How I Won A Macbook Air And $3,200 Worth Of Other Prizes

Yesterday I found out that I was one of the 5 winners in the Webmaster Talk contest where each one received a prize package valued at $5,000 that included an Apple Macbook Air. In this post I’ll explain my strategy and the steps I took to end up placing in spot number 5 with 8,548 points, only 36 points ahead of the 6th place finisher.

How It Happened:

I read the complete rules – This seems like a no-brainer, but unlike many random winner contests on the web, the rules stated that winners would be determined by the number of points they could earn. I didn’t read this until the second or third day of the contest and when I did, a switch went off in my head my thoughts were, “I can do this and I am going to do this.”

Maximum effort went towards maximizing points – The contest was based on performing certain actions that would earn you points and the maximum points earned for any single action were to be 200 for each article written. I ended up writing 37 articles in 33 days. Some people put a lot of effort into referring new members to the forums earning them only 50 points each. My strategy was to work on what would earn the most points.

I set a goal – This is where things got weird, because after every goal I set for the contest, when I reached it, it still didn’t feel like it was enough. I had originally thought 10 articles would be enough, then 15, then I thought I needed to double that, then I said, “Okay 33 articles, one for each day of the contest, that surely ought to be enough.” Once I got to 32, I had one last burst of creative energy and the day before the end of the contest I ended up doing 4 articles before 11:00 am in the morning and the last article on the last day of the contest. I can only attribute this to the good Lord prompting me to continue to exceed the goals I had set. I was completely unsettled about the number of articles I had written until I finished number 37 and then a total sense of relief came over me.

I made a plan – Finding specific topics for writing 37 articles took a little brainstorming and planning. Initially, just off the top of my head, I came up with 10 ideas for articles and when I needed more, I went through Aaron Wall’s SEOBook ebook and looked at the chapter and section headings to come up with 22 more ideas never thinking I would need that many. When I was again prompted to write even more on the Sunday before contest end I went through the Webmaster Talk forums and looked for good questions or threads and got my last 5 article ideas nearly at the last minute. Sunday evening I had no idea what to write for the 33rd article much less numbers 34 – 37. By early Monday morning I had a renewed sense of what I needed to do to finish out the project.

I focused on the project at hand –  Okay, this is my weak spot. I don’t focus that well at all, but for this contest I was more than determined to be in one of the top 5 places so I set a lot of other things aside. I didn’t end up writing a lot during the beginning of the contest, but again, something just told me I needed to do a lot more than I had originally planned if I were to win. The last week of the contest I was writing 3 to 4 articles a day. I didn’t answer the phone, watch tv in the evenings, check email more than twice a day and changed my habits on many things so as to focus on the contest. If I wasn’t writing, I was thinking of ideas to write about.

I kept my planner close at all times – Many times I already had a title for an article, but not much else. Keeping my planner close allowed me to write a sentence or two under article ideas and titles that were already there when an idea would pop into my head.

I made contact with the forum administrator – This had no bearing on the amount of work that needed to be done, but it was nice to ask a few questions and get my name in front of the people who would be deciding the winners. Lee at Webmaster Talk promptly answered every question I had and it was nice not to have to wait several days for an answer so I could proceed on with my work.

I celebrated when the project was completed – Are you kidding? I was so glad to be finished with that 37th article, Jean and I went out that night, had dinner and bought a bottle of wine. Again, no bearing on the the outcome of the contest, but we both needed a little break after it was over.

Hmm, that looks like a fairly good formula for an affiliate marketer to follow in his or her business. It’s also a formula that is now burned into my head after 33 days of working towards the goal of a new Macbook Air and a bunch of other very cool prizes.

I am immensely thankful I was able to come in at the number 5 slot and would not have continued past article 15 had I not been prompted by the Lord of my life to do so. There just isn’t any other explanation for it. I simply would not have gone on because I thought 15 articles would be plenty. No audible voice here, just a completely unsettled feeling until I finished article number 37.

What I’ve learned from this is that if you really want something, you can do it. You may crash and burn along the way a few times, but when it’s your time, it will happen. But if you aren’t prepared, haven’t made a plan and haven’t acted on the plan by doing the work, then it certainly won’t happen. I don’t believe in luck. Luck is opportunity that comes to your door, dressed in overalls and it looks like work. Unfortunately, many don’t answer the door.

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Super Secret Project Revealed – I Won A Macbook Air

I won a Macbook AirI’ve been teasing everyone for about a month now as to the super secret project I’ve been working on and the results are finally in. What is it? What’s the big deal?

I’m surprised no one figured it out because I’ve blogged about it 6 times here at Affiliate Confession. I just received notice that I was one of the winners in the Webmaster Talk forums contest where 5 fortunate contestants received a prize package valued at $5,000 and one of the prizes in that pack was a brand new Macbook Air!

