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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 won't give them a one-star rating because they frequently send survey invitations and some of their surveys are worth at least a few thousand points. On the other hand, the negatives outweigh the positives. You must accumulate 25,000 points to get a retail gift card (no cash offered), some of the surveys are routed to sites where you constantly get routed to other surveys and you will often get a survey that takes much longer than the ten or fifteen minutes promised before you begin, with the incentive (1000 points) not worth it. Finally, it takes too long to get the 25,000 points anyway.
As you sign up to run ads on their account, they state that they accept most publishers and will especially accept you if you have quality content but this couldn't be farther from the truth. Although I have quality content on all my blogs, this company rejected all of them without providing an explanation.
After I signed up months ago, I didn't write an article because I couldn't find anything to write based on the type of articles sought by the clients. Although I explained this to the website owner as he emailed me to urge me to write, he kept frequently writing to me on this until I logged in and made it so I would get no more notifications from them. About a month ago, I made my occasional login attempt only to find my account had obviously been cancelled by that same guy.
I continue to use it so it must not be that bad. What I like about them is that when you find work you qualify for, the tasks are quick and you will get paid within a few days through your PayPal account, even if you literally just earned a few pennies for doing work that day. What I dislike is that many of the tasks require you to have qualification for them and it's hard to pass the tests to get those qualifications. Also, I don't often get work because I don't have any of their qualifications.
This is another site I've wasted time running ads with on my blogs. All you or your visitors have to do is pull your scroll bar or click somewhere on your pages and there will be a blank pop layer that covers your entire site for several seconds - this despite the fact that this site is officially providing pop-under ads which pop up under the user's browser and generally don't lead to annoyance. Also, the earnings appear to be infinitesimal. If you run ads, frequently test your links and click away on your sites to make sure you're not getting bad ads that can ruin your online business.
Although you can consistently get a lot of ad impressions from running their ads, they provide complete reports and they let you cash out once you accumulate a dollar in your account, you may not ultimately be thrilled, especially if you generally don't get much traffic like me. I recently reached the 1000-impression threshold with legitimate traffic but because none of my impressions produced clicks let alone clicks that converted into action, my balance is stuck at no revenue and they won't upgrade me to their premium publishers program which would enable me to get paid on a CPM, CPC and CPA model for impressions, clicks and conversions. To add insult to injury, they don't point out on their website that they are mainly a cost per action network that won't pay you without you delivering traffic that converts; on top of that, they generally provide the same ads over and over again that don't pertain to your websites/blogs and are not likely to even attract clicks.
Ad Media, or Monetize, has rejected me. First, they don't state on their site that you must have 1000 unique visitors monthly. Second, they waste your time by sending you a welcome email and having you go to their site to fill out a tax form but the problem with that form is you can't put your signature and date on it and you can neither save the information nor successfully submit the form.
Many months ago, I submitted my name and email so that I could write articles for them but they never got back to me; therefore, I can't complete the signup, open an account and begin writing articles for pay. If they thought the submission of my LinkedIn profile wasn't good enough, they should have had the decency to tell me.
I just ran their ads on all my blogs for a little over a month and a half but neither got an iota of revenue nor any impressions. In that kind of span, I've at least gotten a few impressions with just about all other ad networks I've tried.
After I registered awhile back, they rejected my site, saying it was not engaging enough and would lead to low conversions. Ever since, I've done everything I can to meet this requirement; however, they just reviewed my second ticket which I submitted a few weeks ago and closed it without telling me anything about what I need to do better or why they won't consider me.
I mainly just publish comic strip books for free with them now. Although you can generate 70 % of what you charge for your books in sales by choosing the 70-percent option for the $2.99-$9.99 range, overall sales have plummeted for me here the last four years plus they don't provide your views tally; consequently, I had to move most of my books to another market. On the bright side, you can possibly get a $1500 advance by using their Kindle Scout program as a member; however, your submission must have at least 50,000 words and fall into a certain category. Minus getting a sale, you will generate revenue for each page of one of your books that someone reads on their Kindle but it is usually pennies literally. I give them strong credit for publishing your submission within 12 hours.
Although your earnings can rapidly accumulate from running their ads, if you or your website visitors click one of your external links, you will often encounter an interstitial ad that keeps you from getting back to your site. Here's a partial view of my dashboard: Todd Hicks Balance: $0.0010 (a logout arrow follows). Anytime you have a dashboard that looks like this followed by a table chart, don't waste time installing their ad code only to have to remove it from your sites later - these networks all have bad ads.
I simply included the link to one of my blogs in my signature and did not run an ad in my sole post but got banned anyway for what they consider spam. They state that you can't run ads in their policies but don't state that you can't include links in your profile or signature.
Arman G. – Not Alone Rep
Sure, if someone registered and the first thing they do is add a link to signature that would get you banned here.
As this free self-publishing site distributes your book to multiple online retailers for free once they quickly accept your submission that has at least 2000 words, you will have a big assist in your marketing efforts. Also, you may consistently get sales here and there, especially if you write enough books and create strong titles. Once you accumulate 10 dollars in your account, you will quickly get paid through PayPal. The approval process usually just takes a few days for your book to officially hit the market. The main drawback is you generate just a third in revenue of what you charge for your books; otherwise, they would be just short of perfection.
They disabled my account even though I never wrote an article for them. They did not respond after I contacted them to ask why.
If you run an ad in their classified ads section, they will ban you for spamming for life and you won't be able to use their forums. Also, they make it too hard to contact them to talk about it.
If you sign up to run ads with them, they may review the site you provide your URL to and then close your account without giving a reason for the site rejection and account termination.
If you or your visitors click a link on your site, you will be foiled by a full-page pop-up ad that won't let you reach your intended destination.
It's hard to get accepted by them as a publisher. They don't make their policies easy to find and they won't give an explanation on how your site isn't compatible with their policies if they reject you.
Once you sign up with them to run ads as a publisher, they will give you code to put on your site but the system will tell you something's wrong as you return to their site to click "Verify" to verify that you've inserted the code.

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