Thank you for the reality check! I’m both an online and offline content developer (speaker / trainer) coming from the corporate world. So many of my peers sit in corporate day-jobs thinking, “I need to get out of here so I can make my millions.” Then we leave (yes, I was one of them!) and find out that we can’t just tomorrow put our shingles out, say we’re speakers / consultants / online marketers / whatever, and expect the masses to flock to us. Your article is good in that it is reality, yet not discouraging. In fact, you say what DOES need to be done in order to make it. So thank you for the reality check. I’m passing this on to some starry-eyed folks bent on making their millions tomorrow.

If you have a knack for organization, you can make money online as a virtual assistant helping people to keep their days in order. A virtual assistant will do everyinthing from bookkeeping to research, database entry, booking travel, and managing email. It can also be an awesome way to rub shoulders with some very important people, build up your professional network, and of course grow another stream of income. You can find great gigs on UpWork, Fiverr, Indeed, and Remote.co.
I fell for the hype a few times before. I got into High Yield Investment Projects in the past. I was excited because I could earn anywhere between 40 and 90% return in just one month. It was an awesome dream and I bought into it – so much so that I took half of my wedding money and invested it into that “sure thing”. Needless to say, I did not spend as much on my wedding as I thought I would.
I thought I was the only chick that read this. Funny I told a friend about his blog. He read some articles and was hyped up at first but after a few days, he lost motivation and went on about how much of a dick you seemed to be. I saw that as an excuse and din’t bother with him anymore. I choose not to hang out with people that do not have the same mindset as I do. I’m building my brand and company, and you can either come along with me or move!!!
It seems a valid criticism, but on the other hand, many of the women feel safe precisely because of the site's strict rules. And MyGirlFund is upfront about what's on offer. As Stefan Patrick tells me: "The vast majority of girls appreciate how we guard their privacy and likely wouldn't feel comfortable developing deep online relationships without it. Part of the magic of the site is the girls' ability to hold in abeyance the guys' anticipation that he can seduce the girl into meeting with him (and falling in love with him) in real life.
The first follows the startup path we outlined above: You have a disruptive idea for an app or piece of software, you validate the idea with real customers, and then raise money to hire developers or a development studio to build, launch, and scale your software. If you’ve done everything right, your software will be accepted to the Apple and Google Stores and you’ll make money every time someone downloads it or pays for a premium feature.
The allure of so-called internet riches is nothing new. At every bend and turn in a gauntlet of online gurus, you'll find internet marketers looking to hype up this supposed dream of making money online or earning passive income while kicking up your feet and letting the cash roll in. While internet marketing doesn't quite work that way, in that you actually do have to put in the work, it isn't too difficult to separate the proverbial men from the boys when it comes to the real online earners.

Before we go any further, let’s talk about the difference between active income and passive income. This distinction will be paramount to your ability to produce serious capital on the web. So what is passive income? Passive income, if you don’t already know, is income that’s earned automatically. It doesn’t require much maintenance once that income stream has been created. However, it does require an enormous amount of effort at the outset to establish that stream of income.

I fell for the hype a few times before. I got into High Yield Investment Projects in the past. I was excited because I could earn anywhere between 40 and 90% return in just one month. It was an awesome dream and I bought into it – so much so that I took half of my wedding money and invested it into that “sure thing”. Needless to say, I did not spend as much on my wedding as I thought I would.
Anyone interested in making money online should be pursuing passive income, while also working on active income. There are loads of ways to generate an income passively on the internet, many of which start at the foundation of having a blog, generating substantial traffic and building an audience and a list. Is it easy? Nope. Is it worth it? It sure is. But that doesn't mean you need to start a blog to make money online today.
While many people attempt to understand and wrap their minds around the internet marketing industry as a whole, there are others out there that have truly mastered the field. Now, if you're asking yourself what the term internet marketing actually means, it simply boils down to a number of marketing activities that can be done online. This includes things like affiliate marketing, email marketing, social media marketing, blogging, paid marketing, search engine optimization and so on.

