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The Super Simple Guide to getting Freebizmags (And Mercury Mags) Subscriptions - the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Myths Busted! Ballons Burst! Check it out!

But before all that, here's a brief warning dated November 5, 2011:
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BEWARE - Freebizmags has been sending out emails that are actually Fronts for companies they partner with. They offer a "FREE" mag but when you get to the end, you see it is either a "Perpetual renewal" (meaning, they auto-bill you each year) or.. there is a 99 cent shipping & handling fee atttaches as well as possibly a Perpetual renewal.

Remember, check the deal out throurghly if it looks different from the usual Freebizmags or Mercury Mag format. In these tough times, even these companies are trying to squeeze an extra buck out here and there. We see Freebizmags doing it by FRONTING offers from other players such as MY BONUS CENTER whih is not THEM. However, they get paid a per cap fee for every sucker who buys one of those $5 a year subs that they could likely get free if they just waited a couple of days, weeks or months.

Please read the fine print before posting offers with catches, folks. If it ain't directly from FBM, look closely.

Again. Freebizmags has lately been trying to increase their income by FRONTING offers for other providers. BEWARE of that. FBM still offers plenty of decent, totally free mags but just like the TRADE MAGS (Controlled Circulation Publications) they toss in your path during the reuqest questionaire, they are now tossing in these "Partner" offers AFTER the questionaire and in emails to you.

[COLOR="rgb(75, 0, 130)"]Be wise and Beware.[/COLOR]
NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED BUSTING OF FREEBIZMAGS AND MERCURYMAGS MYTHS -- -

Introduction: Freebizmagazines is a great site that offers "free" subscriptions to both Trade Magazines and Consumer Magazines. Mercury Mags is another one just like it that was begun by former FreebizMag employees. They earn their money by increasing the circulation of Trade magazines also known in publishing as Controlled Circulation Titles. To do that, they offer you good magazines, hereafter referred to as 'Consumer magazines' such as Town & Country Magazine, Guitar Player, Outdoor Life, MAD, VIBE, American Angler, American Cowboy, Cucina Italiana, Log Cabin Living, Elle Decor, Old House Journal, Upscale, Horticulture, Radar, Tennis, Computer Games, etc., etc.

Their goal is to lure you in with the free Consumer Magazine offer and then, while you are signing up, get you to agree to receive one or more Trade Magazines during the application process. All of us have fallen for this at the beginning because there are many myths on freebie sites about Freebizmags. I have believed some of them myself and even perpetuated a few back when I was still gullible. (please forgive me for I am heartily sorry and do repent).

However, it is my goal today to save you, the Noob, from all such myths and to keep your mailbox free of Silly Trade Mags (unless of course you actually WANT to receive Spot-Welding Illustrated or Miniature Vegetables Monthly)



Here we go -- How to get started:

If you are new to Freebizmags, find an offer that seems valid - One where experienced Slick Dealers say "Thanks, got it." Then, click on link:

Type in the name you use for mag subs and an email addy you actually check every day, preferably one you have set aside just for Freebizmags. You want a real email addy cuz Freebizmags sends account holders fresh links to free Consumer magazine offers at least once or twice a week.

Then, you are faced with the first hurdle: what to write as your Business info. You should be honest and try and figure out what to select for your own profession (something I did) .

UPDATE: Another slick dealer, Nightvessel, has suggested that I am trying to coach other Slickdealers to lie about their profiles to, in effect, get something they don't qualify for otherwise. Nope - nothing doing! Telling the truth about what you do in your profile gets you just as many magazines as you would if you simply made up a profile for the sake of ease of application. Let me be clear - there is NO advantage to lying or making up a profile. Whatever you enter you will still get offered the same consumer magazines unless you choose a profile that doesn't mesh with their software enough to allow that software to sift thru possible biz mag offers and toss some in your general direction, kind of like a fart on Monty Python! The only thing that would change with the profile is the Trade magazine titles they offer you. Therefore, there's no advantage in choosing one profile over another. Any profiles offered in this thread are for the purpose of showing you an example only.


In the past, many slick dealers have advocated using a Student Profile such as this one:
Keep in mind, however, that both FBM and Mercury have begun refusing the offer to students using the student profile. if you have a part-time job, you might wish to use that as your profile instead.


