Help Me Improve My Blog and Win!

The contest is over now; I’m choosing and contacting the winners.  Thanks to all who entered and tried to help me improve my blog!

Well, it’s 2011 now, and the new year brings new opportunities to improve. Let’s be honest, there’s quite a lot I could stand to improve, and my blog is at the top of my list. I’ve already set a number of resolutions involving this blog, which will hopefully enable me to improve my Alexa Ranking, bump up my number of Feedburner subscribers, increase the number of comments I get, and in general, get much more attention for all my writings here on The Amateur Financier.

That’s where all of you, my readers, come in.  I’m hoping to make some changes in 2011, and want to know your opinions on things like what subjects I should cover, how I should promote my blog, and in general, how I can make this blog more appealing to all of you out there in the blogosphere.  (And what better way to learn what my readers are thinking than to come right out and ask them?)

I trust my readers more than the average think tank.

Now, you might be wondering why you should be so generous; after all, marketers, consults, and think tanks can make thousands, even millions of dollars for sharing their expertise.  Why should you give away yours for free?  Why, for the chance to win valuable prizes of course!  I know that if you’re like me, you want to know what you might be able to win.  So, with no further ado…

What You Can Win

Since it is the new year, it seems appropriate to give you a gift that can help benefit you throughout the rest of  2011.  What am I thinking of, you ask?  Why, a personal finance magazine subscription, of course!  I’m actually a subscriber to numerous personal finance magazines myself, and they give me an different insights into the world of money, provide me with useful factoids to fill my mind, and have even inspired a blog post or two in the time I’ve been writing.

So, what sort of magazines are we talking about?  Any personal finance magazine that costs under $30 for a yearly subscription, including, but not limited to, these*:

Money Magazine
SmartMoney
Inc. Magazine
Fast Company
Entrepreneur
Fortune Magazine
Forbes Magazine

Or any other magazine you might want to receive, so long as it is (a) related in some way to personal finance (that is the theme of my blog, after all) and (b) under thirty dollars for a subscription.  (I’m not made of money, you know; at least, not until you help me to become the King of All Bloggers!)

(What’s that, you say?  You already have more magazine subscriptions than you can really keep up with?  I sympathize; I subscribe to most of the magazines listed above myself, in addition to some magazines connected to my biochemistry background.  Here’s my solution: if you win, feel free to give away the subscription to a friend or significant other by giving me their name and address.  Or ask your local library what magazine they would like to receive; you’ll be able to help your neighborhood and still be able to read the magazines whenever you like.  Don’t let your own magazine subscriptions stop you from entering.)

The Questions

By now, you’re (hopefully) starting to pretty excited by this whole plan. If you want to enter this contest, it’s pretty simple.  All you need to do is leave a comment below where you answer the following three questions:

1) What money related topics would you like to see covered here on The Amateur Financier?  Do you want to read more about investing, saving, smart spending, or something else entirely?

2) What methods are needed to successfully pull the marketing of The Amateur Financier up to higher levels?  What systems or companies should I approach to bump up my blog’s influence?

3) Lastly, what is your favorite type of blog entry?  Do you like when I respond to other people’s blog entries, enjoy my round ups, or particularly like my discussions of my new worth?  Inquiring minds want to know!

There you go, three simple questions, all of which would help me greatly in transforming my blog for the better.  I thank everyone in advance who want to help me out in the process.

How to Win

There are three simple steps to enter yourself in this giveaway:

1) Answer these questions: Post a reply to this blog entry that answers these questions as best you can.  You don’t need to type for hours; a simple answer, as long as it provides me with useful information, can be more useful than a three page long rambling response.  Just do your best, answer all three questions, and try to help me out.  You MUST leave a response that gives some answer for all three questions to be entered in the contest.

2) Promote this contest: You can increase your number of chances to win by helping me to get the word out about this contest.  By including this contest in a round up or providing a link on Twitter, I’ll give you another chance to win (or two, for both of these) when choosing  some of my contest winners.

3) That’s It! That’s all there is to it; simple, no?

There will be a total of three winners to this contest, each getting a subscription to the personal finance magazine of their choice for themselves or others; one winner will be chosen as giving the most helpful answer, while two others will picked at random from the other entrants.

Other Notes and Details

-The deadline for entering this contest is January 14th (a week from this Friday); that should give you plenty of time to formulate a decent response to this blog.  The winners will be announced on January 17th (two weeks from today).

-Please do your best to answer the questions listed.  If you want to provide me with further advice, go right ahead, but at least answer the given questions (as they will be the most helpful to me).

*The links to the magazines that I included are my Amazon Affiliate links; if you opt to subscribe to any of the magazines via these links (and they are pretty interesting magazines), I will receive a portion of your subscription price.  Just a warning so you don’t think I’m trying to put anything past you.

Good luck once again, and I look forward to reading what everyone has to say!

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5 Responses to Help Me Improve My Blog and Win!

