Slaying The Dragon~Dragon Knuckle BBQ Gloves Video Review

The Dragon

So…It’s been a month since our initial Dragon Knuckle BBQ Glove Review…well, our first impression on Dragon Knuckle themselves and how impressed we were with the “package”.  It was our intent to do the video review in a “timely” fashion, but life happens, sometimes, a LOT of life happens…Our apologies… Moving forward…

The King has returned and behold his tale!!!

Enter “The Dragon”…   

Yes!! You’re seeing that right!!  The Challenge has been made and accepted…

The Dragon

You won’t believe your eyes….I know I was in complete AWE!!!

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!

Really, there are NO words that I could ever possibly type, that could come close to telling you more about these gloves than this video… The real good stuff starts at 7:10.

Our hats are off to y’all at Dragon Knuckle

We’re not easily impressed, but right now, somehow “impressed” seems like a really weak word compared to what we are… Dumbfounded would be a good start.

Considering however, that the King is a “cat”, his curiosity is naturally piqued and his parting words were, “Hmmmm, I wonder what else I can try…”

Now let me translate that for those who don’t have the pleasure of knowing this man of mine… What he’s really saying is “Hmmmm, I wonder how far I can push these before I get burned”  LOL  Stick around, I’m sure there will be more videos.

Get ’em here ~~~>

Please leave us a word or two in the comment section.  If you have any experience with any of the products we review here, feel free to share with us.

Fire?? Did someone say FIRE???

Twitterpated

Last week I was contacted by the owners of Dragon Knuckle (@DragonKnuckleQ *Shameless Twitter plug 1) via Twitter mail (@ThatsTheScoop1 *Shameless Twitter plug 2), which was a really cool event in the history of That’s The Scoop dot com, considering we are basically newborns in the online world trying to get our website seen by as many people as we can….
Anywho, here’s what they had to say:

“If you’re into reviewing stuff, would you like to investigate our Dragon Knuckle Gloves? You’ll get to cook and play with fire. I could send you a pair today if you’d like. Thanks, Jana and David.”

Of course I told them YES, that we would love to try them out and do a review!! They sent a pair of these really ‘effin cool gloves out to us quicker than you can light a match!! They were sent on Friday 03/31/17 and they arrived on Monday 04/03/17.

Even The Box Is Bad Ass

Ya know, I’ve never been overly impressed with any shipping label I’ve ever seen…until now. Straight outta the mailbox I’m nodding in approval and grinnin’ like the Cheshire Cat… (I love that cat.) I just had a feeling that what was inside just had to be even better. Nice labeling, I like the clarity and size of the font used, it makes it easy to see and if you have vision anything like mine, you know how important that is.

Did you really think I was gonna leave my address on there? (*_~)

The first thing that *really* caught my eye about the label, was the very smart marketing strategy. Pure GENIUS!! It would be near impossible to look at the shipping address without seeing their web address. I don’t know about you, but if I were to see their catch phrase and web address anywhere, I’d remember it least until I could write it down or look it up. Two thumbs up for brilliant marketing.

Kudos to whomever wrapped this hot little package up for shipping. I can see by the neatness of the wrapping/packaging/taping that you took your time and that the presentation of your product matters to you. I bet you wrap all those special occasion presents too, in fact, I’d almost wager a buck or two on that bet!! (*_~)

I tried using my patience and take my time opening the package, but man oh man did I feel like a kid at Christmas!! I just couldn’t take it any longer I had to rip that baby open from the back because the front has been fully protected from the elements!!! Another two thumbs up for packaging and shipping.

Did I mention that even the BOX is BAD ASS??? Move over Cheshie baby, cuz you ain’t got nuttin’ on this grin!! Lemme tell ya, this is one ROCKIN BOX!! The graphics alone, made me smile and had me even more jazzed than I already was! I turn this little beauty from side to side, reading some great catch phrases, still smiling.

