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How to Change the Zip Code on Coupons.com

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Recently coupons.com changed the layout of their website.  One of the major changes is the ability to change your zip code from the main “coupons” page is no longer available.  So what do we do?  We find another way.

How to change the zip code in coupons.com:

  1. Click the “Local coupons” tab.
  2. Enter the desired zip code in the upper left hand corner and click the arrow button to load the coupons.
  3. Click back over to the “coupons” tab to view all the coupons available under the zip code you just entered.

See my video for a demonstration plus more tips to make the most of the new changes.

Can’t see the video?  Click here

 **You can also look under “Member Center” to find place to change zip code if the “Local Coupons” tab doesn’t work for you.

 

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Ask a Blogger: How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

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I am constantly taking Screenshots for publishing pictures on my site.  Screenshots are fast and convenient for getting just the right image to share a coupon, free offer or store deal.  I probably take at least 3 or more per day!

What is a screenshot?  Capturing something shown on your computer screen to a static image file.  You are taking a snapshot (or picture) of your computer screen.

I worked on a PC for years.  I was proficient at taking Screenshots on a PC but had to use a free software program.  The software was worked just fine – until I purchased a Mac.  WOW!  Mac’s are an entirely different world!  A Mac takes some getting used to, but I no longer need additional software to take my screenshots.

On a Mac, simply hit Command-Shift-3 and your screenshot will magically appear on your desktop.  It’s that easy!   Open your screenshot in preview and you can crop out the image you want to use.

Do you use a PC or a Mac?

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Ask a Blogger: Adsense Optimization

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Thanks to Madame Deals for this weeks post!

I recently attending a meeting to learn how to optimize my site to increase my revenue using Google adsense. I would like to share 5 tips that I believe will help you make pay out each month. It is important to understand that even if you do not have adsense that these tips are valuable and can be applied to any ad network.

1) Content is key. If you do not have content then you will not have traffic. The key to making money off of ads is that the ad is relevant to what you write. If you provide quality content the ad will mirror what your customers/readers are searching for and they will click through your ads. You will also generate more traffic based on the quality of content on your site. You should try to write articles that are relevant and searchable so your page views increase.

2) You need to determine the placement of your ads where do people look. That is where you want to place your ads.This is a great tool if you are on the Genesis Theme on Word Press it will show the layout of your site so you can place your ads for optimization. The reader generally looks to the left and the top of your site. If you have your ads above the fold you will do well.

3) You need to select the ads sizes that have the most inventory. The best ad sizes are 728×90, 320×250, and 160 x600. You will need to make sure you select the ads with both text/images to increase the ads available to appear on your site.

4) You need to use the maximum number of ads per page. You can use 3 ads of any size and 3 link units per page. I also found out that is you use another network that carries Adsense ads those do not count towards your total like Izea or Double Click Networks.

5) Here are some places to sneak in ads. They should appear at the end of your post. You can also place them at the bottom of contests, in your email feed, and one pages that generate a lot of traffic. You need to be mindful of the number of Ads that appear on the site at the same time. The use of the google’s small business DFB will allow you to use the best performing ads at all times. I look forward to trying out this free service. It allows the ad networks I run to bid against one another to determine the highest paying ad to run on my site at any given time. I will let you know how it goes.

I think if you optimize your site you should expect to earn $5.00 for every 1,500 page views. That is usually around my average.

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Ask a Blogger: Where Did My Content Go?

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Where did my content go?

I’ve asked myself this question more times than I can count.   I have posts.  Many, many posts.   But they are not true content.

I’ve been writing quick deal posts, an occasional giveaway or time consuming store matchups.  Where is the substance?  Where is the advice, recipes and stories that I enjoy writing?

My blog content is in my head.   It is written in a notebook with a few ideas scribbled haphazardly here and there.  It is not on my website where it belongs.

Why?

I realized some time ago that I had lost focus.  I am still blogging about what I love – saving money.  But somewhere along the way I lost my passion.  Not my passion for helping others to save money, but the passion to take the time to sit down and write a good article.

So what happened?

The first answer is simple yet unbelievably complicated.   Life happened.

I was spending so much time blogging that I lost focus of the entire reason I worked from home.  My family.  Are there any bells going off in your head?  Cutting back on blogging to spend more time with my kids “forced” me to try and keep up the post volume in a shorter amount of time. It’s not possible alone, so the content fell by the wayside.  I had intentions.  So many intention to write everyday and it just didn’t happen.

Not to mention that there are so many deals!  I can’t even scratch the surface of what I want to share.  I would need 20 clones to get that much done in a day.  At some point, I’m not exactly sure when;  I started posting only deals.  It’s not that deals are easy to post,  just much faster than writing & editing an entire article.  Plus, most deals are short lived.  They are HOT.  They need to go up right now!

But wait.

How many deal bloggers are out there?  I don’t even know.  A LOT!

I know I’m not the only deal blog people read, so why am I so crazy about getting those deals up?  I honestly don’t know.  Habit?  The little voice in the back of my head that says I do need to contribute money to the family?

One thing I do know for sure is that I need to make a change.  I still WANT to post deals.  I still WANT to include the store matchups.

I NEED to get my content back.

There is also a bonus to adding content back on my site.  Adding strong, beneficial content will help with my SEO.  And that should help satisfy the little green voice in my head.

