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"Rain-vitations!" Your Ticket to a Higher Point Score - Blog Tips for Rain Drips

It's no secret.... The genius of this platform? ....It's in the points!

Seriously,... forget about all the great information, the social networking, and all the potential business it generates. We Want Points

Just put a bunch of "Type A" personalities in the same virtual room, tell them they're competing for status & position by earning points, and watch the 'FRENZY' begin!

Now, granted, there are some who take this point thing just a little TOO seriously! But for the majority of us, it simply adds to the fun and enjoyment of participating in the Rain.

(Who are we kidding? We'd sell our own Mothers if it would help us achieve top spot in our State, right? Well, okay, maybe not 'Mom,' but maybe that annoying little brother or sister, eh!)

For some of you newer members, you may be asking yourself, "What hope is there for me? How can I ever hope to catch up to some of the veteran players who've racked up a gazillion points already?"

 Well, don't despair, Buckwheat! You too can become the Big Cheese in your respective town, city, county, or even State, by following one simple, seemingly overlooked strategy.....

 

                     ......by 'Inviting Others' to the Rain!

Down at the bottom left-hand side of your "My Home" page, you'll find the link that says, Invite Others Bonus Points for inviting real estate agents

Click on that link, and it will take you to the 'Invitation Page,' where you can enter your colleague's name, e-mail address, write a short personalized note encouraging them to join our beloved community, and hit 'Send Invitation!'

It's that simple!

For every person you get to join the Network, you receive 50 points! Then, after that, you receive 10% of ALL the points that person earns from there on out!

 We have a member here in Washington State who has nearly 70,000 points! He's only posted 3 articles, made 9 comments, so almost ALL of his points are from inviting others to the Network! Imagine how much more he could do if he were actively participating?

If you look at some of our Top Scoring members, almost all of them have 10's of Thousands of points as a result of 'Inviting Others.' Granted, they've all worked hard to achieve their ranking. Effective blogging takes time, hard work, and commitment. But 'Inviting Others' to benefit and contribute to this platform is a major part of their success. And it can be a part of Your success too!

So start Inviting a couple of people a week, and watch your numbers climb!

Your Mother will most definitely appreciate it!

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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Rich Jacobson is a District Director for Fathom Realty and a licensed REALTOR®; an avid Crab Hunter, Clam Digger, and Oyster Shucker, He is the Social Media Evangelist for Life on the Kitsap Peninsula & The Western Puget Sound in scenic WA State.

Comment balloon 166 commentsRich Jacobson • February 01 2008 03:35AM

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I would definitely sell my brother for points... I wouldn't even ask for that many. LOL 
Thanks for the reminder about the invitations.
Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 10 years ago
I under stand the competitive nature of people here on AR. I have invited several people but few have joined. Personally, I do not feel that it is about the points, but more so, quality information to my readers. I feel that if I continue to give quality information, the points will come. Kinda like the movie - If you build it, they will come...  8-}
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago
we don't need no stinkin points! - thanks for the 25 points!  : )
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Have you thought of featuring (for a day or something) every 1st post of a new member (or something like that) so they would feel welcome, maybe get some comments, and not feel "lost in the rain"?
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Virginia - actually, I intentionally keep my eyes open for newer members to 'feature.' Our community has been doing a really great job of greeting the newcomers. I always make it a point to comment on members first blog post, but many times, several others have beat me to the punch!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago
hmmm what else can I sell for points?.. but really its not about the points.... yea right!!!  Oh wait... its not....its really about money...no... friends...networking...education....ok, ok a little of everything.  Maybe I should cross country...attend a REALTOR meeting of some sort and invite all those REALTORS... I am one of those selfish ones that doesnt want to tell my direct competition!!!  Just playing..sort of... good post!
Posted by Kim Carpenter, Lake Winnipesaukee REALTOR -Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, NH (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

Hi Rich

Nothing feels better than sharing  Activerain with other professionals.  I am always surprised how many try a blog or two and then just disappear.  They are missing the wonderful outlet and benefits the AR provides.

Posted by Allison Stewart, St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904 (St.Cloud Homes ) over 10 years ago
Great point - and what a way to build a presence in your market. I find you have to follow up with a phone call; many spam filters seem to catch the invites.
Posted by Kevin McGrath, Long & Foster Real Estate Companies (Long & Foster Real Estate Companies- Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania) over 10 years ago
The points are simply a little icing on the cake...the community is the cake!
Posted by June Slusser (Coldwell Banker High Country Realty ) over 10 years ago
Now, you tell me the secret ! haha ! I use to worry about the points a lot..however, when i stopped and just had fun with it my points came 10 fold ! Thanks for sharing Rich !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) over 10 years ago
HAHAH great blog love the humor and how true that is. Most realtors enjoy competition and adding points to this thing just makes it that more fun. I need to start adding people.
Posted by Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary, First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes (LemonTree Realty) over 10 years ago
Love the points!
Posted by Cathy Glass, Realtor - Knoxville, Tennessee (Realty Executives Associates) over 10 years ago
Great idea about getting points. I never knew I could get some of their points if they post. Kind of like Amway? Rich, can I invite you to join?
Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 10 years ago
Rich, I like the idea of inviting others.  Thanks.
Posted by Dan Forbes over 10 years ago

 

Pot of Gold Real Estate Inc.

 

 

I don't need points I need referrals for Pot of Gold Real Estate Inc. investment program.

