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Myhpf are a website that pays you just to search online. The results displayed for searching are powered by yahoo meaning anything you search would give you the same website links as to what yahoo would give.
The website pays you around 2.2p per search made, which is quite generous. You can search whatever you want on the go and dont need to wait as it is a search engine in which you are searching, so it's quick.
You can make a lot of searches but i dont specifically know how much. I remember I have made 60 searches once in one day which amounted to something like £1.35.
To join the website It's free, you'll have to complete a form first. It doesn't take very long and all you need to include are the typical things i.e. name, address, e-mail adress etc. Once your done a link will be sent to your e-mail just to verify confirmation.On the website they'll ask you to install a search application. It is very simple and quick to do. This allows you the option to search without causing any inconvinience. Whenever you use hpf you use the search bar which can be installed on firefox or internet explorer.
One thing I would advise is if you are searching are:-
1) The most important thing is Search after 2/3 minutes otherwise the company knows you are not searching simply for searching but just for money.
2)DONT keep searching for the same thing, try to change you words whenever you search.
3) Dont search well known companies like google, youtube, wikipedia etc. for some reason they dont pay if you do.
Your earnings are displayed after 24 hours. For instance if you made 20 searches 24 hours ago and visited the website, it will state in your "account page" that you have earned something similar to 40p.
You can get paid 10% for referring a friend and also if they make a search you get paid 1/2 of it for instance 2p per search means you'll get paid 1pence every time a search is made from your friend.
written by Respect01 from dooyoo.co.uk
So far I have made around £12.55. To reach the pay out you'll have to reach £20 which can take a long time. As long as you are pretty much consistent and averagin around 20 searches per day it will take near 2 1/2 months to reach checkout.
Homepages Friends pays you every 45 days after the end of each month . for example. for searches in march it pays you in mid may. A lot of bad things have been said about this website that they dont pay you. My cousin did get paid they take around 45 days to pay so you need to be a little patient. You can get paid through paypal or by transferring to your bank, I like the option of having choices.
Overall I think myhpf.co.uk are a great way of earning money if you search a lot on the internet, it could be a replacement for searching with yahoo. You need to be careful with searches as multiple searches might lead to a closure of your account so please do be careful. A lot of bad things have been said about payment and that people dont recieve it but I have had experiences from friends and families that they do pay it just takes a bit of time. I think 2.2 pence per search is generous and you can make much more for referring friends. Myhpf does have some flaw's but they are still a great website to use for searching and making money.
I guess after over a year of use I should get around to making my views on this search engine known.
I originally signed up when the site was known as mysearchfunds, a few months after I signed up it was renamed myhomepagesfriends, but the site itself is called myhpf.
The site is designed to be a search engine with a difference, you get paid for the searches you do. So how well does it work?
When you sign up you get the option to install it as one of the search boxes on your tool bar, when the myhpf box is the default search it will display your name so that you know it is the right box. Or you can set the myhpf page as one of your homepages.
It originally the searches were an amalgam of several search engines, but it then converted to just use the results from yahoo, this means that the results aren't quite as good as those from google but for most people the difference is slight.
So how much do they pay?
You would find on the site no mention of how much you will earn, through my searches I have found I earn on average 2p per search. But it is not a free for all in terms of earnings, they have some fairly strict and somewhat ''foggy'' terms and conditions, for example if they think you are searching for the same thing repetitively you will get a warning email, if you search for the same sites daily you get a warning email and if eventually they decide you have been searching too many times outside their rules you will find your account terminated with no further warnings.
Overall my experience of using the site has been good, in a little over 15 months I have had £120 paid to my bank account and have another £60 owing. They pay once you have reached £20, but 6 weeks in arrears, so if you reached the £20 limit this month you could expect it to be paid mid september. But one of the sites big downfalls has been its somewhat chaotic payment system.
There are reports of payments being 6 or more months late, myself I have had two payments delayed one by only 1 month the second by 3 months, and at the moment my payment is 2 months late.
