Jobs are scarce in a lot of towns in America. People are getting desperate and creative in looking for ways to put food on the table. Instant Rewards Network is beginning to gain notoriety and people are looking for answers. My investigation was simply to check the validity of the opportunity for a friend. But the more I found, the more I shared. And people started asking questions in the comments, so I dug deeper for more answers and shared them here. Over time it continues to expand from its humble beginnings as a check for legitimacy, to an investigation of how it works, to present: four (4) articles and three (3) resource pages.
Is Instant Rewards Network legit?
The company was established in 2009 to provide Fortune 500 companies alternative advertising avenues to TV, Radio and Print. Many people began recording their shows on DVRs and would skip commercials. So IRN partnered with some of these companies, offering to help them market their products and services online, for a portion of their advertising budget.
Many businesses such as Disney, Walmart, Target, Blockbuster, Discover Card, GoDaddy, and GameFly, just to name a few, agreed to the partnership, and now, six years later, remain in business with Instant Rewards Network because of its great success. If it was not a successful, legitimate business, the advertisers would not still be spending a portion of their ad budgets with Instant Rewards Network and its agents. Let’s dig into it a bit more. Keep reading.
Can I really make money with Instant Rewards Network?
In the section above, I explained that big businesses have continued to partner with Instant Rewards Network since 2009. The company, and its partners (Disney, Walmart, GameFly, etc.) is dependent on the success of its agents. So, yes, agents are making money with with Instant Rewards Network, and have been since 2009.
The Network consists of 18 sites in all, ranging from $10 to $120 but many of them are no longer popular. The image below shows the top 8 most popular sites in the network as of 2015.
This image from www.InstantRewardsNetworkRegister.com shows how anyone, whether they are already agents elsewhere, shopping for a sponsor, or brand new and just window shopping, can now join any combination of 8 different sites in the Network by simply selecting an option and immediately being joined to that site without entering a lot of extra info into forms or watching videos. These are mainline site connections.
Is there a fee to join Instant Rewards Network?
People (I’m guilty too) use the word join when in actuality they should be saying register, because it’s not a club you join, it’s a place where you register to work. So, the short answer is no, you do not pay a fee to register to work at Instant Rewards Network.
Instant Rewards Network is a business, not a club or a system. When you complete registration, you are essentially applying for a job there. You don’t pay. You just apply. That’s all. I was surprised to learn that the company doesn’t pursue the registrants or harass them via emails to do, well, anything really. If a registrant wishes to become an agent for Instant Rewards Network, they must be persistent in pursuing that goal.
Do I Need a Sponsor?
You are not required to have a sponsor, but it is recommended, even if you are an online marketing guru, and especially if you are new to working online.
I can’t imagine someone not wanting the support of a sponsor to get started in a new business, but I do know of some people who are confident in owning their own business and familiar enough with the online marketing industry that they prefer to go it alone.
If you are one of these types, an alternate to not having a sponsor at all, would be not subscribing to a sponsors emails (the form that asks for name/email) but simply just registering under a sponsor who will be available if you have questions. Essentially, you would not receive auto-responder emails or team newsletters or any of those things. You would only receive important notices about your account, training, requirements, etc.
To see how we allow this on our team, visit: www.InstantRewardsNetworkRegister.com. It gives the option to receive sponsor guidance or do it on your own.
What will I need to get started?
If you have never owned your own business, think of start-up costs like back-to-school supplies. It’s just stuff you are going to need (or want) as you build your new business. However, having started my own Web design company a few years ago, the requirements for Instant Rewards Network are ridiculously minimal.
- You will need a phone, obviously.
- You will want a computer or tablet or mobile device of some kind.
- You will need to have internet access and an email address.
What skills will I need to have?
The following skills needed to operate this business are taught using guides and videos on the training part of their site if you need them. The video says no experience is necessary, but they’re assuming people have minimal computer skills and web-surfing skills.
- Basic computer (or mobile device) functions
- Since it’s a business based entirely online, you will need to know the basics of getting around on the Web.
