Sekai Project Visual Novels Featured in New Humble Bundle

Sekai Project is one of many companies localizing Visual Novels into English. And for the next 2 weeks you can get 17 Sekai Project Visual Novels for $12. That’s less than $1 a game. (or pay less and receive less games) And it supports charity too! Feel good and score some awesome Visual Novels with the new humble bundle.

https://www.humblebundle.com/sekai-project-bundle

Pay just $1 to receive:

Fault Milestone 2
KaraKara
NekoPara Vol 0
Ame no Marginal – Rain Marginal

Beat the average (currently $10.16) to receive:

All of the Above PLUS
NekoPara Vol 1
Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 1
Marcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project, Plus Season PASS DLC
Fault Milestone two side:above
Sound of Drop -fall into poison
Highway Blossoms (a Yuri game (girl x girl game))
Japanese School Life

Pay $12 to receive it all:

All of the Above PLUS
NekoPara Vol 2
Wold End Economica – Complete Edition
Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Part 2
Memory’s Dogma Code:01
Robot Double – Before Crime After Days Xtend Edition
Sunrider: Liberation Day – Captain’s Edition

That’s a whole lot of visual novels for not a big price! I only had 3 of these currently in my collection (and almost all of them wishlisted). I am super excited about this bundle and can’t wait to start playing.

Robot Double sounds incredibly interesting to me from the brief description. It states that unlike traditional Visual Novels, there are no clear cut choices, but instead you control the story purely through your emotions.

If you’re interested in grabbing this bundle for yourself, check out https://www.humblebundle.com/sekai-project-bundle.

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ASUS ROG Strix – Asus – ROG GL502VT 15.6″ Laptop – My New Gaming Laptop and My Recent Experience at Best Buy

Please Note: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being compensated by Best Buy to write this. I did receive an email from Best Buy wanting me to complete a survey (for a chance to win a gift card) regarding my recent purchase. But then I thought, the comments I made in the survey, might make for a good Blog Post for my readers here, especially if supplemented with some info about the Laptop itself.

It’s tax refund time. Like most Americans, instead of saving, investing, or putting this money to good use, it’s time to go have FUN! (yes, I know, not smart or responsible of me lol.) My last laptop was purchased at Sam’s Club for around $750 back in 2013. It was just a “mid-range” “budget” laptop. In no way was it a “gaming” laptop, except that I researched and selected a model with a dedicated graphic card and enough RAM to play most games at the time back then on “medium” settings.

Prior to that laptop, I did in fact have an Alienware and it did last 7 or 8 years, compared to 3 to 4 years, being able to play newly released games on medium settings. However, I paid over $2000 for said Alienware. So then it occurred to me, that I could just buy “throw away” laptops, for less than half the cost, and just upgrade (to another “throw away” or “mid-tier” laptop every few years as needed.).

So when I got my tax refund, I set out to find just such a laptop. a mid-tier “throw away after 3 years” “gaming” laptop. My goal was to stay below $800. I was not expecting much in this price range. I was not looking for a “true gaming laptop”, just something that could “play without crashing” on medium settings.

What I got for under $800 is so much more than a “throw away” laptop. It’s actually a legit Gaming Laptop!! Not only can this system play a 2016/2017 AAA gaming title on “medium settings” without crashing; it can even play them on high settings.

I purchased this item as an open box (former store display) from my local Best Buy. Here is the same model available online – and where you can check to see if it’s available as an Open Box either online or at your local Best Buy. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-gl502vt-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-black/5090905.p?skuId=5090905

I would say, keep an eye on Best Buy’s pricing even if you do purchase this item and after bringing it home. Here’s my little Best Buy story. I purchased the Asus ROG Strix on 3/28/2017. At that time, the price on the “Satisfactory” Open Box model at my local Best Buy store was listed at $806. When I went to checkout, the associate working at Best Buy told me that the price was actually $899 (still before taxes, etc. After taxes it was actually $960 (which yes, was over my expected budget.)

I still thought $899 was a good buy for a $1200 gaming laptop with great reviews all over the internet (some of which reviews I will share with you later in this article). So I didn’t give too much push back on that price and just accepted it as is.

The associate had tried to tell me it was the same computer / same model / everything, but that they had 2 or 3 in the store and had sold the one listed at that price. But my receipt still said “Satisfactory Open Box”, and that’s what the pricing on the website supposedly reflected – for my specific store location even. I felt somewhat jaded but still happy to save $300.

The next day, I was once again reading the reviews about the laptop on Best Buy’s website and I discovered the item was on sale now, and as such, the price on all models, new, or open box, had been lowered.

I called and asked if they would be willing to price match the newer pricing. I was told “yes” but I was still skeptical because they wouldn’t even honor the original supposed price on the website (it was not a website price; it was for my local store “In-store only” price for an open box model available at my store marked as being in the same condition as the one I purchased.)

It is a 45 minute drive to my nearest Best Buy, so after work, I made the journey back to my Best Buy. This was yesterday, on the 29th of March 2017, with hopes that they would in fact honor the new lower pricing. It did take a bit for them to lookup whatever they needed to in their computers, and I could sense some resistance, but overall, both the manager and cashier at customer service were polite and professional. And I walked out of it feeling respected and valued as a customer, and with a refund of $201.69 to match the new lower pricing.

Now today when I view the item, it’s up to $765 instead of $711.

So that’s why I’m saying, keep an eye out for this. I guess their prices change every day??? It’s strange to me, and kinda shady, but you can’t deny the awesome savings you get by shopping at Best Buy.

If you print out the website pricing for your local store, as well as show them your order history on their own website/app on your mobile phone, there’s little they can do to argue (IE they can’t tell you it’s a different model or part number, because it’s right in your order history on your phone, etc).

Overall, I would shop at Best Buy again, especially for Open Box products. I also was in a few months ago and snagged a Sony HDTV open box model for under $120 and have been very happy with that purchase.

One thing I absolutely love about Best Buy is their return policy. They let you take home any product in their store for 15 days, try it out as much as you’d like, and return it for a full refund within 15 days (or 14 days for cellphones). This is amazing when buying a gaming PC, because you can actually make sure your games are going to run the way you expect!

Per Best Buy’s description this model features the following gaming specifications:

Nvidia Geforce 970m Graphics Card

6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ mobile processor

12GB RAM

1TB Hard Drive to store all your games

And best of all, it weighs less than 5 lbs!

I know this laptop is NOT “future proof” — The Nvidia 970m graphics card now ranks at number 11 overall according to http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-graphics-ranking/ — making it well on its way already to becoming a “mid-tier” gaming rig. But for the price I got the open box Asus ROG Strix for, at just $711, it still blows anything else in that price range out of the water.

