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Updated: 2018-03-06T09:44:54.323-08:00


Why Haven't You Started Using Swagbucks Yet?


 You've seen people talk about Swagbucks.  You've even sort of looked into it but you just never got started.  Why?I have made over $300 in amazon gift cards just by using Swagbucks as my search engine.  I'll also answer the random poll question.  It takes less than five seconds and I also "watch" the videos.What are Swagbucks? Swagbucks is a site that lets you earn Swagbucks (points) by literally just searching the web… something we do on a daily basis anyway! They also have an excellent referral program! If you refer someone over to Swagbucks and they earn a Swagbuck, you will earn a Swagbuck too–up to 1000 Swagbucks! So you could potentially earn 1000 Swagbucks from each friend you refer! Plus, once you accumulate enough Swagbucks, you can cash them in for various rewards, including gift cards (my personal favorite)!How do you get started?Go here and register on Swagbucks by creating an accountYou will get some Swagbucks just for signing up!After registering, you can immediately start searching for anything you want on the web just by using the Swagbucks search engine!Periodically, while searching, you may see a pop up that says you’ve won anywhere from 1 to 10 or more in Swagbucks. I usually "win" swagbucks twice but sometimes three times a day. Another way to earn Swagbucks, is by entering a Swagcode that is released almost everyday. This is a special code that you can enter in the swagcode box and you will instantly earn Swagbucks without having to search for them! How do you get this special code? Go to the Swagbucks homepage, click on “Ways to Earn” in the top left, then click on “Special Offers” and then click on the “No Obligation Offers” blue box on the right.Once you get to this page, it will state this:Welcome to Swag Bucks Special Offers. Sign up for the free money-saving offers you like,feel free to skip the rest, and find a special swag code reward at the end.Skip ALL the offers by clicking the skip button or the See Next Offer button beneath the advertisement. Finally after about 7 pages you’ll be awarded with a Swagcode! Enter the code in the box provided on the homepage to see how much you’ve earned.After you’ve earned enough points, you can click on the upper tab labeled “Prizes”. Scroll down and under the categories section on the left hand side you should see “Gifts and Rewards”–click there. Now you can start scrolling through all the gift cards they have available. The gift card is by far my favorite reward! You can score a $5 gift card with just 45 Swagbucks, so literally in a month (possibly less) you could earn a $5 gift card!Will you make your living on Swagbucks?  No. Will you make some money? Yes. Is it easy and free?  Yes and yes!!So far I have earned over $100 in Amazon gift cards.  This won't pay the mortgage but it is something. Get mom and dad on board.  Get your friends on board.  Remember you get matched buck for buck until they reach 1000.  There are tons of other prizes.  I just find that Amazon gets the best bang for my swagbuck. Did you know you can buy groceries on Amazon?  I recommend saving up enough so that you have free shipping. I think your purchase has to be $25 or more.Here is a recent screen shot of $120 in Amazon gift cards that I have redeemed. Let me know if you decide to swagbuck!Check out the Swagbucks rules before doing anything.  I do not break any rules and I earn on a consistent basis.Go ahead and leave a comment! [...]

How to Change Your Thumbnail Picture on Facebook


 My new buddy at Bubblews (Bubblerian) just made a new blog and has been trying to figure some of the ins and outs of how the blogger blogs work.  He asked me a couple questions that I never thought about before and I didn't have answers for him.  :.( 

One of the problems that he was having is that he couldn't figure out how to change the thumbnail picture that comes up on Facebook when you share the web address.  We had some ideas and they almost worked but then he finally figured it out.

If you want to know how to choose the thumbnail for your blog when it is shared on FB check out his post here.

Oh and right now Amazon has a free kindle book titled Facebook Marketing That Doesn't Suck  It is a good read and you might find some good stuff there.


Go ahead and leave a comment!! : )

The Alexa Ranking Debate: Ignore it or Not


 I have known for a while that there is some big time debate out there as to whether or not you should pay attention to your Alexa rank.  If you own a website or blog you want people to see you as credible. If my Alexa rank helps confirm with them that my site is credible I have no problem with that.  There are a lot of people who might look at your blog or site and then check it against Alexa.   Is your Alexa rank the end all be all of your site?  No, but like I responded to a comment on a recent silly post on Bubblews, Alexa "is a tool" and "Like everything you need the right tool for the right job."

