Paid To Click



A Good or Bad Idea?

PTC - Many of us have been there and done that as far as using PTC sites, but are they really good for the industry?

This IS NOT a slam against PTC sites and/or their owners. As with everything else, a person must make up their own mind if they want to be a part of a particular service or use a particular product.

The reason I raise the question is because of the prevalence of "penny clickers" in our industry. Some people choose to focus on doing things that give them a few cents here and there instead of focusing on building a true income with their online endeavors by using a viable strategy. If that is your "thing," then that is OK, but it is important for us to think about WHY we are doing what we are doing online.

It is important for us to think about our reasons for participating in any form of Internet Marketing. Is it our intention to earn an income, or are we simply doing it for fun - as a kind of hobby or way of networking with people? If we are doing it to earn money, then we need to take it seriously and consider what we are doing as a part or full-time business. If we call ourselves being in business, then we need to consider how we spend our time online and what we choose to do with that time.

Far too many people seem to concentrate on the "pennies" instead of the "dollars." Sure, one can earn money by belonging to a bunch of things that we earn a bit of change with by doing certain things like clicking on ads and such but is that a good use of our time if it is our intention to earn an online income

Many new people coming into Internet Marketing industry seem to think that all they have to do is join something, click or promote some things and the cash will start rolling in! It is good for those of us who have been at this for a while to ask ourselves if we are contributing to this myth. There is enough "get rich quick" crap online today. We don't need to be part of the problem!

Which brings me back to PTC. On the surface, one might think of PTC sites as a great advertising vehicle -  people look at our ads and even get paid a few cents to do so. But the question is WHY are people looking at our ads? Are they looking at them because they are searching for something of use or value to them, or are they looking at them to get a few pennies? I would venture to say that people who belong to PTC sites are looking for an easy way to make some money. There is nothing really wrong with that in it'self, but is there a danger there? Do we run the risk of spending so much of our valuable time chasing small change instead of investing our time with a business strategy that will eventually lead to a steady income?

If you are someone who earns a good deal of money with PTC and things like that then more power to you! I am not trying to rain on your parade or anything. Actually, the people who DO earn a good amount of money doing things like that have a "method in their madness" - a strategy. But then there are the folks who think they can make tons of money in a short period of time by doing things like that, and the folks who prey on them! You see, Paid to Click, Paid to Join and other things like that opens the industry up to fraud. Folks with very good intentions are unwittingly contributing to the pockets of the "snake oil salesmen" that creep in there with the honest marketers.

Program owners need to seriously consider what they do, why they are doing it, and how it affects their reputation - their BRAND. If program owners would be more strict about who they allow advertising on their sites, then maybe the Internet Marketing industry could actually clean up its act. So my question remains: Is PTC a good idea or a bad one? I would really like to know what folks in the industry think about this topic.

Thanks for reading my blah blah blah.

As I said above, I would really like to know what you think about this topic.

Please leave your comments – that is what makes the whole “system” work.

Till next time!
Yours in Success,

John L. Brewer
Email - esljohnnymarketing@gmail.com
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6 Replies to “Paid To Click”

  • Very good post. I agree, too many people collecting pennies and spending too much time doing so. That same amount of effort and time can be used to make dollars not pennies.

    I think one of the big draws to it is that the pennies are considered earned instantly, but instead to make a $20 sale it might take them a few days so they see 2 days of no income and quit.

    People a lot of the time want instant income and to make money from day one.

    • Yes, Steve. You are so right.
      Everyone wants “quick” money.
      Glad you liked the post.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Hi John.

    Thoughtful post and a tad longer than normal for you.

    My thoughts are mixed on this conundrum.

    a) PTC sites have been around for a long time but may
    not be here forever as payment processors are not happy
    with the way owners manage them. Daily they change or
    close their doors.

    As for the PTC clickers, on the positive side, we should all be
    as informed as they are in regards to online trends and
    advertising content.

    b) penny clickers are another whole breed, I have been against
    paying members to click x number of sites since the get go. I
    knew it would attract freebie clickers.

    However, experience has shown me that there is another side
    If it was not for the chance to earn a few shekles here and there,
    many of these needy and worthy people would never be able to
    afford upgrades in the programs.

    In respect to both these types, are they different than free joiners
    who surf and use the industry simply to promote their choices?
    The industry claim all good TEs are built on a foundation of free
    steady surfers.

    Thus back to the pennies. It is easily fixed. All owners have to do
    is stop paying a member to surf. Rather have them earn the penny
    instead of it being a handout. I see several owners who have done
    just that. Turning any cash earned into prizes drawn where a few
    are awarded not all. They seem to be surviving quite well and
    have serious competitive members.

    Bottom line, imho… is that owners created this confusion, only
    owners can change it. Best done before the payment processors
    do it for you?

    One thing I find disheartening is owners/members who label
    rather than take a step to correct what they may be guilty of
    creating.

    Cheers,

    Fran

    • Hey Fran.

      You make some interesting points.
      As I said in my post, if PTC is someones “thing” then more power to them.
      I agree that the lion’s share of the responsibility lies with the owners.
      Thanks for your comment!

  • Great post John and this is a discussion that has been going on for years. There are many people who have earned money from the penny clicking – the thing that I feel we have a hard time with it that to some people in other countries that penny is to them like hundred is to us – thus think why the PTC have stuck around.

    A true marketer might use them to get people on their list – there is the chance that you will find one now and then that wants to move past the penny collecting and with having them on your list you can train them how to earn more

    Years ago, I would PTC site as a test to see if people were serious about working the amount of hours that it takes and would have people in my downline to join a PTC and watch their activity for 30 days – if there was one or two that was consistent – then I would personally contact them so that I could work with them more – I found some great people that way. JMO

    • Hello Nancy 🙂

      A very interesting perspective and strategy.
      That is certainly a way to make positive use out of PTC for advertisers.
      Thank you very much for your comment!

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