Posted by Jonn Ross over 10 years ago
I invited like 15 people..only 8 joined and only one really is doing any activity. I guess it is hard to start something you are not accustomed to. I'm not too concerned whether or not I get 10% every time they write but it doesn't hurt.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Yea, Do you have a brother that we can invite? Or is your dad a member?  I have been inviting, but only a few have responded.  Plus I want to get up to about 50,000 points before I invite somebody so I don't lose my spot.
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

I've also invited some people. One joined and I got the points, two joined but didn't follow my link therefore I didn't get the points and one Realtor I guess just didn't want to be a part of it.

It's funny when I hear people say, "It's not about the points", come on! People in Real Estate are competitive. You have to be. So as a member here on AR, when you see someone else in your field with more points than you, that competitive nature kicks in. I don't believe it's all about the points. AR is for me, a daily continuing education in Real Estate.

My mission since I've been a member, was to knock off the top 3 people in Title Insurance for the State of Florida and in Broward County. Why? Just for the fact that there isn't any activity from them. You snooze, you loose!

Posted by Dawn Rodriguez, HomeRun Title - Title Insurance Company (HomeRun Title) over 10 years ago

Hey, I get 25 shameless points for saying 'hey' to you on this fine Friday morning from NH!   ;-)

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 10 years ago
I've invited...told them how it all works...sent them the link.  Showed them that I'm the featured agent in our county.  It doesn't seem to make a difference.  What I'm waiting for is that first referral I receive from AR and the I bet I'll have people wanting to join! 
Posted by Barbara Dougher, Realtor - 2008 Rookie of the Year (Coldwell Banker United East Texas Division) over 10 years ago
Rich, Referrals are a great way to make money in our business. I guess the powers that be designed the invite others to make points like referrals make us money.
Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 10 years ago

I've invited a lot of people who have NOT joined... but I have invited a lot who have joined and a number of those have participated very much. 

I am out of the habit of inviting people... but this is a good reminder.

 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago
I have invited people as well, and it takes some people a while to catch on to what AR can provide for them.
Posted by Dwayne West, Canton Georgia Real Estate (Atlanta Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Hi Rich,
Well that has not worked for me. For some reason, the people I invite just do not get it.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago
thanks for the idea and the encouragement
Posted by HUNTSVILLE PR (HUNTSVILLE PR) over 10 years ago

I'm not sure how I feel about this Rich.

I think a member who writes and contributes to the quality of AR should be valued...anyone can invite hundreds of people which I suppose makes AR look good and strong...but how many are active? How many contribute to this community.

The invite points are great....but really I don't think they should be such a big deal IMHO.

I don't think someone who invites a lot of people should rank higher than someone who writes and contributes to the community as a whole.

 

 

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago
I've been inviting peeps, but these backwards Missourians haven't seemed to catch on to blogging yet, or don't think it's important?  Crazy they are!
Posted by Fran White, Kansas City North Real Estate, 816-682-3897 (North Kansas City Real Estate, Reece and Nichols Residential) over 10 years ago
I have invited a few people, 3 of which accepted, and one of whom is pretty active.  As you mentioned, I have seen some people who have tens of thousands of points just from invites, so I guess this is a powerful strategy for them.  I have one person that I am "courting" (trying to get them to join).
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago
Rich - Your not supposed to give all the secrets away - SHOOOSH :) I actaully have invited a bunch of people but not many actually participate. They don't know what their missing!
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 10 years ago

Points make the rain come down, the rain come down.

I've invited a number but only 5 have joined but they must be duds busy with work. I didn't realize it was A types (yes, like me) I should be inviting. On to inviting A types and not duds busy with work artsy fartsy types!

I love my points!

Posted by Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging (2 Hounds Design + Home Staging) over 10 years ago
its called leveraging your points. :) Every time one of my invitees posts a blog, its 20 freebies for me. :)
Posted by Sean Carroll, Real Estate Speaker and "Expert" Coach (The Get Off Your A$$ Academy) over 10 years ago
Everyone likes points!  Nice post and a good review of one of the many options available here at AR.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 10 years ago
Rich, I absolutely agree with Monica's reply.  Some people are absolutely point obsessed.  I imagine if AR didn't have a point system they would concentrate on their businesses and the quality of their posts, not the quantity. 
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago
I just invited 2 realtors before I saw this.  Nobody Ive invited has joined yet.  What the heck?!
Posted by Christine Thierry, CRMS (Allegiance Mortgage Services) over 10 years ago

Well I'll take my 25 and roll... Thanks....Hey you got 200+ for a good blog post!