If you are running a review site in which companies send you products to review, Alexa is probably going to be important.  It is just a fact that businesses and marketers look use this tool regardless of anyone's opinion.

If you run a site that talks about "how to make money online," having a nice low Alexa rank is probably going to be important.  Here's why.  You can have your own opinion about Alexa and think it is absolutely worthless.  That's fine. Maybe you're right and maybe your wrong but your opinion and my opinion do not matter when it comes to this.  You want to know who's opinion matter?  Your viewers. 

Now let's say your site has no rank or a rank of about 7 million or so.  If I do a google search and I have my little Alexa toolbar up and running and I believe that Alexa rank has a lot to say about a site then let me tell you  if I had the choice between your site and the one right next to yours with a better rank I'd choose the better ranking one every single time.  Now I might go back and take a look a your site too if I don't find the information I'm looking for but I might not.

So ignore it or don't but don't base your decision on your own opinion base it on your potential viewers.  You don't use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail.

Here's another simple tool you might page rank checker 
want to use:  a free
If you haven't checked your Alexa rank I wrote a post on it here.

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How to Write Your First Post on Bubbajuju "Like a Boss"


Photo Credit: Like a BossYou may want to check out my other posts on "Bubba" before you continue.Bubbajuju is Going to Become the Next Great Online Writing SiteBefore You Write Your First Post on BubbajujuIf you don't want to know why I'm writing this series go ahead and skip the next paragraph.You may be wondering why I am taking all this time to go over how to get started at "juju".  What is in it for me?  And the answer is...I am a teacher.  That's it.  I like to learn things and then teach what I know to people.  So am I going to get some sort of bonus for referring you to a new site?  Nope.  Is there a referral system.  Nah-ah.  I keep thinking...I should be doing the stuff that I know will make me money because quite honestly...a post like this will probably not make me diddly squat.  So...yeah...I just had to share that real quick...   : )This is a kinda long post.  If you're looking for something in particular you can always press crtl f and enter what you're looking for. Now...Let's get you to your first post!You are going to want to have the getting started forum up in a different tab.Even though there is a guide it can still be a little overwhelming. I have a few tips that I accumulated for along the way.First Things First... Did You Edit Your Profile Yet?If not go to your profile, change your password, (in the welcome email you were given a password) and check to make sure that you have changed your gravatar (you can wait but why not take care of it right from the start.)While on your profile page make sure that you have your user name, nickname and display name filled out.The only required contact info is your email but it is beneficial to have everything filled out there.  If you don't know where to find your google+ number just go to your g+ profile. Then in the address bar (the box where you see the url) you'll see some numbers.  Those are the ones you want to copy and paste it into the Google+*Did you change your password yet?Finally if you have an adsense account make sure that you add your ID to your profile.  It should start with "pub-"  For Signature I just put my user name: Elaine K.  But you can do whatever you want.  If you need visuals there are pictures and arrows here, on the quick start guide.Now You Are Really Ready to Write Your First Post...Well AlmostBubbajuju uses Wordpress to write articles. If you are familiar with WordPress you will probably be able to skim through most of this.  If you haven't worked much with WP this will probably be a big help.  You can think of it as a how to wordpress guide as well as a Bubbajuju guide.TitlesI titled my first post History for Kids.  You can leave the custom title tag blank if you want or add more like I did.  I put History for Kids for Homeschoolers in the custom title spot.Meta DescriptionThis is an SEO thing. Choose 2-3 search phrases that you think someone might use when they are searching (most likely on google) to find the information on your post and write your description based on that.  For me I put This article has history resources for elementary kids that are useful for homeschooling or anyone wanting some ideas to make history fun for kids. I'll devote more on SEO in a future post.Meta KeywordsSimilar to the description only not in complete sentences.  My keywords for my first article are: History for kids, kids history websites, history for first graders, History for elementary kids, and  Homeschooling history ideas. Photo Credit: RobotsDon't freak out about those guys.  They're Robots and they're Meta but just ignore them altogether for now.  If you are someone, like me, that likes to know the ins and outs of things check out this site.  It has some good definitions there. Or do a google search.  Here's a quick example...(I just can't seem t[...]

