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$20k from Amazon Studios: Amazon tells us how to win...

$20k from Amazon Studios: Amazon tells us how to win...It's a great time to be a part of Amazon Studios.


I just uploaded the latest scene from my test movie here, so watch and review it if the desire speaks to you. Thanks!

Folks are busy hustling to get their screenplays uploaded to Amazon Studios before the first December 31, 2010, deadline -- and Amazon Studios is doing everything they can to keep folks updated on how to get closer to winning those first $20,000 script prizes by chiming in on the forums and on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The cool thing is, not a lot of folks know about the contest yet -- and even few folks have uploaded any kind of "movie" to go with their writing at all. As of this writing, Amazon Studios shows only 183 projects with movies on their site. (Mine is listed at #30 and rising, thank You, Jesus!)

So it's best to get in on the ground floor, when the competition is little compared to what it will be when folks finally get hip to th…

New Amazon Studios test movie clip video

I am having a ball creating video clips on Amazon Studios that will eventually become one at-least-70-minutes-long test movie that will take home the top prizes in 2011.

So for those of you with a creative bend that love writing, I suggest you throw your hat in the ring and write a script "quick fast and in a hurry" and try your hand at creating videos, too.

I've been so into YouTube and the creations folks are coming up with and the variety of ways people use YouTube -- plus using Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection V14 for creating movie clips.

At first I felt bad since I'm not yet using Final Cut Studio on a new Mac Book Pro and the like, but this kid on YouTube gave me inspiration yesterday.

He has some fabulous movies, and he urged his viewers and readers to just borrow a video camera if they didn't have one, saying it's all about the creative process, not the "non-top-of-the-line" equipment.

Stay tuned for more video clips, and give me some v…

Amazon.com paying $20,000 to winning writers of screenplay contest

Amazon.com paying $20,000 to winning writers of screenplay contestI'm so geeked that Amazon.com has launched this new screenwriting competition on Amazon Studios -- I uploaded my script From Slut to Saint on their website Friday, December 3, 2010.

If you're a writer with a great screenplay sitting around your laptop -- or with one in your head -- I suggest you polish it up and enter the contest.

It's not like your average, every day screenplay where you see a lot of hype combined with a hefty entry fee. Amazon Studios' competition is free to enter.

Plus, they've partnered with Warner Brothers Pictures in an exclusive first-look deal that will get the top writers' work at least seen -- and hopefully green-lighted -- by Hollywood insiders.

It's so cool how God brought this competition around in a time where I'd written the script in 2009, and finally gathered the latest revision up again in Windows Explorer before I'd even heard of Amazon Studios.

And…

Starting YouTube.com channels to make money, have fun, sell products

Today I spent time starting a couple of YouTube channels that I plan to load up with videos on specific topics.

First there's the YouTube.com channel called YourTubeVideoEditing (looks like YouTube doesn't let you create a channel with YouTube in the URL) wherein I plan to upload all sorts of techie tips about video editing, from the basic to the advanced.

The first video on that YouTube Channel explains how people can upload DVD content to YouTube -- something I learned how to do for my church.

The second YouTube channel is called Real Customer Reviews and that's where I plan to upload videos about just that: all the real stuff I come across and what I really think of the products and services.

The channels are mainly for search-engine traffic, those folks looking specifically for the product or service I'm discussing.

I'm amazed that YouTube is the second most popular search engine, only after Google, according to ComScore past reports.

So why overlook it? I reme…

Examiner.com publishing good on IE, something's up on Firefox

Examiner.com publishing good on IE, something's up on Firefox
I'm so used to using Firefox for most of my online stuff I didn't even think to try IE to publish on Examiner till the Lord just reminded me.

Thank GOD that everything looks good and normal over on IE, so we can publish away over there.

Perhaps Firefox changed something that needs to be fixed soon.

So happy. Happy publishing, people!

Still publishing... and back in Google News

For those with access to the old publishing tool, at least that is still letting us publish articles through Examiner.

I see that my latest Eddie Long article got published.

And thankfully, people are getting their Examiner articles back in Google News today.

So I pray hard in Christ's name that whatever else is going on is fixed soon and we're back in better business.

Over $35k paid in the first 9 months of 2010 to this writer-blogger for writing online

Over $35k paid in the first 9 months of 2010 to this writer-blogger for writing online
Since today is the last day of the month -- and September 30, 2010, brings us the last day of the quarter, it always feels like a good time to stop and count how much monies have flowed into the coffers for the first 9 months of the year.

Sounds so pregnant with possibilities, doesn't it?

Okay, judging from the numbers below -- it looks like God has sent me the miracle that is Examiner.com to take the lead in writing income earned online thus far. A lot of that 20 grand -- over 6k of it, in fact -- flowed to me in January 2010, which means December 2009 was a booming month for writing because of two words: Tiger Woods.

