November 26, 2007
Surprise, surprise… It’s all a scam!
UPDATE: WidgetBucks has paid their members, but I still firmly believe they are a scam. Please read WidgetBucks Pays… But They’re Still A Scam to learn more.WidgetBucks.com, the new competition for Google Adsense? Originally I thought so, but maybe not. Their motto is Ads suck, ours don’t. Okay, so maybe their ads don’t suck the least bit, but the way they run their company surely does.
Lately WidgetBucks have been realized to be worthless scammers, pretty freaking sneaky, and downright thieves. If you think I’m exaggerating, then you are DEAD WRONG. I am not the only one who thinks so. I have only been a member of WidgetBucks for a few days but have already been cheated by them. Just who do they think they are, anyway? Maybe they’re letting it go to their heads that people are saying they are the next Adsense.
I joined WidgetBucks for many reasons. The main one was because Adsense wasn’t making me much money when I had it installed, so I thought I would give WidgetBucks a go, hearing how their clicks can average around $0.50 each! My second reason was because upon joining, you get a free $25 to start you off – that sets your account halfway to the $50 payout! Why does WidgetBucks give away a free $25? Because you will never actually receive it. It’s just a gimmick!
Your account will never reach the minimum payout because all WidgetBucks does is wipe your money straight out from under you – that’s what they did to me. I had a couple dollars, and the next day it was gone. I originally installed one banner at the top of my homepage. It received some clicks, got me some earnings. The next day, I saw a big fat $0.00 staring right back at me. Where did my money go? Then the next thing I noticed was that the single person I had referred had also been erased from my account – I did not get credit for that either!
Do you know why WidgetBucks pays a lot more per click than Adsense does and why they give you free cash? Because you’re never going to get it. It’s all a scam to get you to sign up and refer others so THEY will get the money. Then you, their unsuspecting victim (and all those you told the site about) who has been advertising for them, suddenly logs on to find all your money gone or at least a huge chunk missing.
This is just a warning to all you folk out there who are using WidgetBucks – you are NEVER going to get anything in return! They offer a lot of extra money for various things and even have a referral system, but when they think you aren’t looking they delete your earnings records. This makes it so you will never reach that minimum $50 payout.
Don’t be caught supporting a phony program! Please share your opinions and let me know if you see anything fishy going on in YOUR WidgetBucks.com account. Who knows, I might be wrong, but it seems pretty suspicious that everyone’s earnings are just disappearing doesn’t it? Whatever’s going on here IS NOT honest.
November 20, 2007
I’ve been reading CashQuests.com now for many, many months. It was one of the first make money online sites I ever came across, back in the very beginning of 2007.
I have always loved and appreciated Kumiko’s style of writing. She has a very direct and blunt approach that so many people just couldn’t resist. In fact, I included her in my article titled 3 Bloggers You Should Strive To Be More Like because she speaks her mind and that’s a good quality to have!
Now I have noticed that CashQuests.com just recently sold for $15,000. That is such a fantastic price to receive for a site! Of course, CashQuests.com is very valuable and has a lot of great content and a good reputation.
I think how Kumiko branded her blog was magnificent. At some point in the future, I plan to start new blogs that will be intended for selling (because I doubt I will sell this one). Hopefully I can be a great online money maker like Kumiko is – she was a genius from the start, and you could learn a lot from her!
October 18, 2007
People like this just boggle my mind.
One of my readers sent me a heads up about one of my articles being taken, copied and pasted word for word, over at another site. This site calls themselves “Smart Blogging Tips” – I gave them a nofollow link; I only give credit where credit is due, and it’s NOT due here.
So I head on over there and take a look. Not only do I see that one article taken, but many of my other popular, recent articles – as well as many, many articles from other bloggers! And this person isn’t a scraper – they don’t use feeds to find the content they steal. They visit the sites and copy and paste the content. Sometimes they leave the post titles alone, sometimes they change a word or two around. Does it make any difference? NO! It’s still stealing!
“Smart Blogging Tips” definitely isn’t smart – actually, he/she is a downright THIEF. Taking other people’s content is illegal any way you look at it. If I were you I’d go over there and give this person a piece of your mind, especially if you think they might have stolen some of your content as well. Add this person’s site and IP to your block list if you want, so they can’t comment you or access your blog.
I’ve left comments on several of the articles this person has taken from me and put up on their own blog, letting them know that if they don’t take the site down or at least all of the stolen content, that they’d be in big trouble. Stealing is ILLEGAL – it’s no different online than it is in the real world!
If a thief argues to you when you confront them and tells you that “they didn’t know”, don’t take any of that. Even if they didn’t know, it’s no excuse. Anyone who is stupid enough to think that taking content from other people is okay shouldn’t even have their own website in the first place. I’ve found many sites before that have taken my content, but each and every one of them angers me even more. Why can’t some people just write their own articles? Taking from others is NOT the way to go about things!
If your content is being stolen by ANY site, first things first: contact the site’s owner. If they don’t have a contact form or email shared, bombard them with comments and let them know it’s not okay. I’ve had sites before that answer me and and tell me they don’t care and they’re going to keep stealing. That’s when you take it to the next step. Ban their site from visiting yours and blacklist it. Report them to their host. Do everything you can in your power to shut them down, because you work hard to write your content and maintain your blog. Other people do NOT deserve the credit for that.
