Can I Earn Money Online with RedGage?

Working on my laptop at home.  Redgage seemed to offer opportunities and earnings, as well as a lot of fun.  It certainly delivered at first, but I gradually became more disappointed.
Working on my laptop at home. Redgage seemed to offer opportunities and earnings, as well as a lot of fun. It certainly delivered at first, but I gradually became more disappointed. | Source

I must confess, my main reason for joining RedGage initially was purely in order to get back links for my various articles, posts and websites and help my SEO.

After I got there and started using it, however, I realized that there was maybe more potential to earn money online than I had first thought.

That said, most experienced hubbers and my Hubpages friend, Teresa Schultz, who also shares my interest in making money online, do not see Redgage as much of an earner.

It is also true that the majority of people on RedGage make peanuts, but there is a minority who do reasonably well out of it with online earnings of as much as one or two dollars per day (how much of those online earnings come from ‘passive’ income I will discuss later).

For those who don't know, RedGage describes itself as a being: "a website that pays you for your content and monetizes your social activity." In some ways, it is like a Facebook that pays you for participating, although there are also big differences.

Your content can include website links, photographs, documents, videos and blogs. Like in social networking sites, you make "friends" with people and rate and comment on their content. RedGage pay you by issuing you with a special reward card which functions as a Visa Debit card and you can use to spend in shops etc.

You need to have online earnings of $25 or over before they issue you with a RedGage reward card, however.

I originally heard of RedGage through users of Hubpages and decided to do finally get around to signing up last week.

I joined the site using the referral link of my Hubpages friend, Teresa Schultz, as that would effectively mean that she could potentially earn a little extra money without me losing out (See Update 2: referrals get you points in the daily RedGage competition).

Anyway, I went through the sign up procedure and joined RedGage. The site is generally pretty uncluttered and usable, but there are quite a few small glitches that need ironing out, as they can be a little irritating.

It can also run a little slow at times, I’ve found. The site does have some similarities with the earn money online social network website, MyLot, which I also use from time to time.

MyLot isn’t much good for getting backlinks, however, and overall, I would say that I much prefer RedGage, both in terms of usage and online earnings in my limited experience.

Basically, I can tolerate slow sites and minor glitches, as long as I am making money online and I get backlinks for my websites and posts.

It helps if you already have plenty of digital material to upload to RedGage. Posts, hubs, blogs, websites are all good because you can publicize the link, maybe make some money and get a backlink in the process (which helps with SEO).

Photos are good too because they are quick to label and upload. Like any of these sites, you also have to spend some time making friends and interacting with the community.

From my brief time at RedGage, I would say that the community there are a very diverse bunch, but friendly.

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RedGage Tactics for making money online?

As I mentioned earlier, most people earn hardly anything on RedGage, while a handful rake in a reasonable amount. How can this be?

Well, from what I have read and my own (limited) experience, I think that the secret is to share your RedGage uploads as much as possible. That’s to say use: Digg, Twitter, Facebook, Delicious etc. to get your work out there and get people clicking on it.

The only danger with this approach that I can see is that you swamp your readership with irrelevant material on sites like Twitter, if you are not careful. It would be a mistake to do this, as you don’t want to alienate your “real” followers and just end up left with bots and spammers.

One way to avoid this problem with sites like Twitter is to do your best to target your audience. I have one Twitter account for each topic area that my various blogs and websites cover in an attempt to do this.

Earn money online: Redgage.
Earn money online: Redgage. | Source

But is it ‘Passive’ income?

That is a good and pertinent question. If you can earn money online with RedGage only by putting in lots of time and effort, then it may well be that it just is not worth it, as there are probably different earn money online sites that are relatively more lucrative.

If, on the other hand, you can put in minimal effort (once you have acquired lots of friends and uploads etc.) and still earn money online, then it is worth it.

Like with most social networking, you do get an initial rush of views when you upload something new on RedGage, then those views die away and you are left with a trickle.

You also get the opportunity to tag all your uploads, so I don’t know if you get a significant amount of search engine traffic in the weeks and months that follow, like you do in HubPages (at least in theory!).

I have therefore tried to follow SEO practices, as much as possible and as I mentioned earlier, I have also worked in the past on building up targeted audiences for my various Twitter accounts, so I am hoping that they will give me a boost in terms of online earnings and backlinks, but we shall see.

