Category Archives: Contests

$54,000 in Prizes for the ProBlogger Birthday Contest

Darren Rowse has finally tallied up the dollar value of his blog’s birthday contest and it is going to rank as one of the biggest blog related contests ever. If you haven’t won in previous contests, I’d hate to think what your odds will be in Darren’s contest, but no doubt the prizes will be amazing.

Here is a bit from his post on

There are 115 sponsors (give or take a couple that we’re finalizing) – some are offering multiple prizes (one is offering something for up to 500 of you – which pushed up the prize pool value). Prizes range from getting theme songs composed for podcasts/videos (something I wouldn’t mind winning myself), to iPods, to logo designs, to magazine subscriptions, to books, to cash and vouchers and so much more. Prizes values range from just a few dollars in value to thousands of dollars.

I consider myself to be fairly unlucky when it comes to contests of random chance, but having won advertising on The Blog Beat made me a happy blogger, and I think I will watch Darren’s contest from the sidelines. Good luck to all those that enter.

Originally posted on October 1, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

Blog Beat Advertising Contest

If you are hoping to get some free advertising on a prominent blog, The Blog Beat has you covered as they run a contest to earn one of two 125×125 pixel advertising spots on their site. eXtra for Every Publisher is entering the contest in hopes of increasing its audience, and if you have a blog that could use the highly focused traffic The Blog Beat brings in, I suggest you enter as well.

Here are the details:

You have the opportunity to be entered to win one of two advertising spots on The Blog Beat for the months of October & November.

Where Are The Ad Spots? The advertising spots are the banner after the first article and a 125 pixel x 125 pixel image on the right side of the blog. One winner will get the banner ad for the first month while the other gets the 125 button ad, and then switch for the second month.

How Do I Enter? Simply link to The Blog Beat from your site. This link could be to The Blog Beat homepage or an article, it just needs to be a link. When the contest ends, I will randomly pick two winners.

With some great tips, and imagery in their posts, The Blog Beat is a great site, and one I highly recommend for bloggers learning the ropes. Check out their full site as well as their archives, and if you are interested in entering the contest, you only have until September 23rd.

Originally posted on September 6, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

David Airey’s $4000 Blog Anniversary Contest

David Airey, who does amazing logo design work and someone I have been trying to get to know better, has set up an absolutely amazing contest for his blog’s anniversary.

He has set it up to include some great prizes from a variety of different people and amassed an amazing number of products and services for the prize draw.

His Gold Award package makes me super excited as it includes:

The other prizes include USB Thumb drives, telephone conversations with some amazing people, and advertising.

The advertising prizes interest me as well, especially since Xfep is still very young. The advertising opportunities include:

The great thing is that anyone can enter David’s contest, and getting one entry is as simple as subscribing to his RSS feed or e-mail feed, and then contacting him with a secret code that you’ll find within.

A great contest, and good luck to everyone that enters.

Originally posted on September 2, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

Free Logo Service for Bloggers

College Startup Logo Logo Design Works has a great marketing technique that is ongoing. They have a contest where bloggers can win a logo for their blog. The logo package is their bronze package which is worth $197 US dollars.

Branding can be quite difficult so a good logo can set you apart from others in your niche.

There are three requirements for entry:

1. The blog must be at least 6 months old and should have at least 10 posts in the past 30 days (from date of application) and should be in English.

2. The blog should be related to design, small business, marketing, SEO, blogging, freelance, productivity and related industries ONLY

3. The blog contains a link to in its blogroll

If you want to find out more information, check out Logo Design Work’s site. doesn’t qualify for the program, but I have had friends who made it as part of their August round, and Logo Design Works created some amazing designs for them. I highly recommend the service and company.

Originally posted on August 26, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

Japanese Venture Capitalist Firm Pivoting to South East Asian Startups

Innovation Weekend Winner

Japanese venture capitalist firm, Sunbridge Global Ventures, is aggressively moving into the South East Asian startup scene, which has exponential growth over the last couple of years.

Like many savvy incubator investors, Sunbridge Global has recognized the scene is to hot to miss out on. What is more, and unlike Japan in many sectors- it remains relatively unsaturated, as this excellent “opportunity map” from TechinAsia shows:

SE Asian opportunity map

Sunbridge Global is partnered by some of the biggest corporations in Japan, such as NTT, Kao, VEC and in the US with the likes of Amazon. Last week at the Innovation Weekend at Singapore, hosted by Sunbridge Global Ventures. The winner, StudyPact, and the runner-up Haystakt– both taking the new crowdfunding fad to new and unique levels. Both projects qualified for attendance, and a chance to pitch, at a Tokyo-based pitch contest in December of this year. Joining them will be the winners and runners-up from pitch contests in Boston, London and Osaka this year.

Sunbridge Global, along with many other established and up and coming venture capital firms in Japan- are evolving from being traditional VC types, to “incubators” who provide platforms and guidance to startup ventures. With their Jannovation Week in Silicon Valley, they are investing in companies all over the world, such as the US platform AnyRoad. It is surely a sign of the times that the new way of approaching investment in South East Asia, with many collaborations between Japanese and Chinese VCs and technology firms (such as LanguageCloud, which Sunbridge Global also invested in)- will not be overly influenced by the older generations still harboring grudges over events which happened over 75 years ago, such as the nanking massacre. The younger generations are not only tech savvy and forward looking, along with awareness that previous generations didn’t have (e.g: the environment, health, etc)- but they also recognize that socially aware entrepreneurship and staying connected to their fellow men and women around world, without censorship, is the best chance the world has for peace and prosperity for all.

    Originally posted on May 14, 2014 @ 2:39 am