The results of the much blogged-about contest between Gyutae Park of WinningTheWeb.com and I has finally come to an end after 11 days of blood, sweat and tears. The final tally ended at:
WinningTheWeb.com: 55 TylerCruz.com: 51
…Tears indeed – I lost!
Before I write any more, I’d like to apologize to everyone who voted for me. I really thought I would win this, and must admit that I was very surprised that Gyutae performed as well as well as he did. Well played, Gyutae – you won fair and square.
This post will be broken down into two entries since there is so much to talk about. This post will contain the final scores and contain some of the backlinks and plugs I need to give out, while the next post will focus on how the contest helped my blog and will provide stats and metrics as well.
The official score was 55-51, but there were a lot of unofficial scores involved. Here are the unofficial scores:
- Total Vote Count: Gyutae: 61 Tyler: 53
- Eligible Vote Count*: Gyutae: 55 Tyler: 51
- Eligible Vote Count Without Blog Network**: Gyutae: 55 Tyler: 39
* – Votes that met the contest guidelines such as 300-word minimum
** – I had a blog network write 12 votes for me which I feel are legit, but Gyutae and I had a miscommunication when we started the contest if those would count or not.
But Wait, I Actually Won!
However, even though I lost the competition, the truth is that everybody won. I’m not trying to go after-school special on you, but it’s true. Here’s why:
Tyler Cruz voters Win – Even though those who voted for me weren’t eligible for the $300-prize draw, they still got 150 Entrecard credits each and a link and plug from my blog.
WinningTheWeb voters Win – In addition to three voters winning $100 each, they each received a T-shirt, 100-Entrecard credits, and a link back.
Gyutae Park Wins – Even though Gyutae park had to pay out $250 for all the shirts he gave away, he gained 114 backlinks from 114 different blogs within 11 days. If broken down, that’s $2.19 per blog post. Can’t beat that!
Tyler Cruz Wins – Even though I have to pay $300 for losing the competition, I also gained 114 backlinks from 114 different blogs within 11 days. If broken down, that’s $2.60 per blog post. So in reality, while I lost the actual competition, the only thing I really lost was some pride!
Since I lost the competition, I have to shell out $100 to 3-random bloggers who voted for Gyutae Park. The 3 winners of the $100 are:
Congratulations, I’ll send you your cash via PayPal as soon as Gyutae gets back to me with your PayPal addresses.
Below are the rest of the blogs that voted for me. Thanks a lot guys (and gals), I really appreciated the support… even though most of you were after the free 150 Entrecard credits 😉
I actually ran out of Entrecard credits to be honest, so Jean Costa was nice enough to lend me 1,500 so that I could pay everyone. f I missed any backlinks or paying credits to anyone, let me know. With 53 blogs to sort through, I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed somebody!
I should have thought a little more before deciding to give away plugs and links to all the blogs that voted for me… the following list took me forever to write:
NickThrolson.com – While I really appreciate the vote, I have to slam my fist down hard on the complete and utter overabundance of ads; AdBrite is linking nearly every 5th word, there are a billion ads on the sidebar, but far worst of all is the full-page interstitial that popped-up. Trust me Nick, you have to remove at least half of these ads or nobody will return to your site! Read my You’re Not a Rock Star post.
Bitcholosphy.blogspot.com – An interesting blog for our estrogen-filled friends. I like how her latest post’s first 5 words at “I’m getting prepared for Valentines Day…” – it shows just how different the two genders really are…
BlogDuJour.com – Like the domain name says, BlogDuJour showcases a new blog every day. Unfortunately, they are only 1-3 sentences long each. I’d definitely recommend lengthening them…
CalvinHarvey.com – He didn’t meet the 300 word minimum so he gets a short plug from me.
20bmp.com – Brand new blog with only a few posts so there’s not much to talk about. I’d recommend a more descriptive domain name though.
ScribblesAndWords.com – If you want a good example of a descriptive tagline or slogan, check out theirs. On a side note, if they had that text in nicely styled CSS rather than in an image, it would be better for SEO
JohnChow.ca – Who’s this guy? Oh wait, it’s John Chow! Getting John Chow to not only post about the contest but actually vote for me wasn’t exactly easy. I had to… persuade him. It definitely helped though, as I think I got 7-8 more votes out of it.
Bedo.Blogyx.com – The best thing Bedo could do if he’s serious about blogging is to move to WordPress; if he can’t afford a domain and hosting (about $10 a month total) then use WordPress.com (free), but never use a 5th-rate blog host such as Blogyx.com! Even Blogger.com would be better.
Sector-Online.com – The only “make money online” blog I’ve ever read that has legitimate entrepreneur posts, only to end with a babe photo in each post!
Erwin-Tan.com – I unfortunately can’t think of anything to really say about his blog, but Erwin was kind enough to add my 125×125 banner to his site. The funny thing is, it’s actually a smart idea to do this if you have unfilled slots as it appears that I purchased the advertisement, which can help entice others that it’s a good place to advertise. Aaron Wall speaks about this in his book.
WiseBlogging.com – Great post. I find it interesting that Chris has chosen to promote FireFox with Google Toolbar as his top ad. I can’t imagine that Mozilla/Google pay well for each CPA, and the demographic who are reading a “make money online” blog most likely already have FireFox. I’d much prefer to advertise an ad or affiliate network. I could be wrong though and he’s actually making bank on it 😛
Bennyong.com – I’ve seen a lot of blogs sporting the “Live Traffic Feed” widget lately.. and I don’t understand the point of it. It seems to be one of those things that people ad just for the sake of adding. It’s certainly interesting to look at who is visiting your site and where they are coming from, but that can be done by looking at your server statistics. I think that space could much be better used for other things instead (ads, monthly archive, etc.)
PerfectBlogging.com – This vote was done by my friend Stefan from InstantCoding.com. He just grabbed the domain about a week ago – it just goes to show you that there are still plenty of good domains out there.
FrancesLui.com – She seems to write a lot of posts on the various blog contests out there. So, if you’re running a blog contest you should contact Frances to try to get some free exposure!
SerialBlogr.com – Another blogger who seems to have caught the “blog contest” bug whose focus appears to revolve around blog contests.
BruceCat.com – Bruce Cat does SEO and Kung Fu by day and tries to make money online by night. Hmm.. any NBC producers reading?
Rhyan.net – I’m not sure if he’s aware, but I can never view his site in MSIE as I get “Operation Aborted” the second the site loads. It’s fine in FireFox though. It just goes to show why you should always make sure your site works in both browsers. Most people still use MSIE, meaning that most people probably tried visiting his site, only having to leave the second they go there.
Bebemiqui.blogspot.com – I guess it was a joke, but it took me a while to realize it. I’m referring to her “I Lost $20,000 dollars on a Bad Beat” poker story… I know plenty of guys who regularly lose $100,000 pots so the joke lost itself on me
Skiper.PinoyAnswers.com – He sure knows how to write an effective blog title I wonder if he knows I’m half Pinoy myself…