How I Use Referral Codes To Get Free Stuff Everyday





Today’s post is one that is very much in the name of frugality. I’m going to share with you guys my secret to how I get all kinds of free stuff and even make a few bucks here and there sharing my referral codes. Before I get into telling you how I use referral codes to get free stuff every day, let me show you some proof.

how i use my promo code to get free stuff every day

What you are looking at is the email confirmation I get every time someone uses one of my Uber referral codes.

What is a referral code?

referral code is a unique code that when shared allow you to receive credit for any new sign up, that occur from your code.

What companies offer referral codes?

Here is a list of the companies I utilize as well as the perks they offer for sharing your promo code.

  • The Uber referral code

    This is my favorite because I use Uber all the time. When you share your referral code with new riders they get $10 off of their first trip. Once this trip is completed, the person whos referral code was used is also credited $10. I find $10 is enough to get just about anywhere around my city with a one-way trip. If you haven’t yet click here to claim your free Uber.

  • The UberEats referral code

    Same concept as above, except instead of giving you a $10 ride credit for your referral you get a $10 credit towards your food delivery. This super helpful when I’m hungry. If you have not had the opportunity to use UberEats you can find my referral code here.

  • The Lyft referral code

    Lyft much like uber is popular rideshare app. They have the same type of referral program as Uber. Sharing your referral code gets you a free ride up to $10 for you and the person you refer. If you have never used Lyft you can claim your free Lyft ride credit here.

  • The Airbnb referral code

    When a friend travels on Airbnb, you both get $35 in travel credit. If they decide to become host later on you receive another $75 credit. If you can get this promo code out there, you can essentially gain access to free travel accommodations for any city you decide to travel to. That being said if you are thinking about taking a vacation anytime in the near future click here to save $35 through my link when you use Airbnb.

  • The Cashcrate referral code

    Cashcrates Referral system is different. A little background on Cashcrate. I signed up for Cashcrate about 8 years ago. Its essentially a website you sign up to do surveys in exchange for payment. These sites are a dime a dozen but what makes Cashcrate is their referral program. When people sign up using your referral code, you get paid a small percentage for each survey they complete. What really pushes this referral program into over drive is the fact that, you also get credit from what your referrals, referrals earn. This is a cool concept because all you have to do is get 2 or 3 people under your firs tier who really work their butts off promoting and it will trickle back to you for years to come. If you are not already a member of Cashcrate please sign up here.

  • Bluehost Referral Code

    Bluehost has a super popular referral program. This program is popular with people looking to start a new blog because their hosting is very reasonable, and they are a trusted company. For each person that signs up under your referral code Bluehost will send you a payment of $65.

  • Amazon Associates

    Amazon this is one the best referral programs out there, and technically I guess this is considered affiliate marketing. But I’m going to go ahead an explain it anyway. The Amazon associates program lets you list a referral code for any product that amazon carries, then receive a 4% commission of any sales that are a result of your referral link. This can be extremely profitable if done right. To follow my Amazon Affiliate experiment click here.




How I promote my referral codes

In order to get freebies, you have to promote your referral code. This can be difficult if you don’t know where to start. Here are 3 ways that I promote my referral codes.

Promote your referral code on your blog

If you already have a blog your half way there, if not, learn how to start a blog here. Promoting a referral code on your blog is easy but needs to be done properly. People(and google) hate spammy pages. If you want to share your promo code, try to create a post that adds some value to the reader. Simple things like making a post with some explanation how this promo code benefits the reader. You can see an example of this in my article about How to get a free Uber.

This post has generated me over $1800 in free rides within the last 3 months. I literally have 3-4 coming in every day. This has been insanely helpful when…..Ok….I only use them to be lazy, and because it’s free most of the time. But I have used my free uber’s to get to and from airports,when I want to go have drinks and not worry about the designated driver, or if I ever go somewhere with terrible parking it’s nice to have to worry about it. I think blogs have a great conversion rate because you have built up a rapport with your readers.

