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I passed 250,000 points on the real estate website Active Rain the other day...

It makes me laugh.  Sounds like a lot of points.  A quarter million...


The point system is the genius behind the success of Active Rain.  Without the points, I may have never gotten hooked on blogging and social media...

Who doesn't like to have a little competition?  And that competition created involvement.  It created dedicated writers.  Thousands of writers...

Writers like me.  People with things to say...

250,000 points.  I have heard points don't matter...

I say they do:

  • I am Active Rain's Featured agent in my city of Naperville, ranked #1.

  • I am Active Rain's Featured agent in Du Page County, ranked #1.

  • I am on the first page of Google for search terms including, "Naperville Realtor", "Naperville Real Estate", "realtor I can trust", "buying a home in Naperville", "selling a home in naperville" and about a million other searches regarding real estate in and around Naperville.

  • I am Naperville's "Top Neighbor" on Active Rain's sister website, Localism, "World's Most Complete Neighborpedia"...

  • My Active Rain profile has been viewed more than 15,000 times.  My posts have been read more then 200,000 times...

  • I generate 75% of my rapidly growing real estate business through my blogging activities...

250,000 points?  What does it mean?

I say a whole lot.


Comment balloon 53 commentsKen Tracy • June 24 2010 11:16AM


Congratulations on your success!  Your success story is a great testimony to the power of this forum.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach ( (757) 560-0881) over 7 years ago

Ken, interesting to know you are getting so much from this.  It is encouraging to know that and keep the rest of us motivated as well. 

Posted by Bob Jakowinicz, Livonia Michigan Real Estate Agent (National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz) over 7 years ago

Go Ken! Congratulations on your remarkable Points and the focus it has taken to get where you are!

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (SOLUTIONS REAL ESTATE) over 7 years ago

Congrats Ken on your milestone!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Hi Lyn, Judi, Bob and Kathryn.  Thanks so much for stopping by...

Blogging/social media isn't easy.  It takes work...

I talk w/ lots of people about getting started.  I always caution that it doesn't just happen...

You have to work at it.

If you do, you will be rewarded!

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 7 years ago

Congratulations on getting so many points!

Holland Michigan Real Estate | West Michigan Foreclosures

Posted by Greg Kobylenski (RE/MAX Lakeshore) over 7 years ago

Now Ken...that is a testimony!! Congrats on your milestone and your successes b/c of Active Rain! Heres to many more! - Paige

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) over 7 years ago


Your next competitor is lagging behind slightly.....she hasn't posted since Nov. 2008!  I don't think she has discovered the power that is in this little network.

shhhhh,  I won't tell.

Posted by Jim Allhiser, Salem, Oregon Home Inspector (Perfection Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Greg, Paige, and Jim.  Thanks for reading.

Jim, it is funny.  She had the same number of points when I started writing two years ago.  It amazes me that more in Naperville aren't involved...

Thanks for reading,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 7 years ago

Ken...what a milestone....I am only getting started...(in February really)   and I will hit  100k today...haven't quite got all the hang of it..but am working on it slowly but surely!!!   Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 7 years ago

Congrats Ken.

Posted by Roy Paeth, Just a regular guy helping real people! (Keller Williams Inspire) over 7 years ago

Ken - Congratulations! It looks like that blogging on Active Rain is really paying off for you.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) over 7 years ago

Hello Ken...Congratulations on making a quarter million--a significant number by any measure. I'm glad to hear you are getting business from AR. I am approaching 200k points but have yet to get my first lead. Perhaps it is just around the corner.

Posted by John Thomas, EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA (E3 Green HOMES) over 7 years ago

Nice!  You know that is awesome!  I'm on my way, and am looking forward to the successes it brings!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California)) over 7 years ago

Congratulations. Best wishes for continued success.

 Blooming for home buyers this summer.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Hi Roy, Chris, John, Robert, Roy and Deborah.  Thanks for reading.

Leads were certainly slow at first.  When I started writing market reports, the activity started increasing dramatically...

Thanks again,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 7 years ago

Ken, I'm previously from DuPage County.  Congrats on this awesome achievement.  Hey I think I've mentioned this before, Jack Ehlert is my brother-in-law.  Maybe you should share your success with him.  Nice job.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago


Congratulations! I am just getting started and I am encouraged to hear of stories like your own! Keep up the good work. Its inspiring to say the very least!


Posted by Stacy Canada over 7 years ago

Yipeee!  That's awesome.  I'm gaining on you.  On my way to 100,000 points and getting better at writing consistently.  See you at a mil ;-)

Posted by Tamara Inzunza, Close-In Alexandria and Arlington Living (RE/MAX Executives) over 7 years ago

Irene Kennedy's fruit deliveryWay to go, Ken!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 7 years ago

Excellent post to read, short and sweet and too the point. Very exciting how you have positioned yourself Ken.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 7 years ago

congrats on the 250k...

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) over 7 years ago

I agree Ken ~ AR points do mean a lot. I just reached number 8 in Nevada and am number 1 in my area. I get better and better with each post I write, I believe, and I  owe it to all the helpful people who are part of the network who share and offer tips and advice on how to be better!

Congrats on your milestone.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Congratulations Ken! 250,000 points, wow. I have 10,000, look out I might catch you! Any tips to help me get there?

Posted by Cliff Johnson (Solid Source Realty) over 7 years ago

I agree with you on the point system.  It's more fun and competitive this way and surely makes us write more often.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Ken, those are fabulous stats. You are really doing well and it is an inspiration.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago

I agree, the points system is genius, because most of us are competitive and it gives a measurable, quantifiable goal.  I have another blog I started a few months ago, but my AR blog gets my daily attention!

