2014 Crappies Results

The results of the 2014 Crappies voting is now completed. I went on several sites, including building a Facebook group, in order to determine a winner this year.

I’m going to be honest, the Crappies is usually a very close affair. 2011 and 2012 ended in ties, but 2013 we got the first non-runoff year when Alison Gold was victorious with “ABCDEFG”, winning out with 31% of the vote over “Bubble Butt” with 23%. Gold also earned a Bronze that year. Her “hit” “Chinese Food” tied with Mike Will Made-It’s hit with Miley Cyrus “23” with 17% of the vote. Close, but a convincing victory by Alison Gold with crap that I thought could only be matched by that of Tay Allyn’s “Mass Text” that just missed the radar that year.

Oh, was I wrong. Alison Gold returned in January of 2014 with Patrice Wilson with a new song called “Shush Up” and it turned out much, much worse than the other two. How bad? It DOMINATED this year’s Crappies by coming within a heartbeat away from a unanimous victory, something I thought could not be done in the Crappies.

Before I go to the results, a few changes came out this year from the Crappies of years’ past. First, instead of people simply voting for the worst song of the year, given a field of 4-6 songs, they had to choose the worst, second worst, and third worst, to them, in the list. The worst was rewarded three points, second worst two points, third worst one point. Those that voted before this change but did not vote 2nd or 3rd would simply have the points for 2nd and 3rd not added to any total (2 votes were like this). The complete breakdown of the votes are as follows:

Position Song Artist Points 1st 2nd 3rd
Gold Shush Up Alison Gold 50 16 1 0
Silver Hello Kitty Avril Lavigne 29 1 12 2
Bronze Spark the Fire Gwen Stefani 10 0 1 8
4th Booty Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea 7 0 1 5
5th Achy Breaky 2 Buck 22 & Billy Ray Cyrus 0 0 0 0

Without a doubt, this was no contest. Alison Gold destroyed the voting with 50 of the maximum 51 points possible from the 17 votes. This gives Alison Gold her 3rd Crappies medal and becomes the first “artist” to win back-to-back Crappies awards. And I thought Girl Swag back in 2011 was bad, this was quite the whole new level of suckage in music. Words cannot describe just how horrible this song was. Four of these five songs could’ve likely won any other year, but the field was just so tough this year that Shush Up just dominated the polling.

This gives Patrice Wilson, the director and creator of Pato Music World a record FIVE CRAPPIES MEDALS as director. Here is the breakdown:

2011 – Bronze – “Girl Swag” by Madison Bray
2012 – Bronze – “Quit Playing Games with My Heart” by The Asterino Sisters
2013 – Gold – “ABCDEFG” by Alison Gold
2013 – Bronze – “Chinese Food” by Alison Gold
2014 – Gold – “Shush Up” by Alison Gold

Truly unmatched in the form of bottom-of-the-barrel music.

This ensures that we are coming up on the 5th year of the Crappies, and following the Crappies awards we will have a special Ultimate Crappies voting edition afterwards, bringing back the 5 winners and the 2 that tied in the runoff for one final vote of the worst song of the 2010’s (thus far). It should be an interesting vote then but until then, join my facebook group Here in order to look up and submit any songs you think should belong in the 2015 Crappies.

Once again, congratulations, sorta, to Alison Gold.

GiftHulk Review – Strategies

So for the first part of my strategies list, I’m going to focus on one of the GPT sites. GPT sites were the backbone of my earnings early on and one of the first places I went to was a place called GiftHulk.

GiftHulk differs from other GPT sites by how very social media-savvy they are.  The ability to sign in via facebook was brand new for me coming out of other GPT sites without this option.  What was also new was the leveling system.  In PTC sites and some GPT sites, you have to pay in order to move up in level.  Here though, it only requires you move up based on the number of HulkCoins you have managed to accumulate over a lifetime.  There are a few exceptions to this rule though, and I’ll get to them.

