WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache – Which One is Better?

WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache are arguably the two best caching plugins available for WordPress. But when you are unsure which caching plugin will do the best caching job for you that’s where a head-to-head comparison article fits properly. 

So, if you are looking for the WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache comparison and test case, then you are on the right page. 

Before diving into the plugin details and comparison part, let’s talk about caching and how it helps to improve your site performance.  

What is caching and how does a caching plugin help?

Caching can be a hardware or software component that stores data for future requests to be served faster than the initial response. Technically, a website cache is a temporary location for copies of website files such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and images. 

Later these files will be served from the browser cache location (typically a cache subdirectory under the directory of your browser) to improve the page loading experience. 

This image explains the caching mechanism thoroughly.

What-is-caching

Fortunately, as a WordPress user, you have access to a wide range of caching plugins that can significantly improve your site performance. Nowadays, caching plugins are more than capable of caching website resources. They provide a complete site optimization package starting from code minification, control javascript, CSS execution time, media control, etc.

It’s up to you, how you can analyze the current website performance, find out the bloats, and configure caching plugin settings to improve those areas. Regardless of your preferred plugin, here are the key benefits of using a caching plugin for WordPress.

  1. Provide faster experience to users and search engine crawlers.
  2. Help you to increase the performance and speed of your site.
  3. Reduce caching load on your server.
  4. Saves bandwidth.

As mentioned earlier, there are a ton of caching plugins available. WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache stand out among the others and are widely preferred by WordPress users. 1+ million active installations to date speak a lot about the popularity of these two caching plugins.

So, in this post, we will find out which caching plugin is better with the help of head-to-head feature comparison and based on test results.

#1. Introduction to WP Rocket

WP Rocket is arguably the #1 premium caching plugin for WordPress sites. It is one of the widely used caching plugins and used by over 1,494,000 WordPress sites on the globe. You might be using your favorite caching plugin for now, but you should at least consider testing WP Rocket to realize the ability of this plugin. 

We internally use WP Rocket on clients’ sites and that helped us drastically improve their site performance

WP-Rocket

#2. Introduction to W3 Total Cache

If you are looking for an easy to configure, user-friendly, and free caching plugin then W3 Total Cache is the right choice for you. This plugin has over 1 million WordPress installations to date. W3 Total Cache comes with a lot of features such as managing high web server performance, CDN configuration, Minification, Inline Js & CSS, and a lot more.

As we proceed through this article, you will know about the features of W3 Total Cache and the impact on optimizing your site performance.

W3-Total-Cache

WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache: Which Plugin Does Better Caching Job?

In this section, we are comparing each feature of both plugins based on availability, user-friendliness, and efficiency. This way, you will know what you can achieve with both of these plugins and pick your preferred one.

Features of WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache:

#1. Browser Caching: It will enable the storing of frequently accessed resources into the local memory of the user’s device. By enabling browser caching you are asking the browsers to store commonly used but rarely updated files into their local cache directory. 

You don’t have much to do to active browser caching in WP Rocket. Activating the plugin will automatically enable it and then you can set the cache lifespan under the basic cache option.

Cache-Life-Span

W3 Total Cache on the other hand gives you extended control over how you want to configure browser caching for your website. You can set general caching controls, caching for CSS & JavaScript files, HTML and XML files as well as media files.

The caching interface of W3 Total Cache looks like this.

general-w3-total-cache

#2. Minification and Concatenation: With minification, you aim to remove unnecessary characters from the source code to lower page size. On WP Rocket, the minification configuration is simple. All you have to enable the minification and the plugin will do the rest of the job for you. 

On WP Rocket the minification configuration is easier because you don’t have to find the best combination that works for your site.

minification-wp-rocket

W3 Total Cache gives you separate minification control for HTML & XML, CSS and JavaScript files. Enabling and disabling of minification for each of these modules are independent. You can set minification methods, set the minification engine’s location, enable HTTP/2 push, etc.

#3. Database Optimization: Reducing database response time is important for improving site performance. Fast database response means your server is getting the required address of page resources quickly and that helps in improving overall page loading time.

WP Rocket has an inbuilt database optimization module. You can configure post-cleanup settings, comments cleanup, transients cleanup, and one-click database cleanup to reduce the overhead of the database table.

