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I signed up for this site spring/summer time of 2010. It is a simple sign up and all you are suppose to do is read and rate the articles they send you based on your interest selections. You are allowed to change or add interest choices once a day, so it is good to select interest you know people write about most. The site is easy to navigate but not a lot of support from the staff. When I first signed up I was receiving about $1.50 -$2.00/day, which is not that bad for just reading. The articles would range in earnings 0.05-0.17. When I started ReadBud I was receiving between 15-20 articles throughout the day, but this slowed down to about 5-10/day when I was reaching $30 dollars. I reach my payout of $50 and of course I did not receive my payments. I have contacted them via their "contact us" link but have not had any luck. It has been almost 4 months and I haven't even received a thank you for sending an email. Nothing, absolutely nothing. I say a complete scam and not worth the time. I had a feeling this site was not going to live up to what it states on but I wanted to see it for myself. Some of the things I found Odd is many of the articles you are reading are from 2006 and before and many of them can be found online through the internet just by searching. I highly doubt ReadBud was crediting the authors because no where in the articles does it state the author. I was wondering if they were just copying and pasting articles from the internet. There is no Forum which would make it a good way to prove payment proof especially since they have a bad review over their heads already. They do have a blog but it is not updated regularly and it doesn't seem to be helpful just a bunch of words on the screen to me. Another thing I dislike about this site is you get malware seems like every time you click on something on the site. Slows down the computer a little. They do have a referral program that says you can earn $5/ Referral but your referrals have to reach cash out for you to receive this money. I had about 15 referrals but I never seen the benefits of that, no one reached cash out and if they did I was not credited but I guess that doesn't matter considering the site is a full blown scam and a waste of time. I also noticed after a while they added a whole bunch of new ads that would appear on your screen and they would say if you click on the ads you will get more articles to read.... YEAH SURE... Sounds pretty fishy to me. Oh yeah and I did not receive more articles either instead I had 3 virus that cause my computer to have a mind of its own. STAY AWAY FROM THE ADS ON THE SITE.
There are some people who say they have been paid but i have yet to find legit payment proof and considering I have been asking for my money for over 4 months and not receive nothing not even an email I think it is safe to say this site is not paying.
This site has caused a lot of upset with people recently, and for the life of me I can't understand why!
I joined this site roughly 3 weeks ago, and have so far earned $14 of the $50 needed to cash out. "That's not a lot!" you may say, and no it isn't if you look at it, but as you only get paid up to 11 cents per article you can see why it takes a while! To be completely honest, I like it, and don't mind how long it takes because as I keep telling people, it's free money!!
When you've signed up (name, email address, details, etc) you have the ability to rate articles out of 5 stars. There's no set way to rate them I don't think - you just read and give it a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. I personally rate them on whether I like the topic to begin with, and then whether it was well-written or not. You can choose your own interest topics before you start, a maximum of 50 out of all these options such as Accounting, Love, Relationships, Finance, Health, Wellbeing etc. - there's over 300 to choose from! After you have set up your 'interests' you begin to receive your Articles to read and rate and get paid for!
As mentioned, you get up to 11 cents per Article, as far as I know; the most I've been paid for one is 10 cents. If you think about it though, you're getting paid a few cents just to open a window, read through something someone's written, and then give it a mark out of 5. Not difficult really is it? I think the most I've earned in a day is $1.30, which I was quite impressed with as I'd only really been earning up to 75 cents a day when I first joined.
So, you sign up, you choose topics of interest to you (a word of advice: make sure to choose every single main heading rather than pick 50 subheadings, you get a lot of article choice then), you read the articles available to you, rate them out of 5, get paid. Simple. So what's the catch?
Well, the $50 payout is a bit of an annoyance. I've managed $14 in 3 weeks but it's a site that's a bit hit and miss for articles; you can check in the morning and get a dozen like I did 2 days ago, or you can check in the afternoon and get 2, or you can check at night and have none. It's a site that needs to be checked 2 or 3 times a day to get the full benefits and read everything you're invited to - I've been invited to 261 since joining which works out at an average of 13 a day, and at an average of 5 cents an article and bang that's my $14! But, if this carries on, it means it will only take me another 8-10 weeks to hit a $50 payout. That, to me, isn't bad.
The other thing to be wary of with this site is people telling you it's a scam. It really isn't. Most of the people who will tell you this is a scam have spent the past 6 months logging on every other day, getting paid an average of 50 cents a week because they go on so infrequently, and then have hit the $30 mark and decided they're a scam - if they haven't hit payout, move onto the next comment because until you actually hit payout with a site you have no idea as to whether it's a scam or not. It's like getting 50,000 points on Toluna, giving up for a few weeks and then moaning because you haven't got the 80,000 for a voucher a week later. It doesn't work that way. Yes it's a huge minimal payout, but when you have lazy people like that moaning at $30 and then cancelling their accounts, in a way the site is actually just saving money. Stick at it and you get paid - the proof is in the PayPal screenshots a lot of people post around because idiots accuse it of being a scam.
Obviously, if you haven't been paid after hitting $50 then I don't know how to answer that, I'm just going off what I've read so far; those that hit $50 gave proof of payment, those that complained hadn't got anywhere near, so there's my evidence for that argument.
The other 'scam' I've hear about is that they tend to give you less and less as the days go by - as I've already mentioned, I've been a member for 3 weeks and I ended up with $1.30 worth of articles in one day. I think it was about 20. The next day I had 6 just before midday, so it's not getting infrequent at all, it just depends how many are available and how many interest topics you tick. With all the bad stuff being said about this site it's actually no wonder if the articles do get less - people are believing someone who hasn't even hit payout, therefore not joining the site, so companies won't give the site articles to be rated because there's nothing in it for them if no one wants to join and rate. Those members who are close to payout then lose out because there aren't as many as they'd like available because people won't join and the companies won't waste money. Nice circle that isn't it? If anything my invitations have gone up, but everyone's different and I can see it being dependent on how often you log in - I try 3 or 4 times a day, or just when I'm bored! If I stick to 3 times a day I'm guaranteed at least 2 articles each time - even 6 a day is better than nothing!
It's not just about the money either; I've learned quite a bit about stuff through reading these articles. I watch Two and a Half Men and have never understood the concept of 'alimony' - an article from this site and I know what it is now! There's (to me) pathetic ones giving advice how to get back with your ex or move on, stuff on personal finances and savings etc - you get paid to learn in some cases!
I personally think it's something that can be useful, I mean $50 is only just over £30, but as it's a free money site I don't see why anyone has room to complain. You sit at your PC for roughly 10 minutes at a time checking for articles - if you're a fast reader this would be perfect for you. Two clicks and you're paid about 5 cents, how does that sound bad at all? They may not have articles every time you log on, but some are better than none! It's definitely worth a try in my opinion, free money at the end of the day for just a few clicks. If you can't be bothered waiting for the payout (which surprises me if you're on this site reading this really) then no, it isn't for you, but as a bit of extra money and a site that runs in the background that you can check whenever you want, it's perfect.