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Generate Passive Income in 2017: Bitcoin Passive Investment

How does the idea of generating a passive income, involving a relatively small monetary investment, a few minutes of your time per week, and seeing an income stream coming back to you within a day or two of your first investment? Sounds too good to be true?

Well, it’s actually possible, and doesn’t require taking on huge risks or having access to special skills or knowledge.

How? By passively investing with Bitcoin.

The below method is a very effect way of selling Bitcoin to PayPal, and get a 15% markup over the current market price of Bitcoin at the same time.

How does this work?

how does passive bitcoin investment work

 

Steps

  1. Purchase bitcoin on an exchange.
  2. Deposit your newly purchased Bitcoin into a Bitcoin lending service.
  3. Wait for your Bitcoin to be fully lent out (this step is 100% passive).
  4. Re-invest your initial investment, plus the fees you’ve earned, into buying more Bitcoin…
  5. Return to step 1 – lend your initial amount, plus fees, so your investment grows steadily.

As you can see, the process is very simple, and doesn’t take much time: buy Bitcoin, deposit it in a lending service, wait for your funds to be lent out, then take your initial investment plus fees, and use that to buy more Bitcoin, lend it out….and so on! You Bitcoin isn’t released until someone actually sends payment via PayPal, so your funds are fully protected during this process.

By the way, the terms “borrowing” and “lending” Bitcoin are somewhat misleading, is more accurate to say that you are buying Bitcoin at the market rate, and selling it with markup.

What is Bitcoin?
If you are not sure what Bitcoin is, I highly recommend this short introductory video: What is Bitcoin? 
Passive income has been a relatively loosely used term in recent years. Colloquially, it’s been used to define money being earned regularly with little or no effort on the part of the person who’s receiving it.

What is passive income? from Investopedia

Bitcoin is Highly Volatile – How Does this Qualify as “Low Risk Passive Investment”?

The beauty of lending Bitcoin is that you are exposed to very little price volatility because you only own Bitcoins for a short period of time – between the time you purchase the Bitcoin and the time it takes someone to “borrow” them for you on the Bitcoin lending exchange (they pay the market value of the Bitcoin, e.g. $100, plus some fees on top, which is what makes it so attractive for you as an investor). Usually, large Bitcoin price movements take several days or weeks to play out, so you are exposed only to smaller price movements. If you buy $100 worth of Bitcoin on Monday, usually you’d expect to have most of it lent out by Wednesday, with the cash on its way back to you in your PayPal account, ready to be reinvested back into lending out more Bitcoin.

How much can I Make Passively Investing in Bitcoin?

Let’s run through an actual loan to use as an estimate of how much you can make in fees, and plug those numbers into a spreadsheet.

Here is an actual, real-life example from my account:

$50 bitcoin transaction

Using these fees, I plug some hypothetical numbers into a spreadsheet to see what I could make from a $1000 initial investment, which I then loan out ten times (reinvesting all the initial amount plus the fees, so that the investment compounds nicely). I ignore the PayPal transaction fee that’s paid by the buyer, as obviously that part of the payment doesn’t go back into my pocket.

Note: expect most loans to be in the $30-$100 range, you are not going to lend out the entire $1000 at once.

bitcoin passive income p2p lending - return from ten loans

Not bad for just a few minutes per week of your time! By loan 5, we have already more than doubled our initial investment!

How long it takes to loan out your full $1000+ is difficult to say, as it depends on the amount of borrowers at any given moment of time.

Surely There are Some Risks and Drawbacks?

Yes, of course. There is no such thing as a free lunch after all. Apart from the risk that Bitcoin’s price could dramatically shift at very short notice, the other main risk is the fact that you are using PayPal- which in recent years has become riddled with scammers due to their crazy policies that favour buyers over sellers. This means that in the event of a dispute, PayPal will often favour the buyer over the seller (even where blatant fraud has taken place).

You can see the results of buyer disputes in this example from my account, which is the status after several weeks of lending:

bitcoin lending volume

The other main risk is that the buyer can initiate a credit card payback via PayPal, meaning that PayPal will charge you a fee to cover their loss, even if PayPal sides with you in a dispute.

You have to carefully consider these risks before getting involved with Bitcoin lending. Personally, I think the risk is worth it, even if I have to occasionally deal with some annoying borrower who suddenly decided they don’t want their Bitcoin, even though it’s already in their Bitcoin wallet and they decide to complain to PayPal.

What’s in This for Each Person?

