Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Spotlight: Maxie Kinney

The Gal From Oregon

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   Maxie Kinney is an authentic Oregonian singer songwriter who sings and plays the guitar in a folk style that will touch the hearers and relate to the humble truths of life within our souls. 
  
   As a young girl growing up in difficult times, and in challenging family situations, Maxie picked up on playing the guitar and the dream began. The dream would be the central theme in her life as she has continued to write song after song expressing her soul and trying to understand this life through music. 

   She played in bands throughout Oregon getting comfortable with the stage and maturing in her songwriting ability. Then the hunger to make music her life took her all the way to Nashville Tennessee, where she was on You Can Be A Star, which was a television show in the 90's where musical talent competed on live television to try and receive the rewarded record contract. Although her and her sister Inge didn't win, they did win the hearts of thousand of people and came in a close second. This was the beginning of her efforts to make it big in the country music scene. 


   As the music industry is a place where integrity and genuine sincerity are no longer valued, and the wicked nature of the record labels require a near selling of your soul, Maxie never ended up being a sensation in the country music scene in America. Although, she did have her highlights and even some songs which see sold and received royalties from. A couple notable highlights were: her and her sister as back up singers in the Dolly Parton hay ride at Dollyworld (a theme park for Dolly Parton), and songwriter of the year award from the Tennessee Songwriters Association.

   Maxie Kinney chased the dream and gave it her all for five years in a land that was not her own. Her songs and talent was not appreciated by the superficial music industry which catered to the powers to be. If you haven't noticed the mainstream music is getting worse and worse. That she didn't get swept away into some stardom was a blessing in my view, as her genuine artistic integrity was retained and her mystic as an Oregonian gal is forever etched into the place of great singer/songwriters from this place in the West. 

     If you haven't heard of Maxie Kinney, it's not because she isn't as talented as those who are household names. In fact, her songs are the essence of "from the heart" and are at the core of respectable artistic ambition in the world of genuine sincerity and pure love of music. So, here is A Writer's Review spotlight to the best singer/songwriter to ever come out of the Northwest, the beautiful and genuine Maxie Kinney.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Blogging At the Next Level

  
   Lately I have been unwilling to put my efforts into my two blogs as much. Sharing to my social sites and a couple back-links here and there was about all I had to promote them. So I started thinking about how to get traffic to my blogs. 


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    This is the next stage of the blogger who is trying to make money, trying to get out a message, or both. My main objective is to have a place to write where I can freely speak my mind. The next objective is to network and make money if possible as a writer and YouTube music artist. 

    There may be some criticism about the ads on my site. It may be warranted to some degree, but I don't think Jesus is telling me I can't try and make a living writing. He is just telling me, He comes first. I mean I mow lawns now for a living, and that usually has nothing to do with Jesus. 

     That being said, I have been seeking how to expand and grow as a blogger. Now, I write for some revenue sharing sites as well, and this is part of the system to promote my blog. What I have done is set-up a system which I'm comfortable with, and now it's time to start and work it. I will tell you the results as they come. 

     Basically the system includes about 5 main places to write for and YouTube. Then I have about 7 main places where I write short blurbs and snippets and put back-links. Then I have about 3 blog directories in which I am part of and stay active in. 

   
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 Now, I only promote about 4 of my main sites to my social sites, which include about 7 different sites, the main one being Google+ and the communities there. After I share there I ping the post on Pingler, and let the index know I have posted something. Not sure how this will work out as of yet. 


     So basically that is the plan. It gets more detailed, but I will spare you the details for now. Yet, I will be posting the results and the progress I have made. 

     The goals I have as of now are to make $50/month from each of my two blogs for a total of $100/month, that from Adsense and Amazon Affiliates combined. 

       Maybe this helps you in a way. If you hang around or search me out a bit, you will be able to tell which sites I'm using for back-links. The main writing place besides my blogs though is none other than Hubpages. For now, God bless and I pray you are well. 


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Making Money at Webanswers

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(Update 11/13/15):
Webanswers has shut down and is no longer on the Internet. Sad to say, but true. R.I.P Webanswers and thanks for the easy cash.

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     Last winter when the lawns were dormant, I found the opportunity of making money writing for content mills. That's sort of slang for broker sites, which help you sell content pieces for clients through their sites. The two sites I ended up working for are Textbroker and Hirewriter. Anyway, while studying different varying topics and trying to put together an informed piece of content, I ran across a site called Webanswers. When asking a question, which I do often when writing these content pieces, along came this question and answer forum. That was the introduction to a great relationship I have to this day, and I thought I'd share this place with you.

