This Aspire Online Business scam is running rampant in the online world and I think it would be a huge benefit for you to read this if you are considering investing in this program.
Although I call it a scam, I am not saying this in the way that you probably think I am. I do not think that the Aspire program is a scam in of itself. It does provide some very good and adequate training to help you make money online. But the reason I call this a scam is because there are hundreds maybe thousands of people promoting this program and feeding you lies about how easy it is to make money, how much money you can make, and basically feeding you all the fairy-tales you can think of just to get you to sign up so that they can earn a commission.
So viewing this Aspire product from the promotional side of things there is very much scammy activity.
I am not going to tell you to avoid Aspire in this post. I am simply going to inform you that it is not going to be some magical money making program that many promoters try to get you to believe. I want to bring you down to reality so you know what you are getting yourself into.
So anyway, let me first go over what you will get if you decide to sign up for Aspire…
Within Aspire there are 3 different membership levels which include…
So the Aspire Climber level is obviously the best one here. It contains a good deal more training than the other two and it has a much more lucrative commission structure for recruitment. As you can see you get paid 60% commission for the people you recruit to sign up for Aspire and there is a 3 tier payout system in place, meaning you earn commissions from your recruits, and their recruits.
But there is more to Aspire than just this. They also provide you with extremely high ticket products that are available for resale.
These products are also called memberships too. I know, there are 2 separate categories of memberships at Aspire and its confusing.
Note: you have to buy these products yourself to be able to resell them to others.
As you can see these products are extremely expensive and give you the opportunity to make some seriously high commission if you sell them. But of course the catch is that you have to buy the product before you can sell it.
The Aspire program can absolutely provide you with the tools and training to make money online. It doesn’t really matter what online business you are in. This program can help you generate traffic, create sales funnels, and ultimately make money online. Whether you are selling your own product, doing affiliate marketing, ecommerce, or whatever, this training can help
However, my one little issue with this program is that it seems to mostly focus on reselling this to other people. In other words, recruiting others to join in. It appears to me that the majority of the big time guys that are making a lot of money with Aspire are the ones that are promoting it like crazy to other people.
There is no doubt that Digital Altitude has a serious problem with promoters going out and lying about Aspire. Much of the promotions you see are all about all of the money you can make, all of the sports cars you can buy, all of the vacations you can take, and how easy it is to get all of this stuff. Many you will see don’t talk about the work that goes into it and how you will more than likely fail.
One big time promoter that I have come across is a guy named Mack Zidan, aka Mack Millions. This guy promotes Aspire just like I was talking about above. He will go on in on in sales videos about his luxurious life but doesn’t even mention what it takes to become that successful.
The truth is that making money online with Aspire will be nothing even close to how these guys portray it.
It doesn’t really matter what training program you are using, whether it be Aspire or any other. The truth is that it is going to be very difficult to make a lot of money online and most people do not succeed in doing so.
There are very few people that start out in the online world making a lot of money from the start. Sure there are some, but most people fail over and over before they become successful.
Even with the training program that I promote, which is Wealthy Affiliate, most people fail to bring in a full-time income. I am one of the few and that is because I was persistent in the work that I put into it and didn’t give up.
I know for a fact that the training at Wealthy Affiliate works because I am living proof, but I also know that many people fail having gone through it. So when I promote Wealthy Affiliate I make it very clear that you have to put in the work and the time in order to realize success. I also make it clear that it takes time and you will not make much of anything to start out.
In closing this is what I want to leave you with. Aspire itself is NOT a scam. You can learn a lot of great things from the training and get a lot of great tools to be successful in online marketing. I do however wish that they would put more focus on creating an online business of your own instead of promoting theirs. But I wouldn’t call it a scam just because of this.
What is a scam is that these scammy promoters are going out and trying to sucker other people into it by telling them about how they can make easy money. And they are doing this just so that they can make a commission off of them joining underneath them.
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PaidViewpoint is an online survey site where you can make money by taking surveys. Sounds good, but before you sign up you need to know is PaidViewpoint a scam or not? The answer is NO, its not. And in this review I’ll be showing you why its not. It has some advantages over other paid survey sites, but also has some disadvantages.
So let me get to it…
Of course the whole point of joining PaidViewpoint is to make some extra money online, so this is the first thing I’ll be going over..
Obviously survey taking is going to be the main way to make money with this site. The surveys here are generally very short. You could expect them to be about 10 questions, which should take you no longer than 10 minutes. And for a survey of this length you can expect to earn $0.10.
One of the great things about PaidViewpoint is that they prequalify you before sending you surveys (which they send by email by the way). This means that you won’t be disqualified from a survey after you have already started taking it, which is a big pain.
The other way to make money on this site is by referring other people to join. This is going to be the best way to earn a lot of money if you have the means for getting a lot of referrals, such as a huge social media following or a website.
You earn 20% of what your referrals earn, which can add up pretty fast. And you literally don’t have to do anything after referring them initially. Get a few hundred referrals under your belt and you will see that this way of earning is much better than taking surveys yourself.
