Last month, OFM received well over 300,000 hits. That's the first time I cleared 300K in one month and I was mighty proud of that. What I wasn't too proud of was the quality of posts I put out in February.
Let me explain.
See, frugal bloggers, they make their money off of getting you to print certain coupons, buy certain deals, and order certain things. I was pretty excited to join the ranks of other bloggers with my Google Affiliates, Amazon Affiliates, and Target Affiliate accounts. I started posting some deals that made money. Not a ton of money, but a little. Now, a blogger's gotta make a living, too, so I don't begrudge anyone her due. I have a disclaimer just like anyone else.
Let me explain.
When I post a deal, I've scoured the other frugal blogs and interwebs for it. What I notice more and more is less and less deals being posted and more of these affiliate money making things. I get the same opportunity to post these deals from the same affiliates. Some of the bloggers post these deals like they are just the end all, be all of deals and here's the thing.
For example, if there is a new coupon out on a cleaner. A blogger might get 2 cents if you print that coupon. Maybe even 10 cents. Well, some bloggers might pair that coupon up with a cleaner and post that deal to try to get you print that coupon. That seems like it's okay, but for me, it's not. I want to encourage you to make your own cleaners because THAT is the real deal, the real bargain.
OR a toy might be "on sale" at Amazon and I promote it knowing full well that this same toy is going to go on sale after Christmas and that is when you should buy it if you are planning ahead like you should or it might even be in the store for less. How would I know, right? BUT I post it because I'm going to make a penny or two on that sale.
I don't want to be that kind of blogger.
Where does that leave us?
Well, I figure being real is what brings you here. Most of the traffic on my site comes from Mother Blogger and the frugal living content. Not the daily deals. Honesty really is the best policy and, if I have loyal readers who want to help me make money and support myself with this website, they'll click on a deal and order a free whatever every now and then when I ask them to do that.
What does that mean for your daily dose of OFM?
You'll be getting more content oriented posts- frugal living tips and how tos from around the web and from me, too. I'll be posting about how to navigate some of my favorite frugal living websites, so you won't get lost when it comes to that stuff or sucked into some crap deal because so and so says so. I'll be posting some of those deals that might earn me some money, but I'll be up front about it. If you want to click on them so I earn some money in return for the information and/or entertainment you find on OFM, awesome. If you don't, well, not as awesome, but whatever. You'll be getting more Mother Blogger, that's for damn sure.
All of my posts will be sponsored by someone from now on- one of the affiliates with whom I am in business will be featured on every single post. This will help me increase the chances that you, my sweet friends and readers, might be willing to support me by clicking on a link and ordering a free DVD or signing up for an eNewsletter here and there. or whatever else is being offered by my affiliates.
So, are we cool? Does that sound good to y'all? I sure hope so, because I really, really, really like writing and managing this website. I'd like to see it become more of a paying gig, but mostly, I'd like to just keep doing it.
I'll also be reorganizing the content on the website so it's easier for you to find and navigate. You're welcome.
I might open an online store with some products that are terrible and wonderful, too. That's a work in progress, so don't expect coffee mugs with the word "hooker" on the front to be made available next week or anything.