   Making money writing on-line is the popular topic buzzing around many people's heads. As you search and seek the perfect site for you to write for and have the freedom and fun you desire, you find all kinds of dead end roads. If they aren't dead ends, sometimes they trail off into a dirt road, and then faint tire tracks in the brush. Well, take heart and keep writing, there are some quality sites out there for you to write on. While you are finding these sites though, maybe you'd like to join a site where you can just relax and answer some questions. And, just maybe if you are dedicated enough to keep answering questions everyday, you can make a decent amount of money. Sound good, well keep reading.

   I was new to this whole on-line game when I first ran across Webanswers, and I thought: the people who were answering the questions were some sort of expert administration people who probably live in a big house and have all kinds of free time to go on vacations. Silly, but not far from the truth of what I thought. After I became a bit more comfortable with the whole game of writing on-line, I looked into Webanswers more closely and found out I could join. Hmmm, me join, yeah -- and probably answer questions for free right? Well, no, I could get paid too, but I had to have this Google Adsense thing.

   The dreaded Adsense thing, I thought. This was the reason I went to Squidoo instead of Hubpages (mistake, now I'm at Hubpages). So, I went away to seek the easier way, thinking I would never get this Adsense thing going. I mean Adsense seemed like an elusive par game at golf, something other successful people had. I kept learning and writing for all the wrong sites, and then I finally got the courage to look into this Adsense thing. I scoured all the info I could about it and figured out I could give it a try. What I decided to do was get approved for Adsense through a Blogger Blog. After about 19 posts of original content over 400 words each I applied and was approved within a day, a small victory in the war.

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   At this point I was already answering questions on Webanswers, and although you can be approved for Adsense through them after you have answered 50 questions with 50 quality answers, I still decided getting approved through Blogger would be more sure. I heard too many people from Webanswers and Hubpages saying they were rejected when they applied, even though they had the recommended content established. Now, already having my Adsense account, I simply waited until I had about 70 questions answered and added my Webanswers account to Adsense. It worked, and within a day I was making money through my Webanswers account. Another small victory in the war.

   Webanswers is a great site in my opinion. Answering and asking questions there is fun and you can even put back-links in your answers to your blogs and hubs. The site is quality and looks nice, and gives you a great looking profile page, where you can put your website at too.

   There are a few ways to make money at Webanswers. The best way, is to answer a question and get rewarded the best answer, this means you will receive all the Adsense clicks on that question page. Some questions can get thousands of views over time. The second way, is to answer a question that doesn't receive an awarded answer at all, this means you will share the Adsense clicks with everyone who answers the question. The other ways are by getting referrals and asking questions. 

   Getting a referral can give you 10% of their earnings when they get a pay out from Google Adsense. So, even though it may take the average person a few months to get to the $100 payment thresh hold for a payment through Adsense, once they do, you will get $10. This could be a very good long term strategy there, it would take you referring someone who followed through and embraced the answering question thing. Now, asking a question does earn you some money, but the amount is undisclosed and likely not very much, yet still nice to get.

   As you answer questions, you start to move up the ladder of designation. At first your little profile picture, which is attached to every answer and question you add, says beginner. Then you move up to contributor, then authority, then professor, then expert, and then finally brain. This is fun and makes you feel like you are moving up in the ranks. Leaving thoughtful and informed answers, which are a few paragraphs, is the best way to answer and be successful. Some people's answers are like a blog post.

   Some of the top brains there have around 20,000 answers! They have thousands of rewarded answers to their credit! I mean, think about the views they must get from all those questions that are being asked every day across the world on the web. Looking at the site stats on ThatWeb.com, I see that the site gets about 20,000 visitors everyday and about 70,000 views. They are ranked 18,000 in the world and 8,000 in the US. That isn't too bad really, and they do show up in a search, as that is how I found them over and over.

   As of now, I have 305 answers to my credit and I add to this everyday. I slacked off for a bit, but have now gotten in a routine of answering about 4 questions a day everyday. The discipline has been paying off in more views and more money in my Adsense account. I have earned about $65 from Webanswers from that many answers and questions in a few months time. Really, that's not too bad, and even if you stop answering for awhile, the views will keep coming as long as that question is still being asked and viewed. So think about how much that person is making who has 20,000. Estimating the views she gets at a low 15,000 a day and then estimating about $3 per thousand views, that's $450/month! Not enough to retire, but a solid amount earned by simply answering questions.

