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Make Big Money Online Winning Contests

August 6, 2007

Guest post by Matthew Henrickson

In my last post, Create Buzz for your Website with a Contest, I mentioned that you can really drive traffic, build links, or get RSS feed readers for your website with a contest. Its fun, simple, easy and most importantly it works.

Because it works so well, many bloggerss have been hosting contests, and some prizes are really appealing.

To make contests successful they really have to be easy. Bloggers are giving away large sums of money and prizes, and making it easy to win. There isn’t much of a reason NOT to enter when the reward is so high.

Win Money Entering Contests

By spending very little time entering in contests, I have personally won well over 100$ and smaller prizes including a very nice MP3 player.

In most of these contests it does take a little bit of luck, but if you enter a contest everyday, you are bound to win something. Even if it isn’t something you exactly want, you can turn around and give it away on your own blog.

Big Prizes to be Won

Blogs like INVESP are doing huge cash prize giveaways. There is 400$ up for grabs! To win that contest you must subscribe to their RSS feed. Sometime in the month of August, they will post a ‘secret word’ in their RSS feed. When you see the word you email it to contest@invesp.com. One lucky person who sends the secret word to that email will be randomly selected to win. If you win, make sure you are a member of their mybloglog community, so you can receive the full 400$.

Not Every Contest Can Do That

Not everyone can afford to give away 400$, but say you win the contest. You can turn around and re-invest 100$ of that money on your own contest. If you can market the contest right you can expect quite a few linkbacks and RSS Feed Subscribers.

Everyone likes free stuff, especially free money.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 6/22/2007

June 22, 2007

I had a very busy week this week. It was my five year old’s birthday this week, I worked on the design of my new money making project, and kept busy with a lot of other things. Anyway, here are some of the articles I read this week that I thought would be of interest to you…

The Things That Get You Successful Won’t Necessarily Keep You That Way
Wendy’s post was very interesting for me, because I have been facing this problem. My problem may be slightly different, because I feel like my online business direction was better BEFORE I started blogging. Wendy asked some good questions and because of Wendy’s post I found out Darren had posted some advice for Wendy:

7 Reflections on Scaling a Blog to a Sustainable Business
Darren makes some good points and I think this post will be very helpful for people in Wendy’s situation.

Because of Darren’s post, I found Desty’s post:
The Perils of Owning a Growing Business
Desty’s answer is REALLY good. It is what Rich Schrefen talked about in his Internet Manifesto series, it is what Alex Mandossian has been talking about for years, and just about every other Internet Marketer/business person will tell you that you need to build systems. It’s something I have known about for a long time, but never implemented. It’s time for me to build some systems….

Better Blog Branding: Is Your Brand Breaking Promises?
Chris’ post came at a great time for me. This blog is taking a slightly new direction, because of all the guest bloggers that have been signing up to write guest posts. Chris’ post reminded me that I don’t want to take it easy because of the guest bloggers. You still expect to hear from me and you will. What the guest blogging will do is allow me to make this an even better resource for you.

Increase Google Rankings, Backlinks And Advertise For Free
My friend Garry Conn has a very creative blog link exchange program going on. Go check it out if you are interested in getting more links to your blog.

Never stop experimenting
This was one of several good posts I read this week by Martin Reed. I came across his blog when I was doing some online searching. He mentioned that you could even try changing your writing style. Changing my writing style is something I think about ALL the time on this blog. I much prefer to write stuff like this, and this. I guess I should go ahead and try to be funny more often on this blog. What’s the worse thing that can happen? Google won’t penalize me for having a bad sense of humor, will they?

Use Blog Directories and RSS Aggregators To Build Links To Your Blog

May 30, 2007

This is the 4th installment of the blog traffic series...

Once you have chosen the right niche and picked the right domain name for your blog, there are tons of steps you can take next to increase your blog traffic.

I believe that one of the biggest reasons for the instant success of our 2006 Torino Olympics blog was the fact that I submitted it to almost all of the directories and RSS aggregators on Robin Good’s list of RSS directories

Side Note: I mentioned Robin’s list all the way back in my first post on this blog in July of 2005 and it’s still as useful now as it was then. That is a sign of a great blog post!

I think this step is crucial for blogs that are “one time” event blogs like our 2006 winter olympic blog was. On the other hand, if your blog isn’t a one time event blog then this step can still help you to get extra traffic to your blog.

Submitting your blog to these directories helps the Search Engines find links to your blog. Not only that, but many people use the RSS feed aggregators to find recent news. If your blog posts are being added to tons of RSS feed aggregators, then your blog is more likely to be found. Especially if you add it to Technorati.

Additionally, having your posts listed in various RSS feed aggregators will help with the Search Engine optimization of your blog. I don’t want to go into all the reasons that RSS aggregators help your blog’s SEO, but I will say that one reason is because it helps your blog avoid the dreaded Google Sandbox.

If you don’t want to submit your blog to all of the directories and RSS aggregators on Robin’s list, then I suggest that at a very minimum you submit your blog to Technorati. In my mind, Technorati is the most important feed aggregator.

