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Posted: April 22, 2011
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There’s a 10 point swag code on the swagbucks blog until 10:30 am MST!

Here’s more about Swagbucks if you’re new to them:
I love swagbucks! It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays. Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

MORE Ways to earn swags then just doing your regular daily seraches – thanks to FreeFlys:

Online polls: Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls. These are one-click easy polls to take.

Share Your Birthday: Enter your birthday and get 50 free swag bucks on your birthday!

Trading in Cell Phones and Video Games: You can earn Swag Bucks for each phone you trade-in up to 3,000 Swag Bucks per phone; there is no limit to how many phones you can recycle.

Finding Swag Codes Sometimes swag codes are released on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog, and I can’t tell you the codes or they’d close my account, but I CAN notify you when they’re released so you can find the code yourself!

Inviting your friends to join For every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you’ll win the same amount! Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!

Playing Games Play games for free and you will randomly earn from 1-5 Swag Bucks or you can also buy into tournaments where you risk a small amount of Swag Bucks for the chance to earn a large amount.

Watching videos I haven’t had good luck with this method.

Sending in prize photos and videos 10 Swag Bucks for a photo of you with your prize, 20 swags for a video of you opening your prize! Upload the video to www.youtube.com and send the url link of your video to prizephoto@swagbucks.com to claim your swags.

Posted: April 15, 2011
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I love swagbucks!  Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!  It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays – they call these “Mega Swagbucks Fridays”.

MORE Ways to earn swags then just doing your regular daily searches:

Online polls: Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls. These are one-click easy polls to take.

Share Your Birthday: Enter your birthday and get 50 free swag bucks on your birthday!

Trading in Cell Phones and Video Games: You can earn Swag Bucks for each phone you trade-in up to 3,000 Swag Bucks per phone; there is no limit to how many phones you can recycle.

Finding Swag Codes Sometimes swag codes are released on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog, and I can’t tell you the codes or they’d close my account, but I CAN notify you when they’re released so you can find the code yourself!

Inviting your friends to join For every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you’ll win the same amount! Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!

Playing Games Play games for free and you will randomly earn from 1-5 Swag Bucks or you can also buy into tournaments where you risk a small amount of Swag Bucks for the chance to earn a large amount.

Watching videos I haven’t had good luck with this method.

Sending in prize photos and videos 10 Swag Bucks for a photo of you with your prize, 20 swags for a video of you opening your prize! Upload the video to www.youtube.com and send the url link of your video to prizephoto@swagbucks.com to claim your swags.

Posted: March 24, 2011
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Right now, you can donate some of your swagbucks to the be used as cash for the Red Cross to help in Japan! This is a great, free way to donate.

Plus, if you’re new to SwagBucks, enter in code: HelpJapan during registration to score you 50 extra swags on top of the 30 people always get for joining. That’s 80 swags!

All donations, from 5 to 5,000 swag bucks are being accepted.

How does Swagbucks work?

I love swagbucks! It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays. Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

MORE Ways to earn swags then just doing your regular daily searches

Online polls: Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls. These are one-click easy polls to take.

Share Your Birthday: Enter your birthday and get 50 free swag bucks on your birthday!

Trading in Cell Phones and Video Games: You can earn Swag Bucks for each phone you trade-in up to 3,000 Swag Bucks per phone; there is no limit to how many phones you can recycle.

Finding Swag Codes Sometimes swag codes are released on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog, and I can’t tell you the codes or they’d close my account, but I CAN notify you when they’re released so you can find the code yourself!

Inviting your friends to join For every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you’ll win the same amount! Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!

Playing Games Play games for free and you will randomly earn from 1-5 Swag Bucks or you can also buy into tournaments where you risk a small amount of Swag Bucks for the chance to earn a large amount.

Watching videos I haven’t had good luck with this method.

Sending in prize photos and videos 10 Swag Bucks for a photo of you with your prize, 20 swags for a video of you opening your prize! Upload the video to www.youtube.com and send the url link of your video to prizephoto@swagbucks.com to claim your swags.

Posted: March 17, 2011
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Head on over to the Swagbucks blog to get free swab bucks alerts!

Register for swagbucks here first if you aren’t a member, or else you won’t get your points!! What is swagbucks? Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

MORE Ways to earn swags then just doing your regular daily seraches – thanks to FreeFlys:

Online polls: Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls. These are one-click easy polls to take.

Share Your Birthday: Enter your birthday and get 50 free swag bucks on your birthday!

Trading in Cell Phones and Video Games: You can earn Swag Bucks for each phone you trade-in up to 3,000 Swag Bucks per phone; there is no limit to how many phones you can recycle.

