A freebie site, also known as a GPT (get paid to…) site or inventive site, is a website that will allow users to fill out CPA offers from various companies in exchange for money or other valuable items (e.g. an Apple iPhone). Many times (although not always), a person has to also refer friends to do the same thing in order to get the money or prize. Many people love these types of websites because they can get free stuff without having to pay out of pocket for it.
However, many people may not realize that there is also great benefit in owning a freebie site. Incentivized CPA networks will pay you money each time someone fills out an offer, and freebie sites can allow you to maximize your marketing efforts by having multiple offers in the same place. If you want to start your own freebie site, you’ll need to carefully follow the steps below in order to get your business up and running and making money.
1) Get a Domain
It goes without saying that every website needs a domain. When you are purchasing a domain for your freebie website, make sure that you take some time to think about what you’d like to call your website, as most people will refer to your website according to your domain. Try to pick a really cool domain name that’s both catchy and easy for people to remember. Also, it’s a good idea to include freebie-related words like “free”, “prize”, “cash”, or “reward” within your domain name.
2) Get Hosting
If you’re going to run a website, you will definitely need to purchase hosting for it. Because freebie websites can get a lot of traffic on a daily basis, you will want to choose a hosting plan that will give you a lot of bandwidth. Nothing will kill a freebie site’s profit potential like the servers being down or having exceeded bandwidth all the time! It is important to note that some companies that provide scripts for freebie websites (see Step 5) will allow (and sometimes even require) you to use the hosting packages that they offer with the script.
3) Get Your Site Designed
The design of your site is very important. You want your site to have a professional look and feel, but you also don’t want people to consider it boring. One thing you must do is to make sure that your website design reflects your domain name. For example, if your domain name were freebieking.com, you would probably want to have a “king” or “royal” theme in your website design. Also, bright colors and 3-D designs tend to do very well. Do your best to stick with one design throughout the entire site so that everything looks coherent and your brand recognition stays intact.
4) Decide On a Rewards System
Every freebie site needs to have an automated rewards system. One popular model is a points system where everything is worth a certain amount of points. Each CPA offer has a point value associated with it, and the freebie site visitor will receive that number of points. Each prize requires a certain number of CPA offer points in order to claim it, and visitors can request their preferred prize once they have enough offer points to do so.
If you just want to give out cash instead of using the points system (this is known as a “Get Paid To…” site), you can instead assign a monetary value to each offer and simply pay your visitors via Check or PayPal once they have acquired a certain amount of money from filling in your CPA offers.
5) Get an Incentive Script
You must get a script in order to run your website. This will do the job of automating your rewards system so that you do not have to manually check each time someone has filled out an offer. You can go the route of having a script custom made for you by a professional coder or programmer, or you can choose to purchase a ready-made script. Advanced scripts like ShiftCode also have features that will allow you to add games, polls, and other fun things to your website in order to keep your visitors interested.
Whichever route you choose to go, make sure that your script addresses fraud and security protection. You don’t want your site to be vulnerable to hackers, and you don’t want scammers trying to use proxies in an effort to fill out offers more than once. If this happens to you a lot, you run the risk of having your affiliate accounts terminated and your freebie site shut down.
6) Join Incentive Affiliate Networks
Once you have everything in place, you need to go about getting a few accounts at some incentive affiliate (CPA) networks like PointClickTrack or Adscend Media. You can usually join these networks by going to their website and filling out an application. An affiliate manager must approve you before you can have access to any of the offers on a particular network.
Remember that it is imperative that you stick to incentivized networks and offers, as non-incentivized offers will not allow you to give out prizes and cash in exchange for someone filling out a CPA offer and will terminate your account if you attempt to do so. Make sure you speak with your affiliate manager that the network has assigned to you about your freebie site and allow them to help you through the process of adding offers to your site and integrating them with your freebie script.
Note: There are many more incentive CPA networks and offers out there. You’ll want to visit OfferVault.com to check out which offers and networks will be the best for your business.
7) Advertise Your Freebie Site
Once you get your site up and running smoothly, all that’s left to do is to get visitors to your site so that they can begin filling out offers for prizes and you can start making money! Here are some ideas for advertising your site:
- Press Releases: The opening of your site is big news, so you need to let people know about it.
- Craigslist: People on Craigslist are always looking for free items, so try listing your site in the “Free” section.
- Forums: Participate in some freebie trading, gaming, or tech forums and market your site via your signature.