This article was written on a PTC site I used to run, if you had contributed to the article previously feel free to contact or comment your contributions as the originals were lost with the site, I found the base article on my hard drive. Maybe we can keep some people from being victims.
This is a short list of some things to look for to determine if a PTC / GPT site may be scam. Script providers simply sell a product, it is impossible to keep track of which owners do what with the website using their script later on. It is up to you as a member to inform yourself and form your own opinions regarding websites offering you a method to make money online.
1) The site advertises that it is a registered company. I don’t know about where you live but where I live I can make any website providing services a registered company with $37 and some information on a form. Why would I advertise something so trivial? That document doesn’t say anything except that I own the business doing business as this name. It does not include any financial backing, it does not mean a business is honest, it is not a guarantee of any kind.
2) The click value vs prices are too high. I don’t just mean the obvious “$5 a click” sites. If a site is paying you $0.001 per click and they are only charging advertisers $1 per 1000 views (1000×0.001=1) the click value is too high. Processor fees, overhead, and referral earnings are not taken into account whatsoever. This means the owner is either really bad at math or not prepared to pay all members. Earn what you can, don’t spend what you can’t afford to lose and cashout asap if you decide to join a site like this.
3) The site requires you to refer people in order to get paid. How does my bringing in 20 new people help the site to pay me? 19 of those 20 probably won’t be active, let alone paying clients.
4) The site requires you to earn commissions to cash out. Oh, so now I not only have to refer people but I have to magically refer members that are going to spend their own money? Yeah, right, not happening. I have even seen sites require a certain amount of your balance to be commissions in order to cashout and then give cash prizes every 15 pages surfed which guaranteed members would never reach that ridiculous percentage in referral commissions vs prizes in their balances.
5) A site advertises with “trusted admin” and I laugh. Trusted by whom? Hitler, Stalin, Dahmer, Manson… all were “trusted” by someone. If a site’s banner says trusted admin you can trust I will not be clicking it, the owner paid for that banner attempting to manipulate people’s perception, there is nothing left to trust from the point someone tried to manipulate me before I ever signed up.
6) The site is obviously a (fill in the blank) scripted website yet the license checker for that script says it is illegal. If someone won’t even pay for their script and is satisfied using a stolen (nulled) copy, why would you expect them to pay you?
7) Are there terms saying if I am critical of the site or share a negative opinion / experience they will somehow punish me? Never willingly silence yourself for anyone, especially not a website. Not allowing foul or violent language is perfectly understandable, but if a member is questioning them and so loses their account there is something wrong. Even better are the sites that say I cannot share conversations between myself and support, what are they so afraid of?
8) The site expects you to give them your credit / debit card details directly. This is a huge red flag for me. Small businesses do not have the infrastructure or security to store these details. “Well this site has x amount of members” … nope, sorry, they are not a corporation making hundreds of millions + a year. That much? That’s right. A single decent server is about $200 a month if you lock in a good black Friday type deal… a quick google search on Amazon’s servers:
“How big is Amazon server farm?
Amazon standardizes its data centers to house between 50,000 and 80,000 servers, according to company presentations. That consistent approach can seen in COPT’s recent data center projects, which typically come in two standard sizes of about 150,000 square feet or 215,000 square feet.”
The average website has a single server through a single data center at best, the majority of them are on shared servers. A good rule to follow is to never give your credit / debit card details to any website owned by an individual, an LLC, or a “registered company”. I recently had to pay my registration fees on my car and guess what? The California DMV did not collect my card info, they redirected me to a third party payment processor… they do not have the infrastructure or resources to take my card info directly. No PTC / GPT / PTR / TE has the resources to handle that information properly.
9) Instant payouts. Everyone loves the idea but consider the feasibility aspect for a moment. Cashflow… sure the admin may fund the processor to begin with, but for how long? Cheaters… can they sustain the multiple accounts and worse they will face? How long before you are jumping through hoops to get to the cashout button? Now they want your ID…
10) Sites that require legal ID. You are running a PTC site on a mass produced script and you think I am going to upload an image of my ID for you? No thanks, moving along.