Nvidia Laptop Graphic Cards April 2017 http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-graphics-ranking/
Nvidia Laptop Graphic Cards April 2017 http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-graphics-ranking/

Here is a look at the Nvidia 970m performance when comparing to the newer Nvidia 10xx cards. This information is from http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=2981&cmp%5B%5D=3595&cmp%5B%5D=3548

Nvidia 970m vs Nvidia 10xx
Nvidia 970m vs Nvidia 10xx Comparison from http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=2981&cmp%5B%5D=3595&cmp%5B%5D=3548

And according to Notebookcheck.net which I always heavily rely on when looking at new laptops, the 970m is still considered to be a “high-end” Graphics card. – So while it is in no way as powerful as the Nvidia 10xx cards, it can still hold its own on nearly any game out there right now. Interestingly enough, the benchmarks on Notebookcheck.net show the 970m performing on nearly equal footing with the Nvidia 1050 Ti.

Nvidia 970m Benchmarks
Nvidia 970m Benchmarks from Notebookcheck.net

Notebookcheck.net also lists the FPS (frames per second) for popular 2016 and 2017 games for the Nvidia 970m in the following chart. This chart shows that Nvidia 970m can play many 2017 games on high or even ultra graphic settings while achieving 40+FPS.

Notice on some games, you’ll want to lower the graphic settings to medium to achieve 40FPS. While on other games, you can play in high or ultra and attain 60+FPS. It’s subjective as to the type of game. Not all games “need” 60FPS.

For example, if you play a lot of First Person Shooters or Action games, especially ones with PVP against other players online, you will want higher Frames Per Second so you can out perform your competition. But, if you mostly play RPGs – which I assume is true for my readers here, 40FPS is a perfectly acceptable frame rate without any lag or choppiness. Anything below 30FPS will be noticeably laggy and possibly unplayable.

Nvidia 970m 2017 Review
Nvidia 970m 2017 Review

We all know that processors are not the main thing to consider when shopping for a Gaming PC. Intel is getting ready to launch their 8th generation of Intel Processors, deemed Coffee Lake later in 2017. This follows up Kaby Lake which was released last year. However, my ASUS ROG Strix has a chip from 2015 called Sky Lake. But according to Networkworld.com, “Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors: No performance gains The new chips are pretty much even with the last generation.”Source: networkworld.com http://www.networkworld.com/article/3155403/computers/intels-new-kaby-lake-processors-no-performance-gains.html

Still my ASUS came with the Intel I7 Quad Core, compared to the similarly priced Dell XPS that I was considering which had less RAM and only an I5 Processor (but a slightly better graphics card): http://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1050-1tb-8gb-hybrid-hard-drive-black/5709801.p?skuId=5709801 

I actually would have bought this Dell instead of my ASUS, if it had more RAM. That said, the important thing to consider when buying a gaming laptop, is the graphic card. So I would’ve taken the I5 with the Nvidia 1050 over the I7 with the 970m.

I also really love Dell. I have had very positive experiences with their customer service — which began as a negative experience, but was made more than right for me, years ago when one of the first XPS came out, I had the highest level of protection/warranty, and after weeks of frustration, (and venting on blogs/social media), I was contacted by a customer advocate who worked at Dell and was upgraded to a newer iteration of the XPS. (This was probably 10-12 years ago now) But that experience stuck with me and made me very loyal to Dell for a number of years.

For the price point, or for those tech savvy enough to upgrade their own RAM this laptop at just $799 for a brand new (not Open Box like my Asus) gaming laptop is a great buy! I went into Best Buy with the intention that if my Open Box ASUS was already sold out, that I would be bringing this Dell XPS home instead. And both machines have great reviews!

According to this discussion over on Gamespot’s forums, there is absolutely no benefit (for gaming) of buying an Intel I7 over an Intel I5! https://www.gamespot.com/forums/pc-mac-linux-society-1000004/what-are-the-gaming-benefits-of-an-i7-over-an-i5-31603230/

However, the extra processing power is useful for video editing and other things that many games may be interested in (such as for editing youtube Let’s Plays, and so on.)

When it comes to deciding how much RAM you need in a gaming PC, most laptops in the “under $800 range” feature 8GB of RAM (such as the Dell XPS indicated above); and this may very well be enough for your gaming needs, as many popular titles from 2016/2017 list 8GB as the minimum required RAM that a laptop needs.

But my ASUS came with 16GB, and like I said, the RAM ultimately was the Tie-Breaker deal for me when it came to deciding between the Dell or the ASUS laptops.

PCGamer recently did a blog post about “How much RAM do you really need for gaming?”. They say 16GB is the “Sweet Spot” for PC Gaming right now. (Article published February 2017).

We consider 16GB to be a nice sweet spot for a solid gaming system. It should be more than enough to run your games and multitask as needed. You’ll also want at least 16GB if livestreaming is a priority for you. The ability to run and stream a game on one monitor while responding to chat questions, playing music, and doing whatever else in another is definitely the kind of task list that would benefit from an extra bit of RAM headroom.” – Source: PCGamer http://www.pcgamer.com/how-much-ram-do-you-really-need-for-gaming/

Some, but not many, games are also now starting to launch while recommending more than the “standard” 8GB of RAM. For example Quantum Break (recommends 16GB), Batman Arkham Knight (recommends 12GB), and Star Citizen (recommends 16GB). These certainly won’t be the last games to recommend an increased amount of RAM. So if you don’t know how, or just don’t want to, install more RAM yourself later, you may want to consider opting for 16GB now to help “future-proof” your laptop.

Having the laptop now for the past 2 days, and trying some of my own games in high settings, I am very happy with my purchase, especially at just $711 (almost 50% off the retail suggested price of $1159.)

I did a lot of research prior to, and after, purchasing my ASUS ROG Strix 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop. Here are some interesting reviews. Please note some of these reviews reference different configurations than the one I reference in my own review. It is important to consider all of the above options: Graphics Card, RAM, and Processors when buying a gaming laptop. The most important thing to consider is the Graphics Card.

Asus ROG Strix Reviews

Best Buy’s reviews consistently mention “washed out” colors or “back light bleed” on the screen. In my opinion this is not true. To me, the colors look very vivid, bright, rich, and clear. There also a lot of reviews complaining about lack of an SSD (solid slate drive). I don’t mind waiting a few minutes for my PC to start, so I dunno if I’d really care whether it has an SSD or not. — On the other hand, Bestbuy’s reviews consistantly praise the performance, price, and gaming capabilities of this laptop. It currently has a 4.4 star rating out of more than 300 reviews. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-rog-gl502vt-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-black/5090905.p?skuId=5090905 

Tech Radar’s review praises the “vibrant” screen (a direct contrast to the above Best Buy complaints), Full HD Gaming Capabilities, and Speakers. Tech Radar says the Asus ROG Strix GL502 “strikes the perfect balance between portability and power”.  http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/asus-rog-strix-gl502-1326519/review

Amazon User Reviews show 3.9 Stars out of over 400 Reviews once again complementing its powerful gaming performance. https://www.amazon.com/15-6-inch-GL502VM-GeForce…