Posted by Scott Hutchinson, Lago Vista Real Estate (REAL ESTATE) over 10 years ago
Christine...they are probably duds...busy with work!
Posted by Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging (2 Hounds Design + Home Staging) over 10 years ago
Great Post!  I had two join yesterday.  I think you have to do what you do best SELL Active Rain to the people you invite and a little follow up wouldn't hurt!  I'm new to AR, but I love those points and just elevated to #4 in my area!  Diane Lombardino, Realty International, Palm Beach Gardens, www.findWOWproperties.com
Posted by Diane Lombardino (Keller Williams Realty of Jupiter) over 10 years ago
Rich-Great post, thanks for sharing.  AR is truly a blessing, and the best gift I can give to a friend or fellow professional.  Thanks! 
Posted by Denise Shockey, Cocoa Beach, Brevard County Florida Real Estate (RE/MAX Aerospace Realty) over 10 years ago
I have invited several other agents and few have joined. I think everyone is busy in their own world and find little time to expand it. They are missing out
Posted by Richard Lecinski (Long Realty Company) over 10 years ago
I tell as many people as I can about it, but no one seems to want to bother with it. Oh well, higher rankings for me I guess!
Posted by Lisa Bosques over 10 years ago

Rich,

Aha...Active Rain IS a 'pyramid' MLM scheme!!! NOT! Thanks,   Fran

P.S. BTW...that profile pic...is that what they mean when they say 'a square peg in a round hole'? LOL

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago
I've invited people, can I go back an re-invite some of them? I thought you got a pop-up that said they had already been invited.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago
  I have mentioned AR to several people, 2 have joined but forgot to let me know,so no invite points for me.....and so it goes..
Posted by Kim Harris, Designated Broker/Owner/Sound Realty (Sound Realty) over 10 years ago
Well its almost like highschool. Who is the most popular, or now Myspace, how many friends do I have. I personally think its about developing relationships, and making moves. I know I am still green to ActiveRain, however I try and use my charm and good wit to gain confiedence in my peers. Freddie Smith
Posted by Freddie Smith (Aasent Mortgage) over 10 years ago
Oh Rich, you make me feel so, well, dirty.  Me, care about points?  Actually, I have invited a few but clearly I need to add this to my long list of things to do today!:)
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago
That 10% was a pleasant surprise.  I knew it would benefit me to invite, but stumbled onto the 10% bonus when my points were changing without my input. 
Posted by JudyAnn Lorenz, Virtual Marketing Consultant (Bar JD Communications) over 10 years ago
I'm still figuring out the point system and how ranking works but the overall goal is to provide relevent information to consumers and collegues alike about your market, am I right? Great Post by the way enjoy reading your content
Posted by The Real Estate Group Luxury Home Specialists (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago
all well and good IF they remember to sign in through your link - I have had several people sign on because I told them about the site, but they went there and made no reference to me - so no points! I now try to be really specific on how to sign on the first time.
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Gracious Rich...

As we both know Blog Boy (Broker Bryant) sends out the invites...

As he discovered AR before me he gets to do that :)

I will just stick to commenting for points and hope someday I may actually catch up. LOL. It ain't ever gonna happen :) 

Hey...I know! I can invite a bunch of the Country Clubber's to join. The Country Clubber's are my turf :)  

TLW...ROAR!
Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Good suggestion. The second part is getting them to participate after they join so that you can redeem the 10% kick-back
Posted by Scott Wall (StoneHouse Realty, Inc) over 10 years ago
Thanks again for the great suggestion...I am a 'Type A' who is going to immediately implement this 'point-getting strategy.  ( Honestly, though, anyone who joins will be as happy about this blog site as I am!!!)
Posted by Linda M. Cataldo, Beach Destinations Realty Myrtle Beach (Dock Street Realty) over 10 years ago

Type A Personalities...

"Type A personality, also known as the Type A Behavior Pattern, is a set of characteristics that includes being impatient, excessively time-conscious, insecure about one's status, highly competitive, hostile and aggressive, and incapable of relaxation. Type A individuals are often high-achieving workaholics who multi-task, drive themselves with deadlines, and are unhappy about the smallest of delays."

Okey Dokey then...

Sounds like RE sales people to me :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Don't look at me like that...

I get points for this CRAP :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Rich - I tried to invite my mother but she responded with a harsh & cold, "What's the point?"
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the reminder. For a period of time my system just wouldn't process the link.
Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago
Oh...geez. TLW dragged out the definition. Darn. Sounds a lot like me. Crap. Is that bad?  I'm going to tell my mom you didn't like her 80th birthday post. :)
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago
Rich- I have invited others but only 7 accepted and only one of those did more than their profile. Then she dropped out a couple months and she got lots of comments, etc. Ah, what to do! Keep inviting, The 80/20 rule, oh wait, in blogging it is about 97/3! MORE points for me! LOL! I got all my points through writing content that people want to comment on and building friendships! It all comes down to making money!     And my points DO help me to make money! Katerina
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Rich, I think you have found what makes us agents tick.  Just throw a bit of competition in and watch us go? thanks!

Audrey

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 10 years ago
Ok, I have an idea.  I will delete my AR Profile and then somebody can invite me.  I'll then throw out 10 posts and 70 comments a week and propel their point totals to souring heights.  I'm now accepting bribes solicitations....
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 10 years ago
The old "use the shoulders of others to get to the top" hunh?  Yeah, it's a great way to bolster your success as well as the network.  The only sad part is when those you invite don't use the network for all it has to offer so it's important to mention that you have to sort of babysit them or nurture them to use it.
Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) over 10 years ago
Rich,
Thanks for the reminder. inviting people is definately an effective way to get points and hopefully get referrals, etc. However it is more important to invite folks you believe will participate rather than folks who wont. All the ones I have invited, if they hace accepted, have not been active on the site and really do not know the information that they are missing out on.
Posted by Josh Ross (RE/MAX PROS) over 10 years ago
Very funny Rich....true, makes sense.
Posted by Julian Ruiz over 10 years ago
You did hit on an important reason why the points work so well on Active Rain.  We are competitive folks.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

thanks for the tips

Best of luck in 2008

 