Another thing I’ve noticed about using my referral code on blog posts as that they seem to attract people for a long time. My Cashcrate referral code has been getting referrals for over 8 years at this point.

Youtube

YouTube is considered the second largest search engine after Google. This means that the amount of potential of people seeing your videos can be endless. Again content is king videos that provide value will always be the most successful. A good percentage of my Uber referrals come from youtube, but it can also be a good place to use your Amazon affilaite referral links. A good way of doing this is by doing testimonials or reviews on products and then linking them in the description. A lot of people promote their referral codes by doing tutorials. A good tip to remember with youtube videos is to name them with the end users search query in mind. Using keywords like ‘How To Get A Free Uber or ‘How to make money on Cashcrate will attract the right type of audience to your videos.

Also, make sure you leave a description for your videos. Not only does this help users, it also helps google to know what your videos are about so that they can place your videos in google search results.

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards are a good place to get your referral code out there but have a lower conversion rate.

The best way to maximize your conversions is to convert your referral links into QR codes. This is because if you have a referral link that looks like http://www.cashcrate.com/508624(<~~my real referral btw), people that are interested probably will just go directly to the Cashcrate homepage and you won’t get referral credit. When you make it QR code, as soon as they scan it they are taken to the sign-up screen with your referral info already included. You can do this at qr-code-generator.com as shown below.

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Simply type in your referral link then download the qr code.

Once you have the QR code print out  mini cards with a brief explanation of perks of your promo code….

‘Want a FREE ride with Uber?’

then insert your QR code and your good to go.

A few good places to put your referral cards are:

  • Laundromats
  • College campuses
  • Bars and Pubs
  • Grocery Stores

Social Media

Social Media works if you work it. The thing about social media though is you will find better conversions my promoting your referral codes indirectly. This is where having a blog comes in handy. People are more likely to click on a link back to a blog post with a referral code then they are to click directly on one from a tweet.

Sharing my referral code has allowed me unlimited Uber rides, countless referrals, free food, free accommodations, and much more. If you are serious about getting your referral code out there I suggest you try all these methods. The internet is an extremely powerful way to share these links, you want to essentially create a link chain that sends continuous freebies your way. I mean why not?

 

 

3 Things That You Should Avoid When Buying A Rental Property

3 Things That You Should Avoid When Buying A Rental Property





If this is your first time reading I’m Dave. I know buying rental properties can be a scary process when you are first starting out. When I got my first rental property, I didn’t have anyone to tell me the do’s and dont’s of investing. I now have 3 rental properties that you can read about  here, here and here. Over time I have bumped my head a few times, each time learning valuable lessons. From the experience I have gained, I want to share with you 3 things that you should avoid when buying a rental property.

3 things to avoid when buying a rental property

  1. Avoid rental properties in bad neighborhoods

    What is the neighborhood like?

    This is important because the people in the area are generally going to be the type of tenant you can expect. If you go to a neighborhood and you see heavy drug activity, vacant homes, gun violence, boarded windows, and the general consensus that the residents don’t take pride in their envirionment, then the majority of your tenants may be similar.

    This isn’t always the case obviously, as you can find a good tenant for any neighborhood if you know how to find a good tenant, but the chances are much lower. Don’t get me wrong, because of the cheap prices that often tempt new investors, you can make some large returns, but there may be more issues that cause this to be less passive and may be better suited for seasoned investors. Do not get these war zones confused with low-income areas. Investing in low-income areas can yield some high returns and low investment with less hassle. 
    3 Things That You Should Avoid When Buying A Rental Property

  2. Avoid rental properties with Structural Issues

    To me, structural problems are the “head-gasket” of rental properties. If I see structural issues, I make a speedy Gonzales style B-line toward the door. I’ve just heard too many horror stories from investors having to call in and pay structural engineers and you can probably guess its a very expensive process. The problem with homes with structural issues is that once these issues occur, they are usually documented and attached to the homes “permanent record”.