Before You Write Your First Post at Bubbajuju


If you haven't read my first post on Bubbajuju you might want to check it out here. By the way, I like calling it "juju" or "bubba" for short. : )  You can see where the name originated in my post mentioned above. I like the meaning behind it.Anyway...If you haven't signed up yet you can go here.  This is not a referral.There will be a learning curve.  This applies to every writing platform though right? If you are coming from Bubblews this is a Whole.  Lot.  Different.  It is like having your own site but not having to necessarily do ALL the leg work to get it up and running with built in SEO.  You'll still have to do some learning of course.  I did and will still be learning.  That's part of the beauty of writing online right?Over at Bubblews people were starting to take advantage of the fact that you can just write a 400 character nothing post, have enough connections to get views and watch the money roll in. The problem there is partly that the site is WAY too easy to post crap on. This is a dream come true for a spammer or someone that is trying to cheat the system.  In my opinion it is probably those guys that are ruining the site. (ok that and the fact that the CEO needs better communication and business skills) but I digress...I'm sure you've heard the phrase "content is king."  Well...Content Is King!  You want to own each post that you make "like a boss" (couldn't help myself).Get Yourself Acquainted With the TOS and Check out the ForumsAs with any online writing site you'll want to make sure you know the terms of service.  These are  pretty straightforward but you'll want to go check them out.Also go check out the forums.  I love a site with forums.  This site has a getting started forum, and a help forum among many others.  Browse.  Don't spend too much time there yet.  (Unless you want to.)I know you're wondering...How do we get paid?  On "juju" you get 70% of the adsense revenue generated for YOUR post.  You can also use your affiliate links from places like Amazon, Ebay, Zazzle...etc at 100% of your affiliate income.  See the screen shot below from the "join us" page on the "juju" site.How You Get Paid at BubbajujuHere's a freebie:  If you are blogging or writing somewhere online and have a long quote that you want to use from a site on the internet it is better to do a screen shot of that quote than to copy and paste the words.  Why?  Some sites, probably even Google, might think you are plagiarizing even if you have quotation marks and site your online source.  Robots aren't perfect.  Take my word for it.Did I own my first post at "juju?"   I was just trying to figure out how to post.  Dwayne ("juju" creator) liked it. : )  For a first post I think I did just fine!Did you miss my first post on "Juju" It was titled Bubbajuju is Going to Become the Next Great Online Writing SiteAre you finding that it is a little more of a process to get started at Bubbajuju than at Bubblews for example?  I like that and here's why.  I think that it will help weed out the junk, the spammers, the ones that we don't really want spoiling a good thing. Those are my two cents anyway.Go ahead and leave a comment! [...]

Bubblews Might Be Saying Buh-Bye...


Updated:  Check the bottom of the post.Bubblews might be saying buh-bye unless they change their ways...  If they can figure out how to get their act together the site might make it but I'm not sure they can do that.  They need to learn some communication skills and how to deal with people and maybe even attend a business class or two.Here's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly regarding my experiences with Bubblews Buh-bye.    The Good After 12 days at Bubblews I reached my first payout redemption ($25).  I got really immersed in the Bubblews community, commented on a lot of posts and got fairly addicted pretty fast.  I joined some pretty great Facebook groups and am now connecting with more online writers.Before starting there I did a little research and you can definitely find some unhappy people talking about Bubblews. I decided to give it a go anyway because I was seeing a few of my online writing friends sharing a lot of posts.I got started and was hooked pretty fast.  It is pretty fun making a post and watching the pennies turn into dollars!  That doesn't happen on any other site that I've tried.After 19 days there I have made 173 connections and I found out early on that some of those connections were people that I had connected with on other sites like Alrady.   She and I originally connected when we were writing on Ehow (stay away!).  We continued to connect in places like List My Five and now we're both on some of the same Facebook groups like The Profit Prophets and Let's Blog Together.  I'm sure I'll keep seeing Alrady around.  She and I both love writing online.After 3 days of waiting after hitting the redemption button I received notice that I had a payment pending from Bubblews in my paypal account.  This is probably the fastest online money that I will have made if the payment goes through tomorrow...I'm not so sure it will. Keep reading.  The Bad After being on Bubblews for a few days I connected with Bubblewssupport1 and Bubblewssupport2 as well as Avi (Arvind) Dixit, the creator/ CEO and that's where I started seeing a lot of people asking why they weren't being paid.  I thought, well, maybe there's some rule they broke.Then I started seeing some of my good connections, the ones that I always see writing legit posts, that are playing by the rules talking about missing one, two or several of their payments.  This was alarming but not alarming enough for me to stop yet.  I had to see for myself if I would get paid.  After all...I was playing by the rules.The UglyI haven't written on Bubblews since the 19th of July.  Before that I was averaging 2-4 posts per day.  It was either on the 19th or the day before that Bubblews decided that they would DELETE all the posts in which the author had used html code with no warning.  Let me just say that I had zero posts with html coding.  I had been thinking about it but just hadn't gotten around to doing it yet.  Then I started hearing about these authors on Bubblews and on other groups that these posts had been deleted and that their account now showed a negative balance! No where and I mean no where on the rules or TOS (Terms of Service) of the site does it say anything about it not being ok to use html coding.  But and this is a big but...Avi uses the phrase "alteration of" from point 3. in the disclaimer to cover what he and his company did.Here's the way that part of the disclaimer reads.  3. DisclaimerTHIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORDS, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE [...]

