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Is Onbux A Scam? Onbux Update!

EDIT: Onbux is now a SCAM. Please see details at the end of this entry.

Tired of PTCs that tempt you into investing only to disappear in the middle of the night with your money? PTCs that don’t let you cashout unless you’ve upgraded? PTCs that take a month to get your money into your paypal, or who only accept weird alternate payment processors you’ve never heard of (because the legitimate ones have banned the owner of the PTC for scam-like activity in the past)?

Well, your search for the most legitimate, honest, instantly paying, low cashout, no crap PTC is over!

Onbux is free to join, and as a standard member (no upgrade or investment) you will get one cent per click, minimum four ads a day (sometimes more) with a half cent per referral click. There is no limit on direct refs and rented refs are 25 cents each for the month. Cashout is 2-3-4- up to ten dollars, and payment is instant.

Unlike Neobux, previously considered the gold standard of PTCs, where many of the rented refs are bots who do not click, and you lose money on many of the refs you rent (google it, many people are complaining of this) virtually ALL of the rented refs at Onbux earn you 2 cents a day. Many refs earn you 5 or 6 cents a day. Do the math: 25 cents to rent for the month, but 30 days times 2 cents a day = 60 cents for the month: that’s a 35 cent profit. Click until you have enough to transfer to your rental balance and rent some refs, then sit back and watch the cash roll in. I promise it won’t be long until you’re investing your cash from other PTCs in Onbux, because I’ve yet to see a PTC that consistently DOUBLES (or more) your investment.

There are other stable PTCs out there, but nothing beats Onbux for quick cash. You don’t have to trust me: click patiently until you have enough money to invest (no loss) and see for yourself! Don’t settle for pennies a day when you could be making dollars (or way more if you want!) a day.

 

There is no doubt that Onbux has replaced any other site to be the GOLD standard of PTCs!

Copy and paste http://www.onbux.com/?r=SaphireScorpio to get started!

EDIT:

The golden days of Onbux are over. A dishonest admin bans anyone from the forum for daring to question anything, or post any truthful reports of non-payment or inactive refs. Once banned from the forum, even if you were “whitelisted” for payment before, you will be waiting, as I have been, for over 30 days for a small payment of $10 (and I am a golden member.)

RR averages went down, down, down everyday, until there was no more profit to be had at all. The strange this is, as soon as I was banned from the forum, my 400+ rr’s went from clicking 230 per day, right back up to about 400 per day! Why? Because Onbux admin had decided not to pay me, and wanted me to have high rr clicks as an incentive to invest MORE money (luckily, I’m not that stupid.) Convert your credits to ads and say goodbye to Onbux!

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Make More Money From Your PTC Site! Attract American Clickers and Adverstisers!!

You’re a hardworking admin with an honest PTC site.  All you want to do is run your business, and you’re good at that! But if English is your second language, you are probably scaring off members and advertisers without even knowing it.

Advertisers want Americans to see their ads. Americans have the disposable income to buy what they’re selling. Unfortunately, to most American PTC clickers, nothing screams “SCAM” louder than a PTC that is full of mistakes in basic English. Fewer members means fewer advertisers, which means even fewer members, and before you know it…your business fails.

It’s not because you’re not smart. It’s just because English isn’t your first language!

Well, I can help. Before you go online, I will check your entire website and find every tiny error in your written English that may put off customers. I will help you keep your business’ image professional and polished. It will take me less than ONE DAY, and it will only cost 10USD! What a small investment to make to ensure that your business looks professional and is not driving away highly sought-after American clickers and advertisers.

My work is 100% guaranteed. I am a native English speaker with an Honors B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. I will not let you down.

Ongoing consultation regarding forum posts and support tickets can also be negotiated.

DON’T LOSE CUSTOMERS!

Contact me at:

blue_roses7@hotmail.com with “PTC English Support” in the subject line.

10 Reasons to Finish Your Novel

How many novels will I never read because they are sitting, half- or three quarters-finished, on the hard drive of someone like you? It can be hard to stay motivated, but there are a lot of reasons to finish that project of yours. Here’s 10 of them:

10.  Sense of Accomplishment

Most novels are between 80 000 and 150 000 words. That’s a lot of words. Like, a really, staggeringly huge amount of words. Won’t you feel absolutely amazing about yourself once you get it done? Think of the bragging rights you’ll have over all your friends who haven’t finished their novels!

