I want to start off by saying the information in this article is my personal opinion gained from my experience working with and dealing with Paid to Click websites. This article will help you spot and identify guaranteed and potential Paid to Click websites and how to avoid them.
Let’s get right to it!
1) Check the Payment Proof Page
On the payment proof page, you will see the latest payments that were sent out. MOST of the time, when a site quits paying, the payment proof page will reflect that. Most PTC websites will pay daily and their payment proof page shows the date paid. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, when a PTC website administrator wants to try to be sneaky, they will show fake payment proofs to make you think they are still paying. This is hard to spot, so that is why you always search for more reasons why a PTC website might be a scam. If the PTC website does not have a payment proof page, check the forum.
2) No Forum is No Good
If the Paid to Click website does not have a forum, this is a HUGE sign that it is a scam. If the admin removed the forum, or never had a forum, that usually means they do not want you to see what others are saying about them. When a PTC website quits paying or payments are delayed, 9 times out of 10, many of the members will become worried and go to the forum and ask about it. I would not join a PTC website that does not have a forum.
3) Check the Forum
Visit their forum and view different topics. See what other members are saying about the PTC website. There should be multiple boards with many different categories to choose from. Is the forum active? Are the members talking good or bad about the website? I have also seen some website owners “clean up” their forum and remove all the bad stuff, and prevent new topics. That is a bad sign.
4) Check the Payment Processors
Most PTC websites will list what payment processors they are currently using for deposits and withdrawals on their homepage for new visitors to see. If there are none listed, check the payment proof page. If you do not see a payment processor you use, don’t waste your time there. Also, just because the PTC website has a payment processor listed on their homepage, does not mean they are using it.
5) How much can you earn?
Any website that pays over $.02 per click, you should be very hesitant to join it. Advertisers are not willing to pay much more than $.02 for 60 seconds on their website. Which brings me to my next topic…
6) How much does advertising cost?
No one will purchase advertising if it is not worth it. Especially when it comes to newer PTC sites. Sometimes their packages will be overpriced and advertisers will not even think about advertising there. If you spend $1.00 advertising at a PTC website, you should be able to receive 1,000 visitors for about 5 seconds. Most of the time, PTC websites will have different packages that vary in price and time spent on your website. For Example, you could spend $1.00 and get 1,000 visitors for 5 seconds, or you could spend $1.00 and receive 50 visitors for 60 seconds. PTC sites will vary by price and time, but you should get the point. If a price is just way overpriced, no one will advertise there. If no one advertises there, then they will not be making much money from advertising to pay their members.
7) Does the PTC website offer PayPal?
I could probably write about PayPal and PTC websites all day long, but it is very controversial and I am going to try and keep it short. If a PTC website is brand new and offering PayPal, you need to have a lot of skepticism. PayPal has been limiting a lot PTC websites accounts lately and new PTC websites that start transacting a lot of money catches the eye of PayPal. They will review their account and sometimes limit or allow them to accept payments. It is very rare when they allow PTC websites to accept payments. Anyone can start accepting payments, but that does not mean PayPal approves of them doing so. They can limit their account in an instance, and guess what? The PTC site owner will have no way of getting those funds back for 180 days unless they approve of them accepting payments. If PayPal is the only option a PTC website offers, I would not join it because if or when their account gets limited, you will not get paid anymore. Unless they have other payment processors. A lot of administrators have bounced back from a PayPal limitation and proved to still pay. Sometimes they will require you to deposit through another processor before you can get paid again. I am against this, but some have proven it can work. To summarize, PayPal seems like they are on a roll lately at limiting PTC website accounts and any new site that offers PayPal has the potential to have their account limited. I know many millions of people only use PayPal, but you have to be skeptical about making a purchase at a new and not trusted PTC website.
8) Who is the administrator?
Before joining a new PTC website, you should try and find out who the owner of the website is, the admin. I like to be able to put a face to a website, before I decide to join that website or make a purchase there. It is just my opinion, but it shows trust. You can view the forum most of the time and see if the admin is active in the community or posts updates every now and then. The admin should not have to answer every question in the forum, but you want to be able to see that the admin is helping out some in their community and answering support questions. If there is no forum and no support page to contact them, it is probably a scam.
9) Intrusive Advertisements
I will tell you one thing that aggravates me a lot, POP UP advertisements. I hate clicking on a page or something and a new window or tab opens up showing an advertisement completely unrelated to anyone. That is very annoying and if ANY PTC website has pop up banners implemented, RUN AWAY.
10) Forums and other reviews
When a new Paid to Click website is launched, a lot of people who own websites may review it and let you know if it can be trusted. Members of PTC site forums will also ask about it too. Keep in mind that EVERYONE has their own opinions. Some people might say it is trusted, some may say it is a scam. That is why you need to do your own research as well.
11) Self-Sponsored Advertisements
This one is also a bit controversial, but in my honest opinion, Self-Sponsored advertisements (SSA) are completely necessary to keep members clicking at their site. A SSA is an ad that the admin offers every member of their site. Usually they will offer between 1 – 4 ads to click. They range in earnings, but like I said, they are necessary to have. If a PTC website does not have any advertisers, and no SSA, then there will be no
reason you should stay there. What the admin is promoting to you is a big deal as well. Admins need to find the perfect product or service to promote. They need something that both of you will benefit from. It is hard to explain, but they need to promote something that is not too expensive, that interests you, relevant to PTC sites or earning money online. If they are promoting kids toys, would you be interested? Most likely not. With all that said, my point is, if the admin is recommending you a relevant product or service that you will benefit from and the admin earns a commission when doing so, the PTC website will be more sustainable. At least in theory.
12) Referral earnings are low
If you recruit new members to their sites, and they decide to make a purchase, how much do you get? Sometimes, PTC sites will not offer any commissions for your referrals purchases, but only for clicking advertisements. I recommend staying away from those because you could be wasting your time as well. Also, if you are not earning much from your referrals clicks, then why waste your time there? PTC Sites need to be fair to the members, the advertisers and themselves.
13) Offers Revenue Shares
Revenue Sharing (RS) is a controversial method of earning money online. RS is when you purchase advertising, and you receive a revenue share that will earn you a percentage of the daily earnings from that website. They are confusing and from my experience, they are bogus. I do not like them, but they are becoming more and more common.
If you read everything I wrote above, you should easily be able to tell whether or not you want to join a PTC site. Identifying scam PTC sites can be a daunting task, but you will eventually get the hang of it. You will eventually only start clicking at the websites that have been paying for a long time. You get tired of wasting your time and money with “The next GREAT PTC website” and you will eventually succumb to staying away from ALL new PTC websites.
If you have any questions or if you need help with anything, leave a comment down below and I will get back to you very soon.