Bubbajuju is Going to Become the Next Great Online Writing Site


At least I think it has that potential.  From what I have read and seen so far the creator seems like someone I would want to work with.  He seems to have good people skills which is incredible important in a site like this. (At least I think so.)This is my first post on Bubbajuju.#2  Before You Write Your First Post on Bubbajuju#3  How to Write Your First Post on Bubbajuju "Like a Boss" I first heard of Bubbajuju a couple days ago and I started doing some research to see if this would be a good place for me to take some of my online writing.  I decided to visit the site and join. By the way, in case you were wondering, because I know I was,  Bubbajuju is in no way affiliated with Bubblews.  Phew!!!  ☺I am impressed with the site so far. It is very professional looking and has a good vibe.  The site is very new, launched in December 2012 I think. After being sent a confirmation email I decided to reply with a couple of questions.  My first question was if Bubbajuju was connected with Bubblews and I was happy to hear that it was "not at all" affiliated.  I was also happy to have the response come directly from the creator of the site, Dwayne. The site is young and I am sure that he does the majority, if not all, of the work on this site.  He does, however take into consideration the thoughts and ideas of the site's contributors and says that he will have the authors vote on something before he makes any major changes on the site. Pretty cool right?I emailed him again and I asked him a few other questions. "Can you tell me when you started the site, why you started it and your other online experience?  I think my readers would like to know that.  Oh, and how did you come up with the name Bubbajuju?  I noticed it is your name on squidoo as well."Now let me back up a little here.  Can I just say how happy I was that he was taking the time to respond to my questions?  I got these answers within hours.  When "Bubba" starts to gain more authors, exposure and traffic I'm sure he'll be even more busy but he seems like the kind of person who will be very receptive to the thoughts and ideas of the contributors on the site.  I think he'll be wise and make good decisions when the site starts growing even more.  Did I mention that in his forum one of the topics that he started was Hi, my name is Dwayne and I thrive on constructive criticism.  Does that sound like someone you might want to connect with?Here is Dwayne's profile picture at Bubbajuju(Image credit: He is the creator of Bubbajuju.  I think you'll like where he came up with the name.He says, "Bubbajuju has been my internet alias for quite a few years now.  It got it’s origins in Fairbanks, Alaska around 12 years ago when I was contemplating a name for my one man band.  I don’t know how it popped into my head, but I associated it with “Magic Brother”.  Someone who comes along and helps others, fixes things and spreads good juju."  I like that.If you're looking for a place to write online give this a shot. Dwayne (founder of Bubbajuju) really seems to know his stuff.  If you are overwhelmed with how to start a website or blog on your own this might be a good place to start.All that being said I do want to give you a warning.  There is a lot of technical online blogging stuff that you'll have to learn but you can learn right on the site.  The site walks you through it in the getting started forum.  And if you are still confused about any of it you can either ask a question in the forum or just google it.It is always a little overwhelming when starting on a new site.  There's always a learning curve. Here's what I've done so far...(not much. I'd have done more but I got into doing this post.)I signed up and [...]