We've got two more words, or three, going on currently -- and anybody who follows my writing over there knows what they are. Praise God, my taxes are paid, I proclaim in His Son's Name. And there are more things in the works, so stay tuned for that news.

Other than that, A…

Examiner.com writer pay: $736.68 for 102,816 page views in one day

Examiner.com writer pay: $736.68 for 102,816 page views in one day




I was amazed when I logged onto my Examiner account this morning.



When I saw over $736 in one of my channels "Your Usage Earnings" field -- I thought for a second I was looking at the "Current Month" totals.



But no, the period was selected as yesterday, only one day. And then I remember the Unmerited Favor of God, and the quick prayer I threw up to Him yesterday.




And with all that's going on this week, I'm learning to hopefully get rid of any self-righteous notions that I deserve any of this. Yet I know for sure tithing pays off, and God's Word is true, despite what others say.



The Christian TV Examiner channel was #1 in Top Examiners in National and #1 in Top Examiners in Arts & Entertainment yesterday.


What I love about Examiner.com being on the new Drupal platform is the way we can now upload just about any video embed code we want under that "other sources" tab and it …

Are new writers getting published on Examiner.com?

You guys know how much I like writing for Examiner.com -- in the past year I've made around 30k with them and therefore, I've urged lots of other writers, designers, etc. to sign up with them.

One of my friends is a very talented designer who runs -IZE ON DESIGN, a site that showcases her fabulous design work.

Naturally I thought she'd be a great fit for Examiner. She applied and was accepted as the Cleveland Modern Furniture Examiner at http://www.examiner.com/x-65785-Cleveland-Modern-Furniture-Examiner -- but last night I talked to her via Facebook and discovered that her articles haven't appeared since Thursday!

I don't know if this is just some specific problem with a few Examiners or many, and she's already sent a support ticket for help and I will update this site with more news as we hear it. But in the meantime, I wanted to know how the other new Examiner.com writers are doing.

If you just started writing for Examiner.com around August or September 2010…

Examiner.com stats: Over 15k pageviews and $115.42 in writing money made from one Examiner.com channel in one day

Examiner.com stats: Over 15k pageviews and $115.42 in writing money made from one Examiner.com channel in one day
I just wrote a piece called Still possible to make money writing online for Examiner.com after site redesign on my other site that will be interesting to all the Examiner.com heads that read this blog.

Ever since Examiner.com converted to the Drupal platform (What's so great about Drupal, anyway? Guess I'd better read up...) there has been a big change in the interior way we create our articles.

But I'm grateful to see that Examiner.com is still a very viable way to make money online, for those willing to work at it and get the favor to keep plugging on.

Hopefully as the redesign continues -- I remember my days as a techie tester, and I don't even those coders and QA tests -- Examiner.com will continue to improve the article-creation process, and hopefully get even more good Google juice and great channel managers.

I still wonder about the process of decidi…

Examiner.com pay $30k for this writer in one year - Examiner.com not a scam

Examiner.com pay $30k for this writer in one year - Examiner.com not a scamMost people find my writings about Examiner.com by Googling "Examiner scam" or "How much does Examiner.com pay writers?" and the like.

I know what they Google because I'm able to use the lovely, free StatCounter.com stat-tracking code to see what search terms bring people to my websites -- and before Examiner.com's recent web redesign, I was able to use it there, too, along with Google Analytics.

Ah well, hopefully we'll get some of that ability back, but I'm not going to jump on the bandwagon of folks filling up message boards with complaints about Examiner's recent redesign. I just pray the gravy train keeps up and increases as God sees fit.

Yesterday I made about $56 on my Cleveland Examiner pageviews, but I can only surmise that it was The Word Church Akron writings that brought in those views.

A friend asked me on Facebook about writing for Examiner, so that gave me …

$439+ Examiner.com writing online earnings in two days...

$439+ Examiner.com writing online earnings in two days... Satan's Dirty Little Secret I took a little break from my writing online yesterday -- taking time out to fast a little and watch more videos of Dr. Morris Cerullo, an amazing teacher I learned about through Steve Foss' book above.

Lo and behold my Examiner.com earnings had exploded. When I checked on Monday August 2nd to see how much I'd earned from Sunday, August 1, 2010 -- the Examiner.com earnings alone in one channel were about 20 bucks.

I got back online today to see that the same channel (Cleveland Pop Culture) earnings now sat at $459.59 -- which my natural mind attributes to the crazy slideshow pic popularity of Tiny and TI's wedding photos -- and that's not even counting monies coming in from Amazon.com's Kindle sales on the $139, $189 and $379 new models.

