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GlobalTestMarket Sends Out Newsletter, Satisfaction Survey

October 25th, 2008

Today we received the quarterly newsletter from GlobalTestMarket, a paid survey company that has turned out to be one of the better ones in the industry in terms of reliable payments and earning potential. Last week I deposited another $60 check from them, and I’ve already managed to accumulate more than half the points needed for another payout redemption. My previous article including payment proof can be found here.

Dear GlobalTestMarket members:

Thank you for your continued participation in GlobalTestMarket, the community where your opinions shape the development of the products and services you use. GlobalTestMarket is a truly global community, with members in nearly every country around the world. Keep reading this quarterly newsletter for the latest news and updates, survey tips, contest winners, and Garth’s latest tribulations at the Beijing Olympic Games. Also, be sure to fill out an important GlobalTestMarket member satisfaction survey (worth 50 MarketPoints!). The detailed feedback you provide us in this survey will help us continue to improve your experience as a member of the GlobalTestMarket community.

Best regards,

Gabriella McNabb

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MindField Online Introduces New Website Design

October 21st, 2008

mindfield-logo.jpgIt seems that this week is becoming a popular time for programs to redesign their websites. Not long after I discovered the new features at Amazon.com yesterday, I received an email from Mindfield Online about their new site design. The changes had already occurred by the time I received the message, so I clicked through to the site to see if anything was different. Although the logo seems to have remained the same, after logging into my account I noticed that the layout looks cleaner and better organized. The sidebar column has been moved from the left side to the right, and there are clearly marked links for editing profile information, checking which surveys you have completed recently, and cashing out your earnings. To find out more about the program, you can look at my previous Mindfield payment report and review article for a detailed explanation. Meanwhile, the official announcement from the company on the new design is posted below.

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Karlonia Approved for GlobalTestMarket Affiliate Program

September 20th, 2008

After a frustrating rejection nearly six months ago, I reapplied to the GlobalTestMarket program last week and managed to receive an acceptance letter from them yesterday. The actual email was fairly brief:

Dear Karl Erfurt,

Congratulations on being accepted into the Affiliate program for GlobalTestMarket.

You will be contacted within 48 hours by a representative of GlobalTestMarket to finalize all the details.

Thank you again for choosing GlobalTestMarket and participating in this exciting program. We congratulate you and are glad we can help improve the method by which you earn revenue.

Remember, the more members you recruit, the more you can earn.

Kind Regards,


The follow-up contact mail, which arrived a few minutes afterward, was also relatively sparse on content but did contain my active affiliate link to the registration page of the program and a link to a tracking portal on their site where we can view basic statistics on new signups and the number of surveys they have completed. Oddly, I could not find any banners or other campaign materials to use for posting on my site or in other types of advertising efforts. It seems as though the standard referral link will have to suffice, at least for now.

Nevertheless, the underlying paid survey company has been one of the highest paying and most reliable ones that I have encountered so far. Last November I posted some basic information about GlobalTestMarket including a screenshot of a check payment I had received for previously completed surveys. Here is a screenshot of a more recent check payment where I waited until I had 1200 MarketPoints to redeem:


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Your2Cents Speeds Up Check Payments, Offers More Surveys

August 19th, 2008

your2cents-paid-survey.jpgThe paid survey site Your2Cents.com sent out a rare email update today notifying us that they have upgraded their check processing system and also will be sending us more survey opportunities in the future. I have been a member here since 2005; so far they have been reliable about payments but the rewards per survey are fairly small, usually in the $1-5 range. Occasionally I have seen survey offers for up to $20 but these are less common. There is also a $5,000 sweepstakes giveaway that is held every quarter (3 months) where one winner is chosen by a random drawing.

Currently I have $17 in the kitty with this program, so I’m eligible to redeem this balance and receive another payment. I just might do this soon so that I can post the check image and make another payment proof post. Meanwhile, here is the actual text of the update, along with a few paragraphs of my opinions and commentary placed below:

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MyLot Program Review

July 26th, 2008

mylot-logo.gifMyLot is an interesting combination of discussion forum and get-paid-to (GPT) site that I joined several months ago but never really followed up on with active participation. This review article by Azlan Zahid that I found earlier today served a timely reminder for me to give this program another look because it is a potential source of PayPal funds that would not require as much work as writing full-length articles or essays. If you are not already a member of MyLot and would like to join the program, you may do so by clicking on their logo image in the upper left corner of the page. Registration is free and open to residents of all countries.

