Saturday, December 13, 2008

moved to edearns.com

I moved and upgraded to a domain. If you still want to read some random thoughts on how I was able to earn money online, please go to edearns.com

Anyway, I don't plan to throw this blog away, for now at least. I just thought that I could be able to share more if I have my own domain for this niche. Especially since it's the least I can do with the moolah I earned over the year.

See you then guys!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

buying a domain for edearns.blogspot.com

I'm planning to buy my own domain for this site already... still working on it though.

Edearns.com

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Total Earnings Since I started blogging to earn

I just realized that it's already been a year since I started blogging back again to earn money and now that I found this out, I have to give a recap on the past year on how much in total I've earned through the different programs I've signed my website and then some other sites out.

These are my earnings during the year using soloflighted.com
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These are my earnings in dollars for my site and then some.
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In totality for the year, here're my earnings.
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I'm actually in a total shock that I've earned that much in a span of a year. But I'm equally in shock in locating where this amount has gone off. hehe. Of course, there are bills and other expenses. But I'm happy cause I didn't expect this much to come to me.

I have 4 blogs to maintain, two have their own domain and two are free blogger accounts. I don't earn as much in those blogger accounts but the domains are really vital.

For now, I'm planning to get another domain. hehe.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Smartbro connection transfer

SmartBro I'm upset.

I just had my services transferred to another location and within two days they responded and installed the equipment.

I just paid a thousand bucks for it. I would have to add 450 bucks if I was the one who uninstalled the the equipment. Since I'm a downright cheap person, plus it's not that hard to go on the rooftop and disconnect the wiring, I did it myself.

However, there's a problem with my connection. Apparently right now; whenever I open a browser, I am redirected to their Smartbro portal informing me to use my account number and service request number to get in. However, I still couldn't push through.

I went to their local office to raise the matter, however, I was told that I'd still have to call the customer service hotline for they don't have any live technicians there. I was thinking that my account was barred of internet connection because I wasn't able to pay or something but they said that my account was very much updated and that I just had to wait for a call from a tech.

When I arrived home, I kept on calling the hotline because I was having a hard time getting through. When I finally talked to a rep, I was given some basic troubleshooting steps. I just had to enter my service request number and account number in the Smartbro Portal webpage. However, it had different errors. It came to a point that they had to forward the problem to their technical department. I think it had something to do with activating my equipment or something. They said I had to wait for 24 hours until it'll be fixed. All the time I was upset because of the time that was spent doing nothing. It was my days off and I had no internet connection. It was such a bummer.

The next day, it was working. When I called to request for some credit, the Smartbro rep said that he couldn't issue me some because the time it took for me to create the trouble ticket and the time that the issue was fixed didn't even reach 24 hours. I told him that I was out of service for 2.5 days but I called them the the next day. So basically, I didn't have any "day" or "days" I was out of service.

I gave a bit of a lecture to the rep, saying that they shouldn't treat customers like that. I told them that I wasn't able to call directly through their hotline to create a trouble call because I didn't have any Smart phone. I had to go to their local office just to discuss the matter and I was redirected to calling the hotline again. That alone, had inconvenienced me because of travelling and the time. However, the agent didn't budge in. I didn't want to argue anymore.

I currently work for an internet service provider and I usually know the tricks on how to go about these situations. But I just gave up and didn't ask for a supervisor anymore. The Smartbro service is in general, okay for me. The experience just had to happen to me.

Till then.

Friday, November 14, 2008

After the rain

Here comes the drought of not having enough entries or tasks. Still I'm very thankful that it coincided with the month that I first started blogging in order to earn some income. It was on a November that I first created my comeback (to blogging) entry.

So right now, I'm going back to saving up and anticipating for more opportunities.

I'm just so glad that I was able to use some extra money while I was in Manila for a business trip. Because I doubt if my salary could withstand the expenses of the metropolis. I was able to get my money back through reimbursement.

Anyway, I'm looking for more opportunities again.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Adsense Withdrawal thru Western Union

I went to Western Union and got my first Google adsense Payout!

The amount was for a year's worth and even if it's not that big, I'm still very glad I was able to reach the hundred dollar mark.

I went to a Western Union branch inside Robinsons in Fuente OsmeƱa on a Sunday. I was a bit apprehensive at first cause I was assuming that Western Union needed more than the details that were indicated in the Google webpage. I wondered if they'd even accept the information that I got, since this is just a pick up.

I told the attendants that I wanted to pick up a Western Union Quick Cash transaction.

I was told to just fill up the Receive Money (yellow form) with the details and presented one government ID to the rep and after a few minutes I got my money!

Since it was $115.96, she gave me a 100-dollar bill and exchanged the rest with my local currency. In any case, I'm so glad that I got my payout!. Western Union has been very helpful and easy; to think that it was FREE (well okay, there was a 17-cent charge for the Documentary Stamp Tax - DST). The amount was very minimal especially when you're earnings are based on work that don't feel like wort at all.

This is my first Western Union transaction and I'm very glad!

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First time to hold a hundred dollar bill. hehe

Sunday, November 9, 2008

4th Payout!

Through soloflighted.com, I earned my fourth payout! It's nice cause again, I've been referring to this payouts my quarterly bonus. It's great knowing that there's some extra moolah that I can get out of blogging. People understand why I blog for money anyway.

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Come to think of it, since this is already my fourth payout, I should write an entry collating all the earnings I've gained out of soloflighted.com. I would need to create one for my other blogs as well.

Friday, November 7, 2008

1st Google Adsense Payout!

Last 23 of October, I checked my adsense account to see if I could withdraw my money already. Fortunately, there was a difference when I went to the My Accounts>Payment History. I clicked on 'details" and it tells me that I can now get my payment!

Yey! hehe. After almost a year, I'm finally going to get my First Google Adsense Payout! I know I know, one year for $115 is not that big of a money compared to other people who earn a lot more in just a month. But still, for a personal blogger like me, and with the inflation rate fluctuating rapidly, I'm glad enough to be getting this amount. I just need to convert the money to my country's currency and then voila! Quarterly bonus! hehe.

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So now as I was looking for some information online on how to get this money, I was able to find out that it's pretty much easy to get my payout using the Western Union Quick Cash option.

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They have a note saying.

Your payment is available for pick-up the day after the payment date above

Remember to bring the following when you pick up your payment at a local Western Union agent:

* The amount of your payment
* The Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) for this payment
* Your government issued ID (Passport, Driver's License, National ID, etc)
* Sender's information:
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
USA
So what I need to do is just follow these rules and then I'll be getting my 115 bucks. I promised some people that I'll be treating them once this payout arrives. I'll blog about what happened next.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

cyber shopping

I’ve been enjoying the benefits of hassle-free online shopping and I'm very happy nowadays. I know that I’m still not very comfortable with these platforms since I’m still a bit apprehensive with transacting business on the web. I went and purchased a product on a third party vendor one time so I could buy a case for my compact discs and right now I’m just waiting for the product to arrive at the office, I’m crossing my fingers hard that it would push through.
With everything going high-tech, I’m also making the most out of my time and money to help out in the house by planning to get some things for improving its current status.

Aside from ebay, I’ve heard about ShopWiki which has more or less the same features but claim they’re better. The great feature about it is that once you go and type a keyword for an item, it will search for every store online that has that same product you wish to buy; which is very convenient and helpful in more ways than one. I'm looking forward to buying my one refrigerator once the 13th month bonus comes in.

Take for example I would want to find more information about a fridge or refrigerator, all I have to do is just search for it and voila, it will pull up information about everything related to refs and then go deeper into providing links that will direct you to the various resellers and how much it would cost you; such as this LG fridge that I've encountered. It’s that simple, I’m still finding some good buys but I’m enjoying a lot already.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

update!