One of the places you can’t put towards the total is the Guess the Card game.  But just that you get 5 free tries a day right off the bat is a lot of fun.  My strategy in this is I would move to Guess the Suit, where you win 4 HulkCoins every time you guess the suit right (5 if you let them post to your Facebook account).  There is also Guess the Rank (10 HulkCoins) and Guess the Card (50 HulkCoins) but the EV is best with Guess the Suit, where you earn 1 HulkCoin on average for every chip (1.25 HulkCoins with Facebook posting), and this is not counting the 100 HC Joker, the boosts you can earn, or the Fountain of Youth codes that are worth anywhere from 10-50 HC (as far as I know anyway).

JunGroup advertisements run anywhere from 4-14 HulkCoins (averages about 8).  If you manage to reach the fixed goal (anywhere from 700-900 HC) a day, you also win a bonus which is automatically added to your account.

The leveling system starts you at Bronze.  You can level up to Silver when you reach 1000 HC, Gold at 10000, Platinum at 25000, and Diamond at 50000.  The best part about membership once you reach Gold is you get a rebate on everything you buy (2.5% with Gold, 5% with Platinum, 10% with Diamond), and once you reach Diamond, you get a $10 gift card (whether if its of your choice or not I do not know yet).  Payouts start at $5 for PayPal for 5000 HC so the conversion is 1000 HC = $1.  With so much to do, you could start your first payout in as little as 1 week.

Strategies:

As of this point I am a Platinum member with about 28,000 lifetime HC obtained.  My strategies involve playing the Guess the Card every day and focusing on at least missing out on 3 surveys a day on the Surveys tab.  I receive 20 HC every time I am rejected and a bonus 25 after ten.  Also don’t forget to press the Check In button for another 5 HC.  65-90 HC a day on this place alone.  Try searching for something on their search engine every couple of hours for 4 HC as well.  JunGroups is where the meat of this focus would be on though.  I’m sort of waiting for the 4 HC ads to disappear and 8’s and 14’s to start popping up regularly again, but it’s still worth a shot.

I’m also hoping that I can gain money through the Youtube Videos section, where I would be able to earn 25HC for every five.  Also, GiftHulkTV would be another place to try to gain quick Hulkcoins (10 HC per 10 videos and 40-90 per 10 for every 5th video depending on what level you are in.)

I hope to be able to start making my daily bonuses again, as I have missed quite a few days the last couple of weeks.  However, this is becoming one of my staple GPT sites to go to, and hopefully I’ll become Diamond member by Thanksgiving.

If you’re interested in joining GiftHulk, just click on here.

Next, I’ll look into one of my PTC sites, OmnyBux.

All-Time earnings on GiftHulk thus far: $36.71.

The $2,000 Challenge: Week 1

Ok, so I realized that I didn’t really have $1,000 spent. It was more like $1,200, and there were other promotions pulling me in for more. So I had allocated aside $2,000 in reserve for this, so I’m going to act as if I have put in $2,000, even though I have not.

The goal? To make my money back and then some in 52 weeks.

I mentioned the sites that I was on, so here are the others I added to the list:

PlatinaClix – Fairly new site that pays out in Paypal and Payza. Offers a lot of promotions much like OmnyBux.

Payout to Paypal at: $2
Fees: $9 for Premium, $25 for Platina, $50 for Platina+, all monthly. There is a $399 Platina Yearly that is yearly.
Rented Referral Price: $0.20 per referral, $0.08 to recycle
Money Invested: $399 into Platina Yearly Membership, $70 in funds for a promotion to get 425 referrals.
Member Since: October 2014

PTCRewards – Fairly new site that pays out in Paypal and Payza. Free Golden Membership for a year if you start now!

Payout to Paypal at: $2
Fees: Right now you can get Golden Membership right away. Ultimate is $390 for 1 year.
Rented Referral Price: $0.18 per referral, $0.07 to recycle
Money Invested: $20 for 100 rented referrals and change.
Member Since: October 2014

With all that, plus an extra $400 going to Paidverts, my starting debt is:

Starting Balance: -$2,000.00

Money Earned:

