After my last post discussing personal missions I’ve been really motivated to think of a creative, completely different way of gaining subscribers. I’ve always loved creative marketing techniques and so was pretty excited about this concept.
I’ll be running an ongoing contest for the duration of this blog where I reward people simply for commenting. That’s right, commenting, not subscribing. My goal is to reach 50 RSS Subscribers as quickly as possible (I have 17 31 so far). When I eventually reach 50 subscribers I will pay a random commenter to this post $5 via paypal as a kind of celebration.
How does it work? Well you can track my progress through the image at the top of this post. I’m trying to find out how to get a script or plugin developed that will update itself automatically, but for now I couldn’t wait to get started! I’m simply going to update my rather crude progress chart design at the end of each day based on my new subscriber figures.
Remember, in order to be entered into the contest to win $5 you need to comment on this post. Current subscribers are also welcome to enter, just leave me a comment.
RULES: There is only one rule: in your comment you must leave your paypal email. This is simply so that people don’t spam under different names in an attempt to increase their chances of winning. I don’t intend to spam you, and hate spam myself so please replace the ‘@’ in your email with ‘(NO SPAM)’. For example: contest(NO SPAM)pushstandards.com. When this round of the contest concludes I will select a Paypal address at random and send the $5 prize to that address.
The idea behind this ‘progress chart’ is to provide my visitors with a more interactive way to see how the site is doing. Hopefully it should encourage people to subscribe as they will want to see that 50 subscribers mark reached as soon as possible so that they have a chance of winning the contest.
Another big aspect of this idea is that it doesn’t stop at 50 subscribers. I will be making a new post for each round of the contest, and as my subscribers increase I will increase the prize amount and set a new goal / chart image. I was thinking about something like this, although it’s by no means final:
Hopefully by the time this reaches the last round there will be quite a lot of buzz about the ongoing contest and this should help promote the site nicely. Anyway, please let me know what you think about the idea, and get subscribing/commenting today!
PS: Sorry for the incoherent post, it’s 5am and I’m dying of tiredness. Also to let you know, tomorrow I’ll be getting the train back to university (6 hours yay! :/) so I probably won’t get to post until late in the evening. On that note, I’m off to bed, but I hope that you enjoy the contest and please post any questions in the comments or contact me by email.