I came across MyLot.com in one of the forums I joined. The person who recommended MyLot.com to me mentioned in his post that MyLot.com pays for people to post on their site. Since I do some posting to other forums, I thought it might be a good idea to look at this one.

When I first clicked on the link to MyLot.com, I was initially disappointed. Loading of the pages seemed to take longer than I was accustomed to at other sites. However, once the main page was running, I was quite surprised. Unlike most other forums, MyLot.com covers a very wide variety of topics from the usual “making money online” topics to sports, general life issues, religion, politics, social issues, travel, and leisure. Topics such as music, movies, gardening, and cooking are also covered.

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Treasure Trooper Celebrates 3 Year Anniversary

July 21st, 2008

treasure-trooper-logo.gifLast Saturday (July 19) the popular GPT program Treasure Trooper celebrated its three year anniversary and published a newsletter that was somewhat of a departure from the usual short summaries of recent events at the site. This time the site owner decided to write a longer letter and explained the story behind the program’s origins. It was actually a pretty interesting read, as I had never known about how the site started since I wasn’t really into paid-for-offer sites at the time. As usual, I have reprinted the text of the newsletter below for your informational pleasure.

Meanwhile, if you want to find out more information about how to make money with the program and see my latest payment report, you can go to the Treasure Trooper review page. If you’re looking to join the program (yes, it’s free and they accept international members), please click the banner below and click on the “Register Now” button after the page loads.


Dear Troopers,

TreasureTrooper is officially 3 years old now, and I’m feeling a little bit nostalgic. I have decided that this newsletter will be a departure from the usual format. The bonus offers are still there for those of you that can’t live without, but for the rest of this newsletter, you will have the forced honor of listening to me, your humble site CEO, ramble. I’d like to begin with the story of how TreasureTrooper came to be.

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PersianPTC Adds AlertPay, Plans to Add PayPal

July 16th, 2008

The relatively new but increasingly popular paid-to-read (PTR) program PersianPTC announced that it has added the payment processor AlertPay for cashouts, upgrades, and advertising payments, joining E-Gold and Liberty Reserve as viable payment options. The program also plans to add PayPal in the near future, which should increase its potential membership base significantly.


I had joined PersianPTC near the end of May as a way of reviewing the program and exploring potential advertising options for Karlonia. In the past I have had significant success in promoting paid-to-surf and other paid-to-read sites by advertising on text links or paid emails from PTR programs. It can be a relatively inexpensive way to gain referrals for various GPT programs or even for building opt-in lists as long as you remain aware of the target audience.

Although I was not very active at first, as it turns out PersianPTC is actually a pretty good program to keep in my repertoire of small earners and potential advertising venues. The paid clicks are always at least 1 cent each with some of them appearing as 2 or 3 cent banners at the top of the PTC page. The banner links do have 30 to 60 second timers on them; however, it possible to open several links simultaneously and have them all credit properly, which allows you to save time and finish all of your paid clicks within one or two minutes.

In addition to the usual clicks, there are also paid signups that can earn up to $1 per action. With this option, you simply go to the appropriate section of the site, click on one of the banners, and sign up with the program that the banner is linked to (as far as I know, all such programs are free to join). After your registration is confirmed, all you need to do is copy and paste the text of the welcome mail (sensitive information such as passwords can be removed) into the box that appears below the program’s banner in the paid signup section. After the program admin confirms that your registration is valid, your account will be credited with the stated amount of earnings.

As with almost all PTR programs, the really serious money is found in obtaining a significant collection of referrals. PersianPTC pays 25% commissions on referrals, which is higher than most other programs in this genre. They do not, however, pay commissions on multiple levels, so only direct referrals will count. The most likely reason for this is that PayPal does not allow multi-level commission structures for any programs that use its logo or services, so in order for the program to offer PayPal as a payment option, it must comply with these terms.

