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.
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?
A 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 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 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 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.
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:
- College campuses
- Bars and Pubs
- Grocery Stores
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?