January 31, 2008

Make Money Online - Online Money Makers That Work!

Protecting You From The Losers

I figured it was time that I share a more organized list of the different programs I use to make money online. Obviously, I'm not here to "pimp out" any of these programs; I just to share with you the ones that do work and the ones that do pay.

So, this post is dedicated to the best affiliate programs through which I make money online...and it'll be updated on a constant basis. I currently use each and every one of these programs, and I highly recommend them as they have proven to: perform very well, provide great affiliate support, and perhaps most importantly, pay on time.

Program Performance Criteria

Affiliate program performance is based on many variables, some of which include: commission percentage, commission structure, payout history, payout threshold, eCPM (Effective CPM is the revenue amount generated for every 1,000 Net impressions), ease of implementation and affiliate/program support.

This page will only feature "make money online" programs that:
  • Are honest and certain to pay on time
  • Are easy to use and implement
  • Definitely make money online
  • Have healthy payouts and/or conversion rates
  • Are affiliate-centered and willing to help you succeed
Recommended Moneymakers

CashCrate - CashCrate has a three-tiered referral program. With CashCrate, just complete free offers and get paid. Yes, it's really that simple! CashCrate also offers a referral program. Refer others to CashCrate and you get paid a percentage of their earnings.

The CashCrate referral program pays you a hefty 20% of what your direct referrals make, as well as 10% of what their referrals make! Definitely an excellent program to help you make money online with your blog or website.

Aweber - Aweber offers a two-tiered affiliate program. With Aweber, you earn 20% on all of your sales, and 10% on all of the sales made by anyone you refer to Aweber (your Aweber sub-affiliates).

To note: Aweber is considered by most (including Darren Rowse of Problogger) to be the absolute best follow-up autoresponder solution available today. Aweber offers unlimited autoresponders, unlimited newsletters and broadcast messages, subscriber management, ad tracking, and a host of other awesome features for bloggers. And best of all, Aweber pays monthly, residual commissions on all sales!

LinkBucks - Make money from your links! Any time anyone clicks one of your LinkBucks links, you make money! It's that simple. Link Bucks has designed their system so that you'll be making money in minutes.

Your Links Have Value

When you share a webpage or a file with your friends, you're making money for someone. Websites and advertising companies make millions of dollars from the traffic they receive. The viral nature of the web has unfortunately left regular web surfers out of the money-making equation...until now. Linkbucks is changing all that by paying YOU for linking to any site or page that you want. :)

Each time one of your links is clicked - you make money! And you can point your links to any webpage or website you want (here's an example). As for payment, LinkBucks payments are sent out twice per month, like clockwork (on the 1st and 15th). Once your account reaches $5.00 you can request your money.

Without a doubt, LinkBucks is probably the easiest when it comes to making money online. Gotta love it!

Bonus: LinkBucks also has a 3-tier referral program. You'll earn 10% of your direct referrals' earnings, 5% of their referrals' earnings, and 1% of their referrals' earnings. Good stuff that can add up quickly. So if you want to make money online, LinkBucks is definitely worth a look.

WorkFor3Dollars - This one is new and very simple...turn $3 into a lot of cash (up to $2,582,805, to be exact). A lot of us Yuwie users are having great success with this one, which is why I'm adding it to this list of approved programs.

Again, it's very simple. WF3D is a 3x15 forced matrix...with spillover. So when your upline has more than three referrals, you'll receive referrals (spillover) from your upline as well. I wrote a full blog post about it here on my Yuwie blog. You can also check out the comments from other folks to see that it is indeed working and paying quite nicely!

WorkFor3Dollars pays automatically through AlertPay. If you don't already have an AlertPay account, you can set up a free one here. Then head on over to Work For3Dollars and sign up with our awesome team. Bottom line, you can't lose with this one. It's already paying...and it's paying pretty damn well.

Affliate Future - Earn money from a broad range of advertisers and affiliate programs. Affiliate Future offers pay per sale (PPS), pay per click (PPC), and pay per lead (PPL) affiliate programs. Affiliate Future also offers a referral program. Refer other affiliates to Affiliate Future and earn 5% of the commissions they earn...forever.

I'll be adding more "make money online" programs here once I finish testing them for positive results. In the meantime, take care and happy money making!

