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Earn Before You Spend

Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Article Archive A (GPTB), Miscellaneous with No Comments »

Many new members come into the GPT world lured by the attraction of making easy money quickly. While you can earn a nice supplement, probably one of the the key factors in increasing your income is gaining referrals.

When I first started, I had a very hard time getting referrals. I pestered every friend I knew to join, very few did. Then I started to seek out successful people and see what they did. Most of them had a great website and most of them also had a large mailing list of some kind in effect.

I immediately got to work on my first site and when it was all said and done, I thought I had done something great. I then setup a mailing list using a third party provider.

The next thing on my agenda was advertising. I never, ever recommend to anyone to invest any personal income into advertising until you’ve earned some money from your programs. Otherwise all you’re doing is gambling. And this industry is too volatile to warrant having to spend your own cash.

I’ve always been a fan of sites that offer points. Points are a terrific way for you to test out advertising without having to spend any cash. Many sites offer them and as a newbie starting out, these sites are perfect for you to test out your ad writing skills, your website, etc., without having to spend any money.

As you build up your referral network, you’ll earn a percentage of your referrals’ points as well as their cash. If you use all your points back into advertising you’ll build up your referral network in other sites at the same time.

Some sites also offer the ability to redeem points for upgraded memberships. Make sure to look at all your options and set yourself goals to reach. Little by little, it’ll add up and you didn’t have to spend any money until you’ve earned some.

Article written by the webmaster of BeenPaid.com, formerly a community of over 5000 members that shared information on how to earn from free to join programs.

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Do Your Decisions Impact Others?

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Have you ever been woken up far too early on a Saturday morning from the irksome shriek of your neighbor’s lawnmower or been rudely cut off while driving down the street? I’m sure we’ve all experienced displeasing circumstances at one time or another caused by someone else and more often than not, we soon forget about it and carry on. The neighbor’s lawn does not interfere with our schedule and the rude driver is but a distant memory by the time we get to our destination. However, there are some decisions we make which do continue to have an impact on others long after the act has occurred.

In an industry where downlines and referral earnings are status symbols which help us to achieve our goals more quickly, we can be assured that people’s choices affect others to a higher degree than usual. Just as the wise financial choices made from a bank’s investment managers can affect employee wages and benefits in a positive way, so too can poor choices impact others negatively when everyone is part of a so-called "team."

In the Get-Paid-To community, often called the “Wild West of the Internet”, there’s been no new sheriff riding into town ready to disarm the bad guys and haul them off to the county jail. Our telegraph messages tend to go unheeded and our smoke signals are quickly disbursed by the wind. The town has become overrun by outlaws, pillagers and freeloaders whose actions impact conscientious shopkeepers, merchants and townsfolk alike. The question is, are we contributing to the breakdown of the community by the choices we make or are we taking action to halt the decay and help lead the industry out of its current state and into a safer, more productive environment we can all enjoy and prosper from?

When we aid, encourage, assist, host, support, defend and promote late-paying and poorly run sites, we are taking part in the deterioration of the industry as a whole and canceling out any progress the clean-up crew might have made.

We can either choose to pollute the environment we live in or we can choose not to. We can choose to get involved with clean-up efforts or we can choose not to. These are all decisions we make which absolutely do have an impact on others… and in so doing, we can either all take part in reaping the benefits or force others to suffer the consequences.

Article written by AnI4AnI.

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How to Research Before Joining a Program

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We’ve all seen the ads, for the greatest site of the month, promising high paying emails an equally high payout and selling ads for next to nothing.

We’ve also all heard the adage, "If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is."

The key to joining a winning program is research. So here are some tips to assist you in making informative choices about the programs you join and hopefully save you some frustration in the long end.

1. Read the terms of service (TOS) and frequently asked questions (FAQs) pages of the program so you have a definitive understanding of the requirements prior to joining. As Pete Seeger once said, "Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don’t."