The minimum payout threshold for PersianPTC is $5. Most members are cashing out via E-Gold, but AlertPay, Liberty Reserve, and AlterGold are also available as payment options. There are ample postings of payment proofs and screenshots in the program’s forum under the “Payment Proofs” and “Success Stories” sections. Eventually I will post my own payment report when I reach the $5 amount and am able to cash out. Meanwhile, here are the admin updates for the past few weeks. The program started back in April of this year and now claims over 30,000 members.

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SendEarnings July Newsletter

July 2nd, 2008

Now that the beginning of the month has rolled around again, the SendEarnings GPT program has released its next monthly newsletter for July. This time they have launched a new feature called an “Insurance Center” that is supposed to provide members with information related to saving money on auto, home, health, and life insurance and allow us to do some comparison shopping to find the best rates.

Meanwhile, I had a commenter on my SendEarnings Payment Proof page yesterday who wanted me to “make sign up access quicker” with “better links”. Apparently it was not clear to some people that you’re supposed to click on the banner to get to their home page, and then click on the “Not A Member - Join Free” button to reach the signup page. Therefore, I will make my link a little more obvious:

Click Here To Join SendEarnings

Here is the text of the latest newsletter (yes, the banner is clickable too).


To better serve our members, we recently launched our Insurance Center. This new feature gives you money saving tips and provides a quick and easy way to get the best deals on insurance. Check out this new SendEarnings feature to learn, compare and save up to 40% on your insurance!

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MindField Online Payment Report and Review

June 17th, 2008

mindfield-logo.jpgOne of the checks that I have received recently was from Mindfield Online, a survey company from which I have now been paid multiple times and can be officially placed in the “non-scamming” category. Most of their surveys that I have encountered are generally in the $1-5 range, although occasionally they will offer higher amounts. While this will not exactly catapult you into Uncle Scrooge style money piles very quickly, if you’re struggling through difficult economic times and are trying to make a little extra money from home, this program is another one that you can add to your repertoire. Here is a screenshot of my most recent check for $19.


After the initial signup, you will receive an internal account where you can track your total earnings, change your preferences or password, and access information related to common questions you might have about the program. There are also a few introductory profile surveys that you can take from here. It is recommended that you complete these because they can qualify you to receive more paying surveys in the future. Moreover, they can also help to pre-screen you, which means that you will not be sent as many surveys that you would not qualify for anyway. This can save you from wasting your time later by starting to fill out a survey, only to be screened out halfway through it and not receive any reward at the end.

Interestingly, Mindfield allows participants from outside the United States and even encourages them to join. Here is the relevant snippet from their Frequently Asked Questions section:

Can I join if I live somewhere other than the United States?

Yes. We encourage people from other countries to participate in MindField Online research projects as we offer surveys to people from all over the world. International sweepstakes regulations restrict some reasons for certain drawings held by MindField Online. However, international panelists are eligible to receive rewards for their participation in specific surveys to which they are invited. The incentive for participation in each project will be posted on the email invitation that you receive.

UPDATE: The redacted portions of text above are no longer accurate. As of October 29, 2008, Mindfield changed their terms such that only members from the United States and Canada are allowed to join. Here is the new version of their FAQ section:

Can I join if I live somewhere other than the United States?

We are currently only accepting residents within the United States and Canada. We expect this to change in the near future.

Payment requests are nice and easy — you can simply log into your account and press the “Get Your Check” button when your balance reaches $10 or more. According to the site, payments are processed within a week from the request date and reach most locations within 2-3 weeks. My checks have always arrived within a 7-10 day period after the request.

The only major disadvantage to Mindfield from my point of view is that they do not have any true affiliate program. Annoyingly, like several of the other rewards programs that I have seen, they simply have a “refer a friend” page inside the internal account, from which you must individually email each prospect in order to have any hope of gaining referrals. There are no referral links or banners that you can promote on your website like a regular GPT program. They do not offer any cash incentives or commissions for referrals either; you only receive entries into sweepstakes drawings for each person who clicks through from your email. UPDATE: This portion of the Mindfield terms has also changed as of October 29, 2008. Fortunately, they do have more of a true referral program now. You just need to log into your main account and click on a link to activate your “referral account”. Afterward you will be provided with a real referral link that you can use on your website, in PTR programs, on forums, or anywhere else you are allowed to promote. We can now earn $1.00 for each new signup who registers and completes at least one survey.