You can of course use the referal system, this means simply refer a friend to the search engine, and you will earn 10% of their earnings, as it stands I have one referral and this has earned me 97p, but the referral is a person who's internet use is sporadic and a person who is set in their ways so they only ever visit a few websites.
Payments can be made by either BACS or paypal. Personally I choose to be paid by BACS, I have a 'spare' current account which has for along time been used to recieve payments from places like ciao.co.uk so I felt comfortable using this account for this purpose also. Paypal of course is as secure as you choose to make it, and due to the manner of payment will attract paypal fees, which was the reasons for my choosing to be paid via BACS, I object quite strongly to having to pay a fee for being given what is at the end of the day my money to begin with (but a rant about paypal is not for this review).
It has had some issues with Denial of Service attacks on several occasions and in recent days there have been some problems with searches being counted but not having been credited, also there have been some occasions when searching has brought and internal server error message up.
It also has on the homepage tabs which with the exception of one all still proudly state 'coming soon' and after 12 months of it having been myhpf shows to me at least a level of disorganisation. Also when trying to contact them to query the delays in payments more often than not the emails are returned as the inbox is full again a level of disorganisation which strikes me as very worrying for any business which tries to run entirely online- as there is also no phone number to contact them on.
So would I recommend this search engine?
It does what it says on the tin, searches, and I have found that it has only ever failed to find my search terms if I have searched for something very obscure or misspelled.
Payment though not reliable has always been made - albeit late, and for the amounts stated.
Yes I would have recommended this, but earlier this month emails were sent out to all members informing us of a change to the service. It is to be converted to a charity payment scheme, with the only personal earnings being from referrals - and only £1 per person at that.
Sadly for me at least the reported issues with their payouts and the fact that the listed charities are not ones I would choose to support means that once the final day of personal earnings arrives I will be awaiting my final payment and then leaving the scheme, there are other schemes out there which enable you to search for charities and I would prefer to support one of those in the absence of any possibility for personal earnings.
I joined up with myhpf.co.uk a few months ago because I had read a review about it on DooYoo. I'll be honest the review was not that great and had a few complaints about delayed payments, delayed earning updates etc, but it just sounded like such a great concept - being paid to do searches online - I do so many each day and I just loved the sound of getting paid to do what I do anyway for free!
I joined up and for the first few weeks everything seemed good. I was given my own personalised homepage through which I could perform my searches. The homepage is the equivalent of your standard search engine and is powered by Yahoo, so for anyone that uses Yahoo normally for their searching, I imagine it would be no different. Although I am actually more a of a Google kind of gal, and whilst the myhpf homepage is adequate, it's not as great as Google in my opinion.
So like I said, everything was fine the first couple of weeks. I'd do my searching using my personalised homepage and then the earnings would get updated the following day at around 10am. From my calculations I was getting approximately 2p per search and I was averaging around 20-40p in earnings everyday. I was very pleased with this as I would normally be doing this anyway and therefore earning this extra money did not really require any extra effort on my part.
Unfortunately though a few weeks ago, I noticed that my earnings were not being updated everyday. They'd update maybe once every 2 or 3 days. The worst was when it didn't update for 6 days - at this point I contacted myhpf and asked them what was happening. They emailed back and said they'd been experiencing some technical faults and would update as soon as they could. The next day, my earnings were updated, but incorrectly! I hadn't been paid for anything for 3 out of the 6 days, even though I was pretty certain I'd been searching!
Anyway, I have been on here long enough to have so far accumulated around £9 in earnings. This is not a bad amount in my opinion but I have heard of others complaining about payment problems, so I am a bit sceptical. You get paid by myhpf when you have £20 in your account and I think their payment method is by cheque. I don't feel too far away from getting paid as I know that you can rack up earnings quite fast on there (as long as they update them correctly!!). But I have heard that you have to wait around 45 days to receive your cheque as they don't process it until the month after you reach the payout.
I think I will wait until I get my first cheque before deciding to stick with myhpf.