Database-cleanup-WP-Rocket

W3 Total Cache however only provides database object caching, you won’t be able to control database optimization. Additionally, you can install a plugin like WP-Optimize from the WordPress repository. With this plugin, you will be able to do all the jobs you can do with WP Rocket plus delete rows from the database table with safety.

#4. Image Optimization & Lazy Loading:  To improve page performance you need to reduce image size as much as possible without sacrificing the quality of the image. Another important mechanism you can use to improve the page testing tool’s grade is by delaying the loading of an image only when visible. 

WP Rocket has an inbuilt feature to enable lazy loading for images. You don’t have to do anything manually, activating lazy loading will assign loading as “Lazy” tags in the site images. In case you want any image to be excluded then you can provide an image URL to exclude it from lazy loading. 

media-WP-rocket

As for image optimization, WP Rocket doesn’t have an integrated module; instead, you need to subscribe to imagify which is developed by the same company who created WP Rocket. Imagify will optimize all the images on your site, automatically. You can control the quality of the image delivery when it makes more sense.

W3 Total Cache has the option to defer image loading as well but it doesn’t come with a module to compress the images of your site. You will have to use another plugin for image optimization. You will have a couple of good plugins like Smush, EWWW Image Optimizer, etc.

lazyload-w3-total-cache

#5. Google Font Optimization: Google fonts are easy to implement, look beautiful on screen but they have a huge impact on page performance. Google fonts are already optimized for delivery, but when you get the configuration wrong, your visitor might need to wait a bit to see them appearing, doesn’t look like a good idea for user impression.

With WP Rocket installed, you can improve performance by helping browsers discover fonts in CSS files. You will need to find those fonts which need to be downloaded by the browser as the connection starts and thus the font displaying process will be smoother.

All you need to mention is the Google font (any font) URLs that you want to preload as a browser initiates a connection with your web server.

Google-font-preload-WP_rocket

W3 Total Cache doesn’t have the option to remove or optimize Google fonts. Other plugins such as Asset clean up might do the job for you once you decide to integrate this plugin with W3 Total Cache.

#6. Defer Javascript Loading: It means trying to defer javascript execution until the page loads to help other parts of the page load faster. It is applied by changing the type and src attributes of <script > elements on the HTML page. 

With WP Rocket deferring javascript loading is as simple as checking to defer javascript options and you are all set. Doing so if anything breaks or behaves abnormally on your site you can find those specific javascript and exclude them from applying the defer attribute. 

defer-javascript-WP-Rocket

In W3 Total Cache you get more control over how you intend to load the JavaScript files on your site. You can apply four different strategies to load minified JavaScript into your <head> and <body> section;

  1. Default (Blocking)
  2. Non-blocking (using JS)
  3. Non-blocking (using defer)
  4. Non-blocking (using asynchronous delivery)
Defer-javascript-W3-Total-Cache

This module of W3 Total Cache can be really useful when a lot of javascript gets executed once your page is being loaded. You can delay or asynchronously load javascript to improve site loading time as well as get the green light on the best practices.

#7. CDN Support: CDN doesn’t only improve the delivery speed of website resources, it prevents site crashes in the event of sudden traffic spikes. Applying CDN is a great idea because it reduces the server workload by distributing the bandwidth across multiple servers. Not only that, the nearest server station makes the browsing experience significantly smoother. 

Both WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache come with the CDN configuration module and that only takes you to add the CNAME record from your preferred CDN service. On WP Rocket you serve specific files using CDN and exclude individual files whenever necessary. 

CDN-WP-Rocket

W3 Total Cache provides greater control over the CDN settings. You can choose what kind of resources to be hosted with CDN which is something similar to WP Rocket, but the ability to custom resources such as minified javascript and CSS files is a great advantage. You will be able to add canonical HTTP headers to the asset files as well.

You can exclude all kinds of file types from being served through CDN, you can also exclude users’ roles, disable CDN on SSL active pages, and set cookieless domain with a single click.

CDN-W3-Total-Cache

Additional Features Comparison:

Apart from the features mentioned above, there are a couple more areas where we can compare these two caching plugins. You will find them below in the table. 