January 29, 2008

Shareapic - Make Money With Your Pictures!

Got Pics? They'll Pay You!

When it comes to making money online, there's no question that revenue sharing is "where it's at" right now on the Web. With video sites like Revver, and social networking sites like Yuwie, Internet users can now cash in on their own content and Web activity, thus, making money from the very things they used to do for free.

The most recent website to adopt the revenue sharing model is Shareapic. Shareapic allows the average Internet user to make money from the pictures he/she puts online, whether they be on MySpace, Facebook, eBay, in forums, etc.

And for us bloggers, it's even more exciting. Why? Because we include pictures in our posts all the time. And now we can actually monetize them!

How Does Shareapic Pay?

Shareapic pays based on image views. What this means is that every time someone clicks to view one of your pictures anywhere online, or views a picture in one of your online galleries, you make money.

The Shareapic pay rate is simple: CPM of $0.22 to $0.25 (or rate per 1000 impressions).

Ca$h payments are made through PayPal, though you can also choose to be paid by gift certificate for places like: Amazon.com, Target, eLUXURY, etc. Personally, I'll just take the cash, thank you very much! ;)

Shareapic In A Nutshell

• Shareapic pays you to upload and store unlimited pictures
• Link them to blogs, MySpace, eBay, forums...anywhere
• Share them with family, even order prints of them
• Upload unlimited pictures
• No file size restrictions
• Create unlimited galleries
• One click posting to MySpace, WordPress, Blogger, Hi5 and more

But wait! That's not all! LOL.

Make Money From Other Peoples' Photos

Shareapic also pays you for referring new users. Each time you refer a new user to Shareapic, you earn 10% of their image views as well - forever. Shareapic offers several link and banner codes that you can use to invite new users.

In my experience over the two weeks, the sign up rate has been pretty impressive. I credit this to the fact that Shareapic appeals to just about every Internet user out there, is completely free, and is incredibly simple to use.

Additional Traffic To Your Photos

Shareapic also includes a variety of built-in options to help you generate even more traffic to your pictures and picture galleries, creating that much-loved viral effect.

Digg: Each picture gallery page has the "Digg This" submit button built into it. As we all know, Digg.com can be an awesome source of traffic. If someone Diggs your gallery or picture(s), then other people on Digg have an opportunity to look at it (and Digg it as well).

Social Bookmarks: Each gallery page includes a bookmark button that allows people to post your gallery to their own pages on their social network profile, blog, personal page, etc. Here are the bookmarking options:

Link to it!: Each individual picture has a "Link to it!" option that allows people to link directly to your photo. This automatically generates the HTML code necessary for it to be posted on a blog or website, in forums and on message boards, and in Email or instant messages.

Share on Facebook: Each individual picture also has a "Share on Facebook" option that allows people to add your photos right to their Facebook pages!

Each of these are excellent when it comes to generating traffic and will definitely serve to boost your Shareapic earnings. Bottom line, more views = more $$$.

Keeping Photos On Your Own Server

If you're like most website owners, you like to keep your pictures on your own server in order to keep a handle on how your pages load. No problem. Here's what I do...

I upload the pictures to my blog, just like I would ordinarily do when including pictures in a post. Then I upload to Shareapic, copy the picture URL, and link it to the picture on my blog. This way, I can be sure that my pictures will always load the way I want them to, while earning money from them as well. :)

Overall Shareapic Conclusion

So far, I'm quite pleased with Shareapic. I've always used photos in my posts here on this blog, and now I can make some money from them as well. Shareapic is a really nice way to monetize content on your site without taking away from the quality of it.

As for issues, the only thing I've noticed is that due to the rapid growth they've experienced, the site has been a wee bit slow on occasion, though I haven't noticed that recently. But other than that, it's definitely two thumbs up for this one.

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January 25, 2008

Happy Opposite Day - You're A Jerk!

Today is Opposite Day. Yes, believe it or not, there actually is such a day. And it's celebrated on January 25th - though it can also be initiated on any other day of the year by someone simply declaring it to begin.

As we all know and remember from being school children, when Opposite Day is declared, every statement made means the opposite of what is said. Because of that, and in my opinion, this is a really stupid holiday. But more than that, you're an idiot.

