the ActiveRain point system - refresher

Services for Real Estate Pros

It seems a refresher is needed. The regulars know what the point system is, but there are enough new members who are unfamiliar.  So for those who just need a refresher, and for those who have never seen this graphic, here is an explanation of the Active Rain point system.  Please keep in mind that posts require a minimum of 50 words in order to be counted toward points.  You also get 100 points just for signing in to ActiveRain each and every day.

ActiveRain awards points to our members as a way to motivate them to engage with others and share their expertise.  You can earn points through community events like entering a contest, taking a survey, attending a meet-up, but most of the points you accumulate will come from the daily interaction you have on ActiveRain.

What makes ActiveRain different from any other online community is the willingness of agents and real estate professionals to help one another in their business and in life.  Face it… real estate is a tough gig and you need a strong support network to survive!

This post will walk you through all of the essential elements of our scoring system.

When Points Are Awarded

We have about 50 different “scoring events” that are running behind the scenes.  These events are constantly evolving based on feedback we get from the community.  Here are scoring events the "point buckets" that you'll see on your points page aligned

Notice: ActiveRain changes the scoring system on occasion as we release new upgrades or respond to people abusing the system.  We'll do our best to keep this up-to-date, but please use this as a reference tool only.

Blogging Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
You published a new blog post 225 10 per week 
Your blog post was featured 100 1 per day
A member bookmarked your blog post 25 3 per day
Your blog post received a new comment 6 50 per day
A member "Liked" your blog post 5 25 per day
A member re-blogged your post 25 1 per day
You reblogged another member's post 25 1 per day
A member subscribed to comments on your blog 
0 N/A


Commenting Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
You commented on a blog post 25 20 per day
You tagged a member in a comment   0 N/A


Profile Points

We have numerous scoring events for our members as they set up or enhance their profile page.  In general, you'll earn 25-100 points for every section the first time you update it.


Q&A Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
You published a new question 10 1 per day 
Your question was featured 50 1 per day
A member bookmarked your question 25 3 per day
You answered another member's question 0 N/A
A member "Liked" your answer 10 5 per day
Your question received an answer 0 N/A
A member "Liked" your question 0 N/A
A member subscribed to answers on your blog 
0 N/A
You tagged a member in an answer 0 N/A
You "Liked" a question 0 N/A


Invite Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
Your invitation was accepted by someone you invite to ActiveRain   250 20 per day


Other Points

Scoring Events Points Frequency
You logged in today 100 1 per day
A member "Followed" you 50 5 per day
You "Followed another member 10 5 per day
You reported a confirmed spam question, answer, or comment   5 5 per day
You bookmarked another member's blog post 0 N/A
You "Liked" another member's blog post 0 N/A


Points May be Deducted from Your Account

Our goal is to make our points a reward system, not to be punitive and deduct points all the time. That being said, there are certain scoring events that can be reversed (you lose the points).  Examples include:

  • Deleting a blog post
  • Deleting a comment
  • Unfollowing a member

We have a rule in the system stating that any points are locked in after six months. So, if you go in and delete an outdated blog post from 2012, you won’t be penalized.

There are also times when we will deduct points from a member's account if we feel they are blatantly abusing the points system.

View Your Points At Any Time

Members can navigate to the "Points" page on their computer or phone to see how they are tracking on points this month and to see the total points accumulated on their account.

The points are organized into smaller "buckets" so you quickly see where your engagement is strongest.


We always plan for points on ActiveRain to be a positive experience for you.  They should motivate you to engage with your peers and to share your secrets in the real estate industry’s top online community.  If you ever see something that feels out of line you are welcome to let us know about it.  Also, this is an older graphic and there might be some changes in the points system that we've missed.

Comments (31)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Always good to have a review like this, even for us old timers.

Apr 23, 2023 10:37 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Great reminder about points.  I don't think every meetup gets points, just the community sponsored meetups, right?? We've had many local meetups over the years and it has zero do to with points for us.

Apr 23, 2023 02:50 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am often told that I am getting special points from my wife for doing something special. Like her, I don't know what I can turn the points in to collect.

