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Do you bother with referral systems?

Discussion in 'Virtual Pets' started by cpvr, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. cpvr
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    So, I was curious, how many people here actually make an effort to use the referral systems on pet sites? I know I sometimes use them. To see how many referrals I can get from this site. Thus, bringing in members to the pet site that I use a referral link for. I know in the past I used to go all out and use my referral links in signatures on forums around the web.

    How about you? Do you bother with referral systems, or not really? If you don't, do you find it difficult to refer or do you just send your friends the link of the pet site without using your referral link?

    Let's share our thoughts on this subject.
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    Honestly if the prizes are worth it, I refer. Otherwise it's not worth the hassle to me. A lot of times trying to convince my friends is hard, and the friends that will join, usually already have.
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    When I'm at a friend's house or something, usually I'll be like "oh hey... come join this site it's so fun," and just get them to sign up. I don't bother with getting my link.
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    If the rewards are decent I'll make the effort. I don't try to hide it with a falsly brilliant review though, as I consider this deceptive. I'll outright offer to pay people for the referrals, then let them decide for themselves whether they like the site or not.

    Likewise, when someone recommends a site to me I consider it a bit insulting if they offer with their enthusiastic recommendation a referral link, as this suggests to me that they have an alterior motive and I'm nothing more than a cash cow to them.

    However, if someone recommends a site to me without any such referral link, and I am sufficiently convinced by it, then when signing up I'll put their username in the referral box if I know it because I think their efforts deserve whatever rewards are offered.
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    Yeah if there's decent rewards. But on the other side I don't wanna look cheapo and have a link on every forum I go on >.>
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    Ive never bothered with referrals - ever. I know they are a big hit for alot of popular people like cpvr etc, but myself personally.. I find them a waste of time.
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    I never bother with referrals. None of my rl friends are interested much in the internet and I don't really like to advertise.
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    The items from referral point shops are always ridiculously unobtainable and make it seem impossible looking at having to refer 50 people just to get 'this' useless item. Advertising to my friends is also lame.
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    What do you mean by paying for referrals? Such as, paying real cash for them? How much would you charge for a referral then? I've never tried that concept before and it sounds interesting.
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    I think it's paying with site currency mainly. I've seen this happening a lot, especially when there's referral contests going on with good prizes for the top 3 referrers. People will then pay users from other sites to sign up, give them items, or hold some kind of raffle.
    I've never heard about people paying rl cash for referrals actually.
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    Generally I'll advertise on another game site, and offer to pay people with currency or items of the game I'm advertising on, or trade referrals. I won't use real money, though, and I've never heard of it happening.
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    Ahh. I've seen that a lot on Furry-paws, what other sites have you seen this occur on? Ya, I agree, it just seems like a desperate attempt to get referrals(buying them) because you never know if those people will stick around. I just know there's a lot of different creative ways to build referrals - like writing reviews, guides, and getting them published on fan sites of those particular games, then you could also have the link in your signature.

    The more you spread out your link, the more exposure it'll receive and in the end, the long term results will help you out a lot. I remember doing this before on the pet sites that I did play on, and my referral count would go up a lot every month because of how well spread the link was.
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    There's one site out of Marapets and Neopets, I can't remember which, but one of their referral things has like refer 500 people and get this (item) and its like WTF? 500 people? 0_0
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    Well there's actually people who get that much at some sites.

    I think the main incentive for people to bribe others into joining is the rewards for certain high amount of referrals, or referral contests with high valued items.
    I recall several threads being made on aywas for other sites because some referral contest was going on.
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    Any site that doesn't specifically ban mentioning or linking to other games tends to have players advertising referral links, with many offering to pay in some form. Horseland used to have it in huge quantities until they put such a ban in place. Generally if such a ban exists though, the players tend to be fairly law abiding and you don't see it.
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    Marapets has a reward of up to 1,500 referrals, which has been reached by nine people excluding Ian. cpvr has referred 3,632 people to Marapets, if it's the same person as here :D

    http://www.marapets.com/highscores.php?id=7
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    Mezzra yes it is
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    It depends. Referral systems, if done right, can get you alot of traffic for your site. Unfortunately it's like a 2 sided coin. The people can be either good players....... or the really annoying ones that aren't even worth having on your site (as in 'OMGIWANTZYERPETZNOAWGIVEEETTOMEEEEEEBECUZYOOOLUFFMEEEEDATMUCHKTHNX!!!!' people). I remember Digis did their invites with a 'hey, email me and I might let you in.' But it doesn't matter what you do in most cases. The 'idiots' of society will always find your site..... eventually!
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    I'm maxed out on referrals there. I don't refer any more users unless someone comes across my link somewhere on the net. Most of Laimay's referrals more than likely came from their advertising campaigns. Ian has a lot as well, but he isn't included on the list.
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    I don't really use them. On certain sites I use them but for the most I don't. I just tell people to join here. :)
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