8 free simple tips to avoid PTC scams and losing money

Get paid to click with a smart twist

Introduction to PTC

PTC stands for Pay To Click, A website where you get paid simply for watching online advertisements. These sites should be like a rolling snowball, starting slow and getting more profitable when you assign people under you or by buying upgrades. 

You can start as a free user getting paid for watching advertisements daily.

Sounds great !, Right ?, But? …. Are you really be able to get some decent money out of them?

Well, Let’s see ….

Tip 1. Get the right payment processors verified

Since 2015, Paypal does not support most internet marketing programs anymore. Marketing program owners, including PTC admins, needed to swift to alternative online payment options for that reason.

Most of paid to click sites are using Solidtrustpay or Skrill and a few secondary online wallets now.

The accounts of these online payments processors need to be verified for your valid name and address before you are able to connect them with your bank account.

This verification process will take two to five working days.
To be sure that you won’t get payment issues, it is wise that you sign up and verify both at a few online wallets on the forehand.

Read my article about the 5 most used online wallets in internet marketing., when you are doubting which online payment processor to choose.

Tip 2. Don’t get scammed

Scamming is absolutely the biggest problem in the PTC world.

If you crawl the web a little while, you will see that whole blogs are dedicated to how to avoid PTC scams   The main problem is that everyone can start a brand new PTC site for a hundred bucks in just two hours. Completely turn-key installed with standard scripts and hosting.

This results in the launch of a dozen new sites daily with only a few to survive the first year.
I think It’s safe to say that 98% of the PTC sites on the web are a total scam or become a scam.

Sounds scary, and it is! I have seen the most beautiful admin postings, “that they come to stay”, “can be trusted”, “others might be saying bad things just to hurt this site”. None of that is true!
These admin postings are only created to trick you or to start a strong community feeling.

The safest way to work with PTC sites is to use trusted, long term existing PTC sites only. There are more than enough of them.

You can check at Netbusinessratings  if a PTC site is legit and paying or a scam.

Please avoid new (extreme) high paying new sites, they just don’t pay!

Just start with a few older and very legit sites out of the PTC top ten.
In the end, there are more than enough trusted sites to cover your needs.

Sign up a few trusted sites, it’s free, you can always decide which ones fit you the most later.
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Total scamming is very profitable and easy to get away whit, to start over and over again. Here are the most common tricks.

The total scam, with the attention to never pay a dime.

Mostly paying one or even two cents a click over four to six advertisements for free users. The minimal payout level is set on two to three dollars, which will take you three months to reach.

Paying two or three cents a click is simply not possible. The PTC advertisement market is really competitive and PTC advertisements are poor converting.

Most PTC users only watch the ads to get paid and will never buy anything. Advertisers know this and use PTC only to bomb traffic to their site’s or are accepting low conversion rates.

Meaning that they are willing to pay 5 or 6 dollars a thousand views at most.
This equals 0.005 a click + 0.001 referral payout.

PTC sites that pay free members one or two cents a click over several ads, will bock your account or go offline at the moment that users reach their minimum payout level.

Never paying off course and leaving their users empty handed. These sites will stay online for about three months. So please do never join a new site with high payout levels.

The smart exit scam.

These sites are very hard to detect.

They look either as a total scam site’s that pays their first members or as legit site’s using unprofitable upgrades and renting referrals.

Users will lose their money slow without noticing at first.

These sites can stay online for over a year before users start screaming all over the internet that they have been scammed. At this moment the admin will take the money and run for it.

Tip 3. The money is NOT in the clicks, get referrals

Clicking friends are the key to success.

Only clicking advertising won’t bring you affordable income, even, it’s just a waste of time and nearly paying the electricity and internet use. There are only 3 to 6 cents of ads on one site available daily.

The real money is in getting your own referrals our doing additional tasks, like taking surveys.

Most PTC sites do have an offer wall beside their advertisement. I strongly recommend taking the time to fill out your survey profile at first and thinking about how to get your own direct referrals.

Now it’s time to get you some referrals

A referral is simply a person who signed up under you, by using your special promotion link or banners, in a PTC site that you are using.

You will get paid a little amount of money for every advertisement click this person makes into the PTC site.
This money is paid by the admin of the PTC site and won’t affect the earnings of this person.

So, you won’t take advance of this person or steal his money. You will just get paid a little commission for bringing him in from a secondary money stream.

All PTC sites have an affiliate or referral section in your account providing you with your own special promotion link, banners and/or splash pages.

You can use these banners or links to post it on social media, forums, other PTC sites, traffic exchange or your own blog.

If a person signs up using this link he automatically becomes your referral for life. You will start getting a commission for him as soon he clicks on the advertisements.
Mostly there will also a commission when that person buys an upgrade or takes offers.

If you are struggling to get referrals it’s a good idea to start and promote your own free blog.
This seems hard to do and is overwhelming at first.

 But in the end, you will get referrals with a good conversion rate. Totally from a free or even advertised paying blog!

Referrals who are recruited from a blog are more informed and active than referrals who just curious click on a banner or splash page, leaving without clicking.

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When recruiting referrals please be social responsibility and make sure that the person is well informed and knows where he is getting into.

Like I said before, well-informed referrals will be more active.

Personally, I never try to recruit family, friends or co-workers. These are my social, not marketing live. If they get scammed or not handle wisely themselves you are not the one willing to be blamed.