Site Earned Paid Total # Refs # Rented Refs Comment
Swagbucks $9.28 $0.00 $9.28 4 0
GiftHulk $3.27 $0.00 $3.27 0 N/A
Points2Shop $2.55 $0.50 $2.05 1 N/A Had to pay 50 cents for activation fee of $5 virtual Visa card.
ChatAbout $3.98 $0.00 $3.98 0 N/A
Amazon Mechanical Turk $25.62 $0.00 $25.62 N/A N/A $10 job helped.
PrizeRebel $2.25 $0.00 $2.25 0 N/A Got Silver Membership!
MintVine $3.59 $0.00 $3.59 0 N/A $2 away from Gold membership!
InboxDollars $3.59 $0.00 $3.59 1 N/A
OmnyBux $60.58 $4.29 $56.39 0 500 $4.29 fee for Paypal.
Paidverts $17.39 $16.99 $0.40 0 N/A Mini Upgrade was $2.99, 14 Buy Ads to boost BAP.
BuxWon $15.47 $0.30 $15.17 2 250 $0.30 fee for my payouts.
NeoBux $3.72 $0.00 $3.72 0 23
ClixSense $ $1.60 $0.20 $1.40 2 N/A
WarOfClicks $0.74 $0.00 $0.74 2 10 End of season earnings from 10 RRs.
Hits4Pay $1.12 $0.00 $1.12 1 N/A
Cointellect $1.81 $0.00 $1.81 N/A N/A
GrandBux $2.99 $0.00 $2.99 0 100 3 days worth
PlatinaClix $8.99 $0.00 $8.99 0 325 3 days worth
PTCRewards $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 N/A N/A Started this week
Other $23.18 $0.00 $23.18 My $6.07 came in from a GPT site called Zorbor. I ordered it a little over a month ago… Another $5 from a site called Superpoints. $0.11 in ads, and $12 from another place I forgot about from two months back. Go figure.
GRAND TOTAL $167.10 More than triple my typical day. Nice!

 

Ending Balance: -$1,832.90

So without a doubt, I think I will leave WarOfClicks and probably Hits4Pay after I reach a payout there. PlatinaClix and OmnyBux do wonders for me especially with the cheap rates.

See you in week 2!

Thousand Dollar Challenge: Day 3

October 22, 2014 – Day 3
Starting Balance: -$1,044.14

Money Earned:

Site Earned Paid Total Comment
Swagbucks $1.41 $0.00 $1.41
GiftHulk $0.15 $0.00 $0.15
Points2Shop $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
ChatAbout $0.71 $0.00 $0.71
Amazon Mechanical Turk $1.59 $0.00 $1.59
PrizeRebel $0.22 $0.00 $0.22
MintVine $0.05 $0.00 $0.05
InboxDollars $0.58 $0.00 $0.58
OmnyBux $11.10 $0.00 $11.10
Paidverts $1.99 $0.00 $1.99
BuxWon $1.67 $0.00 $1.67
NeoBux $0.63 $0.00 $0.63
ClixSense $0.33 $0.00 $0.33
WarOfClicks $0.01 $0.00 $0.01
Hits4Pay $0.22 $0.00 $0.22
Cointellect $0.14 $0.00 $0.14
Other $0.11 $0.00 $0.11 Ad click total
GRAND TOTAL $20.43 I was extremely busy so I was unable to do much today.  Very good considering that.

 

Ending Balance: -$1,023.71

Thousand Dollar Challenge: Day 2

October 21, 2014 – Day 2
Starting Balance: -$1,069.22

Money Earned:

Site Earned Paid Total Comment
Swagbucks $1.06 $0.00 $1.06
GiftHulk $1.21 $0.00 $1.21
Points2Shop $0.06 $0.00 $0.06
ChatAbout $0.67 $0.00 $0.67
Amazon Mechanical Turk $2.69 $0.00 $2.69
PrizeRebel $0.22 $0.00 $0.22
MintVine $0.05 $0.00 $0.05
InboxDollars $0.58 $0.00 $0.58
OmnyBux $11.06 $0.00 $11.06
Paidverts $2.80 $3.00 -$0.20 $3.00 for a 9300 BAP boost
BuxWon $1.37 $0.00 $1.37
NeoBux $0.60 $0.00 $0.60
ClixSense $0.17 $0.00 $0.17
WarOfClicks $0.03 $0.00 $0.03
Hits4Pay $0.22 $0.00 $0.22
Cointellect $0.22 $0.00 $0.22
Other $5.00 $0.00 $5.00 My $5.00 came in from a GPT site called Superpoints. I ordered it well over a month ago…
GRAND TOTAL $25.08 Two $25 days in a row. Already on track to make $750/mo.

