Is it just me? Why is it so slow going with MyLot?

@dbabcook (390)
United States
August 18, 2009 10:35am CST
I have been told that MyLot isn't a get rich quick site but I was also given suggestions on how to earn more and a bit faster such as starting discussions and then once they are responded to you are to go back in and respond to the response and supposedly earn more. I have not found that any of the suggestions I have received have been legit. Does anyone have any suggestions that will improve the earnings on MyLot? Thank you for your time.
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4 responses
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
20 Aug 09
it certainly is not the get rich quick scheme. You have to do a lot of posting to get the minimum $10 payout. However you can increase your earnings by adding pictures to your posts, which takes extra time but will increase your earnings, by how much I'm not sure, you would have to test it to find out. Post response
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
21 Aug 09
Thank you for your response. I will definately be looking into inserting pictures and see what type or if they make any difference for me. Thank you again and have a great day.
• Canada
24 Aug 09
Just make sure the pictures are copyright free or your own just to avoid any controversy. When you post you affirm you have rights to the picture. Just because pictures are on the internet, some people think the pictures on the internet are free but they are not unless specifically it says you can use them. People think it is the other way around, that you can use them unless someone says you cannot.
@owlwings (39049)
• Cambridge, England
18 Aug 09
Different people have different perceptions of how much they expect to earn here. That may be part of the problem. Just having a quick look at the kind of discussions and responses you make suggests that you always write as descriptively as possible, which is what we are encouraged to do. MyLot is certainly NOT a get rich quick site and how much you earn depends very much on how much time you spend, of course. 177 posts in a week shows an average of about 25 posts a day, which seems quite a reasonable amount to me. If you are commenting on your discussions, you will actually be posting rather more than that (I think that the first comment in a discussion counts towards your user rating but subsequent ones don't, even though they can earn money). Many people seem to be able to achieve the $10 payout nearly every month (personally, I find that I don't - but that may be partly because I actually tend to type too much!) I have found that practising increasing my typing speed and also consciously trying to cut down on 'think time' has been worthwhile. I believe that achieving a reasonable return here is a combination of many things and does seem to come with practice. Most of the things you have been told, such as posting 'quality' discussions and responses, commenting (descriptively) on responses to one's own discussions and making sure, of course, that you know the Guidelines and observe them, both in your own discussions and in responding to discussions (so as to avoid wasted work when discussions are deleted). Building up a good list of friends helps a lot, too: try to find those whose discussions and interests you like. I always research people I want to invite or who want to invite me to see what kind of discussions they are posting, whether they regularly respond to their friends' discussions and whether they comment in their own (which means that they are 'discussers' rather than just 'questioners', if you see what I mean).
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thank you very much for your response and advice. I will definately take everything you have told me to heart and utilize it to the best of my ability. I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my post. Have a great day!!!!
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@owlwings (39049)
• Cambridge, England
18 Aug 09
I notice that you say that your kids aren't at school, so you get lots of interruptions. I sympathise with you, in that case! Although I don't have to cope with small kids any more (if anything, it would be grandkids now, LOL!), I know very well what interruptions can do when one is writing! I tend to type as I think, so if I get interrupted, it completely disrupts the flow of what I'm saying. Perhaps the answer would be (if it were possible) to say 'Right, I am working for 30 minutes (or an hour or whatever) and after that I'll take a break and give you my attention!' It depends on the age of the kids (or the comprehension of spouse, LOL) whether this actually works. I have found that when I'm in the house and 'on the computer' (as I usually am), I am considered to be 'playing' and therefore interruptible at any time. Perhaps my problem is that I can't show convincing evidence that I'm 'earning' ('pin money' doesn't count, does it!) If you do write (or have aspirations to write for a living), MyLot is quite a good training ground. Try picking half a dozen discussions on which you think you might be able to write a couple of paragraphs, open them in tabs and respond to each one; then try picking the same number of discussions at random, regardless of whether you think you know anything about the subject or whether there seems to be anything worth saying, and tell yourself that you will write a couple of paragraphs to each one, even if it's 'What is your favorite ice cream?' or 'What color are your eyes?'! The trick is to think laterally: 'Why do people prefer vanilla or chocolate rather than, for example, onion or chilli flavoured ice cream?' or 'Why does eye color matter?' or even 'What is this person REALLY asking and why?' Even if many discussions seem, to say the least of it, uninspired, if one is to to be a professional writer, one must have an agile brain that ought to be able to put out a few competent paragraphs on anything (sometimes helped by a little research, perhaps). Using such uninspired and uninspiring topics can be a brilliant way of challenging the brain to add value to something that was, maybe, of little value to start with. With any luck, you may actually goad the person who posed the trite topic in a fit of boredom to actually take a fresh look and learn to think for themselves!
@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
You are right, mylot is not a site that will make you rich in a short period of time. It is very important that you are aware of the techniques on how you can increase your earnings in the site. You have already one, that is commenting to the responses given to your discussion, that's good point. Just make a quality comments, at least 3 - 5 lines, i'm sure you will have a good earnings in the site. Another one technique i sto maximize the minimnum pictures to be uploaded in a day. Use them in all your discussions and for sure it will help you a lot.Post at least 30 - 50 logged cases and for sure you will have a good earnings in the site.
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I thank you for your time and your suggestions. I will continue down the path that I have already gone and hopefully I will start seeing some changes here soon. Some posts are difficult to give lengthy responses to but I will definately work on that aspect as well. Thank you again. Have a great day!
@benny128 (3622)
18 Aug 09
you get paid on your activity on mylot so the more active you are the more you will earn. Though the easiest way is just to enjoy mylot and the discussions and not to worry about the money side of it as that will come if you are active.
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I do enjoy many of the discussions here on mylot which is why I respond to them. I have been trying every new technique that has been suggested to me and am sure that once I get further down the road and have been able to spend more time on here that things will start to go alot better for me. Thank you for your response and have a great day!