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Todd Hicks blogs on keyboard typing, tennis, job interview preparation, math, cooking and travel, respectively.

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It's relatively easy to get accepted and you can cash out upon accumulating $50 in revenue but that's as far as I can go for praise. It was a hassle signing up because I had to go back and forth in my emails with them and I had to fill out their registration form a few times before I finally made it in successfully in late February.

From February 26 to March 13, I generated a few requests, or ad impressions, from advertisers on my blogs and earned close to 1 cent; beyond that, I haven't received any impressions or revenue accumulation.



It's easy to sign up and you can accept assignments on both the office work side and the production work side. From what I've seen, Randstad works harder than any other staffing agency to find temp and temp-to-hire work for you.

Their website is user-friendly and you can use it to create an account and thus set your tax status and keep tabs on your direct deposit or pay card earnings statement. Finally, this company grants second chances; I'm grateful for having one after messing up on my first assignment from them. The lone drawback is you don't have the option to get paid by check.




It's fun to ride the bus across America with this service and it's a lot cheaper to travel this way than by airplane or train. Also, you can save 10 % on your rides by having an online membership through their website. Furthermore, it's easy to book a trip through their website and by calling them and free Wi-Fi service is offered on the buses and at the bus stations.

The cons of riding Greyhound are that there are often long delays due to bad weather, the driver not showing up, etc. The free internet service is spotty; on my most recent return trip, I was able to get online at the Cleveland station but unable to get online at the next stops despite having successfully connected to Greyhound's internet service portal. Finally, you still have to pay the customary $20 fee to change your schedule in the event of a death in the family; on top of that, the agent I just talked to made an error on my departure time and said I would have to pay another 20 bucks to change that (despite the fact this error occurred on their end).

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Product Report Card

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They recently went from letting you quickly get paid by check or PayPal upon accumulating $25 in your account from taking surveys to only letting you redeem your earnings through an Amazon gift card. Although your cash-out request is likely to quickly be approved and Amazon offers such a vast array of merchandise you can order with your gift card code then receive within a few days, Product Report Card should have left in place the option to receive our earnings through PayPal and checks.

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“Why I love Product Report Card”
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You will frequently get a survey invitation and when you don't complete a survey, you will get 10 cents for your effort as long as you respond before the survey closes, so respond as soon as possible. You should quickly reach the $25 payout mark and you should quickly get paid whether you opt for a check or opt to be paid through PayPal.

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branded surveys

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Stay away, as you likely won't get paid for your hard work. My recent earnings withdrawal request was rejected with no explanation, despite having earned the 1000 + points I accumulated beforehand.

“Go Branded has lost its luster”
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They let you take plenty of surveys and polls for pay. You will always have plenty of survey opportunities and you can cash out for 10 bucks once you accumulate 1000 points. However, things have dramatically changed for the worst. It used to be that we would usually get five points for each survey we don't qualify for and any brief personal information update form we complete but now I'm usually given just 1 point or two for that.

They did away with the 30-point "You're an ace" bonus we would often get for screening out of surveys but being a good member. It's no longer the case you get 30 points for answering each poll in a series; now it's 5 points for all members. I kissed earning 10 points for taking a poll and 110 points for doing a poll for 10 consecutive days goodbye.

So much for my being a gold member. They have come up with dumb excuses for these new changes, with one of them being that they're trying to get quality survey taking done; what does this have to do with quality survey taking? I'm sticking with them for now but they may lose me if they keep this all up.



I registered to become a publisher with them 3 and 1/2 weeks ago but I still cannot insert their ad code on my blogs because they haven't made a decision to accept or reject my sites. Too, I emailed my account manager to expedite things but that hasn't netted a response or action either.



I signed up to be a publisher with them about three weeks ago but they haven't sent an email confirmation.




If you insert their ad code on your site, you'll get ads that when triggered produce multiple pop-up layers that cover up your site and make returning to it too hard.

