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    [Readers View] Blog Contests : Asking for Votes ? Ethical or Unethical ?

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    Few days back I have  written a post on How free blog contest will help you to boost your blog. Last month I got nominated into one of blog contest started by Famous bloggers club and without putting any effort I was a runner-up. This was good, but after being a runner-up I realize putting a blog post about the contest would be a great idea, as Shoutmeloud readers will get to know about the contest and they could have casted their votes for best blog.

    Recently I got to know about a blog contest from Indiabloggies in which Shoutmeloud is nominated as one of the top science/tech blog in India. Only seeing Shoutmeloud in one of the top list is such a joy for me.

    blog contest thumb [Readers View] Blog Contests  : Asking for Votes ? Ethical or Unethical ?

    Though I realize to win the contest I need to ask readers to vote for the contest. but before I do that I wanted to know other Bloggers take on asking for vote via blog posts.
    Earlier what I used to do, is occasionally tweet about such contest and let shoutmeloud and my profile readers know about the contest . So interested users can cast their vote.

    Yesterday just to give a try I also shouted about this on my Facebook wall stating

    Shoutmeloud is nominated as one of the best Indibloggies Blog under “Best Science/Technology Indiblog ” . If you can spare a vote here That will be awesome. icon smile [Readers View] Blog Contests  : Asking for Votes ? Ethical or Unethical ?

    http://multivote.sparklit.com/web_poll.spark/21900

    And the quick response which I got from my friends are over whelming.

    facebook fan page thumb [Readers View] Blog Contests  : Asking for Votes ? Ethical or Unethical ?But before I put about this contest information here at Shoutmeloud as a separate post, I would like to know your take on announcing about such contest as a separate blog posts and asking for your votes.

    From the point I see, it’s actually a good idea, since your readers will get to know that your blog is being nominated somewhere in a contest and you can help him to win a contest.

    This is readers poll time.. What would you have done in such a condition, when your blog is nominated for a big contest? Will you ask for vote via blog post or should he only tweet and update among your social circle?

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    Anurag

    According to me It is completely Ethical..
    As you have said “your readers will get to know that your blog is being nominated somewhere in a contest”

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    Ruchi

    It’s perfectically ethical.
    Voted for you :). Wish you luck.

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    Sham

    It’s ethical..Cos u r nominated it obviously means you are worth it..Readers won’t mind if you ask to vote for you..This is my opinion as a reader :)

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    Raju

    Smart post ;) Nothing wrong in letting your readers know. Begging for votes, bribing for votes or cheating for votes can be deemed unethical. Otherwise it is perfectly fine and valid

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    George Serradinho

    I doubt readers would complain about you asking for votes, it’s normal for anyone to do that. I know that you never really posted about contests in the past, but glad to know that you might change that.

    The readers have the choice to go vote or just to ignore the post, so I don’t see anything wrong with that.

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    Ravi

    Its a matter of pride if you get nominated and it shows that you really stand somewhere, otherwise you would not have got nominated at all. Its perfectly ethical. Good luck to you and to shoutmeloud. Already voted for you. :-)

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    Aradhana Sharma

    Its totally Ethical. Your readers should get to know about nominations.. by some means and that means can be you too :)

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    chandan

    I think its ethical, as it increase reader interest to your blog.

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    Shabnam Sultan

    Its ethical ………. nothing wrong in asking your readers to vote for you. Wish you luck for the contest :) .

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    Arijit Das

    Wow!! Congratulation….. ShoutMeLoud Will surely win!!

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    Debajyoti Das

    I think its a “MUST” for a blogger to let his readers know if he is nominated for any contest…. Not every reader is a twitter or Fb daily user …
    The only way he might be able to know it… it through may be not even the RSS but the Email Newsletter he checks not even daily but Weekly….
    His Vote is like his opinion thus just as valuable like other RSS or Fb, Tw Readers…

    I never knew about Indibloggies…. I came to know about it from Labnol’s latest post… Although I couldn’t vote for him… but still the Post about the Vote Appeal counts.

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    John Samuel

    How can you tell your readers of the development? Asking for a vote is always a good idea

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    George Serradinho

    Hi Harsh,

    from all the comments above, it seems it’s very ethical and should be done to promote all blogs. This way, you could accomplish more in terms of awards and effort.

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    Amal Roy

    Its ethical. There is no wrong is sharing with the readers, if you are nominated for any contest. Doesn’t that actually give an opportunity to do some thing for you? :)

    Good Luck Harsh

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    Alok

    Voted bro…

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    Uttoran Sen

    its is absolutely ethical, there is no harm in letting your readers know that a contest is running, just saw that techpp is also mentioned, however some other big guys are also on the list like labnol, so this competition is going to be tough, congrats for the nomination though :) hope you win,

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    CD

    I think its a “MUST” for a blogger to let his readers know if he is nominated for any contest…. Not every reader is a twitter or Fb daily user …
    The only way he might be able to know it… it through may be not even the RSS but the Email Newsletter he checks not even daily but Weekly….
    His Vote is like his opinion thus just as valuable like other RSS or Fb, Tw Readers…

    I never knew about Indibloggies…. I came to know about it from Labnol’s latest post… Although I couldn’t vote for him… but still the Post about the Vote Appeal counts.

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    Debajyoti Das

    @ CD : Why have you copied my comment dude….

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    jan geronimo

    Nothing wrong with asking for your friends and readers’ help. Most of them are usually happy they can contribute something for their friends. You need something, ask for it. Your experience bears you out – you’ve got a positive response. If I were you, I’d write a post and tweet about it/promote it.

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    Vatsala Shukla

    Readers who benefit from a blog with free resources and good content may want to show their appreciation and so asking for a vote is ethical. But there is a darker side to these competitions when a participant starts to rig voting, say 440 votes in a matter of 3 hours just so that they can come first. Participation is healthy if it improves blogging and introduces you to new readers but not if people start to cheat out of insecurity.

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