Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Notice - Blog just got moved

That means search results are not going to send you where you think you're going.

No problem, all the posts are over to the right in the archive.

You can easily find what you were looking for there, and with a bit more back end work and a bit more time from the spiders to catch up, you'll not have to take this extra step.

Sorry for any inconvenience, but you'll be glad you stuck with me =)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

SliceThePie Payment Proof and Review + Tips

Today I am bringing you my SliceThePie payment proof, some tips on how to use the site, and a short review of SliceThePie from the perspective of an insider who has reached payout there. SliceThePie has been a fun experience for me thus far, and it is also a breath of fresh air in an online earning world where things usually feel more like a grind than a good time. This is a genuinely cool little gig to add to your routines online. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to easily add another 10 bucks to their budget. I plan to give the site reviews in exchange for their ten dollars which I will use to make future domains I buy essentially "free" to me. It's a great opportunity, and I'll talk about some tips soon.

First thing is first, here is an image of my SliceThePie payment proof, taken directly from my PayPal account:

As you can see in my payment proof image, I made 10 dollars with SliceThePie. That's not a lot at first glance, but it is when considering how little time I spent there. I did only a couple of songs a day, many of which were Christmas songs and pop songs, but there were some really good rock and hip hop songs that I reviewed as well.

Doing only a couple of songs a day, spending only about 5 minutes in down time or while bored at the site, I have to say that the 10 bucks is worth it, and that I recommend this site to beginner and advanced online money makers alike. It's just that simple to get an extra 10 bucks there, everyone who has the opportunity to go for it ought to give it a try.

You can see from my SliceThePie payment proof image that it is a legitimate opportunity to make some quick cash over the course of about week or so at a time if you do a few minutes a day. I don't see why you would grind it out at once since it's actually something fun to do and the payment is like a bonus, but if you wanted to grind, you could potentially knock out 10 dollars in an hour provided you kept real quality in your reviews (I did the math against my average payout per review and time spent, and it came to 10 dollars and change per hour)

The site was quick to pay me, and their Twitter account is active and the person or people behind it like to talk with the users of SliceThePie, which is a huge plus to me, since I expect that sort of thing from web based opportunities anyhow. The user experience at the site is nice as well. You log in, a song starts playing, you listen to it and review it honesty, being sure to mention the elements you are hearing in the song (instruments, vocals, delivery of lyrics and so on).

Just make a real review for each song for SliceThePie, at about the length that you need to in order to review the whole song, maybe two of my paragraphs here, and SliceThePie will take care of you for your efforts. I average at about 25 cents per review, which is not bad at all considering it takes about 90 to 120 seconds to do each when you are actively typing out your review while you listen.

Some tips are as follows for SliceThePie: Write as soon as the songs begin. That means that you are covering them in real time. The moment the song begins, you should be talking about its intro and the elements that make that up. When the singer begins, start in on them. Tell how the drums are sounding, the guitars, synths, and so on - really review the song. You can be done in 90 seconds, I myself like to go on and review later parts of the songs that I particularly like as well.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my SliceThePie payment proof, and I will surely be sharing more, as I am staying with the site for the fun of it in general, aside from the easy and worthwhile ten bucks they offer us to review music there. Sign up for yourself now.

Monday, November 26, 2012

PostLoop Payment Proof: 1 Month, plus Tips

It's been a month since I began this case study and I still have good things to say for PostLoop. Payment proof will be at the end of the post, and I want to throw in a couple of tips as well. I have a special post coming up next about a program you might want to give a try. More on that in the next post, for now, let's talk PostLoop, PostLoop payment proof, and tips for getting started with PostLoop to make the best of your time spent there.

In the month that I have been getting paid for posting on forums with PostLoop, I have had a few ups and downs, but none were to the detriment of PostLoop or the good people they have running the site. The staff, owner, and community at-large are really great. Payments come fast, approvals come without a hitch, and quality posting is rewarded with good ratings, which of course means higher payment per each post you make.

