Under the Microscope: Contest Blogger
Back when I launched the Complete Blogging Package Contest one of the best moves I made was getting it listed on Contest Blogger. So, when Phil asked me to put his site under the microscope I figured it was the least I can do. We’ve both come a long way since then and not only does ContestBlogger.com have 388 subscribers, but Phil’s other blog RomanceTracker.com has another 278. However, since I’ve already had my fill of love related sites this week, I’m only going to be focusing on Contestblogger.com.
The first thing you’ll notice when you hit contestblogger.com is that it’s not just a blog, Phil has also added a forum. While I definitely think a forum is a good idea (and it appears several other people think so as well), I don’t much care for the look of the home page. Personally I liked the look much better when the blog made up the home page. It seemed to keep things fresh and changing rather than the static look the front page has now. I’m also not crazy about the prominent placement of the Google ads. I know first hand how much this site can help anyone wanting to publicize their contest, and to me having the ads be one of the first things you see on the page takes away a bit from the credibility.
The design aspects aside, the site is still about blog contests. And, as the about page says, holding a blog contest is
also a great way to:
- Grow your blog’s audience
- Build backlinks to your site
- Rank higher for keywords in search engines
- Increase your blog’s Google Page Rank and Technorati Ranking
- Increase your blog’s RSS readership
I’ve already told you what hosting a blog contest can do for you so I’m not going to cover it all again, but rest assured, a contest can do everything on that list. They can be a lot of work and Contest Blogger apparently realizes that as well. In fact, Phil has capitalized on it. If you don’t feel like going through all the trouble of setting up, announcing, promoting, and running a contest, you can actually team up with Contest Blogger and sponsor a contest that they will run for you! For those of you that do put together your own contests, I’d highly recommend getting featured on the site. While the price has gone up since I used their service, so has the site’s popularity and reach.
And last, but certainly not least, the contests! While I’ve so far focused mainly on the contest host’s side of things, the contest blog is a wonderful resource for any bloggers looking for a contest or 20 to enter. There’s always a wide range of prizes and all sorts of different ways to enter the different contests. So, if you wouldn’t mind winning anything from a free copy of SEO Book, to a $100 Amazon.com gift card, to a new iPod Touch, you’ll want to be sure to subscribe to the blog’s RSS feed. It’s basically all the blog contests from across the web, in one handy feed.
Bottom line, whether you’re hoping to win a blog contest, holding a contest on your blog, or just want the benefits without the hassle, ContestBlogger.com is most definitely the site for you. But Phil, really man, I miss the old look. 😉