Warning Readbud.com is a Scam Please Don't Waste Your Time Here, I Have Thoroughly Reviewed the Site
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Warning Readbud.com is a Scam Please Don't Waste Your Time Here, I Have Thoroughly Reviewed the Site

Readbud.com is a scam please don't waste your time here, I have thoroughly reviewed the site and they will never pay you.

I originally wrote a positive informative review about Readbud a couple of months ago but my opinion of Readbud has since changed drastically.

I have reached $50.00 minimum cashout plus I waited the suggested 30 days after requesting payment. Readbud should have deposited my earnings into my Paypal account or at least sent me an email explaining why they were not going to pay me. I have not received any type of communication from the company since I signed up. I have accumulated an additional $30.00 in my account as of this moment. I have not been getting as many articles as I used to in the beginning. I used to make a dollar a day but now I am lucky if I get .20 a day. The articles started dwindling right after I hit the $30.00 mark. There were notices on the site that say that it is because the site is undergoing service upgrades. I'm not sure if I believe that or not.

Shortly after the site appeared to get everything straightened out I noticed that they added a ton of ads along with a notice that said to click on the ads if you want to receive more articles to view. (That's shady). Shortly after that when I would click on an article my computer would be hijacked by a virus (this has happened 3 times). Luckily, I know how to handle it when that occurs but there are probably a bunch of people that would be out of commission on the computer for a few days if that would happen to them (it was pretty aggressive).

I have 25 referrals over at Readbud so you can probably imagine how disappointed I am in the site, not to mention embarassed. One of my referrals reached payout over a month ago. I was reading that once a person cashes out it can take up to 30 days for them to get paid. 30 days is a bit extensive but it is not unreasonable at least for your first cashout with a new company so I was patient. As a referral bonus, I was supposed to receive 5 dollars once my referral cashed out but I still have not received anything.

I have tried to contact Readbud on 4 separate occasions and I have never once received a reply from them. Ever since I first signed up I have been on the look out for a proof of payment that didn't look fake and a couple of months later I have still not been able to find one. Now I believe it is safe to say that Readbud is a scam. Please be warned that this is not a site that you will want to do business with.

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Comments (79)

Rachel, thanks for that important alert. I've encountered similar scenarios on other scam sites and feel a great appreciation for letting us all know. The ad campaigns seem to be what's giving users viruses and other bad tastes lingering around. Thanks again for the heads up!

You are welcome Richard I am always happy to share my experiences even if they are not positive ones. The negative reviews can be just as useful. Thank you for reading my new article, I will swing by yours soon too.

leverton Lisa

thanks for this. A friend on redgage posted to say it was a scam, with similar experiences to you. I am glad I only did it for 2 days!!

Glad you got the message out there!

Thanks a lot for this article....I am sure that many of us have been wasting our precious time and energy here..

I only got $25 at the moment but what could I say. I have encountered worst sites on the net. Sometimes we just have to be open minded about things online. Tha last time I was devoting a blog a day at Triond, I thought I will average even $10-$20 a month if I publish more articles. I reached 225 articles and my earnings were as slow as $0.10 to $0.15 a day just as before. So I hibernated from Triond and built up my articles here on factoidz and I'm amused that I'm earning $6 at the moment for this month out of 47 articles compared to $4 out of my 225 posts at Triond. I must say websites have their way of managing their gimmicks or else they would be bankrupt without a future to expect. Now in our level it is up to us to thrive from one website to the next or come up with the decision to build our own. Imagine if you're averaging a thousand views a day and how much you gain from it if there's no filtering mechanism replacing a wad of paperbills out of your earnings into trickles of coins. Just a thought, of course.

Thanks a lot for this alert. more power Rachel!

Thanks for the heads up, I have also been on sites where you almost meet the pay out amount and then the work dries up. Factoidz definately pays the most out of the sites I write for.

Has anyone figured out where the articles on Readbud come from? If nothing else, the articles have been lessons in SEO.

Thank you so much for the warning. I was just about to check out the site and the title of your factoid drew me here. This is very sad if they actually want to tell you to click on ads.

Excellent article. By the way, the "aggressive viruses" that came along, what is your favored procedure for dealing with them quickly?

I never joined them, thanks for letting everyone know.

I've never had the pleasure of joining the site, but now I definitely won't. Thanks Rachel. Tweeting this for sure Rachel.

Hi Lorena, I use Avira Antivir to block and remove viruses and it does a pretty good job.

Deep Blue, I used to be on Triond too but it was too hard to make any money there plus they want exclusive rights to your content. Factoidz is way better than Triond.

Thanks. It's good to know there are sharks a well as birds of paradise on the interweb.

This does sound like a rather shady site and one I don't think I would join upon reading this! Great review and heads up Rachel. Sorry I'm out of votes for today but will definately buzz this up!