Finding Swag Codes Sometimes swag codes are released on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog, and I can’t tell you the codes or they’d close my account, but I CAN notify you when they’re released so you can find the code yourself!

Inviting your friends to join For every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you’ll win the same amount! Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!

Playing Games Play games for free and you will randomly earn from 1-5 Swag Bucks or you can also buy into tournaments where you risk a small amount of Swag Bucks for the chance to earn a large amount.

Watching videos I haven’t had good luck with this method.

Sending in prize photos and videos 10 Swag Bucks for a photo of you with your prize, 20 swags for a video of you opening your prize! Upload the video to www.youtube.com and send the url link of your video to prizephoto@swagbucks.com to claim your swags.

Posted: February 21, 2011
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Sign up for Swagbucks and use code: 3rdBirthday42 to get 50 extra swagbucks on top of the 30 they normally give to new members! This is because they have a birthday celebration going on this week and they are giving out 5 swag codes a day – I’ll be posting alerts when they release swagbucks on my Facebook page so make sure to follow it!

I love swagbucks because you can get free stuff!! It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays. Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

MORE Ways to earn swags then just doing your regular daily seraches – thanks to FreeFlys:

Online polls: Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls. These are one-click easy polls to take.

Share Your Birthday: Enter your birthday and get 50 free swag bucks on your birthday!

Trading in Cell Phones and Video Games: You can earn Swag Bucks for each phone you trade-in up to 3,000 Swag Bucks per phone; there is no limit to how many phones you can recycle.

Finding Swag Codes Sometimes swag codes are released on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog, and I can’t tell you the codes or they’d close my account, but I CAN notify you when they’re released so you can find the code yourself!

Inviting your friends to join For every Swag Buck they win searching the web, you’ll win the same amount! Win up to 1,000 Swag Bucks per referral!

Playing Games Play games for free and you will randomly earn from 1-5 Swag Bucks or you can also buy into tournaments where you risk a small amount of Swag Bucks for the chance to earn a large amount.

Watching videos I haven’t had good luck with this method.

Sending in prize photos and videos 10 Swag Bucks for a photo of you with your prize, 20 swags for a video of you opening your prize! Upload the video to www.youtube.com and send the url link of your video to prizephoto@swagbucks.com to claim your swags.

Posted: January 7, 2011
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I love swagbucks! It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays. Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

Posted: December 15, 2010
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I love swagbucks! Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.  Right now, use code “JoinIn2010” to get 60 Swagbucks just for signing up!

Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls.

Other ways to get Swagbucks:  watching videos, Special Offers, Surveys, Games, Trade-Ins, Shopping, getting any of the Froobi.com daily deals.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

Ask CCD Readers: Do you have any questions about Swagbucks? I’ll answer them for you!

Posted: December 10, 2010
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I love swagbucks! It’s like they are the lottery and they “loosen their slots” on Fridays. Basically, how Swag Bucks works is you use them for your search engine. They are powered by Google and Ask.com. Sometimes when you search, you randomly will get a message “You’ve Won 7 Swagbucks” or some other amount. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

Don’t forget you can get a Swagbuck every day at online polls.

It takes 450 swags to get a $5 Amazon.com gift card – my brother is a typical guy doing searches for college, and gets 1 or 2 $5 Amazon.com gift card per month.  I get much more than that, since you can refer people and get points for referring people.  So refer your friends too!

Posted: June 22, 2010
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The Coupon Bloggers Dilemma: The Duplicate Content Issue

Straight from Matt Cutts, head of Google’s Webspam team: You don’t want duplicate content within your own site.  You may notice, on my Pampers codes posts I don’t copy and paste my explanation of how the program works on all new posts.  I link back to my Pampers page.

Also, as Matt Cutts explained, you don’t want too much information on one page because Google won’t know what that pages main topic is.  I used to have all my store’s policies on one big long list.  Now, if you click on Store Policies on my menu bar, it goes to a page with a list of stores, and you click on them to go to each individual stores policy. It’s easier for Google to index this!

What about duplicate contect across sites? There’s a reason people do press releases and submit their articles to article submitters – they want their content pulled up on search results, even if it’s not from their page, because when someone clicks on that page it will have a link to their page – “the second link”.   I have read multiple articles on Google Webmaster, the official policy source from Google, that iframes do not deteriorate your rankings unless they are used in excess.   And duplicate content is fine as long as the content links back to your site. And the duplicate content is not within your own site.

