Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Swom - A Paid Social Networking Site

SWOM which stands for Super-Word-of-Mouth is a NON-MLM traditional affiliate marketed monetary social network.  Anyone may join SWOM free, however only the upgraded Gold members receive any affiliate commissions.
Free users have severally restricted access to the social networking features, making the site only useful to Gold members.  A Gold membership is a little pricey at $24.95/mo in comparison to the other networks.  Note the other NON-MLM opportunity is even more expensive.  Due to the nature of the opportunity being non network marketing based, the increased fees seem reasonable, otherwise the income opportunity would be negligible.
SWOM pays out a total of 70% to it’s affiliates which is good.  50% of the compensation is based on site participation which we don’t like, meaning you need to be using the site regularly to make decent money.  You must have a minimum $25 balance to get paid.  They use Alertpay and sadly only pay once a month.
We think their compensation system is more than goofy.  As you’ll see in the details below it takes understanding well what does and doesn’t make one money.  Some of the things they track to pay income merely create a flood of wall post by others seeking to make some money while providing no real value to anyone.  We think the users time could be spent better on doing other things than simple task mastering to gain a foothold in some bonus pool.
They are based in England and the site is only accessible by those 18 or older.
Join the website through this link:

Affiliate Compensation:

There are 5 ways of earning commissions with SWOM:
  1. $15 Instant Referral Bonuses
  2. Ongoing Residual Referral Bonuses
  3. ‘Gold Evangelist’ Bonuses
  4. Community Participation Bonuses
  5. Gaining visibility for your own opportunities
You receive
(1) an Instant Referral Bonus of $15 for every new personal referral that upgrades to Gold membership, paid in the first month after they upgrade.  You will continue to receive
(2) Ongoing Residual Referral Bonuses of $5 every month from the second month onwards for each of your Gold referrals as long as they remain Gold.
(3) the ‘Gold Evangelist’ Bonus: 20% of company-wide Gold membership commissions are paid into this bonus! Here’s how it works – As a Gold member you may connect with free members and encourage them to upgrade to Gold membership.  To qualify you must send each of them at least one personal wall post message (not email).  Your message must contain the word ‘Gold’ and must not contain any other links/URL.  For every member that subsequently upgrades within 30 days of your message, you will automatically receive 10 shares in the ‘Gold Evangelist’ Bonus Pool!  While their rules state, “Your message must be helpful and you must take care not to spam.”  From experience we’ve seen that it merely creates a flood of useless messages from other Gold Members posting an innocuous message with the word Gold in it.  This bonus pool will pay out along with other commissions on or around the 10th of each month. The value of each share will depend on the number of Gold members company-wide and number of shares issued during that month.  They provide a running estimate as a guide only but the final value is hard to predict.
4.  Swom’s Community Participation Bonus pays 50% of company-wide Gold membership commissions into this bonus! This means you can earn commissions month after month just for participating  in the Swom social network!  This program is based upon accumulating Community Points.  SWOM has a list of activities that earn you points.  For example “like” someones post and get a point, receive a like from another user and get 2 points.  For a complete list see the SWOM FAQ page.  You can earn a maximum of 200 community points per day.   Also, there are sometimes special competitions which will allow you to earn more.  On or around the 10th of each month, they add up the total number of community points earned by Gold members during the previous month. The amount you earn depends on how many points you have and the size of the bonus pool. The more community points you have, the bigger portion of the bonus pool you get!
5.  They claim the ability to advertise your other opportunities is a way to make money with SWOM.  We think that’s a crock.  Yeah you’re able to post links to other opportunities you are involved with on your profile page, but so is everyone else that is part of SWOM.   While you might recruit some users to your other opportunities through this avenue we really don’t think it should be counted as a 5th way to make money with SWOM.

Example Earnings:

Example 1:
If you refer 10 gold members you will receive:
  • 10 x $15.00 = $150.00 first month
  • 10 x $5.00 = $50.00 every month thereafter
Example 2:
If you refer 100 gold members you will receive:
  • 100 x $15.00 = $1500.00 first month
  • 100 x $5.00 = $500.00 every month thereafter
There is no reliable way to show an example of how much the two bonus pools could be worth as there are to many variables involved.
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SWOM has the most complicated compensation structure to understand, of all the paying social media sites.  While you can make decent money using the site, the key is, you must be using the site regularly and following all their quirky rules.  If you think you’ll be able to refer a few people and make a bunch of money you’re dead wrong.  Unless you have a very large network to start with or you are able to market to the masses you’ll only make a small residual income by referring new people.
The real money in SWOM is the bonus pools.  If you have a lot of time available, then SWOM might work for you.  If this is you, take the time to read all their rules in detail and do the activities daily to earn points and bonus money.  Since the bonus pools are based on company wide revenue, a new user could join, never introduce anyone to SWOM and still make a sizeable bonus.  We doubt many take the time to do all the activities required, so the few who do, really make out.
If you’re stretched thin on time, we wouldn’t recommend SWOM as an opportunity for you.  Take a look at some of the other social media networks we’ve reviewed that don’t rely on site usage to earn an income.  You might want to consider looking at their sister site BizOppers.  It’s very well put together and has a much better compensation plan.
 Join the website through this link:


  • Free to join and use the basic features
  • 70% payout of all revenues to affiliates
  • 5 ways to earn
  • Only upgraded Gold members get paid


  • 24.95/mo subscription cost-expensive compared to most others
  • Free members have limited access to all the social networking features
  • 50% of compensation is based on site participation
  • Only pays once a month

Other Factors:

  • Must be 18+ years old
  • This is a Non-MLM opportunity.  It is a traditional affiliate compensation program for direct referrals only.
  • Uses Alertpay
  • Based in the UK
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