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Jumping Through Hoops

Honestly, it feels like we're jumping through hoops when we try to cash out from our paid-to sites.

Back in the day, I was a member of paid-to-post forum specializing in SEO. Make a post, interact, and earn credits. Convert those credits to cash and you see the corresponding amount in your PayPal account. The rate is 1 credit is equal to $.0011 and I think minimum amount to cash out was at 50,000 credits. Essentially, every action int he forum, referring friends, starting a post, commenting on a post, posting a photo, etc earned you credits. Now, you are also deducted credits by the site admins and moderators. If you get a negative feedback, if someone flags your post or comments, if someone dislikes the photo you posted, you get negative credits and these are subtracted from your earned credits. Kinda silly right? You bet it was. It was fairly often to see retaliatory dislikes and flagging. There were also accusations about favoritism among the moderators and site admin. I experienced this first hand myself. After I had made a post, I got a notification from a moderator that said I had violated a rule. As to what rule, I violated, it wasn't made clear to me even after I had sent emails trying to clarify the matter. I had around 36,000 credits at that time and the moderator said 500 credits will be deducted. Big deal I thought. I was surprised when I logged back in my account and I saw that I was left with just 25,000 credits! Uhmmm ... you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that 36,000 minus 500 isn't 25,000. Anyway, other members were also posting stuff asking the site what was going on with all the credit deductions.

Another thing that I thought was shady was how they handled payout. You had to make a post requesting for a payout. Sounds simple enough right?!! Uhmmm ... no! The payout post has to follow a strict format and it has to be made within just a specific time period of a day. Although payouts are paid regularly during the 15th and 30th of the month, it was common to see people miss their payouts because they get really dubious and late violations and their credits deducted.

I didn't stick long in that site and I never bothered if that site stayed operational long. I'm guessing, they folded up and ran away with everyone's credits! I doubt they'll do something good with it!

Have you had similar experiences when you feel you were jumping through hoops trying to get something you worked for? Do share!

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MegL wrote on September 8, 2014, 5:56 AM

No, thank goodness but then I have never made enough at any site (except one) for payout and I haven't requested that amount yet - it's not very much. :(

LynnWrites wrote on September 8, 2014, 6:03 AM

Sure have. I used to work a lot of jobs when I was younger to make ends meet. I would have places pay me late or not at all. I was working to pay my rent and bills, if they didn't pay me on time or at all it put me at risk for not being able to sustain a roof over my head. Luckily I was always able to pay the rent, but often at the expense of not paying other bills or not being able to eat. There is nothing more stressful to go through. There is nothing more frustrating than working hard and not being able to get ahead. Thankfully that is long over, but I'll never forget that frustration. As for writing sites I've never had that happen, the few I've been on automatically pay when it's time, no forms or anything to fill out. Long forms with strict rules to follow to get paid would raise a red flag for me on writing sites. I wouldn't invest my time on any of those ones.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on September 8, 2014, 6:27 AM

so far all the PTC i do have been paid never tried anything else

BarbRad wrote on September 8, 2014, 12:58 PM

i would never get sucked into a site with those kinds of rules, if i understood the situation. Of course, some things you don't find out until you've already been sucked in.

inertia4 wrote on September 8, 2014, 2:14 PM

allen0187 I have worked with my share of strange sites. Not all are good and not all of them pay. I have a few real good consistent sites I work with. No, they are not writing sites, wish they were. But they pay me on time and they have been around a long time online. So they are solid sites.

AngelSharum wrote on September 8, 2014, 4:01 PM

That sounds way too confusing for little payout. I'd never remember the formats and rules.