Extra Money Online

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  1. Michelle Stevens

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    @Michelle Keiser , sometimes it's really difficult to spot a scam site, but sometimes it's really easy. I would avoid any site that expects you to pay for the "privilege" of earning money there as well as any site that has a really high cash-out level. I believe that there are sites that offer $1 to click on an advert but don't pay until you've reached something ridiculous like $1000. Those can't possibly be legit.

    On the other hand sites like Bubblews and it's clones probably didn't set out to be scams, but by trying to pay too much they used models that weren't sustainable and eventually some of their members lost out on their hard-earned money. Bubblews wrote off a lot of payments, alienating many of their members, but continues with some loyal members who were prepared to take a massive cut in their earnings. Other sites have simply disappeared. EliteVisitors claimed to be cheated by one of their admin and moved to a new site called BestWriters. One month later they announced that they were losing money and couldn't pay their members. For now they are continuing as a site that doesn't offer payment, and they too have some loyal members who have stayed on. I could go on, but you get the picture.
     
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    I was a member of Bubblews for over a year. Last summer I started to notice that something was wrong there, when they took away credit for views. Then there was the announcement at the beginning of the year about past payments being taken away and the fact that pending payments were lowered. Then I noticed that I was making next to nothing there, and had to leave. I wasn't happy about that, because although I had a few redemption issues there, for the most part Bubblews was not only a good source for extra money I also made good connections there, but that is now all in the past.

    So, what did Bublblews in, well maybe they did get in over their heads but they were around for about three years. But last summer I noticed something else as well there. That some of my connections were reporting that their post were being stolen by other members. Also, I noticed som post that weren't 400 characters, far from it. There was also other violations going on and I suspect that much of this went under the radar by Bubblews till the bottom fell out and they found that they paid these people for violating terms. So, in the end all members including the good ones paid for the abuse of some who were trying to work the system.
     
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    Five languages! That is an amazing accomplishment to me. Why, I can barely manage my one and sometimes I wonder if I really know it at all when I listen to some young people speak. Especially some of those in the entertainment industry.:)
     
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  4. Michelle Stevens

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    @Hannah Davis , some of those violations had been going on at Bubblews for a really long time and many members made a habit of reporting any violations they saw, myself included. Sometimes Bubblews acted on the reports quickly, but sometimes it took months for them to do anything about them, and I've just checked up on one plagiarised post that I reported in 2014 and it's still there. So the violators certainly weren't going under the radar - Bubblews just didn't care enough to fix all the problems.

    I was a member of Bubblews for over two years (technically I'm still a member because I haven't deleted all my content yet) and I remember reading rumours of payment issues before I ever joined. I know that I went through a period of payment issues in 2013 and only returned after receiving part payment at the beginning of 2014. In the end I did better there than on any other writing sites I've tried, but they still kept quite a bit of money they owed me.
     
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    I am registered in a writing site that pays its writers. Not really big money but the feeling of earning something from writing online is a sense of achievement to me. The most that I got for a day is $2. Not bad eh?
     
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  6. Michelle Stevens

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    @Corie Henson - I hope you don't mind my asking, but what writing site are you using? I've been let down by so many of them lately that I don't know which to try any more.
     
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    Making money online was simply the continuation of my making money from home experience while being still offline.

    I was never good at finding the right job and stay there for longer. I wanted to be a writer, but life was taking me through a different pathway; through my student years I learned a second language, technical drawing, shorthand, typing, and the basics of research marketing as complementary knowledge for professional career in the hospitality industry, but never thought that I would end up running a small home-based business for almost ten years before coming online.

    So that once on the Information Superhighway, the only I did was applying what Iearned from my offline activities into my new online projects, and most of my income comes from online money-making tasks or projects.
     
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    You could try www.blogmutt.com. They are a site that caters to small businesses that need blog posts. They have quite a few companies, although many require a good amount of expertise. Not all do though. The site pays weekly for each blog post you sell. 8 bucks a piece. There is a one question test to answer before they will allow you to become a writer. I don't think it's going to bring in hundreds of dollars, but now I'm getting into a little bit of a groove where I sell about a story a week. If I wrote more I could probably do better, but I'm trying to pace myself.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion Sarah. Unfortunately Blogmutt is one of many sites that only hires people from the United States.

    I've never had much faith in my ability to sell articles and actually prefer to publish under my own name at places like HubPages, but over the last few months I've been looking for a site where I can earn money for the kind of content I used to write for Bubblews, but all those sites either prove to be scams or close down because they can't afford to pay the rates they offered.
     
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    Thanks, Ken, it's good to see some payment proof, not that I wouldn't have believed you without it. I recently started using Qmee, which I believe is similar to Bing Rewards, but I'm not sure how the two would stack up against one another. I tend to use Google more than Bing, when I do searches. Qmee will occasionally pop up on the search page and show a few links to click if I want, with an amount paid for each one. I wish they would all stay there, so I could click one after the other, but I'm usually only able to click one or two before they disappear. It's definitely not a way to earn a lot of money, but hopefully eventually, there'll be enough to buy something with, or put on a bill.

