Guest Blogging Contest Results

It is the time to announce the results of the guest blogging contest. The guest blogging competition at Blog Godown has been a great hit. A total of 22 articles were published in a span of 45 days. Each of these 22 articles had something different to say about blogging issues. Some of these articles even helped me to become a better blogger and also pushed me to change my blogging technique. Though the contest has only 5 winners, but in my opinion each and every guest blogger is a winner in my eyes, because they delivered good quality articles.

How are the winners selected?

Winners were selected by a simple points system. Each article was awarded points on the basis of the no.of retweets, no. of quality comments and also the quality of content.

10 retweets = 1 point

1 quality comment = 1 point

The quality of content was marked out of 10. I have given points in the range of 6 to 9 (No one got less than 6 because i haven’t accepted an article having quality lower than 6).

The one who gets the maximum points, wins! Isn’t that simple 🙂

I had used microsoft excel for calculation of points and also to determine the winner.

The winners:

1st prize:

Gurl of Gurls Asylum

Winning Article:

4 Easy Ways to Engage with your followers

A straight out informative article on how to save time while you are still engaging with your twitter followers.

2nd prize

Melvin of MelvinBlog.com

Winning Article:

Strategic Blogging is the only way to succeed in blogging

Melvin talks about a strategic approach towards blogging which will help you make money and achieve success at a faster rate.

3rd prize

Latief of Another Blogger

Winning Article:

No Instant Success in blogging and the Solutions

According to Latief, instant blogging success does not exist, success requires investment of  time and and it also requires lots of hard work.

4th prize

Melissa of Online Schools

Winning Article:

9 Quick and Easy WordPress SEO Tips

This articles covers 9 tips that would improve your blog’s seo and help you gain some organic traffic.

5th prize

Jason Capshaw of MyWebTronics

Winning Article:

5 Conversion Rate Optimization Tips for Bloggers

An amazing article, that teaches how to increase your conversion rate by performing small modifications to your blog.

All the winners need to contact me via the contact form, so that i am able to contact the sponsors with your details

Articles Worth Mentioning

Some articles didn’t win, but they still had something valuable to teach bloggers.

You Can’t Do Everything…. If You Want Everything Done Right!

Tom of outsourcing jobs overseas asks bloggers a simple question. Do you do all the blogging work? or do you outsource parts of the work?. According to Tom, outsourcing the parts you are not good at, is a wise decision. It saves you time to work at areas where you are comfortable, like content creation.

The “4 Move Checkmate” of Blogging

In this article, Jonathan Beebe of make money online teaches us how to achieve success by a 4 move checkmate.

What Supermarkets Teach Us About Blog Marketing

A great analogy post by Spyros Panagiotopoulos of Sell With Words that shows how we can improve our blog marketing skills by learning marketing tactics used by Supermarkets

Prizes

As there are 5 winners for this guest blogging competition. Therefore, I have divided the prize pool into 5 different prize pools for the 5 guest bloggers  (Obviously the one who comes first will win a bigger prize and the prize worth will decrease as we go down the line).

The prizes are as follows:

1st prize

  1. 300$ worth WordPress SEO optimization or Blogger to WordPress Conversion for one blog by Shoutmeloud.com
  2. 99.95$ worth a single site license to WPReviewEngine by www.wpreviewengine.com
  3. 97$ worth -Theme MX Pro Licenses by theme.mx
  4. 79.95$ worth 1 Genesis Theme Framework + Child Theme/Support package by studiopress.com
  5. 75$ worth blog consultancy on Skype for 60 min by Zubin Kutar webtrafficroi.com
  6. 27$ worth  copy of Digging into WordPress

2nd prize

  1. 97$ worth -Theme MX Pro Licenses by theme.mx
  2. 90$ worth a twitter package complete with full logo branding  as well as one business card design complete with logo by  www.joidiamonds.com
  3. 69$ worth license to WPZonBuilder by wpzonbuilder.com
  4. 27$ worth  copy of Digging into WordPress
  5. 37$ worth 1 copy of Cloud Living by Viperchill.com

