Make money From Social Bookmarking Sites

There are virtually hundreds of sites that share adsense revenue with you if you become their member. Most of them require you to write articles or pots or blogs. I don't quite endorse such sites. If I have to work to create good content, then I would put it on my own blog where all the revenue generated through clicks will be mine. Why should I create content for others and get paid in pennies?
Today I present before you, a comprehensive list of revenue sharing social bookmarking sites. You get double benefit by placing links to your post on these social bookmarking sites; you get traffic and money too:) You just add links on these sites, put your adsense code in your profile page and these social bookmarking sites will share a cut of adsense earnings with you. You may want to add a custom channel in your google adsense account as the concerned bookmarking site's name, you will get a custom channel ID which you should put in your bookmarking profile. This will help you track your earning on a particular social bookmarking site.

1.Blogsvine:It is a new social bookmarking site which has grown very fast. Beside adsense revenue sharing, this site also rewards its most active users by putting their ads on the top of its pages.

2.Indianpad: Takes ages to load page. Sometimes I just give up. I included it in the list because it has an added advantage beside adsense. You can place your ad on your post for free here. There is an link on your profile page where you are given the option of displaying free ( only on your story links) and paid ads ( on the top of the site).

3.Digg and Stumble Upon: Don't be shocked. I have explained all the details in this post about how to make money from digg and stumble upon through subvert and profit.

4.Plugim: This is an ad revenue sharing bookmarking site with a difference.You can submit your blog's rss feed here, and if approved, your posts will appear automatically, without you taking the trouble to manually submit each time you make a post. But the catch is that this social bookmarking site is for internet marketing only. So if you have tips to make maney online then they will gladly accept the feed.

5.BestOfIndya: Another Indian bookmarking site that share adsense revenue.

6.Newsvine: Its a no nonsense news based social site. So you better check the worth of your story before posting here. You may be debarred if you are using newsvine to promote your own site or services. I know this for a fact, because my account has been suspended;)

7.Indianbytes: Yet another Indian bookmarking site. They have recently introduced adsense revenue sharing. You can add your adsense publisher ID in your profile.

8. Infopirate:Their slogan is Share Bookmarks - Make Money. I haven't yet started submitting bookmarks here.
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Beautiful Wordpress Themes Converted into Blogger, Blogspot

Most of the bloggers would agree that wordpress is far better than blogger when it comes to sleek and professional looking templates. I myself is a fan of wordpress, but I use blogger because I started blogging here as a newbie blogger and now I have become used to it. But I am always experimenting with my blogs' designs and templates and in the process I found some cool and beautiful wordpress themes converted into blogger templates. Many of them I used on my blogs at different times. In addition to the following templates, I have written about two more templates.
Here is a list of my favorite wordpress themes converted into blogger/blogspot templates.

1. Digg 3 column by small potato: Once I used this theme on all of my blogs, including my wordpress blog. this theme is simply beautiful. But one fine day I woke up to find out that there is some graphics splashed all over the blog. I think the photobucket where the images were stored had some problems. I edited the template and removed all the image links and it turned out fine. So if you face such a problem with this theme, all you have to do is delete the image links on the html. But do it at your own risk because I can't recall which links I removed, so I can't tell you exactly which ones you have to edit. The theme is worth the trouble. I had a lot of trouble myself finding this theme. But as I said, it was worthwhile. Have a look at the the demo here.The original theme is by Small Potato and it has been converted to blogger by Bloggers Plaza and you can download it HERE

2. Blue wave: This theme is currently running on my Movie Blog. I think I have an obsession with the color blue. But you will see that this theme is so sleek and professional, you simply can't avoid falling in love with it. You can download it HERE.

3. Misty Look: Created by Sadish Bala for wordpress, Misty Look has been modified into blogspot by blogcrowds. Download Misty look HERE

4. Aspire: I like the brown rusty and magic roll feel of this template. I used Aspire for a long time on this blog. The original wordpress theme is designed by infocreek and later converted into blogger two and three column templates. You can see demo and download Aspire HERE

5.Minyx 2.0: I use Minyx on my make money blog. It is a good theme if you want to add a lot of ads or affiliate links on your blog. The side bar gives you complete freedom to include wide ( 468x60) and small ( 125x125 or 180x150)ads. The designer of Minyx wordpress theme is Mauricio Caballero and I think it has been converted into blogger by Akbach. You can download Minyx HERE

6.Mqagic Paper: Another magical template which will take you to a world of wizardry, this template was designed as a movable type template by Simone Plebani. The original template has two columns and it has been converted into three columns blogger theme by Blog Crowds. You can see the demo here and download it HERE.

