Hi all, Semi-regular commenter here: this has been a long time coming. I’ve been a 'Just Starter' for over 4 years. I figured it’s time to share my story, lessons learned, and try to open up some good discussion. I know we've all been frustrated at the lack of original content on here (shout out to all the Case Study: Month 1 posts) so hopefully this gives you something to read. So, instead of Month 1, here's Month 48!
I originally found Humble’s first case studies not long after he posted them. I was already looking at ways to make money online, and was instantly hooked. With my web developer friend we made a broad home site, and I started writing. Basically just doing best of lists of blenders, ice cream makers, etc. I went through a summer of productivity: getting up at 5.45am before my office job and blasting out writing on the daily. 1 year later, with around 50 posts, two pages struck gold and we peaked at $2,700 in a month from US Amazon affiliate income. These were seasonal pages and a July heatwave helped a ton. It quickly died back off in the winter. After that summer, productivity nosedived (I got a girlfriend). But sporadically kept building the site. Our income never got back to that peak, but the next summer saw a few $2k months. That's when I started to think doing this full time was possible. My job had become badly managed, and I wanted to move away from the city. So despite the site still making peanuts most months, I quit my full time job on July 1st, 2019.
1 Year Later
This year has flown by so quickly. I wondered so much about what it would be like to do this full time, and now here we are. Here’s the year in summary:
I’m nowhere near as productive as I thought. Initially my targets were an article published every 3rd day (including weekends) plus producing lead magnets, running outreach, etc. I was still the only writer. Turns out I can’t really stretch the 1-2 focused hours squeezed in around a job into 8-12 focused hours daily. Staying productive and focused has been (and still is) a challenge.
I remember Humble saying he works 12 hours a day without even noticing. Sometimes I get that, but often it's more of a battle. Especially during quarantine.
Still, the last few months have seen the full-time efforts kick in – we’ve been getting more traffic than I thought possible (peaking around 4k hits/day) and livable income from it.
Until the Amazon cuts, that is. My plan was to hit my old salary (circa $4k/m) then diversity away from Amazon into other affiliate programs. We were just about there when Amazon decimated our income. Damn you Bezos.
Due to the seasonal growth coming back and the momentum we have, our results are still growing despite the cuts. From the outside it looks like there wasn’t a change and it’s normal growth – but in reality we would've hit $7k last month.
After some trial and error I now have a fantastic writer publishing 2 posts a week ($40/1000 words). This allows me to focus more on outreach, skyscraper posts, and building out a new site.
Not having a standard job is scary. There’s no pension plan, no career path, and Amazon/Google could screw you in a moment’s notice. Don’t get me wrong – I love it and wouldn’t change it for the world. But it does change things.
I cannot describe how much I miss working in cafés/libraries! Those were the life and soul of my work routine.
My dream (and inspiration to do this) was to travel the world while earning a real income. I was meant to leave for South America 2 months ago. Can't wait to grab the first plane ticket out of the UK in the next few months.
Traffic & Earnings
Traffic: https://imgur.com/ofnjfVa The recent ‘explosion’ has been from the many informational posts I wrote after going full time. These are now finally maturing. Even with an established site it's still taking 3-6months for many of our posts to mature fully. Also we're still more summer focused than anything - still trying to get away from that. Earnings: https://imgur.com/3Bfi5A0 (Amazon rate cut was April 21st). These don’t include UK/Canada which run at around 10% of US income. I couldn't get our earnings from the start - Amazon only goes back 2 years. Until 2020, earnings were entirely from Amazon’s affiliate programs. Recently we signed up to Ezoic, though we were getting sweet f all ($6.5/1000 sessions). In the last month we switched to Mediavine and it’s changed everything. We’re seeing $25/1000 sessions, currently bringing $70+ a day. This alone has almost offset the Amazon cuts.
I want to touch on how we’ve built the site, since that's always what I'm most interested in when reading other studies. Ours is about as simple a setup as you can imagine. Until I went full time, 90% of our posts were simple ‘best of’ lists. These were lower competition keywords. We didn’t build a single backlink (mostly due to my lack of trying). Most of our success came from playing with the wording of semi-long tails. (For example instead of best blender, most reliable blender). Though this is getting harder with semantic search getting better. Lately I’ve been doing more informational posts, with some level of link building to our top affiliate ones. These are 10x easier to rank for and, with a decent ad network, a good money maker. Keyword Research Nothing fancy here. I’ve used a combination of Ahrefs (batching via their $7/7days trials) and Income School’s “alphabet soup” method to find keywords. Always manually checking the competition before committing to anything. Article Setup All on-page SEO is now covered in a publish checklist. Mostly watching out for:
Easy to read vocabulary
I try to keep it up to date with the latest coming out of Authority Hacker, Backlinko, Ahrefs case studies. Luckily my friend is a web dev wizard, so our theme is entirely custom with some slick formatting for product reviews, pros/cons, etc. This gives us a high authority look which I can only imagine helps. Backlinks Up until recently I hadn’t built a single backlink for the site. We’d been pretty lucky with the keywords we went for – and mostly still are. There are very few posts I’ve actively built links to, and I’ve yet to deliberately win a medium/hard keyword with strategically built links. That said, I’ve been trying to do much more in terms of link building. Especially now that I have the time. I’ve really noticed that it’s not about getting 400 money pages, but striking gold with 5-10 of them. We have 160 posts and the 80/20 principle definitely applies to the results we see from them. Mostly the link building has been a case of shotgun skyscraper (Authority Hacker) and a few exchanges or paid links here and there. I’ve not had too much success, but I'm looking forward to sticking at it until we do. I’ve been inspired by the massive success jumstakl was sharing from this, and want to master it to his level. Though I do appreciate it's all pretty outdated now. That said, our current top post (25% of all traffic) is a fairly random informational post that I’ve never built links to. For some reason it just topped a very nice SERP in Australia. Can't complain. Content One advantage we've had (imo) is in original, well researched content. Having written over 150,000 words for this site I've gotten pretty quick at putting out articles. I typically take notes on every post in the top 10 results, collate that into one larger outline, and write. There's so many outsourced posts out there that sound like they were written using a Cambridge Thesaurus - so I try to keep things super conversational and easy to read.
The goal for this site is to keep maintaining what we have while continuing to build. I want minimal input for day-to-day writing, with my only involvement being keyword research, high quality posts, and outreach. On top of that, I want us to hit a few ‘big’ keywords too. Topics with decent competition where our quality and real links get us to the top and blow up our income. My ultimate goal is to hit $10k/month in income. This would be huge for me, give me friend some massive side income help (he gets 20%), and put us at a sale value that could buy an apartment. Strategy I desperately need to work with other affiliate programs away from Amazon. This has been something I thought would take days to fix, but I’ve spent ages analyzing potential affiliates and yet to make a sale with any. We’ve started on two silos built for new affiliate programs, so hopefully these will give some good returns. From what I understand it’s going to be hitting huge success with smaller affiliate programs that will allow you to cruise past 5 figures a month in income. Though I'm a bit paralyzed because it feels like branching out into a new world – rather than the same old rinse and repeat I’m used to with Amazon.
I’d just like to shout out the mods for keeping this subreddit going. I literally wouldn’t be doing this without this sub (and Humble who started it). Thank you.*
I’d like to agree with the recent sticky – there’s too much spam on here recently. I feel like Humble would lose his mind at the amount of shitposts. It’s up to all of us to report the dumb questions for the automod to remove, and to discourage the ‘Case Study: Month 1’ spam.*
Are there any other communities you guys subscribe to for sites above the $1k/month mark? Speaking regularly to others with established sites would be a massive help - outside of this forum I don't really have anyone to talk to. Would love to become part of a community and make a few friends who also run sites like mine. If there’s anyone like that on here – particularly based in the UK – please hit me up!
Ask Me Anything There’s obviously much more to our site than I can cover in one post. So AMA! It’s lockdown and I’m bored: if you want to know anything just ask. I may reply slowly, but I will reply. Thanks for reading.
Collusion, fraud, spam accounts, and more: The month long story of UCLA's most controversial student election
North Campus: The northern half of the campus that houses humanities and social science departments. Colloquially used to describe anything related to the humanities. South Campus: The southern half of the campus that houses the science departments. Colloquially used to describe anything related to the sciences. USAC: Undergraduate Students Association Council, the undergraduate student government at UCLA. Known for being filled with north campus majors. Daily Bruin: A student run newspaper. Known for being filled with north campus majors. Slate: UCLA's version of a political party
Due to low engagement, last years spring elections saw 3 unfilled seats in USAC that required a special election during the fall quarter. A south campus major, Orion Smedley, ran on a platform to bring back a bus connecting UCLA to LAX that had been discontinued due to low usage several months before. In their election endorsements, the Daily Bruin wrote
In the same article that announced the CUB referendum would be on the ballot, it was revealed that Orion had formed his own slate, Cost Cutting Innovations (CCI), and would be seeking the presidency. He would be facing Naomi of For the People (FTP), the slate with the greatest representation in USAC, and three other Independent candidates. The fallout over the USAC's mishandling of the CUB referendum gave Orion and his slate an unexpected surge of support. He became the posterchild of reduced student fees after he was the only one to state his opposition to the referendum. As election week approached, UCLA was rocked by several instances of fraud, where students posing as members of both Naomi and Orion's campaigns made unsanctioned posts. The moderators stepped in and began requiring verification from users claiming to represent candidates. As election week was about to kick off, the Daily Bruin released their endorsements of candidates. To the dismay of many, the Daily Bruin endorsed FTP candidates nearly straight down the ballot. Users were quick to notice the amateurish reporting of the editorial board and called out discrepancies online. In their endorsement for FTP's Zuleika over CCI's Deven they cited both of their lack of experience in student government as transfer students but gave very different spins.
Zuleika While she lacks experience on USAC, Bravo has a wide range of leadership experience working with the Students with Dependents Program and the Transfer Leadership Coalition.
Deven Additionally, her lack of experience within USAC raises concern given the rigorous and sometimes toxic environment of student government, and we worry that her ideas may get lost in the transition.
A user pointed out that the USAC and the Daily Bruin had strong incentives provide legitimacy for each other. The user observed that south campus majors are less inclined to participate in student government because it is not in line with their career goals. The growing threat to USAC due to an increased number of south campus majors running on the CCI slate this year revealed to many students that the initiatives of previous administrations had merely been for show and were not focused on real student issues.
This message resonated with the UCLA userbase that skews heavily towards south campus. Students attacked the Daily Bruin and USAC for working together to maintain a system that allowed faux politicians and journalists to push unrealistic agendas for the purpose of advancing their careers and to the detriment of real student's problems. They alleged USAC and the Daily Bruin were out of touch with the student body after they had repeatedly endorsed candidates with the same type of lofty, good-on-paper agendas over candidates with realistic, sensible plans. The start of election week was plagued by several more scandals. On Sunday, students also discovered that the elections board had paid for actors Brian Baumgartner and Lena Headey to record videos encouraging students to vote. Students complained this was a waste of student fees during a contentious election currently being fought over student fee raises. On Monday morning, an email, seeming to address incidents of racism, was sent out to all UCLA students. The email stated that racist attacks had been made against the CUB Referendum, citing specifically the incident where racial slurs were used during a public Zoom meeting. The USAC President, Elections Board Chair, and leaders of various ethnic student groups signed on to urge students to participate in the current elections. Students accused USAC of violating election codes by sending partisan information to students over a service to which all students are required to subscribe.
It remains to be seen if more scandals will occur at this point in the election week. The turnout requirement for referenda to be considered was already lowered from 20% to 15% by the Chancellor in light of the exceptional circumstances, all but guaranteeing further backlash if the referendum squeaks by. However, whatever the results of voting, this will undoubtedly go down as UCLA's most controversial student election. While every effort is made to summarizes the cited posts, please read the source for the full picture.
