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How to Start Your Own Blog (In Under 10 Minutes!)

Jan 29 2016
Posted by deidre 2 Comments

How to Start

If I did it, you can do it.

Trust me, when it comes to scary terms like “web hosting” and “cloud technology”, I’m no guru. But setting up a website these days is really not as technical as you’d think. So, moms and dads? Fear not. This handy-dandy guide will show you how to transform empty, void space on the web into a money-making machine. That’s the dream at least!

Step 1: Pick Your Package

You can do this by heading over to Bluehost. They’ll give you a free domain (that is your blog’s URL) with the purchase of a hosting package, which you’re gonna need anyway. You might have to tweak your domain a little if the one you want is taken, but eventually you’ll find your happy place with your very own URL and hosting account to go with it!

You know I love deals, so here’s one of the best deals that includes everything and makes setup easy - Bluehost has you get setup in the cheapest and easiest way possible:

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Here’s what you do…

At bluehost.com, click the “get started now” button up top and it will take you to this plan selector:Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 3.01.42 PMIf you are just getting started, you the $3.95 plan and it is easy to upgrade later if your blog grows and you need to expand your website space.

Step 2: Name Your Baby

This is it, the birth of your brand! Time to throw all inhibitions out the window and go with the title that suits your fancy… for the most part at least. Choosing your blog’s name is something you can really have fun with, just keep in mind that humans tend to like things simple. So something like thecouponator.com might be easier to remember than theeasybreezybeautifulcouponator.com.

I choose CuckooForCouponDeals.com before I knew anything about blogging, and quickly realized it was too long for some people to remember.  So I ended up purchasing CuckooForCoupons.com and Cuckoo4Coupons.com.  Now if anyone goes to either of those URL’s, they are redirected – or sent – to my main page.  That makes it easier for people to find my site.

Once you feel rock solid about your catchy title, the next step is to cross your fingers and hope it’s available! There’s about a zillion blogs out there, so don’t get too attached before you check your new title’s availability.

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Quick Tips for a Killer Blog Title

  • Stay true to your audience. Would they like it? Is it their style?
  • Stay true to you. Does it capture the essence and tone of your blog-to-be?
  • Go shorter rather than longer – it’s easier to remember.
  • Keep search terms in mind. Think of the type of words your audience will be searching for, and incorporate a few if you can.
  • Make sure it’s a name you can live with for….ever. Rebranding is always a messy business.
  • Take your time. Some of the greatest marketing slogans of all time took weeks to muster up.
  • Last of all… have fun with it! Boring never sells, so be creative and catchy.

Since you’re just starting out, I’d say go ahead and select the cheapest plan (you can always upgrade later when your blog becomes mega-successful!). From there it’s pretty simple. You’ll type in your domain, account and billing information, the nitty gritty stuff.

Wait, what is hosting?!

Not sure what “hosting” even means? It’s okay… I didn’t either. Long story short, every site on the internet needs a place to live, right? A place to store all its files and keep itself running smoothly. That’s where a web host comes in. You absolutely have to have one to start a site. Thus, my Bluehost recommendation.

Now, enough tech talk!

Step 3: Install WordPress

This is my favorite part. I believe there’s a little designer in all of us, and that’s why piecing together the look and feel of your coupon blog will have you oozing with happiness.

Once you log into your new Bluehost account, go to your dashboard and you should be able to find an “Install WordPress” button, shown by the huge blue arrow below:

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The installation is pretty straightforward, but try this walkthrough if you have any trouble.

Quick Review

Bluehost is your host… while WordPress is your site builder (and it is free). One is your site’s house, the other is your site’s tools. Got it?!

Once WordPress is installed, you can sift through hundreds of themes, customize your design, and start filling in the blanks with your killer content! I’d recommend publishing a few posts before going public. Clean your house and put up the decor before your company comes over, and then they’ll be enticed to come back.

And vuela! You’re ready to start blogging, sniffing out coupons, and saving the world. No biggie, right? Just remember… the set-up may be easy, but the dedication can be hard.

A successful blog takes time and lovin’.

Happy blogging!

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Help! I Need Some Coupons!

Jan 18 2016
Posted by deidre 7 Comments

For those who missed this last time I posted it :)

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Best Mobile Apps for Couponers 2016

Dec 21 2015
Posted by deidre 29 Comments

Best Mobile Smartphone Apps for Couponing 2016

I had people request what are the best mobile apps for couponers, so here are my favorites! Please leave a comment with yours too!

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals:

You will NEVER miss a deal with the Cuckoo for Coupon Deals app – download it free on Android or itunes (apple) or  Windows phone app store.  Plus every week we giveaway a $25 Amazon.com gift card to one app user!  And we have new improved printable lists which are easier to click on your mobile browser.

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SYWR Kmart/Sears App:

Download the free SYWR app to easily view your surprise points and get Kmart & Sears coupons.  It’s also easy to find your SYWR pin, which you will need to use when you checkout and cash in points over $10.  Plus you can play sweepstakes right in the app for free, and I win money nearly every week on these!

