That view has recently changed – I know people here in Australia who have been paid by AllAdvantage and a Macintosh version of the ViewBar software is now available.
How it works
Basically, you install a piece of software, called the ViewBar, on your computer that displays banner ads at the bottom of the screen while you are browsing the web.
As you surf, your Viewbar creates a usage profile that shows what you visit and customises the ads you see. This is one thing I like about the AllAdvantage ads – they have Australian advertisers.
How you get paid
Basically, at the end of every month your total earnings, both your own and those from referrals, is calculated. If the amount is more than $45 then a cheque is posted to you. If the total amount is less then $45, then it recorded and at the end of the next month, if the amount of lasts months and this months is more than $45 then the cheque is posted. If not, the cycle repeats until you have earned $45.
At the time of writing this article, the current payment rate for Australian subscribers is 60¢for your own browsing, 15¢for direct referrals usages and 7.5¢for extended referrals usage. A maximum of 20 hours per month will be paid. For current rates visit https://www.alladvantage.com/global_pay.asp.
You won’t get rich, but you can offset some of your ISP costs!
How to Subscribe
Visit the AllAdvantage web site using the following URL:
Fill in the form, download the appropriate Viewbar installer, install and configure it and away you go.
Promoting your AllAdvantage number
The easiest way is to include a signature in every email you send out. Use the Signature option in your email client to do this automatically.
I operate a couple of Mailing Listsand the footer of every message sent out included the lines;
Get Paid to Surf the Web! and support this list
On a number of my web pages, I also include a small graphic that also includes the link to the above URL.
Visit the AllAdvantage Referral Centre page for other ideas and the rules on what is acceptable and what is not.
If you have a second monitor on you machine, the Viewbar can be moved off to this (unlike Eudora Pro’s Ad window which must stay on the main monitor)
By default, the Viewbar is always displayed, but you can hide the Viewbar when you aren’t web browsing by Control-Clicking anywhere in the viewbar and selecting the “Hide when the browser is inactive” option.
Another useful option under the Control-Click menu is “Always open new browser window”. I wish that Eudora had this option when clicking on hyperlinks from email! Basically, this opens up a new window in your web browser when you click on a banner ad in the Viewbar, thus preserving the contents of the current window (ie the page you were original surfing the web to see).
Viewbar is a trademark of AllAdvantage.com
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