9. Your Book is Better than a Lot of Books Out There

C’mon, I know you scan the shelves at your local big-box chain bookstore, read the synopsis on the back of the novel you just picked up, and say to yourself: “How did this guy get this cliched, poorly written piece of crap published? My novel is ten times better than this!” Well, yeah, maybe it is. But an unfinished, unsubmitted novel can’t be published, can it? So the answer to your question is: “ummm… because he finished his novel?”

8. Because You Can

Yes, you can. You may have to give up one t.v. show a night to work on it, but you can finish it if you just work away at it. Writing a novel is just like anything else — it’s not some insurmountable goal, like climbing Mount Everest with three hundred pound weights strapped to your legs. Stop telling yourself you can’t do it!

7. Because You Started!

You’ve already got 50 000 words, or 20 000, or 800, or a well-developed plotline, or an elaborately fashioned alternate universe.  Or perhaps you have the ultimate heroine that teen girls everywhere will connect with, and who will finally save us from Twilight. The point is, you’ve done some work already, and that work will be meaningless, unless you finish!

6. Your Parents Will Be Sooooo Proud of You

‘Nuff said on this one.

5.  I Want to Read It

No, really, I do. There’s so much crap out there these days; it’s impossible to find a good read. If you have half of one sitting in your desk drawer, finish it, please!

4. The Second One Will Be Easier

Once you finish your first novel, it will not be nearly as hard to write a second, or a third. It seems impossible that you could write a novel: after all, no one knows who you are, you’ve never been published, etc, but once you have written one, you’ll know that you can. And suddenly the sequel won’t seem so difficult!

3. You Can Get It Off of Your Hard Drive

Once you finally have a finished, printed copy, you can have it bound at some office supply store, and all of your working notes and drafts can be jettisoned in favour of new writing projects, or more photos of your friends acting stupid at parties, or whatever takes up the most space on your hard drive. Of course, keeping one electronic copy is always smart.

2. You Can See Your Book on Store Shelves

While it’s true that not everyone gets published, remember earlier — when I mentioned all the crap that does get published? You’ve got a good chance of seeing your book on a shelf in a real, actual store! And you can always self-publish. Self-published books are a fast-growing percentage of the book industry.

1. You Could End Up Rich and Famous

Alright, so your chances of becoming rich and famous aren’t high. But they’re a hell of a lot higher than if you never finish that novel, right?

So, what are you waiting for? Get to it!

Review of Helium.com: Is it Worth It to Write For Helium?

Note: This post was edited Jan. 24, 2012

Time for another writing site review. This time, popular writing site Helium gets a turn.

Effort Involved: Medium to High-Medium

Pay: Medium to Very High

Do You Retain Right To Your Work: Yes

Judgement: Worth It for a beginning writer, but there are better opportunities out there 🙂

Variety

The jewel in Helium’s crown has to be its variety. If you get bored or writer’s block writing for Helium, there’s no way you’re cut out to be a writer, because they really do make it easy. There are thousands upon thousands of titles to write to under a wide variety of subjects, making it easy to browse for inspiration, and there is a title finder that helps you out if you already have an inkling of what you want to write. There are debates about sensitive and current issues, so you can write an article to support a point you’re passionate about, and there are many writing contests each week, with great cash prizes. There is also the Marketplace. Once you have proven yourself by earning a writing star, you can put in an entry for articles wanted by publishers. If yours is chosen, you reap some high rewards. Articles on the Marketplace pay from $5, up to $200. The highest I have personally seen in a few months on the site is $64, but $24 and $32 for 300-600 word articles are common. You also earn bonus payments for rating articles, where you compare two articles written to the same topic and indicate which is better.

Joining

Helium does not require an application or writing sample — you just sign up.  If you’re interested in doing so, please email me at blue_roses7@hotmail.com and I will send you an invite to join up under me.  I’d appreciate it!