How I got from first stream to affiliate in the first month - I hope this helps you, too. (I spent a lot of time on this, here’s hoping it doesn’t get lost in new)
Hi friends, I want to first say that this isn’t a scheme or magical program to make Twitch growth “easy.” It also isn’t an effort to get you to subscribe or donate to my channel. The sole purpose of writing this is to attempt to provide all of the information and strategy I’ve used to date in a single, concise and digestible post -- something I wish I had on day one. As such, everything I have to share is below and there’s no link to bring you anywhere else. For those of you that I’ve talked with about this (friends, followers and subs) and those of you I don’t know, I really hope it helps! Just over five weeks into streaming and I feel very fortunate to say that I reached affiliate status only a few days after the one-month mark. I’ve got 83 followers (only four of whom are people I personally know), 10 organic subscribers and nearly 1,000 views. No programs, No follow for follows, No boosts, No bot viewers/follows, etc. -- No BS. This past week, I averaged around 8 viewers, with some times higher and others lower. This isn’t a brag. This is to say that there are things that I’ve learned in the past month, read from various resources, and watched over the course of countless youtube videos, that have propelled my stream forward much faster than I ever would’ve anticipated. Some growth strategies you’ll read about from only six months ago may no longer work due to the saturated nature of Twitch, while others may have been developed years ago and still work to this day. Perhaps to you, my numbers are quite low, or maybe you’ve been on your twitch journey for months, still seeking affiliate status but don’t quite know where to go next. Either way, I hope I can offer something to help you below. Introductions aside, here are the points I’ve found most critical thus far in no particular order; CAM - It seems to be the consensus among larger streamers and content creators that you absolutely need to have a cam if you want your channel to get anywhere. I completely agree with this sentiment. You are the focal point of your stream. Without a cam, your viewers are essentially watching gameplay footage with commentary here and there which can just as easily be done elsewhere. If you don’t have a cam and can’t afford one, that’s okay! You can actually use your phone as a cam and it’s much easier than you think it would be. Just google “EpocCam.” In my opinion, the app made it fairly self explanatory to set up. There’s a free version of the app and a paid version for something like eight dollars to get rid of the ads. It’s well worth the eight dollars, because the ads make it a frustration and you’ll already have plenty of those elsewhere when setting up your stream for the first time. P.S. I’m not endorsed or sponsored by this company -- If you’ve got a more efficient/inexpensive way to get a cam, take it! PERSONALITY - Let the you who is you shine through. I just made that up. It’s 4:00AM. In all sincerity, this will likely be the most critical element of your channel. I have a theory on the success of this point which comes from a personal favorite streamer; the two-time himself, DrDisrespect. Doc clearly plays a well-developed character, but it comes across genuine. This gave me the impression of embellishing who he really is. Is Guy Beahm (Doc’s real name) actually an 80’s super villain, destroying anyone and anything in his path from behind the wheel of his red 1990 Lambo? No. BUT is he a guy who’s into the 80’s aesthetic, rages at games, and is a little overly competitive? Probably! This got me thinking about the idea of taking your own personality and embellishing the bits which make you, YOU. I’ll give you an example. I’m a Zen Buddhist. I’m obsessed with Eastern philosophy and practices of Zen, presence and meditation are a significant part of my life. Therefore, on stream, I take these components and make them the focal point. If you ever watch me on stream, you’ll notice that in moments of absolute chaos and high tensions on screen, I remain almost comically calm and poke fun at the intensity of otherwise high-stress situations. I don’t tilt in moments that might frustrate others and will instead flip situations like these around into thoughts and questions about why we might feel that way. Even when I have engagements with toxic players, you’ll see that rather than engaging them with the reciprocal toxicity they’re looking for, I might say something like “Aw, friend, what happened today? It’s okay, you can tell me about it.” Not sarcastically, but in a genuine way! It’s fun to see if we can take the toxicity out of a teammate, BUT there is one more component to my stream which I would consider most significant. This leads us to our next point. PASSION/REASON FOR STREAMING - Most people will tell you if you’re in it for the money, get out. I’ve read this sentence a million times. My feeling is that it’s not quite that simple. It’s perfectly okay to approach streaming with the goal of making it your full time job -- That’s exactly what I’m doing! HOWEVER, Consider a person who wants to be a rockstar, but has never written a note of music. Or held a guitar. Or sang outside their shower. They want to be a rockstar for the fame, money, etc. but they’ve got no passion for the art itself. I think we both know it’s very unlikely they’ll get anywhere at all. The same is true of streaming. There’s a point where passion and effort coincide with return. You do it because you love it, but you can’t put everything into it without it becoming your livelihood. You also can’t make it your livelihood without putting everything into it. Perhaps your passion is the game itself and the will to share it. You want to be a Radiant rank Valorant player, teaming up with Shroud and Summit to play against pros while your fans watch and spam your chat with PogChamps and KEKWs. That’s fantastic and that passion will take you far. There are plenty of passions that can fuel your drive to put in the work when the odds are against you! When I watched my first Twitch stream, the first thing that struck me was the way that the streamer was able to engage with so many people in chat, while they were simultaneously engaging one another. A more specific point that took my interest was that it was all, for the most part, anonymous. I immediately had the thought that this would be a great platform for people to have a place to get things off their chest. Almost like the next level of jotting frustrations into a diary -- only here, others can see, relate to, and even respond to the things you write in real-time. Even further, what if there were a streamer who, while delivering satisfying one-shot sniper content, could calmly talk over the chaos and offer perspective on the topic for that person and anyone else in chat going through the same sort of difficulties. For me, the passion is the potential to help people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, etc. with the same principals which helped me through these issues while creating a community where my viewers can offer the same for one another, if they choose to. That was the beginning of DrWatts. UNIQUENESS - This should act as a sort of *bonus point* to the two above points. In a competitive game environment, it should be a given that you are at least decent at your game. It’s unlikely you’d be streaming it otherwise. Even if you’re great at it, it can only play to your advantage to push the aspect of your skill and offer something that few other channels can. While this can mean nearly anything, I’ll share with you the example of what I believe makes my on-screen content unique. I predominantly stream VALORANT with regular switches to COD Warzone sprinkled between. In Warzone, I solo queue into Trios and use only the Kar98k, regardless of range, with success for the most part. In VALORANT however, it gets a little more elaborate. Essentially, I developed a stream “mini-game” within VALORANT wherein I only use the Marshal scout weapon. Throughout a match, certain things can happen which will force changes to my loadout. Additionally, I’ve added interesting and fun modifiers that chat can activate with channel points to make this “mini-game” more challenging or slightly easier on me. It’s a fun way to keep the gameplay fresh and interesting while keeping chat engaged with the gameplay. You can see the “DrWatts unrated VALORANT rules” in the about section on my channel if you’d like to see this in action. Perhaps it’ll give you some ideas! OVERLAY - While it isn’t as essential as having the cam feed itself, it is still a critical component in my opinion. Have you ever been on twitch, perhaps looking at a lesser watched game, and decided to click on one of the handful of streamers playing it? Which did you click? I clicked the one with the best looking overlay in that tiny thumbnail box. Why? Because, as a viewer, It says something to me about “They put work into this” - “They care about the quality of their stream” - “They probably know the ropes and are NOT NEW AT THIS” -- even if we are ;). There’s a few ways to approach this hurdle, some more costly than others. You can try to take on making your own overlay (more on this later*), purchase a premium pre-made overlay, or pay someone to custom make one for your channel. While the latter is ideal, I think most of us at the beginning will want to begin with a premium pre-made overlay. For around 30 bucks, you’ll have your stream looking, for the most part, pretty professional. SCHEDULE AND CONSISTENCY - It is important to have a consistent and identifiable schedule. Your viewers need to know when and where to find you! Try out different schedules as early as possible and find one that works for you. Once you’ve found what works for you and your lifestyle, stick with it as closely as you can. If you want for streaming to become your job, you’ve got to treat it like one! If you’re going to be late or need to change the time of a stream, handle it the same way you would with any other job. Do what you can to let your audience know and try as much as you can to not make a habit of it. Life happens and there isn’t anything we can do about that, but the more consistent you can be, the better! An important note on this point: Sometimes you need to take a day off and I’d never make a case to prioritize your stream over your mental or physical health. Holding yourself accountable for your schedule is important to your success on Twitch, but nothing is more important than your health, friends. PLAYING WITH GROUPS - I have mixed feelings on this point. You are the focal point, don’t forget that. It’s great to play with other streamers and friends, but I’d recommend limiting this to a section of your stream, rather than making it an expectation or identifier of your channel. Use it as an enhancement to what you’ve already got to offer, not as a crutch if you aren’t quite feeling confident solo yet. It’s an excellent opportunity to practice engaging your viewers and --if we’re being honest-- talking to yourself! Even when there’s no one to engage with, the lurkers in your chat won’t lurk for long if you’re sitting quietly playing the game. It is absolutely critical that you can stand on your own two feet, so don’t let playing with others inhibit your ability to do so! BRANDING - This may seem like a point that “doesn’t matter til you’re big.” Remember when I said if you want it to be your job, you’ve got to treat it like a job? Your channel is your business and unless you treat it as such, it will be a failing business. Take that personality you developed and visualize it into a logo. Maybe you know photoshop, or maybe you get a friend to draw it for you. Maybe you make it in MS paint (I hope not). You really just need something that is identifiable as YOU. Once you’ve got it, put it everywhere. Everywhere. Twitch, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Steam, Discord, Facebook. It will never hurt you to secure your brand on every platform even if you aren’t perpetually posting to each and every one! If you guys would like to see a follow up post involving the social media marketing stuff I mentioned earlier, this would be another point that I would likely expand on as well. KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING YOURSELF INTO - This point isn’t to scare you. It’s to encourage you because YOU CAN undoubtedly do this. Further, this is more of a point for those who favor the densely saturated, top played games (Valorant, Warzone, Overwatch, League of Legends, etc.) This is the category that I fall into. You’ll do much more work off-stream than you do on-stream. From social media marketing to a constant influx of content creation, there’s a lot of work to be done. In games like these, you will never see organic growth via Twitch alone. It’s not because you’re not working hard and it’s not because you’re not amazing -- you definitely are. It’s because with only a few viewers, your channel will be buried by 70 pages worth of others trying to do exactly what you’re doing, leaving your only option for discoverability elsewhere -- at least at the beginning. If anyone is interested to see how I’ve approached these aspects of my stream, I’ll gladly do an additional post to cover them (Social media scheduling apps, content curation and editing, etc.) BUYING FOLLOWERS / FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW / LURK FOR LURK / ETC. - Don’t do this. Just don’t. This is an absolute trap and serves no benefit to your channel. If you meet another streamer along the way and you mutually enjoy each others’ content, that’s awesome (This will happen!), but don’t follow each other simply for the number -- it helps neither of you. There are countless reasons for this being the case and I’ll gladly talk about it with you in a PM or even on stream, but suffice to say there are too many reasons to list why this does not benefit you, nor the people exchanging with you. MODS - For the obvious reasons, they’re important. You never know when the bots will show up in chat or, worse, when little Timmy is having a bad day and wants to let it out via profanity spam in your chat. Unlucky. Have a close friend or two to help you with this at the start if/when they’re available. DON’T BE DISCOURAGED - Kudos to you if you’re still reading. I’d definitely wager that you’re committed to this and this point may be moot for you, but still I feel that it’s an important one to address. Developing growth on a streaming platform is hard, that’s for sure. But it’s not impossible and we’re all capable so long as we maintain our commitment to the passions we identified earlier. I have a life experience which taught a particular lesson and still to this day, it’s the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned. I’d be glad to share that story with anyone who is interested, but it’s applicable to most low-odd gambles and goes something like this: Every time you get that sensation of “this isn’t working, I want to quit,” so are a 1000 other channels. When those moments happen, YOU are going to be the one to say “No, I’m going to keep going.” Even after a seven hour stream with only 2 viewers. With no willingness to give up, you’ve already differentiated yourself from 50% of channels. THOSE DAYS WITH 3 VIEWERS WILL STILL HAPPEN, I HAVE THOSE DAYS TOO -- Even your most loyal followership will still have a life outside of twitch. Keep that in your mind and don’t allow those discouraging thoughts in. Continue on the same as you would if there were 10, 100, or 1,000 people in chat. One day, friends :) ++ BONUS POINTS - This point is not at all essential, but is more of an ‘above and beyond’ that’ll benefit you along the way. During the course of my Twitch journey thus far, I’ve take it upon myself to learn Adobe Photoshop, Premier Pro and After Effects. I’m by no means a master of any of these programs, but I understand how to use each to a point where I’ve developed my own logo from scratch, made emotes, animated my logo, created a stream commercial and more. As I said, this is by no means essential, but if you should decide to take this point on, It’ll stand to benefit you going forward as it has for me. Well, friends, we made it. I appreciate you taking the time to read this post and genuinely hope that you found at least a point or two which will help you along your journey through Twitch and beyond. As I said in the beginning, I’m not looking for any kind of return from this post, but feel free to stop by my channel if you’d like to see how I apply all of the points above! I’d be happy to further elaborate on any of the above on stream as well! I have followers that watch regularly who are interested in a lot of the same and enjoy stream discussions. Let me know in the comments if this helps any of you achieve affiliate status! Thoughts and criticisms are always welcomed as well :) Best of luck in your Twitch journeys, friends. -DrWatts
PSA: The "Fab Wallpapers" app which is ranked #24 on the app charts with 100,000+ downloads is displaying Facebook phishing popups
Just a heads up the "Fab Wallpapers" app which is currently ranked #24 on the app charts is serving Facebook phishing popups and other malware. The app has permissions to "retrieve running apps" and when you install it and then start using Facebook you will get a popup that looks to be from Facebook asking you to re-login. This is a phishing advert that then steals your Facebook login information. (Doesn't happen straight away but if you read 1* reviews on the app they all mention similar things - https://i.imgur.com/ROZtwTQ.jpg) I know because this happened to my mum earlier so I'm making you all aware. Once the Facebook account is compromised it shares spam affiliate posts and tags all your friends. Funny thing is, if you check the apps author it's "MLM Hub", funny "coincidence" when the spam posts promote multi level marketing programs. App URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fabwallpapers.fywallpaperproject
Hello visitors and subscribers of scams! Here you will find a master list of common (and uncommon) scams that you may encounter online or in real life. Thank you to the many contributors who helped create this thread!
