01/25/14

Making Money Online is Hard

Making money off the internet is not easy at it seems. There are a lot of sites/people out there, telling us that it is very easy to make money off the internet.

1. Blogging

I heard people saying that making money blogging is very easy, “If you want easy money just make a blog, post an article put Google ads and get paid!” I try to explain to them that although it is the basic concept of earning through blogging, a lot of people I know tend to forget the real aspects of blogging and why you need to post articles, do research, post relevant information, SEO, Ad placement, blah,blahs, the kitchen sink, the works after that blogging doesn’t seem very easy at all. It’s more harder if you explain the details. What they don’t know or not aware is that you have to write articles that people want to read first, do research on the next post, and stick to the blog format, blog posting schedule and do it daily or weekly. Sure, it’s hard work but then again all jobs, require you to work hard if you want to reap big rewards later. Blogging is not a get-rich quick scheme, it’s a result of hardwork, dedication, perseverance and the love of sharing/giving information to those that need them.

There’s a couple of things that I always tell people if they want to pursue bloggging, they have to find their center, write what they love about and stick to it.

If you build it, they will come.(Kevin Costner and Field of Dreams springs to mind) True but there are still other thing you need to consider when monetizing your blog.

But making money is not a straightforward thing; nor is it easy. Hard work and patience are involved. You also need to work smartly and strategically.
Starting a blog just like that in a random niche, posting rehashed content or pointless content will never get you there.

The Truth about blogging is that everyone claims they know how to do it better, yes there are certain guidelines that you have to follow to be successful in blogging.

Yes, It’s all about hardwork not just copy and paste, you also have to think smart, strategize and not steal other people’s content and passing it as your own.

2. Ads, Affiliate Marketing, Internet Marketing, Referral Marketing, Site Monetization, Link Shortening Services

This is it! ways to make money of your blog, our most favorite topic but very hard to achieve. HOWS and WHYS start flying and racing in your mind. You can’t just make an article then put ads and expect to win big. No it’s about that. We missed the crucial part, relevant, original information/post. Well copy/pasted articles will get you nowhere fast, plus an imminent ban from ad sites like Google Adsense and Yahoo Publishers Network. There are tons of sites that offer blog monetization but they also have a criteria for accepting/rejecting your blog for monetization. Though most of these won’t get you millions quick with patience it should get you going. Nobody went rich overnight unless you basically stole the money. you can go either way part-time or full-time without proper motivation it won’t get you anywhere.

To name a few that can help you start in your blog monetization frenzy here’s my list :

  1. Google Adsense
  2. Youtube
  3. Chitika
  4. Amazon Associates
  5. Adf.ly

You can also register your blog and do some posts, advertise other sites on your blog – rent your blog space for ads

  1. Payperpost
  2. Blogsvertise
  3. Payu2blog

Refer others so you can benefit from them too! like

  1. Paypalback then there was also a refer-a-friend for Paypal
  2. Xoom’s Refer a Friend which both of you can earn $15 eGiftCard, if they sign up. :)
  3. adf.ly

PTC (paid to click) sites, Typing, Data-Entry, Work From Home, Translation services

There a lot of sites that promise you can make up to $100 even $500, but you also have to double check the credibility of these sites. Most sites are scams, most of them ask you to refer others so you can “cash in” your earnings. Some ask you to “buy” referrals so you can earn more. I tried some of these PTC sites and even checked out some of the typing jobs (or like some captcha typing jobs) with PTC sites being free, and you just have to stay on a certain page ofr like 10-15 secs and you get $0.001- 0.0001 cent per ad, unless you can browse them for 5-6 hours a day it won’t make much difference you spend more with electricity / internet connection than you earn. Not a valid option for living off the internet. But if you think of it, Making money with PTC sites may get you a couple of additional bucks, but don’t bet on it to supplement your income.

 Some Articles I’ve read and found interesting

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01/24/14

Display Query Results in MS Access using Mutiple Fields and 1 Text box with DCOUNT()

In Continuation of my recent post : Civil Registry App in Microsoft Access – Finally!

Encountered an issue in access where I need to get the values of Gender and Age.

Display Query Results in MS Access using Mutiple Fields and 1 Text box with DCOUNT().

Now What I need to do is to count the total number of male or female residents based on the age using the query, and I need to display those calculated values in a textbox. After sorting and scouring info in the web.

I decided to use DCOUNT().

I translated the problem with an SQL statement.

Select Count (AGE) and (Gender) From TotalPOP as totalpopbyage Where AGE = 24 and gender = female

using Dcount(name of field, queryname, criteria)

I tried =DCount(“AGE”,”totalpop”,” AGE = 24 AND gender=’female’”)

because of the dcount format I was following, errors kept showing if I added both criterias gender and age but it works fine with just one criteria

until I came up with this by accident.

