“ We already know what your favourite website is..dooyoo of course!! We would love to hear about other websites you love, loath or simply can't do without! „
The site that I am reviewing today is GiftHulk. As you know I am always looking for new and interesting ways to earn extra money while I am on my laptop and I found out about this rewards site through a friend .
I love this site because they award you points for doing daily tasks like searching the internet .
** Easy ways to earn points on GiftHulk**
You can also earn points from;
Doing short surveys
Easy online tasks
Adding Apps to your phone
** Having fun**
They run a free daily contest called `Guess the Card`, this is a quick and easy daily game where you earn points if you guess the cards right. I recently won 100 points by getting the joker.
** Keeping you informed**
GiftHulk will send you an email to let you know when they have surveys and other offers that might be of interest to you.
** Special Offers**
They often run special offers on the website where you can earn extra points for free. At the time of writing they have an offer for you to do more searches for a certain amount of time. Normally allowing one search an hour they are offering a search every ten minutes.
**What you get out of it**
As well as having fun participating on this site , you can save your points to buy rewards including;
Amazon Gift Cards
Spa Finder vouchers
Other Gift Cards
To join GiftHulk just visit their website www.gifthulk.com
Looking back I do not now know how I ever survived without the internet. If I am not on my ipad or laptop at home I am generally glued to my iphone. There are obviously many different websites apart from Dooyoo of course that I visit but some that I just cannot manage without. My favourite websites are:
1. Facebook - I do not think a day passes where I do not visit this social networking site, I have a huge extended family scattered around the South of the country so it is lovely to keep in touch with them and see all of there pictures etc.
2. Daily Mail - I know this is not the most intellectual news site but I am a little bit of a sucker for a bit of celebrity gossip and this in my opinion is certainly the best site for it.
3. Met Office - I am a little obsessed with checking the weather especially in winter when there is a chance of snow which I love. The met office has a satellite image map which allows you to track the precipitation heading our way which I find far more useful than a general weather report.
4. Toluna - This is my favourite survey site as although it takes a while to build up the points you need for a voucher it is quite easy to use and tends to have surveys on a wide range of subjects.
5. River Island - At the moment River Island is my favourite clothing store and I find its website really easy to navigate and use. I will visit this site several times per week to check for new items/special offers/sales etc.
There are not many websites that I can honestly say that I do not really like but there are a couple that I think could be made more user friendly:
1. Next - My husband loves clothing from Next especially as they now do some designer items as well but I find it difficult to find items that you may have seen in the catalogue and it is not until you select an item and add it too your basket that you are told if it is in stock or not.
2. Thomson/First Choice Holidays - I do not get on holiday as much as I would like but these are normally my companies of choice and I often like a browse to see what is available. What annoys me is that the sites are often under maintenance and that you cannot just search for a 'any destination' holiday you have to input each destination at a time. I am not too fussy on destination and price normally drives on holiday destination decision so to be able to search all destinations and to then have them listed in price order would be beneficial. Also searches often tend to include holidays which do not match the search criteria I have selected. I have been surprised by low prices before and then realised that although I have selected all inclusive only holidays only it as added in a half board or self-catering options as well which make me suspicious that they hope people book these instead.
Personally to me website are a bit like marmite....you either love them or hate them!
Bestpet.co.uk, the online pet pharmacy shop website is now making difficulties, please read before you take the decision to order!
I used this website in the past with no problems, but things seem to have suddenly changed.
I ordered 15 days ago, received 2 generic emails (same one twice) saying they can't dispatch because they have too many orders!? Note that the money is taken of your account **before dispatch** on the day of the order.
So basically they have my money for 2 weeks and I haven't received anything but these generic emails. Phone call (0845) puts you in a queue and then when it's your turn nobody answers and also they don't answer emails.
You can't cancel your order through their website, so you have to call but like I say, nobody answers your calls. Since they have your money already this is as bad as it can gets.
I have a very bad feeling about this company right now and would advice everyone to avoid them for a while until things improve a bit.
The Keyword Academy (TKA) is the brainchild of Court Tuttle and Mark Butler. In a nutshell it's a American subscription based website that teaches you how to make money online. I'm not normally one for calling other people Gurus but these guys come pretty darn close, in the world of Internet Marketing at least.
I've been a member of The Keyword Academy for over a year now and have really started to reap the benefits of what these guys teach. There are two subscription levels - Basic costing $29 and Premium costing $33 monthly paid via paypal. Whichever membership you choose (and I would only recommend the premium version for reasons that I will come to later) you get your first month free. The idea of this is that you get to see what it's all about before committing yourself to a monthly subscription in the hope that you will find enough value in the program to become a paid member.
Essentially the program teaches you how to make money from your own website or hubs (see hubpages.com) through the Google Adsense Program, the Amazon and ebay affiliate programs and other affiliate marketing. This is achieved primarily through the careful selection of 'keywords'.
So what do you get as a member of The Keyword Academy?
- First and foremost you get access to the TKA blueprint for success. This comes in the form of video and text lesson. There's a monthly webinar where they cover different topics relating to Internet Marketing success and you can ask questions and get an answer straight away. In some cases questions are so good that Court and Mark host a further webinar on that topic. Real hands on advice from people who are successful at what they do. New for 2011 is the TKA ebook which condenses all the really relevant stuff into a written book and is an excellent starting place for newbies.
- You also get access to the Niche Refinery Keyword Tool. If you value your time at all, then this site is worth the subscription fee alone. It automates a large proportion of your keyword research leaving you free to get on with the real work.