- The ability to write nice emails. You can’t own a business and send cryptic text messages:
- Hey here is the nfo u req’d let me kno if u have ?’s. (WRONG!)
- You will need to send well-written, polite emails using full sentences and punctuation. Learn how the right wording in an email can get you anything you want by checking out the resources on the next page of this article.
- You must possess the ability to communicate with others with kindness and understanding. When someone asks a question, you will want to answer them very politely and be as helpful as you can.
- For example, here is a snippet from Marketing Tips for Business Success (site coming soon, your’s truly)
- If you were an agent and someone said in an email: Prove to me why I should work at ___ (we’ll use IRN for this example). A knee-jerk reaction would be to tell them to take a flying leap. But, instead you will need to put some thought into it and answer with grace.
- You could very politely reply back to them: To be an agent at IRN requires a desire to earn an income, a willingness to work hard, and a dedication to being successful. If you have these things, you will do well at Instant Rewards Network. (And leave it at that.)
- When my site is up and running I will put a link here for anyone interested in marketing tips.
How Do I Make Money at Instant Rewards Network?
There are two types of businesses at work here. There is Instant Rewards and there is Instant Rewards Network. This article is about the Network. There are numerous ways that agents of Instant Rewards Network acquire income but I will focus on the most popular ones here.
One way that income is acquired is through rewards (money) paid to the agents when their referrals become agents. Instant Rewards Network is a collection of smaller sites; hence, the network, get it? Each site has a reward, anywhere from $10 to $120. Most first-time agents join the Starter site which has a reward of $20. Most agents will join a second site in the Network in order to increase their rewards to $90 per referral.
Can You Explain the Videos & Forms?
- Introduction Video – the first video most people see. The form that accompanies this video is just a subscription form. See the meaning of that form below.
- Overview Video – no form on this page, just a quick overview of what to expect.
- Registration Video (To the right of the registration form) – provides pointers for filling in the form.
- ***Orientation Video – How it works, everything from A to Z about Instant Rewards Networks.
***Some agents provide access to the Orientation video after registration while some will show it after the intro page, in place of the overview video. I have provided access to it on the next page.
Are There Any Other Benefits?
There are more income streams available at Instant Rewards Network that I talk about on the next page. But, in general, many self-employed people are able to deduct expenses such as:
- A portion of Rent/Mortgage for Home Office space
- A portion of Utilities for Home Office use
- Cell, Computer, Printer, Modem, Router, Monitor, etc.
- Vehicle Expenses (usage, gas, oil changes)
- Office Furniture
- Office Supplies (printer ink, paper, etc.)
- Office Expenses such as Internet, Phone Bills, Modem Rentals, etc.
Business Terms And What They Mean
- PRE-WRITTEN EMAILS (AUTO-RESPONDERS)
- When a person enters their name and email into that first form by the intro video, their info goes to the sponsoring agent. It is the agent’s job to supply them with information on what to do next. Fortunately, Instant Rewards Network has several pre-made emails to use that already have the agent’s name and links inserted in the emails. But a lot of agents will customize the emails with their own words to make them a bit more personal.
- The reason these are important, is so the info-seeker can have information immediately rather than having to wait until the sponsor checks their email and has time to devote to the business; oftentimes, this can be late at night after the kids are in bed, or early in the morning after they go to school, or a Sunday afternoon. Each person works on their business on their own schedule. Try not to get impatient that someone has not responded to your email immediately. Give them time to read it during their schedule. Remember, if you join, you will have a schedule, too. And you will want your own referrals to respect your schedule and be patient for you.
- Sometimes agents receive emails in response to an auto-responder email that asks if there is a ‘real person’ here. Those are always funny to me, for some reason. But, it’s legitimate, and I understand the desire for wanting to talk to a real person. Just make sure you get back to them within 24 hours if possible.
- CUSTOM GRAPHICS EMAIL RESPONDERS
- Agents may choose to build their own email responders using drag-and-drop online email makers, or just use the pre-written emails provided by Instant Rewards Network.