You're already sharing your favorite products and services on social media, why not get paid for it?! Here’s how Share Magnet works. Companies create “magnets” for their goods and services on Share Magnet. Individuals create an account and browse the available magnets and share which ones that interest them. Each magnet has a certain monetary value assigned to it, ranging from .02 cents to $2.00 per share. Once you find something you like, you share it on one of the various social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. So what kind of businesses are advertising on Share Magnet? I found sites like Sitter City, Hudson Jeans, Zulily, and Working Mother Magazine. While you’re not going to get rich sharing magnets, it is a fun way to earn some extra pocket cash from home, and it’s free to join!


Rent out your car when you’re not using it at GetAround.com. Here’s how the program works, simply list your car for free and manage rentals via the GetAround.com website. You set your own rates, hours, and who you want to rent to. Rental earnings are paid on the 15th of the following month, and GetAround.com takes a 40% commission on rentals to cover insurance and customer support.
You’re here because you want to learn how to make money online.  And, you’re not alone.  Most people do and we all have different reasons for doing so.  If you’re like me, then you want to spend more time with family and avoid the hustle and bustle of a daily commute.  For others, making money online means owning their time and not having to answer to anyone else.
If you are a professional photographer, or have a real flair for photography, then selling your images on other sites could be an idea. This could be done alongside your own photography site, as it is a good way help get your work viewed by a wider audience. There are numerous stock image websites to contribute to, but choosing a popular high-end site like Shutterstock should ensure your photographs make you some money.
Become a super affiliate. Regular affiliate marketing is not as profitable as it used to be, but super affiliation (affiliates referring affiliates) is booming and people are getting rich from this thing. Make websites for affiliates, not for the regular customer. This is the ideal option for long term thinking people who would want to start their own affiliation blog or website.

Thanks for the comments. Ironically, this post showed up in my RSS about 10 minutes after I asked myself why I was not getting the conversions I expected. If nothing else, it was encouraging. I get several thousand hits to my blog each year. My problem is that I get hits from all over the nation and my industry (health insurance) requires a state license. I can only offer general advice to people in Califonia. In order for me to earn any money, my prospects have to live in one of the states in which I am licensed and have a competitive product. I have tried advertising on Facebook for hits in my state but have been underwhelmed. I need more state specific hits. Does Google advertising work or would you have another idea for building state specific readership.


By building enormous amounts of value, Facebook and Google both became tremendously successful. They didn't focus on revenues at the outset. They focused on value. And every single blog and business must do the same. While this might run contrary to someone who's short on cash and hoping that internet marketing is going to bring them a windfall overnight, it doesn't quite work that way.


Scam danger: Although the online earning business is rapidly growing and earning more trust in people’s eyes, there are still some, who are experienced in Internet fraud. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can ensure safety and recognize fake offers whenever you see them. Another issue is connected to privacy and tracking. As your payments are happening online, hackers may try to dry out your bank account so you have nothing left. However, you can easily prevent this by using a safe legitimate platform such as PayPal.
Writing copy for websites is another great freelancing option for those who have a way with words. Copywriting can involve writing the text for websites, press releases, promotional offline materials including leaflets and brochures, and any other professional text for businesses. Writing copy can be better paid than blog writing. However, clients can be more fussy, as they want the highest quality writing for the forefront of their website or advertising campaigns. Many freelance writers offer both copywriting and blog writing amongst their services. This can be a good way to juggle regular but lower paid clients (blogging) with the higher paid but ad-hoc project based copy work.
"Of course it's not just about sexy things, many guys and girls on the site want a friend. I know many that have recently had a loss in their family or just want to get away from reality of their day-to-day life, stress of their job, boredom, etc., and simply want to enjoy some female interaction, which is completely normal. I don't judge anyone and I'm here for anyone, even the ladies," says EnglishRose23. She's a 25-year-old single mother who enjoys "all the girly things you can think of," like horseback riding, swimming, and spoiling herself clothes shopping.
I’ve thought about the psychology of financial domination, and what drives guys to just give away money. Some feel like they earn money and don’t deserve it. They see themselves as inadequate and believe that somebody better than them should be taking it. It turns them on to not be in control of their finances; I’ve had people ask me to blackmail them, but I don’t do it -- I’d rather not wind up going to jail and have no interest in digging up dirt or pulling off extortion scams. Whatever the case, though, the more they give up, the hotter they get. They masturbate as they send me money. It’s like other guys looking for porn online. A guy watches his money shipping out and his horniness escalates. He sends the 10th tribute of $100, realizes that he has never before given $1,000 in a single session, and it makes him crazy. He gets into that submissive space where he just can’t control himself. It’s like any guy who gets super horny and is feeling instead of thinking.
By building enormous amounts of value, Facebook and Google both became tremendously successful. They didn't focus on revenues at the outset. They focused on value. And every single blog and business must do the same. While this might run contrary to someone who's short on cash and hoping that internet marketing is going to bring them a windfall overnight, it doesn't quite work that way.
This is an interesting list Mel. I’ve been running my own side hustle for 5 years now (website marketing service). It’s been a very rewarding ride with both up’s and down’s. Learning how to build and run a business is an awesome experience…and doing it on the side is even better because you don’t have the same pressures as if it were your sole source of income!
Having a job is a great way to start making some cash flow, but you should use it to actually start a business. A job isn’t scalable. You only have 24 hours in a day, and you're not even going to work more than 12 hours in a day. Having access to the internet is all you need, you can see that attention is now the new way to becoming successful. The more exposure your brand gets (whether that is from posts, social media, websites, etc) the more opportunities you have to monetize off your traffic. When you have a lot of people's attention, and you create a product, you’re likely to make a sale. THIS IS SCALABLE. Anything you put out on the internet compounds, continually getting more and more traffic that gives you a chance to make a sale.

