Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Famous Bloggers ComLuv contest may be over, but the fun has just begun.

Blogging Contest

A contest where everyone wins

So I didn’t win any prizes from the Famous Bloggers ComLuv contest; actually I did. I was not one of the 20 winners who will receive a cash prize but what I won is almost as valuable. Considering I had just decided to venture into the world of personal blogs I was able to make an article good enough to qualify for the contest. That alone made me a winner. But what really made this contest worth participating were all the extra perks I got just for entering.

It was simple. I just had to follow the rules by signing up on both sites, providing some details about myself and then submit an article based on a set of topics provided by the contest holders that I could not submit anywhere else. Once I qualified my article would be posted for the members to read and comment. That’s it. After a few weeks of exposure the judges would check each article and score them based on a certain criteria's and such and eventually decide who wins what prize. During this time my blog and I were exposed to a large number of readers who could easily find their way to my blog by simply clicking on the backlinks the site provided with every comment you made and every post you submitted. This was probably the best exposure my blog has gotten so far thanks to these 2 sites alone.

But how did you find this contest?

As I started researching how to build my blogger blog, pick a theme, add some plugins and stuff and eventually find ways to promote it, I came across some comments about a contest on a site call on some blogs I came across. I followed it and found a community dedicated to helping people learn how to create and promote their blogs. This site was exactly what I was looking for but what I didn’t know was that I had found more than just a source of information to get my blog started. This site, in combination with ComLuv, introduced me to a system that allowed me to grow my “following” list on Twitter and even cooler was that my “followers” list also grew exponentially. On top of this I was also able to find the blogs of the many members of both sites allowing to start an incredible list of blogs I know follow thru Google Reader and FeedReader. The amount of stuff to read is incredible; my previous blog home pales in comparison.

As I spent more time on the site, I found the the owner, Hesham, was a really nice person who actually spent time on the site talking to his members. He even acknowledged me several times which made me feel like I was one of them, a real blogger. Famous Bloggers makes you feel at home, the members relate to you as if they’ve known you for a long time and the tips you get from the articles posted by the members are priceless. The more I read, the more I realize I am in over my head on this whole blog venture, but I have decided to take the challenge and work hard till I create a blog where I can provide interesting content from several topics I like talking about so that people can come, read and comments on them. And I cant deny that although it’s not the reason I decided to start blogging on my own, the fact that I could make money of this blog is a nice bonus.

The end of a contest, but the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The contest may be over and the 20 winners announced. But this is just the beginning for this Blogger Novice as I will put the knowledge that I gained from this contest to good use and make this blog one of the best blogs out there.

Let’s get the ball rolling and the articles flowing. It’s time to “kick it up a notch” as Emeril Lagasse would say. Stay tuned. This blog is going into overdrive. See you in the comment section.

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