Let me start off by saying the different ways I have listed here are from my own experiences.
There are many people that can tell if or will a Paid to click site will become a scam and stop paying their members, and I am one of them.
You should also know, Paid to Click websites are not "get rich quick" schemes by any means.
You will not become extremely wealthy from clicking at and referring people to PTC sites.
It does not work like that.
However, there are some people that are making decent earnings from their work and their referrals work at legitimate PTC sites.
Identifying whether a Paid to Click site is already a scam, will help you avoid loss of time and money in the future.
- Always check the "Payment Proofs" page:On this page, you will see when the latest payment was sent out. MOST of the time, when a site quits paying, the payment proofs page will reflect that. That is not always the case. Sometimes, when a PTC site administrator wants to try to be sneaky, they will show fake payment proofs to make you think they are still paying. This is hard to spot, so that is why you always search for more reasons why a PTC site might be a scam.
- No Forum is No Good:If a Paid to Click site does not have a forum, that is a HUGE sign that it is a scam. If the admin removed the forum, or never had a forum, that usually means they do not want their potential victims to see what others are saying about them. When a PTC site quits paying, 9 times out of 10, many of the members will become worried and go to the forum and ask about it. Keep in mind that if a PTC site does not have a forum, just stay away from it.
- Check the payment processors:Most of the time PTC sites will list what payment processors are accepted at their site. They should have them listed on the home page so visitors can see for themselves. Sometimes they do not, but you should be able to check their payment proofs page and see which ones they have been using. If a site is not using your payment processor, then why would you waste your time there if you will not get paid? Keep in mind that just because they show a picture of a payment processor, (Example: PayPal) that does not mean they are currently using them. That is why you always check the payment proofs page to see the latest payments and which processors are actually being used.
A potential scam PTC site is basically a new PTC site that is under 1 year old. These are the sites that you should be weary of. They haven't proven their trust and are more likely to quit paying their members very soon after launching.
There are a lot of ways that I know of when it comes to spotting a future scam site.
- Look at it: What I mean by this is, just look at it. If the site looks like a kid could have designed it, then do not waste your time click there. If you do not like looking at it, other people will not either. If it is super flashy and hard on your eyes, do not waste your time.
Think about this for a second. In 6 months, do you still see yourself clicking there?
- How much can you earn?: Any website that pays over $.02 per click, you should be very hesitant to join it. Advertisers are not willing to pay much more than $.02 for 60 seconds on their website. Which brings me to my next topic.
- How much does advertising cost?: No one will purchase advertising if it is not worth it. Especially when it comes to newer PTC sites. Sometimes their packages will be overpriced and advertisers will not even think about advertising there. If you spend $1.00 advertising at a PTC site, you should be able to receive 1,000 visitors for about 5 seconds. Most of the time, PTC sites will have different packages that vary in price and time spent on your website. For Example, you could spend $1.00 and get 1,000 visitors for 5 seconds, or you could spend $1.00 and receive 50 visitors for 60 seconds. PTC sites will vary by price and time, but you should get the point. If a price is just way overpriced, no one will advertise there. If no one advertises there, then they will not be making much money from advertising to pay their members.
- Does the PTC site offer PayPal as a payment processor? I could probably write about PayPal and PTC sites all day long, but it is very controversial and I am going to try and keep it short.
If a site is brand new and offering PayPal, you need to have a lot of skepticism. PayPal has been limiting a lot PTC sites accounts lately and new PTC sites that start transacting a lot of money catches the eye of PayPal. They will review their account and sometimes limit or allow them to accept payments.
It is very rare when they allow PTC sites to accept payments.
Anyone can start accepting payments, but that does not mean PayPal approves of them doing so. They can limit their account in an instance, and guess what? The PTC site owner will have no way of getting those funds back unless they approve of them accepting payments.
