This website is many years old and has not been updated since 2008.

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EarnOverTheWeb was a project I started early in 2007. The goals were to get some practice at building and running a website, to introduce myself to the world of affiliate marketing and online promotion, to share my money-making methods with other like-minded individuals, and, of course, to earn money online. After months of almost-daily updates, things like school and other activities took priority and I began paying less attention to the site. By this point, my downline on many sites was relatively stable and expanding, and to this day I earn a small trickle of monthly income from the remanants. All in all the project took a lot of work and was enjoyable. Great Success!!

I will no longer be posting new content to the site. I will leave all previous content of the site intact for people interested in making money. Be aware that old content may not reflect the current status of any third-party websites.

This domain will be used to host my other projects.

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Updates have been very sporadic lately. This is because I’m going through some really busy times as far as school and sports and life in general (hence even the brevity of this post). Posts will still be written on a rare basis, and the website should become fully operational in 2008 once college apps and IB exams have passed. Thanks for all of your support, readers.

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You may remember me posting a long time ago about an unlaunched site called Change Advertising Forever. The premise of the site was based around user-created advertising. Creative users submit video, flash, and perhaps still advertisements, and promote them to their peers. Those that are chosen by the advertiser and those that are chosen by the community will earn their creators money, up to $50,000. Prize amounts for individual projects are excellent, with a 5-second audio clip potentially earning the creator $750.

Now, the company has changed name and made a ton of improvements, and launched GeniusRocket.com. GeniusRocket is a revolutionary way for anyone with any sort of artistic talent to make a ton of money. The process is easy.

They save you the hassle of finding creative work by bringing the work to you. GeniusRocket has many opportunities open, ranging from 5-second audio clips to 3-minute promo videos. Undoubtedly the list will grow as time goes on and successful clients spread the word.

Once you’ve found the Current Assignment you want to work on, you simply click the “Launch” button to the right of the task’s description. From here, GeniusRocket gives you the choice to work alone or to create a working team. Many will probably choose to work alone or with previous friends, but the networking system on the site can be an invaluable tool. To help you find other members to collaborate with on your project, GeniusRocket allows you to post a Help Wanted Ad or search the Creator Directory. Here you can find many people with varying skillsets in all forms of art, design, and cinematography to complement your own.

Once finished with a project, you simply submit it to the directory. When the deadline is up, other users can vote on your video, picture, or audio. The one with the most votes will receive a prize, as well as those that fall into certain categories such as “funniest.”

Everyone has a shot at earning money from an advertising client or by winning the community prizes, called “Rocket Awards.” For the aspiring artists out there, GeniusRocket is a great way to meet creative collaborators and get noticed by industry pros.

To sign up, visit http://geniusrocket.com/user/register

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Many of you remember a while ago when I posted about a site called Bassabids. The premise of the site was that you pay $2 per bid to bid on items. Unlike a normal auction, the winner was the person with the lowest unique bid. Since Bassabids was quite successful, I’ve seen one or two other sites pop up based on the same system. The best that I’ve seen is SoLow.

Unlike other sites of its kind, SoLow has the majority of its auctions free to bid on. You do not need to buy bids or pay anything in order to bid in any auctions other than the premium auctions, which cost $0.99 per bid. There are a variety of prizes, from a best buy shopping spree to a trip to Chicago. SoLow lets each user bid 20x per day. All of the auctions are timed, so there is no specific bid quota each auction need fill.

Another thing that differentiates SoLow from its competition is the detailed response after bidding. Instead of bidding and receiving no other information other than confirmation, SoLow will tell you whether your bid is the lowest bid, how many uniques are lower, whether you’ve knocked any others out, and how many other have bid that amount. While this does mean that it takes more cutthroat bidding at the end rather than blind strategy or luck, it also means that you are not left hanging wondering how low your bid is. If you have a mobile, it will even text a range of 10c or so where the lowest unique bid is currently.

Apart from the bids themselves, you can earn Bid Bucks which can be exchanged at the shop for merchandise. These are pretty easy to rack up, active users will have enough to get swag pretty fast. There is also a monthly prize of $100, and whoever wins that has a 1 in 10,000 chance at $2,000,000. You get entries for each bid.

For $9.99 per month, SoLow offers an “elite” service that gives you 100 BidBucks, access to special auctions, and 20 free premium bids per day. It may be worth it, especially if you win a premium auction or the monthly drawing.

SoLow is a site that is very mobile-friendly. All bids can be texted to the site, and optional hints, updates, and auction results can be texted to you as well. They are affiliated with a site called SendMe, and recognize almost all mobile carriers.

To sign up, you need a cell phone number, an email address, and you need to be 18 or over. To sign up, visit www.SoLow.com

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Today I found a utility that allows one to view any website as a graph. This graph is based off of the html structure and page structure of the website. It has real physical properties that allow the app to expand fluidly show the hierarchy of tags and pages. These graphs can be simple, like the site itself:

graph

They can be intrinsically complex, like Amazon.com’s:

amazon graph

Here you can also see the graph for this very site:

eotw graph

These graphs, while pretty, can also show a lot about a site.  Clean, methodical coding will create organized graph forms, while messy or busy coding will appear as a random organization of clusters. While not quantifiable, this utility can give site owners an alternate way to look at a site.

http://www.aharef.info/static/htmlgraph/

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Nowadays it is incredibly hard to find an available domain name that fits your site’s content. All of the good ones are taken, and in some cases, even the most random phrases or combinations have been taken. When designing a new website, this can become an overwhelming and time-consuming obstacle, so many choose to rely on consultants to find an available and branded domain name.