6. Peaceful Rush: Another nice creation by small potato. Peaceful Rush has been converted into blogger by BlogCrowds. You can download it here.

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U Comment I Follow

Today I Proudly announce that this blog has become a part of do follow blogs. Let me explain a little. There has been a U Comment I Follow movement going on on the interent for quite sometime. When I say my blog is do follow, it means that I have put a code in my blog which allows readers who comment on the posts to get a backlink from my blog. Comments on Blogger blogs are set to "No Follow" by default. This is done to block spams.
What do you gain by turning off "nofollow" and making your blog as do follow? When you change the code in your blog template from no follow to do follow, you show your love to other bloggers. If someone leaves a comment on this blog, s/he will get a backlink from this pr2 blog( for free). In return what will I get? Well,if people become aware that this is a do follow blog, then they would like to visit more often to leave comments. So its a win-win situation for both the blogger and the reader.
How can you Set your Blog to a Do Follow mode?
When you write a post on blogger platform, you might have noticed a blue link just under the editor Post Options. When you click at post options, the editor will ask you to allow/ not allow reader comments and backlinks. Mererly setting the option to Yes doesn't makes your blog as do follow blog. It only means that you are allowing comments for this particular post.
Go to your blog's layout>edit html>expand widget.
Find the code :
Agreed that there is a chance that spammers will abuse U comment I follow blogs, but I always had comment moderation on all of my blogs, I will continue to have this choice for publishing only the genuine comments.
You can get more information about U comment and I follow at Blogger Widgets

Shameless Blog Promotion

Okay so you are going to beat me for stealing the title of my post from blogcatalog. Do I care? Well, yes, but that's the only title I could think of for this post. You might have noticed a link list under the blog description. These are my blogs.
Crafty Thinkings of an Uncrafty Person: My craft blog.( Though lately I have not been able to post anything related to crafts). Now I write about parenting issues and rasining kids. I have a two and a half year old daughter and what I write in that blog, generally concerns my experiences and interactions with her. You will find tips to teach kids reading, color recogition and keeping kids busy.
Movies are Opium of the Masses
: This blog is dedicated to movies and celebrities. I am a biiiiiiiiiig movie fan. Most of the times I like romantic movies, but action and comedy are also my favorites. I lkie Pretty Women, Die Hard-1, Alien, You have Got mail, High School Musical and every movie in which Errol Flynn was the hero.
Writers' Paradise: I initially conceptualised this site as a revenue sharing content website, but later get cold feet. You have to invest so much of time and effort in establishing a good content site. I haven't yet gathered that much experience, but eventually I will like to start a site which will be on the lines of helium or associated content. For now, I have turned writers' Paradise into a blog, where I share beauty tips, pet advice and some insights in my personal life.
Reviews: This blog contains musings on all the stuff that I discover on internet and outside it. If I find new sites, new places, new products that are worth mentioning then I write a short review on Reviews.
Delhi Travel: This blog is still in nascent stage. Eventually it is going to be an all inclusive directory of everything related to Delhi.

A Tug of War for Charity

This was fourth annual Tug of War being organised by Branando's. Scottish conservatives have won last three competitions. We came across it just by chance. I and Ananya had gone for a walk in Holyrood Park and there we saw a crowd assembled near a tent. We went there out of curiousity and found out that people are getting ready for Tug of war. I ran home along with Ananya to get my camera.
Here are some of the pictures of the Tug of war. I don't know which team won, because we returned before the results were announced. But it was fun. Some teams put up great fight, but lost and some won without flinching a finger.

A Christine Dior for my Daughter

My husband hit a jackpot today and that too unknowingly. He had taken our daughter to the park near our old flat. There is a Bethany shop there. My husband is in a habit of rummaging through the stuff there and always buys things which we don't need. His excuse: They were so cheap. As a result, I have a collection of children books, video cassettes, shoes and suitcases of all sizes.
Last weekend was no different. This time my daughter came home and the first thing she said was," Mamma, look at my necklace". I was a little annoyed. I know that after playing with the necklace for some time, Ananya won't wear it and throw it in her toy bag. I was chastising my husband for wasting £4 when I saw the insingina. It was a Christine Dior necklace! Naturally I couldn't believe my eyes. Then I turned the necklace around and saw another Chritine Dior mark. I don't know whether it is a real or fake, but the necklace is adorning my neck now a days.

Do I need a Disability Insurance?

