#HAHD 4 Video Swag Review

Swag -noun: A slang term for free promotional items … often pronounced or spelled shwag or schwag. (Wikipedia.com)

Let’s face it, we love to give stuff away. We’re especially well-known for our highly coveted mugs, which are treated more as trophies than beverage receptacles. First-timers are often amazed at how much effort top authors will invest merely to lay claim to an EzineArticles mug.

In the last year, our Hundred Articles in a Hundred Days Marathon Challenge (#HAHD) has clearly become the poster child for our obsession with shwag (our preferred spelling). As a reward for writing and submitting 100 articles in 100 days, we send each qualifying member an assortment of cool promotional items.

We just passed the 3-week mark in #HAHD 4. This is the point in the challenge where we typically start to see a separation between the truly dedicated Expert Authors and the author wannabes. So we figured it was time to remind you of what you’re working toward … or could be working toward … if you were to enroll in the #HAHD 4 Marathon Challenge.

With that thought in mind, we put together this 2-minute video to highlight the selection of fine promotional items (aka: shwag, booty, goodies, prizes, etc.) that are being offered up for #HAHD 4.

Downloadable Versions:
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Run 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge

To coincide with our “100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge” (#HAHD), you are invited to join us in running 100 miles in 100 days (aka, #HMHD).

This challenge is already in progress – it started on May 1st, 2010 and “runs” until August 8th, 2010.

Unlike #HAHD 4, there are no prizes for entering or winning the #HMHD (Hundred Miles in Hundred Days) Challenge … other than bragging rights and a slim, lean body that comes from being fit.

What do you need to enter?

Nike+ Sensor($19-$29) and a iPod Nano 5th gen or iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch. If you don’t have a Nano or iPhone 3GS/iPod Touch, then you’ll need the Nike+ Sportsband ($59 from Nike.com).

You do not need Nike+ shoes as I run with a little $3 Nike+ pouch velcro’d to my shoes for the running sensor pod. You can find the running pouches at Amazon.com.

The Challenge itself costs nothing to enter, nor does becoming a member of Nike+’s website.

How do you enter?

Purchase your Nike+ Sensor/kit and CLICK HERE to join the challenge.

I’m in the challenge myself as are many of the behind-the-scenes EzineArticles team who are looking to get into better physical shape or just enjoy the love of running. We hope to see you at the finish line on August 8th, 2010!

Are you in?

Give this Cartoon a Caption

This post was updated May 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

So Provide Your Funniest EzineArticles-Related Caption!you think you’re funny, huh? Well it’s time to prove it!

You’ve probably noticed that this cartoon has no caption. We need your help in coming up with the perfect one. Submit a funny EzineArticles-related caption via the “Comments” below or on our Facebook Fan Page. In one week we’ll pick the one that makes us laugh the hardest.

If yours is selected, you’ll not only receive the accolades and adulation of the EzineArticles community, you’ll also receive an EzineArticles cartoon mug with this cartoon (and your caption) on it! Plus, we might use your captioned cartoon in a future blog entry.

So take a well-deserved break, get your thinking cap on and submit your best EzineArticles-related caption(s). Maybe you’ll become the proud owner of an EzineArticles cartoon mug highlighting your unique sense of humor!

People love to laugh. So when you’re done sending us your caption, why not weave a little humor into your next set of original articles? Your readers will appreciate the breath of fresh air.

Winning Caption:
• “Honey, I swear that article on “How to Deal with a Nag” was purely fictional and based on what I’ve heard from other guys who have one of THOSE kind of wives … you do believe me, right Sweetie?” – Kathy Hauser

Honorable Mentions:
• “Sweetheart, I only write to help other people ‘Get Their Ex Back’ …” – Joyanna Winslow Deschaine
• “But Honey, I’m only two articles away from getting my mug!” – Rachael
• “But honey, you know that you can’t have four keyword anchor text with a 300 word article!” – Rachael

EzineArticles Team Favorite:
• “Wait – wait – if I hadn’t said I was Chris Knight you’d never have agreed to meet me!”– Isha

Get Ready – #HAHD 4 Starts May 1st!

Are you ready? Because the 4th “100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge” (#HAHD) begins in just 2 days!

TO QUALIFY:* You’ll need to sign up and submit at least 100 qualifying articles of 400 words or more anytime between 12:01AM CT-US Saturday, May 1st and 11:59PM CT-US Sunday, August 8th. Once those 100 articles are approved, you’re qualified!