- There are two avenues to take when registering with Instant Rewards Network. If the registrant wishes to have a sponsor to guide them, answer their questions, provide marketing tips, and reminders that will keep them on track, they should send their name and email to the sponsoring agent via a subscription form. The form can be found on the Introduction page which usually accompanies a video introducing Instant Rewards Network, or it can be found on a Web site, on Facebook, or most any place. I will include a snapshot of a subscription form on a Web page in this article, or you may see a live example here.
- Following the subscription form a video starts to play explaining a little more about Instant Rewards Network than the introductory video showed. However, it is still very brief and doesn’t cover a lot of information. Basically, it is a prep video for registration. Below the video, there is a button that will take the referral to the registration page.
- After the quick overview video the referral clicks the button to continue to registration page to register to become an agent. There is a small video to aid referrals in completing the form.
- In my opinion, this is the most informative video on the site. In a few minutes it covers every aspect of the business. It should pretty much answer any question, and save referrals tons of investigation time and reading. I don’t know how strict they are about sharing that video with people who are not yet registered, but I have created an access portal on the next page where it can be viewed in its entirety (12 minutes).
- There are no fees. Instant Rewards Network will never ask for financial information. They do not require payment of any kind as there are no fees to join, no upgrades fees to other mini sites within the network, and no monthly fees.
- PERSONALIZED AGENT WEB PAGE
- Agents receive a Referral ID and get to select one of 17 Web page templates. The agent’s information is automatically added to the Web page by Instant Rewards Network. These template are only accessible by logging into the Network, so I cannot link to them here.
- TRAINING VIDEOS AND GUIDES
- There are numerous training videos for people of all skill levels from beginner to advanced. They did a great job with all the training materials. I was impressed. There is no set curriculum that I could find. Agents can watch any video in any order, and as many times as they wish.
- STARTER SITE
- Instant Rewards Network is made up of several sites that promote various levels of marketing and payouts. The Starter Site pays its agents a $20 reward while the Gold site pays $60 (plus $10 bonus). The highest payout is from the 120 site which pays…wait for it…yes, you guessed it…$120.00. Most agents join the Starter site and one other site.
- INCOME, BONUS, INCENTIVES AND EXTRAS
- Instant Rewards Network pays its agents really well. So well, sometimes, that people wonder how it is possible. In the big picture, when dealing with Fortune 500 companies with million-dollar budgets, anything is possible, trust me on that.
- If I gave you $100 every time you gave away a $10 coupon, you’d think I was crazy, right? But what you may not realize is that I am banking on gaining a new customer, who uses that coupon, loves what I have to offer, and keeps coming back to my business. This is how the big guys do it, too. This is how agents of IRN make so much money. More on this…
Real World Proof
I hate it when people show off their bank accounts and the checks they receive. So what? You made money. Good for you. However, readers of this article still ask me to provide some kind of proof page or information that shows people actively producing an income with Instant Rewards Network. To those readers, I present Ash.
Ash is a stay-at-home mom whose husband is in the military. She went from joining on a Sunday morning to making $360 before the end of that week. She told me that she watched the training videos and did exactly what they explained to do. Part of her success was talking to other military wives who were also looking for a side income. She just sent them a link to her pre-designed site that IRN provided for her, they registered, and became agents themselves, and she was paid instantly. She said it was so quick and easy.
Falsifying Info = Bad
How do you avoid getting your account locked out before you even get started? Simple, use the same name and email consistently. Some people want to use cute (MarysMom) names and/or fake (haha-not-me@) emails in the forms to see what’s on the inside thinking no harm, no foul. But that’s where they’re wrong. Most companies these days have fraud prevention techniques in place to safeguard themselves from liars and cheats, even if it was an innocent mistake (typo). If a person is caught using false information, Instant Rewards Network will lock down their account. I hear it happens a lot because everyone thinks they’re the first to use a fake email and that there is no way the company can know. They are fools.
