The BitLanders Experiment
May 1, 2016 by gina145
BitLanders has a strange system of earning money. Members have three “scores” at the top of each page:
- BitMiles are the points which translate into real money. When you have accumulated $10 in BitMiles, they can be cashed out to PayPal. One million bitMiles are worth $1. The first million are awarded free, just for creating an account.
- Gems are used for purchases in the BitLanders store. They can be used to buy items of clothing and other accessories to dress up your avatar – a cartoon character you create when you first sign up. It also costs one gem to tag another user when you comment on a post.
- Buzz is apparently the score used to calculate your daily earnings. It goes up and down every day depending on how active you are on the site.
Once a day you get a treasure box with a reward in it. As far as I can tell that is the previous day’s earnings, but I may be way off the mark.
Sometimes when you open a post or video you will see a smaller box to open. When you open it you will be rewarded with the princely sum of 10 BitMiles or $0.00001. I’ve seen some comments thanking posters for those BitMiles, so it would appear that the people who publish the posts are giving away points to encourage readers to visit their posts. For that small amount I see no point in doing so.
When I joined there was a quest box showing tasks I needed to do to earn a few gems – upload my first blog, mini blog, photo gallery and video. I’ve done all except for the video and managed to get my total of gems up to 21. Since then I’ve seen no way to earn any more of them.
In addition there is a box for daily quests – visit BitLanders’ offers page, view 5 videos and 5 blog posts, and bring in friends to join the site. Each of these adds to your buzz for the day.
Initially I left comments on a few posts I visited, but I was disappointed to see that most members simply leave some sort of emoticon in the comment box. Part of the joy of the blogging sites I use has been seeing genuine discussions, and I haven’t come across any of those at BitLanders.
To add to my frustration I came across this comment in a post I read there: “At the moment, most rewards are given to users who log in from the USA and Canada.” As I don’t live in either of those countries it seems I’m at a serious disadvantage.
During the short period I’ve been a member of BitLanders I’ve been earning approximately $0.003 per day. Admittedly I haven’t been doing much there, but due to lack of genuine interaction I haven’t been motivated to do more. I’ve been questioning my decision to join the site and wondering whether I should bother to stay.
The last straw came tonight when I looked at my BitMile balance and discovered that it had gone DOWN by over $0.035, leaving me less than a cent over my starting balance of $1. Based on that mishap, I plan to delete the photos I’ve uploaded to the site. I probably won’t bother to close my account right now in case I want to share some links there, but I’m not sure it’s worth the bother.
I know that some people like the site and claim to make good money there, but I don’t recommend it.