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Interview with Jim Grago - the Admin of ClixSense

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#1 by ptcscrutiny » Sat Nov 12, 2011 23:08

A few months back, I had the honor of interviewing Jim through a Support ticket. I sent him a list of questions which I short-listed from those submitted by many users across different sites and forums. Hope you will enjoy reading it.

Note : Please do not reproduce the entire or any part of this interview anywhere without crediting the source.

Here is the entire interview.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been working in this industry and how did you get involved with ClixSense ?
A. I have been involved in the Network Marketing for over 10 years and have ran ClixSense for a year now.


2. Besides obvious financial gain, what inspired you to open a PTC site ?
A. The potential to reach many members. The marketing power that owning a business like this is incredible. The type of people who join PTC websites are those that are more responsive to other similar types of offers.


3. Do you have a team/staff or do you manage your site on your own? Could you give us a little glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes ?
A. ClixSense is owned by me and I have 4 other employees that also help run this business. Behind the scenes is just like a normal business. Each of us has our own duties to take care of. Mornings are the busiest as we have to play catchup from the overnight submission of ads, tickets and fundings. We work from 8am to 10pm daily.


4. What is your previous experience with a PTC (as a member or as an Admin) ?
A. No previous experience with PTC.


5. Is your PTC site your main source of income ?
A. No.


6. Which are the main factors you think are responsible for your site to gain this firm position and what has been your biggest success to date ?
A. I think ClixSense is successful because of the amount of time our staff puts into it and the continued support from our members. We feel that great customer support is #1 and this is why we attempt to answer support requests as quickly as possible. People do not like to wait to get an answer.


7. Let’s flip the previous question, what has been the biggest mistake you wish you had never made ?
A. I don’t think we have really made many mistakes that have hurt us.


8. Which forums and blogs do you visit regularly to see what others are saying about your site ?
A. I try not to visit many forums or blogs as if there is a negative post there or something that isn’t correct I tend to want to reply and would rather just let it be. I have posted a few times at EMS Forum but that’s about it.


9. What do you think makes your site stand out from the crowd since there are literally hundreds of PTCs one can choose from ?
A. The fact that our site is 100% “Home Grown”. Meaning we never used any bought scripts or hosted bux sites and ClixSense was the very first PTC website to come online. All others are copy cats, but you expect that.


10. Do you have any backup plans in case you have problems with Paypal like account limitation since many PTCs have had problems with Paypal with the latest being MatrixMails (Est. 2002). What other resources can you utilize that can secure payments to members ?
A. We are aware of the issues that others have had with PayPal and we are OK with resources incase anything happens. We also have a very good working relationship with PayPal as there was more to the Matrix Mails issue than we know.


11. What is your opinion about the “BUX-model” ?
A. Honestly I think the “Bux” model is terrible. I think that a person who just jumps into the PTC world without knowing what they are doing will be in trouble quickly. A friend asked me about creating one and I told him it’s not an easy business to get into because of the fraud. He quickly learned that when he fell $3,000 behind in payments only to shortly there after go out of business.


12. ClixSense has adopted a part of the “bux” model by offering guaranteed ads to members (Standard as well as Upgraded). What are the steps have you thought of for maintaining the current stability with these new conditions ?
A. We felt guaranteed ads was a good fit for our members. While this costs us quite a bit of money each day, it is really a necessary option.


13. How do you manage to offer such a cheap upgrade and still provide such huge benefits like commissions and a 8-level affiliate program ?
A. We are not like those other “Bux” sites offering a ridiculous upgrade price to be premium. We make no money at all on upgrades as 95% of the upgrade goes toward paying commissions. Lower is better and most people cannot afford $100 or more just to upgrade.


14. How have you managed to attract regular advertisers to your site all through these years when most sites find it the most difficult part leading to their downfall ?
A. Finding large advertiser is very difficult in this business because of the audience involved. But we have a couple advertisers that are not in the MLM business. We have also signed a deal with an ad network to provide a feed of ads for our members that will be setup soon. This should mean even more ads for you!


15. How do you feel about your major competitors like NeoBux, Wordlinx, MatrixMails and other established sites ?
A. Competition is good for you. I have worked directly with my competition on things and will even offer advice if asked. The only real issue our lawyer has is with another domain that has a very similar name as ours.


16. How secure is your site and members’ accounts from hackers? Do you have any kind of anti-DDoS protection ?
A. We have many anti hacker/fraud tools built in. We will not disclose any of this information but we are protected.


17. Many members have urged me to ask you to disclose your site stats like Total no. of members, no. of upgraded members and total amount paid to all members till date. Can you provide us with the figures ?
A. Total members is approaching 1.5 Million. The amount of upgraded members vary but in the 20% range. We have paid out close to $1 Million dollars to date. This is listed on our homepage.


