Why You Should Enter These Contests and Giveaways – Send Us YOUR Contest NOW

Any time you see a contest or giveaway that is popular consider that a Maximum Exposure Opportunity. Even if you are not that interested in the prize or feel the odds of winning are slim, never underestimate the value of participating to gain exposure and links.

Perhaps it is the economy or people just love beef; this is one popular giveaway. We found this first contest we’re recommending at Food Renegade where they’re giving away these cuts of beef from the Grass Fed Party Blog:

  • 2 La Cense Beef Petite Sirloin Grass-fed Steaks
  • 2 lbs of La Cense Grass-Fed Ground Beef, and
  • A T-Shirt

Entering this contest supports traditional ranching, could teach you something about the health benefits of grass-fed beef, allows you to showcase your latest blog post, and is highly likely to bring you some new visitors from outside your usual circles. If you win you get to try possibly the best tasting and healthiest steak you’ve ever had. TOMORROW is the LAST DAY so enter now.

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Blogging Contest promoted by GrowMap for Executive Gift Shoppe. Win a $50 Gift Certificate plus FREE coaching and promotion of your blog. All entries will be featured with dofollow links in both their blog and ours.

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$100 Cash prize for the best Blog Improvement Review of Direct Sales Web Marketing

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Would more CASH come in handy? Check out Easy Cash Contests for the latest contests Dennis Edell has found for adding more cash in your pockets.  Today there are currently FIVE active contests listed paying from $50 to up to $750 in cold hard cash.

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Win an Amazon Kindle 2 from Marketing Pilgrim by suscribing to their blog and emailing the secret message they’ll post for a limited time between now and April 5, 2009. Follow @AndyBeal at Twitter to get the Tweet that the message has been posted.

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Doodle

Doodle API Contest To celebrate the launch of the Doodle API, they challenge the Doodle community to develop useful and innovative extensions for Doodle using the API. The contest ends April 14 2009 24:00 CET.

Prizes

  • 1st: A trip to Zurich including a meet-up with the Doodle team and some of our friends at Sun Microsystems. We’ll cover the trip to Zurich and 5 overnight stays.
  • 2nd: One Conference Pass for the 2009 JavaOne Conference
  • 3rd: One Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

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  • Win a Free Copy of the Google Slapper System plus one hour of coaching from Jay Deiboldt Best story left in comments wins. (110 entries to date – Deadline ?)

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To give you maximum time to enter these contests and giveaways we’re publishing this post now and will continue to add new entries as we locate them. Come back often – you never know what we might turn up. Something we find could be just what you’ve always wanted.

P.S. Does anyone have a divider image we could use? We often want to make it easier to locate individual parts of a post like this one. Thanks.

P.P.S.  Leave contests you know about in the comments and we’ll add them to the body of the post.

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Gail Gardner

Small Business Marketing Strategist at GrowMap
Creator and owner of GrowMap.com, Gail is primarily known for mentoring small businesses and encouraging bloggers to join collaborations to share skills and support small business.

Comments

  1. Maryland Roofing says:

    Yes i am agree with you guys. I like this article. This is one of the great article i have ever read. Thanks for the sharing.

  2. Hi, I’m a little late to the table and agree with what has been said above. A contest prize, which seems like a no brainer to bring traffic and people to your site doesn’t always give the results you expect. We have a contest running that’s been up for a bit and haven’t had any outside entries. The contest is to produce a youtube ad for the site and you win some cold hard cash – $300 for the best one!

  3. i agree with you shoe trees.. jointing in this kind of contest can get you earn some extra money.. and not only that you can also have exposure on the public.

  4. entering this kind of contests is a very good opportunity to the bloggers. through this they can earn some extra income plus they can prove their knowledge and skills in writing blogs. so that’s the good point in joining about those contests.

  5. this is a good opportunity to the bloggers.. its a one way to show their skills and knowledge. and the good thing about that is that they can earn by joining the contest plus their earnings through their blogs.. Since the prizes are cool so i hope there are many participants here.

  6. I would love to join the contest, but I was too late.
    .-= Raniologi´s last blog ..ANTARES =-.

  7. I am introducing “Get Your Home Decor” contest”. Once I’m done with all the arrangements, I’d definitely ask you to subscribe. Thanks for the offer.

  8. @Affiliate.solutions I added your contest comment to this post because it is more relevant.

    Internet Strategist’s last blog post..Blog Traffic Up 54.87% in the Last 30 Days: Our Proven Traffic Improvement Strategy

  9. affiliate.solutions says:

    I really liked your blog! You have some great content. Check out my blog,

    Listen I wanted to tell you about this Huge Birthday bash and give away….