I Know How Much Traffic Your Blog is Getting!


I know how much traffic your blog is getting. Do you?

On the sites that I write for there is a real benefit to getting to know some of the other writers. You participate in forums and Facebook groups, comment on each other's work and really get to know people in some cases.

When I see that someone has a blog outside of the site that we both are writing for I will often make a visit.  I like to see what they're blogging about and I always check to see what their Alexa rank is.

I know what you're thinking.  What the heck is Alexa?  Alexa is an Amazon company based out of California which provides valuable traffic data and global rankings for your site.  It gets over 10 million visitors per month.  Boy to have that kind of traffic...

Think of Alexa as the glasses you need to see how your site is performing among the vast sea of other sites out there.

To "get your glasses on"...or find out how your website ranks go take a visit at Alexa.   Now type in or copy and paste your website/ blog into the search.  Once you do this click on your site.  This will bring you to your stats page, telling you how popular your site is.

Now when it comes to your Alexa rank the smaller the number the better.  To give you an idea Facebook, Google and youtube are ranked #1, 2 and 3 respectively.

If you have any rank at all congratulations!  You're doing something right.  If your site has a rank about 5 million I can help you get that down quickly.  If your site has no rank don't worry you can usually get it down within a  couple of days.  I'll tell you how to bring your rank down in my next post.

Have you wondered what page your particular post comes up on google?
Check out this free tool: a page ranking checker. 

How to Quickly Get an Adsense Account


Trying to get approved for an Adsense account?  It is really quite easy.

If you don't already have a blog on go set one up.  This should take less than 5 minutes. 
Go to your blogger blog and follow these steps:

1. Click on design

2. Click on layout

3.  Now click on add a gadget.  

Then scroll down until you see Adsense. Click on the plus sign to add it.  You'll be given some choices as to how to configure Adsense. Don't worry too much about it for now.  Just click save.

Now that you have Adsense on your blog you also have your account ID and your client ID to use elsewhere.  To find it:

4. Click on design again.  (See step 1)

5. Click on earnings.  

(You won't have any yet.  Sorry.)  There you should see your ID's. 
Now that you have it where are you going to use it?

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Bubblews Review - Will This Site Last?


I have pulled back a little bit from Bubblews.  I have now been a site contributor 16 days and reached payout on day 12.  Four days later (3 business days) I received notification in my paypal account that I had a payment pending.  I pulled back from contributing because of the way they handled a situation recently.  It left a bad taste in my mouth.  I'm kinda hoping I'll get over it.

The site is still young and while it has plenty of positive things going for it, it does have a few negatives.

The company seems to be going through some "learn as you go things" which can be pretty confusing for site contributers.

There are a lot of people who have either never been paid or have one or more redemptions pending.   Yet a lot of these people are still posting.  Interesting right?

Take for example Bepearsonable, a site contributer since the end of May 2013.  She has 198 articles posted but here is bepearsonable's Redemption history with Bubblews.  For some reason though she still loves Bubblews. 

Redemption History:
+June-14th-$25.23 (Unpaid)
+June-16th-$25.02 (Unpaid)
+June-18th-$26.25 (Paid)
+June-26th-$122.00 (Unpaid)
+July-1st-$63.11 (Unpaid)
+July-6th-$26.22 (Unpaid)
+July-17th-$25.74 (Unpaid)

You can see that she has several unpaid redemptions. This is not an uncommon thing.  Today (7/20/13) she was paid for two of the above.  Which two? She doesn't know.

Bubblews is a site that is growing too fast for its own good.  I love the whole idea around it but because it is growing so fast things are falling through the cracks.  Communication is the biggest problem there.  I really hope this site does well.  Time will tell.

What do you think?  Will Bubblews last?

Bubblews is Doing Some Maintenance


So while the site is down I have been working on my next post of course.  I'm hoping that when it is back up and running that there will be some cool improvements.

Guess we'll wait and see...

When it is back up you better believe that there will be a TON of new posts and that there will be massive amounts of notifications.

My First Redemption at Bubblews


Well after 12 days of being on Bubblews I hit the redemption button for the first time.  (You can hit the buton once you reach $25.  I am excited.  This is definitely the fastest online money making site that I've written for (and the most fun!).   Ready to give it a try?  Just go here.  Wondering what I get out of referring you?  Not all that much actually ($.20 after you post your first post) but...I can help mentor you or answer any questions you have.

