One way to bring extra trickles of cash into your bank is by using your PC/laptop to watch videos that contain adverts. It normally pays very low amounts but. Here’s a little test that was run to view how much money would be made, see the numbers below and a review the results.
Update: This case study was carried out when the service was called ‘Smores.tv’, it’s since changed it’s name to HideoutTV. It works in the same way but under a different brand name. Profits may vary though from the results below because they were recorded in 2018. Please always run your own tests because profits will vary for everyone.
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Here’s how you can do your own tests to find out the profitability of watching HideoutTV videos:
- Create a free account at PrizeRebel. That’s the website you’ll redeem your earnings from.
- Add your PayPal account email to your ‘Account Info’ section of PrizeRebel.
- Navigate to ‘Videos’ section under the ‘Earn’ menu link.
- Pick one of the “HideoutTV” categories, such as; food, lifestyle, music, or nature.
- Click on the green button to open the videos webpage.
- You will now need to create a free account on the HideoutTV website.
- Link your PrizeRebel account with your new HideoutTV account in order to be able to redeem points.
- Now leave it running for as long as you want to earn for.
- Once you’ve built up points in your account redeem them by clicking the ‘redeem’ button and transferring them to PrizeRebel.
Now you know how to do it, let’s look more into the actual finances of it!
How much money will you make running the videos?
I’ve been trying this for a couple of month’s now and what I’ve learned is that the profit from doing this will vary quite a bit. Unfortunately, that means there is no one set figure.
Whether the income variation is down to the number of advertisements in the system or what the reason is I’m not too sure. I suspect there are many factors. Here’s a screenshot from one day. 1 point is worth $0.01.
On my lunch break today I decided to run the videos as a profit test for this blog post and above is the screenshot of the credits being applied to my account. 1 point at PrizeRebel is worth 1 cent. The minimum cashout is $5, they have lots of other ways for you to make money, this is just one of them. For this article let’s focus purely on the videos.
To briefly sum it up: As you’d expect this isn’t a lot of money. But there is literally no effort so that’s to be expected.
We live in a society where a lot of people seem to want decent money handed to them on a plate for no work. That’s not going to happen. The fact that it’s even possible is good. In the case of today the videos helped me get over the payout threshold for PrizeRebel (who pay almost instantly, it normally takes about 15 minutes for the dollars to hit your PayPal account, it’s one of the lowest threshold survey sites).
The maths, in this case, works out that you would get around 6 cents per hour. So even if you left a computer running 24 hours a day in a 30 day month that only equals $43.20. It’s actually a lot higher than I would have expected personally! Of course, in practice I don’t think it would come out this higher, I imagine there would be a limit on how many times you can see an ad or something like that.
Critical things to know to maximise your earnings
You must have the videos page open as the main browser page on your screen. If you use Google Chrome and open another tab it will pause the videos. Obviously, this won’t matter if you’re leaving the machine running anyway while not sitting in front of it.
If you do want to do this but also still be using your computer then you still can. For example, I wrote this blog post while still having the videos running in the background to notch up even more credits today. If you have the web browser active on your screen but then another program windowed the videos will still run. If you need to use the internet still then you could run the videos on your main browser, say Google Chrome, being full-screened, and then use Mozilla Firefox but have it windowed not full-screen.
The HideoutTV website will automatically switch the videos you’re seeing to another category if the category you’ve picked runs out of videos to show you. This means you don’t have to worry about leaving it for a long-time, the videos should still play.
Check your PC settings for how many minutes it’s set until it goes into ‘sleep’ mode. You will want to set these really high to stop your computer deciding to show the screensaver if you leave the screen on for a long time.
Be aware that variance is inevitable. Somedays you can earn a lot more than others. I’ve also had problems in the past where my internet would drop off and it would cause a video to show a loading icon but then never actually load even though the internet had come back online. These sort of little niggles are inevitable, accept it and you won’t be too annoyed when the odd issue occurs.
Conclusion and review of final thoughts
This is an easy way to add a few extra dollars over time to your bank account. If you’re not yet a PrizeRebel member then go now and join up and try it out for yourself. Realistically this sort of thing is obviously not ever going to pay large amounts, why would it, we aren’t actually doing anything, effectively just being given money! Which is fine by me. At PrizeRebel they have other ways to earn as well, the main one being surveys, so using this videos opportunity should just be a small part of your cash building efforts.