- The Postrunner Article Distribution System is a collection of members domains who accept other people articles for inclusion onto their own domain. They get content, you get backlinks. Again it's pretty much automated and is so much more simple than having to search the web for related content sites and having to email the webmaster in the vain hope of getting a backlink.
Premium members also get access to two very important additional features
- You can download the webinars (instructional interactive videos) in both movie and audio format. This can be incredibly useful if you want to refer back to them at a later date.
- You can access the forum which is a good mix of seasoned Internet Marketers and newbies alike. There is a wealth of information contained within this forum and always someone available to help you out if you have a question.
In my opinion the additional features garnered from the premium membership is well worth the extra $4 monthly cost.
Believe me when I say that I have tried out a fair amount of schemes to make money online and this is one of only a handful (a small handful) that actually delivers. Get yourself a free membership and check it out for yourself, if it's not for you then just cancel your subscription in paypal. It's that simple. I know this is a bit of an overused cliche but you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
It's not a get rich quick scheme. It's a promise that if you follow the blueprint, you will build up a decent passive monthly income online. Really - what's not to like?
Good luck :)
I've written a few reviews since finding the time to 're-join' the site after a period of absence and I'm proud and thankful to have received 2 crowns this week. However, I now need to recharge my creative batteries so I'm going to revisit what I was looking at on the net in 2009, and provide an updated review here for a bit of light relief!
I originally wrote my 'Top 10 Websites' review over 2 years ago. Things have changed in my life quite considerably since then. I have become a father for the first time and now have a 17 month old boy. I also found myself a job as I was unemployed at the time of writing. My hobbies, interests and internet habits have changed somewhat since then, so here goes with my 'all new, browsing review!'
I'll not review any of the original sites in my Top 10 such as Facebook, eBay, Dooyoo, HotUKdeals etc. as nearly everybody lists them, and they've been done to death. I'd like to focus on a few websites that might not be so well known amongst the masses, in no particular order.
This is a social networking site that I never really understood the point of. To me it started out like a 'text-only' version of Facebook, using commands such as # (hashtag) and @ (at) to communicate with other people. As it has developed, Twitter has grown in popularity and is widely used by famous sportspeople, actors, presenters etc. not only to keep in touch with their 'showbiz buddies', but to allow their fans to take a peek into their everyday lives. I'm not one who goes in for worshipping the famous, but I do think it helps to know that they are just ordinary people outside of the limelight.
Using Twitter you now have the ability to post links to pictures and celebrities quite often host competitions on their Twitter profile to win items such as scripts, personal items, sporting equipment and pretty much anything they might have in their possession. I don't post much on Twitter as only 3 people 'follow me', but I find it quite interesting to see how the rich and famous live.
This is a new social networking website, but instead of focusing on staying in touch with groups of friends, this site focuses on communicating and getting to know the people that live in your local area. Simply enter your postcode then select your address to begin the simple registration process. Once registered, the idea is that the other people in your street join up and gain access to the street's message board.
You can send a message out if you're selling something, looking to buy something, want to share a lift with someone, organise a street party, discuss a problem or would like someone to sign for a parcel for example.
One of the coolest uses of this site I think is that a local business could sign up and offer a discount to people living locally. This could get them extra business and make people aware that they have a convenient plumber living just around the corner! It could also save them a bit of money at the same time.
Seems an interesting concept, something a bit different and more useful than posting inane status updates every 10 minutes on Facebook!
I signed up to this site just after I bought my recently reviewed Fuji S1800 Camera. MyFinepix site is based around a forum for Fuji owners, with members offering their expertise and advice for less experienced users. The site runs a monthly themed competition with excellent prizes on offer for the winners, including £200 Digital Cameras! Each member is awarded space on the website to host their own gallery, which is accessible for all other members to write comments or constructive criticism. Members can discuss photographic techniques, equipment and pretty much anything to do with taking photographs. I find it a great help as a beginner and look forward to seeing how my photos start to improve as I take more information on board.
Following on from myFinepix, I've found digicamhelp.com to be extremely helpful when trying to learn about using the functions on my new camera correctly. All manner of advice can be discovered here, from explaining shutter speed and aperture to taking pictures in light and dark conditions. It really does explain things in an easy to understand way and I recommend anyone wanting to improve their photography knowledge to stop by and have a browse.
I've used this site to buy cheaper compatible cartridges for my new Canon printer, since a work colleague recommended them a few weeks ago. The cartridges arrived the day after I ordered and the few empty tanks I've replaced so far have continued to work as the originals did. I received email confirmation of dispatch just a few hours after placing the order, so I've promptly added this site to my bookmarks for future use.
NSNO stands for Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, and is the Everton Football Club motto. Hence, this is an Everton fans forum. I used to use www.evertonfc.com which is the official site, but their forum, 'The Blue Room' got taken down after quite a bit of misuse from members. NSNO is a handy place to drop into to hear the latest transfer stories and have a Football conversation with 'supposedly' like minded fans. I say supposedly as many threads turn into heated arguments, which I can never understand between your own fans. It's a good place to receive updates on match day about the squad for the game, as well as news of goals and chances during the game.
I think HSBC have a pretty good online banking website. You can gain access to all your HSBC accounts including current, ISA, pension, mortgage, savings etc. It is handy for moving money between accounts or making payments to family and friends. Also, you can control all of your Direct Debits from here and easily cancel any old or unwanted ones. Unfortunately, it won't let you make any additional mortgage payments or temporarily suspend pension payments. For more advanced tasks such as these it requires a phonecall to an expensive call centre.