18. Are there any plans to further develop ClixSense in the near future? Are there any changes or improvements that members can be excited about ?
A. There are always plans to improve ClixSense. As you know just recently we released a new version which has brought rave reviews. We do have more plans for other things but can’t release any info yet as we don’t want others copying what we are doing. But I can say, it will do 2 things. 1, bring you more revenue and secondly it will explode our traffic.


19. And finally is there anything else you wish to say which I have not covered in this interview ?
A. Yes, I want to thank all of the ClixSense members for sticking with us. Also I strongly suggest you have some money if your going to get into the PTC business. Honestly $5,000 startup capital is barley enough. Oh, and lastly. Promote your ClixSense affiliate link!
Thank you.

June 15, 2011

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*A mistake made by Jim in question 9. ClixSense is not the oldest PTC exisiting by any means. There are many other sites [Hits4Pay (2001), MatrixMails (2002), Wordlinx (2003) to name a few] which launched before ClixSense and are still running strong.
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#2 by valerie » Sun Nov 13, 2011 00:21

Actually WordLinx is the oldest PTC.

Hits4Pay and MatrixMails are PTR.
MatrixMails is GPT.

McConnell pretty much paved the way after WordLinx within StormPay.

The first PTC program I owned was done with a very cheap script in which the owner of LinkGrand re-programmed it for me. He put a lot of work into it and even so, it was still garbage. You just would not believe my sleepless nights. I would manually have to go through ever member one by one by one and delete cheaters and man was there ever a lot of them. I said I would never ever launch another PTC. I ate my words tho. The next time I launched one the scripts were better and there was even the bux scripts out. When I contacted the owner of the bux scripts, he swore the other fellow had stolen his script....the other fellow swore the bux script was his and stolen. I did not know who to believe and I went with the other....total friggin garbage! I never ever want to launch a PTC and I don't care how good the script is. It's a lot of work and headaches. I think the only solid script when it comes to most any program is when you have in house programmers and create it from scratch.

Bux sites, well, I am a member of several. Most bux programs are not going to last long. Some are just run by scammers networking. Most are people that honestly want to do well but they don't have the funds or know how to mange it properly so it fails rather quickly. There are few that truly will last a long while. I think if you are a member of bux sites you have to know what you are doing too. Either just use them as a totally free member or understand the risks and how to keep those risks as low as possible.

I don't put Bux programs in the same category as a PTC because of the investment factors within a bux program.
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#3 by jobislands » Sun Nov 13, 2011 02:53

Hi Ptcscrutiny, your information is very encouraging. Long live :clixsense: :clap:
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#4 by EmirX » Sun Dec 25, 2011 08:29

valerie wrote: Actually WordLinx is the oldest PTC.

Hits4Pay and MatrixMails are PTR.
MatrixMails is GPT.

McConnell pretty much paved the way after WordLinx within StormPay.

The first PTC program I owned was done with a very cheap script in which the owner of LinkGrand re-programmed it for me. He put a lot of work into it and even so, it was still garbage. You just would not believe my sleepless nights. I would manually have to go through ever member one by one by one and delete cheaters and man was there ever a lot of them. I said I would never ever launch another PTC. I ate my words tho. The next time I launched one the scripts were better and there was even the bux scripts out. When I contacted the owner of the bux scripts, he swore the other fellow had stolen his script....the other fellow swore the bux script was his and stolen. I did not know who to believe and I went with the other....total friggin garbage! I never ever want to launch a PTC and I don't care how good the script is. It's a lot of work and headaches. I think the only solid script when it comes to most any program is when you have in house programmers and create it from scratch.

Bux sites, well, I am a member of several. Most bux programs are not going to last long. Some are just run by scammers networking. Most are people that honestly want to do well but they don't have the funds or know how to mange it properly so it fails rather quickly. There are few that truly will last a long while. I think if you are a member of bux sites you have to know what you are doing too. Either just use them as a totally free member or understand the risks and how to keep those risks as low as possible.

I don't put Bux programs in the same category as a PTC because of the investment factors within a bux program.

most of the bux sites are scams.... :(
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#5 by skynet84 » Mon Dec 26, 2011 16:41

Jim is the best person i ever meet on the internet since 1996 :thumbup: :mrgreen:
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#6 by businessbug » Fri Dec 30, 2011 19:40

I know of the other . .older sites. but Hits 4 pay takes forever to earn..Wordlinx.. is kinda like clixsense .. Matrixmail has done some wrong to me. so I say Clixsense is the best and Jim has always responded quite quickly to all my many questions..which sometimes could be quite challenging :)

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#7 by valerie » Fri Dec 30, 2011 23:56

H4P and DnC, are two of my fav's. I like them because they really are simple and have kept it that way for years.
I won $500.00 once at one of those. Also average pretty decent payouts every month but it's like everything else,
you need to use it and refer others.

