image caption: partial list of referrals I have at Clicksia. Ideally, it would be nice if they were all active, but alas some of them turned inactive and got their accounts suspended. Whenever you refer members there, you get paid extra whenever they view ads, complete sign up offers, buy advertising or upgrade their account. In addition, if they use the Traffic Exchange feature, you do get extra advertising credits for TE advertising. Note that Clicksia has since closed down (2020 update). But that is an example what a referral list looks like
While technically you don't have to get referrals to earn with paid to click sites (as you would with most affiliate programs and downline systems) and there are sites where you can earn quite a bit even without referrals each month (such as at Inbox Dollars and Clixsense, where it is possible to earn at least $1-2, or more per day from your own activities, even without referrals), it is recommended that you do build up your referral base for maximum profitability. Also, honestly I am not an expert when it comes to referrals (I am still a learner when it comes to affiliate marketing type systems) so even I don't know the best strategy for referrals and I am sure some will have it easier than others on generating referrals, or vice versa (hey if I was an expert at building up referrals or affiliate programs, I would be alot richer by now than I am and would probably not need my day jobs, but right now I am not at that point). Hey there are people in the ptc industry (as well as network marketing and affiliate marketing that are savvier than I am and are going to know more than I do). By the way, forums, like Earn Money Space and Talkptc are some good places where you can connect with other paid to click users (along with other affiliate marketers and networks marketers). Social networks like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter are other good places to connect with other business minded people as well (plenty of well known ones out there that really know what they are doing). Sure it will easier said than done for some people, but earnings potiential does go up significantly as your referral base grows. Ideally the more active referrals you have, the better. And there are various ways you can promote your referal links The most straight forward way to refer new members is to advertise the referral link(s) you are given when joining a paid to click site.
Referring new members does have its' benefits, including:
- Higher earnings potiential (depending on how big your referral base and how active they are). Earning extra money when they view ads (you get a percentage of what they earn from viewing ads). Same goes for completing offers, filling out surveys, watching videos, etc. Think of it this way, let's say you earn $.01 per click (actual click rates will vary by site and ad type) and you earn say $.005 per click from referral clicks. And hypothetically, let's say you click on at least 10 ads per day (obviously, actual numbers will vary): you make $.10 from clicking on those same 10 ads. And let's assume you have at least 100 active referrals (ones that click regularly and based on idealistic circumstances), they click the same 10 ads, that equates to $5 per day from referral clicks (assuming they click every day for 30 days, that equates to $150 per month). Not alot of money, but it is more than what you would earn if you have no referrals (plus that is just one site). Bear in mind actual numbers will vary based on site, ads, click rates, how active you are, how active your referrals are (bear in mind some referrals can turn inactive), membership levels (some ptc sites offer better rates on referral clicks for paid members over free members) as well as other factors. Some sites (such as Neobux, Scarlet Clicks, and Lexiads) require you click a certain number of ads a day to earn from referral clicks (for example, Neobux requires you to click on at least 4 fixed ads, usually those orange ads that appear once a day) in order to earn from referral clicks. So if you have any days where you don't click and your referrals do, they get paid, but you don't earn anything from their clicks. By the way, if you decide to rent referrals, you will want to be doing at least one round of clicks every day to get the most out of them (yeah rental referrals force you to get more active, especially if you have upgraded memberships and referral clicks are worth more, plus those referrals have to be renewed after a while).
- Some paid to click sites have traffic exchange features where you can earn credits to advertise links you have (such as other paid to click sites you have). At traffic exchange type sites, active referrals can net you extra credits for advertising sites as you earn credits from their surfing as well. Note that not all paid to click sites come with traffic exchanges, so this only applies to the ones that have them. Also at traditional traffic exchanges, you earn traffic credits for each site referrals surf, which means more hits for your sites. By the way, conversion rates at traffic exchanges tend to be low, so the higher the number of hits your sites can get the better. Consequently, I don't recommend traffic exchanges as your primary way of promoting sites. You can surf for many hours and get little or no response to your ads. Sure some people have better luck with traffic exchanges than others, but not everyone has it that easy, so you will want to beware of that.
