Monday, March 24, 2008

Been A While...

Since I posted on this blog. I got real busy with life in general. My paid blogging picked up a little bit so I have been busy with that as well.

My domain - Pinay WAHM - finally got a rank after about 3 months. It's just a PR2 but it's better than an N/A or a PR0. I am trying to maximize the allowed posts because I'm sure the PR will disappear again one of these days. Ironically, the reason for that PR to disappear is what else but the paid posting I've been doing on it.

Imagine this...when a blog has no PR, there is very little chance that it would get any higher paying opportunities. As a result, majority of the posts will be the unpaid ones...which will in turn return give the blog a higher PR. As soon as PR is given, big paying opps will be available for the taking. So what do we do? Start grabbing those opps as much as possible. Therefore flooding your blog with paid opps now. What's going to happen? The PR will be taken away...resulting to non-paid opps again....and the CYCLE CONTINUES!!!

Oh well...I thought I'd post here today for a change. I have not posted in my Teacher's Corner blog as well. But that's only for a day or two. I'd probably leave that blog idle for a little while so it will be given a PR...hahaha!


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pop-Ups, Widgets, Add-Ons...atbp..


The past few days have been kinda' frustrating for a lot bloggers specifically those who are using the Blogger. Well, it's not a problem with Blogger per se but it seems that only those who are using Blogger are the ones greatly affected by what's happening. what am I talking about here. I am talking about the POP-UPS that have been coming up everytime some blogs are visited. I have had my share of seeing those unwanted pop-ups. They vary from simple ads like travel advertisements to PORN pop-ups. Yes, those! Fortunately the pop ups are not causing any virus or anything of the nature but it does not make them less stressing.

So where do the pop-ups came from? Actually, there is no way of really knowing where they come from. This is what we know right now, per our experience. It seems that some of the pop-ups are brought about by some of the WIDGETS that we use to make our blogs pretty and equipped in some ways. Well now, these widgets seem to equip our blogs with pop-ups as well. Unfortunately, the pop-up blocker we activate on our browsers don't work on these pop-ups so they still come up even with the blocker on.

So which widgets are causing these? Again, this is only per some bloggers account and experience. One is the Rank Widget. A blogger friend said that after changing her templates she started installing the widgets one at a time. As soon as she installed this specific widget, the pop-ups started. So she took it down and the pop-ups stopped.

So a word of advice. If you have some widgets in your blog and you are having some pop-up attacks...try removing the widgets then reinstall them one at a time and do the process of elimination.

That's about it. Hopefully it works to you as it did to the other bloggers I know. Goodluck.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Spring Forward....


So today is the day!! The day for what??? The day to adjust your clocks 1 hour onward, forward, or whatever you want to call it. This 'spring forward does not only happen here in the US. A lot of other countries also do it.

So why do some countries and some other states do this? I mean adjust their clocks on the second Sunday of March and then again on the second Sunday of November. There is a long explanation on this one and I won't even dare explain it. If you want to read extensively on this DST or Daylight Savings Time, I found this website with explanation and it's called 'About Daylight Saving Time'. Very imaginative title, don't you think?

For someone like me who works at home, there is really no difference except when one of the jobs I do actually requires me to log on to the server at a specific time. But that only happens like 2 months a year for a few weeks. Majority of the time, there is really no need to do that.

The only effect this has on me is it somehow messes my body rhythm. Like right now. I don't feel like it's really 2 o'clock . But this will only last for a day or so. At least I don't have to wake up and go to bed at specific time. That's another advantage of working at home. Ha!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Google Page Rank


Since my last entry is about 'blogging' as a possible WAHJ' [work-at-home job], I thought I'd elaborate more on this so-called Page Rank which is being given by Google.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I really have no idea how the Page Rank is achieved. What I write here is just what I observe and my own take on the issue.

My 2 other blogs both had a PR of 3 at one point. My own domain used to be a blogspot like this one. It was only about a month old when it was given a PR3 by Google. A couple months ago, I decided to convert it to my own domain because advertisers seem to exclude blogspot from their list of allowed domains. I was advised that its PR would go away as soon as I convert it to my domain. It did and it's still a PR0.

Admittedly, I work more on my Pinay WAHM blog than in my other blogs. I only update my Teacher's Corner occasionally. So I was surprised when I found out that it was given a PR3. Cool. So I started working on that blog more. Guess soon as worked on that blog daily the PR tanked. It's now a PR0 for about month.

