This page is the joint contribution of many members - those who asked the questions and those who answered them! There are too many to mention individually, but I'd like to give special thanks to GoAskAlice, the Admin, and to PhredWreck ("The Lamb") and MysDianaIT, all of whom have made valuable contributions (whether they were aware of it or not!)
Where do I find my earnings?
Your total earnings to date are displayed at the top left of the page, next to your avatar. They are updated at intervals, several times a day. When you click on the figure shown, you are taken to a page which shows a daily breakdown. Days which are not shown are days on which you earned nothing.
The first thing to understand is that MyLot is NOT a 'pay-per-post' site!
There is NO set amount for a Discussion, Response, Comment, Like or View.
Unlike a number of other sites, what you earn is based on your total 'activity' and participation - posting discussions, responding to others' discussions and commenting in your own and other people's discussions. It is also influenced by how other members interact with you. The more interaction from others (Responses, Comments and Likes, for example) you get, the more it will increase your earnings.
The most effective way of earning from MyLot is to:
- develop your circle of friends by responding intelligently to discussions which interest you;
- post intelligent and useful discussion topics which encourage others to respond with at least a couple of lines of relevant information and
- comment on the responses you get with more than just "Thanks for responding".
In the box containing your username and avatar at the top left of any page, click on Settings (and then on Account, if it is not already on that page). In the second field, marked PayPal Email, enter the email you have chosen as your login for PayPal. This need not be the same as the Email you use for the first field, which is for communications from MyLot.
In order to be paid, you MUST have a PayPal account. If you haven't got one, it is easy and quick to set one up and you can be assured that PayPal is a very safe and secure method of receiving and sending money. It is best, especially if you want to access your money (!), to have a 'verified' PayPal account. This means linking your PayPal account to a bank or credit card so that you can transfer funds between them. This is very simple and completely safe and involves PayPal making, usually, two small deposits (of less than one unit of your currency) into the account you specify. You will then look at your statement, see the deposits and enter the two amounts as a four digit number into the appropriate Verification screen. Depending on your country, the Verification procedure may be different from above: always follow the instructions given on the PayPal Verification screen.
NOTE: There are some countries where PayPal is either limited or not available. Unfortunately, MyLot will not be able to pay you if you live in one of these countries. In that case, MyLot will hold your balance until such time as PayPal open a facility in your country. Please note that it is strictly illegal to provide false information (either to PayPal or to MyLot) in order to open a PayPal account. MyLot is able to see which country you are from, even if you enter false information when joining!
How do you add friends so you can message them? In this new MyLot, it seems that the default setting is that everyone can message us. Is it risky to keep it open? Will I be vulnerable to viruses?
By default, any member may now message any other member unless one member is blocked by the other. However, if a member has selected " Only those I follow can message me " you will not be able to send them a message unless that person has clicked " Follow " on your profile. If they have selected " No one can message me ", then the only way of communicating with them is through responses and comments in the Discussion area.
When you 'like' a post, does it benefit anyone?
The value of 'liking' is that the person posting it and others can see that the post was, presumably, helpful to the person who 'liked' it. The 'likes' rating is one of the factors used in deciding where a post ranks in the "Explore - Top Rated Posts".'Liking' a discussion, response or comment also has some effect on earnings. It is probably true to say, however, that intentional and repeated abuse of the 'Like' button will be detected and will be punished!
Does 'liking' and tagging (even without responding or commenting) mean those discussions will show up in your activity or in the interesting section?
'Liking', as mentioned above, affects how a post ranks in the Top Rated Discussions. It also increases the total of the "Likes [received]" shown on any person's profile.
What is the 'Suggest' button for and how do you use it?
'Suggest' is used to recommend a post to someone who is "following" you (to the best of my knowledge, it does NOT include people you are following, as, perhaps, it should!). When you click on it, you will see a list of eligible people in alphabetical order of username with a 'Suggest' button next to each one. If someone else has already 'suggested' that post to a person on your list, you will see 'Suggested' against their name and you won't be able to send a suggestion again.
How are responses and comments organised on a discussion page?
Responses are listed as 'Most recent first' (and the 'time ago' or date, if earlier than today, are shown in grey to the right of each). Comments are listed, first, under the response or comment they relate to and then in 'reverse time' order.
If you don't see "Show all comments", then you are already seeing all the comments there are. To see any comments which are hidden, simply click on "Show all comments" where it appears.
How do I view a person's activity?
Simply click on anyone's username anywhere to view their profile. By default, this shows all of the posts, responses and comments they have made in reverse date order. You can select to see only posts, responses or comments they have made, and also lists of what 'Likes' and 'Mentions' they have received (a 'mention' is when their username is referred to in any post preceded by an '@' symbol).
Why does the Menu Bar cover the top few lines of a page?
This usually happens if you have an Ad Blocking plug-in installed. You should turn off your Ad blocker, at least for MyLot pages. You may well find ads irritating but remember that MyLot earns its money from displaying ads and if you block them, you are depriving MyLot (and therefore yourself) from a small amount of income. It is not difficult to learn to ignore the ads and you don't have to feel you have to click on them (unless one really interests you): MyLot earns money from displaying them and clicking ads simply in an attempt to make them 'pay more' may actually do more harm than good!