 

Ending Balance: -$1,044.14

Thousand Dollar Challenge: Day 1 (10/20/2014)

October 20, 2014 – Day 1
Starting Balance: -$1,095.00

Money Earned:

Site Earned Paid Total Comment
Swagbucks $1.21 $0.00 $1.21
GiftHulk $0.52 $0.00 $0.52
Points2Shop $0.06 $0.00 $0.06
ChatAbout $0.62 $0.00 $0.62
Amazon Mechanical Turk $2.16 $0.00 $2.16
PrizeRebel $0.31 $0.00 $0.31
MintVine $0.60 $0.00 $0.60
InboxDollars $0.06 $0.00 $0.06
OmnyBux $11.18 $1.29 $9.89 $1.29 fee for my $7.84 payout. Kind of steep, moving to Payza.
Paidverts $1.97 $0.00 $1.97
BuxWon $2.74 $0.15 $2.59 $0.15 fee for my $5.15 payout.
NeoBux $0.68 $0.00 $0.68
ClixSense $0.17 $0.00 $0.17
WarOfClicks $0.24 $0.00 $0.24 End of season earnings from 10 RRs.
Hits4Pay $0.34 $0.00 $0.34
Cointellect $0.33 $0.00 $0.33
Other $6.07 $0.00 $6.07 My $6.07 came in from a GPT site called Zorbor. I ordered it a little over a month ago…
GRAND TOTAL $25.78 More than triple my typical day. Nice!

 

Ending Balance: -$1,069.22

The Thousand Dollar Challenge – Part 3 (PTC/Bitcoin Sites)

If you haven’t read part 1 and 2 yet, please do so.

In part 1, I mentioned that I am going to invest $1,000 in order to try to not only make the money back, but boost my meager $250/month payout into something far better with my GPT/PTC sites.  I am going to leave a link to each of the sites I will be joining in case you wish to join in with me.

If you want to take part in your own challenge to make some money, I suggest that you don’t go as crazy as I did (especially with a few of these sites) and put down hundreds of dollars.  You can do this for free, I am only investing so I can boost my savings NOW rather than wait a year or two because I have the money to do it.

For this part, I’m going to introduce the PTC/Bitcoin Sites I will be joining. The advantage that PTC sites have over GPT sites are that you can make a lot more money by renting referrals for a small fee per month (or buying them for life for a slightly larger fee) and having them click for you. A lot of my investment money went into these sites. Another advantage is also they appeal to people of all countries. The only downfall is many of these sites will charge a fee for withdrawing money. The other downfall is there are so many Binary Options and Get Rich Quick schemes that advertise here, it becomes so repetitive.

PTC Sites

OmnyBux – This is the one I have the most invested in. This is a new site that offered me 500 free rented referrals so I dived right into it. This place is pretty fun and appeals to all countries with clicks of up to 10c/click. This is also the only site I will be using Payza in because of the high fees with Paypal (ate up $1.30 of my $7.80 withdrawal!)

Payout to Paypal at: $2.00 (with a 9% fee in-site + ~5% fee out of site)
Payout to Payza at: $2.00 (with a 6% fee in-site + ~2% fee out of site)
Fees: Eight different levels. You get the 3rd level (Golden) if you are within the first 10,000 members of joining.
Rented Referral Price: $1.00 to buy a rented referral FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. $0.25 to recycle a referral.
Money Invested: $699 for the OmnyPlus 12 month subscription + 500 Rented Referrals free as part of the promotion. Will probably reinvest some of my earnings into more rented referrals until I max out at 2,000.
Member Since: October 2014

Paidverts – This site, if you have the time or money to do so, can help you build up to as much as $1,000 per click ads! I am dead serious, they have statistics on their site that show the top person on Paidverts making upwards of $700 a day. You start by getting a series of ads which increase your BAP. You then get BAP deducted whenever a cash ad shows up. 1 BAP deducted will allow a $0.0005 ad to show up for example. Eventually you can build your way up to $1 but when you do, you’re encouraged to invest so you can get 3100 BAP (or $1.55 worth of ads). And you keep reinvesting until you are at a level you want. I am currently at 350,000 BAP (at the time of this writing) and making roughly $2-3 a day. I heard things really curve up once you hit the 2,000,000 BAP level.