I left the above comment, it logged me out.

Finally, someone knows something! I had done several internet searches about Readbud and couldn't find any information on whether it was a scam or not - just other people asking the same questions I was. I was referred by a writing friend, but didn't spend too much time on the site - I found a lot of the articles to be poorly written and only reviewed $3 worth of articles. I guess I like writing more than I like reading! And you are right, telling people to click on ads in order to get more articles is very shady, and I believe it violates the terms & conditions of Google Adsense. Thanks for warning all of us!

Taylor, I was running into the same thing you were - tons of questions about Readbud with no answers. I am glad to be able to validate that the site is no good. I hope I saved some people from wasting their time with Readbud.

I am glad you wrote this and it will help a lot of people, I am just sorry that you have not been paid for your reads or referrals and it makes me glad that I didn't waste a lot of time on there. Keep up the good work!

Thanks for the warning, Rachel. I was invited too for Readbud before but my hands are already full and beg off.

Thanks for the information and the warning.

sorry to hear about your experience. I had signed up through a referral link of a friend but I never got to using the site. I stay away when I see the level is 50.00 that's crazy. It looks like they have tried to make sure you never reach the level. shame on them and thanks for the warning. I dugg the article..

wow that is weird! I would avoid that site. thanks for the information..

I'd signed up there too, but some of the really dreadful articles put me off trying too hard with them. I'm still unsure about what some actually written about.... it seemed a little strange at the time but for them to ask for clicks?!? There's def rules against that one.... now I know not to go back. Thank you for sharing, but it's shame you had to find out the hard way though :/ Sympathies for that Rachel.

thanks i am not a full time internet contributor...i could have joined that site too...well, some writing sites have their own way of "secret scams". i have noticed that some writing sites are cheating on the actual number of views of an article. for instance, at SU it says it accumulated 2k views but in your dashboard it only shows 400...writers are always the loser...and to make things worst...hundreds of sharks inhabits the internet...they will steal your article and post it on their site and they would even submit it to different social networks...they earn and you don't...

I have been curious about Readbud but never signed up. Thanks for your post!

Live and learn, I guess. There's nothing like personal experience when evaluating a website.

At least you now know it is a scam and you can stop wasting your time. I am one of your referrals and I decided a long time ago that it was a scam. We do live and learn.

Yes they are a scam. Carol R got to $50 and then was denied payment.. they said she didn't read the articles. I got over $30 before I quit them.. though I didn't trust them from the beginning... and then when I discovered they were stealing people's articles... I really got a bad taste in my mouth and quit entirely.

Jeepers - here in South Africa I feel like an innocent lamb amongst all the "wheeler & Dealer" sites around - thanks goodness I relied on my instincts - - thanks for you advice Rachel!

Disappointed about this site.. I hate scam sites, thanks for the info, I deactivated my membership there,.

Hi Rachel, I am just reaching $50 there. As U say for me also the articles reduced after I reached $30. Now if I do not get the payment from them, I intend to expose them all over the net.(whether it will have any effect or not is a different question but at least people need not waste their precious time and energy there. By the way may I know in what way your computer was hijacked and how U solved it! Because I want to learn! Are U an expert in computers also? If so can u solve this problem? That is all my articles are immediately declined in Triond when submitted even though my 58 articles have been published and my comments on other's articles on Triond also appears. And the site is reluctant to solve this problem and so I stopped writing for Triond. A wonderful Triond!

Rajaraman K, I am not a computer expert at all unfortunately. The viruses happened a while ago and they were on an old computer so I don't really remember for sure what I used to get rid of them. I am positive that I used some program that I downloaded for free off the internet. Currently I use a program called Crap Cleaner (CCleaner) and Avira. I also had really bad luck with Triond, they don't accept any articles that were previously published elsewhere. I generally don't like sites that want to hold the rights to my articles. I feel like those are my words and my articles so I should have the right to remove them when I choose to. Unless the website pays me for the article but Triond pays only pennies while other sites pay dollars.

I know that this is not on subject here, but the Virus issue is a serious one for all of us, especially a there a dangerous one called Win 32: Crypt doing the rounds, and one of the ways to solve it on Yahoo Answers: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090824170120AAYzPaJ

You are not alone, thanks for the warning Rachel. I have been writing to triond and it really shares so litttle less than one dollar, OMG!

Hariom

yeah dude really nice information you have given.............i am really aware from these kinds of scam websites.........................and tell more about scam websites and list out

I have made a list of scam sites that everyone should stay away from. The only way that we can warn others is to get the word out. I hope this list helps people to not waste their time. http://www.rachel1919.com/sites-to-stay-away-from.html

Russhni

Readbud is from top to bottom SCAM.

