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Technology – Internet Search, Fora and Secondary Income

Posted in Business with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2016/09/18 by rmolby

Many of us in the technology sector no doubt have heard of Bitcoin and the Blockchain by now, the alternative- or crypto-currency (ALTcoin or CryptoCoin) and the underlying infrastructure, respectively.

While the general populace is still getting to grips with what Bitcoin is, and how it works, many tech savvy people are already using it, while the banking cartels know what it is and how it work, but are struggling to implement blockchain technology into their aging infrastructure.

Needless to say, many alternative new ALTcoin or diffferent Crypto-Currencies have sprung up since Bitcoin came into being back in 2009. The first ALTcoin was LiteCoin, many have come and gone since, but a few are very successful, whether that is valued in their monetary value, such as Bitcoin (BTC ~US600), Ether (ETH ~US$12), Dash ( ~US$11), Monero (XMR !US$9), and LiteCoin (LTC ~US$4), or for their functional value, such as NameCoin (NMC, blockchain DNS servcies) and GridCoin (GRC, rewards system for the BOINC computing network). Any monetary value I mentioned above are as of this posting.

Now, you might be asking, what does this all have to do with Internet Search, Fora, and Secondary Income?

Well, first of all, when we do an internet search, we are asking a question to a search algorithm. The traditional search engines like Bing, Google and Yahoo give you the results you seek, and keep any revenue they get from all the advertising mixed into the search results screens.

You might way, well, that is just fair, they did all the work of developing and refining the search algorithm that give you what you want, and the advertisers are paying to have their ads placed in relevant web pages and search results, right?

Now, take into consideration, without your determination and resolve to find what you want via a search, Google would not exist the way we know it today. Without the search the ad placement would be minimal, and Google would probably only make a fraction of their current income.

So why does Google get to keep all those funds? Because they control the infrastructure you are using!

What if I told you, there is a search engine that designed their revenue model to share up to 25% of their revenue with you, the person doing the search?

Such a search engine exists… SearchTrade literally pays you to do searches! They even have an Android App!

At the current time, it is peanuts, about 56 Satoshi per search, I can make more from BTC faucets than from this search engine, but it is a start, for sure. However, unlike a faucet where I need to do stuff, all I have to make sure is that I am logged into SearchTrade and do the search. Simple.

Now, what about the Fora (plural of Forum)?

Well, when you make a forum post, you either ask a question, or post information of various levels of value. Either way, either the question or the information may be valuable to someone else. So why should you not get rewarded for participating in fora?

One such forum is METABTC where you get paid BTC 0.0001 to post. I personally have not posted anything yet, but that’s alright, I generally do not generate that much content, so I will keep it short.

Lastly, to address the Secondary Incomes portion of the title of this post, anything that earns you a little extra on top of the pay you make from your primary profession would be considered secondary income, including what some personalities on the Internet call residual income. Residual income is really a subset of secondary income. If you earn a small trickle of money from a small project, that is called residual income. To me this is all the same, really.

So why is this secondary income important?

First of all, in the economy we are in, and I am referring to the economy at a local, regional, country, continent, and global level here, you cannot guarantee you will have your primary income tomorrow, so it is imperative you have secondary incomes that may pay for a meal or a tank of fuel for your vehicle here and there.

Then, should you lose your primary income, you can either spend more time working these secondary small incomes to make them bigger, or it buys you more time to find a new primary income while the secondary incomes provide you with a longer or easier time while looking to replace the primary income.

So, go out there, and find those additional income streams, and tap them today.

Technology – Google restructuring

Posted in Android, Blogging, Business, Economy, Technology with tags , , on 2015/08/11 by rmolby

I just saw an article on tom’s HARDWARE stating that a new umbrella company, Alphabet, will “own” Google, and that all the smaller projects they have running under the Google umbrella will become independent subsidiaries under the new Alphabet group.

According to Larry Page, this is to enable Google to re-focus on it’s core mission, and spin off any successful projects as separate business units with their own budgets and CEOs.

I personally think this is a good idea. Google is a behemoth that must be difficult to manage, and probably impossible to audit. Too many small projects cluttering up the business. By breaking things up each business unit should be able to run meaner, and maybe leaner once it is running profitably.

