Getting started with paid to click sites is pretty easy and straight forward, but I would be happy to help you out and share some tips and advice on starting. In this page, I will share with you on how you can get started with paid to click sites.
****Important update as of 4/18/2018********
I no longer recommend Paypal or Payza as payment processors to go with Paid to Click sites.
Situation with Paypal:
At one time Paypal was a great resource for sending and receiving payments at paid to click sites and I definitely preferred it over Payza as well as other payment processors. However it seems like Paypal has become more stringent in their policies and are either limiting or discontinuing their services to many paid to click sites. At one time, troubles with paypal was a sign that sites were starting to turn scam. However Paypal seems to become more indiscriminate on which sites to limit or remove from their services. Even more reputable ptc sites like Clixsense, NEOBUX, Scarlet Clicks, Grandbux, and Buxvertise (to name a few) seem to be in the same boat and it looks like more ptc sites (legitimate or not) will wind up in the same boat sooner or later. Consequently, I no longer recommend using Paypal when doing paid to click sites as there is more risk there due to Paypal issues with those sites.
Situation at Payza:
Payza used to be a good alternative to Paypal and was more friendly to ptc sites and gpt sites. However, it looks like the owners of Payza are facing legal troubles now and the US version of the site has been shut down by the government with the owner facing money laundering charges. As a result I no longer recommend Payza either as a payment processor (unless if the legal issues are resolved).
There are some other payment processors out there (like Net teller, perfect money, etc), but I am not too familiar with them (trying out Netteller right now). Will get back to you all on new payment processors I recommend. BTW, some sites (like Clixsense) offers users to cash out via check (which can be a good choice to use in the mean time). How the Paypal / Payza issues affect the ptc industry in the long run remains to be seen (though I am sure it will be problematic and could hurt the industry in the near term), but I do advise caution in investing in ptc sites for now.
Paid to click sites, while generally open to anyone wanting to join, are definitely not for everyone. Here are some general requirements for joining
1. Obviously, if you don't have one, you will need a computer with high speed internet access. Can either be a laptop computer or desktop. If you don't have one, you can probably buy one at your local electronics store or shop for one online, such as at Amazon, Walmart, Tiger Direct, Compusa, and Toshiba. Can either be a PC or Mac too (I personally prefer pcs over macs, but I am sure that either will do).
2. Antivirus software - I won't lie to you. While the vast majority of the ads you view at paid to sites are from honest businessmen and women, and ptc sites are usually able to filter out sites that have viruses, malware or other unwanted content on them, every once in a while you may encounter sites with viruses or malware on them. They are pretty annoying too when it happens, as you can click on an ad and all the sudden your antivirus software tells you that you got hit with a virus or malware (such as Trojans). It is kind of like how it is with traffic exchanges that way as you never know which kinds of sites you will view when surfing ads. Obviously, if you are paranoid about getting viruses, or malware, you may want to reconsider joining ptc sites. However, if you are willing to take the risk, you will probably need a way to protect yourself. I use Microsoft Endpoint protection, but you can use other ones too. I Another software I would recommend is Norton Antivirus (which you can purchase for a mere $14 on Amazon.com). A few others you might like are the Malwarebytes: it is an app you can download on your computer and it scans your computer for malware or other unwanted programs (can pair well with other antimalware progrmas). They have both a free and paid version too. I go with the free version, but there are some extra features with a paid version (such as warning you if you are going to unsafe websites, improved protections and other benefits, though paid version is not cheap). There is also CCleaner too (you can use it to clean your computer of junk and help it to improve in speed).
3. Download Google Chrome - while you can view ads using Microsoft Internet Explorer, I actually recommend getting yourself a copy of either Google Chrome or the Torch Browser. Both are free to download and easy to set up. A few nice things about Chrome/Torch is that 1) ads load faster, 2) they are more stable and less susceptible to crashes, and 3) offer better protection against virus/malware inspected sites (such as warning you when you are about to come across a bad website, with internet explorer you won't know if you have come across a virus or malware infected site until after the fact when you virus scanner picks up on it later). By the way, this isn't to say Chrome browsers are completely immune from viruses or malware, but I do believe that the risk is a lower compared to internet explorer or edge and it often warns you if you are going to an unsafe page. Of course, common sense helps too (for example, if a link looks suspicious, don't feel like you have to click it).
