Make Money Giving Away Free Resources


You may have noticed that there is a bit of a backlash in the blogosphere over Adsense and many people are looking for alternative methods to monetize their sites. The idea behind RevResponse is that you can profit from offering your visitors access to free business and tech resources. Your visitors get quality resources for free, you get paid, and the advertiser gains a contact. Sounds like everyone wins, right? Read the rest of this review to see if RevResponse is a viable Adsense alternative.

Make Money Online with RevResponse

Instead of pointing visitors toward potential competitors and unrelated websites, RevResponse is designed to provide visitors to your site with an opportunity to enjoy free resources. These include free magazine subscriptions, white papers, software trials, and podcasts. When they complete the provided registration form for any of these free resources, you get paid.

This may prove to be a particularly effective model for make money online blogs, because you can point visitors toward magazines and other resources that they may be interested in anyways. From their point of view, you’re offering additional value. It may or may not be perceived as an advertisement in the traditional sense, and as such, you could potentially enjoy a much better conversion rate.


The three steps to making money sound pretty straightforward, right? But how much money can you really make with RevResponse?

Profitability and Payment

With so many other advertising networks out there, why should you even consider signing up with RevResponse? Well, they guarantee a $1.50 minimum on every qualified subscription or request your audience generates. That’s guaranteed, but the FAQ says “it’s uncommon for a publisher to earn the bare minimum and you should expect to earn substantially more.” In fact, according to the email sent to John, the payout can be over $20 for each sign-up. That sounds reasonably lucrative, considering that most upstart CPC networks generate only pennies per click. You might find more lucrative affiliate marketing deals elsewhere though.

The default payment method is via check, but PayPal is offered as an alternative for any international “partners” or those who prefer instant payment. The minimum payout level is $25 and payments are sent approximately 45 days after the end of the month in which revenue is generated. I would have liked a faster turnaround.

Setting Up Your Ads


There are a variety of ad formats for you to choose from and these can be implemented on just about any website or blog. There are also creatives that are easily integrated into email campaigns and other advertising methods.

Using the Ad Wizard, you are able to choose from the usual smattering of ad space formats, including popular sizes like the 120×600 skyscraper, 300×250 box, and 468×60 banner. Alternatively, you can get the Ad Wizard to generate a custom paragraph, text link, or — perhaps the most dynamic — the flash widget.

That’s a live flash widget on the right. Visitors are able to select a category of interest and then immediately browse through the available resources in that category. As mentioned earlier, these resources range from free magazine subscriptions to eye-opening research reports. The flash widget is available in nine color schemes — blue, black, red, etc. — and three sizes: 120×240, 210×240, and 300×250.

You can further customize the widget by selecting whether visitors have access to a category chooser. In either case, you must select an “industry” to display initially. These range from agriculture to information technology.

Co-Branding For Non-Advertising

To further the “we’re not an ad” mentality at RevResponse, they are able to provide you with a co-branded website. They take the existing template for your site and then transform it into a portal for all these free resources. Here’s what Beyond the Rhetoric looks like as a RevResponse-ized site.


They say that this site is powered by TradePub and this is evidenced in the URI: It’s actually reasonable effective, I think, because there is full navigation on the left and thumbnail images and descriptions for all the content. In fact, the click-throughs on your ad spots and flash widgets may link to your co-branded site instead of directly to a third-party.

Free Stuff Makes Money For You

The concept of RevResponse appears to be quite strong, especially since they guarantee a minimum payout of $1.50 per referred subscription or registration. The variety of ad types is quite useful and the co-branded site definitely adds some “non-ad” value.

One major aspect missing from the FAQ and other supplemental information is a preview of these ad spots. Potential “partners” want to see what they’re getting when they sign up, after all. Other than that, go ahead and give away free magazine subscriptions… and profit from doing so.


73 thoughts on “Make Money Giving Away Free Resources”

  1. Jason says:

    Interesting. I might decide to give this a try when I have more time to dig into it.

    1. ViralKing says:

      Yep… Time is never on my side either, but it seems like a decent concept.

      Would you say it is more for people starting out online? (Kind of looks that way)

      1. The numbers look good. I wonder if they have any offers for the gaming niche.

      2. Didn’t John just write a post about “the only thing stopping you is you!”

        When you have time! If you are serious you will go and do this now!

        I am checking it out on Saturday and if I think it is for me I will have it up and running on Sunday (when I will make time)!

