Quality Content Generation Challenge, Plus Week 1 Results

The more content a new blog has, the more likely it will capture the attention of the search engines and most importantly, loyal readers.

It doesn’t matter if you can generate a boat load of traffic to a site if there’s no reason for people to hang around.  You want people to be able to dive into your site, to be able to click around and just soak up all of the awesome knowledge that you have to share.

So this leads me to this week’s insane challenge -

Week 2 Challenge:  Quality Content Generation

Most Quality Blog Posts Wins Immunity

  • Each post that fulfills the following requirements be counted as a quality post.  The team with the most quality blog posts wins immunity for this week.
  • Produce at least 2 daily posts throughout the week (but obviously, the more the better!)
  • Must be a real blog post that one or more members of the team have written, not duplicate content, not a random rant, not PLR content, no article spinning, and it must fit within your blog’s niche and contribute value
  • Must be 400-600 in length.
  • Must average at least 7 comments.

(*Team member replies not included)

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 21, 11:59pm. EST

At the end of that time, I’ll count off all of the posts that meet those requirements – the team with the highest number wins!

Week 1 Results…

The first week has been quite exciting – and a bit heated.  Both teams have been working extremely hard and have been doing an amazing job.  I’m so amazed by the work they’ve done.

But we’ve come to the moment where it’s time to tally up and present the results.

Over the weekend there was some controversy over whether or not the votes were somehow padded or that something fishy was going on.  I assure you – there was no tinkering with the votes and therefore, I’m keeping the poll results and moving forward.  However, for the next vote, instead of using a poll, I’ll allow voting directly in the comments section, that way everyone’s vote can be accounted for.  Of course, that removes anonymity (which I don’t quite agree with) but to be fair and clear, that’s what we’re going to do.

Some Highlights

The low point was trying to decide on a topic!  Blogging by committee is something I’d never experienced before.  Picking a topic is the hardest part of starting up any blog.  Trying to pick a topic to please 5 potential owners – now that’s another story! But the good news is we finally decided, and it was a great decision to make.
I think the highest point was approaching the deadline watching everything pull together.  We got a solid design, some great posts, an awesome video, everyone was working as hard as possible to make everything perfect before going live.  It’s really exciting to see it all come together.  We’ve had a few meet ups online to chat and it’s been a very enjoyable experience on team 2 here.  Once our visions for the sight aligned, we just took it and ran with it.  - Brandon Freund 
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High point of the week for me was when we were finally able to “meet” each other online for a video chat and finalize our action plan for the week.  After exchanging dozens of emails all week, it was nice to actually have a live discussion.
The low point of the week would definitely be the time zone issues.  Our team is spread out over three different continents, so it is tough to find a time when we can all discuss something at the same time.  It made choosing the domain name and theme very tough.  However, after several days of struggling, we finally have things down to a working routine.  - Larry Lourcey  [Want to read more about Larry's experience with this contest?  Hop over to his blog to read Outside Your Comfort Zone.
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Since I was a late comer to the group I was not part of the initial url or concept of the site which was a bummer because I did have a few good ideas I conjured up beforehand.  I did however present these ideas which were well received but since the main idea was already agreed upon by the group it was best to carry out that plan.

Since I was not part of the original concept the content planning and ethos was put upon our leader Anthony. I took a roll of setting up the plugins for the design phase and organizing my notes for some posts which I know will be needed in the following weeks. Working with the Genesis framework and the Delicious theme was a snap. I have used this framework many times in the past and the Delicious theme is beautifully done. - Rob Boirun

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As everyone knows, I LOVE this concept and think it’s going to set a precedent spearheading a completely new movement for the future of blogging and help reviving some of the culture, making it exciting again.  The low point for me was the dark cloud hanging over the comments, but from expereince I know that this is inevitable, as it’s the nature of forums and interactions of this kind. We have to remember that there’s a lot of noise between everyone; like different cultures, backgrounds, personalities, belief systems, creed, ethos, time zones, context etc. And these have to be sifted out to clearly understand each comment and interactions between people, and unfortunately, things get misinterpreted and misunderstood, and reactions are heated because of it. 

