Apr 102012
adding to g+ right from your email

I made an amazing discovery that thrilled me to pieces this weekend.  You know how you receive an email when someone adds you to one of their G+ circles?  The email will ask if you want to add them to your circles.  Well, you don’t even have to leave your email to do this – at least not in gmail!  That’s right – you can add someone to your G+ Circles right from your email.  Take a look:

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Mar 272012
blogger follow page generator

Cute-Ecakes has put her mastermind to work again.  This time, she has created a Blogger Follow Page Generator Tutorial.

If you are a blogger who administers group giveaways, you’ll want to check out this tutorial.  It doesn’t matter what blog platform you’re using, nor does it matter what application is being used to gather giveaway entries, for one to put this generator in motion.  The Blogger Follow Page Generator is to simplify all the copy and pasting occurred when creating a page with multiple links for entrants to follow outside of the Rafflecopter form (or other app).

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One of the many screen shots in the tutorial

Head on over to this page to read the tutorial.  Be sure to bookmark the page to reference at a later time.  If you’d be so kind,  would you help spread the word?  Simply share the post with others.  Cute-Ecakes would certainly appreciate it, as will the administrators of group giveaways who learn of the generator. Thanks! 🙂

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Mar 202012

Goodbye to GFC (Google Friend Connect) for many, and hello G+ –  GFC’s replacement.  Good enough except – are you in violation of Google’s G+ Button Policy in trying to get your site followed?

Google’s policy stipulates:

“Publishers may not direct users to click a Google+ Button for purposes of misleading users. Publishers may not promote prizes, monies, or monetary equivalents in exchange for Google+ Button clicks. For the avoidance of doubt, Publishers may direct users to a Google+ Button to enable content and functionality. When a Publisher directs users to a Google+ Button, the button action must be related to the Publisher or the Publisher’s content. For the +1 Button, the content or functionality that is enabled for the user must also be accessible to any of the user’s social connections who also enable it.”

I interpret this to mean – you better not host a giveaway asking entrants to follow your site via G+ or click the G+ button pertaining to that post.  If you do, you risk suffering consequences by Google.

Quite frankly – it really bums me out that Google is being this way.  I want Google to write to all companies that ask bloggers for their follower stats.  I’m sure there are a lot of companies who have no clue what has transpired, although – they should have to deal with what we have to work with…it’s out of our hands.  Ask our page ranks, FB followers, Twitter followers, and if they must – Alexa. They need to know it’s not fair game anymore.  We can’t give stats for something we can’t work on actively.  We’re just a handful of people trying to get our content read.  We’re certainly not Google!

And this linky thing going around – I’m not impressed with that either. I see that as being similar to Picket Fences – doesn’t mean crap to companies.  Alexa ratings – that’s not all it’s cracked up to be either.  Aside from bloggers – who installs the Alexa tool bar?  Heck, I never even heard of the site before I started blogging and I was always online doing something (no exaggeration) for several years before blogging came along.

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Mar 132012

*Please don’t think that I am scolding anyone as this post is being read – I’m not.  I just saying that if you want people to visit your site, read your posts, join in on a hop, be a sponsor of a giveaway being hosted, become an affiliate, – then your site has to be friendly enough for people to stick around.   And in my opinion – next to site visitors, the text piece is the most important piece of a site…wouldn’t you agree?

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Aug 312011
Today’s economy is killing us Americans.  That being said, there are some programs out there to help those out who need it; however, sometimes one really has to ‘dig’ to find these programs.  The program I want to share with you is Safelink Wireless.  

Safelink Wireless is available to those who participate in certain government assistance programs. For instance, in NH if you participate in one of the following programs, you qualify for Safelink.

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance / Section 8
  • Food Stamps
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Medicaid
  • National School Lunch Program (NSL)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Safelink is a Lifeline Service.  They provide you with a free cell phone and so many free minutes a month.  One can add minutes to the plan they’ve signed up for, via prepaid cards in stores or on the Internet. Safelink offers 3 different plans to chose from. Take the time to compare the plans that are offered to you.
I mentioned above that it’s a Lifeline Service.  What this means, is phone companies offer a lifeline service to their customers which reduces the customer’s phone bill.  This service can only be utilized by the needy (low income, health issues etc.).  The service has been in place for at least 20 years as I’ve had this on my home phone due to my son’s disabilities.  Then a few years back, Safelink was born.  The catch to the program is that you can’t be receiving a lifeline discount on your home phone and utilize the Safelink program…it’s one or the other.  Sign-up for Safelink Wireless is simple and can be completed online.
Now you may not need this service, but you may know someone who could benefit from it.  For instance, my mother receives fuel assistance and that qualified her for the program.  This puts her mind at ease where she is in her mid seventies and lives alone. She has the phone on her at all times in the event that she needs to call for help.  And I will tell you, she has had to call for help twice!  She fell once on ice in her yard and another time she was seated in her car and couldn’t get out – her hips froze up. 
You can read all about the program {here}.  The site is an encrypted site, so you needn’t worry about personal information being entered.  It took me all of fifteen minutes to sign my mom up; and then another two hours before I received the email that her information was verified, and that her phone was on the way.