Here is a Youtube User’s Review of the Asus ROG Strix:

PC Authority also praised the Asus Rog Strix, stating that “it’s hard not to recommend a gaming laptop that won’t break your wallet or your back.”  https://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/431060,review-asus-rog-strix-gl502-gaming-laptop.aspx

Gadget Review has a nice in depth review of the Asus ROG Strix as well. The only things they critized were the “okay” speakers, and large bezels around the screen. (I do agree, it seems as if this laptop could actually fit a 17 inch screen in the amount of plastic used around the actual 15.6 inch one. Reducing this “edge” would make the laptop even more portable and lighter and less bulky. and it does seem like a poor design choice when many other competitors are offering edge to edge screens now.  http://www.gadgetreview.com/asus-rog-strix-gl502vt-gaming-laptop-review

LaptopMag.com Refers to the Asus ROG Strix as a “mini Behemoth” and praises almost every aspect of this laptop in a very detailed review at http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/asus-rog-strix-gl502vt-ds74 

Shack News calls the Asus ROG 502 “Premium in Every Sense” http://www.shacknews.com/article/95859/asus-rog-gl502vt-ds71-review-premium-in-every-sense

You can also check out the product information for the GL502VT from Asus’ website here: https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamers/ROG-GL502VT/ 

Sticky Trigger gives the Asus ROG an 8 out of 10. http://www.stickytrigger.com/tech/review-asus-rog-gl502/ 

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Steam Autumn Sale Now through Cyber Monday

Yep, another Black Friday Sale Announcement, this one is for everyone’s favorite digital game retailer, Steam. We can also expect their “Holiday Sale” in just a few short weeks, which begs the question, which sale will have the best deals? Traditionally in years past, the Holiday Sale was the biggest sale of the year unlike most retailers who put their best sales on Black Friday / Cyber Monday.

Steam’s Autumn Sale Begins now and Runs through November 29th, 2016. It features hundreds of games on sale, some as much as 75% off and new games go on sale each day.

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My friend advised me that Undertale was just $4.99 – I’d been wanting it for a long time so I picked it up 🙂 I hear it’s quite a bit like Earthbound, which I also love.

A quick look at my wishlist reveals these other titles are on sale today (and new games will go on sale each day of the sale as well)

Witcher 3 – $19.99 (God really tempted now to get this lol. It’s number 1 on my wishlist right now… But I am saving for a trip and some other things at the moment.)

Tales of Zestria – $16.99 (Why you doing this to me Steam… lol. The game in my number 2 wishlist slot is almost 70% off lol).

I am Setsuna – $26.79 (not a huge savings, but still)

Sunrider Accademy – $3.99

Tokyo School Life – $5.99

Akiba’s Trip – $14.99

Littlewitch Romanesque – $17.49

The Way We All Go – $1.49

Way of the Samurai 4 – $12.49

If My Heart had Wings $4.94

Fault – Milestone One – $3.74

Manga Maker Comipo – $9.99

Child of Light – $7.49

Most of the Y’s Series is 70% off Making each title around $4 to $5 now

Hunie Pop – $2.49

Baulder’s Gate 1 and 2 are both $7.99

Magical Diary Horse Hall (I’ve played this but wanted it for Steam as I like having all my games in one place — It is an amazing Otome Game ❤ And perfect if you like Harry Potter) – It’s on sale for just $5.99

Ticket to Ride – $2.49

Shelter is just $1.09 – I played it (via Utomik) last week and it’s fun — Shelter 2 is infinitely better and more emotional than Shelter 1 though.

Octodad – $2.99 (been on my wish list awhile)

Planetarian – $4.99

Gods will be watching – $2.49

Civ Beyond Earth – $9.99 – a huge savings as it’s usually around $40

Vanishing of Ethan Carter $3.99

Fahrenheit – from the makers of Heavy Rain is just $2.49

Remember Me – $5.99

Last Inua – $1.99

An Octave Higher – $2.99

Oceanhorn – $8.99 (not sure why this is on my wishlist cuz I know for a fact I have a steam key for it from a humble bundle lol)

Code of Princess – $8.99

World’s Dawn – $5.19

Disgaeia – $9.99

Club Life – $6.99

Strawberry Vinegar $2.49

Animal Complex $6.39

Secrets of Me $7.99

Dangerous Relationship $2.39

Fairy Fencer F – $8.99

200% Mixed Juice – $3.49

My Secret Pets is just $2.39 – I really want this one! It reminds me of Dandelion

The most recent Neptunia Game is now $7.99

And many other amazing titles ❤

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Walmart Blackfriday 2016 Features 4K HDTVs for under $300

Walmart just released their ad for black friday 2016. Select deals are available already online at walmart.com and the deals will begin in store at 6PM on November 24th.

This year Walmart is offering some amazing deals on TVs including a 55″ 4k HDTV for $298 and a 40″ HDTV (NOT 4k though) for just $125.

The Iphone 5S is also under $100

PS4 is just $249 and comes with a $30 Walmart gift card which, as long as you can get use of the gift card (and who can’t I mean, Walmart has EVERYTHING lol) — That brings your total cost down to just $219. Almost as good as the deal Target is running right now.

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Many other items are on sell from Clothing to Jewelry, to Toys, Electronics, Tools, Games, and more. Check out Walmart.com every day for new flash sales leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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Best Buy Begins Black Friday Online with 16 Tech Deals on 11/10/2016

Best Buy’s ad has been released for Black Friday; and not only that, they are letting you shop early online by taking advantage of some of the ads in their flyer. These deals span a wide range of tech offerings from HDTVs to appliances, smartphones, movies, games, accessories, peripherals, even laptops and PCs. Check out Best Buy’s Black Friday Presale below:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/electronics/black-friday/...

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Target Xbone Black Friday 2016 – Save $50 on any Xbone S Bundle + Get a Free $40 Target Giftcard

Target’s blackfriday ad has been leaked online and appears to offer up a $40 giftcard + $50 off any Xbone S bundle for black friday.

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This means effectively that (as long as you can get use out of the giftcard for other purchases at Target) your out of pocket cost is just $209 for the system + game – In the ad it mentions specifically Minecraft or Battlefield 1 but the ad does say the offer is good on ANY Xbone S bundle.

This may quite possibly be the best price we see on an Xbox One this holiday season!

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Save Up to 70% off Idea Factory Titles at Bundle Stars Featuring Hyperdimension Neptunia and Hyperdevotion Noire

Bundle Stars just announced a big sale on Anime RPGs which seems to focus mostly on Idea Factory’s Hyperdimension Neptunia series with the largest discount being 70% off Hyperdevotion Noire and 50% off Hyperdevotion Noire DLC. Other titles also have 50-70% off in the Anime RPG sale which include Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 1, 2, and 3, Megadimension Neptunia VII, and Hyperdimension NeptuniaU Action Unleashed.

I’m unsure on the dates for this promotion so if you’re looking to get some cheap anime PC games, here’s your chance!