The high point was working with such a group of talented professionals. I don’t know if it was intended like this by the organizers, but I noticed a VERY good balance between gifts, talents and expereince. I imagine it would have been VERY difficult (and perhaps boring) if we were all creative designers, or authors/writers, or technical people. - Ivin Vilijoen [Want to read more about Ivin's experience?  Visit his blog to read Surviving the Blog Vlog.

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What was good - The opportunity to deepen relationships with new people and the excitement of a challenge to build something new and different.  It’s a different type of community building than I’ve been used to and the experience of waiting days to reach consensus on small items has been great for building tolerance.  
What was especially challenging - never being able to talk ‘live’ with any of the team, either individually or all at once.  Half the team was away for a large slice of the time, due to personal circumstances not foreseen.  This led to emails going unread for hours or days and decisions couldn’t be made.  I think team two did better because they were able to solve the communication problem and we couldn’t.  There were a host of things that would have been changed or fixed or done differently had we been able to communicate quicker.  It’s something I hope the survivors put more effort into resolving. - Anthony Smits
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Results

So who won this week’s challenge?  Take a look at how each team scored:

Votes (20 points went to the team with the most votes, 10 Points for team with the least).

Team 1:  10                                                                     Team 2: 20

Domain Name – up to 10 Points

Team 1: 10                                                                      Team 2: 10

Best design – up to 50 Points 

Each Judge gave a rating from 1-10 (10 being the best) and those points were added up).

Team 1:      21                                                                  Team 2:  41

All Basic Pages Complete (About the Team, Contact, Privacy Policy, Affiliate Disclosure) – up to 10 Points

Team 1:      3                                                                     Team 2: 10

Completed Required Tasks up to 10 Points

Team 1:      6                                                                     Team 2:  10

Totals 

Team 1:    50

Team 2:   91

This week’s winning team:  

Team 2:  TheNextGoal.com

 

Team that has to vote off a member:

Team 1:  CrimsonSoapBox.com

Judges

DiTesco

 Mavis Nong

Brankica

 Donna Fontenot

Kiesha Easley

 

So Who’s Getting Voted Off…?

I know you’re burning to see who will be packing up and leaving the island.  You’ll find out who’s leaving – tomorrow.  Stay tuned…

About Linda Hewett

Linda is a writer, blogger and confidence coach.
Her blog is Positive Spin – Helping You Face Life Full On without Fear – And Feel Great About It!

In her blog, Linda looks for the ‘positive spin’ in our daily lives and encourages you to look for the ‘small stuff’ that’s easy to miss, or even dismiss.She believes that confidence comes in many disguises. All you have to do is…look.
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Comments

  1. Thank you for the results (and the overall breakdown). Glad to see Team 2 got their grove on! Its nice to read Brandon. Larry and Rob’s comments too…thanks for sharing guys. Good luck for the next week!

  2. exciting.I am loving this challenge and as Larry says, definitely a mega step outside my comfort zone-especially with my daughters watching me struggle with recording our video and getting to grips with web site terminology. Mega hugs and shout out to rest of Team2. We rock. And thanks to Kiesha for holding the space and fellow judges for your time,care and support. Shirt sleeves rolled up, pen in hand and off Team 2 goes for another week of fun and international communications. Peace Ntathu

  3. Hat tip to Team 2. Obviously, we are disappointed.
    Time to roll up the work and get to sleeves!

    Cheers,

    Mitch

  4. Our congratulations to Team Two for a good effort. Well done on winning Week 1.

    Communication’s going to be key in this challenge, beginning to end, and you guys got it together well.
    We wish you more fun in week 2!

    By the way, your frog’s looking a little hungry. Why not feed it a large slice of complacency and let it have a nice sleep for a while? Job well done, job well done . . .

    • Froggie runs on super-power high energy love, the more we feed him the more he croaks “more”…No rest for the wicked and thanks for your thumbs up and congrats. Communication, keeping it light and smiling all the way to the bank is our secret (opps..I let the cat out of the bag..) Take care and stay strong and focused. Ntathu

    • We need to get that little frog a typewriter because we are going to need all the help we can get. Gonna be a big week of writing!

      (Did I just date myself with that comment? What is a typewriter??)

