Advertise Referral Links On Google For Big Discounts

Many companies offer affiliate programs where you can send links to their products and receive either money or credit for anyone you refer. This works great if you can refer many people, but not so much if you have a limited based of contacts. Security expert Brandog Gregg discovered that advertising his referral links through Google Adwords earned him a significant discount:

Dollar Shave Club has the free month of blade for each user signed up. I put my reference link on a Google Adwords post, got a years worth of free blades from sign ups for only $US12. So I ended up paying $US1 a month instead of $US9.

Basically, Brandon paid $US12 for the Google ad, got a year's worth of blades for free from all the referrals it earned him, and so his total cost was $US12 for the year instead of $US108. That's a pretty big savings ($US96) for just posting a tiny little ad. Presumably this trick works with other referral programs as well. Give it a shot. You might make some money.

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    I think you will find that the affiliate/referral links terms of use will state that this type of advertising is not allowed.

    In almost all cases it is expressly forbidden. This used to work years ago great with Amazon, eBay, and almost every other large merchant out there until they woke up to themselves.

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    But Ross is correct. Affiliate links are usually forbidden, as people could advertise their link where they get money (e.g. DreamHost that offers $94 per referral, and $5 for each sub-referral). You pay $100 for an Adwords campaign and get a big amount in return. Sure it's a legitimate way (akin to tapping strangers on the shoulder and handing them a flyer), but it's still against the TOS

    You could try it, but it usually won't hold up for long, as you must read the TOS before starting a campaign, plus Google scans campaigns automatically and manually too.

    With all of that said, great idea! If you can do it legally, go for it! A bit of extra cash in your pocket for a little bit of work.

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