=DCount(“gender” And “AGE”,”totalpop”,” AGE = 24 AND gender=’female’”)

… sometimes the solution is in front of our noses, it’s how you look at it.

Basically reviewed these articles for the solution.

I’ll be back with more misadventures and my quick fixes.

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01/18/14

5 Peso Fund (52 Week Challenge) and other challenges

January 2014, THIS IS MY BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday to me! I’m gonna start this year with a challenge that I’ve been doing this past few years now and so far, It wielded great results. I’m gonna introduce my chart :  my 52 Weeks (5 pesos) earning chart, great for the kids too.

You already know how this goes, you start week 1 with 5 Peso then on the next week you add 5 pesos again and so on.

Incrementing 5 Peso Fund (52-Week challenge)
Week +1 Php5.00 Week +27 Php140.00
Week +2 Php10.00 Week +28 Php150.00
Week +3 Php15.00 Week +29 Php160.00
Week +4 Php20.00 Week +30 Php170.00
Week +5 Php25.00 Week +31 Php180.00
Week +6 Php30.00 Week +32 Php190.00
Week +7 Php35.00 Week +33 Php200.00
Week +8 Php40.00 Week +34 Php210.00
Week +9 Php45.00 Week +35 Php220.00
Week +10 Php50.00 Week +36 Php230.00
Week +11 Php55.00 Week +37 Php240.00
Week +12 Php60.00 Week +38 Php250.00
Week +13 Php65.00 Week +39 Php260.00
Week +14 Php70.00 Week +40 Php270.00
Week +15 Php75.00 Week +41 Php280.00
Week +16 Php80.00 Week +42 Php290.00
Week +17 Php85.00 Week +43 Php300.00
Week +18 Php90.00 Week +44 Php310.00
Week +19 Php95.00 Week +45 Php320.00
Week +20 Php100.00 Week +46 Php330.00
Week +21 Php105.00 Week +47 Php340.00
Week +22 Php110.00 Week +48 Php350.00
Week +23 Php115.00 Week +49 Php360.00
Week +24 Php120.00 Week +50 Php370.00
Week +25 Php125.00 Week +51 Php380.00
Week +26 Php130.00 Week +52 Php390.00
Grand TOTAL!! 8645

That’s just for 5Philippine Peso, it’s not much but it still helps during the Christmas Season, when we are all so desperate for cash. Start saving now! You can Also do this with higher denomination. Like 10 Pesos

Incrementing 10 Peso Fund (52-Week challenge)
Week +1 Php10.00 Week +27 Php270.00
Week +2 Php20.00 Week +28 Php280.00
Week +3 Php30.00 Week +29 Php290.00
Week +4 Php40.00 Week +30 Php300.00
Week +5 Php50.00 Week +31 Php310.00
Week +6 Php60.00 Week +32 Php320.00
Week +7 Php70.00 Week +33 Php330.00
Week +8 Php80.00 Week +34 Php340.00
Week +9 Php90.00 Week +35 Php350.00
Week +10 Php100.00 Week +36 Php360.00
Week +11 Php110.00 Week +37 Php370.00
Week +12 Php120.00 Week +38 Php380.00
Week +13 Php130.00 Week +39 Php390.00
Week +14 Php140.00 Week +40 Php400.00
Week +15 Php150.00 Week +41 Php410.00
Week +16 Php160.00 Week +42 Php420.00
Week +17 Php170.00 Week +43 Php430.00
Week +18 Php180.00 Week +44 Php440.00
Week +19 Php190.00 Week +45 Php450.00
Week +20 Php200.00 Week +46 Php460.00
Week +21 Php210.00 Week +47 Php470.00
Week +22 Php220.00 Week +48 Php480.00
Week +23 Php230.00 Week +49 Php490.00
Week +24 Php240.00 Week +50 Php500.00
Week +25 Php250.00 Week +51 Php510.00
Week +26 Php260.00 Week +52 Php520.00
Grand TOTAL!! 13780

 

now if this was possible. I’d do this but i’ll just stick to my 5,10 and maybe even 50 pesos. But with the double effect. I may as well buy the whole world.

