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Are You Earning Money from Searching the Web?

Do you make internet searches for free? Most people do. They simply pull up Google or Yahoo! and then type in their search parameters. They do not get paid for this search. They do it for free. You do not have to be like them.

There are several websites that allow users to utilize a search feature to make internet searches while earning either money or points that can be turned in for money or prizes. Using one of these for most searches is a great way to earn a little bit of money while sitting on the couch during commercials.

It is possible to make well over $100 per year just by making a few searches per day. $100 will not get you rich, but it can go toward Christmas presents, building up a retirement account, or saving for an emergency fund. If you decide to get e-gift cards, you can use proceeds for places like Wal-Mart, Amazon, or a number of other major retailers. When I take advantage of earning money from searching the web, I transfer the funds into PayPal cash.

 

Earning Money From Searching with Swagbucks

The second search engine that I use is through Swagbucks. You can sign up for Swagbucks here. I’ve found that sometime within the first five or ten searches I do on Swagbucks, I will earn some virtual currency that I can then cash in for real PayPal cash or e-gift cards to major retailers and restaurants. This is as good as cash. At times, I will use this in the morning and the evening because you can win again after a few hours (I’ve actually won as much as five times in a day).

The searches will usually pay around 7 to 10 Swagbucks, but you can win as much as 100 SBs (basically $1) from a single search.  Each Swagbucks has a redemption value of about $0.01, so if you were to win twice in the day and got 15 Swagbucks per day, you are over $50 in the course of a year. I’ve been turning my Swagbucks into PayPal cash in $25 increments, which I’ve been converting into shares of dividend-paying stocks.

Earning Money from Searching with Swagbucks.
I won more than 20 Swagbucks with one search.

 

Earning Money From Searching With GiftHulk

GiftHulk is another site that allows users to search and earn. You can sign up for GiftHulk here. You’ll earn 4 Hulk Coins (GiftHulk’s digital currency) for your first search each and every hour. A Hulk Coin is only worth 1/10 of a cent or $0.001. Therefore, each win is less valuable than a win on Swagbucks. However, these can also add up over time and pay off in a few bucks here and there.

 

A Word of Advice

I totally urge you to use these methods to search the web so that you can get money or other benefits that save money. However, I will point out that some of the search results at the top of the page will be paid results. It’s important to scroll down a little bit to find the most relevant searches at times.

If you can’t find the best results, you can always turn to Google in a pinch. This way, you can find what you are looking for, and make money at the same time. I use them to look up everything, even if I know the address. That way, I’m sure to make as much as possible. You can do much of this while watching television or doing other things that are just time killers. Some money is better than no money at all.

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Setting Online Earning Goals

A common refrain that people will hear is that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. There is a great deal of wisdom in this statement. Many people want lots of stuff, a great job, or money to sock away in retirement. The vast majority fail to get to where they want to be. Why? In a large number of cases, the reason why people do not achieve their goals is because they forget to set goals. Those who want to earn money in pajamas while working online are no different. Here are some tips toward setting online earning goals.

1. Learn about earning money online

The first and probably most important online earning goal that many people forget when actually trying to earn money online is that of learning about the process. Robert Kiyosaki, in his best-selling book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, encourages people to work to learn, not to earn. Knowing how to go about earning money is a very important component of earning money. Read extensively. I did this to avoid some of the more common scams. The online earning opportunities that I share on this site, though they are definitely not be get-rich-quick schemes, are methods that I have used myself with varying degrees of success. I always check a number of mediums before trying a new money-making method. This way, I avoid losing money and can concentrate on making additional income online.

2. Start making money online

Reading and learning about making money online will not get anyone anywhere important. Knowledge is useless unless is is put into practice. I would suggest starting one method in your spare time to start earning a few extra bucks. Of course, those who are unemployed or underemployed may have more spare time to start working on making more money. You can sign up for CashCrate, Swagbucks, or any of the other great sites that allow people to make money without spending a dime. You might also want to sign up to get a cash bonus from a bank that wants to earn your business. Once you start earning a bit of money and see the amount of time involved, you can then start to set tangible goals.