These are my top five posts at Bubblews right now.
1. Some of My Online Experiences Making Money
2.  Dislikes and the Archives
3. The World of Online Writing and Bubblews
4. Fun With the Fam
5. Another Light bulb Moment

The ones below got bumped down...
  Mobile Hot Spot
  Option to Email

Bubblews Day 6


(image) I am still pretty astounded at what is going on at Bubblews. I'm also amazed at how addicting it is. I'm still working on squidoo some but I'm primarily on Bubblews. If you write there let me know what your profile name is and I'll look you up. I have now made more on this site then I did all last month on my highest earning blog. Hope it keeps up.

These are my top five posts at Bubblews right now.
1. Dislikes and the Archives
2. The World of Online Writing and Bubblews
3. Another Light bulb Moment
4. Mobile Hot Spot
5. Option to Email

 I now have 18 posts, 97 comments and 917 views.

My New Obsession


If you love writing online you might want to try out Bubblews. You'll see that I have written about it in a couple of posts below too. I'm hoping this one lasts...It's free. So the only thing it will cost you is time. What have you got to lose. By the way get started here or don't. I only get paid $.20 per referral. I'm just trying to let my readers know of something fun that might just get them started in the online world of writing for dollars. : ) Enjoy!

Bubblews and Squidoo


Unfortunately Squidoo is not a fan of Bubblews. I'm not exactly sure of the reason. Some people are speculating that it is too full of spam. I don't know about that though because it seems to me that they closely monitor that kind of thing. In fact they don't allow you to do referrals of any kind. I posted a referral in a comment on one of my posts and that post was deleted without warning. So I don't know. Maybe squidoo feels threatened from Bubblews. Or maybe being connected with them takes their google ranking down for whatever reason. I don't understand it all. I do know that the community at Bubblews likes posting there and I for one am hoping it lives on and does well!

My Newest Obsession


(image) My latest writing platform!  I think it was the CEO of Bubblews who said to think of Bubblews as a Facebook meets bloggers type of writing platform. There are over 50,000 writers there as of July 7, 2013 and it just started in February of 2012. If you want to get started at Bubblews it is really quite simple. Come say hello. Let me know if you have any questions.

Page Ranking Checker


If you have wondered how your blog or website is ranking for a particular keyword you can use this free page ranking checker. It is super easy to use and does not require a download or login.  It definitely beats looking through one page at a time yourself.  This is a whole lot faster!

Make Money with Squidoo


I just started to Make Money with Squidoo.  It is my newest money making adventure. It is a fun way to make money online.  It is not fast but nothing (as far as I know) is fast when it concerns making money online.  What I like about squidoo is that you write an article (or lens as it is called on squidoo) and you can earn money on that lens month after month after month kind of like ehow used to be.  I also like that it is free to write for squidoo.  You don't need to buy in to any system or buy any manual.  All you do is sign up and start writing about what you know.  Recipes, running, vacations, parenting, job hunting, how to articles...The ideas are infinite.

Here are some of my lenses (articles) that I have created on Squidoo:

Teaching Spanish to Preschoolers

Easy Kid Friendly Recipes for Dinner

Traveling in Spain

Classroom Management Strategies

Spanish CSET

How to get cheap diapers

The 10k Challenge

My Big Dream: Move to Spain

Avon Business Review

Alameda, CA

Activities for Kids in the Bay Area

Back to School Savings

Spanish 1 Grammar

Everything Basketball

Ground Beef Recipes

Making Money at Home-- My Story


My story is probably very similar to yours in that I’ve been through a lot of struggles in my search for making money online.  I'll start several years back.  I taught high school Spanish for 8 years.  During that time I got married and when we had our first child, almost 6 years ago, I started pursuing my quest to make money from home. After our second child my husband and I decided that I would become a stay at home mom. This was a big leap of faith for us since we would now only have one income.  I have done all sorts of things to try to make it work.  The worst one was a supplemental health benefits business.  Oh my.  The stories I could tell.  I sold Avon for a while and made a little money but mostly I found it added to clutter around my already toy-cluttered house and for me it really was not worth all the time and effort I was putting into it.  (If you sell Avon and are doing well with it that's awesome!  It just wasn't for me.)Finally, I started blogging and writing online articles.   This is something that has finally tipped the scale for me.  I know it works.  I'm getting paid. This was definitely not an overnight thing for me.  In fact it was a very slow start because I was brand new to the whole idea of blogging for money.  If you are looking for something that will make you money tomorrow blogging is probably not for you.  If you have something that you are passionate  about and you are ready to buckle down and start learning from people who have already had some success then go for it.  (for me it was teaching Spanish) Are you ready to take the first step in blogging for money?The first step is figuring out what you are passionate about, passionate and knowledgeable enough to write plenty of articles or posts about it.    Go ahead and leave a comment! [...]

How to Add a Pinterest Button to Your Blog Posts in 10 EASY steps


Ready to add a pinterest button to your blogger blog posts?  I first wrote about doing this here. Pinterest is a great way to get more traffic to your blog.If you haven't used Pinterest yet it is a virtual “bulletin board” featuring photos of things that interest you on the internet. Encourage your readers to pin your pictures by adding a pint it button to each post.  I posted about this earlier here but I thought I would rewrite the directions to make it a little easier.  I have added a pin it button to two of my blogs now. So far I have the button on my Teaching Spanish Blog and now on this one.  Check out a couple of my pinterest boards here and here.Thanks to Kelsey for making this button. If you do this make sure to back up your template (copy and paste into a document) before doing anything. Here is what worked for me:  1) Click on template.2) Then click on the button that says "Edit HTML. 3) At this point you may open a page with this message:  "Directly editing HTML may affect the way some features work and is only recommended for advanced users. Editing template HTML may unpredictably affect other Blogger features. We recommend using the Template Designer first, where you can Add CSS under the Advanced section." Don't worry.  You are going to be backing up your template so if you do make a mistake you will have yourself covered.  Go ahead and hit the button that says proceed.4) Check the box that says "Expand Widget Templates." 5) Add this piece of Javascript right before the tag: It should now look like this:  6) Next press "Ctrl f" and do a search for this bit of code:   7) Now insert the bolded code in between the second and third lines of this section. It should now look like this: (The new code is in bold)                             
Does Anyone Make Money With the 10K Challenge


I have been blogging for about 6 years and can honestly say that I make the majority of my online money with my main blog now.

I average about
$30-40 per month with adsense
$10-20 per month with kontera
$10 per month with Amazon

For a while I was making more and more every month with Ehow but after they changed it I decided not to keep going with it.  I applied and was accepted to their new program but after working with it I decided there were too many hoops to jump through.

My adventures in making money online have all been free to start up and so was the stinkin' 10k challenge.

If you've ever heard of the 10k Challenge I'm here to save you some time.  Don't waste it.  Take my word for it.

Here is what the premise is: you are given a set of online tasks to complete each day and you are told that if you complete them that you'll be on your way to making 10k or more.  That's the short version but...

I learned everything I could about it and gave it an honest try.   Everything is all laid out for you as they say in easy to complete daily tasks.  I gave this a 90 day effort of doing everything just as was laid out and it did not work like they said it would.  Let me know if you're one of the few that made money with it.  I have a hunch that the only people that made money on it were the ones who started it and those who followed shortly after.


Use Pinterest To Bring Traffic to Your Blog


I know.  Another social book marking site.  But wait.  This one seems different.  I like the idea of grouping a bunch of same topic posts in one easy to navigate site and just using a picture is perfect. Pinterest is a site that allows you to create a virtual “bulletin board” featuring photos of things you have found on the internet. Encourage your readers to pin your pictures by adding a pint it button to each post.  This will require some html hacking but Kelsey Creates explained it on her blog.  I reworded it over here.  So far I have the button on my Teaching Spanish Blog.   Check out my pinterest boards here and here.

My Kontera Experiement


Overall thumbs up!!  October 11, 2011 I got my first payment from Kontera, $62.36.  The funny thing is that it was my year's anniversary since starting with Kontera.  Here is the breakdown for each month since I started.

$1.30 Oct 2010
$1.67 Nov 2010
$1.05 Dec 2010
$1.77 Jan 2011
$9.40 Feb 2011
$3.57 Mar 2011
$2.33 April 2011
$7.19 May 2011
$6.95 June 2011
$10.11 July 2011
$17.02 Aug 2011
$19.23 Sept 2011
$17.11 Oct 2011

As you can see the amounts in the beginning were rather dismal but the last few months have been pretty decent.  Not bad for hardly doing anything.  The only thing I did was sign up and place the widget in my blog.  It looks like it has really started to take off.  It took 12 months to reach my first payout but I project that I'll only need one more month to reach payout for the second time.  That's only 3 months.  Not bad.  I was happy making that amount when I was with Ehow (RIP). 

Want to learn more?  Just go here.

Use NANOWRIMO as a Challenge to Work on your Blogs


Did you know that November is national novel writing month (NaNoWriMo)?  I didn’t know there was such a thing until a few months ago. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel during the busy month of November. I am participating but since I did not really have a novel in mind I am instead just focusing on writing the 1667 words per day that it will take to get to the required 50,000.  Since I am not writing a work of fiction I am considered a nano rebel. Maybe next year I will work on a novel and not be so rebellious.  This year, however, I am working on my experiences with walking the camino de Santiago from the Summer of 2000 and I am working on updating my blogs.  It is now day 3 and i should be up to 5001 words but I am a little behind.  I am at 2500 which leaves me with just 2500 more to be on target for reaching 50,000 by the end of the month.  How did I get so far behind already?  Oh yeah, I have 3 kids, one of whom happens to be a 5 month old.So how can bloggers use NaNo to make money? Use it as a challenge like I’m doing.  Remember the more quality material that you have for your blog the more visitors you’ll get.  The more visitors you get the better chance you’ll have to make some money with your blog.  I am now making an average of $40 per month on my blogs.  It is not enough to pay the mortgage but maybe it is enough to keep me motivated to keep working.  It is exciting for me to know that what I wrote over a year ago continues to work on my behalf.  Are you up for the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month for your blog or blogs?  It is an average of 1667 words per day. Let me know in the comment section if you decide to do this too and I’ll cheer you on!  This poor blog has been neglected for a while and its page rank is at 17,932,469.  Let's see if at the end of this month I can bring it up a little ways.The page rank for my Spanish teaching blog is: 1,478,086.The page rank for my home school blog is: 1,392,931Go ahead and leave a comment! [...]

Blogging Money


Earning Blogging Money -- When I first started I got excited after I got my first .25. I've been learning more and more and my earnings keep increasing as well.

Earning blogging money is easier than I first thought. The most important thing I have come to realize is that you need an action plan if you are going to have any hope of earning a good income from your blogs.

It's not enough to just put a blog up and hope that the money will start to roll in! That's where a lot of people make a big mistake and then they give up after a little while.

So, how do you go about finding a plan of action so you earn as much money as possible from your blogs?

After learning as much as you can on your own you'll probably decide you need a little more help. You'll want to find a mentor or model who is already a successful niche blogger.

I recently found "The Niche Blogger" a program that was put together to help new bloggers get a jumpstart.
This will cut down on your learning time and help to ensure that you don't make mistakes that will prevent you from making money.

When you join The Niche Blogger, you do have to dedicate yourself to it.

If you choose a good model from the very beginning it will be easy to dedicate yourself to it because you know you will be able to succeed.

You should also realize that even though you can start earning very quickly, you won't become rich overnight.

Since starting with The Niche Blogger 2 months ago my earnings have tripled. It is not enough yet for me to consider it a full-time income but it certainly is a whole lot better than when I was trying to do it all on my own.

Blogging money will most likely start slowly and then build upon itself over time. Before you know it, you can be earning a great part or full-time income from your blogs! As a mom I know this is exactly what I was looking for.

One of the best things about blogging is that once your blog is set up it is relatively passive income. I love this!
You may need to change things here and there and add posts along the way, but for the most part your blogs will be your 24 hours a day, seven days a week "salespeople."

Earning money from blogs can literally change your life for the better. In fact, you might find that you can quit your day job and become a full-time blogger!

All you need to do is make sure you find follow The Niche Blogger instuctions, and that you dedicate yourself to it until you are successful.

Chances are that you'll look back on the moment you decided to become a blogger a year from now and wonder why you hadn't started earlier.

Blogging money is an awesome way to go for passive income!