Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blogger Buzz: Show off your Followers

I'm really excited about this new feature that Blogger is coming up with. On my dashboard after logging in, I read from Blogger Buzz: Show off your Followers and the new addition to the system is called the Followers, and right off of your dashboard you'd be able to see how many followers or readers you have. Blogger will also come up with a gadget you can add to your template that sort of looks like the one that MyBlogLog has, so that you can show off your readers and also has a link to sign up and be a follower as well. You can read more about it by clicking the link below or this one.

I'm really looking forward to this feature as I am quite excited to find out how my blog is doing. Hope everything turns out well!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Keisha Rehearsing for her Poem Recital

Here's a video of Keisha rehearsing for her contest at home. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the digicam gets fixed and we'll be able to upload the video of the actual contest.

Happy Visual Talking!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Obama Runs with Biden

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday to Rant and Rave!

Happy Birthday to Rant and Rave!

This blog is officially a year old today. Looking back, the very first post on this blog is about Ouija, a horror movie I truly enjoyed watching. I hope to keep this blog up in the years to come and have more readers as well.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Favorite Quote

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino.

Enough said, I think.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Do you buy or pay for...?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me!

I'm officially 25 now, harharhar.

A decade of love and life has passed, and I look forward to more.

Wish myself the best!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My Top Three Best Paid to Post Sites

I've been blogging for almost a year and I would just like to share how I managed to make a five figure income in my spare time. If I focused more on blogging, may be I would have made more as other bloggers out there earn hundreds of dollars a month and some are just stay home moms. For those who are just starting out in the world of making money through blogging, these sites are the best paid to post sites and I highly recommend them. Some have high task pay rates, quantity of jobs available, and of course, reliable and on time payout. Unlike other paid to post sites which give you a $5 task upon registration and then nothing else afterwards, these sites have been providing me a consistent source of income. Before we get any further though, make sure you have a PayPal account as this is where your earnings will go.

1. Sponsored Reviews.
Why I love this site is for several reasons. One, they have never been late on payments. Two, you can register multiple blogs with one account - so there's no need for you to create separate accounts for each blog you own. Three, there are a lot of jobs you can bid on and they also recently improved the way you can bid on jobs if you have more than one blog registered with them, bidding for jobs is much easier. In order to see if your blog qualifies, your blog must have at least 10 non-paid posts, be at least 3 months old, maintain a 2:1 ratio of non-paid to paid content, and other requirements that when you first register for an account and add a blog, you will be able to read upon. Payouts are done twice a month through PayPal and you can see the schedule of the next payout after you click on the My Account and then Payment Details tab.

2. Pay Per Post.
Pay Per Post s a great site to write on as well. They have also never been late on payments through my PayPal account. How the advertiser also wants their posts done are also stated very clearly - like how many words, if there's an image to be included, and all of the required links. I consider this important because it gives less space for errors and also ensures that your posts are approved the first time you submit it and you are also eligible for payment sooner. Payouts are done via PayPal and your posts are paid 30 days after approval. Here's a sign up form you can use to sign up for the service:

Your blog needs to be at least 30 days old, with at least 10 pre-existing posts written in the last 30 days, have chronological archives, contain original content, be a text/written content blog, meaning no message boards, websites, IM, photoblogs, vlogs, etc., have only one author, and should be in English.

3. SocialSpark.
SocialSpark is like the sister site of Pay Per Post and they share the same payment terms. They also share the same requirements and what's different about this is that if you see an opp you are qualified but it is already reserved, you can be added to a queue and wait if a slot opens and you will be notified via email. At least you have the chance of writing about that opp even if slots are already reserved.

Other sites I write for:

Blogsvertise is also another great site to write on. Same terms like the sites above - the posts are paid via PayPal 30 days after approval. These guys have also never been late on payments - except of course on holidays. Preferably, your blog needs to be at least 2 months old but if your blog is brand new, they approve it on a probationary status wherein you will still get tasks but at a lower payout. When your blog reaches 60 days or is cached with Google, your probationary status will be lifted.