Myhpf (short for My Homepage Friends) is a version of google and yahoo in which you search for items in a engine aiming to get to a final desired outcome, except this time you get paid for searching, £20 in fact is the payout, most people can earn this in 2 months, each search is on average around 2p, getting paid for something that you already do on a daily basis, what can be easier surely?
Wrong, I had heard mixed reviews about Myhpf, especially about actually getting paid taking months and months, unfortunatly I didn't even get that far with it, since they kicked me off the site for the sole purpose it was designed for, searching things!
It's a search engine that is powered by Yahoo, i'm unsure whether it uses the Yahoo technology or whether it's just affiliated but the results it bought up were not any good, compared to google and yahoo themselves. The results also weren't displayed very well, for example if you searched for a specific article or a section of a website the address coming up would just be the main site address.
For example, searcing BBC football, on this search engine would just display www.bbc.co.uk as it's web address, the title link itself did however take you to the correct place, although without knowing the URL you are clicking on it's difficult to estimate how reliable and close the match is.
The main problem I had though was that it was an extremley harsh system, fair enough for the first few times (before I read the t&c's) I did try and abuse the system, searching nonsense to try and earn money, for which the days searches were cancelled, which was fair enough.
However, over the week that I actually used this site a few times my days searches were cancelled purely because of spelling mistakes and trying to refine searches (eg, mispelling grren day doesn't offer any results), for this they also cancelled my searches and didn't get back to me with a response to my e-mail complaint.
After a while they cancelled my account with them for apparently abusing the system, for trying to search, I would have though me finding out their downsides (not displaying results with mispellings) would be useful to them, apparently not and they decided I wasn't using it correctly (by searching of course).
Overall I have heard bad things about them, I was looking forward to getting paid by them to see how well they did pay, I didn't even get that far since they blocked me from doing anymore searches.
Which is ironic really, since this is probably the only search engine that doesn't let you search things...
This offers a way in which you can be paid for searching on the internet using yahoo. You are paid approximately two pence for every search that you make. Furthermore you are rewarded for getting friends to sign up and are paid 10% of all the revenue they earn.
This may sound great but there are several problems with this..
Firstly yahoo is infinitely worse than Google as a search engine. On so many occasions I fruitlessly search yahoo for 10 minutes only to type the same thing into Google with excellent results in seconds. Secondly if you contravene yahoo's mysterious and extensive set of rules then the searches do not count and they send you an email informing you that you will be kicked off if you carry on, without any further explanation.
The rules I have gleaned so far are that you cannot perform more than one search in about two to three minutes and you cannot perform searches with similar words. This is a theoretically understandable regulation as they don't want people performing hundreds of searches purely with the intention of earning money. For example they also take note if you repeatedly do not click on the links for matches yahoo finds of performing a search. The rules only become particularly annoying as you are often penalised for your genuine searching.
The money does not build up as quickly as you would think. I have been a member since the beginning of may and have build up £15 and I regularly use the internet. I cannot therefore attest to the speed and reliability of payment, although friends of mine who have used this have commented that it can take a couple of months to receive payment after the end of a month.
When payment does arrive it has to be a minimum of £20 before they will payout and you can opt to receive this by bank transfer or paypal. One positive is that you can use much better search engines like Google to search but you are obviously not paid for this.
This is maybe worth it as you could maybe earn £10 or more in a month, but it depends if you can put up with using a poorer search engine and receiving emails telling you that your searching breach the terms and conditions!
I heard about this site through 'Student Beans' an online site helping students to save money by providing links and vouchers on the latest offers and deals. In my weekly newsletter of 'top 20' deals, this was on the list, so I thought I'd check it out.
I hadn't heard of the site before, so was a little wary as to whether it was legitimate. However upon using the site I am pretty sure everything is as it seems, although I'm yet to receive the fruits of my labour. Also as it was in the e-mail from a company I trusted, I sort of guessed that everything would be okay.
