Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Smorty - Review of Pay to Blog Service

Blogging is both fun and satisfying, but for all your hard work you'd like to see some return other than just the traffic stats going up (don't get me wrong, that's plenty heartwarming). Wouldn't it be nice to make money blogging?

There are opportunities out there that let you get paid to blog. There are several services that enlist bloggers in writing reviews and posts about specific services and products for remuneration. You write about other blogs, websites and services, and make recommendations to your readers anyway. It's no different from what you are doing already, and can provide fresh and interesting content for your blog. You blog about services your readers will find useful, and make money at the same time.

One of the services I have researched is Smorty. They seem to have a solid base of advertisers and the payment per blog post appears to be reasonable. For bloggers who want to join this type of service, it's important to know that the opportunities are not too limited. They review posts for quality, which is also important - for both the blogger and the advertiser, as each has their reputation on the line. Their payment policy is better than some other pay to blog services, in that they send payments weekly. Some pay to blog services have a waiting period of thirty days from posting before they release payment.

Smorty works for advertisers by generating buzz and interest in their websites, products and services through an accepted and popular medium. Blog advertising is a great route to go if you are new on the scene. It's a way to reach millions of internet users who might not find you through other means. The paid posts create backlinks to your site as well. If you're a new service, consider Smorty as a smart way to spend some of your advertising budget.

Overall, Smorty has features that make it a worthy contender in the pay to blog field. For bloggers there are sufficient opportunities and no significant delay in payment. Advertisers get buzz, backlinks and netwide exposure. Whether you've tried other services and are looking for an alternative, or whether you just want to get your feet wet in the blogging for money field, you should check out Smorty.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Millionaire Works at McDonalds

It's the dream of every working class slob. Every man and woman who gets up at 5am and trundles off to a day of drudgery - cleaning floors, flipping burgers, waiting on ungrateful customers - drudgery takes many forms. They hold their dreams in the form of a lottery ticket, a ticket to more than riches, a ticket to freedom and unemployed bliss.

But it seems that the old saying about there being more to life than just money is true. It's an old adage proved relevant by Luke Pittard, a young man who won more than $2 million but found that a life of leisure is just too boring.

Luke, 25, was a staff trainer at McDonalds prior to sharing his Lotto winnings with his girlfriend, buying a new house and living the easy life.
But he got restless, missed his job and his workmates and has gone back to McDonalds, earning less there than he gets in interest on his winnings.

So money can't buy happiness? Maybe. Or maybe you just need a better plan for keeping yourself entertained when you're rich.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Fantasy Baseball - Sports Prophet

If you're serious about your fantasy baseball (and who isn't?), believe in hands-on management and total involvement, then you need to keep current on statistics, injuries, schedules and predictions. Serious fantasy baseball is NOT an oxymoron.

Okay, so what about a program that lets you compare up to three players, side by side? A program that lets you play in multiple leagues, create printable draft and cheat sheets, all within the framework of your league's unique scoring rules? Now it's sounding like serious fantasy baseball. Sports Prophet's Fantasy Baseball software combines data mining, predictive analysis and artificial intelligence to give you the most accurate player projections available anywhere. Treat yourself to the most advanced Draft assistance tool available utilizing player rankings based on Predictive Modeling by PhD scientists!

Sports Prophet is web-based, so there's no program to download and you can access it from anywhere with an internet connection - home, work, internet cafes, the hotel room on your honeymoon (a good wife will understand), etc. Stay up to date on news, results, rumors, injuries, and more.

Here's what a head to head comparison looks like:

Alright, you're probably wondering how much all of this knowledge and technology is going to cost you. Have you thought about how much you could win with something like this to back up your management skills? Better still, readers of this blog who use promotion code BMC200 will automatically save $10 off just because, well you're special.

Update on The Great Illinois Cornflake

The girls from Virginia whose frosted flake was worth over $200,000 the other day suffered a slight setback when eBay pulled the item, saying it violated their rules regarding food items.

