Owner: Daren Cotter
Rank: 70 out of 100
When browsing on the internet for ways to earn with an online business, we all seem to be bombarded with ads of free and easy money spinning ideas. One of the websites that hits the first pages of the most affirmed search engines is InboxPounds, or its American counterpart InboxDollars. But what is InboxPounds? And is InboxPounds a scam? Or is InboxPounds legit? Read on to find out, so that you can make up your mind for yourselves.
What is InboxPounds
In my page Internet Is Your Oyster I have briefly touched on ways to earn with an online business through PPC, or pay per click website – although its team likes to refer to it as ‘online reward club’. InboxPounds is exactly that: a website with a variety of online based activities which earn you a few pence per action. In other words, and mostly, you get paid per every click you action on InboxPounds dashboard activities.
From the onset, it appears quite clear that you will not make a lucrative income, not a basic revenue, by using InboxPounds. But, as mentioned in my latest post Keep your Eggs in Many Baskets, the overall money you may cash out every so often can contribute to enrich your pocket money stash.
How InboxPounds works
As you get on to InboxPounds website, you will be invited to register, setting up a username and password. Once you have done so, InboxPounds opens the doors for you to a variety of different activities, including:
- completing surveys,
- opening emails redirecting you to other websites,
- searching on the internet by using InboxPounds browser,
- playing online games,
- referring friends, and many others.
My favourite PPC is opening emails I receive every day on my email inbox, clicking on the website I am prompted to enter, and getting paid the 1p (yes, unfortunately only one penny!) for the time invested.
Which admittedly is not much of my precious time. And this may explain why the pay scale is so low.
How much does it cost
Joining InboxPounds is completely free of charge. And that is another reason which may explain how low pay the scheme is.
InboxPound is not unique, mind you, in paying the so called pittance. Many of these PPC programs pay as little. However this does not make them scam. Certainly it does not make InboxPounds scam. I can assure you that InboxPounds is legit!
The reason why I know is because I did get paid, legitimately and promptly. So, definitely no scam there.
And whilst we are talking money, the payout is £20. Which, considering the low rate of payments for each online activity, you may think it will take an enormous length of time to put together. If you thought along those lines, you would not be far off from the truth. But ultimately, it depends by how much or little you decide to participate to the InboxPounds online activities.
Alternatively, you can opt to be paid in Amazon vouchers, which, if you are an Amazon shopaholic like me, can turn quite handy.
InboxPounds was founded by university student Daren Cotter back in 2000. Whilst reading Computer and Information System, Daren saw the potential of rewarding customers for online activities, and has maintained that concept since then.
He first created the older sister InboxDollars, as he is American and based in the States after all. He only launched the UK version of InboxPounds in 2012, so relatively recently. But in the process he managed to bag accolade after accolade, reaching a company revenue of $10 million after only seven years.
It’s amazing how successful and, let’s admit, wealthy you can become from the simplest of ideas!!
Let me, for a minute, talk a little more in details about InboxPound referral scheme. The payout is, again, rather low – again, we are talking pence rather that the solid pound coins (or USA dollars) the website prides of paying as per their name. But, you know how strongly I feel about referral schemes.
And that is because it is a sound form of passive income. And in the case of InboxPound, it does not require any further maintenance or input. Provided the friend you refer completes the signing in process by registering, you will earn 10% of your referrals for most of his or her activities. So, when compared to other affiliate programs, such as Amazon, whose commission rate is never beyond the 7-8%, you will find that InboxPounds stands on a slightly more generous position. So, over regular payouts of £25, each and every of your referrals could earn you some £2.50.
As mentioned above, it is not the £2.50 that is going to make you rich or that is going to pay your monthly bills. But when you think that you might get some 10 referrals a month, you can potentially earn a regular £25 without doing anything – and that money could easily add up to your regular activities on InboxPounds. Not bad for passive income!
Where InboxPounds, unlike some other PPC websites, does not fail is in providing good customer services and good support. When you log on to InboxPounds, you have a Support link on the right hand corner, just next to your Sign In link. The Support link takes you to a self help separate screen where you find explanation to how to use the website, and answers to other users’ questions.
At the same time, if you scrolls to the bottom of the site, you will find available a Tour of the Site, and a link to F.A.Q. which again contribute to assist with using the site, as well as answering questions about the pay scheme and about referrals.
InboxPounds is obviously most supporting of its referral scheme. And proof of this is in the fact that it has many tools available for you to promote the site and its referral scheme. InboxPounds offers a fairly generous array of banners, as well as your unique URL link to ensure future commissions from your referrals are allocated and paid to you. And it has direct links to Twitter and to Pinterest for direct link promotions.
So, why am I only rating InboxPounds with 70 out of 100?
This site has many positives. For starters, it is FREE. And this point must not be disregarded. Many websites ask for an initial deposit, which may be reimbursed at a later stage. To join InboxPounds you don’t need any of that.
And InboxPounds is definitely a legit business. On my first payout, they actually sent me a cheque mispelling my name – no surprise there, as I do have a rather unusual combination of letters (but that’s a story for another day). The point I am making is that, I contacted their customer services by email, and they sent me a new cheque within a week, with the correct spelling, and at no extra charge. Which to me proves that, not only the company truly pays out, but they also have an extremely good and fast responding customer services team.
But, there are a couple of issues which I feel I cannot disregard.
Starting with the online activities. not all of them are easy and quick to execute. For instance, the surveys.
It is with surveys, more than with opening emails and accessing the ad link you are sent, that you can earn higher money. Personally though, I have even stopped trying to do surveys. No matter what time of the day or night you access surveys, you are always told that either they have already reached their audience target, or that you do not qualify as not fulfilling the age group or demographic required – and that is after you have already spent possibly five minutes answering questions. That to me is pretty low. You waste your precious time and you come out empty handed.
The second issue which I find pretty poor is the low pay rate. In this time and age paying a penny (or cent) per opened email is only typical of scam websites. Or maybe it is not, but then that is why scams are scams: they promise you a lot, and deliver nothing.
No matter how you see it, however, surely you can imagine that it takes you a little while to reach the minimum payout figure of £20!
Do I recommend InboxPounds? YES!!!
In spite of its drawbacks, I would definitely recommend at least giving it a try. Because, however little you get, it is definitely easy money. My main activity is opening their emails – which takes me no extra effort nor time, as I can easily do so whilst going through my inbox every day. And, when I remember, I search their internet through InboxPounds browser – and again, no major effort there, as their browser has a wide scope as much as the more renowned search engines.
The main thing, when signing up for InboxPounds, is to remember that you are not there to make big money, but solely to get a big of extra pocket money with fun activities.
Click on the below link if you want to join today! Or share your thoughts about it, leave your comment below.
Owner: Daren Cotter
Rank: 70 out of 100