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Treasure Trooper Payment Report and Review

May 1st, 2008

Last month I received my first check payment from Treasure Trooper for the previous month’s earnings:

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Of course this is good news, not only because I have opened up another revenue stream, but also because I have now confirmed that the company is legitimate and not a scam, which means that I can promote the site in good faith and collect referrals.

Treasure Trooper is one of the largest GPT (Get Paid To) websites currently in existence and pays you for completing offers, filling out surveys, doing product trials, and signing up for various memberships and subscription services. They accept members from all countries, although there is a tendency for members based in the USA to receive more offers. The site is recognizable by its “Indiana Jones” theme where members try to collect treasure such as coins, gems, and pearls as shown at the bottom of this screenshot of my account:

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Treasure Trooper - How to Make Money

The primary method of earning money is by completing various offers that fall into the category of “lead generation” where companies are hoping that you will try out their products or services and eventually become regular customers. Completing most offers is a simple and straightforward process - it usually involves filling out a form with basic information such as a name, email address, postal address, zip code, or geographic location. After you have finished filling out the offer, you just click the “Done” button and it will go into the “Pending Offers” category where it will remain until you either receive credit or the offer expires.

At this point, you will also have the chance to play a bonus game where you will have a 1 in 3 chance of collecting a pearl. The pearls are a unique feature to Treasure Trooper and are significant because for every eight of them you collect, you can trade them in for two free referrals. These referrals are members who have signed up to the site without a referrer and are automatically assigned to your account after you trade in the eight pearls. Referrals are a potential source of passive income and can make a significant amount of money for you in the long run. Some members have reported earnings of several hundred dollars per month just from the referral commissions.

In addition to the paid offers, there are also three daily surveys available that can net you up to $1.75 for each day that you manage to complete them. Other sources of earnings include special offers from their twice-monthly newsletter, forum contests, jackpot games, and treasure hunts. You can also receive certain kinds of merchandise by using the gold and platinum coins that you collect from completing the offers and redeeming them for prizes at the “Mabutu’s Trading Hut” page. Prizes include an iPod Nano, Xbox 360, Amazon gift certificates, Visa gift cards, mousepads, bumper stickers, and tickets for the treasure hunts.

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Getting Paid - The Fun Part

You are eligible to be paid once you have at least $20 in your account. Payments are sent out between the 15th and 20th of each month for the previous month’s earnings. For example, if you manage to earn at least $20 during the current month of May, your payment will be sent during the middle of June. In the beginning, Treasure Trooper paid only by check, but as of October 2007, they will also pay by PayPal to US and UK members who have verified accounts. If you are eligible for PayPal payments and want to choose this option, you will need to enable this by going to your member profile and filling in your PayPal email address. Apparently I had forgotten to do this before they processed my payment, so I wound up receiving a check instead of PayPal funds.

Treasure Trooper Pros - Advantages

  1. Easy way of making money online without any up-front costs or excessive stress
  2. Generous 20% referral commissions - international members can build up a significant income this way
  3. Reliable payments, good track record, legitimate, non-scamming
  4. Very active forum - good for getting questions answered and making contacts with other members
  5. Many available offers, especially for U.S. residents - I have never had a problem with “running dry”
  6. Most of the simple, free, non-credit card offers credit instantly or within 24 hours
  7. Virtual coins and treasure can be traded for real merchandise

Treasure Trooper Cons - Disadvantages

  1. Completing the offers can become boring and repetitive after the “wow” factor wears off
  2. International members often receive fewer offers - you can make up for this by getting more referrals
  3. In practice, you will almost certainly want to use a dedicated email address as a “spam catcher”. I recommend a free Gmail account so that offers have a good chance of being credited and confirmed.
  4. If you sign up at multiple GPT sites, some offers may be duplicates and prevent you from receiving credit. Waiting for new offers and clearing cookies can help with this.

Conclusion

Overall, Treasure Trooper is worth doing if you need to make some extra money and do not have enough passive income streams built up yet. On the other hand, if you already have a sufficiently large income from your other endeavors, you may not find the paid-for-offer gig to be worth your time. In either case, however, it seems like a good idea to join anyway just for the possibility of collecting referrals. Referral income is totally passive and will not require you to spend time completing offers or filling out surveys in order to receive money.