  2. Mike Huang says:

    Seems kind of interesting to me…


  3. Syed Balkhi says:

    its time to try something new out

  4. Mayank Rocks says:

    Seems interesting yeah. I assume that screenshot to be showing ads that says “More info”. At once you cannot just say, oh Advertisements. However you can make out a bit :p

    Checking their site out right now, might sign up also.

  5. shy guy says:

    Try it and get more money now…

    1. Mayank Rocks says:

      You also should have a lot of traffic to make more money :mrgreen:

      1. Joshua says:

        Yea, like the traffic of a blog about John’s size…hypothetically speaking, of course. 😈

  6. Sounds quite similar to the thing I use when giving away my software. It’s the same business model just a different implementation but if it works as well it could be the next big thing. By the way when using Trial Pay my average payment per offer is closer to $20 than $1.50, I think they just quote $1.50 as an absolute minimum. Signing up now to give it a go.

    1. RevResponse says:

      Hi Make Money Online,

      We’re actually quite different than TrialPay. While TrialPay tries to get users to Try or Purchase other products to subsidize the payment to the publisher, we simply give away free valuable content to the user. There’s no catch or bait into another offer in order for the publisher to be rewarded.

      We reward our publishers for each qualified free lead they can generate. It’s important to note that credit card numbers are never asked for and RevResponse will never to to sell your audience anything.

  7. This is a nice deal!
    Besides that promoting free resources on your blog should also result in attracting more traffic besides a revenue stream. You can also try to boost somehow your number of subscribers using free resources.

  8. This looks really cool. I definitely want to test this out.

  9. Robert says:

    I love these alternatives to Google Adsense that keep popping up. It seems like there is no end to how someone can make money online. This is a great twist, and I’m going to look into it. The efforts not to make it look like an ad are impressive.

  10. Hoodia says:

    This looks very interesting indeed. Will certainly give it a bash on a couple of my sites to see how it performs. Thanks for bringing it to our attention 🙂

  11. I signed up for after seeing this on another blog. I’m still waiting for approval.

    1. Karen says:

      Hi Royal Radande,
      We sent your approval email on Thursday 3/6 at 4:09pm EST. Please let me know if you didn’t receive it.

  12. Ski Goggles says:

    Sometimes I get depressed with seeing the sheer volume of adsense ads on the internet today. It’s refreshing when something new shows its head but I’m not sure if a lot of these newer advertising ventures can last the pace when it comes to mighty googles adsense!

  13. Rob says:

    I signed up for this too, patiently waiting…It seems like a neat idea though.

  14. How to Blog says:

    Just heading over there right not, this will be a great alternative to adsense and many other PPC options.

  15. Looks nice, could be useful! 😉

  16. Easy signup process, I like not having to give out birthdates of my children, my wives, and girlfriend.
    This idea seems great in theory, but it looks like just offerings of CPAs on a larger scale.

  17. says:

    Awesome. Looks like everyone wins. I would imagine it is easier to have visitors to fill the form for free stuff compared to cpc clicks.

    Let us know how you are doing with your ad placements

    1. Free stuff always sells.

  18. I use RevResponse, and I’m pretty happy with them..

    I recenly promoted one of their offer on [GAS] and earned $170 for about 2 minutes of work.. The only downside is that people that are signing up have to be considered as “qualified” for you to get paid.. If they sign up for a free IT whitepaper and aren’t working in IT, chances are they’re request will be rejected…

    So if you know that your audiece is composed of professionals, you’ll make money, if not, you won’t make a dime.

  19. natespost says:

    I’ll focis on traffic first, but I have definately made a note.

  20. Pete says:

    I’ve just signed up! Thanks for sharing this, Michael. I’m hoping they will have something relevent for my website as it is my highest-trafficked site.

  21. Troy says:

    If someone signs up for magazine A and then signs up for magazine B will you get paid twice? Or you only get paid when someone signs up for the first time?

    Thank you

    1. Karen says:

      Great question! I’m the Partner Communications Manager for RevResponse, so I can help. Yes, you get paid for every offer that your audience signs up for as long as they are qualified. Like Geeks Are Sexy said, some of the people who sign up for the offers won’t be qualified as relevant and they won’t make you any money. Each offer has different criteria for what a qualified lead is so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to reach your audience and make money. Feel free to let me know if you have other questions.

    2. Yes, you get paid twice.. If they sign up for 5 different magazines and 2 offers, you get paid 7 times.

  22. Azrael says:

    I might try when I launch my campaign on April.

