Pay to Click (PTC) provider littlebux.com Tries a Commercial Suicide

by Rudolf Faix 18. January 2016 04:27

Littlebux Logolittlebux.com is a typical Pay To Cick (PTC) provider. Their domain got registered at September 19, 2014 - 1 year and 119 days ago. Until now they have tried not be a scam site, but now they are getting greedy by changing their payout structure. They are thinking that nothing can happen to them, because they are using a privacy protection service for their domain and no business address is written on their site.

Until now they had a payout between US$ 0.05 and US$ 0.06 per day for their free members. Free members got 4 daily advertisements with a payout of US$ 0.01 each and in average 15 advertisements with a payout of US$ 0.001 each. Paid members get a higher payout for their own clicks and for the clicks of their referrals.

Compared with other Paid to Click (PTC) providers have been littlebux.com on the lower end in their payment structure. An example from the sites, where I have received money as a free member are:

  1. US$ 0.20/day are in average paying the incompetent script kiddies from trafficmonsoon.com

  2. US$ 0.08/day in average is paying AdFiver.com

  3. US$ 0.05/day in average is paying clixsense.com, which is already 9 years at the market and do not hide their domain ownership behind an anonymizing service.

With the following posting has the admin (no real name available) announced at the littlebux forum the changes (reducing the payout by 33% for free members) for the free members on Sunday January 17, 2016:

Hi everybody!

I feel like it was yesterday that I was writing the first official topic for LittleBux. So much time has gone by (About 5 months actually) since then, and we're beginning to get a place in this industry as one of the leaders. We are nowhere near that, but we are getting there.

Since we started, we have paid out more than $100,000 to all of you wonderful users. I must admit, when I first started this project, I didn't imagine that we would have reached such an amazing milestone so early on. It's truly amazing to see how rapidly we've grown and how well the industry are treating us. During the next few weeks, we'll have some exciting news for you!

Standard Members Rates IMPORTANT
As of this moment, we have decided to lower the advertisement value for standard membersto $0.005 for the daily advertisements. (Previously $0.01). I know that this change will probably meet a lot of resistance from our standard members - however, it is only done in order to ensure the stability of LittleBux - not necessarily now, but more importantly - in the future.

This change will only affect standard members and only have an affect on the dailyadvertisements. Again, to be clear: your referrals earnings will not be affected by this change.

AdAlert
We've released our first AdAlert feature (which is currently only available for our and members).

Once a new advertisement is made available at LittleBux, you'll receive a text message, directly to your mobile phone with an alert! Simply go to your account settings, enable AdAlert, and enter your phone number.

We are currently working on an AdAlert feature for our Standard/Golden members as well.

What will the future bring?
We can't say for sure (if we could, we'd be in another business). One thing we can say though, is that it will not be dull. We have a lot of things planned for 2016, which includes a lot of new features that will help you manage your account and new ways of earning. More news about this very soon.

Upgrade Promotion SALE
We've kicked in 2016 with quite a bang. Almost 100,000 members in less than 6 months, and a total withdrawn sum of over $100,000. That has to be some of the best statistics for a new founded site. You are the reason for that.
That's why we are starting the year with an incredible discount on all our memberships - save up to $50:

Prices for new new upgrades and/or membership extensions:

One Year = $75

One Year = $285

One Year = $705

Click here to see our plans.

These promotions will be available until 18/01 15:00 (servertime)

Already the short time, which is the special offer for the paid memberships is available (less than one day) shows the scam and how needy Littlebux is. It seems that they cannot pay already the hosting fees.

The next problem is that even for the golden membership you'll need at least 13 referrals, which are staying and clicking a full year on the advertisements to earn the same amount like a free member. You are only making no loss in this case if Littlebux is not changing in their payout structure again. As they are trying already a commercial suicide by reducing the payout for the free members in the high of 33% (US$ 0.02) per day you have no guarantee for the future that they will repeat to try the suicide for the case they'll survive now.

If someone takes a look at the homepage from Littlebux.com than you'll see that they have actually 171,771 users and paid out the sum of US$ 105,625.02. If you think now that $105,625.02 is an impressing sum, you need only divide this sum by the amount of users to see that in average got each user paid US$ 0.6149. As their minimum payout is US$ 2.00 you'll can calculate that in average got less than 52,812 from the 171,771 users got paid until now! In this business are seldom some people so stupid and pay a high fee for a membership as they cannot be sure that the site will not change into a scam site like Littlebux now. I think that the paid members can get counted by using the fingers of one hand as Littlebux is only selling yearly memberships.