If you had asked me this question a few days ago, my answer would have been a definite NO, why would I need a disability insurance? I am perfectly fit and there is nothing wrong with me. But yesterday I talked to my father, and this conversation changed my perspective towards disability insurance. My father is a phisician, a sugeon to be more precise. He told me that he is thinking of hanging his surgical gloves nex year, menaning he is going to retire. I was not much delighted by the news. I know why he wants to retire. So that he can peacefully devote time to his social reform activities. I tried to talk him out of the decision, saying that what he is doing now is also a social service. A doctor is next to God for a patient and his family. But he just won't listen. Then I made my most effective argument, how is he going to support himself and my mother for the rest of their lives ( He is only 58). And pat came the reply. I have disability insurance. Obviously I had never heard of such insurance, so I checked it and found some interesting and useful information. Physician disabilty insurance is for the doctors who are no longer able to perform their duties. I read a lot about other disability insurance too and I am seriously thinking of getting myself one.

A Handy Directory

This is a review of a very extensive and exhaustive directory of Costa Rica. It benefits both to the visitors and to the businesses. Businesses get a space in the lists at a nominal $4.95/month. Where as tourists don't have to wander on the street from one street to another for that necessary hair cut or a pair of shoes. I wouldn't mind having a look at some of the book stores listed here.
From furniture to gift shops, from dentists to lawyers,You will find every utility and business listed here. On the left side of the page, you can see popular categories.Businesses or institutions which have been added recently, are listed under Recent Profiles section.
The registration is free and the registered members get to send free sms and fax to Costa Rica.
There is another good feature in this directory. You can take a find out the latest money exchange here.

Next Summer, It will be Spain and Portugal

My husband has applied for his work permit extension and its got approved. Our passports have been sent to immigration department for stamping.I and Ananya will be going back to India later this month.We have planned that we will take a two weeks trip to Nice( France), Spain and Portugal, when we return from India next summer.
We didn't get to see much of france during our last trip. In fact we only visited main tourist attractions in Paris. I have heard a lot about Nice and we have friends there, so we won't be looking for accommodation in Nice hotels.
On the other hand, we have to enquire in detail about Lisbon and Barcelona hotels. We booked hotel ( it was a hostel) in Paris online and it was not what we had expected. Its better to go through reviews of hotels, prior to making the final booking.

Another Run of the Mill, Make Money Program? I Don't Think So

I learned about a new affiliate site on bloggeries forum. Its called Moreniche. I have joined a few affiliate programs earlier too, but I never wrote about them. Then what's so special about Moreniche? Simple, It worked for me. I haven't had any luck with sales on other affiliate programs, so there was no use writing about them. I have not sold a single banner at Moreniche
too, but I have got a bonus of $25 ( 10+15=twice). And I joined them a week ago! May be its some kind of a gimmick and I am not sure whether I will be paid ( the pay out is at $100 and through check), but it feels good to look at the $25 sitting on my dashboard ;). The site has skin care, weight loss, adult and make money ads to put on your blogs or sites. You don't have to wait for approval, get straight away access once you fill the form.
You can also make some bucks by participating in their forum.I got a mail from them this morning regarding that. But I haven't tried this yet.
So if you feel like trying a new site, have a go at Moreniche, I will keep you updated about the payment( if I get paid, that is; Ha ha ha ha)

I am afraid to do PhD

My husband is after me to apply for research scholarship. I am not too keen on that as I already have enough academic problems at hand, without the added burden of searching for the topic, looking for guides and then typing thousands of paper for dissertations. I have seen many of my friends go through all the minor and major corrections before their dissertation is finally approved. You have to type, submit, retype, resubmit your dissertation countless number of times. Sometimes a guide ( who is unhappy with you for whatever reason), picks each and every mistake of comma and punctuation, merely to harass you. That's the worst phase of the research, when you know that its finally over and yet its not over.
Yesterday my husband told me that there is one way out. You can take professional dissertation help.There are many online firms that provide you with help from the people who are well experienced and qualified to help you draft and edit your dissertation. That's cool. If, and that's still a big IF, I decide on doing PhD I know where to go for help.

12 Interesting Facts about Germany

  1. Hitler, the Nazi headmaster, was not a German. He was an Austrian.
  2. If you say "Gesundheit" to a person for the 3rd time in a row, then their next child will be a girl.
  3. There is a ritual called 'Kehrwache', which means that Germans clean the staircase in their building once a week.
  4. Most of the world famous music composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Staruss and philosophers such as Karl Marx, Kant, Nietzsche were all German.
  5. A few firsts in the world credited to Germans: Germans invented clarinet, LCD screen, motorcycle, Walkman etc. MP3 is a German invention.Germany made the first motorway in the world.
  6. German ancestry can be found in the lineage of 80% of the world's English speaking population.
  7. About six million people in Germany, who are fifteen or above, don't know how to read and write.
  8. German sports brand Adidas got the name from its owner Adi Dassler.
  9. Weihenstephaner,the world's oldest running brewery, is in Germany.
  10. Berlin zoo is host to maximum number of species of animals.
  11. The German Football Association’ is the largest association of its kind in the world.
  12. The tallest church in the world, Ulm Cathedral, is in Germany. It is 161.53 meters (530 feet) high.
You can read more fun facts about Germany on this thread.