Payout to Paypal at: $2.00 (with a 9% fee in-site + ~5% fee out of site)
Payout to Payza at: $2.00 (with a 6% fee in-site + ~2% fee out of site)
Fees: $1 for ads to increase BAP by 3100 (will definitely need it if you want to move up). 7% + $0.50 limit if you buy from Paypal, 6% + $0.50 limit if you buy from Payza.
Money Invested: $120 into advertisements. Planning on adding another $330-450 once the limits are lifted for the week.
Member Since: October 2014

BuxWon – BuxWon was the first PTC site I joined. They just opened last month and are going real strong. Cheap Gold membership, second cheapest to ClixSense, and a very friendly community. I REALLY like these guys and highly recommend them for starting out in the PTC world.

Payout to Paypal at: $3.00 (with a 3% fee in-site)
Payout to Payza at: $3.00 (with a ~2% fee out of site)
Fees: $8/5 months Mini Membership (just opens instant payout), $80/yr. Gold Membership and 2000 Rented Referral limit, $400/yr. Ultimate Membership and 4000 Rented Referral limit.
Rented Referral Price: $0.20 per referral, $0.07 to recycle, $0.20 to extend 30 days up to $0.48 to extend 90 days.
Money Invested: $180. $80 into Gold Membership, $75 into 125 Rented Referrals for 4 months, $20 into 100 more Rented Referrals for 1 month. Planning on adding another $300-400 when I can.
Member Since: September 2014

NeoBux – Considered the king of PTC sites. 8 years strong. Some people here start at Gold membership and work their way up to the secret higher memberships. I am currently at Golden because I’m not investing much here just yet. I plan to use this site to build up my referrals the old-fashioned way. Start with a few and work my way up. I currently have 23 as of this post.

Payout to Paypal at: $2
Fees: $90 for a Golden Membership for 1 year or 30000 points.
Rented Referral Price: $0.20 per referral, $0.07 to recycle, $0.19 to extend 30 days up to ~$0.14 to extend 180 days.
Money Invested: $90 into 1-year golden membership. May put another $30-40 when needed to buy more referrals.
Member Since: September 2014

ClixSense – This is the #2 to NeoBux’s #1 and in itself is a sort of PTC/GPT hybrid. There are a LOT of ads on this site, but my favorite is the daily checklist. I follow it religiously and I get a 7% bonus on whatever I earn that day (16% bonus as an upgraded member). It also has the cheapest upgrade cost of any site at $17/year. The only downfall is there are no rented referrals.

Payout to Paypal at: $8 regular, $6 upgraded (2% fee up to $1 if US, 2% fee up to $20 otherwise)
Payout to Payza at: $8 regular, $6 upgraded (2.5% fee out-of-site)
Fees: $17 for upgraded membership.
Money Invested: $17 into upgraded membership. In the month since it has already paid me back.
Member Since: September 2014

WarOfClicks – The first PTC GAME. You can win warcoins by being the one who clicks a particular ad the most. Gain achievements for # of clicks, # of clicks in an hour, # of different kinds of clicks, and so on. Level up as you go along. An advantage of this site is they have loads of ads cycling a day so if you want to click ads and get .2 cents per click for it, this is your place. I earn 18c easy just keeping watch on it. Now I want to make my gamifying hybrid thanks to this thing.

Payout to Paypal at: $2
Fees: None
Rented Referral Price: $0.20 or 2,000 WarCoins per referral when you buy a batch of 10. Price goes up (?) as you buy more in bulk. Costs $0.09 to renew. I haven’t tried recycle yet.
Money Invested: None
Member Since: October 2014

Hits4Pay - It’s like inboxdollars in which you get 2 cents for every ad you look at and… that’s about it. The only difference is they load you with 15-20 ads a day and you get a $5 bonus for signing up.