  • For you, the lender – you generate a low-risk, low-time commitment side income. How much and how often you invest is 100% your choice – if you need funds back, you can cancel your lending at any time, sell your Bitcoin and cash out.
  • For the borrower – they get to purchase Bitcoin via PayPal, without going through the time and hassle of using a Bitcoin exchange
  • For me, the author of this guide – I make a small referral fee when you sign up to these services – at no cost to you. Also, I enjoy spreading the word about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, so it’s enjoyable for me to bring more people into the world of Bitcoin.

Ok – I’m Interested! How do I do this?

Initial Setup

These steps can take a few days, depending on how smoothly your ID verification is processed with the Bitcoin exchange, how quickly your initial deposit takes, and how much borrowing activity is going on at any give moment. The good news is you only need to do this once.

Step 1. Signup to a Bitcoin exchange. This is where you  buy Bitcoins which you will then lend to someone else. I highly recommend Coinbase* as they’re really easy to use and come highly recommended. You’ll pay a transaction fee for using a credit card to buy Bitcoin, however if you live in a SEPA (Single European Payment Area) country, you can actually deposit your investment without fees. Note that you need a passport or other form of photo ID to open an account with most Bitcoin exchanges.

*Note: if you sign up to Coinbase with this link, you get $10 in free Bitcoin when you buy your first $100 or more worth of Bitcoin from Coinbase!

Step 2. Signup for a PayPal account, if you don’t already have one.

Step 3. Signup to the Bitcoin lending website, this is the service that matches lenders and borrowers of Bitcoin. The service I use is Xcoins.

Ongoing Activities

As outlined above it’s really simple and only involves a few minutes of your time each week:

  1. Buy Bitcoin – 5 minutes or less
  2. Deposit it in the Bitcoin lending service – 1 minute
  3. Wait for your funds to be lent out – can take several hours to several days, depending on the amount you are lending, and the demand at the time. This is 100% hands-off, so no work for you! Personally I like to log in once every few days to check my balance and to check for messages (in case of problems), but how often is completely up to you. You will also receive email notifications regarding your transactions, so you don’t even have to login every time.
  4. Take your initial investment, plus fees, and use that to buy more Bitcoin…. return to step 1!
Start Earning Passive Income Today

Find out why using xCoins is an effective way of cashing out Bitcoin to PayPal.

 

How to Stream Video on Mac with Acestream

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You’ll be streaming in no time.

Here is a complete list of everything you need to set up Acestream on Mac: where to find good streams, how to correctly copy and paste acestream links and how to fix lagging and buffering.


Acestream is a P2P application so I would advise you use a VPN, my recommendation is Cyberghost VPN. For more purchasing options, see the green box in the right hand sidebar.


Setup Acestream on Mac

Acestream is designed for Windows, so it requires some workarounds to getting it working on a Mac. Luckily, you can follow this fairly straightforward guide in the video below.

Update December 2015: added video

It involves installing a media centre application called Kodi, which acts as a front end interface for Acestream, which is the software that does that actual streaming.

Where to Find Rugby Acestream Links (or any sport)

acestreaming mac home cinema

No, this isn’t actually rugby.

Once you have Kodi installed, it’s time to find some live streams!

I am a rugby fan, but you can use this tip for almost any sport you like to watch (e.g. football, tennis, NFL…).

Step 1: check the rugby match thread on reddit (available on the day of the game). You may find an acestream link there, posted by a user. If not, go to step 2.

Step 2: Go to Flashscore rugby to find which TV channels are showing the game. Hover over the TV icon on the right to see which channels are showing the game:

find_rugby_tv_channels_for_acestream

When you have your preferred channel in mind, go to step 3.

Step 3: find your TV channel on this website. Look out for Bloodzeed links, if they are available they are high quality and highly recommended! Post any links you find in the Reddit match thread, it’s nice to be nice!

Tip 1: If you speak a language other than English, sometimes you can get a better stream as English streams are often in high demand.

Tip 2: If your stream is giving trouble, look for a stream with a lower bitrate (the number listed in Kbps on the link in step 3.) Higher bitrate, e.g. 3000Kbps = crystal clear HD, but you need a fast internet connection to handle that action! I find lower bitrates perfectly watchable, they are usually ~720p quality.

