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Although Facebook has been in the news lately regarding a privacy scandal, I would join again in a heartbeat. As long as it's reasonable, you can post what you want and you can market your services although I only promote commercial stuff to my friends unless it's how-to information such as new posts from my self-help blogs which I promote to the public in general. You can easily make posts, comment on posts, express how you feel about posts and report offensive content plus personal attacks. Also, you're provided a list of people you may know. Long story short, Facebook is great for connecting with friends and relatives.

Commission Junction (CJ)

Commission Junction (CJ)


Looking for such reviews, I wish I had seen these bad reviews on Commission Junction when I joined them in August. Although it's easy to get accepted into the program, the member dashboard is good and I was given a 2nd chance after deactivation on March 1, I don't know where to start regarding what's wrong with this service. Here are the things I dislike about them: 1) It's too hard to reach their support team; 2) If you close your browser, you must login again even if you didn't previously log out; 3) You must accumulate $100 to cash out by check, $50 to cash out by direct deposit; 4) Page loading is slow; 5) Advertisers are allowed to go many months to approve or decline your application to join them; 6) Some advertisers will invite you to join them by email, only to turn you down upon applying through your CJ portal; 7) One advertiser dropped me within a day of approving my application; 8) I've made no money here despite my efforts, my running their advertiser banners on my blogs, my posting their brands discounts on Facebook; and 9) Advertisers are miserly in which some of them state on their banners you'll receive a certain amount of money for generating banner clicks in a 7-day or 90-day period but never pay you no matter how many visitors you continually send them - this can hurt you if your account is deactivated and you're charged a dormancy fee for not earning any commissions for 6 months.



Getting started with Payclick is easy in which your website or blog is likely to be accepted and within just a few days; plus, you'll have a 100 % fill rate in which your ads always show and you can even use code they provide that lets you override customers' ad blockers. However, you aren't likely to prosper from this service unless you have blockbuster traffic. For starters, you'll only be accepted on a CPM basis where you get paid for impressions if your site draws 100,000 visitors monthly. Having been a member for a year, I've drawn less than 10 clicks and all but one of them have only added up to 1 cent in my account with the other click only garnering 6 cents. I just pulled all of their ads because it's not worth it waiting at least a few decades to accumulate the minimum amount of 20 bucks required for getting a payout.




It's a free service and it's easy to place their social media buttons code on your site. This can help you if your blog/website pages aren't long because the set of buttons you're provided with is small and will automatically fall at the bottom of your page below your content no matter where you try to place it - this will likely not help you if you have long pages because few visitors will go that far thus limiting your viral potential. I got a little benefit from using them when my content was relatively short. Fortunately, there are better alternatives.


Anyone can use this service for free and inserting their button code into the HTML/Javascript settings of your website or blog is easy. The social media buttons are very visible and you can easily place them high on every page of your site in the left sidebar or right sidebar, enabling visitors to share your content on Facebook, Twitter and other channels.



Each time you accept an invitation to take a survey, you'll answer a few demographics questions then spend just a few minutes taking a survey before you're automatically rewarded points for your participation. On top of that, you're rewarded a lot of points for registration. After racking up dozens more points, you can select items of merchandise; once you make your order, you should receive your item within a few weeks and you won't even have to pay for shipping. The drawback to this company is that they only issue three survey invitations monthly.



I recently registered but the registration went nowhere. Once I was in my dashboard upon registering with my email address, I saw a notice saying I would need approval before I could post to the forum. Well, that has been over a week but I haven't heard back. On top of that, each time I try to sign in and click "Forgot password", the system says it doesn't recognize my email address.


Although you can consistently accumulate money for pop-under ads displayed on your websites/blogs, the earnings potential isn't much and you must accumulate 10 bucks in your account in order to cash out. More importantly, the ad experience is terrible in that if your visitors click anything on your site, an interstitial ad that appears from Pop Cash may make it too hard for them to return to your site without closing out all of the extra tabs/windows that pop up.



They send survey invitations frequently and the amount of points allotted for the surveys is adequate. When you screen out of a survey, you'll be awarded ten points for your effort. Each time you accumulate 200 points in your account, you can cash out for a payment of $2.35. Although I'm fine with getting $2.25 after a 2% transaction fee is factored in, the drawback to this website is that you must accumulate 1500 points to be able to cash out with no fee.


About a week ago, I was referred to Inco Money by a website I posted ads with in the past. Although there are an unlimited amount of ads to view on any given day, you must accumulate $150 in your account balance before you can withdraw your money for your first payout "to show how serious you are about sticking around for the long haul". In closing, I wish to also inform you that after not having to log back into my account to view ads for the first several days, I discovered I would have to sign back in last night. However, I kept getting a message saying I was either inputting the wrong password or my account was deleted due to inactivity. I requested for the system to let me reset my password nearly 20 hours ago but still haven't received the email for that.



Don't bother signing up to participate in this forum. They gave me no warnings and banned me for life for no specified reason.




It's easy to set up your shirt storefront and you can easily customize the apparel items you choose to sell but I had an account with them for about two years and got no sales.




PayPal works flawlessly in remitting the money sent to you from friends as well as businesses you have provided a service to such as taking surveys. You can use it to receive money from selling products/services on your website/blog, with the purchases being secure. Finally, I recommend you opt to receive the money you cash out into your bank account within one business day instead of requesting a check in which you'll have $1.50 debited from your total remittance and wait nearly 10 days to get your money.

Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange


What's acceptable about them is the amount of available topics they have. What I can't stand is that they make it too hard to create a new profile for the different types of forums they have such as math and workplace; therefore, you can't easily link to more websites/blogs of yours where your niche matches the forum service. I was able to overcome this problem with a Google search before but I can't do it now.



I'm giving them a neutral rating. I have nothing bad to say about them and I appreciate how they send you newsletters to try to help you out in addition to providing banners and links that operate successfully. If you get good traffic to your traffic blog/website and from social media and your visitors are consistently responsive plus convertible, I encourage you to give this site a try, as it has strong earning potential for everyone. However, I recently quit using them after being a member for nearly a year and a half because in addition to getting no sales, I never even got any clicks to my links/banners other than my first few months of membership when I got a few clicks.



If you provide a comment that's helpful and you're sure is on topic to a post but the site manager disagrees with it, it gets deleted.



From what I've seen after registering with them, they're unfair and treat members unequally. Using the section designated for self-promotion, I created a thread to promote my newest book. Within the next day or so, they deleted my thread, claiming endless self-promotion spamming. A few days ago, I sent a message asking about this and pointing out that they have left similar threads in place but they have ignored me by not responding to my message.



Although they have good chat customer service and let you craft a good story in your video, you won't have much control over the editing process; for example, your dashboard will indicate you can insert your own image file. I tried to do that in order to insert a file containing my blog URL to overcome the finished video not clearly enunciating my link but still couldn't insert my own file or graphics. Finally, your video likely won't be published to YouTube like it should and you won't be able to embed the video code into your website/blog like you can with YouTube videos; instead, you'll only be able to insert the link itself - I can assure you this won't look right on your site.



You'll likely waste your time leaving comments on this blog. Either your comment may not actually go through despite no indication of the topic being closed or your comment will be posted but you find it gone the next day.



If you remain civil and on topic, you can freely express your views about cooking. The more you participate, the more trophies and other recognition you receive. On top of that, you can get your own signature in which you can link to your commercial website after remaining a member for a week and posting five messages/replies to other posts or creating five posts.

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