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2013 Update – This post is real old (2008) and since I would NOT advise you to post your CashCrate referral link on Craigslist or to try to get referrals using Craigslist.


How do some people get so many CashCrate referrals? As you can see below, member ID has made 748 referrals this month alone so far! If you figure each one of those is probably worth about $2.00 ($1.00 for each referral plus his cut of the surveys completed), member #419714 has made about $1500.00 this month alone! Who says CashCrate is a scam? As you go down the list the bottom one has made 327 referrals (that have completed a survey) and that number is way higher than what I am doing. Right now I have made 104 referrals this month and I sure would like to be making more.

I decided to see if I could do some sleuthing and figure out how these guys were getting so many CashCrate referrals. My first step was to take their Member ID # and combine that with the referral string and search for it in Google. I did find some information about Member #419714 and even found his website. I then found this quote in one of his comments: “I don’t normally make that much from referrals, but that post I mentioned it on is the one that went viral and wound up on the front page of Obviously, that was good for a bunch of new sign-ups. I’ve also printed up some free business cards from VistaPrint with my referral ID and left them around grocery stores, bulletin boards, etc. It takes a long time to build a big base of referrals.”

So, it looks like many of his Cash Crate referrals this month may be coming from a one time event which is not repeatable but his advice on printing business cards with his referral ID is a great one. I think you can get free business cards printed up online and putting them up on bulletin boards in grocery stores and college campuses might bring in some extra Cash Crate referrals for very little effort. I haven’t tried this yet but I just may as it sounds simple and easy to do.

I could not find any information one the 2nd and 3rd spots on that contest list but I did find out how the 4th guy is doing it. I tracked down his website which is nothing more than a simple one page sales pitch. So that is the page he is using to get people to sign up but the big question is how is he getting traffic to that page? For that I used SEO Elite which is a great software program that does all sorts of incredible things and is a must if you seriously get into Internet marketing. SEO Elite will show you the back-links of any website you choose and it is how you can totally see what your competition is doing and discover how they are doing it.

As you can see from the picture above, his website hardly has any back-links and they are all coming from Craigslist! He posts in the “General” category and I can’t link to a post because it will expire and eventually lead to nothing but I have copied one of this ads:

Stay at home mom? Teen? Just need extra money but need to make it at home? Well, make that money any time you have free-time on your home computer.
Easy and requires your time more than skills.
Totally legit. I promise…you will receive a check.

So there you have it. That is how one of the guys on that list is making more than $600.00 a month with CashCrate referrals. Of course the http link in his ad takes you directly to that one page sales pitch and obviously it is working for him. He just keeps posting over and over to multiple cities on Craigslist and the referrals are coming in. It looks like his main city is New York which is one of the big ones. I hope you can get some ideas from this post on how you can start getting more CashCrate referrals or referrals to any other GPT site.

Using Craigslist may be a great way to get free traffic and referrals but it is temporary and only works as long as your ad is up. Once it expires or gets flagged, you are faced with the difficulty of trying to get more ads up and you are having to do that everyday.

  • 1

    I thank you for this post. I have been doing everything possible (well not everything) to get active referrals. I have made several sites about gpt. I could use your advice in some things if you are willing to help me out. This want be about Cashcrate though. Sorry for the long post.

    Meka on July 28th, 2008
  • 2

    thanks for this informative piece of detailed work.
    i will be sure to keep these in mind.

    i hope i can be like you.

    thank you 🙂

    cas pang on August 13th, 2008
  • 3

    Thanks for the advice on getting referrals. That is truly the way to make money on CashCrate. Especially for the long term. I will be posting your url under my favorite links section.

    Thanks Again

    Gilbert Van Norman

    Gilbert Van Norman on August 25th, 2008
  • 4

    If you do post my link would you please use the anchor text of “Work From Home Jobs” and point it to please. Thanks.

    DayJobNuker on August 25th, 2008
  • 5

    hey, great article! I always wondered how so many people got referrals.

    Mike on October 30th, 2008
  • 6

    Awesome amount of referrals for ID 419714…

    Timon Weller on December 12th, 2008
  • 7

    Thank you for letting me know about cashcrate, it really is a great way to make a little money every month!

    Rob on January 3rd, 2009
  • 8

    AWESOME! Thanks for the tips.

    Jaoli on January 27th, 2009
  • 9

    CashCrate has become one of the best GPT sites around. Its no wonder with their great referral program.

    Torey on February 2nd, 2009
  • 10

    funny thing is – i know the guy who has that referral ID. Now many months later he is still pulling down awesome numbers like what you mentioned above because he and his link gets picked up regularly on major media sites.

    Cash Crate can be a cash cow if you do it how he does – blogs, writing content for other sites, article marketing, etc.

    Personally I’ve done over $350 so far this month (feb 09), and hope to continue growing it month by month.

    Peter on February 18th, 2009
  • 11

    Yeah Cash Crate can become an automated income because of their awesome referral system.

    Joe on March 3rd, 2009
  • 12

    Cash Crate has been working great for me so far.

    mg on March 3rd, 2009
  • 13

    Check it out and start making money

    lmzgz on March 10th, 2009
  • 14

    Just need a little extra spending money for yourself but need to make it at home? Well, make that money anytime you have free time on your home computer. Easy and requires more than skills.
    Copy and paste the following code in your search browser. (did you REALLY think I was going to leave your referral link in?)

    Ricky on August 4th, 2009
  • 15

    That was a fun post. I have been looking for ways to obtain Cash Crate referrals as well. I don’t feel comfortable spamming though.

    George on March 31st, 2010