I haven't been able to update this site as much as I wanted to. Probably because I went to Manila the past three weeks and I had to give more time to my full-time job rather than this blogging business. Anyway, I'm back! Though there are a lot of things I need to to so I can update this site.

But good news! I was able to earn $420 dollars in a span of 3 weeks! Yes! I was given a link my a company which required bloggers to have their own domain names and then link the keyword that the advertisers have and publish them.

There were 42 entries at that time with $5 dollars per entry. Again, the main requirement was for you to have a domain and not a free registered blog (e.g. blogspot, wordpress etc.) and since I have 2 personal weblogs, I hurriedly kept posting and posting till I my hands swell.

When I got to the middle of the process, I realized I didn't have much time. That's when I also realized that the requirement wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. They even allowed me to backtrack my tasks (or changing the date to a later time). That's when I realized that I was wasting my time trying to compose as many entries as possible. Because what happened was that I just used my old blog entries and then integrated the keywords directly into those posts! Which wasn't at all hard to do!

I'm so glad that I got to earn as much as that in how many weeks! But you might wonder where's the money now? They're almost all gone cause a lot had been allocated to house expenses and such. Oh well, easy come, easy go. But it was really that easy! hehe.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

presenting

I'm currently in a different location right now because of a business trip that I've committed to in order to help out a new business in our account. It's a great feeling knowing that I'm able to be part of something that will eventually and of course, hopefully grow in terms of size and expansion. I am able to educate different associates about the learning experience that I have because of handling the same job for almost a year now. This is a great deal for me since this is due to the exposure I will get once we are successful in this temporary ordeal.

Now, because we conduct classes to newly-hired people, it is definitely a must that we keep the conversation when we discuss different topics lively. I don't want to end up half-baked because this is where our records rely as well; that is the success of this account. Sometimes when we present a particular topic to class, I want to make sure that they are able to absorb them directly. I wish I could create some trade show displays or have a truss and some banner stands to create a better learning experience for them that's also entertaining when we conduct the exhibit.

This will make facilitating the group more enjoyable because of how we are able to present it. I'm definitely looking for a way to make sure everything is alright.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

back to a Personal account!

Paypal has now downgraded my account to a Personal one. The response was prompt, I received their email, two business days after I requested them to change it.

It was of perfect timing because the major difference between a Personal and a Premier account that affects me directly would be the money that one would receive. If somebody sends you money, there would be no deductions if you have a Personal account. Whereas if you have a Premier account, PayPal will deduct a certain percentage for every amount that's sent to you.
And right after that downgrade, I was able to receive some money from an advertiser without the deductions. I can only imagine how many percent of 320 bucks would be taken away from me if ever that was a premier account.

Paypal has been a very good service provider to me!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Paypal issues

So many issues have been going on with my Paypal account. Grrrr... And I'm also pretty busy with my full time job that I can't seem to update this site. But somehow, I'm glad that these issues are popping up, they help me have a topic to write about in this blog. I just don't like it that everything is coming to my direction in bulk.

I suddenly pressed the Upgrade Button and now I changed my paypal account to a Premier one. Supposedly, it should have been alright. But when I checked my account twice, it showed that for every transaction I receive for being paid, they will take a certain amount from me.

I have to read through the guidelines and rules again the difference between a premier and a personal account. Since I don't use this account for business

I wish they have a toll free number to call so I can just contact them through skype or something. But it seems that I just have to email them regarding my concern to downgrade my premier to a personal account.

Upon checking out some forums online, here's a tip one can make in order to request the paypal people to downgrade your account.

1. Log in to your account.
2. Click the Help link.

3. Click the Contact Us link.

4. Under Help by Email click the Contact Customer Service link.
5. Select My
Account Profile topic.
6. Select Downgrade
Account in the subtopic box.
7. Enter your request for an account-type change.
8. Click Continue.

We'll see what happens.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Unionbank answered me!

Unionbank EON update. Unionbank answered me!

I went to a Unionbank branch and talked with one of their reps and explained the problem regarding the website and their security question.

Unionbank's EON TXN password was getting on my nerves on that day so what I did is confront the rep and discussed all that happened. I told them that I already called the customer service hotline but I still had the same problem. Although they did give me some steps on how to update it, it never really addressed the concern.

Since the branch or any local branch couldn't help me because all Internet-banking related issues can only be handled over the phone thru their call center, they let me talk to another agent and I had to reiterate everything that I had ever done.

I talked to another person and that agent assured me that he was going to reset my password so I could log in and I wouldn't have any problems anymore. I told him again that I already called but he said he's really going to fix it.

I felt hopeless but I had nothing else to do but wait.

Fortunately, when I logged in to my account, I was able to get into it! I'm just glad that I got everything all sorted out.

Case closed, I hope.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Paypal account limited status

My account has been reduced to a LIMITED status.

Because of the previous issue I had with somebody hacking my paypal account, I've been undergoing a lot of changes to help boost the security. Ever since my paypal account got hacked, I received a number of precautionary measures to help keep my account more secure. One of which is to change my password to a stronger one. I was able to set-up two security questions as well.

The only thing I need to ensure now is to upload a file that has my proof of billing address. I'm planning to scan my credit card statement and upload it in their server which will serve as my proof of billing. I just hope they accept it.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Paypal responded to my dispute!

Paypal responded to my dispute!

I logged on to my personal email account and was glad to see a reply from Paypal. Last week, I sent a dispute request for an unauthorized claim that I sent money to a certain person when I didn't.

I received a reply from PayPal. Here's the response that I got from them.

Dear Edcel ****,

PayPal is processing your unauthorized activity claim regarding the following transaction(s):

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Details of Disputed Transaction
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Seller's Name: ****************
Seller's Email: ************
Seller's Transaction ID: ********

Transaction Date: Sep 29, 2008
Transaction Amount: -$76.00 USD
Your Transaction ID: ***********
Case Number: ************

Buyer's Transaction ID: ***************

While we investigate this claim, funds equal to the disputed amount have been returned to your PayPal account. Once our investigation is complete, any portion of this transaction that now forms part of your balance and that was originally funded by your debit card, credit card or bank account may be automatically transferred from your PayPal account to that card or bank account. Please note that it might take up to 30 days for the refund to be credited to your card depending on the relevant card issuer.

For additional information or to track the status of your claim, log in to your PayPal account at https://www.paypal.com/ and go to the Resolution Center.

Sincerely,
PayPal


Upon checking twice, I found out that I got my 76 bucks back! I'm relieved that after about a week's time, I got the 76 dollars that was sent to a certain email.
However, as they say, this is somewhat temporary only as they're still investigating the claim regarding the money that was sent. Hopefully everything will be okay.

But I know that I have a lot of issues surrounding this account. Will be updating you on what happened.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I withdrew the rest of the money in my paypal to my Banco de Oro account

Since my paypal account got hacked, and I don't want any unauthorized transactions to take place again, I decided to withdraw the rest of the money in my paypal account to my bank account.

I used Banco De Oro as my bank.


Step 1: Sign in to your paypal account, click on Withdraw and choose "Withdraw funds to your bank account. You will be tasked to list in the bank code for the type of bank that you're going to use, also Paypal is going to ask you to type in your account number so you can add your bank. Type in the necessary information and it will take you to this screen.


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Step 2: Afterwards, they're going to let you review your information to verify and confirm.


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Step 3: Click on "Submit" and then this is the page that will show.

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Step 4: Just to confirm, click on "View details of my withdrawal request"

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So I'm here, waiting for the paypal to be transferred to my account.

Somebody hacked my paypal account!

Somebody hacked my paypal account!

