Can you earn rewards just from surfing the internet? Take a look at my Gener8 Ads review to see why it’s good in theory, but not in practice.
Love them or hate them ads have become a necessary part of life. It’s how many companies and publications are able to cover their costs. For example, I have ads on my site. Not because I like them, but because I have to pay Siteground every month to host my content. It’s not cheap, so having ads helps to cover the cost.
I’ve heard a few bloggers mention a company called Gener8 Ads which would earn me rewards every time I see an advert on the internet. And because I’m constantly online, this looked ideal.
Who are Gener8 Ads?
Taken from their website:
Gener8 Ads Limited is registered in England and Wales under company number 10903332 and have our registered office at 70 Wilson street, London, EC2A 2DB.
We have developed the browser extension “Gener8” which can be downloaded via our website and other domains. Gener8 is a free extension that allows you to customise your web experience. Our aim is to empower our users to have more control over their advertising experience.
Once you have installed Gener8 it will sit on your browser and block all display ads on any site you visit. By updating your preferences in your account settings, you will receive display ads according to those preference settings on sites you visit.
There isn’t much I can find on the company, except the information that’s listed on Companies House. The company has been running since August 2017 and is listed to an address in London. The building is run by a company called Wework, which allows multiple companies to run from a shared office.
All you need to do is sign up and download an extension to your web browser – either Firefox or Chrome. Once you earn enough tokens, you can exchange them for rewards from the Gener8 marketplace. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
In theory, this is a very easy way to earn with very little effort. Signing up and downloading the extension is easy to do, even if you aren’t technically minded.
The app is fairly customisable. It gives you the option not to show you ads on certain pages. So, if you find that Gener8 is causing issues when you visit a certain site, you can just turn it off.
You can also install Gener8 Tabs. This extension allows you to see a new advert every time you open a new tab on your browser.
The marketplace offers various items you can swap your tokens for – from vouchers to electrical goods. You will often see things such as Amazon Alexas and wireless headphones.
And there is the opportunity to earn extra tokens by referring your friends to Gener8.
One of the things that put me off is the fact you need to add an extension to your browser. The more extensions you have, the slower your browser becomes and the longer it takes to surf the internet.
I used both a Mac (around 2 years old) and a Dell (around 10 years old). With the extension added, my Mac worked fine, but my Dell slowed down tremendously when browsing sites with a lot of adverts.
The claimed pay seems fairly good. The average user should earn 5-10 tokens per day. Needing 100 tokens to earn £9.99, that means most of us would earn between £15-£30 per month.
However, after 2 months I had earned 140 tokens – an average of 2-3 per day.
And then to the marketplace. You only gain access to this once you have referred 2 friends.
And once you have access, trading your tokens can be quite difficult. Most items are only available for a very short window of opportunity. They are released periodically with a countdown timer to tell you when you can purchase. The moment that countdown hits zero, you and everybody else will try and buy that item!
Alternatively, I could donate some of my Gener8 tokens to charity. Or I could spend 1 token on 30% off my first 4 boxes from HelloFresh. Although this is a discount available to all new customers to HelloFresh and Gener8 will be paid for this too.
What is available on the Gener8 Marketplace?
Items come and go, but so far I have seen wireless earbuds, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Google Chromecast Playstation Classic, Google Nest Mini, and Amazon Echo dots. However, stock is usually restricted to 1 item every few days. That means you have to be very quick to get
There have also been some Playstation 4 games available, although these haven’t been great value. For example, Rayman Legends cost 250 tokens, which you could have also traded in for £25 worth of Amazon vouchers. The game is available from Amazon for under £15.
Gift cards have included Amazon, iTunes, Steam, and Game.
Is Gener8 Ads safe?
After around 6 months of using Gener8, I’ve not had any issues. However, I always recommend that keep all your antivirus software up-to-date. But, when you think about what the likes of Facebook have done with our data in the past, you can never guarantee what happens to your data once it leaves your computer.
My Gener8 Ads review conclusion
Do you know, I can live with only earning between £5 – £10 per month from this site. After all, it takes hardly any effort.
But it is frustrating that I couldn’t cash in my tokens. However, Gener8 offered an explanation –
At the moment, Gener8 is not actually selling any ads, which means they aren’t making any money. That’s why you only see pictures of pugs (see above). All vouchers they put up in the marketplace come from their own pockets.
But once enough people have signed up, they will be able to sell ad space and offer a lot more vouchers.
So, although you will hear quite a lot of people saying that Gener8 is a scam, it appears (to me at least) that it’s genuine. For the moment, I will keep earning vouchers and hope more people join.
If you want to try it for yourself, then press the button below. We will then both be rewarded with 10 tokens after you have earned your first one.Join Gener8 Ads >>
Just a quick update. I managed to cash in 50 of my tokens for a £5 Amazon voucher. 45 were available at 14:30 and they all went within a minute!
In total, I have managed to cash out 5 sets of Amazon vouchers. However, currently, that is the maximum you can purchase. It looks like I may have to buy something else.
A few tips for using Gener8 Ads
There’s not much advice I can offer. However, I do find that most of the sites I look through don’t have adverts. So, every day I spend a few minutes looking at the Daily Mail and Soccerway. Both these sites have far too many adverts, so I find it a good way of building up tokens.
If you use cashback sites when you shop, make sure you turn off Gener8 first. Because it acts as an ad blocker, it may cause issues when it comes to tracking.
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