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What is a PTC site?
MarathonBux is a PTC site which stands for Paid-To-Click. A PTC site is one in which members are paid to click on adverts for a small fee which is in between $0.001 and $0.02 depending on the advertisement length (between 3 seconds to a minute.) While earning through this method is slow, there are also many other ways to earn most notably by gaining referrals. All the methods of earning money will be explained below.
As previously described, PTC advertisements make up the main part of any PTC sites. A PTC ad can range from 3 seconds to 60 seconds and will pay the member clicking it a certain price as depicted below. In addition to this, the person who referred this member to the site (or in the case of an unreferred member, the person who rents him) will also earn a portion of his earnings. At MarathonBux this is 30% for Standard members, 40% for Golden members and 50% for Diamond members. Below is the list of all the different types of advertisements:
Tiny - 3 seconds - $0.0005
Micro - 5 seconds - $0.001
Mini - 15 seconds - $0.005
Standard - 30 Seconds - $0.01
Extended - 60 seconds - $0.02
AdGrid is a game that can be played on MarathonBux. Each day members are given 25 chances to click on a grid and view an advertisement. After the timer has loaded, instead of getting the usual $0.01 you will have a chance of winning the $5 jackpot. For promotions, this jackpot is sometimes raised to $10 or the chance of winning is doubled. Alternatively, sometimes member's are given only one chance in the day which is a guaranteed win.
AdGrid is a fun game to play and offers you the chance to get $5 very quickly however it is all dependent on luck.
At MarathonBux it is also possible to get paid through PTR (Paid-to-Read) This is an optional feature and consists of members getting promotional e-mails sent to their accounts. Members are paid $0.01 for each e-mail they view which is quite a lot. On average you would receive over 1 e-mail a day which means that it is a nice way to supplement your daily earnings.
MicroJobs introduces a whole new dynamic to MarathonBux; It converts it from a standard PTC site to one which is also a GPT (Get-Paid-To) site. With MicroJobs, advertisers pay you to accomplish simple tasks such as joining a website, liking a Facebook page or completing a survey. All MicroJobs pay at least $0.10 and some can pay above a $1. This is a great feature of MarathonBux and can help you earn money quickly from it.
As mentioned before, standard members receive 30% of all income from ads clicked by their referrals while Golden members receive 40% and Diamond members get 50%. There are two main types of referrals:
Direct Referrals are ones which you refer personally to the site. This can be through advertising or more commonly by talking to your friends/family. Direct referrals will always be linked to your account and you will always earn from them for free.
Rented Referrals are the member's who join MarathonBux without any Direct referral. These can then be rented from MarathonBux at the very cheap price of $0.15 a month. It is possible to extend them for just $0.10 a month as well as recycle them (if they are not clicking enough) for just $0.05. All members have to go through a rigorous filter including the length of time they have been members and how many clicks they have made in the last 3 days in order to become a rented referral. Rented referrals are a great way to make a lot of money through MarathonBux.
IMPORTANT: In order to earn from all of your referrals, you must have clicked on at least one advertisement the day before.
There are three different types of memberships at MarathonBux; Standard, Gold and Diamond.There are several differences between these membership types which are listed below:
Guaranteed Ads (These are $0.01 ads which, as the name suggests, are guaranteed for the member every day,)
Standard - 1 Ad a day = $3.65 a year
Gold - 4 Ads a day - $14.60 a year
Diamond - 9 Ads a day - $32.85
Earnings from Referrals
Standard - 30%
Gold - 40%
Diamond - 50%
Maximum Direct Referrals
Maximum Rented Referral Limit:
Gold: $14.99 (3 months) or $49.99 (a year)
Diamond: $19.99 (3 months) or $59.99 (a year)
MarathonBux is affiliated with BuxEssentials - This is a website which enables you to track your earnings, daily activity and referral count on many different PTC sites. This is extremely useful if you are a member of many PTC sites as it makes it a lot easier to click on ads without forgetting all the websites you are members of.