The only gripe I've had was that a particular forum owner was a prick, but in that event, you just stay away from their forum, and report them if they rate you in spite and not with honesty. No problem there, I am subscribed to quite a few forums anyway, as I suggest you be subscribed to a good number of forums as well. Many forums limit you to 5 posts per day, and you don't want to grind out all 5 every time - there may not always be places to put those 5 posts. Better to subscribe to a quantity of forums, and strive to add a couple of quality posts to each, each day.

I've only made a few more payments since I last posted in this getting paid to post on forums case study, but I've also been really busy working on the back end of this site, working with other properties, and running my case study on getting paid to review music (which is going well, by the way. The next entry in it will include payment proof for that as well).

Earlier in the post, I dropped a hint to pace yourself and not necessarily shoot for the full 5, 10, 15 - or however many posts - you are allowed on a given forum. There is just no need to grind at it. Well, there is also no need to grind at it alone. Invite some friends to the service, join up at the same forums, and suddenly, your time cuts in half. You can be having a conversation with someone and say "Hey, this is relevant to forum A, let's go continue this discussion there". A good idea because you benefit by getting paid, and the forum owner benefits with meaningful content and activity.

Another tip I wanted to give people was not to accept low ratings when you get them without asking questions. If you are posting with a high quality, as you should be to get approved at PostLoop anyhow, and someone rates you good or bad, remember that you have the ability to go over to that rating and comment it. Most people rate anonymously, but they tend to reveal themselves when you show them the what's-what. And the what's-what is that you want to provide a better service than they are receiving to rate you badly, or to thank them for a good rating on a job they find to be well done.

That said, don't get cocky with the people that are paying you - ask them why your rating was poor, and what you can do to deserve an adjustment they can give you now. Offer them to show their forum if they rated anonymously, and to improve for them. Let them know they can give you some extra guidelines and that it is important to you to be rated well with them. Usually, this is all it takes for a person to actually read your posts and reconsider. When given some extra instructions, follow them. You are getting paid well to post on those forums and use very little of your own time in doing so, the least you can do is represent PostLoop to the fullest and give quality, right?

Get over to PostLoop and try it out. Use my link for maximum awesome. In the meantime, here is the PostLoop payment proof for 1 month that I  promised at the open of this post. Couple this image with the payment proofs found in my other PostLoop posts, and you can see, you can make a fair bit of extra cash with PostLoop monthly with very little time spent doing so:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Get Paid to Review Music: STP Case Study Pt 2

It's been five days since I signed up to Slice the Pie to see if I can get paid to review music. The site claims you can review music for money, and I've taken a few notes to about how the site works, and I will let you know first and foremost that it seems like a solid way to get yourself a little bit of extra cash.

My balance is up to about $7.50, and I've done 3 sessions where I made roughly $2.50 each. I didn't spend a half hour at any of those sessions and doing the math with my average payment per post I saw that working super efficiently by finishing your reviews 30 seconds after the minimum 90 seconds of listening (total of 2 mintues), you can make about $10.50 an hour reviewing music for money on this site.

Now I want to take the time to recommend you don't take that number and set out to grind getting paid to review music and turn it into a 9 to 5. I highly recommend the site so far for how the payment increases as I level up and how close I am to a payout already, but I also recommend that you just do it casually. Aim for cashing out 1 time per week.

That's 10 dollars a week that you didn't have before, and if you think about it, that's a domain per week if you're the kind of person who likes to build sites over a week, move on to the next, and maintain them as you go.  Reviewing music for money is awesome, but it can also get a bit boring and repetitive. You don't want to burn yourself out, and you don't want to spend all your time in one-off things like this. Use the site to cushion your expenses while earning money online, don't use it as one of your main income streams.

