When I first ran across Jingit several months ago, I thought wow, what a neat way to make some extra money. Direct advertising using the Internet was really taking off and several companies were popping up offering you the chance to make money by simply viewing ads. Before I found Jingit I was using Varolo so in my view Jingit was Varolo 2.0 because it paid much better. With this type of business model I figured both companies would have huge success because this type of advertising is much cheaper than buying time slots from TV networks.
When I was using Varolo, and I still do occasionally, I watched the site grow from just a few advertisers to many major brands. Naturally, I expected the same type of growth for Jingit. In fact, when Jingit was in beta they did not have a lot of advertisers, but they had a consistent rotation of ads from a small number that allowed you to make some decent money. I used Varolo for months and was only able to make about $9. This is partly my fault because I was not as active, but I just found it difficult with the small payout per ad view.
Varolo only pays around .01 per ad view, but they do offer a weekly jackpot that is normally around $500 so I guess that is the trade off. I used Jingit for the same time period and I was able to add over $20 to my Jingit Debit Card. It was common to log on everyday and see a number of ads that allowed you to hit your weekly earning limit with no problem. With Jingit being in beta at the time my thoughts were, this is really going to explode when they finish up the beta testing and go live.
Jingit took longer than expected to go live from beta and many people started to question if the company would survive. The Jingit Facebook page was filled with a lot of negativity and the company was not providing much information on their status. Prior to ending the beta program, one of the companies founders released a video stating that the company was still healthy, but with no additional updates it was clear why some people started to think that the company would go under.
Many start-ups experience growing pains so I figured Jingit was no different and in time things would be humming again. Having initially written about the Jingit opportunity, I decided to add an update to hopefully address some of the concerns of the members and if possible, instill some confidence that the company would come back stronger. I never had any real evidence they would survive and I solely based my opinion on the players behind the company.
When Jingit went live in April I was excited about the opportunity to watch ads and add money to my Jingit Debit Card. The update below is what I added to my “Update on Jingit” post soon after they went live.
Shortly after that my Jingit experience changed. It was and still is quite common to logon the Jingit app or the website and see the following message:
The phone app has a similar message for watching advertisements and even the “check in” option only had one opportunity to earn .50. This lack of advertisers in the Jingit network is concerning. Varolo has not had any problems adding new advertisers so it is puzzling to see Jingit struggling with growing their advertiser base. Jingit gained a lot of popularity due to its payouts, but maybe they should consider lowering them so they can provide more competitive pricing for advertising.
I am still pulling for Jingit, but it is clear that something has to change so they will not lose the support of their members. Even if they eventually secure a number of advertisers it will be difficult to keep them if they are not being engaged by prospective customers.
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