My “Banners Galore!” RSS Contest Winners

February 24, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Time flies when you’re having fun, and my “Banners Galore” RSS contest has come to an end after a week of running.

It went quite well: there was a lot of participation and interest in it, I gained RSS readers, and the sponsor was pleased with the results as well.

The Winners

Congratulations to Josh Morrow and to Tim Johnson of for each winning a Digi Combo ($164 value) courtesy of Each Digi Combo consists of:

  • 468×60 Banner
  • 234×60 Banner 
  • 125×125 Banner
  • 120×60 Banner
  • One ANY SIZE Banner of your choice
  • In addition, BannersMall is throwing in the source PSD for each of the banners which normally costs $5 per banner – a $25 value!

And congratulations to Syia for winning a Peel Away Ad ($80 value) which consists of:

  • One Peel Away Ad, such as the one in the top right corner of my blog.
  • Includes the source PSD – a $5 value

To determine the winners through randomization, I exported my Feedburner E-mail list to which randomized the entire list for me. I then took the first 3 verified e-mails (unverified e-mails were skipped) from the randomized list. The third verified e-mail won the Peel Away Ad.

Effects of the Contest

Blog contests are great because they are a win-win-win situation for everybody. The sponsor gets a lot of exposure, the participants win great prizes, and the blogger gets to give back to his or her readers while usually gaining traffic at the same time. In my case, my goal was to obviously further increase my number of RSS by e-mail subscriptions.

The first RSS contest I ran back in late December was a great success, and ended up bringing in 168 new RSS e-mail subscribers, which was a major boost for me at the time. When organizing this latest contest I did not expect to bring in that many again as I felt I had already “used up” most of my readers. That is, most regular readers who were likely to subscribe to my RSS by e-mail for the contest would have already done do in the first contest.

However, new readers are constantly finding my blog, and so I felt it was worth running another one. I was also interested in seeing just how many new RSS subscribers I could gain.

So, how did I do?

Right before starting this latest contest I had 167 RSS e-mail subscribers. I now have 255, which is an increase of 88 RSS e-mail subscribers.

When I started the contest, I had a total of 1274 RSS subscribers. I now have 1,404, which is an increase of 70 and appears to go hand-in-hand with my RSS e-mail results.

1,404 RSS! That’s a new record, and a new milestone! I’ll be making a post soon about it. I know some readers are tired of reading my RSS milestone posts, but it will be the last one they have to read until 1,700 🙂

Email subscriptions now make up 16% of my total RSS distribution (it shows 194 there as it was the average from the past 7 days).


    About BannersMall

    This contest would obviously not have been possible without the generosity from my friends at BannersMall. I’d like to once again thank them for their sponsorship. Now that the contest is over and the winners announced, run over to BannersMall and get some banners done!

    Here again is a bit of information about the banner design company:

    Although BannersMall is only run mainly by two people (four in total), they’ve already done work for over 4,000 clients, having created over 30,000 banners. Some of their clients include HostGator, E-lance, 1&1 Hosting, and the American Red Cross. In fact, looking through their portfolio, it almost seems as though they’ve created half of the banners that you see online – seriously.

    But don’t take my word for it – look through their 129 jam-packed pages of their portfolio for yourself to see the quality of their work.

    They have a turnaround time of around 3 days, offer 24-hour rush orders, and provide free revisions until you are happy with your banners.

    Perhaps the best endorsement I could make, however, would be to say that I’m a longtime and repeat client. I’ve purchased dozens of banners from BannersMall over the past few years, and have always been very satisfied. Here are a few 468×60 banners they’ve made for me in the past:

    BannersMall Affiliate Program

    Recently, BannersMall added a referral program to their site due to popular demand. I know that I’ve been waiting a very long time for them to do this. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I was the 6th person to sign up for it 🙂

    They pay out 10% per sale, and give you $10 just for signing up (there is a $100 minimum payout to prevent people from abusing this). I only signed up about 6 weeks ago and have already made 8 transactions totalling $51.76. To sign up, click on the “BannersMall Affiliate Program button located at the top center of their site (it can be easy to miss).

    I would highly recommend BannersMall the next time you need some banners done for your websites. 

    Sponsor my Next Contest!

    If you’re interested in sponsoring my next blog contest, shoot me an e-mail with what you can put up. You’ll get a decent amount of exposure, especially since a lot of other blogs often post and link about the contest.

    I’m looking for prizes worth a total of at least $250, but the more the better 🙂

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Posted: February 24th, 2008 under Contests  

9 Responses to “My “Banners Galore!” RSS Contest Winners”

  1. Congratulations to the winners the prize is an exceptional one.

  2. Andrei Buiu says:

    Congratulations to the winners, and congrats to you to Tyler for reaching a new milestone 😉

  3. Andrew says:

    Just as a random side question, completely not relating to the post (sorry)…

    In your trips to the local casino, how much do you tend to tip the dealer (if at all)?

    I’m interested in branching out to local casino play but have never been before and just want to feel comfortable with the whole idea before I do…and tipping is just generally something that tends to bother me – not in the “I don’t want to!” way, but merely that I worry I’ve tipped enough sometimes.

    Thanks for answering. And, obviously, I love the posts about the poker and other such personal stuff just as much as the web stuff.

    • Tyler Cruz says:

      At the casino here, the actual table is electronic and automatic, and so there is no dealer to tip (part of the reason I loved playing at the casino) 🙂

      But really, the best way is to ask the players around you how much to tip, or watch how much they tip. It’s not a big deal to ask, and the dealer will actually appreciate it as some people are cheap and never tip!

  4. Mike Huang says:

    Darn, I didn’t win 🙁 , but congrats to the winners!


  5. Tom Beaton says:

    Looks like it was a success if you ask me! Congratulations to the winners and to Tyler for his increased RSS count!

  6. Bannersmail is awesome. They always get you exactly what you want without having to build the thing yourself. Congrats to the contest winner too.


  7. Hussein says:

    Bannersmail? Nice banner. If ever I got an extra money maybe I would grab one from them. I want 125×125 for my entrecard.

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