    I just got an informed there is a HUGE JV going on right now and its great for everyone. If you haven’t heard about it here is the general idea. One marketer is having every other JV submit a gift ( eBook, software,scripts,etc) which visitors will have the option of downloading (for free). This gives marketers a bunch of exposure and visitors a bunch of free gifts…

    If you haven’t heard about it you might want to check it out. Its only lasting for about a week

    Either Get Free Gifts or Tons of Traffic at http://iamgettingoldfast.com/giveaway/go/2625/jv

    affiliate.solutions’s last blog post..Big Birthday Bash Draws top marketers, tons of traffic, and FREE Gifts for vistors

  10. @Mitch Welcome to the club. You did go on a “commenting jag” and it still didn’t take off so that alone isn’t the answer.

    I sincerely thought that I made sure there was a lot in the contest for the bloggers who participated:

    1. Affiliate links if desired that pay 12%
    2. Personal assistance in learning to use them
    3. Assistance in figuring out what angle would best fit their own niche
    4. $50 gift certificates seemed like a good prize since nearly everyone buys a gift sometime – or could give it away on their own blog – or buy something for themselves
    5. Dofollow links from both the blog offering the contest and here plus featuring them in posts here AND sharing their content at Twitter, FriendFeed and cliKball
    6. Including them in a case study on Local Listing Directories for even more exposure

    Obviously I still did not clearly explain the benefits in a manner that others would be interested. I’ll give it another shot when I figure out what to test next.

  11. First, I’ll let you know that my contest was a flop, probably because it was sort of confusing, even if I had one easy way to get into it, but probably also because it seemed self serving, and not really anything for the readers. A lesson might be how John Chow got people to initially give his blog a lot of juice, but of course that comes with the warning that it could get your blog banned from Google; that would be bad, no matter how well you did, unless you ended up with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, like he eventually did.

    Truthfully, I’m really not sure how to make it easier; I’d have to give it some serious thought. I know one way might be to offer even bigger prizes; can’t think of who it is, but one guy gives away laptops, and gets lots of people participating. But that’s expensive, and who knows if those people stick around, right?

    It’s hard for people to figure out intent on their own. Maybe more visibility as to the intent of the contest might help, but I’m not sure. I do know that one thing you’re probably going to want to do is go on a major blog commenting jag, looking for CommentLuv blogs so that you can make sure you list your contest on a bunch of them. I did that, making sure I posted on at least 50 blogs, though I tend to comment on blogs anyway.

    Other than that,… I’m just not really sure. But I wish you great luck with it.

    Mitch’s last blog post..Pop Crunch

  12. @Mitch I forgot to mention that I saw the contest as a way to assist bloggers to learn to use affiliate programs and DID offer one-on-one free assistance to anyone who asked. Since we know most bloggers do hope to make money blogging I expected more interest.

    I am also planning to do a case study on the effect of Local Listing Directories on growth, visibility and search engine positions. I was hoping someone would enter the contest who would benefit from that as well.

  13. @Mitch Thank you so much for this reply. I seriously do want to know why bloggers aren’t supporting this contest. Maybe they DO think we’re asking for a paid review which was never our intent.

    We were hoping bloggers would check out the gift site, see that he really does have good prices and excellent testimonials and products related to their niche (the selection is HUGE) and find something they would sincerely like to have from the products he sells.

    There is always a way to write about someone you feel strongly deserves promoting in the context of what your blog is about – always. But that requires creativity – a talent our schools consistently stamp out of students whenever possible.

    Let me seem to go off topic here without actually going off topic. There is a GREAT book called Don’t Make Me Think that I believe everyone with a site or involved in developing sites should have. It explains that people hate to think. I even have a favorite quote: “2% of people think, 3% THINK they think and 95% would rather DIE than think.” Herein lies our challenge.

    I know that most people have great difficulty figuring out how to even add a link to your blog. If that isn’t simple enough – and obviously it isn’t – contests are challenging to promote.

    Since we can’t make it much simpler than that our saving grace is having smarter readers; however, many of those smarter readers are too busy, don’t need to participate in contests, or prefer not to so we’re back to few entries.

    Personally I’d rather take my chances with subjective judging by an intelligent blogger than bet the odds. That is just me though.

    Also, perhaps I should have been more explicit. We’d love to give out more than one $50 gift certificate. He might even consider one for every sincere blog post that was written. Unless I can find a way to get ANY blog posts that won’t happen – but from the start is was certainly a possibility.

    Now that I understand the issues do you have any suggestions for what would work? It really is a good store run by an honest person who gives excellent service. He has a new baby and the economy is affecting his business as it is many others. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your insights and thanks in advance for any ideas you might share.

  14. Well, here’s the thing about “easy”. I won’t enter a contest where I have to write a review about a site to get an entry. To me, that’s almost like a “paid” review, without a guarantee of payment, and I’m not doing it. When I held my contest, every got an entry just for commenting on the original post. I also gave an extra entry for other things, one being to mention, and only mention, my newest blog in a post; they didn’t even have to link to it. Yet, with that, only two people did it, probably because people couldn’t figure out how to get it into a post where it didn’t look blatant or out of place; that meant it wasn’t simple anymore.

