Earn Points (and a free account) On ActiveRain

Real Estate Broker/Owner with American West Realty and Management 12599

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.


  Points # Per Day Daily Points
Log In 100 1 100
Comment on blog 25 20 500
Ask a question 10 1 10
Answer a question 15 20 300
Follow a member 10 5 50
Reblog a post 25 1 25
     TOTAL 985


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!



fast typingI 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!

Comments (60)

Mary Jo Quay
H360homes.com - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

It's really what you gained from blogging besides the points 

Dec 20, 2017 07:49 PM
Nathan Gesner

The points were just a motivation to get me rolling.

Dec 21, 2017 02:37 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Great information Nathan Gesner !  I guess everyone is looking for a free acount :)

Dec 21, 2017 06:40 AM
Nathan Gesner

There's nothing wrong with free! And I learned a lot along the way.

Dec 21, 2017 02:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is good advice to share.


Dec 21, 2017 07:09 AM
Nathan Gesner

Thank you, Roy.

Dec 21, 2017 02:37 PM
Erin Newington
5305573559 - Grass Valley, CA
Sierra Foothills Realtor

Love this! Great reminder of how a large goal can be accomplished if broken down into small steps! Awesome work! 

Dec 21, 2017 09:39 AM
Nathan Gesner

It was consistent involvement, every day. Small steps turned into a big journey!

Dec 21, 2017 02:38 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nathan Gesner it adds up quicker than you'd expect but you have to be committed to keep it up.  Nice post

Dec 21, 2017 11:36 AM
Nathan Gesner

Thanks for the encouragement, Jim!

Dec 21, 2017 02:38 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Nathan Gesner -  it actually accelerates once you have hit the first 500,000 points.  Congratulations on the milestone.

Dec 21, 2017 12:05 PM
Nathan Gesner

I've got a long ways to go to catch up to you top-tier folks but I know it's possible.

Dec 21, 2017 02:38 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Nathan Gesner congratulations on reaching your milestone.... content is king.... points mean nothing...

Dec 21, 2017 12:14 PM
Nathan Gesner

But the points were a good motivator to get me started. Now it's got to be all about the content.

Dec 21, 2017 02:39 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Nathan! Congratulations again, for reaching this milestone! I so appreciate your honesty about the cut-and-paste comments as there are many who do that who have TONS of points and have been doing so for years!

I also love that you not only reached your milestone but, you shared your knowledge with others. That is what AR is all about and we're so glad you're here with us, Natha!

Dec 22, 2017 06:52 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thank you, Debe. I tried to actually type my comments but I admit there were days where I would cut/paste the same comment on listings. But I always felt guilty! ;)

I hope to stick with it for a long time!

Dec 22, 2017 03:38 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Welcome to the real reason why we matter here in the Rain. I'm VERY glad that you "came to the light" and decided to do all of these things and have genuine comments to boot. Huge step forward, not only having a free account but knowing why blogging matters so much! 

Jan 12, 2018 08:29 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thank you for the kind words, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate . I'll keep working on it and learning!

Jan 13, 2018 10:02 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'd say you newbies are lucky, but in fact when I found AR in 2008 all accounts were free.  And while I did decide at a point that an outside blog was important enough to pay for and did so, the return on that investment was been beyond measure.

I learn something every single time I come here.  I've gotten so many clients from here and I've found some wonderful friends and referral partners among these pages.

But back int he day....  there was no points for following, no points for questions and no points for answers and no points for logging in and only 10 comments per day got points.  It took me years and years to get to half a million, but it was a road traveled well worth it.  

Congrats on the free account and I hope you believe it was worth every penny you had to pay.

Jan 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Nathan Gesner

I appreciate the comment, Tmmy. The points were a great motivator but the true value comes from the education gained along the way!

Jan 15, 2018 08:26 PM
Tammy Lankford,

Absolutely the value was in the education and learning from others here in the rain.

Dec 17, 2020 03:13 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Nathan, I can tell you've been very diligent with logging in and blogging. Congratulations!

Jan 19, 2018 02:47 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Way to go Nathan. I no longer answer every question either, and unfortunately, I also don't blog as much without the motivation of points, but I still kick around the water cooler and post every now and then. Hope the winter in Cody is treating you alright. -Kasey

Feb 02, 2018 11:53 AM
Nathan Gesner

Yes, my blogging activity has slowed to a crawl. Been busy with other things.

Feb 02, 2018 02:47 PM
Elizabeth Bouchard
Samson Properties - Arlington, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia, DC and MD

Thanks for sharing your tips on how to get enough points to get a free account.  I have been slowly working my way up the rankings in my area but half a million seems light years away.  I will try to implement some of your tips to make it more manageable.

Apr 16, 2018 07:03 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Thanks for commenting, Elizabeth Bouchard . If you are looking for more tips, let me know. The key is consistency!

Apr 16, 2018 07:45 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks Nathan for posting this!  I am not sure if the free Rainmaker account is still a possibility if you earn 500,000 points.  Can you confirm that this is the case?  Thanks, Sam Miller

Jun 02, 2018 07:26 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Yes, Sam Miller that is still the case! I just earned mine in December 2017.

Jun 02, 2018 09:38 PM
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

Thanks Nathan!  That is very good news and congratulations on your milestone.

Jun 03, 2018 04:05 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I am late commenting on this, but this is great information to know!  You made it long before I!  I am still striving to get there. Have a Merry Christmas!

Dec 17, 2020 02:57 PM