Blog Contests ~ Hidden traffic gem you must not neglect!

Enstine Muki

Enstine Muki

PHP Developer at BroadedNet
Hi, my name is Enstine Muki. I'm The Money Making Blogger, founder of BroadedNet, The new generation Blog Promotion Platform
Enstine Muki
Enstine Muki
Enstine Muki
Enstine Muki
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Organizing blog contests on your blog is a powerful way to pull in huge traffic. From my experience, you get rewarded more than you put in. Despite the huge value in benefits, most bloggers are still not sure if it’s worth their time. My most recent contest has been doing quite fine bringing in quite impressive traffic. In this post, I discuss some of the things I did to push the contest high.

Not all blog contests you organize will experience immeasurable success though. Some will definitely be more successful than others. However, there are things to do to always be on the upward move. Here are some points to guide you as you plan your next contest:

Add cash to the prizes

This is incontestably one of the very strong points to shoot your blog contest through the roof. People love money.  It’s generally said the best way to give someone what he wants is to give money.  You may not know that what he really wants now is Commentluv Premium plugin so giving him a premium template may be of little or no value. What if you just send him $120 as prize for the blog contest he just won? That means he’s 100 very fulfilled. He can get Commentluv Premium and still save some money.

Oh yes! I see why cash prize contests are the hottest on the Internet today. Now just add cash prize to your next blog contest and see the how your readers go crazy.

Oh no! Enstine I don’t have $100 to give out!

Don’t worry! I’ll show you how to raise the money. Just read on.

Make participation very easy

Here is one thing that kicks me off so many contest pages. If you want me to like 20 fan pages and follow 20 Twitter accounts, etc, it won’t work for me. Most often, contest organizers want to bundle everything in a single contest. That makes the task heavy and keeps many participants away. Keep it simple to encourage more participation. Of course what you want is get as many contestants as possible so it will be totally senseless to make things hard for them.

Use the right
tools to power your blog contest

There are many tools out there to help you run your contests. Some paid and other free. Which ever is your choice, you’ll have to be wise and make sure you get the facilities you want. Most commonly used free tools are RaffleCopter and PunchTab.

While I have used both of them, I like Punchtab for its facility that rewards hard work. Each PunchTab contest participant is generated a unique referral url. The more they pull traffic to these unique URLs, the more points they earn, standing a better chance to win. This will encourage participants to drive more traffic to your contest page through their referral url as they fight to earn more points and win the contest.

Promote your blog contests

If you care about your contest, then you have to do some promotion. I know, like any other blog post, you are going to share on social media, mail to your list, talk to your friends about it, etc. But there is much you should do to take your blog contests to greater heights. Here are some suggested dedicated platforms for contests promotions:

I know there are a couple of others. You can add to this list in the comment box

How to raise money for cash prizes.

In my most recent blog contests, I contacted a few friends to sponsor with cash. Surprisingly, it came in so easy.  I got more than enough guys who showed up to sponsor.  So I had to split them into two blog contests.

Listen, in blogging, there are many cool guys that are ready to join hands to succeed. Just talk to your friends and you’ll see them jumping on board.

NB: Avoid too many sponsors on a single blog contest. In trying to reward them, you are going to make participation difficult. If you have 10 sponsors, each having a Fanpage and Twitter account, that will mean 20 PunchTab tasks already. That’s way too high for an average participant. If you have many sponsors, split them into several blog contests

Have you ever organised a blog contest? What were your successes? Let me hear your thoughts in the comment box and thanks for sharing this post with your friends. 

Comments

  1. It is the best way to attract the real people who areprofessional blogger and emerging one. Just few Dollor of contest get many contents on the rush of competition. I’m also making a plan for add blog contest for my new blog Myhox.com Last time i had joined in a blog contest competition and won $ 1000. It is really innovative way to place the indentity and make money also. Quality content get the opportunity to win the contest.
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  2. I never thought about this..But i am not sure if my friends will lend me money :P…Nice article though explains everything clearly..I hope to try it someday
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  3. Yes, you are right. The tool your are using to hold blog contest is very important. I remember the last time when I’d hold one contest over my blog, how much research I did on it, as it was my first blog contest I hadn’t any idea of it.

    And once it is live your duty on promotion starts. Do in a broad way. It will divert traffic in a large quantity. As people love to participate in blog contest. Make it easy for them, explain how it is important, and how they can win.

    I have got one email in my inbox that reads; you have won our blog contest prize of $100. I was shocked and was happy at the moment when I read the subject but when I read the content of that email. It says we are informing you that you can win if you do this. I think that is a a good strategy to trick readers.
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  4. i have done many contests on my Blog and they were quite sucessful.Loooking to organise some more in the coming days… :)
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  5. Hey Enstine,
    Nice post and Yes, organizing contest is best way to drive more traffic to our blog and it also helps to make good relations with other blogger. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  6. great article
    contests are great way to attract traffic. it can give you lots of visitors
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  7. great post contests and giveaways are perfect way to attract new customers. everyone wants to get everything for free and this is really helpful
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  8. Hi Enstine,
    After watching the Blogging Cage’s contest I was thinking to write a post on the same but you did it faster.
    Awesome Post, I know the VALUE!
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  9. Starting a blog contest is really a cool strategy, Enstine.

    They help a lot in attracting the maximum attention. The only thing that may concern, is the prize (whether it be cash or product). I think, you really gave a neat explanation on that too. Getting sponsors can be really easy if the approach is right.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  10. I have not used contest on my blog… but after reading this am thinking that is a mistake on my part. Thanks for the share and great info.
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  11. Organizing giveaways/contests is a good way to reward your blog readers. And I believe when you run a giveaway on blog then you’ll get more than what you are giving. I mean you’ll get huge traffic, social shares, comments subscribers etc.

    As you know me how many successful giveaways I’ve organized on my blog and I’ll continue my job because I love my blog readers.

    Thanks for great share!
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  12. Recently I started my blog, and now I’m concentrating only on traffic. After sometime I will think post some of the competition and giveways.
    Thanks for read Enstine :)
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  13. Hey Enstine,

    Who doesn’t want to win extra money right? I mean having a contest with money as a prize will surely get anyone’s attention. Well, I never really thought of having such contests. If my budget is not bad, why not right? But what if my budget is too low for this kind of process? Well it be okay if I’ll just give some freebies instead? Nevertheless, I still want to try this one out. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  14. Hello Enstine, Thanks for the idea of running a contest. The links you provided are particularly useful too. This is certainly one idea I intend to use in the near future
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  15. Thank you Enstine for great advice. I actually haven’t heard about the blog contests before, found a lot of good stuff there. //Dave

  16. What a great post i love the way you make us aware about blog contest.
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  17. i havent tried this . though this seems very much benificial but i am not in a state to give away anything !
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  18. Blog contests ROCKS! it is the greatest way to draw the visitor’s attention to what you do. In some cases something like premium Theme is also a good prize. i used to have such kind of a contest on my site and my traffic just boorsts!
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  19. Hey Evan,
    Good to know you have success with contests. When is your next contest coming up?
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  20. Abhishek Bhan says:

    Wow, these are really some amazing ideas that you have mentioned. Blog contest if went right it can not only bring a huge amount of traffic but also helps our site to become popular.

  21. Deepak Mehra says:

    I like your article. It seems really nice and informative information.

    Thanks for share with me!!

  22. IMO, only do contests and prizes if you can afford it.
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  23. really these contests can drive more traffic in your blog and helpful for fame of your blog.
    thanks enstiene for sharing this.
    :-)
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  24. I can not say much for a very interesting positngna this, but I will use what is written diartikel this. thank you. Greetings and success for you..Thank you, i will learn.

  25. well said Enstine that making a contest is good strategy for getting more traffic.And promoting the contest is another big and important thing.Thanks for sharing this information with us
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  26. I have never competed in such contests. Maybe it is worth trying since it can be a good experience and if I can also win some money, that would be great. Thank you for sharing!
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  27. Great idea! I have a few online friends and I am thinking to contact them now after reading this post. How in the world I missed this idea!
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  28. I hope to apply this trick very soon to promote my blog.
    :)
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  29. I’ve been searching for ideas on how to create a great contest for our blog, thanks for the ideas. I checked out Punch Tab and it looks like a great platforms to use. Trying to build engagement with your audience is important (and hard!), thanks for the tips!
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  30. Giveaways are the best way to get the huge traffic, this method not only raise the website traffic exponentially but this way author can make good relations with the visitors and can convert them into his loyal subscribers or your consumers..
    you’ve written a very nice article.., I appreciate your knowledge in this regard. :)

  31. I really like it, Thanks for this share!
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  32. Free prizes is a great tool to increase traffic to your blog but getting the sponsors is a great indeed.
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  33. After reading this blog post, I have decided to find some sponsor to start some contest on my blog. Your article has just revised my views about making the blog more popular. I also appreciate that you have shared the places where we can list the blog contests.

    useful article indeed.
    cheers !!!
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  34. Quality information , i have never thought about making contests before but i did some for my facebook page .. Thank you :)
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