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Looking for referrals for GPT sites? Step 2 – When is an ad not an ad?

Referrals can be the life blood of your earnings in 2018.

In this and future posts I’m going to explain and hopefully help you to make the most of referrals..

We’re going to cover various things, starting with:

  • Writing different types of ads
  • Where to find referrals
  • Using social media to best effect
  • ‘Alternative’ places to find referrals
  • Keeping your referrals engaged
  • Why referrals don’t earn
  • and more!

I’ll try and keep the ‘business speak’ to a minimum, but let’s face it, when we’re using GPT (Get Paid To) sites, we ARE effectively running our own businesses, and we need to treat it as such, so basic business practices do apply.

Our handy referral tips should help you to build, support and nurture your referrals, leading to more earnings for all of you!


When is an ad not an ad?

This is an odd one, because having spent the whole of my last post talking about ads and what they need to contain, today we’re going to write a few more templates that have to be seen as anything BUT an ad.

Remember before I said there were 2 types of ad to promote referrals? Remember the second type? The passive ad? That’s what today is about.

The answer to when is an ad not an ad? When it’s a recommendation 😉


Today we’re going to talk about writing help and recommendations.

Whether you’re in Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups, on forums or blogs or anything else where people talk to each other, there will always be people looking for help and recommendations.

The problem is, this is not a advertising opportunity, so your previously written ads don’t really work, and could go against you

If someone is asking for ways to make money, you might get away with wading in and posting your ref links.

But what about people who are’t asking that specific question?

They might just be saying they’re struggling. They might say they’re saving for something. They might be saying they have less money than usual.

You could be insensitive and just drop your ref links and hope for the best. Chances are you’ll get the odd referral from it. Chances also are they’ll never make you any money.

Think laterally about this. YOU know they can make money from Get Paid To sites, THEY (and let’s not forget the trolls) won’t.

So in this case your ‘ad’ needs to take more of a helpful tone.

So what makes a good recommendation ‘ad’?
  • Make it believable – don’t make wild claims you can’t prove
  • Make it helpful – take some time writing this one
  • DON’T just make it about your referral links, in fact don’t include your ref link at all! I know, crazy right?

Here’s an example of just one response I used in 2017 that got me over 30 private messages on Facebook, most of whom went on to sign up to more than one of my sites, AND USE THEM!::


So sorry to hear you’re struggling.Have you considered some of the following?

– make sure you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to – there may be benefits or assistance you haven’t even thought of

– do you have anything you can sell? Local selling sites on FB, Craigslist, eBay etc could bring in some quick cash

– I sold a load of DVDs on Money Magpie, worth checking out, not quick but worth it if you have loads you don’t want

– CEX takes DVDs and games too, instant cash

– Shop the yellow stickers – 7pm at my local Tesco can see me picking up whole chickens for 10p and veg & fruit just as cheap.

– If you have an hour a day, look into survey sites – I make around £300 a month from these sitting in front of the TV when the kids are in bed. PM me if you want more info on this

– Look into budgeting apps that will help you cut spend, others know more about this thia me

Good luck, and feel free to PM me if I can expand on any of the above


See what I did there? I was helpful, gave lots of options, was’t pushy and didn’t drop a ref link – but my PM’s were pinging within seconds 🙂 The added advantage of this is you KNOW who your referrals are, and this will come in handy later.

This was in response to someone who was struggling to save for Xmas. I have similar posts written for people looking to save for weddings, looking to make quick cash and many other scenarios.

Your job today is to write a similar post with your money saving tips and hits. Make it helpful, make it informative but most of all, don’t make it an ad.

Today’s homework may well take you more than a day – stick with it, it’s fundamental to your campaigns.


Home work for Step 2.

  • Open your Word document, notepad file, post it note, whatever, that you started yesterdaty
  • Write 5 or 6 bullet points for saving / making money
  • Put your bullet point about GPT sites in the middle somewhere – remember to include how much you make
  • Send your post to me if you want a critique
  • Pop over to the Facebook Group and post if you found this useful

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