Are Rental Referrals worth it?  Let me share with you my opinions on RR's

Quick overview

On paid to click sites, one good way to increase your earnings potiential considerably, in addition to earning cash by clicking ads and engaging in other activities (grid games, surveys, videos, cash offers, etc), is to advertise the referral link(s) you are given and get active referrals.  Of course, getting referrals (let alone good quality referrals) can be easier said than done for some people.  Obviously, people with more online marketing skills (preferably with affiliate programs and/or downline systems) will have a better time at referring new members than others.  Sometimes advertising online can be tricky.  Paid advertising costs money and plus some ad networks do not serve ptc affiliates (such as Google Adwords and Bing ads) so finding good ad networks to advertise on with good results can be challenging (one site many ptc sites use is Adhitz, which is kind of similar to Bing Ads and Adwords but is generally friendlier for ptc affiliates).  Advertising on other paid to click sites does cost money and can be hit or miss and you can usually only advertise one site at a time and on one paid to click site at a time unless if you have lots of money to invest in advertising.  Even free methods can have their challenges too (for example Youtube has been known to take down websites relating to paid to click sites like the one I did on Clixsense). 

Now, some paid to click sites offer "rental referrals", where for a small fee (usually about $.20 per rental referral, per month, though it varies by paid to click sites), members can rent referrals and earn from their clicks.  I have tried this strategy myself on various sites, including Twickerz, Neobux, Probux (long before it went under), CTP Gem (back when it was still up), Scarlet Clicks, and now, Payadoo.  Rental referrals in my opinion, can both be a blessing and a curse for affiliates and some sites have better quality rental referrals than others.  By the way, I touched on rental referrals on my blog post (see http://buildingabrandonline.com/rjblog/to-rent-or-not-rent-referrals-at-paid-to-click-sites-pros-and-cons/) and I might as well share this on this site too.  Note that not every paid to click site has rental referrals (for example, Clixsense does not offer rental referrals) and it can still be good to try and get direct referrals too.

Known sites that offer rental referrals (this list will be appended over time):

- Neobux

- Lexiads

- Twickerz

- Scarlet Clix

- Bux Matrix

- Ojooo 

- Gpt Planet

- Timebucks (you can also buy referrals there)

- Donkeymails

Sites where you can buy referrals:

- Scarlet Clicks (in addition to rental referrals)

- Hits4pay (they have an "autopilot" program where unreferred members are automatically placed under participating affliate's downlines at random).

- Twickerz (in addition to rental referrals)

- Donkeymails (upgraded members can get random referrals as long as they remain upgraded and the higher your membership level is, the more exposure your referral links get).

-- Bux Matrix - upgraded members are automatically placed into the 3x12 forced matrix system they have.  If you have a good upline that has upgraded at least once, upgraded members they refer can spill over into their downline member's downlines.  BTW, I upgraded about a year ago and so if I referred more than 3 upgraded referrals, any additional ones would spill over into their downlines.  Note that you have to upgrade ad least once in order to take advantage of the lifetime matrix system they offer.  The matrix system does not seem to be available to free members.  

- Traffic Wave (they have a $38/month ad coop where unreferred downline members can be placed into participating affiliates' downlines and you do get email alerts whenever you get new sign ups).  Note that I am taking a break from traffic wave.  Membership I had expired.  Would have to create a new account there if I want to open one up again.  

- No minimum - you can "buy" 10 downline members (for $7.50) and can be done monthly (usually doesn't happen right away, but usually they are delivered by the end of the month).  For $22.50 per month, you can buy up to 50 referrals.  Can be useful if you want to grow your downline relatively fast if you are willing to invest the extra money 

- Global Domains International - premium upgrade members can get random downline members via a lotto system, where unreferred sign ups can be placed under participating affiliates' downlines.

Former paid to click sites with rental referrals (these sites have since gone out of business):

Ctp gem, Probux, Bux Levels, Clix2015, Buxberry, Grandptc (now days it is more of a traffic exchange type site than a ptc site), and others

will do a more detailed comparison of the sites on a later post or page (probably on my blog).

Benefits and drawbacks of rental referrals

Pros:

1. Can be a good way to start building your referral base (especially if you don't know how to get direct referrals)

2. Can suppliments direct referrals (assuming the rental referrals are good quality)

3. Referrals can be rented using your earnings (though you can also purchase them out of pocket too).  You do not have to pay for them out of pocket if you want to.  For example, for every $2 you earn, $1 can be used to rent referrals.

4. Assuming the referrals are active, earnings should start going up fast. One site i find pretty good results is Scarlet clicks, where I average at least $2 per day from referral earnings (both rental and direct).

