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January 29, 2011

Ask A Blogger: How do you get your contest noticed

I have ten tips to get your event the recognition it deserves. If you want to receive prizes from companies then you have to know how to promote them. I only take products to review and giveaway that I believe my fan base will find interesting. If you take on to many items it will backfire one you. You can’t focus on your contest if you have to many unless you have a strategy or if that is the focus of your site.

1) Promote it prior to starting the contest. Get your fans excited.

2) Make sure you have a nice image of the prize a picture is worth a thousand words or several votes in this case.

3) Trade contest shout out with other sites and bloggers.

4) Create easy to use entry form. I love google docs or rafflecopters.

5) Create easy to enter contests. You need to keep it simple or you will NOT have people that enter. I use the same rules for most of my contest so my readers know what to do.

6) Link up your contests to other giveaway link ups. I have nice list here Madame Deals Giveaway Page.

7) Create a contest page on your site and direct all your traffic there. This will encourage your fans to enter multiple contests. Madame Deals contest page is a great example for you to follow.

8) Place your giveaways in a widget or a slider on your page to encourage people to enter.

9) Use your contest to drive traffic to your other contest. I always give extra entries for entering my other contests. I always make sure to say what I am giving away. You need to be specific and use words that encourage people to want that prize.

10) I use my social media to spread the word. I plan my event around high traffic times and I send out tweets and facebook posts. If it is a product I reviewed I post the image on pinterest and then link the review post to my contest. Ask your fans to share your contests and increase your reach quickly.



January 9, 2011

Ask A Blogger: Blogger to WordPress

I thought that you would ¬†find this interesting Madame Deals is hosted on WordPress and we find that is very easy to use. It is however much harder then blogger but there weren’t as many legalities when operating a website as a business. The rules are clearly stated for Blogger. We at Madame Deals weighed the costs and efforts mentioned below and determined that we needed to move our site over in order to grow and expand our business.

This post was written by:

Dana at the
The Coupon Challenge

Moving from a blog hosted on blogger to wordpress is a huge adjustment. It is well worth the change, but it’s important to understand the financial cost before you begin your journey.
The cost of a wordpress blog:

  1. Cost of a wordpress theme approx. $75-$90. Free themes are available, but you will need some knowledge of CSS & HTML.
  2. Cost of professional content migration from blogger to wordpress, approx. $100-$150. You could attempt this yourself, but may lose followers or PR.
  3. Hosting: Prices vary by host, approx. $110-$120 per year with a dedicated IP address or $85-$95 per year without.
  4. Design changes: Cost varies widely, look to spend at least $50. You do not have to change your design.

There are several options for web hosting. Below are the 3 sites that have been recommended to me:

  1. Host Gator (my hosting)
  2. BlueHost
  3. Go Daddy

While you’re saving for a move from blogger to wordpress, visit Blogging with Amy & Savvy Blogging for invaluable tips and tricks.

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