If you know of a scam that is not covered here, write a comment and it will be added to the next edition.
Caller ID spoofing It is very easy for anyone to make a phone call while having any number show up on the caller ID of the person receiving the phone call. Receiving a phone call from a certain number does not mean that the person/company who owns that number has actually called you. Email spoofing The "from" field of an email can be set by the sender, meaning that you can receive scam emails that look like they are from legitimate addresses. It's important to never click links in emails unless absolutely necessary, for example a password reset link you requested or an account activation link for an account you created. SMS spoofing SMS messages can be spoofed, so be wary of messages that seem to be from your friends or other trusted people.
The most common scams
The fake check scam (Credit to nimble2 for this part) The fake check scam arises from many different situations (for instance, you applied for a job, or you are selling something on a place like Craigslist, or someone wants to purchase goods or services from your business, or you were offered a job as a mystery shopper, you were asked to wrap your car with an advertisement, or you received a check in the mail for no reason), but the bottom line is always something like this:
The scammer sends you a very real looking, but fake, check. Sometimes they'll call it a "cashier's check", a "certified check", or a "verified check".
You deposit the check into your bank account, and within a couple of days your bank makes some or all of the funds available to you. This makes you think that the check is real and the funds have cleared. However, the money appearing in your account is not the same as the check actually clearing. The bank must make the funds available to you before they have cleared the check because that is the law.
For various and often complicated reasons, depending on the specific story line of the scam, the scammer will ask you to send someone some of the money, using services like MoneyGram, Western Union, and Walmart-2-Walmart. Sometimes the scammer will ask for you to purchase gift cards (iTunes, Amazon, Steam, etc) and give them the codes to redeem the gift cards. Some scammers may also give you instructions on how to buy and send them bitcoins.
Within a couple of weeks, though it can take as long as a month, your bank will realize that the check you deposited was fake, and your bank will remove the funds that you deposited into your account and charge you a bounced check fee. If you withdrew any of the money from the fake check, that money will be gone and you will owe that money to the bank. Some posters have even had their bank accounts closed and have been blocked from having another account for 5 years using ChexSystems.
General fraudulent funds scams If somebody is asking you to accept and send out money as a favour or as part of a job, it is a fraudulent funds scam. It does not matter how they pay you, any payment on any service can be fraudulent and will be reversed when it is discovered to be fraudulent. Phone verification code scams Someone will ask you to receive a verification text and then tell you to give them the code. Usually the code will come from Google Voice, or from Craigslist. In the Google version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Google Voice account that the scammer will use to scam people with. In the Craigslist version of the scam, your phone number will be used to verify a Craigslist posting that the scammer will use to scam people. There is also an account takeover version of this scam that will involve the scammer sending a password reset token to your phone number and asking you for it. Bitcoin job scams Bitcoin job scams involve some sort of fraudulent funds transfer, usually a fake check although a fraudulent bank transfer can be used as well. The scammer will send you the fraudulent money and ask you to purchase bitcoins. This is a scam, and you will have zero recourse after you send the scammer bitcoins. Email flooding If you suddenly receive hundreds or thousands of spam emails, usually subscription confirmations, it's very likely that one of your online accounts has been taken over and is being used fraudulently. You should check any of your accounts that has a credit card linked to it, preferably from a computer other than the one you normally use. You should change all of your passwords to unique passwords and you should start using two factor authentication everywhere. Boss/CEO scam A scammer will impersonate your boss or someone who works at your company and will ask you to run an errand for them, which will usually be purchasing gift cards and sending them the code. Once the scammer has the code, you have no recourse. Employment certification scams You will receive a job offer that is dependent on you completing a course or receiving a certification from a company the scammer tells you about. The scammer operates both websites and the job does not exist. Craigslist fake payment scams Scammers will ask you about your item that you have listed for sale on a site like Craigslist, and will ask to pay you via Paypal. They are scamming you, and the payment in most cases does not actually exist, the email you received was sent by the scammers. In cases where you have received a payment, the scammer can dispute the payment or the payment may be entirely fraudulent. The scammer will then either try to get you to send money to them using the fake funds that they did not send to you, or will ask you to ship the item, usually to a re-shipping facility or a parcel mule. General fraudulent funds scams The fake check scam is not the only scam that involves accepting fraudulent/fake funds and purchasing items for scammers. If your job or opportunity involves accepting money and then using that money, it is almost certainly a frauduent funds scam. Even if the payment is through a bank transfer, Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, Interac e-Transfer, etc, it does not matter. Credit card debt scam Fraudsters will offer to pay off your bills, and will do so with fraudulent funds. Sometimes it will be your credit card bill, but it can be any bill that can be paid online. Once they pay it off, they will ask you to send them money or purchase items for them. The fraudulent transaction will be reversed in the future and you will never be able to keep the money. This scam happens on sites like Craigslist, Twitter, Instagram, and also some dating sites, including SeekingArrangement. The parcel mule scam A scammer will contact you with a job opportunity that involves accepting and reshipping packages. The packages are either stolen or fraudulently obtained items, and you will not be paid by the scammer. Here is a news article about a scam victim who fell for this scam and reshipped over 20 packages containing fraudulently acquired goods. The Skype sex scam You're on Facebook and you get a friend request from a cute girl you've never met. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. She'll ask you to send pictures or videos or get on webcam where she can see you naked with your face in the picture. The scam: There's no girl. You've sent nudes to a guy pretending to be a girl. As soon as he has the pictures he'll demand money and threaten to send the pictures to your friends and family. Sometimes the scammer will upload the video to a porn site or Youtube to show that they are serious. What to do if you are a victim of this scam: You cannot buy silence, you can only rent it. Paying the blackmailer will show them that the information they have is valuable and they will come after you for more money. Let your friends and family know that you were scammed and tell them to ignore friend requests or messages from people they don't know. Also, make sure your privacy settings are locked down and consider deactivating your account. The underage girl scam You're on a dating site or app and you get contacted by a cute girl. She wants to start sexting and trading nudes. Eventually she stops communicating and you get a call from a pissed off guy claiming to be the girl's father, or a police officer, or a private investigator, or something else along those lines. Turns out the girl you were sexting is underage, and her parents want some money for various reasons, such as to pay for a new phone, to pay for therapy, etc. There is, of course, no girl. You were communicating with a scammer. What to do if you are a victim of this scam: Stop picking up the phone when the scammers call. Do not pay them, or they will be after you for more money. Phishing Phishing is when a scammer tries to trick you into giving information to them, such as your password or private financial information. Phishing messages will usually look very similar to official messages, and sometimes they are identical. If you are ever required to login to a different account in order to use a service, you should be incredibly cautious. The blackmail email scam The exact wording of the emails varies, but there are generally four main parts. They claim to have placed software/malware on a porn/adult video site, they claim to have a video of you masturbating or watching porn, they threaten to release the video to your friends/family/loved ones/boss/dog, and they demand that you pay them in order for them to delete the video. Rest assured that this is a very common spam campaign and there is no truth behind the email or the threats. Here are some news articles about this scam. The blackmail mail scam This is very similar to the blackmail email scam, but you will receive a letter in the mail. Rental scams Usually on local sites like Craigslist, scammers will steal photos from legitimate real estate listings and will list them for rent at or below market rate. They will generally be hesitant to tell you the address of the property for "safety reasons" and you will not be able to see the unit. They will then ask you to pay them a deposit and they claim they will ship you the keys. In reality, your money is gone and you will have no recourse. Craigslist vehicle scams A scammer will list a vehicle on Craigslist and will offer to ship you the car. In many cases they will also falsely claim to sell you the car through eBay or Amazon. If you are looking for a car on Craigslist and the seller says anything about shipping the car, having an agent, gives you a long story about why they are selling the car, or the listing price is far too low, you are talking to a scammer and you should ignore and move on. Advance-fee scam, also known as the 419 scam, or the Nigerian prince scam. You will receive a communication from someone who claims that you are entitled to a large sum of money, or you can help them obtain a large sum of money. However, they will need money from you before you receive the large sum. Man in the middle scams Man in the middle scams are very common and very hard to detect. The scammer will impersonate a company or person you are legitimately doing business with, and they will ask you to send the money to one of their own bank accounts or one controlled by a money mule. They have gained access to the legitimate persons email address, so there will be nothing suspicious about the email. To prevent this, make contact in a different way that lets you verify that the person you are talking to is the person you think you are talking to. Cam girl voting/viewer scam You will encounter a "cam girl" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to go to their site and sign up with your credit card. They may offer a free show, or ask you to vote for them, or any number of other fake stories. Amateur porn recruitment scam You will encounter a "pornstar" on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask you to create an adult film with hehim, but first you need to do something. The story here is usually something to do with verifying your age, or you needing to take an STD test that involves sending money to a site operated by the scammer. Hot girl SMS spam You receive a text from a random number with a message along the lines of "Hey babe I'm here in town again if you wanted to meet up this time, are you around?" accompanied by a NSFW picture of a hot girl. It's spam, and they'll direct you to their scam website that requires a credit card. Identity verification scam You will encounter someone on a dating/messaging/social media/whatever site/app, and the scammer will ask that you verify your identity as they are worried about catfishing. The scammer operates the site, and you are not talking to whoever you think you are talking to. This type of scam teases you with something, then tries to make you sign up for something else that costs money. The company involved is often innocent, but they turn a blind eye to the practice as it helps their bottom line, even if they have to occasionally issue refunds. A common variation takes place on dating sites/dating apps, where you will match with someone who claims to be a camgirl who wants you to sign up for a site and vote for her. Another variation takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where the scammers setup fake rental scams and demand that you go through a specific service for a credit check. Once you go through with it, the scammer will stop talking to you. Another variation also takes place on local sites like Craigslist, where scammers will contact you while you are selling a car and will ask you to purchase a Carfax-like report from a specific website. Multi Level Marketing or Affiliate Marketing You apply for a vague job listing for 'sales' on craigslist. Or maybe an old friend from high school adds you on Facebook and says they have an amazing business opportunity for you. Or maybe the well dressed guy who's always interviewing people in the Starbucks that you work at asks if you really want to be slinging coffee the rest of your life. The scam: MLMs are little more than pyramid schemes. They involve buying some sort of product (usually snake oil health products like body wraps or supplements) and shilling them to your friends and family. They claim that the really money is recruiting people underneath you who give you a slice of whatever they sell. And if those people underneath you recruit more people, you get a piece of their sales. Ideally if you big enough pyramid underneath you the money will roll in without any work on your part. Failure to see any profit will be your fault for not "wanting it enough." The companies will claim that you need to buy their extra training modules or webinars to really start selling. But in reality, the vast majority of people who buy into a MLM won't see a cent. At the end of the day all you'll be doing is annoying your friends and family with your constant recruitment efforts. What to look out for: Recruiters love to be vague. They won't tell you the name of the company or what exactly the job will entail. They'll pump you up with promises of "self-generating income", "being your own boss", and "owning your own company." They might ask you to read books about success and entrepreneurs. They're hoping you buy into the dream first. If you get approached via social media, check their timelines. MLMs will often instruct their victims to pretend that they've already made it. They'll constantly post about how they're hustling and making the big bucks and linking to youtube videos about success. Again, all very vague about what their job actually entails. If you think you're being recruited: Ask them what exactly the job is. If they can't answer its probably a MLM. Just walk away.