What made this contest different than many other contests run on the web was that although you received points for performing certain actions, instead of receiving more chances or entries as you earned points, your points were cumulative and the top 5 people with the most points were to be the winners. Contestants could earn anywhere from 2 to 200 points for various actions ranging from posting to the forums, writing articles and various things in between. My strategy was to maximize the chances of winning by writing a ton of articles and I managed to amass a total of 8,548 points bringing me in at the number 5 slot, only 36 points in front of the number 6 slot. The contest ran for 33 days so there was plenty of time to earn all the points you wanted by just working at it.

I’ll write another post later in the week detailing more of my strategy for winning the contest and what I did to almost assure a place in the top 5 winners. So the secret is out, that’s what I’ve been working on so diligently for the last month. However, now it’s time to get back into the swing of things again and get some real work done. More on the contest later.

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Tomorrow Is It For The Webmaster Talk Contest

Finally after a long 33 days, The Webmaster Talk contest is coming to an end. I know I’ve been blabbing a lot about this one, but this is a huge contest with $25,000 in prizes going to 5 fortunate winners. That’s right 5 winners will each get $5,000 in prizes including a sweet MacBook air and some other killer prizes including:

$750 in cash combined from MaxBounty and Pepperjam Network
24 custom T-Shirts
An Apple iPod Touch from Rocket Profit
A Professional Shopping Cart Solution from Interspire
The Flip camera from Advaliant
The complete multi-pack of the Revolution Theme
$500 in gift certificates to Text Link Ads
A Nintendo DS Lite
3 Months Of free training in Aaron Wall’s SEOBook
and I think that’s it.

The contest has been based on a points system and the top 5 people with the most points totaled each win one of the $5,000 prize packages. If you have already entered the contest and want to earn a few more points before it ends tomorrow night at midnight, then check out the full rules here.

In the mean time you can get a ton of great information at Webmaster-Talk.com forums including help on CSS, HTML, PHP, website design, directories, making money online, blogging and a whole host of other topics. There are more than 50,000 members registered at Webmaster Talk and more than 130,000 threads. It’s definitely no fly by night forum and worth joining in on the discussion, even if you aren’t into contests.

You can join Webaster Talk forums here.

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One Week Left For Webmaster Talk Contest

If you’d like to have a chance to win one of 5 great prize packages that include a Macbook Air and are valued at $5,000 each, you have just under 7 days to do so. Webmaster Talk has recently merged with the Earners Forum and is offering some great prizes besides the MacBook Air such as:

A Flip Camera
An Apple iPod Touch
$500 cash from MaxBounty
$250 cash from Pepperjam Network
24 Free T-Shirts from Ndesigns
The cool revolution blog theme
A professional shopping cart from Interspire
3 Months of Aaron Wall’s SEO training

and much more.

This is one of the best contests I’ve ever seen on the net and if you want to win one of these great prizes, you better get on it. The end of the contest is May 13th at midnight and all entries must be submitted to Webmaster Talk by May 16th at 12 noon. There are a variety of things you have to do to earn points that go towards you winning one of the prize packages. You can get all the details of the contest by reading all the rules here.

The number one rule to enter the contest is to be a member of Webmaster Talk forums and you can join right here. Even if you aren’t interested in the contest, you should certainly be interested in Webmaster Talk because they are about as extensive as any forums I’ve ever been a part of. For the online marketer or someone wanting to learn how to build a web site they are a great repository of information, tips, tricks, Photoshop advice, CSS advice, affiliate marketing advice and lots more. With over 58,000 members, there is probably someone there that can answer any question you have.

Of course you can always offer your expertise in the forums as well and that’s always a good way for people to get to know you and trust you. And trust helps you build your brand and will ultimately make your business more successful. So head on over to Webmaster Talk forums and don’t forget to check out the contest.

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10 More Days For The Webmaster Talk Contest

If you want to get in on one of the biggest contests going on right now, you have only 10 more days left to do so. Webmaster Talk has merged with EarnersForum.com and is giving away some pretty incredible prizes to 5 lucky people. And one of those prizes in each of the 5 $5,000 prize stashes will be a MacBook Air, so you definitely don’t want to miss this one. 

This is probably one of the most serious prize give-aways I’ve seen since I’ve been blogging and besides the Macbook Air there are other great prizes including:

Interspire Shopping Cart
3 month membership in Aaron Wall’s Seo Training
A Flip Camera
A cool iPod Touch
Nintendo DS Lite
Cash from various affiliate networks
A gift certificate to Text Link Ads
and a few more gems

The contest ends on May 13 at midnight and all entries must be submitted by May 16th. You of course, must be a member of Webmaster Talk forums to enter the contest, but you get 10 points for doing so. I’ve learned a ton of stuff in forums including everything from design problems, to getting help figuring out PPC campaigns, to Adsense optimization techniques to general newsy items about web marketing and more.

And since I’ve been perusing WebMaster Talk, it is one of the best ones out there with some 57,000 members and more than 130,000 threads. I’m sure you can find the answers to your most perplexing webmaster, graphics and affiliate marketing questions with that kind of participation, so check it out.

Read the full rules of the contest here and join the Webmaster Talk forums here.

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