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How To See a Facebook Fan Page in Your News Feed

by Freebies4Mom on June 1, 2012 6:52 am

FacebookFrequently Asked Question: How do I see http://Facebook.com/Freebies4Mom in my Facebook News Feed?

Now you can select Show in News Feed when you hover your mouse on the “Like” button for any Fan page on Facebook. You should see a pull-down menu appear so that you can place a checkmark by “Show in News Feed”. Don’t miss any freebies – go check that you’re getting my Facebook updates in your news feed!

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Free 12-week Online Languague Courses from BBC

by Freebies4Mom on March 26, 2012 6:17 pm

BBC LanguagesTake a free 12-week online Language Course from the BBC. You’ll receive a step-by-step interactive video course and it’s completely free! For a good laugh, I encourage you to read the “Lost for words” stories from travelers trying out a new language. Thanks goes to Katie for sharing this tip!

What’s Money 4 Mom about? My goal is to encourage life-long learning, teach how to make extra income, and inspire bloggers through my own experiences and by sharing tips from my readers.

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The Truth About Why Retailers Dislike Frugal Bloggers

by Freebies4Mom on March 9, 2012 10:22 am

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Frequently Asked Question: Why do some retailers dislike Frugal Bloggers?

I’ve been asking myself this question a lot lately – and I hear other bloggers asking it too. I’d like to share my opinion with you (and I’d love to hear yours too!).

Frugal Bloggers write to help their readers save money. Retailers don’t always like the help that Frugal Bloggers give their readers. It’s a sad but growing trend I’ve seen recently for retailers to actively discourage Frugal Bloggers from helping their readers save money. Retailers do this by changing coupon policies, lowering affiliate commissions, ignoring applications from Frugal Bloggers for paid opportunities, and cancelling affiliate accounts.

Retailers are discouraging other Frugal Bloggers and discouraging me too. It doesn’t make sense to Frugal Bloggers that these retailers do not want the smart readers they are sending to them as potential customers. But I’ve got to believe it all comes down to profits, and retailers are not profitting as much from the readers of frugal blogs than from other consumers. So retailers take action by discouraging Frugal Bloggers from blogging about them, or even discouraging consumers from saving money with them.

Why am I telling you about this trend? I’m trying to offer you a general explanation of why you may see me avoid mentioning certain companies on my blog. The reason is that those companies do not value my efforts to help you save money. But that’s ok, because I’m still going to be an independent voice that helps people save money in many different ways. And I’m still going to give you all of the resources I can so you can still save money with those retailers (even if they dislike Frugal Bloggers like me).

What can you do to support independent frugal blogs like Freebies 4 Mom? Just keep reading and contributing your money-saving tips. You are so much more important than the retailers I work with, because I’ll always be able to find a few special retailers who actually value the work I do and will pay me for it so I can keep blogging full-time. But I won’t always be able to find such a strong group of  smart and loyal readers who love reading my blog. You are a valuable resource to me!

I love helping you to the best of my ability and I’m honored that I can share this truth with you. Thank you for reading and celebrating a frugal lifestyle – it’s definitely something to be proud of and we won’t let a few retailers make us feel bad about the value we place on saving a buck!

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Bloggers: Think Twice About Blogger vs. Blogger Contests

by Freebies4Mom on January 17, 2012 12:05 pm

CarrotChances are you won’t win, and then you just spent time writing and promoting something that may not be your normal content, or something you’re not passionate about. Many companies are sponsoring contests that pit bloggers against bloggers in order to dangle a really big carrot in front of the bloggers as motivation while drawing upon our natural competitive spirit. But what I’ve seen happen to other bloggers is that this friendly competition somehow turns into something they don’t want to be a part of. Questions are raised about if votes are being obtained fairly in the contest. Most companies never write “Official Rules” for these contests and make them up as they go. Bloggers may feel like the outcome of the contest was influenced or predetermined by the sponsor.

Most bloggers that participate come away disheartened, not necessarily about not winning that big shiny carrot, but about participating in something that didn’t feel good (and probably wasn’t the best promotion for their blog). That’s because in these sponsored contests of blogger vs. blogger the real winner is almost always THE SPONSOR and not THE BLOGGERS. No matter how big the prizes given away, the sponsor just cashed-in on bloggers sharing sponsored content purely to try to win something. It kind of feels like bloggers are being tricked into these things. Please think twice about participating in this type of contest because your time may be better spent promoting your blog (and not a sponsor).

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Bloggers: Your Time Is Valuable

by Freebies4Mom on January 2, 2012 9:57 am

I wanted to share a lesson I learned from my blogging experiences of 2012: Your time is valuable, so spend it on what you’re passionate about sharing.

It’s difficult to remember this when there is so much pressure from others to host a giveaway, share a deal, write a sponsored post, and promote an affiliate. I’m not the only blogger who is learning this lesson and sharing it. Bobbie Byrd wrote “Your Worth As a Blogger” to share her story of how she fell into the trap of not valuing her time in order to promote a big brand. She says “You are letting these companies walk all over you. They get their name out to all your community, your Facebook fans and your twitter fans and you get a free product that you don’t even use or a gift card that doesn’t compensate for your time.” And then we have to ask: What do our readers get out if it?

As bloggers we tend to be over-connected with a network of people who are trying to get their content shared more. We can never share everything we hear about, so we must be selective and pick our favorite content. And of course we are always being bribed with free products or gift cards to share that content (which hopefully you are always disclosing to your readers). That’s why I want you to really own your content and not let others pressure you into sharing their content unless you really feel it has value to your readership. Remember that you own your blog, and you control your content. Your time is valuable, so spend it on investing in yourself instead of others.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment to share. Which lessons from 2011 are you taking into 2012?

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