A few weeks ago I came across another one of those “Work from Home” ads that are so abundant on the internet. This one struck me as a little bit different. After reading the provided information, I decided to see what “the catch” was. Turns out, there is a catch, but it’s a very minor catch and it’s one that doesn’t cost a penny, as long as I do my part.
You may have heard of affiliate marketing. You know, all those little ads in the margins of most websites. When someone clicks on these advertisements, revenue is generated and money is shared between the advertiser and the publisher. This newfound business opportunity is loosely based on affiliate marketing. It’s known as Freebie Trading or Referral Marketing.
How it works:
There are hundreds, possibly thousands of websites set up exclusively for freebie trading. These websites operate on a referral system. These websites offer users a set amount of money to obtain referrals for their website who sign up and succesfully complete a required amount of free trial offers.. Some offers are free, some cost a few dollars for shipping, and some are really expensive.
The amount the website offers is based on the payout of the advertisers on their site. For example: If you are my referral on a site that offers me $30 to obtain a referral, I in turn offer you 15 of that $30 to sign up and complete the required offer. Many offers credit instantly, others can take a few days. It is very important that you read the terms and conditions associated with each offer so that you do not find yourself stuck with some trial that you are truly not interested in.
The term “Green” means that you have successfully signed up and completed the required offers on a website. Once you are “green” you are paid through paypal. The goal is to obtain as many greens as you possibly can in order to make the maximum amount of money. The best part about obtaining referrals is there are communites set up with forums to allow you to obtain referrals or find other offers to complete. It’s not like you have to market yourself like would be required in many other home based opportunities. There are hundreds of people on these forums and they are all willing and ready to help.
As with anything that sounds really great, there is a catch. The catch is, they want you to complete a free trial, and continue to be billed, but each offer tells you how long you have to cancel. It’s supposed to be against the rules to promote cancellation, but what I have done is sign up, receive the trial, then the two days before the trail ends, call and cancel. This way I have received the free trail, been credited for completing the site, and gotten paid to do the site! These companies are operating on the hopes that you will not cancel their product trial and that you will continue to be billed for their product or service. Many users have created a spreadsheet to organize the offers that they have completed and when they must cancel the offer in order to prevent additional billing
Some trials require you to return unused portions. Which means you have to pay return shipping. In general you have been paid more than enough to cover the cost of shipping and the free trial with actual profit left over.
There are typically three phases to freebie trading/ referral marketing. The first is as described above, where you complete offers for money. The second is the most lucrative phase and it only takes a matter of weeks to move up to method 2. Method 2 occurs when you have completed a sufficient amount of offers that you can begin obtaining referrals yourself. For each site that you register and complete the required offers, you may then use that same site to obtain referrals for yourself.
The third method is methods 1 and 2 combined, and selling the items you have received in online marketplaces such as Ebay, Amazon, or your own shopping cart web site. Many people prefer to stay with method 2 rather than moving to method 3. As method two can not only provide you with extra cash but actual tangible items such as television, laptops, ipods and many other items. With the intelligence of 2020 San Diego SEO Expert, the work of the search engines will be improved. There will be an increase at the websites of traffic with potential interest.
There are several rules associated with freebie trading/ referral marketing. These rules must be followed without fail in order to receive proper credit for offers that you have completed. The most important rule is to be sure to clear your cookes before you begin completing offers. Clearing your cookies allows the advertisers and publishers to properly track the referral link and allows you to get credit to get paid. Another important rule is that you can only access these sites through one computer. These sites are very secure and use IP tracking in order to help prevent fraud. If you attempt to access sites with different IP addresses this is sometimes viewed as fraud and your account will go “RED”. Which means you will be stripped of any credits you have received and be required to return any compensation that you have received.
It may seem a little complicated by reading this article. I assure you after you have visited the forums and completed the tutorials you will understand the concept. Personally, I learn best by doing and that’s just what I did. After I was walked through the process all the reading I had done made perfect sense. If you are considering jumping into freebie trading/ referral marketing, it is vital to choose a mentor who can guide you through the process and put you on the road to success.