Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ThePayoff Returns

Back in the dotcom bubble of the mid- to late-'90s, I had a website called "ThePayoff" that was a collection of my referral links to the greatest get-paid-to-surf sites, along with tutorials showing how they worked and lists of features of and comparisons among each. The leader of the pack back then was AllAdvantage, and I made some money off of them -- I remember one $17 check in particular. It wasn't the only one out there by any stretch of the imagination (I think I was signed up for 22 similar programs at one point), but it was the most popular and perhaps the easiest to 'sell' to friends and family. Well, as easy as any pyramid scheme is to sell to friends and family.

Late last year, a couple of the AllAdvantage guys got together with a bunch of business students from Stanford and decided to get back into the GPTS business. And so we have AGLOCO, the unfortunately-named (think "A GLObal COmmunity") AllAdvantage for the new millennium. Yes, it's still basically a pyramid, and yes the concept is still "you install and run an adbar while you're online and we'll pass 90% of our advertisers' money directly on to you and your team." This time, though, they won't pay us before they get paid themselves (lesson learned), and they won't let your downline grow to infinity -- they'll stop counting our referrals five levels down. Still, that's plenty.

I write all this to say, of course, if you read this blog, please sign up for AGLOCO under me... but also, to report that I just got my first referral the other day. I haven't even done much recruiting -- who has the time? -- but it's nice to watch one of my downlines growing again. It reminds me of my life a decade ago, as ThePayoff.



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