Click here to visit Bundle Stars and see what’s on sale.

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Hyper Dimension Neptunia isn’t the only Idea Factory title on sale either! Amnesia Memories is also 70% Off, and Fairy Fencer F is 65% Off right now. Disgaea PC is also 25% off. You can see all the Idea Factory International titles below:

https://www.bundlestars.com/en/games?page=1&publishers=Idea%20Factory%20International

 

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Newegg Announces their Black Friday Plans – Black Friday 2016 Starts Now

More Black Friday deals and news keeps rolling in. Newegg has a whole month of deals planned, with the best deals reserved for November 25th and 26th. However, I’m especially interested in the gaming sale which will take place next week. Here is the full lineup:

  • November 1-7: Black November kick-off sale
  • November 8-14: Black November gaming sale
  • November 11th: Early Black Friday Deals
  • November 15-21: Pre-Black Friday sale
  • November 18th: Early Black Friday Deals
  • November 21-26: Newegg’s Black Friday Week – Deepest discounts reserved for November 25 & 26
  • November 27-30: Cyber Monday four-day event, w/ hundreds of deals unlocked November 27 & 28 – extended sale November 29 & 30

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Black Friday 24 Hour Flash Sale Now Live at Dell | Black Friday Computers | Black Friday Laptops | Black Friday 2016

It’s beginning to look a lot like … Black Friday? I know stores get more aggressive each year with their Black Friday sales and offerings, but this seems a little premature? It’s only the 1st of the month but already Dell has some huge sales going on!

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There’s laptops and desktops on sale for the next 24 hours only.

My pick for all of you gamers is the Inspiron 15 7000 Touch which comes with a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 8GB Memory, and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M with 4GB GDDR5 for just $799.99 which is $200 off Dell’s regular price. It also has thermal cooling and benchmarks pretty well on the latest games on high and ultra graphic settings. All this power in just a tiny 6 pound package. The touch screen is nice too especially if you enjoy casual games – My current laptop (which is now about 4 years old and in need of an upgrade) has a touch screen, and it really comes in handy for a lot of games and graphic art programs.

Check out all of the great deals and get your Christmas shopping done early, or buy something for yourself 🙂

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Dealspotr Tutorial. How to Earn Your First Amazon Giftcard and Get Started Quickly and Easily With DealSpotr

Disclosure: In the interest of transparency, I have been selected and compensated to write a very detailed review and tutorial for new users on Dealspotr. All content in this post is my own, all opinions are also my own. I spent a very long time, spanning multiple days, creating this tutorial not only because of the kind compensation, but because it is a site I am extremely passionate about, and the best way I’ve ever seen to earn free Amazon Gift Cards. I personally recommend Dealspotr and that would not change regardless of if this were a paid review or not. I am not affiliated with Dealspotr in any way other than being a regular user of the site. I hope you find this tutorial very useful!

I would like to help you earn more amazon giftcards with Dealspotr. Dealspotr is a completely free site that rewards you with free amazon giftcards for sharing coupons and deals online.

For those completely new to Dealspotr, this will help you with the signup, onboarding experience, and introduce you to Dealspotr’s newest feature, the Personalized live feed. It will also show you the many different ways in which you can interact with the site to earn points and get your giftcards. I’ve been with Dealspotr since April 2016 and in that short time (This is only mid-June 2016 at time of this writing) I have received almost $100 in amazon giftcards. This is my favorite “Get Paid To” type of website – It’s really easy to get started and really fun!

For those more experienced with Dealspotr, but looking for some help or information feel free to navigate through this tutorial using the Table of Contents provided below.

Table of Contents:

1.) Creating a Dealspotr.com Account

2.) Confirm Your Email Address

3.) Dealspotr Interests

4.) Dealspotr Brands

5.) Dealspotr Personalized Deal Feed

6.) Adding Deals to Dealspotr

7.) Spotting Deals on Dealspotr

8.) Commenting on Deals on Dealspotr

9.) Flagging Incorrect Deals on Dealspotr

10.) Following Users on Dealspotr

11.) Adding Interests to a Deal on Dealspotr

12.) Update Your Account Settings on Dealspotr

13.) Redeeming Giftcards on Dealspotr

14.) Become an Influencer on Dealspotr

15.) Dealspotr Rep

16.) Adding a new Store on Dealspotr

17.) Reviewing a Store on Dealspotr

18.) Referring Users to Dealspotr

19.) Dealspotr Support

20.) Tips and Tricks to Get the Most out of Dealspotr

Creating a Dealspotr.com Account

If at any time in this tutorial, you feel ready to jump in, please use my referral link. Doing so will earn you 5,000 points, putting you half way already to your first giftcard – Compared to just 1,000 points you would get for not using my referral link 🙂

Here is the link to get your 5,000 bonus points: https://dealspotr.com/?join=GeekySweetie

When you click on that link the first thing you’re going to see is a screen that looks like this:

Dealspotr How to Sign Up
Dealspotr How to Sign Up

The first thing you need to do is hit the Green button where it says “Join and Claim Your Bonus”.

You’ll then be taken to the registration screen which looks like this:

Dealspotr Create an Account
Dealspotr Create an Account

As you can see, it supports single click sign-in with Facebook or allows you to register and sign in the old-fashioned way by filling in a form.

Confirming Your Email Address

After you sign up you need to confirm your email. It can take a few minutes to arrive but should be instant and looks like this:

Confirmation Email from Dealspotr
Confirmation Email from Dealspotr

It will come from contact@dealspotr.com so if you don’t see the email, try adding them to your safe sender’s list or checking your spam folders.

contact@Dealspotr.com
contact@Dealspotr.com

Just click where it says ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Activate Your Dealspotr Account
Activate Your Dealspotr Account

You’ll then reach a confirmation screen that looks like this:

Dealspotr Email Confirmed
Dealspotr Email Confirmed

Dealspotr Interests

Interests is a new feature just rolled out in June 2016 that makes it easier to stay up on coupons that are important to you. For example, if you have kids, you might want to select the Babies and Kids interest or if you’re a geek like me, you’ll want to select the Electronics interest. Choosing an interest, is similar to “liking” or “following” on other social media, this just means that you’ll see these types of deals appear in your feed (more info on that shortly).

As part of the new onboarding experience, Dealspotr requests you to start by selecting 3 interests to get started. It will be the first thing you see after signing up. The screen will look like this. Just click on any of the images to select the interests you would like to follow. Don’t worry you can always unfollow an interest, or follow new interests whenever you’d like to.

Dealspotr Interests
Dealspotr Interests

Once you select an interest it will turn green. Once you select three or more interests, you will be allowed to continue to the next step of the tutorial.

Dealspotr Choose Interests
Dealspotr Choose Interests

You’ll also always see a handful of interests, even those you do not follow, in the navigation across the site. This makes it easy to browse for different deals throughout the many interests and allows deeper customization.