Opposite Day 2008

As many of you know, I have a Link Love Loser Award that I give out whenever I do a Super Link Sunday blog post. The Link Love Loser Award is an award that I reserve specifically for bloggers whom I can't stand, really hate and totally despise - on Opposite Day.

So what better way to celebrate this Opposite Day than by revisiting some of the past Link Love Loser Award winners! So here they are - in chronological order from the first LLL award winner to the most recent:

Revellian - Revellian is the personal blog of Bobby Revell. So far he's got to be one of the absolute worst bloggers I've ever had the misfortune of discovering. Not only is Bobby extremely selfish as a person, he's also extremely close-minded and totally intolerant of other people's views. Gosh, I hate this guy.

Bush Mackel - Bush's blog is utterly pathetic and totally devoid of anything pertinent or useful. In fact, it's such a tedious and empty read that I strongly suggest you ignore it's existence entirely!

Trust me, this guy doesn't know his ass from third base. Loaded with misguided, amateurish posts, Bush's blog is nothing but an empty vessel into which nothing good is poured.

MeAndMyDrum - Snooze alert! This blog is a stale boredom sandwich with a side of fail fries. The author is a twit and the design sucks. Honestly, I'd like to spend more time describing this blog, but I'm dozing off just thinking about it.

Oh yeah, and here are some more pathetic LOSERS...

Tish, Hernan, Jesse, Garry, Todd, Mike, Opal, MUSE, Darren, John, Brown, Forest, Speedcat, Bucky

Btw...if I left you out, don't contact me about it. It just means that you smell bad.

Happy Opposite Day!
You're a Dork!

January 23, 2008

Aaron Cook Dot Com Endorses Ron Paul

With Ron Paul's 2nd place finish in the Nevada primary the other day, beating the likes of McCain, Giuliani, Huckabee and Thompson, I think it's time to kick things up yet another notch.

So...I'd like to formerly announce that it is indeed official - Aaron Cook Dot Com is endorsing Dr. Ron Paul in his candidacy for president. I've officially joined Ron Paul's campaign and am proud to be a part of what's come to be known as the Ron Paul Revolution.

In truth, this is the very first time in my 34 years of life that I've taken such a strong and passionate interest a presidential campaign. Dr. Ron Paul's message of limited government, a non-interventionist foreign policy (no nation-building or policing the world), protection of our civil liberties, and adherence to our Constitution resonates a chord of truth in me so deep that I cannot ignore it, no matter how hard I try.

And since this movement - the Ron Paul Revolution - started as a true grassroots effort, igniting hearts and souls and spreading like wildfire across the Internet, then what better way to continue spreading the word than by sharing some of the awesome creations that have helped to propel things this far.

So here are two of the many Ron Paul videos that are currently sweeping the Internet. Oh, and trust me when I say it - these ain't your momma's political songs!

Ron Paul for the Long Haul
by King Solomon

Let's Take America Back
by Dafrizzo

Let's take our country back! It's time we said NO to crooked, wasteful government. It's time we demand that our Constitution be followed. And it's time we put a stop to the erosion of our personal civil liberties before we have none at all.

Like Benjamin Franklin so wisely said, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

Ron Paul 2008 - Hope for America

So get involved and help spread the word! To learn more about Dr. Ron Paul and his record as a United States Congressman, be sure to visit the official Ron Paul 2008 website. And join the Ron Paul Revolution today!

January 17, 2008

MADtv Terrorist Video Message

Here's a good one. A hilarious black comedy sketch of a terrorist making a suicide video wherein he talks about all the things he's tired of, and all the things that are evil and need to be destroyed.

Oh yeah, and after that is George Bush's Tivo Playlist. LOL. Priceless.

MADtv Terrorist Video Message

January 14, 2008

Zip the "What Is It?"

Zip the "What-Is-It?"

I came across this old photo of Zip the "What-Is-It?" and was instantly curious.

Zip was born William Henry Johnson in Liberty Corners, New Jersey in 1842 to a very poor African-American family. His parents, William and Mahalia Johnson, were former slaves. As Zip grew up, his body developed normally, but his head remained small. His tapering cranium and heavy jaw eventually attracted the attention of agents from Van Emburgh's Circus in Somerville, NJ. With his parents' permission, they hired him.