FeatureWP RocketW3 Total Cache
Gzip Compression YesYes
Cache Preloading YesYes
Cloudflare compatibilityYesYes (No quick configuration)
Page CachingYesYes
Disable EmojisYesYes
Sitemap Preloading YesNo
DNS PrefetchingYesNo
HTML & XML MinificationNoYes
Database Caching NoYes
Object CachingNoYes
Lazy Load Google MapNoYes (Extension Required) 
Remove Query StringYesYes
Cache Group ControlNo Yes
E-commerce FriendlyYesYes
Multisite FriendlyYesNo
Multilingual CompatibilityYesNo
AMP SupportYesYes
SSL SupportNoYes
Render Blocking OptimizationYesYes
Server Performance UpgradeNoYes

Now you can see in terms of features there are ups and downs for both plugins, but thanks to WordPress extension capability you can get the job done with other specific task plugins and bring a better version of your website performance with combined power.

That being said, let’s move on to the use case experience of these two plugins and try to figure out who gives you more flexibility but less stress while optimizing site performance.

User Experience – WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache 

In terms of user experience, W3 Total Cache is populated with lots of options to configure however they are organized under specific sections. If you are a beginner, it can be the best plugin given it’s available for free but it asks for an understanding of what’s going on behind the site’s background when you are applying those settings.

WP Rocket however is simple, has a clean interface, and easy to apply and test the settings because the modules are packed into single-click control. For example, when you enable the JavaScript minification, all you have to do is check the js minification checkbox, save the setting and that’s it. However, that reduces the flexibility of WP Rocket. You can enable minification but you can’t control where & how you want to serve those minified files. 

Risk Factor – WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache

Apparently, there is a low percentage of risk when using these caching plugins because even if you have broken something in your site (mostly layout), uninstalling the plugin should get your site back to its normal state, unless the plugin has added irrelevant codes into you .htaccess files or any other core files. 

Apart from that, we still consider there might be a risk while configuring a caching plugin. If something is misconfigured and forces you to uninstall the plugin, well then where’s the benefit of having a caching plugin. In the end, for better performance, you will end up installing the same plugin once again. 

In W3 Total Cache, I didn’t find any option to revert the settings automatically to their idle state rather you have to do it manually. WP Rocket has an inbuilt safe mode utility which you can find during the uninstall note. It’s a great module to fix your broken site’s layout and restart your configuration with more care.

WP-Rocket-Safe-Mode

Pricing Comparison – WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache

WP Rocket is a premium plugin. That’s not good news if you are looking for a great caching plugin free of cost, but I must admit this plugin proves to provide value to the users and worth the money you pay for it.

On the other hand, W3 Total Cache is a freemium plugin where you will get most of the important features in the free version. For extended features such as CSS Render blocking, Full site delivery via CDN you need to go for the premium version. 

Find the pricing plans for both plugin below: 

WP Rocket is currently offering these 3 pricing plans:

  1. Single ($49, One year support for 1 website)
  2. Plus ($99, One year support for 3 websites)
  3. Infinite ($249, One year support for unlimited websites)

W3 Total Cache is generally free but has 1 plan to add extended features:

  1. Total Cache Pro ($99/year for a single site)

Support – WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache

WP Rocket provides you all the documentation and video guides along with the plugin so that you can learn how to get the best out of this plugin and improve your site performance to the max level. Apart from that their support team is super active and ready to help you whenever you ask for any kind of help whether it be the plugin settings or anything related to it.

Support of W3 Total Cache is not as efficient as WP Rocket. You might have to look for configuration guides elsewhere or purchase their premium support for stuff like plugin configuration, CDN configuration, Hosting environment troubleshooting, etc. I have added a screenshot of their services below.

Performance Comparison – WP Rocket vs W3 Total Cache

Performance is not something predictable and we can’t declare which plugin performs better. From our internal experience, we can say it depends on the website structure and the resources it has to serve per request. WP Rocket brings out an immediate performance improvement with the sites that are built with optimized themes such as Astra, Generatepress, etc. 

