Monday, July 23, 2007

Punny Money Seeking Paid Writers

Author: Nick
Category: Money

get paid to write for punny money

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response, we are temporarily not accepting new submissions at this time.

  • Do you want to be a personal finance writer, but you don’t have the time or technical patience to start your own website?
  • Do you want to start making money right away from your writing, rather than waiting weeks or months for advertising revenue to start coming in?
  • Are you an existing personal finance writer frustrated by low ad payouts and/or looking to reach a large audience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Punny Money wants to pay you to write for us!

We’re looking for talented writers who would like to share their knowledge of personal finance topics with the Punny Money reading audience and earn some extra cash on the side. There’s no limit to how much you can earn writing for Punny Money, and our tier-based payment structure rewards those who keep writing for us.

What We’re Looking For

If you’re a regular reader, you already know what makes a great Punny Money article. If not, here’s what we’re looking for:

  • It’s about personal finance. Punny Money is a personal finance website. Personal finance includes a wide spectrum of topics including (but not limited to) saving, budgeting, spending, investments, gaining and using credit, making money, working, paying taxes… pretty much anything having to do with people and money.
  • It’s uniquely informative or educational. Punny Money is looking for original ideas, not information regurgitated from other sources.
  • It’s humorous and entertaining. Personal finance can be a dry subject, but not at Punny Money! All articles undergo a rigorous 67-point humor and entertainment inspection before being released to the general public. A good sense of humor and knowledge of how to keep a reader entertained are an absolute must!
  • It’s concise and captivating. Punny Money articles must grab the attention of the reader and get to the point quickly. While longer articles will be considered, length is far less important than content. Articles must, however, have a minimum length of 500 words to be considered for publication.

How You Get Paid

If your article is selected for publication on Punny Money, the absolute bare minimum you’ll make is $10. After your fifth published article, your rate will increase to $15 per article. After your 20th article, you’ll receive $20 per article. Bonuses will also be paid (at the discretion of the webmaster) for especially detailed, lengthy, or content-filled articles or if your article draws high traffic or readership participation. The following table summarizes the current Punny Money writing fees.

Number of your articles published Per-article rate
1 -5 (Tier 1) $10
6 – 20 (Tier 2) $15
21+ (Tier 3) $20
Discretionary length/content bonuses $5 – $15
Other discretionary bonuses $5 – ???

Payment is sent to you by check each time an article you’ve written is published, no minimum payout required. Optionally, you can request that checks only be sent when you’ve earned a certain amount.

Please note that if you earn $600 or more publishing articles on Punny Money in a single tax year, you will be asked to provide your social security or Federal tax identification number, and information about your earnings may be disclosed to the United States Internal Revenue Service.

***Special Limited Time Offer Bonus!!!*** The first five writers to have articles approved for publishing will be skipped to Tier 2 immediately. That means you make $15 on each of your first 20 articles and $20 after that! In addition, the first five writers to have five articles approved for publishing will receive a $50 bonus! (July 24, 2007 6:10pm EDT: We’ve got our first five writers, so the first bonus has expired, but keep submitting because the five-article bonus is still up for grabs!)

What Else Is In It For You?

Good writers will be invited to write more. More writing means more money for you!

Writers can include their own blurb at the end of each article. You can provide information about yourself, including a link to your own website, in this blurb. Here’s an example:

Bob Jones is a software engineer and freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He publishes a blog about widgets at Bob’s Widget Blog. He lives with his three wives and seven children in a floating castle made of cheese.

So not only do you get paid, but you can also get publicity for your own interwebical operations.

How to Get Started

Getting your article published on Punny Money is pretty straightforward:

(IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response, we are temporarily not accepting new submissions at this time.)

  1. E-mail your article as an attachment (.txt, .rtf, or .doc formats only) to . If this is your first submission, please also include the following information:
    • Your First and Last Name
    • Your Mailing Address (payment will be sent here; U.S. mailing addresses only)
    • Your Age (writers must be 18 years of age or older)
    • Your Footer Blurb (up to 50 words, and may include information about yourself, including a link to your website)
    • Minimum payout amount (optional; only provide if you don’t want a separate check sent for each article published)
  2. Your article will be reviewed, and you will receive an e-mail informing you whether or not your submission has been selected for publication. If it is not selected, your article will not be published and you will not be paid (duh). If an article is rejected, it may be returned with suggestions for improvement; you may resubmit revised articles once for reconsideration.
  3. If your article is selected for publication, you will receive an e-mail confirming its acceptance, and payment will be mailed within 10 business days. Please note, accepted articles may be edited by the webmaster prior to publication.