Payout to Paypal at: $25
Fees: None to try. $5.99/mo. for the affiliate builder.
Money Invested: $5.99 one month for affiliate builder. Haven’t renewed.
Member Since: September 2014

Bitcoin Sites

Cointellect – This is a site where you can mine DogeCoin, not BitCoin. I just call it Bitcoin because you can only buy their plans right now in Bitcoin. Also, they pay out in Euros.

Payout to Paypal at: 10 Euros.
Money Invested: None
Member Since: October 2014

The Thousand Dollar Challenge (Part 2 – The GPT Sites)

If you haven’t read part 1 yet, please do so.

In part 1, I mentioned that I am going to invest $1,000 in order to try to not only make the money back, but boost my meager $250/month payout into something far better with my GPT/PTC sites.  I am going to leave a link to each of the sites I will be joining in case you wish to join in with me.

If you want to take part in your own challenge to make some money, I suggest that you don’t go as crazy as I did (especially with a few of these sites) and put down hundreds of dollars.  You can do this for free, I am only investing so I can boost my savings NOW rather than wait a year or two because I have the money to do it.

So without further ado, here are the sites:

GPT Sites

Swagbucks – The site I have been on the longest, Swagbucks is one of the most popular GPT sites in the U.S, as well as one of the most generous.  At one time I was making as much as 1400 Swagbucks ($14 a day) on this site alone just clicking on Encrave and Jungroup ads.

Currency name: Swagbuck (SB)
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 100 SB
Payout to Paypal at: $25
Fees: None
Money Invested: $9.99 for the Swagbucks Accelerator Program which will match me Swagbuck for Swagbuck up to 1500.  They also have a $4.99/mo. program which will do so up to 750.
Member Since: July 2013
One Day Record: $14.35 (1,435 SB)

GiftHulk – GiftHulk LOVES to use social media in theirs, which I think is the reason why they are such an up-and-comer.  One of my favorites about GiftHulk is their Guess-the-Card game which you can decide one of three types you want to guess.  The card (50 HulkCoins), the rank (10 HulkCoins) or the suit (4 HulkCoins).  These numbers are inflated by 10% if you use social media to post your wins.  They are also one of the most generous and easiest to get to the highest level systems that I am on.  I have only been a member for a month and I am ALREADY at Platinum level, one step away from Diamond.

Currency name: HulkCoin (HC)
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 1000 HC
Payout to Paypal at: $5, AND from gold member (10000 HC obtained) you can get a rebate for everything you buy (2.5% for gold, 5% for platinum and a whopping 10% for diamond!)
Fees: None
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2014
One Day Record: $2.01 (2,015 HulkCoins)

Points2Shop – Points2Shop was the second site I joined.  This site uses points AND cash and you can withdraw them both.  I really liked the site when I first joined for the amount of surveys that are available and how much they pay out.  You can easily make $3-4 a day on this site on your first week or so on the site.  You also get a helper that helps you out on this site.  If itsjustlooks is reading this, hi.  :)  I currently am a Silver member just waiting the last 2 weeks to get Gold membership.

Currency name: Points and Cash
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 100 points, Cash is cash.
Payout to Paypal at: $10, but for 550 points ($5.50) you can get a $5 Virtual Visa card.
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2014
One Day Record: $7.50

ChatAbout – I just recently found this site and I WISHED I had this site eight years earlier and it was on my old debate site ChristianForums.  In this place, you get to chat on over 10,000 topics and you get 1 point for it (2 points for the viral videos).  Every Wednesday they have double points Wednesday and some months they will have a 1000 point Encrave Challenge, where you can go on Encrave and try to get 1000 points, on which the site will double your total by giving you another 1000!

Currency name: Points
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 200 points
Payout to Paypal at: $5
Money Invested: None
Member Since: October 2014
One Day Record: $0.65 (130 points)

Amazon Mechanical Turk – This beauty made by Amazon allows users to post tasks and other users to solve them.  Up till this point, it was one of my highest paid places, mainly because I am transcribing and fixing transcriptions of shopping receipts and the surveys here are slightly higher than in other places.

Currency name: None (USD)
Payout to Amazon Payments at: $0.01
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2013, but I really started August 2014.
One Day Record: $41.57, off a $34 study I did that took 5 hours.