Ibotta:

Ibotta is a FREE Android & iPhone app. I find it easier to navigate than Shopkick and typically use it the most out of all apps. Here’s how to use it:

  • First, login to Ibotta and select the deals you are doing.   Just click on them with your phone, so easy!
  • Perform small tasks, like reading about how Chapstick works, taking 1-question polls, or sharing on FB to get $ added to the value of the coupon
  • To redeem your cash back, you will need to take a picture of your receipt and scan the barcode of the product you purchased. Ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours (it usually only takes 24 seconds).
  • Once you have earned $5.00 cash back you can choose to transfer it to a Paypal account or donate it to a charity.

Ibotta is offering a FREE $10 bonus when you sign up right now!

Snap by Groupon:

Snap by Groupon is easy. Just snap a picture of your receipt with your smartphone, and boom you can get cash back on your purchases.  Snap is very user friendly, although they don’t offer as many deals as Ibotta.

Shopkick:

Shopkick is a FREE Android and iPhone app. It gives you access to exclusive deals to stores like Best Buy, Target, Macy’s & Toys ‘R Us. You will get a free $25 restaurant.com gift certificate when you sign up!

Steps to get the gift card:

1. Sign up online first via the Cuckoo landing page
2.You will get a text message to download the app – click this to download it
3. The gift card gets dropped into your account the first time you do a ‘walk-in’ to a partner store. That is, you walk into one of the partner stores with the app open on your phone.  Best Buy, Old Navy or Crate and Barrel, or more!  When you visit, say Best Buy, you’ll open the app inside at the entrance and wait a few seconds – the points will get credited and so will their gift card! The gift card will appear under the “me” tab and should be pretty instant.

Here’s some coupons at Target on Shopkick right now:

  • $1.50 off Archer Farms Snack Trail Mix or Nuts
  • $5 off Merona apparel $20+
  • $5 off Liz Lange for Target apparel 20+
  • $2 off Champion kids tops or bottoms
  • $1 off Archer Farms Chips 8 oz +

Checkout 51:

Checkout51 is mobile or you can use it on your PC.   The best part about this is you can use it at ANY grocery store! This gives it a big advantage over Ibotta.

How to use Checkout 51:

1. Browse your offers, buy at any store
2. Upload your receipt
3. Get cash back!
4 When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and Checkout 51 will mail a check your way.

Target Mobile Coupons

Sign up for Target Mobile Coupons and get coupons sent directly to your mobile phone! No need to print, just scan your smart phone at Target for the savings!

Walgreens Mobile Coupons

You can text APP to 21525 and Walgreens will send you a direct link to their app in iTunes, Android” Market and BlackBerry App World.  You can also sign up for Walgreens Coupons Alerts to get coupons sent directly to your phone.

CVS Mobile App

View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more on the CVS Mobile Android app or the CVS Apple App

Let me know if you know of any others as well.

SavingStar:

SavingStar is great because you can get cashback for shopping at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and more.

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Sarah & Gary & Kayla Each Won $1000! List of Best Holiday Sweepstakes

Nov 16 2015
Posted by deidre 1 Comment

winner $1000

Sarah Won $1000!  Then we just found out Gary did too!  And now Kayla! What Have you Won Lately?  View our list of the hottest Holiday sweepstakes to enter.  I just added a few more too.

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16 Frugal Halloween Hacks

Oct 8 2015
Posted by Helper Jen 1 Comment

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View 16 Easy Halloween Hacks

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Ways to NEVER Forget a Child in Car

Jul 21 2015
Posted by DeharoLacross 1 Comment

carNo one wants to forget a child in the car, but each year we hear horror stories of parents who have done just that. Here’s the the #1 way to ensure your child doesn’t get forgotten, as well as a list of the runner-ups.  Comment below if you have any to add to the list:

  1.  Leave your purse and cell phone by your child’s feet.  It is instinct to grab these items every time you get out of the car.  You will have to physically open the door to your child and see them, so you will virtually eliminate the risk of forgetting the child.  Plus, it takes away the temptation to answer the phone or text while you are driving.
  2. Have your daycare call you if your child ever is late for daycare.  The #1 reason people leave children in cars is because they are “out of habit” and taking children to daycare or places they don’t normally take them. Such as, normally mom takes the kids to daycare, but dad has to when mom is sick.
  3. Remind, remind, remind. When my husband goes grocery shopping, it is typically by himself.  In the very rare event he takes our baby, I text or call him about 10 minutes after he as left (about the time he should be arriving at the store) to remind him he has the baby with him.  He is not forgetful; I believe he would forget the baby.  I just like to be very cautious.  This same rule applies to all caregivers such as grandparents.

Leave your tips in the comments!

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God Bless America!

Jul 3 2015
Posted by deidre 2 Comments

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Enjoy your 4th of July Independence Day celebrations.

— the Cuckoo for Coupons team

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Check Your Emails! Possible 30% off CVS Purchase Email Coupon available through 5/31!

May 28 2015
Posted by Elizarae 3 Comments

CVS 30 off thru 0531

Check your emails because you may have received a 30% off Purchase CVS store coupon valid in-store. You have until Sunday 5/31/15 at 11:59pm EST to print or send to your ExtraCare card and the expiration date will vary depending on when you print (usually 4 days after).

Leave a comment if you received one too and stay tuned for deal ideas!

 

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