But again, unless you have a way to promote PaidViewpoint to lots of people you aren’t going to be able to capitalize much on this opportunity.
At PaidViewpoint you are ranked based on your performance. To boost your performance and move up in the rankings you need to be answering the surveys they send you right away. You will only be receiving around 1 survey per day at the most so that is not too much to ask.
The ranking system they use is out of 10,000 points and in order to get to the top level you are going to need 9,000 points. This puts you in the top 10% of all members there. When you get to that level you will make more money per question you answer.
*Note: Answer the surveys truthfully. They track your answers and if they are contradicting at some point they will know and this will hurt your ranking.
PaidViewpoint pays via Paypal. So you are going to need a Paypal account. If you don’t already have one you can create one for free.
The minimum cash out amount is $15 and you first must meet this threshold before you can receive your money.
The most common complaint is probably that you won’t make much money with this site. And this is a common theme for all paid survey sites. Don’t expect to make much. This is just an easy way to make some extra pocket change, thats all.
If you are just taking surveys alone then just think about it. Generally you are getting 1 survey per day and that survey takes 10 minutes to complete and pays 10 cents. So you are making less than a dollar per week.
If you are referring people on top of this then that is a different story,
Taking surveys and referring other people are the only options you have. Compared to other paid survey sites this isn’t very good. Many others offer other ways to earn such as playing games, watching videos, completing tasks, searching the web, etc.
If you don’t like taking surveys and you don’t have the means to refer lots of people then this site just isn’t for you.
Honestly, I’m not a huge fan. I do love how they send prequalified surveys right to your inbox, but the lack of pay and lack of earning options is what turns me away.
I recommend SwagBucks most of all when it comes to paid survey sites. They definitely pay more for your time when you are taking surveys and you can make money by playing games, watching videos, completing tasks & offers, searching the web, referring others, and there might be some other ways I can’t think of right now.
If you want to learn more about SwagBucks you can read a review I wrote HERE.
They definitely are not a scam. They are a legitimate market research company and you will get paid if you use them. Its just that they are not my favorite. But if you are interested in signing up and making some extra pocket change through them then by all means, do so.
ShopAtHome.com is one of many cashback portals that pay you to shop basically. Its similar to Ibotta if you have ever heard of them.
But is this place worth your time? Before you sign up of course the first thing you need to know is whether shopathome.com is a scam or not. In this review I’ll be going over exactly that. I’ll also be going over the rules for earning cashback, how much you can make, and how you get paid.
First and foremost, shopathome.com is definitely not a scam. Sure there are some complaints that I have but I just like to complain and can find something wrong with everything. There is also a lot to like about shopathome.com and here I’ll be going over the good and the bad.
First off, let me go over how it all works…
They are partnered with over 3,000 stores in which you can get cashback for shopping at so there is no reason why anyone shouldn’t be able to make some money shopping with this portal.
So first you just need to click on a store from their long list. You are also able to look stores up if you don’t feel like going through them all.
Once you pick a store you will see all the offers that are available for shopping there. You will see coupons, cashback rates, and any restrictions that there might one what items qualify for these.
Nothing fancy here, just go shopping like you normally do. And this is all online shopping by the way. So when you see a deal you like on the shopathome.com portal, just click on it and it will take you to the online store to shop at.
Buy the items like you normally would.
After you make the purchase when you go back to your dashboard at shopathome.com you will see the cashback amount you just earned as “pending”. And within a week that money will be yours to keep.
When I say the money will be yours to keep.. thats not entirely true. Before you are able to actually receive the money you have to get your account balance up to a $20 minimum. This is a common practice for cashback programs and I guess its because these companies don’t want to be doing a billion transactions for every dollar someone makes. Its something that I don’t like, but I do see it as necessary.
Once you reach the $20 threshold its time to get your money. And this actually brings me to one of my complaints… you only can get paid by check!
Sites like Ibotta and eBates offer you a bunch of ways to get paid, for example by gift cards, PayPal, direct deposit etc. But shopathome.com doesn’t do this and I’m not a fan of it.
The fact that this place only pays by check definitely is one of the more common complaints that people have. And besides the time that it takes for a check to arrive, which is around a week, it also takes forever for them to actually send out the check.
They have procedure where they don’t actually send out your check until 60 days after you reach the $20 cash out threshold. So you have to wait for over 2 months for your check which I think is very ridiculous.
You will also find complaints of people saying that they didn’t receive their deserved cash back from their purchases. This is just something thats going to happen very rarely and it happens with all cash back sites.
Sometimes the cookies that track your orders get messed up and don’t track you correctly so you don’t get credit for your order. Again, this is very rare.
This place pays decent, but there isn’t much difference in the pay with a lot of the cash back sites. Based on the fact that it takes forever to receive your money from shopathome.com I wouldn’t recommend it and would suggest Mr. Rebates instead.
