How Freelancer Affiliate Program Made Me 75USD Richer in A Day

How would you feel if you wake up in morning and check an old freelancer account of yours and find out that you have made $75 out of nowhere? I am sure you will be ecstatic just like I am at the moment because my Freelancer Affiliate account is showing me the result I never expected.

If you have been following me for a while you would know that I have shifted my focus from freelancing to Affiliate Marketing. I have been making my full time income through Affiliate Marketing for a few months now. But this is not an affiliate method I used before, never even tried.

I am sure you have heard of and have used it as a freelancer or an outsourcer. I always loved Elance when I was a full time freelancer and logged into my account every now and then but it never worked out as good for me as Elance did. I randomly signed into my account and checked out their affiliate program. I found it interesting as they are paying $1 for every signup you refer. This is a very good offer actually and this is exactly how I made $75 in a single day.


Freelancer Affiliate

I simply sent an email to all of my contacts and some of them signed up and I instantly got paid for my referrals. The people either signed up or completed some projects and I got my commission. I would look into detail and will share it here but emailing your friends is the first step you need to take.

How Does Affiliate Program Work

They have their own designed banners that you can put on your blog with your affiliate link. I am talking about a more simplified and easier approach and you can try it in the next 5 minutes even if you are an absolute beginner and have never made any money on the Internet. All you have to do is signup for a Freelancer account.

Click Here to Signup for Account

Once you have signed up, just login to your account and click Invite Friends Tab

Invite Friends

You can work as a freelancer and employer with a single account and the good news is that you do not have to pay a single penny to start earning money through this website. My account is still free on and I have made thousands of dollars out of it already.

The next step is rather easier. All of us have friends in our Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and MSN accounts. Just send emails to all of your friends. My email reached out to almost 2100 people in total and I am not yet talking about my own mailing list. Those were just IM contacts.

Invite Friends

I am sure you have found it easy and I am also sure you can make money with Affiliate Program even if you have never made a single dollar online. You will  get $1 for every signup so imagine if 10 or 100 of your friends signup right away.

Click Here to Signup for Account

I got paid for my affiliate commissions because my account is almost 4 years old. I just went through the terms and conditions page on and found out that it may take up to 3 months to see your affiliate commissions in your account. To earn $1 commission on referrals, you have to use the Invite Friends module on as these commissions will not be paid for sharing your affiliate link.

Try it out and let me know in comments below whether Affiliate Program worked for you or not.

Good Luck!


  1. Faizal says

    hey usman…i tried this affiliate program by inviting my brother right away and he signed up right away..but i didn’t received one dollar or anything…u know sth about this?

    • says

      Freelancer has updated its terms and conditions, now it will take up to 3 months to show money in your account. I think people abused this offer and started creating spam accounts. Keep inviting people, this sure will pay off.

  2. Yogesh says


    I tried this with my friend but no luck.
    Any suggestions.
    In Mirza Ali case, can i know whether she is having account older than 3 months as my account is only a month before.

    • says

      Yes, it will take up to three months to see your first payment of affiliate earnings. In my case, 122 people have signed up. Some of them won projects and Freelancer gave me a part of their earnings.

  3. says

    Hi Usman,

    The money earned from affiliate program cannot be withdrawn. You can use it for paying Freelancer (like for exams, services etc). Here is the line in their terms and conditions

    The $1.00 USD earned from referrals from 27th June, 2013 will be for the exclusive use to cover the cost of fees incurred on this Site, the monetary value will not be available for withdrawal.

    For more updates, follow me at

    • says

      Yes, you cannot withdraw I think unless you have $30. I posted above post for beginners so they try and see if they make their first dollar online :)

  4. fahad says

    my account is so long and i make money using referrals but its is nor showing in my account and can we withdrawal this amount only that can we make using referral

    • says

      You can withdraw the amount when it is available. But I think there must be at least $30 in your account if you want to withdraw to paypal.

      • says

        You can only withdraw the amount you earn when the people you referred earn money. Te $1 earned by referring people cannot be withdrawn.

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