Although the payment for collecting referrals is not exactly the greatest of affiliate marketing opportunities, Mindfield still offers a handy little account to build up small amounts of money in for those “rainy day” periods where you might need to give your cash flow a little extra boost. In the future, I am hoping that they will find a way to enable PayPal functionality, which would potentially speed up payments and avoid the need for us to deal with paper checks and snail mail. Meanwhile, if you would like to join Mindfield Online and have not already done so, you can register for the program here.

SendEarnings Releases June Newsletter

June 3rd, 2008

The SendEarnings GPT program has just released the June edition of its monthly newsletter. For this month, they seem to be emphasizing their Cash Games section, where it is possible to earn extra cash from playing various online games either solitaire style or in competitions with other players.

If you’re wondering about payment reports, I have the confirmation on this posted here. According to my account stats, it looks like some of you are beginning to sign up and accumulate earnings with this program, and one of you has even been paid already and received a free Gold Membership (Yippee!). Information about similar earnings opportunities in the GPT world can be found at my earlier review article on Treasure Trooper.

Cash Games Has Fun, Excitement

sendearnings-banner.gifHave you tried Cash Games? It’s a fun and exciting way to earn cash simply by playing your favorite online games. You can play just for fun or you can add to the excitement by competing with other players to win cash. In addition to winning cash, for the month of June, you’ll also earn Sweepstakes entries to win great prizes from SendEarnings. If you haven’t swung your mouse by Cash Games yet, try it and check out all the fun you’ve been missing out on!

Cash Games

If you haven’t tried Cash Games yet, you’re missing out a fun and easy way to quickly boost your SendEarnings earnings. Sign up for your free account and you’ll automatically get your first deposit matched. That’s up to $10.00 or $20.00 in game credits you’ll get for free to compete against other players to win even more cash! Anyone can join in on the fun because each game is easy to access, easy to learn and has unlimited free games!

Set up your free account and browse the site to get more familiar with it. Click on a couple games that catch your eye, such as Bejeweled, Scrabble Cubes, Solitaire Rush or Family Feud. Play as many times as you would like for free, either with yourself or compete against other players. After each game, you’ll get a profile of how well you did and you’ll get to see your improvement with each game.

After you’ve sharpened your skills, you can choose to move from the free games to competitions, where you’ll play against other players of a similar skill level to win cash. You can turn your free $10.00 or $20.00 in game credits into even more real cash with your victories. In addition, for each dollar you play, you’ll earn cash back in your SendEarnings account.

See how fun and easy it is to start earning cash just by playing your favorite online games!

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AdBux Revamps, Launches New Business Model

May 28th, 2008

After celebrating its first year in operation last month, the AdBux GPT program has finally unveiled the promised changes to its business model and is scheduled to begin making regular payments again soon. Upon receiving the update posted below by email, I logged into my account and confirmed that the changeover to the revenue share model has been implemented.

So far the new system seems to be working in my favor; my total account earnings are actually higher than they were before. I am showing a balance of 5.71125 “Click Shares” based on a total number of 542 clicks. The share value is listed as an even $1 per share, giving me an effective rate of a little more than 1 cent per click. I have a similarly favorable ratio with the completed offers, giving me a total account balance of $12.76.


May 28th 2008 Updates & Announcements
We’ve finally launched the latest version of AdBux with a ton of changes and with changes still in development. Here are the latest updates:

Revenue Share
The revenue share program is a system we developed to give AdBux users the majority of the entire AdBux monthly revenue divided amongst the given shares. This revenue doesn’t just account for clicks and completed offers but all income including premium account purchases, autoline subscriptions, purchased leads, purchased referrals, 3rd party advertising and more. To learn more about the revenue share program, check out http://adbux.org/support.php.

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