If you are looking for a great “in-store” cashback shopping app then you should read about Ibotta here. It is my favorite of all cashback programs and I make about $15 a week (give or take) just doing my normal grocery shopping.
Getting cashback with SavingStar is decent. There are a variety of savings at SavingStar.com in which you can take advantage of. But before you go sign up its important to know whether or not SavingStar is worth your time. In this short review I’ll be going over a few things you should know before you sign up and whether or not I recommend using SavingStar.
But before I get into all of that its important to know what SavingStar is all about…
SavingStar is all about giving you cashback on your shopping. In particular, they give you cashback on your grocery shopping.
The great thing about SavingStar is that they offer cashback on both in-store purchases as well as online purchases. This is something that most cashback apps don’t offer. Usually its one or the other.
SavingStar is partnered with just about every grocery store you can think of including Meijer, Kroger, Costco, K-Mark, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Sams Club, and about a couple hundred more stores. Don’t worry about who they are partnered with because chances are that you can get cashback where you shop. Even the smaller pharmacy stores like RiteAid, CVS, etc are partnered with them and offer cashback savings.
You can look at their list of stores right here.
Anyway, let me get on to the review.
Like I mentioned above, one of the great things about SavingStar is that they offer cashback for both in-store and online purchases. But the items that you can get cashback on depend on how you are shopping.
For in-store purchases the only items that are eligible for cashback will be listed on the SavingStar app. These will consist mainly of grocery items, but you will also be able to get cashback on some personal care items as well.
For online purchases you can get cashback on more items than you can from in-store shopping. When you click on a store in the app you can purchase anything in that online store and get cashback from it.
I don’t know why there is a difference like this but there just is.
But all in all, the main items you will be getting cashback on are groceries.
This can vary a lot depending on how much you buy. Obviously the more you buy the more you will save. But just to give you an idea, here are a few offers that are available right now…
These are some pretty common offer types that you can expect. As you can see the two offers on the right will give you a specified amount of money after you spend a specified amount of money on the particular brand. And the offer on the right doesn’t require you to spend a certain amount. It doesn’t matter how much you spend you will be getting 20% back no matter what.
One of the reasons that I don’t rate SavingStar as high as Ibotta is because they try too hard to get you to spend more money. There are too many offers that require you to spend more money than you normally would just to get some cashback.
For example take a look at the Kellogg’s offer above. Who the heck is going to go out and spend $30 on Kellogg’s products?? I sure am not spending that much money on their products at one time.
There are a lot of offers in which they set the minimum higher than you would like. And they are very aware of this and do so on purpose.
One of the greatest things about SavingStar is how you can link your card to them.
If you have a Giant Eagle Rewards card, or a Sam’s Club Membership card, or any type of card like this.. You can link it to SavingStar and get cashback on anything you buy that they offer cashback for.
You can just go out and shop like you normally do and get cashback just because you linked your card to SavingStar. This requires minimum work and is really great.
This is definitely a huge plus to using SavingStar, but like I mentioned above..with a lot of the offers you probably aren’t going to spend enough to actually get the cashback.
SavingStar actually offers a credit card that is linked to them. If you sign up and get this American Express credit card you can get up to 10% cashback on your purchases.
This is a pretty big deal and could save you a good bit of money. Its definitely another plus to SavingStar.
These purchases have to meet the requirements as specified below…
All this cashback is great, but how do you actually get this cash back?
You are able to cash out after reaching a $5 minimum. They allow you to cash out via direct deposit, PayPal, or they have gift cards you can choose to receive.
Getting paid via direct deposit is something to get excited about, most places don’t offer this form of payout.
Overall there are no problems with how SavingStar pays you. They don’t require a high cash out threshold and you can choose a variety of methods to get paid.
So are the savings at SavingStar.com worth it?
Here is what I think about it… SavingStar is great if you do grocery shopping both in-store and online. They make things easy for you, like how I mentioned you can link your membership card and get cashback easily.
But if you do your grocery shopping only in-store, I would go with Ibotta. I just don’t like how SavingStar really tries to get you to spend more money than you normally would on certain purchases.
Don’t get me wrong though, SavingStar is awesome. Just don’t let them trick you into spending more money. Spend like you normally would and let the savings add up over time. You are getting money you normally wouldn’t so whats not to love.
Mr Rebates is a site that give you cashback for everyday purchases like groceries, etc. But is Mr Rebates a scam? In this review I’ll be going over a few things you should know before you make the decision of whether or not to sign up. I’ll cover how it all works, getting paid, complaints, and whether or not I recommend it for people to use.
Mr Rebates has been around since 2002 and currently offers cashback at over 2,500 different stores. In order to be in business that long they have to be doing something right, wouldn’t you think? The answer is yes, they are a pretty good cashback app all in all, although Ibotta is still my number 1 cashback choice. But anyway, the first thing I’ll be going over is how the whole thing works and how you can start making money for shopping right now.
