Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tagvillage update - tag trading starts, gets disabled again

So as promised, tag trading was re-launched on Sunday. However, it didn't last very long. About 40 minutes into the relaunch, tagvillage had to disable tag trading again because of a new bug. While tag buying transactions seemed to work just fine this time, many users' credit balance was not represented properly in their Back Office. This is the issue that needed to be fixed and so far, it's been 3 days and counting since tag trading was paused. There has been no word yet on when they will enable it again, so for now we can only wait for updates.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another day, another tagvillage delay

I woke up today all excited, because this morning was supposed to be the re-launch of tag trading on tagvillage. The time for the restart was officially set for 10:00 AM US Central time. Well, the hour struck, I was sitting on my couch with my mouth open in anticipation and... nothing. Tag trading did not begin. Credit to tagvillage admins, they let us know right away that they were still waiting on some 3rd party guys to catch up, so we the users had to be a bit patient.

Well, it is now 6:36 PM in Florida and the latest update from tagvillage brought us news of another delay. This time, the problem seems to be with one of the servers that keeps sending faulty information to the users, displaying incorrect amount of credits and not listing any referrals.

Long story short, tagvillage restart has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Sunday January 23rd, at 12:00 PM US Central time.

Let's hope that this time things go smoother.

In other tagvillage news, we now have new referral links. These are more 'pretty' and much simpler. Here is mine:

Since new members are only accepted through invitation, you can use my link if you would like to register on tagvillage.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tagvillage update - another delay

Well, here we go again. The re-soft launch did not happen between '8 AM and 12 PM' as was initially suggested. We were then told to wait until 6 PM central time. Well, it's 15 minutes past 6 and the restart is now delayed 'indefinitely'. The reason for it is not exactly clear, but it seems that some members have more than one account registered with the same e-mail address and that is causing a problem, therefore delaying the re-launch for everyone else. Until that is cleared up, tagvillage cannot do the soft launch. Other than that, all the bugs have been fixed and the the tag trading platform is ready to go. Seems like it won't happen just yet. More updates to follow.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tagvillage soft-launch problems *UPDATE*

As promised, tagvillage gave us an update on today's problems. As I suspected, the problems arose mostly because people were trading the same 'big' tags at the very same time, only miliseconds apart. The software could not exactly handle this properly, so what happened happened. Luckily, the tagvillage team says that it is an easy fix, but it's going to take them until Monday to complete it. And here is the most important paragraph in the update:

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please bear with us. This is not a fatal error. It is simply a bug in the communication between systems and can be repaired. However, we do want to make a few announcements. In the spirit of being fair to all our members, we feel it is necessary to flush the system and start Tag Trading over again from scratch. Because hundreds of people were not getting Credits for their sales, they could not participate fully in the trades of Tags that were important to them. Many people profited greatly, but others were unfairly excluded. THIS is not OK with our CEO. He feels aweful about that. While tagvillage is a place to make money, it is NOT a place for profiteering and unfairly excluding people with disadvantages.

So there you have it. On Monday, tagvillage is going to re-do the soft-launch from scratch. That is very good news for members like me, who lost most of their credits today.

Tagvillage only accepts new members through invitations right now, so if you want to join, here is my invitation link. New members will not be able to participate in soft-launch tag trading, however. They will have to wait a week until soft-launch is over and then they can start buying tags as well.

Another Kooday payment received in AlertPay

Lets take a break from tagvillage for a bit.

Here is my second Kooday payout proof.

You might remember my post from 2 weeks ago about the first ever AlertPay payment that I received from Kooday. Well, a couple of days ago I got another e-mail from AlertPay informing me that another $5.00 payment that I requested has made it into my account:

There it is, my second Kooday payment. I have 2 more pending. I currently make about $5 a week, allowing me to cash out every week. Not too bad.

Tagvillage soft launch - Major problems

Tagvillage soft launch went live a little more than 3 hours ago. Everything seemed to be working just fine. People were actively buying tags. The most popular ones were obviously all the big names like iPhone, Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. I got to participate in this crazy battle for 'big' tags and was quite excited about it because I knew that soon their price would be driven up way out of my price range. Well this excitement did not last long because soon I found out that, while my credit balance was reduced every time I bought a tag, I was not always credited whenever someone bought a tag from me. This applies mostly to all the 'big' tags because they were selling like hot pancakes and my guess is the system could not keep up with everything and completely mixed things. In the end, while I bought the tag 'google' about 5-6 times, I was not credited for selling it even once. Needless to say, I ran out of credits very fast and could not buy any more tags.