Apr 23, 2023 04:33 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you for the refresher!  it's been ages since I reviewed the points system. 

Apr 23, 2023 07:15 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you for the refresher course. No doubt there are members, new and long-time, who will appreciate this...just in case there are questions.


Apr 23, 2023 07:23 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great refresher post for the senile ones and the new members.... clearly I am leaving point on the table by not participating in the Q & A :)Endre

Apr 23, 2023 08:45 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

Endre Barath, Jr. it would be great to see you in Q & A.

Apr 23, 2023 08:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker  I left it a while ago thought it was just getting points and not really benefiting for all, Endre

Apr 23, 2023 09:01 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week.

Apr 24, 2023 03:45 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

It's always a good idea to remind reminders of how the point system works. I'm always scratching my head at some who never post but gain tons of points daily.

Apr 24, 2023 03:45 PM
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Oct 01, 2023 04:32 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

As an old timer, I miss reporting spam comments. Will that feature be back?

Thanks for summarizing the breakdown. 

Apr 25, 2023 03:52 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

That capability is still there, just move your cursor over the bottom right corner of a comment area to reveal Report.

Apr 25, 2023 04:45 AM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Thank you for the reminder on points, and would love to host another meetup locally, I think its been 10 years or so since I have last seen one here.

Apr 25, 2023 09:49 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

You're welcome.

Oct 01, 2023 04:31 AM
Norbert Fabre, MRSA
Indoor Microbial Specialist IMS - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mold Inspector & Mold Assessor

Thank you!

I always keep the point chart close that way I know what's valuable.

Apr 25, 2023 12:13 PM
ActiveRain Member Support

You're welcome.

Oct 01, 2023 04:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Thank you for  the point update  and for the feature fairy update too 

Apr 27, 2023 10:44 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

You're welcome.

Oct 01, 2023 04:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you for clarifying the point system. I knew all of the ways to receive points  but always good to have a reminder.

Apr 29, 2023 05:32 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

You're welcome.

Oct 01, 2023 04:30 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Wonderful to get a 'refresh' on the ActiveRain Point System.  I came upon the new post when  I was just generally checking out the Point System.  Thank you.

Apr 30, 2023 07:58 AM
Kieran Jackson
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor®, SFR, U.S. Army Veteran

Thanks for this post, it's very informative. I'm going to keep this information handy. I'm looking forward to working towards 500,000 points!

Here's a few quick questions:

Do the blog comments have to be 50+ words in order to count  for the 25 points?

In one week, the total points that can be achieved by posting new blogs (10 per week) and commenting on 20 blogs per day, is 5,750 points?

Finally, commenting on 20 posts per day for the maximum points that can gained by commenting, does this count on Saturdays and Sundays also (is commenting valid 7 days per week)? 

Thank you!

All the best

May 03, 2023 11:56 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Comments have to be 50 characters minimum for points.

Commenting is per day, 7 days a week.

2250 points a week for blog posts + 500 points a day for commenting = your total of 5750 per week for posting/commenting.

May 03, 2023 12:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good post to share with every new member.

May 13, 2023 05:10 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Thank you.

Oct 01, 2023 04:30 AM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

This is the best AR points guide I have ever come across on the platform. Thank you for publishing. 

Jun 29, 2023 09:15 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

You're welcome.

Oct 01, 2023 04:29 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Thanks for the update. The post is several months old but I just found it. I will bookmark it, for whatever good that does.

Jul 08, 2023 06:06 PM
ActiveRain Member Support

If it does you some good to refer to the post, then it will do some good, right?

Oct 01, 2023 04:29 AM
harper james
smith and associates - Allentown, AZ
Real state agent

Excellent reminder of the points.  I believe that only gatherings supported by the community receive points; is that correct? Over the years, we have attended numerous local meetups, but they have never affected our standing.

Jul 14, 2023 01:27 AM
ActiveRain Member Support

Only those gatherings that mention that points will be awarded receive points.

Oct 01, 2023 04:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Great refresher you guys! Thanks for putting this together for us!

Sep 29, 2023 06:23 PM
ActiveRain Member Support

de nada

Oct 01, 2023 04:27 AM