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 7 years ago

250,000 points is an impressive number.  There is no question the powers that be were onto something when they came up with the point system.  It keeps us interested and ever thinking of new ways to acquire more points to climb the ladder of AR success.  Congratulations!

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) over 7 years ago

congrats Ken!

Posted by Jose Iniguez (Lighthouse Consulting Group) over 7 years ago

Congrats on a quater million, Ken. That shows a lot of consistent content and participation in the Rain, and I'm glad to see you're getting such great results!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 7 years ago

Leads were certainly slow at first.  When I started writing market reports, the activity started increasing dramatically...

Hey Ken,

Why do I sense we will see a sudden surge of market reports?  :)

P.S.  You do great market reports.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 7 years ago

Bully for you Ken.....the points are important, I agree with you.  I'm second in Localism in my  Portsmouth NH area  and 7th in the state of NH and 4th in Rockingham county the county I work in .  This has to be worth something and will get me the exposure I want and need quicker than if I didn't have the points. It makes it more competitive this way, a little more fun...

Good Luck.....Keep blogging!!!

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Some day Ken, I want to be just like you. Thanks.

Posted by Curt Hess, Luxury Home Consultant, Team Leader & CEO (ExecuHome Realty) over 7 years ago

Ken, congrats on the milestone.  While the points do matter in some ways, as you have pointed out, the success that you have is not something in my area of less internet use, I have enjoyed. 

Keep moving forward.  The next 1/4 million will be a snap!

Posted by Anonymous over 7 years ago

Ken, the above post...#34 was written by myself.  I had not logged in yet on my lap top.  Sorry!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Ken, points do matter when they put you at the top of your market for your keywords. Points don't matter if you're not writing content the public wants to read. Congrats on being a quarter of a millionaire in the Rain!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Ken - Way to go, man!  Congratulations on your latest milestone.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Ken -- Wow, 75% You rock man!  Proofs in the pudding.  Nothing speaks louder than success.  Oh, by the way...congrats on the 250K milestone! :)

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 7 years ago

I know that I aset short term goals to pass the guy ahead of me in points and then move on towards beating the next one...  Sometime it take s acouple of days adn sometimes it takes a month....  Keep on chugging!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 7 years ago

Now that is motivation! Thanks for the inspiring post Ken. I'm a newbie and I love this place already!

Posted by Michael Bertoldi (@Homes Realty Group) over 7 years ago

Good going Ken, im just starting but looking forward to getting there someday!

Posted by National Security Delaware Security Systems Free (Home and Business Alarms, Camera Systems 24 Hour Monitoring) over 7 years ago

Hi Ken. That is a HUGE milestone. I am at roughly 130,000 points and it's taken time and energy. Congratulations!

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Some people will say ActiveRain points have no meaning.  If that is the case, then why have them?  In my opinion, ActiveRain points represent just how "active" the ActiveRain member is!  The level of points reflects how much effort one puts into their presence within this community.  Of course, you must be logged in to accumulate points!

It takes a lot of time and effort to reach 250,000 points!  ActiveRain awards a generous 100 points per day for simply logging in!  If all one does is log in on a daily basis, it would take nearly 7 years to accumulate 250,000 points.  By blogging, commenting, and building a substantial profile, one can reach that same level much sooner.  And the more one does within the community, the more valuable they will be perceived as among other members and potential clients.  ActiveRain points may not have a redeemable value but they say a lot about one's level of involvement!

Posted by Paul Franciskato (Asset Brokering Services) over 7 years ago

Congratulations Ken, this milestone is without a doubt, much work, dedication and knowledge shared with the Active Rain community....good job.

Posted by Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA, Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM over 7 years ago


The much-maligned point system is really a great motivator for those who are up to the challenge. And you are definitely one of those people.  Congratulations on all of your successes.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 7 years ago

Ken, congratulations on reaching the 250,000 point milestone. Looks like AR is paying off for you with your persistence.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 7 years ago

I'd say that 250 grand in AR points mean a heck of a lot.  Congrats.

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) over 7 years ago

congratulations on you milestone.  Wishing you continued success.  All the best and have a great weekend.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) over 7 years ago

Hi R+A, Charita, Michael, Claudette, Stephen, Paul, Lana, National, Michael, Shana, Chris, Jason, Sharon, William, Curt, Patricia, Bruce, John, Jose, Geri, Catherine, Cheryl, Margaret, Clifford, Terrie, Gary, Missy, Irene, Tamara, Stacy, and Tammy.  Thanks for reading.

Wow, the power of being featured!

Jack Ehlert is a good man!

Maybe the 75% ratio means I need to work on other lead getting techniques.:)

It does take a lot of work keeping up w/ the activity here on Active Rain.  You have to stick with it...

I enjoy blogging/writing.  If I didn't like it, I wouldn't have been able to stick with it long enough to get results.

Thanks again everyone!



Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 7 years ago

Ken, Congrats on your successes in the Rain!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 7 years ago

Very inspiring! I will start making a better effort to get more point today.

Posted by Patti Lyles over 7 years ago

Thanks for the info...I was just thinking to myself what the heck do these points mean?

Posted by Kent Aabye (1866U-Moving) about 7 years ago

I've just started inplementing this into my daily activities after attending RainCamp Charlotte. It's amazing how big of a difference it will make in Google and other search engine rankings if used properly.

Posted by Dustin McClure (Mossy Oak Properties Outdoor Realty) about 7 years ago

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