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Make residual income on the internet

Oct. 24th, 2009 | 11:48 am
mood: chipperchipper

There are multiple ways to make money on the internet. I have found multiple ways to earn income on the internet, but few of them have yielded much. I think putting a few of these strategies together can add up, though.

1. Affiliate marketing. Basically, you sign up with CJ (Commission Junction), Clickbank, Affilorama (or some other 3rd party affiliate site). You then affiliate yourself with companies (through the affiliate site) that sell products on the internet (i.e. bestbuy.com, buy.com, etc...). You put special links or URL's on your website that direct internet users to that seller's website. If the customer buys anything, you earn a percentage of the sale. The special redirecting link you put on your website contains your account information so you can get paid by that company for the sale.

2. If writing is your thing, you can sign up with textbroker.com. Textbroker is a website where you can sign up for free lance writing projects. When you sign up, you write an example article. The article is then rated on a scale from 1 to 5. The higher the score, the better the article. Once you have been rated, you can access the site for articles that clients have requested. You need to follow the clients parameters of the articles. You can view the requested articles and decide whether or not you want to perform the work. Most of these articles are for the internet and need keywords to fall within the work a certain number of times. The more you write and create relationships with clients, the more money you can make.

3. Hits4pay.com is a website that is FREE! You sign up for an account, and you are given $10 instantly (in your account). You receive daily e-mails with ads in them. You need to open the ads and leave them open for a certain period of time (no longer than 1 minute). After the time expires, you receive credit for reviewing the ad. The credit is $.02. Sounds like a lot of work for little gain - and you are correct. Here's the catch. As more users sign up and use YOU as a referral, you earn money for all the ads they read too! There are two levels - so you earn money for friends of friends reading ads also. You can sit back and wait for the money to roll in. How many friends do you have? More than me, I hope. If you want to use ME as a referral (because you probably don't know anyone else who has an account), plug in my e-mail address as a referral during the sign on process. jojo01bambino&aim.com (replace & with @ - and you're all set). Or, you can click on the affiliate link below that contains my account information.




4. Inboxdollars.com is a website where you can take surveys and play games for money. When you sign up, you receive $5 in your account. Adding the website's e-mail address to your contact list will earn you another $.25. You earn 10% for referrals. There are multiple ways to earn that I am still learning.

One thing to note about all of these forms of internet earnings is filling out W-9 forms so the income can be reported on your taxes. Another note is you may want to create a paypal account to make receiving payment easier. The easier it is for these websites to pay you, the better.

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My Hero: Steve Courson

Jul. 16th, 2009 | 07:45 am
location: United States, New York, Syracuse
mood: sadsad

Steve Courson was a guard for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1977 through 1983.  He won two Superbowls with the team.

Steve had a heart problem after his days in the NFL because of his lifestyle and steroid abuse.  Steve came out and admitted to taking steroids.  He overcame his heart problem, and he dedicated his life to helping youths in the local Pittsburgh area understand that steroids were not the answer to performing well in sports.

I was one of those youths that Steve "took under his wing".  I did not have any problems with steriod or drug abuse.  I am not sure why Steve chose me.  I like to think he saw potential in me as a future football player.  I was 16 and ran a 4.8 second 40 yard dash, and I had a 25" vertical.  I was 6'1" and weighed just over 155 (165 in the off season) pounds.  Maybe he just thought I was a nice kid.  I'm not sure.

I joined the Uniontown High School football team my sophmore year (after the football season was over).  My original goal was to work on my physique and lift weights after school.  I worked out four days per week.  Once football for the following season started rolling around, the head coach Mr. Fortugna asked me to join the team.  He had worked with me on my form lifting weights during the off season.  I agreed to play on the team, and I started participating in the practices as well as lifting weights.

I don't remember meeting Steve except that he was always in the weight room.  At some point that I can't remember, he asked me to go out with him and run patterns, and he would throw to me.  Playing catch with Steve became part of my daily training regimen.  When coach Fortugna had seen enough for the day, he would tell the team to hit the showers, and Steve would say, "Mehalek, you're with me."  I mainly ran slants because they are the shortest patterns in football, and because that was the pattern Steve said would help "soften" my hands the most.  I was not very good at first, but Steve continued working with me.  After a few weeks, I could catch 17 to 18 of 20 passes.

I was a junior for my first season of high school football.  Playing football was one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done in my life.  It was not easy.  I also had a job delivering 80 newspapers every morning (except Saturday) meaning I was normally awake at 5:30 every day.

