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Paid-To-Click (PTC) Sites : A Rising Threat To Traffic Exchanges?

To a large extent, there is a similarity between the services provided by Traffic Exchanges and Paid-To-Click (PTC) sites. They both feature adverts of clients/advertisers and get customers to click on/view these adverts. Read More

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Paid-To-Click (PTC) Sites : Are They Really Worth It For Affiliates?

Currently, a massive proliferation of Paid-To-Click (PTC) sites is ongoing. The important thing however is to be able to sift the grain from the shaft. I have identified some good PTC sites, but taking into consideration so many other factors which i will enumerate, have pitched my tent with only two out of the staggering number currently in existence.

The two Paid-To-Click (PTC) sites i have decided to pitch tent with are:

CLIXSENSE

This is a US based company and is about the oldest PTC site, with an unblemished record, having been online since February 2007.

It is FREE to join and pays up to $0.02 per click to the direct affiliate and up $0.008 to the affiliate’s referral. It has an 8-tier affiliate referral program with an allowance for the affiliate to generate unlimited referrals.

NEOBUX

Neobux PTC service is also one of the oldest PTC services around having commenced online about April 2008. It is FREE to join.

It has a limitation on the number of direct referrals ( as opposed to rented referrals) an affiliate can have. The older you are in the program, the more direct referrals you can have and there is a graduated scale in place to manage this. To have any direct referral at all, you must have been a member for 30 days and have made up to 100 clicks.

It has a structure of referrals rentals whereby you can rent referrals for a fee, leveraging on their efforts and hoping to make a profit from your investment on referrals renting.

REVIEW OF PTC SITES

Obviously, there are a lot of scam PTC sites around and one should be wary not to waste one’s efforts unnecessarily.


There is no doubt that the only way to make PTC sites profitable for the affiliate , is to have as large a number of referrals as he can muster.

Using a case study, even if you upgrade at Clixsense with $14.95 for a year, you are likely to be given an average of 4 standard ads and 10 micro ads to click per day. At an average price of $0.01 and $0.001 for the standard and micro ads respectively, this comes to about $1.5 per month and $18 per annum, meaning it would take about 10 months for you to recoup your investment.

If you proliferate across PTC sites with a view to getting a lot of clicks, the maximum no. of clicks you can possibly muster is about 3000 daily which at an average of $0.001 will only fetch you about $3 on a daily basis.

I can assure you that to get 3000 clicks a day, you will be completely fagged out and be left with no time at all to be engaged with any other activity as you will spend almost all the productive part of the day on this task.

This brings me to the opportunity cost issue and explains why i cannot afford to be involved with more than the two identified as the best PTC sites. The real cost of my time in the sense of the alternative foregone (opportunity cost) is too high to be engaged in such an unproductive venture.

Why then am i involved at all with these 2 PTC sites? Because as i explained, the way to make it profitable is to accumulate referrals, which is my objective. Even then, it is not worth my while on more than these 2 sites.

We all know that getting referrals is no mean task and this is why i am more inclined to believe Neobux gives a better opportunity to the average newbie internet marketer given its rental referrals program.

At an average cost of $0.20 per month per rented referral, this gives an average cost of $0.0067 as against an average income of $0.01 from 2 clicks (projected) for your rented referral per day at an average commission rate of $0.005.

This implies with an average of 2 clicks per rented referral per day, you would have broken even and anything more than this is a bonus. This assumed figure of 2 clicks per day per rented referral is not unrealistic given that a serious affiliate is usually given between 10 to 20 ads to click per day even as a FREE member. This is from practical experience as opposed to the more limited numbers stated as guarantee ads.

The above working results to about $0.0033 per day profit per rented referral, $0.099 per month per rented referral.

We can now begin to simulate from here. Supposing you hire 10 referrals, it comes to about $1 a month. Supposing you hire 1000 referrals, it comes to about $100 a month and so forth.

Now supposing your rented referrals exceed the very low/pessimistic average of 2 ads clicked per day, then you have a different ball game altogether.

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