    Therefore this will need to be disclosed when you sell. Even if you shell out the cash needed to properly repair, in most states it will still need to be disclosed. From my experience, homes with these type of reputations generally sale at a fraction of its ARV. Some things to look for to determine structural damage are cracks that appear to be. Another sign to look for is when doors in the house don’t properly close. When houses have foundation issues it’s not uncommon for the alignment of the door and frame to become warped.

  3. Avoid investment properties with severe termite damage.

    While I won’t completely write off a deal with termite damage, it’s important to evaluate both the extent of damage and if there is a current infestation. Sometimes you can catch it early, but even then you should reflect this discovery in your offer.

    Termites can be a hassle to get rid of, and if not properly eradicated, they can literally compromise the structure of your entire house. A great way to check for termite damage is to take a screwdriver and moderately stab around the baseboards and if at any point you put a hole in it, there is probably termites.

    Termites eat the inside of wood so it may appear ok until you do the screwdriver test. Another place you should do this is around window sills. Always call a professional if you suspect termites and let them give you their synopsis. Most termite companies will do a free estimate, so call a few. Make sure you mix it up and call a few corporate places and some mom and pop exterminators. These companies are sometimes just looking for a quick sale so having a few different opinions can give you a general consensus.

There are literally tons of things to consider when purchasing a house for a rental property, so always do your due diligence and be aware. Hopefully knowing these 3 things that you should avoid when buying a rental property will save you some money and headache in the long run. Avoiding these simple mistakes will set you on the best path to start building your passive income.

 

What are some things you avoid when looking at rental properties? Let me know in the comments sections below.



amazon affiliate experiment

The Amazon Affiliate Experiment: Building A Niche Site From Scratch

 

amazon affiliate experiment(Brief background for new readers: My fiancee and I own several rental properties. You can read about them herehere, and here.)

We are about all things passive income, and we are always looking at new side hustles to make it.

So I was browsing Flippa a few weeks back entertaining the idea of buying a website as an investment that would generate passive income.

I want to clarify that I am no expert on buying and selling websites, but the idea is intriguing to me.  

And if there is money to be made, I want to know about it. The truth is a lot of websites turn a profit, and much like rental properties, they can provide consistent passive income with a little bit of maintenance. 

After about an hour of searching the established website section, I began to look at the sold section. The sold section of Flippa shows what sold, and gave me a better idea of what kinds of sites were the most valuable. 

After examining a few of the sites with the most bids, I noticed 2 things.  

  • The first was although there are a few different ways to monetize a website, the ones that used affiliate programs were consistently the most profitable.
  • The second thing I noticed is that the websites that performed best with a substantial return sold for about 7 to 10 times what they earn per month. For example, a website that was generating $1000 a month could easily sell for $10,000.

Most of the affiliate websites were just simple review sites, on WordPress blogs. 

Then I heard it….my brain said to me

Man I can do that….”

Whenever I say that to myself, it’s usually the start of something profitable.

So I’ve decided to create my own niche site using the Amazon Associates affiliate program, and document my procedures on the way.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a program offered by websites that tracks the purchases of customers that are referred from your website and then issues you a commission for it. For example, let’s say I have a website about Pool table reviews. And let’ say we have a guy…let’s call him Joe, stumbles on to my site and sees a pool table he likes.

Joe clicks on the picture and is taken to Amazon where he completes the purchase. Upon his checkout, I  receive a percentage of that sale.




How much can you make with Amazon Associates affiliate program?

Darren Rowse averages 60K per year with the Amazon affiliate program. I’ve heard of larger entities that are doing $90,000 a month……and that’s not a typo I mean MONTH! 

Here’s the thing though, a lot of people talk crap about the Amazon’s affiliate program because of the low commission. Amazon starts you off at a 4% commission. I know there are literally hundreds of affiliate programs there that pay higher like Commission Junkie or ClickBank, but Amazon has a history of turning window shoppers into conversions.