Posted by KA Porter over 10 years ago
This would be a fine opportunity for me to thank Lenn Harley for accepting my invitation!  And to anyone who would like, please feel to send new people to JoinActiveRain.com
Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) over 10 years ago
"You can bring a horse to water but you can't make it drink."  I have invited dozens to join but no one has "drunk the rain" yet:)  Meanwhile I make lots of points for my buddy Steve in Bellingham!
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
Selling AR is harder than selling Real Estate sometimes. Gosh everyone already knows what a house looks like and how to use it. Like so many who have come before me, I keep inviting and only a few join. BUT, not that points are all that impressive or anything (yeah, right) so I'll just keep blogging, commenting and, by golly, inviting. We should also get points if we can prove that our families know all the acronyms and key words like AR, REA, featured, stars, blog-log, great post!, well written, drips, and so on. The fact that their eyes glaze over when we start to talk and the fact that they all prepare their own meals, wash their own clothes, put gas in their own cars, shovel their own drive ways and so on proves that our activity here in the Rain is a growing experience for our families too -- right? 
Posted by Yvonne Root, Home Stager - Northern Arizona (rooms b.y. root) over 10 years ago

Oh...

I have an idea...

Who wants to buy Blog Boy...He's on sale :)

After the deal closes I get his points...Right? :)  

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Yvonne - I get the glazed over look alot in my house, too.  However, my husband is so happy that I am off Ebay and on Active Rain!  I miss those fun packages, though - I don't get any from AR, of course he doesn't get any Paypal bills either.  He will understand soon the benefits that come from AR!  I keep telling him - the check is in the mail!
Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Just so you all know,....I've invited 103 people and 24 have signed on, but only a handful are currently active.

My real 'point' here is not so much to place an emphasis on earning points, but encourage you to 'Invite Others' to join our community. Points are nice, but it's the connection we all share that is worth telling others about!....

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago

Doggone it Rich, you mean there is something here besides points! 

Virginia, The day that I ran from our home office onto our porch where my hubby was sitting quietly talking on the phone to his brother and I was yelling my head off he finally understood why I do what I do. My website had moved from about #35 to #1 on a google search. It has stayed there consistently from that time. That was only weeks after I began blogging, commenting and INVITING here in the Rain. Hum, can I sell this experience? Yeah, I think so.

Posted by Yvonne Root, Home Stager - Northern Arizona (rooms b.y. root) over 10 years ago
Me being one of those newbies myself I appreciate the knowledge you OLD heads so graciously divulge. I'm off now to invite everyone I can think of!   
Posted by Clark Garrison, "Loan Modifications" (Taylor 1 INC) over 10 years ago

Rich,

True, true and true.  That is why you need to watch some of the people you pass on the way up, because if they have large numbers of invitees and they every wake up it could be a 4th quarter comeback. 

We happened to placed 2 in invitees for January 2008 http://activerain.com/action/nav/top_referrers?year=2008&month=01

 

 

Posted by Find a Notary Public needAnotary (QEC Internet Services) over 10 years ago
I wonder how many points you will be getting for this one...jk...Thanks Rich!  I am sending invitations out now!
Posted by Kelly Shoemaker, Realtor Broken Arrow, OK (Coldwell Banker SELECT) over 10 years ago
Thanx for the reminder. Do i get 50 points for this comment.
Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago
Rich -- love your irreverent sense of humor and your post!  I haven't mastered the invitation portion of the show yet -- give me time!  I'm getting there! 
Posted by Julie Escobar, Syndicated Columnist, Writer, Marketing Dir. over 10 years ago
I invited others, but they never join. Unfortunately, this area isn't into the blogging and such. At least not that I have noticed.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 10 years ago

add a

Click to Join The

 

graphic or a link to you website or another blog

My last person who joined Active Rain that I got credit for inviting I believe used  the graphic like the above on one of my blogs. He  had left nasty comments on both of my other blogs ..the next thing I see he's joined using my link. He's an inspector from another part of the state.  He is opposed to licensing of home inspectors in Ohio. His comments were really pretty rude. He's posted on ActiveRain a few times.  

I snagged Teri Lussier with a link in a blog post on my other blog. 

 

 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

* Point of View
* Point of Departure
* Point of Honor
* Point Accumulation
* Point System
* Point Blank
* Beside the Point
* To the Point
* Point of No Return
* Pointless

 May I have my Points, please?

 

Posted by Marilyn Katz over 10 years ago
I have invited quite a few people, I think 3 joined and not one has written a single post.
Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
If you haven't already seen "The Point" or gotten "The Point" please see: The Point
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago
That's a really great idea Rich. Now if I only had some...friends!
Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 10 years ago
Marilyn -  you only get points for "Point of No Return" cuz I'm a HUGE Kansas fan!
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago

Rich, I need to get better at this. I've tried and came up wanting.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Ooooh! I didn't know there was a page with 'top referrers'...I want on it! Question...do they just have to click and be noted as having been referred or do they have to actually sign up to be counted...for me to get on this top referrer page?
Posted by Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging (2 Hounds Design + Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Rich, 

Referring is a given for me, I do that anyway. But I want points too and although you don't care, I really have never felt more cheated out of my hard work anywhere in all of my life. This "Rev Limiter" concept is unfair, you cannot deny that. Those with top points, achieved them under different rules, than the new people obviously. Folks with cheapo posts are getting 200 pts for them, that is absurd, considering others who post excellent posts of 200 to 1500 words with pictures, deep thought and valuable information worthy of ActiveRain. If the system rewards underachievement, half-ass effort, protectionism of status quo, then that system will get exactly that, and thus the way it will grow.

