Paid to Click / Read Sites – Why Are These Jobs Waste of Time?

Is it possible to earn money by watching and clicking on ads?

In the following review (based on my experience) I would like to focus on a topic that is a favorite one for many of us but also controversial – PTC (paid to click) websites and various PTR (paid to read) email systems. Something on this topic I already shared in the article ad systems of Adfox, Adsense and others. Before I start, I will kindly ask all of you who support statements as: “It is for free, so why not try it?” or “I am already getting the emails I read for free, so why not to be paid for reading other emails? “, do not read any further.


All the systems that do not work and are just waste of your time:

  • Paid to click (PTC) sites,
  • Paid to read (PTR) email programs – reading advertising emails,
  • Paid to surf (PTS) systems – you install an unknown software into your PC and after the installation on your toolbar the ads will be displayed; more information in the article how surfbars work,
  • Prelaunch – there is a separate section for this topic,
  • Paid to watch (PTW) video portals – the portal owner promises to earn money by watching various videos and apps.
  • Other clicking and viewing ad programs and similar jobs.


My Experience with PTC Sites

When I became interested in the job via the Internet, I found – like any other newbie – paid to click sites. Many of my friends have recommended me this way of easy cash for free. With the intention of getting something extra, I began to search. There were lots of websites and advertisements that contained the various links to sign up for different PTC systems.

Of course, everyone said that it was a safe deal and mainly verified income over the Internet, in other words, that money is definitely paid out (this is mentioned in every ad), even though the PTC ad system was launched only recently, so no one had the chance to reach the minimum payout amount so quickly. I admit that I was a little bit skeptical, but the arguments of most of the clickworkers convinced me: “It is free, so why not to give it a try?” or “Every day you open dozens of emails for free, so why not to get paid for it?”

So I tried it myself, and I registered with 15 PTC sites at once. The more PTC programs, the higher the income, right? Almost every system offered XXX dollars for registration, another XXX for a person brought into the system and of course some commissions for daily clicks of your friends. One would say: “Well, pretty good money, yes, but if they just paid it out immediately.” But the issue with all the PTC systems is that you have to reach a certain minimum payout amount. So yes, they provide you with 10 USD for registration, but if the payout is set at 100 USD and one ad comes every other day, you get 0,1 USD, so before you reach the necessary 100 USD, it will take you two years. And when you get even closer to this amount, they simply stop sending you more paid emails / ads.


By this, you are never able to reach the minimum payout amount. Or maybe you reach it, but you will never see your money, and nobody will talk to you anymore.


The same happened with all the PTC websites where i had registred. Now have a look at the brief example how it works with eRmail and other similar systems.


Practical Example How It Works provided each registered user a bonus of 10 USD for registration. The minimum payout amount was 100 USD. As of 31 August 2018, they claimed that they have 5,660,000 registered members. This means that they have to pay at least 500,660,000 USD for the registration of all users…


Price list for advertisers was as follows:

  • Addressing 100,000 email addresses: 500 USD.
  • Adressing 200,000 email adresses: 1,000 USD.
  • Adressing 300,000 email adresses: 1,500 USD.


It is simple math – if you paid attention at elementary school, you should be able to calculate it. The addressing of 300,000 email addresses was for 1,500 USD. If we are optimistic, and we assume that only 100,000 users have confirmed the email with the fact that everyone received the lowest possible price, 0,1 USD per email (from the interval of  0,1 – 0,5 USD), the following information is available:

100,000 read emails * 0,1 USD = 10,000 USD commitment for registered users (clickworkers).


The result of the calculation for 300 000 emails:

  • Revenue for the PTR portal: 1,500 $.
  • Cost: 10,000 $
  • Profit: – 8,500 USD (loss).


Now try to imagine that out of the total number of 300,000 email addresses addressed, 250,000 users click on the email, and each of them will receive at least 0,30 USD. Revenues are again 1,500 USD, the cost is 75,000 USD, and the loss of portal is 73,500 USD.

Do you already understand why the PTR site does not pay you right after clicking on the email/ad? Do you understand why there is so high minimum payout amount? Where do they get the money from when 100,000 users reach the minimum payout amount and want to send their 100 USD to bank account? I am still not counting the entry bonus for registration and a reward for bringing other people in the system.


Does Somebody Actually Earn Something?

I will not mention the names of other PTC websites that flood the Internet with these stupidities and offer unreal and fake earnings. Instead, let’s discuss why it does not work and will never work.


The position of the user (the one who registers to earn some money by clicking on paid ads)

99% of users who sign up for these non-functioning systems are people who think that when they bring hundreds of other people in the system, they will earn a lot of money. So they just advertise and hire other people who do the same. This means that these PTC systems get inactive users who do not buy anything, just want to click on paid ads (e-mails) and get paid for it.


The position of the company that should sponsor it (advertiser)

No regular company will ever give money for advertising into a system where people (who do not want to buy anything and actually have no interest in anything), are registered just to get the commission for the “mandatory” ad click. Would you pay for such advertising if you were an advertiser? I would not. Logically, you get (almost) zero profit. When there is no demand, there is no offer = no money.


The position of PTC / PTR site (the one who promises the money for clicking and watching ads, reading paid emails, etc.):

  • artificially increases the number of members to attract advertisers (sometimes get someone trapped, but there are so few that it will never be enough for payouts);
  • displays the fake number of payouts to the users,
  • artificially creates advertising emails,
  • collects your data and then sends to you some uninteresting advertisements that you will not be paid for reading,
  • in the worst case, after a while, the entire project and your data will be sold to someone else,
  • pays nothing to anybody as there are no funds!


Who Is the One to Earn Something in the End?

Just PTC portal. It has your data, contacts, and here and there an advertiser who pays an ad that nobody cares about, so there will be little or no profit for him. Nowadays such portals appear really everywhere almost daily. Why? Because to create such a portal costs 30-150 dollars and everyone can calculate that when the portal for email distribution, clicking on ads, reading ad e-mails, etc. takes the fees from the advertising companies, the initial investment will return immediately. No one stops it because these projects write everything in the rules or general conditions that 99% of people do not read at the time of registration.



Many of my friends and also I are done with these “useful extra income” activities. We will not let ourselves be more disappointed again. It is not the time that matters, because it only takes a few minutes a day, but it is slightly disappointing when you get to the minimum payout amount and after half a year of your daily clicks you decide to send it to your account but nothing appears, and no one talks to you anymore. I understand that most people have to experience it on their own, and only then they reach a moment when they start to doubt about these systems like I did.


One of the ways to earn some extra cash by using the Internet is filling out the questionnaires. Not only do you have the opportunity to express your opinion or attitude, and contribute to knowledge about current topics in social reality, but you also have the chance to get exciting money. I have only positive experience with this kind of job. Learn more in the section of online surveys.


But not to put all these email systems, click on paid ad systems and similar ones in the same category – from time to time there will also appear legitimate companies that do not promise big rewards. The cost per click/read email should range from 0.001 to 0.01 USD. If a PTC portal promises higher rewards, it is probably a scam. If the majority offers a registration bonus, sooner or later every such system gets into the red numbers and goes bankrupt. So I do not deal with this kind of earnings anymore, and I recommend the same thing for you as well.


Have not found what you were looking for in this review? Then check out the discussion forum. Maybe you will find there some interesting information on this topic.

Have you ever come in contact with these PTC sites or PTR systems? It would be great if you share your own experiences in the discussion.


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