  1. 1) What money related topics would you like to see covered here on The Amateur Financier? Do you want to read more about investing, saving, smart spending, or something else entirely?

    I personally like to read lifestyle stories and personal finance as it relates to economics and the greater world around us.

    2) What methods are needed to successfully pull the marketing of The Amateur Financier up to higher levels? What systems or companies should I approach to bump up my blog’s influence?

    Comment more on other blogs, and do weekly roundups. I think you’ll find a significant boost from these two tactics.

    3) Lastly, what is your favorite type of blog entry? Do you like when I respond to other people’s blog entries, enjoy my round ups, or particularly like my discussions of my new worth? Inquiring minds want to know!

    I think that responding to other people’s blog entries can be very interesting! I also enjoy posts that relate PF to something personal or something going on in the world currently.
    Invest It Wisely´s last blog post ..Happy New Year!

  2. 1) What money related topics would you like to see covered here on The Amateur Financier? Do you want to read more about investing, saving, smart spending, or something else entirely?

    -> I’d like to read more about your thoughts on unemployment, getting by, and how not to get unemployed, etc.

    2) What methods are needed to successfully pull the marketing of The Amateur Financier up to higher levels? What systems or companies should I approach to bump up my blog’s influence?

    -> Just guest post on bigger sites. You are welcome at Yakezie or my site any time.

    3) Lastly, what is your favorite type of blog entry? Do you like when I respond to other people’s blog entries, enjoy my round ups, or particularly like my discussions of my new worth? Inquiring minds want to know!

    –> Favorite type is personal stories of you.
    Financial Samurai´s last blog post ..Financial Samurai Predictions For 2011

  3. 1) What money related topics would you like to see covered here on The Amateur Financier? Do you want to read more about investing, saving, smart spending, or something else entirely? I like reading all these topics provided they are personal === meaning stories about these topics and your life or opinion.

    2) What methods are needed to successfully pull the marketing of The Amateur Financier up to higher levels? What systems or companies should I approach to bump up my blog’s influence? I wish I knew:) I think guest posting is important but know how hard it is to find the time. It is important to interact with other bloggers on their posts. We all remember who comments often.

    3) Lastly, what is your favorite type of blog entry? Do you like when I respond to other people’s blog entries, enjoy my round ups, or particularly like my discussions of my new worth? I don’t particularly enjoy net worth posts. I like round-ups and intelligent discussion about other points of view.
    Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer´s last blog post ..10 Free Ways to Improve Your Mood

  4. 1) What money related topics would you like to see covered here on The Amateur Financier? Do you want to read more about investing, saving, smart spending, or something else entirely?
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    Investing would be great. There’s already so many blogs on smart spending and frugal living that I think you’d just be another voice in the crowd. Instead I’d really like to know why you chose your investments, how you honestly feel they’re performing, any advice you can give from your experiences, and what you’d like to invest in for 2011.
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    2) What methods are needed to successfully pull the marketing of The Amateur Financier up to higher levels? What systems or companies should I approach to bump up my blog’s influence?
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    Aha! I’m more in my comfort zone here. Competitions like this are always good, and you should feel comfortable emailing other finance blogs to ask if they’ll give you a shout-out. I think collaboration with other bloggers has huge potential – more cross-promotion, joint surveys and research etc. Perhaps also put some useful, AF branded spreadsheets and PDFs together (annual budget, forecast, investment portfolio tracking etc) that peeps can download from your site.
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    3) Lastly, what is your favorite type of blog entry? Do you like when I respond to other people’s blog entries, enjoy my round ups, or particularly like my discussions of my new worth? Inquiring minds want to know!
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    I like it all! It’s good to have diversity. Keep it up man, and get that damn card paid off 🙂

  5. Thank you all for your great comments; I’m glad that I got some many interesting thoughts from such a range of people. I’ll be sure to contact the winners and let them know. But first, a few responses to all the wonderful suggestions:

    @InvestItWisely: Thanks much for the suggestions; I’m already trying to do more round-ups and comment more, but it’s nice to know that other people consider it productive. Being more personal with my posts seems to a be a pretty common theme.

    @FS: Hunh, I didn’t know that my unemployment thoughts interested you so much (although, they did get me featured by MSN, so I suppose I should have considered doing more of that anyway). I’ll definitely have to take you up on that guest posting offer sometime soon.

    @Kay Lynn: Another vote for personal stories, hunh? Well, I’ll definitely have to do more of those, then. And yes, guest posting does seem to fall by the wayside (particularly when there barely seems to be enough time to get all my own posts up in time). I’ll have to keep up my intelligent discussion of other points of view, as well.

    @Burn Down Easy: Interesting; my experience is that investing is a fairly common subject (perhaps I’m just spending a disproportionate amount of my time on investing specific websites). I love the suggestions on how to bump up my blog’s popularity; I’ll have to try some of those methods soon.

    Again, thank you very much, all of you, for your helpful and thought provoking comments.

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