Earnings

Earnings from Helium are very good compared comparable to other pay per impression sites.  I have almost 200 articles on the site, and find that I make about $20  $7-$10 a month in passive earnings from those articles.  Since the titles are crafted to tickle search engines, you will get more views than if the same article was published on another site (unless you are an SEO wizard.) (Update: with the latest changes to Google Algorithms, some of my highest-paying articles are no longer earning so well.) Once you have writing stars, you also get paid for writing to a title that has fewer than 5 articles, with an extra dollar bonus for each article you write that is the first to its title. Writing 2 Helium articles a day, which is not difficult with a 400 word minimum and no real formatting or content restraints, makes me $90 a month. I could easily write 5 or 6 articles a day if I were not writing for other sites, and could easily manage ten a day if it weren’t for the adorable baby gobbling up my attention! (Update: this is no longer true. Changes have made it MUCH more difficult to earn highly on Helium.) You can also earn from the writing contests, of which there are many each week. $50 for first place, $30 for second, and $10 for third.  I have seen publishers in the Marketplace paying as high as $64 for a chosen article, with many paying $24-$32 for 300-600 word articles, and the site claims the Marketplace goes as high as $200! My first month that I wrote a little for Helium every day, I made $80. The next month, about $125, and last month, $175. Your earnings will increase as you publish more articles and watch your ratings go up! (Update: I no longer write for Helium on a regular basis, since I am back at work full-time and having more success freelancing for private clients.)

Rating System

The rating system is both fun, and a drawback. All the members on the site are rating articles for their end of the month bonus, just as you will. A pair of articles written to the same title are shown (without the author’s name) and you have the option to pick which one is better, which causes it to rise through the ranks. The more articles you have in the top 25% of their respective titles, the better. Getting a certain percentage of your titles to the top 25% is what gets you your writing stars, which is what gets you your upfront payments and Marketplace privileges. I myself have three stars out of five, and do not devote nearly as much time to the site as I could, yet I still earned $175 last month! (Again, I no longer write for Helium on a regular basis.) This rating system also determines contest winners. The drawback is that a truly well-written piece is sometimes just not popular, for whatever reason. It may take some time to learn just what Helium readers are looking for, which will increase your rankings and earnings.

In conclusion, Helium is fun and easy to write for, and is worth the small time you have to invest each day to end up with earning like mine. The earning potential is actually much higher, especially for dedicated writers. Enjoy!

Click here for a review of Demand Media Studios, another pay for writing site with a much higher earning potential for talented writers!

Click here for tips to help you write for an online audience!

Writer Diaries

So, about a month ago (give or take) I made a move I should have made long ago: my first foray into fictional writing in the world of print media. That’s right; I mailed off my short story, “Grounded” to the Fantasy magazine Realms of Fantasy, in an effort to get it published. And yesterday I received *drumroll* My First Rejection.

It was completely expected.  My story fit their genre only by a stretch of the imagination, it was short, even for a short story, and it was a first attempt.  I am not even slightly discouraged. To the contrary: I am a real writer now!

I will be sending this story next to OnSpec, the Canadian Sci-Fi and Fantasy magazine. I’ll let you know how that goes. And if this story gets rejected by everyone, you will see it published here 🙂

On a more positive note, my writing for Helium is still drawing comments from their channel stewards. I was especially excited when the Health and Wellness steward, who is an actual doctor, sent me a message complimenting an article I wrote to that channel. It is likely that it could be better, as I don’t spend too much time polishing my Helium peices, (quantity seems to matter more than quality on that site) but you can take a peek at the article here.

Demand Studios/Website Reviews

I noticed that I received a decent amount of interest in my recent review of Demand Media Studios. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming review of writing website Helium.

I’ve joined the paid to forum website mylot, and am finding in suprisingly addictive! You’ll find my profile here:  http://mylot.com/rebeccascarlett

How Much Can I Earn Writing Online?

Everyone and their mom wants to be a freelance something-or-other these days.

And why not? Everyone is sick of being abused by some company that doesn’t pay them what they’re worth, doesn’t appreciate them, and flirts with disobeying labour laws. (Be here 15 minutes before your shift to open. No, we won’t pay you.)

But can you really make money writing online?