I told you it was smart marketing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I turned the box over to check out the back and found a very creatively written tale about fire, dragons and warriors feasting in victory. What’s NOT to like about THAT??? Hmmm, I think I’m gonna need more thumbs…

Outta The Box

I slid the cellophane wrapper out of the box and found that the gloves have considerable weight to them, I like that, I find it to be kinda comforting.

A little more smart marketing inside, with two well placed business cards held in place by the silicon graphics on the glove, both giving their own 100% Guarantee, one for complete satisfaction and the other for protection against dragon attack!! Count us IN!!

The Grill-master aka King (my dude) of R & G Castle (Our house) and myself both grabbed a glove and started checking them out in closer detail. Nice. REAL Nice!! There is no doubt that you’ve got something “different” and “substantial” in your hand just by the way the glove feels.

It gave me a sense of protection, kinda like the way I feel about the locks on our doors, our security cams and our preferred means of personal protection. Feel me? Are ya pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down??

Yeah, they’re cool but they look H.O.T. with their flames on the fingers, their dragon logo on the palms and where else would you put “Dragon Knuckle”? Yep, you got it, across the knuckles and back of the hand…great placement guys, these gloves are damn near sexy.

Bring On The Dragons!

The King of R & G Castle has been devising a wicked plan from the moment he heard the gloves were being delivered to our kingdom and is currently out hunting the dragon he will attempt to slay, armed with nothing more than the heart and courage of the mighty warrior that he is and the protection of his Dragon Knuckle gloves.

In the meanwhile, you can find Dragon Knuckle BBQ Gloves via our marketplace in several categories including Man Cave Madness, yes, this is an affiliate link, the Amazon affiliate link below or you can find them when you head on over to DragonKnuckle.com (non-affiliate link) to read more awesome dragon slaying, fire conquering, victory feasting tales.  Be sure to tell them that Gypsy from That’s The Scoop sent ya!

Until the King returns from his quest, all I can tell you is that when we tried on our Dragon Knuckle BBQ Gloves is that the fit was, well, that of a glove…

If you #WannaKnow how this tale ends, then keep an eye on us, there WILL be VIDEO and it WILL be EPIC!!!

Do you have a Dragon tale to tell? Share it with us here, we would love to hear them, the more fierce, the better!! How did you #SlayTheDragon?

FreedomPop Review UPDATE

04/05/17 Unable to connect to the internet all day, continually “searching” or “connecting” but never “Connected”. I rebooted it, took it outside and walked around the yard with it, just meandering though the yard to give it a chance to pick up a signal, which when I think about that now, really didn’t make sense to do. It made me feel like I did all that I could possibly do to get it to connect. All to no avail.

NOW I DO have to say that I had issues with my cell phone (which is a different carrier) all day as well. I had to resend nearly every text message I sent.

However, the bottom line is that I lost an entire day of online productivity. If I don’t have internet access, I can’t do the work I need to do online, like marketing and making contacts through various different forms of social media. That’s a costly issue.

On the upside, it gave me the opportunity to focus solely on writing reviews that have been waiting their turn to be written. Let me tell you, the storage in my brain was getting a bit cramped. LOL

Back to trying to get connected, the next step I took was to take the battery out and just let it sit there and think about what it was supposed to be doing. When I’d thought it had learned its lesson, I put the battery back in, powered it back up and…

Wooooo Hooooo!!!! We have Lift Off!!! I have to laugh at myself for not trying that earlier… Sheesh *face-palm* Not really sure why it needed to be done that way, I thought rebooting with the power button would have been enough, apparently not. So far, luckily, that’s the only glitch I’ve come across. I can’t be sure of what the underlying issue was it could have been either a service (FreedomPop) issue or an equipment (Netgear FUSE) issue, hard to say. Time will tell what we see in the future, rest assured, I’ll keep you posted.

We took it out on a little road trip through the forest where neither of our cellphones will connect and the Netgear FUSE and FreedomPop miraculously picked up a signal. The King and I were extremely surprised and impressed.

Due to the nature of our business, I am an extremely heavy internet user and I definitely go through some data. I just never knew how much. But, there’s a positive side to that as well. It inspires me to turn off other gadgets that are just sitting there connected to the internet, updating in the background, silently chewing up data waiting their turn to be used.

