Opportunity vs Frustration – It’s how you look at it

Last week was rough. Several of the programs that I use were hit with bad ads that brought earnings to a near halt. However, instead of becoming frustrated with the situation I looked at it as an opportunity to find new options.

Freaking Beauty and the Beast

Perk was hit with a nasty ad for Beauty and the Beast. I came home at one point and all 12 of my perk phones were stuck on that one ad. In the process of resetting the farm I started to laugh. Literally, by the time I had reset the 12 phones half of them were stuck on that ad again.

Beauty and the Beast Ad

The Beauty and the Beast ad also found it’s way into the passive Swagbucks apps. I also think I say it on Checkpoints once.

Rewardable TV – Being Awesome Again

One thing I noticed was that the two phones I just bought that were running Rewardable hadn’t been hit by the Beauty and the Beast ad. So, I looked up the ToS for RewardableTV and saw that I could run 7 devices on it. And so I jumped at that opportunity.

I also found a couple of new programs. One that looked intriguing was called Adfun. I’m currently testing it out on 3 phones to see how it works. Right now, I think I’m impressed (with a couple of caveats). If it works out Adfun could end up solving a HUGE problem that arises when large farms are hit with a bad ad across multiple programs. I should have a better idea on this by the end of the week. If it works out I’ll write more about it then.

New(ish) Fires on the way

Kindle Fire Opportunity

One other thing I noticed about the Beauty and the Beast ad was that it hadn’t showed up once on my Kindle Fire. This really made me want to get my hands on some more Fires.  I couldn’t justify spending $50 each on new ones so I stared scouring Craigslist and Ebay.  But I couldn’t find any there that I liked either.  And then I saw someone mention Amazon Warehouse Deals.  So I after googling that I was pleasantly surprised to find that Amazon offers refurbished Fires for $26 each.  So I bought 4 using giftcards I’d picked up through Swagbucks. (Every month I pick up 1 $25 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks because the first one purchased every month can be picked up for $22).  They should arrive in the next couple of days.

This means that in the next couple of days my PerkTV farm will be completely run on Amazon Fires.  This should give me the opportunity to have a big bump in my perk earnings. I’ll then see if any of the other Perk Apps will run on the Kindle.  If they do, then I’ll roll the additional Perk earnings into purchasing some more Fires.

RewardableTV using Pixi Eclipses – Good so far

New Alcatel Pixi Eclipses Phones

RewardableTV might have just entered into my farm routine.  I went to Wal-Mart yesterday to pick up a couple of phones for my farm.  The phones I had planned on picking up weren’t in stock so I took a gamble and picked up 2 Alcatel Pixi Eclipses.  They were on sale for $14.40 (current price $19.99).

Pixi Eclipse

Once the phones were home and opened, I started charging them.  While they were charging I attempted to load PerkTv on them.  But that didn’t work.  So I tried to load checkpoints on them.  But that didn’t work either.  I then tried to load the YooLotto app on it.  But once again no luck.

I was starting to become frustrated so I went to reddit to see if anyone had had any luck with these phones.  I couldn’t find any mention of them.  So then I started looking for other passive app programs which I had been ignoring.

RewardableTVRewardableTV Logo

This is when I stumbled onto RewardableTV. I loaded their app on the phones without any issues. Once that was done, I created my account, and then I set the phones up in my farm.  I checked back in an hour later and the phones were at what equates to 50 cents. I did a double take on that, and then I did some math. Those 2 phones were on pace to make a combined $12 a day.

Now that the phones have been running for 24 hours I’m starting to get a better idea of their earning potential.  While not as stellar as that initial estimate, over the course of the last 24 hours those 2 phones have earned $2.25.  Which makes sense because that’s about a dollar a day per phone and there’s a 7 device limit per account and per IP.  7 phones would be making a little more than $7 a day.

I’m going to let these two phones run for the remainder of this month and if they keep up this pace I’ll buy 5 more of the Eclipses to bring my total to 7 for the start of next month.

RewardableTV is fairly new into the mobile app game and there has been some growing pains recently.  Unlike others I am much more apt to overlook this because of how passive this app is.  The electricity cost per phone is about 5 cents per month.  As long as this app is earning that I’ll let it continue to run.

Blog Earnings – August 2016 (First Post)

Blog EarningsWebsite Earnings

Today I’ll be starting a new monthly post detailing what this website’s earnings were over the previous month. I’ve seen some other sites that have done this.  However, I don’t think that I’ve seen any provide data from Day 1 though (or month 1 as the case may be).


