I’ve been researching different ways that I can try and reward people who visit my site. Why? Well they took the time to visit – so why not try and give something back to them for spending a few minutes on here? This is where PunchTab comes in.
What is PunchTab?
PunchTab is a free service that rewards both the people visiting your site AND you the blogger. Read below for what Visitors and you the Blogger can benefit for using this!
When someone visits your site they get a pop-up letting them know about the reward program. Yes, I personally loathe pop-ups personally – but it isn’t as quite as annoying as I thought it could be.
To earn Reward Points
Visitors sign up using their Facebook account. I have tested this and have not received any type of spam – so it completely safe. And of course you can opt out at any time by either visiting your Facebook profile to block the application.
Visitors gain points toward rewards toward either gift cards from Groupon, Barnes & Noble, or Restaurant.com. Currently this site is only offering gift certificates – but the more people who utilize the service the better the prizes will get!
To earn points visitors need to:
- Visit the site.
- Like it on Facebook
- Become a Fan (FaceBook Page)
- Tweet it on Twitter
- Leave a Comment
They will earn 100 points for each time they visit the site (once daily), and then keep earning by just taking an active roll in your blog! Even though I’ve opted out I can still see just by visiting the blog daily I have earned over 4,000 pts since I’ve posted my own PunchTab here on avgjoegeek.net!
Well, this is a no brainer! You get re-occuring traffic, people sharing your content through Twitter, and Facebook, and taking the time to comment to your articles!
I suppose the only downside are those just wishing to earn their points and causing your bounce rate to jump. But I think that the positives outweigh the negatives.
Create Custom Catalogs!
You can opt to give away your own items – you can offer anything from gift certificates (Xbox Live! or PSN points.. hmm?), maybe that new hot video game that was just released, to a free copy of your latest e-book or software!
If you tend to give away free stuff (yes, I’m starting to research this too!) then PunchTab is right up your alley! You can create a Giveaway Campaign very quickly! Have it run on a a set date. Give people incentives to gain extra entries!
.. I know I plan on using this feature in the future!
Earn Achievement Badges
Users can also earn Badges for performing certain tasks by visiting your website. Although this goes beyond my personal tastes for gimmicks – it seems to work. And the badges do not look half bad.
I’m Sold – How Do I Get PunchTab?
You just go to their website PunchTab of course and take the few minutes to fill out their simple form! Afterwards you are given a few options on how to install it for your website. For WordPress users this is as simple as installing a plugin that will either run as a little “reward” ribbon or you can run their full blown widget in a sidebar.
Update: Now Even More Reasons to Love PunchTab!
PunchTab Rewards – Giveaways
If you run a site and wish to run a giveaway you pretty much only had a few options. Rafflecopter, or try and track it manually. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with Rafflecopter it just wasn’t a very good looking interface. (Sorry Rafflcopter!)
PunchTab decided to do something about this. They created their own giveaway tool for bloggers/websites to use on their sites to host giveaways! It is very easy and simple to setup and use.
Why Run a Giveaway?
Its simple really. It gives people incentive to visit your site, share your content, follow you on social media, subscribe to your lists, and even download your latest product. In turn those visitors then get a chance to win a prize. Its a win-win for everyone involved!
Increase Your Following!
What is great about running a Giveaway is you can have people do certain tasks in order to gain additional entries. Then after the initial entries – they can earn more by coming back daily and sharing as well as referring other people to sign up as well!
There are downsides to running Giveaways. Google might see it as a way to ‘game’ for backlinks. And they might be considered an illegal ‘lottery’ in some states! So make sure when you run a giveaway that you look to your states laws on how to go about doing it.
PunchTab Giveaway Apple App!
What if there was an app that provided free advertising for your giveaways? Who wouldn’t love that? Well along with the Giveaway tool PunchTab now offers an app in iTunes that does just that! Available for both iPhone and iPad (but no Android? grrr..) the iTunes app allows users to search for Giveaways which they can then take part in!
The only downfall is – people have to actually download the app and use it. So if you host giveaways using PunchTab? Get the word out somewhere on your Giveaway post so more people will download and use it!
You can find the PunchTab app for iPhone or iPad here on iTunes.
I truly think that PunchTab is a win-win option for both the blogger and their visitors. The blogger gets additional traffic and entices users to re-visit their site on a daily basis. Users get rewarded by earning points toward free rewards by just visiting, commenting, and sharing your content.
Drop me a comment and let me know what you think of PunchTab – whether your a blogger or a visitor – comment below!