Chances are you’re looking for ways to make some extra cash online and are exploring your options.
In this article I’ll answer your question about whether or not you can really make money with PTC (Paid To Click) websites.
What Is A Paid To Click Website?
A PTC website is like a middle man between an advertiser and someone looking to make extra money online. The advertiser wants traffic and people want a way to make some money.
How It Works
Advertisers pay for x amount of ‘clicks’ to their landing pages and have their ads placed within the PTC website, a member then spends their time clicking away on different ads and viewing these anding pages to earn money.
Here’s an example:
- Bobs Sports Supplements pays ClixSense $10 to get 5000 clicks to his advertisement banner
- Kate (and thousands of other ClixSense members) click on these banner ads as they start to appear in the members area
- Kate and other members make a tiny amount of money every time they click and Bob gets traffic
Win win right? Not exactly…
The Problem With This System
There are two major problems for both Kate and Bob with this kind of system and I think it’s worth brining them to your attention before you get knee deep in clicking.
Low Quality Traffic
The biggest problem for any marketer trying to get ads seen through platforms like this is that people are only clicking their ads to make money. They are not interested in whatever is on the page or whatever the advertiser has to say because their primary objective is to click as many ads as possible to make the most amount of money.
The reason advertisers pay such a small amount for such a large amount of traffic is that it’s garbage traffic, plain and simple. These platforms are flooded with ‘clickbots’ and other software to simulate real clicks which means a percentage of traffic is totally fake.
Often times clicks are coming from people in third world countries that are not interested in buying anything or that don’t understand English very well.
N0 matter which way you look at it, the quality of traffic is inherently low in these systems and I don’t think this will ever change, it’s just the way it is.
Insanely Low Income Potential
As someone looking to earn an income this is the problem that will interest you the most. The majority of clicks only pay members$0.002 – $0.001 or worse which means it would take 1000 clicks to earn just $0.50- $1!
At that rate you’d be lucky to be making $1 per hour working flat out which is no where near worth your time. I think that’s the big part of this equation, your TIME. How much is your time really worth? I think it’s worth more than just $1 per hour personally but I guess it depends how desperate you are for money right now.
What About Referring People?
Another aspect of these kinds of sites is they allow you to sign up other people under you to do the same using an mlm business model. So if you refer John you’ll earn a percentage of what he makes and if John refers Mary you’ll make some of what she makes and so on.
The amount you can earn this way really depends on the company itself. The fact is it takes a lot of work and the right skills to get people to join under you. I cannot overstate this enough… you won’t be able to just magically refer people without knowing what you are doing.
You are now entering the realms of Internet marketing and to be able to convince anyone to join anything takes either money or time. Given the incredibly low income potential I would definitely not recommend putting any money into advertising campaigns as this will kill your profit straight up.
There are ways to get free quality traffic to make money with but you are going to need to learn about Internet marketing and building a website if you want to go down this road. This is the best way to do it but you are WAY better off promoting more profitable offers if you’re going to put the time and effort into learning online marketing properly.
Promoting programs like this are really not worth your time unless you are referring TONS of people.
The Renter Referral Scam
One way a lot of these (not all) PTC websites get people to spend more money to ‘solve’ this referral problem is with a con known as ‘renting referrals’.
In order to boost revenue these companies have come out with a system where members can rent people that have signed up without a direct sponsor.
Instead of going to the trouble of recruiting people yourself you can just rent them and earn commissions on what they do. The problem is a lot of the time they are not real people, they are robots! It is geared for people to initially make a small profit but once you re-invest more money into renting these referrals… the tables turn and you end up spending more than you make.
In other words the system is rigged to make the PTC website money. It’s very hard to catch them out on this but if you do your homework you will see many complaints and reviews by people losing money with rented referrals.
It’s a flat out waste of time and money in my opinion.
Another interesting point is how some of these companies are randomly banning people’s accounts and not paying out their earnings. It is done in such a randomised manner that it’s very hard to actually make case against them, the amount of money individuals lose is also so small it’s not worth taking legal action.
Here’s one comment I found on reddit.com from a guy with first hand experience with this happening…
I don’t know about you but I think spending weeks trying to make some pocket change and then losing it for no reason isn’t very cool!
The Bottom Line
It IS possible to make a few pennies with PTC websites but in my opinion they go hand in hand with paid survey websites from an earnings point of view.
I think they are a massive waste of a persons time and energy and there are much better ways to earn an income on the Internet.