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A $500 bill, public domain via Wikimedia Commons

3. Set online earning goals that are attainable

Anyone can set a goal of making $1 million in a year. 99.9999 percent of these people will quickly become frustrated when they make a mere $10 in their first day of online work. They will get even more frustrated when they make less than this amount. There are people who make $1 million online, buy they no doubt started small in most instances. It is important when setting online earning goals that you set goals that are attainable. A good goal for this year might be to make $100 per month to supplement your bills, to take a vacation, or to save in a retirement account. You might even choose to set a very modest goal of a dollar a day. Few people truly understand the power of a dollar.  Most people will be able to achieve these amount with a bit of work. As you then learn more, you can start to make more in less time. This relatively easy online earning goal can keep you from getting discouraged and giving up on earning money online.

4. Re-assess goals annually

It is still relatively early in the year, so it is still possible to set concrete goals that will help your and/or your family’s budget. If you have a short-term online earning goal of $100 per month, you should check how you did at the end of the year. Perhaps you achieved more than you thought that you would. Perhaps you earned less. Successes should encourage us to attempt to achieve more. At this point, it might be good to set a long-term goal for the next five years. This does not mean that annual online earnings goals become less important. These are the stepping stones on the road map that will get to the ultimate destination.

I personally set a goal of making $5,000 in my part-time online endeavors back in 2013. I didn’t reach it. What did I do, I set it higher for the next year. What are some online earning goals that you have set for yourself?

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Why Dads Should Try to Make Money at Home

There are tons of blogs and websites dedicated to the concept of moms working at home. Also known as WAHM, work at home moms are becoming an ever-larger subsection of the population. Some of these WAHM are able to earn a substantial chunk of change while staying home with the kids.

Women are not the only ones who can make money from home in their pajamas. Dads can also spend time working from home to supplement the family income. Even if they have a full-time job, most dads will not be working every minute of every day. Most parents spend some time in the evening relaxing in front of the television. There are several ways that these folks can earn a few bucks during commercials or between plays. There is usually about 45 seconds between plays in football or pitches in baseball.

During the fall, I remember watching a college football game one afternoon. I also made about $4 while watching by doing a few things on Cashcrate while . This may not seem like a huge amount of money, but it is $4 that I would not have had if I had just watched the game without multitasking. Another easy way to earn a few bucks while watching games on the couch is through Swagbucks. A few searches will usually earn some bucks that can be redeemed for merchandize or, more popularly, e-gift cards to retailers like Wal-Mart or Amazon.com or PayPal cash. I have previously given a review of CashCrate and a review of Swagbucks and how you can earn on these sites.

Earning money is not the most important thing in life. Parents should also try to spend time with their children and enjoy each others’ company. However, making a few extra bucks can really help those who have a very tight budget. CashCrate and Swagbucks are just a couple of ways that families can improve their cash flow every month. They are not, by any means, the only way that dads can provide some extra income for their families. There are any number of other sites and methods that fathers can utilize to help out with the family budget.

Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.
Dads can make money in their spare time while watching television.

These methods are fairly entrepreneurial, and they can frequently lead to thinking outside the box. People who begin to think of many ways to achieve their financial goals are usually more successful in meeting them. A 9-5 job is not likely to lead to much financial freedom. Working at home in the evenings and on weekends can provide the income boost needed to improve the level of financial freedom for any family, and dads can take the lead.

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Earn Money with CashCrate

.One of the easiest ways to earn money in pajamas on the web is through the use of the Get Paid To (GPT) website CashCrate. Users of this site earn cash by completing tasks such as signing up for offers and filling out online surveys. The surveys are 100% free and many of the cash offers are free. There are several ways that people can earn money from using CashCrate. This article will detail ways in which people can earn money in pajamas using CashCrate, how payments are processed by the site, and some cautions that need to be considered when trying to earn with CashCrate.