But you know what, to the credit of the "System" and platform, other than that one issue with ActiveRain, I like all the other aspects just fine, the point system, must be revised, to for ActiveRain to achieve all the goals it has set out for. Sincerely

Your Friend,

Buckwheat!

Posted by Lance Winslow (The Car Wash Guy) over 10 years ago
Great tip - I was checking out that link earlier today and was very surprised to see the 10% aspect - I thought it would just be a few points for the referral. 10% of your invitees is mind boggling if you think about it!
Posted by Jason Todd (Compelling Media + Design) over 10 years ago

Don Rich - We've only invited a few, and so far have little activity from that. Saw a piece earlier that had crabs in it. In Beaufort, SC. Looked at it right away to see if you caught it, but not. But if she would have just written "sushi."

Working on a new "Buyers Report" that BB inspired in one of his posts the other day. Hope you are well.

best 

Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) over 10 years ago

Lance - I just created a new group just for you....."Whining for Points"...make sure you go join. I'll even let you moderate!...

Did someone say "Sushi?"

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago
Rich, that's an awesome perspective, and my mom greatly appreciates the idea!!!  The images, content, and all were great.
Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 10 years ago

I joined the group just to keep you company....  don't have anything to put in it ...yet.

oops...an anonymous commenter...

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Great Post.... Inviting others Really does work !  I have got a couple that have boosted my score as well.

 

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 10 years ago

DARN IT!!!! I was checking to make sure I didn't mess anything up when I made the point change and I wasn't logged in as me

What I meant to say........not ARDELL, was

I hope you marked your little notify me of comments box on this post and you get a chance to read this...........

There are lots of little tools that Matt and the boys have given us here that I rarely take a look at until I am inspired by something Rich (or Paul Slaybaugh.....this guy has some kind of spell over me, but I just love humor and he is my kind of comic.......sorry, I got off topic) does and so I head off to look for something Matt showed me a long time ago. I never really know if it's going to be there on the little panel of tricks the programmers have developed for us. As I search for it, I sometimes feel like maybe I dreamed it up and that feature isn't actually available to me.........but then I find it.........

I can adjust the points level for certain things. So in honor of this post, and as a thank you for reading it and commenting............

FOR THE NEXT WEEK, YOU WILL GET 250 POINTS FOR EVERYONE THAT ACCEPTS YOUR INVITATION TO AR INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL 50 

As I was reading Rich's post, 50 points didn't seem like enough. I'll move it back to 50 next friday or saturday.......I don't know when exactly. But when I move it back, it's back........so don't go sending me any emails saying you missed the deadline, can you just get that extra 200 points.........:)

I'm not announcing it..........so if you read this, tell your friends, and tell them to tell their friends :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!

 

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago
(you'd think I would learn by now to check what the heck I am doing before I comment. For clarification........when we make changes to something, I have to login as a user, someone that doesn't have complete admin capabilities, so I always do it as Mark Flanders or Ardell Dellaloggia because they are the top two in Washington and I see them when I log on...........that way I can browse the site like everyone else........and every now and then I forget to logout before I leave a comment......so those of you on the email thread, got my comment from Ardell......it is now gone on this post.........SORRY)
Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

I noticed a few people say they had invited someone and never got points for them.........we can fix that for you. All you need to do is contact us and let us know.

I must warn you that if the person you are attempting to claim is a big point earner already, I may verify with them before we credit you, because you will get that 10% bonus retroactively.

Monika,

You made a comment about not making a big deal out of the invite points...........I think Rich is trying to let the newer people know that while it may seem daunting to look up from having 8000 points and see the person in first in your state with 130,000, there are opportunities for you to contribute to making a more healthy and vibrant network in addition to contributing content. There are a lot of members of ActiveRain that do not make contributions but instead spend a lot of time here just reading and learning. I think that giving everyone the chance to be involved here is a worthwhile thing to shoot for. Whether they choose to get engaged or not is not the fault of the person who invites them......... 

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

Rich,

I swear I have not been drinking.........but now that I have pretty much butchered the end of this post.......I am leaving it alone now :)

Go invite people or don't......the 250 point off is still there :P 

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

I didn't see that... or did I?

What does a person have to do to get unsubscribed around here?  I thought I clicked that things 4 times already!  sheesh

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Rich
Can I invite the same people over and over?  Or, How about create non-existant people without pictures, then invite them and have each one blog the same exact Blog or just copy some real estate report(s) that are sent out to the world and use this as their blog. Wow. Points. 