      • Kiesha Easley says:

        LOL! Typewriter!! I remember those things – honestly, it was the typewriter where I first fell in love with writing. I think I just like hitting the buttons. Who knew it could turn into this?

    • Ze Frog never sleeps. Ze Frog’s got all ze time zones covered. Ribbit!

      Watch out – those yawns aren’t yawns. That’s how he lures in the flies.

      I think anyone who’s ever tried to work with remote teams – not geographically remote, but 12-hour-time-difference remote, understands the challenges and importance of good communication. There are tools that make it easier, but it always comes down to trust and clarity. Trust we’ve got; clarity’s harder to come by at 4 AM when you’ve been working all hours on the day job, the family, the blog – and the coffee pot’s run dry and bubbly.

      I know you writers on Team 1 – I fully expect this week to be a good challenge fit to run us all ragged!

  5. Congrats team 2. You did good. Round 2. Ting*Ting.

  6. Thank you – to Kiesha and the WBB team for organizing this contest; to our panel of expert judges, all successful and popular bloggers who have a great deal of experience in this area; to Team 1 for bringing out our competitive spirit and helping focus our energy, giving us a common goal to bring us quickly together as a team over here on Team 2, and for standing up for us this weekend when things got “heated,” as Kiesha said. I’m glad we won, but sorry to see you have to go through the first elimination… I think that’s got to be the hardest part of this contest, and I wish you all the best.

    • Kiesha Easley says:

      Hi Holly,

      You guys really worked your butts off! Job well done Team 2!

      It hurts my heart to have to see one go – I know it has to be done, it’s what makes this contest so unique and interesting, but I tell you – this part sucks! Results will be available 10/17 12am EST.

  7. Congratulation to team 2. Great design, great idea and theme.

  8. Congratulations to Team 2! Great points! Well deserved to be the winner. I’m excited to see the next level of excitement, hope Team 1 never lose hope.

  9. Hey Kiesha,

    Creating new, relevant, and original content for a new blog is rule number one and it’s a shame more bloggers don’t follow this basic rule. This is a pretty cool contest you have going on here with some very influential bloggers that I look up to. I look forward to seeing the results for Week 2 and a big congratulations to TheNextGoal.com.

  10. I think what has said needs to be shouted from the rooftoops – “CONTENT IS KING”

    When I talk about content, I mean quality, first-generation content and NOT keyword-stuffed bla bla that has been re-spun for the nth time and that struggles to pass copyscape. I do not mean 500 word articles that have been bought in at 4 USD a time from somebody half way across the world who has never been to the city he is writing about but somehow does know how to cram texas, houston, dallas, deals, property, condo, vacation, vacations, airline, carhire, car-hire, car hire etc into three meaningless paragraphs.

    Rant over! Have a nice day!

    • Amen to that, Steve.

      Have you checked out the contest blogs? I’m rather partial to TheNextGoal.com (of course – that’s the team I’m on!) but I think you’ll be pleased with what you find to read. No keyword-stuffed pieces on subjects we know nothing about. Come visit – and share, if you like what you see. :)

  11. It looks like team 1 has a lot of work ahead :)

  12. Hello, my mane is Gustavo. to optimize the blog is important to create quality content. In my opinion, the most correct is to update the blog at least 4 times a week. Thus, good results will appear shortly.

  13. Congratulations team 2. I saw your work and it was great. It was very simple yet stylish at the same time. I like the colors as it complements with one another. Team 1 work isn’t that bad but team 2 is better.

    • Thank you, Jarrod! We try. We took this project very seriously from the start, and have continued to run it as a team (even though, we are now technically competing against each other – that’s a bit weird, but it happens in the corporate world, too, doesn’t it?) Means a lot to us to know that the work’s paying off, and visitors to the site are enjoying it.

    • Have to agree with my fellow team mate and competitor, competing against each other (after we have come so far) is much harder than working on the blog. Thanks for your support!

  14. Letitia Erickson says:

    Yeah, I am proud to be part of this contest. Time to roll up the work and get to sleeves! Ready and rarin’ to go, Boss!

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  16. as they always say… Content is King on the Internet. And, it couldn’t be easier today to create unique content on-the-fly, by way of “using voice dictation” to create your content, without having to type it. That’s the beauty of today’s information technology :-)

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