Product Name: Bludos
Product Owner: Kecha James
Upsells: $34.00 (Real Writing Jobs), $47 (Digicamcash), $47 (Paid Social Media Jobs), $67/year (SaleHoo) and others
What Is It?
Bludos is a gateway site, linking users to low quality job opportunities, many of which require an upfront fee.
Before You Buy:
As ways of earning money online go, Bludos is an interesting approach. At first, it seems like the site can’t quite make up its mind about what it is offering, as the landing page talks about paid surveys, social media and eBay. Bludos acts as a middleman between users and websites that provide approaches of making money online.
The majority of the sites aren’t particularly high quality and many of them require upfront payment before you can even start to earn money. At the end of the day, you spend more time signing up for things and jumping through hoops than you ever do making money.
What I Liked:
The Bludos site itself is free, which gives users the ability to look around the site and work out for themselves whether what Bludos is offering seems interesting. The site is also very easy to use, mainly because it is so simplistic, which is always a nice touch. Finally, if you are really prepared to put in the time and running around needed, it is possible to make money off these sites, but this is a mixed advantage, as there are faster ways of making money.
What I Didn’t Like:
‘Online Employment Agency’
I take issue to the way that Bludos considers itself to be an online employment agency. In the modern economy this title is misleading at best and entirely false at worst. As a general rule, earning money online is nothing like working a ‘normal’ job and to some people this is an advantage. However, the ‘opportunities’ that Bludos offers are nothing more than a compilation of sites that are already accessible online, which offer little of value.
None of the sites that Bludos promotes come close to offering what one would consider as actual employment, and most of them require a large amount of legwork from the user. Furthermore, actually making a decent amount of profit from the approaches that Bludos promotes requires juggling quite a few of these sites, which can get draining fast.
Bludos promotes itself as providing legitimate online jobs and careers, but an immediate red flag for me is that they include taking online surveys as one of their methods. In fact, earning money through surveys is promoted as the ‘hottest’ way of earning money this month. The fact that the company things that earning money through surveys is actually any good is concerning.
Additionally, making money through surveys is promoted as the best approach that Bludos has to offer. This doesn’t give me much confidence about the rest of their ‘jobs’.
Specifically, Bludos points users to a site called Survey Junkie, which is similar to other survey companies that I have reviewed.
People often believe that surveys are an effective way of earning money online, but this simply isn’t the case. In reality, doing online surveys involves spending most of your time jumping through hoops to find surveys that you can actually do, and companies tend to provide many less surveys that you would expect.
Furthermore, the survey company only acts as a portal to other companies. To actually earn money, you have to sign up for each of the individual companies, and you tend to accumulate points on each of these sites individually. This means it take a long time to actually earn money, particularly as users have no control over how many surveys they actually get.
Online surveys might be a way to earn a little bit of money on the side, but in general, the amounts are always very small, while the amount of work involved is high.
Because Bludos is a middleman , any profit that users earn is from the different sites and services that Bludos promotes. This can quickly get time consuming, particularly if you are trying to figure out what suits you to start off with.
Additionally, some of the sites, like the survey site I discussed above, are also middlemen, meaning you still have to sign up with any number of actual companies. This is a lot of time and effort running around, and every time you sign up for things, you are providing companies with your email address, which can result in a lot of spam.
You are also likely to find that you spend more time going through the processes than you ever do actually making money, which is never a good sign.
When I first looked into Bludos, I expected the website to only promote free ways of making money online, but in reality this isn’t the case. For example, the Real Writing Jobs site that Bludos linked to offers jobs in writing, and includes the following set of bonuses ‘free’ with payment to the site.
Now, I am a freelance writer and this is a field I have been involved in for a while now. I agree that there is a large, and growing, market for writers, but I would not recommend any of the tools that are in this package. Most of them would harm your writing, rather than improve it and are certainly not something you should be paying for. In reality, the only thing that I would consider is the typing trainer, as the ability to type well is important for writing online, but there are lots of similar programs that are free if you really want to go in this direction (unless your typing skills are really bad, I wouldn’t even bother).
For the writing site you have to pay a one-time payment of $34 (discounted from $68) to access the members area.
You should never do this.
There are so many free sites that offer freelancing writing jobs (and in fact, freelancing jobs in any field), that are popular and reliable. There is no way that the amount of jobs available on a paid site could even compare to this.
Other sites also do the same thing, like Digicamcash, which provides tools and tutorials for making money through selling photos online for a one-time payment of just under $50. Once more, there are free sites where you can do just this without having to put money down, and there are many different tutorials and information available online about how to be effective at this.
As a general rule, if you have to pay to join a site just to make money online, don’t. The vast majority of sites that try to do this make their money from people like you, and don’t offer that much in return. In most cases, there are free sites that offer similar ways of making money or there are better ways of money entirely.
If you are going to spend any money on an online business, make sure it is going towards growing your own business, not being a participant in someone else’s.
The problem with all of the approaches that are promoted on Bludos is that they don’t have a lot of long-term value. Even if you manage to make consistent money from one (or more than one) of the companies on Bludos, your income is entirely dependent on that company. Now, I know this is what you do with a job at a physical company as well, but there are some major issues with doing this with an online company.
One problem is that you have absolutely no way of knowing when the company will fold and very little recourse if they actually do. This means that you can potentially spend years working for a given company, only to find that you are out of work when something unexpected happens. At the end of the day, if you are working for an online company, especially one that promotes itself through websites like Bludos, then you really have no protection.
In the past, I have tried to work for sites like the ones that Bludos suggests with varying degrees of success. Most were little more than scams like Paid Social Media Jobs and the ones that weren’t involved me spending hours trying to finish one specific thing to earn money, even though the job didn’t actually pay that much to start off with (just like taking online surveys). I also found that companies tended to be very picky and pedantic, making it even more difficult.
Overall, that was an experience that I never want to repeat, and I make much more money working for myself than I ever did through any of those companies.
The thing is, earning money online doesn’t have to require working for a company. There are many people who have been able to make money in the online environment by working for themselves, and this is an area that has much more potential for growth.
Who Is This Product For?
This site does not have a lot of benefits for people seriously trying to make money online, as there is not potential for growth or even for stability. Most people will find that they are better off making money through approaches like internet marketing. This site is most useful for people who are wanting to make a little bit of money on the site, rather than a full-time income, but even then, there are more reliable and profitable sites to choose.
When it comes to making money online, the most important lesson that I have learned is that you need to make money for yourself, rather than put it into someone else’s pockets. Bludos does not give you the opportunity to do this, but there are many other legitimate approaches to making money online that give you complete control over your business and your income.
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