If you have a fondness and talent for taking pictures you can make extra money online by becoming a stock photographer and selling your images to a stock photo company like ShutterStock or iStockPhoto. You’ll get royalties every time someone licenses an image you’ve submitted. To really be successful, build your own photography website to be able to showcase your portfolio and start getting higher-paid private corporate work.
Taking surveys online can be a great way to make some extra money while watching TV or just killing time. While I don’t personally think it’s possible to replace your full-time income with money you make from surveys, it’s very possible to make a few extra hundred bucks every couple of months. And since it can be done in your spare time or while watching television, why not?!
Edward Dale the creator of The Challenge and co-founder of MagCast. These are systems used by thousands of entrepreneurs worldwide to get started online and build their successful digital businesses. Over the past 10 years we’ve helped over 300,000 people worlwide get started online through The Challenge program. Over the past years, I’ve been fortunate to experience “Million Dollar” product launch days using the exact same strategies I teach in our programs. However, there is nothing that compares to the awesome feeling of helping others “Make it”, quit their jobs and build successful businesses.
And this is the rub: Does the success of MyGirlFund tell us something rather profound about how society's changed? Stefan Patrick says yes: "You've hit on a very interesting point that I think deserves more discussion. One trend we've noticed is that young women who grew up on the internet are comfortable carrying on virtual relationships with strangers. They're pros at sexting and don't mind sharing racy photos of themselves, but they have never worked — and will never work — at a strip club, a webcam site, or in the adult film industry.

Using Fiverr is a great way to pick up work. Once you have signed up you can advertise your services. Fiver allows you to create your own gigs, whether you are offering web design, digital marketing, writing, or something else. You can choose how much you want to charge (it can be more than a fiver) and people will then contact you if they are interested in working with you. Fiverr will not only help you get experience if you are just starting off as a freelancer, it will also help you earn some extra cash.


I’m very happy for how things have turned out for you and again you’re serving me as an inspiration. I’m back and ready kick ass on a new stage of my life. I’ve been working for 8 years now as an independent software consultant. I own my company, I have no debt, I don’t buy things, I live like a spartan. But I’m ready to take things to a whole new level. Consulting makes me a lot of money but I’m tired. I’m still selling my time and it often requires my physical presence. I’m ready to break those chains too. I’m now working on adding content to my site and selling e-products. It’s an insane amount of work but I don’t care. I work, work, work, polish and ship. And I have a strategy to keep churning products for the rest of the year. I’m even cutting my rent by 80% so I have more money to invest in the making of these products. Once I get the a sizable portfolio I’ll work on the e-book on how I did it and by next year the money will be rolling in. Peace out. 

