The biggest guest blogging contest of the year is over!
Time to announce the…
This year's edition of the contest went off with no major hitches, thankfully. There were a few hiccups though – there always are – one contestant had some paid traffic (that's a no-no), another one pulled out in the middle of the contest, and two others didn't fulfill their contest requirements and won't be eligible for prizes as a result (I warned them plenty of times!).
After last year's never-ending event that spanned almost 3 months (I still can't believe I did that!), this was the shortest contest in years, barely spanning 6 weeks.
This year's 23 contestants drove almost 60% more traffic to JobMob than last year's contestants. In fact, this year would have been the first time someone would have won the Traffic Race prize (first person to 2500 unique visitors) but since no one had done it the past few summers, I didn't offer it this time around.
The 23 submitted guest posts have already been shared over 7500 times, a 150% increase from last year.
Almost half the contestants won multiple prizes. How's that for making this a contest worth joining? 😉
A great result and I'm very happy with how it all went.
Thanks to all the contestants for insightful submissions, and thanks to our sponsors for making it all happen.
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The moment only a handful of you have been waiting for…
First up, every participant who didn't win any of the major prizes has now won:
The only prize that goes to a non-contestant.
Wendy referred 5 contestants, the most by far. Thanks Wendy!
I had a feeling how this one would turn out. In general, it's not much fun to promote sponsors and I knew that this would likely go to the only contestant who made at least a half-hearted effort to win.
Turns out I was half-right. The winner was the only one to make any extra effort, but it certainly wasn't half-hearted. He really went out and promoted the sponsors on his blog and social media profiles.
Tony Deblauwe has won over $500 in prizes:
Thanks Tony, from myself and the sponsors!
The 5 Judges' Choice finalists for best all-around entry were:
Each of them has won:
The winner was voted on by this panel of esteemed judges:
The vote was very close, with the winner winning by one point, 13-12.
Stephan Wiedner has won the Judges' Choice prize with his article Do You Have This Moneymaking Personality Trait?
In addition to the two finalist prizes above, Stephan has also won:
And now, onto the grand prizes…
With 1618 points generated with his entry The Secret to Boosting Your Reputation Online, the Third Grand Prize winner is…
Tony has won almost $1400 in prizes:
Tony had a great contest, taking home this prize and the Best Sponsor Promoter prize above. Good job, Tony!
With 2417 points accumulated via her post Keyword Research: All Job Seekers Need to Know, the Second Grand Prize winner is…
Fatemah has won over $2400 in prizes:
Well done, Fatemah!
This year's big winner had a spectacular run.
Her entry not only won the contest on points, it also set a new contest record for the most traffic by a single entry, more than doubling the old record that was set 2 years ago.
With a total 5059 points accumulated from her article Introverts’ Guide to a Smooth Job Search…
Dorothy has won almost $2800 in prizes:
Here are the final results.
To all the contestants and winners: I will be in touch with you next week with all your prize information.
Thank you Stephan, Ryan, George, Yinka, Karin, Joey, Yolanda, Jamie, Dana, Katherine, Beth, Sharon, Neil, Tara, Tabitha, Steve, Lavie, Paula, Bless, Ibro, Tony, Fatemah and Dorothy.
I'm so grateful to the terrific sponsors. Please visit their sites and use their services if you need them.
And thank you too for following along, enjoying the entries and sharing your favorites for the winners.
Regularly-scheduled blogging returns here on JobMob next week. And another big announcement is coming soon too…
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