Contributor Levels

Lawyers: Build your reputation

Every day, people conduct thousands of searches on Avvo, looking for help with their legal issues and concerns. So how do you get in front of these potential clients? Answer questions in our Q&A forums, publish helpful and informative guides on topics of your choice, and evaluate the contributions of your peers. The more active you are in the Avvo community, the more connections you make with people who need your services. (Please note that your Contributor level has no effect on your Avvo Rating.)

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Range of Contributor levels

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There are 20 Contributor levels. Lawyers earn points to progress to higher levels by interacting with the Avvo community, and by using Avvo as a platform to demonstrate their legal knoweldge to the public at large. Click on the graph at right to see the points required for each Avvo Contributor level.

How do I earn points?

There are now three different types of points—Contribution, Quality, and Showcase—reflecting the different aspects of your participation on Avvo. All count equally toward your overall Contributor level status.

1. Contribute your legal knowledge on Avvo

Earn Contribution points when you...
Points available
Post one of the first three answers to a question
10
Answer a question within the first hour
5
Agree with a recent question's answer
2
Comment on an answer
2
Publish a guide
15
Mark another professional's guide as helpful
2

Answering questions in our Q&A forums and writing helpful guides to assist other Avvo users are great ways to earn points. You will also receive Contribution points when you agree with—and comment on—other lawyers’ answers.

2. Create quality content

Earn Quality points when you...
Points available
Receive an "I agree" vote on one of your answers
5
Receive a "Marked as helpful" vote on one of your answers
5
Receive a "Best answer" vote from a question's asker
10
Receive a "thumbs up" vote on one of your guides
3
Receive a "Staff Pick" designation for one of your guides
40

In an effort to encourage and emphasize high quality content, we are now awarding Quality points when other Avvo users acknowledge that your answers and guides were especially helpful. (This means you can literally earn points while you sleep!)

How do I write for the law blog, guest-host a webinar, chair an Avvo Content Center, or speak at a Lawyernomics conference?

Please send your name, contact information, and the topic/practice area you would like to discuss to events@avvo.com.

How do the different types of points affect the Leaderboard?

All the points you receive on Avvo, whether they are Contribution, Quality, or Showcase, contribute to your overall Contributor score, and that overall score determines your rank on the Leaderboard.

How are points awarded for guides?

In order to help ensure that Legal Guides are truly helpful and meaningful to the Avvo community, we have shifted the points available to better reflect the quality of those guides. Writing a guide is now worth 15 Contribution points, and you will receive Quality points when others vote your guide as helpful, or share it via Facebook or Twitter. Having it selected as a staff pick adds an additional 40 Quality points to your overall Contributor level score.

What does the "Staff Pick" designation mean and how does it affect my Contributor score?

Not all guides are created equal. When we come across one that we feel is especially helpful to users (i.e., well written, particularly relevant, and original), we designate it a Staff Pick. Each Staff Pick adds 40 points to your Contributor level score.

What actions earn points?

  • +10 pts
    Posting one of the first three answers to a question
  • +5 pts
    Answering a question within the first hour
  • +2 pts
    Commenting on an answer
  • +2 pts
    Agreeing with an answer
  • +15 pts
    Publishing a guide
  • +2 pts
    Marking another professional's guide as helpful
  • +2 pts
    Sharing an answer or guide via Facebook
  • +2 pts
    Sharing an answer or guide via Twitter
  • +10 pts
    Signing up for autosharing
  • +5 pts
    Receive an "I agree" vote on one of your answers
  • +5 pts
    Receive a "Marked as helpful" vote on one of your answers
  • +10 pts
    Receiving a "Best answer" vote from a question's asker
  • +40 pts
    Receiving a "Staff Pick" designation for one of your guides
  • +3 pts
    Receiving a "thumbs up" vote on one of your guides
  • +1 pt
    Having one of your guides shared via a social network
  • +100 pts
    Participating as a guest-blogger
  • +1,000 pts
    Guest-hosting a webinar
  • +7,500 pts
    Chairing an Avvo Content Center
  • +10,000 pts
    Speaking at a Lawyernomics conference
  • +10,000 pts
    Becoming an Avvo Analyst

Please note that all decisions as to how and whether points are to be awarded are determined by Avvo in its sole discretion. Avvo reserves the right to remove or adjust points awarded to anyone and to modify or discontinue the point system at any time in its sole discretion with or without notice.

Avvo reserves the right to modify or discontinue Contributor levels at any time in its sole discretion.