You should generally avoid answering or engaging with random phone calls. Picking up and engaging with a scam call tells the scammers that your phone number is active, and will usually lead to more calls. Tax Call You get a call from somebody claiming to be from your countries tax agency. They say you have unpaid taxes that need to be paid immediately, and you may be arrested or have other legal action taken against you if it is not paid. This scam has caused the American IRS, Canadian CRA, British HMRC, and Australian Tax Office to issue warnings. This scam happens in a wide variety of countries all over the world. Warrant Call Very similar to the tax call. You'll get a phone call from an "agent", "officer", "sheriff", or other law enforcement officer claiming that there is a warrant out for your arrest and you will be arrested very soon. They will then offer to settle everything for a fee, usually paid in giftcards. [Legal Documents/Process Server Calls] Very similar to the warrant call. You'll get a phone call from a scammer claiming that they are going to serve you legal documents, and they will threaten you with legal consequences if you refuse to comply. They may call themselves "investigators", and will sometimes give you a fake case number. Student Loan Forgiveness Scam Scammers will call you and tell you about a student loan forgiveness program, but they are interested in obtaining private information about you or demanding money in order to join the fake program. Tech Support Call You receive a call from someone with a heavy accent claiming to be a technician Microsoft or your ISP. They inform you that your PC has a virus and your online banking and other accounts may be compromised if the virus is not removed. They'll have you type in commands and view diagnostics on your PC which shows proof of the virus. Then they'll have you install remote support software so the technician can work on your PC, remove the virus, and install security software. The cost of the labor and software can be hundreds of dollars. The scam: There's no virus. The technician isn't a technician and does not work for Microsoft or your ISP. Scammers (primarily out of India) use autodialers to cold-call everyone in the US. Any file they point out to you or command they have you run is completely benign. The software they sell you is either freeware or ineffective. What to do you if you're involved with this scam: If the scammers are remotely on your computer as you read this, turn off your PC or laptop via the power button immediately, and then if possible unplug your internet connection. Some of the more vindictive tech scammers have been known to create boot passwords on your computer if they think you've become wise to them and aren't going to pay up. Hang up on the scammers, block the number, and ignore any threats about payment. Performing a system restore on your PC is usually all that is required to remove the scammer's common remote access software. Reports of identity theft from fake tech calls are uncommon, but it would still be a good idea to change your passwords for online banking and monitor your accounts for any possible fraud. How to avoid: Ignore any calls claiming that your PC has a virus. Microsoft will never contact you. If you're unsure if a call claiming to be from your ISP is legit, hang up, and then dial the customer support number listed on a recent bill. If you have elderly relatives or family that isn't tech savvy, take the time to fill them in on this scam. Chinese government scam This scam is aimed at Chinese people living in Europe and North America, and involves a voicemail from someone claiming to be associated with the Chinese government, usually through the Chinese consulate/embassy, who is threatening legal action or making general threats. Chinese shipping scam This scam is similar to the Chinese government scam, but involves a seized/suspicious package, and the scammers will connect the victim to other scammers posing as Chinese government investigators. Social security suspension scam You will receive a call from someone claiming to work for the government regarding suspicious activity, fraud, or serious crimes connected to your social security number. You'll be asked to speak to an operator and the operator will explain the steps you need to follow in order to fix the problems. It's all a scam, and will lead to you losing money and could lead to identity theft if you give them private financial information. Utilities cutoff You get a call from someone who claims that they are from your utility company, and they claim that your utilities will be shut off unless you immediately pay. The scammer will usually ask for payment via gift cards, although they may ask for payment in other ways, such as Western Union or bitcoin. Relative in custody Scammer claims to be the police, and they have your son/daughtenephew/estranged twin in custody. You need to post bail (for some reason in iTunes gift cards or MoneyGram) immediately or the consequences will never be the same. Mexican family scam This scam comes in many different flavours, but always involves someone in your family and Mexico. Sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been detained, sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member has been kidnapped, and sometimes the scammer will claim that your family member is injured and needs help. General family scams Scammers will gather a large amount of information about you and target your family members using different stories with the goal of gettimg them to send money. One ring scam Scammers will call you from an international number with the goal of getting you to return their call, causing you to incur expensive calling fees.
Online shopping scams
THE GOLDEN RULE OF ONLINE SHOPPING: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Dropshipping An ad on reddit or social media sites like Facebook and Instagram offers items at huge discounts or even free (sometimes requiring you to reblog or like their page). They just ask you to pay shipping. The scam: The item will turn out to be very low quality and will take weeks or even months to arrive. Sometimes the item never arrives, and the store disappears or stops responding. The seller drop-ships the item from China. The item may only cost a few dollars, and the Chinese government actually pays for the shipping. You end up paying $10-$15 dollars for a $4 item, with the scammer keeping the profit. If you find one of these scams but really have your heart set on the item, you can find it on AliExpress or another Chinese retailer. Influencer scams A user will reach out to you on a social media platform, usually Instagram, and offer you the chance to partner with them and receive a free/discounted product, as long as you pay shipping. This is a different version of the dropshipping scam, and is just a marketing technique to get you to buy their products. Triangulation fraud Triangulation fraud occurs when you make a purchase on a site like Amazon or eBay for an item at a lower than market price, and receive an item that was clearly purchased new at full price. The scammer uses a stolen credit card to order your item, while the money from the listing is almost all profit for the scammer. Instagram influencer scams Someone will message you on Instagram asking you to promote their products, and offering you a discount code. The items are Chinese junk, and the offer is made to many people at a time. Cheap Items Many websites pop up and offer expensive products, including electronics, clothes, watches, sunglasses, and shoes at very low prices. The scam: Some sites are selling cheap knock-offs. Some will just take your money and run. What to do if you think you're involved with this scam: Contact your bank or credit card and dispute the charge. How to avoid: The sites often have every brand-name shoe or fashion item (Air Jordan, Yeezy, Gucci, etc) in stock and often at a discounted price. The site will claim to be an outlet for a major brand or even a specific line or item. The site will have images at the bottom claiming to be Secured by Norton or various official payment processors but not actual links. The site will have poor grammar and a mish-mash of categories. Recently, established websites will get hacked or their domain name jacked and turned into scam stores, meaning the domain name of the store will be completely unrelated to the items they're selling. If the deal sounds too good to be true it probably is. Nobody is offering brand new iPhones or Beats or Nintendo Switches for 75% off. Cheap Amazon 3rd Party Items You're on Amazon or maybe just Googling for an item and you see it for an unbelievable price from a third-party seller. You know Amazon has your back so you order it. The scam: One of three things usually happen: 1) The seller marks the items as shipped and sends a fake tracking number. Amazon releases the funds to the seller, and the seller disappears. Amazon ultimately refunds your money. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to re-order the item directly from their website, usually with the guarantee that the order is still protected by Amazon. The seller takes your money and runs. Amazon informs you that they do not offer protection on items sold outside of Amazon and cannot help you. 2) The seller immediately cancels the order and instructs you to instead send payment via an unused Amazon gift card by sending the code on the back via email. Once the seller uses the code, the money on the card is gone and cannot be refunded. How to avoid: These scammers can be identified by looking at their Amazon storefronts. They'll be brand new sellers offering a wide range of items at unbelievable prices. Usually their Amazon names will be gibberish, or a variation on FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME. Occasionally however, established storefronts will be hacked. If the deal is too good to be true its most likely a scam. Scams on eBay There are scams on eBay targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who privately message you regarding the order, especially if they ask you to ship to a different address or ask to negotiate via text/email/a messaging service. As a buyer you should look out for new accounts selling in-demand items, established accounts selling in-demand items that they have no previous connection to (you can check their feedback history for a general idea of what they bought/sold in the past), and lookout for people who ask you to go off eBay and use another service to complete the transaction. In many cases you will receive a fake tracking number and your money will be help up for up to a month. Scams on Amazon There are scams on Amazon targeting both buyers and sellers. As a seller, you should look out for people who message you about a listing. As a buyer you should look out for listings that have an email address for you to contact the person to complete the transaction, and you should look out for cheap listings of in-demand items. Scams on Reddit Reddit accounts are frequently purchased and sold by fraudsters who wish to use the high karma count + the age of the account to scam people on buy/sell subreddits. You need to take precautions and be safe whenever you are making a transaction online. Computer scams Virus scam A popup or other ad will say that you have a virus and you need to follow their advice in order to remove it. They are lying, and either want you to install malware or pay for their software.
Chinese Brushing / direct shipping If you have ever received an unsolicited small package from China, your address was used to brush. Vendors place fake orders for their own products and send out the orders so that they can increase their ratings. Money flipping Scammer claims to be a banking insider who can double/triple/bazoople any amount of money you send them, with no consequences of any kind. Obviously, the money disappears into their wallet the moment you send it.
