PTC Down and Dirty

PTC Discipline

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Simple Statement

Discipline, as a general subject, does not come naturally for me.  It is a thing I work on a lot.  I schedule, I make lists, I work hard at doing what I say I am going to do.  Like publishing 3 days per week.  It isn’t easy for me, but I keep at it…

I had decided last week that the real way for me to learn more about the PTC life is to get in, get my hands dirty, and do it.  I am starting small, concentrating on Clicksense.  Why that and not Nerdbux?  Because I am a huge fan of TimTech, and that colors my reaction to anything that they put out.  So in order to present myself fairly, I chose Clicksense.

What it Is

I started at Clicksense with a balance of $0.00 and am working to maximize my earnings while learning the ropes and how and when to pull them.

So far, I am averaging over 10 cents per day by clicking every available ad and doing selected tasks.  I have not checked out all of the tasks, I spend less than one hour per day there.

What’s Wrong

A couple of things, one pretty minor, and one clearly major.  The minor problem is with Clicksense itself, the major one is with advertisers there.

Grid Clicking

The problem I have found with the grid click scheme of advertising is simple.  No return.  I have 120 (4 days @ 30) clicks into the grid with no return.  It’s a very quick 5 second timer, should be real easy and fast to get through.  One problem is that the timer doesn’t start until the site has loaded completely so that actual time per view is over 20 seconds.  The other problem with the grid is lack of pay.  I do not know what the ratio is, but it isn’t very high, I will guarantee you.

The BIG Rant

I have tried most (if not all) of the survey sites.  As it turns out, I am an over 60 male that isn’t going to purchase much in the next year, so am of no great interest to the survey takers.  I get that, and have no problem with that at all.  My problem is the amount of information they require and the length of time that it takes to qualify.

In order to pre qualify me, survey takers need my age, gender, and zip code.  Nothing more.  I have filled out my complete address, my first, last and mi, just to get me in the door.  20 to 30 qualification questions later, I am deemed ineligible, and so don’t get paid.  Bullshit.  You got exactly what you wanted from me, and that makes me crazy.  I have not gotten a single email from any of them yet (at least not that have cleared my spam filters) but I expect, at the very least, to have my information sold to ‘secondary vendors’.  For nothing.  It’s one thing to trade what I have for money, it’s quite another to beat me out of it.

Update:  Since I wrote this a couple of days ago, the e mails have started to arrive.  I can’t prove that they are from the survey people, but I strongly suspect it to be so.

All this said, I’m going to stay with Clicksense for a month.  Starting with this column next week, I will post my returns.

I’m just sayin’

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3 Things from Last Week

3 Things from the Last Week

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A broken computer left me high and dry for a few days.  No big deal, right?  It’s summertime, not much is going to happen, right?

Not so much.  It was a very exciting week in TE land, a lot happened.  Some of this will simply be an update, some will have money making implications.

It really was a ‘week that was’ and I am sorry that I wasn’t right on top of or in the middle of the whole deal.  The very best I can come up with is this:  Here it is, let’s make sure we catch up with it NOW!  Let’s get to it!

Rocket Responder Rolls

TimTech’s new autoresponder is making a big splash.  It’s not only simple and smooth and clean and, well, beautiful, it’s reactive.  Changes have been made every day according to members suggestions.  It’s a beautiful piece of gear, and it’s just getting better.  And a new incentive plan ‘high five’ has been added to make it even more attractive to affiliates.  WooHoo!

Surf Duel Debuts

A brand new TE kicked off the first of September.  No news in that, right??  This one is different, and I don’t mean a color change on the stock script.  This is DIFFERENT.  No credits.  Yep, no credits.  Your site is in rotation so long as it gets votes.  They get votes by going against another site every time, and the viewer chooses between the two.  In only two days there is no DUSAP advertising to be found.  It’s great!!  I think it may end up being as innovative as Sweeva with the old charm of ThumbVu, when we got to pick the thumbnail of the advertiser that we wanted to see.  I see great things for this TechDime product.  Really.  Check it out.

Tim Tech’s Lifetime Sale

It’s over now, but if you didn’t get in on it, shame on you.  Shame on me.  I am in the position of ‘tapped out’ at least until the end of the month and I couldn’t buy even one of the 6 products they had for sale.  Best price I’ve ever seen since I’ve been around.  I hope you got all 6 and will neener neener me with regularity.  What a deal it was.

And in the End

I’m still using my old computer.  My local geek has been in it up to his elbows, and I just can’t afford to replace it right now.  Soon, I hope.  But the breakdown did make me thankful for what I’ve got, and for all my friends here!!  I hope you have the best week of your lives so far.

I’m just sayin’

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