And it starts now (I hope).  I’ve spent about 20 minutes getting my article into first draft.  Now I need to run off to preschool pickup and keep my figures crossed that I’ll actually complete the editing process this evening….

Do you need to get your content back?

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Ask a Blogger: Using “No Follow” Links

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Thanks to Madame Deals for this weeks post!

The question of the hour is when do you mark a post as a “no follow post?”


The answer is simple.  If Goggle thinks you are making money on the post then it is a “No Follow” link.  This would include reviews, giveaways, and affiliates links.  If you created a post that you are going to duplicate then mark it as a no follow post. Goggle does not like posts that have duplicate content, so you need to alert their bots that this content is not being submitted for review. If you fail to mark your posts with no follows;  you may adversely affect you Google page rank. It is important to be transparent with Google if you were paid or could get paid, so mark it is a no follow.

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Ask a Blogger: How to Change an Image Click Through URL

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A fellow blogger asked me a question yesterday that I thought others might run across as well. The question arose from a requirement set forth in the terms for a sponsored post.

How do you make an image click through to a specific URL?

 

1.  Add the image into your Post Editor.

2.  Look for the Link URL and change it to your desired URL.

3.  Click to “Insert into Post.”

4.  Preview your post and test the link to verify the URL is directing correctly.

It’s that easy!

I’ve been required to change the image URL in a sponsored post using the required campaign image.  I would NOT change the image URL of a photo that I owned the rights to and have it be directed away from my page to a sponsors page.

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Ask a Blogger: Do You Have Broken Links?

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Thanks to Amee with Madame Deals for this weeks post:

I love this site Pingdom.com. It will send you an alert when your site is down. I can’t tell you how many times I have needed this feature. It also has a variety of other tools that are useful for site management. One that is especially helpful is figuring out what on your site is redirecting.

Click on run a report

If you see an arrow then your site is redirecting. I have installed the plug-in Broken Link Checker it lets you know which links are broken so you can fix them. If you do not want to install a plug-in then you can go to Free Broken Link Checker . You will then need to go into each link and fix it.

These tools help you to figure out information quickly prior to having issues. You will need to fix these errors so that you do not limited your resources. You also do not want to have your readers have a poor user experience because they can’t find one of your posts.

From Dana:  I also use Pingdom to get an email if my site is down.  Even when I’m not online, I can be alerted to an issue on my website.   Google Webmaster tools is also a great way to find Crawl Errors, broken links and more information to help your site run smoothly.

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Ask a Blogger: Should I Delete Negative Comments?

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I was thinking about some of the comments my fellow bloggers receive on their blogs and Facebook pages.  Honestly, some of the comments I’ve read on other sites shock me!

What do you do if you get a negative comment on your blog or Facebook page?  Do you delete it?  Do you leave it?

Personally, I believe that everyone has the right to express their opinions.  I encourage readers to comment on posts and share their thoughts.  I’m okay with someone disagreeing with me or telling me I made an error or don’t like  product. However, I will delete a comment that uses inappropriate language or is disrespectful to me or another reader.

That said, I rarely delete comments on my site.   I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t needed to delete comments on more than a few occasions.  Bottom line – feel free to express your opinions, just use your “big girl words.”

I’m curious.  Do you delete negative comments?

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Ask a Blogger: Know to Keep up with Affiliate Companies

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Thanks to Amee with Madame Deals for this weeks post.

How do you stay on top of all those affiliate companies. The answer is that in itself is a full-time job. The other answer is to not use more than four or five on a regular basis. I place my earnings in an excel spreadsheet each month. The company that I make the least with gets checked once or twice a week. The ones that I have been successful with I will check daily.

How do you define successful. I believe if you are running an offer you have to look at the time it takes to post an offer usually about 30 minutes once you have looked, written, and scheduled multiple postings for that offer. Then you need to determine what you make per hour to determine if an offer is useful to your audience. You can determine the usefulness using three factors. 1) Did they buy anything? 2) Did your customers click through to your post? 3) Did they leave a comment on your post.

If you want to make money blogging you need to not blog in the dark. That means if this is a business it needs to be treated as such. You should study your efforts against your earnings. There are three areas that I look at to determine my earnings. 1) The actual dollar amount an offer brings. 2) The number of clicks on the post which translates to pageviews. We get paid on ad page views so the more people that come to our sites translates into a higher revenue share. 3) The SEO that will bring future visitors that translates into future revenue.

This is my dashboard from the morning. I can tell that my readers were interested in a deal on pillow. They like my contests and the are interested my Ask A Nurse series. I also have a lot of readers that wish to know if they won my contests.

If I went on to evaluate this. I can tell you that people did purchase the pillows so that was worth my time. The contests are posted once and bring traffic daily so that is worth my time. The Nurse post brought traffic and will bring traffic in the future so it is valuable for SEO and content. The rest of the posts that I ran this morning of were previously published coupon printing ideas and reminders. I just rescheduled them. It is 12:00 noon and I have 1,880 page views and 569 are from search engines. I worked for 1 hour today not including the time to type this and I made money. I spent time with my family and even went to a birthday party. The purpose of this article is to think about your future. How will you bring traffic to your site for the long-term. How can you get paid with the least amount of effort and build a business that maximizes your time. The key is observation, documentation, evaluation, and action!

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