Friday, 15 August 2014

How to get lots of referrals

Why should I refer people?

There are 3 benefits VoidSpace users get for referring their friends to the game:

  1. Depending on how many people you refer, you will get discounts ranging from 10% to 50% off of the final game or reward levels (this even includes the custom ships/building levels that are valued in the thousands). The exact numbers can be seen here:
    • 3 Referrals - 10% additional discount on top of any price (promotional or otherwise) on the final game upon release 
    • 9 Referrals - 15%  additional discount on top of any price (promotional or otherwise) on the final game upon release
    • 25 Referrals - all regular donation reward levels are 25% cheaper 
    • 100 Referrals - all regular donation reward levels are 50% cheaper
  2. Any time one of your referrals donate, you will receive 25% of their donation in the form of donation credit. This donation credit is automatically applied to your donation reward level. You can even get the game for free this way! For example, if your referral donates $20, you will receive $5 in donation credit towards your reward level. Check out your donation reward level any time by logging in and then going to the PLEDGES section on our website. 
  3. Finally, we often run the Dogecoin Referral Program. While the program is running, any time you get a referral, you will receive 300 Dogecoins. If your referral refers someone, you will get 100 Dogecoins. You will be free to withdraw the Dogecoins from your account for use anywhere on the web, or you can use it to buy donation reward levels, or even use them in VoidSpace to buy goods and services from other players (once that is implemented). However there is a waiting period of 7 days so we can check the validity of your referrals (yeaa, we get a lot of scammers believe it or not).

Okay, I like nice things, so how do I get lots of referrals?

We provided you with your own referral link in the initial email you got when you signed up. If you didn't receive the email or lost it, it is easy to find out what your referral link is by clicking here and logging into the website.
Here are some ideas, hints, and tricks you can use to getting referrals from online sources. 

Refer your friends and family

This is probably the most obvious one. Just keep in mind that only one referral per household will be counted. This is probably the easiest way to get a referral or two, but definitely not a good source of the large number of referrals you're clearly looking for.

Post about the game in various forum sites around the internet

There have been a few posts from forums that have actually gotten a lot of attention. Specifically, there is a Minecraft community forum that allows posts about other games that we've been receiving traffic from for a year!
Here are a few things to note before posting your referral link on a forum:
  1. Make sure you post it in the right place! A lot of game forums have a section for "other games" that you're allows to post to. You don't want to get banned or to come off as spammy.
  2. Try to post on forums that relate to the game or the game's technology in some way.

    To help give you an ideas, here is a list of some topics that relate to VoidSpace:
    Simulations and/or Simulation Games, Html5, Browser Games, MMO and/or MMORPGs, Casual Games, Hardcore Games, Mobile Games, Cross-platform, Survival Games, Games for Gamepads, GWT (Google Web Toolkit), Flash Games, Twitch Gameplay, Trading Games, Dogecoin and/or Cryptocurrency, RMT (Real Money Transaction games), Action Games, Arena/Dueling/Tournament games, Scifi Games, Top-Down view games, 2D games, co-operative team games, player generated content.

Add lots of informative and helpful comments on forums that allow you to put a banner ad in the footer of each comment you make

This is an amazing way to get traffic without having to make sure you are not spamming in the wrong places. We have created some options for banner images that you can use to help entice people to click on your referral link. This method might require that you fiddle around with forums to get the footer working just right, but with just a teeny bit of technical know-how, you should be able plaster your referral link all over forums that support this feature.

Obviously it is best to find as targeted forums as possible (gaming at least) while also finding forums that allow for footer banners with links that have a decent following.

Here are some options for banner ads, feel free to download and use them, or even link directly to the url they're hosted on here:

Make VoidSpace posts on smaller subreddits that allow it

Reddit is a great way to get traffic, but there are a lot of rules that must be followed, so be very careful or you might get yourself (and your referral link) banned. Be sure to read the "side bar" rules of each and every subreddit you wish to post to before you make your post. 

Here are a list of subreddits that relate to VoidSpace in some way. Again, please read the sidebar for rules before posting. Some of the subreddits listed here may not actually allow referral links!

Post your referral link in response to relevant comments

This applies to anywhere that has a comment section. You could use Google to search for websites that are having conversations on relevant topics (like the topics listed in the "Post about the game in various forum sites around the internet" section above).
Some examples of websites that use comments and may have people talking about a relevant topic:
Here are some examples of relevant topics:
  • If someone comments that they liked Escape Velocity Nova, you could reply that VoidSpace is doing something similar.
  • If someone posts how unrealistic games are these days, point out the Universe Project philosophy and include a referral link
  • If someone says that flash and/or Html5 games (we are Html5 based) are no good, point out VoidSpace and how it is actually a real-time MMORPG with Twitch-Gameplay and happens to run entirely in the browser using Html5.

Write a blog entry and spread it around the net and make blogging very easy to setup and its completely free. If you want to create your own informative blog post about VoidSpace, check out our presskit for images and information that you are completely free to use to make your case. You might find it is easier to get traffic to a blog than it is directly to a referral link because in some places (like certain subreddits.. yea I'm lookin at you, /r/gaming) might ban or disallow referral links altogether. This is a great way to get around this limitation while providing some concentrated information for those you wish to refer to help sell your case.

You may not feel like you have a way with words, but often times blog entries don't need to be very long to gain a lot of media attention from places like Reddit. You are also free to copy and paste any text we put out on our websites or other social sites for use in your blog entries. So have fun with it! 

And by the way, if you do your own blog entry, you can make money on the ads... just sayin.

Check this post from time to time for expanded information and suggestions. If you feel like we have missed on any cool marketing ideas, let us know in the comments!

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