However, for sites built using page builders such as Elementor, WP Bakery, W3 Total Cache seems to have a better output than WP Rocket, which I believe is because of more control we have on the W3 Total Cache plugin. Again, this is only according to our internal tests and can vary on your side. The key is to find the best combination of settings on each site because there are no idle settings that work on every site. 

Below you will find test outputs of a site hosted on Siteground and using the Generatepress theme. To increase the payload I had a long-form of content, media, and advertisement on the page and tested with both WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache to find out which works better.

The test was performed on a page of gamespec.tech and I get the following output for both plugins.

Test result with WP Rocket: 

  1. Page Speed Insight Score: 
    1. 99 for desktop
    2. 94 for mobile
Test-Result-WP-Rocket

Test result with W3 Total Cache:

  1. Page Speed Insight Score
    1. 91 for desktop
    2. 83 for mobile 
Speed-Test-W3-Total-Cache

Final thoughts:

As we discussed in the article, if you’re a WordPress user, installing a cache plugin improves your site performance and load time. That being said, choosing one caching plugin between WP Rocket Vs W3 total cache is again, a tough decision. 

The test case and feature explanation should help you find the right one for you. Whichever you choose, I can guarantee your site will significantly do better in terms of performance. If your budget doesn’t help to get WP Rocket, go for the W3 total cache, and if you’re someone who’s looking for quick setup and industry level support then choose WP Rocket instead.

So which one are you going for? Do you have experience with any other plugin that can match these two? Let us know your experience so far in the comment section below.

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Zerys VS TextBroker – Comparison Between Two Leading Content Development Sites

Finding the right content writing service provider is more challenging than it may seem. If you manage to pick the right content site, developing quality content is going to be really easy. 

On the flip side, choosing an inexperienced freelancer can derail your entire project and unnecessarily complicate things. 

We have compared two premium content writing sites to make your evaluation easier. This article will provide you with insights into the features, advantages, and cons of both service providers.

TextBroker VS Zerys

TextBroker and Zerys go head to head in terms of compatibility and expertise in unique content development.

Zerys

Zerys is an ideal content-developing platform for small and medium business owners as well as freelancers.

You may find and hire freelance writers via their website, or you may also post a project and wait for interested writers to pitch in.

The best part of choosing Zerys is that they allow you to request a revision if you are not satisfied with the content in the first place. 

Only after a writer has served you with satisfactory content shall you make the payment.

This site essentially acts as a broker that connects you to a freelance writer and accepts payments on their behalf. 

Zerys does not edit the content developed by their writers unless you make an additional payment for editing. 

It necessarily means that you need to be a competent writer yourself or have a good grasp of the concerned language to verify if the content meets your required standards.

Overall, Zerys is a helpful platform with lots of skilled writers and practical tools to advertise, manage, and pay for your content.

However, there is much confusion regarding the accuracy of this site. It is difficult to determine a writer’s ability as most of them do not provide sufficient information or portfolios.

Key Features:

  • Zerys has thousands of freelance writers registered with them.
  • Dedicated writers are available for different content types.
  • Most writers on Zerys demand a relatively lower fee for their services.

Pros

  1. Writers on Zerys have a rating on a scale of 1 to 5. It makes it easy for employers to determine their skills in spite of minimal profile information.
  1. You need to pay for your order only after you are 100% satisfied with the content.
  1. You can find writers who charge as low as $0.01 per word. However, you may need to pay more if you are looking for unique and high-quality content.

Cons:

  1. You need to pay an additional fee to avail of their editing services.
  1. The star ratings will help you identify either an excellent writer or an inferior performer. Writers with three or four starts cannot be judged on their ratings. You will need to try them for yourself.
  1. Zerys does not include project management as a part of its service.

TextBroker

This distinctive content development site offers custom content through its various platforms in ten different languages. 

If you want your content to be in US English, you shall visit textbroker.com. Whereas for French content, their website is textbroker.fr.

The brand ensures that all the writers are from the target country of their platform.

Key Features:

  • Available in various extensions, each designed for a specific language.
  • Connects you to several writers in a few minutes.

Pros

  1. You can find skilled writers at a low cost.
  1. Allows you to get content in 10 different languages.

Cons

  1. It takes a commission of 35% of the total fee. It means you need to pay 35% more than what your writer is charging.
  1. Does not offer project management.
  1. Requesting a revision is very complicated. They try their best not to accept a revision. 

