To help celebrate the 3-year anniversary of Darren Rowse’s Problogger.net blog, I sponsored a $333.33 cash prize in his $54,000 Birthday Bash contest – To date, this is my largest “marketing” expenditure, and I think I’m going to write this one off as a mistake.
Darren (actually, Lara Kulpa) posted this portion of the contest of Friday, one of dozens of prize giveaways with a total value of $54,000. To win one of the cash prizes in this part of the contest readers simply had to post a comment finishing the statement “If I had a million dollars“, and at last check over 740 comments had been posted. Congratulations to the lucky winner of my $333.33 prize, Adam of Pomomusing.com !
When I decided to help Darren with his contest by offering a cash prize, my goal was to get a little name-recognition and maybe a little bit of traffic. Problogger.net is probably the biggest “how to make money blogging” blogs on the internet and I thought this would be a sure-fire way to get the GrownUpGeek name in front of tens of thousands (if not more) eyeballs. The reason I’m calling this a mistake is because the contest was so big, that my prize was just a small fish in a very, very large pond. With approximately 3 contest posts per day for the last several days, and probably more for the next week or more, my prize came and went faster than a fart in a whirlwind. Total traffic generated: 4 visits
I don’t blame Darren for my mistake, I think I just jumped-in too quick and expected too much. At least I got a strong link out of it.