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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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They are reliable, frequently send survey invitations, give you five points for many surveys you don't qualify for and pay you within a few weeks of your payout request by PayPal. The drawbacks are that you may not qualify for some of the surveys and it can take at least four months to reach the 1530 point level and get paid 15 bucks; the best part is you can get up to 175 points for each diary survey you complete (several offered each year) and you get 750 points for completing at least 5 of the 7 diary surveys by the end of the year.
For starters, you only need to accumulate 1 dollar in your account to cash out and you should always quickly receive your payout as a direct deposit in your bank account. Mturk offers many tasks, or HITs that you can qualify for and complete relatively quickly. Many of the tasks pay well and almost all of the requesters for the tasks are honest and will pay you for your task completion.

However, the fraud rate seems to be creeping up; whereas the rate for not getting conned out of getting paid for completing surveys was close to 100 %, the rate has gone down to about 90 % for me. Although it's unfortunate for this to ever happen, I find Mturk to probably be the best money-paying site for survey takers and task participants dollar for dollar.
It's obvious they no longer value me as a member, they have ceased sending me survey invitations and I just cashed out the remaining 50 points worth 5 bucks I had by donating it to Red Cross, especially because it would have been hard to get anything worthwhile from Amazon with a gift card for that amount of money. After completing my last survey with them yesterday, a profile survey at that, I got a message saying my account was now deactivated and that I was no longer a fit for the OO community due to speeding through the surveys or being untruthful - I take exception to that because I always take surveys with great care; furthermore, I was just making changes to my profile based on having different circumstances now. Finally, they just revealed in their new policies that instead of still being able to get paid through PayPal once you have 100 points (worth 10 dollars) in your account, you must wait until you have $50 in your account to cash out.
They are reliable and let you make money through taking surveys and completing offers. They would be great if it did not often take half a year or more to reach the $30 payout level and they did not only let you get paid by check - on the bright side, you can get your checks within a week by paying ten bucks for a lifetime gold membership.
They are reliable, offer quick surveys, let you request a check once you accumulate one buck and sometimes pay five or more bucks for a survey. Also, you can get more money from taking surveys by installing their Savvy Connector, a safe plug-in. Thank goodness that it now takes them just a week or less to issue you a check after you request your payment. In closing, it would help if they let you cash out through PayPal and get paid instantly.
They have potential for paying well to those who monetize their sites; on the other hand, you can generate many impressions but not generate revenue. If they reject one of your sites, they may not reply to your inquiry and you must go to the home page and use the "Company" menu to find their policies. Also, they make you put a link on your homepage for testing purposes and you may have to leave it there for days until they approve or reject that site.
Springboard America provides surveys that generally won't take more than a few minutes to finish and even I qualify for many of their surveys. Also, you should relatively quickly reach the $50 payout level. Finally, they recently changed the payment system to PayPal, enabling you to quickly get your payment.
I signed up with this site a few months ago because I thought it was cool. The surveys are quick and you can quickly accumulate the required 2500 points to get a reward. Once I arrived at that level and requested a payout, I received a message saying I was being referred to a member site and that my reward would arrive in about a week. It's been over a month and have not heard back from them. Also, others say the rewards are worthless.
Although CPX24 has or used to have potential to consistently provide ads and pay well, many of their ads produce malware ads or ads that pop up and cover your entire website.
Lycos has a system that makes it easy to read and delete emails plus I was able to sign up to become a member for free. However, they changed it so that new members would have to pay a fee. This is now my secondary email account.
The only good thing I can say about it is that you can reap a good sum. If you make a cumulative amount of errors over time, your account will be suspended or banned. Sometimes the system will give you an error and warning even if you actually did the captcha the way it was supposed to be typed in. The system just brought up a mistake that was falsely given to me a while ago and suspended my account for 20 minutes. I was a good worker and mainly made mistakes as a beginner. I refuse to continue using this system and eventually get a long suspension or a permanent ban through no fault of my own.
Denys S. – 2captcha Rep
A few mistakes won't get your account banned. But it is true that account will get a temporary block for work if there was a lot of mistakes in a row.