I don't know what happened but when I checked my mail, I got a message saying that

I never thought this would happen to me but it did and now I'm all pissed off again. The incident with the security transaction password of Unionbank EON in my previous entries weren't even solved and now I got this problem.

I just hate it, I never sent an authorized payment to that certain email address and now I lost 76 bucks! sheesh. What I did before this problem might happen again is change my password and withdrew all my money left. I have around 280 bucks left which is supposed to be used sometime November to pay off for my tuition fee in school so I could get back studying. However, because of this, I'm still going to suffer a lot. Sigh.

I already sent a dispute request to the Paypal resolution center and I'm waiting for a response from them. I'm crossing my fingers, including my toes.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

still pissed off with Unionbank EON

Sigh, I never thought this online banking account would be taxing.

Up to now I still haven't received any response from Unionbank. Sheesh.

I'm getting more and more upset knowing that I don't have any update from them whatsoever.

I guess I'll have to give them a call again and talk about that Reset TXN Password security issue again.

To think I've dedicated 3 entries already on this blog about that Change transaction password issue. I guess there's more to come then.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Unionbank EON, what's going on?

Unionbank EON, what's going on?

I haven't had any response from you ever since I called. A rep promised that I'll receive an email from your team that the issue over my "change transaction (TXN) password" will be fixed but up to now, I haven't received any update.

I'm just PO because of the hassle and the frustration this has caused me. What's the purpose of online banking, isn't it for convenience? Sigh. I guess I'll have to contact a some of your people again and explain (AGAIN) what's going on and why I can't get passed the Unionbank EON page. Can't your staff just access my account online right after verifying my security information? Sheesh. This is just too much work for me.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

upset over Unionbank EON's TXN Password

I'm just upset right now. I'm upset over Unionbank EON's Reset TXN (Transaction) Password feature. This is a new security feature of Unionbank whenever I'd try to log in to my online account to check my funds online.

As what was stated in my previous entry, I couldn't get passed the Change Transaction Password page wherein it's asking me to enter my current password and type in a new one.

Again, I can't change my transaction password because I DON'T know what my TRANSACTION password is!!!

I already called Unionbank in some of the branches here in Cebu and they told me that they can only email the internet security team to reset my password. To be fair, Unionbank's internet Security team was quick in replying stating that they've sent a RESET for my current transaction password and that I just have to go to the "My Account" option to change it. Here's the copy of the email that I received:

Subject: Transaction Password Reset Procedure
From: "internetsecurity"
Message:
Please be advised that your transaction password has been reset. You will be asked to nominate a new transaction password. Please follow the following procedure:

1.) Login online using your USER ID and ATM PIN as your Login password.

2.) Upon successful login - check out the alert "RESET TRANSACTION PASSWORD NOW"

3.) Go to "MY PROFILE" then, on the left side click "RESET TRANSACTION PASSWORD"

4.) Upon clicking the "RESET TRANSACTION PASSWORD" the system will prompt a confirmation

5.) Upon confirmation, the system will prompt you the default password - it will be the last or first 10 digits of your ATM card number. Please make sure that the new password you are going to nominate is different from your old password.

6.) The system will prompt you for a successful "password change"

Regards,

EBANKING SERVICES

Now the only problem is I still can't get passed that "Change Transaction Password" page, there's NO option for me to go to that page.

I called the customer service hotline (1-800-1888-2277) of UnionBank since the different branches here in Cebu couldn't do much. A customer service rep named "Mark" answered the phone and after going through the whole explanation again, he informed me that he was going to send an email to reset the password. That's when I had to reiterate that there's NO PROBLEM WITH THE PASSWORD. The problem is I CAN'T get passed the screen already to go to the "My Accounts" tab.

He told me to just expect a response to the email that I provided him within 24 hours but up to now (3 days), I haven't received any response. I'm afraid I'd have to call back again and explain... AGAIN.

Notice that I wrote some of my words in caps and I don't care as much anymore because I'm just upset over the hassle that this has caused me. Somebody at Unionbank, please answer and fix this problem!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Unionbank Change Transaction Password Problem

Unionbank Change Transaction Password Problem

The Unionbank EON site is giving my a headache this week. It's been awhile since I last logged in to my account and when I did, I thought everything would turn out fine. But then when I checked again, they added this new security feature to change my transaction password. Great! This is actually a good thing to make transactions online more secure.

The only problem is I don't know/never set up my transaction password so I can't change it to a new one. I tried calling in some Unionbank customer service days ago. They were nice in helping me out since there's no available phone support for this type of issue. I was told that they're going to email the internet security team for this.

I got a reply from them and informed me that my password was already reset and that I can log in to my account and go to the "My Profile" option so I can reset my transaction password.

However, whenever I am able to successfully log in using my username and ATM pin, I can't even get passed this page!
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I sent them an email again and I'm waiting for their reply. Hopefully, this will be ironed out soon. I can still check my balance over an ATM machine, but then it defeats the purpose of convenience in checking it over online.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Withdraw from Paypal to Unionbank EON

I wanted to try how to withdraw funds from my Paypal account to my Unionbank EON card, so I decided to test it out today. Right now, paypal accepts withdrawal through your regular Philippine bank account but since I've never tried using my EON card, I figured I should give it a go. Also, after looking at different forums, they said it's faster if you withdraw from your transfer from Paypal to your EON card rather than to a Philippine bank account.

Here are the steps that I did.

Step 1: Log in to your Paypal Account.


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Step 2: Click on the WITHDRAW option under the My Account tab. Since I'm from the Philippines using my Unionbank EON card, I chose the Withdraw funds to your card.
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Step 3: Enter the amount that you want to withdraw. Take note that there's a minimum withdrawal amount depending on the currency. As of now, for US dollars, it would only be $10. Also, they have a converter feature which you can use to convert the amount to your currency's conversion rate.

I withdrew $50


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Step 4: You need to Confirm your transaction just to be sure. Please be aware of a $5 processing fee for every Paypal withdrawal transaction, no matter how big or small the amount is. Of course, there's a daily limit of $500, but since I don't earn as much (I wish), then 50 bucks is good enough for me.
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Step 5: This is the page that indicates that your withdrawal is being requested for process.

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Step 6: You can choose to view the details of your transaction and this is the page you'll encounter. Notice that the status is pending. All I have to do now is wait. 5 to 7 business days, as it says, I'm hoping it'd be sooner.

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Friday, September 5, 2008

legit

I'm very glad that those unexpected emails turned out to be legit after all. We don't know how many crazy people are online who'd transact business only to fool you. I followed the tasks that they wanted, like putting a text link on my other domain's main web page and also did some opportunities that required me to publish and submit the URLs right then and there.

Afterwards, I got paid the amount that was agreed upon. Now, I'm 105 dollars richer! I couldn't believe I was able to earn that much in less than a week!

Now don't get me wrong, I don't earn a lot still. But I like the way that I have some extra cash to spend *ehem* save. hehe. Knowing that my full time job can only do so much especially if you're in a family of seven and there's no stable income from your parents and your life started with full of debt. Anyway, before I get too personal, I'm going to cut this short.

I'm happy that again, I got some extra cash for my savings.

Friday, August 29, 2008

unexpected emails

It's nice to receive emails once in a while that you don't really expect. I received two this week.

  • One is I received an offer to place a text link ad in my other domain's homepage. They'd pay me 30 bucks per quarter just for placing their advertisement on my site.
--- I haven't received any reply yet with the mode of payment but considering the number of emails they receive and transact business with, I totally understand. I'm still giving it some time.

