Friday, January 30, 2015

Do You Have a YouTube Channel?

Jubilee, Legacy Five, Matt Fouch

Although I can shoot reasonable decent video on my cell phone, it can not handle recording live music. Now that I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera that also shoots high definition video, I am capable of recording YouTube-quality concert videos. I am in the process of adding video content to my two YouTube channels with the intent of monetizing them in the future.

My channels are Debbi Craton and Old Roads Once Traveled.

Here are a couple of examples to compare the video quality between the Canon T5 and my cell phone. Here is a cell phone video of Guiness the Cat insistently trying to get himself wrapped up for Christmas.

White Christmas & Howie's Redneck Snow Maker is a very funny video that I recorded in concert with the Canon T5 during the Jubilee Christmas Tour with Greater Vision, Legacy Five, and the Booth Brothers.

You'll notice that now that Bubblews is allowing embedded videos, I'm able to use that platform to promote my YouTube videos directly. Because of site rules, I can only indirectly promote my writing on other sites in a roundabout way.

Things are not going well at Bubblews for the moment, and I have removed most of my content there. I doubt I will receive any more money from Bubblews, so I am mostly using the site as a way to funnel views to YouTube.


White Christmas screenshot (c) 2014 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

Content (c) 2015 by Debbi Craton. May not be used without permission. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tsu: A Social Network That Pays YOU

I don't make a habit of recommending paying sites I have just joined, particularly a brand new site, but I'm going to make an exception with Tsu.

Tsu (pronounced "Sue") is very similar to Facebook or Twitter with the exception that Tsu keeps 10% of the ad revenue your posts bring in and shares the other 90% with you, the person who invited you, and the person who invited that person.

It may take a little time after joining before you see more than a small amount in your bank, but once you are established, you earn not only off your own posts but the activity of those you refer (your "children") and the users they refer (your "grandchildren"). Once your bank reaches $100, you may request a check. You may also transfer money from your bank to other members or charities.

Admittedly, most people who post casually and have few children in their network will take awhile to reach payout, but when was the last time Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ offered to pay you anything for the revenue you earn them?

Tsu places an emphasis on original content, so please don't post someone else's words or photos as if they were your own.

For me as a writer, Tsu is a wonderful place to promote my writing in the same manner that I do on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ while earning a little extra cash for doing the same thing I do on the corporate giants without being paid for the service I provide to them, and without many of the privacy concerns I have about Facebook and Google. Although I've only had an account a few days, I'm loving it so far.

Once I have had more experience with Tsu, I will do a full review.

Because of the nature of the payment system on Tsu, you must have an invitation to join, so let me be the first to invite you. Come on over and get paid to post! Just click on the link below.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My First Inbox Dollars Payout

After four months, I have finally requested my first payout from Inbox Dollars after reaching $40 in my account.

The minimum payout is actually $30, but when I initially started to request payout at that amount, I was offered the option to save the $3 processing fee by agreeing to wait until $40. The catch was that I had to commit to reaching $40 within 30 days of agreeing.

Initially, with a $5 signup bonus and rewards for joining several of the other websites I currently use, my account built quickly. After leveling off on joining new sites, Inbox Dollars became a slow, steady earner for me. I qualify for occasional surveys, but since most of them only pay in the 50 cent range, I don't bother with many of them. There are not a lot of video options, so most of my earnings average 10-20 cents a day for paid emails and searches. Clearing $10 in a month would necessitate several signup rewards or surveys, and I could not be sure of getting that many. So I decided to wait until closer to $40 to commit, and then I forgot to commit before reaching $40.

When I clicked to redeem at $40.03, I was again offered the option to waive the processing fee by agreeing to reach $50 within 30 days before cashing out. I weighed the benefits of getting my money sooner and achieving gold status (which should allow me to earn more) against saving $3, and opted to go ahead and cash out on October 8.

It was a good choice. I was immediately credited with a $3 payout bonus. I got another $2 bonus for completing a very short survey about my first payout.

Inbox Dollars only offers two payout options: a paper check or a Visa cash card. I chose the Visa card, which is supposed to be processed on October 22, 14 days after requesting payment.

I will do a complete review of Inbox Dollars and it's sister site Send Earnings as soon as I have a chance to evaluate the difference gold status makes on my earnings. In the meantime, I can recommend both of these sites if you are interested in paid email, paid searches, or joining other Get Paid To or Survey sites. I have not personally used the paid to shop opportunities, and I haven't tried paid games, but those are options for those interested in them. They don't pay as well for most surveys as many other sites, but they do pay as well or better than some. They also have all the usual GPT offers typical of sites of this nature.

