2 Ways to Rock in a Blogging Contest

13 de Julho - Dia Mundial do RockThe big blogging contest on the topic of traffic generation has ended and now it is time to discover some of the things I did to get 330+ comments on my post, 50 Website Traffic Sources You Should Milk Like Crazy.

If you are interested in joining the awesome We Blog Better contest, read on and get ready for it.

The main thing, when it comes to contest, is of course - a great post. I believe mine was great. At least I was told so :)

From day one it attracted attention, it was commented on, retweeted, shared… The comments were great and a lot of them were along the lines of “This is one of the best blog posts I have ever read.”

To help you win the contest, this is what you need to do to get constant flow of comments and shares on your post. You don’t want your post to just be there for weeks with no comments and end up to have to beg people to comment two days before it ends.

Second, reply to every single comment. That is not only the way to get the numbers up, it is the way to connect with those visitors and this brought new regular readers and subscribers to my blog.

So, I got more than 300 comments on my contest entry without any special “action”, begging, sounding desperate or anything. I just kept promoting my post using the tips as explained in Kristi’s book blog Post Promotion Guide.

Did I do anything else? Yes, I would not be me, if I hadn’t done more, lol. When I was tired of building links to my contest post and bringing traffic, I decided to go straight for some results and did two things.

Organize a Facebook Event

I organized a Facebook event and invited my friends to it. I told them I am in a contest and asked them to read the post. I also asked them to comment on it or share it with their friends if they liked it.

Why didn’t I just tell them to share it instead of asking them to read it first? Because once they read the post, they all made long comments and went over the top with sharing the post. They loved it and that is what pushed them to help me.

The results were good, I expected only a few people to even respond, but I actually got about 20 great comments and a lot of shares. I did have to take in consideration that most of my friends have no clue what blogging or Twitter are, lol.

So that worked out great and all those that knew what a blogging contest is, responded and helped.

Steal comments

Yeah, I don’t know how else to name this. I started blogging not so long ago and I still don’t have so many friends in blogosphere as some of the other contestants. So I needed to make more friends and get more comments from them.

I chose a few posts written by people that I thought had the best comments on their posts and went through those comments. I would read a comment left by a blogger I have never seen, see what kind of a blog he/she runs and leave two or three comments on their blog.

We all like to repay the favor so they came and commented on my contest post. I did this about 15 times, until my ADHD kicked in. Every single one came to my post and commented on it. I bookmarked all of those blogs to continue building relationships online.

Why did I do this? Well, I have been doing something similar any time I want to find new blogs to read. I would go to a bigger blog that I love to read, like We Blog Better, for example, and follow all captivating links posted by people who commented.

That way I would find new interesting people to connect with. So I thought, why not apply the same thing to my contest post. Obviously it worked and not only did I get more comments, but I already connected with some of those great people.

These are two very simple tips that will get you more comments in a contest and that is what you want. Comments are like food to us bloggers, and you know they are one of the things that counts when it comes to who will win the contest.

If you are still thinking, don’t! Submit that post, use these two tips and what ever you normally do to promote your blog and you are on your way to victory :)

So… will we be reading your guest post contest entry here in the coming weeks?

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