  • Another one is I got an email offer from a new paid post site that's still in the beta period. They were offering me 50 dollars to write 10 articles (5 dollars each) for their clients and they'd pay me within 24 hours once I've submitted the post.
--- I was a bit skeptical at first because I didn't know if it were real or not. I just made 5 opportunities out of the 10. Surprisingly, I received their paypal email payment within the next 4 hours! Shoot, I should've finished all the tasks, I'd be 25 dollars richer. Still, it's better to get 25 than nothing.

I never expected I'd receive those emails because my blogs don't have that high page rank values (0) and I got them through my Spam folder. But it's nice since I feel proud of getting offers from advertisers. The only question I still have on my mind is how they were able to reach me through my email. But I'm still glad!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

3rd payout!

3rd payout! Yey! I got my 3rd payout which is comprised of paid reviews from last week of May to first two weeks of August 2008. Again, this isn't much to professional bloggers but I do this as a sideline so it's nice that almost every now and then, I get a bonus from earning online money.



These were earned under my personal/travel blog: Soloflighted.com plus some extra tasks from my admin for her site. I also have earned some money through another personal weblog I created but I'm not using the moolah any time soon.

I'll be getting the money from my Admin later on tonight and I'm planning to just save this bunch so I can pay it off for school.

I'm on a high already. :)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

an update

I can't believe I neglected this blog. I don't know what happened but is the spark of helping out people only good at the first few months? I haven't been very good in updating this site; including my other site about pictures.

Anyway, I guess it doesn't hurt to update every now and then. I'm glad though that I'm able to help other people out who're just starting this online side business. One thing I'd like to make it clear so that you won't get frustrated.

Don't blog for money, don't blog for the sole purpose of earning alone. Because if you do, then you'll end up being upset on why you didn't get any opportunities to earn as much as you would think.

Try to just make it as a sideline. That way, you wouldn't feel pressured and you'll treat the money you'll get as a reward or so. Just my two cents.

Monday, June 23, 2008

about dneero and some surveys



About dneero surveys, I have received two 20-dollar cash outs from them already. Well, these surveys aren't much, considering that my blog (soloflighted.com) started November last year. 40 bucks may not be enough, knowing that the space it consumes in one's blog may be too much of a clutter to some.

However for me, it just fits right. The theme of my site is green, which somewhat blends with the main colors of the survey form. In any case, you just have to post the code necessary to your blog entry and just let it generate some page impressions which isn't such a problem when you're blog already has a certain number of traffic .

Anyway, speaking of surveys, I'm a bit intrigued of those surveys that offer you a whole lot of income if you apply for them. The problem is that you don't know which one to trust because they're very good at luring you by offering countless promises. The question I have in my mind is "Which one should I trust?" I asked a blogger friend who knows more about it that they're all a bunch of scam. Because these sites that tell you to apply for them with require a registration fee that would range from 30 to 100 dollars.

Of course, with that being said, one would really be apprehensive. When I tried to search for some more information from different forums, some people who tried the programs would say they're not worth it.

I don't want to be a victim of course. Especially that I'm saving my money so I can pay off some debts. So which one can be trusted? As for now, I'm good with these dneero surveys; even if they're small, at least I know I can get some out of it.

Monday, June 16, 2008

busy

I've been pretty busy with my regular job that my mind is too preoccupied with finishing my evaluations so I can reach the quota for this fiscal month. I've been doing overtime work even on my days off to also test myself to what extent am I able to push myself further when it comes to physical exhaustion.

That's why I can't seem to update this site often; what, with 3 other blogs to maintain, it's surely a tough act to do.

Maybe next week, I'll be able to write a topic of interest that's pretty useful. As for now, forgive me for the lack of words.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

raking it

Because of the new project (my other site) that I put up, I'm also starting to reap some rewards of setting it up. I'm getting paid for the entries that I put up. That's why I'm glad that it's starting to earn. Although my site still needs more traffic or a better page rank, I'm quite happy that after barely 2 months, it's slowly gaining some alexa traffic aside from my soloflighted.com.

Anyway, this is also one of the tips that you can get. If you have a number of blogs with a high page rank, then you can simply enroll them in those paid post sites. That's where the real deal comes in where you can potentially try to quit your regular job (of course, I don't want to recommend; hehe). But I know of a former colleague who did just that and didn't bother that she's become a bum because she has around 10 sites to maintain and yet her salary is way better compared to mine.

Well, I don't know yet if I plan to quit my job just to become a professional blogger because I still enjoy the environment at work. We'll see; as for now, I hope I can keep on raking it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

update

I feel guilty that I haven't been able to update this blog as much. Maybe because I haven't been earning as much? hehe. Ever since my Page Rank dropped, sheesh, I've been getting lesser opportunities from paid post sites.

But since I have another blog that I created and applied for different paid post sites, I'm getting the first-hand experience of anxiously waiting to get my blog approved in these opportunities. So far, there's not much luck. But at least, I'm able to earn something. Again, it has everything to do with Google Page Rank.

Ever since my primary site's PR was dropped to PR 0 from a PR 3, I've not been very happy with earning as much. I'm still in the process of retrieving and I'm wondering when the next Google PR update would be. dang.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

I got my second payout!

I just got my second pay out and I'm happy! Yipee!!! Sorry, even I haven't been able to earn as much as my first payout, I'm still glad I was able to reach this much.

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The earnings were a total of two month's worth of paid posts. At least I'm able to use the money for something worthwhile; that is, I'm going to save this to pay for my tuition so I can get back to school.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

saving up

Since my first pay out, I haven't been earning as much. Nevertheless, I'm planning to save the money that I've earned until it would reach at least 10, 000 pesos. That's what the admin and I agreed on so I could also put the extra cash to good use; since last pay out, I don't know what I did with it anymore.

The reason why I started out earning money through blogging is that I wanted to pay off old debts and fulfill some ambitions that require moolah to do so. It turns out that I'm not earning as much with my day job, so I figured I'd find other means to earn extra cash. Hence, blogging came to place.

Anyway, like I said, I need to save up for schooling. I plan to go back so I can finally get a degree. I still have a lot of semesters to finish.

For the month of April, I just earned about half of my first pay out. It's not much but I always think that this is extra income already which is good enough to pay for electricity and the internet connection itself.

So, I'm looking forward to the time I'll be able to get the money in bulk. But for now, I try not to focus much on it so it'll be a surprise by then.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blogsvertise

Blogsvertise

Advertise On This Blog


Blogsvertise. This is where I'm getting most of my income nowadays.

They'll email you if an advertiser wants to hire you to write about something. If you don't like the task, you can simply accept or decline according to your preference. They would like you to provide some information on why you declined a task. This helps in filtering out the probable opportunities that will come your way in the future.

What's great about Blogsvertise is they have a "Grab task" option wherein other bloggers who decline certain posts will be collected to a certain bin where you can grab the ones that you would like to create. You are limited for one task per day and I tell you, the range is quite good!

You can choose which one to add as added opportunity, which means added cash to your account.

Click Here to Advertise On My Blog

Monday, May 19, 2008

Smorty

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

Smorty, another paid post site I was introduced to. The layout has a greenish effect that is already okay since I like green, hehe. Anyway, so far opportunities aren't that great, maybe because my page rank isn't that high yet. I couldn't get any more offers aside from the first post that I did for them. I guess I have to increase more traffic to my site.

What I like about Smorty is its payout. They pay approved tasks on a weekly basis so it's really good cause other paid post sites would pay you after a month.

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to Blog

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

PayPerPost



PayPerPost or usually termed as PPP. This is one of the paid post sites that were recommended to me by my colleague. You can sign up for this site for more information by simply clicking on the banner. Of course, if you'd be clicking on the banner, it will lead you to a page where you can sign up. It's a referral program that they offer to bloggers to expand their network. And with referrals come bonuses. I'd get a certain amount if you sign up for an account. Anyway, if you plan to apply for one, then it's already your choice if you click on my banner or just go to the their site directly so I wouldn't have any credit.