Pseudonyms. If you prefer to publish under a pseudonym, or if you want checks to be made out to a name other than the one you provide (like a business name), please let us know. Please note that we cannot issue checks to pseudonyms, so you must provide your real name or business name. Don’t worry, we won’t disclose your real name if you prefer to write under another name or anonymously.

Previously published content. Please note that Punny Money cannot publish content previously published in any print or online medium in whole or in part. Sorry, new stuff only!

Rights and Licenses

You retain full copyright to all articles submitted to or published at Punny Money.

If your article is selected for publication, you grant us a non-exclusive license to use, display, republish, sell, edit, alter, or delete your article in any way and for any reason. In addition, you agree not to publish the article in part or in whole in any other print or online publication for 90 days following its initial publication on Punny Money.

Full Details

We’ve set up a dedicated page to explain how you can make money writing for Punny Money. For now, it’s pretty much the same stuff as above, but we’ll update that page if anything changes. There are also some legal terms and conditions our lawyer makes us throw in so we don’t get sued three times a week, but they just reiterate what’s already been stated above.

Oh, and I should mention that Punny Money is not the only website operated by Punny LLC, so writers may also be given the opportunity to write for our other sites, too!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The New Personal Finance Blog Search Engine

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

personal finance blog search engine results for monkey

Thanks to the fine folks at Google, you can now create your own search engines that pull results from sites you pick. So if you wanted to create a search engine that covers all the big green cockroach websites out there, you’d stick,, and into your engine and bam!–only results from the green cockroach websites you choose!

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone put together a search engine that generates results exclusively from the personal finance blogosphere? (Yes, that would be nice!)

Well, call me Mr. Nice-Pants, because here it is!

Personal Finance Blog Search Engine

Simply visit that page, enter your personal finance search query, and you’ll get results from all the best personal finance bloggers on the internet. None of that worthless information from so-called “professional finance writers” or “knowledgable sources” or “Pulitzer Prize-winning publications.” Nope, just personal finance bloggy goodness!

But perhaps you don’t like Punny Money and you’d like to do some Personal Finance Blog Searching somewhere else. There are a few ways you can do this:

Visit the Google Custom Search Engine Page

Here’s the Google Custom Search Engine Page for the Personal Finance Blog Search. The URL isn’t anything memorable though, so you’d want to bookmark it.

Include the Search and Results on Your Own Site!

At least 43 times cooler than visiting Google’s site is integrating the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine into your own website. Here’s how you do it.

  1. You’ll need two pages on your website. Copy and paste the code from this first file on one page (your search query bar page), and copy and paste the code from this other file on the other (your search results page).
  2. Edit one part of the first file. Change “SEARCH RESULTS PAGE LINK HERE” to the full URL for your search results page (e.g. ).
  3. Put your pages on your site. When you perform a search on the first page, it’ll show you the results on the second!

WordPress users (I’m not sure about other blog platforms) will have to take a couple extra steps to get the in-site search results working. LiewCF has a good explanation of the work you’ll need to do to get the results to display on your WordPress site.

Include the Search on Your Own Site, Show the Results on Google’s

An easier middle ground between the two techniques above is to include the search query box on your own site, but have it display the results on one of Google’s search result pages. The results will be the same, but the query sends your visitors away to another site… something search results would probably do anyway!

To include the search query box on your site, just copy and paste the code from this file right here into any page you wish. You’ll get your search box, and entering a query sends you to a Google page filled with matching personal finance blog results.

Want to Be Included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine Results?

Being included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine results means that searchers will see your blog before they see, say, CNN Money’s website.

If you’d like your personal finance blog included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine, simply comment here. Please include your website URL only in the box which asks for it, not in the body of the comment (or my spam catcher will kill your comment), and ask to be added. Only blogs which are primarily (50% or more) personal finance (including personal debt reduction, personal frugality, and other categories closely linked with personal finance) will be included. If your blog isn’t related to personal finance, it probably wouldn’t come up in the search results even if it were included.

Once I see your comment, I’ll check out your blog and include it in the search results. Then you can post the search query box on your own site if you like and help your visitors find the information they need within the personal finance blogosphere.

Does Punny Money Make Money From This?