Note: In addition to being the 4th post in my blog traffic series, this is an entry into Fit For Freedom’s group writing project (link building tips).

Do-Follow Plug-in – Your Comments Now Pass Page Rank To You

May 23, 2007

I have been wanting to do this for a while now, because I despise the no-follow tag. It was a ridiculous creation, destined to be abused. That is why I am SO glad that I just activated the Do-Follow WordPress plug-in.

The do-follow plug-in removes the no-follow attribute from all of the links in your blog’s comments. Not only does this make me happy, but it should encourage you to comment more on this blog. The links you provide in the comments “count” to the Search Engines.

Either way, it’s a win-win plug-in in my eyes…

Internet Marketing Tips From The Web 5/11/2007

May 11, 2007

Here is some of the reading I did this week. I also really enjoyed many of the top 5 posts in Darren’s group writing project…

The Paid Link Blog Meme
Excellent counter to Google’s position on paid links. Found via Andy Beard. The truth of the matter is that the Search Engines have to come up with a revolutionary way to rank sites. The current methods won’t be acceptable five years from now.

Indirect Profits, Business and Corporate Blogs
Chris Garret’s series has been really good reading all week. If you haven’t kept up, then start with the article above and work your way through the series.

Long Overdue Praise For PayPerPost
John Reese wrote an excellent post on PayPerPost on his new blog. My favorite part was when John says:

IT’S NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS WHAT SOMEONE ELSE CHOOSES TO PUT ON THEIR BLOG!

So true…

My Top 7 Blog Monetization Methods
It was good to see Yaro’s top monetization methods listed out like this.

Update on Me
Interesting update on Amanda’s blogging income. I haven’t tried any of the review systems, but Amanda’s post makes me think that I could make a fairly decent amount of money doing paid website reviews.

Internet Marketing Tips From The Web 5/4/2007 Take 2

May 4, 2007

I mentioned earlier that I read a lot of good articles this week. Well, I read so many good articles this week, that I decided to post a second group of articles for your reading enjoyment…

How to Make Money with a Video Blog: An Introduction and Guide
I haven’t read the guide that Maki talks about yet, but I can tell you from experience that this is an excellent way to make money with blogs. Like I said in the comments, “...I have been considering turning some of the blogs that I don’t have time for, into mostly video posts. I also tend to get more links to the posts with videos. I highly recommend testing this out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.”

Copy Is Not About Selling, It’s About Serving
Excellent post by Michel Fortin on the future of copywriting.

Should You Build a Blog or an EMail Newsletter List?
I totally agree with Chris’ conclusion in this post.


Interview with Search Engine Guide’s Jennifer Laycock

Excellent interview with some solid SEO advice.

Stay Away from In-Text Advertising
I removed Kontera ads from this blog, but I am continuing them on my other blogs for now. I might discuss this more later. Come join in on the argument (errr… discussion).

Clicking Adsense Ads
Interesting discussion on clicking Adsense ads. Do you click on them or ignore them?

Unique Content – Where to Find Topics and Ideas
Good post by Gayla on places to find topics to write about. I currently use all of them.

There were other good articles that I read this week, but between part 1 and 2 you should have plenty to read…

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Web 4/27/2007

April 27, 2007

This week, I took a bit of a break from business activities. However, I still read some of my favorite blogs and did some searching for new gems. In no particular order, here are some of my favorite reads from the web this week:

New Calacanis link-baiting rules
Jason Calacanis’ post on how to link bait him is an EXCELLENT read for those wanting to learn how to link bait top bloggers. Jason left me a comment last year when I listed him as one of the people I would like to meet in this post. I think that I followed most of his rules, which would explain the comment. I would still like to meet him, along with the other people on that list. I should probably write a new list, since the list of bloggers I would like to meet has grown quite a bit since last year.

Tim Ferris Interview – Part 1
Tim Ferris Interview – Part 2
This two part interview by Darren Rowse provides some excellent business advice. Tim’s book sounds like a really good read.

WordPress Theme Generator
This was a pretty cool find by Mark. The only thing I didn’t like about the wordpress theme generator is that it can’t generate three column themes. Otherwise, it’s pretty cool.

The Ultimate Guide to Productivity
I really liked Wendy’s simple tips in this post.

Using Stumbleupon and Squidoo Advertising to Promote Blogs
Chris Garret reveals his results with Squidoo and Stumbleupon advertising. Based on his results, I might test out Stumbleupon’s paid ads.

The Husband and Wife Blog Traffic Battle
Now this was real interesting. A husband and wife are doing a year long contest to see who’s blog can get the most traffic. Found this via the Sitening Blog. Something worth keeping an eye on.

Develop Your IM Network
If you are interested in gaining some new Instant Messaging friends, then check out Daniel’s invitation. Personally, I don’t use Instant messaging systems. I will probably join one in the near future, because so many of my online friends use instant messaging.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Net 4/13/2007

April 13, 2007

I haven’t done much online reading this week, because I have been spending a lot of time going through both recent and previous editions of the Reese Report (more on that next week).

