The WordPress.com Referral Program: Encourage Others to Start a Website

Learn how you and your connections can earn WordPress.com credits with the Refer-a-Friend Program.

All of us know interesting people with unique talents. Some have business ideas. Others write beautiful poetry. Some are inspired to make the world a better place. 

If they’re not online, they should be. If you’ve ever encouraged a friend or family member to create a blog, launch a podcast, or sell what they make online, the WordPress.com Refer-a-Friend program is your chance to help them get started.

How the referral program works

With the Refer-a-Friend program, you and people in your network can earn credits for your WordPress.com websites. When you invite friends, family, and colleagues — or even your own site visitors — to build a website, they’ll receive a US$25 credit toward a WordPress.com plan. (Note: referrals need to be new WordPress.com customers.)

Every time someone you refer purchases a plan, you receive a US$25 credit, too! The credit will be applied within two months after your referral signs up and makes an eligible purchase.

Under current pricing, a $25 credit offers more than 50% off the first year of a Personal plan and more than 25% off the cost of a Premium plan. Plus, your referrals also receive a free custom domain name for their first year.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Log in to your WordPress.com account and go to Tools → Earn.
  2. Locate your unique referral link in the Refer-a-Friend section.
  3. Copy the link and share it via email, social media, or text message.

Not sure what to say? When reaching out to a referral, tell them why you use WordPress.com and how you believe it will help them, too.

Want to send along some inspiration? Check out the websites and customer stories featured on Discover!


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  1. Indra

    Thanks Seth, I recently added my link to blog posts inviting others to start their online writing journey. Didn’t know about the discount for them and credit for us bloggers so thanks a lot for the walk-through.

    Liked by 7 people

  2. jibokhan

    Nice step to encourage people to join…

    Liked by 4 people

  3. amidugedson

    I will try this

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Wolfie's Kitten

    Really useful to know, thankyou WordPress. My husband has been inspired by my running a blog and he has been thinking about ways to run his own site. Knowing that he can set up and try out blogging for a year and for less than the cost of his Saturday pizza might be all of the encouragement he needs!

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  5. Merlcayz

    Does the refer-a-friend program apply for users of free Word press website?

    Liked by 8 people

    • Seth McLellan

      Great question! People with a free WordPress.com site have the Refer-a-Friend tool available and can recommend others to purchase a WordPress.com plan via the custom link. Even though you have a free plan, you can still earn yourself credits (if your friend purchases a plan). However, you will not earn any credits if your friend uses the custom link to create a free site. Your friend must purchase a plan for both people to earn a credit.

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  6. Al from Local PR

    I’ve signed up, thanks !

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Ernest Akpelu

    WordPress.com made my dream of owning a cost-effective website a reality.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. KINDLE CORNER

    Great work !

    Liked by 3 people

  9. ugo05

    WordPress just made my dream come true.

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Nkosana Garishe

    Hooray!!! You have just made my day.

    Liked by 5 people

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