At the circus, Zip was a very popular draw. Claimed to have been caught in Africa, he was displayed in a cage where he would rattle the bars, screech and bound about for the audience. Due to his popularity, Zip's agents were quick to show him off to P.T Barnum. Barnum, who was then the owner of Barnum's American Museum, bought the rights to display Zip and hired him to work at the museum in 1860.

Zip's stage appearance there came just months after Charles Darwin's book "Origin of the Species" was published. Barnum quickly capitalized on this, touting Zip as the "missing link." Barnum also gave him a new look. He began wearing a fur suit and his hair was styled to a tiny point that further accentuated his sloping brow. Finally, he was given the name we're all probably most familiar with..."Zip the Pinhead," the "What-Is-It?"

Apparently, Zip's nickname (the "What-Is-It?" part) came about due to author Charles Dickens. When Dickens saw Zip he asked Barnum, "What is it?" Barnum thought that would be the perfect name for Zip, and so it stuck.

Zip's unusual physical appearance caused many people to believe that he was a microcephalic or "pinhead" (microcephalics are characterized by a small, tapering cranium and impaired mental faculty), but it is quite clear that Zip was in no way mentally deficient. According to his sister, Sarah Van Duyne, he would converse like an average person, with fair reasoning power.

In Zip's later years, he became more "civilized" in his performances and would regularly share the stage with fellow prodigies, including his personal friends: Jack Earle, the Tallest Man in the World; Jim Tarver, the Texas Giant; Koo-Koo the Bird Girl, and several others. Zip also traveled extensively with the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Zip was one of Barnum's most popular performers and remained with the circus until he died of pneumonia on April 28, 1926. Zip died a wealthy man, thanks to his manager, Captain O.K White, who had helped him to invest his money. Captain O.K. White claimed that he never saw Zip unhappy, except for when he wasn't on tour or performing.

On his deathbed, with his sister at his side, Zip's final words were, "Well, we fooled 'em for a long time, didn't we?"

January 12, 2008

I Want One of These Sooo Bad!

Perhaps one of the neatest things I've ever seen...

A True Bird's-Eye View - Video In The Sky

Video notes: This amazing video was shot from the cockpit of a conventional RC (radio controlled) airplane. On the airplane is a wireless pan-and-tilt camera that transmits the video to the "pilot" on the ground. The video itself is viewed through a pair of VRGs or VR glasses (also known as Virtual Reality goggles), which have a built-in gyroscope that senses every movement of the goggles.

Just move your head and the camera will pan and tilt to perfectly correspond with your movements. The result is something quite amazing and beautiful. It's almost as if you're really up there flying!

Unfortunately, this isn't a product you can buy in stores (yet). It's a total do-it-yourselfer. And I give two thumbs up to the guy to started doing it!

Music in the video: Enigma - Lord Of The Dance

January 8, 2008

Make Money With Voxant News Feeds

The News That Pays You...Virally!

These days, there are countless ways to make money online. Some work quite well, and some don't. Some add to the overall online experience, and some, well, they greatly detract from it.

But there's one money-maker I've come across recently that both works well, and adds something quite beneficial at the same time. In fact, it's quickly become one of my favorite money-makers here on this blog, and its performance is quite noteworthy. What is it? It's Voxant. And I'm quite pleased with it so far.

Yes, Google AdSense does still outperform it, of course, but the fact that Voxant provides such useful (and entertaining) content, while at the same time generating blog revenue, has made it one of my favorite money-makers.

I've been testing Voxant and its capabilities here on this blog for a little over a month now, and I can definitely say that I'm thoroughly pleased with the results.

So What Is Voxant?

Basically, Voxant (The Voxant Newsroom) is a news syndication company. The Voxant Newsroom provides access to hundreds of thousands of fully licensed news stories that you can publish or embed on your blog or website. Here's an example of a Voxant News Feed:

With Voxant News Feeds, you can embed and share content from major news providers such as: CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Associated Press (AP), MTV, The Sports Network, NHL, CNN, PBS, BBC, HowStuffWorks, etc.

And the best part is that Voxant PAYS your for this.

