Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Get Paid for Articles using Xomba

I have always been interested in writing, and have discovered the world of freelance article writing.  One site I have been using to develop my name as a freelance writer is called Xomba. You can earn money through Adsense.  When people click on the ads on your profile or when viewing your articles, you earn money.  It works similar to the way many blogs, including this one works.  People read the content and Google Adsense will place ads around the page.  If readers are interested, they click on the ads and Google Adsense will pay you for the ads that are viewed.

Xomba will also pay you a percentage of advertising revenue if you refer someone to join.  You earn 10% of their earnings.

There are two types of submissions you can make, Xombytes and Xomblurbs.  Its like a different language, but basically, a Xombyte is an article of 150+ words which can contain links or photos.  A Xomblurb is a blurb or social bookmark that links to a website, article or video. It contains a minimum of 50 words.  I have only been a member for a month or so and not really used it much, but I am planning on increasing my portfolio.  I will be adding any articles that have been rejected for freelance clients.  These are still quality articles, but did not necessarily suit either the genre or niche market that I was originally writing for.

My goal is to include two articles a day into my Xomba portfolio, when I dont have other freelance work to keep me occupied.  The money you earn in the beginning is not heaps and you really need to be using your Google Adsense account elsewhere to receive a payout.  I believe the minimum balance for payout is $100, which is why you can either wait a few months to earn this completely from Xomba, or be using Adsense with other blogs and websites.  I am currently using Adsense on my blogs, as well as with my people search website and after three months hope to receive my first payout.

As with my other online pursuits, I will document my earnings at the end of each month to show you how I am going and to assist myself in discovering the most profitable earners.

Monday, February 22, 2010

How to Stay in Touch with Friends

How to stay in touch with friends is a big thing for me.  I have friends on every continent except Antarctica.  Not a bad effort is it?  While I must admit I am most likely to send an email at Christmas, or a quick Face Book message, I have started using Skype for video calls.  It is a great way of seeing someone and talking to them, whether they are in the house up the street, or you are divided by oceans.

And the great thing is that it is free.  What better way to save money, than hook up via video feed for a chat.  All you need is a broadband connection, a web cam and something to say.  The savings made using this are potentially massive.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Slightly Delayed Gratification

Last weekend I was shopping at my Westfield Shopping Centre and as usual, gravitated towards my favourite kid's shop, Pumpkin Patch.  I saw some great boardies for LJ for next summer, and then were marked down more than 50 per cent.  I was so tempted, but we have a lot of bills coming up, and rather than throwing everything on the credit card, then getting stressed at the end of the month, I decided to put off my purchase until either we had another pay in the bank, or I had decided that LJ really didn't need these boardies.
After seriously contemplating my dilemma for the week, I decided to go back yesterday.  Thankfully they were still on the rack, so I went up to purchase the board shorts with cash.  You can imagine my surprise and excitement when I discovered at the cash register that they were another 20 per cent off the already reduced price.  I was so tempted to shop some more, with that discovery, but I held back.  This is a great example of when my delayed gratification actually paid off.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Search of Paid Surveys - Part 4

My series on free online paid surveys and paid emails is coming to an end, following is my final entry.  These are just the sites I have joined, there are many more available in the USA & UK.  I should point out that you often receive a sign up bonus, as well as bonuses for referring friends.  This is why I have provided unique sign up id links to you.  If you join some of these sites, in addition to you receiving a bonus, I will too.  You can pass on this pleasure, by referring friends once you have joined, and receive rewards as well.  I have also provide some banners around my site, for various paid surveys and paid emails.

Advertisers pay SendEarnings® to reach consumers like you. SendEarnings® shares the revenue we receive from advertisers with Members. Your time and participation are valuable, so join now to be rewarded! SendEarnings® is 100% free to join. In fact, they pay you! Simply complete their sign up form and they’ll credit your account $5.00 just for trying their service.

Click on the following link: http://www.sendearnings.com/?r=ref2637033

By taking advantage of the ClixSense online advertising program, as a potential online consumer, you can actually get paid for your web browsing, up to $5.00 for every 30 seconds worth of work. The income you earn is paid directly to you every month. The best part about the ClixSense program is that as a potential online consumer, there is no charge to register your new account and begin earning money immediately.

