iPod and iPhone collectionAs many of you have discovered during your promotions, it can be somewhat daunting for people to sign up for big prize offers, such as a free Macbook Pro.  Although many people want them, most of those people either feel that the offers are too good to be true, or they feel that they cannot fulfill the offer requirements.  Many of these people will still sign up, however.  The problem lies in getting those same people to complete the offer requirement.  I’ve found, time and again, that promoting large items can be disappointing, because the larger items do not convert as well.  Instead, I’ve found it more rewarding to promote smaller items.  First, I’m going to tell you why this works, and then I’m going to tell you how it can work for you.

It’s a known fact that many people don’t believe in getting anything for free.  I’m sure that you’ve met someone that I’m talking about.  They will say, in their loudest voice, in as many places as possible, that it is impossible to get anything for free, legally, online.  These people fail to realize that freebie websites are, in effect, paying you a wage to advertise for them.  However, these same people tend to scare many people away from freebie website offers.  Anyone looking at an offer for a free Macbook Pro is going to be skeptical, just on principle.  Unless you have excellent copywriting skills, it can be very difficult to convince them otherwise.  The people looking at your affiliate link may sign up, but many of them will not complete an offer, which can be very depressing for you.  In fact, that’s why many freebie promoters leave the business.

Likewise, many people who don’t listen to the hype against freebie websites are likely to sign up for that shiny new laptop.  However, they may then look at the requirements and say something like “Why did I sign up for this?  I’ll never be able to get that many other people to sign up!”  These people are also unlikely to complete any offers.  However, they are more likely to complete offers than those people who actually listened to the skeptics.

So, instead of reaching out to the crowd of people searching for a Macbook Pro, try reaching out to the people searching for, say, a free iPod. These people are less likely to be searching for reasons to avoid looking for anything free online.  In fact, there are more people searching for iPods online than for Macbook Pros.  Even better, they are much more likely to complete an offer, because they fell that they can actually get enough other people to do the same.  Some studies have shown that freebie websites offering free iPods average an 80% offer conversion rate. This fact alone makes it worthwhile to consider promoting the smaller freebies.

How does this work for you?  It depends on which websites you are promoting.  If you are promoting an Apple specific freebie website, such as Kudos, then you simply change your affiliate link posts to reflect an iPod instead of a Macbook Pro.  Then, once enough people sign up, you simply use those referrals towards the Macbook.  Likewise, if you are promoting a generic “Gifts” website, you would choose a popular item with a low referral cost, such as an Xbox 360.  Then, if they offer them as a prize, you would choose PayPal payments or Amazon gift cards.  Once you have enough cash, they you could simply purchase the Macbook Pro.

As you can see, this is a very simple change to make to your promotions, but it is very worthwhile.  Getting the higher converting crowd to sign up is going to help you immensely.  It will help you to avoid disappointment, and ultimately, to stay involved in the freebie world.   Good luck.

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How to Use a Forum to Get Referrals

by Carl on September 6, 2011

In a couple of the previous posts, I’ve mentioned that many successful members of the freebie community get their freebies by posting in forums.  Now, I have given a few pointers for doing this, but I didn’t really give any clear, step by step instructions.  So, I thought that I would spend the time today to do just that.  Here’s how you can get the referrals you need by posting on a forum.

Step 1- Finding a Forum:

This may seem like an obvious step, but since some forums don’t allow the use of links in signatures, then it becomes important to find one that does.  Likewise, it is also important to find a forum that is related to the product you are choosing to promote.  After all, people on an XBox forum are unlikely to be interested in receiving a free MacBook.  So locate a forum that is at least somewhat related to your chosen freebie site.  (Suggestion: type ‘”freebie item” + forum’ into Google, and search the results for a forum to use.)

Step 2- Signing Up and Completing Your Profile:

After you have chosen your forum or forums, go ahead and sign up with them.  Once you have done so, find your profile page.  This is the place where you get to present yourself to the community.  Fill out whatever information you choose, but try to keep it professional.  However, make sure you fill out the “Signature” space.  This is where you will put your website/referral link.  Keep this signature simple, but try to sell your link.

Step 3-Become an Active Member of the Forum Community:

Once you have your profile set up, it is time to post.  However, you are not going to start posting your referral links, because any moderator with half a brain will remove these posts, and most likely ban you as well.  Instead, you’re going to join in the actual conversations.  You need to ask questions, answer questions other people have asked, etc…  Our signature will put our link out there every time we post, so there is no need to post the link ourselves.

Being an active member also means posting regularly.  A good policy is to spend at least 20 minutes a day working on earning your freebies.  Keep track of the posts made to you or answering you, and make sure you respond to them in a timely manner. This ensures that your posts don’t get buried and go to waste.

Once you have established yourself on the forums, peoples’ curiosity will cause them to click on your links.  You will be getting a steady stream of referrals and will be well on your way to getting whatever freebies you want.

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How to Complete an Offer if You Don’t Have a Credit Card

August 30, 2011

You’ve probably noticed that any offer you find on a freebie website requires a credit card.  This includes free trials.  The reasons for this are twofold.  The first reason is that they use your credit card to confirm that you are, in fact, a real person, and not a robot.  Secondly, once your free trial [...]

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Using Twitter to Get Referrals Quickly

August 10, 2011

As many of you may know, Twitter is one of the most popular marketing mediums online.  However, it is also one of the most abused mediums as well.  I’m sure many of you have posted things like “I want a new Macbook Pro,”  or “I need to lose some weight.”  I’m sure that, if you [...]

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Beginners’ Ideas for Referrals

August 3, 2011

If you are just starting out in the freebie world, then you may be struggling to get enough referrals to matter.  Getting enough people to sign up so you can get those great Macbook Pro deals (i.e. the $0 ones) may seem like an impossibility.  So, here are some simple methods that I’ve found to [...]

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