Make Money Online – Resources

April 22nd, 2009 5 Comments

Somewhere buried on my “to do” list has been the need to add a list of the resources that help me Make Money Online to this here little blog. The good news is that I’ve finally got around to it…well sort off. I’ve only added a couple of newer things so far, I will add other products and services as and when. I have a list of 6 that are shoe ins for now, some of which I have written and are exclusively available from here, others of which are the resources that I’ve paid for/been given by third parties.

TrialPay Introduces Affiliates

December 22nd, 2007 0 Comments

You may have heard me banging on about TrialPay for a while now, the reason is simple, if you are currently giving something useful away for free then you can earn a good chunk of cash with them. It’s a simple process whereby you get paid by companies when your customer accepts their offer in order to get your product. A lot of the offers are free, some aren’t but it is a great way of monetising what you currently do for free without causing any inconvenience to the end user.

The problem with TrialPay comes when you don’t have anything to give away. What if you don’t have an e-book, design templates or you don’t write software? Well now they’ve come up with a solution, you can now sign up to be an affiliate for other TrialPay products and earn a revenue share (many are as high as 50%, some higher). Just to make this clear you are an affiliate for a valued product that costs the user nothing and you get a share of the money. To give you some idea one of my own free products regularly generates transaction amounts of $35+ on TrialPay. If I did a 50% revenue share on that then for each customer you refer (remember it costs the customer nothing) you would receive $17.50+

At the moment there are about 70 products you can sign up to promote as an affiliate covering a very broad spectrum. The real beauty in this system is that everybody loves free stuff. I’d go as far to say that if you can’t make money being a TrialPay Affiliate that now might be the time to give up on affiliate marketing.

If you can’t tell already I’m very excited by this, for me this is the best IM news I’ve heard all year. Straight away my mind is thinking “ClickBank but where each product is free to the end user”. Affiliate marketers have managed to make millions with ClickBank, this has the potential to be bigger, especially for those that get in early.

Camtasia Free Alternative

October 31st, 2007 0 Comments

A few people have asked about the software I used to video the recent draw I did. If you didn’t see it I used some screen capture software to show what was going on and who won. Perhaps the biggest name in this area is Camtasia, it’s a very powerful program that allows you to record what’s happening on your screen whilst also recording a voice over. This type of program is perfect for walkthroughs or program guides, both of which are big business these days. However, if you can find a free alternative that works why pay nearly $40?

The software I used was a program called CamStudio (I think it was the original freeware on which Camtasia was based, but don’t quote me on that). There was a major problem however in that the freeware version never had many of its major bugs fixed properly. Luckily somebody went to the effort of having it all fixed and even threw in 1 or 2 new features such as a URL redirect at the end of the video. This makes it ideal for marketing presentations. Cos I’m nice and because I had such a bad day yesterday I’ve decided to help all those people out who did ask and make it available for download. You can get your copy of the best free Camtasia alternative by following the link.

Enjoy and give it a go, the download contains a readme that explains how to get everything working, I strongly suggest that you do read it. Once you’re up and running why not create some short how-to’s of your favourite programs, not only can that sort of content act as great link bait but if you’re a real expert then there is genuine monetery value in producing video guides.

A couple of tips:-

  1. Get a good microphone. This is really important, if anybody wants to see how bad a crap microphone can sound then just watch my draw video!
  2. Camstudio records in avi format which is then converted to Flash. If you’re worried about the Flash video size and bandwidth it’s possible to have the avi converted and hosted for you on one of the many free video hosting websites ( is one of my favourites).

(Oh yeah, and before some smart ass asks Camstudio is Windows software, not Mac!)

Is Anybody Online Not Trying To Make A Quick Buck?

October 30th, 2007 4 Comments

It’s a serious question, is there anybody out there actually creating content on the internet for anything other than financial gain?

The reason I ask is because as part of my campaign to let people know about the new internet monitoring software I’ve contacted the webmasters of several large parenting organisations, forums and charities, you know, just to let them know. Stupid me thought that it might be of some interest to their visitors/members to know about a free (or very cheap depending on if you buy) program that allows them to keep an eye on their kids. Personally I would have expected responses to vary from being completely ignored to at best “yeah might have a look”. What I wasn’t expecting was to get a response from one parenting charity website that suggesting that they might “push it” for the right price. Err, this is a charity right, concerned with parenting issues? Yet the webmaster is looking for payment to push something whether it’s crap or good? Hmmm, don’t know why but that just doesn’t sit right.

That’s 2 rants in 1 day, I must try and get some sleep tonight. I’ll probably give away some software tomorrow to cheer myself up.

Not For Macs

October 30th, 2007 0 Comments

If you are a sensible Mac user you might want to put your fingers in your ears and close your eyes now.

I’ve got a problem with Mac users at the moment, they are damaging my reputation, not on purpose I think but just because so many of them will not read instructions and will not face reality. I sell software, nothing remarkable in that lots of people do the same thing, in order to sell that software I use a service that tracks my sales. As part of all this it also tracks my returns/refunds rate. I should probably add here that my “genuine” return rate is stupidly low (2 in the last 6 months), here comes the big but, but 1 group of users is constantly pushing it up. Mac users.

