FAQ

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TYPES OF PTC

What is a PTC ?

PTC stands for Paid To Click. A PTC program is where you get paid to click on ads. It is basically a revenue sharing program where advertisers advertise their sites to get unique hits/exposure to their website and users view them to earn money. Thus, the site shares the revenue earned from advertising with its members.


What is a BUX site ?

A “bux” site is a type of PTC site where you get guaranteed ads (mostly 4x $0.01). “Bux” sites offer expensive upgrades and referrals for rent and have a limit on the no. of direct referrals you can have. You are shown the same ads over and over again daily since the site does not show actual advertisements purchased which brings about their downfall. “Bux” sites have the highest fail rate in the PTC industry and not a single site has managed to sustain itself with this model.


What is an Aurora site ?

Aurora is actually a PTC script but due to its popularity, it became sort of a way to classify PTCs. An Aurora site is a PTC which offers lower earnings compared to its “bux” counterpart with generally no-referral limit and a fixed low cashout. There are various ways ways to earn on an Aurora site apart from just clicking on link ads. Some of them are listed below.

  • Paid To Read (PTR) ads: Read a short text/description and then view the ad.
  • Paid To Sign-up (PTSU): Sign-up and fulfill the requirements to get paid.
  • Paid To Promote (PTP): Promote your referral link and earn money.
  • Traffic Exchange (TE): Surf other peoples ads, earn credits and advertise with these credits.

Most Aurora sites are sustainable and do not scam since many members lose interest due to the lower earnings.


What is a GPT site ?

GPT is an abbreviation for Get Paid To. As the name suggests, you get paid to do what the site asks you to do. They can as simple as clicking ads or doing surveys, completing sign-ups, playing games, writing or reviewing articles, etc.


GENERAL QUESTIONS

Why do “Bux” sites fail ?

99% “bux” sites are nothing but a ponzi (fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors). If you have signed up on a few of them, you must have noticed that they show you the same ads day after day and the ads “refresh” daily. If you look closely, you will find that the links you see everyday are either Click-bank products or a sign-up link to another PTC. Those ads are NOT purchased by external advertisers but are self-sponsored.
Imagine a BUX site having a few hundred thousand members on the site clicking the ads daily and not purchasing any of the advertised products. Add to that downline commissions given per click and you will see that the daily costs run in thousands of dollars which is just like giving away free money.
So how does the site manage to run itself?
The answer is :

  1. Expensive upgrades
  2. Rentals (rented referrals)

BUX sites maintain the cash flow by selling expensive upgrades and offering referrals for rent. This way they can pay old members through new investments which is exactly how a Ponzi scheme works. Bux.to is the best example of a Ponzi scheme and I would advise you to stay away from Bux.to
If you wish to know how a BUX site manages to run itself, read on. Firstly, you have upgrades for a massive amount (some charging up to $100 per year) and you have to login daily to click the exact same adverts, as do your referrals. Just think about it – You haven’t bought the product, and you’re unlikely to buy the product in the future but you will have to click those ads so that you can earn from your referrals tomorrow. All BUX sites have this rule to make every member active in order to earn from his downline. Secondly, BUX sites offer you an option to rent referrals if cannot manage to recruit referrals for yourself. The prices are decent on the first look (about 25 to 30 cents per rental for a month) but its is widely believed and proven several times that the rentals offered are not real members but BOTS. A BOT is basically programmed to click a certain no. of ads per day and is controlled by the site admin. It is there so that the Admin can profit and not the member. A BOT neither purchases advertisements or upgrades his account. You will also notice that the click average for rentals are pretty high for Standard/Free members and drop down considerably for Upgraded ones. It is just an eye-wash by the Admin so that Standard/Free members are lured into upgrading and the moment they upgrade, the average of those same referrals go down considerably which once again prove that the rental referrals (BOTS) are controlled by the Admin.
Due to the above facts, you will not find a single BUX site which has managed to sustain itself and pay ALL its members on time for over a year (except for NeoBux). NeoBux managed to sustain itself for approx. 3 years but eventually this business model is doomed to fail and so it had to change. Currently NeoBux is a hybrid between a Bux-Aurora-Real PTC. Its your choice to fall into this BUX trap since after reading this you have been warned.


What is a HYIP?

A high-yield investment program (HYIP) is a type of Ponzi scheme, which is an investment scam that promises unsustainably high return on investment by paying previous investors with the money invested by new investors.
Operators generally set up a website offering an “investment program” which promises extraordinary returns which are too good to be true, disclosing little or no detail about the underlying management, location, or other aspects of how money is to be invested.


What is Beta phase?

Beta phase (also known as Pre-launch) is the period before the site is officially launched. During this period generally there are no ads to click but some sites do have them in order to attract new members. The main aim of a pre-lauch/beta phase is to identify the bugs, security loop holes and any other type of errors in the script so that the site runs smoothly after its official launch.
In most cases, if advertisements are available to click during the pre-launch phase then your accumulated balance is reset to zero on Official launch day. However, you will have to confirm this by visiting the forum of that particular site.


What is a Ponzi scheme ?

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent. The perpetuation of the returns that a Ponzi scheme advertises and pays requires an ever-increasing flow of money from investors to keep the scheme going.
The system is destined to collapse because the earnings, if any, are less than the payments to investors. Usually, the scheme is interrupted by legal authorities before it collapses because a Ponzi scheme is suspected or because the promoter is selling unregistered securities. As more investors become involved, the likelihood of the scheme coming to the attention of authorities increases.
The scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who became notorious for using the technique in early 1920. He had emigrated from Italy to the United States in 1903. Ponzi did not invent the scheme (Charles Dickens’ 1857 novel Little Dorrit described such a scheme decades before Ponzi was born, for example), but his operation took in so much money that it was the first to become known throughout the United States. His original scheme was in theory based on arbitraging international reply coupons for postage stamps, but soon diverted investors’ money to support payments to earlier investors and Ponzi’s personal wealth.


