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Earning Bitcoin is Easy – Earn Bitcoin with BTC Clicks

Earning bitcoin with BTC clicks is a great way to boost your income and its really easy too.  When you first sign up to BTC Clicks  you will have the option of joining as an advertiser or an earner.  You can of course do both which is what I do.  To use the site to earn Bitcoin simply sign up for your free account and surf the ads….

BTC Clicks has been operating since 2013 and is a well trusted site with a good reputation.

How to Register for Your Free Account

First just click here to sign up to BTC Clicks and that will take you to a page that looks like the one below.  When you get there click on the blue start earning today button as shown:

 

After clicking on the start earning button you will be directed to a sign up form that asks for your email address.  There is also a captcha and you need to tick the box to continue.  When the tick appears click on the blue sign up button.  You will then be prompted to confirm your email address, and you need to open the email sent to you in order to do that.

 

After you verify your account you will then be able to log in and start earning bitcoin.

How to Start Earning Bitcoin on BTC Clicks

Earning your first mBTC on BTC clicks is really easy.  Go to the Surf Ads page and you will see a list of adverts that are available for you to click on.  At the right side of your screen you will see the length of time you need to view the ad for to be paid, and the payment amount.  To click the ad just move your cursor to the blue link and click and this will open a new page.

 

The Surf Ads Page Looks like this:

The new page that has opened will have a timer appear at the top.  You need to let the timer count down and then solve the little maths question to get paid for viewing the ad.  Basically this is an anti cheat measure to stop bots being able to earn on the site 😉  You will know if you have done it correctly when you get the green you have been paid message.

I like to click on as many ads as I can on BTC Clicks and that is because each click is earning Bitcoin currency.  Unlike other PTC sites that means the value of my earnings is extremely likely to go up because of the Bitcoin value rising.

Do note that you are earning mBTC with each click which is a smaller currency than earning Bitcoin itself.  Each Bitcoin is currently worth several thousand pounds and mBTC is like the penny equivalent.    This means your earnings for clicks is quite small right now, but could increase by a huge amount if the value of Bitcoin goes as high as is predicted.

Value Fluctuations are Good

On BTC Clicks, because you are earning Bitcoin currency, the fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin is a really good thing for earning.  That is because on this site you have the opportunity to purchase an upgrade which gives you double earnings on your clicks.  The best way to do this is to purchase your upgrade when the value of Bitcoin has gone down because it then costs you less.

After you upgrade you can choose when you want to make a payment claim, and you obviously want to do this when the value is high to get the best rate.  This is one of the things I really love about BTC Clicks – it is like a mini trading center that you can use to maximise your income!

Your Earner Dashboard

To access your earner dashboard you need to use the link at the bottom of the website.  This will take you to the main admin area of your account, and where you can do several things:

  • Rent Referrals – There is an option on site that you can use to rent referrals to help build your team on here.  This is quite difficult to do due to high demand and I suggest you try to get direct referrals instead.
  • Your Referral Link – You can find your referral link by clicking on the referral/affiliate tools tab on your dashboard.  You will find other promotional banners etc here too.
  • Transfer Money – To purchase an upgrade or rent referrals you will need to transfer money from your earning account into your purchase account.  To do this you just click on the Deposit to Purchase balance button which is about halfway down the dashboard page.
  • Make Withdrawals – The withdrawal tab is also on your dashboard.  To be able to withdraw money from BTC Clicks you will need to have a Bitcoin Wallet.  I recommend you use
  • Check History – Here you can check the deposits, purchases and withdrawals you have made.
  • View Referrals – The referrals tab allows you to view both rented and direct referrals.  You can also rent referrals from this tab.
  • Upgrade Membership –  There are 3 levels of Premier membership available and you can purchase them via this tab.  The 3 levels are 90 day, 180 day and 360 day upgrades and the price fluctuates with the Bitcoin value.
  • Change Account Details – Finally, there is an account details tab which is where you can make any changes you require to your account.

My Plan for Earning

My plan for earning on BTC Clicks is to firstly get enough earnings to pay for the 90 day upgrade so I am earning double from my clicks and from my referrals clicks.  I have done that already and it made quite a difference to my earning levels.  Next I aim to upgrade for 180 days and I am close to achieving this now too.  Once that upgrade is reached I will work on the final upgrade which is for 360 days.

Along with the upgrades I am working to increase my referral numbers to boost my earnings on this site.  Bitcoin sites are very popular and I am doing this mainly from advertising on EasyHits4U with free credits.

Overall I am enjoying using this site to earn Bitcoin.  It is easy to use and it doesn’t take long to make enough to purchase the first upgrade.  I also find it pretty easy to get referrals for BTC Clicks due to high demand for Bitcoin earnings.

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Make Money Blogging – Get Paid to Write

Make Money Blogging

I’ve been blogging now for several years, and I really love it. I love it so much that it is now my main work from home activity in fact.  Everything I do to earn money now circulates around my blog and there are many ways I personally make money blogging:

Advertising

I use Adsense to monetize my blog from advertising.  Adsense is a program that pays you for displaying adverts on your website, and there are many similar programs.  You can see my Adsense ads just over to the right on this page.

Personally I don’t make a lot with Adsense.  It ticks along giving me a few extra pounds each week which is fine by me right now, I know it will build over time.  That is my own goal and the reason I use Adsense at all.  I have no desire to have a blog that is covered in adverts just to make a few extra pounds to be honest.  Instead I prefer to let it tick over and build up slowly but surely.  To cover a site in adverts when you use these programs I think is very easy to do.  I see it all the time, and I know it can be counter-productive:

Many people think it is easy to make a full time level income with programs such as Adsense, but to make decent money you do need to have a lot of site visitors.  One of the main factors that helps with increasing site visitors is how attractive the website is to them.  A site covered in adverts is really not attractive to anyone, so you do need to use them with caution.

Thankfully there are many ways to earn advertising revenue from a blog and is not all about having adverts from programs like Adsense.  Other options include writing reviews about products or writing sponsored blog posts for example.  This is one of the main advantages of writing a blog rather than having a static website as writing reviews fits in very well with the blog format.  Actually writing reviews about products can really increase reader interest and the number of visitors to your blog too.  If you are interested in doing this then Awin is a great provider to check out.

Is this for you?

Programs like Adsense can be quite easy to join, though some do have traffic level requirements.  You do need to have a blog already started before you apply AND you can be turned down quite easily as well.  Program managers tend to want to work with people who have a well designed blog with a clear aim which is generating a good level of organic traffic.  If you would like to start a blog and get personalised assistance with it my Blogging Mastery free e-course will be of interest to you.