My advice would be to be mindful of what’s connected that you’re not actively using in order to maximize your data usage. By disconnecting the waiting devices, not only did I save on data usage but I was actually able to relax quite a bit and was much more focused. We may be onto something good here. (*_~)

Most of my devices are being used randomly throughout the day, because I tend to multitask, a LOT… I know, I know, that’s not the most productive use of my time or data.

The beauty of being the boss and working from home is that I can break the monotony of “working” by switching around to different things and I can change the way I do things at any given time as I learn what works best.

I’m still honing my “work smart” skills but I get everything done at just the right time, I’m also the editor and publisher and I set the deadlines. LOL

All in all, it’s still on my recommended products list. I’ll update again in the near future.

FreedomPop “FREE” Wireless Internet Review

Cut The Cord Already!!!

I think everyone looks for different ways to “cut the cord” with either their cable/satellite or internet providers.  We’re no different.  I think it’s absolutely absurd the cost incurred for these “luxuries”.  While internet and cable/satellite are still considered to be a luxury, they really are not.  At least the internet isn’t in my book, nor is cable in my other half’s book.  Both are necessities for US.

Through my search to cut out the middleman in these two scenarios, I have found ways to supposedly be able to  bring in about 20 or so clear channels to watch on TV… I’ll share those in a later post once I’ve had a chance to experiment with them.  I also came across a way that is supposed to allow us to have “free internet”.  There are actually several, but the one I chose is called FreedomPop.  This is my review of their service.

FreedomPop Wireless

Our device arrived today!!!  I’m stoked to check it out.  I first heard of FreedomPop back in November 2016 and finally decided to check it out and ordered it on March 23, 2017.  Even though I opted for the “basic” (4-10 days for $9.99) shipping, it arrived today, March 28, 2017.  No complaints about that as they do give many various shipping options right down to 1 day shipping, which was about 25 bucks if memory serves me well.  I wasn’t in a huge hurry, so I’m okay with it taking five days.

What’s In The Box

The box arrived relatively unscathed considering it’s been in the hands of both FedEx and the USPS.  Now what I’m not impressed with is the fact that this little device is floating around in the box… I can hear it moving freely about as I gently rotate the box in my hands.  (Yes, I *gently* rotated the box even though my inner five-year old wanted to shake the daylights out of it.)  This made me a bit nervous, but it all turned out well and there was no damage to the product inside.

As you can see by the pictures, it was surrounded by two whole air pouches but still had movement, so in my opinion, it needed more packing material or a smaller box because the size of the box is a bit much.  My brain always says smaller box, less shipping cost.  But on the flip side of that thought, my brain says smaller box, greater the chance of it getting lost, so I will take the neutral road on this.

Inside I found a much smaller box that contained the Hotspot unit which was fairly well secured in its own box. I say fairly well because it still had some free space which allowed for movement within the factory packaging.  It came with a Quick Connect guide, Pre-Owned Certificate, 90 day limited warranty, the obligatory warning card and a USB cord which can be plugged in using its AC adapter or directly into your computer.

Getting Started

I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the ease of set up.  It’s straight forward and simple.  Take it out of the box and turn it on.  The battery was at 68% out of the box.  Check for new internet connections, select and GO.  Now this does require just a little bit of patience…. which, have I mentioned that I commonly have ZERO when it comes to new toys and gadgets?  LOL

It does take about a half an hour for it to become fully functional, meaning it will show you a secure connection, but with no access.  But that’s only until the system has the opportunity to do all of its techie stuff such as connecting with its towers or whatever those little miracle workers do that live inside that tiny little device!!

 Customer Service

After being in such a hurry to make sure this little wonder device was really going to provide me with “free” internet, I ended up calling customer service due to not getting access even though it showed that I had a secure connection and my lack of patience.

I’m sorry to say that I cannot tell you the service reps name as he had an extremely heavy foreign accent and I could barely understand him.  I will have to say that the customer service rep that I spoke with was very kind, patient and polite, at least from what I could tell.

