Contests I've Won In Last 2 Months
|Where ||What||Approx. Value|
|Daily Moolah||SEO Book||$79|
|Top Secret Blogger||$100 Cash||$100|
|Blue Jar||$62 Cash||$62|
|David Airey||Custom Logo/Header |
One Hour Consultation
Revolution WP Theme
|Avg Joe Blogger||Text Link Ad||$5|
|John Cow||Nintendo Wii |
|Rhys Wynne||Ad Icon||$2|
|Contest Blogger||"The Secret" book||$13.17|
|John Cow||300 x 250 Ad Block||$75.00|
I've been on a bit of a streak lately, winning quite a few blog contests. Several people have asked, "How do you do it?" Well, I decided to share my methods in a post instead of 23 email responses.
Follow The Rules
Bloggers who run contests put rules in place for a reason, usually SEO related. If a blog post is required for entry, there will usually be rules for how many links are required and the anchor text to use. These linking requirements accomplish a few different objectives.
- Increase traffic to the blog.
- Increase exposure of the contest.
- Improve the contest sponsor's Search Engine Ranking.
- Gain exposure for the contest sponsor's website.
Contests are run for business objectives not just for funzies. If the entries don't receive the required links they usually will not be counted. Make sure you link properly.
Sometimes larger contests have additional requirements. The John Cow contest for the Nintendo Wii required the contestant to sign up as an affiliate of the sponsor. The reason for these requirements is obvious but, I guaranty you, a lot of the people who thought they had entered did not get counted because they didn't sign up as an affiliate.
Use Every Entry Method Allowed
It's very common for contests to have multiple methods of entry. Often the rules will be something like this:
- Comment on the contest post for 1 entry.
- Mention the contest in a post for 3 entries.
- Write a full blog post about the blog or contest for 5 entries.
- Subscribe to RSS feed for 2 entries.
Surprisingly, a lot of bloggers will leave a comment for one entry and forget to do anything else. In every contest I have won, I have used every opportunity available for entry. If the prize is worth winning, why not make every effort to win it?
Take The Time To Actually Enter
I know this seems simple and I certainly don't mean to insult your intelligence, but have you ever seen a post about a cool contest and thought, "Cool, I need to enter this one."? I know I have. Don't you feel like a moron when you realize you missed it? I know I do.
The way to avoid this issue is to go ahead and write the post. Save it as a draft if you don't want to post it right away. If you wait, you stand a good chance of getting busy and forgetting about it until the winner is announced.
If you don't feel it's worth your effort to enter blog contests, the totals above show at least $750 in winnings over two months. I don't know about you but that beats the snot out of anything I ever made with AdSense. If you will follow these simple tips I guaranty you it will increase your odds of winning the next blog contest you enter.
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