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WidgetBucks is a Worthless SCAM!

November 26, 2007

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Surprise, surprise… It’s all a scam!

UPDATE: WidgetBucks has paid their members, but I still firmly believe they are a scam. Please read WidgetBucks Pays… But They’re Still A Scam to learn more.

WidgetBucks.com, the new competition for Google Adsense? Originally I thought so, but maybe not. Their motto is Ads suck, ours don’t. Okay, so maybe their ads don’t suck the least bit, but the way they run their company surely does.

Lately WidgetBucks have been realized to be worthless scammers, pretty freaking sneaky, and downright thieves. If you think I’m exaggerating, then you are DEAD WRONG. I am not the only one who thinks so. I have only been a member of WidgetBucks for a few days but have already been cheated by them. Just who do they think they are, anyway? Maybe they’re letting it go to their heads that people are saying they are the next Adsense.

I joined WidgetBucks for many reasons. The main one was because Adsense wasn’t making me much money when I had it installed, so I thought I would give WidgetBucks a go, hearing how their clicks can average around $0.50 each! My second reason was because upon joining, you get a free $25 to start you off – that sets your account halfway to the $50 payout! Why does WidgetBucks give away a free $25? Because you will never actually receive it. It’s just a gimmick!

Your account will never reach the minimum payout because all WidgetBucks does is wipe your money straight out from under you – that’s what they did to me. I had a couple dollars, and the next day it was gone. I originally installed one banner at the top of my homepage. It received some clicks, got me some earnings. The next day, I saw a big fat $0.00 staring right back at me. Where did my money go? Then the next thing I noticed was that the single person I had referred had also been erased from my account – I did not get credit for that either!

Do you know why WidgetBucks pays a lot more per click than Adsense does and why they give you free cash? Because you’re never going to get it. It’s all a scam to get you to sign up and refer others so THEY will get the money. Then you, their unsuspecting victim (and all those you told the site about) who has been advertising for them, suddenly logs on to find all your money gone or at least a huge chunk missing.

This is just a warning to all you folk out there who are using WidgetBucks – you are NEVER going to get anything in return! They offer a lot of extra money for various things and even have a referral system, but when they think you aren’t looking they delete your earnings records. This makes it so you will never reach that minimum $50 payout.

Don’t be caught supporting a phony program! Please share your opinions and let me know if you see anything fishy going on in YOUR WidgetBucks.com account. Who knows, I might be wrong, but it seems pretty suspicious that everyone’s earnings are just disappearing doesn’t it? Whatever’s going on here IS NOT honest.

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23 Responses to “WidgetBucks is a Worthless SCAM!”

  1. digital photography on November 26th, 2007 6:02 am

    This is not entirely true, I still have my 35$ in account, 10 from referals and 5 that earned in couple days, they didn’t wipe out anything money is still there. Maybe its your traffic that doesn’t covert? international traffic? could be many reasons. But on the other hand I think its a scam and we won’t get payed – maybe first wave of people just to get hooked so that they can earn even more with the new wave of people who are encouraged by first payouts. And then again no one really knows, lets see how it turns out :) first payouts are due to december, so we don’t have to wait long :D

  2. Ruchir on November 26th, 2007 7:34 am

    WidgetBucks had a lot of potential to make it big when they started early on. But all this, including them not counting non-US clicks is making that potential to go down the drain. If they don’t mend their ways, seriously WB is going to be a total flop…I hope they correct themselves though, I kind of like their ad units…

  3. Wayne Liew on November 26th, 2007 8:21 am

    I once thought of placing it on my blog but I find that the categories seems to be irrelevant to my blog so the widget didn’t make it.

    I have been reading a few topic discussions in forums on this but at first I thought those were posts by haters but after I am reading more and more of such claims, I am starting to believe this.

    If they are really for real, they should pay at least 1000 of their publishers now.

  4. Tay on November 27th, 2007 2:18 am

    @Digital Photography – I’m glad they haven’t taken any of your earnings yet, but like mentioned in the post, I’m not the only one. I have come across literally dozens of other people who have woken up to empty accounts, or at least ones where a decent chunk of the earnings are missing. However, I do think you have a good theory on your hands. They want us to refer more people for them to scam. :|

    @Ruchir – I agree with you! When I first started them, I liked their site a lot and thought that they could become something. Then I quickly noticed their flaws. Also, like you, I enjoy their ad units too – they’re a lot more cool and attractive than ads other programs offer.