Bagpipes Banned on Royal Mile

I read a headline in paper yesterday that Pipers have been banned from playing bagpipes on Royal Miles. This is unfair, they are eking a living through a respectable means and it is harnessing the tourism in Edinburgh. I love hearing the sound of bagpipes swimming all around the city center and High Street area. They are so ear catching. I have even recorded the music on my laptop.
But when I read the news further, I realized that residents of the Royal Mile area had complained about the noise caused by Bagpipes. I hadn't thought of this. An occasional dip in the bagpipe music is one thing and to be subject to it non-stop is another. Then it will certainly be termed as noise.
Some bagpipers blame outsider bagpipers for this ban.They claim that bagpipers coming from as far as Glasgow, play it to the hilt and don't care which hour of the day it is. They just care to make money and fill their qilts.

I Found a New Blog Platform

When I was blocked from my wordpress blog, I was very upset. I liked the interactive platform of wordress, which is totally missing at blogger. Recently I got to know of a new blog service, its called Thoughts.com. The site provides a Free Blog,various forums and surveys. Mind you, the surveys are not the typical paid-to-fill variety. Basically these are polls conducted by bloggers who are members of this site. You ask a question and others give opinions.
I am amazed to see how active site forums are here. Log in any time of the day and you will find at least a thousand users viewing different forums (including guests). I like to follow conversations, though I am not big at making conversations. I haven't yet posted anything on my blog there, but I think I will be using the forums more often.
When writing a post, you can set the viewing option to everyone, friends & me, or only me. That's a good inclusion, because many would like a post to be a personal dairy and share other posts with every one. Blogger doesn't have this option. Wordpress too has it, but you have to set the whole blog at either for public or private mode. You don't have this option for every post at wordpress.
Thoughts.com doesn't have ads. I don't know how they monetize their site. Moreover they have a lucrative deal for bloggers. The most active blogger who gets the most stars (through rating) from fellow bloggers, gets to win the annual Thoughts.com Vacation Getaway.
One thing that needs to be upgraded is the template design. A blogger can't choose or upload the template that he likes. In this area, blogspot has the maximum freedom, wordpress too offer good templates, but they free version (wordpress.com) has limited choice.
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Nude Bike Rally, Who Wants to Participate?

My husband's got a day off from work on 14th June, that's day after tomorrow. He is going to London.No no, he won't be participating in the World Naked Bike Ride. He has to fetch a friend's wife, who is coming from India. I asked him to get me some pictures of the Rally. He was beside himself with anger." How can you say such thing? What will Rita( friend's wife) think? Can't you think of nothing else other than your blogs?(Wonder where that came from),You are shameless." His rant went on and I simply turned on my side and went to sleep.
I read about World Naked Bike Ride in TNT magazine, which comes free on the bus stops( it must be free, otherwise hubby wouldn't have brought it home, hehehehe). If any of you want to participate in the ride, or want more information, you can go to http://worldnakedbikeride.org/uk/. And remember to send me pics.

Tips for Renting a Car

I have learned through my experience that when you go on a trip abroad, the best option for transport is to rent a car. Its very convenient and you are saved from the hassles of catching a train or bus or ferry on time. Vacations are to be enjoyed and renting a car gives you the freedom to move around on your on leisurely speed. Here are some tips for renting cars:
- If you are traveling with family, then you need a big vehicle, look for child seat in the car.
-Make sure the car has GPS, it will help you navigate through the unfamiliar roads of a new city.
- Read all the term and conditions carefully and, if possible, check with the company on the restrictions.
-Ask them if you will have to pay full, half or a percentage of the booked amount if you are unable to rent the car.
-Enquire about discounts on frequent flier miles or any other programs.
- If you are a frequent traveler, join a loyalty program of the car rental company that you most often use.
I have been using side step. Its a search engine for travelers. Side step provides a wide variety of options for renting cars in different cities by searching through more than two hundred travel related sites. When my husband went to Chicago for a friend’s wedding, we used side step to rent a car in Chicago and it was a satisfying trip. From then on, we search through side step whenever we have to make a trip.It rummages all the deals and comes up with the best offers on hotels, flights and car rentals. I have uploaded side step travel toolbar to save time in searching various travel options.