5. Rental referrals can be especially useful as an "upgraded" members, since you can earn more from referral clicks than you would as a free member.  For example, at Neobux, here is a comparison chart between free members and "gold members" (selling at $90 per year). See below for example.  If you decide to go the rental referral route, you may want to consider upgrading for better earning rates from referral clicks (especially if most of your rental referrals are active)

6. At sites where rental referrals are sold cheaply, you can rent more and more referrals each week and grow your referral list.  Can be especially useful if you have lots of active referrals (ones that are clicking)

7. Earnings from rental referrals do accumulate as your referral base grows (assuming most of them are active).

8. Does force you to be more active (especially at sites where you have to surf x number of ads each day to earn from referral clicks).  Whenver you have days where you don't click, your referrals make money for their clicks, but you don't get anything from their clicks.  And I do realize there are times one can't click (such as going on vaction for example), so consider times when you don't click as "unpaid vacations" (you have the day off, but no extra income).

Free member vs gold member (note that these numbers are figurative and actual numbers will vary based on various factors, including how active you are, how active your referrals are, click rates, membership levels, etc):

Earnings from your clicks:

- Between $.001 and $.015 per click (varies by ad type)

- As a gold member: Between $.01 and $.02 per click (varies by ad)

Earnings per click from Direct referrals:

- Up to $.005 per click ($.0005 for fixed ads)

- As a gold member: up to $.01 per click ($.005 for fixed ads)

Earnings per click from rental referrals:

- As a free member: between $.005 and $.01 per click (with extended exposure ads worth $.01 and other ads worth $.005 per click)

- As a gold member: you can earn $.01 for fixed and standard ads, while extended ads are worth $.02 per referral click.

So if you had 10 rental referrals and they are all clicking at least 4 ads, you would earn $.20 from those clicks.  If you were a gold member and they were all clicking, that would translate into  $.40 from those clicks (more if some of the ads are extended ads).  That figure can go up significantly as your referral list grows.  Note that this is based on idealistic circumstances (you are active, all of your referrals are active, etc).  Actual numbers will vary (for example, in my experience, not every referral is going to be active and you might have days you don't click either and so the true figures will vary).  I wish I can promise you will get rich from paid to click sites, but I would be lying if I did.  Sure paid to click sites might be prosperous for some people, but not everyone.  Some people will have better luck with rental referrals than others.

Drawbacks of rental referrals:

- Know that it does cost money to rent them.  Also, rental referrals are usually good for so long befoe you have to pay to renew them (even with autopay on).  For that reason, don't rent more referrals than you can afford to maintain.  For example, it can be tempting to rent say 100 referrals for $20 at neobux, but remember it will cost $20 to renew them all at the end of the month, regardless if they are active or not.  Can be more useful to let your earnings accumulate (say at least $2 or more) and rent referrals in smaller batches (say 5 or 10).  I know there is an autopay feature, but they usually expire after a while anyways.  Also, I know at some sites (such as Scarlet Clicks), sometimes referrals can get expensive after a while.  Ideally you want to be making more money from rental referrals than it costs to spend money on them,  but they can get expensive after a while, especially whenever you have inactive referrals (not every rental referral is going to be good quality.  It would be ideal if they are all clicking ads almost every day, but in reality, you are likely to get some poor quality referrals.  By the way, I have heard that some sites use bots for rental referrals (I wouldn't know for sure if that is the case for every ptc sites, maybe for some, especially ptc sites that turn scam after a while), and that may be a factor too.  I wouldn't know how much truth there is to the bot claims, but I wouldn't be suprised if that is the case at some ptc sites.  Note that even direct referrals are not always going to be good quality either (some can turn inactive after a while too).   Also, it does cost money to recycle inactive referrals too.

- Rental referrals are generally "as is".  In the ideal world, every rental referral is going to click ads almost every day and your income goes up significantly.  However, at least in my experience, some rental referrals will be better quality than others (some will be active, while others might not).  Some can be active at first and then become inactive after a while.  However, in my experience, some people can be lazy (though i realize people can have reasons for not clicking every day, such as working day jobs, family affairs, going on vacations, having other commitments, maybe they are not getting good results and are getting discouraged, this list can go on).  There doesn't seem to be a way to contact rental referrals or offer incentives for them to click, so they are as is.   You can expect to have a mix of good quality and bad quality referrals.  Bad quality referrals either join and never click (why they join in the first place, I have no idea) or they join and are active at first, but for whatever reason, they stop clicking after a while.  Sadly, when it comes to RR's, you are paying for referrals regardless if you are active or not and if most of them are not active, then you can be wasting your money.  

- Consequently, there is some risk involved when it comes to renting referrals as you never know who is going to be active and who is not.  By the way, even direct referrals can turn inactive after a while too.  You are paying money to rent referrals, and there is no guarantee they will be active.  They can get expensive to maintain too as your rental referral base grows.  By the way, some sites charge more depending on how many rental referals you have.  I am sure rental referrals work for some people, though not everyone.  Some of it is the luck of the draw among other factors (sure some can get lucky and most of their referrals are clicking every day, while others may get lousy quality referrals).  So you will want to beaware of that.  You can either make money or lose money this way.

