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.
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.
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
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.
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.