I wound up earning 30 grand from him that year. Now I have a guy sending me a mandatory $3,000 per month, but I usually end up with more. I’m on his payroll, and the money gets direct-deposited into my bank account. Last year he paid for a girlfriend and I to fly business-class to Greece. When we landed, his driver picked us up and handed us our island-hopping itinerary. Hotels and meals and everything were all paid for. The last week of the trip, I met a hot young Greek guy and bragged about him online. [The client] was jealous, but being jealous turns him on. Just hearing about me being with the Greek guy is enough of a reward for him.
If I have a blog that is getting 100,000 page views a month that means that I’m probably getting at least 50,000 people to the site (most blogs will do between 1.2 to 1.4 pages per session). That means I have to try and get some small percentage of those people to buy something from me if I really want to do well. If I can’t get them to buy something then (in some cases) I have ads running on the site that will make me money anyways.
There are quite literally hundreds of clever ways to make money online. From taking online surveys, to renting or selling your old clothes, flipping your iPhone to someone in a different country, and even buying low-cost products locally, just to resell them for a higher price on Amazon. There’s truly no shortage of unique ways to make money online.

I’ve thought about the psychology of financial domination, and what drives guys to just give away money. Some feel like they earn money and don’t deserve it. They see themselves as inadequate and believe that somebody better than them should be taking it. It turns them on to not be in control of their finances; I’ve had people ask me to blackmail them, but I don’t do it -- I’d rather not wind up going to jail and have no interest in digging up dirt or pulling off extortion scams. Whatever the case, though, the more they give up, the hotter they get. They masturbate as they send me money. It’s like other guys looking for porn online. A guy watches his money shipping out and his horniness escalates. He sends the 10th tribute of $100, realizes that he has never before given $1,000 in a single session, and it makes him crazy. He gets into that submissive space where he just can’t control himself. It’s like any guy who gets super horny and is feeling instead of thinking.


Holly comes across as a lady with a fairly distinctive personality. "I'm actually such a geek — anything sci-fi-related and I'm hooked. I'm such a book fiend — I pick a good read up and never want to put it down," she says. "I also love to party; it's one extreme to another with me." Like pretty much every women I speak with, Holly doesn't particularly alter that personality for her customers: "I'm definitely myself on here: I find that's the best way. Sometimes I do hold back on what I talk about personally though."
For your information, if you will buy 12 months of blog hosting via my Bluehost link you are going to get 1 free domain as well, and the cost is going to be dirt cheap at annual package and it’s fairly easy to earn money from blogging too if you have a self hosted blog and you know how to monetize it well, also if you have bought it from my link and still having troubles, then reach me for a FREE setup, Good luck!
It comes down to knowing your market and its potential before you get started. If you don’t know what is possible, or overestimate the actual return, you can spend years learning how wrong your early decisions were. That’s because you will have some encouraging success early on only to wake up later and realize it’s not what you want, and that you aren’t going to get there without painful and expensive (in time and money) changes. Changes, that with good, deep research, could have been avoided.
Now, if you don’t know people who might want your coaching services, there are a number of online tools and communities that make it incredibly easy to find clients and teach, on just about any topic area you can think of. Community driven platforms like Savvy.is, Clarity.fm, and Coach.me provide you with a network of potential clients to interact with, as well an integrated payment solution.