Well, some people make tons of money, but it’s the same way that some people start businesses and make tons of money: through a combination of smarts, perserverance, and the luck of starting something at the right time, their blog gains a gazillion followers and they sell it to someone for enough money to retire at age 30. Will that happen to you?

Sorry, but probably not.

That doesn’t mean you can’t earn decent money, even a liveable income, from writing online if you have some talent.

There are websites out there to help you.  Some are so legitimate that it’s like having a “real job” except you can still do it in your pyjamas.  If you have the time and effort to learn the “system” for sites like elance, odesk, and demand media studios, you could earn a living wage if you spent the same amount of time per day working at home as you would if you worked outside the home. This assumes that you can write technically correct pieces and have a strong (and I mean native strong, not “may I help you” strong) grasp of English.

Some websites are legitimate, but not in a “we’ll pay you a set amount for everything you write” way. That’s because these sites are not nearly so picky, and you can toss off short articles all day. In which case, you get paid based on how many people view your articles, with a chance to make more money or upfront money if you prove that you’re worth it.  Sites like Helium and Factoidz tend to fall in this category.  If you are a good AND a fast writer, you can actually make a living wage on these sites. Some people do.  In the interests of full disclosure, I’m not one of them, but I don’t really have the discipline to properly work from home with a baby is by turns cute and demanding distracting me.

Then there are the sites I like to think of as the “look, I published my poem!” sites. These sites will take anything. They often say they’re looking for quality content, but they publish rubbish that looks like it was translated from one language to another by a blind person who only understands one of the languages in question, or crap about nothing. They usually pay based on how many people click the ads they plaster around your article, not based on how many people read it. Wikinut, Triond, and Bukisa fall in this category. (Although I believe Triond offers a penny here and there for article views.) These sites are great if you want to get something off your chest, or want a platform to publish your creative stuff no one will read, but you likely won’t make real money. Not unless you’re a genius at SEO and have “please click the ads; my children had to eat their shoes today I’m so poor” hidden in the middle of each article.  If you’re a really good writer you will make more, but if you’re a really good writer, don’t waste your time, go write for the sites that pay you what you’re worth!

The moral of the story is, you can make money writing online. You can even make a living. Last month, I made $175 from Helium, $135 from Demand, and $8 from Factoidz, and something like $0.68 from Triond, which made me a little over $300 richer. It pays the utilities and the phone bill, with some left over.  Each month, as I learn more about self-discipline and what people want to read, I make more. So I’ll keep you updated!

Hint: if you’re interested in Helium, please let me know so I can send you an invite!

How To Make Money on the Internet, Part 2: How to Write For an Internet Audience

How often do highschool and university students complain that school is not preparing them for real life? How many grains of sand are on a beach? Sometimes, the reason “everybody” says something, is because it’s true.

I’m not talking about doctors — I’m sure med school prepared them for their lives. And advanced physicists probably do use all those equations you remembered for exactly one hour — the length of time it took to finish the test — back in high school.

I’m talking about us writers.

I majored in English, and Philosophy, and minored in Poli-Sci. I took a few Religion classes along the way. I was taught  — well, not really, my highschool teachers taught me how to write essays — ok, I learned how to tailor essays for different purposes and audiences. And I’ve always had a talent for writing (according to people other than my mom, I swear.)

So how hard could it be to make a few bucks writing online?

If you belong to any writing websites, whether they pay upfront, based on views or adclicks, or a combination of the above, I’m sure you’ve noticed something:

there are a lot of truly bad writers making quite a bit of money writing online.

You talk to people in the forums who make over $1000/month on various sites, or even make a living wage doing it, and you cruise over to their articles to find out what they’re doing right. And you see things that would make every English teacher you’ve ever had spin in their graves (assuming they’re dead, of course. Mine aren’t, so it would probably just make them vomit.) Terrible spelling, grammar, and punctuation, subject/verb disagreements, and a host of people writing for English websites who clearly do not have a strong grasp of English. What is going on here?

I learned, rather quickly, that people on the Internet are not looking for what my professors were looking for. Pretty much exactly the opposite, in fact. And that makes sense, if you think about it. The average internet user didn’t spend a bunch of time getting a Ph.D in English — he or she just wants some information, or to be entertained. The average Internet user doesn’t give a (insert curse word) about my million-dollar vocabulary — in fact, since it slows down the read, it’s just annoying!