Hey, 25 points is 25 points.  Now, let me see how many I have and how many I need.  I like the idea of 250 points.
aj
Posted by Alan 'AJ' Nisen California Contra Costa Mortgage Officer (A Large Bank in America) over 10 years ago
where can I get onw of those god consoles?  hahaha
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Believe me Georgina, you don't want the hassle of this thing. I'll tell you a little secret.......when the programmers make something......they make it to work for everyone expect the people with this god console. So you run into more little snafu's and stuff that doesn't work like it should.......it's all about the members, can't I get any love? haha
Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

Rich,

Thank you for making a group just for me! Wow, the ActiveRain Gods are sure considerate of us Power Blogger Sharks, who like Yellow Tail. I'll be sure to post any of my comments on the ActiveRain Point System there. Oh and that WSJ article I am working on with a friend on Social Networking Sites. Thanks again for your "loving feeling" and true care of us ActiveRain Bloggers. Its so nice to know that you truly care so much.  Lance

Posted by Lance Winslow (The Car Wash Guy) over 10 years ago

Rich,

I wish to thank you for making this Special Group for me, I think I would please like to have a picture like this there:

Justice

Because the reason for this comment is about one thing, JUSTICE, especially for the newbies. Indeed, the Future Modification of the Point System, that will be instituted here at ActiveRain will assist in decreasing attrition rates of those people who come and set up profiles and then fail to continue their blogging endeavors or participation. The crying baby might insult some members who wish to work on this project with me, to improve the system, and it must be perfect for efficiency, functionality and for the humans that use it.

After all, why invite new people, when those already members are not properly participating. I am confident our group will come up with the perfect solution, thus, I believe respect is important for this group. This Group Name should be changed to:

Improving Active Rain Point System!

I believe it is essential to take this very seriously, as to be fair for all concerned, failure to address this issue might cause a future divide, yet fixing this minor issue now, could in fact put new vigor into participation, I am confident of that.

Posted by Lance Winslow (The Car Wash Guy) over 10 years ago

Rich - Enjoyed reading the post, as well as the comments (there are a lot of comedians on AR!).

I agree with those who say the key to getting people to accept your AR invitation is to explain the benefits.

Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) over 10 years ago

Bob...I understand what you're saying BUT I think there needs to be a better system in place.

I don't think it looks good for a "top" blogger point wise, to have gained those points simply by inviting people and posting pictures. 

When the consumer clicks on that blogger's Blog and doesn't see any posts...what value does he get and how does that make us look?

Maybe increase the points for Blog posts...everyone says content is king...right? 

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

Monika said " Maybe increase the points for Blog posts...everyone says content is king...right? "

but then how to do you the cr*ppy content out Monika?  The bloggers who just post an ad about themselves rather than content for consumers... then repost the same thing over and over? Increase points on all posts and AR gets spammier. 

More points for local content is something for AR to consider, when they reintroduce Localism... of course that is what is spammed...  

Didn't AR say there was going to be a "Digg" like system developed for rating posts at some point, something that can not be gamed the way the old rating system was?  Still on the horizon?  

Good photos have value... good photos are content.  Problem is people used photos to game the system... some people are not writers but are great photographers... Good photos have value and some people are not comfortable writing.  If someone had great photos and posted them in my market I certainly would not begrudge them the points. 

Basically there is a way to game the system with most of the things that points are awarded for on AR.  There is for inviting (someone spelled it out above... or part of it, the inviting the same people over and over is not going to get you any points, unless they'd  join over and over and if they are real people that is not going to happen or you will see it looking at an area.) 

Really though there is not a way to game inviting people who actually participate and add quality content (to read or look at.) 

 

 

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago
Good post! The comments all, were funny, informative and more. I'd say my feelings are a combination of all of them! I've sent invites out to colleagues, and they asked me if it was FREE! Like, they couldn't get as great of a thing like AR for nothing! I am selfish too...I want all this great stuff for MYSELF!!! I've learned so much here and I have such a wonderful time, I'm surprised more people haven't caught on! I sent out a REPEAT invite yesterday to my BFF in real estate, and she STILL hasn't joined!
Posted by Michele Lundgren over 10 years ago

Rich

You are so right but many people don't even open the invitation..........they deleted it!!! And still there is a lot of selfish realtors that don't want to share......they are afraid of competence.

 

Thanks agood post,

 

Posted by Maria Borci, P.A., TRC, REO - Doral Pinecrest FL Real Esta (Colfax Realty Group) over 10 years ago
uh,...Lance?...it was supposed to be 'funny' dude...ya know, as in a joke,..a jest....to make fun...cause laughter...that sort of thing
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago

Gracious Rich...

I thought that was meant in jest...But...Then I thought I must have missed something :)

I went ahead and joined just to see how things unfold :)  

TLW...ROAR!  

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Bob - I invited Lance, so should get 10% of his points.  8 )
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
So,now, we are all pimps!?
Posted by Bill Schwent over 10 years ago

Maureen McCabe says: "Really though there is not a way to game inviting people who actually participate and add quality content (to read or look at.)"

Ya gotta love this lady! 

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago
I have asked several people to join. Only one of them has taken me up on the offer. Too bad for them, they could be reading this post and having a great laugh. So much joviality here in the rain. Boy people are so serious about their points!! There is enough rain for everyone.....chill out!
Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago
Thanks for the 25 small ones. Every little bit adds to the bottom line.
Posted by Kevin Fase (Keller Williams Grand Rapids North) over 10 years ago
Rich, I've tried to invite people but for some reason they don't want to join.  I still working on them though.  Wish me luck.
Posted by Jimmy McCall, The Ex-Mortgage Consultant (JimmyMcCall.com) over 10 years ago

Invute points are great...IF the person whoi joins is actively blogging....

I have invited a LOT of people... 4 joined and ONE is actively posting blogs....

I will UP my invites.....

We will see what happens....

250 points is a NICE incentive!!