BuxBonus is an exciting new feature of MarathonBux which rewards member's for their activity. If a member completes the following task each day they will earn a $0.05 bonus on top of all other earnings:
Click on 10 PTC ads
5 AdGrid plays
1 MicroJob completed
5 PTR e-mails confirmed
At MarathonBux it is currently only possible to redeem your earnings via Payza, which is a free-to-use payment system similar to PayPal. The minimum payout is at $2, however this increases to $5 on the next payout before becoming fixed at $10. After receiving a payout it is obligatory to post a payment proof on the website. There are many payment proofs available to view at the moment to prove that MarathonBux is a trusted website.
While MarathonBux offers adverts for member's to click on it obviously also needs advertisers to supply the adverts. Advertising is very cheap at MarathonBux including deals such as:
$10 for 10,000 Tiny clicks
$15 for thousands of hits across a whole month of AdGrid
Banner advertising from just $2.40
It is possible to advertise either using the funds in your balance or by adding money from your Payza account.
MarathonBux currently possesses a forum - This is an important feature in any trusted websites as it means that they are forced to abide by their rules. MarathonBux also has a blog which contains regular updates and a support ticket system in which you can ask any questions. Responses are usually extremely prompt and come within 24 hours.
MarathonBux on Facebook
MarathonBux has a Facebook page which it is possible to 'Like.' This lets members interact with the site and the admin far more than normal and therefore is a very positive feature of this site. If you 'Like' the MarathonBux Facebook page you also have access to additional competitions, contests and promotions. For example, there is currently a competition running to give $5 to a random member once 500 likes have been surpassed.
Promotions and Contests
MarathonBux regularly has competitions - Prizes usually include a free Diamond membership as well as $5 to the second place. The current competitions is traffic competition which awards prizes to the members who have sent the most traffic to MarathonBux. Similarly, they often have competitions for Most Forum Posts, Most Direct Referrals Gained or Most Ads clicked. These are usually weekly and offer a great way to get free upgrades or money.
To conclude, I think MarathonBux is a great site which is well worth joining. It might not make you a millionaire overnight but it offers the chance to make a small daily income from a trusted source.
Clixsense is a US company which has been running successfully for over five years now and is a leader in the PTC market.
I am surprised by the fact that there is currently only one review on dooyoo written about Clixsense (and even that was written over two years ago and is outdated with quite a lot of inaccuracies) considering that it is one of the best sites in which people can earn a small income from home (just like dooyoo) This shows that quite a lot of people are probably unfamiliar with PTC sites so I will explain what these are. A PTC site (Paid-to-Click) is a site in which members get paid to click (as the name suggests) adverts. The member is usually paid a low sum (one cent per 30 seconds or a tenth of a cent for 3 seconds) which is why some people have the (wrong) perception that PTC sites are not good ways of earning money at a decent rate (I will show why this is wrong later.) There are also a lot of PTC sites which are extremely dodgy or ones that it is almost impossible to get a cash out on (like archerfish which is awful) however clixsense is one of the oldest PTC sites ever as well as being one of the best. While I (like hundreds of thousands of others) have already received multiple payments on clixsense go on http://ptc-investigation.com/clixsense.aspx for further proof that it is a legitimate site. On this website (which professionally reviews all PTC sites) it is one of only four elite sites.
The site is extremely easy to navigate and is in blue and white. At the top of the page it tells you your balance as well as letting you sign in or out and send a support ticket. Below these are the main options which are:
In my review I will go through and explain each one of these seven buttons. If you wish to see the layout of your site yourself the link is http://www.clixsense.com/?r=3632024&c=dy&p=View_Ads
This is the main part of the site that you will be using as a new member and where you will regularly be able to see new ads. There are four different types of ads which I will explain:
Extended ad: These are quite rare and offer 2 cents to view for 60 seconds. To view an ad you simply click on it and then four pictures come up on your screen. One of them is a cat and the other three are dogs (I know this seems quite random but it is to ensure nobody is using bots or other illegal equipment) All you have to do is click the picture of the cat and the ad will load. There is a bar which slowly runs down to 0 at which point you get paid. You are free to view the ad or do anything else you want (you can't however open a new tab or browser) while the timer runs down.
Standard ad: Each member is guaranteed at least 1 of these a day (premium members get at least 4) although on average you would normally get quite a few. These pay one cent each and are 30 seconds long.
