Win A Garmin nuvi 350 GPS (and more)

MeAndMyDrum has put together a huuuge giveaway, which includes a GPS, ipod nano, ergonomic pc mouse, and much more.

Contest runs until aug 15, so get in now. Only 58 responses so far so you have a good chance at winning.

Here is the list prizes:

GRAND PRIZE
Garmin nuvi 350 GPS navigation system – This cool prize is sponsored by Market Leverage. I’ve seen this thing go for upwards of $320 on some sites. Take it with you in the car or walking around town. Never get lost again. You won’t find this on any other contest they’re involved with!

Prize 1
Apple iPod Nano 4GB Silver1 – Hey, it’s from Apple and it’s an iPod…need I say more? Valued at $149. Sponsored by MeAndMyDrum.

Prize 2
WOW-Pen Joy – These aren’t available in stores yet, so one lucky winner is going to be among the first to receive this superior ergonomic PC mouse. I’ve been using another model made by the same company and love it!. Sponsored by WOW-Pen.

Prize 3
1-hour Consultation with Garry Conn – Garry continues to provide great tips and information about how to make money online and does so at an incredible rate. He has created untold numbers of blogs for a variety of market niches and has become very successful at it. If you’re interested in making money online, then make it a point to get to know my friend Garry. This hour he’s giving away will no doubt change the way you blog. Valued at $250.

Prize 4
Free 1-year Membership to LifeFoc.us – this prize, valued at $324, is generously offered by another successful online entrepreneur, Aaron Abber. This recently launched online community is already off to a great start and is sure to provide you with encouraging tips on planning and achieving your goals, both online and offline. Happiness can be found in many different areas of your life and LifeFoc.us can help you find them.

Prize 5
1 Market Leverage 2GB USB Pen – Another prize sponsored by MeAndMyDrum, this is something I won from another contest that I’m throwing into the mix. It’s brand-spanking new!

Prize 6
Free ebook: Success With WordPress – Written by Kyle Eslick of Hack WordPress, this hasn’t even been released yet, so the winner will be among the very first to grab a free copy and become even more successful with using WordPress.

Prize 7
Free ebook: Blog Adrenaline – Written by John Moston of DNXpert, this is an 80-page ebook that also includes a 24-page guide to building WordPress themes, AND a “skeleton” WordPress theme that can be customized and given away for building backlinks.

Prize 8
2 Market Leverage Rewards Cards – These guys came through again with another popular prize. Each card is worth $20. There will be 1 winner per card.

Prize 9
Advertising on KeithJamesLock.com – Keith is offering some great advertising opportunities on his blog. One image ad will be placed beneath each of his posts on single post pages as well as beneath the post on the home page. Size can be up to 400×250. He’s also offering a text link up to 50 characters in length. Both will have do-follow links which can be affiliate links if desired. 2

Prize 10

Niche Adsense Themes for WordPress – Created by Mark Mason, this rising star in the Internet marketing world is someone I’ve been following closely. His recent release of these specially designed WordPress themes has been well-received in the online community. Do yourself a favor and get to know Mark so that you can carve out your slice of the make money online pie.

Prize 11
Free ebook: Article Domination – Written by Josh Spaulding, this has been a best seller in the article marketing world for a while. It’s packed with step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions to making money online using articles and article directories to drive qualified traffic to your site or blog. Valued at $39.

Prize 12

125×125 ad on BlogAboutYourBlog – a $20 value, Matthew Henrickson is offering ad space at the top of BlogAboutYourBlog for one month. His blog gets a lot of traffic so your ad will certainly get a great deal of exposure.

Prize 13
Free ebook: Written Prompty Everyday – Written by Christine Senter, this is an inspiring book designed to help you get your creative juices flowing and get over your writer’s block. It lists some very creative prompts that will help get you that spark of creativity you’re looking for.

Prize 14

Free 1-year Membership to I’m On A Budget – My friend Joe Swopes has launched a great new membership site called I’m On A Budget that provides its members with very affordable videos, software, and audio products that cover a wide variety of topics. Valued at $60.

Win an Asus eee PC

Wow, MarketLeverage just keeps on giving. And the prizes are going up as well. They are now giving away a Asus eee pc over at Eeenkay’s blog.

There are also some other prizes, like some USB pens and an AMEX reward card.

All you have to do to get a chance to win is blog about it, sign up to ML, or subscribe to his blog. Pretty simple 🙂

Good luck to everyone who’s entering.

Contest: Win Flip Mino Video Camera!