1. Complete cash offers

There are many cash offers that users of CashCrate can complete. Quite a number of these are free. Some companies just want to send a free sample or send an advertising email, and are more than happy to pay $0.50 to do so. Some of the offers will cost a bit of money and require a credit card, but those who want to make money for spending nothing but free time do not have to do spend a dime and can just refuse to do the offers that cost a fee.

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Proof of payment. Over $35 in November.

2. Complete daily surveys

Marketing companies love to know about their market. Major corporations pay survey companies to find out what the market wants. There are usually around 6 surveys on CashCrate every day. These pay between $0.50 and $0.80 each. Some members earn about $5 per day just by completing the daily surveys. These can be completed during the commercials on your favorite game or other television show.

3. Check in

There is a check-in button on the CashCrate homepage that pays $0.03 for a click of the mouse. Those who do this every day will earn a $0.50 bonus at the end of the month. You could just about meet the minimum payout just by doing this every day in a year.

4. Install the toolbar

I have personally made quite a bit on this. CashCrate pays $0.50 for every 25 searches. Since they limit users to 10 qualifying searches per day, it takes about 2.5 days to earn the bonus. Those who complete the Check-in and search requirements every day for a year would earn over 80 bucks for very little effort. This would be a great addition for Christmas gifts or taking out that special someone on a date.  Please note that this toolbar was discontinued in mid-2013. Now, there is a search bar on the CashCrate homepage. You can only earn money from it on days that you earn $1.00 from the cash offers. 

5. Referrals

Signing up referrals is the way that many people have made the most money on CashCrate. While some people are able to make between $100 and $200 on the site without referrals, I have seen two people who have made in the neighborhood of $150,000 and another that has made nearly $60,000. Most of this comes from referrals. The top level of referrals gets 30% of their referrals payout on cash offers and 20% of their referrals’ referrals on cash offers. They also get a nickel for every survey or bonus survey that a referral completes. If you sign up for CashCrate under my link, you will earn me money, but you will also be able to get referrals and earn money through them.

How are users paid?

Users are paid by check during each month in which they earn the minimum payout amount, which is currently set at $20. Earnings are carried over each month in which members do not make the minimum. The checks are cut around the 15th and users can expect to get payment from CashCrate in the mail around the 20th. Those who reach higher levels of earnings can begin to get paid on the 1st and there is also a PayPal and weekly pay option for those who reach higher levels of success with the website. As you can see above, people actually get paid by the site.

Considerations before opening an account

Those who sign up for CashCrate are giving out at least their email address to internet marketers. You will get more mail in your inbox. I’ve set up another G-mail account that I give out to these marketers. Many who are members of CashCrate do the same thing. Of course, this is optional, but it is important to remember.

Another consideration is related to offers that require a phone number. I do not give out my phone number to marketing companies, not because they will randomly call at dinner time, but because they will at time “sign you up” for a service you do not want and then you will get a mysterious charge on your next bill. I got this information from the following post on the Christian PF blog. My opinion of the site is much higher than the author of the post, but this is probably because I read his warning.

Some of the cash offers require a credit card number that will be charged after a free trial period for the use of a service. If you like the service and want to keep it, that’s fine, but just remember to cancel any offers that you do not intend to keep after the deadline.

You can make money on CashCrate and it is not a scam

As you can see from the payment proof above, CashCrate is not a scam. You do not have to spend a dime to make money. They do pay out as advertised. Some of the offers will not approve if they are not completed correctly. Users will not qualify for some of the surveys. Nevertheless, it is a legitimate way to make money from home. It is possible to make a few extra bucks to well over $100 in your spare time. Anyone over 13 years of age can sign up so it is a great way for teenagers to earn money while doing what they like–playing on the computer. CashCrate will even put $1 in your account to get you started just for signing up. Only $19 more to go.banner

**CashCrate update: I’ve now made over $1,000 on CashCrate in just over two years.

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Earn Cash and Rewards with Swagbucks

One of the easiest ways to earn money in pajamas is through the use of the website Swagbucks. If you are like me, you are very skeptical when it comes to online earning options. When I first read about Swagbucks, I did my due diligence to make sure that the site was not a scam. Swagbucks is definitely not a scam. It pays out members in the form of digital dollars known as SBs.  Members can earn currency for doing a number of various tasks online. Some of these are common tasks that they would ordinarily do anyway. What are some of these tasks, you might ask?

