Many people are out there looking for a quick and easy buck without resorting to a skimpy dress and a streetlight. This is where PTC and GPT sites come in to play.
PTC means paid to click. You sign up with a user name and email address then you look for a link titled surf ads or earning area where you will click on advertising images or links bringing you to a web site. You're given a timer and you have to wait for your seconds to be up before you are credited. Seems pretty easy huh? Well, it is but PTC is probably one of the worst ways to try and make money online very quickly. It may take you months to reach the payout. I know that are making fairly decent money doing this but they have a lot of referrals. Unless you're Mr./Mrs. Popularity, getting active referrals can be extremely hard to do on your own. Some sites will let you rent or purchase referrals from them for pretty cheap though. Payment is usually through Paypal, Alertpay or both. If you plan on using this system, I recommend you have a good up to date antivirus. If you've surfed across the web enough then you know some sites are not as clean as they appear.
GPT stands for get paid to. These sites pay you to do offers. Many of these offers consists of downloading games or software, signing up for trial programs, entering your email address or zip code into a form, installing FaceBook or MySpace apps, signing up to get free gift cards or other products sent to your home. At sign up GPT sites usually ask for more personal information than PTC does like your address and phone number. This is so they know where to send your check if you choose to be paid by a check instead of Paypal or Alertpay. The pro with GPT is you can get more and faster payout than with PTC even without referrals. Before you do any gift card or other free product offers, read the fine print at the bottom. For offers that ask for email: I know some of you are thinking "No way! I don't want spam". Well that boys and girls is why we make another email. What? We can have more than one? Yes, in fact you can have an email address for each of your fingers and toes and your mama and her cousin's fingers and toes. This way you are not digging through tons of junk to get to your family and friends messages.
There are many legit paid to sites out there and just as many scams. Here's how to spot them:
*One way to spot the scam site is no forum. Schemers don't want to know what their users have to say or for anyone to be able to put them out there for what they really are. Now this is not the end all and be all of signs because there are some actual paying sites that don't have a forum and some scam sites that do. Look at the forums. Do they have a payment proof thread with proof posted by actual members? legit sites love to show off that they are really paying.
*Look on the site for some actual contact information like an address and phone number. If you have a problem with the site, there should be someone willing to help you.
*Check websites through whois.net. Here you can find out information such as who owns the domain and when it was registered. Scammers will try and have this locked up most likely because they've done their dirty work in other places on the net before and don't wish anyone to recognize them.
*With PTC look at the payout per ad. If these guys are telling you they pay $1 or more per click they are a fraud. The standard is $0.01 - $0.02 per click. Payout minimum for an honest site paid to site is $10.00 or less. Scammers will intentionally set up payout limits that are impossible to be reached.
*What about the advertisements? If most of your clicks are just leading you around to different parts of their site then chances are your time is being wasted and you won't be paid for it. Some sites will have a couple links that lead you to site rules or their blog because they feel its important that you read them but they will also have a lot of external advertisers too.
* Avoid sites that only offer payment as check in the mail and not Paypal or Alertpay.
* Beware of constant payment delays
* Read the FAQ and TOS.
* There are many PTC that do not stick around for very long. Check how long these sites have been around. If the site is brand new you may not wish to waste too much effort on it.
* Do not trust paid to sites that are running off free domain or hosting. If they don't have money for site keep up, they have no money to pay you
* An honest site pays both his standard and upgraded members. You should not be forced to upgrade just to get payment.
Another easy way to find these crooks is Google their name with the word scam after it. You'll find a lot of reviews either with a lot of angry people speaking of how they got ripped off or lots of praise. The praises should greatly out way the complaints if it's the real deal. Often times marketers will falsely state a legit site to be a scam and then post their own links so you'll go to them instead.
Search ptcinvestigations for a complete list of scam and legit paying sites.