Get Paid for Referrals with These Programs

This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are 100% my own.

A few of my readers have let me know they have a hard time converting sales with affiliate marketing. Some niches are certainly harder than others. Pay per lead, or referral marketing, can often convert at a much higher rate in some instances. There is often no cost involved for a reader to sign up, therefore their financial situation is not an issue in the beginning. Many of these programs also offer some type of incentive making it more enticing. Some can even offer you recurring income.

There are numerous 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, they are also linked into social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. This can boost your earning potential greatly, provided you are not spamming your family, friends and followers.

Not having much success with affiliate marketing? Have you tried getting paid per lead instead? Get paid for referrals with these programs.

Get Store Credit for Referrals

Daily deal sites are big. You can usually earn a good amount of store credit or cash per referral. This is a great way to shop for yourself and the holidays for free.

Zulily – $15 store credit for new referrals

Groupon – $10 in Groupon credit for each referral when they make their first purchase.

LivingSocial – Get your purchase free when 3 friends purchase through your link

Totsy – Invite friends and earn $15 in Totsy credit

ThredUp – This is a site to buy/sell children’s clothing and toys. Refer your friends and you both receive $5 in credit.

Birchbox – Receive $10 in credit for every two people that get a subscription.

Earn Cash and Gift Cards for Referrals

Note: In many cases you may need to use the service at least once before you will get paid to refer new members. Only join those programs you are truly interested in.

Google Apps – $15 per referral

MyPoints – You will earn 10% of your referrals’ points. When they make a purchase of at least $20, you both earn an extra 750 points.

Ebates – $5+ for each qualified new member

Swagbucks – Earn up to 1,000 Swagbucks on each referral

ibotta – Get $5 for registering and $1 for each per you refer.

Get Paid To Do Free Offers!Cash Crate –  earn up to 20% of what they make, and up to 10% of what their referrals make. Plus, get a $3.00 bonus when your referrals earn their first $10.00.

Swagbucks –  earn 10% of your referral’s earnings for life

Referral Programs for Bloggers

The below programs may be available only to those with an online presence. If you are not yet blogging, check out my post here.

Chitika – Intext Advertising. Earn 10% of your referrals’ earnings.

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’ earning during their first year.

Skimlinks – Similar to VigLink, earn 10-12% of your referrals’ earning for their first year.

Logical Media – Earn 5% on your referrals’ earnings

Escalate Media – 5% of referral’s earnings

Craftsy – $1 per new sign up

LinkWorth – $50 once the referring account has earned or spent $100 (depending on if this is a publisher or advertiser)

SponsoredReviews –  Earn up to $175 per Advertiser and $90 Per Blogger Referred.

SponsoredTweets – 5% to 10% of revenue depending on the type of referral

Things to Know

The Federal Trade Commission requires all bloggers disclose when you are being compensated for promoting a product or service, that includes when you are sharing a link on social media. Always include the hashtag #ad or #sponsored on social media.

Not having much success with affiliate marketing? Have you tried getting paid per lead instead? Get paid for referrals with these programs.


    • Angie says

      For sure, Donna! Especially when writing reviews and such is still so new. I had the worst time for quite a while. Once I started promoted a few things that were Pay Per Lead I started becoming a bit more confident. I may have only been making a dollar or two for a sign up, but I was earning something. I then knew that I could convert something at least, and I started experimenting more with my review style. I am not so nervous now.

  1. says

    I didn’t realize you could do referrals through Paypal. I will have to check into that a little further.

    I don’t think it’s widely advertised, but you can also become an affiliate for Crowdtap through This is separate from what you can earn for referring people on the actual site and is only for blog owners/webmasters. But they’ll give you $1 for each person who signs up if you post their banner on your page!

    Great post as always, Angie :)

    • Angie says

      Once logged into your PayPal account, do a search in help box for referral. It comes up there.

      I hadn’t heard of zferral, Anna! Thanks. I knew some of you would know of some resources I wasn’t yet aware of. 😉

  2. Chrystal says

    My bookmark list is a mile long. I should really dust it off and check out what I have accumulated.

  3. says

    Commission Junction and Google Affiliate Network are two that I have been trying to find time to understand. But right now I am really happy with Google Adsense/Infolink and Zferral. But the more the better!

    • Angie says

      Commission Junction is my favorite, and ShareASale has a few high paying Pay Per Lead programs that I promote with much success. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Google’s. Apparently I have been missing out on zferral!

  4. says

    I have installed the Vigilink (thanks to you) and I just went to check out my stats. I had no idea so many of my links offer a referral pay! well..I say so many, even though it has only been 11 clicks (in two weeks). The fact anything is on there surprised me! We will see if it results in any earnings. But I love the set it and forget it aspect!!

    • Angie says

      I love VigLink! I know some affiliates don’t like it because you are giving up 25%, but I often don’t have the time to check everything or wait around for approval. I have earned a little bit, and I can see a few of those I referred are earning also. Best of luck!

  5. says

    I should go check out my Viglink account.

    Swagbucks limits you to 1000 points on each referral, but depending on what you are redeeming for (such as Amazon gift cards) it works out to be about 10 bucks. :)

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