UPDATE: I’ve completed all of these free sites, so my referral links are removed. Right now I’m doing the free iPad site. If you want a free iPad, cash, or a $599 Apple gift card, register here at YouriPad4free.com.
Look what I got for FREE!
Six months ago I told you all about how I got a free Xbox 360 Elite, iPod Touch and more for free. I try not to blog about this too often because some of you think this is a scam and some of you just get too envious, but for everyone else, twice a year doesn’t feel like too much to keep you updated on the free stuff I earn and information on how you can get these items for free, too.
Since my last post on freebie sites 6 months ago, I’ve earned a free Canon HD video camera, and external microphone for it, and a Macbook for my wife. All for free. Not bad, eh? Here are some proof pictures. (Click an image to see it larger.)
How it works
1. Companies (like Blockbuster, for example) are looking for new potential customers to try out their products and services.
2. Blockbuster goes to the Bonus Network and says, “Hey, we’ll give you $80 for every customer you send our way to try out our online DVD rental service.” (Some advertisers pay Bonus Network $80, some pay them $40.)
3. So Bonus Network comes to you and says, “If you try out Blockbuster’s service and refer other people to try it through us, or one of our other advertising partner’s services, we’ll split the $80 with you for each person you recruit.”
4. You try out Blockbuster’s service and get 6 other people to try it, too (or another product/service offered through Bonus Network’s site) by giving your friends and family a special link that Bonus provides for you to share. (Of course, your friends can then get people to sign-up under their special link so they can work toward a free prize, too, but know that the people they refer have no benefit for you.)
5. After your 6 friends try a product or service, Bonus Network says, “Thanks! We’ll give you $240 ($40/referral x 6 referrals) or an iPod Touch. Which do you want?”
Interview with co-owner of the network
Last October I interviewed a co-owner of the Bonus Network, Fehz, about his company and how it all works. Watch it below:
List of sites
*The login you create at one Bonus Network site is valid for all the other sites.
|Prizes||Sign-up Link||100% Legit|
|iPod Touch, Nano, Classic, Shuffle, cash||—|
|iPhone, Apple gift card, cash||—|
|Wii, Wii Fit, cash||—|
|Xbox 360, Halo 3 edition, Xbox 360 Elite, cash||—|
|PlayStation 3 (40 GB), PlayStation 3 (80 GB), cash||—|
|Laptops from Apple, Sony, HP, Dell, more, cash||—|
|Plasma TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, more, cash||—|
Most people would love to earn some of these free prizes, but there’s three common excuses:
1. It’s a scam!
2. I’ll get hit with a ton of spam mail.
3. Completing offers costs more than the prize itself!
4. I don’t think I can get others to complete referrals for me.
For #1, check out my story above and the links below. I’ve done it several times and received several prizes, so I know it’s not a scam.
Concerning #2, I have not received one single shred of spam as a result of completing these trial offers or freebie sites, not via email nor postal mail. These companies actually have pretty aggressive privacy statements.
Number 3 also is not true. I’ve paid about a total of $100 out-of-pocket for all these free things combined. The most I ever paid for a single offer was $24.98 for a sheet of photo stamps. Most offers cost between absolutely nothing and $15. Some of the services I stuck with past the trial because I really liked what they offered. Some of them I didn’t like and canceled when the trial period was over. There’s no commitment either way, except that you complete the offer and give it a fair chance.
And about #4, check out this post I wrote that gives 10 ideas for how to earn referrals for your freebie site. They work for me, anyway. It may take some patience and persistence to get the first prize (especially if you’re going for a big one), but after it shows up on your doorstep and you have physical proof for the skeptics, all the other prizes flow in pretty easily. In fact, after I got my Xbox 360 Elite, I tried for the 16 GB iPod Touch and it took only 5 days to get all the referrals I needed!
My other prizes
For almost two years now I’ve been getting free stuff from freebie sites online. The list of prizes I’ve received is too long to name each item individually, but here’s a start:
- FREE Xbox 360 Elite
- FREE 12-month subscription to Xbox Live
- FREE Halo 3 video game
- FREE 16 GB iPod Touch
- FREE $580 cash in place of an iPhone
- FREE 32 GB iPod Touch
- $160 cash
- $250 cash in place of a free Nintendo Wii
- $375 cash in place of a free PS3
- and thousands of dollars in cash from other sites.
If you have any questions about the process, I’ve done it many many times, so feel free to ask in the comments below. Fehz, a co-owner of the Bonus Network, will also be around this post in case you have any questions for him, too.
Posted on June 22, 2009