I was about to request a different rep, hoping for one with a little less of an accent when *BAM* (insert the sound of angels singing) I had ACCESS!!!  WooT!!!  My happiness level SKYROCKETED!!!  Not only was I not going to have to attempt to breach the communication barrier, but I was ONLINE and NOT through our current wallet draining carrier!!!  Oh what a wonderful day!!!

The Techie Details

There are many different styles and types of devices ranging from Apple to ZTE.  Choose from Smartphones, Sim Cards, Mobile Hotspots and Modems, iPads, Tablets, Accessories and other products like VR Headset, TAGG pet tracking collar attachment and more.

Though there were many different choices, we chose to try out the NETGEAR FUSE, which, incidentally, is smaller than either of our Smartphones.  The FUSE also has its own rechargeable battery and SIM card.

We did purchase a refurbished model, simply because we didn’t see any reason not to.  As I mentioned earlier, it is “Certified Pre-Owned”, comes with a battery, SIM card, USB cord and AC Adapter, so you can charge it either with your computer or plug it into an outlet.

Our purchase price was $29.99, shipping was $9.99.  Complete price out the door was $39.98, no complaints there considering what’s included.  I’ve added a screenshot of my confirmation email so that you can see what all  you get.

FREE INTERNET

Granted, you never truly get anything for free.  There is always some sort of “cost” or “price” that comes along with it.  Here’s the scoop on this, you do need to have a hotspot modem or something of that sort, well, that’s most likely going to cost you money, just like it did us, but it need not cost you an arm and a leg.

BUT once you pay that particular cost, you TRULY CAN have FREE internet, even on the go.  I’m not talking dial-up slow internet either.  FreedomPop is just as fast if not faster than the provider we currently have, but that I’m getting ready to cancel.  Finally.  Yep, you got it…We ARE cutting THAT cord.

Of course there are limits and/or provisions.  You can either choose the smaller free option which requires you to stay under 500mb but don’t panic just yet!!  As you can see by my screenshot above and below, you start earning data before your hotspot, smartphone or what ever you order even gets to your door.  I earned 5GB just by ordering my device.

If you choose to continue with the free package, you will need to change your package by either contacting customer service or making the changes through your account online prior to the beginning of the next billing cycle.  There are charges for overage, but it’s minimal.  Just a little tip, I set a reminder on my phones calendar, including contact/cancel info/numbers/email/website.

I do believe that you can set data alarms or limits but not entirely sure as I am still exploring the site and figuring out what everything does.  I’ll post an update after I’ve used it for a bit and in different scenarios.

There are many packages to choose from, starting with the trial, then from free to $74.99 per month, so you can choose the package that best suits your needs.

There are also multiple ways to “earn” data, ranging from sharing with your friends to completing offers and actions. The amount of data you earn each month is entirely up to you.

Don’t be afraid to go to their forum section and read up on this service and the products.  Those forums are EXPERIENCE talking, listen to it, I know I am.

Affiliate Opportunity

Not only can you earn data but you can also become an affiliate and earn money. I opted to become an affiliate because I am absolutely WOWED with this service and I DO recommend the service provided by FreedomPop thus far.  I’m not easily impressed by much of anything and am a pretty big skeptic, but folks, lemme tell ya, I’m flippin’ impressed!!!

The first link I am providing IS an affiliate link that will take you to the FreedomPop site, which contains data that has my affiliate ID that allows me to possibly earn a small commission when a purchase is made.

However, If you prefer not to use my affiliate link for some reason, please feel free to go to https://www.freedompop.com by either clicking that link, copy/paste it, type it in on your own, whatever you’re comfortable with.  You can even visit the ad below, but before you decide to order from either link, compare them if you’d like by going to the non-affiliate link first then go through the affiliate link, you’ll see that everything is the same. There is no cost increase or anything like that, although you may find more of a savings on your behalf by using the affiliate link. But because I’m not in charge of their site and offers, I can’t be completely certain of the savings.  If you are satisfied, feel free to shop and even purchase from my affiliate link, you’re already there.   I’ll thank you right here, in advance, you are appreciated.