  23. Nice review Michael, I’ll see how others perform with them in the future and will have to look to sign up soon.

    Carl –

  24. Amin says:

    RevResponse is essentially Adsense and a CPA network combined. Interesting idea, but it definitely doesn’t beat joining a CPA network.

    It’s like comparing Adsense and private ads. John chow could display Adsense ad blocks instead of his private ad positions, but he doesn’t, because the private ads are way more profitable.

    The same applies with RevResponse and offers pulled directly from a CPA network. Instead of relying on RevResponse to display an offer in their own branded, little widget, get a proper offer and matching banner ad from a CPA network – it will be much more effective.

    1. RevResponse says:

      Hey Amin,

      I wanted to clarify your statement regarding CPA offers and how direct promotions can yield greater results.

      We agree with your statement and actually encourage our publishers to direct promote the offers we make available. The widget we supply is simply one of the ways you can promote our content. If you find a particular magazine, white paper, or podcast that you want to directly promote…by all means, promote it! You can simply grab the direct path URL from the site we provide to you and that’s it…no need to visit some crazy dynamic link tracking generator.

      I hope this helps.

  25. Internetsalsa says:

    google adsense is still better than rest of the alternatives out there. Google adsense is constant…this one doesn’t look constant.

    Again this won’t work for all kind of sites coz you need really good number of visitors–not only that but loyal visitors.

    I started my blog in 2005 and stopped a year ago due to some other engagements…Soon will be restarting the site with tonnes of useful and honest resources and reviews.

    I couldn’t stop anymore with so many sites coming up and many of them giving false hopes to many out there.

    So I will be keeping you all updated on that. I have been with internet since 1993..So you can tell that I m hooked and aware of internet related products, etc.

    Thanks again and good luck.

    1. Does’t look constant? I’ve been using them for the past 2 years.. and they’ve been paying me month after month.. If that’s not “constant” for you, I don’t know what is…

      1. RevResponse says:

        NetLine Corporation, the company behind, has actually been around since 1994.

    2. You are right to say that at least Google AdSense is constant. There are so many out there that it becomes very confusing to chose which one to go about and which one will help in the long run.

  26. Looks like another neat widget. Will check it out when I find the time 🙂

  27. Kerala says:

    This is my first comment on is my experiment to get traffic from readers. is my blog.It is a blog about God’s own country.

    1. Hey, I am also new in this field. I will sure visit your site. Like this, we actually find good sites with good stuff in it.

  28. Tius says:

    Interesting info. I signed up for this too, but they will review my application first.

  29. natespost says:

    And here I am trying to make money by giving away free money! So far, I’ll seen be $50 in the red. My contest –

  30. Karen says:

    Thanks for the review, Michael!

    I’m the Partner Communications Manager with RevResponse and wanted to let you all know that we’ve been busy accepting applications all day. We’re finding that some accepted partners aren’t receiving their notices from us because they are being tagged as spam.

    If you’ve applied for RevResponse, please make sure to whitelist partnerservices AT in order to ensure you get your access information.

    1. ismabera says:

      I got answer in about 4 hours , telling me :
      “Thank you for signing up to access NetLine’s RevResponse.
      We are currently reviewing your application and will contact you within 24 hours with instructions for using RevResponse”

      John, I hope you will get new referral (me) within 24 hours

      1. Karen says:

        Hi ismabera,
        If you don’t hear from us today, make sure you check your spam folder just in case the acceptance got blocked. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to email us: partnerservices AT so we can make sure your application gets processed and approved as quickly as possible.

  31. Rohan says:

    I wonder if this would work for a travel site. I just started one on Barbados at

    I see there’s a meeting and travel section, it may be worth a shot in a few months.

  32. Terry Tay says:

    It’s always good to look into new ways to monetize your blog or website. I like the idea of giving away free resources because a lot of people like getting free stuff.

    Adsense will continue to be one of the most popular advertising streams, but it’s good to have more choices.

  33. I just signed up .. hope they have something to offer to the Real Estate & Mortgage industry. 💡

  34. Bibokz says:

    I make a review on this issue… hope i could found good things. 🙂

  35. John,

    Your killing it with the referrals on these reviews! Keep it going!

    Deal Money

  36. ms danielle says:

    hey michael, good write up! i added it a couple days too. there are a lot of limitations in the system in terms of categories and mags that are displayed, so make sure to give daniel feedback for their team.

  37. ismabera says:

    I want to use the same account for multiple websites.
    To be easier for, tell me, please, what I must do to RevResponse on my new blog ( I suppose i will get code – where to put it ? In layout or on each new page?

