DO YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY BY READING EMAILS

Updated: 04/12/2009 20:01
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What things do most of us do at least once a day? Clean teeth, have a meal, and… check e-mail account! No matter what e-mail program you use, you definitely get spam or advertisements from time to time. So why not get compensation for reading them if you receive them anyway? There are companies that are ready to pay for viewing and clicking online advertisements.

Judging from numerous news headlines, the American economy is in the grip of a depression. It inevitably means unemployment for many people. If you are one of those who are about to lose their jobs, you will need to find some way of coping without a regular income. In this difficult situation many people turn to the Internet to earn even a small additional income to make their ends meet.

PTR (Paid-to-read) program is an online program where you can earn money by reading ads sent through e-mail. It works similar to paid-to-click (PTC) programs. The main difference is that PTCs require people to visit some web page to click on advertisements while PTRs send ads to your e-mail account.

PTR programs have become an attractive source of income for many Internet users. By spending just a couple of hours per day, you can earn up to several hundreds of dollars each month. You don't need to have any special skills or diplomas to join these programs. Just register for membership and start receiving the ads. It is also a good choice for stay-at-home moms who can not afford day care for their kids.

After clicking on an advertisement link in a PTR e-mail, you will be redirected to an advertising webpage. Typically, there will be a timer located at the top of the page. You will need to read the ad for a set period of time, say 20-40 seconds.

After that, users will need to click on a certain button on the webpage to get the payment for reading this ad. The sum will not be added to your account until the timer runs down accordingly. So this strategy takes more time than 'hit and run' tactics on PTC websites.

Often, there will be a second validation process inside the e-mail or website you need to visit. For example, you may be required to insert a certain number into a form, click a 'picture match' on the page, or answer a simple question like "What is 2+2?" It is done to catch people who might cheat the PTR system by using automated software for clicking.

Benefits for advertisers
Advertisers need to send out emails to people, and they do not want to send spam which will be immediately deleted. That's why many websites owners pay PTR sites to advertise their web pages in e-mails to increase their site traffic.

The PTR websites pay a proportion of the total advertising revenue to people who click and view these links and advertisements. In fact, it is a win-win situation for the advertised web site, the PTR site and to the people who read the e-mails.

Advertisers consider that the cost for advertising with PTR sites is rather low. So even if a site closes up or otherwise disappears from the market, they won't lose much. And there are so many PTR offers that they can find a new partner without any problems.

How much can you earn?
Most of the PTR companies offer registration for free. As a PTR affiliate, you will earn money for each ad that you read. Typically, PTR programs offer from $0.01 to $0.20 per ad. Some of these sites pay their users in points that can be redeemed for cash or used to promote your own online resource on that PTR website.

Earning potential depends on two factors: how much time you spend each day to read ads and how much the PTR program offers for each ad. Keep in mind that some PTR programs offer a limited number of ads you can receive a day, but they pay more for each ad. Other PTR programs send any number of ads you want but the payment is lower.

Many users say that it is not possible to earn enough money from joining and working at just one PTR program. As you see, the payment is rather low, so you need to view as many ads as you can. Join several pay-to-read websites in order to earn reasonable sums.

When you reach the minimum earning limit set by the PTR website (it is called the "payout limit"), you can cash your earnings out. Some PTR websites also offer 'random payouts' or simply make payments on pre-set dates of the month, to all members whose balances are over payout limit.

Most pay-to-read programs use electronic payment systems such as MoneyBookers or Paypal to send money. Once the payment is made, its amount will be subtracted from your account on the website.

Additionally, you can also receive bonuses and increase your earnings for referring other users. It means that you need to invite some other people who are not members yet to join this get-paid website through a unique referral link.

When your referrals start to view advertisements and click links, you will get a reward. Typically, it will be a percentage of what they earn. Percentage commission can vary from 1% to 100%. Keep in mind that this commission will not be deducted from your referral's account.

How to avoid scam PTR programs?
PTR programs, as a part of 'make money online' industry, are always connected with risk. Such resources attract a lot of people looking for quick income, including scammers. They can hide easily and wait for victims. That's why it is vitally important to choose the correct pay-to-read program.

Luckily, not all PTR programs are designed to scam people. There are many legitimate resources that provide affordable marketing strategy to advertisers and earning potential to people who want to earn money online. Pay attention to the following tips while searching for a reliable PTR website online:

• Stay away from websites that promise huge payments. Nowadays there are dozens of scam PTR programs that offer to pay you $25-$100 per ad. Of course, you will not receive this money.
• Check out the minimum payout limit on each PTR websites and compare them. The sooner you can withdraw your money, the better. Some PTR websites have very high payout level, so it will take a lot of time to cash your money out.
• Don't think that a good design is synonymous with a good website. Some scam websites are very-well designed and seem to be even more attractive than legitimate websites.
• Study forum responses to PTR programs at least once per month. It will help you keep track of recent events in PTR industry.
• When you opt for any PTR program, pay attention to the terms and conditions. Read carefully all information, including payment methods. You can be surprised to see some unexpected details in the fine print.
• Make sure that the website provides proper support either through telephone or email. For example, you can send them a question and look how much it will take them to answer it.
• Before registration, look for responses about the website on the Internet. There are many forums and blogs that contain tons of useful information about PTR programs and highlight which of them are legitimate and which of them are scams. They also provide updated information on the new PTR websites around the world.


About the author

Abby Anderson is a a multi-skilled copywriter with good all-round writing and creative expertise. She is a very capable professional with an ability to identify and then deal with a clients needs and then translate them into crisp, compelling, creative and informative copy. Experienced in providing motivation & guidance to colleagues to produce copy write for products that will have a real impact on the lives of people. Abby has excellent interpersonal skills, she is a good communicator, emotionally mature with calming and positive temperament and understanding disposition.
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