No matter what link you use, PLEASE do YOURSELF a big favor and check out FreedomPop, I don’t think you’ll regret it.  C’mon back here if you do and let me know what you think!!

 


OxyLED MD50 High Performance Flashlight Review

This Little Light Of Mine

Flashlights. Not exactly something I really ever gave much thought to, at least not until my fiance` lost his. Man was he bummed!! That was his EDC (Every Day Carry) and was really lost without it. So my hunt began to find him a new one. This was no easy task, that’s for sure.  I waded through countless websites and reviews trying to find the perfect flashlight that fit all of his needs.

I finally went to my go to site, Amazon… Holy cow, I had NO idea just how many different kinds of flashlights there were.  How in the heck am I suppose to choose???  Ah yes, the REVIEWS!!!  Man I LOVE reviews!!  Talk about lifesavers!!

After going over oh, I don’t know, about a gazillion reviews, I finally took that deep breath and decided to take a chance and go with the OxyLED MD50 High Performance Flashlight which is 500 Lumens.  I clicked on the order button, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best, the only thing left to do now, was wait for it to arrive.  Thanks to Prime, it was a short wait, as usual.

I actually ordered three of them, yes, THREE!!!  Hey, what can I say?  The reviews were THAT GOOD and the price was right as they were under 20 bucks each.  I could live with that and if they turned out to be less than acceptable, I could always return them without issues.

Within a couple of days they were delivered and I couldn’t get the package open quick enough.  I was excited and nervous all that the same time.  This was an extremely important purchase, it was for my guy and I only give him the BEST!!  He really relies on his flashlight so it HAD to be top quality in order to suit his needs.  Let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint!!!

Right off the bat, I was pretty impressed with the packaging.  Crazy right?  Not so much.  It came in a nicely padded plastic case, everything was nice and secure, nothing rattling around during shipping.  I unpacked everything, read the instructions, yes, really…. I’m a chick, of course I did.  LOL   I charged it according to the directions.  Now I had to wait for the battery to charge.   Well, I suppose I didn’t really HAVE to.  It does come with an adapter that holds three AAA batteries if you choose to use those rather than the rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Time To Let It Shine!!

It took about three hours to completely charge the battery.  The light turned green and I was STOKED!!!  I put the battery in the flashlight, took a deep breath, said a silent prayer of sorts and turned it on.  OH MY WOW!!!  This is one BRIGHT flashlight.  DO NOT shine it in anyone’s eyes unless you intend on burning their retinas out!!  Seriously!!!

This amazing flashlight has a CREE LED bulb with a lifespan of over 50,000 hours!!  It also has three brightness levels, strobe, SOS modes and is zoom-able so you can either light up a small area or the entire yard or pretty damn close to it.  It is lightweight at only 14.1 ounces and made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy.  It is also water-resistant (NOT water PROOF), so you can use it even in heavy rain, just don’t submerge it under water.  The bezel is also made in such a way that you can break glass with it.

This little dude is a top seller on Amazon, has almost 3000 reviews and is rated 4.7 stars out of 5.  I am very pleased with this light and HIGHLY recommend it.  The ONLY drawback that I’ve found is that the wrist strap only lasted about a year.  It will fray and eventually break off.  It also does not come with a holster to carry it on your belt, but you can find those pretty cheap, I bought one from Amazon as well.

Was my honey pleased?  You betcha!!!  He LOVES his flashlight!!!  In fact, he loves it even more than the one that he requested.  Even though I wasn’t fond of the reviews on that particular one I got it for him anyway.  I can’t seem to say no to him…his smile is just too cute to say no. LOL  Anywho, that’s a completely different review.  The other flashlight, not the dude.  (*_~)

In conclusion, buy the light, you WON’T regret it!!!

*****I was not compensated in any manner to do this review.  This review is my unbiased, unsolicited opinion.

Our Amazon Affiliate Store Is Now LIVE On Our Site!!!