Tip 4. Take surveys and offers

Good PTC sites will have a so-called offer wall. This a page with third-party offers, like doing small tasks, downloading, signing up somewhere or taking surveys.

For me, surveys are the most profitable tasking’s on the side. To get surveys you must fill out your survey profile, which is good to do as one of the first things after signing up.

Surveys are anonymous and good ones don’t ask for your email address. So you won’t get spammed by taking surveys, what will happen if you take the sign up offers.

The only thing with surveys is that they are not available in all countries. It seems to be that surveys are geo-targeted on high pay countries like the USA, Canada, western Europe and Australia.

One more thing is to check the amount you will get paid for a survey. The rates provided by the third party companies inside the offer wall will vary for sometimes the same survey.70 cents and above for a 5 to 20 min survey are good rates.

When doing other offers than surveys be aware that the provided offer is free. There are offers where you have to buy something or taking a paying subscription of a higher price than the offer pays. I have no experience in taking micro tasking’s.

Alternative earning opportunities

Some PTC sites are giving points for clicking as an extra beside paying for the advertisement click. These points can be converted into money for your purchase balance when reached a certain amount. This threshold can be ridiculously high, like 10000 points for 1 dollar.

Almost all PTC sites have a “click grid“ and point/referral contesting’s. These will give you a chance to win extra money. A click grid is an in boxes divided image with a sort advertisement under need each box. Randomly there is a price been hidden under one of the boxes. Each day you will get x changes to find a price.

Points or referral contesting’s vary a lot. Mostly it Is a price for the top X that gathers the most points or referrals in a specific time.

A few PTC sites, like ClixSence, are paying activity bonuses for completing a daily task list as well.

Tip 5. Calculate paid upgrades always carefully

Or ask yourself, do I really need an upgrade?

I think you don’t. Upgrades will mostly give you higher payment for you and your referrals advertisement clicks but, as mentioned in “the smart exit scam” part, upgrades will not always be profitable.

The higher payment of your own clicks can burn up into the upgrade price. You will need almost the maximum direct referrals and be active every single day to get profit out of an upgrade. It’s better to delete some inactive referrals when you reach the maximum amount as a free user.

And remember, there are many PTC sites out there, just start referring another one as a free member.

Tip 6. Think twice before renting referrals

Use this money to get your own instead.

Almost the same as upgrades, there is mostly the option of 30 days renting referrals available for a small fee. These renting referrals are not real people but 100% bots controlled by the admin.

Where else do hundreds of referrals for a user come from? Bit strange isn’t it?

That these are bots isn’t the real problem, IF the admin is of the PTC site is honest and use them as a sort of hidden revenue share. The real problem is in the fact that most admins use them for guiding away your hard earned money slowly.

To get profits of your rented referrals, you need to click a minimum of 4 ads every day during the period that you are renting. That’s not so bad at first sight, but it is keeping you “hooked” from doing other things.

The most frequently used tricks by bad willing admins are;

  • “suddenly” stopping clicking after two weeks straight clicking, making you recycle them burning your profit.
  • Stop clicking for a few days or directly after you did keep them at the end of the month. you touched you had a good one and you wait for a while before refreshing him. In this case, you will never be able to keep up the lost days.
  • Dropping clicking average when you stop reinvesting in Rented Reversals from your main balance (returning the earns to get more new ones)
  • Slowly less advertisement click average when you are getting more rented referrals.

And these are only the revealed basic tricks, the admin has full control over these referral bots and can change their behaviors anytime. Buy the time you figured out the right tactics for renting, a bad willing PTC site admin will simply change his rental bots behaviors.

If you are considering renting referrals please keep in mind that good managing them is a job at its own. Only do this at sites where renting reversals average marked as good by several users, forums or review sites.

Tip 7. Use a special G Mail address for marketing and PTC sites

Simply because you don’t want to mix your private and marketing emails up.

Create a special e-mail address for receiving your marketing notifications, like your PTC account details,  newsletter and referral sign up alerts.

It is wise to print or store your sign up PTC details in a separated folder.

G mail is the most user-friendly and overall accepted mailer in internet marketing and PTC, Outlook is not.

Tip 8. Always provide valid personal data

To avoid hacking some PTC sites will ask for your birthdate when you want to make a purchase or wish to withdraw.

The idea behind this is to secure your PTC account. Hackers can hack your username and password but don’t know your birthday.

If you have entered fake personal details there is a big change that you have forgotten the data that you have provided.

Providing fake personal details can give you problems filling out your survey profile or get paid for surveys also.

My overall opinion about PTC sites

PTC is the most simple way to earn online by far. If you can click a mouse on a legit site, you will get the money.

 Read again, I said the most simple, not the best! Clicking penny ads only is just a waste of time, done by twelve-year-old kids.

You need to be able to get survey’s in your country or doing micro tasks as well to earn at least a bit of pocket money on the side while the wife is watching television.

Reasonable money can only be made on sites with a proven good renting referral average and the willingness to get your own direct referrals.

 This way you start working as an affiliate which is a common, actually the only, way to get a reasonable amount of money out of the web.

PTC can be a good way to start learning to make money online using e-promoting or monetize a blog.

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Another option is to use PTC to get cheap, low converting, cross advertisement to your other marketing offers

Take extreme care if you are willing to pay for upgrades or renting referrals.

Use legit, proven sites only.

That’s about it, thank you for reading this whole post

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment when needing help or want to share your thoughts.


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