Lately I've been getting some emails from people who have been asking if I would consider sharing a portion of my Uber referral bonus earnings with them. I actually had one person demand that I give him half of what I earned (and if I didn't, there would be repercussions.)
From my point of view, asking me for a portion of the money I have worked hard to earn is just plain rude.
I mean, really, why would anyone ask me to give them money?!
After racking my brain about it for some time, I came to the conclusion that maybe they just didn't understand how the double-sided Uber referral bonus worked exactly or how much work goes into creating and maintaining a profitable blog.
So I decided to write a blog post addressing exactly why I don't share my Uber referral bonus earnings, in hopes of clearing things up, just in case anyone else out there was wondering.
HOW UBER'S DOUBLE-SIDED BONUS WORKS
Uber rewards both the referee and the referrer with an equal, double-sided bonus.
So let's say you sign up to drive using my Uber referral code and then complete the required amount of trips needed. You will then receive, for example, a $300 bonus and I will also receive a $300 bonus as my reward for referring you.
Important to Know: The bonus amount actually depends on the city the referee is going to be driving in and what that city's current promotion is.
Promotions change often but all referral codes are equal, so no matter who's referral code you sign up with, you're going to receive the same amount.
For example, if you saw someone promoting a $500 bonus with their code and someone else promoting a $100 bonus with their code, you're naturally going to be tempted to use the $500 code.
But what you should do instead is contact Uber directly (you can find a list of Uber's support emails by city here) to find out how much the current bonus is for your city and what the required amount of trips are, just so you know what to expect.
Furthermore, once you become an Uber driver, you will also receive your own referral code, which you can use to sign up other drivers and earn an additional double-sided bonus.
HOW MUCH WORK GOES INTO CREATING AND MAINTAINING A PROFITABLE BLOG
Creating the blog itself can be fairly easy, if you're not too technically challenged, but you do want to make sure you set it up correctly and don't go the free/super cheap route.
Making money from blogging is a whole different ball game and is actually not that easy. There are a lot of moving parts that go into maintaining a blog and it can take a long time (and a lot of work!) before you start to make any money at all, especially if you don't really know what you're doing.
A lot of blogs actually fail because:
- an idea just doesn't ever pan out
- the content isn't unique/doesn't stand out (i.e.; it's competing with other bloggers who are writing about the same stuff)
- the blogger doesn't know how to promote it correctly
- the blog posts aren't being found online and therefore aren't converting anything into sales
A lot of bloggers tend to quit after a few months out of frustration because, naturally, the more time you work on something without a reward, the harder it is to continue doing it.
Blogging can be a risky business but it can also be very rewarding if you get it just right.
I personally put A LOT of work and time and struggle into figuring out how to build a profitable blog. It wasn't until this past year (year 4 of being an entrepreneur) that I could completely let go of all my other side jobs and call myself a full-time blogger (meaning blogging is my main source of income.)
Which brings me to my point...
WHY I DON'T SHARE MY UBER REFERRAL BONUS EARNINGS
First of all, why should I? Why should you get more and I get less? Seriously, what is the reasoning?
Maybe it's because you think that being "a blogger" is easy.
Maybe you don't think it's fair that you have to put in the hours of work driving while I just "sit back and maintain a blog."
To that I would say, if you would rather blog, then go learn how to do it like I did and see how much time it takes you before you earn any money.
I have worked very hard to become a successful blogger and I've worked hard for many years before I saw much reward at all.
I've found a niche that is finally working for me (after years of struggling and being miserable) so when someone asks for a hand out or ask me to give them a portion of my hard-earned money without doing anything extra for me, that just really rubs me the wrong way. It's like they are completely diminishing all of my efforts and that in itself is what I consider really rude.
I have bills to pay just like you. On top of that, I'm still trying to pay off the $40,000 in debt I got myself into while I was trying to figure out how to make money as an entrepreneur.
You can't take away someone's experience in something and I've already put in years of work driving for both Uber and Lyft and gaining first-hand experience.
I pay annual domain and hosting fees, out of my own pocket, for each of my blogs, in order to keep my content up on the web.
I've spent years thinking about and creating quality content that actually helps people find the answers to their questions, which saves them time searching (and time is the most valuable resource because you can't get that back!)
I also regularly maintain my blogs to keep them up to date on the latest Uber bonuses.
Furthermore, I've spent years learning how to get people to find and read my blog and then convert traffic into sales (this is one of the hardest parts!)
In fact, I wear multiple hats as I'm the only person who writes for my blogs, does the research, does the design & coding work, does the SEO & online marketing work and answers all of the customer service emails personally.
So tell me again, why should I share my earnings with anyone else when I do more than my fair share of work?
THINGS I'VE DONE THAT HAVE HELPED GET ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY
- I went to college and put in the time learning how to write proficiently (I was an English major for a while).
- I also studied advertising and visual design and earned my bachelors degree in Communications.
- I also earned a certification in Website Design.
- I have years of experience in marketing and advertising through various companies I worked for after college.
- I have spent years teaching myself how to code, build websites on WordPress and how to blog the right way (and I'm still learning because there is a lot to learn!)
- I'm also a self-taught graphic designer.
- I taught myself SEO so that my content can be found on the web.
- I taught myself internet marketing through trial and error.
- I have read numerous books and blogs on the topics of passive income, freelancing and blogging so that I could get better at it and make enough money to financially support myself without having to work for anyone else.
So again, why should I share my earnings with anyone?
UPDATE 10/29/16: I started a new blog dedicated to helping others earn a referral bonus when signing up to drive for Uber or Lyft. Check it out at UberDriverReferral.com