Click on the following link: http://www.clixsense.com/?3080502

Get paid to click on ads.  As a welcome to the site, all new members start as upgraded members for the first 24 hours and get $0.02 for every link they click on the surf ads page and $0.0125 for every link a referral makes.

How to Earn Money at The Survey Doctor
1) Survey Invitations. You will receive email offers for paying surveys. Be sure to register at ALL the surveys on our website. You get an immediate $10 payout for doing this.
2) Don't confuse the registration process with actual surveys. First  you must register with the online panels, THEN, you will receive surveys invitation.
3) You will be notified about offers that are appropriate for the community of paid survey-takers. They NEVER send an anonymous email. They are upfront about what they’re sending and why. You are free to ignore these offers, or even unsubscribe if you want. Everything about The Survey Doctor Australia is free and voluntary.

Click on the link: http://www.thesurveydoctor.com
When you first start trying to earn money and rewards from paid surveys it is useful to join as many surveys and panels as you can. This site sends you free information about new survey sites to join.

You can continue building your survey portfolio by registering at even more surveys. You can find additional surveys, organized by country, at:

The Harris Poll is one of the oldest and most prestigious polls in the world. By participating, you'll not only have your say in matters that affect you, you'll also be able to see the results from the surveys you complete. You can then compare your opinions and experiences to many others'—people who are like, and unlike, you. Occasionally, you may participate in surveys whose results will be published in national or international media.

To show thanks for your support and participation, you'll be enrolled in our new appreciation program, Harris Poll Online Rewards. Harris offer the opportunity to earn HIpoints for the majority of our studies. On occasion a study will be conducted that will not have HIpoints associated with it, but this only occurs in exceptions. Once you've accumulated enough points you may redeem them for your choice of a variety of great rewards. You can redeem your points as soon as you reach a redemption level, or you can let them grow for even greater rewards.

To join, click on the link: http://www.harrispollonline.com/

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Search of Paid Surveys - Part 3

Members are eligible to earn "Reward Points" based on the surveys they complete. "Reward Points" may be redeemed for rewards. "Reward Points" are non-transferable and cannot be converted into cash. "Reward Points" can only be redeemed for items listed on the Rewards page of the SurveyVillage website.

Click on the following link to join:

Membership in this online panel is fun, easy and most importantly, free.
By participating in online surveys, you will have a direct link to Government, and major companies and share with them your opinions. This will aid in their development of products, policies and services.

Opinion Matters
Opinion Matters is an online community of Australians who want to voice their opinions. Our members participate in surveys on such topics as Product Development, New Advertising Campaigns, Political Polling, Social Issues.  When you join Opinion Matters you will receive Cash Points: Redeem for Cash or Donate to Charity!
Every time you complete a survey you will earn points worth between $2 and $10.
Your answers will directly influence the decisions made by companies on products and services. By making a contribution you will influence and help form the strategies of social organisations and different levels of government.

Click on the link:  http://www.opinionmatters.com

Toluna is your one stop site for everything polls & opinion related; if you’re looking for an online community that allows you to create and participate in online polls and surveys and gives you the tools and audience to voice your opinions look no further - Toluna is the place for you!

To join click on the link: http://uk.toluna.com/ and let them know you were refered by Sars3121.

Browse through hundreds of catalogues once you are signed up with Catalogue Central.  
A great way to get a bargain and save money.  Catalogue Central is an environmentally friendly company. 
Help reach the target of planting 20,000 trees by inviting your friends to join Catalogue Central.

