Your First Internet Money

Paradise, California
August 25, 2016 5:04pm CST
What was it that earned you your first money from the internet? Do you remember those surfbars? There was one called AllAdvantage I remember using. Another one called I think CashSurf, I used those at different times. I think AllAdvantage was the first money I had from the net. There was a site called prizes.com that looks like something completely different now. But at the time I won a hundred dollars on a scratch-off, and I also won stereo speakers there. Do tell, what are your early memories about earning or winning on the net?
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@rina110383 (24141)
25 Aug 16
My first online earning site is Upwork (formerly Odesk and Elance) and still currently active working on some projects on that site. I was hired on my first bid (proposal) for an hourly work (maximum of 40 hours a week). That client paid me $15/hour to review their contracts for their clients. For my first week on Upwork, I earned $600. I used that money and added some to it to open my first dollar account. He was my first and one of my regular clients.
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@kaka135 (13987)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
That's really good. I have always been thinking of setting up my freelance journey at odesk and elance when I quit my office job and started to take care of my children a few years ago, but I never get to do it. Perhaps when my children are older, I will do so. I still prefer doing those freelance jobs, though writing at mylot sounds really enjoyable.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
Good deal!
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@Juse99 (85)
• Beijing, China
26 Aug 16
My first earning is from ojooo.
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@Happy2BeMe (74560)
• Canada
25 Aug 16
I just recently discovered earning money online so this is all new to me. The first site I earned money on was Slice The Pie doing music reviews, I made a lot of money there but just got tired of the same thing over and over again. I haven't been back there in quite some time.
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• Turin, Italy
26 Aug 16
I would like to try SliceThePie... sadly they're not available in my country :(
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@122037 (285)
• Vancouver, British Columbia
26 Aug 16
I sign up an account in slicethepie. But I can not login. It always says my email is not confirmed. But I never receive an email from them. Maybe it is in spam?
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@Happy2BeMe (74560)
• Canada
26 Aug 16
@122037 could be because they usually send an email soon after you sign up.
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@Platespinner (16527)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
25 Aug 16
That would have been Bubblews for me.
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• Paradise, California
25 Aug 16
I hear a lot of people did well there. I could never make it work for me, I mean whenever I tried I got glitches stopping me.
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@kaka135 (13987)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl When did you join Bubblews? It was really good at the beginning, but it went badly before it closed down.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl I did reasonably well when I started (although I actually never received my first payout) and did decently for over a year before life got busy and I backed off on the time I spent on the site. Coincidentally the site started going down hill very rapidly shortly after I got busy with other things so I was directly impacted by the fallout of the last year or so before they shut down completely.
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@amadeo (61965)
• United States
25 Aug 16
The only site for me and done very well was Bubblews that was my only
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• Paradise, California
25 Aug 16
Good thing there is still myLot, huh?
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@shivamani10 (11129)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Aug 16
I heard many good reviews about Bubblews. The site got very good name also. I actually wanted to register on that site. Unfortunately, I came to know that that was closed. I felt a lot.I missed some sites like that. People and writers had enjoyed that site. Just two days after a decision has been taken to go for registration of the site this has disappointed me a lot.
@fufurinha (11520)
• Portugal
26 Aug 16
I guess my first earnings online were from neobux.
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@fufurinha (11520)
• Portugal
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl i made some money there. but then I move to clixsense.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@fufurinha yup, I use Clixsense and Bux-p.org.
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@fufurinha (11520)
• Portugal
29 Aug 16
@akalinus on clixsense you have many other ways to earn money
@marlina (71351)
• Canada
25 Aug 16
I wish I could remember my first paying site, but it is not coming to my mind right now. There were so many sites before.
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• Paradise, California
25 Aug 16
And a lot of scams, but there will always be scams
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@marlina (71351)
• Canada
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl One of my favorite sites was Squidoo.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@marlina Seems like I knew a lot of people who talked about Squidoo.
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@miniam (9244)
• Bern, Switzerland
26 Aug 16
I don't exactly remember, it was sometime in 2009,but after earning my first and 2nd income online, l hit scam after scam.l lost more than l earned back then
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
Oh yeh it was hard to pick through all the scams!
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@miniam (9244)
• Bern, Switzerland
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl I have lost so much it`S embarrassing
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@shivamani10 (11129)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Aug 16
That is why I read the reviews first. Very deceiptive.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
26 Aug 16
I honestly can't remember what site I earned money on for the first time. I should do some digging and figure it out! I don't recognize the name of any of the ones you speak of.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
There just are so many.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl Besides ebay it looks like the records I have I only kept track of from December 2006 until now. December 4, 2006 I received a check from sendearnings for $38.12.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@shaggin I remember when I first got on myLot, I think it was ten years ago, the first month I had $36.00, it was going really well money wise.
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@thelme55 (14039)
• Germany
26 Aug 16
My first online earnings was from Hubpages writing site where I am still writing now. I can't remember exactly how much it was but it was more than 50$.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
Maybe I should go back there and stick with it, that's good.
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@thelme55 (14039)
• Germany
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl You mean you were at Hubpages before?
