We’ve all been warned about the old saying: if something is too good to be true, it probably is. If you’ve ever thought earning money by browsing information online was too good to be true, meet Qmee. Qmee is a relatively new startup that will pay you to click on links that appear during your online searches.
Personally, I’m a fan of this service because it works seamlessly with my life. After installing Qmee on my browser, I go on with my daily tasks and rack up money as I do my normal searches. So how does Qmee work?
What is Qmee?
Qmee, a London-based startup, is simple to set up, and has a low payout requirement. In order to use Qmee, all you need to do is install the Qmee toolbar on your browser. It works best on Google Chrome, but you can also use it on Firefox and Internet Explorer as well.
After installing the Qmee toolbar, search as you normally would. Your search isn’t restricted to any one search engine, either. You can use Google, Yahoo, and Bing, as well as Ebay and Amazon. When you find a result you’re interested in, click the Qmee link (which will look similar to Google ads). Qmee will even tell you how much each link is worth, so you can choose the most lucrative links.
While you won’t see Qmee results every time, most of the time you will see some cash incentive. You’re not obligated to click on Qmee links over other search engines’ links, either, but you’ll find their links are just as good as your regular search engine. Plus, by clicking on the Qmee link, you will earn money for your search, so that’s a bonus!
Best of all, there is no minimum payment requirement with Qmee. As soon as you start making money, you can cash out by having the money deposited into your PayPal account. Qmee also offers you to option to donate your earnings to charity as well, which I found to be a nice touch.
Too Good to Be True?
While it seems too good to be true (getting paid for doing your normal Google search?) frankly, there aren’t too many drawbacks to the service. Anyone with a PayPal account can sign up and have money deposited into their account. In order to use Qmee, you will need the following:
- An Internet connection
- A PayPal account
One potential drawback is that you won’t see results every time. Qmee is partners with several ad networks and is currently growing their networks, but this means you may not receive paid results with every search. You will still see results from your search engine; they just won’t be Qmee results.
So far, this hasn’t been a problem for me. If Qmee doesn’t have a payout for what I’m searching for, I still continue my search. Nothing about my routine has changed other than the fact that I regularly receive compensation for my regular search habits.
You also won’t get rich with this service either. In fact, using Qmee isn’t even really a substitute for a side hustle, as the payouts are relatively low. However, this shouldn’t deter you from using it. Qmee says the average user makes $1 a week using its service. Used regularly, Qmee can net you anywhere from $50 and up, which, while not side hustle income, is nothing to throw away. Qmee also expects to grow ad networks in the future, so expect to see more partners (and payouts to increase).
What’s In It for Qmee?
Qmee currently retains very little profit from the money it receives from its’ ad partners. CNN Money estimated in 2014 that 90% of Qmee’s revenue goes to customers and 10% goes to the company.
Businesses pay Qmee to appear in their search results, which is how the company is able to reward us for clicking on their links. You will still have an option to click on non-Qmee links; Qmee doesn’t restrict regular results. However, if there is an option to choose a Qmee paid link and a regular search result, 99% of the time I click on the paid link, as it is a result I’d click on anyway.
Who Should Use This?
If you search online regularly, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use Qmee. Personally, I use it for everything. It’s already installed in my browser toolbar, and I can click on relevant Qmee links and get paid for it.
I search for travel deals, and, of course, news on everything related to ridesharing. I’m able to click on multiple results from Qmee, and from there I can choose to click on Qmee’s link (making anywhere from 4 to 15 cents) or my search engine’s. Generally, I’ll click on the paid link, as the information is the same provided by my search engine, plus I will add money to my Qmee piggybank.
Track All Your Accounts With Personal CapitalPersonal Capital lets you see all of your accounts in one convenient place. Sign up now for free.
If you’re interested in getting paid for your online searches, you can go ahead and check out Qmee here.