IF YOU HAVE A PHONE, IT SHOULD MAKE YOU MONEY

Make Money With Your Smartphone

It’s that simple. Your smartphone should make you money.

Here are 3 passive programs that will have your phone making money in less than 5 minutes.

  1. Adme – Lock screen application
  2. Swagbucks – Run videos in the background
  3. Media Insiders – Passively monitors your television and Radio consumption.

With these 3 programs I made over $500 last year following this setup:

  1. Bought a $5 Android smartphone from c7recycle
  2. I installed Adme on to the phone and had it replace the stock lock screen
  3. I signed up for Swagbucks
    1. And then installed the 6 swagbucks video apps:
      1. SBTV
      2. EntertaiNow
      3. Moviecli.ps
      4. Sportly.tv
      5. Indymusic.tv
      6. Lifestylz.tv
    2. I found a short 10 to 20 second video in each app and favorited it.
  4. I installed Media Insiders on to the phone
  5. I sat the phone next to my television

Once I had the phone setup I placed it by my televsion and started playing the one video I had favorited in the SBTV app. Occasionally (when I’d be walking by the TV anyway) I would verify that the video was still awarding credit. If it wasn’t I would switch which video app was running. I was rarely able to reach the limit on all 6 Swagbucks apps on any given day.

By using this setup all 3 apps worked symbiotically together. Adme received enough impressions to earn consistently. The Swagbucks apps were kept happily humming along. And the Media Insiders app was able to pick up everything which was played on the television.

Bing Rewards – Passive Income (Paid to Search)

Microsoft has a search engine.  It’s called Bing. Over the last few years it’s been eating into Google’s dominance of the search engine area. The latest results I’ve found show that Bing makes up nearly 20% of the searches made on the internet.

Here’s the thing though. Microsoft will reward you if you create an account with them and use their search engine, Google won’t. The results from Bing aren’t bad either.  I won’t say that they’re better than Google, but I’d go almost so far as to say it’s indiscernible.

So for me, this is a no brainer.  I’m not altering my behavior in any way but I have an additional revenue stream. This is a textbook example of the sort of program I love.

I’ve switched my default search engine to Bing. I’ve also switched my wife’s and son’s default search engine to Bing. (I don’t think either has noticed yet.) The end result is we have 3 accounts using this program and each account makes about 50 cents a day.

There is a catch though in that earnings have to be spent on Microsoft products. Fortunately there are places like Craigslist and Reddit’s GiftCardExchange where you can easily trade the gift cards you earn from Bing Rewards for things you actually want.  There’s a penalty involved, but I’ve found you can usually convert the Microsoft cards to PayPal or Amazon Gift Cards at about 85% of their face value.

The end result is that this program nets me about $40 a month for a time commitment of about 10 minutes.

There are several bots that can be used to automate the process of completing the daily tasks.  This is obviously against the ToS set forth by Microsoft and sooner or later will result in your account being banned. There isn’t any need for botting on this either.  Just create a rewards account, login, and switch your default search engine to Bing and the points will accrue on their own.

 

PASSIVE INCOME WITH A RASPBERRY PI (PART 2 – SELLING TRAFFIC)

In the Part One of this series I highly recommended autosurfing with Alexamaster and then selling back the earned points as a means to use a Raspberry Pi to generate passive income.

In part two of this series I’m going to suggest something a little different. Don’t sell the earned points back to Alexamaster. Instead directly sell that traffic to another website.

This isn’t as hard as it sounds.  There are several places where you can sell “Anonymous Direct Traffic” if you know where to look.  As long as you’re up front and honest about where this traffic is coming from people will gladly pay for it.  They won’t pay a lot, but they’ll pay more than Alexamaster will pay you.

I’ve found that in general 10,000 hits can be sold for about $1.00 (give or take). I’ve also seen that using the setup mentioned in Part One of this series that the Pi will generate roughly 1000 hits a day.  This means that theoretically you could triple your monthly earnings by directly selling traffic.