Firstly, you need to simply sign up, providing most of the details you would for any site, and once registered just confirm your registration by a link sent in an e-mail to the address you provided.
Afterward, the site will recommend you download the latest search application for your web browser, for example; in Firefox, at the top right hand corner of your browser there is a search bar, bu downloading the application, you can search using this site with convenience, not altering the way you search at all.
This was something that I found made me want to use the site even more. Having signed up to various sites that offer money for your time, I didn't want to get into something else that involved much of my time, and with this search feature I would never know any different (apart from how the search looked at the other end).
The searches are pretty good, not quite up to the standard of 'Google' which I used before, but I generally find what I'm looking for, even if it means slightly altering my search - which actually makes me more money, so I don't mind at all!
The way you earn by using this feature is that they pay you half of everything they earn from the searches you conduct, which works out at about 2p per search, though say I search 10 times in one day, I always seem to make 21p, so it's a little more than 2p.
On average (looking at my last month searches) I'm making about 15 - 20 searches a day, so for no effort at all I'm getting 30p - 40p a day! Not bad really when I doesn't take anymore time than searching normally.
Unfortunately they pay out over a long period of time, and you have to reach £20 before getting your first payment. This is a little downside, but I guess at 15 - 20 searches a day it'll take me about 2 months to earn £20.
One thing the site makes explicit that if you abusive the feature they will close your account. This includes making multiple searches. I actually received an e-mail the other day saying that I wasn't complying with the rules of the site, having thought about why I would have got this e-mail, is I actually made the same search about three times (or more) in one day, not all at the same time of course and which wasn't purposely, I just wanted the lyrics of a song. Unfortunately they pick up on these things and send you e-mails, so don't be to shocked to find you receive one.
This site is great if you search a lot anyway, just make sure you follow the rules and play the game fairly.
My homepage friends is an online search engine that pays you to search, the engine they use is Yahoo which unfortunately is not as good as google.
It accepts members from quite a lot of different countries, the site is easy to register to and pays just over 2p per search and you also get a bit for each search a referral does. They have a few search rules like repetitive searches and sites you go to often, they have a filter which automatically knocks these off and if you keep doing it they warn you about it.
It is easy to see how much you have earned and it is updated daily you can also use it like a cash back site and search for shopping online to earn some extra money.
A lot of people report having problems with non payment and late payment, so far I have had one payment and I got it on time and due another one soon so will have to wait and see but as I was doing the searches anyway it is not a great loss.
A good site to use and if you do get paid it is a bonus but if you do not you were doing the searches anyway.
I joined this website just 2 days ago, and so far i must say ive been really impressed. In this time of money being very tight, every little helps, so when a friend told me about a website that pays you just for using a search engine, i was intrigued to find out more.
The webpage was really colourful and easy to understand. In case you want to have a look, the link to join as a friend is
When you get here, all you need to do is register which takes minutes, and only requires a few details, and then your away.
I marked this page as my homepage, so that i dont forget to use the search engine and make money. Basically everytime you do a search using there yahoo search engine, you get 2pence, now personally i do alot of searching, and within minutes i had earnt 25 pence. I then noticed that you could also make money from using the search results and buying items, say from amazon, even better! Then i noticed that if you introduced anyone, and they introduced anyone, that you get even more money.
So i did introduce a few friends, and its great seeing your account go up each day. It works out that say you did 10 searches a day, which is really nothing at all, and you introduced 10 people who also introduced 10 people, and everybody just did 10 searches a day, you could be earning over £96 a month! Personally this is a great way of making some extra cash, and for something i do anyway, so brilliant.
The only con, is that the search engine is yahoo, which isnt bad, but not as good as google. So what i do is, i use the yahoo one first (as im getting paid) and then if i cant find what im looking for i use google.
They update your account every day, so you can see exactly how much youve earnt, and they pay every 30 days, either via paypal or by bank.
Personally i think this is a wonderful site, and definetely worth it.
