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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I invite new agents to experience Content Marketing at it's finest at AR . I have 480,000 invite points !

Jul 09, 2016 04:28 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Daily:  Log In = 100 points

Daily comments 20 = 500 points

Daily answer 20 questions = 300 points

Weekly 10 blog posts = 2500 points (with respect, please post quality blog, not 50 word minimum "fluff" just to get the points).

Plus reblogs, contests, and more.

You can easily produce 30,000 to 40,000 points per month, which would take you to 500k points in just over one year.

Jul 09, 2016 10:29 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Focus on writing posts of interest to AR members and the general public who may be interested in your services. Participate regularly by commenting on others posts and respond to comments left on your posts. Contests can help add points. Readers and the puiblc are most interested in what you have to say than your points.

Jul 09, 2016 03:59 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

The best & fastest way to get there is to blog & comment.  The blogging will get you the business along w/ the points.  The commenting will help you network to get more biz and more blogging and marketing ideas.

You can get there w/ patience and hard work.  I got there in 1.5 yrs and it's way easier to get points now.

BTW, I do have over 200,000 in invite points, but it's challenging to get others to accept, blog and stay.  The few that did really saw the value that blogging could bring to their business and I showed them around because they were friends/biz colleagues.  and, when their biz grows, mine does a bit too via referrals.

Jul 09, 2016 09:22 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Steve why be so focused on points?  I suggest being more focused on quality content and getting google juice as well as building referral partners in the rain. That by far will cover the monthly fee until you get to 500K. What matters is building business not points.  That's my two cents worth!

Jul 09, 2016 05:56 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I liked earning my first 500K simply by writing blog posts and commenting on others. 

Jul 09, 2016 04:51 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's not meant to be easy, I think points is just a way to reward members for being consistent and visiting AR on a regular basis. Most blogging platforms don't award points, but blogging brings other rewards on those platforms.

Jul 09, 2016 08:35 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its not hard either. May I point out it is the journey and not the destination which will come when you journey anyway. Meanwhile, practice & hone those blogging skills & make a few friends while making a difference

Jul 09, 2016 05:57 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Steve, I'm on the fast track to the 500k mark myself.  It's not as daunting as it seems at first.  I've gotten over 300k since November and I average between 40k & 43k each month.  Takes a little time, but it's easy.


Recruitment is NOT the easiest way to speed things up.  You only get 10% of their points.  So if you recruited me with my 43k points last month, you'd get a whopping 4300 points.  You can earn that in a week yourself.  Most people won't be going gangbusters on here and will probably only get between 5k and 10k per month.  That's 500-1000 points for you.  Do a contest or two and you'll surpass that easily!

Jul 09, 2016 05:19 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If your participation is focused on points ... or merely reaching 500,000 points to get a free account, then you will have missed the main reason to be here ... and that is to build your business, make connections with others, find great referral agents, receive referrals from other agents, and overall just engage in and with the community.  

If you keep writing good, original and engaging content and not think about the points, you will reach 500,000 points before you know it.

My two cents. 

Jul 09, 2016 05:16 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Steve.... the most important task is the blog post.... get the Google Juice....that's the purpose of this site....points are an incentive to post....and your main task here is to do that.... others will comment as you comment on theirs.... and the points add up quickly..... it's a exercise in networking and that's a great skill to improve upon.... the better you network, the more points you'll accumulate ....inviting new members will be to your advantage ONLY if they participate and write posts....otherwise, you'll earn a few points but nothing spectacular..... 

Jul 09, 2016 04:48 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

very few of my points are from recruiting.  While I invited a good amount of people, none of them stuck.

Jul 09, 2016 10:09 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have never had any luck with inviting people. I suggest writing a combination of market reports and something entertaining to hold the peoples interest.

Even more important is you must write about 25 comments a day and if someone comments on your post give them a comment. This place is full of loyal people who will comment on any of your blogs if you do it for them too.

Jul 09, 2016 09:26 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have been able to get several to sign up but they don't ever really get the hang of it. I just suggest daily blogging and commenting and you will reach that 500,000 mark quicker than you think.

Jul 09, 2016 07:05 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have a few invited and like most, my invitees do very little for my score.

Consistency does everything for my score, consistent blogging, consistent commenting and interacting, consistent answering of questions, and never taking a day off.

Do this and you will be there in a year, or maybe even 10 months.

Jul 09, 2016 05:24 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I think getting content out there on a regular basis is a great way to watch your points add up.  If you go to Resources - Contest - you will see challenges in AR that reward you nicely for participating.  Also, following people and commenting on their blogs will help you add up points and become part of the network.  

There are also quite a few things you can do in your profile that will award you points if you haven't already done that.  

Jul 09, 2016 05:07 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

One post, one comment, etc. at a time.  Enter contests which often give extra points just for entering.  

Concentrate on what you write for public rather than points.   Points are nice here in the Rain but the public puts $$ in your pocket.

Jul 09, 2016 03:55 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Recruitment would be the fastest way to reach 500k but it's certainly not the easiest. We have invited a few dozen people to the Rain. Maybe 10 have accepted and only one has gone beyond a first blog post. 

To reach 500k the fastest, blog and  comment on blogs. But I would like to respectfully suggest that you focus on the content rather than the points - a free account is sweet, but the relationships are sweeter and the business referrals are the sweetest of all.

Jul 09, 2016 11:31 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It took almost a year to get the first 50,000 points.  Now you can do that in little over a month...Don't miss the boat on what this site and blogging is all about...MARKETING.  Good to have invites, but my invites did not bring in customers like my blogs did.

Jul 09, 2016 02:11 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

It really isn't that difficult, I average about 43,000 points per month, blogging, commenting, answering questions, participating in contests and getting likes and comments from other members on a regular basis.

In less than a year, you're over the hump!

Jul 09, 2016 10:40 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Steve Snyder, At the beginning it looks hard but blog 10 a week and  do Q & A daily.  you will get there.  Do not forget contests.

Jul 10, 2016 01:35 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Fred Griffin provided the formula I was going to suggest.   Rinse.  Repeat.   

Jul 10, 2016 01:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've invited people but they've never become regular bloggers and I think that's because it's not really easy. It takes time and thought and patience to earn a free account and most people don't want to do it.

Jul 09, 2016 10:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Recruiting is a challenge because many do not relate at all to blogging. ActiveRain is a good seminar topic for you to present in real estate offices as you sign up all of the agents as new members.

Jul 09, 2016 09:50 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great question - and Michael J. Perry is obviously the king of the invite!

Jul 09, 2016 08:33 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have so many great answers, don't worry about the points, keep writing and commenting.  A

I think everyone gave you great advice. A

Jul 09, 2016 01:53 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It does take a while to get to the 500,000 point mark. It takes hard work and dedication. You can do it, though. It's great if you can recruit, though, and that will help you get there faster. 

Jul 09, 2016 01:13 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

There are multiple things you can do to increase the speed.

Jul 09, 2016 12:15 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

I recruit my new agents. Obviously, And other agents that I close listings with /or they have the listing to my buyers property.

Also, my colleagues on LinkedIn I have invited when I was sending out my business plan. I invited them as well. Only a handful joined out of 1,700+.

Good Luck~

Jul 09, 2016 11:02 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It is a great blog

Jul 09, 2016 06:38 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm like Susan Emo and I'm still doing the same.

Jul 09, 2016 05:07 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I've had a few people sign up through my link but most of them didn't stay around so for point accumulation purposes it didn't work for me. 

Jul 09, 2016 04:51 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have not done it . It is difficult. I have emailed many agents but no one responded.

Jul 09, 2016 04:38 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Steve Snyder Recruitment isn't as easy as it sounds. I've probably invited over 100 agents, lenders, etc. to join ActiveRain. Maybe 3 or 4 joined and they aren't doing anything. A lot of people in our industry don't believe in blogging. Most think it is a waste of time.

Jul 09, 2016 04:21 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Well I've been here since 2006 & I've yet to recruit anyone. Most people are afraid to blog, most people will be afraid of you because you blog. Everyone will look at you with scrunched eyebrows when you say the word 'blog'.

Jul 09, 2016 04:21 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i believe the recruiting is a tool for the AR owners. NOT for the user. In fact i think that rule or method of getting points. SHOULD GO THE FLOCK AWAY. Strong letter to follow. :) I think the best way to get points is to earn them by contributing. Some get points and never really work at it. I dont see that as adding. sorry i dont. Curious mister money guy.. do you have construction loan spec products?

Jul 09, 2016 04:05 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Bribery works!  

Jul 09, 2016 03:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I am careful who I invite. Used to send out a lot of invitations with little response. Blog and answer questions and you will be there in no time!

Jul 09, 2016 11:16 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Contests are good ways to earn points. 

Jul 09, 2016 10:57 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I like the points also, but mostly I engage others here on AR. The more I engage, the more points I make.

More important though, the more I engage, the more I learn, I gain more connections and friends and I become part of a wonderful community.

Jul 09, 2016 10:06 PM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Steve, you have a ton of good answers here. In my opinion, the best way is to blog and comment daily.

Jul 09, 2016 09:52 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is true, the more members you bring on board the more points you get. Also, you get well if they blog and participate ( comments, answers, etc.). Good luck:) 

Jul 09, 2016 05:22 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Steve Snyder - excellent post - and I need to read it in details.

Recruiting a person is to show them the benefits of ActiveRain.

Jul 09, 2016 04:15 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Just be consistent.  And you don't have to write really, really long posts.  

Jul 09, 2016 03:29 PM
Toronto, ON

I don't recruit.

Jul 09, 2016 11:28 AM
Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

Mike Rock has a great point about points for recruiting.  While it is very useful to have regular people like us swelling the AR ranks from recruiting, I think the points should be limited to 2000 or 5000 per recruit.  This still leaves an incentive, but keeps points focused on those who contribute.  There are a lot of people who have joined and don't contribute...tons !  If the idea is that we recruit them and then encourage them to participate, that might only happen if I live in their house, and then only maybe.  Recruiting points should be flat rate.


I never see the person who recruited me blogging on AR.  As far as I can tell, her last blog was 4/4/2014.  I don't like that she passively gets points because of my contributions.  Just saying......

As for how?  The easiest way is to have a lot of traffic to your personal site and to send out invitations to that traffic.  Not many have that traffic.

Jul 09, 2016 04:24 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Steve - I have not found it easy to recruit, and don't even try anymore. The best way to reach 500,000 points is to be active every day. You could easily get 30,000-40,000 points a month. You should be able to get close to 500,000 points in a year.

Plus, the more posts you publish, the more business you should receive.

Jul 13, 2016 12:00 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You should be able to earn 30,000 points a month. There are no short cuts, start blogging, start commenting, enter contests and head over to the q and a page. 

Jul 10, 2016 11:04 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
Avant Garde Residential Management Services - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

My personal goal is to hit 2 million points.

Jul 10, 2016 01:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I do not recruit--not for Active Rain, not for my brokerage. I sell real estate. I don't have time to worry about recruitment. And I earned my 500,000 points fair and square by posting, commenting, doing product reviews, answering questions, entering challenges and contests, etc.

Jul 10, 2016 06:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

parked and reading...

Jul 09, 2016 10:14 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

If you already have appreciable points AR will give you a discount. A 1/3 page ad in local paper is $800 for the weekend. I bet no one even looks at it.

Like anything else they can raise the bar to 1M points on short notice. Due deligience in blogging consistently applies on AR also,


Jul 09, 2016 05:23 AM