Mini Ad: This is 15 seconds long and pays half a cent
Micro ad: This is 3 seconds long and pays a tenth of a cent (There are usually loads of these available throughout the day)
To give an example, when I just logged on I had 5 standard ads, 2 micro ads and 16 mini ads available to click (which would give me 7.6 cents.) Obviously if you check throughout the day you will get a lot more. A feature which I like about this site is that once you click the ad you are guaranteed to get paid; the amount of clicks cannot run out as with other sites.
While I have primarily used this site as a member I have also used it to advertise other sites on certain occasions in the past. It is possible to either use your main balance to fund ads or to use Paypal, Alertpay or Liberty reserve funds (it is also possible to use a combination of them both.) You can buy 1,000 ad credits for $2.40 however if you buy more the discount ranges from 10% to 43% depending on how much you pay. For $16 dollars you will get 10,000 ad credits which is 33% off. Below are the costs of each type of ad:
Micro - 1 credit
Mini - 5 credits
Standard - 10 credits
Extended - 20 credits
For all ads it is possible to view statistics such as the nationalities of the people viewing your ad. Mini, standard and extended ads however also give more statistics, show a description of your ad to all members and enable you to target your ad to certain countries or only members who have upgraded.
Clixgrid is another way in which users can earn money from viewing ads. The clixgrid consists of a picture with hundreds of small cells. The user can click one of them (no validation click of a cat is needed for this) for 5 seconds if a premium member or 10 seconds if a standard member. Clixgrid is a game of chance and there is approximately 1 in 400 chance of winning a prize up to $5. While I have won over $3 and used Clixgrid regularly when I was a new member now I do not really bother as it takes too much time. Standard members are only allowed 25 chances a day while premium members get 50. It currently costs $17 to advertise on clixgrid for 30 days. I did this once a few month ago and received over 15,000 clicks of which over 14,000 were unique although I think that these numbers have increased on average since I advertised on clixgrid.
The tasks are a new addition to Clixsense and while I was sceptical at first I currently find them as extremely useful. This is one of the main ways in which a member who has no direct referrals and has not upgraded is able to make a significant amount of money quickly. Fortunately, there are quite a lot of tasks which are only for English people which means that I usually have quite a few available. For an example of a task, today I completed one which showed lots of pictures of ebay listings. All you had to do was say if you would buy this listing or not. It took me around 45 seconds and I earnt $0.11 which is quite good considering I would have to view 330 seconds of ads to make that much. The best part is that it can be done as many times as you want however, in each task there is a question to which the people know the answer to and which you are required to give. Usually, they accept anything near the correct answer (which is quite generous as there are only 5 options) but if your percentage falls too low then they stop letting you do that task. This happened to me when I started clicking the options quite quickly (and slightly randomly) but I had already got $0.88 from five minutes and there were many other tasks. A couple of days ago I also did a task which paid $0.28 for 2-3 minutes work. The next time I did it I realised they asked the same question so I copied and pasted my previous answers. They let me do this five times which gave me $1.40 in less than five minutes. Personally, I think the tasks are an extremely good addition as they enable members to earn relatively large amounts of money quite quickly and easily.
Quite a while back Clixsense introduced lots of games which had a few second ad while it was loading. They do not pay you for these and I have never used this feature as I think it is quite useless but some people might like it.
Now this is the main part of Clixsense and is how some people are able to get over $1,000 a year by doing nothing except for logging in once every 90 days to prevent their accounts being suspended and cashing out to PayPal. Each member is given a unique referral link which they can give to family, friends or advertise to random people. (An important notes however, is that only one user is allowed per ip address) There are five different ways in which you can earn from your affiliates which I will list below; however before I write these I will mention that they are different depending on your membership. Premium membership costs $17 (which is quite a lot less than some sites although still quite steep and lasts exactly one year. The benefits include more chances at clixgrid, more ads and most importantly a lot more money from affiliates.
This is the most common way of earning money from referrals and it is referral clicks. Quite simply, every time a referral of yours clicks any of the ads you will be paid 20% of its value if you are a standard member and 40% if you are a premium member. This means that if you referral clicks a standard ad you will receive $0.002 if standard and $0.004 if premium. This is quite a useful income if you have quite a few referrals as it does not include any work. I currently have 20 referrals of whom only 10 are active yet I get around $0.10 every day by doing nothing.