Once again wordpressthemedesigner.com brings to you another exciting contest! Get a chance to win the trendiest gadget that has been rocking the blogging world – the Flip Mino Video Camera. This contest is graciously sponsored by the best Affiliate Network in the planet, Market Leverage.

How to Join:

Step 1: Subscribe to the Feed – click here! *compulsory

Step 2: Blog About This Contest *compulsory

(a) Copy and Paste Contest Details >> click here for html code <<

(b) optional: add a paragraph or two containing any of the ff suggested topics: (1) why you think wpthemedesigner.com rocks! (2) why you think marketleverage.com is the best affiliate network in the planet (3) why you want to win this contest.

Total: 10 points

Additional Points

Sign-up for Market Leverage under WPTD. If you have not joined Market Leverage yet, then joining this contest would be the most opportune time to do so. Besides, you get a higher chance of winning this contest. What could be better than that, huh? Click Here, you will be automatically redirected to the sign-up page. I will be able to verify it, so no worries.

Bonus: 5 points

Contest Prizes

1st Place – Flip Mino Video Camera
2nd place – $100 ML Reward
3rd place – $50 ML Reward

Contest Ends on August 17, 2008. Each point counts as your name being put down once in a randomizer using random.org

Free Zip Code Database

Over at ZipCodeGuy they seem to be giving away an awesome zip code database. 

What’s even better is it includes lattitude and longitude which is really essential if you’re using a radius to find cities around a specific zip code. 

If you want the db for free, simply do a review such as this and include the link to the site. Otherwise, you can also buy it for the low price of $25.

Again, you can get it here.

Win a playstation 3

Money007 is holding an awesome contest in which you can win a playstation 3 + GTA 4, the acclaimed game. What’s more, this contest isn’t even limited to US traffic. 

Contest details are here

It’s a very easy contest, here are the ways to win: 

  •  Compulsory (1 Ticket) —> Must subscribe to our RSS feed via e-mail.
  •  2 Tickets —> Stumble this page.
  •  2 Tickets —> Digg this page.
  •  2 Tickets —> Bookmark us on del.icio.us.
  •  5 Tickets OR 8 Tickets —> Twitter a post about us linking to this post (woth 5 Tickets). OR. Twitter a post about us and become a follower of Money007’s Twitter Page (8 Tickets).
  •  15 Tickets —> Make a blog post about this competition and link to us.
  •  20 Tickets —> Make a Youtube video about this competition, and tell us why you should win!
The more tickets, the more chances you have of winning.

Iphone 3G giveaway

Upstartblogger.com is giving away the new iphone 3G this month. To win, simply write a review of the blog and post the link in the comments section.

So, here’s my review:

Design related

I’m actually new to the site. The first thing I noticed was the rather unique design. I’m a fan of minimalistic sites, but for some reason this site didn’t do it for me. 

The weird display of the dates is what bothers me most. Then we have the fact that the post title is bigger than the site header.. Doesn’t really seem all that balanced. I understand it’s done that way to focus on the content, but it has an adverse effect on me at least. 

Also, the post title is positioned far away from the post date, for some reason. On the homepage it was actually really confusing as the post title is positioned under the text instead of above it. I see no good reason to do this at all other than to be different. 

Then we have these really small navigational links in the upper right corner, with no indication that they are indeed links as they have the exact same color as the rest of the text. 

Some links are in black, some normal text is in black, some links are in red (author link, etc), some normal text is in red. Pick one and stick with it please.

For some reason, the categories and months are displayed at the bottom of the page instead of at the right side, and only on the homepage. So when you’re browsing the site and want to go to a different category, you first have to go to the homepage again..

There also doesn’t seem to be any pagination on the homepage, or I must have missed it, so you have to use the archives to browse around.

And then the last thing is that everything seems to have an underscore attached to it for no reason. 

Normally, the site’s design doesn’t bother me much, as it is the content that matters, but in this case it really was quite cumbersome to navigate and read the site. 

Some simple colors would be nice, just a background color for the site header and site footer would help alot. 

There also seems to be alot of whitespace/padding between each comment making you scroll aloooooot to read them.

Content related

Anyway, on to the content, I thought I’d subscribe to the feed to make it easier to read. OH NO, excerpts. I hate excerpts! Please make the RSS feed full content. 

Anyway, the site content is pretty good. Obviously the site details how to make money from your blog, how to promote it, etc. So very useful for alot of people these days. 

I really liked this post: 

25 steps to launching your blog and making $100 i 30 days

It gives you a quick rundown of what to do when you start a new blog. He recommends either wordpress or textpattern, but the article itself is about wordpress. 

In it is a great list of wordpress plugins that you shouldn’t be without, like a “Digg this” button, “ad rotator”, “get recent comments”, “social bookmark creator” and more. 

Focus on a niche, you don’t want a blog that doesn’t have a clear focus. Write cearly, write often. Comment on other sites, etc. Read the article for more. 

One thing that I haven’t seen listed is writing guest articles on other blogs. These can get you great traffic. Worth considering.

The quick start section is also a very good idea and showcases the best posts in the blog. 

He also has some posts about how much traffic you need to make money online and says 500 visitors a day can generate $250 a week here. Well, I don’t really agree with this as it’s only half the story. How much you make is entirely dependent on the niche you are in. If you just have a blog with funny videos, you’ll obviously make much less than a blog about financial stuff, web hosting, etc etc. I guess the figure could be stated as an average. 

He’s also giving some good tips on how to get some fresh readers to your blog here. 

Surprisingly, redesigning is at number 1. Admittedly, you can’t do this every week 🙂 and you will probably have to submit to alot of CSS design sites as well, but it can be worth it.

He also notices that contests bring hit and run traffic. After the competition, most people never return. I find it weird that the same thing is not happening with the redesign. Though that could possibly be explained by the topic of the blog. Most people browsing CSS design sites are webmasters/bloggers and thus naturally interested in his site.

But another benefit of contests is the massive linkage it generates, and will ultimately help your search engine rankings, giving you more visitors.

Ofcourse, #1 is and will always be fresh and unique content.  

I’ve then checked out some of the themes that he is providing. Most seem to be playing with typography alot. I can see how alot of people are interested in such templates and it’s a great way to get some backlinks and extra traffic from search engines/word of mouth, etc…

One issue I also noticed is that you have a referrals page, but the only referrals listed are sites from your own domain.. Because you don’t filter out feedburner 🙂

Conclusion

This review is probably to critical to even win the iphone, but I’ll submit it anyway. Do with it as you please 🙂 I wrote this review not so that you have to create an entirely new layout, but you can do certain things that improve on the current one. 

Though, I’m not a designer, I don’t even use a custom theme as you can see. I’m just a layman but you’re going to get layman’s browsing your site as well 🙂

Oh well, hope you got a good read out of this anyway 😉

Edit: Just noticed another thing that’s really cumbersome. I wanted to post my link on the site, so I went to the comment area. Clicked inside the name field, typed my name, tabbed to the next field, typed my email, tabbed again, website, tabbed again, but instead of landing in the comment field I landed on the submit button. Please fix this. I use tabbing all the time for commenting and I’m sure more people have the same issue.

Edit 2: I continued reading the blog, and noticed that the owner won’t be changing the design any time soon, as discussed here. But let’s not forget that websites also have “first impressions”, just as people. If you make me feel stupid (subconciously) when reading your site (for the first time) by having your post titles under the excerpt, I might just have left before reading the excellent content.. Design can get in the way of content, and extra readers, and ultimately, more money for you. Same thing with not having pagination on your homepage or your blog categories in the sidebar. It will result in less pageviews == less money.

Edit 3: Another thing I don’t like on any blog is moderated comments. Usually with tools such as akismet I don’t think there is much of a need for moderation, unless you have people that are manually spamming your site. However, if you do have moderation, please make sure that comments are approved quickly as it will be a benefit to your visitors and will engage them more. Or use the setting that only moderates the user’s message once, and from then on out all comments are approved automatically for that user.

Edit 4: I also don’t see any prominent link to the contest page from your homepage. That’s something I at least would do, unless you’re doing a contest only for your loyal readership, new readers won’t find out unless they browse your archives. 

Win a Digital Photo Keychain

Gadget5 is running a contest to win a digital photo keychain. 

This is a pretty cool gadge, it’s got a 1.5 inch display and 4.8MB memory. This may not sound like alot, but you gotta remember the images are small so they won’t be much bigger than 50-100kb each. 

You get a USB cable and built-in software to upload and trim your images. 

You can then set the digital photo keychain to screensaver mode to automatically switch between  your photos at set times. What’s also handy is that you can use it to show the date and time. 

These keychains usually cost around $20 in retail.

If you want to win this contest, head on over to gadget5 for more details below. The contests ends on july 6th and there aren’t that many entrants yet. Oh, and they’re giving away not just 1, but 3 keychains.