Door to door scams
As a general rule, you should not engage with door to door salesmen. If you are interested in the product they are selling, check online first. Selling Magazines Someone or a group will come to your door and offer to sell a magazine subscription. Often the subscriptions are not for the duration or price you were told, and the magazines will often have tough or impossible cancellation policies. Energy sales Somebody will come to your door claiming to be from an energy company. They will ask to see your current energy bill so that they can see how much you pay. They will then offer you a discount if you sign up with them, and promise to handle everything with your old provider. Some of these scammers will "slam" you, by using your account number that they saw on your bill to switch you to their service without authorization, and some will scam you by charging higher prices than the ones you agreed on. Security system scams Scammers will come to your door and ask about your security system, and offer to sell you a new one. These scammers are either selling you overpriced low quality products, or are casing your home for a future burglary. They ask to enter your home While trying to sell you whatever, they suddenly need to use your bathroom, or they've been writing against the wall and ask to use your table instead. Or maybe they just moved into the neighborhood and want to see how you decorate for ideas. They're scoping out you and your place. They want to see what valuables you have, how gullible you are, if you have a security system or dogs, etc.
Begging With a Purpose "I just need a few more dollars for the bus," at the bus station, or "I just need $5 to get some gas," at a gas station. There's also a variation where you will be presented with a reward: "I just need money for a cab to get uptown, but I'll give you sports tickets/money/a date/a priceless vase." Three Card Monte, Also Known As The Shell Game Unbeatable. The people you see winning are in on the scam. Drop and Break You bump into someone and they drop their phone/glasses/fancy bottle of wine/priceless vase and demand you pay them back. In reality, it's a $2 pair of reading glasses/bottle of three-buck-chuck/tasteful but affordable vase. CD Sales You're handed a free CD so you can check out the artist's music. They then ask for your name and immediately write it on the CD. Once they've signed your name, they ask you for money, saying they can't give it to someone else now. Often they use dry erase markers, or cheap CD sleeves. Never use any type of storage device given to you by a random person, as the device can contain malware. White Van Speaker Scam You're approached and offered speakers/leather jackets/other luxury goods at a discount. The scammer will have an excuse as to why the price is so low. After you buy them, you'll discover that they are worthless. iPhone Street Sale You're approached and shown an iPhone for sale, coming in the box, but it's open and you can see the phone. If you buy the phone, you'll get an iPhone box with no iPhone, just some stones or cheap metal in it to weigh it down. Buddhist Monk Pendant A monk in traditional garb approaches you, hands you a gold trinket, and asks for a donation. He holds either a notebook with names and amounts of donation (usually everyone else has donated $5+), or a leaflet with generic info. This is fairly common in NYC, and these guys get aggressive quickly. Friendship Bracelet Scam More common in western Europe, you're approached by someone selling bracelets. They quickly wrap a loop of fabric around your finger and pull it tight, starting to quickly weave a bracelet. The only way to (easily) get it off your hand is to pay. Leftover sales This scam involves many different items, but the idea is usually the same: you are approached by someone who claims to have a large amount of excess inventory and offers to sell it to you at a great price. The scammer actually has low quality items and will lie to you about the price/origin of the items. Dent repair scams Scammers will approach you in public about a dent in your car and offer to fix it for a low price. Often they will claim that they are mechanics. They will not fix the dent in your car, but they will apply large amounts of wax or other substances to hide the dent while they claim that the substance requires time to harden. Gold ring/jewelry/valuable item scam A scammer will "find" a gold ring or other valuable item and offers to sell it to you. The item is fake and you will never see the scammer again. Distraction theft One person will approach you and distract you, while their accomplice picks your pockets. The distraction can take many forms, but if you are a tourist and are approached in public, watch closely for people getting close to you.
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AyeT- CyberGhost VPN Free Trial - 54SB Adgem - Norton VPN Free Trial - 63SB 100SB Bonus - Install the Swagbutton Rise of Kingdoms - 4000SB - Get to hall Level 17 Lottoland - 1300SB - Click the offer and it will take you to the sign-up and will cost £1 ( Make sure auto-renewal isn't on ) ----- GG2U - REF( I think you get $1 Bonus ) | NON-REF ( No $1 if there is a bonus ) William hill ( Find this under Gaming Offers ) - Deposit £10 and wager £10 - Around £27 Back Normally the Gala offers pay higher but none of them are available anywhere, Normally pay around £40, on TCB or Quidco but they have no offers right now for them --- Ysense - REF( Don't think there is a bonus |NON - REF Click Offers, Then Offertory Final Fantasy 100K Power - $10.16. I did this before and I spent £1 and completed really quickly, It was an XP reward I bought, It gave millions of Hero XP which gave enough power I highly advise you don't waste time on this site doing surveys ---- Lionbridge - Like happen but this is more strict and I also found Appen paid more for the Project I am on. Teamwork- Like Appen and Lionbridge, I have done some work for them in the past everything was fine and paid on time. Apple at Home Advisor - Work at home Advisor for Apple. Pretty sure they send you an iMac to work on tho I could be wrong Pretty sure Amazon has remote work also. If you google a company and then "Remote" or at home, It should let you see if they have work - I had these 3 on a list Its transcription work but Appen, Lionbridge, and Teamwork offer this and probably best going for them. Rev transcribeme GoTranscript ---- Sites/Apps that are legit + my thoughts on them Swagbucks ( Around £4 Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus ) I only do offers on here but I always check other sites before doing them to see if better paying elsewhere and I do swago when it comes up - Do not do surveys unless they are offering a few £ as they normally DQ - Only do Offers, Don't waste your time on anything else Serpclix| non-ref You install the plugin and it pops up with a task to search for a website... I barely use it but I would say its worth using for some extra cash ( Some users say £10-£30 a month on here ) Branded Surveys| non-ref Had a few payouts, Too many DQ would avoid unless nothing else Life Points Had some decent paying surveys, But too many DQ.. I would personally avoid Qmee ( 50p Bonus ) | non-ref ( No Bonus ) In my opinion, it's not worth the time, I do probably 1 or 2 surveys per week and I only touch the ones 75p + unless they take to long... I don't think you should focus anytime on it unless you have nothing else. Ysense Don't waste your time, I listed an offer for it above other than them offers.. Don't bother, People only want sign-ups to this cause they pay like 15% of earnings and I think around £5 when someone reached a certain amount SliceThePie- Don't bother, Its clearly about 10p an hour HoneyGain ($5 Bonus I think ) | Non- Ref ( No Bonus ) It uses your unused internet in the background, it's perfectly safe personally for me I've not had much luck but it comes down to location and how many devices you are using 20Cogs ( £20 Bonus on cashout ) | Non-ref ( No Bonus ) This is legit but most offers do pay better elsewhere and you need to hit 20 confirmed cogs before they payout, I have done offers on here and have my 20cogs pending but make sure you always check other sites to make sure you are getting the most amount of profit... I mostly do offers on here that I have not seen anywhere else. PrizeRebel - Don't waste your time. Microworkers - Can pay decent if you can rattle off some fast task but - Its a pain to get paid, Customer service pretty much ignores you and a lot of the jobs and links are sketchy as hell --- I know nothing about this stuff but you can also teach English online and get paid for it. You might need an ESL certificate. The pay is pretty decent if you can get work If this is something you are interested in I highly advise you do some research for it because its decent work vipkid- Teach English to kids online, If you want to find more I would advise you to look through Reddit as a lot of users on here use this for work, There are more sites than just this that you can work for, I think they pay from $15-$25 per hour. QKid- Same as vipkid teaching English online- I think this pays up to $20 per hour gogokid- Teach English Online $14-25 per hour There will be more sites than this but these are the ones I know of. ---- Amazon FBA I don't recommend you bring crap in from china there is enough of that,,, My advise would start small, Start by Buying stock from Supermarkets or other online retailers this is called retail arbitrage and then sending that in but make sure you are allowed to sell in that category, also if your going down the video game route that you sell Used video games and older back catalog titles as these hold higher profit margins than new stock, Lego, Toys, etc are good things to keep an eye out for you can also look for this sort of stuff on the Facebook market place There is very little profit in new stock unless you can pick it up and most of the time you'd be selling at a loss because the big retailers can sell it for the price you buy it Use Amazons courier ( they use ups) it's like £5 to send in a 15KG Box Get the hang of it to figure out what works for YOU! Don't follow anyone on youtube and what they say to do... Of course, if you want to make serious money which you can do, You will need to get suppliers, etc but no one will tell you where to get these, and the ones found easily through google search will make you very little if any money using... Here is also some things I recommend using ( I use them or have used them ) Barcode Scanner ( I only use my PC so need scanner ) Barcode Scanner With Stand Epson XP-3100 FBA Labels Bags - I use a mixture of different one but these are fine for smaller things. You don't need to buy the best printer or anything like that these work perfectly fine... You only need that stuff if you're doing thousands of labels per day As I said before, Don't be scared to try this its actually pretty fun and can make good money just please people on youtube UK and US, Try it see what works for you Also Amazon handmade but I still think Facebook is a great way to start selling handmade stuff ( if its quality ) - Gambling First, I recommend you don't touch anything to do with this stuff if you have any mental health problems, feel lonely, etc this can ruin your life if you go off the deep end Matched Betting - You can make good money from this and I think everyone should do it, It's not complicated once you get the hang of it but don't use Profit Accumulator or the other one that charges £17 a month, in my opinion, it isn't worth it ... You could use something like Team Profit to get the hang of it and then take the £1 profit accumulator trial then get more info from there but cancel before the £17 month The more money you have to do this the more you're going to make, It can be pretty slow if you are starting with a low amount of money but when you're doing these, Make sure you check cashback sites or offerwalls to see if they will pay you for signing up People promote PA because they have a good affiliate program Gambling CPA/RS This is different and you need a website or social media platform, You would have deals with the casinos, Bookmakers, etc But the money, if you get it right, is absolutely ridiculous... This is why you see these guys on youtube spinning such high amount of cash on the casino, If you are good at building sites or have a boatload of cash to chuck at this You would post them and when people sign up through your link you could be on CPA ( Cost per Acquisition ) RS= Revenue share, So you would get % of a player losses or you could be on a hybrid This money is life-changing if you get it right but since there is so much cash it is not easy... These sites are spending 10s of thousands a month to be at the top search results. ---- Cashback Websites JoinHoney | non-ref - Saves you money by searching for coupon codes, I place a monthly order on a website and it saves me between 20-40 each time, Well worth installing when you shop online TopCashBack (£5 Bonus ) | nonref ( No Bonus ) £5 Bonus once you reach £10 payable cashback, I listed some good deals at the top of the post ( Check yourself for more on the site ) Also can save money when shopping online Quidco (£10 Bonus) |non-ref ( No bonus ) You get the £10 bonus once you reach £5 cashback, Same as top cashback... Some offers listed above and you can also get cashback shopping online -- My favorite Offer Xendpay (£10 Bonus | non-ref( No bonus ) Sign up and Verify your account, Make a transfer of £100 and you will get £10 free.. You can just transfer the money to yourself but you will need an account that takes euros as you need to send £ to euro - Before you sign up to an offer on this sub, Please check on cashback sites to see if they pay more than a ref link, Example is the Azimo link it has been posted on this sub on the past few days, You only get £10 from that but you will get £25 through Quidco + £10 bonus if you are new to the site There is also a scam that's posted a lot on Reddit, They claim to pay you $25 to sign up then $25 per person you sign up, This is a scam they go by a few different names sites all look the same with the same fake payouts I hope this helps someone out.