My Home Page Friends (www.myhpf.co.uk) is a service I have literally only just started using and, up to now, I am really impressed by what I have seen. As is always the case with "paid to..." web sites, how good they are solely depends on whether or not they pay out under the terms outlined in the registration process.
As I am new to MyHPF I cannot confirm or deny whether they payout or not, but the people I know that use the service all vouch for the legitimacy of the offering so I have no reason to doubt them.
The service basically pays you 2p for searching, just as you probably already do with Google, but through their site and using the Yahoo engine. Now, the Yahoo engine is not for everyone, but it is more than adequate and it enables you to make 10p for 5 searches and, perhaps more impressively, £1.00 for 50 searches. When you consider that you would more than likely make around 5 searches a day anyway as an average, multiply this by 365 days and you end up getting a pay out of £36.50 for doing something you would be doing anyway. That doesn't sound like much, but this is the bare minimum I would estimate for and I believe my own annual return will be nearer to £200.00.
There is obviously no limit to what you can earn on MyHPF, but there is state of the art software used that can detect short bursts of searches and whether searches for easily reached sites like BBC and SKY are being made just for the 2p.
The withdrawal options are basically bank transfer or Paypal. I will be going for the bank transfer option as the fees Paypal enforce on any income are far too over the top for my liking. This whole process is said to take around 45 days and is activated at the £20 mark. This may seem a long time, but if you do a lot of searches it can quickly become a regular cycle.
Another line of income for this is the referral system. Should you recommend anyone to the site then you will obtain a small percentage of the searches that they go on to perform. You are only talking a fraction of 1p but it all adds up.
The website itself looks really quite nice, apart from the horrible font being used throughout. The company logo is really nice and the layout of the registration process is pretty good too. You never feel like you are stuck at all. The first thing to do is the registration process and this is really down to your name and profile details. There isn't too much detail here and that can only be a good thing to keep you interested.
Once signed up you will be presented with your own home page and search box for you to get started. From this screen it really is as simple as searching and earning. You don't need to log in to earn and all searches are logged behind the scenes. On this screen you can click on links to "tell a friend", "set as home page" and "set as search". The "set as home page" link is particularly important as you are going to want your MyHPF search page to take over as your home page from now on to maximise the benefits of using the service. There is no point in forgetting you have the service and running searches from Google if that is your home page.
As part of this initial screen you can log in to your MyHPF account. This is a simple email and password log in facility and, once in there, you can see all the records for your own area.
Your account area is a hive of stats that are more than useful to you. The main screen shows you the number of searches you have done and what you have earned so far. I have earned just over £5 in 8 days so you can see how quickly it adds up. The stats for this are always a day behind so they can check all searches are not duplicates and things like that.
From this initial accounts page, you can still perform searches using the bar at the top right. Underneath the main stats content are quick links to the same areas as the main home page, but also link off to your payment details. This is where you will choose your method of payment.
Along the right hand side of this page is a sub navigation bar that can fire you off to various other services including "customer support", "news" and "earn more money".
There really is no way of ever getting lost in information on this site as everything has clearly been worked out terrifically well by the site designers and coders.
I have encountered no problems with the site suffering from downtime as of yet and don't envisage there being either due to the basic nature of the features.
Get paid for searching the net!
Welcome to my advice on how to get an income from carrying out searches.
Using this technique it is possible to make just 2p for every web search, although I believe it is also open to people in America and so the rate will be approximately 4 cents per search, and whilst this may seem like a very low value, imagine how many searches you make in an individual day, week, month or year and you will see that the money soon starts to build up into quite a large amount.
It is also possible to earn more money by encouraging friends to sign up, and whne this is done you can earn a small percentage of what they earn every time (although their income is the same as if they hadn't signed up through you).
The website which I use is called My Homepages Friends and it is a relatively easy to set up. It just requires a quick bit of registering and then you are ready to go (it really is as simple as that). When registering it is possible to add your own personalised search link into the search box which comes standard with the latest Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Once this is done searching is no different from normal - only you get paid for it!