Conclusion

While hiring a content developer, you want the process to be as straightforward as possible. You surely do not want to hand your project over to an inexperienced or incompetent writer. 

So, it is sensible to take some time to identify the perfect writer for your project.

We have compared two popular content service providers, and it is safe to say that Zerys is a better alternative.

Other Content Development Site You May Like

Zerys might have the edge over TextBroker, but it does not mean it is the best option available.

None of these two sites offer complete content development and project management services.

If you are not satisfied with either of these sites’ services, you might check out our Content Refined Review.
Content Refined has left behind many leading service providers of this industry regarding content development, management, and marketing services.

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TextBroker VS Constant Content- Which Is a Better Content Writing Platform

Content is the key ingredient to successful marketing. Any business organization requires some sort of content to inform people about their offerings, products, and services.

Even a small offline business develops content in the form of templates and hoardings to promote their brand.

Online businesses need much more content to describe their offerings in detail as their customers are mostly behind screens.

Content development for a business website requires a certain level of expertise. The content has to be well optimized for popular search engines and, of course, well-written. 

For most small and medium scale businesses, hiring a full-time professional writer is not an option. However, they can always assign their projects to freelance writers within a friendly budget. 

You can find thousands of skilled writers at various content development platforms. In this article, we will compare two such websites where you can connect to a freelance writer.

Constant Content

Constant Content is a website where people search for content developers and possibly meet a suitable candidate for the job.

It is one of the most expensive content development platforms as its writers have the privilege to set the price for a project.

On top of that, Constant Content charges 35% of the cost, so the writers include that in their selling price.

There are mainly three categories of writers on this platform. Some freelancers upload their articles on a catalog and wait for interested buyers to contact them. You may rarely find a helpful blog in these catalogs.

You may also post your projects on this site and wait for a suitable freelance writer to respond, but they will decide your project’s fees.

There is a pool of writers where you can choose a skilled candidate based on what content you want. Here also, the writers can demand high compensation, but at least you get several options. 

What makes this site a formidable competitor in the industry is that each of its registered writers has impeccable grammar. 

Pros

  1. You can get content on just about any topic.
  1. This site offers you a pool of writers capable of developing concise content.
  1. You can place an order in multiple ways.
  1. You can get grammatically perfect content from this site.

Cons

  1. The writers get to decide the price of a project.
  1. It has a very lengthy review process.

TextBroker 

TextBroker is a unique content development platform where you can meet connect to the best of writers. The writers’ pool of this site offers more than 100,000 professionals.

Although TextBroker does not categorize its writers, you can check their deliverability to some extent through the client ratings.

Most importantly, this content broker offers its services in 10 different languages. TextBroker ensures each writer on their platforms is from the respective country.

This site also offers management services at $25.00 per project.

You can see your content ready at a much lower price than Constant Content. The highest-tier writers charge up to 25 cents per word.

Pros

  1. You get to choose the perfect candidate from a pool of more than 100,00 writers.
  1.  It offers 10 different platforms. Each dedicated to a specific language.
  1. Best writers do not charge more than 25 cents per word on this platform.
  1. It allows you to place an open order and hire a suitable writer among those who are interested.

Cons

  1. It has a higher commission rate compared to its competitors.
  1. The project management services are priced too high.
  1. Very little information is available about the writers.

Conclusion

Everybody wants the best value for money. When you are paying for your business content, you expect that to be exceptionally well.

The last thing you want as a business owner is to hire an incompetent and inexperienced writer.

Hopefully, this article will help you decide which of these sites is a better choice.

After comparing both the sites’ pricing and offerings, we conclude that TextBroker is way cheaper than Constant Content. But, with the second option, you can get better quality content.

If either of these sites does not seem efficient to you, do not worry. There are lots of other content development platforms where you can find the right candidate.

Content Refined– A Better Alternative

Despite proving grammatically correct and well-structured content, there are several disadvantages of hiring a writer on Constant Content.

On the other hand, you may choose TextBroker as it suits your budget, but you will need to compromise with the quality.
You must check out our Content Refined Review to learn more about this better alternative to TextBroker and Constant Content. Besides providing complete development and management services, Content Refined is an expert in marketing your articles and blogs.

