How Sending Me Gifts Can Make You Money

December 21, 2009 Posted by Tyler Cruz

While this post is obviously an attempt at getting more free stuff, the title still holds true. Sending gifts to larger bloggers within your industry can often give you the best ROI in terms of advertising that you’ll ever spend.

Pretty much all the bloggers in the “make money online” niche accept paid reviews.

I charge $250, Zac Johnson charges $500, John Chow charges $500, and Shoemoney charges $3,000.

The funny thing is: you can usually get nearly the same amount of exposure for a fraction of the cost. How? By sending gifts instead of purchasing paid reviews!

Now, there is a slight gamble in that you’re not guaranteed any exposure, and even if you are, it will usually not be as detailed as a paid review would be. However, bloggers will naturally be so excited from receiving their gift that they’ll usually blog about you in a positive light. And even if the blogger doesn’t post about their gift – they won’t forget about your gesture, which is a great way to establish a first impression.

Sending gifts to bloggers is, in my mind, partly what got MarketLeverage off the ground and into the vernacular of affiliate marketers and bloggers everywhere. In fact, I would have never paid them any attention, let alone use and promote them, if they hadn’t gotten my attention by sending me a truly awesome gift package.

That simple gesture certainly paid off for them, as I have sent them nearly $900,000 through my affiliate referrals as well as over $21,000 from my own campaigns.

Gifts from Amped Media and PeerFly

This year, I received gifts from AmpedMedia and PeerFly.

While it’s not an actual present, AmpedMedia sent me a nice Christmas card, just like they did last year. Even though they didn’t send me a gift, I really do appreciate the gesture. Just being acknowledged like that is always nice.

I also like how Jonathan, the owner, personally writes a little message in the card and how the whole staff signs it. It shows that they at least went to the trouble of doing that. That may not seem like a lot of work, but when you have thousands of affiliates, I can only imagine how much of a chore that is!

I should also mention that it’s nice to receive anything when I barely send them any revenue – below is all I sent them in 2009:

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The main network that I’ve been promoting in 2009 other than MarketLeverage has been PeerFly. They’re a really an incredible network that is constantly improving all the time.

I personally don’t know a single person who has signed up to PeerFly that doesn’t absolutely love them. I only started pushing referrals to PeerFly in April, and running campaigns with them in August, but have already made $20,000 with them.

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For Christmas this year, PeerFly sent out gift baskets to all of their US and Canadian publishers who did $500+ in revenue during the year. $500 works out to an average of only $1.37 a day, so even if you were a very small publisher with PeerFly, you probably qualified for this present.

All non-US and Canadian resident publishers, regardless of commission generated, will be receiving Christmas cards from PeerFly as well.

Here is what the gift basket contains:

  • 7 oz. Beef Summer Sausage
  • 7 oz. Turkey Summer Sausage
  • 6 oz. Smoked Gouda Blend
  • 2.25 oz. Sweet Hot Mustard
  • 4 oz. Mini Melt Away Mints
  • 2 oz. Well Seasoned Crackers
  • Custom Hickory Farms® Cheese Slicer
  • Custom Holiday Gift Box

In addition, the owner of PeerFly just told me that they’ll be sending out free money to their publishers on their birthday as well! When you combine this with the amazing prizes they’re giving away on PublisherChallenge as well as their top payouts, it’s hard to find another network that can even come close to them.

Below is a video showing my AmpedMedia Christmas card and the unboxing of my PeerFly Christmas gift:

Here are a few photos for those who don’t want to watch the video above:

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People Will Never Tire of Free Stuff

No matter how much money a person has, people love free stuff, no matter their value. Shoemoney and John Chow are millionaires, yet I can almost guarantee you they still get giddy when they sign for a surprise package from FedEx or UPS.

I’m personally going to utilize this gift-giving tactic in the future. It’s just such a terrific way to market yourself that I can’t ignore it. I’m not entirely sure what project I’ll be using it for, perhaps RobotWarz, although it’s hard to find the right sources to target for something like that.

This industry, especially, is ripe for this type of promotion, partly because it’s so expensive to advertise in this niche and get noticed.

Why buy a paid review for $500-$3,000 when you could send a $20-$100 gift instead? Or, if you really want to show and prove how baller you are, send in a crazy present to really wow the receiver(s) and their audience. I can assure you they won’t forget it.