Only premium members get paid for referral signups. If a referral of yours earns $1 through ad clicks (around 1 month if active) you will receive $0.50 on top of the $0.40 you have already received for the referral clicks. This is quite a lot of money and is an extremely useful feature of clixsense.
Every time one of you referrals spends money on advertising in clixsense you will receive 10% (up to $1) of the purchase if you are a standard member and 10% (up to $2) if premium of the purchase. There is a maximum of $100 you can earn from each referral in this way. On the first day, one of my referrals spent $20 or more eon advertising so I earnt one of my easiest $2.
Premium Membership Upgrades:
While the other methods might earn you a reasonable amount, to quote the website itself "This is the true power of the ClixSense affiliate program" and there is "no limit on how much you can earn." For both standard and premium members, you get $2.00 when one of your referrals upgrade (this happens every time they upgrade so would probably result in $2.00 a year.) However, this is not all for premium members. Every time one of your referral's referrals (second level) or their referrals (third level) all the way up to 8 levels upgrades you will get $1.00 (presumably a year) This means that if you manage to refer 5 good members who in turn refer 5 good members each and so on (unlikely I know but some will get more to compensate for others) then you will receive $390,000 a year (if my maths Is correct.) This quite clearly shows just how easily your income can explode if you get one or two really good referrals who invite quite a lot of new members.
If you have a direct referrer it is possible to ask them questions directly and they are able to pay for your premium membership if they wish. If you get 17 members who are referred under you to upgrade to premium (you might only have to refer 1 who will naturally refer others to compensate for the cost of premium) and you sign through my link I will pay for your premium membership if you have not upgraded already. My link is http://www.clixsense.com/?r=3632024&c=dy&p=View_Ads
This is a useful feature in which you can ask any questions you might have or see other member's success stories or secrets to success. This part is fairly self-explanatory.
When to upgrade to premium (if ever)?
Personally, I would not advise upgrading to premium straight away even though some members might. I would try and wait until I receive my first cash out and understand the site a bit more. While the price of premium membership is $17 you get $1 back straight away (you get 100 standard welcome ads) and you get at least $10 in the guaranteed standard ads which significantly reduces the cost. I would only upgrade if I was getting over $0.05 consistently every day from referral clicks or had members on your second level who you think might upgrade/ refer others. This is only my advice and of course you are free to do whatever you wish including spending you entire time as a standard member earning money (albeit slowly) towards cash outs.
It seems I have left the most important thing to last by mistake. Payments can be requested when your balance is $6.00 if you have premium membership or $8.00 if standard. Payment can be sent to a PayPal, Alertpay or Liberty reserve account. There is usually a couple of percent fee depending on which processor you use and they usually charge 2.5% to change it into pounds from dollars if that is what you wish to do.
If you are still reading then congratulations as this is well over 2,300 words. I would recommend this site completely as one I have used for over six months and enjoyed. Feel free to ask me any questions either on this site or on clixsense. If you consider joining then please join through my link as it will be appreciated and I will be able to help you out as a new member more easily. This is my referral link and thanks for reading.
Virtua tennis 2009 is widely considered to be the one of the best tennis games ( it has been superseded by a newer version of Virtua Tennis as well as Top Spin 4) and in my opinion is fantastic. In this game you can either play an exhibition match with friends or random people online using network play. This is only available if you have set up your internet connection up though which only takes ten minutes. Obviously you are able to play against the ps3 as well. Unlike the previous game you are able to use a behind the shoulder view which lets you get into the heart of the action. Personally I find it annoying and hard to play with but that could just be me and you can adjust it to normal anyway.
The main part of this game is the world tour part. In world tour you become a new tennis player and have to try and become one of the best professional tennis players after starting out as an amateur. There are plenty of tournaments that you have to play which steadily get harder as you progress. In the tournaments you start at the quarter finals for singles, semi-finals for doubles and you start with the singles if you decide to play both. Don't be put off by the first few ridiculously easy tournaments as they eventually get harder. If you do well in the top eight tournament at the end of the year you might get an invitation to join the professional league.