How To Make Money With Voxant

Voxant pays you a guaranteed flat-rate CPM (cost per thousand plays). For videos, Voxant pays you $4.00 (Updated: $7.00) or every thousand plays. For text and images, Voxant pays you $1.00 for every thousand renderings. So, every time a Voxant news video is played on your site, you'll earn a CPM of $4.00, as seen in the chart below.

And since Voxant has a set CPM, earnings are easy to understand and calculate. With five hundred video plays, you make $2.00. With a thousand video plays, you make $7.00. With ten thousand video plays, you make $40.00, etc., etc.

And all Voxant news content is accompanied by advertising, so every time the news embedded from Voxant's Newsroom is viewed on your site, you earn a guaranteed CPM from it. You also earn money whenever someone embeds the content from your site and puts it on their own site!

Earning Money From Referrals

Voxant also pays a guaranteed CPM for referrals (see chart above). And the Voxant system is extremely viral (think YouTube). So, whenever someone embeds the code on their site from your site, not only do they make money, but you make money as well! Here's a look at how Voxant's viral technology works...

Voxant's viral syndication technology allows news feeds from the Voxant Newsroom to be put directly onto your blog or website. And from your site, the Voxant content can be redistributed to an infinite number of other blogs and websites.

Translation: more money for you!

Voxant News Feeds and Categories

The Voxant Newsroom offers a huge selection of video, text, and photos from over 200 different news sources. Simply find in-depth news, embed it to your site, and start building your community!

The Voxant Newsroom includes a vast array of news categories such as: U.S., Local, World, Business, Politics, Health, Sci-tech, Entertainment, Sports, Life, Humor, Press Releases and Learning.

Here's an example of a Voxant News Feed for the humor category. This Voxant News Feed is 420w x 600h in size.

How To Make Money With Voxant

To make money with Voxant News Feeds, just click the Embed button on the news feed above, then follow the easy step-by-step directions.

Voxant provides a tracking system and a dashboard that records where the feeds and stories have traveled on the Web, as well as how often they're viewed.

Again, each time the news embedded from Voxant's Newsroom is viewed on your blog or website, you'll earn a guaranteed CPM from it. And likewise, you also make money whenever someone else embeds content from your site and it is in turn viewed on their site.

Voxant News Feed Setup:

1. Click the embed button located on the news feed (seen above)
2. Enter your email address and click I Accept. Then click Next.
3. Choose which size video player you want, and click next.
4. Click the Copy button to copy the html code.
5. Paste the code on your blog and on ANY other website.
6. Then, complete the registration process here: http://www.thenewsroom.com/register

Important: Revenue numbers are tracked by your email address, so don't forget to register afterwards with the SAME email address!

If you have any questions, or need any help with Voxant, just let me know! Happy money-making!

Btw, don't forget to check out Yuwie! It's the social network that actually PAYS you for using it! I totally love Yuwie, and hopefully you will too! :)

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January 2, 2008

Hump Day Humor - Chuck Norris Facts and Jim Gaffigan!

As far as stand-up comedians go, Jim Gaffigan is definitely one of my all-time favorites. He's not only extremely hilarious, but very personable as well.

So, for your viewing pleasure this week, here's a special clip from Jim Gaffigan's "Beyond the Pale" tour. Hope you enjoy it!

Jim Gaffigan on Christmas and Easter

Ah, and what good would a "Hump Day Humor" post be without a few Chuck Norris facts to kick it on home?! So, to tickle your funny roundhouse bone, here are ten entertaining (and extremely lethal!) Chuck Norris facts...

Chuck Norris Facts

1. Chuck Norris uses pepper spray to spice up his steaks.
2. In Pamplona, Spain, the bulls are running from Chuck Norris.
3. Human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Chuck Norris, on the other hand, has 72...and they're all poisonous.
4. Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.
5. When Chuck Norris files his taxes, he sends his tax forms in blank, with a picture of himself attached. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes...ever.
6. Chuck Norris' calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd. No one fools Chuck Norris!
7. Chuck Norris put the "laughter" in "manslaughter."
8. Chuck Norris can do a wheelie on a unicycle.
9. Chuck Norris can delete the Recycle Bin.

And my favorite of the Chuck Norris facts this time around...

10. Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in just three moves!

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