So the girls have revamped and resubmitted The Great Illinois Cornflake and are now auctioning off a coupon that is redeemable for the state-shaped cornflake while cautioning that it is not meant to be edible.

The paper coupon (as seen in picture) can be redeemed, after the auction, by the winner for a frosted cornflake the shape of the great State of Illinois! This frosted cornflake was pulled out of a box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and has undergone no alterations to its shape of appearance. Its uncanny resemblance is completely natural!

As of this morning, the bid is at $1,325. Now, if you want to get in on this hot item, you had better move fast. There's only a scant 12 hours left to nab this important bit of breakfast cereal Americana for yourself.

And in case you had thoughts of finding your own bit of cereal that is state-shaped, I can tell you that the copycats are not generating the same bidding fervor as The Great Illinois Cornflake. Go figure.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Rap and Hip Hop Site

If rap and hip hop are your thing, then check out the newest rap site on the net. Rap contains bios and discographies for all the great rap and hip hop artists, whether you're a fan of old school, classic hip hop or the newest sounds to hit the top 10.

Become a member and you can post in the forum to discuss your favorite songs or just share some great new find. See the lists of Top Ten Artists, Top Ten Songs and Top Ten Albums of the week and their user ratings. Users - that's you, the audience. You know, the people that count.

A site like Rap becomes what members make of it. Involvement is key so discuss, debate but above all, let your voice be heard. It's easy to become a member and registration is free.

$201,000 Bid for Cornflake on eBay

Here's the thing about people - you don't have to work hard to swindle them. Sometimes, you don't even have to lie. Sometimes, you don't even have to offer to sell them London Bridge or swampland in Florida. Just tell them, "Hey, I have a frosted flake here shaped like the state of Illinois, wanna buy it"?

I am not in any way doubting the sincerity of the two teen sisters from Virginia who are auctioning off a cornflake on eBay. It does look a little like Illinois and heck, it's a great tribute to our educational system that these teens are busy looking for the 50 states in their breakfast cereal instead of hatching schemes to skip school. One cannot fault their adventurous spirit in trying to make a buck.

It's the people bidding on it and the wacky news stories about it that baffle me. One news source says they were offered as much as $20 for it. Okay, if I were a kind-hearted soul, I might offer them 20 bucks to reward their initiative and help them buy more Frosted Flakes. Another news source says they were offered $50 and another states it was more than $3000. Starting to sound a little suspicious to me.

I had to see this fantastic cornflake for myself so I went to eBay to check the current bit. I figured they had to be making up these huge bids. So I checked, and as of this morning, the bid is $201,000 US.

In poking aroung eBay, I found to my amazement, yet another cereal flake shaped like the state of Illinois - this one from a box of Raisin Nut Bran. The current bid is $6.50.

Alright, as stupid as it is to bid on a flake of cereal, how ridiculous is it to bid on a copycat flake of cereal? What is so gosh darn special about the state of Illinois? The flake isn't even a good likeness. Look at the map.

You got me, but, since this is a money-making proposition, who am I to question it? I headed straight for my pantry and grabbed the first box of cereal I came to and started digging. I think I am going to be rich, because at least 25% of these flakes look like the state of Illinois, a few like Indiana and I think I may have found a Michigan and a Virginia.

EBay, here I come.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sound the Loud Siren on Credit Fraud

If you're smart, you check up on your credit report at least once a year (more often is even better) to make sure that it doesn't contain any false information and that your credit is in good standing. Often, checking your credit report is the only way you will find out when someone else has fraudulently used your name and credit history to obtain credit. Of course, by this time it's too late and you now face the task of repairing the situation.

The best way to deal with fraudulent use of your good credit standing is to prevent anyone from obtaining credit in your name in first place. Enter a service like Loud Siren. Their name brilliantly explains what they do. If you are registered for their service and someone tries to open credit in your name, they will sound the loud siren to let you know. If you aren't the one seeking the credit, you can deny it right there and then.