    I'm going to check into YouGov, since it sounds legitimate. @Ken Anderson I have a question. Do the gift cards/certificates have your name on them/associated with them? In other words, can someone sign up with a pen name, or does it have to be their legal name? Thanks.
     
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    Thank you. I see that I had inadvertently linked to the Bing Rewards program rather than to YouGov in my post above. I have corrected that. I have actually done much better with Bing Rewards than I have with YouGov but, of course, I complete only about one survey a week, whereas I conduct searches using Bing all day, pretty much every day. Apart from the gift cards, I have found Bing to provide better results than Google, and far better than any others that I have tried. Since searches are a big part of what I do for a living, I wouldn't use Bing if it wasn't efficient.

    Through YouGov, the card itself doesn't have my name on it but it is mailed through the Postal Service, so YouGov does have to have your address. The card is like the ones you can buy at the grocery store; there is a code on the back of it that you would enter into your Amazon.com account. I don't know why a fictitious name wouldn't work but I haven't tried that, so I can't tell you for sure. The gift cards that I get from Bing are strictly online; after redeeming them, I am sent the code via email.

    You're not going to earn a living through either one of these programs but, between the two, I get two or three hundred dollars a year in gift cards.

    My wife gets mostly political surveys, which is what I prefer, but the surveys they offer me are mostly product identification. I do get an occasional political survey but I generally get cut off right after I answer that I am not registered with either political party, and that I don't closely identify with any of the major political parties. Although I get cut off there, I still get the full credit for having done the survey but I wouldn't mind answering the questions about the political candidates and their issues.
     
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    Thanks, Ken, I noticed that about the Bing Rewards link, but forgot to mention it, since I was focused on the YouGov issue. I don't mind a slow payer, as long as it does pay, and doesn't require more work than is worth the pay. I have been considering signing up for the Bing Rewards, but I think it required creating some sort of new account, or signing up through Facebook or another social media account, which I try not to do. I especially don't like my Facebook account linked to anything, since that's my refuge. I'll do the YouGov today and then worry about the Bing Rewards later, since I already have Qmee. I'll try to remember to see if I can find information on how the two compare. I receive mail here at the house for people who haven't lived here in at least 8 years, so I guess it wouldn't matter if I used the pen name on the YouGov account.
     
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    Since Bing is owned by Microsoft (used to be MSN Search), you would sign in using your Microsoft account.
     
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    I have joined YouGov just recently. I get a lot of political surveys as well and I get quite a few of them through the day. I'm not near to getting GCs yet but seeing your proof of payment Ken is very encouraging. Thanks.
     
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    Yes, that's what it was. I don't think I have a Microsoft account, although I may have created one years ago when I bought this or another computer. Is Microsoft as intrusive as Google?
     
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    It tries to figure out what you are interested in so that it can give you better results, but it's not nearly as annoying as Google. If you ever registered a Microsoft product, you have a Microsoft account, but it's easy enough to create one. I can't remember now if I created a new one or had it resend my password for the old one, but if it had been too much of a pain, I'd remember.
     
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    I'm not getting nearly as many Qmee links to click as I'd expected, so I might end up signing up for the Bing Rewards and seeing how that compares for myself. I do a lot of searches, but the Qmee links are few and far between. Maybe I'm searching on things they don't care about, so it may not be as 'rewarding' as I'd hoped.
     
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    After months of frustration during which I saw one writing site after another go down the drain without paying their members, I finally found the courage to start my own blog, writing about my bonsai trees. It's still only got two posts, but hopefully I'll be able to come up with a couple of new things do discuss every week.

    I'm using a site called BlogJob which pays members for their posts and other activity as well as allowing us to monetize our blogs with affiliate advertising, AdSense etc, so I've already made a little money despite the fact that my ads haven't earned anything yet. I'm a bit nervous about the fact that I'm using a lesser-known site, but hopefully it will work out okay.
     
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    @Michelle Stevens I saw a beautiful flowering bonsai picture one time, I think it was wisteria. I'd love to someday be in a place (timewise and financially) where I could learn about and grow at least one of them. Good luck with your blog, keep us posted!
     
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    Thanks. I will.

    I've never tried growing wisteria. For some reason I haven't had much success with flowering trees so far.

    Bonsai doesn't need to be an expensive hobby if you start with small trees or shrubs from a garden centre. I don't like to buy trees that other people have styled as I like them to reflect my personality, but it works out a lot cheaper that way too. And looking after one tree isn't time consuming. It's when you keep propagating new ones like I do that it becomes hard work.
     
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    I'll have to do some research before I invest in anything, since my kitties love to eat any greenery in the house. I have one bamboo plant, and they climb up on this tiny shelf just to get a mouthful of it, it's really crazy!
     
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    :oops:I'm so glad you shared this so we all can check it out to see if we can make some extra money! I read an article that you can make $50-$200 an article that you can make $50 and hour blogging! Thanks so much!
     
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