"Get Paid To" Sites
Each day, hundreds or perhaps thousands of industrious, hard-working people come online lured by the promise of quick and easy money.
However, making money online is no easy feat and with so many options available it's easy for people to sometimes get confused about which path is best.
One of the most common traps people fall into believing is that money can be made legitimately with little or no effort. Oftentimes, people with this belief will fall victim to some of the "paid to" scams that are so prevalent on the Internet today.
Specifically, these include things like getting "paid to click" on advertisements, getting "paid to read" things such as email and getting "paid to surf" the Internet.
If you're considering doing any one of these things, then this brief article will educate you about what you need to know before making any big mistakes.
"Paid to click" sites
As a member of a "paid to click" service, you earn money by visiting websites that advertise on the network of which you're a member.
In order to earn money, you're required to click on an advertiser's link and then remain on their website for a predetermined period of time.
After reaching a payment threshold, many "paid to click" sites offer the ability to receive payment directly into your bank account via PayPal.
The problem with "paid to click" sites is that the payouts for clicking on ads is abysmally low. For each ad you click on you will generally receive $.0125 per click.
Most sites won't payout until you've earned at least $10. Some simple math will tell you that you would need to click on and visit approximately 800 sites in order to earn $10.
Since many of the "paid to click" sites have minimum visit times of at least 30 seconds, this would require you to spend nearly 7 hours looking at websites to earn $10.
This equates to an hourly pay of $1.43!
"Paid to read" sites
"Paid to read" websites have been around for a very long time. However, this is not necessarily an indicator that they are a good idea.
In order to earn money as a member of a "paid to read" site, you will need to agree to receive targeted email from advertisers based upon your preferences that you set up when you joined the site.
Additionally, extra money can be earned by referring other people to the "paid to read" site and convincing them to join. In this way, you can multiply your income.
Unfortunately, as with "paid to click" sites, the payouts for reading emails is also very low. Many of the companies only offer $.05 per viewed email.
Since you're unlikely to receive more than 10 emails per day, the most you would make in this situation is $0.50 - hardly a windfall.
"Paid to surf" sites
Although no longer a popular business model, at the height of the dot com boom, "paid to surf" websites were all the rage.
Members would agree to install a small program on their computer which would monitor their surfing activities as they browsed the web.
In turn, the Company would make money by charging advertisers who would pay to have their ads shown to users while they surfed.
The downside to "paid to surf" sites was that users were typically capped on how many hours they were allowed to surf (usually limited to around 20 hours) and as with the examples above, payouts for surfing were also very low.
In summary, the main take-away in regards to "get paid to" sites is that you're unlikely to earn any meaningful income engaging in any of these activities. Even worse, in most cases you'd actually make more per hour working for minimum wage at McDonalds!