The process can be broken down into 4 really easy steps…
Of course the first thing you will have to do is sign up at mrrebates.com, which is free to do. You will get $5 as a bonus for signing up after you make your first purchase and for cashback.
There are over 2,500 stores you can choose from so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to find one that you like. Once you find one you like, click on it and it will show you all the items that are available for cashback.
Now you need to actually go to the store and buy those items. But you aren’t actually driving to the store. Mr Rebats is all online cashback shopping. So once you find a cashback offer you want you just click on it an are redirected to the online store to make the purchase.
Its important that you make the purchase after being directed from Mr Rebates to the store. If you click around the store and then come back to the item to purchase, the tracking information might be lost and you might not receive credit on Mr Rebates for your purchase.
It will take around 3-5 days before you see the cashback show up in your account. But even at that point it will just show up as “pending”. The money will be credited to your account for you to keep within 30 days.
Once you do receive the money in your account you need to cash out so you an actually use that money. The minimum cash out amount is $10, so you will have to wait until you have that amount before you can do so.
Once you have the minimum you can cash out via PayPal or even choose to get a check by mail.
Note: Your payment won’t be processed until the beginning of the following month. This is just the way they do it. So if you cash out on November 9th, you won’t receive your money until the beginning of December.
You have problems if you can’t find a store that you like at Mr Rebates. Their list of 2,500+ stores includes all the big online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, eBay, etc.
And its not limited to just retail stores. They also offer cashback for shopping at places like Hotels.com, where you book hotel stays.
Well of course that all depends on how much online shopping you do.
But just to give you an idea of what you can expect, here is a list of some cashback offers that are available right now along with the percentage of cashback you will get back…
As you can see some of them offer cashback sitewide, from any purchase, and others only offer cashback for specific purchases.
This is a pretty average list, with cashback offers from 3% to 8%.
So lets say you buy a pair of shoes on Eastbay for $70. Since there is an 8% cashback offering right now you will get $5.60 back on your purchase.
Its nothing great, but if you do a lot of online shopping this will add up fast.
One of the biggest complaints I have come across is from people not receiving their cashback from purchases, which is a the whole point of using Mr Rebates in the first place.
I am willing to bet that the number one reason for this is the fault of the user.
Its important that you don’t click all around before purchasing. You should purchase the item after being directed to the store from Mr Rebates. If you click all around there is a chance that the tracking code, which tracks your purhase, gets messed up and you don’t receive credit.
So if you want to browse around the store open up a new window.
Mr Rebates is definitely not a scam. Sure there are people that have not received cashback for their shopping, but there are always going to be errors. The amount of people not getting paid is the very slim minority. All in all Mr Rebates pays when they are supposed to and is a legit business.
I do recommend Mr Rebates for those who are heavy into online shopping. For those who prefer in-store shopping and are looking to get cashback, check out Ibotta, which is my number 1 cashback recommendation.
Scribie offers transcription jobs, paying you to type. Its an easy way to make money online, but it has some downsides.
Is Scribie a scam? Before you sign up you need to have an answer to that and need know if its going to be worth your time. And for this reason I have decided to write this review to go over a few things you should know before you decide whether or not Scribie is right for you.
Note: In case you don’t know what transcription is, it is the transferring of audio files into writing.
The first thing I’ll go over is the requirements in order for you to work for Scribie.
Scribie is free to join and joining them is of course the first thing you will have to do.
Once you join there will be a bunch of audio files that are available for you to transcribe. They are all short in length, being under 6 minutes in length. Most of them consist of speeches, interviews, and things like that. You are able to preview the audio before you jump in and start transcribing.
At Scribie you have the ability to complete as much or as little of these as you wish. You can work at your own pace, as much as you want.
Once you choose an audio file to transcribe the process is simple…
Once submitted you will get paid, which I will go over shortly.
First off, you are going to need some seriously good typing skills. If you aren’t a fast typist than this job probably isn’t for you. Its not that you have to complete work in a certain time frame, its just that if you are a slow typist it wouldn’t be worth your time.
Besides that you also have to be fluent in English because you will be transcribing English audio recordings.
For technology requirements you will need a computer, high speed internet connection, a foot pedal (makes the process a TON easier), a headset, and adobe flash player.
And in order to get paid you will need to have a PayPal account, which is free to create.
Once you have all of this you are ready to roll.
Pretty much everyone should be able to get hired at Scribie, its nothing difficult and its not like you need a lot of experience or anything like that.
Once Scribie reviews your initial application they will be in contact with you if they think you are a qualified candidate.
You will then have to pass a short test. Its nothing complicated and you can take it up to 10 times if you fail it. There is no reason that it should be that hard to pass though.
Once you pass this you are ready to start working and can do so immediately.
Scribie will pay you $1 for transcribing a 6 minute audio file. This isn’t $1 every 6 minutes. Its $1 after you fully transcribe the minute audio file, which is likely going to take a lot longer than 6 minutes. This makes it $0.75/minute of audio file transcription, and $10/ hour or audio recording.
