How a Free Blog Contest Will Help your Blog

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How a Free Blog Contest Will Help your Blog

From last few months I have been watching many blogs and noticing may blogs are running away free blog contest. This can be anything like comment and win 100$ contest or free 60$ Cash contest giveaway. Contest giveaway is one of the old technique to drive more traffic to your blog. Specially, if you are a new blogger, blog contest will be very helpful for you to attract new readers for your blog. All you need is to pick the right product, and market your contest really well. There are services like Giveaway.lyPunchtab, which makes running contest on your blog easy,

The basic idea is to get free backlinks, Free advertising and get new RSS feed subscriber. IMO this strategy always work and is very beneficial for blog owners. I will point out the basic things which you can achieve by running any Free blog contest.

Direct Benefits of running contests on your Blog:

Free Backlinks

When you run any kind of contest, either be it Free advertising slots, Software giveaways, Free EBooks or cash. This will attract many bloggers and chances are high they will write about it on their blog, so that readers can be benefited by this free giveaways. If you see any such contest, and blog is a   legit blog in your niche, feel free to write about it on your blog. This will increase your credibility and you are increasing your value in front of your readers by letting them win a free contest.

Free traffic

This is something which you can easily get by running a free blog contest. This is what most of popular blogs are doing. You can simply add a condition , To participate in the contest, tweet this post and add a link via your comments .   If everything is done correctly , you will achieve a huge traffic spike , with this method. More over getting lots of comment using this method, will appeal more users and you will get comments and more users will participate in this contest. I have experienced this in my previous blog contest Free Yahoo meme invitation giveaway.

Free Advertising

As I mentioned above Free backlinks. Same time you are getting free benefit of Free advertising. Your blog will be exposed to set of different blogs and your free giveaway will be paid easily by free traffic and revenue generated via this.

That’s not all you will get free blog subscribers and also new set of people following your blog. More over running a successful contest will expose your brand to new advertisers, who will love to sponsor your next blog contest.

Do you run a blog contest in your blog? We will love to hear your success story

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  1. says

    I just came across this post thru internal linking and while reading comments, I came to know that this very old post. But I am really surprised that still it has evergreen and relevent contents.

  2. jaganmangat says

    that is a nice way of getting traffic……….!!!!!!,i will go for it when i start getting money from my blog.

  3. Sagar says

    Hey Harsh, this is quite true. I have participated in a few contests last year and have seen that I DO GET some traffic by doing this. I don’t know how much value it gets in Google PR, but yes, traffic increases!

    • says

      Consolata its a good idea to run contest on a blog which is not very popular, because that will help you to create backlinks and traffic. Since every one love free giveaway.. The only thing you need to do it , you need to find the best way to promote your contest.

  4. Manoj Varghese Mathew says

    me having yet started using these strategies in my blog since i’m a beginner… hoping to do such thing in future!!

  5. Steve Yu says

    I am thinking of running one in the future. It will be my first contest. But how do I find sponsors to sponsor the prizes? How do I approach them?

    • says

      Steve thats a good thing if you planning to run a contest. Well depend on your niche you can contact the advertisers. Suppose you write about wordpress, you can contact some premium theme clubs and ask them to sponsor your contest. This can be in the form of free premium themes giveaway…

      Though if you have good reader base and good PR , getting sponsor will not be an issue. :)

  6. Hardik Shah says

    This indeed a good idea harsh, I was planning to get on something to make linkedtraffic popular, This will come handy… Infact i actually have done this for some other blogs that i own, I was giving away a free rapidshare account. Now this deal seems good…

  7. India 365 says

    Yap!! This practice does help, in fact mutual coordination. But, how many of them are genuine in paying the winners of the contest!!

    • says

      Mansi I wonder if there is any blogger who tempers with such contest. I guess no or if there are any , probably they are never a successful blogger. To show the transparency, people show how they pick the winner. Either it can be a point system or picked by set of Judges.

  8. Vikash Dhankar says

    Thanks for the information.
    In future I may also thinking of contest on my blog. But right now i m not in position. You all great bloggers are our inspiration.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment Vikash. Well you can always get free sponsors for your blog. Just check with your niche and contact the right person. It can be a free software license giveaway or can be a free domain giveaway which are pretty cheap but no one will mind freebies. :)

  9. Rahul says

    Running contest will give sharp boost in visitors and later in search engine rankings. Whatever the case, expert who already well established runs the contest. Not every noob can do this.

    • says

      Rahul I dont know what do you mean by noob, and in blogging there is no term as noob (Slang). Anyhow..Its always first time for every one..and one fail contest does not mean next will be the same… So its always like you keep trying.. Always start from a small investment and if things work out, then go for big investments.

  10. says

    Very true. Also it is very necessary as to what the contest is. People have to be very careful on the contest format. Basically they need to know WHAT they want from the contest.

  11. Surender Sharma says

    Harsh I am agree with your points because in previous contest on my blog I received many back links because my friend bloggers published on their blog post about the contest.This way my blog reach on the upper stairs in search engine ranking as well as Technorati ranking.
    Secondly I increased subscription of the email readers.
    But I would like to say that contest is not everything,The best thing is content.Contest is the way to attract to the readers but if content is not good,they would not stay for longer.
    I’m really thankful to you for publishing the information about contest on SML.

    • says

      Surender thats the main benefit of running a blog contest . Free advertising, free backlinks and for sure good no. of traffic.. :) I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your insight on this topic.

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