- Extra commissions on advertising purchases or upgrades. In my experience, most referrals will probably not buy anything, but whenever you get the few that do, this can be a good bonus to have.
- Downline systems: some sites like Clixsense and Bux Matrix have matrix systems that you can take advantage of. Downline systems are pretty straight forward. Basically, people can join under you using your sign up link, and then they can too advertise their sign up links for their networks and whenever they too refer new members both of you get credit. At Clixsense, they pay extra commissions whenever you or your downline members get sign ups that upgrade their memberships or buy advertising. Some sites pay extra on referral clicks on all levels. Some of these sites even offer huge income potiential depending on how big your downline is. A maxed out matrix (3x12 forced matrix) at Bux Matrix, for example, can net you more than $700,000 in commissions (in addition to what you would earn from referral clicks). Clixsense actually has a unilevel downline system plan for all upgraded members (which means that there is no limit on how big your downline can grow, so potientially earnings can grow exponentially there depending on how both you and your downline members are at getting sign ups). Bear in mind, I realize building downlines will be easier for some than others, so I might recommend these kinds of sites for those that are more experienced at building referrals. By the way, it helps to have experience with affiliate programs or similar commission based systems (such as commission sales jobs) before taking on downline systems. Sure some people can strike it rich with downline systems, but if you are a typical new guy (or gal) and don't know what your doing, then expect a very steep learning curve when it comes to making money with downline systems. Building a downline can be easier said than done to the inexperienced and one can definitely go for months or years with little or no income if they don't know how to build a downline. I am sure there are youtube videos, ebooks you can buy and the like that can teach you how to build a downline, but some are going to have it easier than others and some will have it harder than others. If you stuggle to make money with commission based systems (for example, comission sales jobs where you have to sell something to earn money, such as door to door sales, telemarketing, or something like that), then downline systems might not be for you.
- Commissions on upgrades and purchases. In my experience, most referrals are unlikely to upgrade or purchase anything, but whenever you get the few that do, well, consider that an extra bonus for you. Note that referals from guaranteed sign up offers (where you offer money for people to join your site) rarely upgrade or buy anything. Usually they may do a round of clicks or two, but often they stop clicking after a while and can be come worthless after a while. Sure there may be some better quality referrals that way than others, but at least in my experience, guranteed sign up referrals are not the best quality.
To illustrate, lets's look at Neobux for example (as a free member):
Most ads are worth $.001 (which is low), though some are worth $.01 or $.015 (for Standard and Extended exposure ads). Referral click rates for free members are: $.0005 for fixed ads and $.005 for standard and extended ads (note that rates per click go up for upgraded members).
Let's say you click at least 4 ads per day (say at least the 4 orange ads that appear):
At $.001 per click x 4 = $.004 (not much per day, though though that assumes you only click 4 ads per day, though there are usually more than 4 one can click on there).
Lets look at some hypothetical figures (actual earnings will vary by various factors, including how active you are, how active your referrals are as some will likely be more active than others and vise versa is also true, how many ads both you and your referrals click on, membership level as upgraded members usually have higher earnings per click rates for referrals than free members as well as other factors):
1. You have at least 10 active referral and lets say they all click on at least 4 ads per day
well: .0005 per ad x 4 ads per day x 10 active referrals = $.02 per day (not alot, but more than you would make with no referals).
2. You have at least 100 active referrals who click at least 4 ads per day, and let's assume they click at least 4 ads per day (idealistically): That translates to at least $.20 per day
3. You have at least 1000 active referrals that click at least 4 ads per day (getting 1000 active referrals will likely be easier said than done unless if you are really good at getting referrals): that translates to $2 per day.
Note these numbers apply to free members. Click rates go up for gold members. By the way, actual figures will vary, so those numbers are hypothetical and are based on idealistic circumstances. Bear in mind (at least in my experience), some referrals will be better quality than others and there will likely be some that are inactive most of the time (by the way, if you rent referrals, that is a risk to take as some rentals will likely be better quality than others). By the way, Neobux also has an offer wall, and you do earn commissions on referral activity there, so earnings potiential can go upthat way too. Also, this is just for one site obviously, if you have the same number of referrals a say 3 or 4 other sites, then you have 3 or 4 streams of income coming in. Disclaimer: these figure are hypothetical and actual figures will vary. Some people will likely make more than others with paid to click sites. And they are not necessarily for everyone either.
Here are some ways people can advertise their referral links (note that some methods will be better than others and some will be riskier than others
Method 1: advertising on Classified ads sites like Craigslist, Ad Land Pro, and Back Page
Basically with this method, you post a catchy ad on a classified ad board and with any luck, you will get people interested in your offer.
- Free advertising
- Can be useful if you know how to use it properly
- Blast out your offer to people looking for income opportunities.
- Relatively low risk (at least money wise).
- Free traffic
- Some sites like craigslist are restrictive when it comes to advertising referral/affiliate links (which can be a challenge when it comes to advertising ptc sites).
- Craigslist has a flagging problem. I've encountered this on various occasions myself (and no I am not normally the spammer type) , where you can post an ad, and everything will seem to work fine at first. However, sometimes the next day, you might get a message from craigslist saying that your ad was flagged for spam and removed (or maybe you log in to the site and learn that your ads were flagged). The best place to advertise with minimal risk of getting flagged is in the small biz ads section, but even there, you never know when an overzealous flagger (spam hater) might lurk. Backpage and Ad Land Pro are actually better for posting classified ads due to this reason as your ads are not nearly likely to be marked as spam at those sites like they are at Craigslist. You never know when someone might flag your ad either
- Low response rate. Personally I find that when posting ads on Craigslist or Backpage, I get a low response rate, even when posting in multiple cities. Not sure why the response rate is so low, but it is worth mentioning. By the way, there are some systems on the net that can teach you how to use classified ads sites properly (like Copy Paste Cash), so if you are new to classified ad sites, you migtht consider trying out that system (they pay $25 per sign up too) as they can teach you how to post ads that gets the click (maybe even convert a few traffic into customers). Also, they do have an overgrowing database of classified ads sites that you are welcome to try out and expand your presense (which can be useful for finding which sites work best for you).
- Spam: you can get people who try to sell you stuff (such as other systems) when posting ads on classified sites.
Method 2: Building a website (alternatively if you have a website or ad enabled blog with a good amount of traffic each month, you could post a banner ad or text ad for the ptc sites you use whenever people view your website, they might click on the ad and ultimately join under you and some sites even pay you just for promoting the link, especially at Cashnhits and Clicksia with the ptp programs they have). Having a website or blog can be one good way to promote your links and it is a way you can brand yourself too (as opposed to just advertising the referral links directly). People are likely to get to know you more and might be more inclined to listen to you that way. Plus if you want to do email marketing, you could add an opt in form on your site and do email marketing too (such as doing newsletters, follow up emails, and the like)
This task can seem daunting, but having your own website or ad enabled blog can really give you an advantage when it comes to building your ptc business (same goes for other affiliate programs and downline systems). Benefits of having a website includes:
- Great way to brand yourself
- You control the content on your site
- Enables you to promote multiple sites at once (such as hosting the banner ads or text ads for the paid to click sites you use).
- You can also set up custom email boxses that you can use for email marketing purposes (at Global Domains International, for example), all members can have up to 10 email boxes at a time.
- If you can master the art of Search engine optimization, you can get tons of free traffic to your site.
- Great for places where referral links are not welcome (like on social networks) as you can refer people to your website/blog instead of pushing your referral links directly. Same goes for Craigslist (which normally doesn't allow you to advertise affiliate links, at least not directly), forums that don't allow referral links, as well as offline promotion.