HSBC are currently in the process of adding an extra layer of security to their online banking which is always welcome in my book, and they've always been very helpful when I've had to contact them with security issues.
Owning an Android based HTC Desire phone, the Android Market is a place I frequent on my phone to download the latest apps. I also have a shortcut set up on my PC to the internet version of Android Market. Obviously, on a laptop or PC screen it's much easier to navigate around and perform searches. The site gives you the option to sign into your google account (which is linked to your phone) and once signed in, you are able to select apps and send them to your phone for download. You're also able to search by 'Most Popular', 'Free' or 'Paid' apps, or by 'Category' of app to narrow your search further.
I have had an ongoing problem with Bed Bugs and have found a very useful site which supplies Bed Bug Killer Kits. I received my killer kit within two days and immediately go to work. The kit includes gloves, mask, plus treatment and housekeeping instructions. Protector C is a highly effective, natural pyrethrin-based insecticide; Mini-fumers - natural pyrethrin-based DIY fumigation, which kills insects even where you can't see them; insecticide powder kills on contact, especially for use in hard-to-reach areas or where liquids are unsuitable; insecticidal lacquer can be applied around bed frames, cracks and crevices and all non-porous surfaces. Dethlac kills insects within hours of contact and acts as a resilient barrier against insects for months. I am now free from Bed Bugs. The site is http://www.pestcontrolproducts.co.uk/prod/13/bed-bug-killer-kit-1
Heres my top 5...
- - - Facebook.com - - -
It may have bagged its 5000 trillionth member but how many of those are Gary Glitters? Even though they operate age restrictions it's well known that facebook inadvertently let underage kids to join with little checks. I'm pretty sure most of your kids have an account there. The plus to the site is when it's used correctly and the people who join are the people who join it is a good way in keeping in touch with friends, lovers and colleagues to organise stuff and break bread, what it was set up for. Most social networking sites quickly become dating sites and facebook seems to away with that not happening. You can refuse friend links from people you don't know and so your page remains private, this not the norm where you tend to attract a lot of perverts who are trying to see 16-year-old girls naked on webcams, facebook more of peoples default social networking site to evade that. Unless you are who you are there's no real point joining it. But that means it can be dull as you have to behave more and you end up writing banal stuff on your wall....Phillip likes trees etc. That still makes it one zillion times more interesting than Twitter though!
The 'Raol Moat is a Legend' page nonsense helped facebook with yet more publicity but proved the site is extremely democratic by that being left up on site. It was a lot of fuss over nothing though as most of the 30,000 people who joined it were slagging off the people who supported the brain dead bouncer. I suppose that was about manic depressives and the underclass police haters having their day and, rather ironically, a nice database of names for the police to keep an eye on, which is ultimately the point of facebook.
- - - Plentyoffish.com - - -
If ever there was a dating site to love to hate it's this one, the webs biggest free to join and use dating website worth a peep. It's rough as sandpaper and with the requirement of at least one tattoo and accompanying status dog to join means all manner of people and perverts join, the site very working-class. But age restrictions discourage paedophiles and so you don't get young vulnerable kids on it to worry about that stuff, faceparty.com the place for that, the environment very grown up here. Think car keys in the pot in the 1970s in a house party in Braintree and that's plentyoffish.com. The biggest plus is you can also search for people in your home town and so discover who else is on here looking for a fling. Women love to cyber stalk ex and current boyfriends to checkout there lifestyle and associates and this site is great for that.
I joined out of pure paranoia. Someone I know told me the girl I was dating was on there looking for another bloke, which proved the case, the set up of your member profile there allowing other members to see which members you have been looking at and communicating with, including a list of other male members, in her case a long one. It seems likes she likes male members of all types. I only dated her because she had great tits so I suppose I'm just as shallow. But if you're not fussed about the quality of a potential partner and you don't want to pay dating subscription fees then plentyoffish is a bit of fun you may get into. As long as you don't take these places seriously then they can fill empty winter nights.
- - -Dooyoo & Ciao - - -
To me the two sites have become completely dependent on the other under the new frugal dooyoo payment system and without cross-posting there's just no money in either. Because I don't force reviews to chase money - writing about something I haven't used, seen or want - I made just £10 on dooyoo in 8 weeks here, an 80% revenue drop since the new payment rules. Admittedly I wasn't renting films and watching footy instead but I'm still struggling to find things to write about to make 50p without cheating. Those same reviews on ciao are worth even less but because you can sling up your old dooyoo stuff alongside there you do ok on the 'ciao premium fund' if you can dominate the fund payment scheme with heavy 'Very Helpful' volume. If you're struggling like me on dooyoo because you're male, don't use perfume or heavy garden machinery then its well worth a look there to cross-post. I have had my first crown today since the new reward system on dooyoo, little motivation to keep on going and for the first time ever I'm considering giving it up. I never thought I would ever say that but the site is too female now and a lot of effort for little reward. 30 of my reviews are worth more than £10 matey! I'm just not going to be 'encouraged' to 'pretend' I have three breadmakers like many are here. I suspect I'm not the only long term reliable member thinking that this is too one-sided. Once you have written your Level 1 review for the week that's it as far as real money goes. But dooyoo seem to know what they are doing as their global reach has gone up and they are getting more external readers, 'customers who thanked you'. They have told us what products those people want to read about and we have to write about them. It makes a lot of sense but not a lot of money or friends. Even though my personal rates have fallen 50% and giving 50% less rates, you do grasp the fact that individual members are not as important as we thought we were to this site. My secret number of readers that have thanked me is just 371 from 970 reviews, which I don't know is neither good nor bad. What's yours?