UPDATE 4/16/09: Today I received a PayPal payment from Treasure Trooper for my March earnings:




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Of course I have received several other payments by check before this one, but this time I finally got in there and changed my payment method to PayPal to verify that this works. The program seems to be running quite smoothly — you can easily earn an extra $20-30 per month just by logging in a running through a handful of offers every few days (takes less than 5 minutes per session if you have form fillers such as RoboForm to speed up the process).

The only frustrating part is that I am getting a lot of referrals who are signing up but then just sitting there and not doing anything. Apparently I need to remind people that the program does take some minimal amount of effort to earn money from, but this is very easy compared to most other jobs and can actually be quite fun once you learn how this works.


16 Responses to “Treasure Trooper Payment Report and Review”

  1. comment number 1 by: Teasas Tips

    Hey, I’m going to try this out Karl. I just put together a list of Paid Survey companies that I’ve tried. I’m actually researching them for a future blog post. Congrats on your payment.

  2. comment number 2 by: Health, Fitness, Science

    Thats cool.. Congrats… Hi you’re my featured link for today on my entrecard… Have a great day

  3. comment number 3 by: Inspirit | Abhinav

    Karl, will you please find out and let me know if this GPT service is available for residents of India also?

  4. comment number 4 by: Karlonia

    @Teasas:

    I’ll take a look at your list of survey companies after it gets published. I have recently thinned out my bookmarked list of paid survey companies to get rid of the inactives and obvious time wasters. Because I’ve narrowed the list down and am spending less time, I wouldn’t mind trying out a few new ones if they turn out to be good in terms of overall value.

    @Health, etc:

    Thanks - yes, I noticed my ad widget when I clicked through to your site. I have been getting back into the Entrecard advertising game now that the prices have finally settled down to reasonable levels. Fortunately, their system seems to be working faster this morning after being slow last night, so I might be making my drops earlier than usual.

    @Inspirit:

    From my article above, second paragraph, second sentence:

    “They accept members from all countries…”

    So yes, it’s available in India also. Just to be sure, I clicked through on my link, looked at the registration form, and checked the drop-down menu beside “Country”. I confirmed that India was included in the list, so you should be able to sign up.

  5. comment number 5 by: Hari

    Hi karolina.
    i understand that treasure trooper is available in india.So i have one question.What should i give the payment mode.CHECK OR PAYPAL

    WILL BE WAITING FOR YOUR ANSWER

  6. comment number 6 by: Karlonia

    @Hari:

    That depends on your situation - if you have a PayPal account and can receive money to it, then you might as well select PayPal as the payment method (you will receive your payment faster than by check). Otherwise, if you cannot accept PayPal for whatever reason, then you will have to select “check”.

  7. comment number 7 by: miguel

    hi .
    i have a question ..
    i made around 25 dollars on october but i havent received anything in the mail. was i suppose to press a button telling it to send me my money or does it send it itself ?

  8. comment number 8 by: Karlonia

    @miguel:

    No, you do not need to press any buttons — their payment system is supposed to be automatic. As long as you had at least $20 of earnings in your account by the end of October, they should be sending out checks or PayPal payments around the 20th of this month.

  9. comment number 9 by: wow

    Your a smart newbie! Great refferal link area! Hop you get a lot of refferals!

  10. comment number 10 by: Todd

    Love your article! Have you checked out Gypsy Jackpot? They’re kind of like TT but pay better. I’ve been with them for over 2 years and have always gotten paid! :)

  11. comment number 11 by: Shubham

    What is the average earning per month without referrals from this site? Is this site successful in India? I’ve heard that you can’t make much money if you are not from US, CANADA or GREAT BRITAIN. I’m from India.

  12. comment number 12 by: Mayur

    hey karl!
    Actually i am new to tresure trooper… and i am not getting any offers on the cash offers page. Is it bcoz i m a resident of india. Or it is some other problem????

  13. comment number 13 by: Amalraj

    I am also getting same problem,i am not getting any cash offer.can u pls give me the solution for this.i am from india..

  14. comment number 14 by: sankalp

    if any one knows any good site who really pays money in india den tell me
    recently i joing speak asia n i get paid lots of money
    if intrested to join let me no i m from sion mumbai..
    contact me @ sankalp72@gmail.om

    weather dis site really pays ?

  15. comment number 15 by: Rapunzel

    Great article … I also have loved treasure trooper and have make over $150

  16. comment number 16 by: Lavinder singh

    do these checks work in india? has anyone encashed them?

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