- Great content. Gather focused on appealing to writers and has attracted a number of excellent writers, including a large number of published authors, to the site.
- Revenue sharing. Unlike most of the popular sites built on user-generated content, Gather shares its ad revenues with the content producers and active members who generate all those page views and click on all those ads. You earn points for most of your activities - a trivial amount for posting a comment or rating an article, more for writing articles that get well read and well rated. You can use the points earned to purchase gift certificates ranging from luxuries like cruises and Omaha Steaks to the immensely practical Home Depot. If you earn enough points you can get cash instead.
There is a promo going on right worth noting called "Picture More Points". Through the end of June, Gather is giving members 10 points for every photo uploaded to the site (that you took - not reposting photos by other people). Each point is worth $0.016, which makes each photo worth $0.16. I figured if you already have the photos ready and all you have to do is upload them and tag them, you can probably earn about $8-$10 an hour. Not great money, but easy money if you already have the pictures. You'll also earn more points if people view and comment on your photos and rate them highly. Just remember the idea of reciprocity - if you want people to view and vote on your photos, do the same for others.
I can't post my affiliate link to invite you to join (conflict of interest policy - too bad for me since you get points for inviting people), so just visit Gather to sign up on your own. Feel free, though, to look me up and connect once you're there.
UPDATE 5/21 - Gather is now giving out $20 Borders gift cards if you invite 5 people who join. Now that's easy money!
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