Monthly Archives: February 2015

PTC Website Minimum Redemption Rates

I’m surprised by how much I enjoy using PTC websites.  I actively loathe advertisements and most of the websites I visit are list-style banner advertisements for all sorts of PTC websites.  It’s a perfect way to discover new PTC websites but it’s clearly advertising.  I’ve also met some eyebrow-raising websites in my clicks.  Salvation ministry, anyone?  Weirdness and advertisements aside, I enjoy earning money for easy work.  If you like repetitive online work and eventually want a payday, I would recommend finding a collection of PTC websites you find interesting and registering for them.  The only thing I would warn everyone about PTC websites is that the redemption rates vary from site to site and even the quickest paying PTC websites aren’t fast money.  I’ll do the hard work of checking out my current list of PTC websites and discussing their redemption rates so you can decide if they’re worth pursuing for yourself.

NeoBux

NeoBux has a variable minimum redemption.  For the first cash-out you only need $2 in Every redemption afterwards increases by $1 until you reach the fixed redemption rate of $10.  One thing I personally appreciate about NeoBux is that there’s a disclaimer letting you know that depending on your processor (payment account), there may be a deduction from the money you’re owed to pay the processor.

ClixSense

ClixSense is consistent about your redemption rate.  If you’re a standard (free account member) you can redeem once you hit $8.  The payment schedule is Mondays and Fridays but there’s a disclaimer that if you don’t submit your redemption “on time” (details in the paragraph above the redemption rate charts) you may have to wait.  Keep that in mind.  The good thing about ClixSense is that, at least in my experience so far, reaching the $8 redemption minimum will be relatively easy.  ClixSense ads update more frequently than any of the other PTC websites I’ve tried so far.

BuxBery (Formerly PTC-Bery)

Standard (free account) members only have to reach a $4 minimum redemption.  The catch is that it can take up to two days to process.

R4Bux

R4Bux is similar to NeoBux in that the redemption rate is variable.  Your first cash-out is $4, your second is $5, your third is $7, your fourth is $10, and your fifth and beyond is capped at $10.  If you’re a free account member, you also have to use a manual processor, meaning that your payment is not instant.  This one is not ideal if you want a simple “Hit redeem and earn money!” PTC website, but at least it’s up front with potential users about redemption rules.

BrandNewBux

The FAQ doesn’t list specifics about minimum redemption rates, which is kind of weird.  I’ll look around to see what the deal is and report back with an ETA about my findings.  Right now I can tell you that it’s really weird that any PTC website would leave off such important information such as redemption rates.

 

 

Can You Use Blogging and Article Writing Platforms to Make a Living?

Can you use blogging and article writing platforms to make a living?  As a freelance writer who wants to see other freelance writers’ thoughts on maintaining their platforms and earning money from it, I’ve searched, read, and come to the conclusion that there’s mixed reviews on this point.  Most, if not all, freelance writers will tell you that if you’re writing online, you need more than one paying website for your work.  I’ve seen the quote “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” way more times than I care to count.  Clichés aside, it’s excellent advice.  Should an online writer stick to one website for making income?  No, it’s too much of a risk.  Can an online writer make money from blogging and article writing on various platforms?  It’s been done before, so apparently they can.

My question was prompted by a very frustrating non-announcement announcement from Arvind Dixit, the moderator and co-creator of Bubblews.  In his blog post “Clarity” he “explained” that Bubblews was never a way for freelance writers to earn an income and in fact it was intended for those who love to write and would write for free but through Bubblews would be compensated for their writing as a hobby.  It was frustrating, it was jarring, and it confirms my earlier idea that Bubblews has lost all sense of legitimacy.  With the changes in payment at Bubblews, there’s no way a freelance writer could earn an income (short of giving up sleeping, eating, and probably breathing).  That wasn’t always true.  I was a member of Bubblews when they had a horribly amateur layout for the site but they also paid a full penny for every view, comment, and “like”.  This was back when you could request redemption at $25, just to show you how long ago that was.  If you were a freelance writer who wanted an income solely from Bubblews, you were still out of luck.  However, it was possible to make substantial supplementary income.  While it’s true that Bubblews is not profitable anymore, it used to be one of many options a freelance writer could use.

I admit to having a tendency to throw all of my writing into one website, and that’s dangerous.  I have a trail of sorts of all the online writing websites I’ve used for my posts.  As a “baby” freelance writer I gave Triond a go.  It was fun from what I remember, but the website filters sorted your articles into the most appropriate category and sometimes the sorting algorithm landed your article in the worst category ever.  Around that time I also tried a blogging platform known as RedGage, but I quickly lost interest in it.  I did have an account on Squidoo, back when they existed and weren’t completely ridiculous, but I did not like creating “lenses” and being forced to promote all sorts of products.  I had a series of Blogger blogs, but I wasn’t able to make them profitable because I couldn’t figure out how Google AdSense worked.  I turned to Daily Two Cents and actually I still occasionally check out their newest posts because the two moderators are really helpful and it’s a WordPress script.  I would use them more if, like on BlogJob, we could have very specific blogs rather than writing all sorts of posts in a jumbled mess.  Still, it’s one of my “baskets”.  For a time I also had an account on ChatAbout, which was more conversational than article writing but was a good place to make decently quick money.  The censorship bothered me and eventually I had it.  I wasn’t siteless for long.  If you’ve seen me on Blogjob, you know the rest of my story.  Right now I’m dedicated to BlogJob.

I know that being so loyal a risk given my history with other writing platforms and seeing how quickly websites come and go.  I’m not going to say that I don’t care about the risks involved, but I feel like it’s worth the chance.  Of all the websites I’ve used for writing, BlogJob has been the one that I know I can earn supplementary income from because I’ve personally experienced it.  To answer my own question, yes, blogging and writing platforms can assist in making income.  I would add the disclaimer that like other freelance writers have said, it’s not a sure thing.

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