Available for both Mac and PC, Qmee is a free software extension that claims to work alongside popular search websites and to help you earn money for clicking on links. In other words, whether it’s Google, Yahoo, or Bing, or even other sites like Amazon.com and Ebay, Qmee.com displays relevant search results and then pays you for clicking on their sponsored links.
If you been looking around at different “get paid to engage” website such as ChatAbout and others, you’re probably a little skeptical about Qmee.com, since most of these types of sites tend to have a reputation for being less than honest. With this in mind, is Qmee a different kind of company, or do they just offer more of the same? What we found out might surprise you…
How Does Qmee.com Work?
Qmee claims that it was founded on the idea that internet advertising should give something back, and that profits should be shared more fairly. As such, by working with popular search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and even Amazon.com and Ebay, Qmee.com gives you the ability to earn money by searching just like you normally would, and by clicking on the relevant links it provides. In exchange for your click, you’ll earn a little money, while the business whose link you clicked on will gain more insight into their users, which ultimately shows them how effective their ads are.
In order to help you earn money for searching, Qmee.com uses a browser extension that works in the background to monitor your online searches, and then matches these searches with Qmee’s list of sponsored links. These links are then displayed in a small window on the left-hand side of your screen, along with the amount of money you’ll receive for clicking on them.
As you click on these links, your earnings will accumulate in your Piggybank, which can be accessed by clicking on the green button at the top of the page. Here, you can see your available balance and cash out your earnings using PayPal, or donate them to a charity, at any time you wish.
Qmee Pricing & Refund Policy
Qmee.com is completely free to use, although you will need to enter your email address, choose a password, and select your country to sign up for an account (you can also sign up in one click through Facebook or Twitter). Afterward, Qmee.com will email a link to verify your identity, which will also include a download link for their web browser extension.
Once you’ve accumulated rewards for your clicking, you can cash them out at any time.
What Do Other Consumers Have to Say About Qmee?
Overall, it appears that Qmee.com has a mostly positive online reputation, although it seems that most users approach the software with some skepticism due to the information that’s collected (see more about this in the following section).
Outside of this, some of the most common compliments reference that Qmee is easy to use, is gimmick-free, and typically features relevant search links. On the other hand, some of the most common complaints reference the fact that ads don’t pop up for every search term you enter (some have complained that a week or more has gone by without a search result popping up), and that it seems like the more you click the less you earn.
Is Qmee Worth Your Time?
When it comes down to it, most users seem to appreciate the fact that Qmee can help them earn money when searching online for everyday items. With this said, here are some important factors to keep in mind:
Amount of Money Earned
First and foremost, it’s important to keep in mind that you won’t get rich using Qmee.com. Based on numerous customer reviews we encountered during our research, it appears that each Qmee search link is valued between $0.05 to $0.20, although some can earn you as much as $1.
While this might initially seem like more money than you were expecting, remember that Qmee will only display results for relevant search terms already in its database. This means that you won’t have any opportunity to click on a Qmee link every time you search. In fact, as we mentioned above, some users have claimed a week or more has gone by without any Qmee links appearing.
Types of Searches Can Make a Big Difference
Qmee seems to provide the most links (and higher payouts) for product-related searches vs. informational ones. For example, a search for “corduroy pants” will likely return more paid links than would “how corduroy pants are made.”
Because of this, if the majority of your searches are informational in nature, Qmee might not help you earn much money. On the other hand, Qmee could be beneficial if you do a lot of online shopping.
Also, according to Qmee, their system has safeguards in place in order to ensure that they’re not tricked into paying you for unwarranted clicks. In other words, if you attempt to click on as many links as possible, Qmee will pick up on the fact that you’re not engaging with the sponsors, which could reduce (or eliminate) future ad opportunities.
Qmee’s Information Gathering
According to the Qmee website, they won’t share any information about you without your permission, so it’s important that you customize your sharing preferences. However, keep in mind that you’ll likely earn more money per click by sharing more detailed information about yourself, since sponsored companies can make sure they’re targeting the right audience.
With this in mind, it appears that Qmee can access the following information:
- Your data on all websites
- Your tabs and browsing activity
- Your bookmarks
- Your browsing history
However, Qmee does list their tracking code (click here for Windows and here for Mac), so if you’re familiar with code, you can check for anything suspicious.
Your Location Matters
Finally, you must be in the USA or UK to cash out your Qmee.com rewards, although the company claims that support for other countries is coming soon.
If you’re looking to earn a little extra money for searching online like you already do, Qmee.com can help you accomplish this. Just don’t expect to earn a lot, and be sure to double-check your sharing preferences.