Interests on Dealspotr.com
Interests on Dealspotr.com

Also when you add a deal (more on that shortly) you can select up to 3 interests to add to your deal. Others can also add interests to your deals – and curators, other users like you and me, who volunteer their time to help maintain the interests, can remove the interests from any deals they feel do not fit in their section. By the way, I’m the curator for the Electronics section, which among other things, includes things like anime and videogames, come check it out if you’re a regular reader of my blog because we’re always posting and sharing lots of gaming discounts which I know you’ll love. 🙂

Brands on Dealspotr

The next screen will ask you to follow 3 popular brands from the interests you just selected in the previous step. This should be getting easier for you now, as it’s very similar to the process in the first step. Your suggested brands will be different depending on the interests you chose in the last step. For me, I chose Electronics, Restaurants and Dining Out, and Travel. So I see brands such as Amtrack, Nintendo, Starbucks, Denny’s, and Gamestop.

Select Brands to Follow on Dealspotr
Select Brands to Follow on Dealspotr

Once again, don’t worry too much about this, because you can at any time find new brands to follow by selecting STORES from the navigation, and hitting “FOLLOW” or “UNFOLLOW” next to each store. You can search for stores by NAME or browse different categories to help find your favorite new stores and new coupons.

Follow Stores on Dealspotr
Follow Stores on Dealspotr

Once again, once you’ve selected at least 3 Brands to follow you will be able to continue the onboarding experience. They will again turn green to indicate you’re following each brand.

How to Follow Brands on Dealspotr
How to Follow Brands on Dealspotr

Your Personalized Deal Feed on Dealspotr

It will then take you to your Deal Feed. This is where the magic happens. It may take a few minutes to generate your deal feed the first time depending how many interests and brands you’ve chosen to follow, but generally it takes about 15-30 seconds the first time to generate the feed. So do not be alarmed if you see a screen such as this.

Dealspotr Generating Your Deal Feed
Dealspotr Generating Your Deal Feed

Once it’s loaded up and ready to go it will be full of awesome deals for you like this:

Your Personalized Deal Feed on Dealspotr.com
Your Personalized Deal Feed on Dealspotr.com

From now on, each time you login to Dealspotr, you’ll be taken to your Deal Feed. It will serve as your homebase throughout your stay and give you easy access to all of the features that Dealspotr has to offer.

Dealspotr’s new personalized deal feed let’s you keep track of deals that you may be interested in in a variety of ways including showcasing recent deals from people, brands, and interests you follow, which includes both deals which they have posted, as well as deals which they have spotted, with the ability to click to see even more deals from each user, or showing you deals from interests which you’ve chosen to follow.

You can sort deals by “hot” or “on fire” deals to see what deals other users have been taking advantage of, or you can select “Spot Deals” to find the most recent deals added to the site.

Your feed also allows you to track your own deals that you have posted, or keep up with deals from your favorite users across the site, or your favorite brands and recommend new brands based on your interests. The feed is the first thing you see when arriving at Dealspotr and will be the “homebase” for much of your interactions on the site.

That sounds great, but you may be feeling overwhelmed right now, so let’s break it down into smaller steps to help you get acquainted with your feed.

How to Add Deals on Dealspotr

The first and most common way to earn points is by posting new coupons, sales, or deals on Dealspotr. So let’s jump right in and add a new deal!

Throughout every page of Dealspotr, you’ll see the navigation bar across the top. To get started, please click the Add Deal button next to your avatar. It’s a white button with green text and a green outline, between the search bar and your profile pic. See below.

Dealspotr Dashboard
Dealspotr Dashboard

The first step in adding a new deal is to decide if it is a deal affecting one product (or group of specific products), or a more general deal affecting multiple products and or multiple groups of products. See below.

Dealspotr Product Deal or Sitewide Sale?
Dealspotr Product Deal or Sitewide Sale?

Let’s take a look at what is needed to post a PRODUCT DEAL first:

Step 1 asks you to enter some key details about the product that this deal applies to.

Add a Product Deal to Dealspotr.com
Add a Product Deal to Dealspotr.com

First, select which store is offering this deal. If you don’t see a store listed, you can add the store yourself (more on that later).

Next, decide if this applies to a single product, or multiple products. An example might be a deal which applies to a 16GB Iphone on Verizon or in a certain color, or some other specific, would be a “Single Product” while a deal that applied to ALL Iphones, regardless of color, carrier, or hard drive size, would cover multiple products.

You can also enter who manufactures the product. For example, continuing with our Iphone theme, you could type Apple as the manufacturer, even though it’s not a coupon from the Apple Store, maybe it’s a coupon from hhgreg, or bestbuy, but Apple is still the product manufacturer. This field is optional so if you don’t happen to know the manufacturer, you can just skip it.

Product name and description becomes the Title for your deal and it is where you tell everyone A.) What the product is B.) What the deal is and any other key info. It should be brief and to the point. They also would like you to use “Title Case” when entering this field. That is, every word should begin with a Capital letter. Except optionally for words such as “the” “and” “or” “of” etc. Continuing again with our Iphone theme, the title of this deal could be “50% Off Iphone 6S 16GB Space Grey Models Today Only”

You do not need to include the store name in the title. Dealspotr is automatically going to append that to each deal. So in our example, the title that you and everyone sees on the site would say “50% Off Iphone 6S 16GB Space Grey Models Today Only at Best Buy”

The title is probably one of the most important sections because it becomes the first thing users see and helps them determine what your deal is and if they would like to “Spot” it (more on that soon). Spotting is good, because it can help your deal go hot or on fire (more on that soon too) which means more points for you. So you want to have the best titles possible.

However, having a title such as @@@HOT!!!!!! LOOK!!! NEW!!! 50% OFF NEW!!! IPHONES!!@@@ will get your deal flagged as spam and removed from the site. So don’t be annoying about it, just use your head and list all the facts and keep it brief. That’s the key to writing a great title.

So after the product name and description, the next thing you need is a link to the product page. Pretty self explanatory. You can copy the address from your browser window and paste it into this field.

The box below the Product Link field allows you to indicate if a product is refurbished. And below that you see a couple of other boxes you can check if your deal offers Free Shipping, is a BOGO (Buy one Get one (free or half off, etc)), or includes a Freebie with purchase, or access to a free trial.

Next you can enter the start and end dates. Some deals never expire and there’s a box for that too that you can check.

Hitting Continue will bring us to a screen asking for pricing information for your Deal. See a screenshot below.

How good is your Dealspotr Product Deal?
How good is your Dealspotr Product Deal?

The first field is where you put the “Sale Price” or how much the item will cost after your coupon is applied.

The next field lets you either search google, or enter a retailer’s list price, amazon list price, or list price from any other link you wish to compare it to.

After you fill in the pricing info, you can hit continue.

