Want to Earn a Few Extra Bucks? Search with Qmee

Want to Earn a Few Extra Bucks? Search with Qmee

Install the Qmee app to your browser, and then search as usual. You can earn a few extra bucks.

Every now and again, I think about what I can do to earn a few extra bucks. Admittedly, earning a few cents at a time is not what I usually have in mind. However, for the last week or so I’ve been trying out Qmee, an app that provides cash rewards when you search the web.

Earn a Few Extra Bucks With Business as Usual

I search the Web. A lot. Whether it’s doing research for a story, or looking for a planned purchase, search is something I’m familiar with. The idea behind Qmee is that you can earn rewards just by searching as usual. Here’s how it works:

  1. Install the Qmee app to your Internet browser.
  2. Search as usual, including on sites like Amazon and eBay, as well as through your search engine of choice.
  3. Qmee results pop up on the side, including information about how much you can earn by clicking on a Qmee result.
  4. Click on a Qmee result, and money is dropped in your piggy bank. You don’t actually have to make a purchase, or do much else to get the money in your bank.
  5. When you’re ready to redeem, you can cash out with PayPal, or you can donate your Qmee earnings to charity.

It’s a pretty simple process, and I like how you don’t have to go to a specific site to start your searches. It’s nice that it works in the background, and that you don’t have to do anything extra, besides installing the app.

Earn a few extra bucks with search

How Much Can You Actually Earn with Qmee?

Let’s not kid ourselves. You probably aren’t going to get rich with Qmee. It’s a neat way to earn a little extra, and if you are really into debt reduction through snowflaking or if you want to add every little bit to your investment account, Qmee can help.

My main issue with Qmee is that I don’t get a lot of results that I can use. Many of my Qmee search results include links to Local.com or Ask.com, which doesn’t actually help me much, beyond netting me a few extra cents.

Once I click on the result, I am taken to a useless page, and I have to enter my search again. The process takes me about six seconds extra. However, I’ve been earning, on average, $0.08 for each search. That works out to about $0.80 a minute, or $48 an hour. So I guess it’s not so bad.

I haven’t actually tried doing searches non-stop for an hour, though. Qmee probably has protections built up against that kind of abuse. Also, I’ve noticed that if I perform the same search again, the payouts are lower each time. Sometimes, you don’t receive a Qmee result for your search, either.

Bottom Line

Will Qmee make you rich? Probably not. But if you spend a lot of time searching the Internet, Qmee can be a way to earn a few extra bucks doing exactly what you already do online.

Have you tried Qmee? What do you think?

Written by Miranda Marquit

Miranda Marquit is a freelance writer and professional blogger, specializing in personal finance, small business, and investing topics. She writes for a number of financial web sites and blogs, and has been featured in numerous media. Read about life as a freelancer at MirandaMarquit.com and in her book Confessions of a Professional Blogger.

3 Responses to Want to Earn a Few Extra Bucks? Search with Qmee

  1. Is it easy to remove the software? If it comes out without a problem, I think I will go ahead and give it a try.

    • It’s pretty much like removing Stumble Upon or Diigo from your browser. It’s an app. I haven’t tried to remove it, though. But I think it should be doable.

  2. Interesting business model. I just started using it, and there seems to be the temptation to format your searches based on the most lucrative Qmee options, which makes it slightly obtrusive.

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