- - - Wikileaks.com - - -
I have known about this whistle blowing journalist site for a while now, which is all rather odd as they are a secretive bunch, using a ghost server so to avoid detection and to be nailed down to international jurisdiction with their amorphous set up, bouncing their IP address all around the world to avoid being shut down by various intelligence agencies who don't like what they are doing and revealing. They are in the news right now, of course, and now you all know about them, which means the rather seedy looking head in Mr Julian Assange (acting and looking uncomfortably like a megalomaniac James Bond villain!) is enjoying his moment in the sun, which the pasty chap needs, but not that wise when you consider what a target he is for international governments. The site has been so despised by governments and big business around the world that everyone is trying to shut it down as more and more sensitive stuff is revealed.
The website is mostly for journalists to throw up stuff their paper- or countries media- won't touch with a barge pole and so can get their exclusives out there. There's no payment, of course, but controversy is a requirement to get on this site. They also encourage whistleblowers and members of the public who have controversial information to email it in, which they do in droves. The Afghan war stuff is democracy in action and although most of its known it isn't to the general public, the real kick off the website being able to stop media outlets blocking what the people need to know. The surprise here was the pure volume of illicit killing going on in Afghanistan and maybe one or two mums who let their sons go to war there need to know what they are really up to. It revealed in great and damaging detail that the Americans are once again operating hit squads from the South American days and they allowing local militias to put people on their kill list without really checking if they are in need of being killed or not, opening up all manner of questions. If a local Pashtun businessman wants a piece of land and the fellow wont sell up then just tell the Americans he is Taliban and boom, a drone up his ass and job done, the American military doing anything they can to appease the few people left in Afghanistan on their side. This is a very dirty war and British soldiers are part of it and so the next time the coffins are paraded down Wooten Basset high street think of the 417 innocent children killed by the coalition in the last five years named in these documents. Who knows how bad the stuff will be they eventually bring out on the oil in Iraq race! Do they know more about 911 that they let on, already releasing pager messages of some of the terrorists conversations made 'BEFORE' 911. It's an exciting website and what the internet is all about.
Wikileaks were the one's who released the full list of BNP members, that climate change stuff and also the hacked yahoo account of that head case Sarah Palin. The negative side to them is can they be bought off by various agencies over certain stories and can we trust all their information. They told us that the Afghanistan stuff had been checked so to not compromise current operations there yet now tell us they haven't checked all the 92,000 documents, which to me suggest the person who sent them had already checked and sorted them to incur maximum damage, suggesting this has the CIA's grubby hands all over this to speed up the pull out in Central Asia.
- - - Fiso.co.uk- - -
I'm a big fantasy football fan and play various games on the internet and through the post, the fantasyleague.com and telegraphfantasy/football the big two out there. After discovering the metro.co.uk and dailymail.co.uk were running a free game with a 50k first prize I stumbled on FISO.CO.UK, Fantasy Interactive Sports Online, a website that pulls together fans of all the various fantasy games to share information on injuries and transfers etc to help them do better in them, You can enjoy various side-games, competitions and wagers to add an extra dimension to being on site and playing the fantasy games, the FISO message board offering you the chance to earn money you never get to win in the real games. On the site you also have people in the know from the various sports, pooling that valuable inside information. Problem is it's dominated by professional players who buy 50 teams for each competition and so tend to win all the big newspaper prizes, the board winning seven of the last ten Daily Telegraph fantasy football grand prizes and half of the Sun Dream team games. If you want to win the big games you need to be on this site and be prepared to invest big in the number of teams you run. It also covers everything from fantasy cricket games to obscure Canadian baseball ones and there's also a general message board when your bored of sports talk. But they are mostly serious gambling types there looking to win money so it's not a place to muck about, that the downside, yours truly thrown off numerous times. If you want to enter dooyoo's fantasy football leagues I'm on the case to round up any leagues in action. If you are reading this and running a dooyoo or ciao league then pop it in the comments!
Have you heard of a website called People String. Well, it's a social media website that is quickly becoming very huge. You can join the website for free and earn money from it by just playing games, referring your friends, checking mail, book marking it as your home page and searching with Google by using the link on the web page. Here is the link to join: http://www.peoplestring.com/?f=deelark
Here is some information that will help you to learn more about the website:
1. Firstly, click on this link to join: http://www.peoplestring.com/?f=deelark
2. Then fill in your profile page.
3. Add this page to your internet options making it your home page, so that whenever you connect to go online it will pop up.
4. Always use the Google search bar on the People String page to do all your internet searches with Google, as this can earn you more money.
5. Invite all your friends to join People String for free. The ones that join will be under your down line, which will make you more money when they start using this website too.
6. Click on the Mail Box Cash link below the website and answer the questions in the survey. This will earn you cash in your mail box (US residents will only be eligible for this).
7. Add your Facebook, MSN and Twitter accounts to this web page, which will earn you more money.
8. Check your emails using People String.
9. Promote yourself, your business and your articles written and published by commenting about them on your People String page.
10.Shop with People String and get lots of discounts.
People String is a great website to use and earn money from. Watch videos of how you can earn money on www.youtube.com
You will not regret joining this website. It is so easy to use and it will earn you money. So, the more you use it the more money you will get. Try it. You will enjoy every minute of it!