Correct Format for Acestream Links

Make sure you copy and paste the entire acestream link as highlighted below (if you copy only part of the link, it will most likely not work).

acstream_correct_link_format

How to Open an Acestream Link in Kodi

how to open acestream link in kodi

Fix AceStream Buffering on Mac

  1. Open Kodi.
  2. Right-click the menu item for AceStream in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click “Options”.
  3. Set the live buffer to 30 seconds. This means that our stream is 30 seconds behind the live broadcast. If our connection is poor, the buffer will run out and our stream will lag. If you still have problems with lagging, increase the buffer. If you have a very fast connection, you can try decreasing it so you are closer to the live broadcast.
  4. Disk cache- I set mine to 3 (meaning 3Gb). This is the maximum size that you want Acestream to store the live video on your hard drive.
  5. Go to Advanced settings. Set total maximum connections to 500.

The steps above are highlighted here:

increase fix acestream buffering

Use Acestream Securely

Acestream involves using peer-to-peer (P2P) services. Sometimes these are in a legal grey area depending on your geographic location.

I recommend using Cyberghost VPN to use Acestream securely (disclosure: affiliate link. If you liked this guide and found it useful, consider using this link to sign up! More purchase options are in the green box in the right sidebar.)

You can read about their privacy policies here and a further review here. You can use them on your mobile devices and use their worldwide servers to unblock geo-locked content from different countries.

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Long Tail SEO- How to Rank for Difficult Keywords-Beginner Guide

beginners guide to long tail seo

This guide will show you how to rank for difficult, relevant keywords to your area of interest.

Part 1: Background and Introduction

  • Aim to have only 1 Target Keyword per page.
  • You need to have access to Google Keyword Planner and Google Webmaster Tools.
  • Keyword Planner allows you to plan for the future, to get an idea of search volume before your content goes live. Without this, you are only guessing at which keyword is best.
  • Webmaster Tools allows you to look into the past. It shows which keywords people used to arrive on your website. This allows you to measure success and spot problems.
  • In Webmaster tools, an Impression is when someone searches for something, and a page from your site appears on the results page (it may be clicked on, or not).
  • A Click is obvious, when someone sees your link (an impression) and clicks through to your site.
  • Therefore, Click Through Rate (CTR) is (Impressions/Clicks)*100.
  • Average position is the average place in the page over the given time period. Positions 1 to 10 are in the first page in Google (which is the minimum you need to be). Positions 1 to 3 are best, which get the best CTR.

This is what the above metrics look like in Webmaster Tools:

Webmaster tools metrics for long tail SEO

 

So What is Long Tail SEO?

A useful way to categorise search keywords is to put them in one of two groups- head and tail keywords.

A head term is a short keyword that gets lots of searches, e.g. “SEO”.

A long tail term is a longer keyword that is lower in search volume, but more specific, e.g. “beginner guide to long tail SEO”. With the second term, we can see the person has a much more specific idea of what they want to find.

Often, people search for head terms when doing initial research, and then long tail keywords after doing initial research, and perhaps when ready to commit to a purchase a product.

In summary:

  • Head terms are extremely popular, but are also difficult to rank for.
  • Long tail search terms are a huge group of lower volume search terms. They are much easier to rank for, and have higher buying intent.

When I did work optimising pages on a website project, I noticed something interesting:

If you start ranking for a group of long tail terms, you can also start ranking for the related, head term.

I noticed that by making my content such as page titles, subheadings and anchor text longer and more specific, I actually improved by rankings for both head and long tail search keywords in my area of focus.

I managed to get the search term into page 1 in Google.com, near the BBC result and the results of large competitors who had a much bigger marketing budget.

This guide will show you step by step how to follow this method. Come with me, you lucky thing!

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Part 2: Keyword Research – Using Keyword Planner

Login to Google Keyword Planner:

keyword planner long tail seo

 

Type in some relevant keywords and click the get ideas button. Think of words that people would search for to find the page you are working on. Click on the “Keyword Ideas” tab on the next screen.

keyword planner long tail results

 

Here you get the average monthly searches, and the competition.

Competition is a measure of how competitive the Google ads are. Google Ads are the paid results on the right of a Google search results page, the organic search results (which we are interested in) are on the left:

google search result long tail seo

 

So average monthly searches are important, and you can take competition as just a rough idea of how commercially valuable a keyword is.

Scroll down in Keyword Planner and sort the results by search volume:

keyword planner long tail results sorted by volume

 

We can see many results. However, many are unrelated to our keyword.

 

Here are the above steps in a GIF, the high art of our age:

keyword planner steps

 

Go to search options on the left, and select the first option:

keyword planner options

 

 

This will limit the results:

keyword planner long tail results narrowed

 

Sometimes, there will be very little results so you don’t need to restrict the results (for example, for very niche or low volume search terms). Other times, it’s useful when there are lots of unrelated search terms. Use this filter option as necessary.