    1. Karen says:

      You’ll be assigned an account manager who can help you look at all of your sites and decide the best ways to promote our offers. The best part is there is no limit to how you promote. As long as you know your audience, you can decide if you should use text links, widgets, blog posts, targeted mailings, or even just link to your co-branded page. You can always ask these questions on the RevResponse forum to get the quickest answers.

  38. ismabera says:

    hi, John
    Out of topics question : I sent you email few days ago with 2 questions. About Adsense I know, what to do. I still need your oppinion – advice about “email love story”.

  39. How to Blog says:

    Just signed up everything looks very promising.

  40. Hannah - says:

    I’m definitely checking this out as well. Have registered and am waiting to see if they’ll accept me!

  41. Robert says:

    I still maintain that giving away free stuff is always a successful marketing tool.

  42. Sunglasses says:

    I’ve registered myself and just waiting to see what happens next. It looks very interesting. 😛

  43. Is this another AdBux? I think it is. Only difference is that you give your “AdBux” account to the users and they sign-up for the offer instead of you.
    Maybe I am wrong?

    1. Karen says:

      RevResponse is quite different from AdBux. We provide B2B-focused offers – magazines, white papers, downloads, etc. – that have real educational/informational value to site visitors. While AdBux pays you to try out products and visit different sites, etc., we pay you to offer information to your audience for free. You can promote our offers on your terms without any restrictions. If you want to see what kinds of offers we have that you can give away, visit There you can see what we might have for your audience.

  44. Does anyone know if this will work in the UK, or is it just for a US audience?

    1. Karen says:

      RevResponse will work everywhere. Our offers are geo-targeted. If you use the promotional tools we provide, the widgets will read your audience’s IP address and show only offers that are available to them based on their geography. Where you or your audience is located will not affect your ability to generate revenue with us.

  45. To a newbie like me and many others who are few months old, do you think this is the correct time to sign for RevResponse? Also, is this the correct time to sign in for affiliate programs? Many new sites haven’t yet started with subscriptions (of FeedBurner); I mean people haven’t yet started subscribing. What say?

    1. Syed Balkhi says:

      it is never too late to subscribe, just don’t overload your site with ads when it is new. Keep it to the minimum but it is a good time right now. Though some of the companies won’t let you sign up because of their traffic requirement.

  46. Looks cool, but I’d stick with the majors. It’s pretty easy to spread your honey too thin. (Meaning your time)! 😀

  47. Mike says:

    Hi Karen or RevResponse

    I was wondering if there are any plans in the near future for RevResponse to offer additional magazines, white papers or downloads that are more geared towards the general consumer rather than the business professional? Sports, hobbies, recreation, holiday destinations and such?


    1. Karen says:

      Hi Mike. At this time we’re really geared to B2B-specific audiences. That said, you never know how we’ll grow or expand. As for the next few months, it’s safe to say we’re sticking to B2B offers. Check out to see everything we have available. You can search the site by the keywords you’re looking for and see if any offers come up that might work for you and your audience.

  48. im just stopping by to give a big shout to everyone on here i just recently started my own website and i haven’t really done anything with html in quite sometime and i am having a problem with the adsense part of it. i having tried to move the ads to other locations no software that i have used allowed to conviently and easily allowed me to move it.i was only able to use the align tags which didnt really allow me to see exactely where i wanted it located and doesnt allow me to put in an exact spot can someone help me out with this or atleast assist with a good html editor which allows you to see the ads and then relocate them ease to specific locations, also if there are other great programs such as adsense which you can make money and great ways to increase traffic to a new site.any help would be greatly appreciated.

  49. Hi mrniceguyinnb

    By looking at your site I can see that you haven’t made an index.html page yet. If it’s a web site and not a blog that you are trying to build then we have an easy copy and paste web site building tutorial at our forums.


  50. Chip says:

    I don’t like this type of ads. Looking like widgets, like iframes, liek breaking your blog design. And they can even slow down your page loading. Is it worth getting money out of it? I prefer other methods, while keeping my design clear and uniform.

  51. RevResponse says:

    Hi Chip,

    That’s actually the beauty about RevResponse…you don’t have to promote us only via our widgets. If you want things really clean and minimal, you can simply to text based promotions without the use of any graphics.

    You can even direct link to specific offers or throw a blog post up about an offer.

    I took a look at your site and it looks like you’d be a perfect candidate for our referral program. Check out the following blog post and sign-up if you’re interested.


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