If you’ve been a fan of this site for some time, you’ll know that I like to recommend ways you can pick up some extra cash in your spare time. Granted, these aren’t going to be life changing ways of making money, but a few extra dollars here and there can’t hurt.

Last week, someone requested I do a review of a program called ReadBud.com. They claim to pay you to read articles on their website. They weren’t promising anything outlandish so I was optimistic going in to the whole process. I’ll do some work, hopefully make some money, and happily report my findings to all of you.

I don’t think I could have been more wrong.

Is ReadBud.com a Scam?

I’ll answer that in a minute, but first, I want to share with you just a few of my observations.

1. It’s near impossible to sign up for ReadBud.com

I spent a good 20 minutes just trying to sign up for the website. Every single time I filled out the registration form, I was notified that I entered the security code in wrong. I tried with the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. I eventually pulled out my laptop which had an old version of Internet Explorer on it and I was able to sign up.

I should have taken that as a sign to give up right then and there. A legitimate company would want people to be able to easily register, not make it as hard as possible. Gmail also picked up the confirmation email and marked it as spam. Definitely not a good start.

2. I’ve never seen so many ads in my life.

Once you get inside, you get ads thrown at you from every possible angle. Ads popup at you, pop under, fade in, prevent you from reading, start autoplaying, and pretty much smother the entire site. It’s clear that they’re making money because it’s damn near impossible not to click on an ad.

3. They actually tell you to click on ads to get more articles to read.

This is a big no-no when it comes to placing ads on your site. Most ad networks will ban you for telling your visitors to click on the ads. ReadBud.com is essentially stealing from advertisers and it’s only a matter of time before they get shut down.

4. The $50 payout is too high.

I looked past the registration issues, the ad placements, and the shady business practices and finally saw the crowning jewel: the $50 minimum cash out. You get paid cents to read articles. It will take weeks or even months to hit the $50 limit.

Normally, I’d be okay with not getting paid a whole lot to do menial work, but…

5. There are tons of reports that ReadBud doesn’t pay.

There are quite a few reports from other ReadBud.com readers who claim that ReadBud.com stopped sending articles as they got closer to the $50 limit. They all say they started out receiving 15-20 articles per day, but then dropped down to a handful, if that, per week making it very hard to ever reach the cash-out limit.

6. The articles you read are stolen from around the web.

I copied and pasted the text of a few different articles into Google. Every single article has been ripped from a database, website, or blog. Nothing on the website was original. Given our brief history, I doubt they’re paying to license the content.

7. Chrome warned me not to visit their page as it’s known for distributing malware.

Finally, Chrome warned me multiple times to not visit a bunch of pages on ReadBud.com. A big red warning page popped up telling me this page is known for distributing malware. I closed that tab as quickly as possible and have no intentions of going back.

Okay, I could go on and on about the many flaws of ReadBud.com, but I’m going to stop here because it’s painfully obvious that this site is nothing more than a ploy to waste your time and rip off advertisers. The owners are probably making a killing off of you and are paying out very little, if any, to their members.

Stay far, far away from ReadBud.com.

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Join the Discussion

  • Zaries

    thank you so much for you information, omg i almost got a scam,thanks nice post (y)

  • Ab gomes
    Ab gomes

    BEWARE it is a total scam, they do not pay!!!

  • happyric

    It is a fraud. Today I checked after a year, they do not let you cross the payout mark. It is the way it is so that you just sign in and watch their ads. They ll fry in hell for this.

  • Chantal

    Wow, thank you very much for saving our time! I signed up to Readbud out of curiosity and so far getting $3.12,,,, I wonder why all articles there are like, half cut. They rarely finished. And as an affiliate marketer myself I’m suspicious if there is any marketer who would rate their article in a service like this. They would straightly post it on the websites regardless of “what will it be rated” – so this is odd! Once again, thanks for saving my time!! As a thank, if you promote a good product, I’ll sign up under your referral link :)

  • Angela

    I’m glad I checked your site for a ReadBud review. I signed up out of curiosity and read a handful of articles a couple of days ago. Now I sure won’t be going back. I didn’t have any of the sign-up problems you mentioned, but the rest is right on.

    What really irritates me is that they steal articles. I write a lot of them for different content sites, some of which let writers keep the rights to them. If I recognized something I’d written posted on ReadBud and I still held the copyright, I’d be pretty mad and trying to get them to take it down.

    Thanks to both you and Chrome about the malware warning!! I immediately ran a full-system antivirus scan just after reading your review. Nothing came up, thankfully.

    Another thing that points to a probable scam: no easy account cancellation, at least none that I found. It looks like anyone who wants to cancel has to email them. Judging from Shannon’s experience contacting them, I won’t hold my breath about getting a reply. Anyone else had any luck canceling their ReadBud account?

    As always, keep up the great work! I’ve found several useful and legit ways to earn more $ on your site and will keep visiting.

  • Mandi

    Thanks for posting this. You saved me from being ripped off and having to sift through garbage adds.

    I appreciate it!

  • Ottoman

    Its been a long time since I started to look for setting up my own e-business, first I didn’t had enough money and now I don’t have enough time, excuses, that most people reply.
    But to be honest, reading Steve’s articles really encouraged me to start up a business, and I am planning to, once I get my diploma out of the way.

    I hardly reply to your articles, but that doesn’t mean I dont like them. One thing is for sure, you are very clever, and ways you use to check out the validity for the site are very effective and I definitely wouldn’t be able to even think of those on my own, lol.

    Good work mate, I admire your passion and the work you do to save numerous people from getting ripped off

    God bless you if you believe in him,


  • Shannon

    I tried this one out a while ago. I signed up and it took me forever to get to $50. They give you a lot of articles a day at first and then after you hit like $20 they only give you a few a day. I finally got to the payout amount and was never paid. I even kept my account active in case they would use that as a reason not to pay out. I even contacted them about it and never heard anything. I stopped wasting my time with it.

  • Carla E.
    Carla E.

    I’ve tried Readbud.com last summer and reached a little over the $50 payout and have not been paid at all! It’s a shame how they promise to pay other for reading articles when really they expect us to do is click on their ads. It tooks me 2 months to reach the payout and it was all one big scam!

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