First though, Transfrmr - you really can find legitimate sites that pay you to play games and pay you to post articles as well. I am a member of myLot where I write topics about everyday things and get paid for it. I do not want to abuse this forum so I’m not going to post any referral links but if you would like to see the ones I like that actually pay, visit my profile page at http://www.mylot.com/sksouth and you will be able to read some of my articles from there as well as find two game banners for sites that pay to play. If you decide to join myLot, it would be appreciated if you use my referral link on that page because all members earn a continuous bonus of 25% each month of what their referrals make. In the last eleven months I have made about $900, not much but it paid for new computer equipment and some of my internet bills.
Well then, I sit corrected. You’re right of course, some of these sites do pay, but most pay for a while and then drop off and just collect money off the ads. I’ve seen many of them come and go over the years, if you’re lucky enough to get in while the getting is good, then all the more power to you. For every site that does pay out there, there are probably at least 50 if not more that don’t, and just suck up money from the ads on their site, or that are basically selling your information.
The game banners you have look like okay games, but in most cases they seem to be paying you to Spam other people and advertise their site. Again, you are performing a service for them, and they are paying you for it. If you look at the total amounts they pay out, they’re also getting their money’s worth. Sure you can make some cash, but it’s hardly free. Piratetheworld is also selling things, which surely will help them make money, although you don’t necessarily have to buy things to play the game, it sure helps you out with the bonuses they give.
Let’s look at MyLot, first, they’ve been arund for just over a year now in their present incarnation. Not too bad actually.
From their Terms of Service:
Proprietary Rights in Content on myLot
myLot does not claim any ownership rights in the text, works of authorship, photos, or any other materials that you post to the myLot website. After posting to the myLot website, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such content, and you continue to have the right to use your content in any way you choose. By publishing (“posting”) any content on or through the myLot website, you hereby grant to myLot an irrevocable infinite life limited license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such content solely on and through the myLot website and third party sites with whom myLot has distribution agreements.
Not too evil. You still own your stuff, but so do they in a way. They can undoubtedly make some money off some of the content posted. It would be nice to see a list of third-party sites that they have “distribution agreements” with. I wouldn’t really define this as free money though, they’re basically paying you for the content you contribute. Still, I agree it’s better to get paid than to put it out there for free I guess.
As otherwise described in this privacy statement, myLot will not disclose any personal information to a third party, except if any situation arises and myLot believes disclosure is necessary. The following are exceptions:
myLot will conform to any legal requirements, respond to a subpoena, search warrant or any other legal process received, whether or not a response is required by applicable law
myLot also reserves the right to exchange any personal information to any related companies.
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