If you’ve got Drobox, then you know that you can get 500 MB of free space by referring friends; up to 16 GB. The problem is that all your friends probably already know about Dropbox. So what can you do? Reach out to strangers via Google AdWords.
Using AdWords to get free Dropbox space has been around for a while, but I never tried it until now and it works perfectly! Check out Lifehacker for a step by step guide. It’s a bit out of date, but still works well.
All you need to do is set up a campaign in AdWords and use your referral URL as the destination URL. Your ads will target online storage, online backup, dropbox, backup data and other keywords like that. Then let it run.
In less than 24 hours I had 41 sign ups and maxed out my free referral space! And I did all of this without spending a dollar.
Since AdWords wants people to use their system they give out coupons. They could come via email, mail, or as part of your hosting package. Mine was a $100 coupon which was more than plenty for this test.
Even if you don’t have one of the AdWords coupons, it’s still cheap. Out of the $100 credit I had, I still have $91 dollars left.
The only thing you need to watch out for is turning off your AdWords campaign. By default it goes until you run out of money. Then they might start charging your credit card. If you pay attention, you can just shut it off when you max out your referrals.
If you’re a fan of Dropbox, then I’d highly suggest using AdWords to get yourself some free space. It’s free, easy and the additional space is nice.