Doubling your 1 Peso Weekly (52-Week challenge) Earn and save much to buy the World in 1 year!!!
Week +1 Php1.00 Week +27 Php67,108,864.00
Week +2 Php2.00 Week +28 Php134,217,728.00
Week +3 Php4.00 Week +29 Php268,435,456.00
Week +4 Php8.00 Week +30 Php536,870,912.00
Week +5 Php16.00 Week +31 Php1,073,741,824.00
Week +6 Php32.00 Week +32 Php2,147,483,648.00
Week +7 Php64.00 Week +33 Php4,294,967,296.00
Week +8 Php128.00 Week +34 Php8,589,934,592.00
Week +9 Php256.00 Week +35 Php17,179,869,184.00
Week +10 Php512.00 Week +36 Php34,359,738,368.00
Week +11 Php1,024.00 Week +37 Php68,719,476,736.00
Week +12 Php2,048.00 Week +38 Php137,438,953,472.00
Week +13 Php4,096.00 Week +39 Php274,877,906,944.00
Week +14 Php8,192.00 Week +40 Php549,755,813,888.00
Week +15 Php16,384.00 Week +41 Php1,099,511,627,776.00
Week +16 Php32,768.00 Week +42 Php2,199,023,255,552.00
Week +17 Php65,536.00 Week +43 Php4,398,046,511,104.00
Week +18 Php131,072.00 Week +44 Php8,796,093,022,208.00
Week +19 Php262,144.00 Week +45 Php17,592,186,044,416.00
Week +20 Php524,288.00 Week +46 Php35,184,372,088,832.00
Week +21 Php1,048,576.00 Week +47 Php70,368,744,177,664.00
Week +22 Php2,097,152.00 Week +48 Php140,737,488,355,328.00
Week +23 Php4,194,304.00 Week +49 Php281,474,976,710,656.00
Week +24 Php8,388,608.00 Week +50 Php562,949,953,421,312.00
Week +25 Php16,777,216.00 Week +51 Php1,125,899,906,842,620.00
Week +26 Php33,554,432.00 Week +52 Php2,251,799,813,685,250.00
Grand TOTAL!! 4.5036E+15

Until week 10, its still realistic but for the incoming weeks, nobody eats, nobody spends and how the heck can I get 9384579284758243758 in a week!! :) LOL

I guess have to put a ceiling on how much I can deposit, haha it’s insane to generate that much money and then double it, but really if it’s insanely possible…..

Now, an issue sprang up in my head while I was typing this. “Where do I save this? Where do I put the money, I saved?”

I present 3 options :

  1.  Open up a savings account with no or the lowest initial deposit (safest mode so as not to “accidentally” use your savings until the right time).I already have a savings account. no biggie. you can always go to option 2.
  2. get a cheap piggy bank, then again you can always smash it up and ruin the challenge.
  3. Get an expensive piggy or a safe, now the problem with a safe is that you know the combination (wife comes along and helps you “forget” the combination). and you still have to shell out the cash and the purpose of saving money is defeated.

THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO SAVE MONEY!

Have the Wife/Girlfriend keep your money. It’s a win-win situation!

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01/16/14

Civil Registry App in Microsoft Access – Finally!

Alright so it took  me longer than I expected. Of course I did encountered some bumps that basically made me stop developing it and sorts.

civil registry application

Developed in Microsoft Access 2007, A Civil Registry Application (data entry module)

Developing an app in MS Access may seem simple but without proper planning you may end up like me. Recreating the whole application from scratch.

First hurdle : the naming conventions, I got so mixed up with text1 and label99 that I had to restart the whole app and basically do what I’ve learned in school. It’s good to practice putting prefix for easy identification even on smaller projects, like putting txt for text boxes, lbl for labels, etc. Well, you get the idea.

Second Hurdle : 1 table for the whole project without any lookup tables. It’s clean doesn’t clutter much, easy to remember, but the problem is it takes a long time to load. It’s good at small projects but with a big project with a data entry, record viewer, reports, queries all accessing 1 table. it will soon grow big and will load up so slow. My Database loaded for 25mins total with 15,ooo plus entries.

Third Hurdle : Hubris. I thought that since this is MS Access it should be easy I can make that app in like 2 hours. I was wrong. Really wrong, I had to remake from scratch didn’t even make backups, no standardization, no naming conventions.. a shitload of mess.

Thank you for the Internet, I was able to make research on how to do this and that, like using dcount, dlookup, making queries and all that headache.

Thanks to a couple of sites, that been a good source of info, like Access World Forums, Jegworks.com, oooh and I even tried and tested Opengate Software’s UI Builder for MS Access - you should try this too, It can save you a lot of time instead of focusing on the UI you can immerse yourself in the back end of your application.What I’ve learned. Access is easy to use, but without proper planning, naming conventions, flowcharts, db relationship, minimal VBA knowledge. You’ll easily get lost with the unbound textboxes, wizards, reports that makes no sense. and button that don’t do anything. You won’t go far you’ll only get confused.

 

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