Wooooooo Hooooooo!!!!  Now you can shop on Amazon directly through our site!!!  I’ve added the aStore and done a little tweaking today, so everything is going to look a LOT different!!

Check it out by heading over to the Marketplace and clicking on “View Collection” and let me know what you think!!  If you like it, tell your friends, if you don’t, please tell US 🙂

Happy Shopping!!!

And now for the required disclosure… “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

Test Lab

What I’m currently testing from an affiliate marketers point of view.

The things I’m looking for are things like the level of difficulty to obtain the product to market.   Do the codes work right, are they easy to embed, ad, or apply.  What’s the click rate?  What’s the commission rate?  Percentage of clicks?  Amount of sales?  Is it easy to set up method of payment?  Do they pay in a timely fashion?  How do they handle charge backs?  Is there adequate customer service available?

I will list each one separately and will update the information as it comes up and applies to each product/vendor/merchant/site.  I will try to make it make as much sense as possible, for all of us.  Keep in mind, I am trying something new and have no idea what the outcome is going to be like, but I’m taking that first step and will find out in the near future.  Follow along if you’d like, at best, you’ll learn something new and might be able to put some money in your pocket as well…At worst, you’ll always be in for a good laugh if you hang out with me.

So whatcha say?  Shall we get this party started?  I think we shall….

I Found It On Amazon

Amazon is one of my favorite market places on the internet!! I love the fact that there are so many reviews on most of the products on there. I’ve never had any issues when shopping with Amazon and highly recommend them without reservation. I’ll be sharing some of my purchases or recommendations, so keep coming back to see what’s been added. And yes, there will be affiliate links. (“We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”)

Now, let’s talk about this Amazon Dash Button… this is a device I can wrap my head around!! We get so busy with our fast paced lives that we tend to overlook things on a daily basis, like when we’re running low on something as simple and IMPORTANT as toilet paper, at least until you’re sitting on the throne and go to do the paperwork and it hits you!! Awe crap, there’s only one square left AND it’s STUCK to the core!!! I can certainly see where having this little button affixed to the wall next to the TP hanger would save you from that all too familiar, heart pounding scenario!!! With a press of a button as you hang that last roll, your order goes in and two days later, it’s at your door!!

This little Wi-Fi connected button allows you to order many of your favorite Prime eligible products from leading brands like Tide, Bounty, Huggies and many, many more. There are over 250 products to choose from and you can be notified of your order and it’s status via the Amazon App. You do have to be an Amazon Prime member in order to use the Dash Buttons, but hey, that’s not a bad thing!! There is also a built-in feature that protects you from multiple orders unless you allow multiple orders.

I don’t know about you, but I like to simplify my life as much as possible. I can’t wait to put these little gems all over the house!!! Right now they are offering a credit back on your first button, so you essentially get to try the first one for free… So, what are you waiting for??? Mine is on its way and I’ll let you know how I like it, I’m stoked!!!

 

Happy Shopping!!!


NordVPN Review

I’ve never heard of this NordVPN but I will be doing my due diligence in order to find out what the scoop is on them.

Here’s what I know so far:  They do NOT provide any internet service, but what they do do (Uh huh, I know…. I said do do, I’ll wait for you to stop giggling……) is they provide an ability to connect to other servers and protect your information, they tout giving you military grade protection online, no restrictions and no logging your activity.

Sounds to me like they take privacy very seriously.  So far, I’m feeling pretty good about what I’m finding out.  I’ll do a bit more research and then will have to try them out for myself so that I can give a full and accurate review.

As to their affiliate perks, well, honestly they are looking pretty damn good too.  Here’s a screenshot from their description…

Screenshot from the affiliate point of view.

I have poured over review after review about NordVPN and am finding that they are quite mixed.  However I did find more positive reviews than negative.  The negative include things such as the Windows App crashing after the computer hibernates, some issues with the Kill Switch not working correctly or effectively and other issues include coupon codes, one user stated that they had done the math on the NordVPN website to find that the 50% off coupon reveals the same price as the 70% off coupon when in reality both only deduct about 20% and also states that they feel this is deceptive in practice and opted for a different VPN based on this finding alone.