Now you can see why I said that this job probably isn’t worth your time if you aren’t a fast typer.
If you are new to the whole thing of transcribing I wouldn’t expect much. You are probably going to be pausing the audio a bunch to catch up and its just going to take a long time. It will easily take you over twice as long to type out the recording, meaning that a 6 minute recording will take WELL OVER 12 minutes.
$1 for a 6 minute audio recording equates to $10/ hour or audio recording.
There is no cash out minimum. Once you make your first dollar you can cash out via PayPal.
After requesting a cash out you can expect to see your money within 24 hours.
At Scribie you can get promoted after a while. The first promotion is to Reviewer. Once you have this status you are able to get paid to review other people’s transcriptions.
Next up is Self Reviewer, meaning that you can review your own transcriptions and get paid more.
The base pay of $1 per 6 minute audio file is the same, the difference is you can get more money for reviewing.
The number one complaint has to be the low payout. There are lots of people complaining about how you can make much more than $10/hour of audio transcription. And this is definitely true. Scribie does not pay well at all.
But what people tend to forget is that Scribie hires people with basically no experience whatsoever. Its a great way to get some transcription experience under your belt. After that you can go out and apply for better transcription jobs that pay more.
Its definitely not a scam the way I see it. I mean pretty much the only way you could argue that it is would be because of the low pay that they give you. But like I said above, there is a reason for that.
The bottom line is this… Scribie is a good place to start out as a transcriber to get some experience, they hire just about anyone that can type, but they pay very little. Thats all there is to it.
Note: If you have never done anything like this you will probably be pretty bad to start out, but it can be improved a lot. When I started out writing articles online and doing affiliate marketing I was a very slow typer, but with time came practice and I am fairly fast at this point. So just don’t give up instantly.
There are a lot of affiliate marketing training courses out there so it can be hard deciding which to choose. You don’t want to waste your time and money on a course that provides lousy training and help. So what is the best affiliate training course?
Well, I have actually tried out several different courses throughout my affiliate marketing career, and I’ve reviewed lots more. Among the top courses are Affilorama, Wealthy Affiliate, Bring the Fresh, and Chris Farrell Membership. But the one of these courses that stands out the most and that I recommend to all beginners is Wealthy Affiliate.
Why do I recommend Wealthy Affiliate above all? I’ll go over some of the many reasons why I believe its the best choice.
You will not find a free membership anywhere else. You will find other programs with free trials, but I’m not talking about a free trial where you sign up and they charge you if you forget to cancel. I am talking about a free membership that is free for life. You don’t even have to enter your credit card information to join.
You might think that its going to be a bunch of crap but you will be pleasantly surprised. The free membership has a lot in store and is pretty darn good. Once you create your free account you will get…
Thats a pretty good deal for the price of $0 right? I think so.
You can literally get everything that is absolutely necessary to making money affiliate marketing right here with their free membership. You don’t really need anything else.
The training at Wealthy Affiliate can’t really get much better the way I see it.
It is all laid out in a step by step manner that anyone can follow. And many of the lessons have a full video tutorial that goes over everything so you can see how its done. In my opinion it doesn’t get any better than having a video tutorial explain something to you.
The training is definitely built for beginners. It starts off as if you know nothing and slowly builds and builds on what it teaches. It will take you from absolutely nothing, to your own online business. You will be guided in the process of choosing an interest, building your website, driving traffic to your site, and monetizing that traffic.
The core of the training at Wealthy Affiliate comes from its 5 course Online Entrepreneur Certification series. Each of these courses include 10 lessons, so there are 50 lessons total in this area of training. When you start out at WA this is where you want to start.
Just to give you an idea of what to expect in the training here, here are the lessons from Course 1 alone…
And the benefits from this course are…
But besides the Online Entrepreneur Certification series Wealthy Affiliate also offers other training which include…
Community support is often something that is overlooked, yet very important. Its amazing how much you can learn just from the other people at WA. There are 10’s of thousands of active members at WA. Many of them are beginners just like you and many of them are experienced and very successful. Getting help from others who are successful gives you a huge boost.
Its impossible for the training to cover every little thing that you need to know. But the community covers pretty much everything else. You are bound to find answers to just about every question you have in the forum. There are a lot of little tips and tricks that are shared there that you can benefit from.
I have been a member at WA for over a year at this point. And although I completed all the core training already I am still a member. Why am I? Because of the community!
The benefits from the community and the things you learn is amazing. The internet is always changing and when there is a change in something, such as a Google algorithm update, the community forum is the first place I go to find answers on how to deal with these changes.
There are literally hundreds of new posts daily on the forum. It is extremely active and you won’t see this at other affiliate training courses.
Take Affilorama for example. They are one of the other better courses out there. Look at their community forum..
Its boring and plain and doesn’t receive much activity at all. But if you go to Wealthy Affiliate you will see a much more active and all around more pleasant community forum…
Its very easy to navigate and find what you are looking for and thats probably one of the main reasons that it gets so much more activity.
