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Get paid for emails in general
Member Name: jimbuck
Get paid for emails in general
Date: 21/02/03, updated on 21/02/03 (621 review reads)
Advantages: If you are going to surf you might as well get paid for it.
Disadvantages: Poor rewards but they do build up.
I have recently got involved in Get Paid To Read (GPTR) and Paid2Click (PTC) web sites where I can earn a little dosh reading emails and clicking on the links contained therein and then logging onto a web site to click onto the Paid2Click section to earn even more money.
So what is it all about? First of all do not expect to get rich overnight as most sites deal in cents or more likely fractions of cents. But it is a case of, as Tesco keeps on reminding us, every little helps. Many also give points instead of cash but these can usually be redeemed for cash, usually at the end of the month. Awarding points instead of cash is just a way of disguising the fact that you get paid next to nothing for clicking on a link. The value of a point varies from site to site, from 1,000 points equals just 1 cent to the more usual 1,000 points equates to $1. If a site is giving away hundreds of points for a click you can bet your sweet life that the redeem rate will be very, very low.
Secondly, and make no mistake about it, these GPTR PTC sites have NOT been set up for YOUR benefit. They have been set up to make the Webmaster some money - hopefully a lot ? you just get the crumbs.
There are literally tens of thousands of GPTR sites mainly in the States with more coming on stream daily and also some going off stream. It is free to join on most sites and joining is as simple as revealing your own email address, sometimes selecting a user name for yourself, and inputting your home address, maybe selecting a few of the listed interests and the obligatory password of your choice. The odd one requires a few personal details as well. Most experienced GPTR surfers recommend using the same user name and password for each site because password security is not an issue. Come on, if some else got hold of your user ID and password to a GPTR site what could they do with it? They couldn?t get at the money in your account because it would be sent to your PayPal account an
d your user ID on PayPal is your email address. However DO NOT use the same password that you have for your PayPal or E-Gold accounts or other types of web sites.
In most cases when you first go to one of these GPTR sites all you do is input your email address and within a few seconds you get an email acknowledging your request to join. A link in the email will take you back to the site to complete the signing up. You then get another email welcoming you to the site and it will confirm your ?signing in user name? and password. Quite often your user name turns out to be your email address. SAVE THIS EMAIL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE IF NEEDED. Some sites even pay you to join and this can be from just 5 cents to $30 or even more.
Once a member you will receive emails that contain paid links to click that take you to an advertiser?s web site where you must stay for whatever time limit has been set and then your account will be credited with the specified reward, that can be anything from 0.1 cents to 5 cents or even more (or points) depending on which GPTR site you belong to. In most cases a timer window will appear and let you know when the time is up and the credit has been made. I utilise this ?waiting? time of between zero and 45 seconds to do something else like maybe writing a letter or a review for Consumer Reviews or watching the TV or even opening another window for another site. Indeed the bones of this opinion have been written whilst surfing and earning and the other evening I also watched Man U on the box.
There is no hard and fast rule on how many emails you will receive but however many it is each one will contain at least one paid link and some will contain a whole series of such links and some may also contain none-paid links. Some links have such a low value of either cash or points that quite frankly it is a waste of time clicking on them and I don?t. As a general rule I never click on a link that pays less than 0.2 cents or 5 poi
nts. If every person had a similar policy the Webmaster would not get the click throughs that s/he guaranteed that the advertiser would get and they would lose that account, so s/he would have to up the anti a bit.
All sites will have a minimum cash balance before you can cash in your earnings and this minimum can vary from zero to hundreds of dollars. A few will pay out whatever you have in your account at the and of each month and the odd one may also stipulate a minimum amount and if it is not reached the cash will roll over to the next month. In most cases what you earn directly has to be the same as or greater than the payout figure to enable you to cash in and does not include any referral earnings or signing up bonus. Most cash transactions are conducted via PayPal with a few using E-Gold and Storm Pay and a few assorted obscure methods. A few will pay by cheque (or check as the Yanks put it) and charge you a few dollars for doing so. Then your bank will charge you many more dollars for cashing the cheque and it could take anything up to 3 months before you actually get your hands on the cash. Getting paid by cheque is not an option. PayPal is the best option and you can join for free.
All the sites that I am a member of have a Gold Membership scheme, which you can buy into using real cash, American that is. As a Gold Member you get certain privileges like a lower cash in level, more cash per email/click, higher percentage of referral earnings, free adverts for yourself to promote whatever you want etc. and you can get as your referrals those people who sign up without being referred. The price of Gold Membership varies from about $5 to upwards of $30. Unless the site is doing well with plenty of emails and PTC links, becoming a Gold Member is a gamble because it could take a year to recoup your Gold Membership outlay.
On most sites, if you sign up without being referred, you will then become a referral of one of the Gold Members of
that site and your activities will earn them some extra money. This is standard practice these days and could well have been since the year dot and it is only now that this system is becoming widely known.
All sites have a referral system where you earn a small percentage of what your referral earns. The ?downline? as it is called can be from just two people, up to a dozen or more. Some sites have ?spillover? and this is where, if a referral who is last in line in a downline refers someone, that referred person is then spilled over to one of the Gold Members. Let me put that another way. If you are allowed a referral level of five and one of the people at level five refers someone. That someone becomes spillover.
It isn?t much use signing on with just one or two GPTR sites. What you need is a portfolio of sites. I currently have 16 proven good sites with more being added daily and some 30 odd that are on ?trial? so to speak.
