What are PTC Sites?
PTC Websites stand for ”Paid To Click”. It essentially means that you get paid to click on advertisements. Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:
Paid to click (PTC) is an online business model that draws online traffic from people aiming to earn money from home. PTC websites act as middlemen between advertisers and consumers; the advertiser pays for displaying ads on the PTC website, and a part of this payment goes to the viewer when he views the advertisement.
PTC users get compensated between $0.001 to $0.02 for each advertisement they click on depending on the amount of time they watch an advertisement.
- If you click on a 5 second advertisement you will get paid $0.001
- If you click on a 15 second advertisement you will get paid $0.005
- If you click on a 30 second advertisement you will get paid $0.01
- If you click on a 60 second advertisement you will get paid $0.02
Users who live in Tier 1 countries like United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and so on get between 500- 1500 ads per day, while users who live in other countries get between 10 – 30 ads per day.
The reason for this is because most internet marketers prefer to target these countries because, the users who live there, have bigger spending power and they are most likely to buy their products/services.
Because the earnings of users outside Tier 1 Countries were too little, PTC administrators added other methods of earning money from a PTC platform such as:
- Memberships: Most PTC websites have many membership levels and each level offers more benefits to the user. There are ptc websites that charge up to $800 per year for the highest level membership.
- Rented Referrals: Rented Referrals are supposed to be people who registered to the website without somebody referring them. The sad truth is, rented referrals are bots programmed to supposedly click on advertisements and earn money for the user who rented them. If you want to learn more about the rented referrals hoax I suggest you read this article. It exposes how the RR hoax works.
- Tasks/Mini Jobs: To add more revenue streams for their members ptc websites have partnered with different mini job/task providers. Tasks are formed by companies or individuals who need a large pool of people to complete a certain job such as, verification of information, comparison of images etc. If you want to learn more about online tasks then read this article. It explains how some people are earning over $800+ by completing tasks.
- Online Surveys: Some PTC websites have partnered with online surveys agencies to allow their members to complete online surveys to earn even more money. There are literally thousand of surveys website on the internet and sometimes it is hard to do all the research for your self. Not to mention the survey sites that ”close’ their doors” unexpectedly leaving their members unpaid. We suggest to subscribe to a list of the most trusted survey sites online (these are updated often) or join a trusted PTC website who offers survey payments through their platform.
- Online Offers: Another method to earn from PTC sites is by completing offers. Offers can be from application installs on your smartphone, to viewing videos, playing games for a certain amount of time or subscribing to online services. Once you complete all the requirements you get compensated from few cents to sometimes 3 – 4 dollars.
Controversy around PTC sites?
There is a lot of controversy around the PTC industry, mainly, because of the many scam PTC websites that are ”born” everyday. As with every sector in life, there are people who care only for a quick profit and people who want to build real businesses.
Other support that the PTC advertising model is unethical and it doesn’t work, because people who click on the advertisements care only about the money they are going to earn and not the product as it is.
The truth is, people indeed care for the money they are going to earn. But think of this: If you are fat and you want to lose weight and as you click on the advertisements you find an ad that talks about a miracle weight loss program, would you be interested on learning more?
So, the point is, whether people click on the advertisements solely to earn money, if an ad interests them, they will try to learn more about it.
Also, because advertising on PTC websites is dirty cheap compared with other traffic generating services, people prefer to advertise to PTC websites. This means bad business for the other traffic generating models that’s why they fight them. Here is a case study that shows the magnificent results people are having with ptc advertising.
Why do PTC sites fail?
Most of the time, PTC sites fail for two reasons.
- They don’t have a steady stream of new members.
- They don’t have a steady stream of advertising money.
Both factors are needed to have a successful PTC website that will last for a lifetime. The more members a PTC site gets the more views it can deliver to its advertisers and the more conversions they will get to their offers.
The more advertisers a ptc website has the more money it makes, that allows it to upgrade its services, pay more to its members and have a healthy cash flow.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Here are some F.A.Q Questions about PTC websites. If you have a questions that you would like us to include here, please contact us here. We will answer the question and we will send you the answer.
When PTC Sites First Appeared: PTC websites first appeared around 2006 – 2007. The first PTC website is believed to be Clixsense. Clixsense is running successful ever since.[/su_spoiler]
Where to Get PTC Referrals: There are many methods to get direct referrals to your favorite PTC website. Some of the most popular method is: building a blog, promoting your affiliate link on other PTC websites, and advertising on PPC platforms. If you are serious on getting referrals the we suggest you read this, this and this article.[/su_spoiler]
Which PTC site is the BEST: The best ptc site is Clixsense. It has been up and running for over 8 years, it has over 6 Million members and it the most ethical PTC website of them all. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our review and if you want to learn more on how we ”elect it” as the best of the best, read this article.[/su_spoiler]
Which PTC sites are SCAM: 97% of PTC websites out there are scams or they’re going to scam you sooner or later. Visit this frequently updated page and check if the ptc website you want to join is listed here. If not, then check if your ptc website pass these 13 points. If yes, then join by all means.[/su_spoiler]