However, this is probably more work than you’re willing to do for an additional $2 a month. That’s why I would recommend a slightly different setup if you’re going to directly sell traffic to another website.

One of the main reasons for recommending Alexamaster was because to the best of my knowledge their program was the only program that I could find that:

  1. Wasn’t a scam
  2. Worked on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3
  3. Ran reliably
  4. Would pay you back for the hits you generated.

But if we’re going to directly sell the traffic ourselves then we don’t need to use Alexamaster because there are lot’s of programs that meet the first 3 criteria.  And if we’re not going to use Alexamaster then we can use a browser other than Firefox (which is fairly resource intensive). And if we’re not going to use Firefox then we don’t need to use Ubuntu Mate (which is fairly resource intensive).  Instead we can install Raspbian as our O/S (less resource intensive) and we can use the default browser, Epiphany, (less resource intensive) as our browser.

By doing this we can double the amount of traffic we can generate. I’ve found that for days on end I can reliably run 2 autosurfs on a Pi 2 without it hanging or crashing. Running a third causes it to throw up it’s arms in defeat in less than an hour.

That means we now have ~60,000 website hits we can sell every month or roughly $6 worth of traffic.  Still not a whole lot but at least we’re talking about a value meal at McDonald’s. But there’s still going to be the work involved of finding someone to sell this traffic to.

To solve this I don’t try to sell 60,000 hits every month. Instead I sell a subscription service of “50,000 hits a month” for $5 and over deliver. I’ve found selling a subscription service to be much less work and it’s also a much easier sell.

The really cool thins is that the subscription can be setup in PayPal.  Which means as long as:

  1. I don’t receive a notice from PayPal that payment hasn’t been made or
  2. I don’t receive an email from my buyer that they’re not receiving traffic

it’s completely hand’s free.

And I like hand’s free. That’s the definition of why I started this blog.

In part 3 of this series I’ll detail several traffic exchanges that can be used to generate anonymous direct traffic.

Earnhoney – An old laptop is earning more than $3.00 a day.

I’m really surprised at the response I received to my first article on Earnhoney. So I thought I’d expound upon what my actual setup is.

I have an old laptop that my wife and I had retired. I think the specs on it are that it’s a single core Celeron running at <2GHz with 2GB of ram and a 250 GB hard drive. I tried to install Windows 10 on it but that ended in failure. It would just hang in the boot sequence. So it was put on a shelf and forgotten about.

But it bothered me that it was sitting on a shelf doing nothing.  It just sat there nagging at me.  So I got it off the shelf and took another stab at getting it running.  Instead of fighting with Windows, I installed Linux Mint.  And it booted up like a dream.

It was around this same time that I was introduced to Earnhoney. I figured what better use for this old laptop than to sit in the background and earn some passive cash.

For the last several weeks Earnhoney has been having a promotion where if you have one tab open watching the video’s at Earnhoney and at the same time have one tab open watching the video’s at matchedcars.com you’ll  receive 3x the points that you normally would on the matched cars tab.

At least that’s the way that I understand it. I did just enough testing to sort of back up what I’d found. I played with different configurations of tabs open, minimized, which tabs were visible, if it mattered if they were in a separate instance of the browser vs a secondary tab. I seriously farted with this thing every possible way I could think of.

The end result was that depending upon the setup that I was running my earnings varied from 3 cents to 11.4 cents per hour (which equates to $2.75 a day). I’ve actually been able to improve upon that number over the last few weeks and I’ve been cashing out $5.00 to my PayPal account at least every other day.

What I found that worked the best was to go to Earnhoney‘s site and click on the matchedcars promotion at the top of the page. On the subsequent page find the ad that links to the matchedcars promotion (it’s the one that states you’ll earn $15 HD per hour). When you click on that another tab will open up.  Don’t look at it yet.  Instead click on “watch” in the left column and then start the video which pops up.

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At that point go to the tab that was opened and find the link to the matched cars website (you might have to wait here… I think there’s a 20 second delay between when you opened the tab and when the page with the link will appear).

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This page could either be a google result or their facebook page but it doesn’t matter which one it is as both will get you where you need to go. Once you click on the link to matched cars start the video there.

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And then set back.

I titled this post how I earn $3.00 a day on an old laptop.  That was actually a little bit off.  Over the last week Earnhoney has been averaging about $3.20 a day.  In addition to that I have another little thing running on the old laptop and it should be generating about $1.20 a day but I’d like to wait until I receive a cash out before I bring it up here.  And then there’s one other little thing I have it doing which I’m hoping will bring in another $.60 a day (that’s further down the line and is going to require some thinking on my part).  If that works out, then that little old laptop which had been sitting on a shelf will be bringing in close to $150 a month.

Not bad for something that had been sitting on a shelf.

Passive Income with a Raspberry Pi (Part 1 – Alexamaster)

I’ve had a hard time finding a passive income stream that works with a Raspberry Pi. Not having the ability to use Flash is a real killer. Couple that with being under-specced (especially the older models) for most applications and it seems like the Pi is always coming up just a little bit short.

However, I think I’ve found a way to monetize a Pi through having it autosurf. This isn’t going to be a massive moneymaker, but it will at least give the Raspberry a way to be put into service as a part of a passive income strategy.

To this point I’ve figured out how to setup a Raspberry Pi 2 and a Raspberry Pi 3 but I haven’t figured out how to bring the older models into the income stream. Using the word stream may be a misnomer also, it’s probably going to be more like a trickle.

My best estimate at this point is that the worst case scenario has the Pi earning 3.5 cents a day. This equates to about $1.00 a month after electricity costs have been accounted for. (I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to raise that number to $1+ a day by combining a couple of services together. I’ll discuss that in Part 3.)

To start this off we need to get an autosurf working on our Raspberry Pi.  I’ve tried several and the first one that I found that works really well is Alexamaster. I’ve had a Raspberry Pi 2 autosurfing uninterrupted for a little under a day now using Alexamaster.

To do this I went with the Ubuntu Mate image available at the official page for Raspberry Pi. I tried Raspbian with several autosurf programs and it just struggled. The Ubuntu image worked right out of the box. (If you’re reading this I’m going to assume you know how to set up your Pi.  There area million tutorials out there that will explain it if you don’t.)

Once Ubuntu was installed I fired up the pre-installed Firefox browser and pointed it to Alexamaster and created an account there. Once that was done I did as they suggested and installed the Alexa Toolbar extension for Firefox. Then I clicked on the Earn Points -> Autosurf tab and then I sat back. It just worked.

Like I said, I haven’t touched my Pi in almost 24 hours. I have it running headless but I know it’s still surfing because from my desktop I’ve checked my Profile page on Alexamaster and my points are steadily increasing. To this point my accrued point balance equates to a cash out value of ALMOST 3.5 cents. But those points intrigue me. If they mean what I think they mean then Part 2 of this guide is going to be where we exponentially increase our earning from having our Raspberry Pi autosurfing.

The ToS for Alexamaster  dictate that you can autosurf from as many computers as you’d like BUT each computer needs to be on a separate IP. I’m a big believer in following ToS’s to the letter and as such I have no intention of trying to figure out a work around that would allow me to run more instances of Alexamaster‘s autosurf program on the Pi at my house. Depending on how much babysitting the Pi is going to need it might end up making sense to place some headless units at other locations with the ability to SSH into them. For now I’ll try to find a couple of other autosurf programs that will work on the Pi alongside Alexamaster . This actually fits one of my main overall strategies of passive earning – diversification.  As I find other programs that will autosurf with a Raspberry Pi I’ll place them in Part 3 of this series.

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