Payout happens via bank transfer or PayPal once the amount in your account reaches £20.00 which occurs after about 1000 searches. Whilst this may seem like a large number of searches, remember there is no ongoing maintenance needed and so it is in escence free money! Just for the record, I make approximately 2.1p on average per search, and make generally about 25 searches a day. This means I will reach payout in under 40 days, or to put it another way I will make almost £200 (US$300) in a year. Payment is made approximately 45 days after the amount is reached, and whilst there was in the past worries that the payouts weren't happening, it is clear from modern searches that they are now happening once again.
The search results given are powered by Yahoo! searches, and so I appreciate that these results won't be for everyone.
A warning though-the company says that they have the latest technology so that repeat searches, lots of searches in quick succession or searches for easy to identify web addresses (eg cnn, bbc, microsoft) will not earn money and could result in the account being suspended.
Overall this is a service I would strongly recommend, especially if you make over 5 searches a day, or you could get up a large number of people to sign up using your referral address.
Non-referral address: http://www.myhpf.co.uk/
A similar article also posted on hubpages under the same name (not sure if I am allowed to put the link here so haven't).
Like Getting Blood Out Of A Stone
The premise if myhpf.co.uk (previously was to be mysearchfunds) is that instead of searching directly through a search engine such as Google you use this website instead and for each search you do you receive a small amount of money. 2.1p at the moment. According to the myHPF website they take a 50/50 cut of the money. When you earn £20 or more you should get paid automatically. This should happen 45 days after the end of the month you went over £20. There is also a referral program where you can earn 10% of a friends earning, I have no friends (boo hoo!) so don't know first hand if this works.
The search results are provided by Yahoo, so that's also where the money is coming from, it was Google for a while and before that Alta vista. I read somewhere that they have a two year deal now with Yahoo. Yahoo's results are not up to the same standard as Google, no wonder Yahoo are not doing so well lately.
The question I think most people will want to know is, is there a catch and how reliable are they. Unfortunately there is a catch, and the catch is that getting paid by them really is like getting blood out of a stone.
I started using them February last year, I went over £20 and months went by, I emailed them and was promised payment but it never came. Eventually five months later I got a payment, great I thought I'll give them another chance. Incidentally, the day before I actually got the payment they removed about £20 off my earnings for no apparent reason, I let it go, too much hassle to complain all things considered.
Now, another six months down, due payment for many months, nothing and this time not even a reply to my emails, that's if you can get a mail through as they're inbox is always full and mails almost always bounce (I wonder why!). The amount of money owed to members in their bank account must be huge. I've been on the moneysavingexpert forum and it seems I am far from being alone.
There is now a cashback element to their site, however considering the problems there's no way I'd use it, much better to use Quidco or TopCashBack, they are much more reliable.
When you are due a payment a payment date range appears on your account summary, this is worthless as they have no intention of actually paying you in this period. If anything it makes them look even less professional.
Summing up, I'm very disappointed with their service, when they say they will pay you they should, and if they have problems or delays they should say and not leave everyone guessing. Communication is certainly not their thing. If you want to give it a try, it's up to you but really I think the hassle is far too much for what it's worth. I have received about £40 to date, now due over £60 but I really don't know if I'll see it this time, fingers crossed. Two stars because I did get some cash out of them eventually on one occasion.
'myhpf.co.uk' is now the name of the site originally known as 'mysearchfunds'.
The basic principle of the site is that they split the revenue generated from searches with the users.
The search engine is powered by Yahoo! and according to the site, the search results you'd get through their search engine are the same as you'd get through using Yahoo!
I had read a lot of reviews on this site on consumer review sites and on discussion boards and forums prior to joining.
It seemed pretty simple to me - sign up free, update your search box with their search engine and begin using it for your searches and you 'get paid for your searches'.
The site even accepts international members and payment is via PayPal or bank account.
And it was that simple - I signed up, updated my search box and started using it for my searches. I also occassionally logged onto my account on the site and used the option of 'use this URL from any PC' when I was at work so I could benefit from the facility as I do spend most of my working hours at the office and that's when I'd do most of my searches.
