Product Name: Linkbucks
Product Owner: Charles Major
What is it?
A free-to-join site that pays users to get clicks to links.
Linkbucks appears to be a legitimate site, but the potential to earn money through it is very minimal and takes a lot of work to get there. You are basically earning money by posting links and you need to get hundreds of clicks onto a single link to get any money from it. Swagbucks is much better. They are similar in name, but not in results!
Before You Buy
There isn’t anything to buy here, but do be careful signing up as you have to provide a lot of personal information. You really have no way of knowing where that information is going to end up.
What I Liked
I do like that this site provides a lot of information about its approach and what it offers before you sign up. This means that you can work out whether you want to move forward or not before you offer the site any information about yourself.
What I Didn’t Like
Linkbucks considers itself to be in beta. This is a bit odd really, because the site takes great pride in the fact that it has been around since 2005. It’s unusual for a company to stay in beta that long, and doing so is an indication that the company doesn’t really want to leave beta.
In reality, being in beta doesn’t mean much and companies have different definitions of what the term means. In practice though, being in beta is often used as a way of excusing any issues with a site. After all, beta sites aren’t expected to be as reliable as non-beta sites.
I’m not sure whether this is the reason that Linkbucks is still in beta, but either way, the site still being in beta after 10 years isn’t particularly encouraging.
So, the strategy for making money with Linkbucks is through links and ads. With Linkbucks you create links to sites that also contain ads. When people click on the link you share, they are taken to the ad before they see whatever site the original link was to.
To actually make money with this approach, you have to not only share links but also get people to click on them. This can be pretty challenging, because people tend to do things that benefit them and viewing ads rarely ever falls into this category.
With Linkbucks (and most similar sites) the payout rate is also pretty low. For the type of ad I set up, the payout in the highest country was $1.00 for 425 clicks. Furthermore, the United States is around 10th or lower in the list of rates, depending on the specific ad type – so you don’t even earn the top country amount.
Getting 425 people to click on any link is pretty challenging to start off with. This is only really doable if you have something really appealing on the other end of the link and if people actually trust you. Compared with other types of ways to earn money online, this ratio is just insane.
That certainly isn’t the case with this approach. Also, if you are linking people to ads frequently, you would lose any trust that people have with you pretty fast.
All-in-all, the low pay rate and the challenges with getting clicks makes this a very ineffective approach to actually earning a good amount money. I actually do work online full time, and I wouldn't waste my time on this site.
Additionally, Linkbucks doesn’t offer any training in how actually get people to click on the links or even where to share them. That means you are high and dry trying to figure it all out on your own.
Spamming and Ads
Most people don’t particularly like ads at the best of times. They may tolerate them on occasion, but even then, you will find that most users try to find ways around ads wherever possible. That can be a major issue when you are trying to make money specifically by getting people to view ads.
Say you find a funny YouTube video. If you put it through Linkbucks and then start sharing the link it gives you, you’re going to see hardly anyone clicking on the video. You will also find that the people who do click on your links will tend to get annoyed and not click on links you place in the future.
With this type of approach, you earn money by getting traffic to a link. This means that you constantly have to find new places to look for traffic and that gets harder over time.
With Linkbucks in particular, the type of ads they have in place are also concerning. For example, I set up a link through the site then checked it out, and this is what it showed me:
Any site that tries to get you to download an unsolicited file is one to be extremely cautious about. In this case, there was absolutely no information about what the file was or why I was being asked to download it. That is a seriously suspicious practice.
It is also one that is going to anger just about anyone who clicks on the link and wasn't suspecting it.
Linkbucks involves a lot of work posting links with little chance for income. I suspect that most people never make it to the point where they earn $1, much less enough to cash out.
Making money online involves having an approach that works consistently and that you can scale up over time. Posting links using Linkbucks simply doesn’t fit the bill. You are just left with doing a lot of work for little reward.
Instead, building your own site and using this as the way of making money is much more effective.
For many people this approach seems scary, but with proper training many people discover that running a website isn't as hard as they thought. The real secret is to find good training that will step you through the process. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate for this, as it is a great site that can support you every step of the way.