However, there was one article in particular that really caught my eye. I found it via this post by Aaron Wall.

The article is titled, “SERP Domination“. (SERP stands for – Search Engine Results Page and means the pages of results returned after searching for a keyword phrase in a Search Engine).

One of the most interesting things about the article is that I know people are doing similar things. The only things they weren’t doing was removing competing website links from wikipedia. I find that to be very underhanded, but I guess we all draw our own lines in the world of Internet marketing…

Anyway, you can click here to check out the article, but be forewarned that there is some colorful language.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Net 4/5/2007

April 6, 2007

This week I did a lot of reading online. Most of it was going through the list of 48 blogging mistakes. Here are some of the other articles that I enjoyed reading from around the web:

I Made $6549.52 From Blogging in March
Great Post by Yaro. As I said in the comments:


Excellent post. I think it is really cool that you have found a good balance between blogging and making money other ways online. I made the mistake of putting too much time into blogging and I am now thinking of ways to change that. I want more freedom with my time then what many of the top bloggers appear to have. I don’t want blogging to become a 9-5 job. More like 9-noon…

eMoms Birthday Party Contest – Grow Your Business with ShoeMoney & eMom!
Great contest idea by Wendy. Count me in. If you have a blog you should enter it as well. The prizes include tons of great free Intenet marketing products and advice.

The One Million Dollar Race
This looks like a fun contest. The rules aren’t complete yet, but the basic idea is you enter the competition to see who can earn a million dollars online the quickest. For those of us who are ultra competitive it may help motivate us to make more money. I will write more about this contest, once the rules are finalized.

My Take on Third Party Advertisement
Good post by Garry. I personally think that third party advertisers offer several advantages over going it on your own, like a bigger audience of potential advertisers, payment processing, etc. That said, I know that many people including my friend Austin, say that once you get enough traffic you should try to find a direct adveriser to sponsor your site.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Lots of Link Love
An excellent guest post on problogger about getting links to your blog by Wendy.

Questioning the Legitimacy and Authenticity of Internet Marketing Advice & Sources
Great post by Aaron Wall about being careful about who you go to for advice and mentoring.

Internet Marketing Tips From Around The Net 3/30/2007

March 30, 2007

Here are some useful Internet marketing articles I came across this week:

Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Principles on Successful Blogging and Affiliate Marketing
Really nice list of tips for blogging and affiliate marketing. I also think they can be applied to the art of writing sales letters.

5 Ways to Tap Hidden Money Making Opportunities With Your Blog
Wendy’s guest post on problogger is an excellent look at how to make money with non-product blogs.

5 Tips For New Money Makers
Nice list of tips for people starting up a blog like this one. I would put a HUGE emphasis on the “be unique” tip.

7 Ways to Promote your Site with a Bit of Money
Daniel wrote a nice post about ways you can spend money to promote your site. I spend money promoting some of sites, I just don’t talk much about what I have discovered in that area. My personal favorite method is pay-per-click, because of the control I have in determining the amount of traffic I get.

5 ways to find out what your readers are interested in reading
Nice list of ways to find out what your target audience wants.

Price It Right
Great tips on product pricing for ebay and other auction sites.

Internet Markeing Tips From Around The Web 3/15/2007

March 15, 2007

Here are some of the best Internet Marketing articles that I read this week:

Good is not almost as good as great
Seth’s blog is always loaded with great marketing advice. This post really hit home for me. It’s something I have been thinking about a lot lately.

What Everyone Ought to Know About Hiring a Web Designer
Good read for those of you who want to hire a web designer.

Bloggers Face-Off: Rand Fishkin vs. Lee Odden
The latest round of blogger face-offs on Daniel’s daily blog tips blog.

Copyright Law: 12 Do’s and Dont’s
As a website owner it’s important to keep copyright laws in mind. Daniel does a good job of highlighting some important aspects of online copyright laws.

Do Pre-made Stores or Pre-made Online Merchant Websites Have Any Value?
Aaron gives an excellent answer to an excellent question. It’s important to remember that it takes hard work to excel in business.

Motivation – Or Lack of it – Is there a cure for Laziness?
Rob poses a very interesting question. Some of which I plan on addressing next week in a post I am putting the finishing touches on.

The Successful Blogger Volume Two
Another excellent post on blogging by Garry Conn. It includes a good interview with Scott Rafer of MyBlogLog.

Blogging Tips and News From Around the Net – 2-23-2007

February 23, 2007

I have been ill this week (along with the rest of my family) and haven’t had time to do my normal reading. I only managed to read a handful of blog posts this week. I will have to catch up next week.

Here are a few blogging related posts that I read this week and found interesting:

10 Requisites for Professional Bloggers

10 (+5) Requisites for Professional Bloggers

How to Run a Blog Competition to Find New Readers and Make Your Blog Sticky

Banned from MyBlogLog

The Resource Linkbait – Using Lists to Build Authority, Traffic and Links to your Website.

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