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@thelme55 many years ago
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@AutumnSnow (4585)
25 Aug 16
I worked as a phone pyschic although it was a phone job I had found out about it online. Another early one was writing for a site called ehow.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
Yeh it's still there I think
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@shivamani10 (11129)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Aug 16
how much ehow pays?
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28 Aug 16
@shivamani10 it all depends really because your earnings are based on how many views your article gets. The most I made in one month there was about $100. They are still there but they are own by another website now and I think it's called demand media.
@louievill (18136)
• Philippines
25 Aug 16
With real products, I sold old war time bills on ebay Philippines, but on free earning sites think it was Neobux.
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@shivamani10 (11129)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Aug 16
what is the mode of payment?
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@louievill (18136)
• Philippines
28 Aug 16
@122037 (285)
• Vancouver, British Columbia
26 Aug 16
Be honest, I never earned money for the internet before. Mylot is my first experience.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
You will like it!
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@122037 (285)
• Vancouver, British Columbia
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl I like it
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@kaka135 (13987)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
I think my first online income came from mylot or BlogCharm, a blogging platform that paid. I was really happy to receive my first payment online, via paypal. I remember AllAdvantage, but I think I did not join or I just didn't reach the minimum payout. I was busy at work when I was first introduced to the online work, so I did not spend much time working online.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
That does make a big difference!
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@BelleStarr (37105)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Aug 16
In 2000 I started writing for IgoUgo and I earned a ton of Amazon gift cards from them over the years, no doubt several thousand dollars.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
Wow! Another one I hadn't heard of too. I think I was missing out
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@BelleStarr (37105)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl Yah I wrote for them for many years and then Helium where I also made a lot of money.
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
26 Aug 16
@BelleStarr You were at Helium, too? I don't remember, who were you on there? I was Windsinger.
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• Turin, Italy
25 Aug 16
I tried earning money with Bubblews. It was a great program. That's because I'm the type of person who doesn't like to have 10$ per month... what should I do with a 10$ earned by hard time? If you ask your parents, you get them in 10 seconds. You can even earn more on the street! But Bubblews revealed his secret side and show me I could't get paid. I reclaimed my money a lot of times but I NEVER received my payment. So bad. My first money online were made in an Italian website, called Ermesing. It has high potential, but it is now full of craps and I will not write on it again unless it would remain my only choice :)
• Paradise, California
25 Aug 16
It's too bad it became that way.
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• Turin, Italy
25 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl Yeah. They were good at first. It was like a treasure for me, because I love talking about me and my experiences but I lack the volountee of doing it. Even because I'm not so good in English to be "great to read". I'm trying myLot now. I'm sure I will not earn even a dollar with it, But I love seeing that you guys are an active and GREAT community. Thank you for being like that :)
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• Paradise, California
25 Aug 16
@resolvingpartner You will earn, we'll take care of ya
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
26 Aug 16
My first online earning was for Helium, a writing site that is gone now. I looked at my account and found seven cents. Since then, I have earned much more on many sites. I cashed out on Helium many times and will always be grateful for my first online cents.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
yes, I love these opportunities online
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl I noticed that most people earned their first money online at some writing site. I was amazed by how many there were that went out of business.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@akalinus yep, it's crazy!
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@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Aug 16
My first payments would have been from Helium, later from Infobarrel and couple others.
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• Paradise, California
27 Aug 16
Is Infobarrel still taking new users?
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@JudyEv (119203)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl I've no idea. I didn't know they had stopped - or were thinking of stopping. I sill get a cheque about 2 or 3 times a year but haven't visited for ages.
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• Paradise, California
27 Aug 16
@JudyEv I have gone to join so many sites that I can't remember what happened when I went to that one.I should check it out again. It seems like I remember either they weren't taking new people or else they didn't accept a sample I sent. ..wish I could remember. I'll go back there and see.
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@TheHorse (62476)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Aug 16
My first such experience must have been Epinions. I started reviewing stuff there in 2000. I became pretty well known for my guitar and stereo equipment reviews. I wrote under the name Horswispr and would sometimes run into people in guitar stores who had read my reviews. Woo hoo--I felt like I was famous!
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
That is kind of rock-starish.
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@TheHorse (62476)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl If cockatiels were pre-teen girls, I'd be like Justin Bieber. They appreciate my rock star tendencies more than most humans. Heh. But I do miss Epinions and the "identity" that I established there.
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• Paradise, California
26 Aug 16
@TheHorse Maybe there are some other review sites where you could get the whole magic back
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@mom210 (6515)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Aug 16
I really did not do much until hubby lost his job and we were looking for pennies from anywhere. I guess the *B* site was my first place.
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• Paradise, California
28 Aug 16
Yes, that's true of a lot of people it seems.
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@shivamani10 (11129)
• Hyderabad, India
28 Aug 16
Nice.
@mom210 (6515)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl To bad it did not stay around longer. I really liked it there.
• Dallas, Texas
27 Aug 16
I never won anything 'cause I never entered any online contests. I figured they are all rigged. lol
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• Paradise, California
27 Aug 16
WEll, I won them. And I guess you're getting paid by myLot.
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• Dallas, Texas
27 Aug 16
@CinnamonGrl No guessing. I am getting paid quite well here at myLot. I enjoy it here.
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• Paradise, California
28 Aug 16