I was a shy kid growing up.  I KNEW I had the chops to play, but I was never in the coach's face asking for him to put me in the games.  I always thought, "He knows what he's doing.  He'll put me in when he needs me."  Needless to say, the coach rarely let me play in any varsity games, and I got very little game time in the JV games as well.  I assumed the coach had his favorites, and I wasn't one of them.

Then we had a JV game one Saturday morning.  It was the 4th quarter and we were losing.  The down was 4th and 15, and we decided to go for it.  I don't remember the play, but I ran my pattern, and I caught the ball for a 1st down!  I was so excited.  I ran off the field so the main players could come back onto the field.  We went through our downs again in a row, and it was 4th down again.  The coach sent me in the game.  The call was "101 pop-pass"; that meant I (as a split end) was the first one.  The one on the passing tree is "go deep".  "Pop-pass" meant fake a slant.  When the ball was snapped, I faked the cornerback, and I was wide open.  The ball was under thrown, so I had to stop and turn around to catch it.  I grabbed it on the 5 yard line and took off.  I beat my corner so badly, that he couldn't stop me.  I felt him bounce off my heels as I entered the end zone.  The team was excited, and they celebrated in the end zone.  I remained modest and did not celebrate.

At the next varsity game, the coach did not put me in the game at all.  I was flabbergasted.  We lost, again.  I was destroyed.  I thought my performance would have gotten me in for a few plays at least.  I became discouraged and stopped going to practice and quit the team.  Having a job, getting good grades, and going to practices that seemed to not matter was taking its toll on mine.  Since the football practice wasn't paying dividends like work and good grades, I made the decision to quit.  I never played organized football again.

I was convinced that Steve was telling the coach to put me in, but he wouldn't listen to Steve.  I don't really know the truth.  I found out just a year or two ago (12 years later) that coach Fortugna called the house asking me to come back to the team.  My Dad told him that he would not relay the message to me, and that the coach had to talk to me in person.

I remember Coach Courson with very fond memories.  He believed in me when nobody else did, not even me.  He made me believe in myself, and I never got the chance to thank him.  He gave me something that nobody else could; confidence and a sense of self worth.

Steve Courson died in November of 2005.  He was cutting down a tree on his property.  A gust of wind caused the tree to blow in an unintended direction.  Steve had enough time to save his dog (Rachael or Rufus - I don't know which one), but the tree crushed him and killed him.  I remember Steve's dogs because he used to bring them to football practice.  He loved his dogs.

I wasn't notified of Steve's death until after the funeral.  I wish I could have attended.

I received a Courson football jersey recently (in 2006) as a present.  It is my way of paying tribute to Steve.  It's a constant reminder that I believe in myself and that I can strive to be better regardless of what others may think.

I miss playing football, and I miss running patterns with Steve.  Nobody has ever believed in me like Steve, and I'm not sure if anyone ever will.  May God bless you Steve Courson, and rest in peace.

See the following link for more information on Steve Courson and his untimely death:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_462321.html

"Steve Courson, 50, was killed outside his Farmington, Pa., home in November while trying to remove a 44-foot tree from his property. The former guard was crushed while apparently trying to save his dog, after a gust of wind changed the direction of the falling tree. His black Labrador retriever was found alive, tangled in Courson's legs."
               --The Los Angeles Times 07/19/2006

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A Dance with Dragons collaborator!

Apr. 10th, 2009 | 03:04 pm
location: Central New York
mood: amusedamused
music: The Nurse Who Loved Me by The Section Quartet

GRRM announed on 04/01/2009 on his "not a blog" LJ that Howard Waldrop will be assisting him with finishing his long awaited book "A Dance with Dragons."  I, for one, am excited to see a move in the right direction to accomplishing this unending task for GRRM.  I think another brain with some fresh views will help get this book rolling.  I don't anticipate it being completed in a few months as stated on "not a blog," but I expect to see it out by this time next year.  DISCLAIMER: That is a GUESS and not an actual  release date.

Caveat: The post was on April Fool's day.  Do you suppose Mr. Martin is taking us for a ride?  I'm excited that progress is being made, but I cringe at the thought of being victim of a clever prank.  I think GRRM is serious despite the uncanny date of his post.

What do you think?

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Puck Daddy aka Greg Wyshynski

Apr. 7th, 2009 | 06:24 pm
location: Central New York
mood: pissed offpissed off

Having only read a few articles online regarding Sidney Crosby (captain and center for NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins), I found that none of Yahoo's sports articles are neutral.  They all seem to be sleighted to paint Sidney Crosby as the NHL's most hated scoundrel.  Well, of all the articles I read, they were all by Yahoo's pencil pusher "Puck Daddy" (not sure where the indulgent pen name came from).  Anyone who shops at Wal-mart could probably figure out that he is a disgruntled Washington Captials (or as I like to call them "Crapitals") fan.  He rushes over to his computer to type any of the senseless drivel that enters his brain to make his abonimable affiliation with the Capitals that much stupider.

In my opinion Yahoo should have less biased articles and reviews on their website, and let this insufferable whiner stick to typing his second rate articles and videos on livejournal, myspace, and facebook like the rest of us.

Puck Daddy, jealousy makes a stinky cologne.

Oh yeah, and everyone knows that Sean Avery and Jarkko Ruutu are much larger scoundrels than Sidney Crosby.

Go PENGUINS!  Go CROSBY!

To read examples of senseless drivel, see these two links:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Puck-Daddy-Mini-Doc-The-Hate-and-Love-of-Sidney?urn=nhl,149593

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Fight-Video-Sidney-Crosby-really-earns-his-inst?urn=nhl,131997

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Neti Pot

Mar. 12th, 2009 | 03:37 pm
mood: satisfiedsatisfied

I noticed over the weekend that I started getting congested, and I was sneezing more often than
usual.  I felt that a cold was inevitable.

My wife purchased me a Neti Pot a while ago, but I never really had the guts to try it.  For those
of you who are unfamiliar, Neti Pot is a type of herbal remedy for congestion.  The pot is just
like a watering pot, but the nozzle is small enough to fit in your nose.  You fill it with warm
water and mix in a little salt.  You tilt your head down over a sink and pour the saline solution
in one nostril; it runs out the other side.  There are plenty of videos on youtube if you want to
see a demonstration.

The first time I poured the water into my nose, nothing came out the other side.  I could feel
pressure slightly building in my sinuses, though.  I was plugged up pretty good.  I blew my nose a
few times, then the Neti Pot started working....and work it did!  I can't remember my nose ever feeling so clear!  Also, my sneezing stopped, and I never developed the cold that I was certain would befall me.

I strongly recommend Neti Pot to anyone who regularly feels congested.  The product is not too
expensive, and it is much safer than most types of medication.

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Pandora.com

Mar. 12th, 2009 | 02:55 pm
location: Upstate NY
mood: impressedimpressed


I was working overtime one evening, and one of our users showed me a really cool website called pandora.com.  http://pandora.com

You type in a genre or band/singer/DJ that you like, and the website (aka "online station") plays songs with similar sounds.  I strongly recommend using this site if you're on the internet often.  It gives you the option to vote on the song that is being played.  If you don't like it, it skips to the next song, and it doesn't play that song ever again (on that channel).

You can create several different channels, which I of course have.  My favorite channel is my Flashlight Brown channel.  I always listen to it!  It introduced a lot of new music to me that I really enjoy!

Give pandora.com a try!  You'll be happy about it!  I enjoy accessing it via my PS3 at home and playing the songs through my surround speakers - sounds awesome!

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The story behind my username....

Feb. 27th, 2009 | 08:45 am
location: Upstate NY
mood: anxiousanxious

AKA
What's the story behind your username?
I signed up for a webpage a long time ago (mid to late 90's).  I wanted to create the username Bear which is my life long nickname.  The name Bear was obviously taken (even back in the mid 90's).  The website offered some alternative names, and Bear6360 was the name I thought I could remember the easiest of the choices.  It has been my internet nickname ever since.

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Book writing delays...

Feb. 27th, 2009 | 08:17 am
mood: hopefulhopeful
music: Flatwoods by Brad Leftwich

I just read an interesting article that I found on GRRM's LJ:

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/blog/2009/02/concerning-release-of-book-two.html

One of his fellow authors named Pat (of whom I am unfamiliar) wrote an all too real comic strip with a detailed introspective of the life of today's author (him).  My heart went out to Pat.  I feel bad that some of his fans are harrassing him, and my heart goes out to him.  He makes himself appear human through the comic strip and the article itself.  It has also helped me to understand how and why his book is late.

I'm a little new to the GRRM scene (started about 2.5 years ago).  I don't know if he posted anything similar to make himself seem human.  Based on what I can tell, he has answers for everything except for "A Song of Ice and Fire".

Maybe I feel for Pat because he mentioned the things in his life that are time consuming that delays the release of his next book (i.e. buying groceries, raking leaves, taking out the trash, etc...).  I think I don't feel the same for GRRM because what seems to consume his time (from what I can tell from his blog) is other books...books that I don't care about.  Also, Pat says he's new to being an author.  GRRM takes pride in his experience and tenure (as he should - he's quite accomplished)...but he doesn't have the newby "excuse".  He should be a well established professional, and he should be able to crank these books out, right?  Maybe I'm mistaken, and I probably am.  I don't know how to write a novel, but I've always wanted to.  I always imagine plotting out a story from beginning to end then using that guideline to create the filler.  I guess everyone works differently.

What I think I'm trying to say is that I sort of understand the delay and how GRRM feels.  It's difficult to understand the delay, though, because of all the other projects.  It's easy to feel as though he is casting you aside for the fans of his other projects.  It's a bit of a hurtful feeling; the feeling of being shunned.

Based on my own experiences in life (not being an author of great novels), I need to workload balance.  I need to balance according to priority, demand, and need.  I try as hard as I can, but it's not as easy as it sounds.  I normally try to fix the loudest squeaky wheel first.  I find it difficult to believe that GRRM has any wheels that make a louder squeak than his "Ice and Fire" fans.

I hope that GRRM reads this post, but I doubt he will.  I hope that he doesn't read it because he's working dilligently on the book "A Dance with Dragons".  GRRM, if you are reading, please keep in mind that most of your "detractors" were "supportive fans" at one point.  Try to treat us with a little more respect and a little less angst.  We could easily be swayed back from being "alienated fans" to being "supportive fans".  Take your pal Pat's example.  I feel like a fan of his because of his article, and I don't even know who he is.

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Elder Scrolls: Oblivion

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 04:32 pm
mood: anxiousanxious

Elder Scrolls:  Oblivion is my new favorite PS3 game.  I got it last summer, and I played it quite a bit, then I set it aside once I got NHL 09 (my other favorite PS3 game).  Anyways, I just wanted to rave about how awesome it is!  I can't recommend it enough, especially if you like RPG's (role playing games).

I bought the first Elder Scrolls game called Arena on my 386sx (that's a PC for non-geeks) back in 1995 (or was it '96?).  It was an awesome game, but I got discouraged when my awesome Nord fell down a chasm and couldn't get back out.  I eventually found a coffin that cast a levitate spell, and that was my means for escape.  Now, if anyone knows RPG's like Elder Scrolls, you need to save your game often.  Anyways, once I found the levitate spell, I saved my game.  Bad news - it was a one use only spell.  I just saved over my game, then there really was no way out of the chasm.  I quit playing Arena after that, and I eventually gave it to my brother's friend "McNutt".  My revival into the Elder Scrolls makes me miss my old game.  I also had the second game called Daggerfall which was also awesome!  I got the third game as well called Battlesypre.  By this point, I had two jobs, and I was buying games faster than I could play them....until I ran into a game called Might & Magic VI.  I stopped playing all games except for MMVI for years.  I eventually got MMVII, MMVIII, and MMIX...but all of that slowly faded away.

After quite some time, I got away from PC games and console games altogether.  Now that I'm back into gaming (and have been since right before PS2 was released), I'm loving it!  These new consoles allow PC quality games to be played from the comfort of your sofa on your 50" plasma TV!

Life is good!

P.S.  I can't wait to play Oblivion right now!

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A Dance with Dragons

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 12:48 pm
mood: irritatedirritated


GRRM decided to post to his "Detractors" (see here: http://grrm.livejournal.com/75053.html).  He wanted to lash out at the fans (mostly ex-fans now) who are eager to read his next installment of his "Ice and Fire" series "A Dance with Dragons".  He was smart enough to not allow responses to that topic (not that it matters much since I have been banned from posting on his livejournal).

If you have a qualm with the delay in the release in the book, you can always post here.  I'll leave it open for comments.

I think it's interesting that he thinks we're mad that he watches football.  He's all around our point, but he doesn't quite get it.  We don't give two craps what he does in his free time, just finish the F'ing book.  He thinks waiting 5+ years for a book is quite reasonable.

Also, I enjoyed his snarky comment about getting to "take a leak".  In my opinion, 5 years is more than enough time in the john.  What about the book?

Basically, his update states that he doesn't have an update.  Also, the "detractors" are now becoming the scapegoat for his malingering.  Oh, so it's OUR fault that he's taking so long now.

I'm not a bitter person, and I'm not mean either.  I used to be one of the empathetic fans who supported his procrastinistic ways.  I didn't understand why people would be angry because they had to wait for a book.  A freakin' BOOK, for crying out loud!  I guess I'm seeing the other side of things, though.  I'm also aware of all the awesome books that are already completed; and those are now the objects of my affection.

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