Anyway, what's nice is it's interface because you'd readily understand what to do and where to go in order to find tasks or opportunities; at least for me anyway. The opportunities are properly sorted out with regard to tasks and your qualifications. If you plan to apply for sites,

PayPerPost is one of the top sites that are in every blogger's list. You have to be alert too, cause available tasks would suddenly become full in a matter of seconds if you don't act quick and reserve for them.



Note: If you don't know what paid post sites are, you can refer to my entry about it: Paid Posts

Saturday, May 10, 2008

importance of having a domain

I bought a domain already. But it's a domain for a personal blog that I'm not publicizing much. The reason why I bought one is because of some certain limitations of having a just a blogger or a Wordpress account.

Here's what happened. I created a personal blog in Wordpress. I posted some entries until it reached a certain number of posts and I made sure that it would be ready to get accepted by paid post sites. I signed up for some accounts already; some sites approved my blog, some didn't because it's not yet ranked. But there was one paid post site that informed me that they wouldn't accept that Wordpress account because Wordpressdoesn't allow paid posts in its site. My eyes became wide open at that time, being dumbfounded. And I thought Wordpress was all that. According to the TOS (Terms of Service), they really don't allow paid posts. So I resulted to just buying my own domain and host, that's what you get for not reading. sheesh.

Because I didn't want to move all my entries to another account like blogger/blogspot that allows paid posts (since I also have two other accounts here, edearns.blogspot.com and edsnaps.blogspot.com, I suddenly bought a site already. That was the driving factor for leading me to getting my own domain.

Other factors that are still important are that paid post sites would give priority to those sites that have their own domain. So, even if your free blogger account gets approved, advertisers would still hire you if your blog is worthy. It's just that they'd give more importance to those who aren't hosted to a free account.

Also, since I didn't know how to set up my own site. Because of this, I'm able to understand the concept of FTP servers and PHP permissions and plug-ins. This will add to my credibility since I have encountered the many frustrations of building a site; especially that I'm not a technical person. I just like to learn a lot so I won't look like a fool when people ask me questions on how I did what and where.

In the mean time, just to clarify things, you can still use a free blogger account (I guess blogspot would still be the best choice). As for me, I have to deal with some paid post sites that I've already created tasks for. I hope it wouldn't be back to the drawing board.created tasks for and see how to manage this predicament.

At least the hosting isn't that expensive, actually it's quite cheap for me. I don't even know how to compare it with other hosting services out there. But I got this data from a colleague at work who's credibility I don't have any question about. So I tried this host out for myself. If ever you're interested, you can click the banner below which serves as my referral bonus if some of you might want to purchase an account. I bought the host for a dollar a month, their most affordable package.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

busy trying to build another site

This is my first time to create a website, purchase a domain, look up for a host. I've created the site already and for a non-techno geek who only knows basic HTML, I'm really having one helluva time understanding the different concepts and codes, I just realized right now how to use FTP. sheesh.

Will be blogging more, once my other site is all set-up. I'll maybe discuss about the importance of having your own domain. As for now, I'm trying to stay awake and hope that my brain can still catch up.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

ask them out

Guys, if you do have some questions you want to clarify or just simple comments, please do air them out. I'll try to find ways to answer them, or if I can't answer them, let's try to look for people who can! Again, I'm still a novice at this online earning business.

Whatever type of question (e.g. how to place adsense in Blogger, how to create a Unionbank EON account, how to set-up paypal, etc.), just blurt them out. I know that there are people who are visiting this simple blog of mine but are just shy to give a shout out.

The reason why I want you to at least ask me some questions is so I may also learn in the process. Also, it helps give me a topic of what to blog next. hehe.

Peace out!

Monday, May 5, 2008

adsense placement

I usually go to different forums and youtube videos in order to get a lot of tips in order to understand how I can optimize my site with regard to Google Adsense. I'm still not good in placing my ads and putting them in the page in a way that would be of best use,

There are a number of tips on how to increase your earnings in Adsense. However, for me, I haven't been that as successful with this venture because again you need to have a high number of traffic before you can really earn from these ads.

Anyway, since I'm also not an expert, here's one of some videos by Joel Comm (who is a master with earning from Google Adsense). He talks about adsense placements as well as which ones are very good in terms of easily getting some moolah because of the size of the ads.

As far as I know, one great tip would be to format your ads so they won't look like ads. Meaning, they should blend with the layout and the color of your blog. You can refer to the expert below for more information

Friday, May 2, 2008

to blog for money or not?

To blog for money or NOT?

I asked myself this question a whole bunch of times before I returned to blogging. Right now, I'm still stuck in that stage where I don't want to compromise my site in putting too much commercialism in it as I wanted to preserve the essence of blogging.

I used to blog for blogging's sake. I wanted to express my thoughts just to have my piece of the pie in creating a statement, no matter how little that would be. Until it came to a point that I didn't want to blog anymore. However, the interest came back when I learned I could blog to earn.

Right now, I'm really making some moolah out of my personal blog. But I don't want to bombard it with too many side content that's it's already hard to distinguish what the purpose for it is.

That's why if you have plans on how you want to blog, you need to sort out your sentiments if you really want to earn or not. As for me, I just wanted to be somewhere in the middle. I'd want to monetize my site, however, I still want to be a part of that small group with some entries that are worth reading.

Not that those sites that focus more on earning such as the one here, isn't worth reading. We all have different perspectives and opinions on how we view blogging.

On my end, I had to blog because I needed the money. Of course, who doesn't need some right? But again, we all have our own reasons, just don't let yourself get caught in between. You should know what you want. If you think that you'd be compromised with the way you are writing and putting different ads or paid content on your site, then stop already. You do have a choice anyway.

As what a colleague at work commented when I was still having this inner conflict inside me whether to blog for money or not, he asked me: "What is the sole purpose why you blogged?" I replied "Because I want to earn". There you have it, enough said.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

bombclick

BOMBCLICK - somebody asked this question in istorya.

As far as I know, bombclick is a slang for the act of constantly and abusively clicking on your ads. Whether it be you, or another person as far as timbuktu, anyone who keeps on clicking on your ads. Google has a way (that I don't know what type of tool) of finding the number of clicks if it came from the same origin or IP address and can trace that down.

That's why in the terms and conditions of Google, they specifically tell you NOT to click on your own ads nor tell anyone to click on your ads. It purposely defeats the purpose of whole adsense principle in the first place. A person clicks on an advertisement in another person's site because he wants to know more about the product or service that was advertised.

There are actually a number of videos out there that discuss the importance of NOT EVER clicking on your ads! Because if Google finds out about this, then they will definitely ban you and you can't reapply anymore because it's under your own name.

So please, do yourself a favor, don't click; nor tell anyone to click!

sorry for the silence

Sorry guys, I thought I could update as soon as I get back here. However, I've been pretty busy and tired from all of this updating. hehe. I thought I could provide more tips, most likely I can; but it's either that I don't have much time or I'm already dead-tired to sleep when I go home and check some information. Don't worry, I'm not gone; it's just that I can't update. I'm just posting this entry to say I'm still alive.

I know there are some people who'd drop by but wouldn't say so. It would benefit a lot though, that you'd give a comment on how I've expressed my thoughts with this online earning data. At least I'd know that people do read them as it also, in some way, boosts my morale in keeping you posted on how to earn while blogging. There's actually a shoutbox on the right side of this page for you to give a quick shout out.

Anyway, will close this entry now. See yah!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

off for the weekend

So I guess I won't be able to update this site over the weekend. I'll be off somewhere. That's why while I'm gone (as if I'll be gone for how many weeks), I'll think about some proper topics to discuss when I get back.