Unfortunately unlike the previous game your player cannot get any higher stats after the start which makes the game very easy at the beginning as the player is amazing which does cause it to be a bit boring. But by the time you break into the top 50 amateurs the game becomes more challenging. Unlike the previous game however there is a shop. This adds to the enjoyment of the game as prize winnings can be spent on the latest trainers or shirts, while you can also buy pirate outfits for the charity fancy dress tournament.
In my opinion this is a very good game and definitely worth a buy. This is certainly the best tennis game out and even if you're not into tennis very much it is still fun. My only problems are the fact your skills don't get any higher and the fact that all the minigames aren't unlocked at the beginning. Also, the multiplayer game is a bit dodgy as the player on the nearside all but always wins. However I would still recommend this game to all players. Like most ps3 games you are able to unlock trophies. In this game you need to unlock 50 trophies before receiving the platinum cup.
I am going to write all the mini games with a little description for you.
Return the ball and attack incoming aliens before they reach the barricade. This exercise helps build powerful and accurate return ground strokes. It isn't unlocked at the beginning. It is mildly fun to play and tricky to direct all your shots carefully enough.
Catch the fruit, but keep out of the way of the giant cascading tennis balls. Fast and careful footwork is required to succeed in this game. It isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game is quite boring and hard as when two tennis balls come at you at the same time which happens at annoyingly frequent times you are usually trapped. When you get hit by a ball some of your fruit gets taken.
Hit blocks on the other side to eliminate them. The ball will bounce back so keep the volley alive to increase the score. Note that some blocks require multiple hits to be removed. It is unlocked at the beginning. This is one of my favourite games but is frustratingly hard. The trick is to remain far back enough to keep the rally constantly alive but close enough for a quick return. If two blocks of the same colour are next to each other they combine to make a bigger block which is easier to hit and rewards bigger points. If you get 15 blocks in this manner in one shot you unlock a trophy.
Aim at the numbered areas in the correct order to complete the game. This is a great exercise to improve your returns by the net. Isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game is mainly about accuracy and isn't that hard.
Hit the curling stones into the target zones using a limited amount of shots in various stone arrangements. Note that the multiplayer game is turn based. This was in the old game and isn't unlocked at the beginning. This game like Pot Shot isn't as frantic as block buster but more of a calm and skilled approach is needed.
Topple the oil drums stacked on the other side to knock down the red oil drums to the ground. If you need to work on your power strokes, this is an excellent exercise to practice them. This isn't unlocked at the beginning. In the first few levels this is an easy game but in the later levels one drum is usually left fallen on top of others which protects it from touching the ground.
Tasty meat chops are on the court for the crocodiles at the far end. But you must stop them by returning your shots to the crocs to scare them off. This isn't unlocked at the beginning. This gets very hard in later levels and once again acuuracy is vital.
Knock down the bowling pins on the other side of the court with your serve. The game will be played like regular bowling so try aiming the ball at a precise point to get a strike. Needless to say this game is not available at the beginning and is another old game.
Return the balls the pirate ships fire to eliminate them. But watch out for the cannon balls they fire which could harm you. Accuracy in your volley will be tested in this exercise. This game IS unlocked at the beginning and is one of my favourites. It is also one of the easiest games as in the later levels whenever you hit a ball at the beginning of the game it hits something. If you sink three of the biggest ships in one game you recieve a trophy.
Try to pot the pool balls by serving the cue ball. First adjust the position of the player by moving left and right, then set the angle of your shot. This isn't unlocked at the beginning of the game. This game gives you unlimited time. Unfortunately you have to hit the ball they choose even if another ball is write by the edge of a pocket. Otherwise you lose 150 points for a foul shot.
Grab all of the shopping bags that appear on the court while avoiding the giant tennis balls. This is a good game to improve your footwork in the court.
This game is unlocked at the beginning. This game is also quite boring like most of the other footwork game and this ends up being played the least.
Return the food that are served by the ball launcher to feed the animals on the other side of the court. Note that every food won't satisfy their tummy. This game isn't unlocked at the beginning. This is quite a hard game in the sense it takes time to figure out where to hit the ball let alone try to. If you feed every animal you will get a trophy.
