I’ve run a few contests to promote my blog and most have been successful. The best part is that it didn’t cost me a lot of money or time. I gave away an mp3 player that was laying around my storage box, i’ve given away 5 dollars, and 50 bucks. Nothing over that. I don’t think the dollar amount is the most important thing when holding a contest to promote your blog. I think the most important thing is to keep it simple, fun, and fast.
I’ve found that people don’t want to do much. If you require your reader to link with anchoring texts, or subscribe to rss, or write a review, or signup for something, they click away. Internet users are lazy and you should consider that when you hold your next contest. Make your contest as simple as possible to enter as possible. For starters, just make them write a comment to be entered. You’ll have a 20 comments before you know it.
Making a contest fun is not about giving out t shirts or useless knick knacks. It’s not about creating stupid riviraly or a challenge. It’s about fun. Of course fun is open to interpretation, but i believe there is a universal understanding of fun. Figure out what type of contest would be fun for you and do that type of contest. If you wouldn’t enter your own contest, do you think a stranger will?
I personally believe that blogging contests should end fast. If i have to wait more then a few days or a week to find out if i won or now, i won’t enter. It’s like rebate receipts. I never do these damn thing cause i hate waiting for the rebate check. I know i’m being stupid and wasting money, but i try to avoid rebates cause it’s a pain to fill out and a pain to wait for. And a few times, i’ve had to remail those damn thing and eventually never got it. As time passed, i just forgot about them. Don’t do this with your blog contests.
I have 6 ad slot up for grab via this contest. If you want some free ads on my blog, enter now.