8 hours and 8 more prizes! The giveaway rolls on…

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgAs you know, we’re doing these shorter, 8 hour blocks now to tie up the final giveaways through the weekend. Here’s the first one we did, that gives much of the details on how this is going to run.
Basically, every 8 hours we close out one and open another. This is in addition to all the 24 hour project-type giveaways going on as well! Keep a close eye on the Birthday Prize Giveaway category to see what’s going on when, and it’s still not too late to subscribe to the RSS feed!

This prize pack is geared toward parents and “mommy bloggers” with lots of great stuff for you and your kids!

So this one’s going to end October 6 at 4am (EST – New York, USA).

If you’ve already won something, you’re not eligible (unless we’ve said on that particular one that it was okay).

How To Enter

All you have to do is leave a comment below! (Sorry, we can’t really let you pick your prize on this one. Guys, if you win the bunny slippers, and aren’t partial to fuzzy bunnies looking up at you when you walk – give them to your wife or girlfriend!)

Make sure you include “BunnySlippers” in your comment somewhere to help us through moderation… ;)


This one’s closed, and winners have all been notified by email.In the mean time we just started yet another 8 hour giveaway and there are plenty more to come in the next couple of days!

Chitika Launch Premium Publishers Program

Chitika-PremiumChitika have launched a premium publisher program in the last week.

Chitika publishers will now fit one of three categories – Silver – Gold and Premium.

Each level has it’s own privileges – from what I can tell most publishers are Gold publishers (I’m not sure why there’s a Silver category) with premium publishers qualifying by fitting this criteria:

You have used Chitika ads consistently and made at least $1000 over the past 90 days


You have a proven high-quality of traffic based on the feedback of our advertisers.

What do premium publishers get?

  • Higher Rev Share (no details on what this actually is)
  • CPM and PPC ads (get paid for impressions as well as clicks)
  • Real time Auditing (no more waiting til the end of the month)
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • Custom Ad Units (Chitikas designers can create something to suit your blog)
  • Instant Chat with your account Rep (if you’re in the same time zone – I’ve never seen mine online)
  • Account Overview Reports (monthly)
  • Customized backup categories (tailor a category specifically for your blog with specific products)
  • Chitika Premium Publisher Badge (pictured right)
  • Spots as a guest blogger on Chtiika’s blog

As a publisher who has been put in this program my own attraction to it is the higher rev share (although I’ve not really seen any marked improvement), the CPM ads (my CPM income is about 10% of the click revenue – a nice jump!) and the possibility of custom ads.

I do think it’s interesting that Chitika have gone public with announcing what premium publishers get. AdSense are public about the fact that they have a premium publishers program and have mentioned at different times what number of page views is needed to get into it – but they’ve always been more vague on what those publishers get. In doing so I wonder if they’ve created less of an ‘us and them’ feeling with their program.

My worry is that perhaps by giving everyone a category and telling everyone what they are missing out by not being premium publishers is that they might frustrate their middle and lower tier of publishers. Time will tell.

Let the Time Sensitive Winning Begin!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgHere we go! Every 8 hours from now until 8pm (EST – New York, USA) on Monday, October 8 we’re giving away bunches of different prizes, and get this… all you have to do is comment!

This is in addition to our other 24-hour giveaways going on through Monday. Things are about to get a little crazy around here!!!

Before we give you details of this first giveaway (below) – here are a few details of these 8 hour giveaways:

  • All winners will be chosen at random.
  • You’ll have 8 hours to leave a comment on each round – you can enter in each one only once
  • You may not win if you’ve already won a prize elsewhere (unless we’ve said so on that particular post already that it’s okay).
  • While we’d love to be able to let you pick your prizes on these, it’s just way too hectic to be able to do so. Prize distribution will be random.
  • Once a particular post closes, we will notify both the sponsor and the winner so that you may work out the details of the prize distribution.

So with all that said, here’s the first batch of Prizes (Art/Photography/Books):

How to Win

All you have to do to put yourself in the running to win one is leave a comment below. Please include the word ‘ArtPhotographyBook’ to help us moderate them.

Here’s the full list of prizes, so you can see what might still be coming up in case you’re really interested in something else, however… You can’t win if you don’t enter, so keep that in mind also!


All sponsors and winners have been notified by email – check your inbox (and your spam box)!

If you haven’t yet received a prize, try our next 8 hour competition, or check the Birthday Prize Giveaway category to see what’s going on right now!

Are you Ready to Win some Cash? The ProBlogger Giveaway continues!

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgMuch like the opportunity to win the iPods the other day, this giveaway requires you to do only one very simple thing, and you can do it right here in the comments section of this post. But first…

The Prizes:

All are listed in US Dollars unless otherwise mentioned.

