Monitors, Blogging, and Money

Dear Brian,
What brand or model of computer monitor has colors as good looking as Apple’s?

Do you mean the color of the plastic monitor case or the colors being displayed by the monitor?

Apple used to make iMacs in all sorts of colors, and I assume that’s what you mean. If so, you can buy model spray paint in any color you can possibly imagine (also with metallic, glow-in-the-dark, pearl, stone, and other cool effects).

If you’re talking about the technical capabilities of the monitor, Apple’s Thunderbolt display has the following specs:

  • Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels
  • Colors (maximum): 16.7 million
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Viewing angle: 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
  • Brightness: 375 cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
  • Response time: 12 ms
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

16.7 million colors is pretty standard in monitors. It’s also how many colors can be displayed by Photoshop. There are professional monitors (and Adobe programs) than can push beyond 16.7 million colors moving toward a billion, but it’s not necessary.

A 5 ms response time is best, and for gaming, you’ll need a refresh rate of at least 75 Hz, though 120 Hz is ideal. Response time measures how long it takes for a pixel to change color, and refresh rate measures how fast the monitor can redraw the entire display.

Check out monitors from BenQ, Viewsonic, Sony, Samsung, LG, and Acer with those specs, and you’ll see a noticeably smoother and more vibrant display.

Dear Brian,
My boyfriend is a miser.when we go out we share bill. when we go out to watch movie .he will always accept if I offer him money for my ticket? He never spend much on me. only on birthdays he give me gift. Am I dating a loser?

If anything, you’re dating a winner. Would you rather be dating some Fred Flintstone caveman with constant get-rich schemes who can’t afford to pay rent?

If he’s a miser, then he’ll be good at saving money, something you’ll appreciate when you need money to buy a house, raise a baby, fix your car, and all those other rainy day events.

Being responsible with money means not blowing it on things you can do without. He may not be showering you with gifts, but is he at least spending time with you?

Does he listen to you, remember your favorite foods, try to watch (or at least listen to you talk about) your favorite shows with you? Who picks the movies?

Spending money on you in order to show love is probably the least attractive quality I can think of. When my computer breaks, instead of buying a new one, I like to take it apart and repair it. You learn new skills. Spending money is a very American thing – most other cultures seek creative ways to make do with what they have.

Dear Brian,
How do I create a profitable blog that makes at least $200/mo in 1 month?

You can’t.

A blog is a business like any other, and you’ll never make a profitable business within 1 month. It’s an unrealistic expectation, and you should set more obtainable goals. Here’s a bit of background on how to make money blogging.

How websites make money is either through traffic-based affiliate ads or selling an actual product. This is accomplished by signing up for Amazon Affiliates Sign In , Google AdSense Page on, and Rakuten Linkshare Rakuten Affiliate Network.

As a general rule, for every 1000 people that visit your blog, you’ll make approximately $.05. If you want $200/month, you’ll need to draw 4 million visitors each month. If you can hit this number within a month, you’re wasting your time blogging – businesses will pay you millions for that kind of Internet wizardry.

There are, of course, ways to make more than that ratio. For example, if you blogged entirely about digital cameras and became well-known as the go-to person for great information on digital cameras, each camera you post a review for can include several text- and image-based affiliate links for people to purchase the camera. Since they’re being used in context, these ads will perform much better.

Simply posting a blog won’t gain it any traffic. Even search engine bots are unlikely to notice it, so you’ll be a part of what’s known as the deep web, the non-indexed part of the Internet. Before you’ll even begin drawing search traffic, you’ll need to register your site with the major search engines. Get your content on Google

Google’s the easy one – all you have to do is list your site, be sure your site is mobile optimized, and follow SEO best-practices (a whole other subject). To get on Bing and Yahoo, you’ll have to raise your click-thru rate, which is the rate of people who visit your site and click on a link.

Being listed on a search engine is a necessary step, but that doesn’t guarantee success either. If you were to blog about digital cameras like my previous example, there are currently 65,700,000 results. Your site will be placed at the end of this line on page 6,570,000.

When was the last time you visited page 6,570,000 of a search result? Do you think you can convince 4 million people to do so every month?

To make around $150-200/month consistently, you’ll need at least 100 well-written blogs. Video, pics, and other interactive content can help as well. Each of these blogs needs to be solid and current information.

Once again using the digital camera example, you’d only want to review cameras that are currently on the market. Writing a review of an older model is pointless, because a) nobody’s looking for it anymore, so the possible search traffic is low, b) timing matters for Google’s algorithms, and c) nobody’s interested in your opinion because they already found what they needed from the 65,700,000 other sites about digital cameras.

If you’re looking to make money as a blogger, the only way you’ll do it is from guest posting. Check sites like

Freelance Writing Gigs Freelance writing resources, jobs, gigs and advice
Indeed one search. all jobs.
Craigslist jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

Look for keywords like “blogger,” “writer,” and “content,” to find blogging gigs (or look for the contributor section of your favorite blogs). Places like Huffington Post, Forbes, etc. don’t pay for guest posts, but you’ll be able to reach a larger audience and promote your blog. Places like Lifehacker, Cracked, etc. accept and pay for contributions from freelancers. Some places are hiring full-time and part-time writers.

By guest posting, you’ll not only get paid, you’ll be providing expensive SEO, content marketing, and link-building services to your business. People often pay upwards of $25,000/month just to get anchor links placed on relevant sites.

In fact, once you start guest posting, you’ll gain posting access to these websites and can begin selling links within them.

That’s how you make $200/month blogging within a month – by selling content, not with your own blog.

Brian Penny High TimesBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in Fast Company, Cannabis Now, Hardcore Droid, Huffington Post, The Street, and your mom.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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