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In order to avoid mentioning by our readers in the comments of the ancient Byelorussian singer or, depending on the writing, a reed pneumatic musical instrument, we immediately make a reservation that the techniques described below have long been known on the Web. We tried to collect them together, while avoiding some questionable or frank cheating techniques. But before you apply them in practice, think: is it really important to use Dropbox? We repeatedly wrote about various alternatives to this service – SugarSync, Bitcasa, Ubuntu One and others. On the other hand, Dropbox has already managed to make all sorts of additions, including to improve the security of files stored in it.
The easiest way to increase available space is to pay an additional annual disk space per year. Pleasure is not the cheapest, especially if you look through the price tags of other cloud-based data storage services, even less convenient. But you do not have to add extra megabytes by crumbs. The main, but not the only way is the referral system. That is, for each user you invited, who registered and installed a Dropbox client, you get a little more space (250 MB). In this case, the user as a bonus for the first time will also receive 250 MB.
Your personal referral link (http://db.tt/xxxxxx) is here at the very bottom. You can send it by mail to your friends or share it on social networks. Note that the place is added only after the guest has installed Dropbox. This condition is checked, in particular, by the MAC address. This is the basis for the widespread method of cheating the service, when manually or automatically, using virtual machines, create "false" referral accounts. In the Internet, horror stories are circulating that Dropbox calculates such cheaters. At the expense of invitations, you can get another 8 GB of space.
However, it's worth starting with elementary actions. First, take a short introduction to Dropbox. For this will give another 250 MB. Secondly, you can slightly promote the service in social networks and earn up to 640 MB of space.
Dropbox students have a nice bonus. If you have a working e-mail in the domain of your institution, you can confirm it on this page. Then for each invited user will be given 500 MB instead of 250 MB. Thus, you can earn already 16 GB. Usually the addresses of educational institutions are in the domain of . edu but for Russia and the CIS this is more an exception than the rule. Nevertheless, you can write to the service developers and ask them to add the alma mater domain from any other zone, including . en . It is possible that someone has already done this before you.
This method opens yet another loophole, at least from a moral point of view. The fact is that you can get a mail box in the zone . edu by free registration on the website of some foreign university. And some restrictions, like the requirement to specify SSN or other data that other countries can not have in principle, are bypassed with the help of appropriate services.
Once every six months, the developers of Dropbox give users the opportunity to earn some more space. For example, the last year was held Dropquest – a sort of competition, where for solving the problems increased your account. And at the time of writing, another chip is available. For participation in testing the new version, you can get 5 GB. You need to perform a few simple steps. Download and install the beta version of the program, after removing the existing one. In the Windows Control Panel, in the AutoPlay settings for images and videos, select the Import pictures and video using Dropbox option or force the OS to ask you each time what to do when connecting a removable drive.
Now you need to insert a USB flash drive, SD / CF card, connect a smartphone or something else to the computer. In general, insert a removable drive with a photo and / or video and import its contents. In the root directory of the Dropbox, the Camera Uploads folder will be created, where all your files from the drive will go. The trick is that for every 500 MB of import you get as much to your account. After "pumping" everything that was imported can be safely removed. Cunning craftsmen and then found a way to get out – it's enough to create a folder DCIM on the flash drive, and in it to copy several giant TIFF-files that differ at least one pixel. And you do not need to download the server, as soon as Dropbox recognizes them and adds the desired gigabytes to the account, they can be deleted.
If the autorun function does not want to be included (in a good way, it does not need to be included), then you need to dig a little in the registry. Namely: remove all the keys from SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer in the roots HKEY_ CURRENT_ USER and HKEY_ LOCAL_ MACHINE Pre-exported (!) Them. After manipulating Dropbox, you must immediately restore the deleted keys. And yes, please note that the beta version for that and beta, to behave is not always stable. In general, keeping track of various stocks from developers is quite useful. Especially in the course of a couple of days the whole Internet learns about them, and folk craftsmen immediately come up with how to get a profit with minimal expenses.
But the main method is still the use of the referral system. You can leave your link on the forums and in the comments, send by mail and post it in social networks, use services like boomp3 (oh, how doubtful this is from the point of view of copyright holders), and so on, and so on. So it's not long before it spam. We will use the already classic classic method – contextual search advertising from Google AdWords. The essence of the method is to place your referral link in the form of advertisements that are displayed when someone enters a search query for the given keywords. Some of these people click on it, and some even register with Dropbox and put themselves a client, adding an additional amount to you.
A lot of money and time will not be needed to create an advertising campaign. In general, Google generously distributes certificates to replenish the account in AdWords. Find them online or offline is not so difficult. Now, for example, all new users are given an additional one thousand rubles to their account at the time of registration, provided that they are replenished by at least four hundred rubles. (And here you can get $ 75 already.) You can replenish it through WebMoney, Yandex.Money and Visa / MasterCard (including virtual cards). Settings are found in the "Billing" section → "Payment settings".
Then you need to create a new campaign and set it up. Name it somehow, select a text type for the Display Network, set up the display in all countries and in the most popular languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese). Be sure to include a daily budget. There is one subtlety. Precisely predict the effectiveness of the campaign is quite difficult. For each click, money will be written off, but this does not mean that the user who passed by the link will register with Dropbox to the end. Usually a gift certificate is enough to improve one or two accounts, but this is not a strict rule.
Now you have to go to create an ad group. First, be sure to read the rules of advertising! The name and description should be chosen in accordance with these rules, otherwise you will simply be blocked in the system. In the destination URL, you must specify your referral link of the form http://db.tt/xxxxxx, which is located at the bottom of this page. Then we need to select the keywords that our ad will be displayed on. The system itself will offer examples from different categories. You can choose one or two items from several sections and then calm down. It would be nice to mention the words free, online, backup, storage, sync, dropbox, space in various combinations. In general, the selection of keywords is a separate science.
The price will be calculated by the system itself, but if you use bonus funds, you do not need to worry about it. If you are still worried about your money, then use a virtual debit card in the system with a small amount on the account and monitor the expenditure of funds. In general, be careful when conducting any financial transactions in AdWords. After the launch of the campaign, it remains only to track the status of the users who came by your link. Once you get the right number of registered referrals, you can disable the campaign. Usually it takes no more than one or two days, but it happens. Do not miss this moment, otherwise the superfluous money will be written off from the account.
Let's count our gesheft. Almost 1 GB for the starter tour and social networks + 250 MB for registration by someone else's invitation + 5 GB for the beta test + 8 GB for the referral system = about 14 GB of additional space to the already available two. The presence of an "educational" e-mail will allow adding an additional 8 GB, that is, as much as 22 GB. Well, for starters very good! Some of the dropdown methods for Dropbox have been deliberately omitted. So let you have more free space, and your conscience is clean. Good luck!
Last but not least: Dropbox has coupons, but you can get them only in the course of various actions, and it's very difficult to find it in "wild kind".
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