Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Is Mturk Worth Your Time?

I get asked this all the time.  The short answer is not really, but it's more complicated.  If you just want to make an extra $200 a month to put away for whatever then yes it can be perfect for that.  If you want to work full time from home then I would suggest building something for the long term.

There are people that work full time on Mturk and kudos to them because I just don't think I could do it.  You need to put in a ton of time if you want to settle over a $100 a day which is a decent living. Now if you have that time to put in and you are comfotable sitting in front of the computer all day and even all night sometimes then more power to you.

Adversely, you could spend some time making cash on Mturk and the rest of the time building a blog about something you are passionate about.  That would be my suggestion if you want some sustained income.  Mturk is addicting, it sucks you in because you are actively making money and almost instantly receiving it in most cases.  Don't fall prey to making it the only thing you do online.  If you need the money right away then fine, but spend maybe an hour a day working on your CAREER. Something that makes you money when you are away from the computer screen.

I have some posts I'll be rolling out later this week for suggestions about how to setup your blog and market it.  In the meantime subscibe via email so you don't miss anything by Clicking Here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Find That Damn Niche

The best way to make money online is to simply start a blog on something you know a ton about. I do mean A TON! If you have any kind of expertise, even if you don't think you will have an audience, it is likely that you will.

 It also could be something you got into recently that you are obsessed with now, this happened with me when I started my MMA blog. I became obsessed with fights, any fights I could find, I became obsessed with techniques, certain fighters. Now that didn't make me an expert, but the passion to learn about one subject will shine through to people reading what you're putting out. It is very important that you don't fake being passionate about something, people can see through it.

That's my food for thought for the day, I will be posting daily now, onwards!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Play an Instrument or Have Knowledge of Anything? There's Money to Be Made on Youtube

One of the most rewarding ways you can make money online is to teach beginners something you know a lot about. You don't have to be some incredible expert, you just have to be good at something and have a youtube account. I use musical instruments as an example, but it could be anything from how to make a pineapple upside down cake to how to change an air filter. A lot of people make good money on youtube by utilizing some skill they have acquired and teaching it to random people who are eager to learn.

You only need a Youtube and Google Adsense account, and your first video to get started. Personally, I can play acoustic guitar and I focus on videos that I think would've helped me when I was first starting out.

Specifically, I like to post instructional videos of popular songs, but with simplified chords because something all beginners want is to be able to play some of their favorite songs.

Doesn't need to be guitar, anything that you believe could have been useful to yourself when you first started doing a particular skill or hobby.

In your youtube account navigate to your video manager and on each video there will be an option to monetize it, you can choose the pre-roll ads and the little pop-in ads.  Of course comply with the copyright laws, use descriptive tags, and make sure your headline is something you would search for.  Youtube will review the video and usually within a few hours approve it as long as there is no copyright problem.

If you want to promote the video find some related forums and use the video as your signature or just post it there if the forum allows.  The most important thing is to post a new instructional, at the very least, once a week.  You want subscribers to your channel, you want a following, so keep up with it.

For recording I just use an Ipad, but if you have deeper resources than me, use them, better quality videos have a better chance of becoming popular.  Speak very clear and be positive.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Make Money with Adfly

Adfly is a link shortening service that pays you for clicks and pays well.  A little over 7 dollars per 1000 views for U.S. clicks.  Users who click will see a full page 5 second ad then can skip it to go to their destination.  This is very effective for people who have a large social media following or frequently post on popular forums, if the forum allows for it.

If you don't have a popular blog to post links on or many social media followers there are still ways to get clicks.

If you provide valuable information for anything you can get links.  One way I've found to be effective is to join Amazon's Mechanical Turk program and let people know about valuable HITs.  A great way to do this is the join the Reddit community HITsWorthTurkingFor which receives tons of traffic everyday with people looking for good HITs.  Follow the community rules and they allow you to use Adfly to point users to HITs.

This is a good way to earn extra cash and it isn't very time consuming if you do a little research over at Mturk.  Refer to this post for more info about how to better use Mturk.

Click Here to Sign Up for Adfly

Thursday, January 30, 2014

3 Survey Sites You Should Care About

The "make money taking surveys" craze started a long time ago with promises stating you could make thousands a week just by taking surveys online.  Well like most things that sound too good to be true, it is. There are quality survey sites, but you will not make thousands a week and you won't be quitting your job to take surveys.  There are an incredible amount of scammy survey sites, but these 3 sites that offer surveys do actually pay and pay better than most.

Survey Savvy - This is my number 1 recommendation because although you take surveys sparingly they actually pay you good money for the ones you qualify for.  You may only get 2-3 surveys per month, but you can make anywhere from $40 to $90 off of that.

Mturk - Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a great place for surveys as well.  Check out the reddit comminuty HitsWorthTurkingfor for good easy cash with surveys or the many other tasks you can do there.

Cash Crate - Cash Crate has good survey options.  .70-.90 cents for very short surveys and most enter you in big sweepstakes as well.  Many of them also allow you to take them on a daily basis.

Of course you can make much more money with these sites (except Mturk) by getting referrals.  Check out my article- Top 3 Ways to Get Referrals for some help in that department.  Remember to maximize your time and don't get impatient.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Night Inspiration - A Story of Quitting a Job for All the Right Reasons

It's Wednesday night, and it is -1 degrees where I live.  I just wanted to write some encouraging words for the people that want to make working from home a reality.

First of all if you work at a big corporation and are absolutely miserable working there you owe it to yourself to make a change.  Awhile back I worked for a very large corporation.  Now I was just looking for a night job to go along with my 9-5 job which I happen to like.  So I fill out the application to basically just be a labor worker doing the physical tasks.  The problem was they liked my interview and said we will pay you a dollar more to work inside the store.

