We've all seen the ads for easy money while working from home. All you have to do is join a few of the endless number of GPT (Get Paid To) websites. These sites come in a variety of themes but they all promise the same thing; follow a few simple steps or complete a few simple actions and you too can be like "screenname75" and make and easy $500 or more.
The purpose of my post this evening is to educate you about what they are NOT telling you. But before I do let's talk about what these sites are and how they work.
How they work:
The answer is very simple. Companies purchase ads on a GPT website and part of the purchase price is used to lure site members to fulfill a specific task, weather it is something as simple and clicking on the ad, signing up for a newsletter, or making a purchase via the company link.
By doing this, the company receives traffic and generates sales and the GPT members receive small incentives for their interest.
Examples of GPT sites:
Here are some of the most basic examples.
Paid to Click (PTC):
This is by far one of the simplest. The basic task is clicking on the advertisement link and you will receive a predetermined amount of cash.
Paid to Read (PTR):
These sites are similar to the PTC sites, but with a twist. These promise that if you sign up for their site, they will send the ads to you and all you have to do is open your in-box, read the e-mail and click on the advertisement to receive payment.
Paid to Sign Up (PTS):
These sites offer incentives for signing up for newsletters or other programs, many of which are other GPT sites.
Paid to Surf:
This is my favorite. These sites promise payment for simply surfing ads and clicking a button every 10 to 20 seconds.
Sounds simple enough right? Here though, is what they don't tell you in their flashy splash page.
Like with anything in life, a little common sense is needed. Remember you are receiving an incentive that has been predetermined by the company who bought the ad and the GPT website. They have made it their goal to make money as well.
You are NOT going to get rich by simply being a member of a GPT site and you are not really going to make it worth your while by doing the bare minimum.
Sure you do receive some kind of payment, but some times it is not really money. For example, most "Paid to Surf" and many "Paid to Click" sites pay you with points or internal funds so that you can sponsor your own program or promote your own website. The PTC sites that do pay out have ads that pay anywhere from $0.001 to $0.02 per click, per day. This would be tolerable if you could click on 100 sites per day, at least then you could make anywhere from $0.10 to $2 per day. But remember the PTC site wants to make money too so they only allow a limited number of clicks per day per member. Sometimes they will offer a larger incentive or give you more "clicks" if you upgrade your account for a monthly or yearly membership fee.
In the case of the "Paid to Sign Up" sites you can get paid for signing up for other programs. The problem with this is that these are often for other GPT programs or they require a purchase of some kind or other. If the PTS is simply to sign up for a news letter, be prepared to start receiving a TON of junk mail and SPAM. This latter issue is also the biggest setback to joining a "Paid to Read" program.
Now to be fair, I have tried several of these and am currently still a member of a few. So the purpose of this post is not to bash these sites, but to simply share with you what I have learned the hard way in the hope that you will have better success.
So how does "screenname75" make $50 a month from these sites?
Referrals, Referrals, Referrals:
As I stated earlier you will not get rich by simple being a member nor will you make it worth your while by doing the bare minimum. Some effort is required.
The one thing all these sites have in common is that they offer extra incentives for referring new members. These can include things such as sign up bonuses and percentages of your referrals earnings. That is why every member has a referral link.
So how do you get referrals?
This is not for the week of heart. It requires a certain amount of creativity and aggression. You must remember that you are trying to sale a program in an overly saturated market; one where everyone wants someone to sign up under their link. The internet is full of people and businesses screaming for your attention and money so this requires us to either scream louder or more creatively.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Post your referral link in the signature line of e-mails and social network posts. Be careful that you do not become a SPAMER, this is generally frowned upon.
If you have a blog or website and have good traffic, you can post your links for you visitors.
This is good if you also want to advertise your website or blog. the increased traffic flow will ensure that more visitors will see your link
Very few things are more convincing than a real testimonial by a real person.
Do NOT listen to anyone that gives you this suggestion. It is against Creig's List's policy to post GPT ads on their site.
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So I hope this has helped to educate you on what all the hype is about so that you can decide weather or not this is something you want to pursue.
Feel free to comment below and ask any question you may have about this topic.
Below is a list of the sites that I have had some minor success with. Thanks again for reading.
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