Adding the adverts is very easy, and just takes being able to copy and paste programming scripts into your blog dashboard.  You need to know how to add widgets usually, but this is easily learned.

The main thing about using this type of program to help you make money blogging is knowing it will only provide a small amount initially.  Some sites do not make any revenue at all for many months from the adverts on their blogs.  It is NOT a fast cash option.

For the product reviews I must point out it is vital that they are written well for this to work.  Posts that just say this is a good product and buy it here with a link don’t quite make the cut.  There is a huge amount of competition in this area so to make money blogging through review options takes a lot of hard work.

In my opinion unless you are very good at writing reviews, can do them in an unbiased fashion, and can generate highly targeted traffic this is not for you.  Luckily I teach how to do all of those things in Blogging Mastery   😉

Recruiting

When you work from home many opportunities involve recruiting others to join your team.  Recruiting is the main way to develop a higher level income with most of these opportunities because you earn a small amount of commission based on the activity of your team members.

Recruiting others can be quite a difficult task at times.  It can involve having to talk to a lot of people and also dealing with a lot of rejection.  Due to both the level of skill needed to do this and the amount of competition on social media sites it is no wonder that some people can struggle with it.

When you use a blog for recruiting the whole process can be automated.  You simply write blog posts that will attract people interested in working from home and that post works on your behalf on a never ending basis.

Is this for you?

If you are involved with any work from home opportunity that requires recruiting others to build an income a blog is a great way to do it.  It is a lot easier and more satisfying than posting adverts like a robot on social media, and it is much more effective as well.  Because a blog attracts people interested in the topic you write about it works to filter your audience to those most likely to join your team.  It does take time and effort to get a blog to work for you in this way, but once it is working it literally never stops.

To get a blog that will recruit team members you need to be willing to spend several months writing blog posts before you see results.  You will also need to learn how to generate traffic.  Again I teach all those things in Blogging Mastery   😉

Planning

I have included planning in this section simply because it is something that has made a big difference to my own earning.  By writing a blog that tracks my progress it has helped me to plan and to adjust those plans to create a higher level income.  Without writing this blog I am not sure I would have been so good about tracking my progress and planning how to move forward.

Is this for you?

Of course it is possible to plan without writing a blog.  The fact it is published online however makes you more accountable.  To be honest the planning side of things has been a bit of an additional benefit that I was not really expecting when I started blogging.  It has increased my own earning a lot though so should not be underestimated.

Affiliate Sales

Affiliate sales is something I have been dabbling with for a month or two and I do intend to work on this income source quite a lot more.  I know that it can provide a great level income but also that it isn’t as easy as some people make it out to be.  Personally I have taken a few training courses all about affiliate marketing and already am making money from small campaigns.  I have some larger campaigns planned now too and I look forward to running plenty more.

Affiliate selling is basically an agreement between yourself and a company to promote their products for sales based commissions.  There is a lot of competition but also a lot of scope for building your own customer base.

Is this for you?

Affiliate selling is very flexible and can suit a lot of different people.  The main problem that people starting out in this type of work face is finding a product that they enjoy promoting.  There is a huge range of products available, so pretty much there is something for everyone.  Once you decide on a product to promote you do need to create an audience or customer list to be successful.

Obviously having a background in sales and/or marketing can be a big benefit for this type of work, however it is not necessary.  Being able to create a business page or profile on social media would certainly help as well.  If unable to do those things you would have to be willing to spend time learning.  You could also use affiliate sales as part of a blog strategy for building income.

 Have you ever thought about making money from blogging?

If the answer is yes, or you would simply like to find out more about it I highly recommend signing up for Blogging Mastery.  That is a free course I offer which guides you through all aspects of blogging and I provide lots of support as well.

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Reasons Why The Future Net Scam is Not a Scam.

The Future Net Scam is Not a Scam and in this post I explain the reasons I say that.  It is quite a long post because there is a lot of evidence to provide.

What Is Future Net?

Future Net is a site that pays its members in several different ways:

  • There is a social media section that pays people for their activity of posting, sharing and commenting.
  • Revenue sharing is paid to those using the Ad Pro section.
  • Members are paid commissions for making sales of various products.
  • There is a forced matrix payment option.
  • Members earn commission for promoting the site to others.

The Future Net Scam?

If you have been reading reviews online you will no doubt have found some that talk about ‘The Future Net Scam’.  I would like to provide the evidence to the contrary, and there is a lot of that available.  So why are others warning against the Future Net Scam?

To be honest there are several reasons for that:

  1. Some people have no idea how to actually tell the difference between a scam and a real company.
  2. There are a few similarities between Future Net and other sites that have failed (such as Traffic Monsoon).
  3. Telling people that sites are scams is a ploy sometimes to promote a different company.
  4. Using the words Future Net Scam is a technique used to generate search views to a website (and yes I am using that option for this post!)

In this post I will cover all of these reasons to provide you with the evidence I have available to show the Future Net Scam is NOT a scam.  You can then make up your own mind about the site… lets start with talking about how to identify scam sites:

How to Identify Scam Sites

One of the main ways to identify  scam sites is to investigate where the money is coming from that is used to pay its members.  If the only visible source of revenue for the site is coming from the payment members make, it is highly likely to be a Ponzi (or Pyramid) Scheme. That means the money new members pay is used to provide the money paid out to the people who joined the site earlier.

Sites using this structure are absolutely destined to fail.  Very simply they will run out of money to pay people after a certain time.

Click here for more detailed information about Ponzi Schemes. 

For this reason I focus mainly on how Future Net makes its money in this post.  If you are unsure about this being the best indicator to help identify a scam site I suggest you google the terms Ponzi Scheme, and Pyramid Scheme.  If that doesn’t clear things up for you then you can contact Action Fraud to ask for their advice on the matter 😉

The Similarities Between Future Net and Other Failed Sites

One of the main reasons I believe some reviews talk about the  ‘Future Net Scam’ is because of the similarity with other sites that have failed.  The revenue sharing model has certainly had some very bad press, and I am happy to say I was one of the people warning against Traffic Monsoon.

Sadly scam sites have always used the similar to technique to confuse people.  Its not just scam sites either.  Phishing emails are sent in a way that tries to deceive people into thinking they are from a particular company.  Burglars pretend to be utility engineers to gain access to homes.  Others pretend to be builders, plumbers, kitchen installers etc etc to get people to hand over money.

Unfortunately scammers are always developing more advanced techniques to fool people out of their cash.  They nearly always use the similar to technique though.

The Scam Ploy

The scam ploy to me is quite disgusting.  That is when people deliberately say that something is a scam in order to gain trust and promote another opportunity.  In my opinion that is perhaps the worst form of deception.  It is underhanded and it targets vulnerable people as well.