4. Setting up payment processors - in order to get paid at most paid to click sites (and similar sites), you will need a valid payment processor. Back in the old days, Paypal and Payza used to be good payment processors for ptc sites, but I no longer recommend them due to unforeseen issues with them (Paypal no longer seems to be doing business with paid to click sites, even legitimate ones, and Payza facing legal troubles so it is no longer a valid option either). Some other payment processors includes: Perfect Money, Netteller, Skrill, and several others. There are also some bit coin processors too some sites are turning to as well. Will get back to you later on which ones I recommend (i might recommend going with 2 of them when using multiple ptc sites). By the way, Inbox Dollars pays out via check. Could be an option for that site too.
4. Recommended time to set aside each day: at least 15-30 minutes (or more depending on how many ptc sites you join and how many ads there are able to view). You can use multiple tabs when surfing ptc sites, though some sites (like Clixsense and Twickerz) have forced view ads where if you try to open up another tab or window, the timer will pause when viewing ads. Ideally, you will want to do at least 1 round of clicks per day at the ptc sites you are using for maximum profit each day (especially as your referral base grows). I know we can all get busy sometimes and getting round to viewing ads can be tricky some times, especially if you are busy, but you will definitely want to be logging into the paid to click sites and doing your rounds regularly in order to get paid (at least once or twice a week would be reasonable, though every day would be ideal). Failure to at least view ads results in you not getting paid (and no, you can't expect your upline to do your rounds for you). By the way, the more sites you join the more time you will need to put into paid to click sites (at 16 sites for example, you will probably average at least 2 hours a day doing rounds), so don't join more sites than you can handle. I recommend starting with 1-3 sites initially, no more than 6 maximum, unless if you want to spend alot of time clicking on ads. By the way, having a laptop can be useful here as you can watch tv or sit outside while viewing ads if things get boring.
5. For maximum earnings you will need a way to advertise the paid to click sites you join. Each time you join a paid to click (or similar) site, you will be given a referral link that you can promote on other sites and build your referral base with. Obviously for maximum earnings with paid to click sites, you will need an army of active referrals that also view ads, so having a way to promote your links will be useful. Can be an ad enabled blog, a website you have, social media, traffic exchanges, or even other paid to click sites. You can use free hosts like Google Blogger, wordpress.com, Youtube or Squidoo, but remember that they own the content your post and their polcies tend to be fuzzy when it comes to posting about paid to click sites, downline systems, or affiliate marketing related blogs in general, so you will probably want a host that is more friendly to affiliate sites. If you need a website, you can build good affiliate websites for pretty cheap with Global Domains International (a mere $10/month), host gator, or Site Build It (it costs $29/month to use but offers more features than GDI and the site builder they offer is much better than GDI's in many ways and they even teach you how to find the right niches to build your site around). By the way, Global Domains International also offers a wordpress.org blogging service too. Site Build it is another option too (I created this site using site build it), plus they do specialize with affiliate marketers too. I can't promise you will be successful as an affiliate marketer with Site Build it, but they do offer various services and resources for affiliate marketers, such a wysiwug web editor, key word research tools (can be useful for finding potiential profitable niches to build websites around), built in email marketing services (saves you from having to go to a 3rd party email marketing service such as Traffic Wave or Aweber, for example).
*Update April 28 2020* - Sorry for the delayed update: Empower Network has since gone out of business, so it is no longer a recommended blog host. Would have posted sooner, but I've been working 2 jobs and haven't been as active with this site as I used to.
1. Choose a paid to click site to join. There are many different paid to click sites on the net, but the top 5 ptc sites I recommend starting with are: Clixsense, Scarlet Clicks, GPT Planet, Lexiads, Donkeymails, Timebucks, and inbox Dollars. By the way, I recommend that you don't overdo it on how many sites you join (1-3 is a reasonable number, at least for beginners). You can join more later as your income builds and you have more time to invest in additional sites.
2. Set up a payment processor for earning payments (same goes if you plan to spend anything on ads, upgrades, rented referrals, etc)
3. Click ads on a daily basis. I know it is repetitive and most ads are worth $.01 or less), but clicking ads is the primary way to earn with paid to click sites. You click on an ad, a timer appears on the website and you get a credited once the time ends (btw usually you have to click on an image or solve a capatcha for credit).
