I've mentioned before that a big motivator for getting me started blogging was running across the Smart Passive Income blog by Pat Flynn. He has a really great site and he is a very genuine person and as a result he has a huge following and generates his entire income from his blog and several other niche sites. If you haven't checked out his site I highly recommend it.
The main reason to visit his site is that he has a ton of really great, actionable information on how to either get started blogging or to take things to the next level. The second reason is that he currently is doing a $500 giveaway in the form of 5 - $100 Amazon gift cards!
It is his way of giving back while also motivating you to take action and further your blog or website in the process.
In order to enter, all you have to do is 1 of 7 items he mentions below. If you have a blog, it is most likely something you would be doing anyway. But you do not have to have a blog to enter. Several items can be done without a blog or website.
You can create one stellar article, create a list post (10 best places to go on vacation), create a YouTube video, develop a mini product (a document or mini-ebook as an example), write a post that tells a story, create a case study or interview someone. The only requirement is that it has to be a new item that you complete between now and the end of October when the contest ends.
I will definitely be entering. I'm not sure which one I will pick just yet. I will let you know which one I decide to go with and will provide the specifics of how I accomplish whichever one I choose. I wanted to pass that along to everyone out there to give you a chance to win! I copy/pasted the main details from his post below, but be sure to check out the full post as well for further details.
Are you going to enter? Any idea which one you might choose? If you have any questions about how to get started on a particular item or need any assistance, let me know. I'm familiar with most of the items and can point you in the right direction. Thanks and good luck!
Here is an excerpt from Pat's post:
"All you have to do is pick 1 of the 7 previous challenges and submit a link to a post or page on your site that fulfills the requirements for that specific challenge. The post must be a newly published post on your website that went live on or after Thursday, August 16th 12:01am PT. No submissions of previously written posts, recordings or videos will be accepted.
To recap, you can:
- Write a Pillar Article
- Publish a List Post
- Create a YouTube Video
- Develop a Mini-Product
- Write a Post that Tells a Story
- Create a Case Study; or
- Interview Someone
I’m giving you until the end of October 2012 to complete this challenge.
After you’ve completed this challenge, send me an email with a link to it through my Contact Page and make sure you write READER CHALLENGE in the SUBJECT LINE so that my email filter will catch it and I’ll include it in the next roundup post. Also include which challenge you did too.
This time, I’m giving away FIVE $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Cards!
Four will go to randomly selected submissions and one will go to the person who I feel has the best headline/title for their post, so do your best to make your headline a compelling, eye-catching headline that can’t help but be clicked.
I highly encourage you participate this time, even if you’ve participated in one already. Not only can you win something, but you’ll get a shout out on the roundup post after the challenge is over and most importantly, you’d be doing something that helps you and your brand."