First of all I want to thank you all for following DealPeddler! I appreciate everyone that has helped to grow and make DealPeddler successful during the last few months of starting up. There are just a few things I would like to address, so please bear with me.
1. This blog is my job. I'm a stay-at-home mom out of necessity. I graduated from the University of Maine in 2009 and spent 2 years job hunting with no success. I started DealPeddler a few months ago to help supplement our income. I love what I do, but this is not a hobby, or postings of a bored housewife. I work between 10-12 hours a day most days. I'm usually up by 6:30am and finish work for the evening around 7pm.Throw in two really young kids, and by the end of the day I'm tired.
2. Yes there are affiliated posts. That means if you click, print, request something through those posts I earn a couple of cents. Please keep this in mind while browsing the blog. Any little interaction you provide helps me and eventually will help you too.
3. Blog Hosted Giveaways. I love participating in giveaways, and this is where your interaction matters. Giveaways usually cost money. It is unreasonable to expect that 1 blogger can give away a prize that's worth $50-$300+. Many of these giveaways come out of our own pockets. If you see a giveaway that has a lot of bloggers participating, it's usually to help cover costs first, and grow our readership numbers second. Then there are the giveaways that accompany a review. I personally require a FB like of the sponsor as a mandatory entry. That seems fair since they have generously offered a product for FREE to give away. They too are trying to build their fan base, and bring in more customers. Additionally, the larger readership a blogger has, the better items they'll receive to review and giveaway. A large company with an expensive product is considerably less likely to give it to a blogger whose influence is extremely limited. So, when a giveaway requires liking a bunch of blogs, or a sponsor, or even has "likes" as an option, please remember we are not being selfish. We are trying to grow so we can continue to provide better things for our fans to thank them for following us.
4. Nothing in life is really free. We wait to snag a freebie, we rely on others' time to provide information, and someone somewhere is paying for whatever product you win, or request. Even samples cost someone money. Throw in the cost of postage and even a tea sample that isn't worth more than a few cents to you, really ends up costing much more. This is where good etiquette is appreciated, not only on my blog and other blogs, but also on the company pages you're requesting something from. If you were offering something for free, would you appreciate complaints? Companies who give away thousands of products have to eat the costs of the time and money it takes to manufacture the product, the time it takes to promote it, and the time and money it takes to mail them all out.
Not everyone can win. 60,000 people are not all going to manage to snag 300 samples. It's not possible. I enjoy trying for them just as much as winning, and I truly believe in karma. Bad attitudes and complaints ruin the fun for everyone else. I'm sure you've all seen irate people posting on walls of businesses when a server crashes, or that they didn't win after waiting an hour. Things happen. Computers are by no means perfect. When word gets out that there are going to be 300 samples available, and a large page grows by THOUSANDS more within a few hours, all of that prep can still backfire. I encourage everyone to be thankful for the things they do get for free, and I also encourage everyone to show good sportsmanship. Congratulate the winners and move on. The realm of freebies is not going away any time soon.
5. If something is not working correctly, you're having issues finding something, or you didn't win, I understand your frustration. I try to work as quickly as possible at getting you answers. However, I cannot control what your computer supports (Java, etc.), who wins a giveaway, or who doesn't. Sometimes freebies go much quicker than anticipated. If you didn't get something, I'm sorry. However complaining helps no one. The internet is a big place and there is room for everyone, so just keep trying for the next one. Giveaways through Rafflecopter start and end at midnight. I'm not awake at midnight, which means the winner(s) will not be announced until the next morning.
6. I do not endorse anything I don't like. Reviews I provide are my opinion or that of a family member. Unfortunately not every review can be accompanied by a giveaway. However, that is still my time spent providing an opinion I think is of value. If you feel inclined after reading a review, it's nice to check out their Facebook page, Twitter page, and actual website.
7. I LOVE positive comments on the blog and Facebook. A simple thank you goes a long way and encourages me to continue what I do. If you notice a post on FB that you participated in, a "like" is also nice so I know that you benefited from my work. It's a lot of fun to see who receives a freebie, or wins a giveaway that I've promoted, and I find that letting fellow fans and myself know you've won encourages others to stay positive and keep trying. If you do snag something for free through a company's giveaway, thanking them is also wonderful. This also lets them know that you appreciate their time spent giving you this opportunity. It does take a few extra seconds/minutes, but it's nice. Think of it as sending a quick virtual thank you note.