Active Rain ~ Who Knew - Why AR Points?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

If you are new to Active Rain or you've been here a while, you may still not understand the whole "point' thing here in the Rain. When I joined almost 10 years ago, I had no concept of even blogging much less receiving points. As I continued to engage, post, follow, like, etc. the points just started racking up. 

So what do these points mean to us as AR members? The reasons are numerous:

  1. Points provide us with goals in an achievement-based manner.
  2. As your points grow, you rise in ranking in your area, city, state, and nationally.
  3. Points show your engagement to other AR members as you like, invite, and comment.
  4. Growing points means you are committed to blogging and to the AR community.
  5. The more you engage with the members, you will find and meet new friends from all over the country.

For an extensive list, see the AR Post on Points. Here are some of the ways to earn points:

225 - Posting a blog

100 - daily logging in

25 - comments on other posts 

6 - When someone likes your post

There are so many other ways to earn points through following others, having them follow you, re-blogging, AR Contests, Inviting others to join AR, and more. As your points accumulate, you will have fun climbing the point ladder. 

The very best part of the entire platform of Active Rain is the engagement amongst the members. The help, mentoring, care, teaching, and support is what makes this site different. I have met so many wonderful people along the way and have AR friends all over the country!

So jump in and collect those points. You will have fun while engaging with the Active Rain family. AR points, who knew? Stay tuned for many more tips and tricks here in the Rain.

Other Who Knew Posts:

Active Rain ~ Who Knew ~ Your Following


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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®, 

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Comments (30)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I believe that the points are important but if one is active in the Rain the points naturally follow.

Dec 27, 2020 04:33 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The points are a motivator to be involved. The being involved is the actual treasure.

Dec 27, 2020 04:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Paula... I had no clue about points until I was well over the 250,000 point level. Sat in on a webinar with Bob Stuart where he mentioned that at 500,000 points our account was free. Say what???

Dec 27, 2020 04:58 AM
Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Great post. Thanks for posting and have a Great Day!!

Dec 27, 2020 04:59 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

A great reminder of how the points work!

Dec 27, 2020 06:11 AM
Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Thanks for sharing this! 

Dec 27, 2020 06:35 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Paula McDonald, Ph.D. ,

So glad to see your post featured! Great explanation about points, how to get them and why! Of course its all about the engagement with others that really counts.

Dec 27, 2020 07:02 AM
Sharon Miller
RE/MAX Platinum - Crane Hill, AL


What a great motivational post for these trying times! The setting of goals is synonymous with the achievement of success. I'll leave these words, which are displayed in a small picture frame on my desk........."Successful people, regardless of their endeavor, understand the importance of being able to finish"!

Dec 27, 2020 07:05 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Paula McDonald, Ph.D.

I always viewed points as a good incentive to get a free account after that it keeps one engaged in the community 

Dec 27, 2020 07:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Dr. Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - it is all about the people and the connections for me.  Yes, learning and sharing take place here and that is done between the people. The points are like the frequent miles I have and never use.  

Dec 27, 2020 08:20 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Paul,
I think the original purpose of the points is a great engagement tool. People like to be rewarded for participation.   As engagement grows, the real value is revealed... and it's not the points. It is the relationships created. 

Dec 27, 2020 10:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - this is very a unique experience.  Points do mean accomplishment and we all like to accomplish.

Dec 27, 2020 11:10 AM
Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

everyone enjoys a little competition... I have enjoyed many posts over the years, and gotten some great tips and information...but I log on for the points

Dec 27, 2020 11:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

It's all about relationships here in the rain plus networking and learning or teaching lots of good stuff.  Points mean whatever ones decides to make them mean.  Could be all kinds of things!

Dec 27, 2020 02:50 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some of the earliest challenges on ActiveRain were intended as teaching challenges and to reward those that chose to learn, the points were awarded extra.   

The treat to AR is the engagement with members across the country and the friendships that develop as well.

Dec 27, 2020 03:04 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

When I joined points were my motivation. I wanted to climb that ladder in my city. Then I found other agents from both NH and all over the country would like and comment on my blogs. I received some incredible tips on how i could wrote better, topics to cover and how to use AR better. It was not long my first new listing came from a blog. Then another and another. The more active i was, the more new leads i got. Then referrals... they come from all over the country. All these years later i have some great friends made here in the rain. As for points, i still love them and rose to #1 in the state of NH 

Dec 29, 2020 05:25 AM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Thank you for the reminder. And a perfect time of year to begin anew as we move into 2021!

Dec 29, 2020 06:50 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I need to research and see if I can find online tutorials on how to get the most out of AR.  Simple things about inserting videos, photos, sizing graphics, which boards to post to, etc. Thanks for these simple tips.

Jan 01, 2021 11:06 AM
Ryne Lambert
Sell My House In Wisconsin - Green Bay, WI
Dedicated House Buyers in Green Bay, Wisconsin!

Great post Paula. As a newbie, this was very helpful in understanding AR points and engagement. Thank you

Jan 08, 2021 10:18 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Very nice article Paula and an encouragement also. Yes to the Rain! Baby, the Rain must fall! This is an example, where your rain started falling on December 26, 2020 and I am still getting wet with the drops. Jeff 😎

Mar 30, 2021 07:04 PM