Inbox Dollars and Send Earnings pay a 10% commission on Qualified Earnings from your referrals. By clicking on the banners below to sign up, I will get a bonus at no cost to you.

Monday, September 1, 2014

What Do You Get Paid to Do on a Get Paid To Site?

A "Get Paid To" site is a website that offers monetary incentives to do certain easy tasks, most of which have to do with either viewing advertisements, answering surveys, buying merchandise or services, or signing up for other sites or mailing lists.

Many GPT sites use the same providers, such as Trialpay, Payment Wall, Peanut Labs, SuperRewards, SupersonicAds, Revenue Universe, Matomy, Radium One, SponsorPay, JunGroup, etc., so you will see many of the same offers at different sites for different payment amounts.

Some offers, such as videos, can be done over and over at different sites, sometimes one or more times a day. Other offers can only be done once, so be sure to compare and chose the site which pays the most on an offer you may be interested in.

Here are some of the things you can get paid to do on many GPT sites:

  • Play games.
  • Read emails.
  • Watch videos.
  • View slideshows or take quizzes.
  • Listen to the radio.
  • Get cash back for shopping, including some services.
  • Take surveys.
  • Daily polls.
  • Click to view advertisements or webpages.
  • View a list of offers. (Signup is not required. Just click skip or next.)
  • Sign up for other websites (including other GPT and survey sites).
  • Sign up to receive information.
  • Sweepstakes.
  • Bonuses and contests.
  • Do internet searches.
  • Refer new members.

Not all GPT sites offer all those options. Before signing up for a site, if possible, view the different ways you can make money on that site to see if there is enough activity for you to cash out in a reasonable amount of time doing what you want to do. Be honest in your assessment of sustainable activities. You can snag a good amount of bonuses for signups and free trials, but at some point you are going to run out of those. Earning five or ten cents a day at a site is fine, but not if the payout is $50 or your points will expire before you can use them.

Below are some of my referral links to sites I use. If you are interested in joining any of them, I would appreciate it if you would click through my link. Thank you.



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Monday, August 25, 2014

SwagBucks TV Review

Watching videos on SwagBucks is hugely popular, and there are several good reasons why. Many sites pay you to watch videos, but they tend to be advertisements, and are very limited in number. At SwagBucks, you can find many of those same ads, but they are usually listed under "Special Offers" or "Encrave".

SwagBucks TV is completely different from the special offer type videos, and offers a huge variety of videos you might actually want to watch from sites such as YouTube and AOL. Categories include entertainment, fashion, music, food, health, news, home & garden, pets (lots of cute animal videos), travel, technology, and some original SwagBucks content. You can earn up to 150 Swag Bucks per day on SwagBucks TV at the rate of three SB per ten videos. This is in addition to any special offer videos and any videos watched on the mobile app.

I have not personally used the mobile app to watch videos, but I have read a number of positive comments by others who seem to be well pleased with their ability to earn Swag Bucks on their phone.

The SwagBucks toolbar has a handy detachable always-on-top window that you can move around to some unused corner of your desktop, making it easy to watch while you do other tasks. I really enjoyed that convenience during the time I had the toolbar installed.

Guest Endorsement

This is Guiness the Cat from the Guiness Blog. I highly recommend the Uzoo and VetVid videos, except I personally don't like the ones that have vets in them.


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If you would like to join SwagBucks and begin earning easy cash, I would be very appreciative if you would click through my referral link above. Thank you.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Review of SwagBucks

Summary J
Type of site? Get Paid To, Survey
Is SwagBucks a scam? No
Does SwagBucks pay? Yes
Do I recommend SwagBucks? Absolutely
Does SwagBucks pay cash? PayPal
Does SwagBucks offer major gift cards?, Walmart, Target, many others
Is SwagBucks free to sign up? Yes
Age 13+
Does SwagBucks require you to download software/app? Optional

SwagBucks was the first Get Paid To site that I joined, and it quickly became the standard by which I judge all others.

It's very easy to earn money on SwagBucks, and they have a very large variety of ways to do it. Many of them deserve an individual review of their own.

The site is easy to navigate, easy to figure out, and looks appealing.