Now you don’t want to copy people’s content word for word! Don’t get me wrong – you want to have your own voice on your blog and be unique.  But if someone out there puts your content on their site, as long as there is a link back, you are fine.   This is a “hot” topic – many people will disagree with me. I am just stating what I’ve found from my research and what’s worked for me – if you don’t believe me, look at the search I did in Wanna Be A Blogger (Part 3) when I searched for Shopko.

Posted: June 16, 2010
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Be an authority!
Choose something  to do better than everyone else.  If you are a blogger who does Joe’s Supermarket store deals & match-ups, do them better than anyone else.  Create deal scenerios on top of matchups.  Then when people think of shopping at Joe’s, they’ll go to you because you are the best.  If you are a blogger who eats at a new restaurant everyday, take pictures, do interviews with other people at the restaurant, do everything in depth and the best possible.

Get the word out that you are the authority.
If your blog has a 5,003,003 alexa ranking, and you aren’t getting any traffic, just posting the best deals won’t get you into the number one spot on a Google search.  Why? Google is going to put information from highly rated blogs/sites first *my opinion- I couldn’t find this on their webmaster site*.  So until you can build followers and traffic (part 5 of this series), how do you get people to view your amazing deals?

I do  (or used to, before I became to busy!) Shopko Deals & Matchups.  I just did a Google search for  “Shopko Deals” and here’s what pulled up:

Lot’s of “Big Blogs” come up. That is what people are going to click on  – but wait! I supplied those deals to those sites so alas, when you click on a “A Thrifty Mom”, the first line says “Thanks to Cuckoo for Coupon Deals for these…” as shown below:

And same with Money Saving Mom:

If you can’t be the number one link, isn’t it better when someone clicks on that link to immediately see your link and be “the second link” clicked on!?!?

Blog traffic is 90% referral. Some people worry so much about their deals being posted all over the internet and duplicate content that no-one sees their deals.  A Thrifty Mom literally copies (with my permission!) my deals word-for-word.   And she is pulling up on the top of search results.  It’s great for her site, and mine because I’m the “second link” people are shown.  Plus, again, blog traffic is 90% referral so you want to have your link out there in as many places as possible.

Amy at Savvy Shopper Deals had a 3 hour talk with me and other bloggers discussing all the info she learned at the Casual Bloggers Conference.  I knew most of it already, but one thing that stuck out to me was “work with other bloggers”.  That’s how they got big; you’ve got to get links on their site and do anything you can to be in their “group”.

For example, Money Saving Mom said at the bottom of her post announcing her coupon database:

She worked with other bloggers to make something happen.

Let’s take, for an example, a blogger who posts weekly list of store sales and deals matched to coupons for Joe’s Supermarkets.  Once the blogger picks their store (s) to rock and be the best at, they should partner with blogs with a low alexa rank to become the authority for their store (or whatever other type of information they want to be the authority for).  Alexa over here ranks blogs by visits etc…, the lower the alexa number the better.

Back to the blogger who posts weekly deals for Joe’s Supermarkets.  Here’s a list of places where that blogger may be able to get their deals published and get extra exposure for their site (if you don’t, someone else will or already has and their link will be the link that is clicked on second!)  I have listed each blogs alexa rank as of 06/16/2010 determined by Alexa.com:

Those are the only ones I know of  that will let you post your deals on their site – let me know if you know of any more.  If a blog’s alexa rank is above 400,000 I won’t list them since it wouldn’t be worth your time to get your deals on their blog, in my opinion. Definitely worth working with them though, since as a blogger you want to work with as many fellow bloggers as possible and make as many connections as possible.

What if you are a blogger doing something besides store deals? Find a bigger blogger and write a guest post for them.  Find a way to help that blogger in any way possible to get your link on their site.

Wrap-up: Become an authority and work with bigger blogs to get your information and link in as many places as possible!

Now, you are inevitably scratching your head about my idea to get your “posts” or “articles” all over the web if you are  an anti-duplicate content nazi (I discuss this in Wanna Be A Blogger Part 4) coming next Tuesday.

Why is your alexa ranking better then blogs I’ve heard about and yours is fairly new? I wonder the same thing myself often.  I don’t get as many comments on my site as A Thrifty Mom.  I bet she probably gets more page views daily then me.   I just happen to be married to an SEO / Web Programmer guru and I do what he says to do, and things just work out for me.

Why share these secrets? I’m a sharing kinda gal. And most of the info above is what you’d learn at Blog Her or other pricey conferences, and if you’re reading my site you are probably a fruaglista like me – you like your info free!