One thing this company should learn is not to mess with women, and should never I mean absolutely NEVER EVER get between what a woman wants, especially for Valentines day.
This is how it all started:
I absolutely love internet shopping and particularly of perfumes, the more exotic the better, and so I came across www.arabianoud.co.uk , I absolutely loved the website immediately, very eye catching and all the products are well presented with a large collection of perfumes in pretty designed bottles - or so it looked, I don know as I never got the chance to actually try them because they screw me over.
Being careful by nature I decided to do a bit of research about this company before I hand over the credit card details. Turned out this is a respectable company ( they wished!) with shops all over the world. I have seen pictures and read reviews of their London shop, what can I say ... the real deal, so yeah, logic thing to do is place an order.
Being closed to Valentine's Day my husband offered to get me as a present two perfume from them that I have chosen.
It all come to £70 including £10 postage and packaging. Placing the order could not be more easier, had to register which went trough right away, I got reference numbers and confirmation trough email.
Now the next part is to wait for the order to be delivered however my husband checked his bank account status, due to other matters, and he notices that ArabianOud has refunded the money back into his account. He goes home and sees that they have not tried to contact him about this trough his email about what just happens. Being late evening there was no way it could of contacted the company by phone so we thought "what if this is one of those scam companies that just try to get your credit card details and soon you end up with thousand of pounds in debt?"... so he called the credit card company for advice which advised him to look on the Arabianoud.co.uk , the website from which the order was places, and reed the terms and conditions of the sale....... wait a minute ..... there are no terms and conditions!!!!!!... so next thing his credit card company said that would be on the safe side to cancel his credit card.
Now is been 2 weeks since the order with ArbainOud and I still have no idea what happened because they have not made any contact to explain their action.
I do however went and checked the website and I noticed that the two different products I ordered and paid £60 on are in fact costing now £350. So what is this all about, price error, scam?
If this was a serious company it would of contacted my husband about this and explain the situation, not cowardly hide.
So if you want an greedy, money making corporate company to rip you off and let you down just at the right time then count on Arabian Oud, they are the best!!!!
Now that I look back, is best this happened as their products, let's say for example the Pure Bulgarian Rose, is/are not definatley certified by any standard(s) in being pure. In fact I could be buying Pure Rose Oil extracted by chemical solvents which can be highly toxic and cancer causing if comes in contact with the skin( in this case you might just as well use a chemical fragrance and save yourself some money as it will still smell great), and not the high quality pure essential oil type extracted by steam distillation or Co2 the stuff that for their high price should be sold on the website. A dubious company overall as far as I am concerned, I advice people to do their homework before ordering from them and don't get tricked like I did.
I would of not been so angry if I did not missed some irreplaceable unique items on an auction bidding by favouring this back stabbing company.
We could of complained about them and complain to the trading standards, by law they have sell the products at the initial asked price but we can not be bothered, I would not want something obtained in this manner anyway!
Ten websites I wouldn't be without.
Hmm, I could wax lyrical here about Facebook, BBC, google just to flesh out this review but no. I'm going to show a few sites which are relevant to yours truly. Oh, and they are in no particular order in case you're wondering :D
1. http://www.readersdigest.co.uk/wordpower/ One of these days I will offer a rant against Readers' Digest. I love their books but I don't like their absurd competitions and junk mail. Anyway, this link will take you to a wonderful little word game which can test your vocabulary. I warn you, it's addictive :D
2. http://www.helenwhittaker.net/phpBB2/index.php Hmm, a strange looking link I hear you proclaim. What's all this about then? Well, I dabble in the art of creative writing and right on over here is a site where we churn what's going on in our minds. Pretty supportive, opinionated and creative is what you'll find on here. It's run by two people I've known for a while and if you want to stir your writing talents in another field than review writing then do take a wander and tell them the AddledOne sent you :D
3. http://www.xperteleven.com/default.aspx This is a great little online footie manager game. Well worth a visit and I've written a review about this which explains things a bit more in depth.
4. http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/big-day-out.asp Pretty much for us indigenous folk of Kent. You'll have to wait for next year but they offer you the chance of visiting an attraction in the country for free just for one day :D Can't be bad can it.
5. Drwicked. Forgive me the link is over 80 characters long so you'll have to google, grr.
Hit by a bout... of procrastination. Well go here and beat those word blues or suffer horrendous penalites if you don't get writing! You'll be a lout of procrastination if you ignore those warnings :D
6. http://www.kent.gov.uk/publications/leisure-and-culture/explore-kent.htm Again, this is local to me but I'm sure most counties will have something similar. What's better than to get off the armchair on a nice summers day and explore that wonderful countryside of ours :D
7. http://www.buyacar.co.uk/ I used this when I bought my new jamjar. I had my issues with them but ultimaltey it did save me quite a bit of money.
8. http://www.twistedtongue.co.uk/ If you like your horror/dark fiction then you've come to the right place. Plenty of talent on show here but not for the squeamish. Oh, and I'm in issue 12 with a particularly nasty piece of work. You can buy a printed magazine or download for absolutely nothing :D
9. http://www.freewebs.com/ohtobeaddled/index.htm This seemed a good idea at the time but alas I wish I could change it. A lot of my early stuff on here and to be honest a lot of it needs major work done. Unfortunately I'm no longer a member of freewebs and it's stuck in perpetual limbo now. I'd best warn you though, there are a couple of rather disturbing stories on there!
