PublicLikes has just gained a notorious publicity in Kenya in the last 3 months, Alexa the web ranking site puts it at global rank of 24,363 and 15 in Kenya. According to the website, PublicLikes.com is an innovative social media marketing tool available in a multi-language environment.
The service works in PTC format, i.e. Paid to Click websites where you Earn some money whenever you watch ads do some task in the web browser. PTC websites act as middlemen between advertisers and consumers, the advertiser pays for displaying ads on the PTC website, and a part of this payment goes to the viewer when he/she views the advertisement.
Several blogs have opined that Publiclikes could be a scam waiting to happen, the website has several packages, as listed below,
The starter plan gives you 5 adverts to view every day. For each of these adverts, Ksh10 ($0.1) is credited to you. The next package (Basic Account) requires you to pay Sh4500 to increase your daily viewing limit to 25. This gives you an average of Sh250 ($2.5) per day.
The last is the premium account that required users to subscribe for Sh14,000, to the daily adverts limit to 50 ads per day, meaning you can potentially make Sh15,000 per month.
The latest update from Publiclikes Admin could be a disaster waiting to happen,
All accounts to expire 60 days from the date of upgrade
The company says that all accounts will now expire 60 days from the date of upgrade. This will help us curb negative publicity experienced previously.
Read the message below from PublicLikes,
DONT WAIT FOR YOUR ACCOUNT TO EXPIRE AS YOUR RISK LOSING REFFERALS. WE ADVICE YOU RENEW A WEEK BEFORE.
- OLD MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: If you are an old member of publiclikes and you did your upgrade a while ago, you are also required to renew your account before the date shown on the top left corner of your account. We have set the system such that no user will lose a cent from their current subscription. If you do not wish to continue working with us, you may let your account expire. We do not refund you anything as this is covered by the total amount you will earn in 60days. The price for renewing is still the same.
- NEW MEMBERSHIP UPGRADES: All users who wish to upgrade their accounts may do so at any time. The price for the upgrades is kshs.4500 for Business Basic for 60days. And kshs.14000 for Business Premium for 60days. If you wish to increase your income for your new account you may rent referrals too. We will inform you the prices for referral renting by tomorrow.
The Publiclikes.com registrant contact information while the host is GoDaddy.com, LLC, the domain is registered via proxy therefore not easy to know the owner of the website. Is PublicLikes therefore a scam or a good revenue generating scheme?, I leave you to decide, but time will tell.