PAYMENT PROCESSORS

PayPal

PayPal is an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet. Online money transfers serve as electronic alternatives to traditional paper methods such as cheques and money orders.
A PayPal account can be funded with an electronic debit from a bank account or by a credit card. The recipient of a PayPal transfer can either request a cheque from PayPal, establish their own PayPal deposit account or request a transfer to their bank account. The service allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, PayPal Smart Connect or account balances, without sharing financial information.
PayPal has quickly become a global leader in online payment solutions with more than 153 million accounts worldwide. Available in 190 markets and 23 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global e-commerce by making payments possible across different locations, currencies, and languages.


Payza

Payza (formerly AlertPay) is a free to join internet payment service allowing you to send and receive money online. Alertpay was a Canadian based company that was established on June 19, 2005. Payza offers its services in 197 countries and in 21 different currencies. Payza also provides under-serviced and emerging markets with an affordable and convenient way to receive international payments, thereby bolstering local economies in a global marketplace.
Payza is a wholly owned subsidiary of MH Pillars Ltd. of London, United Kingdom.


NETELLER

NETELLER is an e-money/e-wallet stored-value service available to consumers in over 170 countries. One can use the NETELLER service to send and receive money from their banks to and from merchants. The operation of the service is authorized and regulated by the UK government’s Financial Services Authority.
NETELLER is a subsidiary of Neovia Financial PLC – a British global payments company based in the Isle of Man and regulated in the United Kingdom. It is the provider of the NETBANX gateway, NETELLER e-wallet, and Net+ debit card products that are used by merchants and consumers in over 170 countries.


How to file a dispute on PayPal or Payza?

We have dedicated pages where we have demonstrated a simple step-by-step guide along with screenshots on how to file a dispute on PayPal and Payza.


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  • #1 written by g7tom
    about 6 years ago

    Good job, PTC Scrutiny. I've read the FAQs, and I can only say I agree with most of your answers.

    • #2 written by g7tom
      about 6 years ago

      "All "bux" sites (and I mean ALL of them) are nothing but a ponzi (fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors, not from any actual profit earned by the organization, but from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors). "

      I wouldn't say ALL bux sites. IMO, about 95% (or a bit more) are actually relying on upgrades and rentals, rather than real advertisers. But there are some like NavBux or Goodkarmaclicks – they are basically showing only real ads, no self-sponsored ads there.

      Some sites like Icybux and Rastabux show self-sponsored and real ads as well (although both of them are having problems at the moment).

      • #3 written by PTC Scrutiny
        about 6 years ago

        Yes, I know about Navbux. In fact, the admin of Navbux requested for a review here but I declined since I do not review "bux" sites unless they are well established.
        But, he explained me about the ads on his site which are actually purchased by real advertisers and not self-sponsored. So, I have to say I am impressed that atleast one "bux" site is not following the herd and thinking something different.
        I need to look at GoodKarmaClicks and Icybux (I don't use both those sites) since you mentioned about it.
        Rastabux is on its last legs. The payment delays are getting longer, Direct referral limit has been pruned to just 10 and they hardly have any external advertisers.

        The point is if a site has regular external advertisers and does not show self-sponsored ads, then there is no reason to have referral limits, rentals and expensive upgrades. Having a referral limit just to limit members' earnings is border-line ponzi.

        So may be I'll have to change the FAQ answer to 99% of "bux" sites are ponzi :p

        • #4 written by g7tom
          about 6 years ago

          "The point is if a site has regular external advertisers and does not show self-sponsored ads, then there is no reason to have referral limits, rentals and expensive upgrades. Having a referral limit just to limit members' earnings is border-line ponzi."

          Very good observation! I suspected the same. It actually makes sense.

          • #5 written by PTC Scrutiny
            about 6 years ago

            If you look at sites which opened before 2007 (I mean before NeoBux launched), most have multiple referral tiers, real advertisers and no referral limit.

            NeoBux came and changed then entire scene. Everybody started to copy Neobux but not a single one succeeded. The phrase – "One man's food–Is Someone else's poison" fits here perfectly. What worked for Neobux need not work for other "bux" sites too.

            I am not pointing a finger on Neobux since what they achieved has to be lauded. Sustaining a "bux" site for nearly 3 years is an amazing achievement.
            But, now-a-days even kids open PTC sites not knowing even the ABCD about how a PTC really functions. Most sites which open call themselves revolutionary, innovative, and many other fancy words.

            • #6 written by TrillionBuxA
              about 6 years ago

              InfinityBux and TVIPTC have lasted for 11 months and 1 year 2 months respectively as "bux" sites. Just pointing out.

              • #7 written by PTC Scrutiny
                about 6 years ago

                TVIptc was an Aurora site for over a year. Recently, they turned into a full BUX site.

                As for InfinityBux, initially the site did not attract members due to it using the BuxHost script. Also the referral earnings for Standard members was just 10%.
                But, eventually they became famous but this led to Micro/Mini ads to attract external advertisers.
                I have a feeling the entire network (InfinityBux, TVIptc, BuxSecure) will crash together one day since none of the sites are sustainable. The owner is depending on investments from his new sites to maintain the cash flow which is exactly how a "ponzi scheme" works. Everybody is happy till he keeps paying. But, the day he stops, you know what everybody will say.

                BUX = PONZI. There is no running away from it :p

  • #8 written by PTC Advertising
    about 5 years ago

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    • #9 written by PTC Scrutiny
      about 5 years ago

      Thanx for the kind words and glad that you like my work. 🙂

  • #10 written by mohamed
    about 2 years ago

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