Posted: June 10, 2010
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You can get coupons 4 ways:

Print coupons at home
eCoupons (uploaded to your store loyalty card)
Sunday Coupon Inserts – mandatory if you want to extreme coupon!
Mailed to your house

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1.  Printed Online:

How do I find printable coupons?
Next to each match-up on our site we list what coupon to use, and have  a link of where to print it from, normally one of the following 3 reputable sites:

How many times may I print each coupon?

You can print nearly all coupons two times per computer by using the back browser (the little < sign in your toolbar).  Hit the back button and then click “resend” to print the coupon a second time!  Some printable coupon sites, you have to manually go back and reselect the coupon a second time.

What does IE or FF mean? These are the 2 most recommended Web Browsers for printing coupons since you CAN’T print coupons using Google Chrome (please email me if you find a way to print from Google Chrome)

IE= Internet Explorer
FF=Firefox

When printing coupons from (bricks.coupons.com) the url is different for those browsing in firefox than it is for internet explorer.  Click the link next to IE if you’re in explorer or FF if you’re in firefox.  You can’t print twice from both.

When printing from IE, letters in code should be “vi” or “wi”
A Firefox (FF) link will read “vg” or “wg” (change a IE link to Firefox by looking for the “vi” part and changing it to “vg”)
If you are using Safari on a Mac, change any of these codes to “xs”, then hit enter and you’ll be printing.

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2. eCoupons:

What is an eCoupon, Loadable or Clipless coupon?
An eCoupon is an electronic coupon get online in a similar manner to a printable coupon.  Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase.  These work at Albertson’s, Smith’s, Kroger’s, etc...full list here.

Where do I find eCoupons?
ECoupons may be loaded to your store loyalty card from the following sources:

  • Cellfire.com
  • Shortcuts.com
  • PGeSAVER.com
  • UPromise – you can load coupons to Smith’s, Krogers, Albertson’s, Rite Aid, and more!

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3. Coupons in the Sunday Newspaper (Coupon Inserts) – The Most Important Part To Successful Couponing!

In many of my posts, you’ll see references to use Sunday coupon inserts; look at the picture above to see what Sunday Coupon Inserts look like. Here is  an example of how I tell you which insert a coupon is in when I post a deal:

Buy Olay Lotion $2.99
Use the $1/2 Select Olay Products, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/31/10)
Final Price= $1.99

What does the pink coupon information in the deal above mean?

  • $1/2 = $1 off when you buy 2.
  • exp. 11-30-10 means the coupon will expire on 11-30-10 and will no longer be useable.
  • (SS 10/31/10) means a coupon came from the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper on 10/31/10.

Inserts in the Sunday paper: SS= Smart Source, RP= Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble (once per month).  Insert coupons can be used at any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.  Almost all grocery and drug stores do.

How do I get the coupons?

  • Subscribe to the newspaper! In fact, we suggest you subscribe to 4-6 copies of the Sunday paper. I get 5 copies of The Daily Herold in Utah.  I have worked out a deal with them to get you the lowest rates! You’ll need multiple copies of the Sunday paper for coupon inserts!
  • Non-Utah: discounted newspaper home delivery here.
  • Order them at My Coupon Hunter;  a coupon clipping service.
  • Talk to your local convenience store to see if they’ll give their old papers to you.
  • Check coffee shops and fast food restaurants where you’re a patron.
  • Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members if they’ll save their inserts for you.
  • Buy coupons (pay a handling fee) by purchasing coupons

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4.  Mailed to your house:

    • Kraft Foods. Get access to freebies and coupon booklets when available.
    • Sign up with Mambo Sprouts to get healthy and organic coupons by mail.
    • Target coupons by mail. No one really knows the rhyme or reason Target uses to decide who gets these. But it doesn’t hurt to stop over and create a faves list.
    • Want a lot of one particular coupon? Order them at My Coupon Hunter;  a coupon clipping service.  She usually charges $.05 per coupon, but if it is a high-value coupon and you know a hot sale is coming, its worth the $.05.  Also, note that if  you know a sell is going on right now, since it can take a few days for the coupon to get to you, you might be too late. Smith’s Mega Events are usually 2 weeks long so there is plenty of time to order the coupons.
    • Order whole inserts through Coupons By DeDe
Posted: May 3, 2010
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Blogger Link Back Love

The reason I started this series is because when I was a newbie blogger, there were so many unwritten “blogger rules & codes of conduct” I didn’t know about.   I broke them all. Not intentionally. But other people didn’t know that. There still may be blogs hatin’ on me thinking I’m a jerk.  I have learned the rules and strive to be an ethical blogger, and would love to teach anyone thinking of creating a blog, or new at their blog, the lessons I learned the hard way.