   If Webanswers appeals to you, then come join the fun. Sign up through my referral link down below and start answering questions. Study up on Adsense and plan how you are going to be approved. You can get approved through Webanswers, but I would suggest you leave good answers that are long, informative and on point. You can and will get approved for Adsense if you put the work into making quality answers and enough of them. I would suggest making at least 75 before you apply, just to be sure you'll get approved. If you already have Adsense, answer 60 and apply, just to make sure they will add it on. You will get paid for the answers you answered before you were approved.

   With all that said, I have successfully shared this wonderful site to you. If you are excited and want to get rolling, then there is no time like the present. Follow the advice stated (and the referral link below), and before you know it, you will be making money everyday in your Adsense account. The best way to do it, is set a goal each day to answer a certain amount of questions. After awhile you will have answered 50, 100, 200, 300, 5,000, and on and on. Hope this article was informative and gave you all the knowledge you need to get started at Webanswers, maybe I'll see you around there. My name there is Lowdown0. God bless.


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Writing on Hubpages and Blogger


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For those who love to write, the Internet has been a great development. There are so many sites to write on and be heard, it gives the obscure ambitious writer a chance to be heard and improve their craft as quickly as they wish. After the initial excitement about finding this avenue to be here for them, a writer then has to slosh through the manifold sites to find the place that is best suited for them. In this post, I'm going to share my views on mainly two of the avenues which I've found to be my favorite: Hubpages and Blogger.


At first I started writing for Squidoo, as I liked the format and how they took care of the particulars concerning getting paid. I found out though I made the wrong choice as Squidoo hardly gets any traffic compared to Hubpages. So I went back to Hubpages and slowly started creating some Hubs. As of now, I have 6 hubs, and I'm much happier with the traffic.

First of all, making money quickly writing on the Internet can't be your first goal. Making money may come, but it could take a year or longer to build your readership and gain traffic. There is a learning curve, and if someone starts out totally new to the Internet, then it will take awhile to build up a presence on social networks and learn the ropes. Personally, I write for a couple content mills on occasion if I want to make some direct money. I write for Textbroker and Hirewriter, which I can make about $5/hr with if I'm so inclined, but the writings I do there are not personal, and the rights are sold. For someone who loves to write and has something to say, then these platforms are not for the type of writing I'm discussing.

In a way, it's a bit of an experiment. I'm not sure exactly how much money I can make simply writing a couple blogs and Hubpages. Being prolific is helpful and needed to build up your work quickly, but as for now I work a lawn care business to make money. So, I can only write so much 8 months of the year while my lawn care business is going. Still I can write a good amount, if I am constructive and motivated.

Finding the groove took me about 3 months from my initial discovery of the opportunity the Internet provided for my writings. I spent some time trying to write for some sites which ended up not being the right place for me. I found myself eventually writing on two Blogger blogs and Hubpages. My blogs are monetized with Google Adsense, as is Hubpages. With my hubs I also receive an incentive from their own adprogram, Amazon affiliate, and Ebay affiliate.

As a born-again Christian, I write about some controversial topics and needed a place to not have to worry about censorship as much. So I have my blogs to place these writings at, and on Hubpages I can put more banal articles which may appeal to a more mainstream audience. Hubpages is a popular website and gets placed well in Google searches, so your hubs will consistently get views over time. With my blogs, I will get an initial bunch of views, but because they are fairly new, they won't be high on the searches and so traffic will slow.

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As I keep writing for these sites, I keep learning more how to promote my writings. As of now, that is what I'm working to do more. I had to start from scratch with social networking, but as your social sites like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon – are built up, you can share your writing and get more views. The limit is endless as you keep building up your social sites and the inventory of writings on your sites.

Making money from your writings is all about traffic. The more traffic you can generate the more you will make. This is created by smart promotion and prolific writing. The angle I am taking now, is simply slowly and steady, consistency and keep at it. After awhile, the little bit I do here and there will end up building a fairly good sized audience.

Setting goals is a good way to measure your success. My goal is to make about $500/month through my writings in a years time from now. This would include some work done with the content sites I write for as well as a couple other sites like: WebanswersChatAbout, and Postloop. I'm not sure if this will happen, but I enjoy writing and the process of trying. I would likely have to garner at least a couple thousand views a day to make this kind of money, from all three sources of my writings: Blogger blogs and Hubpages.



I hope you have found some nice places to call home and start writing what is on your heart too. It is exciting to have a place to write and be heard, and even have the bonus of getting paid some for our efforts. As for me, this is a dream come true, and although I would love to write everyday for a living, I am realistic that if this was to happen, it will take years of consistent hard work to achieve. In the meantime, we can be heard and try to help people with the message we have to give. For me that is the good news of the Gospel, of Jesus Christ dying for our sins and giving us eternal life if we believe on him.  

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