Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Something From Nothing: Amazon Rocks!

Hi everyone, it's time for another installment of something from nothing where I explore the realistic ways of making money online that don't involve you investing anything from yourself other than time. I am by no means a "guru", and I am pretty much stumbling along at this as a skeptical n00b still. Whatever I find that works, I will be posting it here so you can be shared by everyone!



I have decided to finally apply legitimate and sustaining effort at Amazon Mechanical Turk program since the last time I reported on it, and so far my Christmas budget has increased to another US$123.00! even though this is not the holy grail method that we're all looking for that could see that we replace a day job, it makes for one heck of a Christmas money project because everything you make as far as income with this program can be used directly towards any purchases at Amazon.com. Being that I live overseas and the majority of my family, companies like this that deliver (and maybe gift wrap during the holiday season, I don't know) are my method of choice for sending gifts to family.

The tasks themselves are fairly simple, and some of them have been pretty challenging like English and math aptitude tests that you can take for two dollars a piece. The only pitfalls that a user can really fall into is not completing a task on time or incorrectly, and having their "hit" ratio fall below a certain point. Having this ratio fall can preclude you from some of the higher dollar tasks, and make it so that you have to do the 20 and $.30 tasks until you can build it back up. But the good thing there for new users is the fact that Amazon does start you out at 100%, so there is no initial struggle to get the ratio of up to the point where you are making decent money.

I can't say enough good things about this program because it is so easy to do and it is hosted by one of the most reliable companies on the planet. It's free to join, and the tasks are available 24 hours a day while constantly updating with new ones. The only way you could make a sustainable and livable income off of this would be if you are living in a country like Bangladesh or Zaire, but if I could make $123 in two weeks and continue to sustain the effort on it (roughly 3 hours a day), by Christmas time I should have some serious Yuletide digital ammo to blast at the people I love.

I have abandoned all 60 of my bux sites, save for four who have an impeccable reputation that I have researched. Clicking spam links was starting to hurt my brain, and I couldn't help but feel a little dirty while doing it. And that's pretty weird considering all of the nasty smut that exists on yon Interwebz...

This week I'm going to be exploring the different freelance writing opportunities, and reporting back with the results next Wednesday. Until then make sure you hit up Amazon for this program, because in my experience something that works this well eventually gets closed off for free registration after a while.

18 comments:

Jay said...

oooh, thanks or this! :D

The Angry Lurker said...

Sounds very promising.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

All the best, lad!

Zombie said...

Amazon does rock! :D

Tobias said...

Interesting, thank you, I will check it out :-)

Mike said...

haha this is great keep it up

Ray Rousell said...

Sounds interesting????

Banacek said...

I'm sorry to hear the other ones didn't pan out but I'm going to look into this Amazon thing. I could use a little Christmas money, too.

Thanks for the update!

Electric Addict said...

damn this sounds nice! i gotta try this out asap!! thanks for testing the waters :)

Shutterbug said...

Thank you for this! I have been saving up to get a new bag! I will definitely check it out! :D

Melanie said...

I am so jumping on the Amazon bandwagon...and also, Spam - as in the junk links AND the canned meat product - are both bad for your brain.

Marlene said...

I hope it works out for you! Making a little extra money for some online efforts is a GOOD thing. :)

movie68 said...

Thanks for the info, I use Amazon associates mainly just for pics (no money yet) but will check this out.

Astronomy Pirate said...

I'm so glad I recommended this to you. Glad it's really worked out. I dunno about spending 3 hours a day at it. But spending an hour will get you roughly a third of the money, which is still good extra cash. And it makes more sense than wasting time on Facebook games.

Autumnforest said...

Very cool! Examiner online is a good site for people who want to write about things locally, like be the local science or nature or organic farming expert, ghost hunter,or whatever. You write posts and get paid per people who read them. It's a cool opportunity and a few people I know are making cash that way on the side.

Copyboy said...

That one seems to have potential!

Gryt said...

Oh I forgot to check this last time you posted about it, I'd do it now but its midnight and I still want to get to sleep

Max Silver said...

Thanks for the info! Very interesting :D