How To Enter:

In the comments section of this post (and you’re welcome to post your entry on your blog if you wish, but it’s not required as long as you’ve posted it here) finish this statement: “If I had a million dollars…”

Sure, we don’t have a million, but we’ve got quite a bit here to give away! $3,364.33 just in cash and Amazon Gift Certificates (and another couple bucks in non-American money with a bonus NFL Pro Bowl Ballot that we have no idea the monetary value of) to be exact!

So there you have it. Be funny, silly, serious, it doesn’t matter! Just finish that statement in the comments section of this post and you’re entered to win one of the above prizes.

Rules: One entry per person. If you have already won something from one of our other giveaways, you are not eligible to win. Winning one of the prizes listed above will prevent you from being able to win any other prizes for the duration of the giveaway.

Winners are chosen at random using a random number generator. You may not “pick” the prize you want, we will award them in the order that we receive the random winners.

This contest begins at 9am on Friday, October 5, EST (New York, USA) and ends on Saturday, October 6 at 9am EST (Again, New York, USA). We will close comments at that time.

PS: We are about to turn the ProBlogger Birthday Bash into OVERDRIVE! Up til this point we’ve been giving prizes away every 24 hours – but in a few hours we’re going to accelerate the pace a little and the giveaways will start coming every 8 hours (with a few more 24 hour ones thrown in) until the end of the weekend!

Make sure you’re subscribed to our feed now or you’ll miss out!


This one’s closed, and winners have all been notified by email.Check out our newest 24 hour giveaway, or see what’s going on in the 8 hour collections!

How Old Are You? POLL

Time for this week’s poll. This week I’m asking a pretty basic demographic question:

How Old Are You?

I’m asking this because I’ve heard a number of people recently speak about blogging as a young person’s thing – however in talking to many ProBlogger readers I’ve found that the age range is quite broad.

How spread are the ages of ProBlogger readers? We’ll soon find out.

If you’re reading this in RSS you’ll need to come on over and vote here.

How Old are You?
View Results

Looking forward to seeing the results on this one!

How to Know When A Post from Your Blog is Submitted to Digg

Amit has a great tip to help you keep on top of whether a post from your blog might have been submitted by one of your readers on Digg.

It basically entails searching for your URL on Digg and then subscribing to the RSS feed of that search. Sometimes it’s the simplest tips that are the best ones.

Why would you want to know if your post has been submitted? Well for starters it’s interesting to know what your readers think is Diggable – but it can also help you to give the Digging a little extra help by adding a digg button or link to the Digg page in question so that your readers can give it a kick along.

Another 24 hour giveaway – Where are the poets?

problogger-birthday-bash.jpgCalling all wannabe (or professional) poets!!

This one closes out at noon (EST – New York, USA) on Friday, October 5.

Prizes at stake:

How to Enter:

It’s “Ode to ProBlogger” time! All you have to do to have a qualifying entry to win one of the above 5 prizes is to leave a comment below with a poem about ProBlogger. It doesn’t have to be a “love poem” or written in any particular style (though yes, rhyming would be nice). You don’t have to link to anything or write anything on your own blog – you simply have to write a poem about ProBlogger the website or Darren, the man behind the site, right there in the comments section (of course if you really want to share your Ode with your readers you can post it on your blog – but we’d also ask you to share it here in comments so we’ve got them all in the one place).

Please include the word problogger or Darren in your Ode to help us catch all of these comments in Akismet.

There will be no judging, so please feel free to write BAD poetry!

The random number generator will choose 5 winners who will be notified by email.

Here comes the rub: If you have already won something, we’re sorry but you’re not eligible. If you win one of the iPods, you will then not be eligible to win anything else. Entering is not a guarantee of winning anything, and this whole thing is just for fun so if you think you’re a bad poet, write something anyway that somewhat resembles poetry. We seriously don’t care if it’s good or not!

Check out the full prize list (now updated to show which prizes have already been awarded or are in progress!) and if you’re not subscribed to the RSS feed by now, you’ve likely missed your chances to win a whole bunch of cool stuff already!

PS: If you’re looking for a little ‘inspiration’ – here’s an Ode that ProPoet Robert Bruce did for ProBlogger a while back:

Sorry, had to remove the video because it was acting all wonky… if you like, you can view it here.


This giveaway is closed, and all winners have been selected and notified. Thanks for all the really fantastic stuff (yes, even the “bad” stuff) – You all amazed both Darren and myself with your creativity!

Make a Donation to Lit Liberation

Here’s a quick shout out for a charity project that I’ve been supporting lately. Along with a number of other bloggers we’re trying to raise money for public education projects via LitLiberation.

It’s also a bit of a competition between those participating – we’re up against the communities of other blogs – but already the ProBlogger reader community has donated over $1000 and impacted the lives of over 60 students.

To donate head over to the ProBlogger page – we need another $8796 in donations to reach our $10,000 goal!

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Ultimately I don’t care if you do it via the ProBlogger page or another blogs – I just hope that as bloggers we’re able to give a little something back and make a difference.

Speedlinking – 4 October 2007

Here’s a few links that caught my attention over the last few days: