Cash Back Affiliate Programs – Boom or Bust?

Are you familiar the Cash Back website eBates?

  • As a consumer looking to SAVE MONEY by receiving 2-10% cash back on every purchase you make both online and offline from over 2,500 participating stores and programs (including Amazon cashback!)…
  • PLUS an additional 3% cash back deal if you sign up for their no-annual fee credit card…

eBates is the way to go.

There are a ton of other cash back sites available like, and dubli – but none of them hold a candle stick to the Grand Daddy of them all.

As a consumer, personally I would suggest sticking with eBates because most of these other INFLATED OFFERS like up to 40% cashback is usually tied to only high-margin white-labeled products like cheap vitamins, soy protein and things like that. Items you can usually find much cheaper at Walmart anyway!

Cash Back Affiliate Programs

eBates also offers a way to earn $25 for every person you refer.

Simply sign up, snag your affiliate link and share it.

If and when a someone clicks your affiliate link and signs up (which is free)… and then goes on to spend $25 or more at one of over 2,500 participating stores….

  • They get a free $10 Walmart Gift card (free money!) and
  • You earn a nice $25 cashback affiliate commission.

So what do you think? Can you make money by giving away money?

The answer may surprise, even shock you!

Cash Back Affiliate Case Study

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend who mentioned her teenage son was working to raise money for a missionary trip to India. The cost would be about $5,000 and, so far, he had only put together a few hundred dollars.

Since we were just WEEKS AWAY from Black Friday, Super-Sale-Saturday & Cyber Monday – three of the biggest online and offline shopping days of year where MILLIONS of people go on a huge shopping spree… it made sense to me that ACTIVELY PROMOTING ‘Free Cashback’ as an affiliate should be highly profitable.

But, unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

We had a few dozen people join free… but only ONE spent $25 or more during this massive 3 day holiday sale event.

Which means we only made $25.

During the busiest, craziest, SHOPPING DAYS of the year.

Plus, over the years I have personally signed up to at least three different cash back affiliate programs like Dubli, Lyoness and (most recently) Trunited because the just IDEA makes sense.

It should be EASY to make money giving away money.

But, alas, it just hasn’t worked out.

Even during the BUSIEST, most frenzied of shopping/saving times.

Most puzzling.

Rob Fore
Since 1996, Rob Fore has made millions of dollars in affiliate commissions working part-time in his spare online. Rob specializes in blogging, video marketing, social media marketing, SEO and using automated systems to produce consistent, profitable results.