I was relieved to find out that I am not the only person with this problem. Pretty much everyone on tagvillage was affected by this and sent countless e-mails to the admins, who told us that an update about this whole situation is going to be posted in the News section later today. I have no idea how they are going to take care of this. At this point, the only plausible solution seems to be starting the whole thing over again after the trading platform gets fixed.

Now we wait...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tagvillage Review - it's Kooday + social networking

*Update* I just read the latest news on tagvillage and registrations will not be closed during soft launch. This means that you can go ahead and register if you'd like. Since they are keeping it invite-only for now, you can register through one of my links.

Ever wish you joined Kooday at the very beginning? Well, there is a new money-making project on the horizon, and it is going to be pretty similar to Kooday.

The name of this project is tagvillage. It is currently in pre-launch. However, soft-launch is only days (literally) away. Soft-launch is going be pretty much like a test phase during which the developers will get a chance to see at how functional the site is and take note of things that they might need to work on a bit more. New members will not be able to register during soft-launch. However, once the site is ready to launch, registrations will open once again. I don't know if they are going to be by invitation only (like in pre-launch) or if anyone will be able to sign up. If you are quick enough to read this before the soft-launch, you may sign up for tagvillage right now through my invitation link.

What is tagvillage going to be all about, anyway? 

Like I already said, part of it is going to be very similar to Kooday. Those familiar with Kooday know that Kooday is all about buying/selling keywords and accumulating profit-share-credits from it. Once a week, users are paid based on how much profit shares they have. This is a very very basic explanation of what Kooday is and how it works, so if you want to know a bit more, you can check out one of my older posts on this.

Tagvillage is going to have a pretty much identical keyword buying program. However, on tagvillage, keywords are called 'tags' and the two terms are actually a bit different. Tags are more dynamic and encompassing than keywords. There is a great article on the difference between the two in this Facebook group (you might have to join it before you can find and read the article. It is also available on the tagvillage site, but I am not sure if non-members can access the page. You can still try by clicking here).
Just like Kooday, tagvillage is going to let users buy/sell tags and get profit share credits. Users will be paid every Monday. How much you make depends on how many profit share credits you have.

This is where similarities between tagvillage and Kooday end. Unlike Kooday, tagvillage is going to have a whole social network side to it, where members will be able to interact and earn points from doing different activities. These points are also going to go towards your weekly earnings. Basically, tagvillage will pay you for being an active member. I cannot give any more details about this right now because nobody actually knows yet how exactly this tagvillage social network is going to work. Once the soft-launch happens, I will be sure to post an update about my experiences and opinions on tagvillage.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Kooday payment proof

Hey everybody, and Happy New Year! I finally have some free time, which means that I can make some posts now!

Let's start with Kooday. I've been with them since August and it's been a long, drawn-out ride so far. Their search engine is still not officially launched, however users are encouraged to perform searches in order to test it for now:

"Kooday is designed to pinpoint what you're looking for, through a stepped approach. This is a test period, and some results are expected to be slower than others. Please help us test our new features."

In the latest update from Kooday, we were told that most of the programmers are on vacation, but when they are back, we should expect a lot of important/exciting news and upgrades. One of these upgrades is the long overdue new design for Kooday. Like I've mentioned before, the registration page looks very shady and not at all welcoming. It makes Kooday appear like a cheaply designed scam site, and I won't be surprised if many members decided not to register and participate because of this scary design.

Which brings me to the point of this post. About 3-4 weeks ago, I requested my first money withdrawal from Kooday. Today, I finally received it in my AlertPay account! Here is proof of payment that shows that Kooday does pay:

I now have 25,000 profit share credits on Kooday, which earn me about $5.00 a week. The minimum withdrawal amount is $5.00, so basically I can request a withdrawal every week! I am currently waiting on my 2nd withdrawal, which should arrive sometime next week.

If you'd like to join Kooday, click here. Once again, don't be thrown off by the poorly designed registration page (this will change very soon). All of the interesting Kooday bits (news, FAQ, updates, messages from developers) are only available to members. You don't have to pay to register. You only pay if you want to participate in buying and selling keywords.

I'm off now until the next update! Cheers!