Rank: 89/100 – a totally legitimate business that pays you for searching the web.
Qmee is a small business start up that has partnered with ad networks to give users a bit of extra cash for doing what they’re already doing – browsing the web. Simply put, it’s an entirely free extension you install within your web browser. The company claims to pay you anywhere from a few cents up to one dollar for every search result you click. But is Qmee legit or should you be leery of signing up?
An Overview of Qmee and how it works
Qmee is entirely free to join, and the browser toolbar is painless to install. It is compatable with most browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera.
In a nutshell, this is how it works: you sign up, install the extension within your browser and then use the web as you normally would. The Qmee program will display relevant, sponsored search results for keywords you type within your search browser.
The results are displayed within the sidebar of your normal search results, and are relevant to what you typed in.
For example, a search for “women’s shoes” will return a sidebar within the search engine with relevant results for places that sell them:
Each result will tell you how much the click is worth. Here “+6c” means you’ll get paid out 6 cents for the click. Most searches I encountered were somewhere around this amount.
Not only does this work within normal search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo – it also shows results when you directly search on major ecommerce sites like Amazon and Ebay.
However, these results don’t show up for every search. From what I can tell, they’re primary product based searches and only for particular products. The majority of my searches didn’t return the Qmee result bar.
It’s important to note you can’t “cheat” the system either – it works with your normal searching habits. You can’t click on the same link 100 times in a row, you need to be searching as you normally would and clicking the links like you would for any other search.
How do you get paid?
Qmee pays out primary via PayPal, but also offers gift card rewards or charity donations.
The thing that makes their cash out system far superior to any other “get paid to” site on the web is that there’s no minimum payment threshold. You can literally cash out even if you only have earned a few pennies.
If you’re familiar with the myriad of paid survey and other paid to do sites on the web, this is a breath of fresh air. Often times these companies set the minimum payment limits too high and it ends up being hard for most people to ever reach them.
It’s good to know you can get paid for your searches even if you decide you don’t like it after giving it a try.
- Unlike other “get paid to” sites, you don’t have to waste time doing anything you aren’t already doing – you literally get paid for searching the web like you normally do
- It works with every major search engine – Google, Bing and Yahoo
- It works directly within Amazon and Ebay
- There’s no cash out minimum, so you can cash out whenever you want (even if it’s only pennies)
- Only shows up for certain searches, primarily product based, may not show up that often for most people depending on their searching habits
- Your information on web searching and clicking is being collected by this company
- Doesn’t have an open affiliate program, you have to be invited via a personal email from the company in order to get commissions from referring others
- There’s not yet a mobile app (the company says they’re working on one) so it can only be used on a regular computer, laptop or tablet
Final opinion – is Qmee worth joining?
I am not a huge fan of the world of online surveys, paid to click, paid to watch, etc – it’s generally a waste of time for most people. That being said, Qmee is unique because you aren’t required to do any annoying, time consuming tasks just to earn a penny. You get paid for doing what you’re already doing.
On top of that, in my opinion one of the best parts of Qmee (aside from the no minimum cash out) is the fact you don’t have to use a special search engine for it to work. Even though you won’t get paid a lot, it’s still nice making a few extra dollars without having to take extra time out of your day. Qmee is a completely legitimate company and I haven’t experienced any issues with them thus far.
If you have any experience using Qmee, please drop a note down below – I’d love to hear your take on it!