So how do you find these sites and how do you know which are the ?good? ones and which are the ?bad?? It really is a question of suck it and see for yourself but I can help you on your way as is explained further down.*** Most of the sites that I have been to seem to be geared to you reaching the payout level in about three months or so. Those with a low payout threshold of under $5 payout seem to pay fractions of cents per click with a good sprinkling of points, whilst those that payout at over $10 pay more for their clicks with fewer points. But at the end of the day do not expect to reach any payout point for 3 months or so. But then that is not too different to sites like DooYoo or Ciao.
When I sign up to a new site I usually give it 7 to 10 days to see how things go. Sites that do not perform reasonably in that time get ditched. What is reasonable you may ask? I can?t really answer that one as it depends on a lot of factors, like regular emails or spasmodic, at least a handful of PTC links each day and w
hether there appears to be any jiggery-pokery going on. Of those that are left I give them a further ten days to a fortnight to continue in the same vein or improve. If by then I have reached one quarter of the way towards payout I will stay with them until payout and decided then whether to stay with them or not. I give a low priority to these ?trial? sites but I still attend to all their emails daily and once or twice a week visit the site for PTC links.
All sites have a policy where if you are inactive on the site for 30 days your account is automatically cancelled and you lose any earnings. There are NO EXCEPTIONS although you can book a suspension for when you go on vacation.
*** Now this is where I could fall foul of the DooYoo police because they may see the next bit as touting for referrals. But that is not the case. This opinion is to clue you up about GPTR and PTC sites as it really is and not as some people would have you believe and to give you the benefit of my experience. Some people make exaggerated claims for how much you can earn, whilst others make the claim that they are all a con.
I could put down a long list of those sites that I have joined and we would be here until next Xmas but I already have a list of my top 16 sites (by the time that you read this my top 16 could well be top 20) on my web site on my Linkwall and yes they are referral banners. But you do not need to use the banners as they are but to use them to learn the URL of each site and visit it without being referred. Just click on a banner and then delete any reference to the referrer?s ID and go to the site uninvited. For instance, clicking on a referral banner would put the following in the browser address line:
http://www.MoneyTycoon.net/cgi-bin/signup.cgi? firstname.lastname@example.org o.uk All you have to do is delete everything from and including /cgi-bin to be left with the website URL. Hit enter and you get to the site un-referred. It is your
choice what you do with the information on: http://www.jambutty17.freeserve.co.uk/alpha/linkwa ll1.html
You can cancel your account simply by clicking on the right link and each email that you receive has cancellation instructions. I have ditched many GPTR?s that didn?t come up to scratch and in every case my cancellation has been honoured and I HAVE NOT been inundated with advertising emails thereafter ? herein after known as SPAM. The greater majority of sites really hate spammers and do not engage in such activities. Indeed if a member is found out to be spamming to get referrals, their account will be cancelled immediately. And many have.
Do they pay out? The greater majority do although some have rules where payment is not made until 2, 7, 15, 30 or 45 days after your claim. Sadly there are some rogues out there that renege on making payments but you rarely earn enough with them to make a federal case out of it. Before signing up you need to have a read of the FAQ?s, Help or Terms and Conditions and decide for yourself if you are prepared to accept the site rules as they stand. If you don?t like them, don?t sign up. And don?t forget you can always cancel your account.
How much can you make? Now that really is the $64,000 question. Nah! That?s a bit cheap. Let?s make it the 64 million dollar question. All I can say is that from my top 16 sites I have earned over $50 dollars between them in about six weeks. That isn?t bad for just clicking on a few links, well a lot of links actuall
y. I haven?t actually received $50 yet because most of them have not reached the payout level.
So you can make money on these GPTR and PTC web sites but you have to build up your portfolio and weed out the dead wood for a few weeks and set about getting referrals. Even then be prepared to wait three months or more before you actually see any cash in your PayPal account.
How long do I spend at the keyboard each day I hear you thinking? On average - three one hour sessions each day. I attend to all the emails that I receive (and that could be as many as fifty or more) and then go to each of my top 16 sites in turn to access their PTC section. If I feel like it I access the 20 odd sites that I am currently assessing to see how they are going on.
Finally what are the dodges that a few Webmasters get up to, to get you to click on a link and not pay you? They are many and varied and you will spot them quickly enough:
A paid link supposedly paying a value actually pays less.
A link timer quotes a time limit that is exceeded by at least 100%. This could be a server or access problem so don?t be so quick to condemn.
A cash link pays points.
An unpaid link mixed in with paid links in the email.
Some links do not have a timer and you are never sure if you?ve stayed on the site long enough to get credit. I generally give the site 45 seconds AFTER it has all loaded.
Some links do not have a timer at all but the instructions are to stay on the site for at least ?x? number of seconds. The timing doesn?t start until the site is fully loaded into your browser.
To follow on from that I have come across one site where the page is never loaded fully because it automatically reloads a bit of it over and over and thus the timer never gets the chance to start let alone finish. You end up leaving the site but the Webmaster has got his/her click, for nothing.
Getting on towards the end of a month the odd site may not be accessible
because it has exceeded its bandwidth allocation. Don?t fret it should be back at the beginning of the next month.
Now don?t be put off by those scams because they are rare and once a site has got established they try those and other tricks at their peril.
Good luck and I hope you make yourself some decent pocket money.