Conclusion

In all honesty, I cannot give you a definitive answer to the passive income question at this moment in time, as I am still building friends and uploads. But I will update this Redgage review and let you know how I get on, for better or worse.

All comments and feedback and RedGage friendship requests welcome!

UPDATE 1: Stats after 3 weeks

Uploads: 89

Friends: 206

Subscribers: 14

Earnings: $2.26

3772 Total Unique Views.

UPDATE 2: After 2 months

I discovered that referring people gets you points in the daily RedGage quiz. You also get points for mentioning RedGage online - amazingly, I tweeted this article and the points I got enabled me to win $25 in one of the daily competitions! I also had a link to an article featured which got me another $2! Anyway, here are my stats for the first 2 months:

Uploads: 221

Friends:317

Subscribers: 29

Earnings:$34.90

13169 Total Unique Views.

UPDATE 3: After 3 months

Well, I know that some people say that they have had problems with payments from Redgage, but I received my VISA card yesterday and used it at the store (I bought some beer, if you must ask! lol). My Hubpages friend, Teresa Schultz had trouble with her Redgage VISA card, however - she lives in South Africa and I live in the USA, so maybe that's an issue?

Anyway, it is good to get some money - although I've not been at Redgage that long, I have put in a lot of work there!

Uploads:281

Friends: 346

Subscribers:35

Earnings: $43.93

21555 Total Unique Views

UPDATE 4: After 6 months

Achieved my 2nd payout for $25 today. My credits in my account were stuck on $24.50 for what seemed like ages! To be fair, the delay was only a few weeks. I'm going to load it onto my card after I write this. Things have slowed down a little, as I have uploaded all my photos that are suitable and the "passive income" side of Redgage is a little less than I hoped (Discretionary feature and competition payments have made up most of my income so far!). Still, it's nice to get the money. Here are my current stats below:

Uploads: 364

Friends:394

Subscribers:43

Earnings: $55.26

33687 Total Unique Views

UPDATE 5: After 9 months

I've been feeling a little disappointed with RedGage recently. I've not got anything from features recently and the Sweepstake money was nice but just an early one off. The earnings money is generally just 10 or 20 cents/day, which isn't a great deal for nearly 400 uploads. I was hoping for better. I've not been uploading as much recently, it's true, but I thought I might still get some traffic.

My current stats are:

Uploads: 389

Friends:422

Subscribers: 50

Total Money Earned: $61.39

UPDATE 6: After 1 Year

I've not been very active on RG in recent months and not earned that much either. My current stats are:

Uploads: 397

Friends:432

Subscribers: 52

Total Money Earned: $66.27

Update 7: After 2 years

Not been very active in recent months. Still earning, although at a fairly low rate generally. I still managed to collect my third $25 dollar payment, however.

Uploads: 398

Friends:477

Subscribers: 63

Total Money Earned: $76.05

UPDATE: April 18th 2014

I've pretty much given up on Redgage at this time. First I had problems with my payment card. Then they relaunched the website and for a long time my earnings were missing. The new website is better than the old one, but still can be slow and glitchy. I might return to working on Redgage, but I can't see it happening in the near future.

UPDATE: December 10th 2014

I revisited Redgage for old time's sake and to see how the site was going.

I checked out my earnings balance and apparently I've not earned anything since December 2013 when I brought in the astounding sum of 6 cents!

I can't claim to have been active on the site, but in the old days, it did seem like I was bringing in some passive income through people stumbling across my content in Google, that no longer seems to be the case, however.

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LadyTwizzelton profile image

LadyTwizzelton 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What is it? Tell us more.


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Patti Riggs Hale 5 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

I just joined Red Gage yesterday (sorry, before I saw your referral link) but that is as far as I've gotten. I'm still confused: On the one hand I see recommendations to copy your articles to the article directories and on the other hand I see that since Panda that copied articles will hurt you. Could you help clarify? Oh, voted you up and useful.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

@Lady - Thanks for your comment. I think you're right, I should add a bit more explanation at the start of the article, outlining what Redgage is for people who don't know. RedGage is kind of like a Social Networking site that you get paid to participate in. I think I will do that straightaway.