I really want to get serious with earning online and making some money through this.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

traffic

As said in the previous post, we're going to talk about how soloflighted.com started to gain traffic to my site..

  1. Submitted my site to Google
  1. Told some of my friends about it to add to the traffic.
  1. Blog-hopped, left some comments and exchanged links - the rule is usually i scratch your back, you scratch mine.
  1. Applied for blog networks (blogcatalog, mybloglog).
  1. Posted my site to forums (caution: don't post your site to just about anywhere if you feel you might get fired from your work because of the content of your entries).
  1. Put pictures on my site - right now, most people are more inclined to seeing pictures in sites rather than read the entries. Although the articles are supposed to be the main attractions of your site, readers would catch sight of pictures first.
  1. Post entries that are of good quality. It's useless if you just post spam in your site; as eventually, people will want to read more on the content of your entries rather than just a bunch of hullabaloos; unless of course your hullabaloos are worth reading.

Caution: Don't post your site to just about anywhere if you feel you don't want a lot of people you know to read your blogs; or if you feel you might get fired from your work because of the content of your entries talking about work! Be sensible enough. Remember that these are just what I did for my site.

I know there are a number of ways on how to increase traffic, but I'm taking my time slowly now. Besides, this is all that I know. hehe. If you have some more tips, you can post them in the comment section; as I'm also willing to learn more. I'm finding some ways *ehem* proper ways in order to attract good traffic on my site.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Page Rank

Page Rank is Google's way of measuring your page's worth. It is an indicator of the value of a certain page in the world wide web.

It can be a combination of different factors on how it is being tallied and calculated, It may be because of the number of websites linking back to your site and the number of unique visitors (not spam!).

In a layman's point of view, it shows that if you have a high page rank, then you have a high chance of being "WANTED" by different advertisers. Because if you have a high rank in the eyes of Google, then more so do advertisers want you more. It is represented with the numerical values 0 until 10; with zero being the lowest and of course, ten being highest.

Honestly, I don't have that much understanding how to increase the page rank. However, to give you a clue, my site: soloflighted.com was still starting to generate some traffic; suddenly it went up to a page rank of 3! I was ecstatic. However, because I had to go somewhere during a holiday break, I was not able to update my blog. When I came back to check it, *&#^*&^$, it went down to being 0. Right now, I'm having a hard time recovering it.

What I use to check my page rank is prchecker.info. You might wonder when you check your blog/site's rank by entering your URL there, it might get a result of NA. This is because your page is not yet indexed/recorded in Google; because most likely it's still new, or nobody visits that page often enough to make a mark in the cyberworld.

Of course, if your site is still new, you won't get a page rank that easily as it takes some time to generate traffic to your site. Just to leave a note, page rank is not the be all and end all, but I can say that it does have a huge impact if you have a high position.

But what I did to try to gain traffic from different sites out there to at least get a higher rank will be discussed next.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

pause

I'm running out of topics to write. haha. I can't believe it came to this point already, this early? I was so sure I had a lot of information I could give to people out there; but right now there's a drought of data in my head.

I guess this is just a phase, since I haven't had enough sleep and I'm off to work after a couple of hours. sigh, another 5 day-working spree.

Anyway, if you have some questions, feel free to ask. As you can probably seem, this blog is still new. So I don't have that much visitors, which means I'm not that busy. hehe.

I'm just pausing for awhile as I'll be finding some more topics to talk about in order to earn money online through blogging as well find other rackets (not scam!) out there to further widen my knowledge in getting rich quickly

Ciao!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

reply from lorie

Once again, I managed to receive a reply from the same reader, Lorie. And I'm posting my response here as well as her message, with permission of course.


Hi, Ed! It's Lourie, actually. :)

Thanks for the prompt response in Istorya! Yes, I've read both of your blogs and will try my best to continually visit soloflighted.com to help increase your traffic there...to support you in my own little way. Okay, I won't call you nice, but I still think sharing this information is nice enough for me. Hehe!

Wow, so this is really helpful...I mean, getting paid to blog (or advertise products by word of mouth). I'm glad it has helped you out. I can't believe why I have not known about this in my years and years of online life. Hehe! I'm glad to know all about it now. Thanks to you! I actually have a job, too, but like you said it's still not enough. =) Question. About your post on earnings, was it good for how many weeks? Was it your first pay since signing up for these sites?

I actually checked out those sites that you mentioned. I browsed around and found out that their terms and all are interesting. I also read those blogs of one of their members and I got amused. I think I can do it. I hope my blog gets approved. Or if not, I'll just create a new one and build it up for three months before I apply.

I have a question about domains. Do you really have to buy one? I mean, can you not get a free account from blogspot and use that? My current one is on Wordpress, and... It’s privated and I'm not that active in posting. I might have to open it up if I'm deadset on using it for earnings...and post as often as I can.

I actually use my Unionbank Visa card to purchase groceries and stuff. It's a debit card, right? I can't use it to buy stuff if it doesn't have any money inside. If it's not okay, then I'll just create another one.

I agree that it should be balanced; it shouldn't be all advertising or marketing. I read this one blog last night from a member... xxxxxxxxx.com. She's one of their top earners but most of the entries are advertisements. You can only count the personal contents. Haha!

Sure, you can go ahead and post my message in your blog...just edit out the email address though. It's hard if we get spam. Hehe!

Again, Ed, thank you so much! I might have to bug you every now and then for questions. I hope you will not mind.

Take care, too, and best regards.
Lourie


This is my reply again:

Hey Laur.. I mean Lorie. toinks. Of all the things, why'd it have to be the name that I misspelled?

Yeah, at first I didn't like the idea of advertising products because like I said, I was really a blogger for blogger's sake. It seemed that my site became commercialized because of these paid posts. Even now, sometimes I don't like the idea of advertising, it's because I was able to create a network with pure bloggers before. However, in a more practical perspective, I'd rather do this rather than not blog at all. Instead of me looking for another job, I'd rather blog as a sideline.

Anyway, what's good if you're already approved is you have full control on your site and the content. Because there're a number of advertisers out there that has a number of topics to choose from. So you don't have to worry about posting a topic that you don't like because you're the one who's going to pick the topics of your interests to post.

However, it's not everyday that you get to choose any topic you like, because these advertisers have certain requirements (e.g. you need to have a page rank of X, etc.) These tasks can range from $3 - $200 or more.

It's easy once you get approved. I have a colleague at work that’s a mother of 2 kids and wants to earn online. She just kept on posting everyday for about 2 months. But it came to a point that she became frustrated because she felt that she's not making any money because of the less number of traffic. I encourage her to keep on going though; cause it'll be like that the first months. Until the time came that her blog was approved, she became ecstatic.

About Unionbank, I believe it's okay. You can check this entry so you can apply for paypal. hehe. Shameless plugging:

http://edearns.blogspot.com/2008/04/paypal.html

About the domain, I don't think you really need to purchase one as there are some bloggers who are still earning despite their accounts are hosted. However, if you wish to maximize it, it would be better if you purchase one. Because there're some advertisers that don't accept blogs that are hosted somewhere else.

What I do usually with paid post entries is post them in between personal entries. That’s also one of the requirements in some paid post sites; that your post should be sandwiched between personal entries.

It's okay if you still have some questions, you can take advantage of emailing me. As long as I'm not that busy with life, you can email me!

And thanks for letting me publish your message; I just realized I write very long replies. Am I really that talkative? hehe.

Thanks.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Paid Posts

So this is where I was able to generate my money... through paid posts.

