Start of News Review
I’ve reviewed a lot of products in the make money online niche, but few of my reviews get the attention that my reviews of paid news sites do. There are a lot of them out there, and they all promise the same thing – to pay you a lot of money for reading news articles. Start of News is the most recent, but there are others, such as Fifty News and News Prof and countless others.
Start of News is no different from the others; the site claims that you can sign up for free and earn up to $10,000 per month reading news articles. Not only that, but you can earn even more if you refer friends and family members to the site using the affiliate link that they provide. Ten thousand dollars a month for reading news articles sounds impressive, so I thought I’d give Start of News a look. Is Start of News a scam, or is it the real deal?
Read on for the full Start of News review.
Start of News Overview
Signing up at Start of News is easy; you just give them an email address and a password. That’s it; you won’t even have to validate the email. Once you do that, you can log in and get started.
If you click the “Read News” link, you’ll see a list of about 15 articles, along with the time that they were posted on the site and the amount of money that you can earn for reading them. At the time that I signed up, the articles were offering to pay $2 per article. That doesn’t sound like much, but the articles are only about a paragraph long, so you can read them in about 30 seconds.
Once you’re done reading an article, you click the “confirm” link and you’ll be presented with a simple math problem to confirm that you’re not a robot. After that, you should see $2 added to your Start of News account balance. Start of News says you can read up to 40 articles per day, so that would allow you to earn about $80 daily from reading articles alone.
You can earn even more, however, by encouraging people to sign up using the affiliate link that they give you. For each person who signs up using your link, you’ll have $70 added to your Start of News account balance. In addition, you’ll also earn 15% of the amount of money that they earn when they read articles. As you can see, it can add up pretty quickly, and it might very well be possible to see $10,000 in your account in a month’s time.
Start of News says they pay using PayPal or Payza, and you’ll have to provide your account information in order to get paid. In addition, they have a $600 minimum payout amount, so until you reach that level, you won’t be able to request payment.
OK, that’s all rather straightforward, and easy to do. I read a couple of articles, answered the math problems and saw that after doing that, my account balance was still $0. Not that it matters, because this site is owned by the same people who own Fifty News and a number of other similar sites. Start of News has a new, improved look, but it has the same problem that the other sites in their network do – Start of News isn’t going to pay you.
Start of News says that they get money from news agencies to get people to read them. They add that they pay out 80% of the amount that they receive to their site’s users. That’s pretty silly, if you think about it. News agencies are in the business of writing news articles and selling them. If their news articles are the product that they’re selling, then why would they want to pay people to read them?
On previous sites that this company owns, the articles were just one or two sentences, and didn’t even have links to the full article, so you couldn’t read them if you wanted to. That’s changed with Start of News; you do have a link to the full article if you want to read it, but it looks like they’re pulling the articles from Google now, and you can rest assured that Google isn’t going to be paying you to read news articles.
So, what’s really going on with Start of News? That’s a good question. I’ve been reviewing these paid news sites for nearly two years now and one thing that they all have in common is that they don’t pay people. You can do a search on my site for any review I’ve done of one of these news sites, and you’ll see plenty of comments from people who haven’t been paid. Some of them are from people who believe that I run the sites myself. I don’t. I have nothing to do with these sites; I just write about them.
What Start of News is probably doing is collecting email addresses as well as account information for PayPal and Payza. It’s possible that they’re selling the addresses to spammers and/or hackers, so if you sign up, you may find that the amount of spam email that you get is going to increase.
What Start of News isn’t going to do is pay you, and there are better places online to read news if you’re so inclined.
Start of News Summary
Start of News is just another site that promises to pay you a lot of money to read news. Sorry to disappoint, but unless you get a job with a news organization as a proofreader, you’re not likely to find anyone who is going to pay you to read the news. News agencies expect you to pay for their product; they’re certainly not going to give it away.
If you’re interested in making money online, there are better ways to do it than by joining Start of News. I’d recommend that you try one of those methods instead.
Start of News, not surprisingly, is not recommended.
Rating: (zero stars)