Nope. Not a dime. While custom Google search engine creators have the option of running their own advertisements on results pages, I am not using that option since it doesn’t cost me anything to maintain the search engine. If you choose to run your Personal Finance Blog Search Engine queries on Punny Money, your results will also be shown on a Punny Money page which shows some ads of mine and some of Google’s, but you could do the same thing yourself!

So start searchin’ already!

Search Personal Finance Blogs:

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

How to Make Digg’s New Integration Tool Work With WordPress Posts

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

digg wordpress integration

Wow, I just started using the darn thing and I’ve already started getting e-mails asking how I managed to get the new Digg integration tool to work in a WordPress post. Forgive me for the pause in funny financial talk as I explain how I did it in this post.

You’ll need two things:

  1. A Digg story URL like this one: Faxes_Online_Cheap_or_Free!
  2. Your favorite WordPress editor open. For the love of all that is holy, turn off that fancy editor they have on by default.

Now, wherever you wish the button to appear in the post, include this check of code:

wordpress digg integration code

Link to a file with the code in text format.

Simply replace DIGG STORY URL GOES HERE with that link from step one. Those comment tags and extra slashes are required to get in-post Javascript working. The div aligns the button to the left of your text; otherwise the button appears on a separate line and looks all ugly.

Note that this seems to only get the button to display in Firefox. Then again, I haven’t see the button working on any site in any other browser yet. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Now you can stick Digg buttons on every blog post you ever make! Let the wave of blog spam be unleashed! (I’ll be surfing it to the front page.)

Note (July 21, 2006): Some of you may have noticed that I’ve since removed these Digg buttons. I did so partly because they were getting old and were still getting pushes, but also because the darn things don’t XHTML validate and there’s nothing about it I can do on my end. For shame, Digg!

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Second Punny Money Blog Marathon For Charity: July 29th

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

punny money blogathon

Join Punny Money on Saturday, July 29, 2006 for its next blog marathon! In conjunction with Blogathon 2006, I and hundreds of other bloggers will be taking part in a 24-hour marathon of writing to benefit charity.

You may recall Punny Money’s last blog marathon back in May which raised $38.12 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This time, I’ll be blogging at least once every half hour starting at 9am EDT on Saturday, July 29th.

Like last time, I’ll be donating all blog-related revenue earned during the marathon period to charity. For this blog marathon, Punny Money will be supporting First Book, a non-profit organization designed to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

click here to support the punny money blog marathon and first book

If you’d like to help support the Second Punny Money Blog Marathon, you can do so by sponsoring Punny Money’s blog marathon efforts. Simply pledge any amount (either a lump sum or an amount per marathon hour), and once the marathon concludes you’ll receive an e-mail directing you to First Book’s website so you can submit your pledged donation directly to the charity. And if you send me an e-mail after you pledge, I’ll add you (and a link to your website, if you have one) to the list of sponsors you see on the sidebar. Oh, and if you live in the United States, your donations to First Book in support of the blog marathon are tax deductible! Hurry, the blog marathon is in just a few weeks, so please make your pledges as soon as possible!

If you’re not able to make a pledge, then please still come out and visit the Punny Money Blog Marathon–and all the other fine blog marathons–on July 29th to show your support. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to stock up on caffeine and sweets to help me get through those 24 hours of non-stop blogging.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Congratulations to "Change Is Good" On 1,000 Posts!

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

brian has found a lot of these over the years

If I could only read a half-dozen or so websites every day, then the never-ending saga of Brian over at Change Is Good would undoubtedly make that list. Since September of 2003, he’s been keeping daily progress of his quest to find loose change in his everyday travels. Since January 19, 1998, he’s found nearly $600 in absolutely free money accidentally scattered by folks like you and me.

Last Friday marked the 1,000th post on Change Is Good. Brian ran a fantastic little contest leading up to the millennial entry where readers would guess his all-time find total as of post 1,000. The winner would receive an amount equivalent to all of Brian’s finds from post 950 to 1,000–an amount that turned out to be $9.30. And as you might have guessed, the lucky winner was yours truly. And while I’d like to say that I used a complex system of calculus equations to extrapolate the most likely total based on an inverse sine curve multipled by pi, I don’t know what any of that means; instead, I just took a wild guess.

So go check out Brian’s progress so far for yourself, add his feed to your RSS reader, and stay tuned for lots more to come in one man’s quest to rid the world’s streets of all that “worthless” small change.