My best advice is this: if you think you might eventually join Instant Rewards Network or another online business, and you don’t want to share your personal email address, setup a gmail account that you can use in all the forms, and eventually as your freelance business email account. This way you can keep your business emails separate from your personal email.
My Sponsor Won’t Help Me! What Can I Do?
The thing that makes any online company look like a scam is rogue agents. Often, it’s not the company itself, but how it is represented by its employees, that gives it a bad name. If you go to your local grocery store, and the checker is rude to you, do you blame the store or do you realize that maybe the checker is just having a bad day; maybe a loved one passed, but they couldn’t afford to take the day off, and so their emotions are high and very sensitive. Be careful that you are not too quick to judge others without knowing their situation, and you do not “judge a book by its cover” when seeking out information about a company or business represented by these people.
With that said, still there are some people that will lie or make promises they cannot keep, just to benefit from it. There are people who will work only for a month, then quit. What happens to the people (their referrals) they promised to help? They lose. This is why it is so important to be wise when selecting a sponsor. But, let’s say it’s too late for that now. Here’s what you can do.
First, some terminology:
- SUBSCRIPTION FORM - is the one you see that asks for your name and email only. It usually accompanies the first video or entry page. You may subscribe to more than one source, but you can only register once. What does that mean? It means, you can watch someone’s intro video, enter your name and email in the intro form and start receiving that sponsor’s emails to ask them questions. If they don’t help you, or take too long to help you, or you just don’t feel it’s a good fit, find another agent’s intro video/form, and subscribe to their emails. Subscribing to an agent’s guidance does not mean you are registered with Instant Rewards Network. You are simply accessing information from an agent to see if you want them to be your sponsor.
- REGISTRATION FORM – is the one that asks for your full name, address and phone number, and how you want to be paid. It is clearly marked as the Registration form and is always located on the Instant Rewards Network web site. It has a tiny video that plays in the upper right corner that explains what to do.
Have you SUBSCRIBED yet?
- As explained above, subscribing to an agent’s emails is just a way to access more information and communicate directly with that agent. It is not part of the official registration process, therefore you are free to go ahead and find another agent before you register.
Have you REGISTERED yet?
NO – I have not registered:
- Find a sponsor you like by reading articles (like you’re doing now).
- Enter your name/email in one of their SUBSCRIPTION forms (live sample) so you can start receiving their emails.
- Communicate with them to decide if this is the team you wish to join.
- If so, use the registration link they send to you.
- If not, simply enter your name/email in someone else’s form (go to step 2)
YES – I have registered:
- Contact the new sponsor and ask them for their email address so you can switch.
- Send it to Instant Rewards Network customer support.
- Tell them you would like to switch to this new sponsor (giving them the email address for reference).
- They will let you know if the switch was successful in about 3 days.
- If you have already met requirements for one of the sites in the Network, like Starter, you can still be mentored by some higher-level sponsors who offer multiple sites to join.
- For example, here you can join up to 8 sites in all, with me as your sponsor. And, well, trying to be modest here, I have written 5 articles, 2 resource pages, and built an entire site devoted to helping new agents. So, if you would like my help, try this: Site Selection at IRNR
How to Choose The Right Sponsor
- When you receive an email from them, read it carefully.
- Does it look nice?
- Is it professional?
- Does it provide valuable information or is it poorly written, full of typos, and somewhat desperate to get you to register?
- Is the sponsor cheerful and welcoming? Or does it look like they just did a cut/paste of some general email from the company?
- Does it look like they invested time in their business to present you with a nice introduction? If they invested time in their business, they will likely invest in you. If the email looks like a quick, poorly written message that didn’t take a lot of time to write, it’s likely they haven’t invested much time in their own business, and will likely care even less about you or your business.
- Talk to your sponsor. Ask questions via email or phone. Reply to one of the autoresponder emails (everyone uses them) to get a more personalized, and direct response.
- How quick did they respond?
- Most freelancers have other jobs, so they have to set aside freelance work for the evenings or weekends.
- If it took them more than a week to respond, ask them why, to see if they only do freelance work on the weekends, or maybe they were on vacation. If they have no good excuse, you may want to find a sponsor who can answer your questions in less time.
- If they answer within 2-3 days, it generally means they freelance in the evenings and NOT on weekends. This is often indicative of younger couples who spend weekends doing activities with their kids.
- If they answer within 24 hours, then you know they are putting a lot of time into building their freelance business. Still, don’t just judge them by response time. Consider everything mentioned in this article and use your own good judgment.
- Was their answer thorough?
- Did it look like they took time out of their own busy schedule to answer your question?
- Anytime a sponsor sets aside time to help you, work with you, answer questions, help you build your business, brainstorm ideas, offer marketing experience advice, etc., this is a sponsor that genuinely cares.
- If you receive short, unhelpful responses, it’s best to find another sponsor…fast!
- Ask them what happens after registration. Ask them how THEY plan to help you.
- Use your own judgment here. You can usually tell by their response if they plan to leave you high and dry to figure it out on your own, or if they have some kind of organized system they have developed to help walk you through the process.
- How quick did they respond?
Demystifying the Types of Forms
This is an image from a Web site displaying a custom version of the subscription form I mention twice above. You find it on the intro video page or elsewhere, like on a Web page (see graphic). When you enter your name and email in this type of form, that info goes to the SPONSOR. It does NOT go to Instant Rewards. People see a form and instantly think the host company is going to spam them. Not the case here. IRN does not get access to the info in this form. Just the sponsor. Now, if you don’t choose a sponsor wisely, THEY might spam you with other stuff. Just be sure to do your research and get a nice, trustworthy sponsor. Click the image to see it live.
Like I mentioned above, the info entered into this form is sent to the sponsor. Often, an autoresponder will send an email out in return to let the person know that their information was received. That’s it. No sinister plots or dastardly deeds for world domination. Then, the sponsor sends the requested information (in an email) to this person. End of story.
Another popular type of form is the Access Portal. Basically it’s the same type of form but grants additional access to something specific. Instead of sending the requester to a Thank You page or registration page, it takes them to a specific place, such as a video or training page. I have provided one that grants access to the Orientation video on the next page.
Now, let’s say you read through the info and decided you want to work for Instant Rewards Network. You will find a link in the email you received that tells you how to do that. When you click the link, it will take you to the Instant Rewards Network site where you will enter your name, contact information, and how you want to be paid (Paypal or Bank Check).
Do not navigate away from that form. If you do, you run the risk of breaking the link with your sponsor and registering without a sponsor, which means you’ll have to figure everything out on your own. And trust me, you don’t want that, even if you’re a marketing pro. Make sure you have a sponsor.
The registration form will look like this:
To the right of the registration form you will see a small monitor graphic. This plays a short video that tells you not to use a PO Box, and some other info. This is to prevent fraudsters from having several accounts with different made up PO Boxes. Once registration is complete, your journey will begin. Make sure you have a great sponsor to guide you to success.
On the next page I talk about the different income streams and marketing.
How Can I Have You as My Sponsor?
If you would like to join my team of 1000+ members, and have a sponsor who knows every aspect of the business, and helps his new members one-on-one via email or over the phone, you may do so using one of the following options:
Join “With” or “Without” Sponsor Guidance
Register with Options — You can join our team with or without sponsor guidance. Some people want to receive emails and reminders from their sponsor, while some just want to get registered and do it on their own. We make that option available.
Join My Team Right Now — I’ll Chat with You Soon
I check for new member sign-ups throughout the day. As soon as I see you have joined our team, I’ll send you a personalized email with my contact information so we can chat by phone or I can answer your questions by email. This is the customer-obsessed level of service I provide to all members of my team. You are in good hands.
As soon as I see you’ve joined our team, I will get in touch with you right away. Hope to talk with you soon! –Kevin R., Editor of American Family Magazine
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