Student profile:

Other
.....Student
..........Other
...............Student
....................Student



UPDATE 7/11/06: The Other/Student/Other profile no longer seems to work and for good reason. Why would a company that makes its money referring you to Business trade mags want students to get their lure offers of consumer mags? Please use some other profile and stick with it if you want to be sure of being offered magazines. Use your part time job or the last job you held if you are currently unemployed. Really, it makes little difference what you use so long as it permits their software to toss some trade mag choices in your general direction, kinda like a fart on Monty Python. N'sM

MYTH NUMBER ONE: "There are special combinations that qualify your for certain FBM offers" (However, for some specialized titles, some users swear on their parent's graves that a specific profile might matter but this is highly debatable and unlikely... read posts to this thread for examples.)

>>>>BUZZER NOISE<<<<

Wrong! In general, there are no magic combos, just a couple of DUD profiles as reported by dozens of other experienced slick dealers. DUD profiles could be student profiles or Retired profiles. if you are a student and don't know what to pick, you may want to choose a profile that matches your part-time job, the last job you held or, the job you are educating yourself for. if you are retired, you might try creating a profile for your former profession.

Any legitimate combo should get you any mag if indeed there are subscriptions to be had. (This may not be true for a very few special mags, but it is true for the vast and overwhelming of them) It's best to stick with one profile that you find works well for you.

Not sure how to describe what it is that you do? Need a sample profile to look at? Well, here's one �and is an actual profile from my next-door neighbor:

Communications/Utlility
.....Radio/Broadcasting
..........Advertising/Sales
...............Avdertising
....................Account Manager

If you are a teacher this is one way to do the profile:

Education
.....Education
..........School/Library
...............Education
....................Educator



Okay ... now if this is your first try opening a FBM account, you will get a page which at the top SHOULD ideally show the mag you were hoping to get at the top of the page highlighted in yellow with a check next to the box. EDIT 1/02/08 Lately due to a software change, you have to manually add the check yourself. If you see that, that's a good thing. That means you will get the magazine if you can make it through the next few hurdles.

If you are a returning client, you will have been prompted to put in your password before you get this screen. Again, if the mag you were hoping for is pictured at the top of the page - YOU WIN.. you get the sub. now proceed.


Next you will see all these other options and offers. SAY NO TO ALL OF THEM. Make sure you check "No Thanks, or NO or "None of The above' to any and all questions. DO NOT BE TEMPTED TO ACCEPT ANYTHING.. Not even the free sub to BabyTalk.. it will just side-track you with a bunch of qualifying questions. SAY NO NO NO To Everything!! Do not say "Okay send a letter to Washington on my behalf. Do not say YES to any sweeps entries or email newsletter subscriptions. KEEP SAYING NO! NO NO NO! Got it?? GOOD.

EDIT 2/07/06: Sometimes it is OK to say YES but only under very special circumstances. Please see the next post in this thread for the one time you can say YES. there isn't room here

You will also be asked to give the first letter of the State where you were born, the first letter of your dad's first name or some other piece of info which serves as an online signature that you are really you. Do it. You should not have to put the year of your birth if you followed my above instructions which were to SAY NO NO NO TO EVERYTHING! They only need that if you fell prey to the dumb offer for the Free career Kit. SAY NO and move on!

Say no no no, go to bottom of page click Submit.


If you are new, it will bring you to a page where you have to fill out your business addy and home addy. Fill them both out with the same address if you don't want to use your real business addy. You must put some business name and some phone number. I usually put my Area code plus all zeros. Then, under Alternate/Home address, I put my real address. It will ask you to enter a password too if this is your first time.

Remember, in the future, you will always be checking off 'SEND TO HOME ADDRESS" so it doesn't matter what business name you put. If you have no business just put in the word "Resident".

When you finish, check off 'Send to home address' and click submit.

You will get a confirming page showing where your mag sub is going and a button to click that says CONTINUE. Click it. That will bring you to a confirmation page that says THANK YOU... blah blah blah. Print that for your records. You are done.



Now, next time you see a FREEBIZMAGS offer, click on the link � fill out your name, email and profile (which you have made note of somewhere I hope), hit enter, then enter password. IF YOU DON'T SEE THE MAG YOU WANTED AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.... There are no more freaking subs - STOP THERE - DO NOT go on. If you go on, you risk accepting some dumb Trade Mags. Just because the link works and permits you to enter your info does not mean there are subs to be had. If you don't see the desired mag after you enter your password - No Mag Sub for you. Quit while you are ahead.

