Legitimate Paid Autosurf Programs vs. Scams
by Andrew Daigle
Paid Autosurf programs pay members for surfing websites in their exchange. They allow advertisers to show their websites, for a fee, to other members who surf and earn cash or credits for their efforts. The advertisers hope is that as members surf, they will be interested in their offer and make a purchase or at least let them capture an e-mail address so they can try to up-sell these folks later. Also, as the name “Autosurf” indicates, surfers do not have to actually view each website as they surf. Members could click on the surf button and walk away for 5 minutes, grab a coffee and wait until the autosurf session is complete. But many members do in fact watch these advertisements. A majority of these paid autosurf members are always looking for something new to promote themselves or something new they’ve never seen before, in hopes of generating more income for themselves.
There has been a lot of discussion about the validity of many of these paid autosurf programs, and the fact is, there are far more scam sites than legitimate ones. The scam artists know this is a huge industry and it’s very easy to get a paid autosurf site up and running, promise huge returns for their members, and at the peak of membership, close up shop just to do it all over again.
There are also many legitimate paid autosurf owners who generate a lot of money from their advertisers and are more than happy to give a small percentage of their money to a captive audience so their clients can get their sites shown to a very wide audience. Since they promise their paid advertisers will get traffic to their websites, they are expected to perform this service and deliver. It’s a win-win-win for the advertisers, the autosurf exchange owners and the surfers.
Most paid autosurf programs require members to pay a small fee to purchase ad units and allow these members to earn a certain percentage on their money. When a member pays their ad fees, they not only receive credits to have their websites shown to other members, but they can also make money by surfing so many websites each day. The amount of credits you receive, the amount you are paid to surf each day and the number of sites you’re required to surf daily, all vary between paid auto-surf programs.
When joining these programs, it’s make good sense to stay away from the paid autosurf programs that promise high returns. Since most paid autosurf exchanges pay between 1% and 2% per day, if a program offers 10% per day or higher, that should raise a flag. There are also paid autosurf programs that market themselves as higher paying services, but if you do a little reading, you’ll quickly see the 7% per day gains break down to about 2% or less per day. Those are still great returns for your time and money, but you will not receive 7% per day for your efforts. It’s all in the marketing. Other programs that do promise higher percentages and do in fact pay those high percentages, in my opinion are Ponzi or pyramid schemes just waiting to collapse at some point. Some people can make money if their timing is right, but my recommendation would be to stay away from these programs or you do risk losing all your money.