I've requested over a month ago my payout, but I didn't get anything...

Watch this video for more details and the truth about Readbud!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft-X2XQEmo4

You are right! I already reached $50 and they never pay me.

Yasir Imran

Thank you dude for this information. I also had an account there and few referrals but I didn't like this bore thing to get 1 dollar after hurting your fingers fully. I got 10 $ and I don't want to proceed now after seeing your post.

READBUD IS A SCAM. I have reached $50 and the auditing time they alloted for review. THEY HAVE NOT PAID. I have sent messages about 15 of them already and THEY NEVER REPLIED. I have friends whom I have referred to Readbud and some of them already reached their first $50 and are now complaining too of non-payment and unanswered queries. I am really embarrassed. I just sent another message now inquiring about it. I have stopped reading articles for one week now until they pay. If 5 members have been paid, thousands were not. Please be warned and pass this message to others. Make a blog about it so we can warn others. Thank you and God bless! …… if you have any questions about my experience, pls do so. tks again.

Thanks Rachel for the review and for the info. I never did Readbud but I just had to unsubscribe from surveysavvy as after 3 weeks of doing the silly pre-screening for surveys qualifications, I still hadn't qualified for even one survey. Once I did a pre-screening for almost 30 minutes and then was notified I didn't qualified. I government oversight of the internet as is being proposed, but sometimes... I guess once the public knows what is going on, they will just hang themselves with the same noose they tied around other people's necks. Thank Rachel...I'll be visiting you again.

I am nearly to $40.00, -testing this for myself. I suspect fraud, but who knows? Until I get shafted it is just other people's word against the site. FAR better earnings here at Factoidz.

I could attest to the negative reviews on readbud. It better be spelled "readbad". I have reached 51 plus and when I clicked if I'm entitled to claim my earnings, my indicated earnings returned to $0.00 without advise on email should I wait or what. This site preys on the new members who are eager to cash out since you get thrilled when you just read and earn about a dollar a day but something which you couldn't claim when you get to the agreed payout amount.

Deeps

its fraud site i reached 50$ payout and waited 1 month no sign of deposit in my paypal account. its complete fraud.... dont waste time and energy on this stupid site.

jinxism

LAST week, I have reached $50.09 after 7 MONTHS. So, I decided to redeem $50.00 - my current balance defaulted back to $0.00... SO, according to them, it might take around 30 business days before the amount gets reflected in my PAYPAL account. We'll see then, I thought to myself. I checked back ReadBud today, went to balance and SURPRISE!!!

My Current Balance says: balance $0.05

* Since joining up, you have accumulated a total of $0.05

* YOU HAVE NOT REDEEMED YET

* You do not qualify for redemption yet due to insufficient balance.

Displaying 1 to 20 of 864 articles on page 1 of 44

I have already READ and rated 864 articles since May 27, 2010 and stopped last week after I redeemed what I earned to make sure I start over ONLY when I see that they actually pay YOU. What concerns me is the line that says "YOU HAVE NOT REDEEMED YET" under balance... I am NOW convinced that it is a SCAM people! I wasted 7 MONTHS for nothing!

Thanks for sharing...

Lisa

Thanks for that information, since i am also a victim. I reached $61 more than a month ago, and redeemed, but up to today i have never been paid, and no communication. I also experienced what jinxism went through. I was very disappointed for having wasted my time and energy on such a scam.

Thanks for sharing at least am not alone.

Wow! Someone sent me an invitation...I looked into it but became skeptical of the site. Too many pop-ups. Anyway thanks for the warning I will steer clear of this site! Vote up!!!

Steve(c)

HI!

I've redeemed at 2010. dec. 27. No money, no answer for the compliants :(

Readbud is a f***ing SCAM !!!

Sarath

Hi, That's true. "READBUD" is scam. I also wanted to highlight. Pls don't waste your time on "READBUD"

hi that is true .but when i know this think i just reach in 50$ .so what can i do?

jomon

ho i waste 30 days , now i earned $50, but what i do?

nagendhar

please mail me online earning site names

Muchonias

Readbud is from top to bottom SCAM!!!

I've tryed it out over 10 months and reached my payoutlimit. Then I requested the payout but until today I got NOTHING!

Watch here for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft-X2XQEmo4

Muchonias

Readbud is from top to bottom SCAM!!!

I've tryed it out over 10 months and reached my payoutlimit. Then I requested the payout but until today I got NOTHING!