If you want to make money writing on the internet, here’s what you need:

Short, punchy paragraphs.

Headings and lists wherever possible.

Short, punchy sentences.

Lots of information, few adjectives.

Although grammar and spelling don’t seem to matter as much, they still count somewhat. Of course, the ability to organize your thought/arguments logically still matters — that’s one thing your professor got right.

Also, making money writing online comes down to SEO — Search Engine Optimization. How many gazillion websites are out there? You might think yours is special, but it’s probably not, and even if it is — what does that matter if the only person who reads it is your mom and best friend? Learn what search engines are looking for (and then do me a favour and tell me, because I’m still learning that part myself) and stuff your writing with it. Pimp yourself out on every social forum and site you can tolerate.

It took me awhile to realize what people on sites like Helium were looking for (leave a comment if you’d like an invite to write for them, btw, I make a tidy little sum each month there) but once I started to clue in, surprise! Money started coming my way.

Good luck, and remember, us writers have to stick together!

Less “Look, I’m Shakespeare!” More “Here’s the info you came for.”

Review: Demand Media Studios — Is It Worth It?

I will likely end up reviewing all of the sites I contribute to, eventually. I give my word that I will give each site a fair trial (no posting one article and complaining that I haven’t made hundreds of dollars!) before reviewing. That way, fellow writers, you can trust my words and not miss out on a possibly great oppoutunity.

Demand Media Studios

Effort Involved: High

Pay: High

Do You Retain the Rights to Your Work: No

Judgement: Worth It 🙂

Details:

Demand Studios also accepts other media submissions, but I am only reviewing its process for paying writers. They also have positions for copy editors, but require more experience, usually print experience.

At first, it seems impossible to work for Demand. You must submit a full resume and writing sample, and if you are accepted, there is a probationary “period” of 3 articles. Each article is reviewed by a Senior Copy Editor, who gives lots of feedback. Not only must you go through the exhausting process of sifting through thousands of titles (many of which don’t make sense, or seem to make sense until you do some research) but each type of article (and there are many, from Fact Sheets, to About, to Five Things, to How-To, well, you get the idea) has very strict requirements for the number and types of sections it contains, word count, preferred punctuation and spelling, (only American English allowed) and number and type of references and resources. There is a guide for each type of article, for introductions, and for citing references. There are lists of “blacklisted” sites you may not use as references. It’s all a little difficult to wrap your head around, at first.

Demand has an interesting process, which is much more like print journalism than what other online writing sites have. Once you claim a title, you have 7 days to submit your article, or it is allowed to roam free in the title list once again. After you have submitted, you will be approved, or a copy editor will request that you make changes to get your article in line with Demand Studios’ guidelines. You have 4 days to make the changes and resubmit. From there, you are either approved or rejected. If approved, you get paid.

Wait, didn’t I say this was worth it?

Yes, your first couple of articles will take a few hours, and you’ll be thinking that this is not worth it for $7.50 or $15.00 an article, but as you get used to Demand’s requirements, you will get much quicker at finding information, writing, and editing to make sure your formatting is as preferred. After 6 articles, my average time per article dropped to about 40 minutes (this is while taking care of a baby, mind you) and since there are plenty of $15 titles to chose from, I’d say that’s worth it. That’s somewhere in the range of $22 per hour, and in this economy, what budding freelance writer can turn that down? Also, you get paid per article, as long as it meets the requirements. Most writing sites out there pay you based on views or ad revenue (which means you’re being paid based on your SEO skills, not your writing skills, and how does your writing have anything to do with whether the person reading it wants to click on an ad for online dating?)

Tips:

Follow the guidelines. Time you have to spend making corrections based on a copy editor’s advice is time you’re not writing another article and getting paid more. Just open the guide for whatever type of article you’re writing in another window and refer to it constantly.

Listen to the copy editors. You are selling an article to Demand Studios that becomes the property of Demand. You are not creating “art.” Don’t take it personally that corrections have to be made, don’t think the editor is “ruining” your vision — because refusing to change what they ask you to change will likely result in a rejection, and wasted time you will now not be getting paid for.

Demand Media Studios is not for beginning writers. In fact, you will not be accepted if your resume doesn’t have writing experience. If you’re not used to working with deadlines or meeting others’ expectations with your writing you will likely become frustrated. If you have no experience with print media I suggest you try a few other writing websites first instead, then move on to Demand.

Good Luck!

Click here for a review of the popular writing site Helium, which has a high earning potential, but is not as strict as Demand, and it much more fun!

Click here for tips to help you write for an internet audience!

Justin Bieber…What’s Up With That?

Not to hate, and it’s cool that he’s from Canada, but what’s up with the Justin Beiber phenomenon, really?  I mean, screaming pre-adolescent girls will like the tripe that is specifically created to solicit their screams, (that’s what market research is for) but what’s with the 30 year old women drooling over him?  Can you say jailbait? (Although in Canada, 16 is the age of consent, so the creepy cougars can sleep at night knowing that in the Bieb’s county of origin, they’re not considered pedophiles.)

Except of course, that he looks like he’s 11.  So it’s still creepy for adult women to have crushes on him.  I mean, it’s one thing to look at him and say “oh, that little boy can sing with the voice of an angel, and I love the cute little outfits he wears onstage,” but it’s entirely another for these women to enter “win a date with Justin Bieber” contests that are meant for girls in the 13-17 age range.  And he really does look like he’s 11.  You’re 16 for crying out loud!  Eat some protein and drop a testicle or two!

Full disclosure: I have never listened to an entire Justin Bieber song, which is why this post makes no comment on his singing ability.  Just because he is being mass-marketed to little girls doesn’t mean he can’t sing, and I refuse to judge a person’s talent without giving him a fair chance.

So, Justin Bieber, I promise that one of these days I shall listen to your songs and decide if I enjoy your voice or not.  I understand that your songs are written and produced by other people who wish to make millions of dollars off your cuteness, so I will not hold any lyrics or cookie-cutter melodies against you.

Commenters, let me know which songs of Justin Bieber’s I should listen to, if you wish to convert me to a fan.  Of course, I’ll have to listen when B is out of the house, because he has sworn a solemn vow never to dip his littlest finger in the raging river of pop culture :p

Here is your (completely unrelated) link of the day:

http://www.helium.com/items/1950037-first-aid-for-a-broken-arm

Remember, you can support me in my efforts to supplement B’s income and support little T just by clicking on the link; you don’t even have to read it if you don’t want to!

Work From Home For Easy Money? Yeah…

Right.  Remember that article I was soooo excited about because the publisher contacted me hours after I submitted, before submissions were even closed?  And how I made the edits they requested?  And then they got back to me again, and I made more edits?  Doesn’t that seem like they were interested in my work?  Apparently not 😦  After all that extra work for them they didn’t pick my article.  I was really counting on that 32 bucks.  Oh well.

At least writing for Demand Studios is getting easier.  I lucked out today because I found a How-To on writing an essay.  I spent 5 years of my life doing nothing but writing essays!  Why didn’t anyone tell me that an English/Philosophy major with a Poli-Sci minor would cause major essay burnout?  I should have done journalism, at least then I would have learned some useful writing skills…

I scaled back on my writing goal setting, as I realized that, taking care of T and doing housework was going to get in the way of working 12 hours a day and making thousands of dollars.  The idea now is to write one Demand Studios article a day, two Helium articles a day, and a Factoidz article every two days, along with finishing a short story (I need 3000 more words) and the word count of my novel (I need 19000 more words) by the end of the month.  And yes, that is cutting my previous ideal workload in more than half.  But I’ve decided dishes need to be done every day, so what are you going to do?  I also have so many “house organizing” projects that need to be done…like how the Christmas tree my boss leant me for Christmas 2009 is STILL up…sigh.

Cheddar snuggled me all night last night, what a cutie.  He doesn’t get to spend too many nights with me and B anymore so I know he likes the attention.

I’m putting in the Avon order for breast cancer bracelets tonight…only have 4 ordered so far…let me know!

Check out:

http://www.helium.com/items/368064-why-religions-exist

for an interesting (if short) discussion on religious belief.