There are a number of sites that are willing to hire bloggers to write a certain topic or interest. These are just some that I can mention at the back of my head. I know there are a number, but since I don't have first-hand experience I don't really have much knowledge. But since I don't think it's that hard to comprehend, I think I can explain it properly anyway.

Actually, these sites are just platforms for advertisers and bloggers alike. Advertisers are looking for advertisers who are looking for bloggers to blog about their products. But because I'm a blogger, I'll be focusing more on a blogger's perspective.

First, you need to sign up for these sites. Of course, in the process of signing up, there are some requirements and conditions in the process (e.g. your blog should be 2-3 months old, must have X number of entries, must be regularly updated etc.).

It may take awhile for your blog to get approved depending on how they will be able to review your site. So don’t fret that it may take some time, because it WILL take some time.

These paid post sites are where you need to apply so you can check some “opportunities/bids/tasks". These tasks can range from $3-$200 or even more, again, depending on some certain qualifications. Sometimes, they will accept only those PageRanks (will be discussing this in future posts) that are high. But there are some that are not that hard to bid for; and that's where we're targeting more. Since I can't demand for much (who am I, right?), I'm taking things slowly, and applying for bids that are quite okay for my range.

These tasks also have certain requirements (e.g. it should have an X number of words, should have some keywords mandated by the advertiser, should be posted on or before *date*, etc.). Once you follow their steps, and once they review your work; they'll approve it and you can get your payout!

Note: I'm not so sure how long the cycle for the payout would be cause I'm not good with calendars. But I got my first payout after a month, and I'm still running on my second month through paid blogging at soloflighted.com.

I'll try to post some useful tips to talk about paid posts some more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

from a reader

I'm so glad that somebody took the time to email me when I posted a topic in istorya. With her permission, I'm putting her response here since she's interested with how I'm able to earn online; so in turn, people who are interested with the idea may also find some useful tips in return.

This is an edited version, I converted some words to English. hehe.

Hi, Ed...is your name Ed?

Anyway, I find your post here about earning through blogging very interesting. It's very nice of you to share this information to help others.

I've been blogging for a year now (on and off though), and I didn't know you could get paid for your blog posts. I would love to know more about it, if you don't mind helping me out. I spend quite a decent amount of time online, and I think it would be best to get something good (like money, perhaps) out of it. I'm married with kids, and I could use whatever little (or big) income that I could get to help the husband with the expenses.

Anyway, I've read your blogs, and and I got intrigued by them. So all I need to do is do the same things that you suggested there? I have an existing Unionbank savings account (Visa), can I use that? How do I link that to a Paypal account?

As for posting...how exactly do you post to get paid? I mean, should you always write about products all the time? I read your Siargao series and it was fun. Did you get paid for it? Can you blog about personal stuff, too? I'll read more of your blog to be able to understand more about this paid post thing. Hehe!

Sorry, I have so many questions. You don't have to answer any of them, but I would appreciate any help or input though. Here is my email address: xxxxxxxx@gmail.com. You can email me there if you're not comfortable with Istorya or anything.

Again, thanks for sharing your "secret" to success. Hehe! Godspeed to you, and may your blog continue to rake in all those moolah. Hehe!

Best regards,
Lourie

This is my reply

Hi Laurie... Laurie is your name as well, right?

Thank you for your long message. That's actually what I want to share here to other people. Since I know my blog's not that high in traffic, and I believe I can reach out to more people using forums. I'm trying to regularly update my other site. Here's the thing, my own blog is at http://soloflighted.com, while the entries on how I was able to earn online is thru http://edearns.blogspot.com. Don't call me nice though, hehe.

Anyway, thanks for reading my post in istorya! hehe. I was able to blog for 3 years for the sole purpose of blogging. Until a friend informed me that I could earn while at it. Honestly, there was a point that I stopped blogging, but I was able to return to this hobby because of this new-found interest of earning money. Especially since my family and I are not that well-off in life. I have 4 other siblings and my parents don't have a stable job. I stopped school cause it's a bit expensive and there are a number of things I want to do that I can't. I already have a job but I feel it's still not enough. That's why I just want to help other people as well, just to spread the news. When I talk to people at work about blogging, some wouldn't believe and find the idea tiring. So I decided to just find other people to talk about it.

About posting... you need to apply for paid post accounts online. That is your blog needs to be approved by paid sites. There are sites who are accepting advertisers and bloggers. The advertisers are the one who are looking for bloggers to write a particular topic and link it to their website. All you have to do is meet their requirements (e.g. you have to update your blog regularly, there should be an X minimum of entries, it should be at least 3 months old, etc.).

Honestly, I'm not the one who applied for my site, since my domain, soloflighted.com, is still a bit new. I didn't have enough hits or traffic. I was just able to migrate all my entries from an old blog to my new one so that explains why I don't have a lot of visitors despite the long list of entries since 2003.

About paypal, I'm not so sure about the savings account. But it should accept a credit card. I think it's okay cause you said it's a Visa. First you have to sign up for a paypal account, then it will ask you to type your card number so you can link them together. From there, you will most likely know what to do.

Lastly, about Siargao, no, those were personal entries; your entries should be balanced.

Thanks again for taking the time to read and actually sending me a message! By the way, is it alright if I put your message in my blog to let other people know about it? So I can add another entry to my site. hehe.

Take care,
Edcel

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Google Adsense

Google adsense are the advertisements placed mostly on every site that you go to. According to most people, this is where they earn the most income when it comes to ads.

You can apply an account online through the adsense home. Once you apply, it will ask you for your billing information and such. Afterwards, you're all set to place some ads in your blog!

Note: The only blog I believe that can let you maximize where you place your ads as well as get the actual amount of how your earnings through it is thru Blogger, because right now, Blogger is powered by Google.

Going back to my application in adsense, there was suddenly an added security feature wherein you had enter a Security PIN coming from Google itself. The security pin will let you authenticate your address to make sure that you are where you are. For me, I just woke up one morning and received a letter from a mailman. I didn't even believe I'd get one, since I'm in the Philippines and I don't really trust the postal services unless it's governed by a private company. Anyway, it took me around 2 weeks to get that PIN; after entering it on the site, my account was verified!

The good thing about it is you can just use Western Union as the mode of payment. Once you reach a $100, then you can start withdrawing it through the different centers in your area.

The problem is that soloflighted.com's just new and it's not gaining that much traffic, hence the less amount of earnings.

The reason why there are a number of networking sites (to the best of my knowledge) like maybe friendster, facebook, multiply etc. are free is because the world wide web is all about generating hits or traffic. In order for your site to generate a lot of moolah over adsense, you need to have a lot of visitors. As you can see there are different advertisements whenever you load a page in these social sites. That's part of the strategies for them to earn. I was already placing ads on my site, but honestly, since I don't have that much traffic, this is not where I'm generating most of my income.

A very important tip warning: Never, never, never, NEVER, NEVER click on your own ads! It violates the purpose and the terms and agreement with Google, and they will ban you once they find out. After banning you, you can't apply again under your name. So again, save yourself and just don't.

Coming up: Paid Post Sites --> where I generate most of my income

Monday, April 14, 2008

Paypal

Paypal is a form of cashless transaction that is most accepted by most websites as a form of payment. Here in the Philippines, I believe it can be compared to Globe's Gcash. Both parties must have a paypal account in order for you to send out money to each other. Honestly, I still don't know much about it. But I was able to apply for an account.

In order for you to apply for one though, you need to have a credit card. I believe it would have to be a Mastercard or a Visa. Since I was already able to acquire a visa electron thru Unionbank EON account, all I had to do was set my paypal up and link these two together.

At the paypal site, it will ask you to add your credit card to your account because you need to verify your information first. You just have to fill your credit card information to add that account. Afterwards, you need to activate your paypal account. This is done by entering an Expanded Usage number wherein they will charge you a $1.95 fee. Since I didn't use a credit card, I made sure I had some funds in my Unionbank account in order to have sufficient money for deduction.