Mainstream domain name consulting can cost upwards of $150, and for many small businesses, that’s quite a hefty price for a name. This is where CleverSiteNames.com comes in. Anyone looking for help on deciding a domain name can submit a description of their site and services there (for a small fee of $49). Then, anyone who has registered with the site can read the description and submit any number of domain names that fit the site. CleverSiteNames will email the lists to the designer, who can then pick any of the suggestions. They get to keep the domain name, and the person who came up with it gets $25. If there are no suitable or likeable names, CleverSiteNames offers a full refund.

For site owners this is a great way to find a good domain for your site, and for anyone else it’s a great way to earn a quick $25.

On a side note, the creators of the site have an excellent business model; they simply give the description to the masses who do all the work, and then earn $25 for each successful naming. Wish I’d thought of it :)

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If you run a website like me, you’re always concerned with your statistics. There are many sites out there that will tell you a few things about your webpage, but this is usually limited to whois data, traffic, PageRank, and Alexa rank. Today I stumbled upon a site called Xinu [Returns].

Xinu was originally a tool on TechCrunch to check statistics about your website, but it was recently discontinued. Luckily, the source code was released, and the people at MovingLabs decided to host it up at a site called XinuReturns.  Xinu is one of the most elaborate stats sites I have ever seen.

It does oh-so-much for your website. First, a screenshot of your page. It then diagnoses your page for common errors, and provides a few SEO tips.  It provides information about your domain and hosting, and then of course, all the rankings. This is where many other sites stop.

Xinu then shows feed subscription statistics for various services. It has stats for almost all of the social bookmarking services (unfortunately no StumbleUpon data there). Xinu then passes your page through W3 code standard validations for CSS, XHTML, and RSS.   Finally, it displays all indexed page stats and backlinks according to many different search engines/services.

All of this data is displayed neatly in the site’s interface, and you can also download a pdf of site statistics once it’s done processing. This PDF is en espanol, but most of the words are discernible for non spanish-speakers.

While there are a couple of mild kinks with the service (such as the translation issue), Xinu is an excellent tool to find any of the stats for a website all in one place.

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Of all the earning opportunities reviewed on Earn Over The Web, survey-based panels are the highest paying ones. That’s why you need to know about Buzzback Survey Panel. I’ve been a member of the panel for about half a year and it is a reliable source of easy money for surveys. Once you’ve signed up for Buzzback, you will receive invites to surveys via email. They do not send out surveys as often as other companies; I find myself receiving perhaps 2-3 per month.

What makes Buzzback unique is that instead of a points system (each survey is worth a certain number of points, which you collect until you reach a payout threshold) they will directly send you a check for each survey you complete. Surveys, in my experience, can be worth anywhere from $3.00 to $30.00. Checks are mailed relatively rapidly.

The surveys themselves are better than some other sites’ surveys in a few ways. First, they are interesting. I cannot tell you how many cookie cutter game and movie sureys I’ve seen at other sites with pages and pages of just boxes to check. The Buzzback surveys take you question by question with a progress bar and percentage. They’re not usually too long, either. Buzzback Surveys sends you surveys you qualify for, so there is not really a need to worry about doing half a survey only to be disqualified like on some other panels.
Once again, the website where you can sign up is http://www.buzzback.com/BuzzBackPanel/Default.aspx

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Having just renewed my hosting, I wanted to praise my hosting provider: Hostgator. I’ve been with Hostgator for almost four months now and their service has been absolutely superb. I’m currently on their “Baby” shared hosting plan, which, for $9.95 per month, offers an incredible amount of storage and bandwidth (100GB storage/1000GB bandwidth). Not once since EarnOverTheWeb was created has there been any slowing or service outage, supporting evidence for their claim of 99.9% uptime.

Since similar hosting costs, bandwidth, and storage can be found at other sites, there have to be some things that sets Hostgator ahead of its competitors, and there most certainly are. With every hosting plan, HostGator also includes their amazingly customized version of cPanel X, with many different site monitoring utilities as well as a script called Fantastico, which, with one click, can automatically install and update 52 different scripts and modules, including WordPress, phpBB, cubecart, phpwiki, and so many other useful tools for your site. All of the compicated customization and uploading is reduced to one click on a list with descriptions of each software.

To try a demo of their cPanel software, visit http://67.18.39.34/cpanel and login with username: demo password: demo

Two other things they offer are a 30-day money-back guarantee and live 24/7/365 support. Their support is always available via phone, and even better, it is available through instant live chat at their site. Their support chat has helped me on three different occasions, in each case providing a quick, accurate solution to my questions.

If you need a domain, you can purchase it through Hostgator at the time of signup. They also offer a guide for those switching from previous hosts to streamline their domain setup with little or no downtime. For those new to the web-hosting game, Hostgator has a set of tips detailing how to pick a good host and domain registrar, as well as avoiding scams and bad businesses. This is an invaluable resource.

I hope that I’ve done the company justice and spread the word. For those who have experienced problems with their current host or are thinking about creating a website, you should definitely check out Hostgator.

This post was not sponsored, endorsed, nor coerced, and I receive no referral bonus. Just wanted to help people looking for hosts :) 
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