    @Wayne Liew – I liked the look of the ads a lot, but they weren’t completely relevant for me either – most of the time they were showing computers, etc. However I thought I’d give them a chance until I noticed all the stories going around. WidgetBucks definitely is fishy! I agree. :|

  5. Matt Hulett on November 27th, 2007 2:22 am

    Matt from Mpire.com (makers of WidgetBucks). You have some very strong opinions about our program. I can assure you that we are a real company, backed by real professionals. We’ve been enforcing our terms of service which has caused a bunch of attention. If you feel that we need to look at your account then please email me directly and we’ll look at it. btw, we’re coming out with an international CPM solution which should help some publishers in the next week.

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  7. Tay on November 27th, 2007 3:44 am

    Matt Hulett,

    Thanks for your response; I appreciate you taking the time to drop by. When you say that WidgetBucks is a real company, I hope that that is true. It just seems so awfully suspicious that ALL of my earnings vanished, and a lot of money earned by other people has disappeared as well. I doubt that a proper company would handle things that way or let that happen.

    The “too good to be true” factor also plays a part. At first WidgetBucks seemed great. There was the $25 signup bonus, and a single click paid a lot more than a single click from Adsense would. But what is the point in this money if it’s removed from people’s accounts and they will never receive it? I would like to know how so many people are breaking the terms of service that you have to remove their earnings.

    Anyway, thank you again for your comment. I do not agree with how your company is running things, but I think WidgetBucks does have a lot of potential and nice-looking ads. If people stop losing their earnings for no reason and everyone gets paid, then I will have to apologize and change my mind. However, right now I’m sticking to what I’ve previously said. Like I said before, it does seem pretty phony and sneaky.

  8. Adino on November 27th, 2007 4:44 am

    I pulled out of WidgetBucks the day they announced that international clicks will no longer earn any commission.

  9. Tay on November 27th, 2007 3:07 pm

    @Adino – That was a good choice. Not counting international clicks was another bad play made by WidgetBucks!

  10. Matt Hulett on November 27th, 2007 3:34 pm

    There are a couple of comments on this blog. Tay-if there are specific reporting problems that you experienced then I would be happy to research those for you. We have been suspending accounts that violated our terms of service; in some cases the publishers honestly didn’t realize that they were breaking our terms. We have made that language more clear upfront. There were some bad actors that were a small % of the overall population that were extremely loud in our moves. So, let me know if you have reporting issues that you want me to research otherwise our first payment cycle is coming up and you can decide for yourself.

    The two other folks mentioned international clicks; we’re working on a CPM solution in the next week — it wont be great for sites that have the majority of their traffic outside the US but its a good solution for publishers to have built-in geo targeting in one ad unit. I know that we upset many publishers on our policy decision and we’re going to support a richer non-US solution (outside of the international CPM ads) in the coming months.

  11. Tay on November 27th, 2007 10:13 pm

    @Matt Hulett – There are more than just a couple of comments on this blog, there are dozens of people I’ve come across out there who are not pleased with your program (I have linked to a few within the above post). Like I said, please tell me how so many violated your terms of service, and I would also like to know how I did as well. What rule was broken?

    Even if WidgetBucks turns out not to be a scam, I do think it is a poorly run program nonetheless. Several bad choices have been made for this company and I still don’t think it makes sense just to sneakily remove so many people’s earnings from their account, and never speak a word about it. If people are breaking your terms of service, why don’t you just let them know? I still have the feeling that when earnings are removed from an account without notice, and that it happens to so many people, that there is something fishy going on.

  12. Matt Hulett on November 28th, 2007 12:15 am

    Matt here again. You are certainly entitled to your opinions on how we’ve run this program. Anyone can have their account re-reviewed at help@widgetbucks.com (and feel free to email me directly at matt@mpire.com). Other than than that, the main issues around suspension are (and are found on the Widgetbucks site):

    Please note: The WidgetBucks Terms of Use prohibit the following:

    * Placing widgets or referral banners on Non-English Language Sites
    * Placing widgets or referral banners on Ad-Only Pages
    * Placing widgets or referral banners on sites containing Pornographic Content
    * Not providing a valid domain when you create a widget
    * Click Fraud

    Our terms of use are stated at: http://www.widgetbucks.com/terms.page

    Finally, if you want to research the company behind widgetbucks then go to:
    http://www.mpire.com/corporate/about.html

    Everyone that gets suspended receives an email with the reason for the suspension in the subject line. Everyone. So, if someone feels that they were suspended
    improperly, then simply contact us with specific account info. Tay-send me your account info (or anyone on this post). Tay-sorry that you are upset; I encourage anyone to contact us if they have more questions directly.