Let me be absolutely clear.  I have no idea how to properly monetize a website.  This is going to be a learning experience for me.  I’m creating a new category called Site Income that I’ll place these posts under. I’m hopeful that over the course of time we’ll see this website become my top earner.  (Although it is far from passive.  I spend a lot of time on this, but it’s more cathartic than anything else.)

I’ve decided to add earnings from referrals into this category.  For example, for the month of August my total earnings from Earnhoney were $66.12. However, $1.12 was earned from referrals. Since the only place I made referrals from were this website it seems to make sense that the website earned the money.

Are you ready for this? In August Jetshack.com earned $1.12 (from 8 referrals).



In addition to referrals, I’ll include any money this website makes through:

  1. advertisements
  2. guest posts
  3. Sponsored posts
  4. text link sales
  5. I don’t know what else

I’ll come up with a specific criteria for what is considered website and what’s considered programs earnings. But basically, my thought is that programs are what a reasonable person could expect to earn solely from running the programs I cover. Website earnings are the earnings that are made from covering the programs via this website.  In my head it makes sense.

Going forward I hope that this ends up with something that has to be tabulated and is more exciting but for now…

Convert Autosurf Traffic to Manual Traffic

When I started trying to monetize old Raspberry Pi’s, I didn’t realize the rabbit hole I was going down. After nearly a month of tinkering I’m only slightly closer to turning those Raspberry Pi’s into money makers.  However, I think I’ve stumbled on a way to convert traffic earned on any autosurf into manual traffic.  There is some conversion loss, BUT…  In my head I’d gladly give up 10 autosurf hits for one actual eyeball.

100% Legal

I also don’t think any ToS are being broken using this method. As in this is 100% legit. The freaky thing is how simple it is to pull off.

Convert Traffic Exchanges

It works like this, create an account at Hitlink.  After that, login to the members area and look under the Manage Ads tab for a sub tab called “Ad Exchange”.  Finally, highlight the ad exchange code and place it on a landing page.  It’ll look like this.

Now point any autosurf traffic that you have to this landing page.

The Result

Hitlink will give you credit for the all of the traffic that is sent to the landing page.  You can use that credit in their manual surf exchange and point that traffic to something that would be great for an actual eyeball to see.

It’s seriously that simple to convert traffic  generated by botting and turn it into traffic which has to manually click through.  What sort of affects will it have on conversion rates?

I’m going to let this run for a few days and see what happens.  If it works the way I hope I’ll spend a few days trying to find other traffic exchanges which let you convert traffic in this manner.  (In addition to working on Part 3 of the Raspberry Pi article – finding autosurfs that work).

SwagBucks – A Passive Earnings Guide

SwagBucks is one of the Granddaddy’s of sites that help you make money online.  SwagBucks has been around since 2006 and are one of the few companies that this website covers that I would consider “stable”.


SwagBucks has multiple options employed to allow you to earn money. However, most of these methods require a much larger time commitment then I’m willing to give them.  So instead of focusing on all of the different ways you can make money with SwagBucks , I’m going to focus on the 5 methods that I use:

  1. Automated Videos
  2. Daily Bonus
  3. Searching
  4. Shopping
  5. Referrals

Swagbucks Automated Videos

This is the bread and butter of my SwagBucks strategy. They have created 6 freely downloadable apps.  Each of which works the same way. You “watch” videos and you receive SwagBucks (SBs) for doing so.  That’s it.

The 6 apps can easily be found on the app store.  Here are their names:

  1. SBTV
  2. EntertaiNow
  3. Moviecli.ps
  4. Sportly.tv
  5. Indymusic.tv
  6. Lifestylz.tv

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The great thing is they don’t require you to interact with them.  They just play videos one right after the other. To make it even better, you can specify which videos you want to run by setting favorites AND then you can watch the same video repeatedly. Do you see where this is headed?  I set a favorite video that is 10 seconds. I then go to the Favorited Videos section and set the app to play that 10 second video on repeat.

It is so easy to load these 6 apps on a phone and let them run and then periodically check in on the phone to make sure that it hasn’t quit earning.  If it has then move on to the next app.  I have my SwagBucks phone located by the television in my house.  Every time I pass by the television I glance at that phone. I seriously spend less than 1 minute a day on this.