3rd prize

  1. 60$ worth Theme by gabfirethemes.com
  2. 41.7$ worth linux webhosting accounts with 6 months of free hosting by www.pgesystems.com
  3. 30 minute design consultuation by justcreativedesign.com
  4. 19.95$ worth elegant themes membership
  5. 19.95$ worth Twitter marketing ebook by howtomakemyblog.com

4th prize

  1. 70$ worth 1 Theme by gorillathemes.com
  2. 60$ worth Theme by gabfirethemes.com
  3. 41.7$ worth linux webhosting accounts with 6 months of free hosting by www.pgesystems.com
  4. 19.95$ worth Twitter marketing ebook by howtomakemyblog.com

5th prize

  1. 60$ worth Theme by gabfirethemes.com
  2. 19.95$ worth Twitter marketing ebook by howtomakemyblog.com
  3. 19.95$ worth elegant themes membership

Thanks to Our Sponors

Finally, I would like to thank my sponsors for supporting this contest and giving away fabulous prizes.

  • Contest Organizer – Blog Godown – A Blog about Blog Tips and Social Media
  • Media Partner – My Blog Guest – A Guest Blogging Forum – The best forum to find guest bloggers and blogs to guest blog.
  • Harsh Aggarwal is the owner of Shoutmeloud – A blog where he shares his blogging tips and he also provides Blogspot to WordPress migration service.
  • Theme MX – A fresh WordPress theme designed to help your new or existing blog grow to brand new heights. It has features like Infinite customization, hook support, squeeze forms, perfect SEO, built in link-masking, twitter integration and a whole lot more.
  • Gabfire Premium Themes – A set of premium wordpress themes for a fresh breathe to your site?
  • Gorilla Themes – These themes are different from others because they make plugins of their own. They take the extra time when programming their themes to save you hours of time managing your site.
  • PG Enterprises – A web hosting companies which provides shared, dedicated, semi-dedicated, and virtual private serverwebhosting technologies.
  • WP Review Engine makes it easy to build powerful review sites quickly. You can review anything from restaurants, hotels, and ski resorts to web hosts and computer software. WP Zon Builder allows you to easily add hundreds of Amazon products to any WordPress installation in minutes
  • Joldiamonds offers design services like logo design, ad banner design and business card design. Other than this it offers a twitter package to brand your twitter account.
  • StudioPress themes are a perfect solution for small businesses or individuals looking to establish their online presence with a WordPress blog or website.
  • ZK runs a web marketing blog and offers blog coaching services
  • Marko Saric is a blogger and he writes articles on all things blogging at How To Make My Blog. He helps bloggers with their WordPress
    blogs, with Thesis Theme, with branding, blog promotion, search engine optimization, and affiliate marketing.
  • In clear, easy-to-read language, Digging into WordPress shows you how to tap WordPress’ potential and take your site to the next level. From setup, configuration and customization to syndication, security and optimization, Digging into WordPress gives you everything you need to maximize the success of your site.
  • Elegant Themes – It is the cheapest premium themes club. You just pay 19.95$ per year and get access to updated list of premium wordpress themes.
  • Viper Chill – A blog by glen. He helps people build remarkable websites that gain traffic through viral marketing. A remarkable blog if you are looking to succeed.
  • Jacob Cass is a graphic, web and logo designer. Just Creative Design is a great design website by Jacob where you can learn to improve your design.
  • Awesome man. The Prizes are really awesome.

    Congrats to the winners.
    .-= Dev | Technshare´s last blog ..How to be an Effective Blogger? =-.

  • Congratulation to the winners! It doesn’t matter even I didn’t win because I’m still getting backlinks and traffic from the guest post that I wrote.

    Regards,
    Lee
    .-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..Make Money Online By Writing Anything You Like =-.

