The Referral Program: Encourage Others to Start a Website

Learn how you and your connections can earn 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 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 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 plan. (Note: referrals need to be new 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 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 and how you believe it will help them, too.

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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.

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  2. jibokhan

    Nice step to encourage people to join…

    Liked by 8 people

  3. amidugedson

    I will try this

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  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?

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    • Seth McLellan

      Great question! People with a free site have the Refer-a-Friend tool available and can recommend others to purchase a 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 5 people

  7. Ernest Akpelu made my dream of owning a cost-effective website a reality.

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    Great work !

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  9. ugo05

    WordPress just made my dream come true.

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  10. Nkosana Garishe

    Hooray!!! You have just made my day.

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