I'm like fine so I took the job.  So I started their mind numbing computer training and realized they wanted me to be a salesman on the floor.  I'm talking real selling, upselling, all that bs.  So I go to the supervisor and say "am I a salesman?", she said yeah.  Now they were paying me $8.50 an hour at this point.  So I asked her, "what's my commission?", she replies "we work on a scale where if everyone in your department reaches a certain quota there are cash bonuses".  Basically I could sell 20 products for the month and still receive $8.50 an hour.

This isn't fair of course and this is how corporations make billions because payroll is any company's biggest expense.  Of course the first video I had to watch for training was an anti-union video.  It's like this at many corporations, employees work their butts off to sell something and 100% of the profit stays in company hands.

Long story short, I asked the supervisor how in the world this is considered fair?  She said it's "team building".  And if your department happened to make the quota that month?  $50 extra on your paycheck, thanks for nothing.  So after I told her how absurd that was I just quit and walked out.

If this seems like a similar situation that you are in right now then make a damn change.  Start putting in the time it takes to get out of that situation.  Get up early, write a blog post, get through the day at work, come home write another blog post or do some surveys and make that extra cash.  Picture yourself getting out of that horrible cycle that so many people find themselves in.  Once you start putting in the work necessary you will start seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top 3 Ways to Get Referrals

The most lucrative way to make money from sites that are based around tasks or surveys or rewards, ala Cash Crate or InstaGC, is to rack up a bunch of referrals.

Referrals are people that sign up using your link.  You receive a percentage, usually 10-20% of everything they earn.  Basically they become your employees except you're not paying them, the company is.  This can be lucrative and it's basically the easiest way to make money because there's very little work involved for you.  Of course the methods I list below can also be used for actual affiliate sales if that's your thing.

1. Rent an Email List - No one wants to drop cash, but if you have a little dough to spend and you want to build up some referrals, Rent-a-List is really the way to go.  They send your pitch out to very targeted audiences and guarantee you a 40% click through rate, which is really good. This works particularly well for make money sites since there are tons of lists for this certain niche.  Their pricing is very fair (21 bucks for the lowest package), give it a try at least, it might be for you.

2. Forum Signatures - Being an active forum member and using your signature to get referrals is an amazingly effective practice.  There are many forums related to making money online.  If you actively participate and get well respected within the community people will be inclined to check out the stuff you promote in your signature.  Popular forums rank very well in google as well, so you also expose your promotions to much more traffic than you may think.

3. Start a Blog - A boring suggestion.  An obvious suggestion.  But it works.  The best advice I can give is NEVER give up.  Make a post every single day.  Give out some good advice.  Of course link your referral sites wherever you think they will receive the most exposure.  For more blogging advice and a little inspiration check out the 4 posts below I did earlier.

Never Run Out of Post Ideas by Fringe Blogging

Need a Flood of Traffic - Write a List - A Crazy Story of Success

Don't Neglect Other Types of Blog Posts

You Can Work from Home on the Internet

Monday, January 27, 2014

Need a Quick $100 - Write a List for Listverse

Listverse is a hugely popular site that compiles the internet writer's best friend, lists.  Listverse will pay you $100 cold hard cash directly into you Paypal account.  Below you'll find the best practices to get your list accepted directly from the listverse crew.

The rules are: there are no rules. As long as your list (and we do mean yours—don’t steal other people’s stuff) is over 1,000 words you can choose any topic you like. Just remember—if it’s good enough to publish (by our standards) you get 100 bucks—simple as that.To help you out with some ideas, the lists that our readers love the most (and the ones we will most likely pay for) are usually offbeat, looking at something normal in an unexpected way (top 10 ways college makes you dumb, for example), hidden knowledge (things most people don’t know), misconceptions, facts, and just really really good general knowledge about anything—science, for example.
If accepted you can also link to your blog or social media site, which can be fantastic exposure. Just believe in your writing that's the best advice I can give. Plus if you don't get accepeted, Listverse doesn't own it, you can still post it on your own blog or Medium is a always great exposure too.

Click here to Submit a List

Never Run Out of Post Ideas by Fringe Blogging

"Fringe Blogging" is not a thing, I'm not making this a thing.  It's just a golf analogy that's been beaten to death, but hey it's the best I can do.

What I mean by fringe blogging is to look slightly outside your chosen niche for post ideas.  It is every blogger's worst nightmare, to run out of ideas for a post.  That's why it is important to fringe blog so to speak.  For example on this blog I've posted inspirational things because although it doesn't pertain to a particular way of making money, it is a very important to keep a positive attitude towards what you're trying to accomplish.  Otherwise you will stop working or think "I'll just take a few days off".

As I mentioned I used to run a mixed martial arts blog.  When I started doing it it was a fairly small niche, events would happen maybe twice a month.  So to keep the flow going I would make posts pertaining to other combat sports like boxing or K-1 kickboxing.  There were always a few readers who would make a snarky comment because it wasn't MMA related so to speak, but 99% of the readers loved those fringe posts and even thanked me for opening them up to another world.

It really is a simple idea that can be overlooked by beginning bloggers because it's not laser targeted to their niche.  Your niche is very important of course, but it pales in comparison to the number one goal; entertaining your readers.  So have a blog about movies?  Throw some TV or video game posts in there.  A blog about playing guitar?  Make a post about the banjo.  Etc. Etc.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Warren Buffet's Quotes for the Day

I love posting pertinent quotes on what we are trying to accomplish as at home entrepreneurs.  Here are 6 little gems from one of the greatest men history has ever seen.