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The Most Popular Posts on Reviews by Cole

Date Thu, April 17 2014

The thing about blogging and marketing yourself is that you have to keep doing what your readers like. The posts that get the most comments and views do something right, and you should try to determine what that is and then replicate that success. To be honest, I don’t often pay enough attention to specifics to know what works or not — I simply write what comes naturally to me. However, I have noticed a few trends over the years that I’ve been running Reviews by Cole, so I finally at down to figure out what the most popular posts were.

I ignored older giveaway posts, which used comments as a way to enter, and focused on reviews and articles. Here are the 10 most popular posts on my blog by comment count.

  1. Deja Vu
  2. Deja Vu All Day Moiturisizer
  3. TGIF Fridays Blenders Orange Dream
  4. New Fake Skin79 Hot Pink Is Almost Identical
  5. Embassy 6 Sheet Strip Cut Shredder
  6. The Giveaway Tool Shakedown: Rafflecopter vs PromoSimple vs PunchTab [Reviews]
  7. Axe Anarchy for Her Body Wash
  8. Panty by Post
  9. How to Clean up Your Giveaway Post HTML
  10. Ninety Days: A Memoir of Recovery

This list is very telling. For starters, only 3 items on the list are from sponsored review items. I think, perhaps, that people resonate with posts that I write when I feel passionate.

Measuring post popularity by comments

Measuring post popularity by comments

Not all of these are reviews. The Deja Vu post and the one comparing fake to real Skin79 BB Cream get a lot of comments because people are searcher for answers or a reason to vent. Actually, almost all the comments on the Deja Vu post are negative because readers spend a lot of money because they couldn’t get away from aggressive salespeople. Fortunately, I wasn’t the one who purchased those products in the first place. I did, however, buy Skin79 BB Cream several times and knowing how to spot a dupe is important. I wrote that post because no one else did.

Another two popular posts are about blogging and giveaways in particular. Obviously, bloggers of a feather stick together. That phrase works.. right? LOL Some of the support for other posts I know has some directly from bloggers who are supporting me because I participate in comment exchanges in several of the bloggers groups that I belong to, and it gets the numbers up. On the flip side, the comments are from all the same people so take it for what it’s worth.

Finally, half of these are about two years old, and people continue to comment on them despite their “old” age. Many people close comments on posts after  X amount of days, but I think this goes to show what a mistake that can be. These are valuable comments, and I may have provided readers with information that they couldn’t find elsewhere. Obviously, no better options have arisen since I wrote those posts.

Of course, comments aren’t the only way to measure popularity, but they were the easiest to do within a short time and given the tools at my fingertips.

 

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Zukes All Natural Cat Treats

Date Wed, April 16 2014

cabinetI feel like such a horrible person. Okay, maybe horrible isn’t exaxctly the right word. It’s just that this review is long overdue, but let me explain why.

Whenever I bring treats or cat food into this house, I have to hide it or move it into a container that the cats won’t chew threw. For instance, I bought dry food the other day. I set the bag down on the kitchen chair long enough to visit the bathroom. When I came back, Phantom had torn not one, but two!, holes in the bag. I then emptied it into the giant plastic canister that I have especifically for this reason.

When it comes to treats, bags typically go in the fridge. I’ve tried using a cabinet, but the cats know how to open those, which is why I used to use door locks. When I received the box of Zuke’s treats to review, the entire box went in the fridge, and the door closed. I kept forgetting that I needed to write this review because they weren’t in my face. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Well, not anymore!

Natural Purrz

Natrual Purrz

My boys are super appreciative of the folks at Zuke’s who sent them a few packages of all-natural cat treats. I got both the Natural Purrs and the G-zees. I started with the Natural Purrz, which come in both salmon and chicken flavors. Neither of my cats seems to care about flavor.

They’re not the crunchy kind. Rather, Zuke’s NATURAL PURRZ treats are soft and chewy. They remind me a bit of these treats that I previously reviewed. They definitely look and smell meaty. This is because meat is the first ingregient — not corn byproduct or what-have-you. The treats also have  omega 3 fish oil, which is good for fur!

Zuke's Natural Purrz Cat Treats

Zuke’s Natural Purrz Cat Treats

The shape are tiny Zs. Yes, that sounds weird but I meant it. They’re small enough to fit in the treat ball, wherever that may be at this moment. The site says that cats prefer treats with angles. I don’t know about all that. Sometimes they chew on me and I’m pretty curvy. LOL Goliath does seem a little hesitant to chew on these. He’s kind of a dainty eater when it comes to treats, which is exactly why his brother winds up getting most of them — Goliath takes too long and Phantom swoops in and gobbles up his treats. Oops! However, this could be that he doesn’t like them cold. Otherwise, he seems to like them just fine after he’s taken the time to think about them.

The G-zees treats have the same shape, but they’re a bit darker in color — as if that matters. These treats are grain-free, but they also have cranberry and glucosamine. Both of those ingredients help humans with join problems so I bet these treats would be good for older cats or cats with bone problems. According to the Zuke’s website, cranberry is also good for the urinary tract, which you might know as a human.

