Signing up for a free Dropbox account gives you 2 GB worth of storage, SugarSync gives you 5 GB and ZumoDrive gives you 1 GB. Depending on how you use each service, you could find yourself running out of space fast. If you don’t want to upgrade to a paid account, there are a few ways to earn some much needed extra space and file storage.
Dropbox are certainly the stars at giving their users ways to earn extra storage space on what is one of the best cloud storage/sync services available online today. While most services will offer a referral system that depend on other users signing up for the service, Dropbox goes one step further and gives each user a few extra tasks that could earn them up almost 9 extra gigabytes. While ZumoDrive and SugarSync offer only a referral program, you can still earn some serious storage space.
If you complete all methods outlined below, Dropbox users can earn an extra 8.75 GB, which can be almost doubled to 16.75 GB if you’re a student with an .edu email address. If you signed up for Dropbox with a regular email address, just connect your university address to your account and any previous referrals will be doubled retroactively.
The first method to earn 250 MB worth of extra space on Dropbox is to complete the Get Started list of tasks. The tasks are simple and are things that you will, for the most part, do anyway when using Dropbox.
Another easy way to earn extra space on Dropbox is to send out referrals. You and your friend will each earn an extra 250 MB. If you use an .edu email address for your Dropbox account, your share automatically doubles to 500 MB. You can refer up to a maximum of 32 people, earning 8 GB using this method, and students can earn up to 16 GB.
Send out emails to your friends encouraging them to sign up for Dropbox if they don’t already, and share your referral link on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll probably hit the limit in no time.
Connect with Social Media
Connecting your Dropbox account with your Social Media profiles, specifically on Facebook and Twitter can earn you an extra 512 MB. Each step will earn you an additional 128 MB, from connecting to Twitter and Facebook, to tweeting about your undying love for Dropbox, to following the Dropbox Twitter account.
SugarSync certainly doesn’t offer as many ways as Dropbox to increase your storage space, but a free account automatically gets you 5 GB as opposed to Dropbox’s 2 GB. If 5 GB still isn’t enough for you, you can also opt for SugarSync’s referral program to earn more space.
If your friend opens a free account, you’ll each earn an extra 500 MB. If your friend opens a 30 GB or larger account, you’ll each earn a whopping 10 GB. SugarSync is however limiting this offer until March 31, 2011, so if you want to earn some extra space, now is the time to do it, after which the amounts will decrease to 250 MB, and 5 GB respectively. For the period of the offer, there’s no limit to the amount of extra space you could earn with SugarSync.
Send your friends your referral link to make sure you get the extra space. Additionally, if a friend signs up through a shared folder, you’ll earn the extra space or storage then as well.
To access the page with your referral link, click the SugarSync icon in your system tray, and click on Refer a Friend.
ZumoDrive only gives you 1 GB storage space with a free account, but with their, you can earn another 256 MB for every friend you refer, getting up to 5 GB additional space.
Do you have any tips on how to earn extra space on your favourite storage service? Let us know in the comments.
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