Long post ahead. and how more Filipinos are moving online because of the quarantine. Make no mistake however that privacy is a global issue especially during this internet age where there is mass surveillance. Some examples of what companies can do with your data here. I don't consider myself an expert and encourage you to do any further research on your own as well. VPN I decided to use one to avoid throttling by my ISP (P2P/Torrents, streaming) and for peace of mind in protecting and hiding my real IP address. The bonus was being able to access US/UK Netflix content. Now with the Anti Terrorism bill and fake Facebook accounts popping up, I'm all the more protective of my online activities. My main consideration in choosing a provider was whether they had an actual, physical server here in the Philippines instead of using a virtual server (IP address will be Philippines, but you connect to a server from Hong Kong/Singapore). If I pay, I might as well pay for one that is actually providing a server here. This was because I plan to keep my VPN on 24/7, even during gaming, so latency/ping is important. You can read here and here on the tests I used to check the location. My VPN research shown here. This isn't meant to be a formal database of any sort, these are just my notes. For what it's worth, I ended up choosing StrongVPN because they are so far the only provider I've seen with physical servers here and that support the newest VPN protocol (Wireguard). Take note almost all of the providers have a trial, or a 30 day money back guarantee. So I was able to try about 5-7 for free to see which one suited me best. If deciding on a VPN, make use of the trial because the best connection is different for everyone. Almost all reviews you see online are from people based in the US/Europe so I had to try them on my own. FWIW my ISP is Converge. What about free providers? You usually get what you pay for and these free providers usually sell your data in exchange for a free VPN. Perhaps the only ones I would trust would be Windscribe (which has a monthly data cap) and ProtonVPN. You'll have to connect to a Hong Kong server for both. What about for my mobile? I personally keep mine on 24/7 because (from what I've heard from the grapevine) our telco providers actually do have access and can look into everything that you do while connected to mobile data. And they do. Which, in my opinion, is just creepy. A VPN is just one small part of a whole privacy suite though, so am also giving info on the other stuff I found to complement a VPN: DNS You can read about DNS here. This goes hand in hand with a VPN and most VPN providers actually provide their own DNS servers too. I choose to use my own. Firefox and Chrome both have DNS over HTTPS in their settings. Please check your mobile phone if you have Private DNS settings. I have a Samsung phone and I have this in my settings. Providers:
Cloudfare (188.8.131.52) - Free and fast, but there have been some users who have issues with them, example here.
Adguard (dns.adguard.com) - Free, but some users have an issue with them being based in Russia. Blocks some ads as well.
Personal recommendation: NextDNS - fairly new player and they just recently partnered up with Mozilla (Firefox). Free (up to 300,000 queries a month), uses local currency pricing - PHP99/mo or PHP900/yr). The free tier is fine, but this depends on how much browsing you do and how many devices you will use it for. I put it on my browser and phone and almost reached the limit before the month was over. Compared to the other two, this one is highly configurable and customizable. You can choose the specific ads & tracking blocklists you want to enforce, whitelist domains, and choose whether you want to keep any or zero logs. I keep logs for 1 month so I can also troubleshoot and see which blocklist blocked which domain in case a website or element won't load. It also has an analytics page that is pretty cool to see. Example: 123 . You might be surprised on how many queries are being made in the background while you browse, just to track you. For the more savvy out there, you can opt to even use the DNS servers on your router so all devices connecting to it are protected (no more setup for each device). Am considering this just to make sure my parents won't accidentally click through scammy sites, lol. A big plus in using this on your phone (depending also which blocklist you choose) - no ads, even in my free phone apps. Hehe If you want your entire computer using the DNS (the queries made outside your browser ex. system apps, games, apps like Viber desktop, etc), I use YogaDNS as suggested by NextDNS from their setup page. The app is highly configurable too. Browser I use Firefox which is an open source browser, and the company/foundation behind it supports privacy and free/open internet initiatives. It also is highly configurable if you know what you are doing (via about:config). Privacy Tools is a great resource I used for some of the add ons and about:config tweaks I used to "harden" my browser's privacy and security. This might be for more advanced users though. Add ons that I have:
Ublock Origin - the OG ad blocker, open source and easy on the resources.
Privacy Badger - focused on blocking the trackers following you across the web, some find it redundant with Ublock, but it still catches some trackers so I leave it on.
HTTPS Everywhere - forces a website to load securely, or if it can't, warns you before accessing the site. Lots of local websites here don't use HTTPS...
Cookie Auto Delete - I whitelist the sites I log in/use often, other than that, if I'm visiting your page once, I don't want your website keeping info on my visit.
ClearURLs - removes tracking elements from links being loaded in the page. Example:
Bitwarden - Completely free and open source password manager. Just recently, I went through the painstaking process of changing all of my saved passwords and creating new ones via the password generator. This is probably one of the most basic and important steps everyone knows they should do, but never get around to doing it. I don't memorize any of my passwords now and rely on this. The paid version is PHP500/year and comes with a few extra stuff like some secure file storage and a service that analyzes which of your passwords are weak, how often they are repeated, and it can also be your 2FA authenticator app. Highly recommended. You can also save secure notes and things like credit card details so you can auto fill forms.
As also mentioned above, enable DNS over HTTPS in the settings. Other tips
Do not use social media accounts to log into sites. It's more data being accessed and consolidated by these social media giants. I unlinked all of my accounts as I wanted less snooping from Facebook and Google into other sites that aren't even theirs.
Turn on Two Factor Authentication for sites that have it - even Reddit allows this. Instead of sending a text (if you want to even give your phone number), you can use an app to generate a code that you use to help you log in. The code is valid for a number of seconds only before it expires and generates a new one. I use the app Authy for my android phone.
Search engine - I set by default DuckDuckGo as my search engine over Google. Do remember Google results are very good because they are very personalized by tracking you. I personally have no problem at all with the results of DDG since they are supposed to, in theory, be less biased/more neutral.
Comb through each security setting especially for Facebook and Google. Example, for Facebook I made sure everything was set to Friends only or Visible to Me only, and for Google I turned off some activity/history tracking.
Clean up your online accounts - I changed my accounts so that only "important" sites such as my banking sites have my "real" email. For all other random sites I use a throwaway email and fake/random info. Helps keep the spam away too.
Email: Enter your email in https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check if you have been part of any data breaches in the past (from your online accounts). I was surprised I had a lot..
Do I really need to use these/install all these? It is really up to each person to decide on where they are willing to compromise privacy for convenience. You can check out the privacy subreddits here and find that some people refuse to use Windows, refuse to use programs unless they are open source, deleted their Facebook accounts, etc.. To each his/her own. I decided I still am using some services by the corporate giants, but I just choose to try as much as I can to limit what I put out there there. And while cost is of course an important factor, just always remember: If it is free, you are the product. Hope this helps and hope everyone stays safe not only from the virus, but from threats online. Parting words:
... Saying that you don't need or want privacy because you have nothing to hide is to assume that no one should have, or could have, to hide anything -- including their immigration status, unemployment history, financial history, and health records. You're assuming that no one, including yourself, might object to revealing to anyone information about their religious beliefs, political affiliations, and sexualactivities, as casually as some choose to reveal their movie and music tastes and reading preferences. Ultimately, saying that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. Or that you don't care about freedom of the press because you don't like to read. Or that you don't care about freedom of religion because you don't believe in God. Or that you don't care about the freedom to peaceably assemble because you're a lazy, antisocial agoraphobe.- Edward Snowden
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How to start your blog in 2020 "How to start your blog in 2020" is one of the first things every new entrepreneur hears when they search for how to make money online on YouTube or on Google. People think they need hundreds of dollars to start their blog and make money from it but that is not true. In this article, I will show you how to start your blog in 2020, but before I begin, let's learn some basics. What is a blog? A blog is a website that publishes blog posts (articles) and the person who writes blog posts is called a blogger. The purpose of the blog is to solve people’s problems and to share our ideas. Should you start a blog in 2020? Yes. People think you need to be the best writer in the world to write a blog post but what they don't know is that it's not true. You don't need to be the best writer in the world, all you have to do is write whatever you can think of on that topic and once you finish writing it, organize the article and then publish it. So, without further due, let's learn how to start your Blog in 2020 in 9 simple and easy steps. 1. Choose Niche The very first thing you need to do before starting your blog is to choose your niche.Niche is a topic in which you will write articles on your blog.This can be a difficult step because it involves a lot of thinking. So, what I recommend is that you choose your niche if you are interested in it. So, for example if you are interested in cars then you should start your blog on Cars, or if you are interested in cooking then you should start your blog on Cooking. If you choose your niche that you are not interested in, the possibilities are not today, but tomorrow you will stop blogging. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose your niche carefully. Moving on to the second step. 2. Choose the platform First choose whether Free Blog or Self Hosted Blog. Free Blog: We all love free, but when it comes to free blogging there are a few downsides, but before looking at the downsides, let's see which platforms offer us to create our own free blog. - WordPress - Blogger - Tumblr Now let's look at the downsides of free blog.
Ugly URLs If you create a free blog, your URL will look like https:// yourblogname.something. comIn other words, your website looks unprofessional.
You cannot make advance customizations on your blog
Your website looks like spammy Self-host-blog: The self-host blog is not free, but it makes your blog more professional and you do not have any limitations. So now comes the question, which platform should I choose for my blog? The answer is simple: WordPress Why? Because WordPress is very beginner-friendly and 76.5 million websites on the Internet are using WordPress as their platform and this number is growing rapidly day by day. 3. Choose the name of your blog So now that you have chosen your platform, it's time to choose your blog name.Your blog name depends on what niche you are in. For example, this blog is related to making and saving money, so I chose Bucks Profit as the name of this blog. Once you've chosen your blog name, it's time to check the availability of the domain name.The domain name is the URL or in other words address of a site.For example, the domain name of this site is bucksprofit Therefore, it is crucial that after you have chosen the name of your blog, you should check if you can get a domain name the same as your blog name.There are many websites where you can check the availability of a domain, but I recommend these websites.
