There are a lot of ways to “get paid” on the internet nowadays.
Sometimes they seem completely legit, and sometimes they make you cock a suspicious eyebrow.
When you read something like, “get paid to read emails,” it’s hard not to be a little suspicious.
But it’s real. Such a thing exists, although not the way most people think (or more accurately, wish for!)
Unsurprisingly, the amount of money you earn isn’t anything to get excited about.
But since it takes only a few minutes of your day, it’s an easy and quick way to earn a few extra dollars here and there.
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But why would anyone pay you to read your emails?
Let me explain…
If you’ve read any of my previous articles, there is a good chance that you’ve heard me talk about GPT, or Get Paid To sites.
GPT sites are a kind of online loyalty/rewards sites that pay you for doing a variety of things – reading emails, shopping, taking surveys, playing games, completing offers, etc.
Now when it comes to paying you for reading your emails, it’s not actually any old email. You won’t be paid for reading your personal emails. You’ll be getting emails from these reward sites that contain links to some of their advertisers – could be online stores, universities, etc.
For every new visitor they send to these advertisers, they get some commission. And that is how they can afford to pay you to read these emails.
They (the advertisers) pay the PTR (paid to read) site to send you the email, and the PTR site pays you for reading it.
Now that we understand how it works, it’s pretty clear that it isn’t a scam.
In fact, this is a more legitimate process than many other ways to get paid on the internet!
It is advertising in its purest form.
There is no obligation to purchase anything – just read the emails, click the links, and get the money.
What about scams?
It would be misleading to tell you that there was no such thing as scams in this industry.
The industry itself is no scam, but as within most industries, especially online, there are people who want to take advantage of it.
For every legit PTR site, there are two illegitimate ones.
It can be really hard to tell one from the other, but I can say for sure that all of the sites on this list are legitimate.
How much can you make
That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?
That’s where the dream comes crashing down for most people who think or hope they can get rich reading emails.
The reality is that most paid emails pay you a few cents per email. Usually it’s right around 5 cents per email.
But the earning doesn’t end there!
You can actually make anywhere from $1 up to $50 or more from each email if you take the required action after clicking the link in the email.
Remember, these emails are basically ads. So the GPT site also get paid from the advertisers for every action – new sign up, purchase, etc – that you take. And to entice you to take those actions, they share some of that money with you.
For example, you may get a paid email about Walmart. So you earn 5 cents for clicking the link and visiting Walmart.com. But the email also tells you that you can earn 5 cents for every dollar you spend at Walmart.com.
So, while clicking the email itself earns you pennies, the subsequent action you take can earn you some serious cash. And that’s how most people who join rewards sites make their money.
10 Sites that pay you to read emails
You might notice that some of these sites are sites you might otherwise recognize as GPT sites.
Well, many of the sites which offer PTR are actually GPT sites, which have expanded into offering more options.
Of course, that does mean that you have the option of doing other GPT tasks while you’re on the website!
And the site itself might specialize in GPT more than PTR, but for the purposes of this list, we’ll be focusing on their PTR functions.
FusionCash is a bit unique in the world of GPT sites. It is actually one of the sites we listed in our BBB accredited work at home jobs.
Not only do they have a longstanding accreditation from the BBB, they also offer a variety of unusual ways to earn money, like get paid to read emails, get paid to call, their own sponsored radio and videos that allow you to earn for watching and listening.
There are also the usual options like paid offers you can complete, as well as free ones.
They even offer payment via check, if you aren’t comfortable with the standard PayPal.
The only downside is that it is U.S. only, so international bargain hunters won’t be able to sign up.
Otherwise, you can earn $5 for a valid registration.
I won’t spend too much time talking about Inbox Dollars, because I’ve put up a full article about it before.
At a glance, however, Inbox Dollars is a GPT site that offers options like surveys, offers, and games for earning rewards, as well as PTR.
Update: Based on so many negative reviews from users lately about the lack of payment, we no longer recommend UniqueRewards.
Ironically, they aren’t too unique when compared to other GPT sites. But they are a solid site no less, offering GPT and PTR tasks alike, and they also accept Canadians in addition to U.S. residents.
Users can get $5 just for signing up, with an additional $5.00 every time they refer a friend.
This is another site that offers to pay in checks, as well as PayPal, which is always a plus.
CashCrate is arguably the most famous of all the GPT sites, with its longstanding reputation and high rate of reward (challenged for “most famous” only by SwagBucks.)
CashCrate pays by a monthly check, which will be sent in the disbursement period automatically if you have $10 in your reward account.
Sorry international readers, but this is another one for U.S. residents only.
International readers, rejoice!
Cash4Offers accepts U.S., UK, Canadian and Australian residents. It isn’t a global service, but at least many of the English speaking companies are accepted.
Cash4Offers is a GPT/PTR site that offers lots of tasks, as well as a $5 sign-up bonus.
Also, there is the valuable incentive in the form of their quick payment, which is disbursed less than 72 hours after requesting.
Alright, Aussies, this one is just for you!
FatCatRewards is a site that offers GPT and PTR tasks alike, and even offers a $10 bonus, just for signing up!
As I alluded to a moment ago, they are by Australians and for Australians, which means that people in other countries aren’t even allowed to join.
For our Australian readers, this is certainly a welcome change of pace!
There isn’t too much to say about SendEarnings that hasn’t been said about the others, but for the sake of an overview: they have no explicit statements about region requirements, and they offer a nice $5 sign up bonus.
And of course, they do offer PTR, which makes them at least noteworthy in the world of GPT sites.
OK, international readers. Fed up with all these region restrictions? Well, not with UniqPaid!
UniqPaid doesn’t care one bit about where you live, so you can sign up without even considering that.
There are several other things that make them stand out among the rest, for one that there is no minimum payout limit. 50¢? $200? Either way, they’ll send it to your PayPal when you request it.
They also offer a unique incentive: you earn 10% more money in the two days following your sign-up. So register on a Friday and hit the bonuses all through the weekend!
Going back to the world of US-exclusive sites, InboxPays is among the GPT sites that offers reading in return for rewards.
While they don’t have any features or functions that set them far above, they are a surprisingly solid site nonetheless.
The user interface is comfortable and the display is clear and easy to navigate.
In the realm of GPT, good site design isn’t always a given; so I’m happy to give this one the thumbs-up for their layout.
There is a $50 minimum requirement for cashing out of which up to $25 can be earnings from paid emails. The rest has to come from doing other things, like competing offers, shopping, etc. Thanks to Roxanne, one of our awesome readers, for the tip.
Finishing off our list is a site that offers people from the U.S. and the UK (the word is out on Canada.)
They’re fairly new, compared to other members of the list.
Their approach is ‘6-way earning,’ that is to say, by referring, joining, doing offers, reading emails, shopping, and taking surveys.
However, you can only redeem your points to Amazon, so the things you gain here will be going exclusively to new products.
Hopefully, there should be something for you in there, regardless of who you are.
And true to form, these are 10 sites that will give you rewards for reading emails, and many of them are even sites that are willing to pay you with a check for cash.
It might be reading emails, and it might be pennies, but that is money you earn sitting down with your brain turned off. If you spare an hour or two every day to do these tasks, you’ll start seeing the rewards add up in no time at all!