How much you earn depends on how much you use the search tool but you are also meant to search as normal, the site does not pay for searches to connect to known web addresses e.g BBC, youtube, facebook and the like... You don't get paid for searches accessing competitor search engines like Google, Ask.com etc.
You have an account on the site which you can log into and access details of your account summary, earnings from your friends' (referrals') searches and whether you have made payout...
Minimum payout is £20, the site claims you are paid 30 days, 45 days after each month end.
This has not been the case in my experience: I joined in May 2008, made payout of £20.66 in October 2008, there was a notification on my account that I qualify for payment in December 2008 (payment due date being 16-31 December 2008)...
It is early days (taking into account Xmas, NewYears closure periods) but I have seen no sign of this payment and I'd have given them the benefit of the doubt if it weren't for the fact that a number of users on other online communities inform that the site has not made payouts in months! Some have been waiting 3 months or more... maybe you're one of the users and have been waiting too..
The site also used to give regular updates about delays; due to changing the system over from 'mysearchfunds' to 'myhpf' and that there was a back log of payments but these are no more..
I used the site less when I heard some people have not been paid for sometime and yet they still send emails saying my searches have reduced and stating their advantages etc and asking me to invite my friends..!
My searches have reduced because they are yet to pay up and I will not be inviting any more people to use a site that I have seen no signs of paying!
Anyway, I'd not recommend it for now till I see signs that it is indeed still a paying site like 'mysearchfunds' was...
The general idea is great and very easy to work and this would be worthwhile if it did pay up in the end as there's no effort required at all!
UPDATE 17/01/2009: I wrote the above review on 06/01/2009. I received a payment from HomePages Friends on 14/01/2009. I have amended my rating of the site to that effect...
©marina321 Dooyoo January 2009; Ciao.co.uk January 2009
The older I get the more of an internet junkie I become. I am surprised I haven't developed RSI in my mouse finger! I would like to say it's the result of my inquiring librarian's mind but to be honest it's more due to other factors such as the increasing occurrence of senior moments (all those times I see a face I recognise on telly and can't put a name to it or recall where I've seen that face before), to rose-tinted nostalgia moments when I have to research places I have been, people I have known and even songs that I sang, to increasing nosiness (it's my electronic equivalent of twitching the net curtains) and to the simple fact that I just don't get out enough! And when I am 'compus mentis' I might even embark on a little work related research too but these moments are increasingly rare because frankly I get easily bored!
Now if you are going to spend time searching the web for gems you might as well get paid for it and this is where the site, Homepages Friends (my hpf ) enriches my life! They pay me 2p for every search - not a fortune - but as my old Gran used to say, " Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves" and "Small fishes are sweet". Just how did I spring from such a sensible ancestor? But I digress! Are ramblings and digressions also a sign of increasing years?
Before I nod off again, I must document some of the more boring details! Homepages Friends is a privately owned commercial organisation based in Wrexham and a subsidiary of White Box Holdings, a marketing company founded in 2004. The service they offer is completely free and they share the revenue generated by your searches 50/50. As far as I can see there is no catch!
Joining could not be simpler! All you need is a computer with Internet Explorer or Mozilla/Firefox browsers. Once you have completed and submitted a a short form with your name, country and email address , you will receive a welcome email which includes your username, password and further instructions on how to enter your payment details within your account. By following the email instructions you can log on, complete your payment details and the process is complete.
The minimum payment level is £20 and payments are made every 30 days. You can elect to have this paid into your bank account or via Paypal. They reckon average earnings are around £50 a year and I think this is quite accurate. I joined up some six weeks ago and my earnings are now creeping up to £7.
