The average Internet user spends about 13 hours online per week. That’s equal to more than one fourth of a full-time work week. What it means to Internet advertisers is that there is enormous potential to reach people with their message, product and/or service.
Of course, competition for those 13 hours of viewing time is plentiful and strong. Advertisers want to ensure that their efforts to spread the word about whatever they’re selling is actually being viewed and, more importantly, reaching the kinds of people who actually have the potential to become customers. That’s how “pay to surf” programs were born.
How Does “Pay to Surf” Work?
Websites make money when they display banner ads posted on their pages by other companies. However, the businesses which place these ads want assurance that their ads are actually being viewed. They also want to maximize the exposure that their ads will receive when they pay for them to be placed on the Internet.
“Pay to Surf” companies help to make both of these things possible. “Pay to Surf” companies act something like middle-men between the companies who purchase banner ads and Internet users. They help to ensure that as many viewers as possible actually view those ads. To do this, they take part of the revenue that they make from running the ads and share it with the Internet users who view the ads.
In order to do this, the Pay-to-Surf company must provide their viewers with a means for their viewing time to be tracked. Usually this involves downloading a software program which places a small “viewbar” (like a small, inset screen that will show up on your Web browser) on your computer. This viewbar runs the ads of their advertisers and the software tracks the amount of time that you spend on the Internet. You get paid a specified amount of money for the amount of time that you spend on the Internet.
Some Pay-to-Surf companies pay out bonuses for referrals; you get paid a small fee every time you get someone else to sign up for a pay-to-surf program. Some may even pay you a percentage based on the time that those you’ve referred to the program spend surfing the Web.
You’re free to spend as much or as little time on the Internet that you want. There are no minimum requirements as far as time. It’s just like getting paid for the time that you would normally spend surfing the Internet anyway.
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How to Get Started
Every Pay-to-Surf site is a bit different, but the sign-up procedure will generally be something like this:
1) Go to the site’s home page. You may be able to sign up directly on the home page. Otherwise, locate the “Sign Up” button/link and click it to be re-directed to the sign-up/application page.
2) On this page, fill out all of the required information. This will usually include your name, address, phone number, email address. You may also be asked, either on the sign-up page or on a subsequent page, to choose your payment method. Some sites pay you through an online bank like PayPal. Others may pay you via check when you’ve reached a certain threshold or payout level. When you’ve supplied all the information that was asked for, click “Submit.”
That’s usually all it takes. Your application will be reviewed, a process that may take a day, but not usually more than a few days. You’ll be notified by email if your application has been approved. You’ll also be given instructions on how to download necessary software.
Some Important Points to Note
Avoid any pay-to-surf program that asks you to pay a membership fee, or any other fee for that matter. There are numerous pay-to-surf companies that are free to join. You should never pay for the opportunity to earn money by surfing.
Be sure to carefully follow the instructions regarding downloading the provided software. Some software may not be compatible with certain browsers. Make sure you know this before you begin.
Many pay-to-surf companies allow you to choose the types of ads that you want to view. This helps to minimize the chance that you’ll be exposed to ads that you might find offensive, or which may not be relevant to your interests. Advertisers want their ads to be seen by the kinds of viewers who might actually have an interest in what they’re selling.
Hope this helps,