The scam ploy is becoming much more prominent online with the growing rise of google research popularity.  Everyone turns to the internet first to do research these days and the scam ploy takes full advantage of that.  The scam ploy also takes advantage of those who are trying to do some research into earning sites, which is the right thing to do.  It does however take advantage of the fact that most people do not know how to do in depth research for themselves.

The Words Future Net Scam

Search engines such as google use the words people type into the search box to generate relevant search results.  Using the words Future Net Scam therefore increases the likelihood of a particular page or site showing up in search results.  As I said already I am making use of this technique to help this post get seen too.  I think it is important to provide actual evidence to people who are searching for information about sites and so I provide that evidence below.

Lets Look At the Evidence

Evidence The Future Net Scam is NOT a Scam

The majority of evidence is related to where the money is coming from to pay site members profits.  I have identified many income streams that are obvious on the Future Net Site and I detail them below:

External Advertising

The first thing that I notice about Future Net is the presence of external advertising.  I know already that a lot of sites generate the majority of their revenue through external advertising sources.  In fact I even make money from external advertising on this blog.  It is a very common way for sites to generate revenue.

On Future Net the external advertising is highly obvious.  There are adverts from a lot of big brands shown on various parts of the Future Net website, including the social media platform, the sidebars of the Ad Pro section and on pop up ads as well.

App Development

From doing a bit of research and from watching the website itself I know the Future Net team are deeply involved in app development.  This is a very popular method of income generation now, and one that is highly effective and profitable.  Some apps are generating millions in revenue for the developers.  On the download page for these apps Future Net is identified as the developer, and these are just 2 examples of apps they have produced.

Sales of Business Tools

Future Net has a wide variety of business tools available to members, such as blog hosting, landing pages, e-books, videos, e-learning, website templates,  webinar software, cloud hosting and more.  All of these items are clearly available on the site and there are payment plans for each.  The sale of business tools is another highly profitable market online.

Sales of Physical Future Net Branded Products

On site there are several product lines of Future Net branded goods.  These include, hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, umbrellas, perfume and much more.

Affiliate Sales

Another extremely common form of revenue generation online is through affiliate marketing.  Again this is something I am familiar with myself and personally use it to generate income as well.  On Future Net there is a shopping section where products from other companies are available to buy.  This is obviously another source of revenue for Future net.

Restaurant/Cafe

Future Net has recently opened a restaurant and cafe which is located in Kiev.  Plans to open more across the world are also underway.  Giving this online business a ‘high street’ shop front is an extremely savvy move for the company and sets it apart from its main competitors like Facebook.  What better setting than a cafe to use a social media site?

 

Percentage of Revenue Returned

Within the Future Net system there are automatic funding payments made from all members.  A 5% of profits made by members goes back into the Future Net site through an automated system.  The automatic payments are used to fund advertising and upgrades on the site which creates a constant form of revenue back to the company.  This is extremely important as the Ad Pack purchase system can mean members do not deposit funds to increase their account levels, and instead use a rebuy option.   By having the 5% automatically cycling through it overcomes this potential problem.

Levels and Payment of Revenue Share

The revenue share model used by Future Net is of a reasonable and sustainable level.  The $10 profit on $50 packs and $2 profit on $10 packs is not an over-inflated amount, and importantly it is paid back daily based on the profits made each day.  The fact the revenue shares do fluctuate on a daily basis show there is a calculation taking place.  Paying out a percentage of profits made rather than a set amount per day means this is sustainable over time.

 

 

Crypo-currency

Although the crypo-currency revenue side of the company is not actually available right now (November 2017), it is certainly well underway.  The value of crypo-currency and the benefits of offering this demonstrates another business savvy decision that is obvious to anyone to understands crypo-currency markets.

Non Revenue Related Reasons

In addition to multiple revenue sources as detailed above there are a few non-revenue related reasons I trust Future Net as well:

  • The fact Future Net has been up and running and paying consistently for over 3 years
  • Stephan Morgenstern, CEO of Future Net has been in this industry for over 25 years.  There is no history of him being associated with any companies which have failed, or any dodgy dealings.
  • The company is developing and growing on a consistent basis. Development plans are fulfilled when they are announced.  
  • Any negative reviews online are all stating that Future Net is a Ponzi Scheme which is obviously not the case.  Many people do not have a clear understanding of what a Ponzi Scheme is or how to identify one.  Many of these reviews are also promoting alternatives.  Sadly there are various companies who encourage the use of the ‘scam review technique’ simply in order to promote their company.  One company in particular encourages all their members to use this technique, and several of these reviews are promoting that company.
  • Customer service representatives are contactable and do provide support with any issues.
  • Having been with Future Net myself now for over a year, I have no reason to doubt the company.  I have received payments without delays or problems, I understand the revenue generation model being used and can easily show evidence to support my findings.

I hope you have enjoyed reading through this post and have considered the evidence provided carefully.  If you wish to join Future Net you can click here to join my team.

I do provide full support to team members and also to people from other teams.  If you would like to receive my earning guides about Future Net to help you increase your earning on there please subscribe to my Future Net Income Builder email list by adding your details below.  PS, you can also win $10 codes on there just for subscribing!






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Get paid to do Quick Surveys with One Poll

Get paid to do Quick Surveys

You can get paid to do quick surveys with a website called One Poll, a company I have used for several years now.  In fact I think it was one of the sites I joined right back at the start of my work from home only experience several years ago.

Why Join One Poll?

Personally I think there are lots of reasons to join One Poll:

Bonus Payments

I remember joining One Poll and seeing the claim level was £40 and the surveys were paying about 10p.  To be honest if I hadn’t been desperate to find something that worked back then I am not sure I would have done much on it.  The first thought is how long is it going to take to get to £40 right?  I am still using One Poll today though so I am glad I didn’t write it off when I saw that myself.

I’m not going to say you will get to the £40 limit fast on this site, but it also doesn’t take as long as you might think either. That is because of the bonus payments offered:

  • You get a £2.50 bonus for signing up
  • Another 50p is paid for new referrals
  • When you get to £10 worth of surveys completed you get another 50p bonus
  • You get another 50p bonus for linking your Facebook account
  • Another 50p bonus is paid when you hit £20 worth of surveys completed

All of those can add up quite quickly to help boost your account.

Survey Frequency

Although the claim limit is quite high on One Poll they are a site that tends to have several surveys available daily.  There are not many at the weekends usually however so it is worth noting that if the time you have available is mostly at the weekend.

Cash Payments

They are a highly reputable company who pay cash directly into your bank account or through Paypal.  Some survey sites do not pay in cash so this is a definite plus if you need to boost your bank balance rather than getting gift vouchers.