4. Referrals: for maximum income potiential, you will want to build your referral base. More active referrals the better. Ideal are direct referrals, though some sites offer rental referrals too. One way to do it would be to advertise on other ptc sites. Another way to do it would be to use an ad network like Adhitz to advertise your link. Sure they both cost money, but it is one way to advertise. You can also use paid sign ups to get referrals (many ptc sites have it so you can earn say $.10 for people to join your site). Downside to guranteed sign ups is the most people will likely join for the money and will turn inactive after a while. You will probably want to set some reasonable terms for people joining that way so it is mutually beneficial (such as doing say at least one or 2 rounds of clicks before crediting them). It is also worth noting that most referrals will not likey upgrade (at least not right away if they do). Some might join and upgrade, but at least in my experience, most are likely to join as free members. You can also like to your paid to click sites on your website or blog (not some blogging services such as Wordpress.com,,Squidoo, and even Blogger) do have some restrictions on affiliate blogs (wordpress doesn't, squidoo used to allow affiliate blogs, but they have grown stringent on what content they allow and what they dont). Blogger does allow affiliate blogs, but blogs can be labeled as spam if you overdo it on affiliate links (especially when it comes to promoting money making sites such as ptc sites and the like). You usually have more control when using paid blogging services or web hosts, such as Global Domains International, Site Build it, Host gator, etc. Note that high traffic levels are recommended too (say 1000 hits per day or more, as lower traffic will mean lower response rate and less earnings). Rental referrals do have their pros and cons too. On the positive side is that they can help with earnings (especially if most of them are active), but sometime rental referrals can be poor quality (for example: ones that almost never do their rounds of clicks) and can get expensive too. And there are some sites where it seems like you are spending more money on maintaining rental referrals than you are profiting from their clicks. By the way, if rental referrals is the way you want to go, you may want to consider upgrading as referral clicks are worth more then too. There are also forums you can join such as talkptc and earn money space that specialize in paid to click sites.
5. Feel free to take advantage of extra ways to earn- no paid to click sites are created equal. Many ptc sites offer additional ways to earn in addition to clicking ads. For example Inbox Dollars also offers earnings on watching videos, completing offers, filling out surveys, earning rebates for shopping online (sure you spend money that way, but you get some money back too), among other ways. Neobux and lexiads both have offer walls where you can earn extra income from doing things like surveys, completing various offers, downloading games or apps on your phone, such as World War Rising or similar games, completing surveys, watching videos, signing up for sweepstakes, etc. Note some do require you to spend money, and it can take a while getting to everything, but they do offer additional ways to earn. Some sites pay more that way. Some sites offer Clixgrid (type of ads) where you click on an ad and there is a chance you might win some money (say up to $5 or 10). Most of the time you won't win anything on those, but at least in my experience, sometimes you may win something, such as some cash (say $.10 or something like that) or extra chances. Maximum is rare, but it can happen for some users. Of course every site is different, so it is good to familarize yourself with the sites you are using.
6. Be sure to request payouts after you reach the minimum thresholds. Every site varies on that (some it can be as low as $1, others may be as high as say $30). I might recommend requesting payout the first time you hit the threshold. Tests to ensure the site is legitimate and is a way to get familar with the payout process. Some sites require you to post payment proofs in the forum, so you will want to be aware of that.
Warnings about joining sites:
- watch out for scam ptc sites. Not all ptc sites are legit and there are some things to watch for such as too good to be true claims (such as earning $1 or more per click), no forum, the site is less than a year old (not that it will turn scam, but newer sites do have a tendency to turn scam after a while in my experience), it appears on the scam list on forums like Earn Money Space, PTC Investigations or Talkptc (by the way, I will try to warn you of scam sites I come across in the wall of shame page), people posting lots of bad reviews about the site (more bad reviews than good reviews can be a warning sign), as well as sites that are not in english. By the way, one can't predict the future (I know I can't). Sometimes things can change unexpectedly too (for examples, sites that have been around that go offline indefinitely, as was the case with sites like clicksia, cashnhits, and others). I think the loss of paypal and payza has hurt many ptc sites as they were the most popular payment processors. Some sites turn to bitcoins as a payment processor, but I am not real familiar with bitcoin, so you may want to stick to traditional currency.
