Monday, January 31, 2011
Several questions have also been sent to us, and we are going to respond to some of those questions here.
1. Are you two really utilizing the ways to make money that you post in your blog? Absolutely. There are many ways to earn a secondary income. We are only sharing with you what we are personally involved with. We even include the income figures and time involved to help you decide if it is something you'd like to be a part of.
2. Why do something like Amazon's Mechanical Turk that only averages $2 to $3 per hour? We just look at it as part of the income stream. It is so easy to kick back in our camper, shoes off, tunes playing and do some very simple online projects and get paid for it.
3. Why don't you add a "donation" button to your blog? We support those that have donation buttons on their blogs or websites. We just choose to do it in a different fashion. Look around as you read both of our blogs. First, we have Google ads. Not a big moneymaker, only about $4.00 in the past year. We do place ads of products and services that either we personally use, or they have been recommended by friends. Let us give you some examples. We found our health insurance through eHealthInsurance. We now have dental plans that we found through DentalPlans.com. We signed up to receive surveys through the various companies that we've listed on our blogsite.
On our other blog, Workamping World Tour 2011, we show other ads. We have friends that use VacationRentals.com to rent out their home while on the road. They love it, and make a nice income from that. We spoke about going to New York when other friends of ours told us to get the New York Pass. We have also used FindLegalForms.com to download some documents that we needed.
We have an Amazon.com ad that shows some of our favorite books, and also some items that we've purchased for the camper. The folding shower rod is wonderful. The tankless water heater is priceless! The only item that we do not have that is listed there is the Frugillionaire book, and that was highly recommended to us by some other fellow workampers. We recently met another workamper that is an avid golfer. He keeps his costs down with
The Golf Card. We are not golfers, but he stated that it pays for itself within a couple of rounds.
So, if you see an ad that is of interest to you, then by all means, check it out. Will we make a few pennies? Yes. Is it a mentionable source of our secondary income? Not at all.
4. Do you participate in any charity work? Yes we do. We have volunteered for various soup kitchens, rescue missions and conservation groups. We are animal lovers, so the charity that we give to is the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). We have personally seen them in action, and have friends dedicated to the work that they do. We have donation buttons for the WSPA on both of our blogs.
5. Why? This is a very broad, yet easy question to answer. One of our favorite movies is "Pay It Forward". This is our way of sharing ideas with others that they may not have known about. Pay it forward....what a wonderful concept!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
We both began writing for eHow.com just over a year ago. At that time, you could just pick a subject, write about it, submit it and you were done. As people read our articles, the pennies would start showing up. After a few months, our articles would move up on the pages of various search engines, resulting in more people reading our articles. The pennies turned into dollars. We only completed a few articles each that were directly published onto eHow. Take a look at those articles and you'll see that it is just not that hard to write. Here are eHow.com articles by Craig and eHow.com articles by Karin.
Now, for the good news and bad news. The bad news is you cannot submit articles through eHow.com directly anymore. The website was purchased last year by a company called Demand Media Studios. So now you have to sign up and apply to be a writer with Demand Media Studios. The good news? Once approved as a writer, you can get paid for articles immediately once the article is approved by an editor. Here is the really good news: you can start off making $15 per article! AND, Demand Media Studios pays out twice a week!
If you decide to sign up and write for Demand Media Studios, then make sure you read ALL of the rules. They can be picky. At first it would take us three or four hours to put together an article. We got the hang of it, so now we can knock out an article in about an hour. We each write 3 articles a week. That comes out to be $360 per month between the two of us! Not too bad.
Here's another, actually easier way to make money writing. Have you ever heard of Blogsvertise? If you have a blog, then this may work for you. Here's how it works: sign up with Blogsvertise and they will send you offers via email to write about products within your blog. You can accept or decline each product. Once you accept a product, you only need to place a paragraph in your blog with 3 links to that product. The paragraph should review or talk about the product. Even negative or critical reviews are allowed. It is rather easy to research the product on the internet. Depending on the age of your blog, you'll get from $5 up to $25 per product article. Once that article is on you blog for 30 days, then you'll receive payment. So sign up for Blogsvertise today.
We hope that these blogs are showing you that there are many ways to make some decent secondary income. We have many other ways that we will continue to share with you in the near future. We are also going to address other things that come into play when you live and travel on minimum wage. Health insurance and various travel expenses are hot topics. We'll share how we personally deal with these issues. Thanks for reading along with us!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Have you ever heard of Mechanical Turk? This is a website operated by Amazon.com that lets you perform various tasks for money. These tasks are known as "HITS" (Human Intelligence Tasks). There are many HITS that you can perform. The HITS may include doing research, URL verification, search engine tests, writing an essay, or completing a survey. These HITS will pay you anywhere from one penny up to thirty dollars. But, be careful....and be selective. We'll explain why as we go.
Here is the process of how Mechanical Turk works. Sign up for an account at
Amazon Mechanical Turk. Next, you choose a HIT that you would like to complete. Once approved, the amount that the HIT was worth is deposited into your Amazon.com account. You can then purchase Amazon.com items directly from that account, or have it deposited into your personal bank account. It's that simple. But here are a few tips before you begin.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Jason and Kelly Odom wrote a book:
Vanabode™ - how to happily camp, travel and live forever on $20 a day
This book has so much information. It helped us set up a plan to truly live and travel on minimum wage.
But if you want to pass on the book, then here is our first way to make a little extra income. Surveys.
Yes, you can sign up and perform surveys through your email. Some will pay you a few dollars per survey. Some offer gift cards, free hotel stays, entries into sweepstakes and more. We have earned money doing these surveys, a couple of restaurant and store gift cards, and some free hotel stays. If you follow our other blog, the hotel in Atlantic City was free with the coupons that we earned through completing surveys. Nice!
Here are the ones that we use: