starting on any earning programs, be sure to protect your computer!
Make it a habit to scan your computer
for viruses regularly.
your browser pop-up blocker, or install separate one.
Surfing the net, we will almost certainly stumble upon ads which exhort us to participate in online earning ventures. The question that immediately
comes to our mind is: Can I really earn money on the internet? The answer, as most of you already know, is YES. But it never is as simple or as easy as
these advertisements claim.
Where do I start?
Before joining any program, assess yourself.
What are your expectations or earning goals? You
can go one step further by defining them within a specific time frame. For
example, I expect to earn $100 every month. Of course, one must be practical
when setting goals, and itís always better to start slow when you lack
What are you willing to give? Set the limits on how
much time, effort and money you are willing and able to invest. This can
help you in deciding which programs are worth joining and which will just be
a waste of your time. Keeping these limitations in mind can also help you
avoid putting in something you cannot afford to, as well as ensures you
still have enough time for your normal day to day activities.
How do you want to be paid? Again, you have a lot of
payment methods to choose from. However, valid options may be dependent upon
your geographic location, as some payment processors are limited to certain
countries only. To maximize earnings, check out and compare all applicable
fees involved with each type, as well as its flexibility (funding and
withdrawal options), popularity (acceptability online and offline) and
Once youíve established your personal comfort zone, its
time to go shopping!
Thereís an endless array of earning opportunities on
the net. This would include but is not limited to:
High Yield Investment Programs (HYIP)
to Download and Install Software
to Play Games
to Post in Forums
to Read Email Advertisements (PTR)
to Display Ads on your Website
to Upload Images
How do I pick?
Now, comes the tough part, choosing the programs to
pick. Among all those programs that are being advertised, how would you know
which ones to choose? Several factors have to be considered, most important
of which is: Does the program pay?
This is the part where you have to do your research.
any one of the numerous forums which discuss Get Paid To (GPT) programs.
And just donít read the posts, participate! Ask now to avoid regrets
later. Each type of GPT program has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Some tips for one type will not necessarily be useful for another. By
actively discussing, you learn more, and can be of help to other as well.
Plus, the friends you make may lead you to more lucrative earning
the time to study the personal websites which promote various GPT
programs. More often than not, you will find useful tips, links and
tutorials. More importantly, you may notice that some programs are being
mentioned more often than others. At the very least, this signifies that
these programs have paid these individuals, and can therefore be
considered more reliable than others.
scoping out the possibilities, pick a group of programs you think are
worthwhile and check them one by one. Personally, I use the following
criteria in assessing prospective programs:
1. Website Layout and Design Ė At the very least, the Program Owner
(PO) should have made some effort to enhance site attractiveness,
especially if a familiar-looking template is being used. You must remember
that anyone with extra cash can easily establish a fly by night PTR,
autosurf or other GPT program.
2. Basic features, FAQ and Terms of Service Ė Study the program
features and be familiar with the Terms of Service, especially with
regards to Requirements, Services Offered and Compensation Details, to
avoid unexpected and unpleasant shocks in the course of your membership.
Are you qualified to participate? Keep in mind that some programs have
country restrictions. Reading the fine print can save you from regrets
later. Another thing you should note is if the site content is a mere copy
of other programsí content, or if it has been customized for the program.
Check if the PO made provisions for every possible issue that may arise.
3. Program Sustainability Ė Analyze the programís mode of revenue
generation as this is where your income will be derived from. Is it
feasible and sustainable? It is generally agreed upon that if something
appears too good to be true, it usually is.
4. Support Features Ė A good program will always provide its
members with several venues for communicating concerns, issues, comments
and suggestions. Forums not only provide allow current members to give
feedback, they also give prospective members a glimpse into the inner
workings of the program.
5. Other Features Ė Does the program offer additional
services/bonuses for participation?
6. Background Ė Try to research the Programís history, look up the
domain at WhoIs.ws or WhoIs.net. Identify the PO, and verify if he/she
owns/has owned other programs. Search for discrepancies in address and
telephone numbers. Even just the web hosting info can give you an idea of
how long the PO plans to sustain his program.
After picking your finalists, sign up for your programs. Be careful though.
Initially, when presented with the bewildering array of seemingly excellent
programs, you will feel the urge to sign up for every one of them. Although
this can be fondly viewed as a rite of passage for the GPT newbie, chances
are you may be wasting precious time and effort that could be otherwise
invested in more fruitful ventures. Do not spread yourself too thin. Less
Iíve signed up. Now what?
NowĎs the time for you to hold up your part of the
bargain. Do what is required of you, and do it well. If you have time
to spare, join your programís site support forum to keep yourself
After some time, your perception of the program may
change, as will your values. If you feel something isnít working for you,
donít force yourself to continue. Cut your losses and move on. Consider it a
lesson learned, and make sure to pass your info on to others. The GPT
business is dynamic, and what was lucrative then may not be so now.
A reminder though, this is the stage where plenty
become entrapped in the rigid daily routine of online earning. Donít neglect
your offline life! Get out in the sun, go shopping, play basketball, fulfill
your obligations! Remember, this is just a means to the end, and not the end
Iíve reached payout!