Financial – Micro-tipping with ChangeTip

Posted in Blogging, Business, Economy, Entertainment, Income, Internet, Liberty, Technology, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/08/24 by rmolby

In my previous post about tipping with bitcoin on Twitter, I talked about using TipperCoin, but this only worked on Twitter. So here comes a different outfit, ChangeTip – A Love Button for the Internet.

Have you ever read something on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any other social media site and wanted to send the author a small amount of funds to tell them you appreciate the information?

Well, sending very small tips, also called micro-payments or micro-tipping, isn’t really feasible with say PayPal, or most other conventional payment systems, because of all the transaction fees.

Well, all this changed when Bitcoin was created back in 2007/2008 (see history), and today we are are able to make financial transaction in microscopic small amounts. As a matter of fact, as of this posting, it would take 122,174 satoshi to make one (1) US dollar, or 1221.74 satoshi to make a US Penny, according to Satoshi Value.

This means that I can now tip or pay for just the piece of content that is important to me. For example, if I look at a DiY page and all I really needed is a picture of where a part goes on a gadget, I may tip the article or post writer a dollar, but if just needed one paragraph of text to clarify something, or I find a page visually pleasing, I may tip 1000 satoshi, or just under a penny. Hover, if I find something really valuable, say a gardening article, and I decide to print a hard copy of it for future reference, I may tip US$5 because I find it that valuable and I am keeping it for future reference, so it is worth that much. Or maybe 1/4 of the article is worth keeping it, so I will tip US$1.25.

So first there was TipperCoin, a novel way to send small amount of bitcoin to Twitter users. But since this is specific to Twitter users I never really got into it because I just don’t Twitter that much, much less read a lot of Tweets. This all changes with ChangeTip. It is cross-platform, currently supporting GitHub, Google+, Reddit, StoclTwits, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube. They are working on Facebook.

When you sign up, they generously give US$0.50 to start your tipping account. I used my Google+ to do the signing up, and it automatically linked my YouTube channel. I then added all the other social media sites I have an account with.

Now I am ready to both tip and receive tips.

So, here we go, a way to tell authors how much you appreciate their work beyond giving them a “Like”, “Plus” or retweet.

If you found this article useful, you can go here to give me a tip and sign up if you are not a ChangeTip member.

Tip Me With ChangeTip

Self-Improvement – New Start

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Family, Health, Income, Internet, Liberty, LifeStyle, Wordpress with tags , , on 2014/08/21 by rmolby

August 21st, 2014

Have you ever questioned the purpose of your life, or asked, “with everything that is going on in my life, why am I going on? Is there a future worth living for?”

Piggybacking on my last post about getting a new job and regaining about 50% of my previous income, and trying to find something to inspire me to get re-engaged in life, I remembered a cool video I got from someone that was narrated by Earl Nightingale.

So I searched for any videos narrated by him, and among the list I found this particular video:

At the end of the video is a list of 12 points to remember, and I will try to go into each of those points as a separate post, but here is the list:

  1. Explore the work you are currently engaged in
  2. Realize that your own pasture is green – and unlimited
  3. The way you go about your job makes it good or bad
  4. Let yourself grow – avoid self-limitation
  5. Start preparing yourself for opportunities – NOW
  6. Put your imagination to work on ways of improving on what you are doing now
  7. Learn all you can about your job, your company and your industry
  8. There is no limit to your growth potential
  9. Our economy needs and will reward the uncommon person who participates in its growth
  10. Begin to build your library of reference material on your company, industry, your job and people skills
  11. Set aside an hour a day for study and research
  12. Remember the story of the acres of diamonds

I will not make Point 11 into a separate post, as this post you are reading serves as the post about setting aside an hour per day for research and learning.

I had originally thought about finding a short inspirational video so I could spend as little time as possible on this, but it turned out watching the 10 minute video in its entirety was the best choice I could have made, and it prompted me to spend that hour researching, learning, and writing up this blog post.

I want to touch briefly on a few other items that are tangentially associated with this post.

