There’s a Monster in The Shower

I opened the shower door the other day to step inside and found some weird, hairy creature huddled by the drain.  I slammed the shower door and ran for the light switch.   Our bathroom is very light and I seldom turn the in-shower light on, but this was a special occasion.

Light on, I cautiously approached the shower stall and peered through the glass door.  The creature was motionless.  Was it dead?  Would death make it any less dangerous?  Ever so slowly I opened the shower door, all the while watching the creature.  If it so much as quivered I was out of there.

The light was on, the shower door stood open wide, and the thing hadn’t moved.  I just wished I could see it better without getting closer.  That’s when it dawned on me to put my glasses back on.  Without taking my eyes off the immobile lump of fur, I felt the bathroom counter behind me until I found my glasses.  I put them on and … realized I was cowering from a huge lump of Amoeba hair.

Amoeba sheds.  It is not something either of us are enjoying.  Amoeba is afraid of losing his manly good-looks.  Personally, I will love him whether he has hair or not, but I am getting tired of having to shave the bathroom every week.


Blogging for Dollar$ — Part Three

$parking For Dollar$

Social Spark, like PayPerPost is part of Izea, a social marketing company making it’s presence felt all over the web.  So far, Social Spark is my favorite of the Izea platforms I have tried.

Social Spark has a multitude of earning platforms to choose from.  If you want to write a post for a flat rate, then click the “POST” tab and peruse the offers and amounts.  Pick one that appeals to you.  Unlike PPP, where I set my own price, SS provides the opportunities at set prices and it is up to the writer to determine whether or not the post is worth his or her time.  I have written two posts for SS, earning $21.50.

SS also has Sponsorship opportunities.  A blog Sponsor pays a daily rate for an ad on the writer’s blog.  So far I’ve not been lucky enough to attract a sponsor.  One can hope.

Affiliate ads are ads in which the blogger puts the advertiser’s ad on his/her blog  and — if a sale is made — receives a commission.  The ROKU Digital Video Player and Make Money online with eBay ads up on my site right now are affiliate ads.  So far they have received plenty of clicks, but nobody has ordered, so I have yet to earn anything from them, and probably won’t be in a great rush to replace these ads when the campaign runs it’s course.

Cost-Per-Click, or CPC links, are links to product sale pages that, generally pay between thirteen and 33 cents per click.  This doesn’t sound like much, but it ads up.  I think of the CPC posts as my “change jar”.  Keep tossing those nickels and dimes in, and after a while you’ve got something.  I have posted 10 CPC links on my blog and so far accumulated $14.91.

So to date, in total, I have earned $36.41 from Social Spark.  However I cannot collect my monies right away.  First, I have to accumulate $30.00 in my account balance and, like PayPerPost v4.0, I cannot collect payment for the flat rate posts until they have remained on my site for 30 days.  Which is too bad because I was hoping to buy one of those $100.00 gift certificates from Watch Wearhouse for just $60.00!

Oh, and for those who are curious, I have been blogging for pay for 17 days now and to date have accumulated $74.66 in pending payments.  No, I won’t be getting rich, but an extra $100.00 per month or so won’t be hurting my feelings any.

Code Of Ethics

If you liked this post, you might also want to read:

Blogging For Dollar$ — Part One

Blogging For Dollar$ — Part Two — Tweeting For Dollars

All paid links in this post were deactived on 10.12.09

Blogging For Dollar$ — Part Two

Tweeting For Dollar$

This post is going to be short and sweet.  Sponsored Tweets are brand new and unproven.  I have made a few.  Most of the hits I’ve gotten from them — except for the Hot Stock Picks! and Typically Swiss Hotels — have come back invalid.  I haven’t checked, but I imagine that several of the people who clicked on my sponsored Tweets were surprised that the link didn’t take them somewhere either entertaining or informative.  Judging by the media response, the idea hasn’t been very well received.

If an advertiser has a social media product, or a blogger wants to make some buzz about his or her blog, I could see the Tweet market accepting the advertising, but in general, I don’t think “buy product XYZ for whiter teeth” is going to get much attention in 148 characters or less.  For myself, I doubt I will use this feature much.  With only those 148 characters available to make or break one’s credibility, a few badly received Tweets could leave one without anyone to Twitter with.

Maybe instead I’ll try to Make Money online with eBay.

Blogging For Dollar$ — Part One

$parking For Dollar$ — Part Three, coming soon.  Stay tuned!

