So let’s talk about giving out your personal information in these offers that are found on GPT (get paid to) sites. It’s something that I get questions and concerns about all the time.
So what information is required that you give out in these offers? And is it safe?
Well first of all, there are two types of offers. Trial offers and free offers.
Trial offers require you to give out your credit card info.
It’s like you’re getting paid to try a product or service. So an example of a trial would be:
The Week Magazine – Sign-up for a subscription.
Obviously Payout and Cost differs per offer, however, this offer simply means that you’re getting paid $18 to sign up for a subscription of The Week Magazine. After the required period of time, you’d then need to cancel the subscription if you’re no longer interested in receiving this magazine, and off course if you don’t want to be charged for it on your credit card.
I do not complete these kind of offers simply because there isn’t much that I’m interested in when it comes to trials. Also because some of the companies aren’t as popular or reputable. If it was a popular product of something I use often, I would definitely consider trial offers though, because if I could get a little money back, then why not?
My recommendation for trial offers would be to Google the product or company you’re interested in trying before you actually sign up for the offer. That way you get to read of a few other experiences beforehand.
Free offers on the other hand, do not require you to give out your credit card information.
What it does require is the following:
An email address.
Your full name.
A telephone number where you can be contacted.
1. It is not recommended to use your personal email address that you use for friends and family. The reason for this is that advertisers send a lot of emails and it can definitely clutter your inbox. So a simple solution is to create a brand new email that you will use to complete offers. It literally takes just a minute so if you’re serious about making money online, this shouldn’t be a huge issue.
2. Your full name is information that could be found in a telephone book most of the times, so it’s not exactly “top secret information”.
3. While you are required to give your real address, do not be concerned about mail coming to your house. You definitely will not get a TON of mail, because it’s much cheaper for these advertisers to send emails than real physical mail. The most mail I get per month is about 2 or 3 pieces, and most of them are coupons, cookbooks, medical information, college information, free samples, etc. In fact, just last week, I got a mail from an offer I completed on Cashcrate called Consumer Opinion Institute. It’s basically a survey site that I registered for and Cashcrate paid me 75cents to do this. I was about to throw away the piece of mail when I decided to open it and see what’s inside. To my surprise, a $5 bill fell out of the envelope! It was accompanied by a questionnaire that I should fill if I wanted to continue being a member of their survey panel and receive more surveys and monetary compensation in the future. The $5 was their incentive to stay with their website but it’s definitely not mandatory, and if you decided you didn’t want to fill out the questionnaire, you didn’t have to send back the $5 or anything like that. I definitely wasn’t expecting that $5 bill! It came as a nice little surprise and I even started a thread on the Cashcrate Forum about it, where several other members said they got the $5 as well! In fact, that $5 bill is what inspired this post. I wanted to show that not everything you get in the mail will be “junk” or “spam”.
4. A lot of people are concerned with giving out phone numbers. They are scared they’ll be pestered by telemarketers 24/7. It’s very likely that some of the advertisers will call you, however just like you create a new email for completing offers, there are ways to get around this as well!
Well I hope that cleared up a lot of the questions you guys had about offers and personal information, and regarding it’s safety. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave it as a comment and I’ll respond to it.
PS – That $5 bill brought my total earnings online to $3741.61!