Product Type: Unclear
Scam or Not: Scam
Overall Rating: 3/10
The name Project Payday has been floating around a lot online and a lot of people have been asking ‘is Project Payday a scam or is it real?’. With this post, I’m going to look into the site and show you exactly what it does offer – and what it doesn’t.
If you search Project Payday online, you’ll come up with a range of reviews along with a link to the site. Well… kind of.
The site for Project Payday is still high in the search engine results for the term, which is probably why so many people are interested in the site. However, all is not what it seems.
If you actually click on the link, you are redirected to a different site entirely, one called Traffic Brokers.
In fact, many people who review Project Payday actually end up reviewing Traffic Brokers instead, because that’s where the domain redirects to.
So, what’s the difference?
Well, we can learn a little bit about Project Payday itself from the links at the bottom of the search engine results (as those aren’t redirected for some reason) and from older reviews.
Essentially, Project Payday teaches people to systematically take advantage of Incentivized Freebie Websites (IFWs). Now, I’m pretty sure the site owner just made that term up, but he’s essentially referring to sites like Swagbucks and Survey Say, as well as free sites that pay you to recruit other people to their programs.
Sites like that are pretty common online.
They often seem like a good idea at first but in practice, the amount of time and effort involved is much more than people expect while the income potential is considerably lower than the site claims.
At the same time, Project Payday emphasizes sites where you are recruiting others. I’ve always hated that approach because it sounds wonderful on paper but it doesn’t work that way in practice.
The most significant issue is that recruitment is pretty difficult and it’s certainly more challenging than most people assume. Realistically, if you had the skills and training, then recruiting people into a company is possible. However, Project Payday doesn’t look like it actually provides this information.
In fact, the main product the company offers is a ’65 Page Training Guide’. 65 pages really isn’t enough space to teach people how to effectively recruit others and make money from the process.
Based on all of that, I would say that yeah, Project Payday is a scam – at least, the original form of the site certainly seems to be.
If nothing else, the process of making money is nowhere nearly as the site implies.
It’s also worth noting that because the main page for the site redirects to Traffic Brokers, you probably can’t actually purchase Project Payday’s product anyway.
I’m not completely surprised by this, because some of the marketing for Project Payday focuses on the idea that you can make money as an affiliate for Netflix, DiscoverCard and some similar companies.
Now, I’m not sure about DiscoverCard, but I do know that Netflix doesn’t have an affiliate program anymore. Realistically, the site doesn’t need one. So, that might be part of the reason that Project Payday no longer appears to be active.
So, what about Traffic Brokers?
From the site, it isn’t entirely clear whether Traffic Brokers even has the same owner as Project Payday. On the site for Project Payday, there was no indication about who actually owns the site, while the owner of Traffic Brokers is apparently someone called Jeff Walker.
I highly doubt that the guy’s name is actually Jeff Walker, as it’s fairly unusual to see people use their real names on scammy sites like this one. Still, that doesn’t really influence whether or not the site is a scam.
I’ll go into Traffic Brokers more in the next section. But, in general, there is little to suggest that the site is legitimate. In fact, all of the marketing carefully hides exactly how you would be earning money – which isn’t an encouraging practice.
Issues with Traffic Brokers
This review is a little bit unusual, because we’re essentially focusing on two different sites that may not even be related. But, when I’m looking at the issues and the advantages, I really want to focus on Traffic Brokers. After all, this is the site that is actually still active, so it’s the one that people would end up signing up to.
One of my first issues is that the guy behind Traffic Brokers uses his own profits and reputation to prove that his system works. It’s a bit of a weird approach because the guy isn’t exactly well known as an internet marketer.
To ‘prove’ his legitimacy, he shows a screenshot of his apparent revenue.
For one thing, screenshots like this are incredibly easy to fake. I mean, you could even make something like that in Excel with a little bit of work. Alternatively, you often see site owners photoshopping their earnings to make them seem better.
The other thing is that the information simply isn’t relevant.
Realistically, it doesn’t matter how much money the guy makes. He’s not making it through the program he’s promoting (he even says as much). So, he could still be promoting a really poor quality program.
My issue here is that this is manipulation – and you see other examples of it throughout the sales pitch.
For example, he talks about he isn’t like other internet marketers because he will prove his system works. To do this, he uses ‘real live video proof’. However, that video is just the same as his screenshots – he’s simply ‘proving’ that he has earned money.
Granted, it is harder to fake a video than it is to fake a screenshot, but it is still very possible to actually do. Besides, as I said before, the amount of money he makes doesn’t have anything to do with whether his product is actually any good.
Yet, that video is all the proof he provides.
In fact, he doesn’t even tell people how they will be making money. Instead, the basic instructions just look like this:
Does that sound like a scam to anyone else?
Here’s the other thing. Even once you do provide your information, you still don’t find out what the approach is even about.
Instead, the next step is signing up, which involves paying money.
According to the speaker, the approach is entirely risk-free, because you get a 7-day trial (for $4.95) and can cancel and get a refund at any time.
Here’s the thing…
Providing your credit card information is never risk-free.
You have no way of knowing whether the site will actually honor your request to cancel. To make matters worse, the full program here costs $49.95 per month. That’s a huge monthly fee to get stuck with, especially as the site won’t even tell people what system it’s promoting.
Besides that, paying $49.95 per month for any program to make money online is excessive. There are other effective programs out there that don’t charge nearly as much, including some that are honest about what you’re getting into and where you get access to a free trial.
Benefits and Advantages
With this site, the main advantage is probably that you get a trial. In theory, this means that you have 7 days to figure out whether you actually like the site. Furthermore, you might even be able to get the cost of the trial refunded. If you could, then you would get to try the site without losing anything at all.
While this might be nice, there is still no guarantee that the site would actually follow through on any of its claims.
Is Project Payday a Scam?
Both Project Payday and Traffic Brokers appear to be scams – although they probably don’t have much to do with one another. It’s possible that the same site owner decided to try a completely different approach or that someone else bought the domain name. Either approach makes sense, as there is so much discussion surrounding Project Payday and whether or not it is actually a scam.
Regardless, both products actively try to manipulate visitors, trying to convince them to sign up for systems that just won’t work as a method of earning money.
To me, one of the biggest indications of a legitimate product is when the product owners are honest.
After all, if you were promoting a product that was actually good, you wouldn’t hide how the product worked or what to expect. At the same time, I like products that actually teach you what you’re doing, rather than throwing you in the deep end.
Now, it is likely that Traffic Brokers and Project Payday provide some training. But, I doubt that what they offer is enough to help you be successful.
These issues are why I like Wealthy Affiliate so much. You might not have heard of it but essentially Wealthy Affiliate is a training site that teaches people to make money through affiliate marketing.
The process of affiliate marketing sometimes gets a bad name, particularly from people who run sites like Project Payday. One reason is that affiliate marketing takes work. People sometimes find that they need to put more time and effort into the approach than they actually want to.
But, if you actually want a long-term business, you do have to put in work. That’s true for any type of business and honestly, it just makes sense.
Wealthy Affiliate is great because it is focused on teaching people how to be successful in the long-term. This means that you can learn all of the skills that you need while also learning how to build a successful online business.