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Blogging Tips 02: Saving Money with StudentRate

September 17, 2014

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Okay, so this isn’t really a ‘blogging’ tip per say, (it’s more of a money saving/life tip) but I’ve decided to include it in my blogging tips series anyway!  Simply Sinova has recently started a new partnership with StudentRate, an awesome website that offers college students HUGE savings on books (why are they so darn expensive?!), fashion/clothes (look cute on a budget), dorm décor, tech supplies and even travel packages (never to early to think about spring break!) Even though I’m not a student anymore (it’s so weird, this is the first September I’ve spent in Chicago in over four years), I know some of you lovely readers are so I’ve decided to share these amazing deals with you! 

If I were still a college student, here are the deals I’d (you totally should) take advantage of: 
1) 10% off PB Teen with an .edu email. Decorate your dorms (or apartments) with the cutest quilts, throws and accessories around! I might have graduated college already but luckily my .edu email is still active so I might have to take advance of this deal myself!
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2) 25% off + 5% Cash Back AllPosters.com. I’m obsessed with wall decor (I recently got a TON of new Wes Anderson prints to hang up in my future apartment!) My favorite kind of posters are of my favorite pop culture references/icons (like the Beatles) and posters of places (like my beautiful city Chicago!)
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3) 15% off + FREE SHIPPING +10% Cash Back Reebok. Now you can hit the gym in style! Spend this semester exercising your body AND your brain!
4) 3% Cash Back Jet Blue. If you’re a travel bug (like myself)  this deal is perfect for you! You’re basically getting paid to travel (sign me up please!)
5) 7% Cash Back ASOS. Even though ASOS is a clothing site, my favorite thing is their adorable accessories.  How cute is that panda hat?!
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6) 6% Cash Back Best Buy. Calling all tech lovers! Now you can upgrade those old computers and phones just in time for the new semester.
7) 4% Cash Back Forever 21. Forever 21 is known for not only their cute clothes but their reasonable prices! This deal just adds to the already incredible savings!
8) Discount Textbook Prices. The one thing I don’t miss about college is those expensive textbooks! At StudentRate, they make sure to find you the cheapest deals for all your textbook needs. 

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Blogging Tips 01: The Benefits of a Blog Newsletter

September 5, 2014

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I’ve been blogging regularly for about 16 months now, so clearly I’m NO expert! Even though I’ve only been blogging for a short amount of time, I’ve been an avid blog reader for as long as I can remember (anyone remember LiveJournal?) Let’s face it, blogging is HARD! Even the most popular blogs weren’t build in a day (or a month or even a YEAR!) When I first started blogging I had absolutely no guidance. Luckily, this past year I’ve met some incredible bloggers and joined some amazing blogging communities that have really helped me and my blog grow.  In this new Simply Sinova series, I’m going to focus on sharing the tips I’ve learned and my own personal advice for growing your blog. Today’s tip: The Benefits of a Blog Newsletter!

1. It helps generate traffic on older posts. Even though I follow a lot of my favorite bloggers on Twitter, IG, etc., I don’t always see every single thing they post (let’s face it, those timelines can get crowded fast.) It’s hard to keep up to date with my favorite bloggers (even when using Bloglovin’) so I love getting a biweekly or monthly newsletter from them. It not only allows me to see the latest posts, but it lets me now if there are any current giveaways and what’s been going on since the last time I visited the blog. The best part is that it’s all neatly packaged and conveniently in one place. I’m more likely to go back and look at old posts if I see them in a newsletter (and I’m pretty sure a lot of people are the same way.) Newsletters are a great way to refresh readers of things you’ve posted throughout the week.
2. People CHECK their email. Not everyone checks their various social media handles every second but most people check their email constantly. It might sound crazy but it’s true. How often do you check your Facebook or Twitter throughout the day? I’m guessing you check your email more. Since important things like emails from your boss/teacher or last minute coupons come to your email, people are more likely to see your newsletter (as oppose to your twitter/Facebook feed) if it’s right there for them.
3. It’s easier to track your audience. Most email services allow you to track important information  such as clicks, emails open rates, subscription rates, unsubscribe rates, social media shares, and all that good stuff! 
Of course things like social media are key for building a blog audience, but newsletters are just another great way to interact and reach your readers.
Does your blog have a newsletter/do you like subscribing to blog newsletters? What advantages/disadvantages have you experienced with blog newsletters? 
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