So now both my blogs are PR0. I still get some opportunities but not as much as I used to get when one of my blogs had a PR. I'm fine with that until last week.

While I was doing some bloghopping, I noticed that other blogs that used to be PR0 are getting PR 3. Cool. So I tried my blog's PR...nope, both still have a PR0. For kicks, I checked the PR of my old blogspot account...the one that I converted into my own domain. Here's what I saw:

Page Rank Checker

Yes, that one has a Page Rank of 4!!! Why? I have no idea. I'm sure it's not backlinks because all those are on the new domain. The entries are also mostly under the new domain. The only reason I can think of as to why this old blog has a very high PR is because....because...because...nothing!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Jobs that Can be Done at Home Part II...


Since I am not doing anything yet and while I'm waiting for my little one to tell me what she wants for breakfast, I thought I'd start blogging here first. This is my second entry on 'work-at-home jobs'.

In my previous entry on the WAHJ, I blogged about 'phone related jobs'. Another WAHJ that has gained a lot of momentum within the last year or so is 'blogging'! Yes, this thing I am doing right now can also be a work-at-home job. A lot of people make a thousands of dollars a month doing paid blogging.

Paid blogging is a bit tricky though. To be able to get accepted to the paid blogging sites, your blog should at least be a month old and should have some relevant entries. Some sites on thee other hand require that the blog be at least 90 days or 3 months old. Aside from the 'blog age' requirement, your blog/s should also be indexed with Google and/or Yahoo.

Now for the tricky part. One of the most important, if not the most important, things for paid blogging is what is called Google 'Page Rank' or PR. Let me clarify though that I really HAVE NO IDEA how a Google PR is achieved. Different people have different theories. Personally, I am not convinced that there is really a solid basis for this PR that Google is letting the bloggers know. One thing I know though is that Google does not like paid blogging. It's kind of ironic for some. Why? Because a lot of the bloggers out there blog because they want to do some paid blogging someday. So they work their tails off to achieve a good page rank and get accepted by the paid blogging sites then BAM...their PR disappear soon after they start doing the paid blogging. And with the PR going down or disappearing altogether, a blogger's chance of getting higher paying opportunities will be very slim to none.

I still have a lot of things to learn about 'monetizing' my blog. Right now, I am just going with the flow and trying to learn the ropes so to speak. One thing I am hoping though is that the day comes when this so-called Google PR will not be the major factor in getting those higher paying opportunities.

There you have it. My take on another possible work-at-home job: Blogging.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sick Leave for a Working-at-home Mom???


So what happens when a WAHM like me is a bit under the weather??? Take a break and just rest...the whole day...without worrying about missing a day at work.

Today I have not been feeling well. I think I caught the sniffles that my little one started having about a week ago [Thursday of last week to be exact]. I have allergies so to her and my husband, there is really no difference. I sneeze and blow my nose everyday anyway. But to me it's obvious when I have it.

Anyway, this is one of the advantages I have as a work-at-home Mom. Whenever I am not feeling well, I can just sit back and relax. Well, kinda'. You don't really sit back and relax when you have a kid, do you? The same goes true if my little one is not feeling well, I don't have to worry about asking a boss for a day off to take care of her.

I am an Independent Contractor, which means in most of my work I don't get paid if I don't work. But I have some gigs where I am given a deadline and I get paid as long as I make the deadline. Anyway, I'd rather be resting comfortably at home rather than going to work and possibly spreading what I have to more people.

I am logging off now to rest a bit more. I have to start making dinner in a few.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Typical Day of a Work-at-Home Mom...


I thought I'd blog about this as early as now. I'm not doing anything at the moment anyway. It's one of those days...slow days, work wise. One of the downsides of being a work-at-home Mom like me.

So what's a typical day for me? Everyday, I make it a point to wake up to see my husband off to work. He's a morning person and he has his own small business so he somehow owns his time. It's not always a good thing though because he can work as much as 18 hours a day and his pay will be the same. Anyway, back to the topic. He normally leaves around 5 AM - give or take. So I'd wake up then to see him off. Then back to bed I go...LOL. My 'real' day starts when I wake up from my second 'round of sleep'.

Between 7 -8 AM - wake up
Between 8-9 AM - breakfast with the little one, checking emails, blogs, work if there's any
Between 9-10 AM - Clean-up
Between 10 - 12 Noon - work for me if there's any, school work for the little one.
Lunch time is usually between 12 - 2
Between 2-4 - Work, little one's TV time
Between 4-5 - Wrapping up with whatever I have hanging, more school work for the little one
Around 5-6 - Dinner preparation
Between 6 - 8 - Dinner, Clean-up
Between 8-9:30 - Little one's bedtime routines
Between 10 -12MN - More work if there is any
Around 12 MN [11:30ish] should be bedtime for me or else my allergy will be at its worst.

