Shop And Share To Get Cash Back With Ebates
Nowadays most of us do a lot of our shopping online and it’s even better if we can save or even earn money back while doing so. Recently I found out that you can earn cash back with Ebates, plus earn money for referring others to the program.
That looked like a ‘win-win’ situation to me so I decided to find out exactly what the Ebates program was all about.
Ebates was started back in 1999 and is owned by Rakuten a well-known affiliate platform. They are a platform that allows you to receive up to 40% cash rebates whenever you purchase goods online from over 1,000 well-known brand stores such as Amazon, Nike, Walmart, Macy’s and Ebay. You can also earn cashback on flights, hotels and car rentals.
This platform has earned it millions of members over $1Billion in cashback from just shopping online and using the Ebate links plus there are often extra special hot deals, discounts and savings coupons available.
Earning Cash Back With Ebates
Ebates.com is free to join platform and you get a $10 welcome cash back bonus as soon as you first make a qualifying purchase of $25 or more.
You then can continue to get cashback whenever you shop online and use their Ebates link and the percentages vary depending on the retailer and if they are running any special promotions. So if you regularly spend money online it could be a good opportunity to make some savings.
To qualify for cashback you need to enter a valid name and mailing address and the amount you have earned is calculated every quarter and then paid out via check or PayPal. You can keep track of all your cashbacks on your ‘my account page’ within the Ebates platform.
Basically Ebates is a huge and highly visible platform that has an affiliate partnership with a large amount of the recognized retailers and earns commissions whenever they send people to buy products from them.
As there sales referral turnover is so high they will be on high rate of commission, which means they can therefore afford to give the general public a small slice of the action.
Therefore whenever you buy through one of the Ebates links you can get a discount in the form of a cashback, that you can later collect to spend wherever and on whatever you want.
Refer & Earn Program
Ebates runs its own affiliate type program known as the ‘Refer and Earn’ program and if you invite someone to the program, they will automatically get the welcome bonus plus when they make that first qualifying $25 purchase, plus you earn cash too.
Normally you will earn you $5 for each of your qualifying Ebates referrals, but there are sometimes special promotions on.
Until June 30th Ebates will pay you $25 for every referral that you introduce to the platform and there is no limit to the amount of people that you can refer.
Remember though you only earn that one time referral cash, but do not earn any future commissions on any purchases made by your referrals.
Is Ebates Worth It?
If you regularly shop online then Ebates is a great free to join network where you can earn cash rebates whenever you make your purchases. You can also earn money by promoting this platform, however the amounts are probably not going to be that high, plus you will also be more likely to spend money.
As I’ve highlighted above Ebates is basically an affiliate sub platform who is working with all the major retailers so even though they pay you a referral fee for introducing new customers, they are the ones who get any future commissions on sales.
A much better way of earning is to have your own website and learn how to become an affiliate marketer for the actual companies who are selling the goods. By doing this you can write a post about a product once which could earn you recurring commissions and even turn into a long-term residual income.
Imagine if you referred someone to Ebates who then went on to spend several thousands of dollars you wouldn’t earn anything from those purchases, however if they bought through your affiliate links then you would be receiving a lot of nice future commissions.
So as you can see while you can earn some extra money from the Ebates program, if you do use it then it should only be a small part of your marketing strategy. Take a look at the Beginner’s Guide to Making Money Online to learn more about affiliate marketing.
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