This was a paid post.  The links were removed on 10.12.09

Blogging For Dollar$ — Part One

So, it’s been two weeks (13 days) since I signed on to paid blogging.  Am I rich yet? No.  However …

My very first Sponsored Conversation (that’s what the advertisers call the posts they pay for when they Advertise On Blogs) was about PayPerPost v4.0 (PPP), so you’d all know what I was up to.  That ad, and most of the others I have taken, are Cost Per Click (CPC) campaigns.  That means I get a set amount for every viable click.  I received two viable  $0.27 clicks and earned a whole $0.54 for them.  (In order for a click to be viable, the reader has to actually scroll through the site and spend however many seconds it has been determined it would take to actually read the offer.)

It didn’t take me but that one ad to figure out a person could wait a long time for a decent paycheck doing things that way and it would be a long time before I could afford my dream ROKU Digital Video Player, let alone one of those Typically Swiss Hotels, so I wrote a few paid posts.  A paid post is where the advertiser says, “Okay, I want you to write about XYZ at the set rate of $7.00 plus a penny per word for 200 words”;  which means they’re offering you $9.00 to write their post and they expect it to have at least 200 words.  To date I have written $32.25 worth of ads for Pay Per Post.

The PPP service offers only paid posts.  The payout is in whole dollar amounts rather than nickels and dimes.  That’s a good thing.  Plus, the writer has control over setting his or her own base price, which is another good thing — sort of.  You see, at PPP, advertisers are shopping for writers.  If they like your blog and your writing style, they contact you through your PPP dashboard — providing they don’t like someone else just as well who’s cheaper.  After you’ve been contacted, you have 3 days to write the post and contact the advertiser.  The advertiser then has three days to review the post.  If the post fits all advertiser criteria (listed up front on the ad) then it passes inspection and goes into the pay pending queue.

If the post does not pass inspection — this hasn’t happened to me yet — the advertiser must give an explanation of what needs to be fixed.  The blogger then has 3 days to comply.  Once the post is fixed as requested, then the agreed upon dollar amount goes into the pay pending queue.  If the advertiser and the blogger cannot come to terms over the post, moderation — under set criteria — is provided by PPP.  This is a rare thing.  PPP has proven procedures which help advertisers and bloggers come to terms before the post is written.  PPP also keeps stats which both bloggers and advertisers can use to judge the other’s reliability.

On the not so plus side, if a blogger does not write every PPP article he or she is offered, the refusal counts against his or her credibility (as far as the advertisers are concerned).  However, my first concern is for my readers.  I will not write a post for a product just to get money.  If the product isn’t something I would be willing to use or think my readers might be interested in, I won’t accept the offer.  (I have my ratings set to “no adult content” so I won’t even receive ad offers that aren’t suitable for a general audience.)  I have turned down two offers — not because I didn’t approve them, but because I received too many at once and I do want there to still be some ME here, or I know there won’t be any YOU!

Also on the not so plus side, there’s the pay pending queue:  PPP doesn’t pay out until earnings reach $50.00 and the post has been up — all links functional — for 30 days (which means they wish the posts to be permanent).  It means, among other things, your first payday is 30+ days out.  So I figure it’s going to be awhile before I can take advantage of any of those hot stock picks!

Stay Tuned for Part Two — Tweeting For Dollars
Part Three — Sparking For Dollars

DO NOT go to O’Ceallaigh & The Quill and read Amoeba’s takes on my paid blogging! The Delphic Keyboard or Dude & Dude: Post Office

This was a paid post.  The links were removed on 10.12.09

Code Of Ethics

I’m Brilliant!

Jules, of Jules Stones, says I am brilliant.  [preens]

Hey!  I heard that!  Who’s snickering?

I can prove I’m brilliant.

Me: Brilliant

See?  Told you so.  Pft.  I took this self-portrait in front of the mirror and the truth was revealed in a blinding flash.  I am brilliant.  So there.

[frowns]  What do you mean Jules wasn’t talking about me?  Okay, okay, okay, the award says my blog is brilliant — but same diff, right?  Right.  [gives that look to anyone thinking about arguing]

Now — to distribute my wonderful award:

Melli — of Insanity Prevails –  who is so brilliant she positively glows.

Doug — of Waking Ambrose –  who won’t accept the award because it doesn’t fit his crusty persona, but whose humorous bite never fails to inspire me to think.

David — of Authorblog — for raising the bar of creativity ever higher.

Holly of — Holly’s Never Everland — she’s either so brilliant she glows, or she’s set her hair on fire again.

Tom of — Patterns of Ink — read his prose, you’ll understand without explanation.

Pauline — of Glimpses Intangible — who doesn’t post often, but writes poetry with heart, soul and a passion for God.

Jules — of Jules Stones — not just because she gave the award to me, but because she writes from her heart, and shares pieces of her soul as she tries to walk hand-in-hand with God.