Money Making Ideas Learned From I Love Lucy

My girlfriend loves I Love Lucy so I caught an episode with her the other day and discovered another way to make money. It might not be ethical, but it could work.

Ricky had a business trip to go on in Europe and of course, Lucy wanted to go too, but it would’ve cost too much to take her. So Ricky told her that if she could come up with enough money to pay for herself, she could go.

Cue Shenanigans.

Lucy came up with the idea to create a fundraiser for her “cause”. Lucy and Ethel then contacted a local TV salesman and asks if he would be interested in donating one of his TV’s for a raffle, of which the benefits would go to sending two needy women on a wonderful trip.

The TV salesman happily agrees and gives them a TV set.

Now things get a bit screwy for Lucy and Ethel. They were accused of fraud and threatened with imprisonment.

Maybe you can work out a way around this?

So here’s the process;

  • Start a fundraiser
  • Contact a local company for prize donation
  • Run a raffle for your prize
  • Give away your prize to a lucky winner
  • Use your raffle money for a trip to Europe

In the end, Ricky was able to clear things up and get all of them on a ship to Europe for free.

If you’re life is anything like a 1950’s TV show, it just might work out for you too!

Black Hat Tip: Dapper Content Scraper

So you’re into some black hat stuff? If you’re more into the idea of setting up a blog that you won’t have to update yourself, you might want to take a look at a service called dapper.

dapper is actually an ad network, but they also have a little side service that will let you copy content from any website on the internet. It was created as a tool to help them create targeted ads for their service, but there’s a much funner way you can use it.

I definitely recommend watching a demo on creating a feed using dapper, but I’ll go through a few steps here.
If you want to see if there are existing dappers already, enter the URL of the website you want to grab some content from.

Dapper Content Scraper
In my example I chose CNN.com. Then you can choose which type of format you want it to output. If you plan to autoblog this content on a WordPress install using a plugin such as FeedWordPress, you should probably choose RSS feed.

Dapper Content Scraper
If you want to make a customized feed, choose “Create a Dapp.” The site you’ve chosen will show up within the dapper internal browser.

Dapper Content Scraper

Here, you’ll have the ability to choose pages from the site that you want to copy. When you find a couple of pages you like, click the button, “Add to Basket.”

Dapper Content Scraper

In order to get the best results, you should stick with pages that have the same template or dapper will get confused.

Now that you have a couple of pages, click “Next Step” over on the left side of the screen. dapper will analyze the pages and then provide you with the content it found and will then let you choose blocks of content from the pages that you want it to extract.

Dapper Content Scraper

All you have to do is select the areas you want and if it selects areas you don’t want just click on them again to remove the selections.

Dapper Content Scraper
When you’re happy with your selections, select “Save Field” at the bottom of the screen.

Dapper Content Scraper

Give your feed a name and Save.

Dapper Content Scraper
Click “Next Step” on the left side of your screen again and you’ll be able to preview your feed. If you like it, save it.

Dapper Content Scraper

On the next screen you can give it a name, description, some tags and the option to make private if you want.

Dapper Content Scraper

Now hit the check box next to the feed you want and hit the RSS button that shows up below it.

Dapper Content Scraper

There’s your feed, do with it as you wish.

Of course it’s against the TOS of dapper to copyright infringe so be careful not to get your account terminated or anything.

Valentines Day 2009 at the Search Engines

Another holiday post highlighting the various logos that the search engines have updated in accordance with the holiday of love. Valentines Day is the day to show your love to your significant other, but how many search engines have decided to show their love to their users? Lets check it out. (click the images for a full size pic)

AOL Valentines Day 2009

AOL brought out the Valentines Day theme by changing the entire page to pink in addition to adding some roses to their logo. It sent out the love vibes instantly. Nicely done.

Ask.com Valentines Day 2009

Ask.com always goes all out on their homepage for special holidays. This is a great photo. I really like this one.

Dogpile Valentines Day 2009

Here’s the home page of Dogpile. This is probably the only smaller search engine that actually participates in these holiday homepage / logo changes. I like the big ugly bulldog cartoon at the top.

Live.com Valentines Day 2009

The home page over at Live.com with a picture of two seals kissing is sure to be my girlfriends favorite. She loves animals and this page is obviously very “cute.” Good job Microsoft, you’ve made my girlfriends day. ๐Ÿ™‚

MSN Valentines Day 2009

Here’s the search bar over at MSN.com. They didn’t do a theme on this page, but at least they added a nice little logo to the search bar at the top page.

YouTube Valentines Day 2009

YouTube never really goes all out for any holidays, but you can be sure that they’ll update their logo. Todays logo with a rose laying in front of it certainly is classy. I like it.

Google Valentines Day 2009

Last but not least, the logo I’m sure all of you have already seen; Google’s. I actually really like their logo this year. The bright red color and the X O is great. I actually saw this new late last night, and forgetting that the next day was Valentines Day I thought the logo had something to do with a serial killer. Great logo though.

I think all of the search engines that participated in the Valentines Day theme did a great job. I wish more sites would’ve joined in the fun, because these posts are always a good time to research and write up.

Happy Valentines Day!!

911 Symbol on Google Hot Trends

I don’t know how this is done, but somehow a symbol of an airplane hitting the Twin Towers has made it’s way onto Google Hot Trends today (as you can see at the 20th position if you click the image). It’s been there since this morning.

I think this has something to do with someone gaming the Google Trends algorithm, possibly searching for these symbols in Google rapidly from unique IP’s?

Obviously from the pic below, you can see that there is no other related information about the search term, probably because there is no real way to determine relevancy to symbols. Interesting.

How is this symbol made anyway? Wingdings or webdings probably, but I just copied and pasted. โœˆ โ–Œโ–Œ

Update: There’s some more info about how this happened over at ISEDB. Looks like the users at 4chan got it going.