I think MMs is way over rated. I also think they did all their members wrong. I don't like their new program
either and doubtful I will ever participate in it.
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#8 by ptcscrutiny » Sat Dec 31, 2011 00:12

valerie wrote:
I think MMs is way over rated. I also think they did all their members wrong. I don't like their new program
either and doubtful I will ever participate in it.

Wordlinx has a very strong foundation but LinkGrand is my favorite among all.
I don't think MM is over-rated. I find it a fantastic program just like ClixSense. And if you are an upgraded member there, you will really love it.

Their new site is simply awesome. I does look a little unsustainable from the outside, but I hope they know what they are doing. I am doing pretty well on their new site and really love it.
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#9 by valerie » Sat Dec 31, 2011 00:41

I won't discuss the issues with MM here.

In regards to LG, well, I won't discuss that here either. :lol:
One thing is certain about LG, he pays your cash out request fast.
We use to be partners. He was also very helpful with a script I had once.
Nice kid, kind of funny tho.
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#10 by CodeNameX » Sat Dec 31, 2011 00:50

VAlerie i saw ur balance yesterday 0.00$ now its 211$ :o
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#11 by valerie » Sat Dec 31, 2011 00:58

:lol:

I had placed my balance in the 'cash out' for check.
Then I got tired of clicking the 'add to cash out' tab.
So I canceled my payout request.

I wanted to make an even 58 cash outs before New Years but ClixSense sends payouts for check before the 10th of the month. I'm trying to decide whether to go ahead and do an alert pay cash out or not. I'll probably go ahead and do an alert pay cash out just so I can start fresh for the new year.
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#12 by ptcscrutiny » Sun Jan 01, 2012 02:29

valerie wrote: I won't discuss the issues with MM here.

In regards to LG, well, I won't discuss that here either. :lol:
One thing is certain about LG, he pays your cash out request fast.
We use to be partners. He was also very helpful with a script I had once.
Nice kid, kind of funny tho.

You might want to check out a lovely pic on the homepage of LG. Its a really nice one.
I think the kid is his brother as it can't be his son considering he is so young.
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#13 by valerie » Sun Jan 01, 2012 07:53

I think that is his sister's son. I might be wrong about that but I think that is who it is.
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#14 by Darkstar2 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 19:37

Hmmm nice interview to read, but it has be curious when you say the CS has some big surprise coming that will explode traffic and give us more revenues......... This coincides with the announcement made by neobux admin that something big is coming soon too, lol I think this will be a great benefit to members, having the 2 best PTCs turn into something big and better, as I am a member of both sites, looking forward to what's to come !!! :D
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#15 by rheydickson » Fri Jan 06, 2012 02:03

Darkstar2 wrote: Hmmm nice interview to read, but it has be curious when you say the CS has some big surprise coming that will explode traffic and give us more revenues......... This coincides with the announcement made by neobux admin that something big is coming soon too, lol I think this will be a great benefit to members, having the 2 best PTCs turn into something big and better, as I am a member of both sites, looking forward to what's to come !!! :D

Competition is healthy and beneficial to both advertisers and members..
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#16 by ungot2010 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 01:49

very nice conversations! :D :clap: :mrgreen:
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#17 by smigul » Sat Jan 21, 2012 14:21

actualy adbux is oldest ptc,it wnet scam later on,bux.to copy cat him,and then went scam too,probably most familiar scam ptc,but clixsense is old enough :)
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#18 by foundmoney » Sat Jan 21, 2012 15:10

i like interview ;) thanks for your effort.

i m thursty to new features like hell :D
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#19 by mutchy126 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 02:19

valerie wrote: :lol:

I had placed my balance in the 'cash out' for check.
Then I got tired of clicking the 'add to cash out' tab.
So I canceled my payout request.

I wanted to make an even 58 cash outs before New Years but ClixSense sends payouts for check before the 10th of the month. I'm trying to decide whether to go ahead and do an alert pay cash out or not. I'll probably go ahead and do an alert pay cash out just so I can start fresh for the new year.

Is there an Option to add more money to your Cashout Request as you make it before its Due to be made? (I have never Cashed Out Yet)
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#20 by valerie » Sun Jan 22, 2012 08:16

Yes.

When you reach the minimum cash out, you can click it to submit your cash out request.
The cash out then displays in your cash out balance.
Every time you click to view ads, win from the clixgrid, gain premium dollars from upgrades,
you can click again to add earnings to cash out balance. You can continue to add any amount
you have all or part, to your cash out balance. You can continue to do that thru the entire week
until cash out day when you get paid.
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