How To Earn Points (and a free account) On ActiveRain
Like so many others, I joined ActiveRain with a free account. I found the site while researching a subject and kept coming back to learn more. I didn't comment. I didn't ask questions. I just soaked up information and assumed I had nothing to contribute.
In 2016 I was reading a great article about the benefits of blogging. Things were slow around the office so I decided to finally give it the old college try. However, I knew my blogs wouldn't be indexed by search engines unless I had a paid account so I signed up in December 2016. At that time, I had around 60,000 points.
Just days later I learned Rainers are awarded a FREE ACCOUNT after earning 500,000 points. At first it seemed too far off to get excited about. But then I asked how long it took and realized it was possible in less than a year.
The ActiveRain point system breaks out how to earn points. I wanted to maximize my points and build a habit of blogging/participating. To get started, I sat down and created a very simple "cheat sheet" to keep me focused on daily tasks.
I discovered I could easily earn 1,000 points a day by following these same steps each day. I could also write up to ten blogs a week (which I rarely did) and earn 225 per blog which adds up to another 9,000 points in a month. Then I get extra points when people comment, bookmark or share my blog, or if my blog is featured.
Every month there are blogging contests that can earn thousands of points. You get 250 points any time someone accepts your invitation to ActiveRain and then you earn 10% of any points they earn!
There are other little tricks to learn but the bottom line is this: users can easily earn 40,000 points in one month. Rinse and repeat until you have a free account!
I started with about 60,000 points when I signed up for the paid account. One year and four days later, I broke the 500,000 point barrier and earned my free account. As an added bonus, I became the #1 blogger in Wyoming!
I wasn't as disciplined as I could have been. I wrote 279 blogs instead of the 520 allowed and missed out on a lot of points. Fortunately, I earned enough points through comments, reblogging, contests, and other opportunities that it made up for my deficiencies.
I'm also proud to say I didn't cheat. Play by the rules, be a good example to others, and enjoy yourself.
I want to thank those that got me started, especially Will Hamm who shared some tips and tricks as well as a lot of encouragement along the way. I've learned a lot and met some great people!
I'm especially happy to say I will no longer be making cut-and-paste comments on listings or answering questions when I don't have anything useful to share. I'm no longer a "point hound" and will focus on just sharing "quality" content.
Thanks for reading!