Besides, while they will pay you as well as you can really expect for your time reviewing music, I'm sure they don't want people doing it full-time. There probably is some built in system limit that I myself haven't reached to confirm. Do it for your domain or hosting costs, do it for an extra 10 bucks for something else, but get paid to review music in moderation. Spend some time for them, let them spend some money for your time, and use the rest of your working time on building your own blogs, sites, forums, or hubs/lenses. Let that ten dollars buy you more time.

I have yet to reach my payout, but I am sure I will within the next couple of days. I'll buy yet-another-domain guilt free, work the next week on building yet-another site and see if it earns itself an early renewal on its domain. Repeat the process, get paid to review some more music, buy another domain, and do it again.

I recommend this site so far for getting paid to review music, and we'll see how I feel about it after the withdraw funds process. If you want to join up and give it a try, I recommend as always that you use my invite at the opening of this post for the benefit that my active invites will are able to participate in the private section of the forums. You will definitely want to be a part of my private forums and become a part of my team.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Treat your blog as exactly that; A blog.

It's in the name "Web Log", "Weblog", "Blog". See? Notice all of those successful blogs out there? The ones you read every day? Notice the stuff that you find on them? You find things that you are seeking. You search for what you are looking for, and there is someone talking about it.

That is what your blog is. A log. Some log every day life. Ups and downs. Some update the news on a given subject. Some share information on a specific topic curated from within a larger, more broad set of topics.

That's the generalized rule, and this is another generalized rule: Large blogs [staffed blogs] focus broadly, and typically smaller blogs tend to stay targeted to a very specific point. One person typically will write about one aspect of a broad whole, the broad wholes they find being written about on those larger sites.

A small gaming site would cover one genre of video games, logging the news from a number of larger sites, making it easier for other users to navigate to their particular interest at that moment, rather than having to sort through a larger wide-audience site like IGN or Game Informer when all they want to know about is MMORPG or GTA V at that moment.

By the way: That is what Google looks for - web surfing experiences made easier. A lot of people are worried about Google updates, but if I understand correctly what has happened over the last year, the gates have actually opened up in new ways and it will be easier than ever for a whole lot of new faces to do well online - by applying themselves, and logging their own experiences from their own interests, in multiple blogs.

Gone are the days that titling, meta tagging, and frequency of search terms riddled in your posts can get you a really successful site that doesn't really have any value in it. And likewise, gone are the days that you actually put sincere work into something and have it never ranks because of those exploits. The way I see it, the only people who can really be upset, are the people who deprived everyone of quality search results just because they wanted to be #1 for "buy a new lawnmower". That's a good thing.

Anyway, sorry for my diversion: Regardless the type, size, or topic of a blog, they are all still doing the same thing - Sharing information through experience. A sports blogger might cover the entire NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL line. Or, he or she may pick only one team, from one genre of sport, or even just one player - that blogger who adores sports is going to be seeking out information for himself and sharing it with others at whichever level the blog resides in a topic.

The only time you can possibly "struggle with finding a niche" is when your strict foremost goal is to make money with your website as a business. That is when it gets tricky. At that point, you are not writing a blog. You are marketing, selling, servicing, and most importantly competing. And if that's what you're doing, then you can go ahead and add a blog to your site, and log the experiences, changes, news, and offers that are had at your site or through your business. But you'll still need to treat it as exactly that; A blog.

You take what you're already doing, what you're already experiencing, and condense it for others who will be looking for that information as well. Evergreen, timely, it doesn't matter. Sports, clothing designers - doesn't matter. I do a lot of reading about affiliate marketing, making money online, blogging, and WordPress. So, I started this site about that. I share things I have learned, and as times goes on, I will have a large body of content for people to find when they visit my site based on those topics.

I do my case studies on sites that pay their visitors right now, and hope to find plenty of places to conduct those (hint: Put your links for me to join in your comment), but you can expect this blog to share information about plugins for WordPress, running websites, and my experiences in the marketing world online alongside those case studies.