10. http://www.holtuncensored.com/hu/the-ten-mistakes/ I really wish I'd read this a bit more often. Now I could say read a couple of early stories of mine and do the opposite but it's much easier to read the very useful advice on here :D
11. Oh what the hell here's one more for you and some more shameless plugging. http://www.smokebox.net/archives/fiction/hewitt807.html This is a good little site showing off plenty of stories. Got a story to sub, well what's stopping you :D
Hope you find a couple of sites useful.
Oh and I have to give five stars don't I :D
I have already reviewed my top ten favourite websites so I thought that I'd share five more interesting sites with you.
1..www.oldbaileyonline.org .. This fascinating website contains a fully searchable edition of texts detailing nearly 200,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court (The Old Bailey) from 1674-1913. Search by crime committed or sentence received, see how the 'old' justice system dealt with these criminals and the punishments dealt out to them. Fascinating!!
2..www.howstuffworks.com .. This brilliant website will inform you of how things actually work. Just like it says on the can. Categories include adventure, animals,auto, communication, computer, electronics, entertainment, food, geography, health, history, home and garden, money, people and science. Clicking on any of the tabs will reveal thousands of items of interest with full details of how they are made, what they actually do and often include short videos or animations to explain things more easily.
3.. www.rcdb.com .. This entertaining website relates to all things roller coaster, because it is a roller coaster database. Revealing such facts as the roller coasters name, its location, when it was opened, speed, height and length. Having found the roller coaster you are interested in, then you can view them in superb full colour photographs. Wonderful!
4.. www.camcentral.com .. This great site allows you to search for cams either by category or by location. There are some really fascinating web cam views from around the world including shark cams, volcano cams and pyramid cams. In fact, there is probably a cam for any subject or topic that you can think about!
5.. www.truthorfiction.com .. This site allows you to find out whether there is any truth (or not) in any rumour or urban legend that you may have heard. For example, there was a rumour 'going round' which said that if you was at an ATM machine and found yourself in some sort of danger then, by entering your PIN number backwards, an automatic plea for help would be sent to the police and they would respond to the ATM machine in question. The rumour goes on to say that most people do not know about it! Well to find out if this is a truth, or simply just a fiction, go to the website and find out!!
Like anyone else I like to make money. I write at a few review sites and I do several other small things that have referrals to help me make money as well. On the other hand I actually enjoy writing. I don't do it as much as I would like, even though it is how I make all of my money. I am a perfectionist and if I can't come up with the exact right things to say then I usually don't want to write it so it is hard sometimes for me to put things down. Well, I found a place where I don't have to write articles, reviews or blogs, all I have to do is answer preset questions in things known as conversations.
Pay out is $20 and I am up to $4.59 so far. Here you join a conversation and answer the question and then make one of your own questions for others to answer. In order for you to make money your question has to make impressions for 5 out of 10 days to be paid. To get an impression for the day one person has to see your blog to get credit. It is not hard at all. So far I have been paid for every convo I have joined.
There aren't always new convos and sometimes you may not be able to join each convo depending on what information you provide in your profile about yourself. So far there has only been one I couldn't join. You can be sent an email to let you know when there is a new convo for you. The fact of the matter is you can do a convo in 5 minutes so it is well worth your time. It is the only way you can do the referral system so it is well worth it.
There is also a way to start coversations, but I am not too familiar with it yet. If you are a business you can start a coversation to do like a survey to find out what people think about certain subjects pertaining to your business ot just anything you want to know. I am not sure about the criteria, but it is easy to find out on the site.
If you have questions, the guy that runs the place, Joe, will answer very quickly. I was actually surprised how fast he got back with me and he answered my question very clearly, professionally and in a very nice manner. Be aware that this site is in the U.S. and he has to sleep so if you write a message to him and it is 1 in the morning here than he might not get back to you until morning. To write him a message you go to "Your account" and then go to "Inbox" and there you can write him a message. I am quite sure that is the only thing that can be done at the Inbox section.
There is a referral system and when your referrals make money you make a percentage. It is based in a tier system, but it is no scam. This site is aimed to help businesses and sponsors get good feedback about what we whink. Your 1st tier referral under you makes you 3% of what they make on each convo. If your referral gets someone under them their referral is your 2nd tier and you get 1.5% of what they make. 3rd level tier makes you 0.75%, 4th tier makes you 0.375% and the last tier 5 makes you 0.1875%. To have people sign up to your referral they just have to click on the flash widget on your blog to go to the site and must sign up soon after. The server logs where they came form so they should know that it is from your blog, but it is always safe to not take chances and sign up quickly after you get there to not take any chances.
To make impressions you embed a flash widget on your blog. Every time someone views your blog their browser calls the conversation widget from the Dneero servers and makes the impression. You have to get 5 impressions out of the first 10 days to get the initial credit, but if you make 5 more impressions within 30 days you get an added bonus. The bonus is set by the creator of the conversation. The creator can cap it out at any amount of impressions they want and set the bonus amount. Just for example, say, 1000 impressions for an extra $1 bonus, but it is not always that much.
Dneero is about conversation and there is a site called Twitter that is about short blogging. They have come together and you can answer short Dnerro questions at Twitter for less money, but it is usually just a one line sentence. There is also one convo at Dneero where you must sign up to Twitter and answer on of those short questions to do the Dneero convo. You will answer the short Dneero question at Twitter for 10 cents and about a half hour later you will get an email from Dneero saying that your answer has been processed. You then go to Dneero and on your profile page will be an activation code to be able to enter the Dneero/Twitter convo.