Unique Rewards

Unique Rewards


This site used to be pleasurable and reliable; you could read emails,
take surveys, watch ads and do other fun activities for money then cash
out by check or PayPal upon attaining $20 in your account and actually
be paid within a short time frame.

Now I and several other members have
gone months without being paid despite having enough
in our accounts. UR keeps saying they always pay and keeps coming up
with excuses, with one of them being they're waiting on confirmation
from their bank. Stay away from this site.




It was easy to get accepted as a small publisher, I think their pop-under ads are safe and the $10 payout threshold you must meet to be able to cash out is reasonable compared to many other ad networks but my earnings were weak and I thus thought it wouldn't be worth it to wait at least 10 years to reach the minimum payout level based on my pace.


I should have known better than to sign up with them. Although they have a descriptive interface, they don't have an FAQ or terms of service section on their site. After registering then listing my first blog in my dashboard for approval, their system presented a message saying they don't accept blogspot sites per their terms of service which they don't make available.



It's easy to get accepted from them and get started but their pop-up ads aren't cool; each time they were triggered, they caused a redirect and made getting back to my sites impossible.



It was easy to get started with them as a publisher and I accumulated a little bit of earnings but my balance suddenly stopped growing and I got the sense it would take too long to earn enough to cash out, if ever.




I was able to register and create ad blocks to use to run ads on my blogs but these units were soon taken away by Nplex without explanation. Furthermore, I made no money from them.



This site isn't popular and they have screwed up with my registration as far as I'm concerned. A few years ago, I listed my first blog upon registration. However, I was given a message in my dashboard saying my site was declined due to a 3rd party lookup tool discovering suspicious traffic. First of all, I'm honest and there's nothing wrong with my traffic. Second, why have this type of tool look into members' traffic?



I give them credit for quick registration approval, quick offer approval and being able to cash out once your balance reaches the $25 threshold but this isn't enough to offset the minuses. Having registered with them in October, I haven't received 1 click for running banners for some of their offers on my blogs.

No clicks? This situation is unusual. Also, I went from having dozens of impressions to just zero to one over the last few weeks.

From what I've seen, most of their banners are too big; this is an inconvenience if you're trying to minimize this bandwidth and thus allow your site pages to load quickly, which is essential. Finally, I just received notice informing me an offer I've been running will soon expire and thus asking me to remove the creatives for it from my sites.



I just closed my account with them. Although they offer opportunities to earn money, they can't be trusted as far as I'm concerned. I began to link my bank accounts but they wanted to know my password for them. I could understand if they just wanted to know my routing numbers in order to give me a direct deposit for money I earned but I would never reveal my passwords to a third party or any other individual; a legitimate company surely wouldn't ask you to do that.




I enjoy being a member. I usually get a few survey invitations per month, the surveys I qualify for are generally quick and I almost always earn 50 points when I screen out of a survey, which is the case most of the time. Also, I love my member dashboard which looks good, is easy to navigate and makes it easy for me to see my points balance. The drawbacks are you must accumulate 14,000 points to be able to request a $10 check and I just waited about 5 to 6 weeks to get my first check from them.




I could almost give them their props for providing pretty designs and offering free service besides paid options. Unfortunately, I can't give them a decent rating.

The navigation process on their site is too slow plus my bottom line wasn't met. Though you can create pleasing campaigns, preview them and send a test email to yourself, it's too hard to actually send newsletters and introduction messages to subscribers you listed in their system.



Looking to reduce the size of the large banners and thumbnail images on my blogs and thus speed up page loading, I thought this site would fulfill my needs. Although I was able to reduce the images after uploading the JPG URL for them then display the size-reduced images on my blog, I was disappointed the next day when I viewed my blogs and thus saw the images gone; there was a message in the boxes where the images had been displayed revealing that the images had expired. It was a waste of time fixing this mess and re-inserting my images.

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