1. Searching the web

One of the easiest ways for members to earn SBs is through searching the web through the site’s search engine. Users who are signed in will earn random SBs by searching for things that they would normally search for anyway. I’ve personally won anywhere between 7 and 39 bucks for searches, although around 7 to 11 seem to be most common.

2. Answering polls and looking at ads

Each day, users of the Swagbucks site have the opportunity to earn a buck for answering a poll. There is also the chance to earn one digital dollar for completing the Daily Crave, which is involves a couple of videos that usually include ads.

3. Filling out daily surveys

Most of the surveys are similar to those offered on other sites. Generally, those who qualify can earn 50 SBs or more each day for completing surveys.

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4. Swagbucks Watch

Swagbucks Watch is an online video streamer that has a variety of options for those who want to watch. Members can watch news, financial markets, entertainment, and other types of videos. Most are fairly short. After watching a predetermined number of videos, a member will usually earn between 1 and 3 SBs. It is possible to start these videos and then leave the room. The site can afford to do this because each video starts with a 15 to 30 second ad that users have to sit through. There are reports that some users get the maximum daily limit of 500 SBs in this manner.

5. Clipping coupons

Many people have been getting into the practice of using online coupon repositories to get discounts on name-brand items at the grocery store. This is a great way to save money. One of the leading vendors of coupons is coupons.com. Swagbucks links to coupons.com and those who redeem the coupons clipped from the Swagbucks site can earn 10 digital bucks for each coupon. It will take a few weeks for this to show up in an account, but I’ve personally seen 30 SBs show up for some coupons my wife used.

6. Referring friends and family

Swagbucks is not a multi-level marketing site, but users can get bonuses for referrals. Each referral can earn the referee 1,000 Swagbucks.  Bucks are only earned as a match for searches. There is currently no limit on the number of referrals a member can get. In the spirit of disclosure, if you sign up using my link, I will get the referral bonus. This does not come out of your earnings, but it will help mine. Of course, you can sign up with the regular old link and earn the same amount. I thank those who sign up with my link for Swagbucks.

There are other ways to earn Swagbucks on the site, but these are some of more common. Earning at least 30 Swagbucks a day is possible with a very minimal activity. Just do a few searches in the morning and the evening and you should get around 15 to 20 without doing anything else.

What are Swagbucks worth?

The basic value of each Swagbuck when it comes to redeeming them is usually around $0.01. This may not seem like much, but a person who just spends about two minutes twice a day doing searches is likely to earn well over $100 in a year, all while sitting on the couch or watching TV. When it comes to the end of the year, these rewards will come in handy for buying Christmas presents. I’m now up to more than $1,500 in lifetime earnings through the site.

What can you get with Swagbucks?

There is a wide variety of items that users can earn through redeeming Swagbucks. These include digital accessories and games. Most people seem to redeem their digital currency for gift cards. These redemptions can start at 300 SBs for a $3 e-gift card from Amazon.com. Most gift cards are now about 500 SBs for a $5 e-gift card. Users can save up and get cards in higher denominations, but the cost is still about 100 bucks per dollar. Popular e-gift cards can buy merchandise at retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, as well as several popular restaurants that have included O’Charley’s, Chili’s, and TGI Fridays. Members also have the option to redeem their Swagbucks for PayPal credit. This is basically straight cash into your account. When looking at the effort required, signing up for Swagbucks is a great idea.