  • congratulation to all winner, good contest
    .-= Mobile Clues´s last blog ..FIFA Football WorldCup 2010 app for BlackBerry =-.

  • Congratulations to all the winners, I hope my retweets helped in some way 😉
    .-= Karen @ Blazing Minds´s last blog ..Do You Have A Donate Button On Your Blog? =-.

    • Karen,
      Your tweets helped in promoting their articles, thanks for the support

  • I can see the prizes are really worth. But I would recommend to add prizes which can be used by bloggers who don’t use WordPress. 🙂 Like eBooks, Webinar tickets etc.
    .-= Roshan Ahmed´s last blog ..Mturk: Get paid for completing small tasks =-.

    • Roshan,
      There were prizes such as hosting and a bunch of ebooks for the contestants.

      But I would keep this in mind, the next time I conduct a contest :).

  • Wow,
    I am amazed I won. But truthfully, every one who posted is a winner. You will get traffic and exposure from guest posting, which will help you with your blogging goals. Congrats to us all!
    .-= Gurl´s last blog ..The Asylum Report Card: May 2010 =-.

    • Yeah, I’m thinking of writing guest posts on couple of popular blogs I know and I am sure that it would definitely increase my search engine rankings.
      .-= Roshan Ahmed´s last blog ..Mturk: Get paid for completing small tasks =-.

      • Roshan,
        Guest blogging has sent me the best of kind of trafiic. One that increases my subscribers and also brings traffic that converts into loyal readers

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  • Congrats to all the winners, including me. 😉 I like the fact that each of us learns through this contest because we are all reading and interacting with all the guest post entries.

    As I’ve said the great thing with blogging is that we treat each others as peers rather than competitors.
    .-= Melvin´s last blog ..MelvinBlog’s Best Blog Marketing Tip Contest =-.

    • Melvin,
      I agree with you. in blogging we treat each others as equals irrespective of age, caste, color and creed.

      Everybody has the ability to reach the top, they only need the drive,

      Each contest has a great potential to learn as well 🙂

  • Congratulation to all the winners! The prizes are really attractive and useful to the bloggers. Guest post is a great way to get a one way backlink. I think i will not miss the chance again next time. 🙂

    • KS,
      Now, as you are loyal reader at this blog, you will not miss the oppurtunity to participate in the next contest 🙂
      .-= Gautam´s last blog ..Guest Blogging Contest Results =-.

  • Btw, I just like to ask, how are we gonna get the prizes? and when? 😀
    .-= Melvin´s last blog ..MelvinBlog’s Best Blog Marketing Tip Contest =-.

    • Melvin,
      It says in the post towards the bottom to use to contact form. Hope this helps

      • Sorry, just looked…its just after the last winning entry.

    • Each prize winner needs to contact me. I will receive all the mails till I week.
      If anybody misses this chance then they will lose the chance to receive the prizes.

      I will send you the prizes after one week

  • hey Gautam , just for the sake of curiosity , mind putting up the names of the articles in that score pic ?
    .-= Sebin´s last blog ..How i got more from my commenters ! =-.

    • Sebin,
      You can easily figure it out by the number of retweets 🙂

  • Congratulations guys 🙂 Thanks for allowing me to take part in this great contest. There are some really nice posts here 🙂
    .-= Spyros´s last blog ..The 7 Ultimate Resources on Creating Your Own WordPress Theme =-.

    • Spyros,
      You did a great job with the article and I hope that you win the prize in the upcoming guest blogging competition

  • I always love the contest, even I’m not join the contest. There always positive energy around the contest and good spirit.
    Lucky me I’m on the 3rd place, thanks Gautam to run this contest.
    .-= Latief@AnotherBlogger´s last blog ..Easy Comment Contest =-.

  • Awesome Prizes, Awesome Contest, Awesome Articles.

    Sad that I didn’t hear about it. Anyway, I will try next time.

    Congrats to all winners !

  • rndtechnologies786

    Nice think.

  • Congratulations guys.