How NOT to run a blog contest.

How NOT to run a blog contest.

I’ve been thinking recently that once I’ve finally got the printed version of my Web Project Management eBook sorted (which will be very soon) I’d run some sort of competition here and give away a few copies.

I keep an eye on the different types of competitions run (and boy are there loads!) through the Contest Blogger website.

A few weeks ago (I can’t remember when exactly as the blog doesn’t do dates) Contest Blogger posted about Ashwin Kanna (I’m not even going to bother linking to the gits website) running a competition to win $2500 for simply posting a couple of links and a few lines of text on your blog. Copy Blogger was sceptical that this contest was a pile of poo, and rightly so.

The competition’s just ended and who’s won? An anonymous blogger with a blogger blog set up 3 days before the contest ends and 2 posts (read more about it here at the Copy Blogger round-up page).

Hmm, my spider senses are tingling….

I haven’t had a good rant in a while, and certainly not at a fellow blogger but I mean, Come On!

Why bother with the competition if you’re not going to run it fairly and transparently? Seriously, this sort of thing gives blogging a bad name and devalues all of those people that work hard to supply the prizes for their blogs.

What a tit Angry.

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