@Patti You just add "links". This is also known as bookmarking. You press the "upload" button, select "link" and fill in the info. Google doesn't discriminate against small amounts of copied material, so you can get away with copying and pasting a sentence or two if you wish into the "description" field. Or you can write your own description from scratch. You are just promoting a link to your hub, you are not copying the actual content of the hub, just linking to it on RedGage! :-)


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

I recently signed up with Redgage expressly for the purpose of backlinks. However, it remains a small source of traffic. after hubpages (obviously first), the sources of traffic are my subdomain,yahoo, then google. Others are very low.


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IdeaMorphist 5 years ago from Chicagoland

I LOVE REDGAGE- I have already made 25 dollars on a contest and another 25.64 on my content... even got 2 feature bonuses!!! Oh, I've only been a member for 7 months :)


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

@ FloraBreen - Although traffic from backlinks is useful, you are also getting a little help with your Google visibilty through the indexing of the backlink, although that might admittedly be small, depending how highly Google rates the site where the link is. Very few of my backlinks provide a lot of traffic, to be honest, but I still backlink for the SEO side of things. My links with the most traffic tend to be ones that are linking my sites with HubPages or together.

@IdeaM - that is good to hear, most hubbers seem to see RedGage as a backlink source and that's it, as far as I can tell, with any earnings just being seen as a bonus.


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Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Thanks for the mention, Paul :)

And thank you, too, for using my referral link when you joined RedGage - I think it may have been what bumped up my earnings a bit, on RedGage, and I am currently waiting for my card to arrive in the mail, so that I can draw my first $25!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Great article about RedGage Paul. I've been on RedGage for a little over a year now and I really like it. I noticed that once I tweeted my uploads from RedGage, I got many more hits and in turn, made more money. I look forward to helping you out on RedGage by checking out your uploads :-)


sakesare 5 years ago

Great information Paul. I had already heard about RedGage but in this hub I have known a bit more about it. I will now definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing such a great info.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Cheers Paul.Good write up.I think Redgage has great earning potential if you use your camera a lot.Photos are easy for your followers to view and rate thus earning you quite a bit.I am more than happy to see images that have been sitting on my hard drive doing nothing, start to earn something.


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celeBritys4africA 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I am new on RedGage, but I enjoy every minute spent there.


scammedagain 5 years ago

I wish all the nice things said about redgage were true, and for many, they are. That said, many members have gone months without being paid their money, myself included. Redgage has informed us a so called software glitz caused us to miss out on several months of earnings, but isn't 9 months a bit too long to be waiting? I am owed three months worth of money, to me, if you work and someone doesn't pay you, that spells scam. And even though the majority are still getting paid and will swear by redgage, make no mistake about it, with each passing month, the numbers of unpaid users is climbing.

To be honest, the site started out on the right track, and paid it's members timely. In my opinion, the site is having growing financial problems, and non payment of funds will only continue to spread. Watch your account page closely, and each and every month make certain they list your monthly updates on earnings


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

Thanks for your comment, scammedagain. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I do know people who have been paid by RedGage, although their payments were slow in coming. I suspect that it is a one man organization, or has very low numbers of staff. Given how glitchy their website is (even signing in is a problem sometimes!), I actually find their "technical problems" excuse believable! ;-)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I did not know about RedGage. Thanks for this informative article.


SMITHA VINOD 5 years ago

i want home based data entry jobs, without any initial investment or registration fee.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

@SMITHA VINOD - Try something like Odesk?


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pelt545 5 years ago from Hampton Roads, VA

So, are you saying that we earn extra money by getting much traffic?

I just joined RedGage last night. I love that I can upload articles, links, pictures, etc.


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THIRD STONE 5 years ago from On an island in Maine, Acadia National Park is my back yard

Very nice article. I am one of the one's who earn about $2 a day, and I have a blog on redgage titled HOW TO EARN REAL MONEY ON REDGAGE that shows I me and others on the site do it. There are a lot of pieces to the redgage puzzle and the more of those pieces you put together, the higher your earnings. It took me six months to figure the site out and discover how to go from earning pennies a day to dollars a day and many of the highest earners don't want to share their secrets.