=-)

 

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago
Thanks Rich for the useful information. I greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Thanks Rich for the useful information. I greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Matthew Zgonc, Realtor, CFS, CVS (Aksland Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Hi Rich I see you've got a new title "community builder." I like it! It's been a while since I've played in the rain, so I'm stopping by to see what's new. I see the focus on points hasn't changed. That's good...us type As need just a little competition and we're off to the races. 
Posted by Lisa Dunn, www.TwinCitySeller.com (Edina Realty) over 10 years ago
Lance can have my points if he wants:-)
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 10 years ago

LOL Sardi...

I have tried giving them away before...Then they made a rule that I couldn't do that.

Matt said something along the lines of it creating problems.

He also said he'd be more than happy to zero any of us upon request :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
im here to really network and referal business as well!!!
Posted by Brian Bender, Your 24 Hour Realtor (Perry Wellington Realty) over 10 years ago
Rich, Am I wrong to think that if I invite others in my industry that I would be shooting myself in the foot with Google? If all those people learn what I know now, I might lose my Search Engine Placement!!! Which do you think is more important? Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 10 years ago
Debra - the most successful in our business are the ones who are the most giving and willing to freely share what they know. Google will find you irregardless, as long as you consistently post good quality content to your blog!
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 10 years ago

Gracious Rich...

That was a wonderful answer to that question.

And just happens to be totally true...

"Success is at it's best when bring other's along with you"...

I am quoting myself :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Thanks Rich for the useful information. I greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate (RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.) over 10 years ago
I enjoyed reading this, Rich!  I sent out a lot of invites, but only one joined so far.  How exactly do you "jazz" up the invitation and use the invite graphic?  Is there a way to create and save a more compelling custom invitation to use whenever you invite?
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) over 10 years ago
Invitations are a great way to earn points and also "pay it forward" by helping others discover and benefit from this great place!
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) over 10 years ago
i am working on tht angle, i sent out 70 invitations, no takers so far..
Posted by Lisa Marie Thomas (Prudential) over 10 years ago
Help! I have tried to invite two Real Estate Agents.  Both of them were very interested in joining, but I got an error message saying that their email addresses had gotten too many invitations already.  Neither of them had received any at all.  Please advise.
Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the insight.  I did not know how powerful a tool that was.  Will give it a try!
Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) over 10 years ago

 

I've invited a couple of people. I guess I should invite more. Thanks for the fun post!

Posted by Jon Boyd, Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent (Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor) over 10 years ago
I have invited and anxiously waiting for responders.Thanks for the encouragment.
Posted by Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate (New Star Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Morning Rich-thanks for posting this. I did no know about the 10% thing, guess I better start inviting more.
Posted by Patty Ledford, Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue (RE/MAX Town and Country) over 10 years ago

Rich,  I see that you haven't received any comments on this post for a while so I thought that I'd give you one, and get some points of course...  Mike

Posted by Mike Miller (EXIT REALTY SERVICES) over 10 years ago

I sent an invitation to join ActiveRain about 2 weeks ago
on a real estate forum and have gottan 8 acceptances so far....

I am encouraging them by e-mail to post regularly and network with others
so they will benefit from ARs page rank and extensive knowledge
base and other features!!

I have gotten over 1700 extra points for these people joining AR!!

AWESOME!!

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) over 10 years ago

Very interesting... I will definately give it a try since I am new to AR.  I like the fact that there are different ways to accrue points, and that the more people input on AR, the more potential points you may receive because you invited them to join.

One of these days, I will write my own blog.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 10 years ago

Hi Rich,

I think you are so funny, I am sure your clients love you, I would!!! Take care, I'm off to invite more to AR... I am in love with this Website!!!

Shelly Q

Posted by Shelly Quilliam over 10 years ago

I could not agree more

Thank you for the post

Posted by Stephanie Perrault, Realtor Associate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Invitee number 73 today... she spammed me, my office?  the whole company? Hopefully she will be a good citizen here and use social media rather than spamming to get her message to her target market real estate agents.  

73 accepted.  I've invited a lot more....

In the invite I said something about the unsolicited email.  I have invited others who have spammed me, even warned one lender who joined NOT to spam on AR...

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 10 years ago

thanks for the info

Posted by Michael Sahlman, e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes (www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

thanks for the info..by the way i was searching the AR blogs and inside one I found a few very interesting blogs linked to that blog. I went to each of the blogs that interested me and responded to each in the comments section, but alas no points fo rthe comments. This has happened to me before. Do you know why this happens? (Iwas logged in).

Posted by Michael Sahlman, e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes (www.HomesForVIPs.com - Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago

Rich, I really am not sure what the whole purpose of the points are...

Posted by Paul Dunn, former orginator about 10 years ago

My first blog became a featured post.. thanks!  It really does make you feel "special!" And encourage you to blog more!

Posted by Erin McGinnis, Marin Home Stager Staging (Picture it SOLD! Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Well, having a large network of realtors involved can't be a bad thing. Best of luck in growning your real estate business.

Carole Lhuillier
Our Home Team
Keller Williams Realty

Posted by Carole Lhuillier, Our Home Team SunCoast (Keller Williams Realty SunCoast) about 10 years ago

Is it in the true spirit of AR that someone should be awarded this number of points just because they invited a lot of people to join??  I thought we were supposed to be sharing knowledge, experience, etc. for the good of all?

