How many hours does a Coupon/Deal Blogger work?
I can not speak for everyone, but I know I myself average 10 to 16 hours a day. Often seven days a week. This time is not all spent blogging, most of it is interacting and maintaining our Social Media Pages, finding coupons, and doing store/sales Match Ups.
How does the Owner of the sites make an income/monetize?
When our fans print coupons, grab freebies, shop, etc. through our links/blogs, we get reimbursed by SOME of the companies. Coupons.com, Redplum, etc. This in turn helps cover the cost of our domain, hosting, giveaways on our sites, etc.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to go right to the MAIN coupons sites? Like Coupons.com, Redplum, etc?
It would take a few seconds less, but, PLEASE support your Favorite Coupon Pages! It is what keeps us doing what we do and investing the time we do invest. When you go directly to a coupon page, you are eliminating the middle man (Coupon bloggers) who spend a lot of blood, sweat, and tears trying to make your shopping purchases the best they can be! Supporting through our links is saying a little ” THANK YOU I appreciate what you do and would like you to stick around” to the blogger who’s sites you most often frequent.
Are all FREEBIES, Programs, offers, legit?
I would LOVE to say yes, but lets face it, when it comes to some bloggers, if they will make money on it, they will post it and say WOW, AMAZING, I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS without even looking the offer over first. Just make sure your favorite pages have your best interests and not money in mind. Over time you will learn by what they all promote which are the good and which are the bad. SOME of the busiest pages I have seen posting some very questionable offers without giving all the details just to make a quick buck off their fans. Let me add, EVEN THE BEST pages out there can make a mistake. We try and check things out the best we can, but some do slip through.
Are all Coupons, Freebies, Online Deals, etc. able to be monetized?
No, on average about 50% of them usually are. You will find some sites that will ONLY BLOG deals, coupons, etc. that they can profit from, but if you have found an honest blogger who puts your interests first, IT WILL NOT MATTER, they will share it with you if it is a hot deal! A PERFECT example is a month or so back a HOT COUPON for Folgers Coffee came out…Through OUR links we could NOT monetize it, but it did take you to one of the most popular coupon pages. Yes, sending my fans directly do the page in my blog post meant I would lose some profit, but the benefits of my fans getting this RARE coupon far out weighed the couple of dollars I was going to make. I kept a watchful eye to see what pages posted this and which ones did not, and I would say it went 50/50.
DRAMA FREE ZONE! How come some pages are more Drama then anything?
Unfortunately, It is a Dog Eat Dog World out there when it comes to deal bloggers, and sometimes it gets brought to the Social Media Pages. (Fans only see about 10% of behind the scenes) It can get VERY UGLY. It is a disappointment, but so many bloggers are turning it into “Whats in it for me?” Instead of focusing on making their blogs and their interactions with their fans the main priority. There are A LOT of “Secret Blogger” Groups out there, which instead of helping each other, they try and bring each other down. MIND YOU, NOT ALL!! I keep to myself, and I have still made some AMAZING friendships out there, and we help each other, not try and destroy the others page. I have even had some people going after my page because of my success. I have tried using the “Ignore it and it will go away” method, which sometimes works and sometimes does not.
(Facebook) Why if it is a Facebook Coupon, do we go from your Facebook page, then to your blog, then back to the Facebook companie’s page? Wouldn’t it just be easier to go right to the companies page and eliminate the blog?
We blog our Facebook coupons (which by the way we can not monetize) through our blog for our fans that only visit our blog, that do not get our Facebook feeds. This way they know about them also.
(Facebook) How come SO MANY pages are doing giveaways where you have to like twenty plus other pages in order to enter?
The concept to this, though to me it does not make a lot of sense, is that the more fans, the more money they will make. The majority of the people that enter the giveaways, unlike or hide a page right after entering. I PERSONALLY do not get involved in these giveaways very often. Reason being, I do not want my fans to deal with the hassle, and I would take 1 loyal fan over 100 fans who liked my Facebook page just to enter a contest which chances are they will not win. (That being said though, I have been involved in a few of them) If a page does these a lot, chances are blogging is all about “What’s in it for me?” to them. They want more fans, which means they want more exposure and to reach more people and are looking at $$ DOLLAR SIGNS $$ not your best interest.