Quick Surveys

One of the main reasons I personally like One Poll is because the surveys are usually really quick.  Quite often you get paid 10p just for answering 1 or 2 questions for example.  Some surveys are a bit longer and you do get paid more for them.  You can usually judge the length of the survey just from the payment amount being offered to complete it.

Today for example you can see from the screenshot below there is a survey paying £1 as well as some for 10p, 20p etc.  I know before I start this survey is going to be more than a couple of questions.

The length of the surveys is also indicated by the progress bar One Poll use.  This is really good as you know how close to finishing the survey you are, and unlike some other sites it is accurate.

Attractive Survey Layout

As you can see from the pic above the surveys on One Poll are also provided in an attractive format.  Some surveys can be quite cluttered and difficult on the eye.  One Poll use a single question to a page option and mostly multiple choice answers that are easy to select.

Research Panels

One Poll do provide invites to longer research options such as research panels.  I have secured several research panel places via One Poll that paid £50+ for more detailed feedback.  These panels took place online and lasted around 30mins.

Savings

After using One Poll for a little while I got to like the fact it has a higher claim level.  It is a great site to use for saving up for a bigger purchase for example.  There are also benefits in my opinion to using a range of sites that pay different amounts, such as spreading your income out over the month.  Things like that don’t really become apparent until after you have a bit of experience earning this way.

No Time Limits

A further plus for One Poll is the fact they do not have a time limit or anything on your account.  Some other sites will re set your account to zero if you don’t log in within a certain time scale for example.  I don’t think that is a very fair practice to be honest, and I am very glad to say that One Poll doesn’t do that.  Once you earn money with One Poll it is yours and will be held in your account for you regardless of how long you don’t log in for.

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Work from Home Benefits

Work From Home Benefits

Work from home benefits are extremely wide and varied and very much depend on your own individual circumstances.  For some people (like myself) the only work option is to work from home, and for others it is a lifestyle choice.  Most people can identify the general spending more time with family and no commuting benefits, but today I would like to delve a bit deeper into those and some of the less well known benefits of working from home as well.

Spending Time with Family

Its funny when I wrote that my immediate thought was there are a lot of benefits of spending time away from family as well LOL! There are hundreds of stay at home parents who would love to go out to work.  Yet when I ask people why they want to work from home the top answer tends to be to spend time with family.

Its like a grass is greener perspective in my opinion, because to be honest I think we just want the best of both worlds (and why wouldn’t we?).   If you have small children there is the feeling of missing time with them when you go out to work.  Staying at home with them 24/7 though can also be quite frustrating and overwhelming.  Its often the same for those in a caring role with elderly parents or people with disabilities.

That being said most of us would like to have the choice of spending time with family when we want to.  That is the key point here in my opinion.  Its about having a choice about how we spend our time and doing what we want to do.  That could be spending time with family, or it could be doing something else completely 😉

Flexibility

Flexibility is of course linked to spending time with the family, but it is also important in its own right.  As I said above the choice of being able to do what we want with our time is the key.  The flexibility that working from home provides does allow us to lead a more fulfilling life in a lot of ways.  We can make time for the things we like to do, or have to do, around what we do to make a living.

Personally it is this ability to move everything around when my health is bad that allows me to actually create an income.  No employer would put up with my “I can only work when I feel well enough to” schedule.  Yet when I have the flexibility to do just that I am pretty productive.

No Commuting

For anyone who has to spend time on busy public transport or in traffic jams the idea of working from home can be sheer heaven.  No standing about in the rain and cold and no frustrating stop start journeys that seem to take forever.  This one pretty much speaks for itself.  There is no travel to a job needed when you are already at the place you work.

Financial Benefits

I think it is important to highlight in both of the examples of spending time with family and no commuting there can also be financial benefits at play.  Being able to reduce childcare and travel/vehicle costs is certainly not insignificant.  Even flexibility links in here as you can choose to travel at ‘off peak’ and therefore cheaper times if you have to travel at all.

It is interesting to note as well that reduction of costs such as childcare and transport often means individuals do not actually need as much money to live on.   The work from home option can therefore allow for either less work time or more disposable income.  If work from home options also include ways of building passive income then both can be achieved simultaneously.

Mental Health Benefits

It is highly recognised that the majority of people can be badly affected by the lack of a work routine and mental activity.  There seems to be a natural desire for humans to contribute to the community and have a sense of direction and purpose.  Not only does the Government quote this in their many return to work policies, but psychological research supports that view too.

In all my time working in the mental health field, and indeed from my own experience, I can confirm a sense of purpose is practically vital for positive mental health.  In fact that is one of the main driving factors behind me writing this blog.  Having a sense of purpose is empowering and builds self esteem as well as motivation etc.

Community Benefits

Being able to work from home benefits us as individuals by providing a sense of purpose and direction, but it also benefits communities to have its members engaged in purposeful activities.  There is less of a ‘layabout’ culture when people are being purposeful. People are more motivated and generally happier which creates a much more positive environment for all.

Reduction in Poverty

The fact the work from home activities involve income generation can have an overall reduction in poverty.  People who are unable to secure employment in the traditional sense are provided with an alternative means of supporting themselves.  This has several additional benefits as detailed below:

Reduction in Specific Crime Levels

Very simply put it is shown that reducing poverty has a knock on effect on specific crime levels.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for example provides quite a compelling report showing a clear relationship between finance and robbery, homicide and car theft.  The report does suggest there are additional factors involved as well, so it is not just as straightforward a relationship as we might expect, but a link is established.

Improved Overall Health

Reducing poverty also has a very clear impact on general overall health.  Just being able to afford better quality food such as fruit and vegetables for example has long term health benefits (as health campaigns continually remind us).  For me personally work from home options provided me with the means to buy food, never mind better quality food, when I lost my job through ill health.

Increased Independence

As work from home options can provide an income for individuals unable to work it allows people to stand on their own two feet.  There is a reduction in need for charitable and government support for the unemployed and disabled.

It is quite ironic to me that one of the main work from home benefits is a direct reduction on the need for ‘benefits’.  This was one of the main motivating factors for myself and certainly many other individuals who work from home.  The majority of unemployed and disabled people do not want to be dependent on others for financial support.  Work from home options therefore provide a means of emancipation that meets both individual and Government needs.

Increasing Popularity

I must admit I feel like I could talk about work from home benefits forever.  I obviously am an advocate for work from home options and am quite passionate about it.  Its hard not to be when it saved your life!

I am not saying there are no disadvantages to working from home, there certainly are.  Isolation, lack of training and being vulnerable to scams are top of that list. Those disadvantages though in my opinion are quite easy to resolve.  Due to the many benefits as outlined above I do believe that working from home is simply going to keep becoming more popular.  It is no coincidence that a shift in work patterns is happening and many policies are changing.  The work from home culture is one that balances many needs and more people are seeing that.  It may even turn out to be the ‘norm’ in a few years time.