I didn’t notice any major improvement when it came to their coats, but both cats seemed to enjoy these treats well enough. Natural Purzz cost just $3.99 and G-Zees cost $1 more from the Zuke’s website. You can also find them on Amazon. They make great add-on items!

Zuke’s also makes dog treats if you’re a furparent to a canine!

Panty by Post Giveaway

Date Tue, April 15 2014
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Panty by Post

Did you see my review for Panty by Post? Did you like the pair that I got to review or the idea of the service itself? Do you know someone who might love Panty By Post?  I bet I can answer those questions!

  • Yep
  • Of course!
  • I think I do!

Like I said, I was planning on doing a giveaway in conjunction with the review, and here it is! This giveaway will get you one pair of panties by Panty by Post. It will come in your size and preferred style (thong or hipster).  Like the pair that I received, it will be a surprise. You may be able to have some sway if you’re the winner. ;)

To enter, use the form below. Check back daily to tweet or share images on social media for more entries.

Good luck!

Panty by Post

Ends May 14.

Disclaimer: Reviews by Cole is not responsible for prize fulfillment. I receive compensation for review and giveaway in the form of product. All opinions are 100% mine and do not reflect Panty by Post. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media website.

Make Money with Share A Sale

Date Mon, April 14 2014

If you’ve been around the blogging block, this might not be news to you, but I wanted to let you in if you weren’t already aware. Share A Sale (SAS) is an affiliate network with thousands of individual stores. Some of them allow you to make easy commissions by referring people for giveaway (who doesn’t want to win? Easy, I tell you!). Others send out periodic bonus posts where all you have to do is copy and paste, and you’ll earn $5 or more. I’ve made almost $200 with SAS with little effort, and I’ve also gotten nail polish and hair dye through programs like those from Madison Reed.

Making Money with share a sale affiliate programs

Right now, some affiliate programs are doing a push for new referrals, so here is a list of affiliates on SAS that provide bonus posts:

Affiliate Programs on SAS with Giveaway and Freebie Referrals

SAS Affiliate Programs with other Perks

I will add to this post as new programs and opportunities become available. However, not all programs will always incentivize in this way so it’s up to you to do your research!

Disclaimer: Some of these links are referral links and I will earn a bonus or % of your commissions if you sign up under me. Image courtesy of SeniorLiving.Org.

Majestical Jewelry Review + Givewaway

Date Mon, April 14 2014

You wouldn’t know it from what I normally wear, but I like jewelry. I prefer necklaces and rings because I do not have pierced ears and bracelets seem to get in the way all too often. So I was excited when I received my review package in the mail from Majestical and a little sad when I realized it was a matching earring and necklace set.

BUT!

I immediately thought of someone who would love the style of both.

Below re the earrings and necklace that I received, which seem like they’re no longer listed on the site. They’re a bit similar to these, however. The silver feathers cascade and jingle when you move. Like I said, perfect for my friend!

Leaf earrings and necklace from Majestical

The necklace is the same, covering a great deal of real estate (if you can call your neck/chest that LOL) and really attracting the eye. I’m more of a simple, single pendant type. Majestical jewelry offers some of those, too, but if you like this style, you’re in luck.

As you can see from the photo, the pieces are absolutely detailed. If you have an idea for detail, you might just love this site!

Even Majestical's box is pretty!

Even Majestical’s box is pretty!

And it came in a cute little purple Majestical box, which I actually used as the gift box.

Another thing that I like about Majestical is the prices. There’s quite a range, so it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Which means if you have just $20 to spend, you could walk away with any of these:

Majestical carries an entire line of charms and charm bracelets, too. Want to show your love for coffee? Cats? Cherries? Or Cinderella? Yup, they have them all!

They also have jewelry worth well over $1,000.

But let’s focus on what you can get for $20 because if you keep reading, you can enter a giveaway for $20 from Majestical. Plus, if you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll save $15 on your next order!

All you have to do is use the Gleam form below. Remember, some activities can be completed every day for even more entries!

Good luck!

Majestical Jewelry Giveaway

Ends May 11.

 

Disclaimer:  I received compensation in the form of product in return for a review and giveaway post.

Spring Amazing Comfort Sweepstakes: $250 Amazon Gift Card

Date Sat, April 12 2014

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What is so unique about this pillow? Unlike other orthopedic pillows, the QiPillow contours to the lower back using its own unique air-controlled orthopedic core. By inflating and deflating the pillow, it can adjust to the contours of your back, and lessen or eliminate muscle fatigue and back pain. Since it can be completely deflated, it can easily be folded and thrown in a bag, allowing you to use it at home, in the office, or even while driving. The QiPillow had great results in independent clinical studies, which showed that the QiPillow helped 91% of users improve sitting comfort and posture while relieving back pain, stiffness, and fatigue. With the QiPillow, you can take control of your back pain, allowing you to relax and enjoy the things you love!