Blogitive is also a great site to write on, except that there was this one instance wherein the payments were about a week and a half late when their promise is that payouts are done weekly via PayPal. Another thing I want to mention about this site is that when one of the blogs I have registered with them lost it's Google PR, I rarely got jobs for that blog again. So if you want to earn, this site is good, but if your blog loses it's PR, you're lost as well.

Blog Advertising - Get Paid to BlogSmorty.
Smorty is also a great site which pays on a weekly basis for all approved posts for that week through PayPal. Your blog must be indexed, must be more than 30 days old, and have at least 10 posts in order to qualify. What I didn't like about Smorty though is that when my blog lost it's PR, I haven't had any other jobs from the site. As a matter of fact, the last task I wrote about dates back to January of this year. I haven't had any new jobs since then.

LoudLaunch's payouts are done via PayPal and if your post gets approved on the 1st-20th, you will get paid between the 1st-5th of the following month. I've experienced delayed payments, but they are very responsive to emails that you send regarding payments. I did get paid after a week or so when payment was due, but at least I still got paid. The tasks I have taken all range from $10-$12 per post, so it's pretty big. Currently, most of their tasks are for a PR2 blog, but there are some occasional tasks even for some blogs without PR. I'm keeping my fingers crossed though that this month's payment will not be late.

I'll update this list when I stumble across a new paid to post site and more importantly, after I get paid.

Improvised Marketing

If you run a business, you probably already know that marketing can be a costly part of any business. Good thing there's a new system that will do all the calling for you so you don't have to call prospects one by one just to give them the same message over and over again.

The system is called You Receive Calls and it literally will blast phones with calls conveying your message, generate leads, create sign-ups, and even pay you $500 daily! Imagine this - You Receive Calls can call 10,000 leads in less than 30 minutes! Now that's a lot of phone calls! I don't think that amount of calls in that short span of time can be done manually. Imagine how many potential sales you can make in a day!


PokerDIY is a great free service that connects poker players through the use of their custom software that allows a poker player to manage and set up their very own poker league. You can also add your poker league scores to your blog or website through their widgets so you can show off your poker league scores on a blog or website that you own. Or, if you have a Facebook or Myspace profile, you can also add your poker league scores there. If you don't have a website or a blog, you can also start writing on your own poker blog. All of these things you can do at PokerDIY so why not drop by the site and connect with other online pokers?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Have I Been Scammed by Bloggerwave?

Bloggerwave is one of the sites I write for and although I have been a member for quite some time. I just started taking opps this June. At the time, they had some opps available which I took on all three blogs that I have registered with them. This was back in June 6. I took another series of opps on June 16. Their FAQs state that after the post with the given links are live for 30 days, your payment is due via PayPal.

Today is the 1st of August and guess what? I have not received anything from them nor have I heard anything from them despite the may contact forms on their site that I've filled out. Worse, I did a Google search about Bloggerwave being a scam site and I found dozens of bloggers having the same issue. To some, $50 may seem a small amount to fuss over, but for me, it's honest, hard earned money. I kept my end of the bargain - I wrote the post with the required number of words, I added the required image on the post, and the post has been on my blog for more than 30 days, in fact, it's almost 60 days. So there. I'm waiting on Bloggerwave to pay or at least respond to my messages before I start taking legal action. Hmmm...better take screenshots of their site and FAQs.

New and Improved Sponsored Reviews

I am raving about how Sponsored Reviews has updated their site in terms of bidding for a particular opportunity. Like in my case, I have three blogs registered with the site, this blog, the blog about my thoughts, and Keisha's blog as well. Whenever I want to bid for an opp, I have to select one of my blogs, type in an amount, and submit it thrice. Now, they've included a sidebar that lists all of your blogs on the right and there's a space to put in the amount you'd like to bid for. And once you're done, all you need to do is hit submit once and you're done!

There are even amounts already populated on the spaces which you just need to edit, like for instance the advertiser for a certain opp only has one price to offer regardless of what PR your blog has. So it saves a lot of time and it makes bidding for opps so much easier. Thanks for the great work Sponsored Reviews! Not to mention the ever timely payments!
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