ActiveRain's NEW RainMaker Membership Plan

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ACTIVERAIN - The NEW "RainMaker" Membership Plan

EDITED 7/10/2009 

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We are implementing some changes in our membership structure on ActiveRain for NEW MEMBERS.  We believe the NEW membership plan will be beneficial to both our existing members and to our "New" members joining the Community.  We want ALL NEW MEMBERS to reap the same benefits and rewards that existing members have created and experienced in the past.  The time has come for us to make a change.

Since 2006, ActiveRain has been hosting members Blogs for FREE.  Many AR members have contributed fantastic content, and as a result has driven visitor traffic and SEO over the top.  (Over 2,000,000 visits monthly)  These members, along with our team, have worked hard and long to achieve these results.  It's been a wonderful partnership and the rewards and success stories are simply amazing.

ActiveRain has hit a certain level of maturity and any new members signing up are in a position to receive tremendous benefits and value by doing so.  Our founding members have had to invest much more time and effort when they signed up and got started here.  The amount of consumers visiting the site is dramatically higher and the potential to learn, interact and share are all exponentially greater than they were two years ago.  ActiveRain has become a very powerful network and useful resource to the Real Estate Industry.

The Network has clearly reached a point where participation here provides an undeniable tangible value to our members in the form of on-line marketing, networking, and as an educational forum.  There really is no other Network or Community that compares to ours.

The ActiveRain New Membership Structure and Plan:

  • Members who have already setup accounts and have existing Blogs on ActiveRain will continue to benefit from their FREE access to the community and network. (nothing changes for current AR members with Blogs)
  • A "Basic" ActiveRain account will still be available to new members for FREE, however these new accounts will be limited to "Members Only" postings.  This means that any new members will still be able to benefit from the networking aspects of ActiveRain for FREE, but will not be able to tap in to ActiveRain's huge consumer reach unless they sign up for the "New Membership Plan."
  • The New ActiveRain Membership (For New Members ONLY) will cost $39.00 per month, and will include an Outside ActiveBlog along with a unique domain name that allows them the ability to post content that will be visible to both consumers and search engines. 
  • Any member accounts that were created before February 16th, 2009, but have NOT yet produced at least a single Blog post will continue to have access to the network and all the tools that they've utitlized up to this point.  If those members wish to activate their account so their Blog posts will be viewable to consumers and search engines, they'll be required to sign up for the New Membership Plan at $29 per month. 

All New and Existing ActiveRain Members will also receive:

  • Listing Router "Wholesale" pricing, with clicks being delivered to the highest bidder on an auction basis.  All members will have the opportunity to pay the same price as bulk wholesale buyers.  This represents a 70% per bid price reduction.
  • The NEW Rainmaker Badge: If you currently utilize any AR product (Listing Router Campaign, Outside Blogs, Sponsored Localism Communities etc.)  the new RainMaker VIP Badge will appear when leaving comments and wherever the member profile picture is currently displayed.
  • ALL Outside Blogs will now have the ability to add multiple users/authors.  The pricing will only be $19 per month for existing AR members going forward. (This includes Individual and Group Blogs)
  • Premium technical support will continue for paying members.  Non paying members will only have access to email based support.  These changes will be rolled out over the next few weeks and will be automatically applied to member accounts.
  • Weekly ActiveRain Webinars and On-line Training will also be made available to ALL ActiveRain Members.

All current members will be given ActiveRain Founder Accounts.  You have gotten us to this point and your contributions have been the fuel to mature the network.  Again, nothing changes for our existing Active AR members.

This new membership plan goes into effect at 5am PST on Monday, February 16th, 2009.  Feel free to contact any of the ActiveRain staff or team if you have any questions or concerns.  We are looking forward to the continued growth and success of our network and YOUR business here on ActiveRain. Thank you for your continued support, your contributions, and your allegiance.

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Comments (796)

Stefan West
West Realty - Murrieta, CA
Temecula-Murrieta-Menifee CA Real Estate

I am thrilled with active rain as a place to read with other agents and relax with my peers.  I also like to share periodically.  I haven't leveraged active rain like many other agents but as a legacy Rainmaker I am starting to see how powerful Active Rain has become!

Aug 19, 2010 01:03 AM
Carissa Acker
Real Estate by Design with Keller Williams Realty - Denton, TX

What if I attended rain camp, yet don't have my rain camp badge?  ...and am sad about it?!  :p 

Sep 03, 2010 11:36 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Carissa - you probably want to contact Bob Stewart or Kerrie Greenhalgh so they can get that corrected for you.  If you run into a dead end, you can also contact and they should be able to get someone to fix that for you. 

PS. DON'T BE SAD, the badge is no where near as valuable as the content you received at RC, at least that's what I hope!  lol~

Sep 03, 2010 12:58 PM
Joe Cline
Affinity Properties, Inc - Austin, TX

am I missing something? I just tried to post a blog post and I can only do members only or associates posts. I thought nothing was going to change for founding members. I have been here and posting since 2007. Can you please let me know what I'm doing wrong?



Dec 07, 2010 03:12 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Joe:  They made another change a while back that, even though you may have been grandfathered in because of when you joined, you are now required to post at least once every 90 days (I think that's the requirement). Obviously, since you haven't posted since May, that would cause you to lose your Rainmaker status. The whole point was to reward those who are actually reasonably 'active' on the network.

Dec 07, 2010 05:30 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Joe - Rich is correct, (thanks buddy) I believe it is still 90 days.  The real benefits of course being the positive results you can get from posting good content regularly and consistently on your blog.  :-)

Dec 07, 2010 05:43 AM
Joe Cline
Affinity Properties, Inc - Austin, TX

I suppose I can see the valu eof that rule. I took a 6 month sabbatical from real estate to help my buddy get his construction company off the ground, which is the reason I haven't posted in 6 months. It would have been nice if ActiveRain would have sent me an email or told me about this when they emailed or called soliciting my attendance at Raincamp. I do have 450+ posts over the last 3 years so it's not like I'm a slouch. oh well.


Dec 07, 2010 09:17 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hey Joe - I forwarded your comment to Steven Graham here at ActiveRain to re-review your status and hopefully reinstate your grandfathered membership.  You might want to follow up with him here.  AR Staff

Dec 07, 2010 10:16 AM
Lorrie Ann Thomas

I also was one of the original bloggers here and used to have the Rainmaker status however, apparently because I had put my license on inactive status and just now am getting back into the business I have lost my Rainmaker status that I had been previously grandfather into.  Is there a way to get this back? 

Feb 27, 2016 03:44 AM
Joe Cline
Affinity Properties, Inc - Austin, TX

Thanks Brad. I appreciate it!

Dec 07, 2010 10:29 AM
Raine Carraway
Lenoir, NC

Brad, is there anyway you can review mine as well.

I last posted on 8/4, and just found I could only post member-only today.

I have been away from both the business and AR because I had a baby, and then have been traveling back and forth between my home and my parent's home while my dad is undergoing cancer treatment. If things go well, he'll be done with that in March or April, and I want to sort of "gear up" the blog again to be ready to go back into business once I am home again for the long-term. Thank you.

Feb 14, 2011 06:57 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Raine - contact Steven Graham at ActiveRain and see if they can work something out for you.  You'll find his contact info at  Tell him I sent you and explain the situation, I'm sure something can be worked out. Good luck. :-)

Feb 15, 2011 06:12 AM
Raine Carraway
Lenoir, NC

Brad, I will do that. thank you for your help.

Feb 15, 2011 12:36 PM
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Realtor & Career Consultant


Not sure if it is too late to consider grandfathering my rainmaker status as well. This has been on my mind for awhile. I have been a member since 2008, and responded to many posts. I have written a few blogs as well. I went to raincamp when it came to Boston, and was very excited to attend and learn more about AR with the intent to get more involved. Soon afterwards my rainmaker status was taken away. I did not get any notice about the changes. Previously I did not post for a few months for personal reasons, but did not realize what the new rules were. So I stayed away from AR, visiting once in a while,  but I really miss it. As you can see by the late date I am posting this, it is still on my mind. I googled to find this post. I am perplexed as to how I could have followed the rules, if I didn't know what the rules were. I am willing blog much more frequently and become a contributing member.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

Feb 26, 2011 12:46 PM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Donna - I forwarded your comment onto Kerrie and Bob here at ActiveRain, hopefully they can work something out with you. :-)

Feb 26, 2011 01:10 PM
Sherri Berry
Reliant Realty, Murfreesboro - Murfreesboro, TN
Murfreesboro TN Homes & Real Estate

I too have been a long time Rainer that feel off the wagon for a while.  I had logged on a few times back in the spring and prior to that had trouble logging on with my password and just didn't make the effort to get things reset.  I am trying to go back to what I know, what worked for me before, and naturally I went back to Active Rain!  However, I was called and told I will get a limited two month membership for $1 and then if I continue blogging and want things to be seen publically and use the localism feature I will now be charged monthly.  This isn't a fee I am ready to absorb right now but I really wanted to get back active with my blogging.  Ive written many blogs and even had three featured.  Disappointing that taking some time off is now making me decide if I want to pay monthly to keep my rainmaker status. 

Jun 27, 2011 03:32 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Sherri:  I think the folks at ActiveRain have done an admirable job of transitioning from a totally FREE site, to what it is now. You can still participate for free, but obviously your content will not be searched or indexed by the search engines. You'll just have to decide whether your investment here is worth the return. 

Jun 27, 2011 07:18 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Hi Sherri - I think it is a worth while investment, but ultimately you'll have to decide if this is right for you or not. 

As Rich said, you can still do alot here for free, but the SEO and target clients you might be trying to reach will require a rainmaker membership in the long run.  If I can help you out in any way, feel free to let me know?  :-)

Jun 27, 2011 08:12 AM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Ah, that's when it happened. I was wondering about that, since people kept saying that AR doesn't cost them anything! I have no concrete returns yet, but I've got faith that the experience of others will happen for me, too.

Mar 07, 2013 06:35 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Yes, many of us original members were grandfathered into the network, some of us even brought on as staff.

Wow Brad - I had to blow the dust off this one and sweep away the Cobb webs, I almost forgot I wrote this. In Fact, I had to go back and read it through just to see what I wrote over 4 years ago on this post. lol~ 

Thanks for giving it new life and rebirthing its ststus here on AR.  There are many rewards to be discovered here, some relational, some monetary, some will be financial, and others might even cross over into the spiritual, but one thing is for sure, there is something here for everyone.

There's only one catch... you have to participate to experience anything at all. No one can tell you what that will be or look like but you. You can't win if you don't play.

Just remember, the best results and stories I've ever heard that came from ActiveRain came from those who "Pay It Forward" and do it transparently and with no expectations in return. Only then can you and will you discover the deepest secrets and most powerful rewards of the original ActiveRain culture and the GODS who have built and looked after this place. 

WoW, this should be a blog post in and of itself! lol~

Have fun making Rain here, and don't try jumping over the puddles, jump in them and play! All the best~ :-)

Mar 07, 2013 07:59 AM
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

I can't believe how many comments thios post got, guess the transition to rainmaker was a pretty big deal back in the day.

Mar 07, 2013 08:01 AM

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