  13. Tay on November 28th, 2007 12:52 am

    Matt, I believe you don’t understand what I’ve been saying this whole time. I’m not talking about suspension at all. If someone is suspended for breaking the rules and gets a warning, THAT IS FINE. Any proper company would do that.

    However, I am talking about how myself and so many others I’ve come across have just logged into their accounts one day and found ALL or A LOT of their earnings missing, with no notice or no warning. There is no explanation for it. It’s happened to me as well, so I know.

    I’ve also seen a lot of people’s sites where they have placed their WidgetBucks unit and I can tell you all the reasons you’ve provided for the people I have come across aren’t the case, unless there is click fraud involved (but I doubt every single user of WidgetBucks is performing click fraud, and I know I didn’t).

    Like I said, what I am talking about is not suspension. It is people logging into their accounts and finding their earnings gone with no reason provided. I will contact the company and do more research. However, even if you think almost every single WidgetBucks user is cheating your system, perhaps it would seem less fishy if the money weren’t just removed from people’s accounts without letting them know it has happened or WHY it has happened.

    Thanks for your comments Matt, I appreciate you helping me to understand the matter. :)

  14. iAdd on December 3rd, 2007 2:01 pm

    C’mon guys , who is thinking that WG is not scam they can wait for payment ( which will never gonna happen ) , I’ve seen dozen of people getting banned for no reason

  15. Tay on December 4th, 2007 4:26 am

    iAdd, That’s true – And even if they do pay, I’m still thinking they’re a scam because they ban people and take away people’s earnings for no reason at all, which in turn saves them thousands of dollars that they WOULD have had to pay.

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  17. fr0gman on December 11th, 2007 1:18 pm

    Cast my vote as WidgetBucks being an OUTRIGHT SCAM!

    http://riskyschemes.com/2007/12/10/widgetbucks-mpire-corp-outright-scam-artists/

  18. Tay on December 11th, 2007 11:53 pm

    Fr0gman,

    Thanks for sharing your article with me. I agree, I do think WB is an outright scam. I read how you were suspended for a dumb reason – that’s pretty much how WB operates. Either they remove your earnings or suspend you. Sometimes they don’t even provide a reason, and when they do, usually you’ve done nothing wrong – they just want to save money by not having to pay you.

  19. Forex Trader on December 17th, 2007 6:51 am

    So sorry,

    But i completely disagree with you on this.

    SEE THIS “WHY WIDGETBUCKS IS NOT A SCAM”

    http://forex-trading4you.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-widgetbucks-aint-just-scam.html

  20. fr0gman on December 17th, 2007 11:46 am

    Dear Forex Trader,

    I don;t take advice from people that use the following words in their blog:

    gonna
    fricking
    coz

    Especially when the only purpose of the post it to encourage people to sign up for a weak program through your affiliate link.

    “Good luck with your fricking life coz with your IQ you are gonna need it.”

    l8r d00d

  21. Muziek 4 U on February 3rd, 2008 2:26 pm

    And, whats the last conclusion of WB now?

    Muziek 4 U’s last blog post..Sheryl Crow – DeTours [del.icio.us]

  22. Tay on February 3rd, 2008 7:42 pm

    Muziek 4 U,

    To be honest I haven’t had much to do with WB, because I still disagree with the choices they’re making to run a professional business. They’ll pay, but in my eyes it’s not as much as they promise. Everything I have written in my two posts about WB still apply to what I believe. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use WB if it’s better than Adsense for you, or other programs. I’m just saying to be wary and make sure of everything you do. :)

  23. BT on December 22nd, 2008 9:02 am

    I agree it is spam, first they show ads on the websites, second they have a list of “paying” countries. third they claim they have CPM, fourth after 1000+ impressions from the paying sites the money in my account is Zero. just got rid of the code on my site.

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