A few of my readers have told me that they have a hard time converting sales with affiliate marketing. Some niches are definitely harder than others. Pay per lead or referral marketing can often convert at much higher rates in some cases. There is often no cost involved in signing up a reader, so their financial situation is not an issue to begin with. Many of these programs offer some sort of incentive to make it more enticing. Some may even offer you recurring income.
There are many sites where you can get paid for referrals. Many of these will not only provide you with a unique referral link to post on your blog or send via email, but they also link to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. This can greatly increase your earning potential, provided you are not spamming your family, friends and followers. It is also a great opportunity for passive income.
Get store credit for referrals
The daily deal site is big. You can usually earn a good amount of store credit or cash per referral. This is a great way for you and the holidays to shop for free.
- Groupon – $10 Groupon credit for each referral when they make their first purchase.
- living socially – Get your purchase free when 3 friends buy through your link
- Tootsie – Invite friends and earn $15 in Totsy Credits
- threadup – This is a site for buying/selling children’s clothes and toys. Refer your friends and you both get a $5 credit.
- Julep – Get $15 credit for every friend who joins.
- Stitchfix – This is my favorite styling service. Get $25 credit for referring your friends.
Earn cash and gift cards for referrals
Note: In many cases you may be required to use the service at least once before getting paid to refer new members. Join only those programs that you are really interested in.
- Google Apps – $15 per referral
- MyPoints – You will earn 10% of your referral points. When they make a purchase of at least $20, you both earn an additional 750 points.
- Ebbets – $5+ for each qualified new member (get a free $10 gift card this month when you sign up)
- ibotta – $5 to register and you get $1 per refer.
- Swagbucks – Earn 10% of your referral earnings for life
- CapitalOne 360 - Get $20 for every friend you refer, up to $1000
- Discover Card – You and a friend both get $50 cashback on purchases in their first 30 months of signing up
Referral program for bloggers
The programs below may only be available to those with an online presence. If you are not blogging yet, check out my post here.
- LinkShare – This network is similar to Commission Junction. $1.50 per referral.
- ShareASale – This network is similar to Commission Junction. $1.00 per referral.
- VigLink – Provides a hands-off affiliate option. Earn 10% of your referrals’ earnings in their first year.
- Schemelink – Just like VigLink, earn 10-12% of your referrals’ first year earnings.
- gazelle – Earn $10 for each friend referred as an affiliate
- Offer Juice – Earn $2.50 for every new SSI affiliate you refer
things to know
The Federal Trade Commission requires all bloggers to disclose when you receive compensation for promoting a product or service, including when you share a link on social media. Always include #ad or #sponsor hashtags on social media.
Where to share my referral link
Social Media – Most programs that offer refer-a-friend programs make it easy to get the word out with social sharing buttons. You will usually find these on the website page that provides information about the program and your link. Facebook is probably the best choice for sharing, just don’t share too much. You may start losing friends.
Blog Posts – If you are a blogger, you naturally have a ready platform to share your recommendations. Write a post telling your readers about the program and why you like it. Share your personal photos of the product if applicable and don’t forget to include your referral links for registration at the beginning, middle and end of the post.