Its like comparing Facebook to Myspace. Wealthy Affiliate’s forum is Facebook and Affilorama’s forum is Myspace, which no one uses.
Having support within a training program is key. With no support you will get lost and likely waste a lot of time. This is frustrating. We all know how its horrible to call a customer service number and end up with an automated recording where its nearly impossible to get the answers you want.
At Wealthy Affiliate the support is very good. They couldn’t have done much better of a job here. Besides being able to get support from the community as I mentioned above, you are also able to contact the owners of Wealthy Affilaite directly, and you are able to use the live chat for help.
Got a big problem and need some serious help. Kyle and Carson are the owners and you can private message them. Here is a screenshot of Kyle’s profile (the owner Kyle, not me)…
Kyle is very active within the community at WA and it is not uncommon to see him reply to peoples questions, posts, etc. He is very busy and sometimes it can take over a day for him to reply if you message him. I think he says to give him 48 hours or so.
But if you need help immediately thats no problem.
You can get answers to your questions within minutes on Live Chat, often within a minute or 2.
In my opinion live chat is better than having phone assistance because this way multiple people can help you out with your questions. And also you don’t have to pick up your phone. You are on your computer anyhow so why not communicate through it?
Its easy to join. After You click the button below you will see this page to the right…
And on this page all you have to do is enter your name and email as well as create a username and password.
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SwagBucks is one of many Get Paid To (GPT) sites that pay you to complete surveys, tasks, offers, play games, etc. But is SwagBucks.com a scam? In this review I’ll be going over my experience with SwagBucks and whether or not I recommend anyone else try to make money through their site.
Spoiler: There are goods and bads to SwagBucks. I’ll start off with the goods, and then go over the bads.
In case you don’t know what SwagBucks is all about here is a very brief overview…
SwagBucks is a GPT (get paid to) website just like Survey Savvy, MySurvey, Survey Spot, etc. You can get paid to complete surveys, watch videos, play games, complete tasks and offer, and more. Everything that you have to do is very easy, but of course you don’t get paid all that much.
The reason SwagBucks pays you is because they are paid money by tons of companies all over to conduct market research for them. They want consumers’ opinions in order to make and market their products better and they are willing to pay a lot of money to do so. SwagBucks goes out and conducts the research via surveys, tasks, offers… and then pays you a small amount of that money for doing so. This is a legitimate business model that will never go away.
Its free to sign up to SwagBucks and you can do everything for free and make money doing so, whats not to like about that?
You can cash out your SwagBucks for a lot of different gift cards if you wish. Do you shop at Walmart, Target, Amazon, BestBuy? Then redeem your points for a gift card. If not you can always get cash via PayPal.
Getting cashback on online purchases is by far the best way to get a lot of SB fast. Of course you have to spend money to make the SB in the first place. But this isn’t such a big deal if you are like me and make nearly all of your purchases online.
SwagBucks is partnered with a ton of top level companies like Walmart, Amazon, Target, Hotels.com, and plenty more, all of which you can get cashback when making purchases through them.
The amount of cashback you can get varies. In my account right now you can see some of the popular offers that are available to me. Right now Walmart is offering 8 SB back for every $1 you spend there.
Thats a heck of a lot of SB compared to other earning methods. Think about it… If you spend $50 at Walmart right now you will make 400SB.
This is nothing that I would go out of my way to do. Its not like I would buy things I normally wouldn’t just to make SB. I buy what I’m going to buy regardless and earn SB in the process.
Cashback is the best way to earn “a lot” of SB, but its not the easiest. The easiest way I would have to say is using the SwagBucks internet search.
SwagBucks has its own little search engine and all you have to do is use it like you normally would Google or Yahoo and you can make SB.
You won’t be earning much at all, maybe 3 or 4 SB with a handful of searches, but its so easy. All you are doing is what you already do anyhow.
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com
As with anything, there are going to be things that you just don’t like. Some of the more common complaints that I have and many others include…
Don’t expect much or else you will be disappointed. Paid survey sites like this don’t pay like they used to. This is only a good opportunity to earn some extra pocket change every once in a while. You can read another article I wrote about How Much Money You Can Make On SwagBucks (realistically).
If you have a problem with your account or getting paid or something, good luck getting in touch with them. Their support is terrible. You will likely give up after trying to reach them for a couple weeks straight.
Survey taking is definitely one of the better ways to make SB. Unfortunately you can’t just go and take any survey out there. You first have to qualify and you will find out that this is a pain and you will be unapproved often.
I don’t think they are a scam. I haven’t experienced any real scam activity using SwagBucks and I have been a member for nearly a year. I mean sure it pisses me off when I can’t qualify for surveys and when you can’t contact them (I was locked out of my account for a while and it took me forever to get support to help me), but this doesn’t amount to it being a scam.
Anyway, I recommend SwagBucks for those looking to make some extra pocket change every once in a while. Just don’t expect to make a lot of money.
