valerie wrote: I believe CS to be very stable and I do believe GPT is not dead.
GPT is not dead, but it is declining / dying slowly, its best times are behind, it has already gone through its peak growth (the industry as a whole). There is a decline in the amount of advertisers (survey publishers), a progressive move towards non cash incentive traffic, where publishers aim to target more of the mobile app crowd rather than survey GPT for cash incentive (they allege it is for better quality), then you have routers closing, the good ones mostly, as far as other ways to earn, they would be even worse and a waste of time - some GPT sites have TV watching and games, which is a huge waste of time and bandwidth, for the fractions of cents you earn per session and few cents daily, it would not be any better than surveys or even tasks.
With AI / ML into the equation tasks will be fewer, on ANY given platform. GPT might not die the same way PTC did, but it is definitely on a decline, and these are not just my words but the words of some site owners I know. The problem with GPT is that site owners rely exclusively on 3rd parties, unfortunately there are more and more 3rd parties that have stepped down and removed their offerings, LiveSample sudden closure is one example among many, other routers have ceased to deliver surveys as stand alone, so yeah decline will continue - there are sites that pay quarter of cent per game session, or watch video who wants to spend 6-8 hours a day playing games for a couple of CENTS ? This is why I am skeptic about any improvements or new ways to earn, as the only ways to earn in the realms of GPT are :
Tasks (only Figure Eight offers tasks through external channels)
TV / Radio type offers
Games with ads
Paid ofers (shopping, cash back, etc.)
Currently, although the most frustrating but top ways to earn Surveys & Tasks, the rest is a complete waste of time.
People spending 6-8 hours a day to earn 4 cents are paying far more than that in electricity, bandwidth, etc.
I think the biggest part of the blame for the decline in GPT are end users (members) and NOT site owners. I guess in all fairness, providers can share a % of blame for not having stricter policies from day 1. The cheaters have destroyed the tasking industry to some extent, and they openly admit on forums to doing so, so the hard working honest people are left struggling, in the old days those cheaters would even brag on some forums how they work from dozens of accounts, share answers, etc. so yeah be it survey or task world, this must have had an important impact.
I stick to my arguments that GPT is dying, I would only change my mind if I see more new providers appearing than those disappearing - right now all of us are seeing is a decline (number of routers disappearing, number of offering disappearing, etc) some of these routers that are disappearing are smaller companies, family operated, they are the best ones, unfortunately, they don't last, so no doubt that the bigger fish (LUCID, for example, as in Samplicio surveys) will be the last man standing. Let's assume GPT manages to last for another few years, what about dilution ? The amount of new workers looking for earnings is increasing exponentially, but the offerings is declining, what happens then ? Dilution, more people, less work, more complaints.