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Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

Introduction to PTC

When I was planning to write articles on this website, I didn't know where or how to start. I thought for a few days about the kind of topics that'd interest my readers, and the best answer I could come up with was: money. So I surfed the Internet for various money making methods online. There is a long list of them: Advertisements, freelance jobs, fiverr, blogging, surveys, ppc programmes, retouch jobs, photography, selling art prints, hosting businesses, writing jobs and many more.

This article focuses on pay per click (PPC) or paid to click (PTC) websites. For convenience, I'll just use "PPC" in this article. If you are new to this area, you'd probably ask, how does PPC work? Basically, it means getting paid when you click on a link. Lets say you're a starter and only wish to earn a few bucks without having to pay for anything from your own pockets; you'll fit into the category of "standard" membership in every PPC websites. It means you don't have to pay for anything, your membership never ends, you just have to be patient and keep clicking until you reach the minimum payout.

NOTE: For what I'm going to explain below, I will be using the example of standard membership type.

Normally, what you need to look for when you enter a PPC website would be:

  • How much you earn per click
  • Most PPC websites offer you $0.01 for each click. There're normally only 4 advertisements available for standard members each day. Some PPC websites may offer 4 advertisements for $0.01 each, along with few or other small advertisements for $0.001 - $0.005. From my experience, I have never seen any extra mini/small advertisements go higher than $0.005, so if you did, then you're lucky :)

  • Payment methods
  • The most obvious payment methods are Paypal and Alertpay. Some PPC websites offer both, while some only accept Alertpay. Many PPC websites have faced some issues with Paypal, that is why some PPC  web owners only use Alertpay as their only payment processor. If you only have Paypal and do not wish to sign up for Alertpay, it'll be best if you find out the payment methods available on the PPC website that you're going to sign up for. You'd not want your efforts in clicking go to waste. If the PPC website you sign up for offers many other payment methods besides these two, it is to your benefit.

  • Days to process your payment
  • As a standard member, good PPC websites offer instant payment ie. Just as soon as you're ready to cash out and click on the cash out link, you'll get paid. Other PPC websites require 3 to 7 days to process your payment. Horrible PPC websites require more than 14 days to process your payment, which I highly do not recommend you to sign up for.


  • The minimum payout
  • Generally the minimum payout required for standard members to cash out is $2. After that, the rest of the payout ranges from $3 to $10. Each PPC websites varies in their min. payout, so you might want to check on that. A few rare PPC websites allow standard members to cash out at $1.

  • How much you earn per referral click
  • Rented referrals: You buy referrals from the PPC website. They normally give packages, like 3 referrals or 10 referrals etc. Rented referrals only have a duration of 30 days, and after that you will have to renew them again. To renew, you can either do it manually or by auto pay. Direct referrals: People signing up for that particular PPC website under your name or using your referral link are classified as direct referrals. These will not expire and the clicks will always be recorded.
    Generally, if you are a standard member, you will be awarded $0.005 for each rented referral click. Some websites offer higher, or lower; it depends on whatever they decide on. Also, please keep in mind that as a standard member, you cannot rent a big number of referrals. 99 per cent of PPC websites only allow 30 - 60 rented referrals (or more, it depends and varies for different PPC websites) for standard members. There is a limit to direct referrals as well, and it varies differently, so just check that out yourself.

To end this article, I need to remind you that what I wrote above is based on standard membership types, where you earn bit by bit without investing a single cent. There are of course, very expert PPC members investing money and reaping large rewards out there, and I have seen them posting their payment proofs as well; however if you are a starter, I advise you not to invest in any PPC websites unless you are very familiar with it already. Also, please look out for scam sites. They are, surprisingly, extremely easy to recognise: Would you believe a website offering lets say... $100 per click? This is the time to exercise some of your brain cells.

Note: I wrote this article on my personal website as well, and I'm re-posting it here because it suits the content for Womobomo.


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