During the last month or so, I tested a new rule on The Contest Winner
and yesterday, BloggingZoom
asked if they should change something on their site.The timing is good for this post. :D
The Contest Winner
3 Weeks ago, I added a rule on The Contest Winner
that bloggers that wanted to submit a blog contest would need to add their blog on 1 Cool File
. Well, I got my first entry today. Previously, I had 2-3 entries per week.
don't realize a few things:
- I take time to create the contest post. It would be the same for them to add their blog. And many times, I can't enter in the contest because it's for US resident only because of shipping. That, I understand that last part. So, it's a fair trade for them to add their blog
- Contest are mostly for building backlinks and increase traffic thus adding their blog would also do that on a PR6 blog directory. Plus their RSS feed is shown
- The links are dofollow on both sites
- Adding a blog is free or paid(show more feeds)
Now, Court and Vic are thinking of allowing bloggers
to cut and paste from the original post instead of creating a new 350 characters
description. Now, if the blogger write a new description, then it would be better for SEO
(search engine optimization) .
My personal opinion is to let the blogger
do what they want. Yes, I'm lazy
and sometimes I don't want to write a post again. If they offer me the choice, my description might not be cut and paste but it would be shorter than the 350 characters. That would depend on how I feel about the post. But if I take the time
, I would benefit
on the long run. Being French speaking first, it does take me more time to write in English. Some native English bloggers will take 1 or 2 minutes to write it(Lucky you! ;) ).
Not enforcing the rule would also mean more bloggers
will join that may care more about burst traffic. In time, they may understand the SEO
benefit. I have an example on BloggingZoom
how a new description benefited me.
Of course, not everybody understand SEO
and writing a post like this may show them that traffic come in all sort of ways(burst or search engine).
If it's too much "work" for bloggers
, then why are they doing contest, joining BloggingZoom
or even blogging in the first place? I prefer to think that they are lacking SEO vision
. But are you feeling lazy
Keywords: 1 Cool File, Blogging, Contest, Passion, Ranking, Traffic