As I’ve said in the past, there are countless strategies for money making online. I’ve covered things like affiliate marketing, e-commerce, and monetizing a blog, for example. One other way that you can make money from the comfort of your home is to complete surveys, play games, and fulfill offers. This review covers a website that calls itself “the ultimate online rewards program.” Does AdBux live up to this billing? Or does it fall flat on its face?
The Other Side of the Affiliate Deal
When most of us think about affiliate marketing, it’s from the perspective of a web publisher. We think about ways that we can drive targeted traffic to the advertiser. We think about conversion rates and all those other figures that translate into money in our respective pockets. With AdBux, the proverbial shoe is on the other foot. You are the person completing the affiliate deals and the people behind AdBux are the ones making the money. But they’ll give you a cut.
There is an extensive list of incentivized offers that you can fulfill and then AdBux forks out a few bucks in your direction. By and large, these offers don’t require any money from you up front to participate, but they do require you to register and/or complete some sort of application. These could relate to anything from dental plans to cell phone ringtones.
As you can probably expect, the actual payout for fulfilling the offer is higher than what AdBux points in your direction; they make the difference and that’s how AdBux is monetized. It’s actually quite a clever model, but they’re certainly not the first to do something like this. Offers range in value from about a penny to a little over $14.
Make Money Viewing Ads?
In addition to the affiliate offers described above, you can also get paid to view ads on AdBux. There is far less appeal here for both the advertiser and the user, and this is largely because of the very nature of getting paid to view ads. From the user’s point of view, they’re only visiting a website because they’re getting paid to do so. From the advertiser’s point of view, they’re getting a visitor who probably won’t convert anyways.
Worse yet, there are very few ads to view and they pay out three cents at most. This is an incredibly low CPC for some online advertising and the $0.03 ad guarantees that a visitor will stay on your site for at least 30 seconds (a 1.5 cent ad guarantees 10 seconds). Ultimately, this secondary way to make money is pointless. Who’s going to visit websites for pennies at a time?
You might also notice in the screenshot above that there is a large banner on the page. This banner ad is not incentivized, so users do not get paid for clicking on it. It’s noted as such, but it’s still a sneaky way for AdBux to potentially make some extra money.
Checking out the FAQ, I noticed something interesting about the payout method on AdBux. While the payment schedule is pretty standard — payment goes out once a month assuming you reach the (low) $10 threshodl — the vehicle of payment is a little unusual. Some time before this review was ordered, AdBux made the decision to switch from PayPal to AlertPay.
I’ve never heard of AlertPay myself, so I feel a little uneasy that I have to sign up with them in addition to AdBux in order to get paid. It would be nice if they provided another alternative, like a check in the mail, for people who don’t want to sign up for AlertPay. It makes me feel even more uneasy when the rationale for the switch is that PayPal “decided that we were too much of a risk.”
If PayPal thinks that AdBux is a risk, how do you think that makes a potential member feel?
Chump Change on the Side
AdBux has a good design and the layout is relatively intuitive. The blue and green color scheme is pleasing to the eye and you have to admit that setting themselves up as “the ultimate online rewards program” is quite clever. After all, this could be one of the best ways to get people to complete offers and surveys for you.
That said, I don’t know if AdBux can be as lucrative for the person actually completing the offers. It may not cost them anything to fill out those registrations, but they are offering up personal information for a couple bucks at a time. I wouldn’t use AdBux as a way to make a livable income, but it could provide a little spending money on the side.