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Grilled Chile-Lime Chicken

Ingredients

2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small jalapeño chile, seeded, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/4 lb)
Directions

1 To make marinade, in shallow glass or plastic dish, or resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix all ingredients except chicken.
2 Between pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper, place each chicken breast smooth side down; gently pound with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick. Add chicken to marinade; turn to coat. Cover dish or seal bag; refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours.
3 Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Cover and grill chicken over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning once, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut.

Blogger Vs. Small Business

Some of you may be aware that there is a huge drama going on right now in the Blogger world vs. Bargain Hound and Beef Jerky.com. For those that have not had the pleasure reading it here is the post:

http://bargainhoundblog.com/the-beef-jerky-giveaway-has-been-cancelled

As a blogger and a business owner I can see both sides of this situation. Greg thought he would get thousands of followers based on past giveaways he saw on the blog. He had no understanding of how rafflecopter worked and really did not do his homework, huge mistake. My question is “Why is he so obsessed with likes on Facebook?” Don’t get me wrong Facebook is a wonderful thing for any business however just because 5,000 people like your page doesn’t mean 5,000 people like your business or you for that matter. Facebook is as deceiving to small business owners as rafflecopter can be. Small businesses are to obsessed looking at how many likes a page has before they will do business with a blogger than what they should really be concerned with. I did a blog layout contest with a blog and the blogger wrote me and said “I have 10,000 likes on Facebook and would love to do a contest.” Sure it sounded great! I could reach 10,000 people but is that true? No! Especially with the new Facebook settings. These are the questions I asked back:

1. Do you have a good fan base? Do they comment on your posts? Interact with you on Facebook?

2. How many Giveaways have you done in the last month?

3. Do you have twitter? Pinterest? Stumble Upon?

4. Do you have a loyal following?

Why did I ask these questions? Simple, I wanted to know how many people were actually going to look at my page. Let’s face it when people join rafflecopter contests or any contests for that matter all the do is hit like. They don’t even have to look at your page. The like button is right there. When you post something it gets buried under hundreds of posts on peoples walls. So who is really seeing it? Also, when a blogger has 15 giveaways in a month I know their followers are mainly people that want to win things, not people that really take the time to read the posts. If a blogger has Stumble Upon or Pinterest I know they have a really good way of getting my name out there. Having a lot of Facebook fans does not equal a lot of publicity. When I join a rafflecopter giveaway I hit like, I never even see the company’s page. Even having a follower to go to their page does not equal publicity because most of the time you go, pick a product, run back, comment and go on with the entries.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with this process in any way. What I am saying is that companies, especially small businesses that want publicity, need to start making better decisions. Ask questions, quit worrying about the amount of followers, Facebook likes, etc. Make sure the blog is a busy blog and people actually visit it, leave comments, etc before jumping in the ship. It would keep a lot of misunderstandings away. This blog is not busy and if you notice I don’t have a lot of giveaways. There is a reason for that. I try to smart blog. I handpick my giveaways, not for the exposure but because I want to bring my loyal readers some fantastic giveaways and a lot of my readers are in a different community and may not ever see those giveaways. I have a very highly successful blog called Til’ We Read Again and I ran it the same way. I want to have fun but sometimes even fun has to be done smartly.

I for one think Bargain Hound did an amazing job with this guy. It was his fault even though he blamed everyone  but himself. He is worried about the publicity ruining his business but I would be more worried about how he makes those decisions if I was him. Making a business decision from your phone at your nieces wedding is not good and any smart business person knows that. If he made a decision like that once, he will do it again. That is why I wrote this post. I can’t stress enough that you need to make smart decisions in this community. Quit looking at the numbers and start looking at the loyalty because in the end it is not your numbers that matter, it is who actually placed an order, who actually visits your site and who actually takes the time to comment. That is where your true numbers come from. Publicity is great and I have seen a lot of companies become a success over night thanks to blogger. I mean we rock, plain and simple. However, if you don’t make smart decisions you are just wasting your time and I think Greg knows that now.  Because not only did he lose those likes he would have gotten he now has a bad name in a community that could have really helped him.

Til’ We Dish Again,

Rebelle