I run a coupon deals blog.   I try to find original deals, but I also post hot deals my fellow coupon bloggers post. I have most coupon blogs in my Google Reader.

  1. I browse their posts until I find one I love.  Let’s say I find a great Kraft Cheese sale at Target, on Deal&More’s site.
  2. I see who Deal&More used to help find the deal, i.e., they say “Thanks,  CouponSite” at the bottom of their post.
  3. Then I click on the link to go to “CouponSite” to make sure it is the original source.  Often, it is not.
  4. CouponSite.com may have on their post of the Kraft Cheese deal “Thanks, SamsCoupons”
  5. So I go to Sams Coupons. They have no links back at the end of their post, so it is probably their deal.
  6. I run a Google Reader search for Kraft Cheese and see which blogs post for the deal is the oldest.  I see who they linked back to.

This way I can verify who originally posted a deal.  This may seem time-consuming, but it is important to give credit to the person who originally found the deal.  Often it takes a long time to find original deals. Sometimes I give credit to multiple blogs for a deal, for example a blog added new information to a previous deal so I credit both the original deal poster and the blog that I found out new information on.

One time I posted an original deal that took me a very long time to verify and get worked up.  Another blog posted it on their site word-for-word copying me, and didn’t link back.

Virtually every coupon blog posted this deal, linking back to the deal stealer.  I was quite upset, since links back are actually very valuable to a blog and increase its ratings/views. I vowed to try to never make someone else feel that way.  So from then on, I have taken greater steps to give credit to whoever finds deals.  Also, if other bloggers think you aren’t linking back, then they won’t link back to you.  Not only is it the right thing to do, it is better for your blog to give credit where credit is due.

Now there are situations where people are going to find the same deal all by themselves.  Particularly with affiliate offers. Many companies actually email me deals to post on my site.  Other sites may post them before I do, but since I got the deal on my own from the company, I don’t have to link back to anyone.   There are also situations where I post a deal and think its completely original, only to find other bloggers have already posted it.   So if you see something on my site without a link back to anyone, that means I think I found that deal first.  Someone else might have, but realistically I can’t track all the thousands of coupon blogs and know every deal they post.  If you think someone stole your deal, more times then not they never even saw your deal.  Give them the benefit of the doubt (unless they posted the deal word-for-word).

If you find an original deal, you can always email me and if I haven’t seen it before and I think its great, I’ll post it up with a link back.

Always post in your own words.  Copying word-for-word will kill your page ranking.

Some posts you shouldn’t copy (even if you change the wording and give a link back):

Simple deal posts are commonly shared around the coupon blog world, with bloggers putting them in their own words and giving a link back.  However, I did not know this until recently, posts which take a lot of time to write up should not be copied at all.

For example, this post.  I have spent many hours on this post and would be annoyed if someone copied it.   Entire coupon match-ups for a store should not be copied (these can take up to 4 hours for one blogger to do!).  Any blogger series posts or recipe posts should not be copied.   Basically, if a blogger puts a lot of work into it, don’t change the words and post it up on your site.  You could ask them if they’d like to do a guest post, or you could post on your site “I just read about this great way to shop at yard sells at CouponSpot.com, check it out!”

A guest post: where a blogger asks another blogger if they can post a post word-for-word, with “Guest post by” and a link to your site.  For coupon match-ups, if you want to post someone else’s, just email them first to make sure its okay.  A Thrify Mom and Money Saving Mom post my Shopko & Fresh Market matchups each week.  This works great for me because I get the link back and new traffic, and they get the deals on their site.  Its not “stealing” because I have given them permission to post them in full each week.

You generally don’t have to email to ask permission if you say “Here’s my top 5 deals at Walmart this week” and then say “Here’s a link to CouponSite to see the rest of the deals”.  Many bloggers do this.

As always, if you have any questions about about this or any other subject, email me. I personally respond to all emails sent to me.

Wanna Be A Blogger Series:

Part 1 – Blogger Link Back Love (what you can and can’t copy, and how to give proper credit)

Part 2 – Hotlinking Photos (or a big no-no)

Part 3 – Comments and Followers

Part 4 – Schedules

Part 5 – When you insert a link, right under where you post the link location, where it says “Target” then shows a drop-down list, click on “open link in a new window”.  You don’t want people to click on your links and leave your site for good!

Part 6 – Rock your Ethical Blogger badge & sign the pledge

Email deidre(AT)cuckooforcoupondeals.com if you have any other topics you would like covered or suggestions.

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