Agloco Update: Lots of Smoke, No Fire

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Agloco is a reincarnated paid-to-surf program that, in theory, will pay members for the time they spend online (with terms and conditions, of course, which I won’t get into here). See our other posts about Agloco here.

So if you’ve signed up for Agloco, you probably received the same “update” email we did yesterday or the day before. I won’t post the whole thing, but here are some excerpts, along with my somewhat cynical commentary:

Our first data points are in with our AGLOCO/Ask search system. Average net revenue for AGLOCO per click is already over US$0.20 – the average Member click through rate on ads on the Ask search page – 20% to 25% of the time the ad is clicked on (one ad click for every 4 to 5 searches).

Joe says: .20 per click is not bad at all, compared to many other pay-per-click rates. And 25% click-through rate (the number of people who click on ads once they’re displayed) is really good. So far, so good!

If every AGLOCO Member did 4 to 5 Ask searches a day and they clicked on average just one ad, the revenue generated for the AGLOCO community would be US$6.00 per month per Member. This would be a great start to building revenue for Member distributions.

Joe says: Uh-oh. The “if only” language is a warning sign. Because the real numbers are so dismal, promoters resort to “if-then” scenarios to get their prospects excited about the possibilities. Just imagine! IF every member did 4-5 Ask searches a day from their viewbar AND IF each member then clicked on an ad, we would generate…$6 per month per member! Woo-hoo!

Remember, though, that the $6 is not coming back to the ones doing the searching and the clicking. Agloco has stated they will not distribute money to members until the company itself makes a profit.

AGLOCO’s challenge is to get every Member to have the Viewbar open all the time and to use the Ask search box to make their searches.

If you haven’t used the Viewbar to do an Ask search. We implore you to do it now. Member feedback on the Ask search results has been extremely favorable (most Members reporting they rate Ask results as good as Google’s or better.).

That’s a big challenge. Aren’t only 5 hours per month of Agloco viewbar time creditable to me? But now I’m supposed to leave it open all the time and use it for all my searches?

I don’t think members will ever see a cent from Agloco. If any Agloco member would like to follow the issues more closely than I care to, visit their blog.

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  1. It seems yet a new update email from Agloco shows that you were right. They’re throwing in the towel and all those accumulated hours end up in being just wasted hours. Even John Chow, one of the greatest promoters of the program, ended up with nothing. On to the next big thing :)

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  2. Not surprised at all. I didn’t even come close to bothering w/ Agloco this time around. $6/month? That seems very weak.

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