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Todd"toddhicks209" H.

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Todd Hicks blogs on job interview preparation, cooking and travel, respectively. http://jhacac.blogspot.com http://gfpana.blogspot.com http://httwlh.blogspot.com

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I know a lot about survey sites and other sites that pay you to run ads or do other things online. My reviews are fair and thorough.


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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.
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.
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.
Take surveys and record your fitness activity with them - it should truly pay off for you. Although I was impressed when I signed up with this site less than a year ago, I didn't know it would be quite this good. Although you must accumulate 10,000 points to receive a $10 payment through direct deposit or PayPal, don't be discouraged, as you can reach this level in months.

In addition to being able to record your fitness activity with many apps, you'll likely receive at least one email from My Achievement per month that invites you to complete the latest offers or take a brief survey that may reward you with anywhere from a few points upwards to 100 points or more. Finally, I signed up to participate in a special project a few months ago in which I respond to an invitation to do a brief survey for 3000 points monthly for the next year. Guess what? I just received my first payment which arrived a day after I requested it.
I have nothing bad to say about Ad Sella. Once you register then list the URLs for your websites/blogs, Ad Sella is likely to notify you within a few days of your acceptance as a member. Upon acceptance, you can create ad blocks to put on your sites, letting potential clients easily pay you and thus start running ads on your space. Other great aspects include: 1) getting exposure from snapshots of your sites appearing on Ad Sella's home page daily, 2) being able to set the prices for your ads plus the duration they will run, 3) being able to list your own sales/refund policy, 4) only having 15 % of what you make from a sale deducted as a fee and 5) once you make a sale, Ad Sella automatically installs your ad on your site. I recommend you put it in writing that customers will receive a full or partial refund if they opt to pull their ad before it's set to no longer run then follow through on this policy. Make sure to not under-price or overprice your ads - if you charge less than $10, clients are likely to assume they won't get value from giving you a chance. I started setting my prices at around this level after joining in November. I incrementally raised my prices after that and have kept my ad prices at $25 per blog for awhile; feel free to charge more than this if your visitor traffic is high in addition to providing quality publisher content. Finally, don't back down from maxing out the price level you feel comfortable with and don't get discouraged; I didn't make my first sale until last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 likely be awarded points for your effort. Also, you can earn money for referrals - great referral banners are provided. The only drawback is you must accumulate 1000 points to be able to cash out with no fee; however, you can easily reach that level within a few months on a consistent basis.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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