September Earnings
Updated Oct. 1, 2007

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CafePress: $0.00

Article Writing
Associated Content: $0.00

Get Paid To Programs
CashCrate: $0.00
TreasureTrooper: $0.00

Internet Marketing
AdSense: $0.00
ClickBank: $0.00
Commission Junction: $0.00
Amazon Associates: $0.00

Total October Earnings: $0.00

Total September Earnings: $688.24

Top Money Maker (Sept): CashCrate - $473.26

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
So You Want To Run A Contest
These days it seems that everybody is running a contest on their blog. It's an interesting tactic to market your site. Everyday, in my BlogLines it seems I read about 3 or 4 new contests from blogs I haven't seen. I imagine a properly done contest could boost a sites traffic and rss subscribers greatly if done right.

What do you need to run a successful contest?
Well, blogging basics like good content and well, good content are important. Because let's face it - the purpose of a blog contest is not only to increase traffic and gain exposure for your blog by generating a lot of reviews/links/comments, but to maintain the traffic and readers after the contest is over. You want people to come back and the only way to do that is to simply provide them with information and ideas that they can use. It would suck to get a bunch of traffic during your contest period and then lose it all after the contest ends because you have nothing left to offer. If that were to happen you might need to bribe your readers some more with a new contest.

A nice prize doesn't hurt either.
Different prizes are going to appeal to different people. Some blogs give away links or reviews, some give away iPods. There are books and dvd's to be had, sometimes even cash. Contest Blogger (the blog about you guessed it: contests) is even giving away an autographed copy of Virgin Comics trade paperpack "The Sadhu."

Take a few minutes and try one.
I haven't entered that many contests - but today I came across a contest with a prize that caught my interest. Ben Cook over at the Blogging Experiment is running a contest where you simply have to link to his site with the anchor text "make money blogging" or some variation of that and subscribe to his rss feed.

If, and only if, on September 1st, Feedburner reports that he has at least 150 subscribers to his blog (which on a side note - is similar to this blog in that he is trying to generate an income from his blog, though he gives himself one full year (which is probably a lot smarter and more realistic than 100 days (which I've come to realize might be a stretch, though I'm still determined, and hey, if it takes me 150 days, we still might call that a semi-success))) then he is going to award the winner of the contest the Complete Blogging Package. This package includes a 3 month subscription to the popular Blog Mastermind Mentoring program, a copy of Aaron Wall's $79 dollar SeoBook, and free reviews on and the Authority Blogger Forum.

On top of that, Ben is throwing in some super bonuses for milestones of 250, 500, and 1000 (a $400 dollar review on rss subscribers. Pretty cool, eh? I think so, I like the twist and incentives added. I've got an iPod, you can build links and relationships - but most of these things that will help you in improving your blogging abilities are only going to be had by spending a little money. So why not try to win them for free? Plus, I like Ben's site and plan on following along in his journey and see if he can't help me out a bit in mine.

So maybe you're thinking about running a contest.
Go for it. Just make sure you have the content to back it up. Make sure that people are going to want to participate by offering something of value to them. Make it stand out. It'd suck to run a contest and get two entrants. You might feel a little silly.

Over the next week I'm going to be looking at different contests being run, I might even enter a few. I'm going to look at what's working, and what isn't so that hopefully, by the end of the week I'll be able to launch a small little contest of my own and maybe, just maybe attract more than two entrants.

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About Me: I am a new dad (well, Harper is a year old) and I'm already worried about his college education. Mostly because I'm still paying mine off. My plan is simple - create multiple streams of online income so that the overall amount of all of them comes out to 100 dollars a day. So here it is: each step along the way about how to make $100 a day in 100 days...
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