LoudSiren lets you register up to three phone numbers, so wherever you are - home, work or even driving in your car - they can reach you as soon as that credit siren is sounded. With Loud Siren, creditors will know that they must obtain approval before extending any credit or loan by contacting Loud Siren. Loud Siren will then call you to alert you to the transaction, which you can then deny or approve. Simple, but very effective.

Right now you can save $10 off their service by going to Loud Why wait till someone messes with your credit and then play clean up? Get the protection you need and you never have to worry about it again. Simple.

Man Puts His Life Up for Sale on eBay

Ever decide you need a whole new life? Well, if you're interested there is a whole life up for sale on eBay. Ian Usher, of Australia, is putting his entire life up for auction because he wants to start over.

Originally from Britain, Usher, 44, moved to Australia and obtained citizenship there during his five year marriage. But now the marriage is over and Usher wants to start anew.

Up for sale is Usher's three bedroom house which is located 30 minutes from Perth, all his possessions, clothes, car, and other items, including a 6ft TV, a motorcyle and a jetski. Even his friends and his job are available on a trial basis.

So if you haven't done a very good job establishing your own life so far and would like to give someone else's a try, you can check out Ian Usher's life and make a bid.

Ian Usher's House

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Termites and Webcams

The popularity and growth of live webcams on the net means that you can view a sunny beach in Australia, take in the sights at the Eiffel Tower or watch wildlife at a watering hole in Africa. But this new webcam is not for the faint of heart nor weak of stomach. The Termite Institute has set up a live webcam courtesy of the University of Florida where you can watch termites burrowing underground as they prepare to devour the house above.

Termites might not be your first choice in entertainment, but knowing how they operate is extremely important for homeowners who could lose their biggest investment to an invasion of these pests. Most people don't know the warning signs of termite infestation or the available and most effective methods of termite treatment.

If you own a home and especially if you know or suspect you have a termite infestation, do yourself a favor and visit I love the name of the website - says it all doesn't it? Kill the Termites.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Beatles Songbook Coming to iTunes

Do You Want to Know a Secret? Well, It's Getting Better all the time for Steve Jobs as he has finally managed to hammer out a deal that will bring The Beatles to iTunes. The deal, signed off on by Paul McCartney will net $400 million for McCartney, Ringo Starr, the families of John Lennon and George Harrison with even Michael Jackson getting a cut.

The songs are not yet available on iTunes, so you can't listen to them Anytime at All, but Because the deal is now set, soon you will be able to download your favorite Beatles tune Eight Days a Week.

I wonder if Paul should have waited until he had finalized his divorce deal with Heather Mills and they had agreed We Can Work it Out before signing? Will Heather get a cut of the action?

Although it seems wrong somehow for Michael Jackson to make out on this deal, maybe now he'll be able to pay off some of his huge personal debt and stop hiding out in foreign countries to avoid his debtors and lawsuits. Maybe he can even get someone to fix what he's done to his face. And get a nose.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Buy to Let on The Rise

If you rent as I do, that big chunk of money you hand out every month seems a sure guarantee that you'll never be buying your own home. Worst of it is, that rents everywhere are high and get higher. If you move to a location where rents are cheaper, then chances are your commute to work is longer and you lose the money you saved on rent to the filling of the gas tank.

The mortgage crisis has hit both sides of the Atlantic and fewer people are able to get into home ownership, with loans becoming harder to get and foreclosures at an all time high. So, you stay where you are and hope for better times might be good advice.

Interestingly, one kind of mortgage is becoming more popular according to this news story from the UK, and that is buying property to rent or let. It makes sense that if fewer people are buying their own homes, then there will be an increasing supply of tenants for rental properties. And let's face it, rents never go down, they only go up, so the future is a pretty sure bet as far as full tenancy in your rental property. And rental monies pay the mortgage, so there's another point in their favor.

There's a good reason then, to be optimistic, at least about getting Mortgages UK in the buy to let market.
Probably the same holds true in the US. In any case, people who can't afford their own home, will always need someplace to live, and why not be the one who rents it to them?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Springing Ahead

As I prepare to "spring forward" in a couple of hours, I was very interested in this article at Consumer about how people adjust to time changes and even other time zones.