Follow the link below to continue and Send To Friends:

ClickBank provides digital content — e-books, software, memberships and subscriptions — to consumers around the world through a network of product vendors and affiliate Internet marketers. ClickBank vendors have a digital product or service to sell. ClickBank affiliates are Internet marketers who earn commissions by promoting ClickBank products. A single ClickBank account is designed to be used by both vendors and affiliates.
To illustrate, here is an example of how ClickBank works:
  • An author writes an e-book on dieting and chooses to become a vendor on the ClickBank network. He features the book on his web site and offers a 60 percent commission to ClickBank affiliates who successfully promote the book (resulting in a sale) to end consumers.
  • An affiliate sees the vendor's e-book in the ClickBank Marketplace and decides to feature the dieting e-book on his web site or in other online promotions.
  • Each time a visitor to the affiliate's web site or advertisement clicks on the product link, the visitor is referred to the vendor's site where the product can be purchased though ClickBank and downloaded. ClickBank handles the tracking and transaction (screens for fraud and processes the payment, etc.), and if the transaction is successful, pays both the vendor and the referring affiliate.
  • ClickBank also processes any sales from the vendor's web site that are not referred through a ClickBank affiliate. In those cases, ClickBank pays the vendor only, as no referring commission has been earned.

To join clickbank, click on the link:  http://sars3121.reseller.hop.clickbank.net

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Search of Paid Surveys - Part 2

Before I continue, I want to point out that these sites are all free to join.  I am not interested in paying someone for something that should be free to join.  They are also relevant to Australia, but often have international counterparts, just do a search on the website name and you may find you are in luck.

This is a large project to undertake when I have a lot on, so I am going to admit I have cut and pasted wording from the survey websites and slightly adapted it.  Best place to get correct information is directly from the links I provide.  Often I will receive a commission from a successful sign up.  You can also earn this by referring your friends to the sites.
At the end of February, I will give a tally of my points with each site, then try to do that monthly to give you an idea of how long it takes to really see benefits.

Anyway, back to the subject of free to join online surveys:
As a member of GlobalTestMarket, they want to hear your opinion they'll reward you for it! It is free to sign up and receive online paid surveys about:  Restaurants, Automobiles, Consumer products, Current events, Movies, Many other topics that interest you!
The online paid surveys you complete directly influence the development of products and services from top companies.  GlobalTestMarket will reward you for every online survey you complete. GlobalTestMarket rewards MarketPoints as well as sweepstakes entries into daily and monthly cash drawings. Once you reach 1,000 MarketPoints, you can redeem your balance for $50 U.S. dollars. Sweepstakes winners will be contacted directly to claim their cash prize.

To join, click on the link:  http://www.globaltestmarket.com
RewardsCentral is an online rewards program exclusively for Australians, where you can earn rewards and have lots of fun.  Earn rewards for online shopping, reading email, clicking on links, and more.  Redeem your reward points for real cash or prizes

Click on the following link: http://www.rewardscentral.com.au/Join/Default.aspx?refer=Sars3121

What Do You Think (WDYT) 
WDYT is documenting today's trends for tomorrow.

whatdoyouthink.com.au promises to be an interesting reference tool for who we are - or at least, who we think we are - and the issues that are of interest to us today. In years to come, perhaps we can look back at the WDYT polls of today in order to better understand where we are heading in the future.

To join, click on the link: http://wdyt.com.au
Refer a Friend - you'll both earn $10

aShopFor aims to make it as easy as possible for groups of friends to make money.

It was born out of the founder's passion for collecting life experiences, and more importantly sharing these experiences with friends.

Your group of friends can set a goal, create a shop, and start making money towards your goal almost immediately. Creative groups have started shops for skydiving trips, to fund a party, for weekend holidays, and even to buy a greyhound.

In 3 easy steps you can create a shop with over 500 retailers, and earn money on all purchases made through these retailers.

Your shop will also make money when you and your friends participate in free product trials, and when you invite others to set up their very own shop.

You will be paid on the first of each month by Paypal.  Introduce your friends, family or work colleagues to Ashopfor. For each person that creates a new Ashopfor account via your special referral link we will reward you with $10.00 once your friend has earned $30.00 or more.

Your Friend will also receive $10 when they sign up.

The UNIQUE Link is: http://www.ashopfor.com/promos/freemoney1/?wsid=50263&btag=48390&l=4

Live Tribe 
LiveTribe is a community of people from around the world participating in surveys, polls and discussions for great rewards and giveaways: we need your opinion on all sorts of topics, products and concepts. 