Oh, well....

Good luck to you!

Posted by Carole Lhuillier, Our Home Team SunCoast (Keller Williams Realty SunCoast) about 10 years ago

I too have invited people to join... got credit for one and not the other,I contacted AR about it,  I never got the points.  Maybe this will seem like a selfish question..but... why would I invite an agent in my office or in the community where I live.  Isn't it competitive enough for agents?  We are handing them an open invitation . for a stronger position against us.  It's like handing over your customers.

Five people in my city were in AR, long before I was.  I accidently stubbled of AR, but was never told about AR from any of the five.  They are great agents and we all work together as friends,  but I can understand, why AR was a secret.  What has happened.   I am close to 27,000 points in 2 months and have the 1 position in area  the  2 spot is held by an agent that was in AR long before I was.and has 5000 pts I came in last but gain on him.  If he would have invited me would't there be  a little hostility there?

Sorry this is so long should a been a post  Thanks for your post...love the way you present topics in your post.  Thanks btw  I have invited 7 people 2 joined and only added a profile,  the rest didn't bother.

Posted by June Lewis, Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571 (Northwood Realty Services) about 10 years ago

So the scret is to find another chatty cathy like myself and invite her to active rain...gotcha ya.

Posted by Nancy Larson (I am a licensed referral agent in NJ) about 10 years ago

Rich,

 

It is simple and the best part....everyone in AR benefits too.....by adding the new member's we get the advantage of their knowledge and experience's.....what a great site.

Enjoy the holiday my friend.

Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) about 10 years ago

I have invited several people, however most of them put up their profile and that's that. And while, sure I like the points, I really thought they'd be great additions to the community.

Anybody have suggestions or tips on how to get them to 'get' the value of participation or encourage them?

Thanks!

Posted by Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) about 10 years ago

50 bonus points and a percentage of their points from there on out? Had no clue! Thanks for sharing!

Posted by The Dunn Team Real Estate by The Book (Exit Realty Tri County) about 10 years ago

As a Southern girl, I understand the beauty of Hospitality and will jump right on this "Invitation Thing"!  thanks for ALL you do to help us, newbies out.

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) about 10 years ago

One has tried that as well Joseph, with more or less the same results ;^(.

Posted by Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) about 10 years ago

Rich, how much do a half dozen stray cats give (points wise).

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) about 10 years ago

That right

Posted by Houses Foreclosure (-) about 10 years ago

Thanks for clearing up the "points" issue.  I was wondering what the secret was to accumulating so many!  I'm going to get busy inviting!!

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Proudly Selling Florida Homes and Lifestyles (Joyce Marsh at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty) almost 10 years ago

I have invited two colleagues to join but they have not yet taken the time to discover AR.   I am sure once they get on to AR, create their profile and start reading the posts, they too will want to join in the action and blog on AR.   Points or no points, the important is to gain a better online presence, to share knowledge with those in our industry, to better ourselves as individuals and to have fun doing it.

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR almost 10 years ago

I hear ya! I invited several people, none of which joined. I can't rack up invite points for nothing!

Posted by Tony Orefice, Realtor/Harrisburg NC,Concord NC (Wilkinson ERA/www.TonyORealtor.com) almost 10 years ago

Yes, must say that aspect is inspirational to roll out the red carpet and invite everyone you can think of!  Keep hoping I invite a few that get active - so I can get a bigger bonus! :)

Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) almost 10 years ago

ok ok, 25 free points ... thanks ... my clients would also expect me to pick up the easy free stuff ... then work hard for the big prizes.  what a nice long thread of comments.

Posted by Julie Nelson, Smart real estate. (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Rich,  I like the reference to the Type A personality.  I think that is a prerequisite for being a real estate agent.  So far it has been pretty easy to climb the ranks in Iowa, not very many other agents have caught.  I just figure I am way ahead of the game when they do.

Posted by Kathy Kooyman (Home Realty) almost 10 years ago

The point system is awesome, but I think it is time to get creative with new ways to earn points.  In the hayday when AR was free to set up a blog I think it was probably much easier to invite people with some success.  Any other tips on some of these bonus points and linking points?

Posted by Bruce & Sandy Soli, Tahoe Lifestyle Experts (Sierra Sotheby's International Realty) over 9 years ago

Bruce & Sandy:   I still think that one of the most effective ways of garnering points is inviting other to the Rain. On your 'My Home' page on the lower left column is a link 'Invite Others.' If you click on that, you'll find a link similar to this:

http://activerain.com/action/referrals/rich

Whenever you invite someone to the Rain, take the time to sit down with them and actually help them log on with this link. Then, help them with the 5 minutes it takes to set-up a basic profile.

This ensures that you get credit for inviting them, and they'll appreciate you taking the time to help them get started!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 9 years ago

I've invited two members passively since the membership changes.  I don't think the changes are going to kill invites.  

Something creative (to earn points) to get people involved in ActiveRain is always fun!!!!!

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 9 years ago

Thank you Rich for all the knowledge I am gleaning from you as a newbie.  Your tips are walking me through this in an easy to understand way (and helping me figure out this point thing along the way)

 

Posted by Kim Scott (Coldwell Banker United) over 7 years ago

Kim:  It thrills me to know that someone is deriving value/benefit from something I've written. Thanks! Feel free to shoot me an email if you ever get stuck or need some help!

Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) over 7 years ago

Participate