I do hope so! 🙂

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

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How to Set Goals that Work for You!

How to Set Goals that Work for you

Set Goals That Work For You

When you set goals that work for you the amount of progress that you make is astounding.  In fact it feels like you have grown wings!

A few months ago I wrote something on my Facebook Page that said “Watch out world, I have found my wings and am learning to fly”.  It was true and the amount of progress I have made since that day is still incredible to me.  I knew it was all falling into place because after all this time I discovered the secret of how to set goals that work for me.  Before that I was setting goals and I was making slow but sure progress, but this is a very different feeling.

Today I would like to share the secret to my recent whoosh of progress!

Step 1 – Really think about your goals.

What is it you want to achieve?  Write that goal down and make a list of them if there are more than 1.  Look at that goal or list of goals and make sure you want to achieve them.

If there are multiple goals is there a general theme to them? If yes write that down too.

For each goal consider how you will know when you have achieved it.  Ask yourself:

  • What does this goal mean?
  • Is there a way to measure it?
  • Does it involve reaching a certain level?  (a level of income maybe?)

Also ask yourself:

  • Will I really work on this?
  • Am I willing to learn new skills to achieve it if necessary?
  • What difference will it make to make if I achieve this?

Step 2 – Make a Commitment

Ask yourself how committed am I to achieving this goal? What am I willing to do to achieve it?  For example how much time can you dedicate to achieving this goal each day? If you are not willing to work on it everyday then what days will you work on it?

Try to give yourself a schedule if possible.  For example I will work on this goal every day for an hour.  I will do this at 9am each day.

Personally I find setting aside 1 hour per day works really well for me as I get into a routine.  That 1 hour, which I call my hour of power also allows me to focus well.  If I try to work for longer I can find it becomes difficult to manage with my health problems.

On that note, do also make sure that the commitment you make is realistic for you.  There is no point in saying you will work on it for 3 hours a day for example if you do not have that amount of free time.  Make sure to allow time to yourself as well.  Everyone needs to relax!   If it is only realistic to set aside 20 mins per day then do that.  The time spent working on goals is not really as important as having a realistic commitment to it.

Step 3 – Set up a Reminder

If you are anything like me you will need some kind of reminder about your goals and the commitment you have made.  That reminder can be various things.  You could try:

  • setting an alarm on your phone
  • posting a reminder on your fridge
  • pinning your goal plan to your wall
  • asking someone else to remind you to do it
  • putting a photograph or picture related to your goal on your bedroom wall so you see it each morning
  • using a screensaver related to your goal on your phone or computer
  • taping a sticky note to the steering wheel in your car

To make your reminder effective add some detail about why you want to achieve your goal! Also put it somewhere you are unlikely to miss it 😉

Step 4 – Identify Action Points

Now you know what your goals are and have made a commitment to achieving them (with a reminder in place), it is time to look at the actions you need to take.  You will never achieve your goals if you do not actually do something to work towards them!

Identifying action points is a very important step in your plan, and it will make a big difference between moving forward or not.  It is worth spending some time to think about all the different options you have at this stage, and sometimes asking others for suggestions can really help too.

When you think about action points ask yourself the questions:

  • What do I need to do to work on my goal?
  • How will I achieve it?
  • What do I know how to do?
  • Are there things I not know how to do?

Write down everything and anything that comes into your mind at this stage.  There should be quite a wide range of things involved.  It can often help if you imagine you are explaining to someone else what they would need to do if it was them who wanted to work on this goal.  What advice would you give them?

Step 5 – One Action Point

From your list of action points pick one thing from the list.  Set everything else aside for now and just think about that particular action point.  Now ask yourself “How do I do this?”

For example an action point could be “I need to sell 100 items” so at this stage you are looking at how to do it.  Example answers might be:

  • list items on Ebay
  • share photos on Facebook
  • do a car boot sale
  • go to an auction

Step 6 – Write Action Plan

Again list every option you can think of and ask for suggestions if you need to.  When you have a few options to choose from have a look and again focus on one and ask “How do I do this?”

The listing on Ebay example might give a list of things like:

  • find out how to open an account on Ebay
  • sort out 100 things I want to sell
  • take photos of all items
  • learn how to write a description
  • open an account on paypal
  • weigh items to check postage costs
  • buy packing materials

Step 7 – Suitable Sized Steps

When you have written your action plan you have a list of things to actually do.  At this stage ask yourself if each step is achievable for you.  If necessary you can break these steps down into smaller steps to take.  Maybe sorting 100 items at once is a bit overwhelming for you, so you could sort 10 things instead.  For me the smaller the steps are the better as this stops me from getting stressed and avoiding doing things.

Remember the only person who knows if you have given yourself suitable sized steps is you.  Do not try to run before you can walk.  This is your plan and it needs to take into account your own circumstances. Often the smaller the steps you have the faster you will achieve it.

Step 8 – Take Action

There is nothing left to do now but to take action.  Every time you complete one of the points on your action plan you are moving forward towards your goal.  I highly recommend you mark off each point on your action plan when you have done it.

Sometimes you will think about more things to add to your action plan as you are working though it.  That is perfectly normal.  The action of actually doing something (or trying to) can often remind you about something else, or give you a new idea.

If you struggle to actually start working on your goals go back to step 7 and make the things on your action plan easier.  Maybe you realise you don’t know how to do something on your list, in that case add learn how to ….. or ask …. etc.  If there is something on your list you can’t actually do and can’t learn then think about who can do it.  You might need to ask for help, or pay someone to do it for you.

Step 9 – Keep Going

There will no doubt be times when you fall off the action plan wagon.  Things happen in life that can get in the way of the best laid plans.  When you realise you have fallen off and are not getting anywhere then just go back to your plan and remind yourself where you were.  Never stop working on your goals and you will get there.

Step 10 – Congratulate and/or Reward Yourself

The last step is to acknowledge your achievement.  Always take the time to think over what you have achieved and congratulate yourself on your hard work. You can even reward yourself for each action point you complete if you want to 😉

I must admit when I get to the point of having reached a goal I have been working on I can’t wait to start working on another one.  That might just be because I want to reward myself all over again…. or it might be because the whole process just becomes a little addictive!

When you know you can achieve anything you want it is a little hard to stop 😉

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Take A Survey for Cash on Mintvine

Take a Survey on Mintvine

Why Take a Survey on Mintvine?

You can take a survey on lots of different sites to earn cash these days, so why Mintvine?

