Cool site: SocialMoms.com

Social MomsSocial Moms, founded by Megan Calhoun (@socialmoms on Twitter), is a social media-oriented network that rewards members with points for commenting, Tweeting and sharing consumer news and general interest articles. The 18,000+ active members network is based in San Francisco, California. (You can check out my profile here, which as far as online forum profiles go, it’s very robust and customizeable.)

Who: SocialMoms works with leading brands including P&G, Unilever, Kraft, Pepsi, Disney, Kimberly-Clarke, Seventh Generation and more.

What: Writers can submit original articles for publishing on the site and points good for gift cards on a wide range (honestly, almost too wide) of topics including parenting, money, food, health, shopping, social media, blogging and more. Great opp for writers to submit articles to: nikki@socialmoms.com. I submitted a feature idea today, for which I read you receive points for submitting story ideas. I received a very prompt response saying my idea about how to earn free magazine subscriptions didn’t fit their model. (I’ll admit, a little unnerving as a professional journalist to be turned down for writing, but modesty really is my best quality.)

How to get points: It’s not clearly stated anywhere, but as far as I can tell, you receive points by– Tweeting articles and promotions. Commenting via Facebook (I think). Commenting or answering questions on the SocialMoms.com site. Submit articles for publication.

Head scratcher: I can see where some folks find frustration in how to contribute to the network and earn points. The site offers weekly “Rambo” alerts for point-earning opps, but again, without explicit instruction on what earns points, how much and when they’re posted. And I’m still not sure why they’re called Rambo alerts.

Bottom line: Cool combination of what feels like a blog network and reward earning site. The user interface isn’t well organized, and I’ve seen some typos on communications that have gone out from them. But.. all said and done, that’s not a bad review. The concept itself makes it sticky enough to endure.

 

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How to Earn Free Gift Cards from Amazon.com

If you’ve already finished your copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, consider selling it to Amazon.com for free Amazon credit and gift cards. I’ve used Amazon’s textbook buyback–which is open to all books, not just textbooks–dozens of times and it’s worked great every time. Here’s the how-to:


1. Visit Amazon’s textbook buyback page and enter your book’s ISBN number, often found on the back cover near the barcode.

2. If Amazon is buying the book, it’ll show you the Trade-In Value. If it’s not (for example, if it’s not in demand, too old, a select paperback or sometimes self-published), it’ll say Did Not Match Any Products.

3. When you’re done entering books, click Submit and Select a Shipping Method–best methods are UPS via pre-paid label or USPS. Package your books in a box, adhere the shipping label to the outside, and voila!

4. In about 2-3 weeks, your Amazon credit will automatically be deposited into your textbook buyback account.

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