Top 5 – Group Writing Project Day 1

Top-5Yesterday when I announced this month’s Group Writing Project I had a feeling that it’d be popular – but I didn’t expect the massive list of submissions that I’m about to lay on you. It’s been only 18 hours of the first day and already we have 132 submissions (and a few more have already arrived for tomorrow’s batch). In the midst of those submitted are some great posts (with such variety!). Hours of surfing fun!

Why Chitika Rocks – #5

All of our ‘Top 5’ posts are in the running to take home $1001 which has been generously donated by Chitika.

I said that for each day of the project I’d tell you something that I love about Chitika (and in doing so will come up with my own ‘top 5) so here’s my #5.

The first thing I like about Chitika’s eMiniMall ads is that they’re an interactive little ad unit. Where as most ad networks are developing ad units that are pretty stagnant for readers eMiniMalls offer a more dynamic ad which just beg to be clicked. With the ‘description’, ‘best deals’ and search tabs as well as on multi product units being able to bring up different products without having to refresh the page – the unit actually offers readers a number of different ways to interact with the ad which in my experience is leading to pretty good CTR.

Submit Your Post Today

It’s not to late to participate in this week’s project. In fact you’ve got until Thursday to get you post in (just remember one post per person and to read the full submission process before entering).

Day 1 Submissions

So without further ado let me share the first day’s submissions for this ‘Top 5’ Group Writing Project. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have this afternoon – don’t forget to surf through the list and to link up to, bookmark and comment on those you resonate with most:

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  1. Good Lord – there are SO many!!!!!!

    How willI get through them all?!

  2. Ashwin says:

    I submitted Definitive Guide for Geeks to Time Pass at Work (

    With so much posts , it seems that my full in work will pass by reading the posts!

  3. JoLynn says:

    Hi Darren, thanks for including me….looks like I’ll have a full day ahead of me going through this list! :)

  4. Daniel says:

    Wow. I wanted to be fast but I wasn’t fast enough to be at the top. You have to be really really fast to get there.

    I’m looking forward to read through and link back to some interesting posts. Hard work ahead – not only for you Darren…

  5. hehe that’s quite a lot of posts, i’ll try to check most of them, also sent my own “top 5 post” :)

  6. That’s a lot of posts. But I’ve found a few interesting ones.
    I’m at #6 !

  7. Mjuboy says:

    Woah, now thats a HUGE list.

    I think you might get 500 submissions by Thursday.

  8. Damn thats a lot of entries. Great idea Darren. This competition may rival John Chow’s Make Money Online Reviews!

  9. Robinson Go says:

    Wow. I never thought it would be this fast! I still made it in the prenultimate position (2nd last) before the 1st set closed.

    Thanks Darren. Now I have a full day ahead as well!

  10. Kuntau says:

    What a massive list. how u gonna judge this ?

  11. Ali says:

    Yikes, this is going to be a tough competition!

  12. That’s a long list of 5’s you got there, Darren, and we could only expect more entries in the next few days. As much as I would love to read them all, right now I’ll probably stick to the ones with catchy titles (after all, a part of a really effective entry is a good title, right?). Looks like you’re off to a really good start though, well done!

  13. Darren Rowse says:

    For those asking how this is ‘judged’ – it’s not actually a competition in that sense.

    One random reader will get the prize – to win you just need to be in it.

    However the true benefit of being involved and the real judging happens when you surf the list and ‘vote’ on what you like by linking up to it, bookmarking it or leaving an encouraging comment.

  14. Anuj Seth says:

    That’s a huge list!!!

    I’ve submitted an entry as well:

  15. Just read several submissions today and left comments to the ones I liked. I’m now excited about the forthcoming New York event and meet some of the members here.

  16. Mun says:

    I hope my post will be noticed since so many are writing this round.

  17. Yeehaw! I barely made the list, the last one for today.

    Thanks Darren!

  18. Wow, there is going to be a ton of reading material for the next few days :O

  19. Cutie says:

    I’ve Added mine :) And I’d love to listed here…

  20. Rhonda says:

    Darrell, thanks for the great contest! Just submitted mine! Top-Five Wedding Planning Blunders.

    Looks like I’ll be doing a lot of reading over the next few days!

  21. This is great, guys! I’ve just come on this morning to several comments on my blog and a nice bump in site traffic with ProBloggers already reading, and I’m quite far down that list above! Darren is right about one of the best benefits being our interaction with each other. I will start reading, linking & commenting. So much for that big review project due today…

  22. I started browsing all the entries almost 5 hours ago and I am still halfway of the list! Looks like it wouldnt be easy selecting the top 5 entries for the day.

  23. (I’m going to start at the bottom & read UP the list)

  24. Techie Buzz says:

    Great to get on the list.

    Hope to make time to read each and every submission.

  25. Was interesting to write a list of the top 5 things to do with all the top 5 lists listed here!

  26. Wow! There’s alot of entries so far.

    I started working on my post last night. The beginning of the week is my busiest, so I’m hoping to post by Wed/Thurs.

  27. brem says:

    Tomorrow’s bunch will be even better… because mine will be in it :)

  28. Paula says:

    Great Stuff. I chose a few and will feature them on my blog. I’m also submitting one entry soon. Best from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  29. StockTube says:

    wow, that’s damn lots of participants …

    ok, darren i’ve submitted mine … also i’ve sent you an email just in case the submission got lost in the cyberspace …

    to re-confirm again, mine is at the following (sorry to triple remind you darren but this is simply superb):


  30. Katie Baird says:

    Uh huh. Now we all can clearly see that a catchy title does not include the words “Top 5 Reasons.” Even “Top five reasons” would have been better. Duh. I will try to remember that next time. Silly me.

  31. Wow what a great list, this we keep me busy for a few hours. Will read every single one a pick out my favourites. Fantastic.


  32. Tyler Ingram says:

    Wow for the first day that is an insane amount. I am definitely going to try and blog hopscotch them all!


  33. This is fantastic – thanks Darren.

    I submitted this:

  34. Rehuel says:

    I see a lot of nice entries here, but due to Internet problems in Suriname, I can only browse http (port 80) at the moment. Since most of the blogs bring you to a https site, I can’t comment. Well I’ll have to wait till I’m back to normal.

    I hope it’s not too bad if I “lift” my submission from the middle of the list by placing the link here:

    Good Luck everyone.

  35. Ginene says:

    Wow this is really exciting. I just entered mine a few seconds ago. Here is my link Top 5 Reasons Why I’m Entering The Group Writing Project Good luck everyone. Now off to visit everyone.

  36. pearl says:

    wow – the list keeps growing.. lots and lots of enjoyable material here – but when you all need some entertainment, please come by to my post
    and enjoy… and pls do day a hi..

  37. pearl says:
  38. Here’s the top 5 tips to win this Group Writing Project Contest:

    Check it out, it may help. Good Luck!

  39. I am disappointed to learn that the cash winner will be picked randomly. I should have read the judging rules more closely.

    With just this huge first list, though, I can understand how you cannot personally pick the cash winner.

    I really thought my post was clever enough to have a shot at winning the old fashioned way. Oh well. The contest is still a great idea for the other reasons you mention.

    As for the cash prize, my history of winning random events suggests I should cancel my victory trip to Hawaii and whisper my goodbyes right now. Thanks for the shot though.

  40. Dex says:

    Since I am blogging about the Election in Philippines I wrote about Top 5 qualification of a Government Official should have

  41. When I got to “Top 5 Tips to be the next Darren Rowse” I thought hey, this should be fun. It does have a pretty catchy title, doesn’t it. The post was actually quite enlightening; liked it a lot.


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