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WriterAccess VS TextBroker- Comparison Between Two Similar Content Development Sites

Despite so many inventions and degradation to technology over the past few years, one thing remains constant. Content is priceless.

No technology can develop 100% original content. That power remains to the human intelligence.

Having well-written and original content on your blogs and webpages will benefit you in several ways. It is essential for proper SEO, better search engine ranking, and effective reader engagement.

However, developing such content can take hours or even days. As a business owner, you cannot afford so much time for writing blogs or some other content for your company.

That is when content writers and service providers are helpful. You can hire a freelance content writer to do the job on your behalf.

Several content development platforms are out there, where you can find thousands of skilled writers. But you must choose the right candidate for better results.

Let’s compare two prime competitors of this industry!

WriterAcess

WriterAccess offers you a pool of over 15,000 professional writers accessible at a meager monthly fee.

There are six categories of writers in this pool based on their skills and experience. Each category of writers has a fixed rate per word. However, you may announce a flat fee that you will pay for a particular project.

It is up to the writer if they want to work at your rate.

With more than 300 categories and skill sets, WriterAccess makes it super easy for you to find out the perfect profile for your project.

You can enjoy a free 14-day trial on WriterAccess. Post the trial period, you will need to subscribe to their premium plan for $39/month, and it does not require a minimum commitment from you.

Moreover, this platform offers project management services, including proofreading and editing. However, you will need to pay an additional fee of $349 to enjoy their management services.

Pros

  • Unlike the majority of content development sites, WriterAccess does not rush you to hire a writer.
  • It is one of the few sites that provide overall content management services.
  • The platform allows you to post your project directly to its pool.

Cons

  • The management service fees are too high. Other sites are out there that offer even more advanced services at a cheaper cost, like Content Refined.
  • The writers’ pool is much smaller than other alternatives.

TextBroker

Unlike WriterAccess, TextBroker does not require you to pay a monthly access fee. You can sign up as a client, search for writers, and place orders without any expense.

This platform does not feature different writers’ categories, but they are rated based on their skills and performance. 

Being one of the first content sites, TextBroker offers you more professional writers than most of its competitors, over 100,000.

This platform handles your entire project, but their management services are even costlier than that of WriterAccess. TextBroker charges $25.00 for managing each of your projects.

The service provider states that the final price of a project depends on type and scope along with its length, HTML tagging and keywords requirements, and the amount o research done. 

It means that you would not know how much your project cost will cost if you order management services.

Pros

  • TextBroker is different from other writing platforms because it acts as a typical broker. So, the writers are given total freedom to use their skills and develop unique content.
  • You can find writers suitable for just about any topic.
  • It allows you to place an open order so that it is visible to all the writers.

Cons

  • It has a relatively higher commission rate.
  • Its management services are too expensive.
  • There is not enough information about the writers and their works.

Conclusion

Now that you have learned about both the sites’ advantages and disadvantages, you may be able to choose the correct option.

Comparing the two platforms, TextBroker is cheaper than WriterAccess. However, the latter option can serve you with high-quality content.

So, it is up to you to decide which is more suitable for your requirements and budget.

If none of these sites seem capable of serving your purpose, it is not the end of the world.

Other Options You Shall Consider

What if there is a content platform that offers entire project management and marketing at a low cost and consists of a prominent writers’ pool?.
Check out the Content Refined Review to learn more about this fantastic content development site.

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FullyRebate Review – Get 100% Free Stuff on Amazon

If you are not yet getting a full rebate for the products you’re already ordering on Amazon, you are sorely losing out. From RebateKey to ExtremeRebate to topcashback, rebate portals are popping up just about everywhere as sellers strive to get their products into the right hands in our digital era. 

One such portal is FullyRebate. Using FullyRebate, sellers list a certain amount of their products that are available for purchase and then redeemable for a full rebate or 100% cash back.

How Does FullyRebate Work?

While getting fully rebated products is a no-brainer, it’s even easier to get started.