Congratulations! Many may still feel the need to go on,
or to reinvest. But make sure you enjoy the fruits of your labor. After all
that hard work, you deserve an extra-special treat!
Glossary of Terms
Programs which require members to view a certain number of sites that
are displayed automatically in exchange for traffic credits and/or cash
AKA Cost per Click, the cost of one click on a listing, keyword, banner,
or advertisement for which you would pay each time the user
selects/clicks on the hyperlink.
AKA Cost per 1000 Impressions (M refers to the Roman Numeral Milia=1000),
a measure used for internet marketing
A variable classification or ranking of countries that is frequently,
but not always used in calculating the actual value of hits received
Ex: First tier countries: US, UK
An individual or organized group of individuals who participate in
transactions involving the exchange of one form of e-currency into its
equivalent in another form based either on current market value or the
A term used to denote investment programs that promise to double funds
invested within specified period of time.
As defined in Egold.com, "e-gold is an electronic currency, issued by
e-gold Ltd., a Nevis corporation, 100% backed at all times by gold
bullion in allocated storage."
As defined in E-bullion.com, "e-bullionģ is electronic bullion:
international electronic currency fully backed by physical precious
metals stored on behalf of account holders in Treasury Grade bullion
AKA High Yield Investment Programs; generally used to denote online
companies which promise a certain return of investment(%) for ecurrency
funds deposited therein. Profit allegedly comes from successful market
trading ventures of the program owners, which cannot be always
guaranteed. In other words, you deposit your funds, earn a certain rate
on them each day, and withdraw your earnings with or without your
initial deposit after a specific period of time.
As defined in IntGold.com, "IntGold (Internet Gold Inc.) is a digital
currency, online payment system, and IntGold account processor. Internet
Gold Inc. is the sole owner of the InGoldcard ATM debit card system.
Loosely, an organizational structure that limits horizontal member
growth and increases vertical growth of the program. This imposes a
limit to the numbers of direct downlines a good recruiter can have, thus
increasing the chances that newcomers will be placed under his downlines
AKA Multi-Level Marketing, is a system of selling GOODS or SERVICES
through a NETWORK of distributors.
A payment processor which requires only email address for the online
exchange of funds.
Payment Processor, also Transaction Processor
As defined in www.vpsource.com/glossary.html, a "A financial institution
distinct from the bank that processes data from credit card
transactions. Providing pre-authorization, post-authorization, and
refund services to businesses accepting credit cards. They are
responsible for the distribution of funds between consumers and
A payment processor requiring only an email address for the online
exchange of funds.
AKA pay per click, where advertisers bid on certain keywords and are
charged per unique click their ads receive.
Ex: Search Engines
AKA paid to click, where the act of clicking on a link will result in
your account being credited with a corresponding reward, monetary or
AKA paid to promote, where the act of promoting a program using your
referral link will result in your account being credited with an
assigned reward, monetary or otherwise. Rewards are usually given based
on the number of credits earned, which in turn is dependent on the
number of valid visits your referral page receives as well as the
quality of visits (eg first tier countries 1 valid hit=1 credit, 2nd
tier coutries valid hit=O.5 credits, etc.)
AKA paid to read, where the act of you opting in for email ads, as well
as reading them, result in your account being credited with a
corresponding reward, monetary or otherwise
AKA paid to surf, where the act of surfing sites in their program
result in your account being credited with a corresponding reward,
monetary or otherwise e.g. traffic credits
Ex: Studio Traffic
AKA paid to sign up, where the act of signing up under a specified
program using a specified link, result in your account being credited
with a corresponding reward, monetary or otherwise, after confirmation
of activity in the program is received
Ex: Planet Traffic
As defined in Wikipedia, "a Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment
operation that involves paying returns to investors out of the money
raised from subsequent investors, rather than from profits generated by
any real business. A Ponzi scheme offers high short-term returns in
order to entice new investors, whose money is needed to fund payouts to
earlier investors, and to lure its victims into ever-bigger risks."
As defined in Answers.com, "A fraudulent money-making scheme in which
people are recruited to make payments to others above them in a
hierarchy while expecting to receive payments from people recruited
below them. Eventually the number of new recruits fails to sustain the
payment structure, and the scheme collapses with most people losing the
money they paid in."
A program which randomly awards the membership fees from its newer
members to its older members. Usually, the one-time fees are split
between the administration, the sponsor or referring member, and a
randomly picked member. Its success depends on the continuous influx of
Ex: Dollar Buddy
A payment processor requiring only an email address for the online
exchange of funds. Funds can be withdrawn via bank wire transfer or
A program in which members view websites in exchange for credits which
are be used to purchase a number of hits to websites of their choice.
Example: Traffic Pods
Hits that deliver ALL information to the user. This excludes redirects,
error messages and computer-generated hits.
The act of searching for a relevant keyword on the net and clicking
through to the URLs of the search results. Validity is also dependent on
conditions set by Search Engine Administration and Advertisers
SOME PRACTICAL HOW TO TIPS
How to host your own banners/images
How to create proofs of payment
Referral Recruitment Tips
Step by step guide to opening your first GPT account