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End of July News Sweep

July 31st, 2007

Since we have arrived at the end of the month, I am cleaning out my email inboxes, finishing up leftover surveys, and catching up with news items that I had skimmed over before and am now fully digesting. This post will be a collage of small updates that have either just occurred today or were not large enough in content to be written as separate articles.

  1. Lightspeed Consumer Panel is now confirmed as paying. Yesterday I received $10 via PayPal from them after about a one week wait from the time that I redeemed points from my internal account. Back in March, I had become somewhat skeptical of Lightspeed after they debited my points account upon redemption but apparently sent the funds to a nonexistent PayPal account. When proceeding through their checkout process to redeem the points, they simply assumed that my PayPal address was the same as the email address that I had originally used to register with their panel, but of course this was not the case, and there was no indication on the site that they were making this assumption. Fortunately, there was an easy workaround for this. I simply changed the email address in my profile to match the one that I am now using for my new PayPal account.
  2. Earlier today I managed to pick up another invitation for an Invoke interactive survey. I was pretty lucky with this one because the original email was already about five days old by the time I finally got around to reading it and clicking through on the link. The session is scheduled for August 7 and we are supposed to receive a $20 honorarium. Here is a little tip for making sure that you qualify with Invoke and are allowed to follow through with the session. When the survey asks about which browsers you are able to use, be sure that you pick Internet Explorer as one of your possible choices even if you use another browser such as Firefox most of the time. You also need to have some type of Windows operating system (the exact version doesn’t seem to matter) and have at least 1024 by 768 screen resolution with 16-bit color (or higher) for your monitor settings. Of course, you also need to agree that you will be available to participate in the survey session on the scheduled date and time. By answering with these options, you should be able to get through the screening questionnaire and receive the cash reward after completion of the survey.

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Share Ad Space Updates, Lowers Upgrade Prices

July 30th, 2007

Share Ad Space, a manual traffic exchange and advertising venue, sent out an email update today announcing some changes to the way upgrade credits will be handled at the site. Members who purchase more than one week of upgrade time will now receive all of their advertising credits up front rather than having a set portion of them doled out each week. Prices for the upgrades themselves have also been reduced by a factor of 20 percent. Lastly, a new game is in the works that promises to bring more fun to the surfing experience while awarding bonus credits, small cash prizes, and even free upgrade days to active members. Here is the official word from the site’s owner and founder, Rod Baker:
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Quick Rewards Program Now Confirmed As Paying

July 29th, 2007

quick-rewards-link-to-site.jpgI have some good news regarding the Quick Rewards program that I mentioned in a post about the new QR website design. I can now confirm that I have received $20 via PayPal from them (registration is free - click the banner to the left to join the program):

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More Traffic Exchange Updates

July 28th, 2007

The manual traffic exchange world has generated a small flurry of updates over the past two days. Since none of them are really long enough to necessitate separate posts, I will combine them all here and provide brief summaries. Last night I finally started commenting on some other NoNofollow blogs in order to begin the process of generating some much needed traffic and backlinks. After a few days, I will focus on writing some more regular articles and stories, but I also need to take care of the promotional side of things so that I have enough readers to make this blogging effort worthwhile. Meanwhile, here are the latest reports from my currently active traffic exchanges:
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Royal Surf Runs Contest, Lowers Ad Prices

July 27th, 2007

The Royal Surf traffic exchange is running a contest that will last until approximately one week from today. The top 40 surfers for each day will win 25 credits each and an entry into a drawing that will take place at the end of the contest period.

Meanwhile, the prices for weekly advertising rotations have been reduced, and the time period for the ad rotations has been extended to ten days. Admin Catherine Heiter has also announced that a blog and newsletter format may be implemented for future updates at Royal Surf and two other traffic exchanges, which will obviate the need to post these updates here. But for now, you can read the text of the latest email:
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Top-Dollars.com Paid Survey Tips

July 26th, 2007

A few days ago, one of my readers posted a comment on my last product sample article and asked about the Top-Dollars.com program. He wanted to know how long it would take to have success with it, and also wanted some tips and general information about making money with paid surveys. I spent a few hours later that night typing out a rather long email reply to his inquiries in which I provided some links to my favorite market research companies and gave some general advice on how to get started. After I finished writing the email, I realized that most of the content could be helpful for anyone else who is interested in this topic, so I decided to take the relevant portions and post it here so that the information can be shared with my other readers. If you still have questions or comments about the paid survey experience, you may post these in the comment section below.

UPDATE 10/16/09: Unfortunately, I discovered earlier tonight that the Top-Dollars.com website is having technical problems and is no longer functional. Therefore I have removed the links to it from this page. However, since this post was written (over two years ago - wow!), I have discovered another program in the paid survey genre that has been providing even better results than Top-Dollars did. It’s called Survey Vanguard, and it has proven to have a much more comprehensive and accurate database of paid survey programs than the others that I have tried so far. You can check out the Survey Vanguard program here. And remember to use the cash focus technique to maximize your earning efficiency from doing paid surveys.


Although I don’t remember the exact amount of time before having success with Top-Dollars.com, I would estimate it at around two weeks or so, if you count “success” as receiving a significant number of paid survey offers. The actual time until you have success depends on a large multitude of factors such as how many survey companies you register with, how many surveys you actually take and/or qualify for, how you answer the survey questions, your personal demographics, your household’s demographics, the kinds of products you buy, the foods you eat, where you like to shop, your hobbies and interests, any health conditions you may have, how many and what type of surveys the market research companies are actually sponsoring, and a whole bunch of other things that would turn this into a seriously long post.

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Ridiculous HYIP of the Day: Zoom-Invest.net

July 25th, 2007

Yes, those infamous HYIP spammers are at it again. The latest site that has come up for ridicule is called zoom-invest.net, a HYIP that promises to triple your money within 15 hours while serving up a generous helping of broken English and inept marketing skills. Fortunately, its promoters were nice enough to send me this spam so that we all have the chance to laugh at them before their official launch:
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TIB Changes Payout Format, Promotes Bidhire.com

July 24th, 2007

The administrative team for Take the Internet Back is becoming more active lately, sending out their second email update within the last week. Apparently they are tweaking the payout formula so that only members who are actually reading the emails and clicking on the confirmation links within two weeks will actually receive credit on their accounts. This should be good news for me because I have been fairly active in reading the mails; in fact, I seem to be receiving and confirming a fairly high volume that is approaching the maximum of ten mails per day. I do still need to get my two referrals, however, so that I can start receiving actual payouts from the ad revenue shares that are being credited to my account. For more explanation on how TIB works, you can read my post from July 19, which is when the last update was published. Meanwhile, here is the update from the admin team that was sent out earlier today:

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Environmentalists Sign Petition to Ban Water

July 23rd, 2007

A few days ago I received an email about someone in Idaho who had conducted an experiment for his high school science fair in which he asked people to vote on whether or not they would ban a chemical called “dihydrogen monoxide”. After mentioning several of its properties that could produce unfavorable effects, he managed to get 43 out of 50 people to support a ban of this seemingly dangerous environmental hazard. For those of you who may not have been paying attention in chemistry class, this “dangerous” chemical is actually water. And as soon as I read the email, I realized that this little experiment has been done before.
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Negative SEO: Beware the Black Hatters

July 22nd, 2007

Managing an e-commerce site or a popular blog can be difficult enough without having to worry about other people sabotaging your search engine rankings. Nevertheless, there are people out there who can and will do this. They are often SEO experts who are paid very handsome sums of money by their clients in an effort to do whatever they can to rank above other sites for very competitive keywords. Although many of the tactics they employ are considered unethical, it is still a good idea to be aware of them, especially if you have a site that is doing relatively well in the search results. Here are seven negative SEO methods that may be used against you in an attempt to decrease your search engine rankings or revenues:
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MySurvey Newsletter for July

July 21st, 2007

The consumer panel MySurvey, formerly known as NFO MySurvey, has released its July newsletter. In addition to upgrading to the 2.0 version of their software for paid survey notifications, they are discontinuing the purchase of raffle tickets as a redemption option and replacing this with additional sweepstakes entries for each survey that is completed. This will not affect the usual reward points (which can be redeemed for cash) that we currently receive. They are also offering two different types of DVD players as prizes for point redemptions, although as you can see from the newsletter, the amount of points required for these will be substantial. Finally, the results of a recent survey on people’s driving habits have been released and can be viewed in the table at the bottom.
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