This was an extremely difficult contest to judge as almost every single entry (over 70 of them) was a winner.
I had our Editorial Team Leader select two editors to do the honor of choosing a winner: Editor #13 (female) and Editor #15 (male). They were given the task to choose a winner that exemplifies an ideal EzineArticles expert author.
The winner of an iPod Shuffle is: EzineArticles Expert Author Brandi Cummings [USA]
Reason why Brandi chose her selected article:
“This article did not get 2000 views or get published 1000 times. What it did do was resonate with 25% of the people that read it. And since my goal is to have people read my articles, learn from them, and click through to my sites for more information, I would call this a successful article.”
Reason why our editors choose Brandi to be our contest winner:
Her selected article wasn’t the best ideal article when compared to other contest entries, but she did meet the requirements of an ideal author having her author photo uploaded and Brandi submits original content. What tipped the scales in her favor was the thought she put into her entry and her follow up blog entry (Article Marketing: What Is Success?) – We admit it… We like it when our members blog positively about EzineArticles.com. Seth would say, “The truism of the web: people talking about you is far more effective than talking about yourself.”
Honorable mentions go to:
First Runner Up: EzineArticles Expert Author Jeanette Joy Fisher [USA]
Jeanette’s article (A Beginner’s Guide to Flipping Houses) received over 233,369 views since it was first published on EzineArticles in October of 2004 – lead to the producer of TLC’s “Flip That House” to feature her in their TV show because she was found all over the Internet for “flipping houses,” so she must be the expert.
Second Runner Up: EzineArticles Expert Author Clayton Shold [Canada]
Clayton said, “Salesopedia.com enjoyed over one million page views in it’s first year thanks in part to the hundreds of links from EzineArticles.” Wow! We are glad to feature a quality original article writer such as yourself and your author professional photo is excellent!
Third Runner Up: EzineArticles Expert Author Danick Buskermolen [Australia]
We liked Danick because of her excitement for having received over 500 views to her article (The Anatomy Of An Upset) – in a day and time when large scale members are touting tens, hundreds of thousands and millions of article views, it’s good to see the newbie excitement over small successes that lead to bigger successes. We wished Danick had her author photo uploaded… Hint Hint. :)
A brief summary of some of the benefits our members mentioned receiving from their article writing and marketing activities:
- Gave worldwide exposure to articles within a venue of shared expertise
- Performed as a lead generator for speaking engagements, syndication, book deals and more
- Created opportunities to educate, empower and positively impact people
- Provided Revenue: $5400 in direct revenue and Converted traffic to lifetime customers
- Established Expertise: Became the #1 author in my category
- Reconnected with a long lost friend
- Increased Traffic: 350 articles in 6 months, with over 26,000 viewings
- Illuminated article topic demand
- Showed consistent high placement in all major search engines
- Gained positive feedback from readers
Whatever way you define success, we appreciate every member who submits quality original articles and hope 2008 will be your and our strongest year together as we drive more traffic to your website in exchange for your best quality original articles!
Happy New Year!