I might like the phrase “Beginner’s Guide Long Tail SEO” for this page:

long tail seo page

Next Step: Repeat this Process to get more Keywords

Follow the above steps again, get other related keywords.

The idea is to get 2 or 3 keyword phrases that you combine into a really long, very detailed keyword. For example, for this page, I like the phrase “Long Tail SEO- How to Rank for Difficult Keywords-Beginner’s Guide”. This is an example of a highly specific, easier to rank for keyword. It’s likely I can rank quickly for this phrase.

Here is the good news: using this method, you will start ranking for related, attractive keywords, that have higher volume than the keywords you entered.

For example, this page might eventually rank for “Long Tail SEO Guide”, “Long Tail Beginner”, “Rank for difficult keywords” and so on. This is what makes long tail SEO so great!

 

Next Step: Combine Keywords into a Target Long Tail Keyword

Now that you have 2 or 3 keyword phrases, you must combine these into a phrase that makes sense as a page title or heading.

You have seen the example I’ve used with this page. Come up with your own examples by doing research with Keyword Planner.

Part 3: Where to Put the Long Tail Keywords on your Website

Now that you have your keyword for your page, let’s apply them to your website or blog. There are several places where it’s important to include your keyword.

The steps for adding the keyword will be different for each website and blog, depending on your admin backend.

Keyword in Page Title

Page title is what appears in the tab in your browser:

page title long tail keyword

 

 

Page Titles also appear as the main heading in search results:

page title long tail keyword search results

 

 

In WordPress blog posts, you simply add the relevant title which contains your keyword:

page title long tail keyword wordpress blog post seo

 

Again, this step depends on your content management system or website.

 

Keywords in Meta Description

Meta description is what appears under your page title in Google…sometimes (sometimes Google takes random text from your page and uses that instead, you cannot control this). It’s limited to 156 characters. Use SEOMofo to optimise your meta description before entering it in your content management system.

Meta description in Google results page:

meta description long tail seo keyword

Add the meta description in your content management system, remember the 156 character limit (SEO Mofo helps with this). In your content management system, you may have extra things like “abstract” and “meta keywords”, ignore because they are useless for SEO.

 

Keywords in H1s, H2s etc

H1 is the main heading on your page. It should always contain your keyword, unless you have a great reason not to. So make sure you add it!

If possible, add the keyword here too in H2s, H3s and so on. Remember, don’t spam! If you include the keyword in a heading in a way that doesn’t make sense, this can hurt your rankings. If in doubt, just think about what your readers would find most useful.

I includes variations of my target keyword in the H2, H3s on this very page. You can look back at my headings if you are curious. Variations are good because they tell Google the subject you are trying to rank for, without spamming. They also show respect for your reader.

Summary: use your common sense when applying keywords to headings. Always try to include the target keyword in H1s.

Keywords in the Body Content

Body content means the regular, non-headings text in your page. Similar rules apply to headings. Use keywords where possible, but don’t spam or make sentences that don’t make sense just to force in a keyword. Try to have a keyword density of about 2-3%. If you use self-hosted WordPress, you can use the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin to help manage keyword density and other on-page SEO factors.

 

Keywords in the Image ALT Text

Image ALT (alternative) text is what appears when you hover your mouse over an image, or appears when an image doesn’t load. When you upload an image on your website, normally you get an option to edit the ALT text.

Try to include keywords in the ALT text. Sometimes I like to use the format:

[keyword]- [description of the image]

So for example:

Long Tail SEO Guide- Screenshot Google Keyword Planner

Again, use common sense, apply keywords where possible. Try to use as many interesting, relevant images as possible, which also serves to break up the wall of text for the user.

Talking of relevant pictures, here’s an image of a starry sky. Nice, huh?

sky-sunset-night-space

Further reading: using ALT text for SEO.

 

Keywords in the URL

Try to include your keyword in the URL of the page. WordPress has a nice feature, where it includes the page or post title in the URL automatically. Make your URLs friendly for humans to read.

Which link would you prefect to click on?

  • http://somewebsite.com/dfgdkhgdpfi/u04985t0j-456546
  • http://somewebsite.com/beginners-guide-long-tail-seo

The first link is a smelly, bloated mess. The second link is amazing and straightforward, like this sunset:

dawn-landscape-mountains-nature

If you have an old page with an existing, poor URL: try to change the URL into something that makes sense using redirects. Redirects are important to ensure that Google doesn’t “lose” the page and therefore the SEO value that the page has accumulated is retained. If you are using WordPress, search for redirects plugins to handle the hard work.

