All these opportunities to get extra cash and rewards I write about can make you some money, but for many of them you can make even more money if you can get people to sign up under you as your referral. As I'm sure you've figured out by now, this is kind of tricky to do. People are skeptical by nature — they don't want to sign up for things in many cases unless they have proof that you've profited from it or they've heard a lot of buzz about it, which would make them believe it was legit and people were really earning. So with all that in mind, I've compiled a list of tips for getting the word out and getting referrals. But first — a few things to avoid:
Don't Spam Your Referral Links
This means don't go on Facebook, Twitter, or forums and post your link 15 gazillion times. There is a very, very fine line between sharing your opportunity and annoying the heck out of your friends. Think about it — do you like being spammed with links to things? No. That's a surefire way to guarantee that no one will sign up. They'll be so annoyed by your posts that they'll block you and then they'll never see your link.
Don't Make Unrealistic Claims
If you're doing, for example, Cash Crate and trying to get people to sign up under you, don't tell people they can earn thousands of dollars per month doing it when you know that they can't. No one is going to believe this and if you tell them something that's really too good to be true, they're going to think it's a scam. Be honest about the opportunity.
Now that all that's out of the way, here's what you should do:
Use Facebook & Twitter Strategically
First things first — if you don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, go get them now. These may be the two most effective tools for getting referrals at your disposal. It's free to sign up. Once you're on Facebook, find your friends and send them friend requests. Do the same thing on Twitter, but also make a point to follow lots of people you don't know, too. They may follow you back. And if they're following you and seeing your tweets, they might sign up under you.
Share your link only 1-2 times per day MAX, and if you do it more than once, be sure to spread it out. Also, try to share your link during times when you know your Facebook is the most active. There is no set time — it will just depend on when you notice that most of your friends are online each day. So pay attention to this and then make those the times you share your link if at all possible.
Write effective posts. Here's a good example of a post that isn't going to work to get you sign-ups:
HEY EVERYBODY, SIGN UP FOR SWAGBUCKS! YOU'LL GET FREE AMAZON CARDS JUST FOR SEARCHING THE WEB! JOIN TODAY! USE THIS LINK: http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/khristal231
And here's an example of one that might:
I've been a member of Swagbucks for a few months now and so far I've cashed out three times which equals $15 in Amazon money that will help me during the holidays! It hasn't been hard at all — I just use Swagbucks instead of Google when I search for things on the internet and the bucks just add up. I was skeptical at first, but so far it seems to be pretty effective. I'd recommend it 🙂
As you can see, the second post sounds much more like a friend talking to a friend. The first post looks like a screaming advertisement. I think it goes without saying which of these posts would turn anyone off your opportunity — the first one. The second one might actually spark some genuine interest amongst your friends and acquaintances, and this could lead to referrals.
You can also take advantage of the share buttons many of these opportunities make available to you. For example, when you win Swagbucks or Zoombucks, you can click the Facebook or Twitter share buttons and it will automatically post it to your feed. You don't have to preface the post with anything. It will just say that you won the points, bucks, whatever. Some of your friends may find this interesting and click the link. If they sign up, you'll then get the credit. Keep in mind of course that you should also do this sparingly. Don't post it every single time you get points or bucks, especially if it's something that happens for you several times a day.
With Twitter, you can afford to share your link a little more often because people tend to not spend as much time on there daily as they do on Facebook. Most people just check in periodically. So feel free to share your link via Twitter maybe 3-5 times per day, but be sure you space it out. Also, it's a good idea to occasionally share things on Twitter apart from just your referral links! Let your followers know that you're a real person with useful stuff to say on occasion. Be witty sometimes, vent, talk about real life stuff. And in between all that, post your referral links 🙂 Also, be real. Here's an example of a Twitter post that won't get you much interest:
Sign up for Swagbucks today, earn just for searching the web, free Amazon money. Join today! http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/khristal231
Instead, try something like this:
Just cashed out for my third $5 Amazon code this month from Swagbucks! It will come in handy this Christmas. Check it out http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/khristal231
You don't have as much room to type on Twitter so you've got to make sure that you get to the point without sounding like a blaring advertisement. Letting people know when you cash out is a good way to build up some quick interest.