I you feel that something is wrong with our error-recognition system, please feel free to request help from our support team through ticket-system: https://2captcha.com/support/faq/39
Best regards, 2captcha.com team.
Logiptc doesn't have nearly as much ads to view on a given day as they used to. Another disadvantage is that it sometimes takes a few weeks to get your payment instead of a few days. Finally, their timing mechanism for recording whether you've stayed on the landing page you're taken to upon clicking on an ad for at least ten seconds is faulty - you can be careful about this and just know you've taken awhile to close out the new browser but still get a warning sometimes. I just accumulated my fourth warning despite being careful and refuse to continue being a member in which I get an unnecessary fifth warning and be banned.
Able 2 Know has suspended my account for a month for "spam". Baloney. All I did was answer questions posted. I didn't advertise or link to my sites in the posts and I did not engage in necroposting, or pulling up old posts that aren't on page one. After using the contact us submission form, I got a message asking for my username. After I wrote back revealing it, I got a reply saying to see my message from support on their site. I just tried to log in but got the same suspension message.
Skim Links is an affiliate site you should avoid. They don't state in their policies that you must have content or links on your site pertaining to merchants. If you don't meet this requirement, they will reject you and tell you that it is their final decision.
Kim -. – Skimlinks Rep
Hi Todd! I appreciate your feedback. The only way to earn revenue with Skimlinks is to link to the Merchants that we work with. If you do not have links to Merchants, then Skimlinks won't provide any benefit to your site! We are always happy to reconsider sites, so if you have any updates please feel free to apply again at https://signup.skimlinks.com/ Thank you!
The first reason why you must avoid this site as a seller is that they will take fees out of your credit card or bank account some time after they pay you the money from a sale you make - this is an inconvenience, especially if you have little or no money in your account at the time. Secondly, they neither check with the retailer you link items to to see if they will accept the purchase and deliver your item nor do they give you adequate information to enable you to contact the third party retailer and have the item delivered - this is stressful and a waste of time for sellers and customers. I incorrectly blamed Overstock for not delivering a wallet I sold in the fall - now that I have experienced this situation again from selling items through Amazon, a reputable dealer, I know that Atomic Mall is at fault for not making sure you can verify that your item will be delivered before accepting or declining the sale. Finally, sellers must be very careful when opening an online store account then relying on sites they represent as the middle man to deliver the items - it's often not worth it to be the middle man or woman.
Clixten runs ads saying you can receive up to four cents per ad click. No. I tried them for awhile. I clicked a lot of ads but never got more than two cents a day tops and you can't cash out until you have accumulated at least two bucks.
The site mentioned above just pulled my ad that described my business and had the link to it, saying it violates their rules. The problem with them is they don't enable you to create a profile and list your links.
As a member of Ayuwage, I used to easily make at least five to ten bucks a month reading ads and following many of the menu options in my dashboard. Alas, the last several months have been bad regarding the earnings potential. Because I'm now hard-pressed to have enough ads to reach the level of 10,000 points to earn 5 bucks every two months, it's no longer worth it to open their ads, switch back to doing my other online work in another tab then return to the ad landing pages to click on page content/links or whatever else is required to finish that task.
Textbroker now requires writers to re-verify their accounts by sending a photo of themselves showing their faces completely while holding a picture of their ID cards that is easy to see in the photo too and if you don't comply within a day, they permanently close your account. I'll try to find a better site that lets you write for clients and is likely to last.
Although Global Test Market sends member plenty of survey opportunities, you can't count on them to pay you anymore. I made a payment request to receive a $50 check after accumulating over 1000 market points four months ago. A month ago, I let them know it was past the six-eight week window for the check to arrive. Although they sent an automated reply, they did not formally reply to tell me they had not yet sent it, they were still processing it or they already sent it and maybe it was stolen. Even if you have at least 1000 points and try requesting your payment to come through PayPal, the system will tell you that you don't have 1000 points in your cart and that you must redeem additional items or vouchers to reach that amount of points.

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