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PaysU is one of the companies on the internet that "pay you to surf". With some of those companies out there it is becoming increasingly difficult to earn any reasonable amount of money in return for you giving up screen space to these companies.
PaysU runs a complex system but it is fairly easy to grasp how to make it work for you.
Essentially you join up and then down load the propriatary software, called the PayStation (nice play on a popular brand!) This small download is then installed on your PC.
From then on you have a small bar on the screen which takes up about 8% (estimate) of your screen. You can place it at the top or bottom of the screen , its your choice. You can close the bar whenever you choose, for example when playing online games or using shockwave based sites.
While running the PayStation you see adverts in it's two windows which cycle every 20 seconds or so. You get paid revenue from these adverts.
The PaysU system in its essence work as follows.
If you simply have the bar open you will make very little money, like around 1p per hour. Not worth it, basically. However if you click on adverts that interest you, say every 30-40 minutes or so, then you will see your payrate (or profit share, as they call it) increase. Through interacting with the advertisers on PaysU, and maybe making an occasional purchase from the adverts you can expect to see your payrate increase to up to 30p per hour and maybe a bit more.
Officially they will pay you for up to 40 hours of surfing, however in 2001 I understand it will be possible to get paid for up to 80 hours surfing.
Overall the system is complex but if you spend some time reading the monthly e-zine that the PaysU team release then you can begin to understand what they offer.
At PaysU you can also get paid by having the "PayStart" page as your homepage. You get a few pence from each 10 visits to the page, not much, but over the months it adds a few more quid to your account.
As part of the PayStart homepage are a number of links, in the style of Yahoo categories. PaysU members are invited to edit pages on subjects that interest them.
Again on the revenue sharing idea, a PayStart editor gets paid money depending on the number of times a page is visited. I run a Paystart category on "food and related products". For the link see my Ciao member page (click my user id after reading this)
PaysU aim to keep costs down by not issuing cheques after every £10 earned. You have to wait until there is £45 (at time of writing) before a cheque is issued. (Paid in UK Sterling - they are a UK based firm). However on the downside they dock £3 for the cheque issuing process. They are looking at paying direct to the bank, like Ciao do. this should cut costs further.
A number of PaysU members run and use a messageboard which is extremely useful. It is independent of the PaysU site, but aims to be, and is, a very very comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of becoming a proftable PaysU member.
As with other PTS schemes, you get paid for your referrals time online too, however I believe this is only for their first 10 or 12 hours surfing activity. Still if you can get a few referrals this can bump your account value.
I recommend PaysU over any of the other PTS schemes out there, as it is the only one that I have made any decnt money out of (£100 in year 2000 - I only have a few referrals too)
PS- If you are not a member and would like to join after reading this review, please do get in touch and use my ID so I can earn a referral from you!
Great review. Very comprehensive and well-written.
Chuckie8766 07.01.2001 22:00
Oh yes! Excellent opinion here, great detail, excellently structured, makes complete sense and I didn't notice one spelling mistake, you are an excellent writer, keep it up. I too use paysu.com I have not earned enough to be paid yet but I am working on it, I use it alongside surmiles.com and it works fine, these are in exchange for the hated alladvantage.com which I don't use or reccommend anymore!