Note: I am not singling out this “blogger” individually. So many people steal content, and this person is just one of those people. However, this person link exchanges and has many who trust him for his “great content”, which he doesn’t even write – he takes it. I have no guilt about linking to this guy and “giving him a bad name” before he’s even responded to me, because guess what? He deserves it.
EDIT: Click here to see a post on Courtney TURTLE where the author talks about the article I wrote. However, they originally read the content over at “Smart Blogging Tips”, so that other site is getting credit for what I’ve written. This just flies all over me. It’s not the fault of Courtney TURTLE, of course, but that of this THIEF! Let’s get this nasty person’s site shut down!
October 8, 2007
I haven’t done any of these meme type things in such a long time, and usually I wouldn’t. A lot of the time they’re just more creative ways to get backlinks and such, which I disagree with. But I was just tagged by Steven over at Vandelay Website Design, and this meme is actually a good one for a great cause, so I’m taking part.
The Internet Marketers of New York will be holding a charity event, sponsored by Best of the Web, to raise awareness and money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on October 15. The party will have food, drinks, prizes, the ability to socialize with other people interested in the cause, and more. All that is required is a small $40 donation. For more details, see the bottom of this post.
Not everyone lives close enough to New York to make it to this event (myself included), and not everyone would be able to go anyway. But if you still want to help out with the cause you can donate online if possible.
Now’s for the fun part, where I can tag three more bloggers to spread the news on this great event for charity! I tag: Mark, Pelf, Sandra, and anyone else who wants to take part. If you can participate, please do!
$40 Donation to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Monday, October 15, 2007
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Town Tavern Bar & Grill 134 W. 3rd Street and 6th Ave. (Google Map)
All Internet Marketers Are Welcome!
September 24, 2007
As I approach the two month anniversary of my blog, The Junk Drawer, I thought I’d take stock and do a self-assessment. With any new venture, it’s worth taking a step back to review what’s working and what’s not, make corrections and produce a better product.
What I do right:
1. I write for the thrill of it. Writing has always been a passion for me, but because I’m not confident enough to try writing for a living, I decided to write for a blog. It offers me a much-needed creative outlet and gives me a venue to build confidence and see whether my dream of being a full-time writer has any legs.
2. I make connections with other bloggers. It seems to me the best way to build a readership is to read other blogs that interest me and communicate with their authors. Whether it’s through email or comments I leave, I make connections with those I can learn the most from. My blog gains new visitors as a result, and I benefit from the expertise of seasoned bloggers. Never ignore your own readers. Especially when you’re new, respond to every comment someone leaves you. This builds loyalty, a critical need for the new blogger.
3. I research how to design and build a better blog. There’s no substitute for good research. When you’re new, read blogs on blogging. You’ll begin to see a pattern of rules to follow. Also, pay close attention to the blogs you find visually stimulating and those that are well-written, such as this one. Blogs with lots of subscribers got that way for a reason. Take note of what they’re doing and apply similar techniques to your own blog.
4. I jot down blog ideas as soon as they pop into my head. Whether you use a notepad or online tool to journal your ideas, make sure you record your ideas when they come to you. Some ideas are so fleeting and you don’t want to forget anything. Some of my best posts began as just a tiny nugget and grew into highly-read stories. Don’t let that great idea get away!
What I’m doing wrong (and need to fix!):
1. I didn’t have the foresight to get my own domain name and host. I’m blogging with Blogger, and it’s not a bad way to do it. It’s just that now I want to individualize my blog and separate from the pack. I may have chosen a different name, as well, had I known how much it will cost me to get The Junk Drawer domain (or some similar name).
2. I’m obsessed about my stats, and it’s taking away from writing new posts. I use Clicky and Google Analytics to monitor my readership, but it’s too easy to check constantly. “Living in the now” is hindering my focus on the future.
3. I don’t have a clear-cut niche. I’m still on the fence about what to do as a result. I have three main interests: technology tips for the average user, language/linguistics topics, and humor writing. I expect my blog will morph into strictly humor writing, for two reasons: 1) It’s what gives me the most enjoyment to write, and 2) My humor pieces are getting the most comments and feedback. Simply put — people like my humor stuff better. Don’t ignore what you do best and what posts get the most response. It’ll tell you everything about what to write.
4. I haven’t figured out all the mechanics of blogging yet. I expect when I move to my own domain name and switch to WordPress, I’ll have even more to learn. My blog is designed very simply, but I want more flexibility for my blog’s look and feel.
5. I’m still new to “selling my blog.” Not knowing the best places to publicize my blog is where I’m failing the most. I’ve had zero success with submitting to Digg and StumbleUpon, but have some success with social networking sites and improving my SEO techniques. It’s probably something a little more research will cure.
Let’s hear from some other new bloggers. If you’ve been blogging for less than six months, drop a line and let us know what lessons you’ve learned. What would you do differently if you could start your blog all over again?