Active Rain WHO KNEW? ~ Climbing the Leaderboard

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

For those who may be wondering about climbing the Active Rain Leaderboard and what it means, this post is for you. Eleven years ago when I began blogging here in the Rain, I had no idea about points, leaderboards, or any of the other nuances of this blogging site.

Through the years, as blogging has become a part of my normal life, I have learned so much in the Rain. I also began to understand the point system and what it really meant. The main thing the points provide is the ability to move up the leaderboard.

Where's the leaderboard you ask? Here is the way to access it:

1. Go to your homepage.

2. Look at the left-hand side box and click on the ranking number. This takes you to the Leaderboard and shows you where you rank in your state.

3. As you post, comment, participate in challenges and contests, ask questions, follow others, invite others, etc., the points begin to build up.

4. When your points begin to build, you move up the leaderboard and the bonus is you are now actively engaging in a thriving community.

It's been fun climbing the leaderboard in Texas. We have a big state so naturally, we have a lot of active Rainer's. I am just proud to be among those leaders. 

As my points have climbed, I have gained much more than a score. I have gained confidence as a blogger, found some life-long dear friends, have learned about SEO in a big way, and have had a lot of fun.

So, if you are ready to climb the AR leaderboard, just jump on in. This is a great place to learn and collaborate with like-minded professionals!

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Beam & Branch Realty       

"Have you fully lived today?"

   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®, 

        Granbury, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling Hood County and surrounding areas! 



 John Maxwell

Farm & Ranch


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Copyright 2021 Paula McDonald

Comments (23)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Paula:

Good information for those who want to watch their points AND focus on contributing to the community and interacting. There's lots to learn here, and plenty of ways to share, and make new friends! THAT'S what it's all about.


Oct 06, 2021 08:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Dr. Paula McDonald ,

So glad to see your post featured! Not only is it informative you spell out how to jump on and have fun while your accumulating on those points!

Oct 06, 2021 08:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Paula it appears we have a number of new members so this is perfect timing on your post!  Great job!

Oct 06, 2021 09:16 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula - agreed.  It gives you a sense of achievement which motivates you further.  The is important for a leader to know about as well.

Oct 07, 2021 03:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Paula... I'm certain many "newbies" in the Rain will appreciate this post. I had over 250,000 points before I realized what those points were for and how they worked!

Oct 07, 2021 04:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Paula - hopefully new members along with some who may not be well-acquainted with the point structure of ActiveRain will be helped by your informative post.  

Oct 07, 2021 04:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's a good overview of the leaderboard. I paid a lot of attention to points when I was new, since I wanted to reach "free!"

Oct 07, 2021 05:05 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

Points are great, but the best thing is to learn from others' successes & mistakes. No need to figure out everything on your own and a general support system for a stressful profession.

Oct 07, 2021 05:59 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

There's so much to learn, and this community makes that process easier.    I'm not focused on the leaderboard, but it's fun to see others' success as they regularly blog.    Still not a habit for me, but it IS a goal😎

Oct 07, 2021 07:48 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I Lost about 18 months of blogging time, just because I as tired and when I dropped off, I was in the top 100.  Coming back, I'm still in the top 100 just a ton of points behind so many others

Oct 07, 2021 09:05 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Points are nice.  The friendships I have made in the AR community are priceless. Several are right here in my home town and many others are all over the US. I remain grateful for the AR experience and the friendships made along the way. 

Oct 07, 2021 09:05 AM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

I like so many others starting blogging in 2006 then stopped, then started again and stopped.  I did it for SEO and to hear what others were thinking.  Happy to be back again!

Oct 07, 2021 12:05 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It does sneak up on you but it's well worth it in the end and it's great exposure

Oct 07, 2021 10:27 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Dick Betts Are you named after the famous musician by a similar name Dickie Betts

Oct 07, 2021 10:29 PM
Dick Betts

Laura Cerrano no he is older than me but not old enough that my parents knew of him, actually I am named after my dad.  I have plenty of stories about times in my life people thought maybe I was the Dickie Betts!

Oct 08, 2021 03:50 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Top of the morning.  AR does offer much more than just the blogging platform.  Definitely a positive minded community.  Make it a great weekend ahead.  M

Oct 08, 2021 06:56 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is such a good post and yes, make it a great weekend..


Oct 08, 2021 07:48 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

thanks, I blog for a variety of reasons.  I do enjoy the articles I refer to including yours.  

Oct 08, 2021 12:37 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paula.

I remember when I wanted to be first in the Rain for my state.  It seems only yesterday, congratulations on your achievements.

Oct 08, 2021 11:57 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Thank you for sharing...I always am wondering how some folks get millions of way they can work fulltime and blog or respond as much to get those what is the secret?

Oct 09, 2021 07:29 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - the secret is consistency in posting blogs, commenting on other blogs, following people, participating in contests, and more. Just by staying steady, you will be surprised how the points begin to add up.

Oct 09, 2021 02:46 PM