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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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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.


You'll waste time signing up with them to run ads as a publisher. You will fill in your email address, telephone number and upload your photo during signup process; however, it won't do you any good to get the pin in your email to complete registration because there's no where to put it once you return to their site after clicking the signup confirmation link.


I've had an account with them for years, thinking they had a lot of potential and hoping for them to improve but no. Although you may get plenty of clicks immediately after sharing an affiliate link, you will not get many more clicks for the same product and your chances of getting a sale are slim. Also, if you or someone else clicks your link to test it or buy an item, you won't be able to return to your original site due to continual redirecting.


The Key Hero forum for typists is a joke. People often spam the forum posting about non-related products and other jibberish that has nothing to do with the topic or typing. I'm tired of reporting this, only to have the moderators apparently let it go.


Blogger is free and reliable plus it provides many useful features you can use to make your blog great; also, you can put any code you need to put on your pages from other sites by copying and pasting it into your HTML/Javascript settings. The main drawbacks are that the site statistics aren't too accurate and you no longer have total control over your blog template.


I just made the tough but necessary choice to stop using them. Although they offer high accumulated earnings at a rate faster than any other ad network I've ever used, they have too many flaws to keep using them. If you let their interstitial ads run, they will often take many seconds to buffer before they begin the five-second countdown to let you return to the original site. If you set it so that they no longer run and just opt to run their pop-under ads, you will not be better off because once you click a video or link to another page on your site, those ads will produce a pop-up ad in another tab and you or your visitors will have to click that video or link again. You cannot in good conscience share your referral link or try shortening links to URLs because their links are deemed unsafe - never mind that I told them about that. No matter what they constantly say about having made their links safer, their links will not be accepted by Facebook.


You will waste your time signing up to take surveys with Vindale because the chances that they will ever send you a survey are slim to none.


Their marketing newsletters are not too good. In fact, I wasted about 15 to 20 minutes recently reading one about earning lots of money through your blog. The article did not provide examples or teach you how to do something to earn the money through each channel they discuss.


I previously rated them 5 stars but this service has become deplorable. Once you accumulate 500 points, you can redeem them for a $5 PayPal payment that should arrive in within a few days to a week. Alas, that's the only good thing I can say about them now. There are no longer any surveys available. Also, they're no longer crediting me for watching videos.


Website Magazine lets you sign up for a free online magazine that comes to your email and provides pretty good marketing tips. I just wish they sent emails a little more.


I had to stop using them. Although they send the payments you have earned, many of their surveys last at least 30 minutes and they got to the point where they were arbitrary about crediting you for the surveys you successfully completed. The straw that broke the camel's back was not getting the 750 points that were promised for finishing a certain survey that took about three hours total.


Although they credit you for surveys you complete, they set 30 dollars as the threshold for payment and half of that must come from completing offers.


You can work on their offers and they will just sit there for years with you getting nothing out of it.


Although they offer as much as a buck for surveys you complete and may send you a dollar within a few days, they did not pay me for about half the surveys I actually completed when I did their surveys years ago.


It's hard to get them to accept your articles and even if you try to follow their guidelines and write a good article, they will stop accepting articles from you once they reject you three times for any reason.


Hubspot sends newsletters that teach you much about marketing and making your website better plus you can comment at the end of their articles with your URL hyperlinked within your first name, giving you exposure and more traffic.

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