PrizeRebel – This is a site that uses social media like GiftHulk (I can sign on to Facebook) and uses a slightly tougher honor system at it.  The surveys show what you’re required to do right off the bat which is good.  It also contains the best JunGroup surveys on the site with some allowing 3 points ($0.03) per ad cycle.  I should reach Silver level in this site within a week and that’s where you start getting a % of your money a month.

Currency name: Points
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 100 points
Payout to Paypal at: $10
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2014
One Day Record: $3.58

MintVine - This site is solely created for surveys, but many of the surveys they give out are high-paying.  You also get a $5 bonus for signing up.  They have the highest daily poll payout of any site at 5 points ($0.05 USD) per day 6 days a week.  Definitely a place I go to for a few quick surveys and a fast payout.

Currency name: Points
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 100 points
Payout to Paypal at: $10
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2014
One Day Record: $4.00

InboxDollars – This is one of the two sites where I get paid to check e-mail.  I get 2 cents for each e-mail and every survey whether you pass or not, allows you a spin on the wheel to get anywhere from a sweepstakes ticket up to $5, though most of the time I get 5 cents, a 25 cent survey token, or 5 sweepstakes entries.

Currency name: Points
Currency conversion: $1 USD = 100 points
Payout to Paypal at: $10
Money Invested: None
Member Since: September 2014
One Day Record: $4.00

In the next blog post I will post the other 8 sites I will be participating in, the PTC/Bitcoin sites I will be in.

The Thousand Dollar Challenge (Part 1 – The Challenge)

Since I have been away from my previous job, I came to a realization that I need to make some sort of money (especially since the short-term disability has dried up).  So I have decided to give myself a challenge.

I have been a member of Swagbucks for a good year and change now and I remember a time when I was regularly able to make 1400 Swagbucks a day on the site.  About a couple months ago, I stumbled upon about three other GPT sites and was also introduced to PTC sites.  These are sites that let you click ads and do offers and you get paid.  Usually you have to make a certain amount of money before they will pay you.  At Swagbucks it’s $25, other places like GiftHulk it is only $5.  Before long, I was making about $250/month, which isn’t bad.  I will show a recording of all my previous totals, predated, later on.

However, I was hitting a ceiling.  I didn’t know how much further I could go, and things were going painstakingly slow.  So, I decided to sell one of my stock positions and invest the money into this.  $1,095 total in expenses and possibly going to add another $300-400 into this.   Why am I doing this?  I’m hoping that by this time next year, I will have enough for a moderate full-time job so I would not have to fall back on my current job or another job.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I also would like to be financially secure even in times of job unsureness.  One of the worst times of my life was right before my current job, when I had my savings dwindled down to $1,000.  I will never put myself in such a position again, and I don’t plan to.

So, what’s the challenge consist of?

I will be recording, daily, each of the totals of my sites and how much I’ve made.  I will show how much I’ve progressed over getting back my $1,095 investment and how much I have made, how much more I invest and so on.   I will be involved in 16 different sites, and I will leave links in case you want to join in as well.  But before I mention these sites on the next post, I would like to introduce you to the types of sites I will be a part of.

GPT sites – GPT sites like Swagbucks, Points2Shop and GiftHulk allow you to get paid to take offers or click ads or even take surveys.  Some GPT sites like InboxDollars send you email which you open and are paid a small amount of money.  Yet others like ChatAbout allow you to get paid for posting in their forums.

PTC sites – PTC sites like ClixSense, NeoBux, and Paidverts allow you to get paid to click on ads, let it sit in your computer for 15-20 seconds, and then solve a captcha and you are done.  Some have turned this type of site into a game much like WarOfClicks.  It starts with low pay at first, but when you make enough (or pay enough) to buy a lot of rented referrals you could make enough of a profit to create a daily income.

Traffic Exchange sites – I won’t be using any of these for my challenge, but these are sites that give you credits for surfing other sites which you can then use to advertise for your own site.  I will probably only involve myself with Lords of Lothar, a new Traffic Exchange RPG every once in a while to try to get more readers for this site.

In my next post, I will explain the sites that I will participate in and how I will count how much money I am making from them, as well as their payouts and what payout I am going to use.  Most of the time I will use Paypal, but for a couple sites the cost of using it might be a little steep, which will lead me to use an alternative like Payza instead.