After they are able to process it, you need to check your credit card statement for an Expanded Usage number which is what you need to type back in your paypal. But since I don't receive statements from Unionbank, what I did is log in to their site and log in to the EON cyber account page. I emailed them and got a response with the expanded usage number in their message. You just have to enter that number in the field in paypal and voila! You're account is verified!

Note: Please do contact your bank, because before I kept on clicking the button in paypal to send me the expanded usage number thru Unionbank. What happened is every time I mailed Unionbank for the number, paypal kept saying that the number has expired already. On the third attempt, I was able to go through the process; that and I was charged thrice instead of once. Sheesh.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Creating a Blog

Of course, before you can earn some money online thru blogging, you need to have a blog in the first place, which totally makes sense. hehe.

I definitely recommend that you try to set up you blog here in Blogger/Blogspot more than anywhere else. Just to let you know, I used to have a blog in Blog-city, but when it folded up, I wanted to try a place where it's still simple. I tried using Wordpress, and yes it is simple. However because of Wordpress' simplicity, it also came with limited features. You can't customize it as much as what you can do with Blogger when it comes to themes and layouts, making money, Google adsense (since it's powered by Google), paid posts and mostly everything!

Honestly, I'm not really trying to sell Blogger, it's just that as of the moment, no one can beat this blog host; which explains why the lack of available user IDs to choose because it's already congested.

Anyway, you can simply apply online for blogger, that is you need to have a Gmail account. If you don't have one, then you can let somebody who has one invite you to create one. Every Gmail user has about 50 invitations he/she can send out to anyone. If you wish to have one, just PING me and I'll invite you.

After you have created a blog, then of course you need to maintain it. You need to update it regularly, it doesn't have to be everyday though it's good if you do. The reason why this is so is for you to establish your blog from different search engines to have a mark on the world wide web. Your blog can be whatever you'd like to put in; sports, music, hobbies, personal, etc., there are endless topics to choose from. If you don't have any specific topic to blog about, then you can just blog about anything! Again, the technique is to leave a mark in the web space.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

istorya

I never thought I'd get some responses from people in Istorya. Well, I did, but I didn't think someone would really care to understand how I was able to do it, earning online. I'm just overwhelmed by the replies; which makes me want to blog more in this site. Pardon me, I'm still new at posting comments or topics in forums. hehe.

Here's the link of the topic I created:
http://www.istorya.net/forums/index.php/topic,189081.0.html

Thank you for the people who've responded!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Unionbank EON

Here in the Philippines, I had a bit of a problem when I tried to apply for a paypal account, since I didn't have a Mastercard or a Visa credit card available. Good thing the admin gave me some tips on how to organize the payment method. She informed me of a savings account by Unionbank that accepts paypal without the hassle. Unionbank's EON account is/was (I don't know if its still holds true nowadays) the only savings account that offered services for paypal. The reason why I needed to have an account here is for me to be able to withdraw from an atm the money that is inside my paypal account.

So I applied for an account online. After filling up the necessary information, they told me I just needed to wait around 3-5 business days for processing. You can choose the nearest Unionbank center in your area on where you wish it to be picked up for convenience.

You can just go to their site and click the EON Cyber Account Link, from there you can start off signing up for an account.

I got an email during withing the 3-5 day time frame saying I could now pick up the card at the local branch. I went to the bank and paid my amount (P350) for the annual fee. So, I now got a Visa Electron!

Note: Guys, you can just use your credit card if you wish to apply for paypal, but for ease of use and I don't want to mix expenses and earnings, I'd rather suggest you apply for one. For me, this is also more secure.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

first payout!

I just got my first payout for the month of April from the admin. $110, not bad for Photobucketsomebody who's just starting out. I received the fruits of my labor 5 days ago and it feels so good knowing that I earned something this big for a craft which is already a part of me.

I even created an Excel format (just basic computations) to keep track of what I've posted and which tasks I've published.

I'm just so high right now, knowing that I finally generated some income out of blogging. I'm not one of those skeptical people who thinks that earning online is such a big joke, but neither did I really believe I could earn some dough out of it, until now.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

dneero

I applied for Dneero surveys online. They pay you a certain amount if you answer a survey and post it into your blog. Once it generates a number of impressions, then you'll be earning some cash. For every $20 you will receive a payout through paypal.

After applying for an account, I checked on some surveys to answer and readily copied the codes and posted them on my blog. I was advised to use the "Generic Flash Embedding" cause the surveys only generate income once the whole survey is being read by visitors online. Instead of people clicking on the dneero link in order for them to read the survey, you can just use "Generic Flash Embedding" so it will come up directly as a page already. You may also use the code setting for the "Blogger" as well as I believe they have the same outcome. Here's what it looks like.

Friday, April 4, 2008

things I did

I started earning money for extra tasks from the admin during November of 2007. But it's only now that I started to earn money for my site. Here's a list of things I did that began my adventures in the blogging business.

I initially wrote "Things to Do" for this list, but since I can't guarantee that you'll have the same outcome as I do, I replaced it with "Things I Did". This mainly serves as a guide for reference.

Things I Did:
  • Create a Paypal account - This is used for cash (or should I say cashless) transactions. This is the main mode of payment used by generally everyone.
  • Apply for a Union Bank EON Account - In order for you to apply for a paypal account, you need to have a credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Since I didn't have any at that time, my admin suggested that I apply for a Union Bank EON account which is the only savings account that accepts paypal in the Philippines.
  • Create a Blog! - This is where you earn cash as you blog. The best place that accepts most of those advertisements and paid posts as well as customize your page for your pleasure would be... you guessed it right, Blogger/Blogspot. But since I already had one (with a lot of entries at that) my admin purchased a domain for me. She bought a domain at Wordpress.
Note: Your blog should meet certain requirements imposed by different pay per post sites (e.g. blog must be 3 months old, must all have original content, etc.).
  • Apply for a Dneero Survey Account - This isn't much but it can be handy at times. You can only get a certain amount for every survey you take and post to your site. It doesn't hurt to earn some while taking surveys.
  • Apply for Google Adsense - This is where most people with a website (with high traffic) earn their moolah. You just have to copy and paste the codes and place them on your site. For every click *ehem* for every VALID click, you get a few cent's worth of revenue.
By the way, don't ever, ever, ever, EVER, EVER!!! click on your own ads. I can't stress it more.
  • Apply for Paid Post Sites - Where I earn most of my income through blogging since in my blog, I more or less advertise different products.

I'll be writing posts with better detail of the thing I mentioned above.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008

    history of soloflighted.com

    I went back to blogging mainly because I wanted to earn some cash in the process. I had a colleague at work who was earning some money out of blogging and I got intrigued while learning a lot from her. So I tried to revive my then defunct blog at Blog-city.com. The only problem is the site was kicking out bloggers who had free accounts by the end of that year (2007). To think I had more than a hundred entries on that site as I was blogging for about 3 years using that domain.

    Anyway, after some negotiations with the same colleague, she proposed to buy a domain for me provided that I of course, give something back in return. Business is business after all.

    please click on the link for the full entry on why I started blogging again:
    Back to Blogging

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    starter

    I created this blog just to chronicle the life of my site: soloflighted.com and how I started earning and making money out of it. Some people may find the idea of blogging money absurd, especially those who are really skeptical. Sure you may laugh at me as I may sound like an email spammer, as if I sell different types of medicines or insurances from Timbuktu. But hey, I'm really earning!

    This blog is just a guide for those people who have plans of making use of their blog to earn some moolah.

    Peace out!

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