I will share things I am reading, I'll link to places I found those things, I'll keep a log of my own experiences. The whole site, is one big case study. And that is what I am putting on this post: Blogs are All case studies, and as long as it is written with quality and as long as the topic of a blog comes from one that has many different aspects, it can be successful as a hub for one or more of those aspects. Targeting a specific group of the whole, rather than the whole.

You've got to let people know your blog exists of course, but that's the general rule: Fill a gap, or fill it better. Sub-niche a genre or medium, or supplement information. Do it with quality and somewhat frequently. The people you do show your site to, provided it's relevant to them or solves a problem for them, will visit your site.

It's a log. Treat it like one, use it as one, and log what you're into or what you want people to know or be able to easily find thanks to you. You can be educational like this post, you can share news or links/showcases/shares other times, you can focus on one athlete or the whole league -  share it with integrity, update often, and you will see results as a blogger. Treat your blog as exactly that; A blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review Music For Money: SliceThePie Case Study Day 1

Reviewing music for money? Literally, I listen to music of new artists and get paid to give my thoughts on the tracks? This is going to be a fun case study. I have spent about a half of an hour at SliceThePie thus far, and have made about 3 dollars.

Slice The Pie carries a ten-dollar-minimum balance for cash-outs, and so far, it isn't looking like it will take that long at all. I'm seeing between 20 and 23 cents per review of a song so far, and I think that is a fair price to be paid for what is expected of me. The system wants about 4 or 5 sentences it seems, and its algorithm wants to find that you've mentioned instruments and other music keywords ought to be detected as well.

The process goes like this: Sign up -> Tell the genres you enjoy -> Begin reviewing -> get money for your music reviews.

I don't see this one as a huge way to make money, but it is definitely worth a half an hour whenever I am bored so far. We'll see how this goes. Review music for money? No doubt. At the very least I can see 4 days (at a half hour each) resulting in a new domain every 4 days. That could mean every 4 days you build a new site, that could mean every 4 days you have another web property of your own beginning, with no real out-of-pocket expense on your own end.

That is awesome.

I will be enjoying this case study on reviewing music for money, but I doubt I will enjoy all the pop fluff that I have to review before finding a good track. I just heard one track that made the whole lot of my time spent thus far worth it, though, so that is nice. Review music for money, it will buy you domains. Jump on this one with me and tell me what you think of the service below, sign up here.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review Stream Legit? Case Study pt. 2

That was fast. I will not be partaking in ReviewStream and will not advise my readers to do so either.  I do not consider ReviewStream worth my time to test it out fully.

I was already iffy about the program FAQ, but went ahead and wrote a review on there anyway. Upon submitting the review, the system immediately told me that it would not accept my writing, and to work on it. I spent about 25 minutes drafting up a decent review of my own video card, the GTX 550ti.

The website told me to hit back to save my work, edit it more, or sell it elsewhere, assuring me my work was not lost. Upon hitting back to retrieve my review, which I figured I would work some more on and turn in to Yahoo!, I was notified that the document had expired, and that sealed it for me: I recommend not using ReviewStream. It doesn't have a very professional look or feel to the site, it is not very organized, and the claims seem too good to be true. Indeed they are when no one even checks on reviews.

There are 4 requirements to not end up in "bulk pay" (1/5 normal pay rate). The first one is "If it does not meet our requirements, you will get bulk pay". The last one reads "If it doesn't meet our requirements, it will be rejected". Contradiction.

I read some other experiences with ReviewStream to make sure I wasn't being hasty. This one sums it up nicely.

I don't recommend anyone spend their time here. You are better off writing articles on Yahoo! or using PostLoop to gain your own hosting, and making your own review site centered around one topic. In the time it takes to write reviews until you get "30 USD payout" status on ReviewStream, you could have a nicely fleshed out site of reviews for selling products through Amazon or any other place where you are affiliated. Do not use ReviewStream.