Recently I have been interested in finding mild climates to live in, and one place I found intriguing is Ecuador, specifically Cotacachi, as I described in a previous post. It is located in a valley at quite some altitude and has temperatures that range in the 45-72F (6-22C) range, placing it into the perfect temperature range for me and the wife. We both share this range as an overlap. She can handle, and prefers it colder, and I prefer temps in the 50-80F range, but this is about the most perfect place I can think of. So I was hunting for more information about living abroad and specifically living in Ecuador… in the process I found Blogger Abroad, a blog of a Canadian family living in the south of Ecuador where it is quite a bit warmer, but the culture is similar.

As it happens, he and his wife blog to make a living, and because of the reduced cost of living in Ecuador if you eat on the economy, you can make it on the income made online. Mind you, Bryan also blogs for About.com, so I imagine they make decent money between all their income streams, as he describes on his blog’s Start Here page. One of the things he writes about is Affiliate Marketing, and Amazon being one of the first and oldest affiliate marketers around. So I jumped in head first and signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account.

Even though I don’t plan on making any huge sums of money from this blog, I figure it would not hurt to try to monetize some of the work I have accomplished on this blog so far and into the future. One thing I plan on doing is to shed my Cable TV bill by getting an iView 3500 TV tuner (review) so I can get my local channels, and then sign up for Amazon Prime for all the pay TV Shows, Movies and Music. In addition, as time goes on I may get Netflix and Hulu, maybe Crackle and a few others.

Anyway, so I spent my hour a day doing this research, and another hour or so writing up this post, fulfilling Point 11 of the above list. As I find time, I will write up the other 11 points of the list and make the whole series available on the blog.

December 27th, 2014

Check my blog today I realized I never posted this to the blog, it had remained in draft mode all this time. I have made some progress on some of the things I mentioned above, including purchasing the iView TV tuner converter box. I will write up a new post and comment on the device, soon, along with several more reviews of different devices that have come my way.

February 21st, 2015

I updated this blog post to fix some typos, and to add a link to a product review.

Financial – Micro-tipping with Bitcoin

Posted in Blogging, Business, Economy, Entertainment, Internet, Liberty, Technology, Wordpress with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 2014/01/21 by rmolby

Have you ever read something on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or any other social media site and wanted to send the author a small amount of fund to tell them you appreciate the information?

Well, sending very small tips isn’t really feasible with say PayPal or most other conventional payment systems. Then here comes TipperCoin, a novel way to send small amount of Bitcoin to Twitter users. Once you have an account on TipperCoin by signing in with your Twitter account, you are automatically given a Bitcoin address that is used to both receive and send micro Bitcoin to other Twitter users by sending a Twitter message in the following format:

“@recipient, message text here, 0.001 BTC @tippercoin”

Even if the Twitter user does not have a TipperCoin account yet, TipperCoin will automatically generate a Bitcoin address for the user and store the coin up to 21 days.

So, here we go, a way to tell authors how much you appreciate their work beyond giving them a “Like”, “Plus” or retweet.

Pay Another Way: Bitcoin

Posted in Blogging, Business, Wordpress on 2012/11/17 by rmolby

Pay Another Way: Bitcoin.

WordPress now accepts BitCoin for upgrades to your WordPress blog. The link above links to the official BLOG entry.

Review – Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Food, Health, Liberty with tags , , , , , , , on 2012/10/07 by rmolby

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a while since I posted to the blog.

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest

Saint Arnold Oktoberfest Microbrew

I’ve been way busy and just have not had the time to spend writing anything up. That changed today, because I had to come to Houston, TX, for some SQL training. I went to Whole Foods Market and got some beef stew, good bread, Icelandic butter, Italian Salami and English recipe corned beef, and had an excellent dinner at the hotel, and am now sitting at the company laptop typing up this post, enjoying an excellent micro-brew, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest.

Having grown up in Germany and having enjoyed some real German beer, I have to say that this micro-brew is just as good ans the genuine article from Deutschland. It is very smooth without too much carbonation, but not flat tasting like some American beers.

This definitely a beer I will buy again, and I will pick up a 6-pack before I head home on Friday. I got this at Kroger just across the parking lot from my hotel, and they had single bottles to be combined into a 6-pack so you can sample, so I have 5 more beers to go, and will try to review one per night.

So, for right now i will call this good, and wrap this up so I can watch and interesting show on the Discovery channel.

🙂

P.S.: I forgot to mention GoodBrews, a cool beer website I was told about by my co-worker, Dave.

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