2. Take a good look at the advertising page most notably the pricing. Are they making a profit or grossly underselling ads? An ad special is one thing but a constant flow of 10-cent emails to all at the selling price of $1, for example, is a recipe for disaster. The bottom line is undersold ads kill a site. For more in sustainability visit:

3. If the site runs on CashCrusader scripts, take a look at the runner.php page (which can be found at http://www.Insert_Program_URL_Here/scripts/runner.phpor for example http://www.emailsforads.com/scripts/runner.php) to verify that the commission settings match what is on the index page of the program. Also take a look at the program’s activity requirements. You’ll see something like, "Must login every XX days and be at least XX% as active as your downline to get commission from downline clicks." In layman’s terms what this means is you need to either login or click on a link every XX days to earn from your referrals AND you’ll need to be able to click on XX% of links to earn from your downline. Links include paid links; search links; paid to click; top, middle, bottom sponsor links; site support links, contest links, limited links, targeted links, point emails, etc, etc.). The trouble is there’s no way of knowing how often click counters are reset or how active referrals are or when they’re clicking. A reasonable setting for this is 25%. Anything higher and you’ll need to judge for yourself especially if you are from a country that isn’t search engine friendly; or if the program sends out lots of limited clicks that are expired by the time you are able to click them; or you have your account on vacation mode.

4. Get to know where you are submitting your personal information to. Do a WHOIS via http://www.whois.sc to see who the webmaster is, when the domain is set to expire, where the host is from, etc.

5. Use forums to your advantage. Ask other members what their experience is, do a search through BeenPaid’s forums and the popular forums like: GetPaidForum.com and GPTBoycott.com read the information on the programs both on the bad and good side and decide if that is something that you want for you.

6. Finally use your common sense. The damage that has been done to this industry by the influx of programs with dishonorable intentions is on the rise. Sustainable programs cannot compete with their ad pricing; advertisers are spending their dollars wherever they can find low rates; sustainable programs aren’t getting advertisers for these reasons; members are joining these lemons and promoting them all the while forgetting about the tried but true.

You can end this vicious circle but it starts with you making better choices. And if you’ve joined one of these programs, it’s never too late to quit 😉

Article written by the webmaster of BeenPaid.com, formerly a community of over 5000 members that shared information on how to earn from free to join programs.

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The GPT Recourse Resource Guide

Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Article Archive A (GPTB), Miscellaneous with No Comments »

Never in the history of e-commerce has the warning, "Buyer Beware" been so crucial and harbored such boding undertones.

Internet fraud is rampant and doesn’t seem to be subsiding any time soon. With thousands of scams being reported to authorities annually throughout the world, one can only imagine what a daunting task it is for law enforcement to gather information, launch investigations and prosecute alleged scammers.

Admittedly, the posse has been riding far behind the bandits for quite some time, and the prospect of them catching up any time soon looks rather bleak.

However, we can do our part by being savvy shoppers, by taking the time to do our research, by making smart choices and by taking action when necessary.

The basic human instinct when discovering we’ve been victimized is to try to get beyond it as quickly as possible, and quietly hope someone else does the unpleasant job of taking care of things.

Unfortunately, many times silence is interpreted as consent, even though it may not be consent! Although good-hearted, well-intentioned individuals would be more than happy to sign a petition or vote in a poll at the click of a mouse, they balk at taking further steps in helping to fight online crime.

Perhaps it is just a matter of not having the correct information available to report fraud and in that case I have taken the liberty of compiling a list of web-sites which may prove to be quite useful.

Feel free to peruse them at your leisure and remember to bookmark them for future reference:

The GPTBoycott Forum offers members a chance to submit complaints and discuss various programs.

At the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, you’ll be directed to file complaints about individual businesses, which will then be disbursed to appropriate agencies across the globe. Sites which have closed should not be precluded. Keep in mind there may involve statutes of limitations. You may also present general, sweeping concerns regarding the Paid-To-Read industry as a whole.

You will find pertinent domain ownership registration information through the "InterNIC" and "Who-Is" web-sites.

Remember, we have an innate right to expect payment for work performed. Excessive alterations to the Terms of Service; suspicious deletions of member accounts; improper, forced and unbalanced conditions and ultimatums; giving away or selling databases and closing debt-ridden sites without compensation are all unlawful practices many program owners have grown accustomed to due to apathy, tolerance and acceptance.

Please do your part by taking a moment to file these much needed complaints.

Article written by AnI4AnI.

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