Two days ago I launched Tyler’s Cash Giveaway!, a very simple contest in which I’m giving away a total of $550 in cash. Well, it’s already Sunday and so the contest is already over.
I’d like to thank everyone who subscribed and participated in the contest. If you didn’t win, now that you’re subscribed, you’ll automatically be eligible for any future RSS contests I have and may end up winning something without even knowing you were entered into it!
I used Random.org to produce the following 3 random winners from the RSS by E-mail and Newsletter categories (I’ve left out the domain part of the e-mail addresses for spambot and privacy protection):
RSS by E-mail Winners:
- 1st place: $100 – jphabaradas
- 2nd place: $100 – romefeeds
- 3rd place: $50 – kris
- 1st place: $100 – chris
- 2nd place: $100 – gareth1989
- 3rd place: $100 – kurt.walther
Congratulations everyone! I’ve e-mailed each of you to get your PayPal addresses and will send you your free cash out as soon as you get back to me.
In the event that somebody does not get back to me within a week, I will redraw a winner to take their place.
The Rich get Richer
I personally find this hilarious but some of you may not. You see the 3rd place winner, kris? Well that’s actually Kris Jones, CEO of the Pepperjam Network! He’s already a multi-millionaire and now he’ll be another $50 richer, lol…
He won because he’s apparently a subscriber to my Feedburner RSS by E-mail list which he signed up to a long time ago, not specifically for this contest (obviously). I’ll see if he’s willing to forfeit the cash and let another person win it, but he won it fair and square so it’s completely up to him.
Thank you MarketLeverage!
I worked hard to gather up all those hundreds of bills, but MarketLeverage are the one’s who put UP those hundreds of bills!
Effects of the Contest
Who said you needed to run a huge contest and make it a big production? From time to time I run very quick and simple contests like this one and they’ve all seem to have gone well.
Two days ago, I hit a new RSS record of 1,751. This was only an increase of 3 over my previous record, following the very slow but gradual growth trend of my blog’s RSS subscriber count.
I knew even before launching this contest that it would increase my RSS count. However, I was thinking it would be more along the lines of around 100 or maybe even 150, making the total 1,850-1,900.
So when I refreshed my RSS yesterday to see what it came to after just 24 hours of launching the contest, I was very surprised.
After just one day, my RSS exploded from 1,751 to 2,130! That’s an increase of 379 RSS subscribers OVERNIGHT! It just goes to show you that running a very simple contest from time to time can do wonders for your blog.
If you equate the cost of the contest in terms of RSS readers, it would come out to a $1.45 cost-per-acquisition which is very cheap. You’d be crazy if you’d turn down buying 1,000 RSS subscribers for only $1,450.
The new subscribers account for 17.8% of my new RSS total, which is a LOT for a simple 2-day contest.
The majority of the increase was due to new Newsletter subscribers. At the time I launched the contest, my count was at 18. 101 people signed up that same day. My new Newsletter count is currently at 123!
There’s one thing that’s bothering me though. See, if you set up AWeber to send out blog broadcasts, then Feedburner is supposed to add those subscribers to your total RSS count. However, the numbers don’t seem to add up.
For example, here is the total count of my AWeber count according to Feedburner the day the contest launched:
And here’s the results from the following day:
First off, I know that I subscribed around 42 new registrants to the Feedburner E-mail subscription service, but it’s only showing 1 new one. More importantly, however, is the huge increase seen in the AWeber numbers.
It jumped from 179 to 415, an increase of 236 when AWeber itself says I registered only 123.
The only thing I can think of is that since most people registered for the first time on the 17th, AWeber sends a couple e-mails to conduct the confirmation process of a new lead. Perhaps Feedburner is counting each of those as a separate count. But when I’ve seen other bloggers add the AWeber Blog Broadcast to their blog, I didn’t notice them having a short influx of RSS subscribers then see it lowered immediately afterwards, so I’m not sure what’s going on here.
I think I may never know the answer, and it’s just one of those statistical anomalies that can’t be accounted for in some online programs.
But enough analyzing….
I can’t believe I finally hit the 2,000 RSS milestone! In fact, I’m already well on my way to the next one and have my eyes set on the big 3,000.
Stay tuned for a post within the next 2-3 days regarding a present I promised to buy myself once I hit the 2,000 RSS mark, and the present I will promise to buy myself at the 3,000 mark.