But my spiritual mind hears God saying, "You see -- if you spend time with Me and stop ignoring me and working so hard online to try and m…

KINDLE AMAZON ASSOCIATE EARNINGS DROP FROM 10% TO PERFORMANCE %

KINDLE AMAZON ASSOCIATE EARNINGS DROP FROM 10% TO PERFORMANCE %Updated correction: I realize now that if you use the Performance Structure (All Categories except Consumer Electronics) payout on Amazon Associates like I do -- your Kindle sales will pay out at a rate of 4% to 8.5% -- depending on how many total items you sell that month:


1 - 6 4.00% 7 - 30 6.00% 31 - 110 6.50% 111 - 320 7.00% 321 - 630 7.50% 631 - 1570 8.00% 1571 - 3130 8.25% 3131 + 8.50%
Here's praying for over 3,131 items sold monthly!

Perhaps I was out to lunch when Amazon.com announced they were dropping the Amazon Associate referral fees for the Amazon.com Kindle from 10% to 6.5% for each Kindle sold.

Amazon probably sent an email to us associates telling us about the referral fee drop. (Man was that sweet that time God led me to do a fast for several days and get offline -- and when I'd gotten back online afte…

My top Examiner.com traffic-getting tips to try and make more money writing for the website online

My top Examiner.com traffic-getting tips to try and make more money writing for the website onlineWell, since there's a lull in stuff I really want to write on Examiner.com, I figured it would be a good time to update this blog with some of my top traffic-getting tips on Examiner -- and add some that I'm starting to try to see if they'll work.

#1 - Alexa.com is one of the best ways to find current news items. It was on Alexa.com last week that I saw a random Gather.com article about Brad Pitt shaving his beard -- so I wrote a simple article on Examiner.com titled "Brad Pitt shaves his beard (photos)" and posted it. Amazingly, that one article brought in so much traffic, thank God, it landed me at the #2 most viewed articles in Arts & Entertainment category on Examiner, and paid several hundred dollars. (Of course Google Trends is still there, but so many scammers and scraper sites pull from that list, and the list is so small, down to 20 items, it's not wh…

Bing has it all over Google for getting traffic for Examiner.com articles some days

Bing has it all over Google for getting traffic for Examiner.com articles some daysOn the days when my articles from Examiner.com take their sweet time about making it into Google News, or not at all, depending on the fickleness of whether they are placed there at all, I'm supremely grateful for Bing.com's sweet search engine.

As you can see from the above "search engine wars" pic I like to check out from time to time, seeing which articles from Examiner.com are getting attention and why, my new piece about Brad Pitt shaving his beard off with photos is all the rage on Bing -- but has get to show up in Google News.

The days when pieces make it into a prominent position in Google News is even more icing on the cake -- with one article able to pull in tons of views, if the Lord wills -- but on the days that it doesn't hit Google News, at least we have Bing to bring us some traffic.

The cool thing about Bing is that it indexing so so so fast -- with an article publi…

Legitimate work-at-home writing job earnings: $25,659.38 from 1-1-2010 to 6-30-2010

Legitimate work-at-home writing job earnings: $25,659.38 from 1-1-2010 to 6-30-2010
It's time once again to tally up the online earnings since today is June 30, 2010 -- the halfway point in the year to see how far we've since the last blog and writing earnings update.

Thankfully, Examiner.com is still cranking along as my top earner thus far this year -- and I love writing for them, but I've got mixed feelings about some of the ads they accept, particularly those scammy Pulse 360 and other ads I hope people avoid. Other than that, the other major advertisers look great, and I like writing for them as a means to an end, seed to the sower type of stuff.

Examiner.com has brought me $13,591.57 worth of seed to the sower this first half of 2010, and I put up video proof from my PayPal account:

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As far as the other gems, as you can see I made $20 thru AOL's Seed.com when they accepted an article about my dad being a WWII vet. It took…

Google pays us 68% of the Adsense monies that advertisers pay them for content ads, 51% for search

Google pays us 68% of the Adsense monies that advertisers pay them for content ads, 51% for search
Google Adsense just decided to be more transparent with how much of the cut they pay us publishers who run Adsense ads on our sites.

"This means we pay 68% of the revenue that we collect from advertisers for AdSense for content ads that appear on your sites," the Google team writes on the Inside Adsense blog.

Actually 68% is better than I thought they paid. It could've been as low as 50%. (At least God gives us a much better deal -- paying us well beyond the 90% left over after tithes.)

I digress. What about the smart-priced publishers? Are they getting the 68% deal, too?

I see someone else asked the same question in the comments beneath the post.

Ah well...such is life. And life is good.

Making more money writing for Examiner.com? A matter of time and chance...