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Would you love to learn more about the QiPillow? Due to popular demand, the QiPillow is coming back to QVC on April 15! Join host Jaque Gonzales and the inventor of the Qipillow, Patrick Lee, as they discuss this revolutionary pillow and how it can help you. You may even find this pillow even cheaper than its recommended price of $49.95! So mark your calendar and make sure to check out the QiPillow on QVC’s Active Aging on April 15 between 1 – 2 PM ET!

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To celebrate the QiPillow returning to QVC, Mom Powered Media is excited to be working with QiPillow on this awesome giveaway! One of our lucky readers will win a $250 Amazon Gift card, which they can use to make their life even more comfortable. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and the enter through the Rafflecopter.

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  • One lucky reader will win a $250 Amazon Gift Card.
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Disclosure: Reviews by Cole did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by sponsor.

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Jeans Shopping For (Really) Short Women

Date Fri, April 11 2014

As I type this, I’m wearing a pair of $10 jeans from Goodwill. Surprisingly, I found a pair of petite jeans there that were short enough and fit all my curves. I never find jeans at thrift shops because I’m so short. To be honest, it’s difficult enough to find them brand new. So I figured I’d write this post to help you all learn from my experience because there’s nothing wrong than wearing too-long jeans and walked all over the hem until they’re ripped up, am I right? Right!

Maurices jeans come in short and extra short

Maurices jeans come in short and extra short

To Hem or Not to Hem

The issue with buying jeans is that they are not easy to hem well. No matter what anyone says, it’s hard to replicate jean hemming at home. Why is this? It’s because jeans are folded over twice, tightly, hemmed with contrasting stitching and then distressed. When you simply fold it over to hem, you can tell it was a DIY job. This is why people use the original hem to shorten jeans. Even if you use matching thread — and it can be difficult to find the right hue and weight — it shows. I’ve tried before, and people not only noticed but pointed out that I had done it myself. The result isn’t professional or attractive to me. I just don’t have the skill to hem jeans, but maybe you do! And maybe you don’t care, which is great. If that’s the case, hem it yourself. If you want well-fitting jeans and don’t have a tailor or hemming skills, this article is for you!

What About Petite?

For some reason, young women (my peers) don’t tend to use the word “petite” or really understand it. The women’s petite section is intended for us shorties out there, and it doesn’t necessarily mean “skinny,” too. However, I have found that most of the jeans available as petite are kind of bland. In fact, I’d go so far as to call them Mom Jeans. Dun dun dun. Nobody needs those.

However, this isn’t to say that jeans in the petite section are terrible. They often fit better because women’s sizing (even numbers) is more true to size than juniors sizing, which uses odd numbers and tends to be much smaller. I am currently wearing petite jeans from New York & Company. I do like them, but they’re also a little more bland than you might like — especially if you’re like my good friend Ashe and love blinged out pockets! ;)

Series 31 jeans come in half a dozen cuts

Series 31 jeans come in half a dozen cuts

What If I’m Too Short for Short Jeans?

I have a dirty little secret. Literally little. I am not only short. I am extra short. Many times, even short jeans are too long. This is the case for jeans from Vanity, Maurices and even Rue 21. Have you heard of Series 31 jeans by Amethyst? They exist specifically for people who are 5’4″ and under. They’re too damned long for me! Fortunately, some companies make extra short jeans. These include Maurices and Vanity.

If you fall into this category, it’s important to know how long your inseam is. Extra short jeans measure 28″ or 29″ while most short jeans are a full two inches longer. 33″ is the standard for “regular” length, by the way.

My Go-To Brands

Torrid Denim - Rinse Skinny Jeans (Short)

Torrid Denim – Rinse Skinny Jeans (Short)

So, I’ve discussed why I have to buy short jeans and why short jeans sometimes just don’t cut it. What brands do I got to because I know they’ll work?

Other brands that have short inseams that I have yet to try include Torrid  (BOGO 50% off at Torrid with code REBEL1) and Old Navy.

None of these brands are going to cost you in three digits because, let’s get real. Real women can’t afford $200 jeans!

Oprah’s stylist also recommends these brands:

Vertical stripes lengthen legs

Vertical stripes lengthen legs

A Few More Tips for Short Jeans

As always, vertical stripes give the appearance of longer legs. When it comes to jeans, consider a lighter line down the center of the leg and thigh. This can also help to make your thighs look slimmer. Avoid cuffs at the end of your pants legs as this will make you look even shorter. Heels elongate your leg, as does a mid-rise to your jeans because it gives the appearance of a longer lower body.

You’ve all heard the old adage about good things in small packages. Of course, it doesn’t mean that we don’t deserve good jeans, too! Ladies, have you tried any of your brands? Let me know in the comments!

 Disclaimer: some of these links are affiliate links. Making a purchase gets me a small commission while you get an awesome pair of jeans!