2010 Resolution – Make Money Online

December 31, 2009

Every New Year, the tradition of making a resolution resurfaces.  Many people resolve to exercise, diet, quit smoking, and other generic goals to strive for in the new year.  I have a different goal in mind – make money online.

To give you an idea of where I am starting from, in 2009, I have made roughly $275.00 through a mixture of online advertising and blogging.  It sounds small, but as a part-time blogger, it is a good start for my first full year.  My goal for 2010 is to double (and exceed) my 2009 earnings, bring in at least $550.00 by the next New Year.

Next week, I will start a series of articles on the different advertising services that I use, giving you a better sense of if the service is right to you.  Many of these services have activity requirements, so why not spend your first weekend of the New Year by adding new content to your site in preparation for making more money!

Happy New Years, everyone!

Waiting on the world to change?

December 30, 2009

There is a great song out there called “Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer. I love the music and the poetry of the lyrics. However, there is a message in the song that really drives me nuts.

The chorus simply states “So we keep waiting … waiting on the world to change.”

Why wait when you can act now and bring forth change quicker? Sitting back and expecting others to do the changing with either a) not change anything, or b) result in the change you do not want.

The song continues with “We just feel like we don’t have the means … to rise above and beat it.”

This is often the problem. People feel that the issues facing themselves and the world are too great for them to do anything. I understand that, and to some extent that might be true. For example, you aren’t going to get the Palestinians and the Israelis to lay down their arms and embrace each other in brotherhood on your own. However, you can fund or volunteer for organizations that work on that very issue. No one is telling you that you have to change the world on your own. Find people already involved with a field you believe in and lend a hand (or a wallet).

Make 2010 your year to stop waiting and start doing. Making a positive impact in one persons’ life can lead to changing the world. Just think, that person might become the leader of some major organization or even a nation one day … all because you lent them a hand when they needed it the most.

The lyrics for “Waiting on the world to change” can be found here.

Be bedazzled with Bidazzled

December 26, 2009

I stumbled upon Bidazzled today, and I think the site is really neat. If you’ve ever used online auction sites before (like I have), then you know the excitement of trying to out-bid someone at the last second to score your prize. And there is nothing better than walking away with a product for well below retail price.

Bidazzled is a unique auction site for many reasons.

About bids – The terminology here can be a bit confusing, since the term “bid” has two separate meanings. The first aspect is exercising a bid. Imagine for a moment that you are playing the classic card game “war.” You are in the game as long as you have cards in your hand to play. With Bidazzled, in order for you to participate in an auction, you have to have “bids” in your hand to play. You can obtain bids by purchasing them (between 67 cents and one dollar based upon what package you purchase), earning them through referrals, or by participation in an auction.

Placing a bid – The actual bidding action of Bidazzled is quite simple. Once you’ve identified a product you wish to pursue, you simply click on the “BID” button under the products’ description. The increments of the bids are fixed, with the maximum bid being 18 cents.

Clock – Unlike online auction sites such as Ebay (where a fixed time is set for the auction), the auctions on Bidazzled continues as long as their is activity. After the initial time period lapses, the auction is extended by 18 seconds after the last bid is recorded. So, if you place a bid with one second remaining on the clock, the clock is extended to others have a chance to counter.

There are more aspects of the site and the bidding process that you should explore, but the most important one doesn’t have anything to do with the products you are bidding on.

Some of the proceeds from Bidazzled are used to raise funding for cancer awareness – primarily Small Cell Lung Cancer. The creator of Bidazzled financially supports the Jimmy Ruch Fund. Money (through bids) is raised from unsuccessful auctions as well as the difference between the wholesale price of a product and the winning final bid. While you benefit by obtaining a product for below retail price (usually 70% below), the Jimmy Ruch Fund benefits as well.

So check out Bidazzled and join in the fun while helping a good cause in the process.

Update: While writing this article, I was tracking the activity of an auction in process. A Samsung 10-inch laptop was up for auction with a 15-cent bid increment. The auction closed, with the laptop selling for $96.15. This equates to 641 bids being placed on the item. That means, Bidazzled raised up to $641.00 (minus wholesale price) for the Jimmy Ruch Fund. Doing some research, this same laptop sells on Amazon.com
for $365.01. This means, the Bidazzled laptop went for $268.86 less.

UPDATED 2: In addition, if you register between now and January 15th, you can obtain 15 additional bids for free. All you need to do is enter the referral code below when you register:

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Blizzard seen from space

December 21, 2009

This is so cool! As you saw from my photo’s this weekend, the East Coast was hammered by a blizzard that shut down the federal government as well as many of the counties that were blanketed in over a foot of snow. But if you thought my photo’s were impressive, check this out!

NASA has released the above photo, taken from the Aqua satellite as it crossed over Virginia. If you are not familiar with the geographic landmarks, I have added a map of the Virginia/Maryland/Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania region below. If you look closely, you can clearly see the Appalachian mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, the Southern borders of New Jersey, as well as the Potomac River.

Blizzard of 2009

December 20, 2009

Nothing like a blizzard dropping two feet of snow on your house on the last weekend before Christmas.  Instead of going out to do your last minute shopping or going to the movie theaters to watch “Avatar,” I stayed home to watch the snow fall all afternoon.  But what is better than watching the blizzard of 2009 than taking pictures while it falls?  Here are my photos from the past 24 hours.

Good-bye, Chris Henry

December 17, 2009

If you haven’t heard yet, Cincinnati Bengals’ Wide Receiver Chris Henry passed away today following life-threatening injuries he received on 12/16/09. During a domestic dispute with his fiancee, he jumped into the back of her truck as she was driving away from her house. Soon after, he was discovered laying in the road after falling out of the trucks bed.

This tragic death marks the end of a challenging life Chris led during his college and professional football career. Between suspensions and ejections during college games, Chris had troubles finding a team to call his own. The Bengals ended up drafting him in 2005, hoping that they would be able to help Chris mature both in his role and character. He had a good start in his rookie year until suffering a season-ending knee injury. Chis was also arrested for possession of marijuana and driving without a license that year.

In 2006, Chris found himself in trouble over gun possession law violations and aggravated assault. His on-and-off field transgressions earned him a half-season suspension. 2007 was no better, with him getting in trouble for drunk driving as well as providing alcohol to underage women (one woman claimed she was assaulted, but later changed her story). The Bengals grew tired of the headaches Chris brought to the team, and waived him in the off-season.

He was given a second (or you might say third) chance when the team brought him back on board in 2008. The coaches and players observed a man in transition – trying to mature and put away his wild side. After his return, his run-ins with the law stopped, and his name disappeared from the headlines.

All seemed to be on the right track for Chris until he broke his arm during a game in November. Being placed on injured reserve meant he was without his team and support group, possibly leading up to the incident on Wednesday. As Bengals owner Mike Brown said today following the announcement of his death:

He had worked through the troubles in his life and had finally seemingly reached the point where everything was going to blossom. And he was going to have the future we all wanted for him. It’s painful to us. We feel it in our hearts, and we will miss him.

Our prayers go out to Chris, his children, his fiancee, and their families, as well as the Cincinnati Bengals.

Silent Monks “Singing” Halleluja

December 17, 2009

In keeping with the holiday season, I bring you one of the funniest choirs I’ve ever seen. These silent monks “sing” the Hallelujah chorus during a holiday pageant. I give these teens a lot of credit. So take a few moments, kick back, and enjoy the video.