- Great for posting reviews, videos, links, etc.
By the way, getting a website or domain name can be either cheap or expenseive. If you are on a budget, I reommend checking out Global Domains International. At GDI, did you know that you know that for a mere $10/month, you can get your own domain name (and it doesn't have to be a ".ws" domain name), a custom wordpress blog plug in, a wysiwyg html editor (site builder), custom forums you can set up, advanced hosting (for example, you want to use Microsoft Expressions tobuild your site), up to 10 email boxses that you can set up and use for email marketing, along with many other features and benefits? GDI can be very useful for building good affiliate websites (without having to invest very much money) that you can advertise and potientially make money from (2 examples of sites I have through Global Domains are an Xbox 360 fan site I have at www.xboxfreak.ws, In addition, GDI even pays you to promote their services under the unilevel downline system they have, paying $1/month per sign up that buys into their services, $1/month per sign up from downline members (up to 5 levels deep), as well as $100+ weekly bonuses for every 5 sales per week. 2 downsides to GDI: 1) site builder tends to be glitchy, so you might want to consider using a different html editor, such as dreamweaver, Microsoft Expressions or one of the many editors that you can download from various freeshare sites. 2) If you use Site Builder, you can't easily verify your site on google or bing (there is a way to do it using site builder, but it can be easier said than done unless if you are savvy with using site builder), and plsu they don't have sitemaps that you can upload to Google either, which can make seo a bit tricky.
Disclaimer about Global Domains international: like with any network marketing company, actual earnings with Global Domains International will vary for people. Ultimately, it depends on how good you are at promoting their services and building your downline. Get at least 100 members in your downline that build a website through them, that translates to $100 per months (assumes they keep the Global Domains Services past the 7 day free trial period and they remain subscribed for at least one month or more). Bear in mind, network marketing will be easier said than done for those who are inexperienced at network marketing, affiliate marketing, and downline systems. Sure if you don't know what you are doing, you can make little or no money with GDI, it can be months or years before you make any real month with GDI, so it is definitely not necessarily for everyone. On a postitive note GDI is pretty cheap to join and can make a good entry level network marketing system for those wanting to do network marketing as it is cheap to join, they give you services for building websites, blogs, etc (plus you can get your own domain name that way and no it doesn't necessarily have to be a ".ws" domain name either, though they do charge an annual extra service fee a little more for say .com or .net domains) and so the risk is low compared to systems that require you to invest alot of money just to join. Still, it helps to have experience with affiliate programs or commission sales jobs before doing network marketing. By the way, websites through GDI can be monetized, so one can use them for making affiliate websites and not just promoting their services. Also, it helps to know how to build websites too. By the way, I do admit that I am not an expert when it comes to building downlines and still learning how to do just that. One way you can get started is that they do give you invite links that you can share with others, and if there are people you know that might be interested in joining your downline (I know some people can be skeptical about network marketing systems and some will likely brush it off as another "get rich quick scheme"). However, if you know of any business minded friends, neighbors or relatives that want to get their feet wet in network marketing, well, they might be potiental people to start with. I don't know you personally, just throwing out a thought. Of course, not everyone is going to have it that easy for building their downline, especially those who don't know how to effectively market their business.
Another service you might like is Site Build It. By the way, in case if you don't know, this very site was built using Ken Evoy's Solo Build It system (see the banner ad towards the top of this page for more information about Solo Build It).. It is a bit pricier to join and use than Global Domains (selling at $29/month), but they do offer much more features, including training tutorials, resources for researching good key words to use for your site (GDI doesn't have this), built in newsletter system (saves you from having to use a seperate email marketing service for email marketing purposes like you would with other hosts). Also, personally I like the WYSIWYG editor more than GDI as it is definitely fanciere, easier to use, and is not glitchy like the Site Builder systems are at Global Domains (makes it much easier to build pages and modify them as needed). Also, it is much easier to post your site on the major search engines, have your site(s) verified, as well as posting site maps. If you need a good affiliate site, I definitely recommend Solo Build It as it can be well worth the money .
