I have received a lot of requests to provide a little more help and information on how to get free stuff online. I have already made a page on this blog which explains the process briefly (free stuff online) but decided it would be good to produce an idiots guide with step-by-step instructions so you can all get a free iPhone, free PS3, free iMac, free DSi, or whatever you want.
The first thing you need to understand is how this process works. It is very simple, and yes, 100% legal – no nasty pyramid schemes here!
The reason companies such as freebiejeebies can afford to give away free items such as the iPhone is because they aren’t really free items at all. They are fully bought and paid for using commissions paid by their affiliate partners in return for you providing the partners with new potential customers.
To be eligible for your free item, you need to refer a certain number of individuals to try a product from the affiliate partner by enticing them with the offer of a free iPhone/PS3/Wii/Cash/whatever. For every person that tries their product, they pay a commission of around £20 to freebiejeebies. This commission builds up in your name until you have referred enough people to earn yourself sufficient commission for your chosen item. This is then purchased and sent to you as if it was free.
This form of social advertising is extremely cost effective and actually profitable for the companies involved. This survey shows that for every £1 a company pays as commission to an affiliate, they receive £3.76 back. Compare this to Radio advert where for every £1 spent, they receive just 4p back!:
So, how do you get involved and start earning this commission?
The first step is to sign up with freebiejeebies. At this stage you can select one of the free items that are most popular and you can see how many people you need to refer before you will be sent the item. For example, this screenshot shows a 80Gb PS3 being selected, and you can see it will ‘cost’ you 14 referrals:
But don’t worry too much at this stage, as you can change your choice of free item as many times as you like after you have signed up. You will also notice an option for a ‘Custom order’, this is because you can choose almost anything you like for free. As long as it can be purchased online, you can select it. Once you have decided what it is you want, just go to the Support page of freebiejeebies and send an email with details. The number of referrals required will then be worked out and updated on your account.
The amount of referrals you need depends on the online price of the item. Each referral is worth £20 if you want a physical item, or £17 if you choose to take the cash. So a £100 games console will cost you 5 referrals, or if you opted for the money those 5 referrals would net you £85 cash.
Once you have signed up, you need to visit the Offers page to start the process off and choose one of the many offers to complete. I always recommend the LoveFilm free trial as I feel it is the best offer, after all it is completely free with no obligation – and you get to watch some great films. Of course there are numerous other offers to choose from and some of them will cost you money, so choose wisely. Depending on what country you reside in, you will see a different selection of offers. Here are a few of the many available offers in the UK:
Now all you need to do is to start referring other people to sign up, to do this you need to find your own personal referral link. It is extremely important that you only use this link to refer others to freebiejeebies as this is the only way they can be linked back to your account and you get your free item! Your referral link can be found on the Refer Friends page and will look something like this: http://gifts.freebiejeebies.co.uk/109 – remember, it is the number on the end that is unique to you so make sure you include it when referring friends.
And that, as they say, is just about that.
As soon as you have received the correct number of referrals your account will be verified to ensure all the offers were completed successfully and your choice of free gift will be sent directly to your front door. What’s more, your account remains active so you can start gaining referrals for your next free item straight away.