Well believe it or not I can find doing surveys a bit of a pain sometimes.  They can be boring, long and badly written.  Some surveys are also a bit hard on the eye, and perhaps worst of all is the screening process! Yes I do get fed up with not matching the right criteria as well.

BTW, If you tend to struggle to earn much when you take a survey with paid survey sites I suggest you read How to Earn More From Surveys for some extra hints and tips that could help.

On Mintvine I find a lot of these little annoyances are dealt with pretty well.

The first thing I like about Mintvine is the fact it is a pretty attractive site as far as survey sites go.  It is easy to navigate and it has some little quirks that I just find quite amusing.

The Homepage

When you log in you see quite a simple homepage:

Mintvine Home Page

 

As you can see the homepage shows you the total points you have, and how much more you need to make a claim.  It also has a big red take a survey button and a daily poll.  The daily poll is a single question that will give you 5 points for completing.  If you complete 10 daily polls in a row you will also get a 25 point bonus.

Because of the daily poll option you can use Mintvine as a very quick and easy earning option if you are short of time.  Thats the second thing I really like.

Top Tabs

Along the top there are a few page tabs:

MVP

This tab takes you to a page where you can find your referral link and social media sharing buttons.  Mintvine make it very easy to share your referral link which is great because you do earn bonus points when any of your referrals take a survey too.  You will earn 15% of what they make on all Surveys and Offers and 50 additional points when they complete their first survey!

The referral bonus system means you can earn a really nice passive income on this site.  That of course is another one of the plus points on my list for Mintvine.

Survey Street 

This tab takes you to page where you can take a survey (just like the red button).

The surveys on Mintvine are really varied.  They work with a selection of researchers and the topics can be really interesting in my opinion.  Some of the most unusual surveys I have ever done have been on Mintvine.

In addition, I think the payment rate is pretty reasonalbe most of the time for a survey site.  The points system is 1000 points equals $10 so as you can see in the example below a 7 min survey is paying $0.80 or around 60p.  That works out at over £5 per hour.  There are higher and lower paying surveys on the site, but around the £5 per hour mark is about average.

Just to point out it can take a few days for a completed survey payment to be confirmed after you take a survey.  It will show as pending until it has been checked and sometimes until the survey campaign has finished.

Mintvine Surveys

Disqualification Bonuses

The next thing I really like about Mintvine is the fact you get a payment even if you screen out of a survey.  As shown above disqualification from this survey pays 4 points.  That amount does vary as well so its good to check the disqualification amount in advance.

As well as the amount shown on the survey page for getting screened out, I regularly get a bonus payment for getting multiple screen outs.  That is usually around the 30 – 40 point level.  Because of those screen out payments it can be really easy to get to the 1000 point claim amount.  I have certainly been able to make a claim within a few days before.

Just another little thing that always makes me laugh with the surveys is the survey code.  It is always some bizarre combination of words that sets the imagination off.  This one, Fushsia Giant Porpoise, makes me think about pink elephants in a swimming pool!! Its like a little game built in and it amuses me a lot 🙂

Almost forgot to say there is a prize draw as well.  Each time you take a survey you gain entries automatically into the daily, weekly and monthly draws.  The prize amounts are quite decent in my opinion:

Offers 

This tab takes you to a page with several offer walls:

I have to admit I have never actually looked at the offers walls on here before.  Now that I have I know they are some of the better offer walls just by using them on other sites.  The payment rate on here is pretty much the same as Swagbucks and Clixsense rates.  They pay some of the highest rates for offer walls that I have found.

As a heads up Personaly and Peanut Labs tend to be quite good for surveys and Offertoro tends to have some 1 click offers.  Trialpay is usually only paid offers but there can be some great discounts in here.  Adwall and Adgate are more a mixture of everything.

Points

This tab takes you to a page with details of all the points you have earned.  You can see again the total amount and the pending amount here, but also more detailed information.  For example you can check which surveys are still pending, the breakdown of how you have earned your points, how many polls you have taken in a row and how many entries you have in the challenges.

You can also report an issue with a survey on this page via a button at the bottom of the page.

Profile

This tab opens a drop down menu which has a few additional page links.  This is where you choose your payment preference from the large list of options, update your personal details etc.  The sign out button is also here.

 

That covers pretty much everything you need to know to take a survey on Mintvine, I hope you have found this guide useful.  If you would like to take a survey on the site and try the other earning options available here you can click here to join with my referral link.

PS if you like doing surveys you might like to also read Earn £10 Per Day with These Surveys Sites.

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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5 Common Practices that Reduce Sales on Facebook.

5 Common Practices that Reduce Sales on Facebook

Sales on Facebook

Making sales on Facebook is a great way to boost your income, however it is important you learn how to use the platform well.  There are many things that sellers do which actually reduce their likelihood of making sales.

Today I would like to highlight 5 common practices that reduce sales on Facebook, and how to fix them.

Selling from Personal Profile

Facebook has a strict rule about selling from personal profiles – It is against their terms and conditions.  For this reason they use filters to stop sales post getting seen if they are posted on a personal profile.  In addition the name on a personal profile is also vetted.  It needs to be a real name and not one like Ellies Sales Page.

How to Fix It – Open a Business Page or Group to use for making sales on Facebook.

Posting in a Lot of Groups

If you are posting the same thing in a lot of groups each day it is very likely your posts are being restricted.  Facebook has a strict rule about spam, and posting in lots of groups is considered as spamming.  Many posts in selling groups are now being filtered as spam.  That means unless the admin approve them they are not actually posted.  You can even get blocked from posting in groups at all for doing this.

How to Fix It – If you want to keep posting in groups choose 5-10 groups to post in at a time.  You can post in some more after a few hours.  In addition try to vary the content (which will also increase your sales).

Only Posting For Sale Items on a Business Page or Group

Using a business page or group for making sales on Facebook is the right thing to do..  If the only thing you add to a page or group is for sale posts though, it is not very interesting to your audience.  Facebook filters posts according to the amount of interaction they receive – more interaction = seen by more people.  For sale posts get the least amount of interaction than any other kind of post on the platform.

How to Fix It – Remember that Facebook is a social media platform.  Use your page or group in a way that reflects the social nature of it.  That means not posting constant adverts and instead make it fun or interesting for your audience. Mix it up and try to engage your followers in conversation.

Adding People to Groups without Permission

It has become common practice to add people to groups on Facebook without asking if they are interested in joining it.  This can have a detrimental effect for 2 reasons.  Firstly adding people who have no interest means your posts get diluted.  Instead of having 100 people who are all interested you end up with 1000 people in a group and 900 of them have no interest in what you are posting about.  Facebook sees this as a low interest group because the majority of people are not interacting with your posts.