You might have bumped into a site called 1Q.com and are wondering if you should give it a go. Is 1Q a scam? Are they legit? And if they are a legit site, is what they offer worth your time?
Before I even get started in this review I’ll give you a spoiler: 1Q is NOT a scam. They do pay out the money that you earn. But once you see how much you can make you might want to reconsider joining.
1Q is definitely not a place to make good money. They are just a place where you can earn some easy pocket change for the most part. So if thats what you are looking for, then keep reading and you might like the sounds of it.
To begin this review I’ll first go over what exactly 1Q is and how you can make money through them. Its important to know how it all works.
1Q works for the little guys. What I mean by this is that ANYONE can choose to have them do market research for you, not just the big corporations.
Any average Joe can go to their site, sign up, and start making polls to get peoples opinions. You can target just about any geographic audience you want to, any location in the US. This could be great if you have a small business and are looking to get to know your audience better.
I’m guessing that you aren’t looking to create polls and gather data. Because these are the guys who pay money. They pay money to create these polls and get the data collected by 1Q.
Its the people that answer these polls that get paid money, and I’m guessing thats what you are interested in.
As you can understand the business model here is pretty simple. People pay for 1Q to gather information from polls that they create, and 1Q pays you (the poll taker) a small amount of that money to answer these polls.
I’ll say it again, its not much at all.
It depends on your preference and the poll in which you are answering.
When you join they ask you if you would rather receive $0.25 per question or $0.50 per question. Of course you would rather receive 50 cents per question, but the catch is that if you choose that option they tell you that you won’t be receiving as many polls to answer, and this is a problem.
The amount you make also depends on the poll in which you answer. There are multi-step polls that might have 2 questions in them. So you might answer two 25 cent questions and get paid 50 cents for that poll.
But anyways, you aren’t going to get paid much no matter what. But… its super easy and you don’t have to think much.
You really don’t see any other market research sites like 1Q doing this. Usually paid survey sites and GPT sites require you to reach a certain cash out limit and then they pay you all at once. Sites that do this often rip a lot of people off because they know that there will be many people who give up and never reach that limit, which means they don’t have to pay them.
1Q requires no cash out limit and will pay you immediately upon completing a poll. All you need to do is hookup your Paypal account to them.
It might be annoying seeing a bunch of little $0.25 or $0.50 transactions in your Paypal account, but its still better than having to reach a cash out threshold.
As with literally every single paid survey site, GPT site or other sites like 1Q.com that pay for your opinion, there just isn’t much opportunity here.
Not only do you make very little money, but there just aren’t all that many polls for you to answer and get paid for. The amount of polls available of course comes from the amount of companies and people paying for polls to be cast.
If you live in New York City you can expect to have more polls available than if you live in a secluded region in Montana, but even then you can’t expect much.
Don’t expect more than a handful of polls available per week.
If you are still interested in making money by answering polls with 1Q, its easy to get started. But before you can start you will need…
If you have a smartphone (Android or Apple) you can download the free 1Q app. This is all you will need. It will notify you of polls available and you can connect your Paypal account to it.
If you don’t have a smartphone then you must have a computer. And unfortunately you are going to have to do things the old fashion way. You will have to receive notifications of polls by email 🙁 or if you login to your account at 1Q.com you can also see whats going on.
1Q is most definitely NOT a scam. They pay you when they are supposed to and they don’t give you any false or misleading information to try to get you to sign up.
And whats really great is that they don’t have a cash out limit, which many people see as somewhat of a way for businesses to get away with not paying people, which is scam-like.
Just remember that you definitely won’t be making much money with 1Q. This should be used to make some extra bucks in your spare time. Its easy. Its quick. And it requires almost no effort. So it could be nice to do in your spare time when you are feeling bored and lazy. But other than that, its nothing great.
There have been numerous times that I have seen comments saying that Amazon Associates is a scam, or its not worth it, or whatever, and I just want to clear one thing up… Its NOT A SCAM. Its definitely not the best affiliate program out there, but its not all that bad in my opinion.
In this Amazon Associates review I’ll be going over some of the most common complaints and what I think of them, and then I’ll be talking about one important thing that everyone seems to forget.
If you do a Google search you will find a number of people claiming that Amazon Associates is a fraud and purposely tamper with Associates’ accounts in order to make every penny they can.
Some claim that they lure you in by giving you higher number of clicks and commissions to start off and to make you work harder. And then when you start making too much money your number of clicks and commissions will all of a sudden drop.
People have complained saying that their affiliate links suddenly stop working. As in, they still refer people to Amazon but they do not give credit to the affiliate, so the affiliate gets nothing for the referral.
And the furthest that Amazon is said to go to ensure they spare every penny they can, is closing associate accounts that are just making too darn much money. Thats right.. this is what people are saying.
I have been an associate for over a year and I cannot speak personally on any of these issues because I have not had them.