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jiro 4 years ago from India

thanks a lot for the description.I joined. but not tried


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photofashion 4 years ago from UAE

Thanks FOR helful desk


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IdeaMorphist 4 years ago from Chicagoland

I've made $100 with redgage in a years time, but $50 of that was for sweepstakes drawings


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PaulGoodman67 4 years ago from Florida USA Author

Yes, most of my money comes from sweepstake and features too. You seem to get these early on, then you have to rely on earnings which is peanuts - well, 10 or 20 cents/day or whatever. I'm less thrilled with Redgage recently.


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petertebin 4 years ago from Maryland

Great Hub on the site RedGage. I will have to take a look in to not sure how much time I have to spend on it though! Keep up the good work!


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PaulGoodman67 4 years ago from Florida USA Author

I am less enthusiastic about RedGage than I was. My earnings there have dropped - although to be fair, I've not put as much time in on RG recently. My original hope was that I might earn more "passive income". If I take some more interesting photos, I will still upload them to RG, however.


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PaulGoodman67 4 years ago from Florida USA Author

$2/day is good going by RedGage standards! I am sure that it is possible, though. It depends how much time and effort you want to put in.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have recently joined RedGage and found they do have quite a few glitches. I am going to go ahead and upload my links to HubPages and my blogs as well as many pictures and just see what happens. I guess a little money is better than nothing. I appreciate you sharing all your information, it lets me know more of what to expect. Voting up and more. Have a great day! :)


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jezebellamina 3 years ago from Dallas, TX

Hi Paul! I joined RedGage after reading this hub a little over a year ago, I think, and I had some really great traffic from it for a good while. However, ever since they switched to the new site, things are different and they are taking months to import earnings info from the old site....which I suppose is fine since I joined for the SEO benefits and not the earnings.

However, I thought you (and readers of this hub) might be interested to see that they have updated the terms of service to state that they have the right to withhold payment if they they don't have enough funds to pay you, lol! (see section 7, item H of their new terms). I was nowhere near reaching payout but it was nice to see a little bit in the reserves nonetheless.

Anyway, I'm curious what your current take is on the site and situation and how you've been affected, if at all. I'm pretty sure the idea of getting paid now is a longshot, but even so, do you think it's still worth uploading for backlinks? Have you added anything in a while? I see your faith has been waning for a while , just wonder how you feel about it now! Thanks, friend!


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PaulGoodman67 3 years ago from Florida USA Author

I've not been using it in recent times. I got messed around with the payment card, which wasn't Redgage's fault, but still irritating. Then I seemed to lose the money I'd accrued when they switched formats - as you mention, they've supposedly been in the process of updating it for many months. I used it mainly for photos, which made me a matter of cents each time.

I am not sure whether there are any worthwhile SEO benefits, or how Google perceives links from there. The new set up there seems prettier but even more clunky than previously.


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SpaceShanty 2 years ago from United Kingdom

I have heard of Redgage but never used it. It sounds a lot like Bubblews, you can easily earn $2-$3 a day there.


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PaulGoodman67 2 years ago from Florida USA Author

They have some similarities, Bubblews pays much better than Redgage, though I'd say. You can earn $10 or more/day on Bubblews in my experience.


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PaulGoodman67 2 years ago from Florida USA Author

I wrote about earning at Bubblews in this post, if you are interested: http://mturkishdelight.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-mu...

Redgage has gone through a lot of technical issues in recent times and Bubblews pays better, in my experience.


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bensen32 2 years ago from Round Lake Park

I have tried it, I got on just be for all the tech issues and made some ok money at first but then the tech issues screwed that up and I really have not put anytime in since. thanks for the article though.


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Isabellas 19 months ago from Ohio

Just to give you an update even more. I was on their today 5/9/15 and went to upload a link for just back linking purposes and it was taking forever to load the link. Then in the past 3 months it has yet to load my income.


Redfred Garett 3 months ago

I have heard a lot about RedGage and one of my friends has also joined the site and he has no complaints. On his recommendation, I joined RedGage.com and it’s been one year now and my experience is SWEET so far. I want to wish all the luck to RedGage.com.


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Kim Jarrett 8 weeks ago from Adairsville, GA

I am writing an article about writing for revenue sharing sites. I would love to talk to some of you.

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