- Don't join more sites than you can handle. It is possible to join too many paid to click sites and if you join too many of them, you can find yourself spending long hours doing your rounds and it can be tricky to stay active at al of them. I recommend starting with no more than 5 or 6 at the most. Even 2 or 3 sites can be a good start (you can always join more later anyways). I've learned that the hardway myself. By the way, if you work (full time or part time), I recommend limiting how many sites you join too as I know for myself, free time can be limited when working part time or full time. Recommendation: start with 1-3 sites and stick with those. You can join more later. If your income builds and you have more time to invest, you can join more later.
2. Complete the sign up process and confirm your email address if they send you a confirmation email (most if not all ptc sites are free to join). By the way, while ptc sites are free to join, they do offer paid memberships too for extra benefits and features, but initially I recommend sticking with the free memberships for now at least till your earnings and referral base goes up significantly and you have the extra money to pay for the upgrades.
3. Once the sign up is complete, you should be ready to begin and start earning money simply by viewing advertisements people post. You won't make alot with paid to click sites (usually anywhere between $.001 and $.01 per click depending on the sites you are using), but there are usually a good number of ads to click on so they should add up. By the way, with most sites I make a habit of viewing all of the available ads to click on. It will take some time to view all of them, but it maximizes your earnings for the day. A few exceptions to this though:
1) Known bad sites (such as sites known to have frame breakers, malware or viruses). Obviously if a site looks suspicious or if it is known to have framebreakers, malware, etc don't feel like you have to click on the links.
2) bot trap links - some sites have anti-cheat links with the aim of detecting people trying to cheat the system (such as using automated bots for viewing ads) and it is possible for people to *accidently* click on those links if they are not paying attention. There are at least 2 sites I am aware of that have bot trap links: Get Bux Today (they have a link mixed in with the advertisements that says "bot trap link" and if you accidently click on it you can get your account suspended for a whole week). Also Bux p has an anti-bot/anti cheat link at the bottom of the ads (usually below the "adult advertisements") and if you accidently click on that link it will reset your balance to 0 (which would especially be bad if you had a high balance when you clicked on it) and you can get suspended if you click on the anti cheat link too often. I've never accidently clicked on those links, but I am sure that it does happen and I wanted to warn about those. So pay attention to the links you are clicking on and don't feel like you have to click those links.
3) adult websites (for example, Buxp has a few adult website links towards the bottom of the ads section you can click on, but you are not obligated to do so if you don't want to), as well as
4) sites with seemingly endless advertisements (such as Donkeymails and No Minimum). You can find yourself clicking for a very long time at some sites, so feel free to stop yourself when you get tired.
5) watch out for virus or malware sites. Most sites you click on are harmless, but even I have encountered virus or malware infected sites before and they can cause problems for your computer (such as slower speeds, annoying adware, etc). It is a risk to take when doing paid to click sites, but I do have some tips on minimizing the risk (won't preven't all viruses from infecting your computer, but the risk can get lowered): watch out for rotator sites (ones where multiple advertisers can post ads on the same link), paid to promote links (I've encountered malware and the like from those types of links), parked domains (sites that have nothing but adsense ads or the like), non english sites, as well as any known scam sites. Also having a good antivirus software can help too (detects viruses that come on your computer). Also, Chrome usually warns you if you are coming across an unsafe site (not always, but it usually works for me). If doing gpt offers, beware that some download offers can come with adware or spyware (has happened to me before). You may want to check for reviews for apps you wan to download.
6) Familiarize yourself with the terms of service on each site too. For example, many of them have inactivity policies, where if you go for too long without logging in or clicking (say a month or more), your account can get suspended or deleted. Also some may have restrictions on say using paid to sign up offers to get people to join (I learned that the hard way with Commission Junction for example, where I offered incentives for people to respond to some of their offers and I ended up getting my account terminated there as a result). Some sites may have forced view ads too (where the timer freezes if you open up a new tab or window while viewing ads).
7) When doing GPT sites and their offers, be sure to familiarize yourself with the terms on offers you want to complete. For example, if you do a "free trial offer", some may require you to keep the free trial to the first payment period (otherwise credit can get reversed if you unsubscribe early). Surveys usually require honesty.. Dishonest replies to surveys can cause you to get disqualified or even lead to your accounts getting supended in some cases.