There are a couple of catches.  You can only watch one app at a time and you’re only guaranteed to earn 10 SBs per app per day.  That being said, there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t qualified for “Bonus Rounds’. In fact I have yet to ever completely run out of videos to watch in a day.

In fact, I nearly always reach my Daily Bonus by watching videos.

Swagbucks Daily Bonus

The Daily Bonus is awesome. It is literally free money. Every day you are given a certain number of SBs to reach as a goal.  If you reach that goal you’ll be given a bonus.  Usually that bonus is around 10% of what the goal was.  For instance today my goal was 89 SBs. When I reached it I received a bonus of 8 SBs.

Goals vary in amount. When you initially sign up for SwagBucks they set the goals fairly low. Once you’re a few weeks in the goal amounts will increase. I haven’t kept track of this exactly but I’d say the average goal amount for me over the last two months has been around 110 SBs.  There have been days when it’s been more (yesterdays goal was 180) but there are days when it’s less (like today.)

This brings me to the one part of SwagBucks which has sucked me in. They have set up a Streak Bonus. If you meet your daily goal for 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, and for the entire month you receive 25 SBs, 100 SBs, 200 SBs, and 300 SBs respectively.  If you’ve been following this site you know that I love passive money. But, I’ve been known to fill out a survey or two in order to keep my Streak Bonus alive.

All in all you could be looking at over $10 a month in bonuses and since the primary method you’ll be getting these bonuses is completely passive, it’s like free money.

Swagbucks Searches

Another way to make a few extra SBs every day is to pass your searches through the SwagBucks search engine. When I say their search engine I actually mean that they’ve signed a partnership with Yahoo to deliver the search results.  I don’t find the results as good as Google but then again Google isn’t paying me money to use their search engine.


After lots and lots of testing here’s what I’ve found.  At most I’ve received bonuses 4 times in one 24 hour period. Usually 2 of those bonuses happen within the first 20 or 30 searches that I make. After the second bonus is delivered there is AT LEAST a 4 hour wait before a 3rd bonus is given.  That being the case, I usually only use the SwagBucks Search until that second bonus is given then I switch back to Google.

The bonuses themselves range from a couple of SBs to several dozen.  I had one which awarded 48 SBs. My guess on the average is around 8 to 10 SBs per bonus.  These extra SBs come in extra handy on days when the Daily Bonus is over 150. On days when the Daily Bonus is low I sometimes don’t even bother with searching through SwagBucks .

Swagbucks Shopping

This one is awesome for me. The best thing for me about earning SBs through shopping is that I personally have never done it.  My wife does almost all of the online shopping, so she does it!  It took me a while to convince her of it, but once I got her on board it has been great.  There have been some months where she out earns me by simply shopping as she normally would.

The way she was convinced was when I showed her how she didn’t have to change any of her behavior unless a notification popped on her screen. She was sold when in one shopping trip she made nearly 2000 SBs ($20) for clicking that one extra button.

SwagBucks is partially frustrating for me because I can’t forecast my earnings because I don’t know what my wife is going to be buy.  So some months SwagBucks tops my earnings charts while other months it falls to as low as fourth.

Swagbucks Referrals

The final way I’ve found to passively make money using SwagBucks is through the referral process.  While possibly the hardest thing to accomplish it has the potential to be the best earner of the bunch. The idea is very simple, get people to sign up and use SwagBucks and SwagBucks will reward you with a bonus equal to 10% of their earnings.

Here’s how I approach it. My natural disposition is not to be a salesperson. It’s just not who I am. I use SwagBucks daily. It’s a great service and I recommend it to my friends and family when they ask about it. But at the end of the day I don’t actively promote it (this site excluded).

They don’t send spam, they keep your information safe, and they offer a great service. Combine that with an additional $50 a month and I can’t see a down side.

Right now SwagBucks is offering a promotion that makes it silly not to sign up under someone else’s referral ID.  If you sign up as a referral you’ll receive 300 SBs ($3) free. Technically that means you could sign up and then cash it out immediately for $2 in Amazon Gift Cards and then never use your account again. I think that’s unlikely though because of how awesome the service is.


SwagBucks is an amazing program. In this article I’ve focused on 5 ways you can use SwagBucks that allow you to earn money nearly completely passively and with little to no change in routine.  And with a current sign up bonus of $3.00 I can’t think of a reason not to sign up.



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