making a viral marketing site?

Anybody have any experience or know how they make the backend of those
“viral marketing” type sites like freeipods.com or freeflatscreens.org?

I’ve got an idea of a way to do this to kickstart a new site I’m launching.


Rodney Blackwell

Re: making a viral marketing site?

Rodney Blackwell wrote:
> Anybody have any experience or know how they make the backend of those
> “viral marketing” type sites like freeipods.com or freeflatscreens.org?

I don’t have that experience but that’s never stopped me from answering
questions before :slight_smile:

There are scripts/backends for affiliate programs with affiliate
referrals, or for MLM. These might be useful.

Re: making a viral marketing site?

Rodney Blackwell wrote:
> Anybody have any experience or know how they make the backend of those
> “viral marketing” type sites like freeipods.com or freeflatscreens.org?
>
> I’ve got an idea of a way to do this to kickstart a new site I’m launching.
>

Is a “self-replicating site” package what you’re looking for?


Peter N. Go

Re: making a viral marketing site?

“Peter N. Go” <peter@NO.SPAM.icthus.net> wrote in message
news:cgv9gk$35s$1@server1.darklock.com
> Rodney Blackwell wrote:
>> Anybody have any experience or know how they make the backend of those
>> “viral marketing” type sites like freeipods.com or freeflatscreens.org?
>>
>> I’ve got an idea of a way to do this to kickstart a new site I’m
>> launching.
>>
>
> Is a “self-replicating site” package what you’re looking for?

Not exactly a “self-replicating” site, but here’s the basic breakdown:

These sites give away a free item (ipod or flat screen tv/monitor) if you
complete the following requirements:

  1. Sign up with their site giving email address, name, etc.

  2. Complete one “Offer”.

An “offer” would be something like: signing up for ebay through an
affiliate link, signing up for a credit card offer, trying AOL for a
limited time,etc.

Basically, the offers are affiliate links that track when a person has
completed the “sale”.

It seems the backend then checks the affiliate site to see if the the
username was passed in the affiliate sale. If so, it gives the person
credit for completing the “offer”.

  1. Once you complete an offer, you have to get (x) number of people to
    signup with the site and complete one offer as well. Currently with
    freeipods it is 5 people and with freeflatscreens it is 8 people.

  2. Once you complete an offer and have (x) number of people complete
    an offer, you get sent your free gift.

The main purpose of my site wouldn’t be this feature, but by giving
away an item (a t-shirt in my case) and making people tell others
about the site while giving away the item (using the script above), I
figured it would be a neat way to let lots of people know about my new
site (and earn some extra cash doing it).


Rodney

Re: making a viral marketing site?

If the site that makes the “offer” can send back a confirmation string
to the originating server (yours), then this should be doable. The
mechanism is similar to payment gateways that can send back a
confirmation string to the originating server.


Peter N. Go

Rodney Blackwell wrote:

> “Peter N. Go” <peter@NO.SPAM.icthus.net> wrote in message
> news:cgv9gk$35s$1@server1.darklock.com
>
>>Rodney Blackwell wrote:
>>[color=darkred]
>>>Anybody have any experience or know how they make the backend of those
>>>“viral marketing” type sites like freeipods.com or freeflatscreens.org?
>>>
>>>I’ve got an idea of a way to do this to kickstart a new site I’m
>>>launching.
>>>
>>
>>Is a “self-replicating site” package what you’re looking for?
>
>
>
> Not exactly a “self-replicating” site, but here’s the basic breakdown:
>
> These sites give away a free item (ipod or flat screen tv/monitor) if you
> complete the following requirements:
>
> 1) Sign up with their site giving email address, name, etc.
>
> 2) Complete one “Offer”.
>
> An “offer” would be something like: signing up for ebay through an
> affiliate link, signing up for a credit card offer, trying AOL for a
> limited time,etc.
>
> Basically, the offers are affiliate links that track when a person has
> completed the “sale”.
>
> It seems the backend then checks the affiliate site to see if the the
> username was passed in the affiliate sale. If so, it gives the person
> credit for completing the “offer”.
>
> 3) Once you complete an offer, you have to get (x) number of people to
> signup with the site and complete one offer as well. Currently with
> freeipods it is 5 people and with freeflatscreens it is 8 people.
>
> 4) Once you complete an offer and have (x) number of people complete
> an offer, you get sent your free gift.
>
> The main purpose of my site wouldn’t be this feature, but by giving
> away an item (a t-shirt in my case) and making people tell others
> about the site while giving away the item (using the script above), I
> figured it would be a neat way to let lots of people know about my new
> site (and earn some extra cash doing it).
>
> –
> Rodney
>
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