Making more money writing for Examiner.com? A matter of time and chance... I've still been on the grind writing Examiner.com articles, at times writing more for them than my own sites.


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It's interesting to see the Examiner.com articles that make it into Google News versus those that don't.

Some days I'll write a bunch of articles and none make it into Google News -- thankfully, other days I'll write a bunch of pieces and a good number of them make it into Google News.


Plus, I've fallen in love with the basic editor even more than the advanced mode.

It helps when I want to write fast and not worry about fiddling around with dropping Google Analytics code into a piece, which I haven't done much of lately.

Sure, on those good days when I pull in over 70 bucks or more for all my pageviews, I do wonder which articles pulled the views -- hopefully with Examiner.com's coming redesign we'll get pageview per piece inf…

Guy sells 40,000 Kindle ebooks, makes $4,000 monthly - set to make $134,000 yearly when Amazon switches to 70% ebook royalty rate

Guy sells 40,000 Kindle ebooks, makes $4,000 monthly - set to make $134,000 yearly when Amazon switches to 70% ebook royalty rate

I was so amazed with this guy's success with selling his ebooks on Kindle -- he's sold 40,000 ebooks just since last April, and makes $4,000 per month selling ebooks -- that it's seriously changing my whole paradigm about switching my Random House-hardcover book dreams.

"When the royalty rate for Amazon switches to 70%, I'll be earning $2.04 on a $2.99 ebook. That's $134,000 a year," says J.A. Konath about Amazon's current 35% payout rate. (Amazon.com will make the switch on June 30, 2010.)

And with all these ways you don't need a Kindle that Amazon is introducing, it seems like a great time to make this Kindle ebook switch in philosophy.

Talk about newfound inspiration!

Get more Examiner.com pageviews: Focus more on content than comments - and here are my Top 10 keywords

Back when I wrote an article titled something like "Why You Should Respond to Your Blog Comments" in 2007 or so, I was a still a blogging newbie and had a lot fewer readers -- and thus, a lot fewer comments to moderate.

The piece is so old I can't even find it.


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Just as well, because in this article I'm going to offer the exact opposite advice, namely, if you're looking to bring in page views to your Examiner.com articles or other articles you write across the web, don't spend a ton of time on the comments or comment moderation.

Hopefully most sites will pick up on the reader comment moderation technique that other big websites use -- you know the ones that let users give thumbs down or thumbs up to comments that are just out in left field, and are then brought to the attention of the editors.

Why I Stopped Reading 90% of My Comments

I found that comment moderation is such a time-consuming job -- pouring over comments …

What Google Adsense ads do people click on the most?

I just took an interesting journey to finally find under "Adsense Setup" and "Ad Review Center" to figure out how I could block categories of ads from showing up on my websites.


I write so much on on this site about the scam ads I find, I didn't want to contribute to any of them. So I've ended up blocking the "get rich quick" category -- and most all of the others below.


I wonder what ads will show in their wake?


In the meantime, you can tell what people click on:
CategoryShow category details% Recent Earnings% Recent Ad ImpressionsCosmetic Procedures & Body Modification   1.3%2.6%
Includes lifts, suctions, lasers, hair removal and restoration, tattoos, and body modification. Dating   0.6%2.2%
Includes dating services and online dating communities. Drugs & Supplements   2.3%2.7%
Includes pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, and related retailers; does not include resources providing information about drugs. Get Rich Quick   18.7%13.8%
Sch…

$17,291.16 made writing online from January to March 2010 - Thank God for Examiner.com!

I just went through my PayPal and checking accounts to see how the 1st quarter of 2010 has turned out money-wise with this writing online business.

Wow, I said out loud when I summed up the below totals to see that I've taken in $17,291.16 from January 1 thru March 31, 2010, from the below sources.

As you can see, most of it comes from Examiner.com -- so stay tuned and follow my blog for more tips about getting traffic. Gotta jet.



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DATEACTIVITYPAYMENT01/25/10EXAMINER (CLARITY DIGITAL GROUP, LLC)$6,149.91 02/20/10EXAMINER (CLARITY DIGITAL GROUP, LLC)$995.47 03/20/10EXAMINER (CLARITY DIGITAL GROUP, LLC)$1,212.76 TOTAL:
$8,358.14


02/24/10AMAZON DECEMBER 2009 USA EARNINGS$1,926.19 03/29/10AMAZON USA JANUARY 2010 EARNINGS$277.68 01/27/10amazon usa november 2009 earnings$1,864.88 TOTAL:
$4,068.75


01/20/10CJ.COM$52.00


01/04/10KONTERA$242.22 02/03/10KONTERA$257.05 03/01/10KONTERA$117.25 TOTAL:
$616.52


01/18/10LINKSHARE$13.55 03/05/10LINKSHARE$15.52 02/…