The only draw back for me is that you have to use their preferred search engine, Yahoo. I am a Google girl, born and bred, but Yahoo gives reasonable results and you can always use Google as a back up. I did find one point confusing at first (but then I am easily confused). Search results open in separate window which pops up on top when the search button is clicked, If you minimize this window (rather than closing it) before doing another search you may think your search button hasn't produced any results because the results appear in the minimized window! Of course this would be perfectly obvious to younger members but it took me an aggravatingly long time to suss it out!
I think the site is still in its infancy and not all the options are up and running as yet. To be honest I am not sure what these other aspects will involve. The tabs on your home page will take you to :-
My Gadgets - where you will be able to chose from an increasing number of gadgets and control them?
My Shops - where apparently you can earn cashback for shopping but I can't work out how this operates: there are no retailers listed and searches do not really come up with recognizable results so I am sticking to Mutual Points at present. I did send an email enquiry about this but received no response.
My Bookmarks - apparently you can save your favourite sites to your homepage and navigate there in one simple click. I don't use this - far too complicated for my shrinking little grey cells.
My Blog - This part of the site is still under construction so that will be something for me to look forward to. Told you I should get out more!
Of course, as with all such money spinners you can increase your earnings by introducing friends. Every time your friends search they earn and you do too and when their friends search everybody earns in ever decreasing circles! I am a right Billy No Mates so have not had the opportunity to explore this aspect yet. I wouldn't ever tout for business but if you are interested in being my friend you could always can drop me a message. If you catch me on a good day there's a chance you will receive a rational reply! No pressure of course but I am very nearly a pensioner!!
And that's about all I have the strength to write at present. Before I nod off again I must just put the washing up in the oven and my ready meal in the dishwasher ....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
First of all, I'm going to thank Kingfisher, who hopefully is now earning revenue from the searches that I do and has a great little site of her own that gives people like us the opportunity to make a few extra £'s.
Myhpf.co.uk is a great little site that when registered basically it give you own home page which is powered by yahoo and for people that search the internet, it will pay you around 2p for every search, that is genuine search that you conduct.
Although the site is very basic and I am yet to find out whether or not you actually get paid what you earn on this site, if you are someone like myself, especially at this time of year with CHristmas approaching you could earn yourself a tidy little sum by using this search engine.
The searches that you conduct over a day process over night and you are given a password to log onto you acount in which you can obtain details of your earnings from there. If you have referred people to this site, then you earn a certain percentage of their earnings over the week. The more people that you refer the more money that you can make, not only their earnings but their referalls earnings to, very similar to a pyramid system.
Initially I thought what was this new search engine going to be like, but you have to take it into consideration that it is powered by one of the top search engine companies yahoo, therefore when you conduct a search more or less the results are very similar to those that you would be directed to if you actually did a search on yahoo itself.
To earn a few extra pennies, please drop me a mail and I would be happy to send you my referal link. It's a great way of making money by doing something that we all do on a daily basis.
I have really been getting a taste for websites that can help internet users generate a bit of extra income and I have to say that My Homepage Friends is one of my favourite so far (though I'm still looking!). I had heard of it when it was previously known as My Search Funds but I never really found it that appealing. However, I was quite surprised to find that I could get paid for searching through the Yahoo! search engine when I'd been searching through it for so long for free! And the pay seems to be fairly good too working out at around 2 -3p per search, depending upon the criteria.
In order to get paid for your searches you must use the results displayed and not include the suffix of the website you search for (e.g. .co.uk). Regular searches of the same address don't qualify for payment either and these searches do not show up on your earnings summary page. Payout minimum is £20 and can be drawn out through Paypal.
After signing up you are given a url and taken to your homepage. You need to set this on your computer as your homepage so you can use the search engine each time you visit the internet. The layout of the homepage is quite clean and modern looking, though the blue colour is a bit overpowering. It also looks like they have plans to introduce a blog feature. You can also add applications to your page which comes in handy.
Aswell as being paid for searches, My Homepage Friends also have a referral scheme whereby you get paid 10% of your referrals searches. If you'd like to join after reading this review then signing up through my referral link would be appreciated :) http://www.myhpf.co.uk/banner.asp?friend=212305