Step 3 asks if there’s anything else needed, here you can enter a promocode, printable coupon, or any special instructions. Some deals may require multiple steps such as a sale price via a promocode, plus a mail in rebate, or a coupon via an app, etc, so you can keep adding steps until you have given the reader everything they need to understand how you arrived at the sales price. Some deals may not need anything at all here, it may just be a special sale, and clicking the link takes you to the sales price automatically. By default this box is not checked, and you can skip on through to the next section, but if your deal does require some clarification it’s important to spend a few minutes to fill in the details here or else your deal may be flagged as inactive or not working correctly if users can’t figure out how to apply the discount. This will cause you to lose points, so even though it takes a little effort, it’s important that you’re correctly filling in all the necessary steps to follow to apply your discount.

Extra steps on Dealspotr
Extra steps on Dealspotr

The final screen let’s you preview and modify the text of your deal. In here, I like to copy and paste the terms and conditions directly from the product page when available, or give any other info I can to help clarify the deal. Sometimes there’s no other helpful information to be found about the deal, so hitting continue will let you publish your deal without making changes here and your deal will be live on Dealspotr, and you’ll instantly receive your points.

Review and Publish Deals on Dealspotr
Review and Publish Deals on Dealspotr

This final screen also lets you (and sometimes even requires you) to add product images to your deal. It’s pretty self explanatory, save the product images to your computer, then click the grey “buttons” to browse and attach your photos, you’ll see a blue progress bar as the photos are being uploaded, once all photos have finished, you can select Finish and Post in the lower right hand corner to make your deal go live and receive your points.

How to add a Product Image on Dealspotr
How to add a Product Image on Dealspotr

Next we will take a look at how to add a SITEWIDE or SALE deal.

Dealspotr Product Deal or Sitewide Sale?
Dealspotr Product Deal or Sitewide Sale?

The first screen once again asks us to enter all of the important details about the sale.

Describe Your Deal on Dealspotr
Describe Your Deal on Dealspotr

If you’ve been following a long a lot of this will look familiar to the same information requested when posting a Product Deal.

First let everyone know which store is offering the deal.

Next is this a single step or multi-step deal.

Just to recap:  Some deals may require multiple steps such as a sale price via a promocode, plus a mail in rebate, or a coupon via an app, etc, so you can keep adding steps until you have given the reader everything they need to understand how you arrived at the sales price. Some deals may not need anything at all here, it may just be a special sale, and clicking the link takes you to the sales price automatically. By default this box is not checked, and you can skip on through to the next section, but if your deal does require some clarification it’s important to spend a few minutes to fill in the details here or else your deal may be flagged as inactive or not working correctly if users can’t figure out how to apply the discount. This will cause you to lose points, so even though it takes a little effort, it’s important that you’re correctly filling in all the necessary steps to follow to apply your discount.

Next, let us know if it needs a Promocode, printable coupon, or any other items, or if it’s just simply a link to a page where the sale is taking place.

You are then asked to DESCRIBE THE DISCOUNT. This becomes the title for the Deal.

Just to Recap again: It should be brief and to the point. They also would like you to use “Title Case” when entering this field. That is, every word should begin with a Capital letter. Except optionally for words such as “the” “and” “or” “of” etc. Continuing again with our Iphone theme, the title of this deal could be “50% Off Iphone 6S 16GB Space Grey Models Today Only”

You do not need to include the store name in the title. Dealspotr is automatically going to append that to each deal. So in our example, the title that you and everyone sees on the site would say “50% Off Iphone 6S 16GB Space Grey Models Today Only at Best Buy”

The title is probably one of the most important sections because it becomes the first thing users see and helps them determine what your deal is and if they would like to “Spot” it (more on that soon). Spotting is good, because it can help your deal go hot or on fire (more on that soon too) which means more points for you. So you want to have the best titles possible.

However, having a title such as @@@HOT!!!!!! LOOK!!! NEW!!! 50% OFF NEW!!! IPHONES!!@@@ will get your deal flagged as spam and removed from the site. So don’t be annoying about it, just use your head and list all the facts and keep it brief. That’s the key to writing a great title.

This first page also presents a few check boxes and switches which help you better define your deal. These options including letting others know if your deal has Free Shipping, is a BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1 (half off, or free, etc)), In-Store Only (not good online), Free Trial, Freebie, or site-wide deal. Site wide deals are rare, but this is where you will make the MOST points – DO NOT ABUSE THIS by selecting this – if you mark a deal as site-wide and it is not site-wide you will be penalized and points taken away from you! Site-wide means the coupon or sale applies to every single thing in the store. The opposite of that, is a deal which has exclusions (that is, certain items or sections which it does not apply to), which you can also indicate in the section below.

Storewide or Sale Details on Dealspotr
Storewide or Sale Details on Dealspotr

Once you have all the important info entered here, you can move on to the next step by hitting Continue.

Which takes you to a final page to review and finish publishing your deal and uploading any images. This is super similar to the final page in adding a product deal so please refer to the recap below (screenshots are from the final step of the product deal but very similar to the final step of a storewide sale deal).

The final screen let’s you preview and modify the text of your deal. In here, I like to copy and paste the terms and conditions directly from the product page when available, or give any other info I can to help clarify the deal. Sometimes there’s no other helpful information to be found about the deal, so hitting continue will let you publish your deal without making changes here and your deal will be live on Dealspotr, and you’ll instantly receive your points.

Review and Publish Deals on Dealspotr
Review and Publish Deals on Dealspotr

This final screen also lets you (and sometimes even requires you) to add product images to your deal. It’s pretty self explanatory, save the product images to your computer, then click the grey “buttons” to browse and attach your photos, you’ll see a blue progress bar as the photos are being uploaded, once all photos have finished, you can select Finish and Post in the lower right hand corner to make your deal go live and receive your points.

How to add a Product Image on Dealspotr

Spotting Deals on Dealspotr.

Adding new deals is not the only way to earn points on Dealspotr. You also get points if you are (one of) the first to spot a deal which becomes Hot or On Fire. I’m going to show you how to spot new deals now.

The top left hand block of the Deal Feed navigation shows you the key filters you’ll use to switch which deals are appearing on the right hand side of the screen.

Earn Points For Spotting Deals on Dealspotr
Earn Points For Spotting Deals on Dealspotr

Selecting “Spot Deals” will take you to the most recently added deals. Remember the sooner you spot the deal the bigger share of points you’ll rake in if/when it goes Hot or On Fire (which is determined by how many people over a period of time are also spotting the deal). If you’re the first to spot the deal you’ll earn as much as 200 points when it goes on fire – which is the same you’d get as if posting your own “sitewide” deal – so it is very lucrative to spot other people’s deals.

How do you spot a deal? You look for a symbol that looks like a grey circle with a chevron symbol which looks like ^ – this is what you’re looking for. – If you find a deal that you think will become hot, hit the ^ symbol to “Spot the deal”

It will start out as a grey symbol and turn green once you click it: See below:

Spot Deals on Dealspotr
Spot Deals on Dealspotr

Be careful though because you only have a limited number of spots available each day – However, as you continue to use the website every day this number will slowly increase. New users start with 5 spots available, but by correctly predicting which deals go hot and/or logging in every day you will earn more spots. It’s a slow process though. After 2-3 months with the site, I’ve only earned about 25 spots to give out each day. Better than 5, but still you need to put thought and strategy into which deals you spot to maximize your points. You can check your remaining spots across the top navigation. look for the same green circled chevron ^ symbol and then X (your remaining spots number) Today.  The 3rd icon from the right hand side in this screenshot below. As you can see, mine is indicating I have 29 spots left after spotting the deal in the screenshot above.

Spot Deals on Dealspotr
Spot Deals on Dealspotr

Commenting on Deals on Dealspotr

You also earn a small amount of points for commenting on deals across the site. To leave a comment hit the icon that looks like a chat bubble beneath a deal, and then type your comment into the box where it says “Add Your Reply” and hit “post”.

You will earn more points when commenting if you leave a relevant and detailed reply – both from the algorithm in the system assigning the points, but also from other users who can upvote your comments giving you more points as well.

Try not to spam the comments section with cut and paste responses or gibberish as this is likely to be flagged and removed and cost you points.

Commenting on Dealspotr
Commenting on Dealspotr

Share a Deal on Dealspotr

The symbol that looks like 3 circles connected by straight lines or like a “lesser than” sign or < shape under the deals allows you to share your deals across popular social media channels such as tumblr, twitter, facebook, or email, etc. – This helps deals get hot faster and means more points if you’re the poster or spotter of the deal. It’s also just a nice feeling to help others save money with the great deals around the site.

Flag a Deal on Dealspotr

You can also get points if you Flag a deal which does not work. Hit the word “Flag” beneath a non-working deal (visible in the image above). It will then prompt you for some details about what you tried and why it didn’t work. Providing as much detail in your report as possible will help you get the deal taken down quicker. You do not receive your points until it is verified that the deal is not working at which point you earn a modest amount of points for helping clean up the bad deals.

Following Users on Dealspotr

You can follow other users to stay up to date on deals they’re posting. This is great if you know someone is always posting hot deals. Not only does it let you take advantage of coupons as soon as possible, but it lets you be among the first to spot their deals in your personalized deal feed and earn more points for spotting it as quickly as possible. You can see who posted a deal and how long ago it was posted beneath each deal.

Dealspotr info
Dealspotr info

Hovering your mouse pointer over top of or clicking on the username will take you to a page to see all deals by that user and follow them for future deals as well. You can also easily search for and browse users using the “Community” navigation across the top and left of the site.

Follow Users on Dealspotr
Follow Users on Dealspotr

Adding Interests to a Deal on Dealspotr

Take a look at this screenshot again. Look at the link in “blue” (which is blue from my hovering over it while taking the screen shot – Normally, it’s grey. I just wanted to show you where to look). This “edit” button will allow you to add a deal to multiple interests.

Dealspotr info
Dealspotr info

Hitting edit will present a box asking you to begin typing interests to add to the deal. In this example, the user correctly already submitted their deal to Electronics & Tech, but there are a few other interests which may be helpful to file this deal under. It says it is a 13 inch Laptop, so I began typing Laptop and was presented with a dropdown list of interests which might fit my keyword. I am going to select “Laptop Computers” and hit save. This will add the above deal to the Laptop Computer interest. You can add multiple interests before hitting save or come back and add more interests later.

Add interests to Dealspotr Deals
Add interests to Dealspotr Deals

Just to recap, interests help you (and other users) search for and find deals relevant to their interests. You can find new interests to follow, or browse interests without following the first, by using the navigation across the top or left of the site or your live deal feed.

Updating Your Account Settings on Dealspotr

Now that you know the main ways to earn points on the site, let’s take a look at some other areas of the site. The community on Dealspotr is really active and a great place to discuss deals or make new friends, you can browse forums, send messages to other users, or even read blog posts.

If you’re thinking of interacting with the community, you’re probably going to want to fill in your profile details a little and add a profile pic.

To do so, click the grey square with a dark grey head shadow next to the Add deal button. From the next drop down, select SETTINGS.

Then the first option on the next screen says “Change Image” and clicking that blue button will allow you to upload a profile pic.

Scrolling down to the bottom of this page, you’ll see a field for text entry called Short Bio. You can tell the community a little bit about yourself here.

It’s also from this page where you can choose to change or update your name (say if you get married) or update or change your email address. It’s very important to keep your email address up to date as it will send your amazon giftcards to the email they have on file here.

Redeeming Your Points for Amazon Giftcards on Dealspotr

Every 10,000 points = a new amazon giftcard for you. Here’s how to redeem your points for giftcards.

Click your profile picture in the top site navigation and choose “Points and Rewards” from the drop down menu. This lets you view all of your points and rewards, as well as “Cash out” when you reach 10,000 points. To cash out, there is a button to the right that says “Claim Now” – It will be greyed out if you do not have enough points OR if you have a request for a gift card “Processing” — Unfortunately it does take 3 to 5 business days for you to get your giftcard after requesting one. I wish it was instant, but they need to verify that you’re posting legitimate deals and not gunking the site up with spam and inactive deals. – Sometimes I’ve received my giftcard the same or next day. All gift cards come to you via your email as I mentioned above which is why you need to keep your account details up to date. It seems like they’ve gotten slower processing the rewards the last month or so with lots of site updates, changes, and a large push for new members to join the site. But they do pay. you can see some proofs of my payments in the screenshots below – I’m typically cashing out about once every 4 to 5 days as long as I’m active on the site. I’ve not found a better way to earn free amazon giftcards online at any other site. I truly love Dealspotr and I think you will love it too!

Redeem Points for Amazon Giftcards on Dealspotr
Redeem Points for Amazon Giftcards on Dealspotr

Become an Influencer on Dealspotr and earn DOUBLE POINTS on EVERYTHING YOU DO. FOR LIFE.

Are You a Blogger, like me? It doesn’t matter what your blog is about (within reason) because Dealspotr has deals across so many different interests. You can apply to be an Influencer and earn 100% more points on everything sitewide for life. I got approved quickly and easily within 2-3 days of submitting my application but that was a few months ago, I’m not sure what their response time is like now, but here’s how you can apply to join the Influencer program.

From Community (across the top navigation) Choose INFLUENCERS in the drop down menu. You’ll see a page such as this:

Become a Dealspotr Influencer
Become a Dealspotr Influencer

Click “Learn More” to be taken to a page where you can read about the rules and criteria for becoming an Influencer. You can also apply in the next steps.

Apply Now to Become an Influencer on Dealspotr
Apply Now to Become an Influencer on Dealspotr

When you choose to Apply by hitting that green button, you’ll be asked to enter your blog URL, Dealspotr username, and two primary social media channels. They will analyze your site metrics, your writing style, content of your blog, and engagement on social media. I’m not sure how strict they are, I’m only hovering around 1500-2000 page views per month, and around 1400 twitter followers (my most active social media outlet). So I don’t think it’s that hard to get approved. It’s worth a shot anyways 🙂 It’s a great program!