Next day - Repeat...the routine!

The good thing is the schedule is not strict. I can have a day doing nothing just because I am lazy or not feeling well or the little one is not feeling well. We rarely get sick so the day-off is usually a result of the former - LAZYNESS!

There you have it. That's a typical day for me. I'm sure other work-at-home Moms have their own schedule as well. I try to keep a schedule [in my mind] so as to have some kind of a direction.

Jobs that Can Be Done At-Home....


So what type of jobs can be done at home? I am tempted to say 'practically all of them' but that may not be 100% accurate. Let's face it, there are jobs that just don't fall under the category of work-at-home jobs. Right?

Having sad that, there are a lot of JOBS that can be done at home. But I will only talk about the ones I have first hand knowledge. I will cover one job in one entry plus I will be listing some companies that hire .

Phone Jobs

The name says it all. A lot of phone work involved in this kind of a job. It's actually one of the easiest jobs to land. I got on with one company in my early years of being a WAHM but decided against it because of nerves. Being English not my mother tongue, I just can't master enough courage to call people who may not understand what I am saying. Don't get me wrong. I speak English fluently to the extent that my in-laws and my husband's friends didn't believe at first I was not American BUT I just don't feel confident enough to do phone jobs. Plain and simple.

The company that I got on is called Work At Home Agent. The company is West. I applied [and got accepted] with the company in 2002. A lot has changed since then but the kind of job is basically the same. If you are interested in becoming an agent for them. Visit their Become an Agent page.

Other companies that are hiring home at work agents are:

Live Ops

These are just few of the companies that hire agents that can work at home on a regular basis. They may or may not be hiring at this time but they may be hiring next week or next month. The key is to keep checking. The ones I listed here are agents that accept incoming calls from customers who are either ordering or inquiring about services or products offered by certain companies.

What I wrote here is just one of the many possible phone jobs one can have. Phone jobs also include sales or telemarketing....mostly outgoing calls. Some call this 'solicitation calls' and agents may encounter some not so friendly people in the course of doing this kind of a job. There are also jobs where agents conduct phone surveys.

That's it for now. Just like any other jobs, research is important before applying to a company. Me listing these companies is not in any way a recommendation.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Working-At-Home...Pros and Cons


Just like every single thing we do, there are pros and cons in working at home. I have been doing it for the last 6 years, more or less, so I know quite a bit about the disadvantages and advantages of doing it.

I believe though that these advantages and/or disadvantages are relative. What I consider an advantage can be a disadvantage to others. So let's just say these are the ones that apply to me.

Let's start with the advantages.

---> I get to see every little thing that happens to my little girl.
---> I don't have a boss...well, I do but I don't see them face to face.
---> I don't have to follow a strict schedule like an 8-5 job.
---> I save in gas, clothes, make-up etc.
---> I can take a break anytime I want.
---> I work in the comfort of my own home.

Now for the disadvantages.

---> My social life is virtually non-existent.
---> I tend to procrastinate more now because I know I have time...kinda'
---> I stay online more than necessary.
---> I have no desire to learn how to drive.
---> The money is not always desirable. Work is sporadic this is why.
---> Work discipline is not really there.

These are the major ones for me, I think. I listed 6 of each not on purpose but in reality, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. If given this chance again, I would grab it anytime if it means I get to stay with my little at home.

Like I said they may apply to me but not to you. I know I am forgetting some things but I'd reserve them for next time.

If you are interested to see what kind of WAHJs I have had already, just visit my Pinay Wahm blog. I made an entry not too long ago.

Teacher's Corner


This is my very first blog. I have a hard time figuring out some things about it so I just didn't mess with it for a while. As a matter of fact, I still have a hard time figuring out this blog. I try to post here as much as I can.

I originally called it: Peek-a-Boo!..LOL. Why? Because I couldn't think of anything to call it. Once I started applying for some paid blogging sites, I decided to change its 'screen name' to Teacher's Corner. Why that name??? Does my being a teacher have to do with it? Definitely.

I have plans of writing more 'education/teacher' related posts here. Again, time is my enemy here. Well, actually, it's more like 'time management'....

Anyway, that's about it. When you get the chance, please visit this other 'place' I call "Teacher's Corner"...