Are casino bonuses as good as they sound?
We’ve all seen the ads where online casinos offer us free bonus money to join their site. So what’s to stop us joining several different casinos and cashing in from a number of different bonuses? The short answer is nothing – and lots of players do this so that they can enjoy the thrill of playing cash games for free at a number of different sites. But to actually ever withdraw the bonus money, you’d really have to invest a lot of your own cash into the site to meet the wagering requirements (see below), so it’s unrealistic to think you’ll ever end up creaming all the bonus money off the casinos.
Every casino bonus has terms and conditions attached to it, and this is quite reasonable enough – few things in life are actually free! As long as you’re aware of the terms attached to a bonus, you can get plenty of entertainment out of your casino bonus, but it’s unlikely to ever actually be withdrawn and go into your bank account.
That doesn’t mean the bonuses aren’t worth having though – for example, if you sign up to play online casino games with 32Red.com you can qualify for a no-deposit bonus of £32 just by registering your name and email and debit or credit card details. Then, for seven days, you can play any of the cash games on the site for free – and any wins you have will go into your casino account. There are a few limits on the size of bet you can place, but otherwise it’s a great way to potentially start your bankroll. And if you then want to get some more free money, there’s more to be had when you pay in an initial deposit. 32 Red gives first time depositors £32 for every £10 that they pay in, up to a maximum of £160.
Whatever site you decide to join, make sure that you read the small print on the bonus before signing up. That way you know exactly what you’re going to get and it leaves less room for potential disappointment when you realise you can’t use the bonus money in a particular way.
Key things to look out for include the time limits. All bonuses will have a time limit on them – some are shorter than others. Don’t take a bonus and then let it become void because you haven’t used it within the requisite time. Another detail to check is the wagering requirement. If you want to withdraw the bonus, you’ll have to meet the wagering requirement – this is usually expressed as a multiple of the bonus, the number of times you have to play the amount through on games on the site before you can withdraw it. Also check out gaming restrictions. If you’re a dedicated blackjack player and the bonus that you choose can’t be used on blackjack but only on slots, you may feel it’s pointless having that particular bonus. Usually bonuses are tied to the games that offer the house the highest edge.
As long as you are fully aware of the terms of the casino bonuses, you can enjoy the free money that’s on offer. You may be able to get your bankroll started with a few lucky wins and if not, you’ll at least have the entertainment value from the games you choose to play with it.
Your own web-design company for £4 a month?
Let’s get down to business because here at EMO I like to get to the point. Do you realise that many local businesses close too you pay £1000s to get their own website when in reality setting up a simple one is something anyone can do? Yes I know some of you may have messed around with Dreamweaver at some point and maybe created a small site which worked but looked horrible but did you know that it’s possible to create a professional looking website with just a few clicks? I know a lot of people think web-design is all complex stuff like programming and graphic design but what If I told you there was a way to create amazing sites that’s no more difficult than installing Microsoft Word?!
So the software is called “WordPress” and it’s probably the most popular platform for building websites online today but it’s not a download or something you run on your own computer. Web-hosting companies run it for you which means all you have to do is tell it how you want your website to look and then you just add your content, there is no programming or “traditional web design” involved. And how much does it cost to get WordPress running and live on the web? Well you can get it for just under £4 a month! (You can create as many sites as you want and put them live for this price, cool huh?)
But before I get into WordPress why exactly would you want to be building websites and what does it have to do with making money? Well these days almost every business needs a website, in-fact if you know anything about computers someone has probably asked you at some point if you can create them a website. The thing is small businesses don’t really have the budget to spend £1000s on a big website, often they just want some photos up there and some contact details, but large web-design companies have no interest in this kind of work. However imagine if you could build a great looking site that had the following in an hour or two:
- Professional design
- Contact us page
- Image gallery
- Other “information” pages
Would a small local business in your area pay £500 or more for that? Would they also pay you £40 month to keep it live for them and make small changes if needed later? I know for a fact that many large web agencies are charging upwards of £4000 just for this kind of small setup (and people are paying it). But all you need to compete is a £4 per month account with a company that runs the WordPress system.
The point I’m trying to make here is that this is a small business you can start with no risk at all, just the WordPress fee and some time to learn how it works, plus web-design is one of those skills that’s going to be in demand for a long time. I should also mention that with this type of hosting account you can run as many sites as you want so if you offered to host someone’s site for them at £10 per month then that’s pure profit.
But back to the main issue, how easy is it to setup and create these WordPress sites? It’s a three step process:
Actually this is the easy bit since Hostgator (my recommended host) have it as a point and click process (since nearly everyone who signs up is using WordPress). Luckily for you they have it down in a 3 min video:
The best bit! This is where you get an amazing professional design for your site in a few minutes. There are 50,000 + free designs (called themes) at wordpress.org/extend/themes/ or if you want to pay (around £30) there’s loads here Templatemonster.com . If it’s a free theme you want then you can just search and install it from your WordPress admin in about 1 min, once you apply it then your whole site (blog) automatically has that look. As you can tell I’m skipping some of the “how tos” but WordPress setup is covered much better by others and I don’t have the space to go through it all here, I will say it’s very easy though.
WordPress is a blogging platform (this site is a blog and runs WordPress) but that doesn’t mean your site has to look like “a blog”. You can configure it to just have a single piece of content on the homepage and then you just create normal pages which show up in the menu. Content is all added through an editor which is very similar to Microsoft Word, you’ve got stuff like underline, bold, paragraphs and images etc. Sometimes you have to play around with content to get it looking right but on the whole it’s pretty simple.
Another large part of the system is all of the free plug-ins available, for example if you wanted to have an image gallery there is wordpress.org/extend/plugins/image-gallery-reloaded/ . All you have to do is tell WordPress to install the plug-in then you add the images. There’s zero technical skill involved but its looks amazing to your average user, it’s easily something you can charge £100+ for to someone.
So I don’t want to overload anyone with too much info here as I could probably make this post 3 times longer lol. A good place to start though is by getting your own host that can run the platform and the one I recommend is Hostgator because they are super cheap but also very reliable (I’ve been with them for over 4 years). I also managed to get a coupon code for you guys – if you enter “emo_super_coupon” in when you signup you can get another 25% off! So if you’re ready to risk £4 on a real business that actually works then click the link below to signup.