But one thing that I know for sure, is that some of these people at the very least have probably violated the Amazon Associate’s operating agreement, aka the terms of service. This lengthy agreement goes over the many things that you must do and not do in order to be an associate. It goes over everything from the links on your site, to the content of your site and more.
Most of it is common sense. For example they aren’t going to allow you to be an associate if your site is just a bunch of click bait. Meaning that you are representing the products you are promoting inaccurately just to try to get people to click your links.
If you have not violated these terms of service and you have had your account shut down, then I don’t know what to tell you. There is no justification for that the way I see it. But like I said, I have not had this problem and cannot speak much on the matter because of it.
Anyway, moving on to probably the biggest complaint you will find…
I can’t really disagree here. Compared to many other affiliate programs, Amazon Associates pays very little, sometimes only paying you a puny 2% commissions. Yes you heard that right! Only 2%. So if you help sell a $100 product you will only get paid 2 measly dollars.
The amount you get paid depends on the products that you are promoting. Here is a list of product types and the commissions that you are able to earn through Amazon…
And as you can see this list does not even come close to including all of the many products that you can promote on Amazon. For all of the products that don’t fit into a category above, which is most of them, they follow this commission pay scale…
This is for all the general products and as you can see it is volume based, meaning that the more products you sell the more commissions you make.
You start off making just 4% commissions on any general product, but once you sell 6 products, you then get bumped up to 6% commissions. You can work your way up to 8.50% commissions at the most.
One thing that is important to note here is that the number of products that you sell is the total number of products, not the number of one particular product. You don’t have to sell 6 dog toys in order to get a raised commission for selling these dog toys. All you have to do is sell 6 products, and they could be all different products.
I’ll keep it real, the pay does suck. I mean come on, 4% commissions starting out for the majority of products??? Who the hell wants to even try to make money with that low of payouts?
Its kind of ridiculous and there is no doubt that Amazon’s commissions are on the low side, but there is one important thing that people tend to forget about, which I will go over…
People tend to forget how amazing Amazon actually is getting lots of commissions. They see the low commission percentages and figure that its not even worth trying. So they go along and find other products to promote on other sites.
What people are forgetting about is how great Amazon actually is at selling products. Amazon is THE BEST ECOMMERCE store there is. I don’t think anyone will argue with that. Their growth since their humble beginnings in 1994 has been astronomical in the last decade alone. They are revolutionizing ecommerce. People now follow in their footsteps and try to replicate what they are doing.
Referring people to Amazon is as good as it gets. If you can’t get people to buy products on Amazon after clicking on your affiliate links, then you can’t anywhere else. The trust that Amazon has built up with their great customer relations along with their incredible deals that no one else can beat make Amazon the perfect place for affiliate marketers to refer people to.
I mean, sure you aren’t going to get a sale every-time you refer someone, but what I am saying is that you probably will more often than anywhere else.
Amazon’s layout is as good as you are going to see anywhere. It is designed for one thing, and that is to sell.
This layout was no mistake. Its carefully engineered to have a clean and simple layout, yet give the readers what they need to know before they buy.
Its a masterpiece. You have the large product image on the left, the customer star ratings right in the middle, the important features below that, and the add to cart button is above the fold, meaning that readers don’t have to scroll down to see it.
And then below this you have a lineup of other items that other customers bought along with the one you are looking at. Amazon’s massive stock of products make them great for upselling customers. They have so many that they can match you very well with other items you might like. I know I have been upsold a few times on Amazon. And the great thing about this is…
Thats right. You can refer someone to Amazon to buy an xBox and they might buy an extra controller along with it. You will get commissions for everything they bought, not just the xBox.
I frequently find that I get commissions on products that I don’t promote. Some I can tell are upsells because they are very closely related, but others have absolutely nothing to do with anything.
When you refer someone to Amazon.com, there is a small text file that is saved into their web browser that says they have been referred by you. This file lasts for 24 hours. And if they buy anything from Amazon within that 24 hours you will get commissions from the sales.
24 hour cookies is not all that great really, you can find other affiliate programs with longer lasting cookies, but its still good. I believe that many of the unrelated product sale commissions that I receive are often from the cookies doing their job. For example, someone gets referred to Amazon by you and isn’t interested so they leave, but they come back later that day to buy something completely different.
So is Amazon Associates a scam? Heck No. I hope you knew that after reading this.
But it seems like you can never win. There is always a problem, no matter what the affiliate program.
Amazon’s commission payout percentage sucks. I don’t think anyone will try to argue that a 4% commission to start out doesn’t suck. This is the bitter part of Amazon Associates.
But this alone doesn’t mean that the whole affiliate program sucks.
The sweet part of the program is that you are referring people to Amazon, which is an absolute boss at selling things. You just have to refer the people to them and they will do their best to convert them into customers, which you will then earn a commission off of.
And another sweet thing about Amazon is that they have tons of products. According to a report in 2015, Amazon sells over 488 million products in the US alone. I like that I can promote pretty much anything I can think of, all from the Amazon platform. I don’t have to go out and sign up for a million affiliate programs.
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