Blogging Idol 2: Show Time

By Daniel Scocco

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All right guys, it is show time!

The competitors have until November 30th to gain as many RSS subscribers as they manage to, using all sorts of strategies and techniques. The just can’t use blackhat methods (i.e. spamming, faking stats) or spend money on the promotion. I have set a single page to host the live scoreboard.

Click here to see the live scoreboard

You will notice that on the bottom of the right sidebar has the Blogging Idol logo now too. It will remain there during the whole competition, and you can click on it to go to the live scoreboard.

Problems with applications

Around 30 people who sent an application failed to meet the only requirement we had: to have the feedburner feed count enabled.

If you had the problem, you can still fix it and re-email me your application. Just head to Feedburner.com, register an account with your feed, and activate the “Feed Count” feature under the “Publicize” tab.

Also, if somehow you sent an application, had the feed count enabled but are not listed on the live scoreboard, let me know as well and I will add you.

The Rules

1. Any blog or website with 2,000 RSS readers or fewer can participate. One blog per competitor only. (participant blogs must have the Feedburner feed count enabled)

2. The competition runs from November 1st until November 30th. During that period, 7 points will be awarded to the competitors, on the following way:

  • 1 point to the competitor with the highest increase on the number of RSS subscribers
  • 3 points to the competitors (one for each) with the highest number of votes on the open voting session
  • 3 points awarded by a panel of judges

3. The criteria for the voting session and for the judge points will be: the most clever and effective strategy for gaining RSS subscribers and for promoting the blog. Paid and blackhat promotional methods are not allowed.

4. On November 30th, the blogger with more points (it will probably be 3 or 2 points) will be declared the winner and receive the prizes. The second and third places will also receive prizes.

Other Information

The open voting session will take take during the 2nd or 3rd week of the competition, so stay tuned for that.

I will be posting weekly updates on the competition, and the competitors that want to showcase their strategies or techniques to our readers can do so by sending me an email. Make it between 100 and 200 words please. I will then include it on the following report.

Finally, competitors that have already migrated their feed to Google (feedproxy.google.com) might see a slow delay on their numbers, because I will need to update those manually, since Google does not support the Feedburner API. I will try to update them every 2 or 3 days though.

That is pretty much it. If you have any questions let me know.

Good luck to everyone!




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30 Responses to “Blogging Idol 2: Show Time”

  • Hank Osborne

    Thanks for putting this on. I am looking forward to the fun.

    Hank O

  • Julio Greff

    …and let the carnage begin!

    Good luck to all bloggers, me included. I’m aiming at least 100 more subscribers. Winning or not (and probably not, with less time dedicated to blogging), experience will count!

    Let’s work now!

  • Jani

    Great! It’s my first competition, and it’s kinda strange that I’m so excited about it. I’m very curious how it works out 🙂

    Good luck everyone!

  • Valeria | TimelessLessons

    …been waiting for this!

    Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    Good luck everybody!

  • Meghna

    Yeah! I’m included. No probs there. The fun starts now.

    I’m pretty sure that my competitors themselves will be there to support my fabulous blog – by voting and subscribing 🙂 Apart from what I’m planning to do…

    Best of luck to all others too!

  • Sohail

    OKkkkkkkkkk lets hit it 🙂

  • TheWeblogZone

    I just have one question Dan. When you said “NO PAID AND BLACKHAT PROMOTIONAL METHOD ALLOWED”, does it include giveaways. I’ve been running a little contest in my blog, which started even before I submitted my application to Blogging Idol. You can find the post here.

    I hope you can clarify this issue. Thanks. 🙂

  • Ruchir Chawdhry

    Awesome! Time to win this thing 😉

  • Ruchir Chawdhry

    Hey Daniel, I think it’d be better if you disabled comments on the rankings page…

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Ruchir, how come?

    They were disabled, but I thought that letting people comment would make the competition more live.

  • Ruchir Chawdhry

    Yeah but won’t the page become too long as the competition progresses?

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Ruchir, yeah but shouldn’t be a problem.

    Better a long page with a live discussing than a boring short one 🙂 .

  • iLoveMacApps

    Ohh, this is so fun. I can’t wait to start. One quick question, are you going to email the competitors for there short paragraph or do we have to send them in by ourselves, because I am going to forget.

  • Rarst has cool feed

    Game start! 🙂

    btw Daniel is there some official place to hangout for competiotion? Like to post links with posts relevant to competition and such?

  • Gary

    Here is what I’m doing:
    http://everything-everywhere.com/2008/11/01/win-my-stuff-november-2008-contest

  • AroJoy

    Good Luck To All!!
    Its Going to be real fun…

  • Kurt

    Lets run after the RSS 🙂 Good luck to everyone participating….and to me too lol.

  • Ajith Edassery

    Good luck folks 🙂 hope to have a lot of fun in the next one month!

    Cheers,
    Ajith – DollarShower.com – Winner Blogging Idol II 😆

  • Daniel Scocco

    @ILoveMacApps, you need to email that to me.

  • Andy

    Looking forward to gaining some RSS subscribers!!!! Thanks again for putting this on.

  • Young

    I am just happy to be in. 🙂

  • Brandon Mendelson

    I just fixed my feed display and I am ready to go. This should be a blast.

  • SlamBlogger

    Hey Daniel, just checking in to confirm that feed count is now active. Commenting just in case the email doesn’t get through.

    Will wait for slamblogger.com to be listed so I know when to start!

  • IronBlogger

    This is going to be interesting, good luck everyone!

  • vanae

    This is so exciting and fun! I’ve learned about so many interesting blogs already! Thanks for putting this on Daniel!

    Good luck everyone!

  • Tejvan Pettinger

    Thanks for organising. I’d really like to find out how to create a pop up for people to subscribe by email using feedburner. I reckon that’s going to be a good strategy.

  • SEO Genius

    Awesome good luck to everyone who has participated lets hope it is as good as last time.

    Will.

  • Jessica @ Mom Fuse

    Good luck everyone!

  • Matej

    Scoreboard is having serious downtimes all the time …

  • Jay

    Good luck to everyone! I know I’m going to need it against some of you guys. 😀

    Jay

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