Sound too easy? Then you’re going to like the new Personal Goal progress bar that allows you to set and track your own personal article goal above and beyond the 100 articles needed to qualify for the normal #HAHD.

If that’s still not enough of a challenge for you, we’ve also upped the ante this time by adding a Double #HAHD Challenge! Write an additional 100 articles (200 total) in the same time frame and we’ll reward you with a leather-bound EzineArticles journal and pen!

QUALIFICATION PRIZES:

  • All Qualifiers Receive:

    1. Downloadable #HAHD Certificate of Achievement (frame not included)
    2. Original Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Trophy Mug
    3. Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Mouse Pad
    4. Limited-Edition EzineArticles #HAHD Canvas Tote Bag
    5. Limited-Edition EzineArticles Motivational Wall Clock
  • Double #HAHD Challenge Prizes (Click on image to see a larger photo):
    1. EzineArticles Leather-Bound Journal
    2. EzineArticles Premium Pen
  • Added Bonus:
    The top 100 members for total number of approved submissions will also qualify to be selected for 1 of 10 FREE 1-year EzineArticles Premium Membership subscriptions valued at $697 each!

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Get Ready for #HAHD 4!

Updated on April 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Get ready, because the 4th “100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge” (#HAHD) begins in just a little over 2 weeks!

TO QUALIFY:* You’ll need to sign up and submit at least 100 qualifying articles of 400 words or more anytime between 12:01AM CT-US Saturday, May 1st and 11:59PM CT-US Sunday, August 8th. Once those 100 articles are approved, you’re qualified!

Prizes and Sign-Up Details

  • Prizes for completing #HAHD 4 are YTBD and will be announced prior to May 1st. We’re always open to [reasonable] suggestions, so leave a comment and give us yours!
     
  • You’ll be able to start signing up online in the next few days. Registration has already begun! Check out the left navigation bar on your Member’s Area Home page for the sign-up link.

Looking for a little inspiration and motivation? Before the start of the challenge, invest a few minutes checking out “What is the Point of Doing the EzineArticles Challenge?” by Matt Lenzie for an insightful look at the benefits of undertaking and completing an #HAHD challenge.

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#HAHD 3 and Cartoon Mug Challenge Wrap-Up

Congratulations to everyone who qualified for our most successful #HAHD Challenge ever!

Both the 3rd 100 Articles in 100 Days Marathon Challenge (#HAHD) and the EzineArticles Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge wrapped up this past weekend … and the results are in:

Results:

  • 1,307 Authors Enrolled in the #HAHD Challenge
  • 201 Authors Completed the #HAHD Challenge
  • 191 Authors Completed the Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge
  • 114 – Minimum Number of Valid Submissions Needed to be in the Top 100
  • 727 – Most Valid Submissions Submitted Under One Author Name

Prize Status:

  • Certificates of Completion – All #HAHD qualifiers should have already been notified of your successful completion of the challenge by the appearance of your printable “Certificate of Completion” on your Author’s Area home page. There is no need to send a prize request email.
     
  • #HAHD Prize Packages – We will begin mailing the prize packages (beach ball, hat, mug, coffee and mouse pad) in the next few days. Please allow additional mailing time for locations outside of the continental U.S.
     
  • Bonus Leather Coaster – To say thanks for the great participation in this challenge, we’ll be including a leather EzineArticles coaster in every prize package!
     
  • Top 100 Bonus Mirror – The top 100 qualifiers with the most articles will receive an additional bonus in their prize packages as well – a ‘vintage’ EzineArticles monitor mirror!
     
  • Top 100 Premium Drawing – All of the top 100 qualifiers will be placed in a random drawing to receive 1 of 10 free 1-year EzineArticles Premium Membership subscriptions valued at $582 each!
     
  • Cartoon Mug Certificates – Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge qualifiers will begin receiving their free mug certificate via email in the next few days.
     
  • Cartoon Mug Drawing – One lucky Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge qualifier will be drawn at random to receive the complete collection of all 13 EzineArticles cartoon mugs valued at nearly $170!

Again, congratulations to everyone who qualified for these challenges! The 4th #HAHD Marathon Challenge begins Saturday, May 1st. Watch the Blog for more details. In the meantime, remember to continue the positive (and profitable!) habit of submitting at least one article per day to really turbocharge your article marketing success!

Promotional Video Competition Extended

If you missed the original submission deadline, you’re in luck! We’ve decided to give all of you aspiring filmmakers a little more time.

In the last few days, we’ve received several requests from members to give them some additional time to complete their EzineArticles promotional videos. Since we’re not up against any real time constraints on our end, we’ve decided to move the deadline back 1 week to Sunday, March 21st.

Before you dive in, however, make sure you watch the explanatory video and read the PDF Checklist. They both provide important information that you’ll need to know if you want to earn your place in the video spotlight.

5 Key Points to Remember:

  1. We need video of you participating in your hobby and/or business.
  2. Tell us about why you’re using EzineArticles and how it impacts you or your business/organization.
  3. We need to be able to hear you – so get that microphone close and cut the background noise.
  4. Do not make this a hard sales pitch for your business or organization.
  5. Give us some data, like how long you’ve been writing, how many articles you currently have live, etc.

If you’re unclear about what we’re asking for, go check out some of the videos that have already been accepted. There’s a list (with links) at the bottom of the February 26th Blog post. Or you can ask your question by posting a comment here.

Thanks to everyone who has already submitted a video! There are some REALLY good ones – why not invest a little time and make yours one of them?

#HAHD Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge

We’re wrapping up the 3rd #HAHD Marathon Challenge with a fun 30 article mini-challenge that’s open to everyone!

The 3rd #HAHD Marathon Challenge officially wraps up 30 days from today. To make things a bit more interesting, we’ve come up with a 30 article mini-challenge that will reward you with an EzineArticles cartoon mug of your choice just for writing and submitting 30 articles before the challenge deadline.

Not only that, one lucky qualifying Expert Author will be drawn at random to receive the complete collection of all 13 EzineArticles Cartoon Mugs!

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Enroll in the 3rd #HAHD Marathon Challenge (if you haven’t already).
     
  2. Submit at least 30 qualifying articles, of at least 400 words each, between 12:01AM today and 11:59PM CST, April 10th, 2010.
     
  3. Receive a gift certificate via email for a cartoon mug of your choice from the EzineArticles Online Store.
     
  4. We’ll draw the name of one #HAHD Cartoon Mug Mini-Challenge qualifier at random to receive a complete EzineArticles cartoon mug collection valued at nearly $170!

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Put Yourself in the EzineArticles Spotlight

Become a part of our latest collaborative video project and shamelessly promote your article writing and marketing success to the world!

We’re of the opinion that almost anybody can be an EzineArticles Expert Author and use our service to help build their website, blog or online store … and we want to prove it using video. But instead of hiring actors and using representative data, we’re calling upon you, our members, to tell us your success story through video. Once we collect the entries, we’ll put the best ones together into one cohesive production that we intend to share with the world.

So what’s in it for you? Well if your video is chosen to be part of our video, your story will be seen by a potential audience of over a quarter-million EzineArticles members, not to mention several thousand other people. That kind of exposure will get you increased credibility, additional visibility and more traffic to your site … plus the accolades of the entire article marketing community.

Does that sound like a worthwhile investment of your time? If so, take about 5 minutes to watch this video – it’ll tell you everything you need to know. Plus you’ll get to see a cool Hollywood-ish explosion!

Downloadable Versions:
WMV Format     MOV Format     MV4 Format     MP3 Format

When you’re ready to put on your Director’s hat, click on the link to the right of the video window to download a PDF checklist of what you’ll need to do to enter. Then get started on producing your video! It’s due before 11:59pm CST(USA) Sunday, March 14th, 2010 – so don’t delay.

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Get Your EzineArticles Logo Gear

Our Online Store is the place to go for those items you’ve just gotta have.

Our members LOVE our EzineArticles logo gear, from mugs to mouse pads – people just seem to WANT it. We get requests nearly every day from members asking, “How do I get one of those cool {logo item}s?.

Trouble is, we can’t just give away our logo gear. We truly enjoy the act of sending our most successful Expert Authors a token of our appreciation and admiration for a job well done, so we don’t want to diminish its value by sending items out free upon request.

On the other hand, we understand that sometimes you’ve just gotta have it! That’s why we developed our EzineArticles.com Online Store. It’s a place where you can go to find many of the logo items we feature in our contests, challenges and reward programs. You’ll also find many other cool products we’ve developed just for the fun of it. Everything from clothing and clocks to bibs and bears. And if you don’t see something you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll try to get it for you.

St. Patrick’s Day Mug Special – For a limited time, we’re offering a special St. Patrick’s Day mug featuring this year’s (2010) EzineArticles St. Patrick’s Day logo – before it’s released. You’ll be the envy of all your friends when they see you sipping your favorite beverage out of this mug on St. Patrick’s Day! Imagine their amazement when they realize your mug matches our one-day-only website logo! ;-)

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