    I also won’t enter contests where the prize will be based on something subjective. For instance, our friend Dennis’ latest contest is for the best idea, and I’ve done that before, but in the end, it’s up to Dennis to decide what’s best, and, well, it’s possible that any idea I give may not only be pretty good, which gives Dennis free advice (I don’t begrudge him for that, I’m only talking about in general), but once again I might not get a single thing out of it. In my mind, it’s simpler to pay someone $1 for a ticket for a $100 drawing, because I know I have an equal chance of winning that without it being subjected to someone else’s thoughts.

    That’s what I mean by simple. Not that what you’re doing isn’t your right, obviously, but to me, it’s still not really an equal chance for anyone to win, because it’s mainly up to how you feel about what people might write about your product, whichever product it is. See what I mean? That, plus your product might not fit someone else’s blog, in which case they look like, forgive the words but my mind thinks it’s funny on a Saturday night, “contest whore”. lol

    Mitch’s last blog post..Visa Black Card

  15. @Mitch It is always wise to be selective about how we spend our time and whether we wish to be associated with any particular sites.

    Do you have any advice for us on how to interest bloggers in this contest?

    We DID simplify it to any post about a product from Executive Gifts. I don’t know how we could make it any simpler than that. Do you?

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  16. I find that I’m perspicacious when it comes to choosing which contests to enter. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve never just signed up for everything. I guess it depends on what someone wants me to do; make it easy, and I mean super easy, and I’ll probably be there.

    Mitch’s last blog post..The Keys

  17. @wientjens When you start your blog I have some great tips for you. I’ve been researching the best platform (WordPress), the best Theme (Thesis), the most important plugins (you’ll need over a dozen of them) and much more. It isn’t simple to do blogging really well.

    @Leigh Thanks for letting us know about your contest. As I explained above to Cesar, getting a contest off the ground is really tough. I can tell you that the average response rate FOR ANYTHING (online or off) is 1-2%. You are likely to get 1-2 entries for every 100 views.

    Executive Gift’s contest makes a good case study. They’re offering a $50 gift certificate for the most creative post about anything they offer. Nothing we’ve tested so far as generated a single entry – even though the odds of winning their last contest turned out to be 100%!

    We spend 100% of our time promoting online and have a Twitter profile with an influence in the top 1-2% (It slides up and down.) Our intention was to promote any blog willing to enter the contest.

    We’ll share their blog and posts at Twitter, FriendFeed and cliKball where we have excellent followings. We were hoping to locate some local businesses and grow their businesses through our Local Listing service – something we charge $200 to do (and rarely do because it takes so much time to do it right)!

    We will also feature those blogs in posts here and send them readers and potential subscribers. If nothing else they’ll gain incoming links. And still there are no entries.

    People apparently do not understand how pay it forward works. That by supporting others they themselves benefit. Until now this blog has never been monetized. We spend all our time assisting others for free. Rarely do we ask for anything – and we’re not even asking for ourselves.

    Executive Gift Shoppe is owned by a great guy with a new baby. The economy is affecting even his business and that is why we were hoping to lift up both his business AND the bloggers who participate’s businesses.

    I know how busy everyone is; however, I honestly haven’t figured out why at least some don’t see the value in having someone who dedicates 100% of their time to promoting others promote them.

    If anyone knows the answer I’d love to hear it. Perhaps I’ve gone about this in a way that annoys you? Or some don’t understand? Or you just don’t want to participate. What do YOU think? I’m all ears.

    InternetStrategist’s last blog post..Question: When Does Entering a Blogging Contest Give You More Than You Contribute?

  18. I just started experimenting with contests on my blog. This is my first.

    Share Your First Day of School Memories and Win an After School Snack!
    http://tinyurl.com/bnxy5q

    While I’ve had lots of people reading it, not many have responded. I’m curious to find out why. I mean, who can say no to a box of gourmey cookies and brownies?

  19. wientjens says:

    Sounds like a great opportunitie for people with blogs, im gonna start a blog for my compagny when i have the time for it!

  20. @Dennis I am working on a compilation of Top Commentator contests which I thought of because of you. Can’t believe I forgot your cash contest blog. I’ll add it above.

    @Cesar It is extremely challenging to start contests even for established blogs. Dennis (who commented just above you) has a well established blog that sponsored an excellent contest with all kinds of prizes. Even when he extended the deadline the participation was far less than I expected it would be because Dennis did everything right in setting it up and promoting it.

    Your time would almost certainly be better spent participating in existing contests at least for now. Your entries in well-supported contests will bring you more visitors and potential subscribers and buyers than holding your own contest.

  21. Thanks for these opportunities. I wonder if I should start a contest already even if my site age is just 2 months old.

    Cesar’s last blog post..The Tnomeralc Web Design Toys

  22. Thanks GM, greatly appreciated. :)

    You could periodically check out or subscribe to my cash contest blog…link below. On that note, if you also hear of any cash inclusive contests I’d appreciate a heads up.

    Dennis Edell’s last blog post..$50 For A Quickie Book “Review” – Affiliate Links Allowed!

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