If PayPal is the only option a site offers, I would not join it because if or when their account gets limited, you will not get paid anymore. Unless they have other payment processors. A lot of administrators have bounced back from a PayPal limitation and proved to still pay. Sometimes they will require you to "invest" through another processor before you can get paid again. I am against this, but some have proven it can work.
To summarize, PayPal seems like they are on a roll at limiting PTC site accounts and any new site that offers PayPal has the potential to have their account limited. I know many people only use PayPal, but you have to be skeptic about making a purchase at a new and not trusted PTC site.
- Who is the administrator?: Before joining a new PTC site, you should try and find out who the owner of the site is, the admin. I like to be able to put a face to a site, before I decide to join that site or make a purchase their. It is just my opinion, but it shows trust. Like I do on my About page.
You can view the forum most of the time and see if the admin is active in the community or posts updates every now and then. The admin should not have to answer every question in the forum, but you want to see that he is helping out some in their community and answering support questions. If there is no forum and no support page to contact them, it is a scam.
- Intrusive Advertisements: I will tell you one thing that aggravates me a lot, POP UP advertisements. I hate clicking on a page or something and a new window or tab opens up showing an advertisement completely unrelated to anyone. That is very annoying and if ANY PTC site has pop up banners implemented, RUN AWAY.
- Forums and other reviews: When a new Paid to Click site is launched, a lot of people who own websites will review them and let you know if it can be trusted. Members of PTC site forums will also ask about it too. Keep in mind that EVERYONE has their own opinions. Some people might say it is trusted, some may say it is a scam. That is why you need to do your own research as well.
- Self Sponsored Advertisements: This one is also a bit controversial, but in my honest opinion, they are completely necessary to keep members clicking at their site. A self sponsored advertisement is an ad that the admin offers every member of their site. Usually they will offer between 1 - 4 ads to click. They range in earnings, but like I said, they are necessary to have.
If a PTC site does not have any advertisers making purchases, and no self sponsored ads, then there will be no reason the member should stay there.
What the admin is promoting to you is a big deal as well. Admins need to find the perfect product or service to promote. They need something that you and them will benefit from. It is hard to explain, but they need to promote something that is not too expensive, that interests you, relevant to PTC sites or earning money online. If they are promoting kids toys, would you be interested. Most likely not.
With all that said, my point is that if the admin is promoting something that will earn him/her money for recommending you something, they will most likely have the funds to keep paying and avoid becoming a scam.
- Referral earnings are crap: If you recruit new members to their sites, and they decide to make a purchase, how much do you get? Sometimes, PTC sites will not offer any commissions for your referrals purchases, but only for clicking advertisements. I recommend staying away from those because you could be wasting your time as well. Also, if you are not earning much from your referrals clicks, then why waste your time there? PTC Sites need to be fair to the members, the advertisers and themselves.
- Offer Revenue Shares: You could try and convince me all day that Revenue shares are legitimate, and you would fail miserably. I know for a fact that revenue share sites are a complete load of crap.
If you make a purchase at a revenue sharing site, it is nothing other than saying,
"Here, take my money and give it back to me in about 30 days. You must give me back more than I gave you though. Yes, I know I have to click ads everyday to earn my money back, but that is ok. If I skip a day, you can take some away from me." How much sense does that make? ALL revenue sharing sites are complete bogus. It is really a ponzi scheme though. They take your money and you have to click at their site everyday and hopefully recruit others to make purchases so they can pay you back. Most of the time they will offer you advertising, but 1,000 views for $50. What kind of a deal is that?
I do not care what you may think about revenue sharing sites, I know for a fact they will become a scam if people quit making purchases. That is why I do not recommend any one joining them.
If you read everything I wrote above, you should easily be able to tell whether or not you want to join a PTC site.
Identifying scam PTC sites can be a daunting task, but you will eventually get the hang of it. You will eventually only start clicking at the sites that have been paying for a long time.
You get tired of wasting your time and money with "The next GREAT PTC site" and you will eventually succumb to staying away from ALL new PTC sites...
It is just how it goes.
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