Getting Google Play Services up and running on a Kindle Fire

I love my Kindle Fires. At this point I have 12 of them in my farm. I had 5 of those on PerkTV. However, PerkTV has taken a nosedive in the last couple of months so I’ve decided to put those Fires to other uses. PerkTV is one of only two apps that I know of that work out of the box with Fires because most of the new apps require Google Play Services to be running on the device and Amazon has made it amazingly tricky to get Google Play Services running on Fires.

Google Play ServicesPlus SignKindle Fire

Usually this requires root access and connecting the Fire to a PC but I’ve learned how to get around all of this.


  1. Go into the settings on your Fire and and enable installing Apps from Unknown Sources.
  2. Install a File Manager of some sort (if you haven’t already). I use ES File Explorer.
  3. Download and install the following in this exact order
    1. Google Account Manager 5.1-1743759
    2. Google Services Framework 5.1-1743759
    3. Google Play services 9.877 (230-135396225)
    4. Google Play Store 7.0.25.H-all [o] (nodpi) (Android 4.0+)
  4. Power off and Restart your Fire

As of December 17th, 2016 the above method works. I’ve tested it on 5 Fires and across 3 different apps. I was nervous about installing the Google Play Store (the 4th app above) because I know Fires run on a modified version of Gingerbread (2.3) but it works just fine.

Thanks to the XDA developer community for figuring this out.


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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.

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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).

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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

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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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Make Money With Your Smartphone

Your smartphone should make you money.

It’s that simple.

Specifically, 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. To begin with, the first step was to acquire a cheap Android phone.  I found one at c7recycle for $5.
  2. Next, I installed Adme on to the phone and had it replace the stock lock screen.
  3. After that, I signed up for Swagbucks
    1. And then installed the 6 swagbucks video apps:
      1. SBTV
      2. EntertaiNow
    2. I found a short 10 to 20 second video in each app and favorited it.
  4. At this point, I installed Media Insiders on to the phone
  5. Finally, I sat the phone next to my television

Once the phone was setup I placed it by my television and started playing 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. The three programs worked seamlessly together to create a constant revenue stream.

In summary, it really is easy to turn a cheap Android phone into a money making machine. If you haven’t already set an Android phone up with these 3 programs you’re doing yourself a disservice.  Find 5 minutes of your time to make yourself $500 extra this year.

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