Class dismissed for now.

Next lesson:
What is that Akami Crap in front of the web address for FBM links?
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For the OTHER Mythbusting thread, go here to the sadly archived thread on REWARDS GOLD which used to be MAG CENTRAL. Sadly, it has now been archive but there's good and detailed info there. Please look it up when you are done reading this!



Mythbusting MagCentral (now RewardsGold) plus all about free mag sub offers how they work and why
http://archive.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=111530
http://archive.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?t=111530

Thanks Ganglia for updating the link back in March 2010
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I would like to say a big thanks to all the above posts.. I have successfully gotten subs from Mercury and FBM, but never realized it's important to keep track of the sponsors!

I too am not keen on providing false title/business etc,and appreciate Nualas Mom, about keeping it honest!

Now I know my next remark is off topic..but did anyone ever receive the Town and Country offered though Mercury or FBM a while back?

Again ..thanks for everything..
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There's a good reason for doing this which is - FBM sells your name and info over and over and over again and sometimes this results in good things coming your way related to your industry. At my private P.O. Box I use for my business addy on FBM (and which is the addy for my part-time business), I have gotten invitations to local business events, posctards with significant discount codes on supplies related to my business, free tickets to Trade shows and a lot of weird little gifty chotchkies from office suppliers and business machine companies. I know they got my name from FBM becuase I use a unique abbrevation of my title on my FBM account. I did that just to see who they were selling my name to.
I'm new to the Free Magazine forum and just read through this thread but I have one question- how much mail (spam/junk in particular but useful stuff as well) do you generally receive as a result of your name/address/info being sold from signing up for a free magazine subscription? I'm all for free magazines but I'm wondering if it's worth having my info circulated.
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I'm new to the Free Magazine forum and just read through this thread but I have one question- how much mail (spam/junk in particular but useful stuff as well) do you generally receive as a result of your name/address/info being sold from signing up for a free magazine subscription? I'm all for free magazines but I'm wondering if it's worth having my info circulated.
I have only signed up for free consumer magazines (trade mags bore me; I avoid Mercury, which requires you to sign up for one). I've been doing this for almost a year now and have only gotten the amount of junk mail that you would associate with a paid magazine subscription. Which is minimal -- a couple of offers to renew your subscription at a discounted rate, and maybe a small advertisement for a related magazine from the same publisher. But really, consumer magazines don't need to send out junk mail -- they're funded by advertisements in the magazine itself!

There's also minimal spam. The only email I get from freebizmag and RewardsGold (beyond confirmations of offers I've signed up for) is notifications of new offers those sites are posting. That amounts to maybe one email twice a month, mostly from freebizmag. Freebizmag and RewardsGold are the only free magazine sites that I trust, by the way, so I can't speak for other sites (though I haven't heard any complaints here about Mercury).

Another fact: 1% of a typical consumer magazine's income comes from selling its subscriber list. Those include paid subscribers and you.
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Quote from Nuala'sMom :
The Super Simple Guide to getting Freebizmags (And Mercury Mags) Subscriptions - the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Myths Busted! Ballons Burst! Check it out!

Introduction: Freebizmagazines is a great site that offers "free" subscriptions to both Trade Magazines and Consumer Magazines. Mercury Mags is another one just like it that was begun by former FreebizMag employees. They earn their money by increasing the circulation of Trade magazines also known in publishing as Controlled Circulation Titles.
Am I right in thinking that it's not possible to take up any of the Mercury offers nowadays without also taking one of the trade magazines as well? I couldn't get past that part of the the signup procedure last couple of times I tried their offers.

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If that is too much for yo to bother with, you can keep a log book - something I picked up from other slick dealers years ago. Just used lined paper and keep a sheet like this:


Name of magazine---------Date Ordered--------Source------term of subscription (1 yr, 2 yr etc)


I keep separate sheets for each source myself but you don't have to. I find its easier to have one page for StartSampling, one for Value Mags, one for Mercury, one for FBM, and one for misc soruces.
Personally I'm now in the world of Google Documents for all this sort of thing!

It's just like the pieces of paper except you can Google for them when you lose them :-)

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Am I right in thinking that it's not possible to take up any of the Mercury offers nowadays without also taking one of the trade magazines as well? I couldn't get past that part of the the signup procedure last couple of times I tried their offers.