8) bear in mind that paid to click sites might not be for everyone. If clicking ads on a daily basis is not your cup of tea for example, then these kinds of sites might not be for you. Also if you are inexperienced with affiliate programs, referral building can be easier said than done. Even I am not an expert when it comes to affiliate programs (if I was, I would have alot more money by now and wouldn't be needing my day jobs), but I am not. I am still a learner at that (yeah i am not a natural when it comes to sales and marketing related careers like affiliate marketing or network marketing).
9. Referrals that turn inactive. In the ideal world, every referral you get would be good quality and they click almost every single day, but realistically some people will likely be more active than others and some people can turn inactive after a while. Obviously the more referrals you have the better, but bear in mind that not everyone is going to be active, so watch out and me mindful about how you are promoting your referral links.
10. Paid to click sites that go out of business. I've seen this happen before where some paid to click sites will be online for a while but then all the sudden go off line. I've seen this happen before over the years. Newer sites have a tendency to do this after a while, so I recommend caution when joining newer paid to click sites (say ones that have been around 1 year or less). Note that older sites are not immune from going out of business too (seen that happen for example at Clicksia, Cashnhits, Buxvertise and others). So that is another risk when it comes to ptc sites (can be one reason not to upgrade right away).
11. Also, if you are advertising on ptc sites, know that most people will likely view your ad(s) for the money. I know in my experience, conversion rates will likely be low. One possibility would be to use lead capture pages and email marketing services. You can offer some incentives to fill out the form too, such as free reports, exclusive videos for signing up, etc). Many network marketing companies, for example have lead capture pages you can advertise for example. You might not get sign ups, but you can get leads that you can follow up with (either via email or phone). One other thing: some affiliate networks frown on incentivized traffic. For example, if you have Google Adsense ads on your site, you may want to refrain from using ptc sites to advertise your site (perhaps a splash page can help as it can divide traffic visiting your site for the money from those who are actually interested in checking it out). Google is known to disable accounts if they violate the terms (they don't always warn you either if you are doing something you shouldn't). If you are using paid to sign up offers to promote affiliate ads (say from Linkshare, Commission Junction, etc), you will want to check the terms on that. If you use incentivized traffic to promote free trial offers for example (ones that pay on a per lead basis) make sure the affiliate networks allow incentivized sign ups (same goes with the particular offers you are promoting). Otherwise you can risk getting your account(s) suspended at those affiliate networks. Happened to me at Commission Junction where i was offering incentives for people to sign up for a free trial at one of the sites I was promoting (they paid $25 per lead). However, I found out the hard way I wasn't supposed to do that and got my account terminated there (no longer have an account there). Adsense too: sometimes I used traffic exchanges and ptcsites to get traffic to my site and eventually my adsense account got disabled (they never even warned me if I was doing something I shouldn't either). Now days I use adhitz instead of Adsense, but that is something to be aware of.
Now you have it. Happy earnings.
Tips on getting the most out of ptc sites:
1. If nothing else, at least view ads almost every day for best results (especially as you get more active referrals). While the earnings might not seem like much, the more often you do your rounds, the more they add up after a while. I like Neobux and Probux this way as they offer incentives to view ads every day (such as requiring 100 clicks on advertisements before you can refer people as well as requiring you to do your rounds in order to get paid from referrals' clicks). If you are not even viewing ads, then your earnings will be minimal if any.
2. Consider taking advantage of the extra ways to earn (especially sites like Donkeymails, Clixsense, Cashnhits and Inbox Dollars). You can easily go from earning pennies to earning at least $1-2 per day even without referrals this way. At Clixsense, consider doing the daily bonus check list if you have the time for it. At Inbox Dollars, feel free to fill out a survey or two, complete an offer every once in a while or even shop at their partner sites if you are shopping online and want rebates for your purchases. Some sites have mini jobs you can take advantage of too and earn extra.
3. Try to build your referral base. By the way, some sites let you rent referrals and can be a good way to start.
4. Make sure you check the terms of service on sites if needed.
5. Check out forums on paid to click sites (such as Earn Money Space and Talkptc). You can interact with other people who use paid to click sites, get the latest news in the industry, learn about sites to stay away from, trade referral links, along with other things. By they way, they do allow links (even referral links) in your signature file, so I recommend using them. Even facebook has groups that you can join on paid to click sites.