On the other hand having a group of 100 people who are all interested is a high interest group.  Facebook filters allow more posts to be seen from a high interest group than from a low interest one.

The second problem with adding people to groups without permission is people are highly likely to report your posts as spam.  They have not asked to see posts about your products etc so they don’t know why they are seeing them.  They are also likely to report your group.  The more reports made about your posts or group the less Facebook filters allow your posts to be seen.

How to Fix It – Simply ask people if they would like added to a group before you add them to it.  Don’t aim for high numbers, instead aim for high interest.

Sending Personal Messages about Products

This works in exactly the same way as the groups issue.  Sending adverts that are not relevant to people are highly likely to be reported.  If not reported the chances are you will just annoy people by doing this and they won’t even look at the product.  Even worse is sending group personal messages to a lot of people at one time.  I see this happening all the time and most people just click out of it immediately because they are not interested or do not want to be in a group chat.

PM’s are NOT the place to try and make sales on Facebook.

How to Fix It – Again just ask people if they would like to see something instead of sending it without permission.

Bad Practice and Good Practice

Basically all of the above issues are considered to be bad practice.  Facebook filters and reporting are there to protect its users from receiving a lot of things they don’t want to see.  If you remember that filters allow high interest and high value posts through and blocks other posts you will learn how to use Facebook in a way that benefits everyone.  Good practice is great for businesses because it directs you towards doing things that lead to increased sales.  Those things are building relationships with potential customers, paying attention to what people like to see or not and not talking like a constant advert.

Learn to open the filters and you won’t need to try to find ways around them 😉 Learn to connect with people in a social way and you will make more sales on Facebook!

If you are interested in learning more about how to increase your sales on Facebook you should also aim to find out Who is Your Target Audience?

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Writing Your First Post on WordPress

Writing your first post on WordPress is pretty straightforward to be honest, (as long as it is already installed if you are self hosting).  This is the case with most blog hosts now, so I will assume WordPress is already downloaded and available.  If it is not please feel free to contact me for further assistance.

The first step in the process then is to log in to the WordPress dashboard.  To do that you will need your username and password, and also the details of where to log in.  The where to log in part can be different for different types of accounts.  It will be either WordPress.com, WordPress.org or from your self-hosted domain provider.  If self hosted the address should be http://your_site.com/your_blog/wp-admin or http://your_site.com/wp-admin.

Regardless of where you log in you will see the following image:

Simply enter your details into the relevant boxes on this form and you will get to your WordPress dashboard.

The WordPress dashboard can seem a little complex at first, but don’t worry.  It does all become clear and easy to use once you learn more about the different sections.  For today the focus is only on adding a new post and you can do that with a couple of easy clicks.  There are actually several ways to add a new post, but lets go with the easiest for now.

Along the top bar of your WordPress dashboard you will see on the right side a Hi, and your name/username.  On the far left side you will see a WordPress icon, a house symbol and then your site name.  If you look along a little bit you will see a + New.  This + New button is used to add something new to your blog.

When you place your mouse over the +New button a drop down menu will appear that looks like this:

It may be a different colour but the first option on the list will say post.  Just move your mouse down to there and click the word post.  Doing this will open a new page on your dashboard which looks like this:

Once you get to this page it is time to start writing your first post.

The blank bar at the top of this page just under Add a New Post is for the title of your post, and the white space under all the little icons is where you type the contents of your post.  This part works pretty much like any word document you may have used before.  You can type any content you want to appear on your blog on this page.

What you write here is not public until you publish it, so feel free to play around with what you want to write.  You can use the icons along the top to edit accordingly until you get everything written the way you want it.

The icons toolbar also works just like a word document.  Place your mouse over each icon and you can see what each one does.

I must admit my own first post was rather short and said something along the lines of “hello world, this is my new blog.  I’m completely new to this whole blogging thing so really not sure what I am doing yet…. I do intend to talk about my work from home activities”.

I have obviously learned a bit since then 😉

If you need some suggestions about what to write in your own first post you may like to read How to Start A Blog; Practical Steps and Advice.

 

As you write your content do make sure to save your work.  You do this by clicking on the save draft button over to the right of your screen just below your name.  There is also a preview button here which you can use to see what your post will look like when it is published.

When you have started writing your first post you might like to add some pictures to it.  This is a simple process too.

To add a picture you will need to have it saved to your computer first.  Make sure you know where to find it in your computer files.  When you are ready to add the picture move the cursor to the place on your blog post page where you want the picture to be positioned.

Then look just above the white box that you have typed your content in.  Just above the toolbar icons  you will see the Add Media button, click on this and it will open another screen.

 

At the top of this screen there are 2 tabs.  One says upload files and the other says media library.  Click on the tab that says upload files and you will see an upload screen which you can drag the picture into or upload by searching in your computer files.

Now one final step to add the picture to your post.

The picture you have uploaded will appear in your media library and will have a tick at the top corner.  Over to the right of your screen you will see an image details section as shown below.  At the bottom of this section is a green insert into post button.  You can fill in the details in the picture section if you wish, however at this point it is not necessary to do so.

 

When you click on the green insert into post button the picture you have uploaded will appear in the blog post editor screen.

Once you have written everything you want to add to your post, and have added any pictures to it you should preview the post before publishing it.  To do that simply click on the preview button over to the right of your screen just below your name and beside the save button you used all the way through typing….. you did that right? Never forget to save because the auto save doesn’t stop you losing content if you have just typed it!

 

There can be some little changes you want to make before your post actually goes live and view able by the public so try to read your post as if you didn’t write it.  Make sure it makes sense and you are happy with how it looks on the page.  Check for typos at this stage as well – it is amazing how many can slip through.

After you have checked everything and you are happy to get the post onto the internet simply click on the green publish button just below the save and preview buttons.  There will be some additional icons above the publish button that provide you with more information and choices.  Ignore that for now and we will discuss them further next time.

Congratulations you have just written and published your first blog post on WordPress! If you are anything like me you will want to look at it again now it is live.  This time click on the view post button in the top tool bar and you will see how your blog looks to everyone else.

Chances are it will look a bit plain, but don’t worry we will look at how to change that next time too.

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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Online Earning Plan Update – Oct 2017

Online Earning Plan Update

As many of my readers know I have been building income levels up for a while now using my £2500 per month income plan.  Todays post is to provide you with an update about my progress towards this goal.

As explained in my Building Income; Progress for September 2017 post I had a few months when it was particularly difficult to work on my plan.  I had a lot of personal changes going on and I just couldn’t focus on earning.  Well how things change….

October 2017 has been an amazing month for me with regard to being able to focus on what I am doing.  Anyone on my email list or in my Work From Home Network group can certainly vouch for that.  As a result I have made massive leaps and bounds towards my goals.  For example:

This blog has had a few updates which has practically doubled the amount of daily visitors.

