I can't help but wonder if Ardco walked you into this for the entertainment value. In any case, thank you for whining--it sends what would be your referrals to the rest of us.
Says who? Dreamhost seems to disagree with your opinion, since they RECOMMEND using promo codes instead of referral links. Not that DH's opinion would outweigh yours, since you post here and contribute to the wiki, which makes you really really really important. They, on the other hand, only own this place and have 100% say in how things are done.
I really don't remember hearing DH complain about the increased sales. Did I miss that part? I also don't remember the customers complaining about the huge savings. So far, it looks like promo codes were a brilliant idea.
A river of tears from a few whiny babies that can't handle competition doesn't make it a bad thing. I've yet to hear a single intelligent argument against promo codes. And by intelligent argument, I don't mean stuff like, "Boo hoo, I have to go back to flipping burgers because someone derailed the gravy train."
Forced? Nope. You're given the same choice as everyone else. Adapt or fail. Welcome to planet Earth.
Were you also forced to go with a $49 promo code in a forum full of $50 and higher codes, or did you do that on purpose so that you'd have something else to cry about?
I use promo codes, as DH recommends, but I still get sign-ups with my referral links -- so I'm not really sure what it is that you're doing wrong. My guess is that what you put a higher value on your opinion than it's actually worth, so your readers tune you out as they use someone else's promo code. Naaaa... that would make too much sense, it must be the promo code's fault!
So, you don't actually recommend Dreamhost services? You just pretend to because you're getting $97 to say you do?
I'm not sure I see the point of your example link. That page is about 5 minutes of work, assuming you type slow, or even consider that work. I don't see anything there that's an amazing deal for $97, let alone $97 per click. Now, if you threw in a nice little promo code, then it would actually offer something to the reader.
I've paid for several years of hosting with one month of promo code use. That tells me there aren't income problems related to promo codes. The problem is with you.
Drop the dishonesty and just admit that you can't deal with competition. You know damn well it was the same exact thing with referral links, so quit trying to trick people into thinking there's actually a problem here, with hopes that you can go back to milking the full $97 out of everyone.
The biggest difference between now and then is that DH benefits from increased sales and the customers benefit from huge discounts. That's what matters--not the fact that you can't clean up on referrals in a place where others are willing to share.
If you're going to say stuff that pathetic, then it's nice to see you losing referrals. You don't deserve them.
Plus, I'm sure when the few people that do sign up through your referral links end up here, they'll be impressed to see you whining about how we would have taken much better care of them than you can. Good job!
And we all know that you would have chosen a referral link over a $97 discount when you signed up, right? Naaaaaa... of course not.
Explain the point of DH giving you $97 to recommend someone. Typing a link isn't $97 worth of work. How about sharing, is that a good reason?
Some of us actually recommend DH as a WEBHOSTING COMPANY--not as a source of income. You did know that DH offered webhosting services along with their referral business, right?
If bringing a referral link to a promo code fight seems like a good idea to you, here's an idea for some extra income you can try out:
Build a Ma & Pa grocery store next to a Super Wal-Mart and sell loaves of bread for $5 each. Those dummies at Wal-Mart are actually throwing them away for ~$1! Who would sell a loaf of bread that cheap when others are charging $5??? You'll crush poor ol' Wal-Mart with your brilliant pricing strategies and excellent understanding of volume and competition.
If you have a problem with us giving away the $97 that is ours to give away, then I have a problem with DH giving anyone $97. They could drop the referral fee, put the money into improving things for us, and they'd still get referrals from those of us that actually refer them as a webhost.
Please, please don't do the right thing and drop this, so you can actually move on with your life. Reply with some meaningless whining to give this $97 promo code some more exposure: [color=#CC0000]THEFULLDISCOUNT[/color].
I also find it funny that people think promo codes are a distraction or eye-sore in this forum, but don't seem to see their own whiny posts as one--or referral links for that matter.
Last time I checked, promo codes take up a lot less space on this forum than the posts whining about them do. Not to mention, promo codes serve a purpose, whereas the whiny posts don't.
Save up to $96 at Dreamhost with the 96DOLLARSOFF promo code.