You don't have to have alot of blog traffic to do this. As long as just a couple people a day go there then you can make money. The pay varies per convo and I have seen anywhere from 25 cents to a $1 so far. For as little time as you spend there it is really worth it. I can't say it enough that I am very impressed with this place. I would like it if some of you would sign up to my referral and if you would like to just message me to ask me where my blog is to click on my widget. If you don't want to be my referral then just go to http://www.dneero.com and sign up today.
They are currently working on getting higher paid sponsors and getting more conversations so please be patient.
I thought I would write about a few of the websites that I like to frquent away from life on Dooyoo. The current one that is filling some of my time is playing online poker however I use the facebook application rather than playing for actual money as I enjoy card games but certainly could not afford to lose my own money so I guess it is cheating in a way but still good fun. There are loads of games you can join and these have different buy in amounts dependant on hos much money you have won or earned, you ca also buy additional chips but I do not see the point in doing that.
For online news I actually use the Guardian website as it is extremely well set out and is updated on a regular basis, the site has a good mixture of news and comment as well and the links to the video footage are always very interesting, plus like all online sites the content is free so saving the cost of buying the paper with the added benefit of only getting what you want from the site.
Conspiracyplanet is a cool website if you want an alternative view of the news events, I find this quite funny as some of the stuff is just for crackpots who see the hand of government in anything that goes on and are always looking for a different angle on things.
Just a couple of alternatives to take you away from spending too much time on Dooyoo
There are a number of websites that I use other tha the normal ones so I thought I would write about a few of these.
Comparedby.com is a review site that was paying up to $2 per review although they did get swamped with scammers from Moneysavingsexpert and many from other countries as well as they paid through paypal so you do not have to be a US citizen to take part so now they have put loads of restrictions in place and a limit to how many reviews you can write ina month until they have been able to check the quality of the work submitted, Dooyoo could learn something from this site and the perils of paying too much and in a way that attracts those who seek to bring down the site rather than benefit the site.
The Zone is an excellent site for dance leotards and gymnastic clothing and they are pretty good on price as well. I als like to do a bit of horse riding as well and Equestrian Clearance is a super site with loads of reasonably priced clothing especally in the sale items.
Readitswapit is a site I use a lot for book swapping, you can put your own books up on the site and then arrange swaps with other members, all you pay is the postage to send your book and you get some new reading material as well, it is a low cost way to try out new authors and I have never had a problem with any of the swaps I have arranged.
These are just a few sites that I use when I'm not busy on Dooyoo or facebook.
Though I have already published a review on DooYoo of my favourite websites, I came across this "Other Websites" set of reviews last night, and felt that I'd like to share five more of my most loved websites with DooYoo readers.
My list below is a mixture of fun sites and those which are serious and informative.....so here goes!
This is a website I found once whilst trying to settle a little dispute with a group of friends, whereby they were arguing as to whether a certain famous person was dead or alive. The dispute was getting rather heated, so I took it upon myself to mediate, and hunted the internet trying to find out if the person was still living or dead, and I stumbled upon this website. I spent at least an hour searching through the site, and frequently re-visit just to keep a check on who is still with us and who isn't. Call it morbid if you like, but I find it fascinating to learn what famous people have died of!!
The deadoraliveinfo website is very easy to search, and has a simple layout. There are to the left of the home page, several different categories you can click on and search through; for instance, you can search through gender, cause of death, those who died before age 30. Once you've picked your category, a list appears in the middle of the screen of everyone falling within it, and you can click on any name to read more details about their death (if those details are available). Beside each name is the date of their death, and the age they made it to.
At the top of the home page there are a few buttons where you can customise your searches, leave a comment in the comments box, or read the instructions on how to use the site. Underneath is a brief description on the basics of how the site works, and a link to fill out a survey or just read the current survey results.
There are some other interesting features on the site, such as you can find out who you have outlived, guess the age of a still living famous person, or do one of the quizzes where you guess in what year a list of famous people died, or you can guess their age when they died.
If you have a similar morbid curiosity to mine as to what killed the famous or how old they were when they died, you might enjoy spending a little time browsing through this regularly updated site. It is quick to load, navigation is free-flowing and simple, and you don't need to register for full use of the site. The only complaint I have - and it's perhaps an observation rather than a complaint - that it is American-orientated (though contains information on a lot of British people), and I thus haven't heard of a large proportion of the dead famous people listed.
If you, like me, have an extreme sensitivity to all kinds of noise to the point where it can make life feel unbearable, you might be interested in this website. Even if your noise tolerance levels are more mainstream, you still could be suffering the agonies of the damned by excessive decibels thundering through what could otherwise be a peaceful existence.
This is a website rich in information and advice. You can find out what campaigns and government legislations are currently in progress regarding reduction of noise levels in society, how to complain, information on mediation procedures, and lots more. The FAQ section is rather interesting as it gives useful information and sources of further help for all sorts of noise problems, such as aircraft, low-level noise, noise in the workplace, loud music, noisy neighbours, car alarms, and much more. The site also has a forum, which to contribute to, you have to be a member, but creating a free account is a simple process.
Using the little blue panel on the left-hand side of the home page, you can access all sections of the website, view the various awards the site has received, and there are sections where you can read and contribute to feedback surveys, or read letters/emails submitted by members - you also, once a member, can submit your own.
As well as accessing all areas of this comprehensive website via the blue panel on the left-hand side, you can also (on the right-hand side) access the same information via a drop-down list.