namecheap .com/domains/domain-name-search/ Tip: try using synonyms when the domain name you are trying to obtain is not available. 4. Buy web hosting Web Hosting is a company that puts your website on the internet so that people from all over the world can see it. There are many websites that offer web hosting, but I recommend Blue Host. WHY? Because it only costs $3.95 per month and you also get a free domain name for one year if you buy using my link.Checkout Blue Host
I also like Blue Host because they provide expert support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Once you have purchased your web hosting, it is time to install WordPress. To install WordPress on Bluehost, all you have to do is log in to the Bluehost cPanel account, then find the website section and click install. If you want to make any changes then you can do it. Read the agreements and click the Install Now button. So, after WordPress is installed, it's time to do the basic setup. 5. Set up WordPress- Choosing ThemeAfter you have installed WordPress, you should now choose the theme for your blog. Choosing the right topic is key, if you don't choose the right one, your website will look spammy and not professional.There are thousands of WordPress themes, but below are the main themes you should use if you're just getting started. - Hestia - Agama - Ascend - OceanWp I recommend these themes for your blog because they are very clean and most importantly, they are all beginner-friendly. To install a WordPress theme, all you have to do is go to your WordPress dashboard, then click on Appearance and proceed with the themes.Then click Add New, choose your theme, and click activate to install the theme on your blog. - Basic Configuration1. Google Analytics account connection Google Analytics is a tool created by Google that gives you information about your visitors.It gives you information like how many visitors came to your website, where they came from, how long they stayed on your website, etc. 2. Make your password stronger Nowdays hackers are getting smarter and smarter by creating advanced tools that can easily help them crack your passwords. Therefore, it is crucial that you should change your password to a more secure one, otherwise your website could be hacked. Try to create a password that is a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters like #, @, %. 3. Add a contact form Adding a contact form to your website will not only make your website look professional and it will also help your visitors connect with you. If any of your visitors have a problem or need help, all they have to do is fill out the form and you will receive their message. 4. Change permalink link If you post an article on your new WordPress blog, by default the URL structure would look like this: bucksprofit .com/2020/04/10/sample-post This type of URL structure is not ideal for SEO. So, you need to change it to bucksprofit .com/ sample-post To change your URL structure, all you have to do is click on Settings, go to Permalinks and select the Post name option. 6. Install plugins Plugins are snippets of code written by someone else, they add advanced functionality to your website. To install the plugin, all you have to do is go on your WordPress dashboard click on Plugins go to the add new and select whichever plugin you have to install. There are thousands of plugins, but below are the plugins you must install. - Contact form 7 Contact form 7 allows you to add contact forms on your website.Take a look at Contact form 7 - Yoast SEO Yoast SEO will help you optimize your content, so you have a better chance of getting a higher ranking.Yoast SEO is one of the most popular plugins and this plugin has over 5,000,000 active installs.Take a look at Yoast SEO - Akismet Anti-Spam This plugin helps prevent spammy comments.Take a look at Akismet Anti-Spam - OneSignal OneSignal allows you to send push notifications to people's browsers.Take a look at OneSignal - Smush This plugin compresses all your images, which makes your blog load faster and it is also ideal for SEO.Take a look at Smush 7. Create a blog post Congratulations! You did all the things, it's time to create your blog post. Creating a blog post may seem difficult for most people, but it's actually not that difficult. You just need to write what you can think of about the topic you are writing. But before you start writing, you need to do some keyword research. Keyword research is a process in which you find search terms that people use in the search engine like Google to find something. If you're just getting started, always go with keywords that have little competition. Tip: Choose long-tail keywords because most of the time they have little competition. There are many websites that you can use for keyword research, some of which are detailed below. - ahrefs - Ubersuggest - Google keyword planner Once you've chosen your keyword, it's time to create a blog post optimized on the keyword you've chosen. When I say optimized, I mean adding the target keyword in your blog post multiple times, adding the target keyword in the blog post URL, and also adding your target keyword in the meta description. It also does not mean that you need to add your target keyword where it doesn't make any sense. How long your blog post should be?Your blog post should be at least 2,000 words because Google loves longer blog posts and if your blog post is longer then there is a high chance that your blog post will rank higher. 8. Market your blog When it comes to marketing your blog, there are mainly 2 ways: paid and free Free Most people when they are just starting out they don't have enough money to spend on ads but don't worry, there are many ways you can market your blog for free, here are some. - Quora - Facebook groups - Pinterest - Reddit Paid - Google Ads - Facebook Ads 9. Making Money With the Blog There are many ways to monetize your blog, below are the best ways. - AdvertisementsShowing ads on your blog is the easiest way to monetize your blog. And you don't need to worry about advertisers because Google has done all the work for you. Google has created a platform called Google AdSense that has advertisers who want to promote their products.You can check out Google AdSense here: Google AdSense - Affiliate MarketingAffiliate marketing is when you promote other people's products, and in return you get a commission. There are many affiliate platforms such as Amazon Associates and eBay's affiliate program that allows you to promote their products and they will give you a commission in return if someone buys something using your link. So, all you have to do is sign up on any one of these platforms and once you sign up, start sharing product links and once someone buys something using your link, you will get a commission, - Selling productsSelling products is one of the most effective ways to monetize your blog. You can sell both physical and digital products and If you want sell digital products, then congratulations! You don't need to worry about any kind of inventory because the quantity of your product is unlimited. The digital product can be an eBook or a course, you only need to create it once and it can be downloaded countless times. - Sponsored PostsAfter your blog starts to generate a fair amount of constant traffic, people will come up to you and pay you for posting sponsored posts on your blog. Most of the time, these types of posts promote the advertiser's products or services so that they can sell their products or services to the people who enter your blog. Tip of the day - Learning HTML and CSS Html stands for Hyper Text Mark-Up Language. It is the skeleton of the website, which means that every website you see on the Internet is an accumulation of HTML. CSS stands for cascading style sheet. CSS Adds style to a skeleton, which means that each color, the margins you see on a website are because of CSS and without CSS your website will look nothing. So why is it important to learn HTML and CSS? If you learn HTML and CSS, you can make advanced customization on your blog, and secondly, if you encounter any kind of problem on your blog, you can easily fix it. And you don't need to buy any kind of course to learn HTML and CSS, you can just search on YouTube like "HTML and CSS Tutorial" and you will see a giant list of videos that will teach you HTML and CSS completely free. Also, I don't want you to learn each and everything about Html and CSS, just learn the basics so you can easily fix any kind of problems when you encounter them. Summary of how to start your blog in 2020
Choose the platform
Choose the name of your blog
Buy web hosting
Set up WordPress
Create a blog post
Market your blog
Make money with the blog That it!!! how to start your blog in 2020 Now comment below which of these tips you liked the most.
How to start your blog in 2020 "How to start your blog in 2020" is one of the first things every new entrepreneur hears when they search for how to make money online on YouTube or on Google. People think they need hundreds of dollars to start their blog and make money from it but that is not true. In this article, I will show you how to start your blog in 2020, but before I begin, let's learn some basics. What is a blog? A blog is a website that publishes blog posts (articles) and the person who writes blog posts is called a blogger. The purpose of the blog is to solve people’s problems and to share our ideas. Should you start a blog in 2020? Yes. People think you need to be the best writer in the world to write a blog post but what they don't know is that it's not true. You don't need to be the best writer in the world, all you have to do is write whatever you can think of on that topic and once you finish writing it, organize the article and then publish it. So, without further due, let's learn how to start your Blog in 2020 in 9 simple and easy steps. 1. Choose Niche The very first thing you need to do before starting your blog is to choose your niche.Niche is a topic in which you will write articles on your blog.This can be a difficult step because it involves a lot of thinking. So, what I recommend is that you choose your niche if you are interested in it. So, for example if you are interested in cars then you should start your blog on Cars, or if you are interested in cooking then you should start your blog on Cooking. If you choose your niche that you are not interested in, the possibilities are not today, but tomorrow you will stop blogging. Therefore, it is crucial that you choose your niche carefully. Moving on to the second step. 2. Choose the platform First choose whether Free Blog or Self Hosted Blog. Free Blog: We all love free, but when it comes to free blogging there are a few downsides, but before looking at the downsides, let's see which platforms offer us to create our own free blog. - WordPress - Blogger - Tumblr Now let's look at the downsides of free blog. 1. Ugly URLs If you create a free blog, your URL will look like https://yourblogname.something.comIn other words, your website looks unprofessional. 2. You cannot make advance customizations on your blog 3. Your website looks like spammy Self-host-blog: The self-host blog is not free, but it makes your blog more professional and you do not have any limitations. So now comes the question, which platform should I choose for my blog? The answer is simple: WordPress Why? Because WordPress is very beginner-friendly and 76.5 million websites on the Internet are using WordPress as their platform and this number is growing rapidly day by day. 3. Choose the name of your blog So now that you have chosen your platform, it's time to choose your blog name.Your blog name depends on what niche you are in. For example, this blog is related to making and saving money, so I chose Bucks Profit as the name of this blog. Once you've chosen your blog name, it's time to check the availability of the domain name.The domain name is the URL or in other words address of a site.For example, the domain name of this site is https://www.bucksprofit.com/ Therefore, it is crucial that after you have chosen the name of your blog, you should check if you can get a domain name the same as your blog name.There are many websites where you can check the availability of a domain, but I recommend these websites. - https://instantdomainsearch.com/ - https://www.godaddy.com/domains/domain-name-search - https://www.namecheap.com/domains/domain-name-search/ Tip: try using synonyms when the domain name you are trying to obtain is not available. 4. Buy web hosting Web Hosting is a company that puts your website on the internet so that people from all over the world can see it. There are many websites that offer web hosting, but I recommend Blue Host. WHY? Because it only costs $3.95 per month and you also get a free domain name for one year if you buy using my link.Checkout Blue Host I also like Blue Host because they provide expert support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Once you have purchased your web hosting, it is time to install WordPress. To install WordPress on Bluehost, all you have to do is log in to the Bluehost cPanel account, then find the website section and click install. If you want to make any changes then you can do it. Read the agreements and click the Install Now button. So, after WordPress is installed, it's time to do the basic setup. 5. Set up WordPress- Choosing ThemeAfter you have installed WordPress, you should now choose the theme for your blog. Choosing the right topic is key, if you don't choose the right one, your website will look spammy and not professional.There are thousands of WordPress themes, but below are the main themes you should use if you're just getting started. - Hestia - Agama - Ascend - OceanWp I recommend these themes for your blog because they are very clean and most importantly, they are all beginner-friendly. To install a WordPress theme, all you have to do is go to your WordPress dashboard, then click on Appearance and proceed with the themes.Then click Add New, choose your theme, and click activate to install the theme on your blog. - Basic Configuration1. Google Analytics account connection Google Analytics is a tool created by Google that gives you information about your visitors.It gives you information like how many visitors came to your website, where they came from, how long they stayed on your website, etc. 2. Make your password stronger Nowdays hackers are getting smarter and smarter by creating advanced tools that can easily help them crack your passwords. Therefore, it is crucial that you should change your password to a more secure one, otherwise your website could be hacked. Try to create a password that is a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters like #, @, %. 3. Add a contact form Adding a contact form to your website will not only make your website look professional and it will also help your visitors connect with you. If any of your visitors have a problem or need help, all they have to do is fill out the form and you will receive their message. 4. Change permalink link If you post an article on your new WordPress blog, by default the URL structure would look like this: https://www.bucksprofit.com/2020/04/10/sample-post This type of URL structure is not ideal for SEO. So, you need to change it to https://www.bucksprofit.com/sample-post To change your URL structure, all you have to do is click on Settings, go to Permalinks and select the Post name option. 6. Install plugins Plugins are snippets of code written by someone else, they add advanced functionality to your website. To install the plugin, all you have to do is go on your WordPress dashboard click on Plugins go to the add new and select whichever plugin you have to install. There are thousands of plugins, but below are the plugins you must install. - Contact form 7 Contact form 7 allows you to add contact forms on your website.Take a look at Contact form 7 - Yoast SEO Yoast SEO will help you optimize your content, so you have a better chance of getting a higher ranking.Yoast SEO is one of the most popular plugins and this plugin has over 5,000,000 active installs.Take a look at Yoast SEO - Akismet Anti-Spam This plugin helps prevent spammy comments.Take a look at Akismet Anti-Spam - OneSignal OneSignal allows you to send push notifications to people's browsers.Take a look at OneSignal - Smush This plugin compresses all your images, which makes your blog load faster and it is also ideal for SEO.Take a look at Smush 7. Create a blog post Congratulations! You did all the things, it's time to create your blog post. Creating a blog post may seem difficult for most people, but it's actually not that difficult. You just need to write what you can think of about the topic you are writing. But before you start writing, you need to do some keyword research. Keyword research is a process in which you find search terms that people use in the search engine like Google to find something. If you're just getting started, always go with keywords that have little competition. Tip: Choose long-tail keywords because most of the time they have little competition. There are many websites that you can use for keyword research, some of which are detailed below. - ahrefs - Ubersuggest - Google keyword planner Once you've chosen your keyword, it's time to create a blog post optimized on the keyword you've chosen. When I say optimized, I mean adding the target keyword in your blog post multiple times, adding the target keyword in the blog post URL, and also adding your target keyword in the meta description. It also does not mean that you need to add your target keyword where it doesn't make any sense. How long your blog post should be?Your blog post should be at least 2,000 words because Google loves longer blog posts and if your blog post is longer then there is a high chance that your blog post will rank higher. 8. Market your blog When it comes to marketing your blog, there are mainly 2 ways: paid and free Free Most people when they are just starting out they don't have enough money to spend on ads but don't worry, there are many ways you can market your blog for free, here are some. - Quora - Facebook groups - Pinterest - Reddit Paid - Google Ads - Facebook Ads 9. Making Money With the Blog There are many ways to monetize your blog, below are the best ways. - AdvertisementsShowing ads on your blog is the easiest way to monetize your blog. And you don't need to worry about advertisers because Google has done all the work for you. Google has created a platform called Google AdSense that has advertisers who want to promote their products.You can check out Google AdSense here: Google AdSense - Affiliate MarketingAffiliate marketing is when you promote other people's products, and in return you get a commission. There are many affiliate platforms such as Amazon Associates and eBay's affiliate program that allows you to promote their products and they will give you a commission in return if someone buys something using your link. So, all you have to do is sign up on any one of these platforms and once you sign up, start sharing product links and once someone buys something using your link, you will get a commission, - Selling productsSelling products is one of the most effective ways to monetize your blog. You can sell both physical and digital products and If you want sell digital products, then congratulations! You don't need to worry about any kind of inventory because the quantity of your product is unlimited. The digital product can be an eBook or a course, you only need to create it once and it can be downloaded countless times. - Sponsored PostsAfter your blog starts to generate a fair amount of constant traffic, people will come up to you and pay you for posting sponsored posts on your blog. Most of the time, these types of posts promote the advertiser's products or services so that they can sell their products or services to the people who enter your blog.