I have no pity for the stupid ones, which are paid members at Littlebux, and are now making a loss for the reason of losing their referrals. These are the guinea pigs from amateur businessmen and marketing deadbeats. The reason for such changes are mostly the greediness or the wish of getting rich quick from the site owners. Such a behavior like changes at the Littlebux site are in Europe forbidden by the consumer protection law. Maybe one European member brings them in front of the law court for the case Littlebux is surviving the commercial suicide. In any case I hope that a lot of users are now learning that they are not able to buy money for a discount price.

The domain registration data from littlebux.com:

Domain Name: LITTLEBUX.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1876315820_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.name.com
Registrar URL: http://www.name.com
Updated Date: 2015-08-16T13:13:37Z
Creation Date: 2014-09-18T09:40:30Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-09-18T09:40:30Z
Registrar: Name.com, Inc.
Registrar IANA ID: 625
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Whois Agent
Registrant Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Registrant Street: PO Box 639
Registrant City: Kirkland
Registrant State/Province: WA
Registrant Postal Code: 98083
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1 4252740657
Registrant Fax: +1 4259744730
Registrant Email: @protecteddomainservices.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Whois Agent
Admin Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Admin Street: PO Box 639
Admin City: Kirkland
Admin State/Province: WA
Admin Postal Code: 98083
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1 4252740657
Admin Fax: +1 4259744730
Admin Email: @protecteddomainservices.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Whois Agent
Tech Organization: Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Tech Street: PO Box 639
Tech City: Kirkland
Tech State/Province: WA
Tech Postal Code: 98083
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1 4252740657
Tech Fax: +1 4259744730
Tech Email: @protecteddomainservices.com
Name Server: norm.ns.cloudflare.com
Name Server: desi.ns.cloudflare.com
DNSSEC: Unsigned Delegation
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: @name.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.1 7203101849
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-01-17T17:17:39-07:00 <<<

Update January 19, 2016: The new membership fees from Littlebux got published. The Golden: US$ 90/year, Ruby US$ 310/year, Ultimate US$ 755/year. You need now 16 referrals for the golden, 24 referrals for the ruby and 58 referrals for the ultimate membership, which are active on the site for one year, to get a few dollars more than a standard/free member. You know how hard it is to find some referrals and keep them active on the site. Additional you need to be sure that the terms and conditions will not change today or tomorrow again. You have no guarantees that such changes will not happen during the next day or weeks and for this reason I call the actual changes to be a "commercial suicide".

You should ask yourself the question: "How long will stay a standard/free member on the site if he sees that he needs between 50 and 67 days to reach the minimum payout sum of US$ 2.00?". All new members will start as a standard/free member. Only when they are reaching the necessary referrals they will take the risk to upgrade for a paid membership.

Update Jan. 18, 2017: Links for littlebux.com removed as the domain does not exist anymore.

 

clixsense.com - or how incompetent programmers can be

by Rudolf Faix 22. June 2015 17:42

ClixSenseEvery business tries to save money. In this case ClickSense has hired absolutely beginners for programming their systems. It seems that these programmers got hired directly from the school. They have designed a system without any networking experience. Additional is the system full of errors.

As I have relocated more then one year ago from Austria to the Philippines I'm still using my laptop bought in Austria, with German Windows system and with the Austrian time zone settings. I did not change the time zone settings because it is easier for me to take a look at the watch on the computer for the time to call someone in Austria. Depending on the daylight saving time in Austria is the time difference to the Philippines between 6 and 7 hours.

I have tried to make a survey after signing up at ClixSense, I got the message: "Access to this page has been denied. Access via a Proxy/VPN/VPS or from a country not on your profile is not permitted." As I have used my Philippines address and only a simple wireless router I did not feel myself guilty for this and wrote a ticket that their location system is not working correct.

The fast reply from ClixSense has been:

Hello, our system is working correctly. This problem could be related to any number of things, but the first to check is the time on your PC to make sure it's correct. Also, please check the time zone setting as well. This could be the cause of this issue. If you find the time is off make sure you log out of ClixSense, make the change to your PC, then log back in.

Thank you

As their payment offer is not the best one at the market and I don't let teasing myself from incompetent people and systems I have written them an appropriate response and deleted my account. Nobody has to say me which settings I have to use on my computer. I use this settings, which I like to use and not this one, which others need to fulfill their happiness.

During the sign-up at ClixSense you get automatically signed up at clixsenseresearch.com too. For this I tried to delete my account at clixsenseresearch.com too. There has been the same or another incompetent programmer working, because I got the following error message:

We're sorry, but an error occurred while trying to process your request. This error has been logged and submitted to our technical staff. If this is the first time you've encountered this error, you may want to click the back button on your browser and try again. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

My opinion: ClixSense should provide a good service, a good and usable system and a good payout to keep their users. Only maximizing their own earnings will be a commercial suicide. As I could do nothing as make some clicks on some advertising I even could not prove if at least the counting is working correct. Where I find two programming errors within a few minutes there would a lot more get found.

 

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