Fido's Freebie Friday Help Page:

Check out our Updated Badge!

Fido's Freebie Friday's original host, All Things Dog Blog, has a growing partnership. Having added Doggie's and Stuff early on, we now have two additional co-hosts, Dogtipper and To Dog With Love. To make it easy for you to add the badge you want, we're offering you three versions to pick from. Please include one of the badges in your post or sidebar. We appreciate links to your hosts.
All badges look exactly the same, just like what you see at the left. The only difference is where they are linked to. You may select the version that links to any of our sites:
All Things Dog Blog
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FAQs you will find below:
  1. What exactly makes this a blog hop? I do not understand.
  2. Can you spell out the rules for posts that are acceptable on this hop?
  3. How do I put the Fido's Freebie Friday blog hop badge into my post or on my site?
  4. Can you help me sign up for the blog hop?
  5. How do I make the links or thumbnail images show up on my own blog?
  6. Why does the hop open on Thursday afternoon, if it is called a Friday blog hop?
  7. What can you tell me about the legalities of running giveaways?

1. What exactly makes this a "Blog Hop"? 
Quoted from the site that services our blog hop technology, Linkytools: 

"A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS.

When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the exact same list appears on each blog. 

Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list. The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides.

Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!"

2. Can you spell out the rules for posts that are acceptable on this hop?
  1. Any giveaway or event with prizes from a family friendly site that involves a pet-related, or pet-themed product or service as a prize.
  2. Pet-lover prizes or giveaways that are pet-related or pet-themed are also acceptable. For example, a handbag with a dog embroidered on it would be acceptable, as would a wall decoration saying "I love my dog".
  3. Sites linking up must be family friendly, i.e. Rated G for Good Doggie, or maybe P.G. for Pretty Good Doggie. Keep it clean!
  4. Prizes and giveaways may stem from contests on your site such as photo contests or scavenger hunts or questions that readers must find answers to, as long as the site is family friendly and the prize is pet-related.
  5. Drawings, sweepstakes, raffles, etc. that award a pet-related prize are acceptable, when linked from a family friendly site.
  6. If you wish to share our rules on your own site, feel free to copy them from All Things Dog Blog's Fido's Freebie Friday post. The rules will be posted there each week. 
Our ridiculously easy rules are:
Pet blogs from around the Internet may link up all their active giveaways on this post each week. We welcome all your pet product giveaway events here. The rules are simple:
  • PLEASE add an end date to your listing. You have up to 45 characters to describe your prize and include an expiration date.
  • Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop is open to posts with prizes for pet products or services, including pet-related or pet-themed items for owners. 
  • Link up using your specific post url to make it easier to find. Please include our badge or a link to your post in your giveaway write up, and ask your readers to tell us who sent them. Your hosts, All Things Dog Blog, Doggies and Stuff and Dogtipper, and To Dog With Love appreciate our links in your posts.

3. How do I put the Fido's Freebie Friday blog hop badge into my post or on my site?
If you use a blogging platform that allows Javascript, copy the code from above into the Html section of your blog post editor, or into a sidebar widget for Html code.
4. Can you help me sign up for the blog hop?
If you've never signed up for a blog hop before, it can be a little scary at first. Just remember that the program will guide you through with prompts. Here's a step by step for the thumbnail type linky list: 
  1. All you need is the link to your specific giveaway post that you wish to list. You will find this URL link in the URL link bar at the top of your computer when you click the title of your post.
  2. Now visit either Doggies and StuffAll Things Dog Blog or Dogtipper or To Dog with Love to locate our Fido's Freebie Friday post. You'll recognize it because it will have the badge inside of it. You can see the same badge that you can see at the top of this page in the sidebar.
  3. Now, scroll to the bottom of the post and look for the "Click here to enter" link. You will find a string of thumbnail images forming. This is the Blog Hop already chugging along.
  4. Click the link that says "Click here to enter".
  5. You'll be prompted to enter (a) your link for your post, (b) a caption for a photo, (c) your email and name.
  6. Next you'll be asked if you want to use a photo from your hard drive or the Internet (pictures from your blog). If you choose Internet, you can select the best photo from your post. A closeup profile-style picture works best for the linky list. This means a vertical photo, not horizontal.
  7. After you click on the photo of your choice, you'll get a cropping tool to adjust the visible area of your picture. Simply move the cropping tool to allow the best visible area. Click "done" when you're finished and your post will be entered into the linky list.
  8. Hit return to go back to the post and get the code at the bottom of the linky list. It says "Get code here".

5. How do I make the links show up on my blog?

Go back to question # 4 and follow these instructions.
6. Why does the hop open on Thursday afternoon, if it is called a Friday blog hop?
In an effort to make it easy for bloggers to participate, even if they work long days, we're opening the hop on Thursday afternoon to allow these folks to link up on Thursday evening, making their giveaways visible to all of our Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop traffic.
The new week's Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop will open each Thursday afternoon by 4 PM. Your links may be added to your pet related giveaways with a link directly to your giveaway post at your blog. 
If you have listed a giveaway at the previous week's Fido's Freebie Friday that is still open to entries, you may wish to link up again each week to assure your event is seen by all of our visitors. This can be done any time after 4 PM ET each Thursday.
8. What can you tell me about the legalities of running giveaways?
We recommend you do your homework on the FTC guidelines, as well as the recently modified rules regarding running your giveaways through Facebook. Take care to protect yourself from problems down the road by making sure you know what you’re getting into and you follow the rules set by government and any applications that you use to promote your event.
Likewise, if you become aware of any issues that we need to attend to, we'd appreciate the courtesy of a private email to alert us. You may reach Carrie, Doreen or Paris at the email addresses in the sidebar.
Another reminder that bears mention is that plagiarism is a crime. Bloggers work hard to write their content and it should never be copied. No matter how much you like XYZ Blog's review, you must write your own evaluation of every product you review.
Photos are another issue to consider. Taking your own pictures of products you review will leave you in the clear. If you choose to use the manufacturer's or vendor's images, be sure to ask permission first. Generally they are willing to allow this for a product review, but it's always best to get this clearance in writing.
Once you've determined your photo route, be sure to acknowledge the owner of all photos. Some photo collections require only a notice on each page of a website, while most would prefer a © notification immediately above or beneath the photo or the article. The more obvious and easy to locate, the less likely you are to encounter a problem.
From time to time, there may be information or news about Fido's Freebie Friday. If we feel the need to contact you, or want to simply notify you of changes, we may do so with your email address or Twitter handle (privately) if we have access to it. Please know that we, in no way, mean to spam you. If you prefer not to receive any updates on the Fido's Freebie Friday events, please send an email to Carrie, Doreen, and Paris, specifying that you are opting out of communications regarding the Fido's Freebie Friday Blog Hop. Our email addresses are in the sidebar.
If you make this decision, we encourage you to watch your Twitter stream for any notification of change to the event. We use the hashtag #FidosFreebieFriday to mention and locate Tweets regarding this weekly promotional event. Doreen, Paris and I thank you for your participation, and hope you find it brings added traffic and is a fun addition for your readers.
If you’re new to reviewing products, you may find it useful to read some review posts on a number of different sites. This will help you understand the differences between various blog niches and how they analyze a product. You’ll want to create a formula for presenting your review that works with your particular blog’s niche, content and readers. This will help you maintain these readers, while offering them additional, valuable information and an opportunity to win free products if they’d like to participate in your giveaway. It's a Win-Win as long as you find your way--both legally and artistically. Enjoy your journey.

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