I can’t say that I have come to a definitive conclusion after reading all of the reviews I found, but I can say that if I were in need of this service, I would opt for either the 3 day free trial or the 1 month plan, keeping in mind that there are reviews also stating that they had issues in getting a refund, while others who tested this product got their refunds with ease.  It was also stated that if you use PayPal to make your payment, there is only the option to make recurring payments instead of a one time payment.  I’m not really sure whose issue this one is as I’ve experienced it in the past.  Just go into your PayPal settings and stop the recurring payments.

At this time I have no recommendation for this product other than to do your due diligence, research it and use your best judgment.  I can’t say this is a good product, though it does seem it is, nor can I say that it’s a bad product.  If and when I come across more information that would sway me in one direction or another, I will certainly do an update.

If you want to check them out for yourself, please feel free to do so.  You can visit their site by clicking here.  You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and their own blog.

If you’ve had experiences with NordVPN, please, feel free to leave your experience with them in the comments section.  You never know when your experience makes a big difference in another person’s experience.

Reviews are simply another way of paying it forward.

 

 

Affiliate Marketing, Links and Ads

Have you ever wanted to make money online? Do you want to be able to use your computer to generate income? Are you tired of the daily 9-5 grind? Do you hate punching that time clock? Do you have a computer and basic knowledge of how to use it?  Can you post links?  Do you buy or try any products or services ever?  Do you have an opinion?  If you answered yes to these questions then Affiliate Marketing just might be for you and you are in the right place. Stick around, you just never know what you might learn!!!

 

I’m no expert, yet.  But I am learning more and more every single day.  I fully intend to use all of the knowledge I’ve gained to carve out a nice little niche (pun intended…hang around, there’s plenty of smarcasm ahead) in the affiliate marketing world.  The first and most valuable thing I could possibly share with you is simply this: you can’t get there if you don’t get started.  It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, where you’re going or where you’ve been, everyone has to take that first step in order to take any other steps.  This is mine.

 

Throughout my site, you will find ads, banners and links… YES, Affiliate Links!!!  Why?  Well, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, because it’s either a product, service, business, person, place or thing that I have used, experienced, enjoyed, liked, disliked (no links to the dislikes), loved, can’t live without, use regularly or am in the process of checking out.  In addition I have the opportunity to make various commissions on various products, services and so on…  In no way does that affect the price of the products or services unless it’s to YOUR benefit as in a % or $ off.

 

For example, you will see a banner for Bluehost.  That’s because my site is powered by Bluehost and I just happen to be satisfied with the service they provide me and I am willing to pass that recommendation on to you.  You will also see Amazon links, well, I’m an Amazon Junkie and just happen to LOVE shopping their site!!!  So, why wouldn’t I pass along the fantastic products to you?  Why wouldn’t I sound the warning alarm if/when I find something or someone who doesn’t quite measure up for whatever reason?  Wouldn’t or don’t you do the same?  Those are the types of affiliate links and ads you will find here at That’s The Scoop.  As I am fine tuning my site in these beginning stages, I will provide both affiliate and non affiliate links for you to choose from.  You will see that they function the exact same way, with the same information, same price.

 

Chances are, if you have *ever* shared a link, regardless of where or how.  Whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, email, text, word of mouth or scribbled it down on a piece of paper… Guess what?  YOU have taken part in Affiliate Marketing!!!  *Gasp*  What?!?!  Oh yes… I would just about bet my eye teeth that the link or site that you shared had someone’s affiliate code in it.  Hmmmm, guess ya never thought about it like that, now did ya?  Nope, didn’t think so.  Me neither, until recently.  That’s when it really hit me!!  Man, that should be my affiliate code!!!  Well hot damn!!!  Talk about a EUREKA MOMENT!!!  Thus it begins, my journey down the affiliate trail….

 

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