LiveTribe gives you an amazing choice of rewards for your opinion: Earn lotto lines into the national lotto draw Get the chance to win $50 cash instantly for every survey you take part in. Get entries into their monthly "Chance to win $50,000 a month" cash prize draw. Earn points redeemable for gift vouchers from Wotif, Qantas, Amazon, Bigpond Music, etc... Have donations made to a charity on your behalf or help save the equatorial forest. You can even link LiveTribe to your existing online social networks like MySpace and Facebook so you never have to miss out! 

Click on the following link: http://tiny.cc/hTryj

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My Search of Paid Surveys - Part 1

One of the ways I have been trying to earn some extra money is with paid surveys and emails. I have had a few people ask me about the sites I am a member of, so the next few posts will attempt to answer any questions and refer you to the sites to join.

None of these sites have made me millions. In reality, I have probably only made a hundred dollars or so in 12 months, but I missed many paid online surveys by ignoring the emails, or being screened out early in the process. Most sites will send fairly regular surveys/paid emails, you just need to have the time to complete the requirements. Time required varies for just a minute to view an ad, to a 30-40 minute survey. You are reimbursed according to the time, but dont expect to make minimum wage. Often you will earn bonus points/dollars for referring friends to a paid surveys website. To this end, I have provided the links from my accounts where I could, to earn these bonuses.

Because there are so many, I am going to carry this post over several entries.

Survey Savvy

Since its inception in 1999, the SurveySavvy online community has grown to include business professionals and consumers in more than 195 countries around the globe. Its unique patented referral program (Patent #7194448 & Patent No. 6446044) offers its members one of the industry's most innovative ways to maximize incentives while helping to enrich and grow the community.

As a member, you can make a difference by participating in online surveys, focus groups, as well as other interactive studies.

SurveySavvy is unique from other online panels because of its patented referral program that gives you incentives for every survey your referrals complete and additional incentives for every survey their referrals complete. This represents growth to your account balance regardless of whether or not you actually complete any surveys!

Join SurveySavvy and earn $1 to $20 for each survey you take (paid by check). But wait, it gets even better. Refer your friends and family to SurveySavvy and earn an average of $2 for every survey your referrals take, and if they refer others, you will earn an average of $1 per survey your referrals' referrals take. And there is virtually no mininum payment, since you can request a payment even if your account balance is a single dollar.

To sign up, click on the following link:


If that doesn't work, copy and paste the link into your browser.

My Opinions

MyOpinions is a web site that rewards you for participating in online market research surveys about your lifestyle and habits.

A company would not develop a new product without conducting research. Through a survey panel like MyOpinions, they can find out the opinions and preferences of the future consumers of their product.

As part of the panel, you have the choice to complete surveys and make your opinion count in developing new products. Because of the survey, the company is more confident about a launch of the product, and you win because you have helped to create and influence the product, and been rewarded for your time.
To join, click on link below:



You get a $10 bonus, just for signing up.  You will receive a message to the email address on your Hits4Pay account stating that you have a paid email waiting to be read. As soon as you get this notification, you may login to your Hits4Pay account and read your paid emails!

You may also choose to simply login to your Hits4Pay account, and click on internal mailbox to check for new paid emails.

To get credit for the ads sent to your internal mailbox, click on the button or link on the ad that will read "Click Here", or something similar. You will then be taken to the advertiser's website.

There will be a Hits4Pay banner above the website. You must remain on the advertiser's website for at least 60 seconds in order to receive $0.02 credit. After 60 seconds, an orange button that says Click Here to View Next Advertisement will appear on the Hits4Pay banner above the website. You must click on this button to receive your $0.02 credit!

When your first and second level members validate their email ads, you will also be credited $0.01 per email that they read and validate!

To join, use the following link:


Valued Opinions

Valued Opinions is a service which rewards you for taking part in market research surveys. It is your opportunity to influence the development of new products and services.

To join, use the following link:


Lighspeed Panel

It is always nice to get a little extra for your efforts and this is why Lightspeed Consumer Panel is good for you!  Members can redeem their points right on our site for credit through PayPal, online gift vouchers, and donation to charities.

To join, use the following link: