Want to hear one way that I generated some passive income throughout much of the month of December? I was able to earn free Amazon gift cards, several of them, through the Carbonite referral program. At the time, Carbonite was running a holiday promotion where the referrer (me) and the person who signed up (the customer) would each receive a $20 Amazon gift card. The promotion was supposed to end on January 3rd, 2013. I was completely shocked when on January 9th another $20 Amazon gift card showed up in my e-mail inbox! I thought maybe there was some sort of delay in the system, until I received an e-mail on January 14th stating that the promotion has been extended. As of January 4th, the $20 Amazon gift card for you and your friend promotion has been reinstated with no planned end date.
I have been a happy and satisfied paid customer at Carbonite.com for several years now. They’ve always had some sort of referral program, but recently it has gotten much better. Previously, if I could get a friend to sign up I would get a couple free months of the service added to my account. Now they offer free Amazon gift cards as a reward. The normal gift card amount is $10 for each referral sign up, but this amount varies as they run different promotions at different time periods. The current holiday promotion they are running is offering a $20 Amazon gift card for not only the person who refers, but also for the person who signs up for Carbonite! Win-Win!
Welcome to the Dumb Passive Income – income report! I can honestly say that I am pleased with the little bit of progress that is starting to happen. Although my niches site efforts are still barely paying off, there are a few streams of internet income that are starting to drip money into my accounts.
Admittedly, some of this income isn’t passive. For example, the article income I am receiving for writing a few posts for the Penny Thots blog isn’t really passive. But, I agreed to write 2 or 3 posts per month for that blog from it’s very beginning, which was just before I started this blog. That is an agreement I plan to see through and look forward to the shared success with the sites owner and the other main writers.