This is a fundamental, if often ignored part of TE Land.
The contract. Everytime I log in to a Traffic Exchange I sign a contract with the owner. We both agree to certain things and agree to a deal.
We agree to trade goods for services. It doesn’t matter if I surf for credits or buy them, I agree to trade my time and money for page views for the owner. I benefit by being able to advertise my product on the owners advertising platform. The owner benefits by selling my page views to his advertisers.
The agreement is pretty cut and dried. Good owners will explain what they expect and what they offer in language that even the dimmest bulb can understand. If you never read the Terms of Service, I suggest you might try it.
Just because you have read the TOS at one site DOES NOT mean that you have a really good idea about all. Some owners take great care with their TOS and getting it precisely right. William Miller II and Robert Arnold fit into this category. Some have an older TOS that has been added to and subtracted from to trim it into shape for today. Some just grab whatever free TOS (Google it, there are millions) and don’t even read it themselves. Some simply copy and paste the TOS from another site.
What of the other side of the contract? Good owners will adhere to their part of the agreement very closely, most to the letter and then some.
But some don’t. There are some sites with very poor timers. The owners may advertise a 5 second timer but it takes 12 seconds per page view. That is fundamentally dishonest.
Some have mathematical difficulties. They promise one surf ratio and deliver another.
Some have been known to suspend accounts when they are approaching commission limits. (This has never happened to me). Some just don’t bother paying commissions. Some keep increasing the payout requirements. (This has happened to me)
The point is, we have a contract, the owner and I. If I follow the terms of the contract I have a reasonable expectation of receiving the goods and services promised. The owner needs to be able to have a reasonable expectation of behavior as set out in the TOS.
It’s really that simple. I do what I am supposed to, you do what you are supposed to and everybody is happy…
I’m just sayin’