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Internet Social networking site Redgage faltering on payments to users. Could this be another scam site coming up?

Updated on September 4, 2011
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What is Redgage?

Redgage is a social networking site that enables you to interact with other users by posting links, blogs and photographs. Their point of attraction is that, unlike Facebook and other social networking site, Redgage promises to pay you for your activity on the site. Activity involves uploading content, viewing and commenting on other peoples content and also promoting Redgage by mentioning it in your content.

User benefits on Redgage

The set up on this site is interesting and could be mutually beneficial to both the users and the Site itself as there is a chance for both parties to earn. The site would benefit from traffic and content brought in by the users while the latter would get paid for page views. Unfortunately Redgage seems not to be living up to its promise to pay the users, as there have been several complaints about non-payment on the site by a lot of users. This comes as a surprise from such a well set up site (Though it has a lot of bugs and is very slow), which is popular because of how much fun it is to use. The earning potential in the digital age can be something to write home about since digital content in terms of photography is so easy to accumulate these days due to digital photography technological developments. However, Redgage does not seem to see the massive earning potential here.

Redgages communication with its users

The fact that they might have a lot of bugs in their script is understandable as technology is not easy to handle when you have to administer thousands of users. However, it is essential to keep the users informed about what is going on behind the curtains so that they understand any miss-haps that may happen on the site. Redgage has failed to keep an active line of communication with its users as is evidenced by the complaints for their non-responsive attitudes.

Scam sites have been around on the Internet for a long time. We have reached a point where sites can be created with much more facility. Redgage should remain aware of the fact that they can be over taken by a more efficient service provider in the social networking business who will deliver better than they do.

Sample of upload on Redgage

This image has had 181 views and "earned" 11 cents  in 2 weeks on Redgage at the time of this articles publication (17 August 2011)
This image has had 181 views and "earned" 11 cents in 2 weeks on Redgage at the time of this articles publication (17 August 2011) | Source

My conclusion on scam sites

I personally have wasted a lot of time with sites that have failed to deliver payment or offer very low payment rates. (Shareapic.net being an example.) It is time sites that promise services begin to deliver, as giants like Google are looking for more opportunities everyday to maximise their profits. Much as I do not subscribe to monopolies, I think it is better to be served by site owners who deliver their promises rather than be take for a ride by sites that have no respect for their users. I hope Redgage get their act together as I am already feeling it is time to move on and look for another site to upload my content.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I will stay there to get some traffic to my hubs, blogs, and websites, but I am not going to expect any payments from them in the future. If I do get paid, I will be surprised. I use Facebook and Twitter promote my writing, and now I will just regard RedGage the same way.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Sweetiepie.Thanks for the update. It is such a pity they do not have their systems in order.My thinking is that they did not expect the site to do so well and were not expecting the popularity it got. I really hope they get their act together before people get ticked off and decide to leave the site.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I have something to add about payments from RedGage. I was pleased when I won their daily contest in February, and I did receive my 25 dollar payment. However, I have since earned 25 dollars from RedGage, and attempted to withdraw the funds on my card. The first attempt did not go through, so I tried again thinking it was faulty. Then I received an email from RedGage saying there was a problem with their system, but it was some how my fault because I had retried to withdraw my funds. They told me now I would have to wait for my card to recharge, whatever that is supposed to mean. Now I am receiving emails from them requesting screenshots of my trying to withdraw the amounts, and I told them no other company goes around doing this. It is their problem with accounting, and they should fix it. Oh well, at this point I told them I feel their site is good for traffic, but inconsistent with payments to be sure. I think they may have over extended themselves promising more payments than they were able to make. If this is the case, they should be honest about it.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Lady_E. Thanks for the advice,I am learning as I go along

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      I understand, but there are some people who just stick with it and get good results. I am not very active there as I was before, but it does help with Traffic. (for backlinks).

      Remember to use other sites too. If you are writing online to earn, it's useful not to put all your eggs in one basket.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @ Lady_E . Thanks for the information. It is good to hear it from people who have worked with the system longer. I will stick with Redgage for a while since i enjoy it there. It is just worrying to see so many complaints posted there.Thanks for passing by.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting post. I have been with Redgage for 2 years and can confirm they do pay out, however it takes a while depending where you are.

      The reason being, Redgage send you a prepaid Redgage Visa Card which is usually $25.00 or more depending on what you have earned. I have received this but it took a while because it was sent from Redgage to another Redgage office and then to me in UK.

      After that payments are quicker. The last pay I received from them was this August 2011 and all they did was top up my Redgage Visa Card which I already have in Possession.

      There are lots of scam sites out there but Redgage is okay. Try the contest too. I won $25.00 on that sometime.

      Good Luck :)

      Profile: Ladye (Redgage)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Powerpoe. I hope they work on their comms.It is such a fun site to work on and great for traffic generation.Thanks for passing by

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      Powerpoe1 6 years ago

      I've just joined this site, and have enjoyed the activity thus far. Hopefully, communications will improve between publishers and the staff about payments. A lot of companies are changing terms of agreement to survive during this economical roller coaster.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @justom.Thank you.I have heard a lot of good things about San francisco.Looking forward to it.

      @Wesman.I will pass by there once I settle in.Should be fun to see where it all happens.Thanks for passing by.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOL@TOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hey, you should stop by and say "hello" to all the staff at Hubpages while you're there. . .

      Truly - WHEW! Wish I was going there myself - San Francisco, that is - beautiful women and outstanding food everywhere!!!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      San Francisco? Probably the most beautiful city in the U.S but be careful there are some truly mad hatters in that city :-P Have a safe trip!!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @justom.It is such a pity they do not realize the full potential of such activity.More art coming soon,I am currently packing up,leaving London for San Francisco soon.Thanks for passing by!

      @ Wesman. Yes I agree,Redgage has proven useful in traffic generation and it is a pity to see them getting such bad reviews from their users.I thought the minimum pay out was $25. No? Thanks for passing by

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      OH MY! That's a shame. Redgage is great for people who want to make money from writing online - but have lost their adsense account for some reason or another.

      I sometimes upload my links there, but that's about it. I might be all the way up to three bucks in earnings there, and since the payout is $200.00 - I might get to that by 2020!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Interesting read Victor, I always wonder about all these sites. Seems like the potential for bad stuff is on all of them. They pay you a very small amount and possibly turn around and use your content to make themselves big $. I could be totally full of it but I always think if there is a chance for fraud it's probably happening. Hope all's well with you and we're waiting to see some more of your art! Peace!! Tom

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