This week I have two related posts for you. Both are revolving around the same subject and that is what NOT to do while trying to make it as a blogger.
I was reading a post on a blog and wanted to vote for it on Blog Engage. I click the voting button and, as you know, get BE to open in another tab. So I voted for the post and all in all, it took about 10 seconds to do it.
And there I see a chat message from a person I have no idea who it is.
If you did not know, Brian added the chat feature to Blog Engage recently.
Anyway, here is the message:
What is wrong with this?
- I have never ever had any contact with the blogger, nor have I ever seen the person.
- I was online on BlogEngage for several seconds, looks like the person is just waiting for anyone to log in to shoot the message.
- No introduction. I still don’t know who this is.
- What if I was someone who just registered on BE? I would have even less clue as what they want from me.
- “Please vote for me article…”.
- How do I vote for the article?
- Why should I vote for your article?
- Is there a contest going on?
- My “cooperation is kindly appreciated”? But you didn’t even wait for me to tell you if I will do it or not!
I am the type of person that always loves to help. I know how much my blogging friends helped me win the traffic generation contest this spring.
But here is the big difference. Those were my blogging friends. I have connected with them before the contest.
You can not expect for people to do you favors when they have no clue who you are. You need to, at least, introduce yourself and explain what you need.
How should that message look, for me to actually do something (example):
“Hey, my name is John. I entered the contest here and would appreciate if you would help me win it. All I need from you is a comment and maybe a share on Twitter… Would you be interested?”
Then, if a person says yes, send the link.
Have we met before?
I receive DMs on Twitter all the time, from my friends that enter different contests. And I ALWAYS read their posts and vote as much as I can, I share it and try to help.
And I will always do that in the future.
But ambushing someone on chat is not the way to do it.
How to network and win a blogging contest?
All of us enter blogging contest for exposure and money. To win it, basically you need to have a great post and a loooooot of friends to vote for you.
If you have no friends to help, you better have a bloody awesome post.
Network before you enter a contest, so you will have some friends to give you the first push.
Write a great post so when you ask people to vote for you, they have something good to read and learn.
Read blogs and books about blog post promotion and learn all you can about the topic.
Don’t be too pushy.
When to think twice about entering?
If you are a complete blogging beginner, maybe you should wait a bit before entering a blogging contest. You want to have a good established blog for people to land on when your entry is published.
You should write a great piece of advice people can learn from. The main goal when writing for contest is not “how to win it” but “how to deliver the most value”. That is a full proof way of winning a blogging contest!
I absolutely don’t want to sound harsh. I am also kinda sick and tired of people calling some of my posts “rants”. Nope, this is all me. This is how I talk and sorry if I am bursting your bubble.
But I feel the need to help and sometimes the only way to help is to tell you the hard, cold facts.
There are some things that won’t work well with most of us and this was one of them. No ambushing, just plain old networking we all love and enjoy :)
OK, let me hear you… You hate me for being so mean or getting my point?