My Lot Blog

I joined Mylot a long time back. But as I am not very good at making conversations, I completely lost track of this site. Mylot is a paid to post forum.Users get to make money by starting and participating in discussions.If you are a good conversationalist then this site is for you. Unlike many paid to post forums,Mylot doesn't have a dearth of topics. You will be amazed to see the variety of topics and discussions here. Basically the members are free to post anything they feel like, provided the discussion doesn't have hate content. I found mylot when I was searching for some writing websites. Here I got to know a lot about different sites that pay you for writing.
As I said at the beginning of my post, that I logged in to my mylot account after a long time, I saw a new addition. You can add the feed of your blogs to your mylot account. May be this feature was there earlier too, but it came to my notice today. So I decided to add this blog and that's why I am writing this post. You have to claim your blog, by putting the either in the template or in the post. The template method didn't work so I thought of writing this post.
Its double benefit for using Mylot. You earn money and you get exposure for your blog.
myLot User Profile

AmOne: A Review

This is a review of loan distributing company AMONE. The company has expertise in providing unsecured loans. Lets first understand what is an unsecured loan.
Most of the landing institutions such as banks, require some sort of guarantee, on part of the borrower, that he will be able to return the loan. If you have a property, it will be held as a security against our loan. If you fail to pay up the loan, the lending institution is entitled to acquire the collateral given by the borrower.
In case of unsecured loans, the lending institution is at greater risk, because it can't fall back back on a collateral in case of non-remittance of the loan by the borrower.
If you want a quick loan, and don't have time to go through the muddle of a lot of paperwork, then you should go for unsecured loan. And here comes www.amone.com. The site claims to arrange unsecured loans for you within a day. They say that it takes only a few minutes in the pre-qualification process. As I said earlier, as unsecured loans don't involve hefty paper work, this claim isn't too hard to believe.Amone.com offers unsecured loans in personal, small business, and start up business category.

Watch Videos and Earn Money

I wrote a post on my other blog regarding this opportunity for making money online. I have recently joined this site. I haven't yet been paid by them, so don't know if this make money online site is genuine or scam. They pay through paypal. You can check more information on my other blog from the link provided above.

Have You got Life Insurance?

My husband got life insurance when he had just started his career. I used to fight with him why he had to take term life insurance so early, we should enjoy our life as much as we can. We have a whole lifetime to think about the future. He would always give the same answer" we don't know what the future holds for us. And I don't want you or our kids( we didn't have any) to suffer when I am gone. I would snub his argument and sulk whenever I saw the life insurance quotes in his bank statement. Now after my daughter is born, I understand the importance of planning. I can't suffer the thought that my daughter would have to face problems when I and her father are gone. It is always wise to get a life insurance as early as possible, you never know when your call comes.

Jatland.com: An Online Community for Jats

I signed up on Jatland last year when I was in London. The site says

The site is dedicated to providing Jats around the world a place to interact and expand the community spirit. Jatland is THE site for Jats!

. It has over ten thousand members. I have not been very active on jatland. Last month I posted a link to one of my posts regarding making money through blogging. The overall response was good,but a jatlander quipped that such type of free money can never be useful and a person will pay dearly if make make through such ungodly means( blogging.....???). I was agitated by these baseless blames and I responded. But even after that, I was perturbed by this person’s unrelated and biased views. My brother, who is also a Jatlander consoled me saying that you will find such miscreants in every forum. Don’t take to heart what is being said here, after all these are virtual forums, which have no bearing on your real life. ( I don’t agree, the cases of suicides and sex crimes through such social networking sites are now becoming a reality……but that’s for another day). He advised me to ignore this person. I couldn’t do that, so I simply abandoned the thread.
Later I took to reading what was being posted on various jatland forums. There are various forums on jatland such as: careers, social responsibility, education, current affairs,time pass, jat history,sports, health & fitness etc. There is an online chat room also,which is called Chaupal. I think the most used forums are chaupal, time pass and general discussion. What I have witnessed on jatland, has confirmed my belief that jat males are very rude and totally unrespectful towards ladies. There are exceptions though. Jitender hooda always tries to diffuse volcanic conversations with humor and wise talk. Whereas Navin Gulia is an epitome of inspiration for those who want to do something for the society. Others like Jagbir Rathee and Anoop Lathar occasionally share their efforts to promote jat culture. These are the people who devote their time in real ground work. Whereas others just while away their time seeking to create controversies and always looking for opportunities to let others down.
Most of the active members are jats of Haryana who have migrated to foreign shores in search of better career opportunities.