Make Money with Pageflakes - An Experiment.

2007/06/22 |

I’m sure some of you would have heard of PageFlakes, an personalized start page that you can set to show up whenever you turn on your computer and open your internet browser. This page is customizable and you can use it to display your address book, to-do list, blog or news feeds, calendar and many other widget-like applications.

Why should you use a personalized start page?

Because you’ll get to squeeze all the important information you need on one page, allowing you easy access once you open your browser. If you’re a blog reader, you can use it to display feeds from blogs that you usually read. You can also use it as a web-based for jotting down short lists, ideas, events or to-do tasks.

Like other start pages like Netvibes, Pageflakes is heavy on Ajax, which means that you can drag and drop most elements on the page itself. It’s very user friendly and you can easily integrate a lot of feed-based media onto your startpage. For example you can get feeds from Youtube or Flickr for specific tag or put up syndicated Dilbert comics and all your web-based email accounts on the start-page. This means that you don’t always have to open a new tab to check your email, manager your calender, surf YouTube or read your blog feeds.

Here’s a screen shot of what a Pageflakes start page will look like.


How do you earn money with Pageflakes?

I recently tried out Pageflake as a start page and noticed that they offered an affiliate program which you can apply for. It’s somewhat to Google’s Firefox or Picasa referral scheme in that you’ll get to earn $0.5 every person that signs for Pageflakes via your affiliate link. Pageflakes is completely free for all users, which means that there’s some potential for getting signups.

There doesn’t seem to be a minimum payout rate because all payments are made once a month via Paypal. This means that even if you’ve earned $2 in commissions, you’ll get paid for it monthly. However, Pageflakes has indicated that if you make more than US$100 in a month, you’ll liable to receive payment even before the month ends.

How do you promote Pageflakes?

There are several ways to do this. One of them is to promote it through buttons, banners or textlinks. Leave them in prominent places on your website and you’ll get a lot of curious people clicking on it to visit their website. Some may sign up, some may not. You can also write a review of Pageflakes on your website to promote your affiliate link.

How do I sign up with Pageflake’s affiliate program?

Signing up as an affiliate is not an automated process. You’ll have to email Pageflakes and indicate how you will be promoting their website. I sent an email a while back and got a reply in around five days. Your affiliate and stats tracking link will be included in the email.

Turning Commissions into Donations - Dosh Dosh’s Pageflakes Experiment

I did some research on the net and couldn’t find any testimonials or proof from other affiliates that Pageflakes does indeed pay its affiliates. This doesn’t entirely mean that they are not legitimate and I’m quite sure that they do pay on time. However, I’m really interested in how their affiliate process works and so decided to come up with an easy way to test their program.

I know there are a number of you out there reading Dosh Dosh regularly and I would like to ask you all to participate in this experiment. I’ll only need 51 participants, the minimum number of signups needed for an immediate payout but I would very much welcome as many participants as possible.

Here’s the deal. Sign up with my affiliate link and I will give every single cent that I earn from Pageflakes to charity. I am planning to donate it specifically to Mercy Corps in support of the recent massive flooding in Jakarta, which made 200,000 people homeless with limited access to clean drinking water. Read more about the floods here.

I’ll post verifiable screen shots of my affiliate stats/earnings and will also provide proof for any donation that I make towards Mercy Corps. This will come in the form of an official acknowledgment card from Mercy Corp, which I can email to anyone who wants to view it. I’ll also put up a permanent screen shot of the card on Dosh Dosh.

How can I participate in Dosh Dosh’s Pageflakes experiment?

Sounds good so far? Heres how you can get started.

Note that you’re only eligible to participate if only don’t have a Pageflake account.

You also should be somewhat interested in trying out Pageflakes as a start page. Now that that’s out of the way, here are the steps you need to take.

1. Sign up with Pageflakes using this link.

There are two steps involved in signing up. After clicking on the link, click on the ‘Just let me in‘ link at the bottom left of the square box that you see. After which, click on the ‘Sign up‘ button that’s on the top right hand corner of the screen. The entire process should only take you 2 minutes.

2. Come back to this post and leave a comment with your Pageflakes username(optional) after you’ve signed up. This allows me to see if Pageflake’s live stats report matches up with the number of people who signed up.

3. Try using Pageflakes as a start page. They might have some useful features that you’ll like.

I’ll put up screenshots of my affiliate stats two days from now so do look out for it. Hopefully I’ll reach the payout rate so I can get to send out some money out to Mercy Corps.This is for a good cause, so please spread the word if you can.

Leave a comment if you have any questions!