I have written and scheduled several posts to stay on a constant posting schedule.

The amount of people joining my email list has been the highest number in a month to date.

I have so many new referrals on different programs I am giving referrals away.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will definitely reach my monthly income goal of £2500 and will probably surpass that level soon too.

What Have I Done?

Now I have said all that I bet you are wondering what exactly it is I have done.  At the minute I am going to have to keep that to myself because I have a rather secret plan in mind.  All will be revealed very soon though 😉

My Income

As most of you know my personal income plan involves using multiple income streams.  I have an earning target for each type of income I am working on etc etc.

Due to my little lapse for a few months my income for September was quite low in comparison to previous months.  To help me get back on track this month I cut out some parts of my plan that I just wasn’t working on much and have added a few others.

Please note the site links are provided on this post.  You can click on any of the site names to be taken directly to the website.  Some of these are referral links and I may receive a bonus of some kind if you use those links to join.  Please be assured  I ONLY share referral links of sites I have a positive experience with.

Clicking and Survey Sites

As always the first section I focus on for building income is Clicking and Survey Sites.  I use these because they provide a GUARANTEED method of earning a small amount of money.  Then, using my  Zero2earninghero System I invest this small amount to create a great monthly income.

I now have a target of £50 per month from clicking and survey sites.

For this section of my income I am now using:

Clixsense – target is $5 per month, in Oct I earned  $4.84

Gifthulk – target is now $5 per month, in Oct I earned $3.82

Swagbucks – target is £10 per month, in Oct I earned £25

Inbox Pounds – target is £2 per month, in Oct I earned £0.82

Mintvine – target is $5 per month, in Oct I earned $3.28

One Poll – target is £3 per month, in Oct I earned £3.15

Populus Live -target is £10 per month, in Oct I earned £6

Panelbase – target is £10 per month, in Oct I earned £2.20

You Gov – target is £5 per month, in Oct I earned £1.50

Global Test Market – target is £5 per month, in Oct I earned £0

I also re-discovered how good Valued Opinions is and made £5 on there in 1 day.

Progress

As you can see my targets and my income on these sites varied quite a bit.  I found Swagbucks was really easy to earn on so I spent more time on that than intended and that had a knock on effect with other sites.  My total earnings from clicking and survey sites was $11.94 = £9.09 and £43.67.  A total of £52.76 then was made on these sites.

 

Futurenet

Target Earning – £500 per month which is around $650.

I had several packs mature again this month however the lowest my total went was 45 x $50 packs.

Progress

I am still maintaining 50 x $50 packs and also have 10 x $10 packs which is my target for this site.  In October my earnings were almost $700 and I was able to withdraw $350.  I will continue to maintain my account at 50 x $50 packs and 10 x $10 packs and withdraw any amount not required for repurchase to maintain this level.

My Future Net Commissions Nov 2017

I am still considering building an income from this site that is higher than my target of £500 per month.  Firstly I will monitor earnings for a few months until I have a clear view of what I will earn without going higher.

Personal Sales

I made a bit of a feeble attempt to get back on track with personal sales and made a total of £16 from that.  This month I do intend to do quite a bit of work on this again now I am settled in my new house.

Affiliate Marketing

During October I starting working on my affiliate marketing campaigns again in a small way.  I still need to do quite a bit of work on this income source and plan my approach.  I do not want to start selling products on this blog as that is not what I am interested in.  Despite this I made £39 via Awin and £17 through a direct arrangement with a private company.  I have also joined a few new affiliate programs that are in keeping with my blog aims.

My plan for November is to focus on 3 affiliate programs and create a marketing campaign for them.

 

Zopa

I currently have my Zopa account set to automatically re-invest any money repaid from loans.  There is now £128.75 in this account which is up from £128.24  last month, but I am obviously not making much on this right now.  I still want to build this account up to £1000 asap however my plans are slightly delayed on this one.  I am focusing on building my Bitcoin income a bit more before moving on to this.

 

Bitcoin

My Bitcoin income is starting to build quite nicely:

BTC Clicks account has been upgraded for 90 days which means I now earn double from my clicks and referrals.  I haven’t done much clicking on there this month but still have almost enough to pay for my next upgrade.

USI Tech I now have 5 packs on here and will be purchasing some more this week.  I am just waiting for payment from clicking and survey sites to come through for that.  My plan is to get to 10 packs through investment and then to let the account build itself.

I have deposited enough to pay for 3 packs and the other 2 have been bought with my account balance.  So I have turned my €150 investment into €250 already on here.

Property

I hadn’t added this to my income before as I didn’t really view it that way.  My rental income was not covering my mortgage due to an arrangement I had with my tenant.  As my tenant has now moved out and I am refurbishing the house I have no rental income at all.  The house will be empty for a few months while I do this so there will be no income to report while I do that.  I am adding it this month to my income report because that has had quite a knock on effect on my online earning plans.  The money I am getting from Future Net is now paying my mortgage so is not available to invest into Zopa and USI as I had hoped.

Of course the fact I am refurbishing the house will actually increase the value of it.  I am seeing this as a redirection of investment which will have long term benefits for me.

Global Domains International

I have been using GDI for quite a while but hadn’t added it to my income report as wasn’t really doing much with it.  Now I have found my focus again I intend to work on it quite a lot.  I know this site has massive potential and I have been very pleased with my experience using it.  I have a marketing campaign written and am ready to promote it now.

Summary

I have seen a massive difference in outcomes such as traffic levels, referrals etc this month and this will convert into ££ very soon.  There should be increased income from that next month in fact.  I have also seen an increase in income levels from my online earning.

Total income for November: £740.03 which is up from my estimated earnings of £500 – £600 last month.

A bit more work is needed to hit £1000 first and then onward to my £2500 goal.  Due to recent changes I have made I do expect that to happen quite quickly.  Regardless of the amount of time it takes I know my income is building steadily now and my concerns regarding my future financial situation are gone.  My income is not reliant on the activity of other team members or on making sales.  It is also paying my mortgage and allowing me to refurbish my property.  Not bad considering I started my work from home journey £20,000 in debt and at risk of losing my house really!  I am rather pleased with my progress so far.

Planning

During November  I will continue to invest into USI until I have 10 packs and will be writing lots more blog posts.  The ‘secret project’ will take up quite a bit of time but am confident it will be worth it!  I will also be doing quite a bit of work on my affiliate income regarding planning etc and will run my first marketing campaign for GDI.

Its going to be an exciting month!

If you have found this post useful or inspiring please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance to those who do share it, I always appreciate your help in reaching a larger audience!

Ellie xx

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