SwagBucks also has a very large variety of rewards available, including many popular gift cards and PayPal. One Swag Buck (point) is equal to one penny, with a $5 gift card equaling 500 Swag Bucks, although the Amazon $5 card is 450 SwagBucks and other cards may sometimes be "on sale".

As of this writing, I have been with SwagBucks two and a half months and redeemed one $5 Amazon gift card and had $75 deposited into my PayPal account, with most of it coming from easy things, like videos, games, and searches.

How Do You Earn SwagBucks?

Probably the most popular way to earn SwagBucks is by watching videos. They are definitely my favorite way to earn, and when I am on the internet, I usually have a video running.

SwagBucks TV (read my review here), in my opinion, is the main thing (among many) that sets SwagBucks ahead of every other GPT site I have tried. Swag Bucks are awarded at a rate of 3 SB for 10 videos, with a limit of 150 SBs per day, That limit does not include special offers videos or videos watched on the mobile app.

Another favorite of mine is the free games. While SwagBucks has tournaments which you pay Swag Bucks to enter in hopes of winning more Swag Bucks, they also offer SB for playing free games at a rate of 2 SB per two games, up to 10 SB per day. This lets me get my game fix in while I get paid 10 cents for something I'd be wasting time on otherwise, and the 10 SB limit helps me control the amount of time that I spend on games.

SwagBucks also offers paid searching, although they reward differently than other paid search sites. Rather than paying for each search, they reward randomly. I typically get paid 6 to 8 SB at a time, although I have gotten as many as 23 at once. SwagBuck search is powered by Yahoo.

Getting paid to use coupons is another of my favorites. For every coupon that you print and redeem from SwagBucks' link to, you are supposed to get ten SwagBucks. It takes awhile for the payment to come in, though, and there is no way to track it to make sure you get everything you are supposed to. As of this writing, I have had SwagBucks awarded on two separate occasions, once for three coupons, and once for four.

SwagBucks also offers many of the same type things you find on most other GPT sites: cash-back shopping, surveys, a daily poll, a no obligation special offer path, content to watch or read, offers to sign up for information or services (some free, some for which you pay).

Some of the offers are for other Get Paid To, Survey, and Freebie sites, so if you are looking for similar sites to join, I suggest joining SwagBucks, then searching the offers carefully. You could end up getting Swag Bucks for joining another site.

SwagBucks is generous with bonuses. There are daily Swag Codes posted on social media which will earn several SB if entered before they expire. Contests also occasionally provide extra SB.

Then there are the bonuses for reaching your daily goal. Each day, you are assigned two goals, which each have a bonus of 9-10%. Reaching the first goal seven days in a row will earn you a 25 SB bonus. A 14-day streak pays 100 SB, 21 days pays 200, and reaching the goal every day of the month will earn you 300 SB.

The only thing I don't like about the daily goals is that they are based on your activity and creep (and occasionally leap) higher as the month goes by. I can comfortably manage 70-90 SB per day doing the things I normally do, but when my goal jumps up to 110-120, it's very difficult to meet it without a survey (and there is no guarantee of completing a survey). Since I don't do many high-paying offers, it then becomes a matter of spending my whole day trying to earn my goal one or two SB at a time at the expense of more profitable endeavors.

I've changed my SB goal strategy therefore to trying for a 21-day streak and the 200 SB bonus. I then give myself a break from heavy activity on SwagBucks the rest of the month and cut back to just my favorites without worrying if I only make 30 or 40 SB. That seems to adjust the goals I am assigned back to a more comfortable level by the beginning of the next month.

While I really like the bonuses, I do feel that the way the goals are set psychologically hinders me from earning more money on SwagBucks. It makes me hesitant to go far beyond my second goal for fear of bumping up my future goals. If the goals stayed at a set rate, I would feel much more free to earn higher amounts on some days.

Is SwagBucks Right for You?

SwagBucks has such a variety of ways to earn that there is probably something to interest just about anyone who is looking to make a little extra money without a big commitment of time or effort. There is also the potential to earn significantly more if you are willing. Referrals can also be a good source of passive income.

And since SwagBucks offers PayPal payments, you can have cash to pay bills with and not be limited to buying at a specific store. If surveys and GPT activities are something you are interested in, then SwagBucks is definitely a site to consider. If you were only going to join one GPT site, I would recommend it be SwagBucks.

If you would like to join SwagBucks and begin earning easy cash, I would be very appreciative if you would click through my referral link above. Thank you.

If you have any questions about SwagBucks, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer them for you.