Downsides to having a website:
- Does take some knowledge and skillls. By the way, technoligy like Solo Build It and Global Domains does make it much easier to build sites, unlike how it used to be where people build websites from scratch using notepad and using straight up html to build the site (when I was in high school, most sites were built from scratch and it definitely takes more knowledge and skills to do it that way). Also, if your site is poorly written or not catchy enough, your traffic levels will likely be low and your conversion rate will be extremely low too.
- Traffic generation can be a challenge, especially if your site is new. Also, ranking high on google and bing will take time too, especially when it comes to oversaturated niches (even in the ptc industry, there are many review sites on ptc sites in addition to mine). By the way, even my site is relatively new and is slowly getting more and more traffic. Ideally, you will probably want to be getting at least 1000 hits per day minimum or more for best results with this method. It is also worth noting that business related niches (like ptc sites) are pretty saturated, so expect lots of competition when it comes to search engine optimization. Obviously I am not an expert when it comes to search engine optimization, though I am sure there are resources out there (such as youtube videos, ebooks, and the like) that can teach you how to do just that. Paid traffic is an option too, but it costs money, plus at least in my experience Google has become more stringent on what kinds of sites allow advertised. By the way, some forums allow links in your signature file (such as Emoneyspace and Talkptc) so if you are active, you can get traffic that way too. Of course, for those less experienced at affiliate marketing, building traffic levels will be easier said than done for some (hey if it were that easy, we would all be rich in no time), but I know some will have better luck than others when it comes to promoting their websites and the links they are promoting.
- Does cost money each month to maintain. Global Domains can be useful here by the way gven the mere $10/month price tag, which is not very much money each month, plus if you get 10 or more active sign ups at GDI, you pretty much get their services for free. At Solo Build It, I am paying $29/month to keep this site active by the way. At site build it, the cost is about $29 per month. The idea is you make more money than you are spending, but if you aren't generating any real income, then it is an extra bill to pay each month. By the way, if you have a day job I don't recommend quitting it as it will help cover the costs of having a website at least until your site starts generating incom.
- Warning: if you use Google Adsense, I strongly advise you to not post ptc related content on your website if you have Google Adsense ads (alternatively, you can take off the adsense ads), since Google doesn't seem to like ptc sites for some reason (they probably view them as competitors), and if you are caught hosting ptc related content on an adsense site, your account could get disabled sooner or later, which would be bad, especially if you have made lots of money with Adsense (btw, once they suspend your account, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to get your account reinstated). Also, be careful not to advertise adsense sites on traffic exchanges or paid to click sites as those can also get you suspended as well. One good alternative for adsense is adhitz (www.adhitz.com). As they are more friendly to people that od paid to click sites.
1. Forums (such as earn money space and talkptc). Be careful not to spam your links, but you can add your links to the signature file and engage in the conversations there. Fellow forum members can see your link(s) in your signature file and can click it if they want (not to say that they will, but the possibility is there). Note that some forums don't allow links even in the signature file, and there are some forums that forbid referral links in your signature file (in that case, having a website or blog of your own can be useful as you can link to that instead), so it helps to read the rules before joining forums you want. Earn Money Space and Talk PTC are some good places to start as they do have people that engage in the paid to click industry (some even have referral exhcanges and downline builder threads). Downside to Forums: works best if you are the social type online. If you are the type that is shy and don't post often, then forums might not be for you.