In my opinion the minigames are fun to play with my favourite being either Pot Shot or Pirate wars. It is a bit annoying however, as only block buster, pirate wars and Shopping dash are available at the beginning and it takes quite a long time to unlock the others. It also makes these games a bit more pointless as when you fill your bar instead of going up a level you can change your game style which in my opinion is useless. These minigames are also able to played against others on the internet. Unfortunately some of the minigames take two weeks to play such as meat defender while pirate wars only takes one. This confusion has made me miss many an important tournament making me go down in the rankings.
I feel that this game is very enjoyable even to someone who doesn't know much about tennis or enjoys tennis that much like myself. I hope you have found this review useful. I bought this game for £10 from game so it's not that expensive.
The Rubik's cube was invented in the 1980's by Erno Rubik who used to teach in a school at Budapest. He invented this cube to help students learn about geometry but he then decided to sell this cube as a brain challenging toy. As soon as this toy came out thousands of people went to buy in what is now called the Rubik craze. Nearly thirty years on this toy is still a huge success.
The object is actually quite simple. You have a cube with 6 faces divided into nine segments. Each of the nine segments is in one of six colours. Now all you need to do is make all six faces the same colour and you have solved the Rubik's cube. The only problem of course is that it is a teensy bit harder than it sounds. Personally I struggle to do 1 colour and don't know anyone who has done more than two sides at any one time.
So you might ask is there any way of cracking this colourful toy. Well actually there is... and I don't mean actually cracking it open with a screwdriver or sticking colour stickers on top. Published on line and in books are some books which tell you how to complete it. The only problem now is those people who are clever enough to figure out how to do it assume everyone else can understand the algebraic nonsense they put in their books. So basically your down to randomly twisting but don't worry there's a 1 in 50000 chance you will solve it.
There are loads of other models a bit like this which have come out more recently onto the market. Bigger cubes have been invented with 25 segments on each side which is even more tricky but you will be happy to know there is also a 2*2 cube. Now surely even the dumbest can't fail to get four squares of the right colour on each side? Well think again as even this is a lot harder than it sounds. Finally there has been a Rubik's 360 invented which is about manoeuvring balls into the right coloured wholes which as you can imagine is all but impossible.
At £5 from toys R us or Amazon I would highly recommend buying them. Unfortunately they are very tricky to do but you should be able to do at least one colour. They are very colourful and fun for kids to make patterns with even if they can't do the puzzle. This product says it is only for those eight and over but they should have also added with an IQ of 150 or over. Thank You for reading my review and I hope you have found it very useful.
Twister was first invented in 1966 by two Americans called Charles F. Foley and Neil Rabens. Twister is now produced by Hasbro games, and has since sold millions of copies. The game Twister has also been mentioned in the Guiness World Book of Records where a game was once played with 2453 square feet of mats.
Twister is a very simple game to play. Inside the box along with with the mat which has red, yellow, blue and green dots, is a spinner. There are four different parts to the spinner; left hand, right hand, left leg and right leg. In the game you usually nominate somebody to spin the spinner while everybody else plays. All the competitors then have to follow what the spinner says; for example if it says left hand green, you would have to put your left hand on the green spot. It can be at times near impossible to keep your bottom from reaching the ground which would make you out. The last person still stretching is the winner. At no point can you move either your hands or legs from their current position to help you, or let any other part of your body to touch the ground.
This game usually is a lot of fun but can involve quite a lot of bending down! Personally, I usually play this game with cousins who are quite a bit younger than me and they sometimes find it harder to stretch their smaller legs and arms. However, all round it is considered to be quite fun as everybody gets in a tangle! While I feel that this game is extremely enjoyable I feel that it is more of a novelty and could get boring if played too often.
The only disadvantage in my opinion of this game is that the spinner isn't very durable. The spinning part of it often becomes detached and falls apart which is quite annoying especially when playing with younger kids. This is especially a nuisance when you are stuck in a difficult position and have to wait for it to be fixed to be relieved!
All in all I would say that twister is an extremely fun game to play but is more suited for younger kids. Up to four players may play at a time although people with back problems aren't recommended to play for obvious reasons. This is a game that can be taken out from time to time, and will never cease to get you in a Twist!
This game can be bought for £17.10 from Amazon but can also be purchased from most good retailers.