No matter if you start a blog, do freelancing or small separate gigs, social media always plays a crucial role. If you are freelancer you can use it to brand yourself or your blog and if you are making the extra bucks through small tasks and apps, most of them offer incentives if you share them with your friends. There’s another upside- if you manage to grow and develop your social network, you can even begin to get paid from companies to advertise their business on your personal profiles.
I actually just wrote my own blog post about this very idea. People think SEO is free, and while it’s true that you don’t have to invest in any software if you don’t want to (there are plenty of free tools available), you have to remember how many hours it takes to create a successful SEO campaign. Just optimizing your site can take several weeks. Link building could easily be 15-20 hours a month, a few hours a week is devoted to just straight writing (never mind promoting your content). You have to manage all your social profiles, build relationships with other bloggers and so forth. There are a lot of tasks that take up a lot of time each day and time = money!
Sign up with sites like Rover.com or Wag! to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash. Sign on at your convenience and help out local pooches whose owners are stuck at work or out of town on business. If the apps don’t service your area, contact local grooming and boarding to let them know you are available for pet sitting or dog walking.
For the most part, everything is online and I don’t need to meet any of these men. That’s the way I like it. But there was one guy, who’d randomly send me $1,000 a month, and I actually got together with him. He lived in London and got sent to New York for six weeks. We met and he fucking fell in love with me. I stayed with him in his apartment in Chelsea. He paid when we went out to do things. We slept in the same bed and I made out with him when I was drunk, but it was clear that we were not going to have sex. He didn’t give me cash in New York, but as soon as he got back to London, he completely wiped out my Amazon wish list, which had like $6,000 worth of stuff on it. He bought me everything.
When I saw the title “5 Harsh Realities of Making a Living Online” in my Google Reader I was very happy. I agree with you, not enough people talk about the fact that it’s NOT EASY. It takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and energy – and even then you are not guaranteed the results you want. It’s basically just as risky and time consuming as building a business in the “Real” world (i.e. not online.) For some reason, people think that being “online” makes it easier – but it doesn’t. 

Money can be earned and spent, saved and pilfered, invested and wasted. Not time. That's why time is far more valuable than money. The point? When you lack the luxury of time, making money online (or offline) can seem like an impossible task. How are you supposed to do that when you're working at a life-sucking nine-to-five job? While the stability of full-time employment might allow most to sleep well at night, it doesn't empower your creative juices to search for new income-producing strategies.


You spoke to me, Jon. I’ve had my blog for seven months, and I’ve been trying to make it a business for about five. I’ve spent countless hours of time and very little money to build up a very strong audience both on the site and Facebook. I was a “digital marketer” before, but there are so many things I’ve had to become an expert in that I wasn’t before. I feel like I’m a completely different marketer now than when I started. And it hasn’t been very long.
I really like point #1. So many people I talk to are excited about their idea because nobody is doing it or else they don’t want to do something because someone already is. I’m a believer that no competition is a worse sign than a lot of competition. If you were mining for gold back in the day, would you rather be near San Francisco where everyone was finding gold, or would you rather be in New Mexico with no competition (assuming nobody found gold in New Mexico)? The analogy is a little weak, but it gets the point across. Thanks for the great post, and keep up the legendary work.
Why am I telling you all of this? The answer is pretty simple. I want you to get the understanding that making money online (at least in the initial stages), takes A LOT of STUDY and WORK! That's the unknown secret of Internet Marketing Gurus. Anyone can make a few hundred dollars. To be quite honest, you can make a few hundred dollars in your FIRST MONTH as a Freebie Trader. To be even MORE honest, it's much harder to profit $2,000+ each and every month, which is the reason I built this blog, and so many other people have their blogs on Internet Marketing – To save you the struggles that we had in getting going.
Ready to enter the ecommerce fray? Why not sell your own stuff. Of course, along with selling your own stuff on your own website comes a whole slew of both responsibilities and technical configuration and requirements. For starters, you'll need a website and a hosting account. You'll also need a merchant account (sure you can use Stripe or PayPal). Then you'll need to design that site, build a sales funnel, create a lead magnet and do some email marketing.
But money still matters. Like everyone I speak to, NaughtyJo has things to say on the issue. She talks about the downside earning money in dollars, and the exchange rates: "With it being an American site, I have to stay up late — my son is a go-karter and it's an expensive sport. Through this site I've been able to get him racing and he is doing well. Most of the money that I make on here goes towards that."
Now, here’s the answer: the fastest way to make money online and work from home is day trading. Period. You may day trade (buy and sell stocks the same day) or swing trade (buy the stock and hold for a few days or weeks before selling). Whatever your choice, if you know what you’re doing and pick the best stock to trade, online trading can literally make you a fortune overnight!
Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities.
My friend Holly Johnson made over $225,000 freelance writing last year. She truly is the best of the best and lucky for us, she’s written a course on exactly what it took to go from corporate America to full-time freelancer. Her course – Earn More Writing – shows you how to get jobs, how to earn more money as a freelance writer, how to improve your efficiency, and more! And it’s packed with bonuses including a 30-minute coaching session with Holly herself, an insider’s guide to what editors really want, a list of 250 businesses with blogs you could write for, a free Facebook group, and more!
Although these methods are widely known and famous where all you need to do is just fill out the survey forms or email submits for different companies for quick bucks, but personally I never liked this way of earning money because this is not a stable and permanent income method, I feel like what advertiser’s get in return for paying you? bunch of crap data.. However there are few organisations who look for real data and they may pay you good.
Next, you’ll need the right tools. You can be as complicated or simple as you want depending on your comfort with audio equipment, but at the minimum you’ll want a microphone and software for recording your voice. Companies like Behringer, Blue, Focusrite, and others sell studio-quality plug-and-play podcast setups that can get you recording today.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be making extra money online. Major brands, gear companies, and even startups are willing to shell out $500-$5,000+ per post to get in front of your audience. While it’s getting harder and harder to build a massive Instagram audience, if you already have a solid niche and are posting quality content regularly, with a few small tweaks you can make yourself an influencer. Check out this awesome article from Shopify on how to build and grow your Instagram following to get started.
You will need to ensure that you adhere to a few principles when doing this. You need excellent photos, so investing in a good camera is well worth it here. You also need to ensure a meticulous description of the product, new or used. People appreciate the attention to detail and it will go a long way when trying to sell anything through these bustling online hubs.