Not only do you get DOUBLE points for life, you also get special emails from your coordinator. I’m not sure if they have multiple people helping here or if it’s one person, my coordinator’s name is Mike, and he is great. He will email occasionally about new features on the site, looking for beta testers, and as an Influencer you get the opportunity to provide feedback and shape the future of the Dealspotr website. He’ll also email special assignments for bloggers to earn points, products, or cash rewards. This tutorial is an example of one such paid assignment that I was selected to participate in. (but all opinions in this tutorial are 100% my own.).

You will likely want to add your coordinator to your safe sender list and be on the look out for new emails as they are usually important and help you earn extra perks faster!

Of course being an influencer also helps you get traffic back to your website and social media channels so it’s a win/win.

Dealspotr Reputation

Dealspotr Rep is what determines how many points you earn for all of your activities on Dealspotr. You start sadly with zero Rep. Rep has to be earned. You get +100% Rep if you join and are accepted into the Influencer program outlined above. This is yours forever throughout the life of your account and translates to double points.

But let’s say you’re not a blogger or not influential enough to get approved just yet. You still earn Rep across the site, however it will go up and down like a rollercoaster or stock market on a day to day week by week basis.

It is influenced by a few factors:

Being active and logging in each day.

Interacting with the community (commenting on deals, etc)

Correctly spotting “hot” deals.

Adding new working valid deals to the site each day – especially if those deals become “hot”.

Flagging inactive deals for removal.

Following users, brands, or interests, and gaining new followers.

But if at any time you become less active, your rep will start to drop. So it’s something you must work hard at and it is very slow and tedious to build up this bonus. After 3-4 months with the site, I’m at a 36% rep bonus NOT counting the extra 100% from being a verified Influencer. I also don’t get a bonus to my rep for being a curator and I think I should because THAT is a lot of work LOL. Maybe they will implement new ways to earn rep in the future, but for right now, all you can really do is continue to use the site in all of the ways outlined in this tutorial and stay active and hope for the best :).

You can view your Rep in the top navigation it looks like a Green lightning bolt or stock market tick symbol. It is the next to last symbol (when reading from left to right). Next to the gold star. The gold star by the way is your points for today. As you can see at time of this screenshot I had +30% Rep PLUS the +100% Rep from the Influencer program.

Spot Deals on Dealspotr
Spot Deals on Dealspotr

How to Add a Store to Dealspotr

The rest of this tutorial is just some odds and ends that didn’t really fit neatly into any of the above sections. Let’s start with “How to Add a Store to Dealspotr.” This will be necessary if you find a coupon or sale for a store not already on the site, and it’s easy to add a new store in a few short steps.

When adding a deal, you’ll be first asked what store the deal applies to. Begin typing the name of the store. If your store does not appear check different spellings, abbreviations, common misspellings etc. If it still doesn’t appear, it’s time to add your store. From the drop down menu select “Don’t See It? Suggest a New Store” with a Pencil Icon next to it as shown below.

Add a Store on Dealspotr
Add a Store on Dealspotr

Selecting that last item in the dropdown will prompt you for the Store Name, Store URL, and an optional Store Logo. Adding all of those will allow you to add the store and then add the deal to the new store.

How to Rate a Store on Dealspotr

You can rate and review a store on dealspotr by clicking the stars on the right hand side while viewing the profile for a store. This helps other users shop with confidence incase they’ve never done business with a particular brand before.

Rate Stores on Dealspotr
Rate Stores on Dealspotr

Refer users to Dealspotr

Refer New Users to Dealspotr and you will both earn points. Your unique referral link can be found by clicking your avatar picture in the top navigation. From the drop down menu select MY REFERRALS. In the right hand side you’ll see all of your current referred users and how many points they’ve earned you so far. Over on the left you’ll find your Referral link. Across the top you’ll also have access to buttons and banners you can use to help increase the referral click through rate.

When a user clicks on your referral link they’ll see a message similar to what you saw at the begining of this tutorial, where they are told to “Join and Claim their Bonus”. They will then have to set up their account and verify their email in order for you to receive your points. At time of this writing, Dealspotr was offering a 2,000 point referral bonus for you, and a 5,000 point bonus for the person you referred. You will then also make 10% of their points throughout the lifetime of your referral. This of course does not negatively impact their points in any way.

Dealspotr How to Sign Up
Dealspotr How to Sign Up

 How to Contact Dealspotr Support

Sometimes you might need to contact Dealspotr support. To do so you simply scroll all the way to the bottom of the page where you can see their physical and email address which is contact@dealspotr.com If you’re an influencer, you might also sometimes ask questions of your influencer contact. I’ve contacted both the regular support and the person working with me on the influencer program. You may not have a problem, but they are also super responsive and interested in feedback about the site, so it’s good to know how to contact them should you want to.

Tips and Tricks

How do you find new deals? The way I like to find my deals is simply by browsing my inbox a few times a day. I dunno about you, but I get a ton of spam email – sometimes it’s spam I’ve volunteered for, such as from stores I frequently shop at. But regardless, one thing is for sure, your inbox is a treasure trove of new coupons and deals, and you don’t even have to look that hard, or go out of your way to find them!

Try to get in the influencer program if you can and as soon as you possibly can, double points means for example, you’ve earned 10 Amazon Giftcards (which is $100 by the way!!!) in the time it takes most people to earn 5 Amazon Giftcards ($50 is still nothing to sneeze at!). The longer you wait, the more you’re missing out on this SWEET BONUS.

Try to spot deals at “off-peak” times. Try browsing the site as soon as you wake up, especially if like me, you’re on the east coast. While all those California “dreamers” are snoozing away, you have prime pickings to be the first to spot new deals which have been posted. Similarly, try to browse and spot deals when others may be in school or at work, or late at night when most folks are in bed.

Save your spots and use them sparingly! Don’t spot deals that are already hot or on fire, try looking for new deals which haven’t been spotted yet. Remember they won’t refresh again until the next day.

By the same token, don’t just waste your spots, if you absolutely have no time at all, burn through them all in a few quick seconds, taking a gamble picking a few deals, even if that’s the ONLY thing you do on the site this day. Unused spots = a huge missed opportunity, not only for points, but for more spots, and increased rep! Spot deals every day!

Complete your “checklist” each day – this is 200 easy points. It’s like a gamification element to Dealspotr, it gives you 3 easy tasks each day, such as follow 3 new people, rate new stores, or upload a printable coupon. The tasks change each day, but following them gives you a few hundred free points. It is a quick hit, and It only takes a few minutes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial.

Dealspotr Tutorial. How to Earn Your First Amazon Giftcard and Get Started Quickly and Easily With DealSpotr was originally published on Geeky Sweetie