Twelve-month Xbox Live Gold codes can be obtained for free online from websites such as xbl4free.net and Lisita.com. Obtaining these free Xbox Live Gold codes does not cost money, but may require completing a survey, "liking" Xbox Live Gold Code on Facebook or redeeming credits on Listia.com.
In order to receive the Xbox Live Gold codes, visit the xbl4free.net website, click the "Get Your Code" button from the top of the home page, choose 12 months and hit "Continue." Enter an email address and click "Reveal Code" to complete the survey and receive the code. Instead of completing the survey, share the link on Facebook by scrolling down the home page, copying the text and posting it on Facebook. Once it is posted, message the Xbox Live Gold Code profile on Facebook and the code will be messaged back. The link must be posted for at least three hours before receiving the code. The company is able to give away free codes by using company sponsors, according to its "About Us" page.
Xbox Live Gold Codes are also available on Listia.com, which is a website that offers items through a bidding process using credits rather than money. Credits can be obtained to use by listing items, becoming an active user, inviting friends and connecting with Listia's social media accounts. A 12-month Xbox Live Code requires 400,000 credits, as of October 2015.