I just wish I'd have had access to all of this information in the early 1990s when I had some monumental problems with the neighbour from hell.
The only tiny, pretty much insignificant complaint I have about this website is that the pages are a little slow to load at times. This could be due to their limited webspace possibly caused by having to be economical with funds, or maybe noise is such a problem in our society, that there could be an overload of people trying to access the site simultaneously.
If you are (as I am) crazy about nostalgia, then this could be the site for you. In the past when I have hunted the internet high and low for 1950s and 1960s nostalgia, I've found most of the sites to be American - now, that isn't a complaint - it's more that I feel I can't relate to large chunks of the information available on those sites, as I wasn't living in America. I one day stumbled upon sixtiescity.com, and spent hours of fascination, exploring every single corner of the site.
The home page is loaded with images from right through the 1960s - it does initially look a little messy, but once you've got used to it, the visual aspect becomes less "in your face". It's a striking, colourful home page and there is a bright pink panel to the left, where you can click on links which will take you to a whole wealth of 1960s nostalgic information, images, memories etc. Amongst much else, you can find out all about pirate radio stations, 1960s DJs, fashions & fads, Carnaby Street, 1960s architecture, music (there are also some 60s trivia and music quizzes with which you can test your knowledge of the 60s), TV programmes, cinema, news and sporting events, pre-decimal currency, the Woodstock Festival, magazines, newspapers, space exploration, and there is a reasonable list of links to other 1960s nostalgia sites - all of which I have looked at, and in my opinion, none of them are a patch on sixtiescity.com.
Moving further down the page, you can also find information of gigs and other 1960s-related events being held around the UK at any given time, articles on women in the 1960s/1970s, and a link to Woolworth's Virtual Museum - which alone is fascinating. There is a short typed piece by the owner of the site towards the bottom of the home page, and right at the end, is a handful of quotes made by John Lennon during and/or about the 1960s.
I'd love to say more about the plethora of information contained within this website, but my idea here is just to give an overview, and if you are interested, for you to see for yourself - each time you visit the site, there will be an mp3 song from the 60s playing; if you visit at a time when you don't want the interruption of noise, then make sure the sound on your computer is switched off first.
I think rightmove is one of those websites you love or hate - it depends what you use it for. A couple of years ago, I did register with the site as I was on the hunt for a new property, but I found the staff to be rather unhelpful. I ended up selling my property through a local estate agent, as rightmove didn't appear to offer the help I needed. I've not used the site for that purpose since, and I hope they have in the meantime improved their one-to-one approach to the general public.
So, what do I use rightmove for? Being a person who lives life largely in the realms of fantasy, I love to view beautiful, expensive houses that I could never hope to afford. It always astonishes me that there actually are people in this country who can easily afford, say, £45million for a luxury Mayfair apartment in London. Sometimes when I'm at a loose end and can't be bothered to do something more constructive, I just idly browse through the billionaires' row type properties, nationwide, on rightmove.
Recently, rightmove has undergone a bit of a facelift, and I now find that the search facilities are a little easier, plus the pages load and the whole site moves significantly faster than it used to.
This is a site you actually have to visit to appreciate it properly, and just as a winding-up overview for those who are searching for properties to buy, once you've customised your search, you click on a property you like the look of. You are then taken to a page where you can view the inside room by room, plus view images of the garden or grounds. A map indicating the location of the property can be clicked on, though it's declared by rightmove that this is an approximation rather than the exact spot where the property for sale stands. To make use of rightmove's professional (if in fact they are) services, you must first register with the site - you don't need to just for browsing though.
There's so much more on the site, and if you're one of the what I'd imagine very few people who hasn't yet visited rightmove, I recommend having a poodle around on it, even if it is just to stare open-mouthed at some of the most luxurious and expensive properties for sale in the UK.
Affectionately known by its proper name, Greasy Spoon Cafe, this is (at least for me, and I'm sure it will be for you too), one of the most interesting and heartwarming nostalgia sites on the internet. Like sixtiescity (described above), it concentrates on British, rather than American nostalgia - but, this is a site dedicated to Britain in the 1950s.
On the home page, there are various images of everyday 1950s items, including a blackboard cafe menu showing typical 1950s fayre (such as sausage, egg & chips, egg roll, mug of tea), all very cheap with pre-decimal currency prices. Just over halfway down the home page is a banner where you can sign the guest book, and underneath that is a piece of writing (which has been circulating the internet for some time as a fun page) about people old enough to remember the 1950s. At the bottom of the home page is a short note from the site owner, and more links to the pages on this site - the same pages can also be accessed by clicking on the images of coloured teacups in the middle of the home page.
The teacup banners are entitled "hopping", "kids stuff", "King George", "50s man", "memory lane", "radio fun", "my scrap book", "all sport", "the teds", "television", "transport", "one week", "50s woman", "the pictures", "stars on 78" and "links". Even if you didn't live any part of your life through the 1950s, yet have an interest in what life was like back in those days, I'm sure you'd be fascinated by the wealth of information and photos contained on further links inside of those teacups.
On first impressions, Greasy Spoon Cafe seems like a very small website, but it's like a Russian doll - as you open each section, you find another inside - and on it goes.
One of my favourite sites on the internet, but it's not updated - it is complete, and is meant to stand as it is.
Well thanks for reading, and I hope that if you opt to give any of the above websites a go, you have fun exploring what's within them. They have all given me many happy hours of idling my life away, but enjoyably so.
To close down with a bit of what is stating the obvious.....all the above sites begin with www.