Seems that nowadays, when people extend days with artificial light instead of being ruled by the sun's rising and setting, that it isn't the clock that we take our cues from when it comes to what time we get up or when we go to bed. Time, they say, is ruled by the TV.

People adjust their days to the television schedule. If you regularly watch a specific TV show and retire for the night when it's done, you'll probably do the same even if it's on earlier in the evening.

Not being an avid viewer of television this may explain why I don't seem to have any set hours, or regular schedule. Could this be a cure for insomniacs? Train them to go to sleep after American Idol?

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Let's Go Bike Surfing

Whenever someone returns to a former occupation or activity that they have been away from a long time, they will be assured that starting over is "just like riding a bike". Bicycle riding is something that just about everyone has done at least once in their lifetimes, and it's a skill you don't lose, it's just too familiar.

But one Australian company is putting a whole new spin on bike riding with the new 5-wheel StreetSurfer bike. The bicycle frame and rear wheel are pretty traditional looking, but the front wheel has been replaced with four tiny wheels.

And it doesn't ride like other bikes. Instead of steering by turning the handlebars, the rider steers by leaning and using body weight - hence the feeling of "surfing" down the street.

For those of us who learned to ride traditional bikes, this could take some getting used to. But for youngsters starting out, this bike should e a cakewalk - it comes with its own training wheels.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Using Online Quotes

Where do you look for insurance when you decide it's time for a change? Truthfully, I was a little concerned about these insurance quotes online but I didn't have time to call all the insurance brokers in the area and find out what companies they deal with or how much an insurance policy was going to cost me. I had been with the same insurance company for so long, I wasn't used to shopping for insurance, but I needed to get a new policy and I needed it right away. Finally, I relented and tried an online quote service.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't get a lot of unsolicited and worthless calls or offers, and the broker that I ended up buying a policy through was located very close to me, so when I did have to go into the office, it was easy to get to. Overall, I think I got a pretty good deal - got the policy I needed with the coverage I needed and a payment schedule I could live with. The broker knew his stuff and even helped me figure out what coverage I needed to increase and what I could drop. You don't want to pay for coverage you don't need but heaven help you if you haven't got enough of what you do need.

If you are in the market for any kind of insurance policy, auto, home, life or even Commercial Insurance, I would recommend getting an online quote. It saves time and can save you money. You will speak with a professional who can guide you into choosing the right policy with the right coverage. It's the simple and painless way to go.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Cotillard Says 9/11 not terrorism

There is something about fame that makes actors believe they hold the keys to all knowledge and that the world should take its cue from them when deciding important issues. Unfortunately, they have the largest audience and the screwiest politics. A very dangerous combination.

However, it seems unlikely that anyone will be paying much attention to the latest entry of opinions and half-baked conspiracy theories spouted by French actress, Marion Cotillard. Since winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, her past remarks on such various occurrences as the 1969 moon landing and the World Trade Center attacks, have surfaced.

Now, having a conspiracy theory about the WTC is not that unusual, everyone in Hollywood has one. Usually it involves the idea that the government was somehow complicit in the attacks, or even orchestrated them in order to justify a war in Afghanistan. But Marion Cotillard has a fresh take on the disaster, and I give her points for originality.

In an interview on French radio last year, Cotillard proposed that the towers were just out-dated and it would have cost too much to rebuild or renovate.

"It was a money-sucker because they were finished, it seems to me, by 1973, and to re-cable all that, to bring up-to-date all the technology and everything, it was a lot more expensive, that work, than destroying them."

Apparently the owners of the twin towers arranged to have some planes flown into the towers because it would be less expensive than redecorating. This is an insurance scam taken to the extreme, but see how clever it is? No one but Marion has ever even suspected it.

Her credibility might suffer a bit, however, from her denial of the moon landing in 1969. This theory was popular for decades but has pretty much run its course.

"Did a man really walk on the Moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don't believe all they tell me, that's for sure."

I wonder if she saw the Mars alien picture?