Contests: Where Should They Live?

Okay, so a thought on contests. We run a lot of contests. Some people might wonder why we run so damn many contests. Simple: they bring in traffic. Gobs of traffic. Websites love traffic. Especially ours.

One thing I do, though, is that I understand we have a bunch of people who come here and don’t enter contests too. So I try not to, for example, fill up the front page with nothing but contests.

Here’s a thought: what if we moved contests off the front page? Contests would still exist in their category listing, or if you wanted just a one-liner, their tag listing. Potentially, everybody wins: freed from my concerns about inundating the front page, I could post a crapload more contests for you contest junkies and not disturb the non-contest junkies. They would disappear from the main feed and there would be a separate contests feed that carried those. Also, for those who are concerned about not seeing the contests on the front page–I’d probably post a contest round-up once a day that would point you to them, if you needed a reminder.

So…what do you think? Poll will remain open for one week.

[poll id=”16″]

By | 2009-02-11T11:48:28+00:00 February 11th, 2009|Contests|10 Comments


  1. Jason Spears February 11, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I voted, but here’s a thought too. I use google reader a lot because there are too many sites to browse through. What about adding a seperate RSS feed for contest entries? You might even get more traffic that way, from the few people who live just to enter web contests.

  2. Widge February 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Jason: That thought had occurred to me as well. I think we might try that as a separate feed anyway, although include them in the normal feed, if the poll says to keep the front page as it is.

  3. flared0ne February 11, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Got your email…

    “Apostrophe”, “epiphany”, nyah, close enough… Would seem that just putting a “secondary Frontage” along your property shouldn’t violate any codes, letting everyone coexist without even having to KNOW about the sheer volume of contest goodness going on “just around the corner”. Problem solved, fairly straight forward, time for a coffee break.

    AND if you’re worried about the directionally-challenged, you COULD put up a little “You are HERE” banner linking to a site map or… nah, too mainstream. Just a big gory red arrow pointing to the side saying “CONTESTS”… Whatever, I’m fairly sure you’ll have some fun with it. Don’t let REALITY slow you down.

  4. flared0ne February 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    What I ~CAN~ say is, don’t even consider linking it in with Facebook, or Twitter, or etc… We out in the “Real World” (??) would mourn.

  5. Widge February 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Hrm. This REALITY you mention…not so familiar with it, I fear.

  6. JOHN BROWN February 12, 2009 at 12:20 am


  7. Cathy February 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hi! I initially started coming to this site for the contests…but I like it here and enjoy reading the posts and articles. It’s all good…

  8. Widge February 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    You are my official Favorite Person of the Day, Cathy. I love it when a plan comes together! (gnaws on cigar)

  9. Wes February 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I discovered your site due to my love of caffeinated glory! I enjoy the wholesome madness of your posts and yes on occassion- enter for a chance to “WIN” something. I appreciate your site for whatever you make of it, and hope that you are compensated for your efforts! Do as you must, thanks for asking. Regardless, I’ll be back to see the aroma…

  10. Widge February 13, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Thanks, Wes. I hope we get compensated for our efforts too. That would be awesome. :-)

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