So, who’s going to be the next company to send me something? ;)

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Posted: December 21st, 2009 under Affiliate Marketing  

37 Responses to “How Sending Me Gifts Can Make You Money”

  1. Becky Marie says:

    Hey! I got presents too!!!! I heart presents! And anyone who wants to send me one can.

    Tyler, if I send you a present will you write about me?

    Have a good Holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Becky : )

  2. Brad says:

    Make it easy for people to give you stuff. – create a amazon.com wishlist! that way you get something that you really want. ;)

  3. Dang, I thought the card I got from Amped Media was a one of a kind card. :-) Just kidding. It is always good to have affiliate networks appreciate good affiliates.

  4. Wesley says:

    Well, we don’t even know your address so that would be kind of hard, right? Is the whois for tylercruz.com the correct address?

  5. Melvin says:

    this is really true. and i really appreciate it whether its just a simple card or a creative usb or whatever. its even automatic that they are gonna receive a plug just by giving the item.

  6. Link Wheels says:

    Let me start by saying fantastic post Tyler, My company is in the process of launching a big advertising campaign and I will definitely be using your technique of a “free gift”. It really does help build a friendship with that blogger and promote a good future business relationship.
    Regards, David

  7. I found that giving a free gift to your newsletter subscribers can give you a massive spike in site traffic if they have to visit your site to claim it!

  8. Well, Christmas is indeed a time of giving so you might as well give and happily receive what people are sending you. Merry Christmas, Tyler. I really do envy you. LOL!

  9. Kalvster says:

    lol… It’s better to give than receive.

  10. Jose Anajero says:

    “Pretty much all the bloggers in the “make money online” niche accept paid reviews. I charge $250, Zac Johnson charges $500, John Chow charges $500, and Shoemoney charges $3,000.”

    Thanks Tyler for sharing with us one of the many ways the leaders in the “make money online” niche make money.

    Jose

  11. Its even automatic that they are gonna receive a plug just by giving the item.

  12. poorblogger says:

    Yes.. People really like free gift..
    Just a nice idea..

  13. Just wanted to say Merry Christmas Tyler :)

    – Kristina C

  14. I thought the card I got from Amped Media was a one of a kind card. Just kidding.

  15. Becky Marie says:

    Merry Christmas Tyler : )

  16. tattoo kits says:

    Great idea!!

    I will have to keep that in mind next year for some of my clients!

  17. Yeah.. as everything in life.

    “Give value nefore asking for value”

    So if you want something from anyone. First give them
    something.. than ask them for something. Is WAYY
    easier.

    Good luck Tyler

  18. I like the cards and gifts have a nice holiday.

  19. Money Bins says:

    That is a really nice gift they sent. I definitely agree with you that sending gifts can make a great and lasting first impression, even if the blogger does not end up reviewing the particular product.

  20. World around us is changing so fast and sometimes it is hard to say of something is an occasion or not. I think that many things that will become natural for our ancestors is still like a black magic for us. Within next 20 years there will be so many ways of earning money that we will say : why I didn’t think about it?

  21. How did you like PeerFly’s gift ? Btw signed up using your link thanks!

  22. email backup says:

    Haha, I just got some of that hickory farms smoked sausage as an x-mas gift and man was that stuff good! :D
    -Jack

  23. Program says:

    Yes.. People really like free gift..
    Just a nice idea..

  24. That sure is a nice card they sent you

  25. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    That sounds cool! I got to see what gift I can send you, pizza? Hamburger? or Cash? I think free t-shirt that printed with blog logo would be good too.

    Stay tuned Tyler!

    Cheers,
    Lee

  26. That’s incredible how you get free gifts from having such a good blog, Keep Up The Good Work Tyler =)

  27. Yes.. People really like free gift..
    Just a nice idea..

  28. Bidet says:

    Thats a great gift you got. Getting gifts is the best thing regardless of how much money you have. Its a great thing to do for publishers

  29. In any part of the world, people are more crazy on gifts..they are so more happy if it is free.

  30. Wow your really a lucky person my friend. A gift from Google and Now a Gift from Amped Media and PeerFly.

  31. ekimleriniz says:

    I found that giving a free gift to your newsletter subscribers can give you a massive spike in site traffic if they have to visit your site to claim it! :/

  32. Maybe I will send you a gift one of this fine days. This is such a great idea. I have never thought of such a thing. It can really help advertise a business. The cards up there are also beautiful. I would not mind receiving one. :)

  33. Hi there, You have done an incredible job. I will definitely digg
    it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from
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