Tip of the day
- Learning HTML and CSS Html stands for Hyper Text Mark-Up Language. It is the skeleton of the website, which means that every website you see on the Internet is an accumulation of HTML. CSS stands for cascading style sheet. CSS Adds style to a skeleton, which means that each color, the margins you see on a website are because of CSS and without CSS your website will look nothing. So why is it important to learn HTML and CSS? If you learn HTML and CSS, you can make advanced customization on your blog, and secondly, if you encounter any kind of problem on your blog, you can easily fix it. And you don't need to buy any kind of course to learn HTML and CSS, you can just search on YouTube like "HTML and CSS Tutorial" and you will see a giant list of videos that will teach you HTML and CSS completely free. Also, I don't want you to learn each and everything about Html and CSS, just learn the basics so you can easily fix any kind of problems when you encounter them. Summary of how to start your blog in 2020 1. Choose niche
Choose the platform
Choose the name of your blog
Buy web hosting
Set up WordPress
Create a blog post
Market your blog
Make money with the blog That it!!! how to start your blog in 2020 Now comment below which of these tips you liked the most.
Pro tips to make more money with paid surveys on ySense
On the ySense blog they've shared a bunch of tips to be more succesfull with their surveys. I've copied the content below for everyone who's struggling with them or you can read it here.
Surveys – they’re a popular online side-hustle, and a major way for you to earn rewards here at ySense too… From Mumbai to Madison Heights, if you have a computer, smartphone or tablet and some spare time, you can quickly get extra money trickling in by sharing your opinions for rewards. This kind of paid work is popular because you can start immediately, with no previous experience. There are no right or wrong answers, only your feedback and opinions. And to thank you for your time, at ySense we reward you with a wide choice of goodies: from cold, hard cash (PayPal, Skrill & Payoneer), to all kinds of gift cards and gift vouchers (Amazon, iTunes and many top retailers). The key to making the most of these online earning opportunities is to learn the tricks of the trade. Even though paid surveys are casual ways of making money, the more you take a professional approach, the more you can earn. Here are the pro tips and survey secrets that will maximise your earnings on ySense…
Tip 1: Grab Surveys Quickly
You can find all of your available surveys in your survey dashboard. Each survey has the name of the provider, a unique survey ID, the approximate time to complete the survey (called LOI or Length of Interview) and importantly – the reward. Treat both the LOI and reward as guide values. A survey can be shorter or longer than stated, but not usually by much. The time given is a guide, based on others that have taken the survey already. The good news is that the reward is very rarely lower than shown. Treat this as a minimum reward, which can end up being more, depending on your answers. Your list of available surveys in your dash is always changing. That’s the nature of online surveys – they generally run for a limited period of time, or until the survey provider has collected all of the responses they need. That means the surveys listed in your dashboard won’t hang around forever – it’s first come, first serve, so pro’s recommended to check in often and grab surveys whilst they’re there. The bigger, busier survey partners generally have some surveys you can take at any time, but it’s still best to make hay while the sun shines. If a survey is there for the taking in your ySense account, click it and begin it before other people do. To ensure you’re paid for a survey, make sure that you complete the survey until you reach a ‘Thank You‘ message. If you don’t reach the end, you may not be credited for your work. You can quickly and easily check your survey history to see a 90 day snapshot of all your surveys, their status (clicked, started, completed, screened out or quota full), along with your earnings. We recommend logging in to your ySense account and checking the available surveys at least once a day. Top survey earners normally log in several times each day or use the ySense Browser Addon. The addon only works on laptops & PC’s, but it helps you maximise your earnings with instant alerts whenever a new survey or task is available in your account. It’s free, takes up next to no space and won’t slow your device. You can read more about it can help you earn more in this blog post.
Tip 2: Find Surveys That fit Your Needs
Are you short on time and need a quick survey to complete? Or maybe you’ve got a little longer and looking for a survey that pays more? At ySense we know people prefer to do surveys that fit with their schedule. As everyone has different needs, and usually fit online surveys around their existing work and family life – we give you a simple filter in the top right of your survey dashboard. As standard, we’ll automatically show your best-matched surveys, but you’re free to change that. Simply select your priority (highest paying or shortest surveys) to show surveys that match your time and needs. HINT: Survey pro’s often sort by reward, then pick the best-paying surveys that fit within their available time
Tip 3: Consistency is Key
Filling out online surveys is easy, but it certainly isn’t mindless. To ensure your answers are legitimate and meaningful, survey partners build in quality check mechanisms to ensure you’re properly concentrating, and not just speeding through the questions or selecting random answers. It’s important to be consistent with your answers and they should match your survey profile e.g. your date of birth should always be the same, your ethnicity won’t change from one day to the next, etc. If you answer one survey and state your age as 26 years old, then the next survey you say your age is 42 – it sends a flag to survey partners that your answers are potentially invalid and untrustworthy. You’ll soon find the work drying up if you continually make mistakes and fail the sporadic attention checks, and you could even find yourself blocked from taking surveys entirely – which will really harm your earning opportunities. That’s often the cause of finding yourself with a message like this in your ySense account: * “We’ve noticed that some of your responses are not being provided as directed or are inconsistent with previous responses. While our Quality Assurance Team reviews your responses, we’re restricting your access to Surveys.* To avoid this from happening, just take your time to read and respond to each survey question truthfully with accurate information.
Tip 4: “Quota Full” or “Screened Out” doesn’t mean down and out…
When you take surveys, the companies behind them are often looking for the opinions of particular groups of people – perhaps parents of young children, people who regularly travel by train or online gaming fans… It depends on the criteria of each survey, so it’s not at all unusual for you to answer a few questions and then be told you don’t qualify for the survey. This is known as being “Screened Out” and is a normal part of paid online research. In other cases you may fulfil the criteria of the survey, but they’ve already collected enough responses from other people in your age, gender or demographic group. In this case, you’ll see “Quota Full“. You’re not doing anything wrong if you’ve been screened out or hit a full quota. That survey just wasn’t a match for you. Survey pro’s know this happens and just move on to the next survey opportunity and try again. Very important: If you’re screened out of a survey, DO NOT change your details to try and match the type of person you think the survey is looking for. Although it may be tempting, survey partners are paying you for genuine responses (see Tip 3). They’re getting ever smarter against this kind of survey manipulation, and will quickly block your survey access altogether if they detect this happening.
Tip 5: It Makes Sense to Understand ySense
If you’re serious about making money on a survey site, learn it inside-out and make sure you know about all the different ways to cash in. At ySense we have an active forum where new members and long term online earners mingle, share tips and help each other make the most of their time online. It’s an invaluable resource of insider tips that help you hit your earning goals quicker than going it alone. One great forum post that I thoroughly recommend to new ySense members is Survey Tips from a $10 a Day Earner. That advice has been shared by Valerie. A long time ySense member with years of survey experience. It’s well worth a read! Then there’s ways to hit your daily checklist bonus (you can find that on the ySense homepage), tips on getting to know about new surveys first, friendly chat and lots, lots more! As well as members posting how much they’ve earnt in the Payment Proof thread, you’ll also be the first to know about any new developments, updates and competitions!
Tip 6: Refer Your Friends
Share ySense with your friends and watch your earnings grow! Did you know that you can earn up to 30% ongoing commissions on anything that your referrals make? Known on ySense as an Affiliate Program, you’ll also earn up to $0.30 when your friend completes their first survey, PLUS another $2 as soon as they reach $5 in earnings. Then you’ll keep earning up to 30% of everything they earn, all the time they use ySense! That’s right, ySense has one of the most generous “refer a friend” schemes going, so you can earn some extra money just from having your friends, family, colleagues or neighbours sign up using your affiliate link (which you can find right here) When your referral clicks your affiliate link and joins ySense, every time they earn money, you earn too! It’s our way of saying thankyou for bringing them onboard, and it’s a great way to earn a passive income. There’s many ways to refer friends using your affiliate link – some of the most popular are:
Sending an email to your friends/family with your affiliate link, explaining why they may like ySense and how they can earn extra money
Sharing your affiliate link on your social accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc
Documenting and sharing your earnings on finance & lifestyle forums/blogs
The internet has opened up so many more ways to share your story and earn. Be as creative as you want, but remember to share your link responsibly. Nobody likes being spammed with messages that aren’t relevant to them.
Bonus tip – No Surveys in Your Dashboard?
Survey availability will change with demand. Things like your country, age, gender or languages you speak all play a part. In some cases you may find there are no surveys available in your dashboard when you check. If that’s the case, you’ll see a message like this: No surveys message If this happens, it’s usually on temporary, so we suggest taking a look at other sections of the site where you can still earn some money and keep your daily checklist bonus rolling over. The Offers section is a great way to discover new sites, freebies and services, and earn a reward for doing so! You could sign up for a free trial or test out a new product or subscription service. From competitions & sweepstakes to great value subscription boxes and free games – there’s something for everyone! Then there are Tasks. These are short, simple micro jobs that pay modest rewards. You could be checking if a list contains certain items, or finding a person on Linkedin & confirming their job title. These tasks are short, snappy and earn some members can be snapped up quickly, so don’t hang around! You’re now on your way to becoming a ySense survey pro! Head to your survey dashboard to see what surveys are available for you today!
An affiliate is a person or company that is a partner of a merchant or business website through its highest paying affiliate programs list. Like me, he promotes the products or services of the said business through different promotion tools or visual elements that the merchant provides. Therefore, you will need to be away that in this online business many training programs that claim to teach people how to make money online always rebrand once the program receive many bad reviews. Affiliate Institute was in 2015 Global Affiliate Zone this was a part of the pyramid scheme and other people called it a scam program. Affiliate marketing is usually thought of as a monetization channel for bloggers, but I think it’s also an interesting way for freelancers to make extra money outside of your current service offer.. The trick is to find the best affiliate programs for your audience or clients.. Since affiliate marketing means that you’re taking advantage of other people’s tried and true products or Most affiliate programs ask you to sign up with an email address and password. Keep all this information in one place so you have an easy-to-use-directory. Now we’re ready to dive in! Business and tech affiliate programs. People are always interested to hear what tools other bloggers use to run their online businesses. But what I dread is the comment spam on my personal accounts than there is this one Hostgator.com affiliate that is under the YouTube user: Sophia9Lott3134. This hostgator.com affiliate decided to spam my YouTube video not once, not twice, not ten times, but 71 times.