My goal: To create a niche site from scratch that generates $500 per month within the next 6 months!

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

I already set up an account with Amazon’s Associate program. I did some keyword research and chose a niche.

As of 10/16/16 I have also purchased weeb hosting and a domain based on the niche I chose(I keeping this a secret for now:). I spent $100.

10/17/16 I started a blog. If you want to learn how to start a blog click here!

I decided my site will be a review site for products in my niche. I chose a review site because people who are looking for reviews on the internet are in “buy mode”.

I created a front page and loaded it a comparison table with 15 products from my niche. The front page also gives a little history on the product and narrows down the top 3 products that I will be recommending as the best options

What I plan to do over the course of the next month:

Do keyword research and generate a list of 10 keywords that I can rank for that will attract buyers. Keywords with things like “Best + your niche”, “your niche + review”, or “your niche + buyers guide” tend to be popular for people looking to buy. The more specific you can be the better.

You can rank your website for keywords by creating a blog for your website and creating articles on those topics. For example, if you had a niche site about survival backpacks, some things you might want to rank for and subsequently create articles about are:

“Best Survival Backpacks”

“Survival Backpack Buyer Guide”

“Best Survival Backpacks for 2016”

etc.

For each keyword you want to rank for, you need to write a unique article. This takes time. You can outsource this on Fiverr, but sometimes the quality of articles can be either poor or contain broken language. You can get higher quality articles from sites like Odesk and Freelancer, but these sites will likely charge you more.




SEO

SEO or search engine optimization is super important for this project. SEO is what determines how well your site ranks within google. Sites that make it to the first page of google are rewarded with tons of targeted, organic traffic. Targeted organic traffic = Buyers

Targeted organic traffic = Buyers!

Before I get into the gritty details of SEO, I checked to see which sites from my niche were ranking on the first page of google. My browser has the Mozbar installed so I am able to tell from a google search which sites are weak, and that I could potentially outrank.

Sites with low DA and PA or domain authority and page authority and few backlinks can usually be outranked.

The result was that there are a few competitors with low DA and PA, so I’m hoping I can outrank them soon. 

With the Mozbar you can also see how many backlinks your competition has as well as where they come from, so if they are something like blog comments or article submissions, you can copy their strategy.

I’m not going to lie, I’m probably going to buy some backlinks. A lot of SEO experts advise against buying links, but I’m not talking about the crappy 99,999 backlinks for $5 package on Fiverr. I plan to create a diverse backlink profile consisting of the following:

  • Add my site to the google console. What better way to get google to notice us, than to register within their program.
  • Buy a logo for my website from Fiverr. I’m no photoshop expert, and it’s only $5
  • Submit my site URL to google and bing. Make sure they know about me.
  • Create social media branding. I am going to open a twitter account and create a facebook page for my review site.
  • Make 15-25 blog comments. I plan to do this myself, making genuine comments on blogs that are relevant to my niche. I am not going to spam my link, I will just link my website through my name. I don’t want to outsource this because I want my comments to get approved and I don’t want comments on irrelevant blogs.
  • I am going to write 10 articles, likely individual reviews for the products from my home page.
  • I am going to buy  5-10 guest post on relevant blogs
  • Buy some article directory submissions. I plan to outsource this.

 

The Budget: $500

What I’ve spent so far!

Ok so remember my goal is to make $500 a month, and websites generally go for 10 x more than its monthly income. I say all that to say I am looking to create a site that I would have spent $5000 on. So far I have spent $88 on hosting and my domain name.

 

Final thoughts:

I know creating niche amazon affiliate website can be difficult and ranking takes time. I plan to update this once a month but since ranking can take time, it may be boring for the next few months….hang in there with me 🙂

I am going to have to spend some more money on SEO and a logo to make my site look good.

 

Have you experimented with affiliate marketing? Do you have some good strategies? Are you a newbie looking to learn?

Let me know in the comments section below.