If you have a new page: create a new, descriptive URL that contains the keywords, where possible. Remember you should be able to guess the page content from the URL.

 

Keywords in Anchor Text

Anchor text is the text in a link. This is an example of anchor text to my post about how the economy works.

Anchor text is very important for SEO. Google uses it as an important factor to discover what a particular page is about. If many of your links have “click here” as anchor text, this is a big opportunity missed.

Try to use descriptive, keyword-rich anchor text in as many links as you can. Use variations of the keyword because if you have 100 links pointing at a page with identical anchor text, Google knows this is spam.

Use as many relevant links all over your website as necessary, and include good, descriptive anchor text with them. Link liberally to your own content, where relevant. Use the exact keyword you are targeting in the anchor text, if possible.

I used a nice, non-obvious keyword phrase after careful research in Keyword planner for a past project. I noticed keywords mentioning a variation of the term which I initially thought of were getting decent search volume and had low competition. I added in “Online” in the keyword to make it even more specific, and bang, we started ranking not only for “Online X” but eventually even “X” (the head term getting 1000s of searches a month)! This means the website is in the same results page as the BBC website, which is obviously a high authority, trusted website.

Therefore, using Long Tail keywords in your anchor text is very powerful.

Another critical place for keyword-rich anchor text is in the page footer. In most websites, the footer appears on every page, so having keyword-rich anchor text can provide a nice SEO boost. So choose good keywords, and link to the most important pages.

 

Chapter 4: Long Tail SEO Guide Summary

Steps:

  1. You need access to Keyword planner and Webmaster tools
  2. One long tail keyword per page
  3. Conduct keyword research in Google Keyword Planner
  4. Track results in Google Webmaster Tools
  5. Combine several attractive keywords into 1 long tail keyword
  6. When you have your keyword, apply it in your content management system to the page title, meta description, H1s, H2s etc, body content, image alt text, URL, anchor text.

If you like this guide, follow me on Twitter! You can also send feedback on this guide to me, if you have ideas for improvements.

Thanks for reading!

 

How to Download Youtube Videos for Mac

Complete Guide to Downloading Youtube Videos for Mac and Linux

 

download youtube mac

Note: Guide for downloading Youtube videos for Windows coming soon!

This is the complete guide to downloading videos, playlists and music from Youtube, without using any dodgy websites or crap-filled Youtube downloader software. This easy to follow guide will show you how to download to your heart’s desire- for free!

I wrote this guide to steer people away from frustrations trying to download Youtube videos. I myself once used a Greasemonkey script for my video downloads, but unfortunately when Youtube’s interface was updated it broke the script, never to work again. This utility we are using today completely removes all these types of headaches.

We are using a free utility called Youtube-dl. This fantastic piece of software is complete free and open-source, ad-free, downloads videos, music and playlists from Youtube and is constantly updated by an amazing team of volunteers.

Step 1: Download and Install Youtube-dl

Go to the youtube-dl site.

Ok, time to open your Terminal, don’t be alarmed!

open terminal mac in spotlight

Open Terminal by pressing Cmd+Spacebar (by default on Mac), search for ‘Terminal’ in Spotlight, then press Enter when you find it.

download youtube-dl command line

In Terminal, copy this entire command into your Terminal window, then hit Enter:

sudo wget https://yt-dl.org/downloads/2015.01.16/youtube-dl -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

You will be prompted to enter your Mac password for your account (same one as when you login). Do so now. This command downloads the required Youtube-dl files.

Next, copy and paste this entire command and hit Enter again:

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

Once again, enter your password if prompted. This command changes file permissions so we are ready to continue to the fun part.

Step 2: How to Download Youtube Videos on Mac

Ok, now for the fun bit!

Let’s download a video! I am a fan of American Psycho, so let’s download the American Psycho Business Card Scene.

how to download youtube videos youtube-dl mac

Copy and paste the following command and hit Enter:

youtube-dl "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF_-AO4qVB0"

downloading youtube video youtube-dl

You see this screen when the video is downloading.

And that’s it for downloading a video from Youtube!! Simple huh?

Just remember to copy and paste the following command into your Terminal to download video files:

youtube-dl "<video link>"

Step 3: How to Download Youtube Mp3

Copy and paste the following command to download a files as an mp3 file from Youtube:

youtube-dl --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 <video link>

Added Bonus: Download from many different video sites!

Despite it’s name, youtube-dl supports downloads from many different websites. Use the same commands as above!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this easy to follow guide to downloading Youtube videos on your Mac.

Guide to downloading Youtube on Windows coming soon!

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