Entries from January 12, 2014 - January 18, 2014


Valentine's Bark Recipe

Here is a really pretty and tasty Valentine's day treat to make! From Lil Luna.

Panda Express: Free Firecracker Chicken Breast

If you have a Panda Express nearby, head on over here where you can print this new coupon (or show on your mobile device) for a FREE Single Serving of Firecracker Chicken Breast (no purchase necessary) – valid on January 31st only! 

Win $10,000 Cash + More

Go here to enter in the Feel Alive Visa Gift Card Instant Win Game for a chance to win 1 of 534 Visa Gift Cards that will be given away! Plus, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $10,000. Ends March 31, 2014, good luck!

Fave New Book: The American Heiress

For Downton Abbey fans, this book is a must read!
Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. 
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Free Beneful Dog Food Sample

Request a free sample of Beneful Healthy Smile Dog Food.  Samples should arrive in 4-6 weeks.  This offer is available through January 31st or while supplies last.


31 Clever Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

So many good ideas here, I couldn't just pick one! From Buzzfeed.com.

Dinner and a Movie Deal

Enjoy dinner and a movie with this deal! Get 2 movie tickets, plus a $50 dining gift card for only $30! Click below-

Bloggers: Sponsored Post Tips + Opps #Markerly

Do you write sponsored content for your web site? Here are 10 awesome tips to follow: 
  • Meet all of your sponsor’s requirements. This seems obvious, for it’s so important! Pay attention to details and complete every task that is assigned to you. If you are working on a campign that has a list of requirements (for example, links that need to be included, social media amplification, particular images that need to be in your post), make a list of ALL of the post requirements before you start writing. 
  • Tell a personal story. Always make a sponsored post relatable to your real-life experiences. A blog post is so much more interesting if you make it into a story, and not just an boring advertisement for a product your readers might not be interested in learning about to begin with.
  • SEO your post. All of those reviews you do? People looking for those products will google “Product X Review” when they’re thinking about buying that product – and you want them to come to your blog and read your review!
  • Use unique images. Unless specifically asked to use stock images, I always try to take my own pictures (sometimes, this just means I’m using screenshots that I’ve taken, but they’re still my own and something you won’t find anywhere else on the Internet). I think that using my own pictures tells a better story…and shows a brand I care enough to put in some extra effort.
  • Be clear with the brand about whether you’ll be using dofollow or nofollow links. I almost always use nofollow links on sponsored posts.
  • Amplify your post on social media. Meet at least the minimum requirements set by the sponsor (usually, they will ask for you to share your post on at least Facebook and Twitter). I always share everything on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google + – and sometimes Instagram, too!
  • Take screenshots of all your social media shares. I put them all together on one document (I use Paint) and save it, along with sending to the PR rep/sponsor if necessary. You can also create a document with links to all of your social media shares.
  • When your post goes live, be sure to send a link to the sponsor/PR person.
  • Share, share, share! Ask your blogging friends to share your post (tweets and pins are easy and will reach a wide audience).
  • Overdeliver. Always go above and beyond – give your sponsors (and your readers!) something to be excited about!
  • Don’t forget your disclosures! You must always disclose your relationship with your sponsor. I include a disclosure at the top and the bottom of all my posts.
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    Here is why they are awesome!
    • -Markerly is a full-service managed network with 24/7 blogger support
    • -Markerly gives you heat maps of your entire post so you can see what people were clicking on
    • -Markerly pays bloggers within 48 hours of the post going live
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    • -Get free products to review like wine from companies like Last Bottle Wines and Invino or cool earbuds from Jaybird.
    • -Markerly's network is open to anybody to join that has over 10,000 page views a month or an average of 3 comments per post
    • -Markerly is very focused on quality blog posts and bloggers that have engaged audiences

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