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Making Referral Plans Work for You

Note from author: It was over two years ago that I wrote this satirical piece on Bubblews. I had only been on the site for two months.

I still remember the comments from some of the people, which many were funnier than the post itself. Even Arvind commented that "people will take (me) wrong."

It never ceases to amaze me what people will see as serious, when meant to be tongue-in-cheek. I thought it might be fun to revisit it here.

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In Donald Pennington's ( LoudMan ) Why I No Longer Add My Referral Link To My Posts, he claims that it is "important to get people to join the site and (he finds) it more valuable to have a friend connect and become active than to insist on getting a few cents for a referral."

Ah! Such a noble spirit!

If the referral plan is not reaping the financial rewards (a "math thing," according to Donald) you want to achieve, perhaps it must be approached from a different perspective. After all, is it not true that the most successful are those who think outside of the box?

So, let's look at a way that we can make the math work to your advantage using this (totally ludicrous) scenario:

At 20 cents per referral, if you were to broadcast...erm, "network" for referrals and offer a free pen or pencil to anyone who signed up using your referral link, and you had 9944 referrals from that effort, that alone would net $1988.80.

Now, it could be argued that by offering a free pen or pencil to anyone who signs up will cut into that profit. No problem! Start by frequenting job fairs/hiring events to be one of the first in line and you'll have all the writing instruments you will need to accommodate your freebie offer and it won't cost you a dime! The events are also a great way to meet people to become one of your 20-cent referrals!

Now let's see how this will continue to be of benefit to you. This will be the hard part, because you will have to work a little bit.

But it is still easy-peasy.

There is a 400-character requirement for submission of new posts. Just make sure to limit yourself to writing about things that don't require much thought. And don't waste your time or brain cells by worrying about spelling, grammar or content. Just crank 'em out. Ten submissions a day for a month and you'll have 300 articles posted for the month.

Of your 10,013 total connections, you have loyalty among those 9944 who received a free pen. Let's assume that 80 percent of your total connections (8010) were to read 80 percent of your new 300 articles (240 articles), that would account for 1,922,400 views. If 50 percent also "liked" the article, that would give you 961,200 likes, for a total combined views/likes of 3,844,800. Let's throw in a few comments here and there, say...10 percent for a total of 38,448 comments for a combined, all-inclusive total of 4,229,280. At a payout of a penny each, that is a payout of $42,292.80. Add that to your initial referral payout $1988.80 for a grand total of $44,281.60.

So, for a few hours of your time each day to attend job fairs in order to sign people on (Bubblews), collect free pens to offer to your referrals, and to write a bunch of 400-character nonsense and not have to pay attention to the details (as long as it is your own work), then you can make the Referral Plan work for you.

(Disclaimer: The author cannot verify these numbers, as higher math has never been her "thing." What she IS awaiting is a new Bubblews payment policy on being paid for each word or character used. If that were the case, she would be able to retire by the end of this month. And if they will give a bonus for sarcasm, she would rule the world.)

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Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang

Adapted from original written July 11, 2013 at Bubblews, but removed by the author.

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markgraham wrote on October 2, 2015, 4:12 PM

You are always thinking. Keep it up!

Feisty56 wrote on October 2, 2015, 7:43 PM

Lol, yes, there was never much incentive to write posts of any quality or depth at the "B." Hmmm, tomorrow I'm going to begin checking out when/where local job fairs are going to be held. In addition, though, I think I'll also stop by medical offices and grab a pen or two or three while I'm there. You've given me new motivation!

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 2, 2015, 9:17 PM

Ah, if only I were a math teacher I could check the math for you and see if the numbers check out. But I'm not a math teacher this year nor was I last year so I cannot be reasonably expected to "do the math."

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:09 PM

Hey, whatever works for us! Gotta take those opportunities where we can! emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:10 PM

*laughs* Well, I'm sure that someone will probably check my work just to prove that I'm not perfect.

I'd tell you here what I plan on saying to them, when they do, but I'm working on being more genteel. *flutters lashes*

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:21 PM

I love that one and wish I had thought of doing that back then emoticon :grin: It could have worked at the site if you could just get that many to active. I too would be retired now.

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 11:22 PM

It could have worked. emoticon :winking:

Paulie wrote on October 3, 2015, 12:27 AM

This is absolutely a great satirical piece you wrote on Bubblews. Getting paid for 400 characters of nonsense was quite easy for a lot of people with limited writing skills.

CoralLevang wrote on October 3, 2015, 5:10 AM

Thanks, Paulie. I'm afraid it is lost on most. emoticon :smile:

LoudMan wrote on October 3, 2015, 5:55 AM

Yep. You could rule the world on sarcasm. I've been slipping on visualing old Arvind Dixitallup choking on his own tongue lately.

BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:21 PM

Too bad to expend all that effort to make all that cash and then never get paid any of it. I'm awaiting a new B payment policy that pays as promised and on time.