paid to surf the Web...
paid LOTS to surf the web)
now are offering a "Get Paid To Surf" program where you get free money
(usually $.50 to $.60 per hour) to display an advertising bar while
you surf the internet. You want free money, right? Presumably, though,
you want a lot more than the measley 50¢/hr that most companies
offer. If you sign up for 10 different ones and run them at once, though,
things are much more in your favour...alternatively, one can be run
until it "maxes out", then the next, and so on (for you 18-hours-a-day
junkies out there ;)
Nothin' and your clicks for free
& Max. Monthly Hours
(No edit protect.!)
Pays you for any computer
Uses free GoToWeb
(Expands to fill the screen horizontally)
Docks to bottom of screen only (no
Lucky Number dialogue each hour
informations are described in more detail below...
bar is the "friendliest" of the bunch, with a fixed per-hour payout
and a friendly windowstate. It keeps tabs on screen resolution, displaying
an error message if the screen resolution is changed to below 800x600.
Version 1.2 exits when low screen res. is detected.
Utopiad has a
unique inactivity detection: a "status bar" on the adbar counts down
for about 10 minutes' worth of little blue bars. When the status bar
runs out, the adbar stops counting your time until you run your mouse
over it. Running the mouse over one of the ad-displays refills the status
bar... unfortunately, if Windows can't see the bar (ahem, virtual desktoppers)
this has no effect!
Cashbar Navigator: The "Lucky Number" dialogue is a box that pops up
once an hour for you to click on to indicate you're still active. Presumably,
this foils some kind of cheating method (the "Lucky Number" is a somewhat
meaningless, random # that appears in the windowtitle to discourage
(why NOT to)
Yes, there are cheat programs available,
Trix and MyAdvantage being among the first (I did my research ;). They
range from automatic mouse-mover and button-presser scripts to actual
emulators that don't show banners but only simulate the protocols used
by the adbars. The programs exist, but for the sake of your account
don't use them! Think the adbar companies aren't aware of these? Some
have tried, some have gotten their accounts nuked within about 2 days
after using an emulator. In addition, at least one adbar (Spedia) will
actually report you to OTHER adbar companies! E.g. if you are running
an AllAdvantage emulator with Spedia, it will tell AllAdvantage about
this. Monitoring of other applications is somewhat "shady" and (to my
knowledge) not disclosed in the privacy agreements (Spedia will definitely
not appear on my list!), so be careful what you are running alongside
your pay-to-surf bars, particularly warez searches or cracks (if you're
into that sort of thing)....
others to the adbar programs makes you even more money!!
All known adbar
programs have a referral program by which you can make exponentially
more money, by referring others (e.g. your friends) and having them
mention you when they sign up. When they do, a portion of the advertising
money the adbar company would've otherwise kept for itself is now redirected
back to you! Then, when someone signs up under them, they get more cash
just as you did, and you get still more for this and all other "extended
referrals"--they will typically credit 3 to 5 levels of referrals, meaning
that even when your friends' friends' friends' friends' friends sign
up, you are credited with additional earnings. "Not only can you
get paid when you surf, you can also get paid when your friends surf.
And their friends. And THEIR friends." Sort of like a pyramid scheme,
but perfectly legal.
For more information on how the referral
systems work, see the FAQs on the companies' websites. They all work
generally the same way, but some details (such as level of referrals,
percentages, etc.) are different for every one. No matter which one
it is, If you sign up a lot of people, you make a whole lot of money!!
& adbar name:
adbar (company), application internal name (the program name as
it appears to Windows).
versions that are currently operable (older versions are sometimes
desirable to bypass new "features" in updated versions)
they pay (usually per hour) and how many hours you can rack up each
month. Also, what countries these rates apply to. "Percentage" indicates
a variable payrate based on a percentage of how much the adbar company
receives from sponsors.
money you have to accumulate before you receive a cheque.
x height) of the adbar window. Smaller is better!
of the program's windowing scheme. In general, friendlier windowing
assures more 'flexibility' for the user and better compatibility
with other programs.
Also, anything noteworthy about its
inactivity timer; that is, how long before it stops counting.
into the programs to prevent cheating.
such as what programming language the adbar is written in, any required
for listing on this page:
Program must be an adbar or similar,
e.g. no paid-to-read-spam or paid-to-tap-dance-naked-in-Times-Square
Adbar must already be released and paying
Must support all major web browsers--No
"You must use only our custom web browser" or "You must use Microsoft
Idiot Exploiter" (some require IE components be installed, but damned
if they're gonna make me use it!)
Adbar is available worldwide or in significant/major
countries (no "For Estonia residents only!")
Referral programs don't "cheat" referrers--that
is, users don't get paid any less if they were referred by another user
vs. signing up out of the blue.
will not disclose personally-identifying info.
And of course,
to reduce the occurrence of nasty surprises, I am personally testing
each of the adbar apps listed here....