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You know, it's been so long since I've bothered with Mercury that I hadn't noticed that at all. Let me go and see what I can disacover about that and get back to you.

Thank you VERY MUCH for bringing this up. it's an important change if it's valid.
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Am I right in thinking that it's not possible to take up any of the Mercury offers nowadays without also taking one of the trade magazines as well? I couldn't get past that part of the the signup procedure last couple of times I tried their offers.

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this is a big part of why i've always stuck with the "retired" profile... i never get offers for trade mags
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I never got back to the person asking about Mercury Mags but I have gone and gotten some of the newer offers and I have not had a problem ordering the Consumer magazine for free without agreeing to take a trade mag. It could have been a temporary glitch but whatever it was, it's gone now.


Vocabulary:

Consumer Magazine -- The magazine dangled in front of you as the free offer to tempt you into the system that throws offers for trade mags at you

Trade magazine - a controlled circulation magazine that is free to qualified readers and that companies such as FBM and Mercury get paid a per head fee to lure into accepting a sub. They Pre-qualify you based on your profile. The trade Mag publisher makes the final decision but they pay FBM and Mercury a fee that varies per title for each NEW name they add to the subscriber rolls. Trade Magazines often do allow paid subscriptions to unqualified readers but mostly are distributed for free to readers within that industry or business.

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wow, a lot of info here.
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Hey. I got this from my email:

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Don't forget to apply for your free trade magazines

Recently, you visited freebizmag.com and provided your business profile. We noticed that you did not complete your application. Maybe you didn't have time right at that moment and were planning to return later.

We know your time is valuable. We invite you to return to freebizmag to apply for your free magazines when it's most convenient. No need to fill in your business profile again. Simply click on this link or paste into your browser.
http://www.freebizmag.com/display...6200278463

freebizmag has been helping our members manage their trade magazine subscriptions for the last 5 years.

It's FREE.
All of the trade magazines offered on freebizmag.com are absolutely FREE.

It's easy.
Just click here and we'll show you the items that are available for you based on your profile.

Save time.
You can subscribe to all of the items you select by filling out one form.
No more filling out multiple forms, answering the same questions again and again.

Hold on to this email to return to freebizmag when you're ready. We're always open.

Thank you,
freebizmag.com

PS - Join all of the freebizmag members and experience the fast, easy, and efficient way to subscribe to your trade publications. Click here to return to freebizmag.
I don't see a "No" button and when I click continue, it pops up saying this message
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Please select an item before you click Submit.
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Justan - if you go to a Freebizmags offer, see that the consumer mag isn't available and quit there, you will generate an email invitation such as above.

It is their attempt to get you to come on back so they can once again attempt to toss some Trade Mags at you. These emails do NOT mention any COnsumer magazine to be offered, only TRADE Magazines.

Just delete these emails - they are auto-generated and you will get them every time you don't complete an FBM offer for whatever reason. If you actually clicked on the link and can't get out of the loop, just close the page and be done with their sneaky deaky attempt to rope you back in for Trade mags!.




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Justan - if you go to a Freebizmags offer, see that the consumer mag isn't available and quit there, you will generate an email invitation such as above.

It is their attempt to get you to come on back so they can once again attempt to toss some Trade Mags at you. These emails do NOT mention any COnsumer magazine to be offered, only TRADE Magazines.

Just delete these emails - they are auto-generated and you will get them every time you don't complete an FBM offer for whatever reason.




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Okay. Thank you. I thought my profile was actually incomplete. I will delete that message now.
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Just wanted to say thanks for the info you've shared, in this thread, & the trouble you've gone to, to share it, Nuala'sMom! I've been dealing with these free magazine companies for several years, now (happily, btw), & your OP had helpful-to-me info, even after my experience.

Thumbs up! worship
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I recently received this in my email.

http://www.freebizmag.com/emailtr...elcome.htm

Is this a trade magazine promotion? I should just delete this message right?
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I recently received this in my email.

http://www.freebizmag.com/emailtr...elcome.htm

Is this a trade magazine promotion? I should just delete this message right?

Yes, FBM will send those links out from time to time just to try and suck you into applying for business mags or trade mag subs for which they get a per head fee. If there is NO CONSUMER MAGAZINE OFFERED, skip it.



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Yes, I answered this question just to keep this thread from going into the archive. Howevr, the answer is still true!

This is a useful thread for newbies.
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