After the first 3-4 returns from Mac users (“Your software doesn’t work”, followed by days of e-mailing before they actually reveal they are using a Mac) I upped my efforts to turn them away. Requirements went from being “A Microsoft Windows Based PC” all the way to “A Microsoft Windows Based PC (Not for Mac/Linux Users)”. Even my pleas for people to use the free trial (which would highlight such problems) is completely ignored. Arrogant Mac users just assume that every piece of software is written for them, buy the software and then waste my time answering stupid e-mails all to have to waste more of my time processing a refund because they won’t bloody read what is clearly stated on the page that they bought the software on. I wouldn’t mind honest mistakes, I can handle that, it’s the whole “well it should work on my Mac” attitude that really gets on my tits. Why should it work on your Mac, it was written with a popular OS in mind!

There are very good reasons I don’t write software for Macs

  1. The amount of time to learn the ins and outs of the OS for the type of apps I write would never give me a return
  2. Very low user base
  3. Mainly used by kids with no buying power

The truth is that if you’re using a Mac to browse the web you are in a minority. When looking at downloads free or otherwise you should be checking to make sure that they are Mac compatible (again, you are the minority). Don’t assume that things will just work, assume they won’t and look for something that tells you it is Mac software.

If you’re a sensible Mac user then don’t take any of this the wrong way, each to their own and all that. If you’re the sort of Mac user that enjoys buying software that you know won’t work just to kick up a fuss then please take a moment to think about the person at the other end who has gone to the trouble to write the software. There are days that I just want to bang my head against the wall and cry. Thank you.

Take Some Old Products, Box Them Up And Sell For 5X The Price!

October 21st, 2007 3 Comments

Some people say that there is nothing new in the world, whilst I don’t agree entirely some days you’ve just got to think that they’ve got a point! When it comes to making money from the internet we should not be afraid to follow the example of our more established company cousins. I just got sent an offer from one of these and at first it made me think I want that, then a second later followed by cheeky buggers! I’m willing to guess that they make a lot of money from it.

There is nothing new about what they have done, but clever is clever whichever way you look at it. All have done is take a load of old sweets (not that the sweets are old but the make of sweet) boxed them together, called it Sweet Memories and are now charging £20 (about $40) for it! Looking at the picture the actual sweets would cost you maybe £8 in a shop so that must surely be around £4 cost value. Of course being boxed it would be an ideal Christmas present, lets face it if anybody lose wrapped £8 worth of sweets and gave them to you you’d be not so pleased!

So what I’ve learnt from this is simple, never be afraid to group and brand some old stuff and sell it as something new. I’ve got literally hundreds of products that I have the sale rights to but have never done anything with, I would say it’s not going to be too long until my own marketing pack is put out there at a stupid price. Seriously though there is obviously some value in packaging related products to make using them more convenient, if you’ve got a couple of things you could group together why not give it a go and see how you get on.

Last Chance To Win $125

October 18th, 2007 0 Comments

The draw to win $125 takes place tomorrow (Friday) so this is your last chance to enter. All you have to do is write a short review of ICU internet monitoring software (full rules available here) I’ll be videoing the draw using some desktop capture software and posting it up tomorrow.

In other news John Chow appears to be sneaking back up Google’s rankings. I just checked and he’s on page 4 for “make money online”, the last time I checked he was down around page 7 so either Googles algo is counter acting the manual penalty he’s had or Google are letting up on the poor (yeah, right!) Mr Chow.

$125 For Writing 200 Words

October 8th, 2007 0 Comments

You can’t beat free! Just to show that I like to practice what I preach I’m going to give one lucky Blogger $125 in cold hard cash, straight from my Paypal account into yours. This has come about due to press releases, I’m heavily involved with some new software at the moment and part of the promotion budget was set aside for press release distribution. Seeing as how I can do it for free I’ve been given permission to give that money away as a prize instead!

How To Win $125

It couldn’t be easier, all you have to do is write a short post about the new ICU Software OR child safety online in general on your Blog. When you are done leave a comment on this post pointing back to your entry. Your post should be at least 200 words and link back at least once to one page on the ICU Software website (any page will do). On Friday the 19th October I’ll pick one entry to win the $125.

In brief the software is about child monitoring. ICU is an Insight into your Children’s Unaccompanied computer activity. For parents of children heavily into social networking and instant messaging like myself I’ve found it to be very useful, I get to see exactly what my daughter has been up to, not only keeping her on the right side of the law (girls do love to download!) but also helping to keep her safe from all the pervs out there. It’s really simple to use stuff aimed totally at computer allergic parents/guardians. You can always find out more info by visiting or by downloading the free trial.

The Rules

1. Only 1 entry per person

2. Post must be at least 200 words

3. Post must contain at least 1 link to the ICU website

4. Winner to be picked on Friday 19th October

5. Draw will be videoed and posted online, I promise that everyone entering has an equal chance. There will be none of this “only pick a big name winner that creates exposure” rubbish.

6. No minimum number of total entries, if only 1 person enters they still win $125

That’s all there is to it. If there’s a simpler way of getting your hands on $125 online at the moment then can somebody let me know?

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