Earning Opportunity: Techdoctordeals…

(update 2013: this site no longer exists)

Techdoctordeals is a new forum. Though my assumption is that it’s a technology forum, hence the ‘tech’ in their name, there appear to be other topics apart from technology — so you don’t necessarily have to be tech savvy to participate.

The forum is free to join.

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Posts…

– any post you make cannot be less than 250 characters. On the forum, that’s about a line and a half. If it’s less than 250 chars, a message will display notifying you that you haven’t reached the minimum. If you really get into each post, reaching 250 chars won’t be a problem at all.

– I’m not sure what the position is on creating threads. I don’t know who and who can’t create them. I’d say just stick to replying to threads as there are plenty to go through.

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Pay per post/thread…

When I joined in late Sept/early October, it was 75 cents per post/thread, then it dropped to 50 cents, then around 30 cents, then threads went up to 40 cents each and posts down to 15 cents each. As of today (2nd Nov), posts/threads have been changed to 3-5 cents each. Yes. Not a misprint. 3-5 cents.

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Minimum withdrawal…

Used to be $10 Canadian dollars, then they changed the rules. Two memberships: free and premium. Free members could only withdraw $10 a week. Premium members could withdraw as much as they managed to earn.

Then it got changed. Only premium members could get paid. Free members could withdraw a one-off $10 payment which they could use to upgrade to premium. Minimum payout for premium members was changed to $100. Yes. $100. And you could only request payment once a month.

As of today (2nd Nov), minimum payout has been reset to $20. I don’t know if this applies to free and premium members.

You must have a verified Paypal account. (Alertpay’s recently been added as a payment option)

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Premium membership…

This was introduced around mid October. Was $9.99 a month, then some weeks later, it was changed to $14.99 a month if non recurring payments were made. Now it’s $5.99/month (as of 2nd Nov).

As well as being able to withdraw as much as they’d earned, premium members were also able to take advantage of Techdoctordeals’ referral program (which used to be available to free members). I say ‘was’ because as of Nov 2nd, free members are now privy to it too.

The whole idea behind introducing premium membership was because some members had unverified Paypal accounts and apparently Techdoctordeals was finding it very problematic. I don’t completely get why it was a problem. I also don’t get why they considered monthly payments of $9.99 to be a solution to that problem. Does $9.99 a month automatically make an unverified Paypal account verified? For me, it felt a tad opportunistic and exploitative.

When are payments made?

Used to be every Friday, then it changed to once a month, then to twice a month. When it was every Friday, I received my first two payments on time, in fact days before. My 3rd payment took longer – almost two weeks (before it was changed to once/twice a month).

PROOF OF 2ND PAYMENT

PROOF OF 1ST PAYMENT


If you log in and you’re taken to a message…

Right, Techdoctordeals do a number of updates throughout the day. These are messages they consider to be important and that every member should read. Therefore, every time you log in, if there’s been a new update, you’ll automatically be taken to a box prompting you to read it. Once you read the message, you can continue on to the forum. However, if there’s more than one message, when you click to go to the forum, you’ll automatically be taken back to the box prompting you to read the next message. There’s no way around it – it’ll keep on looping you through the box and onto the next message until all updates have been read.


I definitely won’t be upgrading…

Techdoctordeals is a relatively new forum trying to find its feet and adapt to more members joining every day. I get that. But I feel the admin’s made a mess of something that was working OK. The sheer rate at which the rules change is head spinning. First, premium membership was introduced, then the referral program was only available to premium members, then the posting pay rate was changed, then pay-request limits were phased in for free members, then free members could only make a one-off withdrawal, then the minimum payout was increased for premium members… the list of changes goes on.

I don’t think I’d been a member there for more than a month, and in that time, all this (and more) had happened.

I must be special.

They didn’t have to put on a show for me. Really. They didn’t.

Whereas I was toying with the idea of possibly upgrading once the forum found its own groove and settled, it’s now looking veeeeeery unlikely that I will.

I really can’t, in all honesty, recommend this forum. I think it’s too volatile. It doesn’t foster trust and loyalty if the rules change so frequently. Also, at 3 to 5 cents a post, I hardly think it’s worth upgrading to premium (at $5.99 a month).

If you really are gonna join Techdoctordeals, I’d advice that you stick to being a free member. Whatever you do is totally your choice, though, so if you do decide to upgrade, good luck.

This is the last update I’ll be doing about Techdoctordeals as I don’t plan on using it much longer. For any future changes/updates, please visit the forum.

 

Ebele.

8 comments

  1. Anonymous

    Basic Question, Ebele:

    I saw you had already cashed out at this forum. I joined, too, but am having some issues. When I go to the Market section to cash out it says it costs $15 to cash out $10 to PayPal. What? Does that really mean we have to get to $25 before we earn the original $10 or am I misunderstanding?

  2. ebele

    Hi, there, Anon…

    You need 15 points ($15) to cash out $10.

    I’ve had to actually grab a pen and paper and think this baby through. From my math, if what you’re actually able to cash out is $10, then it’s not actually 30 cents a post. It works out more like 20 cents a post. (I need to update my blog post accordingly)

    The only time when you get what you’ve literally made is when you’re a premium member cashing out $100 (you make $100, you get $100).

    I’m still relatively new – couple of weeks – so I’m trying to get my head around it myself.

  3. TriNi

    Hey hun,

    Was waiting on your post on this before I joined, simply because I saw it said referral, and I wanted to enter your name in the referral field so you’d get credit. I tried ebele, which I thought you used, but it didn’t work so I didn’t join that day.

    But now after reading your post, I understand how it works, in that you only get credit after you’ve upgraded. :/

    That kinda blows…

    I mean I understand the benefits of upgrading, but I think $10 a month is kinda high for an upgrade don’t you think? I dunno it’s just my opinion. I don’t think I would be upgrading either. I think they might have profited more if the charged just a one time fee for upgrading.. rather than such a high monthly fee.

    I still want to give this one a try though, so I think I’m going to sign up right now.

    Off course we all know how my time has been going lately, so let’s see if I can make enough time to post frequently on this.

    Take care!

    – TriNi @ Make Money Online Free

  4. ebele

    Aww, that’s nice of you re: the referral.

    Yes, you can only participate in the referral program if you’re a premium member. And even then, your referrals have to be premium for you to benefit from it.

    I’m not quite sold on paying $9.99/month. I can see how you can make much more than that if you pay it. However, with the forum being new, with their changes, and with the site being down now and again for upgrades and fixes, I’m not willing to part with my money towards that slightly unsettled cloud.

    In a way, I kinda admire those who’ve taken the risk and have upgraded. They’re making quite the pretty packet. But, for me, the site is not quite stable enough for me.

    Have a wonderful week, lovely 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    I’ve been on there for a few weeks and got paid the first week and was so happy I went premium. Guess what??? NO PAY THIS WEEK!!!! AND you can post all you want on there and spend hours working but they have to approve everything and all this week you can barely post anything! I spent a whole day working on there trying to post and made $3 bucks that I probably won’t get anyway. If you’re thinking about joining think twice. I won’t hold my breath to get paid. This site will fold and we will all lose our hard earned cash!

  6. ebele

    Hi Anon,

    I’m sorry about your experience on Techdoctordeals. I think they need to speed up the moderation process as live dialogue between members is an important aspect of a forum. It makes the forum look animated and alive, encourages people to participate and new members to join.

    Regarding payment, I did read on one of their numerous updates that it’ll take up to a week for everyone to get paid. Premiums will get theirs first.

    I don’t know if you read my post to the end, but I mentioned that I won’t be joining the forum along with my reasons. The forum doesn’t seem stable. It’s a shame ‘cos it wasn’t like that when I first joined. They just seem to have taken something that was working OK, and then bit-by-bit started to ruin it.

    So what are you going to do? Are you going to continue with your premium membership?

    Take care…

  7. Anonymous

    So far I’ve earned over $300 in this forum. Besides that it’s kind of nice to be part of this community since its such a nice forum.

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