Blog carnivals can be a great way to promote community and increase traffic not only to your site, but to your participants’ sites. But how do you do that? With a linky tool. A linky tool allows carnival participants to submit a title for their link and a link to their site. The linky tool [...]
I recently received a great question about blog rolls. The question was whether or not you should contact the people you put on your blog roll to let them know that you’re linking to them. Then I started thinking about all the issues related to blog rolls, the etiquette behind them, the usefulness of them, [...]
Many online giveaways require that you provide a valid e-mail address so they can easily contact you if you win. I would say you need to leave your e-mail address even if you also leave a link to your blog. My reasoning is that if the host has to track you down, they may just [...]
For my own giveaways, I prefer to send out an e-mail to the winner. That way I know I have tried to contact the winner. I can put a time-limit on how long I’ll wait for a response and mailing address from the winner. The next step is to either send out the prize or [...]
I’ve found some great pictures of bentos created by people in Japan. Because of the language barrier, I do not know how to request permission to re-post the picture in my blog.
I can’t post someone else’s picture without their permission, right? Even if I am saying nice things about it and linking back to their original post? I know it’s tempting to just post the pictures–especially because of the language barrier and, therefore, the difficulty in asking permission and because you’re saying nice things. Unfortunately, this [...]
I do not have a tried and true answer for you on this one, it’s done both ways. For my own giveaways, I prefer to send out an e-mail to the winner. That way I know I have tried to contact the winner. I can put a time-limit on how long I’ll wait for a [...]
If the winner of my bloggy giveaway doesn’t contact me, is it OK to not select another winner and save the item for another giveaway?
My feeling on this is that it would be wrong to save the item for another giveaway. Usually, if you offer something as a giveaway, you need to give it away–even if it means picking multiple winners until someone steps up to claim the prize. I give winners of my giveaways four days to respond [...]
What do I if the winner of my giveaway contacts me to claim the prize, but then drops the ball and doesn’t send an address?
If you have contacted the winner of your giveaway and he/she has responded, but without supplying an address, send them a reminder e-mail. This e-mail should remind them that they have X number of days (I usually limit it to four) to respond with an address or they will forfeit the prize. If you don’t [...]