with your writing style and look forward to reading lots more.

Jul 09, 2016 11:32 AM
Steve Snyder

Oh.. there will be plenty. I assure you. Thanks. I appreciate it.

Jul 09, 2016 01:11 PM
Steve Snyder - Los Angeles, CA
310-948-8585 |100% LTV | Stated | Private Money

Debbie Gartner so comment like this on the main comment page for the extra 6 points you're saying?

Jul 09, 2016 01:12 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA

Yes, this is what she was referencing.

Jul 10, 2016 03:25 AM
Bill Roberts

that is exactly right. Think of all those points you left on the table.

Jul 15, 2016 11:49 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great job on your second post Steve, points are easy once you develop the habit, and every one of them designed to teach you to be a better blogger.

So as you get closer to that point goal you will also notice your SEO growing with each week.

All the best to you!


Jul 09, 2016 03:37 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, exactly.  That way, you'll get 6 points each time.  When you reply the other way, no points.

Jul 09, 2016 08:30 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

And little known 'tidbits' - when you comment on someone's post, there must be 50 CHARACTERS for you to get your commenting points - "Nice post" won't get you your points.

You must have 50 WORDS for your post to be 'pointed,' but that doesn't appear that will be an issue for you.

Welcome to ActiveRain. Best of luck!

Jul 09, 2016 09:48 PM
Bill Roberts

So funny. You also can't comment this way if you want points.

Jul 15, 2016 12:51 AM
Mimi Foster

And the person you're responding to doesn't get notified when you comment this way, even if you tag them ;) Good morning, Bill

Jul 15, 2016 01:01 AM
Bill Roberts

Hi Maddie

Jul 15, 2016 11:50 PM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for posting this Steve Snyder .  It is important understand what your getting into.  All new members should see this, it will help them. 

Jul 12, 2016 01:00 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Steve Snyder It appears you have unlocked a great strategy for paying Activerainers to follow to the 'Golden Palace'.

Jul 14, 2016 01:32 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Throw in a contest here and there and it will be sooner rather than later.  And I'm about to give you 50 points for following you.

Jul 14, 2016 01:38 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Steve -- you're on your way to the 500, and writing great posts, too. I'm "following" you, and will watch your point tally rise.

Jul 14, 2016 03:11 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Great attitude and great jump in the Rain.  You will hit your goal in no time.  Be sure to check out the Resources/Contests section from the drop down menu.  That is a great source of extra points each month.

Jul 14, 2016 03:16 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Keep going Steve Snyder You have lots of Rain members rooting for you.

Notice that a few have commented more than once on this post. They earn points and so do you.  It's a mutual thing.

Jul 14, 2016 04:17 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Looks like you are well on your way! Way to go breaking it down! Roy Kelley re-blogged your post... I think you scored on that too!!

Jul 14, 2016 06:11 PM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

jUST CONTINUE THE "SLOW BLEED" Steve Snyder you will eventually get there, but you need time for your regular job (AND A LIFE AS WELL).

Bill Roberts

Jul 15, 2016 12:49 AM
Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Great blog post Steve Snyder regarding the 500k to free Rainmaker account! I actually had no idea about this offer! How long has this been a thing?

I first joined AR back in 2009 by accident just a few short months before new memberships were charged. In doing so I was lucky enough to get grandfathered in to a free membership as long as I kept up my activity. I have, to the tune of 550k points, so either way I graciously, respectfully enjoy a free account. 

I do not take this lightly though. I owe ActiveRain my best, and in doing so I only help my own business! Thanks for the great post! It deserves a re-blog, and good luck getting to 500,000 points!

-Todd J Garrigus

Oct 17, 2016 06:32 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Steve, looks like you are doing very well at climbing the leaderboard, and won't be long before you see that 500,000 mark.   Great post.

Oct 17, 2016 11:20 PM
Lee Keadle
Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Keadle Real Estate Group

I see that most of these comments are from 2016.  Does Active Rain still do the automatic free Rain Maker account once you reach 500,000 points?

Aug 01, 2017 11:29 AM
Karen Totty
Exit Alliance Realty - Temecula, CA
Real Service and Real Support..ALWAYS!

Thank you for this breakdown. I was trying to figure it out and I could not easily find the page about the points.

Apr 18, 2019 08:28 PM
Joseph Doohan
Joseph Doohan - Las Vegas, NV
I offer business strategy advice for realtors

Does this still work? Quite curious as I realise it was posted a few years ago? Anybody?

Jul 02, 2019 06:09 AM
Joann Schermerhorn
Live Simple Eco - Overland Park, KS
Live Simple Eco Blog- Eco-Friendly Living

Thanks for breaking this all down! It makes me realize I have a lot more work to do than the little bits I do here and there. I think I need to put this in a spreadsheet :)  

Sep 15, 2019 07:43 AM