Build your audience on a course community: If you’re just getting started building an audience for yourself and want to leverage communities already actively looking for content you can choose to host and sell your online course on a site like Skillshare or Udemy. These are easy, cost-effective ways to build an audience and test your niche to see if there’s demand for it. 

I am not a copywriter. I didn't make this site so that I could sell you something. You will find no polished sales pitch here whatsoever. I just speak what's on my mind, and I intend to tell you nothing but pure facts about me, my business, and my strateiges. I am not the authority on how to make money online, but it's been a while since my online business crossed the $1 million mark (net revenue), and I do hope at least some of you will appreciate my ideas.
I think you need to update this post. Some websites are defunct, ShareMagnet sounds cool, I’ll check out the Gig Walk, but some seem iffy-especially if they don’t recognize my zip code? I think you should double check. I do use Swagbucks. Gazelle does NOT accept devices after a certain age or a certain “level” so sometimes, unless you are selling your 6 month old computer, ain’t worth it.

Start by taking other courses you’re interested in: Not only is this important competitor and opportunity analysis, but it also gives you an idea of how a course could or should look and feel. What’s the pacing like? Is it via email, video, in-person chats? Once you understand how you want your course to look, it’s time to decide what it should include. Those same courses are a great starting place. How can you make your course better or more interesting? Do you have experience others don’t?
If you have a background in a specific field, you may find there is a demand for writing industry papers in your area of expertise. For example, there are often adverts for doctors, lawyers, nutritionists, and business experts from particular niches, to write white papers on different subject areas. These are well paid jobs that you will need to stake your reputation on, but that can often be worked on from the comfort of your own home.
Do you have a keen eye? Are your photos museum-worthy? Well, if you answered yes or no to any of those questions then you can sell your photos to stock photo agencies like Shutterstock, iStock, Adobe and other similar companies. It really doesn’t matter if you are a professional or novice; you still have the opportunity to make some money. Most work on a per download basis where you get paid a percentage every time someone downloads your picture.

And this is the rub: Does the success of MyGirlFund tell us something rather profound about how society's changed? Stefan Patrick says yes: "You've hit on a very interesting point that I think deserves more discussion. One trend we've noticed is that young women who grew up on the internet are comfortable carrying on virtual relationships with strangers. They're pros at sexting and don't mind sharing racy photos of themselves, but they have never worked — and will never work — at a strip club, a webcam site, or in the adult film industry.

Great read, always looking for extra ways to make a buck. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site http://www.tonerconnect.net/ and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.
"It's that strip club dynamic. Not all guys have this motivation, but it's common and the girls who are successful play along with the fantasy but firmly hold the line," he says. "This doesn't mean the relationships girls and guys form on the site are inauthentic. Online relationships can be just as deep and fulfilling as real world ones: 57% of our members said that they are more open and honest in online relationships."
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