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, 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. 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. I have broken these down by category and included their current pay per referral.
Daily Deals and Store Credit Offers
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 - 10% commission on referral purchases
Groupon - $10 in Groupon credit for each referral when they make their first purchase.
Tippr - $5 for each referral, an additional $5 when that person makes their first purchase.
Eversave - $10 when a new referral makes a purchase within 30 days of signing up. You also receive $3 in credit upon registering yourself.
KGB Deals - You can earn up to $120 on your referrals’ first purchases.
LivingSocial - $10 in credit when a new referral makes a purchase
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.
Moolala - Earn 2% of referral purchases for life up to five levels deep. Rewards can be used towards Moolala purchases or redeemed for cash.
Birchbox - Receive $10 in credit for every two people that get a subscription.
Rebates, Rewards and Cash Back Sites
The majority of the following Get Paid for Referral programs pay in cash rather than credit.
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.
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.
MySavings – $2 per approved referral
Logical Media – Earn 5% on your referrals’ earnings
Escalate Media – $5 per conversion
Craftsy – $1 per new sign up
Pay Per Blog, Write or Earn
Squidoo - Earn $5 when your referral earns $15.
SocialSpark - Earn 5% to 15% of your referrals’ earnings.
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
Elance - $10 or 10 Connects for each qualified referral
Freelancer.com - You will earn 20% of all project fees taken from users that you invite to join the site.
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.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. For more ways to make money blogging, check out Get Paid to Blog with These Pay Per Post Companies.
This post contains referral links. Any recommendations or opinions are based on my experiences and research.