  • Create an account
  • Complete a purchase of any of the items featured on the site
  • Take a screenshot of your order confirmation
  • Provide that order number and screenshot to FullyRebate
  • Earn points for items by promoting the platform on social media

That’s it. Your rebate arrives typically at the time of shipping, so, if you rush shipping, your rebate will arrive sooner than later, and vice versa. 

FullyRebate requires a certain amount of points from the user per weekly product redemption, which inspires the site’s promotion.

Do I Have to Write a Review?

No.  Reviews are typically encouraged on rebate platforms, but, if they were to require them, they would be going against Amazon’s TOS. 

Sites such as ExtremeRebate do not exactly require reviews, but they do have influential means of motivating you to leave positive reviews for your sellers.  

For one, they have a cap in place so that you cannot continue to acquire more than three products unless you have left a review. While they cannot insist that it be positive, your reviews generate a rating within the platform. If you review your sellers highly, your rating will reflect such.  Sellers are therefore more likely to want to work with you if you are likely to positively review their product(s). 

In order to continue to acquire products, then, it’s evident why you’d feel self-motivated to leave a plethora of positive reviews, no matter the actual product quality or outcome.

Competitors such as Samurai.Social set themselves apart by not even encouraging reviews. Instead, the campaigns and available partnerships on Samurai.Social are genuine, a characteristic that likely shines through in the products up for rebate.

What’s In It for the Seller?

Sellers are drawn to rebate portals because they theoretically help get products into the “right hands”. Some buyers are particularly good at promoting products of which they think highly, so, as these same buyers seek out opportunities on rebate portals, the sellers profit by being connected to those who are mostly likely to promote their product. 

Also, providing free products to consumers is an ideal way to introduce someone new to your brand at all. It’s a great way to solidify a return customer beyond the rebate potential. It’s also an effective means of driving new traffic to your Amazon store. 

What’s In It for the Buyer?

Did I mention free stuff? Obviously, the buyer makes out with either a partially or fully rebated product. The buyer also usually has no obligation to leave a review per Amazon’s TOS, so it’s a pretty simple, moral process.

The buyer also has the opportunity to check out new products they may have otherwise not taken a chance on if the product wasn’t going to be free to them.

What if I Don’t Get My Rebate?

You will! At least, you should. There have only been some instances online where users noted sellers claiming that purchases were canceled when in fact they had not been. For the most part, the portals are a safe and reliable means of acquiring cash back in exchange for a product.

Some rebate platforms use a third party to ensure that purchases occur and funds are released to the buyer once all terms have been met (I.e. no cancellation of the product purchased). Samurai.Social is one such performer of this practice. This unbiased system is a safe means of protecting both the buyer and the seller. In this case, there’s no concern on the seller’s behalf as to whether or not the buyer’s purchase went through, and the buyer can feel assured that the cash value of their product is being housed safely and it cannot be withheld by the seller for any unforeseeable issue. 

On the contrary, sites such as FullyRebate use payment systems like PayPal. While this is a safe, efficient idea, it may leave too much room for error. There is no housing of funds and it relies heavily on the seller coming through on their word following the product purchase. I suppose this is why cancellations are strictly prohibited on the site.

Is It Too Good to Be True?

Nope. It’s no different than walking past a promotional table at a festival and then telling your friends about the free bottle opener you got there and how convenient it’s been for you. Sellers are looking to introduce their products and have people talk about them positively, influencing and increasing their customer base. We live in a digital world, so look at rebate portals as this same vendor festival table, but in digital form.

Drawbacks, though minor and would vary per site, might include the lack of variety of products available and, of course, having to front payment for the product until the rebate has been released. 

Do I Have Any Other Options?

There are plenty of rebate portals with similar concepts. It all depends on how obligated or willing you feel when it comes to reviews, and sites vary by the amount of products available, the type of products available, just how much cash back can be redeemed, and what sort of regulations are in place to support both the buyers’ and sellers’ goals. 

Samurai.Social’s unique spin sprinkles the rebate concept with that of everyone online having the potential to be an influencer. Beyond Amazon, the site puts sellers in touch with consumers who are interested in partnering for more than rebated products. From social media campaigns to blog posts, the platform supports genuine partnership.  Its means of payment via escrow and its lack of pushing reviews make the platform an absolute go-to for promotional and rebate finds.

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