2. Youtube videos - yeah you can post videos relating to your business. Be warned though: Youtube's spam policies can be fuzzy and people can flag your videos. Happened to me when I did a video on Clixense several years ago. Did a video where I demonstrated what Clixsense is like and while is was fine for a while, eventually someone flagged it and the video got taken down. Thing with youtube is that they have a strike system. Each time a video gets flagged and it gets taken down, you get a strike. 3 strikes in a 90 day period (though they do go away after 90 days if you don't get any more violations) can get your account banned for life. Not sure if you can create a new channel if that happens. By the way, sometimes strikes can happen unfairly too (there are trolls on youtube along with other shady people and people can flag your videos if they "feel like it", same with competitors that want to get rid of the competition, people that don't like you, snitches, and the like). I am sure there are other services that are more friendly to ptc affiliates than others. Another possibility would be to make your own videos and host them directly on your website.
3. Social media
4. Word of mouth. Know people that might be interested in joining your sites? Feel free to share your links with them. Note that most ptc sites only allow one account per ip address, so if you have family members who want to join, they have to get their own ip address. My guess is that you would have to contact your internet service provider on creating seperate ip addresses for family members if you want to go that route. Also, many ptc sites don't allow proxy servers either
5. Advertising your referral links on other ptc sites (one easy way to get hits). I usually get some sign ups that way. One good way is the fixed ads, where you can get unlimited hits for however you want it. Costs more money than limited hits, but at higher traffic ptc sites, that can be a good way to get alot of hits and potiental sign ups). More hits, the more likely you will get conversions and sign ups.
6. Traffic exchanges / Safelists - these sites are free to join (though many offer upgrade memberships as well). Basically how these work is that you list your website link(s) and you earn credits (or hits) for every website you surf on the network. Usually they come with timers and buttons you have to click on to get credit for the clicks. Also if you have multiple traffic exchanges, you can open up multiple tabs and surf multiple exchanges at once. Downside to traffic exchages: expect a low conversion rate. Most people will likely visit your site for the credits. Yeah, it can be frustrating too as you can surf for hours and get little or no responses to your ads (after all they are trying to sell you on stuff as well). They say that splash pages and lead capture pages can help as people can fill out their email information and then you can follow up with them later (by the way Traffic Wave specializes in that as you can set up autoresponders that follow up with people that sign up on your list). You can also buy credits, but there is no guarantee that people will respond, so it is a gamble that way. Note that some traffic exchanges don't allow paid to click sites, so be sure to check the terms of service for traffic exchanges you join. Safelists are similar to traffic exchanges, except people can email you the ads and you get credit for clicking on those ads, and in turn you can email fellow members your ads. Note that you can expect to get alot of junkmail this way, so be aware of that.
7. Guaranteed sign up offers - how these work is basically you are bribing people to join your ptc site (for example offering say $.10 for people to join your site). You can also set terms for the offer and accept or reject submissions. Bear in mind that most referrals acquired this way will turn inactive after a while (you may get a few that are active, but those are rare). By the way, I recommend setting reasonable terms for people who join your site and enforce them, such as requiring new members to do x number of clicks before you can accept their submissions and feel free to reject submissions of those who don't meet the expectations. By the way, be sure to make the requirements reasonable and doable.
8. Get creative (such as creating bumper stickers for your car, putting up flyiers, etc).
9. Referral exchanges (for example on Emoneyspace). You can join one person's ptc in exchange for them clicking at your sites. Note that it only works if both of you are clicking (though it forces you to be active). Downside to this: you can find yourself joining many sites this way (as many people are going to have their own ptc sites they are promoting) and it can get overwhelming after a while (yes one can join too many ptc sites if this way). I actually have 2 day jobs, so I can't devote all of my time surfing ptc sites, and I do find it impossible to stay active when there are too many sites to work with. Sure if you want to do ptc sites on a full time basis (as a full time job where you devote all of your "work hours" doing ptc sites), this option might be for you. But not everyone has alot of free time on your hands, so this option might not be the best option for everyone (especially those who have other commitments each day and don't have alot of time to devote to clicking ads each day).
Rental referrals (will go over this more at my other page at https://www.rjptcreviews.com/rentingreferrals.html)
This list can go on and I can add more over time as I get new ideas.
Comments: how do you promote your links and do you have any advice for my readers? Feel free to leave comments below.