Posted: July 7, 2010
First off, let me say this one should be worth way more because it takes so long to get.  I normally also only post swag alerts on my Facebook page, but since this one is higher-value I decided to post it here too.
Check their latest swag blog post to unscramble the letters (Use to unscramble words but make sure the CASE of the letters stay the same)
Posted: June 30, 2010

Yeah! There’s a 12 pt. swag code on the swag blog until 10:30 MST today! I normally announce every swag code on my Facebook Fans page, so head over there to get alerts as soon as new swags are out!

What is swagbucks?

Posted: June 27, 2010
Cuckoo Deals Map – Coupon Match-ups For All Stores

I got an email from a reader who was upset that my site had so many deals from states outside of Utah – it was clogging up her Google Reader with deals that didn’t apply to her.

So I spent all weekend working up a solution I think will benefit everyone from every state!

FIRST: Subscribe via RSS (Google Reader is RSS) or by email for deals in your state only here! Infact, you can subscribe for lite or full versions.

  • Lite state subscription- Gives you every in-store deal applicable to your state.
  • Full state subscription- Gives you every in-store deal applicable to your state, plus all other online deals, freebies, printable coupons and deals that are applicable nationwide.  Basically, every post on my site except ones that are for a store which is not located in your state or for deals specific to other states.
  • Oddly: For some reason when you subscribe the name at the top of the feed will show a category, usually a store name, at the top of the feed.  Don’t worry, if you look through the feed, it is only showing your state deals.  It is just listing the first of many categories which are included in the feed.  So don’t worry about it; it’s the correct feed!

SECOND: Changes to which deals are shown on my home page:

To make my home page more applicable to everyone, only store deals, freebies, printable coupons, etc… which are nationwide (or close to it) will be shown.  All deals on the Cuckoo Deals Map will still be there, you just need to select your state to see store deals & state/region specific deals.  This is important because I am working with other bloggers towards getting deals for every state nationwide soon on  the map!  If you are a interested in making money posting deals for your state, email me.

Utah readers: I started posting less Utah deals because of my national readers getting bugged.  But now that they can subscribe to their state deals which won’t show Utah deals, I am going to start posting more Utah deals! Utah deals will no longer show up on my home page though.  To see them, either subscribe via RSS or email to Utah deals, OR just click on the Cuckoo Deals Map and on Utah select “Utah Deals” to view my infamous in-store finds at Macey’s, Fresh Market, Utah offers and more.

Utah Lite Feed: Subscribe in a reader or by Email

Utah Full Feed: Subscribe in a reader or by Email

All other states: go to my Subscribe Via RSS or Email page and select your state’s lite or full feed!

What do you think of these changes?  Helpful or not?  Anything else I can do to ease your time searching for deals?  Leave a comment below and let me know.


Posted: June 22, 2010

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

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

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 11, 2010

Wa-hoo! Great news, you can now view Cuckoo for Coupon Deals on your phone, complete with instant updates, easy navigation, my Youtube videos, Facebook & Twitter comments, well everything!

Bookmark this URL on your phone to go straight to my page:

If you forget that URL, you can always go on your mobile phone to my regular URL: and it will re-direct to the mobile page, it will just take longer because of the re-direct.

What other features would you like to see on Cuckoo for Coupon Deals?

Posted: June 7, 2010

Go to the Swag Blog to get a 6 point swag code; remember the Summer of Swag I posted about earlier? It’s starting now. For the rest of the week, I’ll let you know when swag codes are released on my Facebook page instead of on here because that would clog up my homepage with the 5 new swag codes they are releasing each day.

Posted: June 7, 2010

I’m part of the Swag Bucks blog network, and they let me know they are going cuckoo this week.  1 in every 7 searches done from now until Friday will win the big Swag Bucks!

Also, they are releasing at least 5 swag codes each day.  I will be announcing when they are released on my Facebook page.  I can’t tell you the code, but I can tell you when it’s released!

How does Swag Bucks work?

This week only use code “SUMMEROFSWAG” to get 20 extra swag bucks when you sign up.   I see no reason not to sign up.  You sign up and search with their search engine instead of Yahoo or Google.  And they are powered by Google and so results are still good.  But the difference is when you search with their site, you can randomly win swag bucks.  Save them up for great prizes or paypal cash.   I love swag bucks and love that I don’t have to take extra time out of my day for rewards-  I just search the same amount as usual and the swag bucks pile up.  I also enter in the codes they release on the Swag Bucks blog and on their Twitter page.

You can also get one swag code every day for taking their Swag Polls.

Posted: June 2, 2010


I always was annoyed with the crazy eye-overload of some people’s pages on MySpace.  PageRage is  a new free program that customizes your Facebook page.  I really hope Facebook doesn’t become another MySpace!

Posted: May 14, 2010

It appears my site is up and running, but we are still switching hosting companies.  I don’t know the exact time this will happen, hopefully during the night, I’ll keep you posted.

If you’re reading this you must be on a feed, my site is virtually down! We are upgrading servers etc… to fix this situation and I’ll be posting deals on my Facebook page until it is running quick, thanks for understanding.

$3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry coupon is back! Print 2, Rite Aid is way overdue for a Huggies sale! Thanks, Coupon Geek

Posted: May 13, 2010

Remember when I posted here about a weird Facebook freebie for the Queen of the Coast gourmet seafood and didn’t know if it was legit? Well it was, my free cans came today!

So if you didn’t do it before, become a fan of Raphael on Facebook and click on “MyContests” where you can enter to win a trip to Portugal, and there is a link to go to this page, where you can get a free can of tuna and a free can of tuna salad!  OFFER IS NOW INACTIVE – it says to become a fan to be informed of when they will offer it again.  If you ordered yours before they took of the form, you should still get them!

You get two choices of tuna:

  1. Tuna in Soybean Oil
  2. Tuna in Purified Water

You get 4 choices of tuna salad:

  1. Tuna Salad with Red Beans and Sweet Corn
  2. Tuna Salad with Black-Eyed Peas
  3. Tuna Salad with Potatoes, Carrots ‘n Peas
  4. Tuna Salad with Chick Peas

While you are on Facebook, check out Cuckoo for Coupon Deals Facebook page, we post swag code alerts there and every week day we do a Facebook Fans only giveaway – no entry required. As long as you are a fan, you are automatically entered to win!

Posted: May 11, 2010

Want A Swag Buck Everyday in 2 Seconds? Then just bookmark this page, online polls.

Every single day Swag Bucks posts a new poll there. And every single day you just answer a one-question poll and get one swag buck.  I want a Staples button.  That was easy!

All polls are submitted by fellow Swaggers; you can submit a poll to and if it gets used you get 100 swags.

Let us know if your poll idea gets used!

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