December 1st, 2006

PayPerPost vs. The Toddler

PayPerPost asked us to have them battle someone of our choosing. For me it just seemed natural to choose the challenge I face every day. Yes, PayPerPost must battle my toddler.

I turned on the camcorder as I worked on a different post, and recorded every time my son decided to interfere. Fortunately he was particularly demanding at the time. Obviously, PayPerPost doesn’t have a prayer when it comes to fighting it out with a toddler wanting Mommy.

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And yes in case you’re wondering, I do get paid for blogging as well as paid to create that video. It’s fun!

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November 30th, 2006

My First PayPerPost Payday!

I finally reached payday on the first posts I did through PayPerPost. Logged into PayPal this morning, and there the money was. Very cool.

I haven’t been the busiest of bloggers for PayPerPost, probably averaging under two posts a day, and skipping any days where I didn’t see any posts I felt like doing. But I’m having lots of fun doing the ones that do interest me, and I’ve done more than $300 worth of posts so far. Not bad for a little side income, even if it’s not a living.

I may well do better in the months to come. I’ve added more blogs to my account, which gives me more flexibility as to the posts I take, as well as to the number of posts I do. Normally you can do up to 3 posts per blog per day, although just now the limit is 2. That should be lifted soon. I’m trying to keep every post relevant to the blog, so most my others really don’t get a lot of paid posts as they aren’t so flexible in topic as this one is.

I have to admit, if you have a blog that meets the requirements this is one of the easiest ways I’ve seen to earn money online. The basics are that your blog must be at least 90 days old with at least 20 posts… check the PayPerPost site for more specific rules, and if you join, don’t forget to tell them info@ aspectsofdesign.com sent you.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

November 27th, 2006

New Tool to Help You Protect Your Kids Online

I’ve written about being protective of your kids when they’re online. There are lots of dangers in the sites older children love to visit most, such as MySpace or even in their email. Monitoring their usage is vital.

However, you can’t be standing behind them every second, and that’s where a quality software solution comes in handy. Today I read about one I hadn’t heard of before.

SpectorSoft has a software that can help. It can be used for Myspace tracking and other online activities. You can have it alert you to the usage of certain keywords or phrases, so that even if it happens in IM, chat, email or MySpace you’ll know about it. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 21st, 2006

Here Comes Christmas

Yes, with Black Friday only days away, the Christmas season is almost at full swing. Get ready for Christmas music in all the stores not playing it already and even more crazed people shopping for that perfect gift.

My family has a pretty good handle on Christmas. I just finished handling my family’s name “draw” which isn’t so much a draw as me figuring out how to divide the names up fairly so that no one is having to spend more than a fair share and isn’t shopping for the same person year after year.

We have a lot of fun at Christmas. There’s a bit of competition we have sometimes with this elf and ladder set my mom has. We try to find the oddest way to assemble them. It started because we couldn’g find the pegs to assemble the three ladder pieces together. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 15th, 2006

Checking Out ReviewMe Now

This pay for posting thing is getting pretty interesting. I went ahead and joined ReviewMe, another site that pays you for posting website reviews.

ReviewMe does try to address some of the problems that critics have with PayPerPost. The pay is higher, even for a blog at the lower levels like this one. They charge $40 for a review on my blog, of which I get $20. That’s more than most of my PayPerPost posts. It puts me down at the bottom paywise with them, though. Just have to improve things here to get a better pay rate. I can chalk that up to motivation.

The approval process is fast. Your blog will be approved or declines pretty much immediately. That’s a nice touch.

They require disclosure that a post is paid. That said, yes, this is a paid post for ReviewMe.

They require your posts be at least 200 words. In general I find that pretty easy to do. If I like a site, more than that should come easily. If I really, really dislike a site, I’d imagine 200+ words would still come easily. Read the rest of this entry »

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