Ka-ching $

Another week of the WONDERFUL WORLD-WIDE WEB!  I have decided to introduce a new facet to my blog entries…
I have a part time job.  You all know that one part time job doesn’t pay all the bills.  Recently, I have turned to the internet to search for ways to make money since I spend a LOT of time on the computer.  Guess what?   There are TONS of ways to use your talents to exploit the moneys on the interwebs and I have personally shopped them to try and determine which ones are scams and which ones aren’t.  ANYTHING that asks for your credit card number is a scam: especially if it is a “free trial.”  These are services that are trying to fish for your personal information to sign you up for a subscription to whatever the service they are selling is.  For instance: you find a website that offers you a free Mac Tablet computer just for completing a survey!  Amazing, right?  Wrong.  You have an optional survey, but then there are “Silver” and “Gold” offers that you MUST complete.  Guess what these Silver and Gold offers are?  They are subscriptions and product trials that REQUIRE your credit card information.  Even then, there’s no guarantee that you get the computer.  Anyway…
One of the ways I have discovered that you can earn ACTUAL money is through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.  The story of the Mechanical Turk is based on the Turk chess-playing “machine” that would travel around to different royal courts at the end of the 17th century.  It was a table that could beat anyone at chess “automatically.”  In reality, it was a cabinet that was designed to hide a person inside who would move the metal pieces around with a magnet from beneath.

The idea of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is that you are the person inside the machine.  Individuals or businesses request HITs to be completed.  These HITs are tasks, like reviewing a website, or transcribing audio clips, or entering data into a spreadsheet and forwarding it to the requester.  For each completed HIT, you earn an approval rating as well as whatever amount of money the HIT was worth.  Since the site is owned by Amazon, all of the funds you earn go into your Amazon payments account which you can then move, via PayPal, to a bank account or trade for Amazon gift certificates.  I earned over $150.00 last year completing tasks while on the computer.  It’s not a lot of money, but if you are already working or already on the computer, you may as well earn a little extra cash on the side.  Only recently, several tasks are those survey/scam things I have mentioned previously.  Any task asking for your credit card information should be returned unless you want to be fighting subscription dues in your bank account .
It really is an easy way to make a few bucks.


For my webcomic required reading, I suggest Questionable Content.  Jeph Jacques is a straight baller.  This slice-of-life comic details the daily travails of Marten Reed, an indie sort of fellow and his roommate Faye Whitaker, who is a bit on the crazy side but completely loveable.  Their friends/ lovers, Sven and Dora Bianchi, and a cast of other wild personalities, like Pintsize, the anthropomorphic PC who is all about the shenanigans and Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham who grew up on a space station and suffers from immense OCD, provide excellent fodder for your fictional needs.  The comic is partially set in Coffee of Doom, Dora’s coffee shop and partially in the characters’ homes.  The drawing style is unique and excellent and it is hard not to totally dig the characters.  This is the webcomic, other than Penny Arcade, that I have been reading the longest.   Definitely check it out.


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One response to “Ka-ching $

  1. You are so much better at tagging than me. Love the picture and history lesson! 🙂

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