Watch here for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft-X2XQEmo4

prince

I'm totally confused! don't know what to do! i earned $ 30.i can't leave it know!! if someone know about scam free ptc sites.plz let me know.and thank u guys for confusing me.

marc

Hi thanks for the post. Glad I found this post I already reached $25 on readbud, but after reading this post I will stop visiting the website. Do you know any scam free ptc? thanks

Yasir Imran

Yes this is my request also. Please let us know anything scam free regarding PTC. Thank you

Jerry

Check this out for legitimate sites:

http://ptc-investigation.com/LegitSites.aspx

pravin

this is really shittt.i wasted so much time there.now not able to contact them also.

not receiving any articles to rate..my balance there reached to 48.56$ and stopped receiving articles now..

THEY ARE BIG SCAM.DONT WASTE UR TIME THERE

OMG Rachel, I found this one at Google. I am starting to waste my time there as of now. I even invited my husband and my brother. This makes me cry and I am even promoting the site on my blog.... 3 of them :( Thanks for the info :(

Lilly

Readbud is a total SCAM, the same happened with me too. joined the site, once I reached the 50$ I redeemed my earnings 5 month ago and still nothing, I also sent several messages but no reply to any of them. My account now shows that I haven't redeemed before. I'm very disappointed. BEWARE... don't waste your time with this site!!!!!!

Yup...it's a scam alright. Good Post

Amudhan

Why come to conclusions, i think readbud is having starting troubles, many people might not have read articles properly and rated the articles. Many readers might have just dashed through the articles, without analyzing the contents properly and whether the idea flow is coherent, so the ratings also would have been quite wrong which might have landed readbud into trouble with their clients, because of which they might be having trouble in getting paid by their clients and paying the reader. But what intrigues me is that after i crossed the $35, the number of articles has dwindled to two or three per day, so there is chance that they are playing fraud on readers

Have not been to ReadBud recently, but your critique still holds valid.

pravin

this is bull shit and reallllllllly waste of time.my balance reached 48.69 after so many months and stopped articles.

not able to contact them also.

THIS IS TOTAL SCAM

DONT WASTE YOUR TIME

KILLLLLLLLLLLL THEM IF THEY MEET YOU PERSONALLY..

Wong YK

Thanks Rachel for your info. I was just checking on readbud review when I found your site. I shall refer to your site for more updates on scam sites. It's unbelievable that people go to great lengths to do scams which will be found out very quickly. Anyway I don't know what do they get if subscribers just opt for the free membership to earn some money. I have just register for readbud but looking at the comments here, I definitely would not want to waste my time.

Anyway for the benefit of the rest, be extra careful also if you are looking for pay to click sites. They claimed they would pay $2-$10 per click on ads like twodollarsclick and therichptc but there were negative comments similar to this one too. So the lesson to us all is don't get too excited if these sites puts a too-good-to-be-true carrot in front of you AND always do your due diligence of checking for reviews before jumping in. It' ll definitely save you time, money and a lot of frustration.

Wong YK

Thanks Rachel for your info. I was just checking on readbud review when I found your site. I shall refer to your site for more updates on scam sites. It's unbelievable that people go to great lengths to do scams which will be found out very quickly. Anyway I don't know what do they get if subscribers just opt for the free membership to earn some money. I have just register for readbud but looking at the comments here, I definitely would not want to waste my time.

Anyway for the benefit of the rest, be extra careful also if you are looking for pay to click sites. They claimed they would pay $2-$10 per click on ads like twodollarsclick and therichptc but there were negative comments similar to this one too. So the lesson to us all is don't get too excited if these sites puts a too-good-to-be-true carrot in front of you AND always do your due diligence of checking for reviews before jumping in. It' ll definitely save you time, money and a lot of frustration.

darbin

i am trying to using it but i am so and so confused coz of there comments for the www. readbud.com so again and again i am searching deeply about this webpage ........................................................

Deane

Thanks for posting this. I just found readbud today and I thought "this seems too easy." You know what they say about things being too good to be true. I don't think I'll waste my time.

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'Readbud' is in fact a scam and it is another form of pay per click sites. Difference is that you are reading low quality articles and watching ads or may be clicking on ads. I have read many reviews and member complains that after reaching the payout money they didn't get it. 

hi thank you for sharing me about readbuds it is true what u are saying about readbuds is a scam coz i experience it also when i reach the amout of 30 then they give me less article to rate not like when the first join this site but now my account account be open anymore and i did not get the amount what i keep working on everyday reading then expecting for nothing now i prove that readbuds is not true thanks again,,,can u recomment to me any genuine free online job where i can make or earn money?

Thanks Rachel for sharing this good information. Everything u said was right. i am so mad at myself right now. My own cast is worst. I had 10 different account with readbud. 1 account had reached $48 while the rest is about $45. it took me over 9months to acheive it. When it got to $30, the article reduced to two. They are scam. As at the time i am writing this post readbud is no longer available.. I am so sad that i waste my entire time on this site.

hey i am even reach at 49.28 $ but they are stop my article ..........and now this site is also down....lol

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