- Rental referrals work best if you too are clicking ads almost every day. Referral earnings are usually in addition to what you earn from clicking ads, plus by logging in regularly, it is easier to keep tabs on referrals as well as renewing them when needed.  By the way, some sites do have policies in place where you actually have to be clicking ads each day in order to earn from referrals' clicks.  Twickerz, Neobux, Get Bux Today, and Buxbery (and many others) are examples of this, where in order to earn from referral clicks, you actually have to be clicking ads daily.  At Twickerz for example, whenever you take a day off but your referrals click, they get paid for viewing ads, but you do not earn from their clicks since you did not click that day (Twickerz does alert you when you log in if you skipped a day clicking).  I know that clicking every day can get redundant and boring after a while, but if clicking ads regularly is not your thing, thing then rental referrals will not work (especially at sites like Neobux, Twickerz, etc).  

- Direct referrals can be better to get if you know how to market the referral links.  Rental referrals are better for suplimenting direct referrals.

- They also require you to keep track on who is clicking and who is not clicking.  Also it does cost money to recycle inactive referrals, so beware of that.

- Some ptc sites seem to use bots as referrals (they were never real people to begin with).  Probux is an example of this.  According to Talkptc, some people think that Neobux uses bots for referrals too though I can't verify it for myself, though they do seem to be hit and miss there (see http://www.talkptc.com/index.php?topic=16099.0 for the post)

- Every ptc site is different when it comes to rental referrals, and some will have better quality rental referrals than others, and vice versa is also true.  

- Rental referrals might not bet he best strategy for everyone

That is all for now.  Direct referrals are ideal when it comes to paid to click sites, though if you know how use rental ones properly, they can also prove useful, though they can also be hit or miss too and some sites are definitely better than others when it comes to rental referrals.  

General tips when it comes to renting referrals

1. Ideally, you should try not to pay for them out of pocket.  It is easier to earn from clicking ads and then when you have more than enough money to rent, (say $1, preferably $2 minimum), you can start using some of your earnings to rent referrals.

2. Resist the temptation to rent too many referrals at a time.  I usually try to do them in batches of 5 or 10.  It can be tempting to rent alot at a time (say 50 or more), but remember that you will have to renew them eventually and  that does cost money.  

3. Consider coming up with a strategy to fund rental referrals.  One way is to save up your earnings and use some of them to rent and renew referrals.  Another good way is to join Microworkers and do jobs there.  Some of the earnings there can be used to fund referrals.

4. Know that renting referrals does not make you "rich overnight".  It does take time and patience for the referral levels to build.  Will likely take months or even years before you max out your referrals

5. Most ptc sites with rental referrals have limits on how many referrals you can rent and varies by site and usually by membership too.  Be sure to check the sites' policies so you know how many referrals you can have.  The sites will usually not let you rent more referrals if you hit the limit. 

6. Consider upgrading if you plan to rent referrals since their clicks are generally worth more than they would be as a free member.  This strategy lets you get the most out of their clicks (especially if you have a high number of rental referrals and they are all clicking).  

7. You should still try to get direct referrals when possible too.  By the way, I am using that strategy with Scarlet Clicks, where in addition to renting referrals, I also have a Clixgrid advertising campaign running on Clixsense (good for 2 months) with the aim of getting direct referrals too and as of this posting (1/23/15), I have 222 direct and 357 rental referrals.  Also, fixed ad campaigns can help too (especially at bigger ptc sites as you can advertise your link get unlimited hits for a certain period of time).  Sure those cost more than it packs, but since most people are clicking on the ads for money, it will likely take alot of hits to get sign ups.  With fixed ads you can have the link up all day for however long you are willing and able to pay for the fixed ads.  Bear in mind that you aren't guaranteed sign ups this way (there could be times where you advertise the link and get little or no sign ups), but it is one way you can do it (so there is some risk that way).   Theoretically, the more traffic you get, the more likely you will get some conversions.

8. If rental referrals is your strategy, consider clicking almost every day when possible, especially on sites where it is required, such as Neobux, Twickerz, Get Bux Today, etc.

9. I always rent referrals at sites where they sell cheaply (say $.15-$.20 per referral).  If they sell at $1 or more, use caution.  Alternatively, if you have autopay, inactive referrals will automatically expire over time.  

10. Consider recycling referrals that go inactive for too long (say a week or more, or 3 days for new referrals).  

Disclaimer:

I have tried this strategy and while sometimes it can work, it doesn't work every time.  I haven't fully mastered the rental referral strategy, so while i am sure it works for some people, it probably won't work for everyone.  There is more risk with this method too as it requires you to spend some of your money for referrals and not all of them will be good quality, so beware of that).   Hey I am not an expert when it comes to paid to click sites, so it is a learning process for me as well.  I am sure there is a way to do this where you make more money than you spend in the end, but there is steep learning curve to this method so I can't promise it will work for everyone.  If you are good at getting direct referrals, that strategy can be better.


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