Last month I entered a few blogging competitions, but I realised that there is normally no real requirement for you to leave the content of your competition entry after the competition has ended. I entered the competition from David Airey, which had over 4k in prizes, but alas I didn’t win :(. On this page there was about 35 links to other sites, which was the requirement to get the maximum entries into the competition. Having so many outgoing links can effect your PageRank (if google ever gets up off their ass and updates…). And it is possible that these people could rank higher than you for your keywords. Giving competition owners one way links, normally with a keyword of their choice, these competition entries can have a negative effect on where you register on the SERPS.
Being Smart in Competitions
Maybe this won’t get me many karma points with the nice people who run the competitions, as they normally want to see that there is some lasting effect (inlinks/RSS subscribers) after their competition is done. But, because I control my content, I am well within my rights to remove the details.
One way competition owners could try to avoid this sneaky tactic would be to have a competition that keeps on giving. I also regularly go through my RSS reader to remove some of the feeds that I don’t typically enjoy. If more people used my tactics I think that those bloggers who run competitions may be less likely to run competitions in the future.
I was thinking of running a competition or two myself, but now that I realise that some people like myself are out there, maybe running a competition is not worth the effort.
You & Competitions
Do you remove your links and posts once a competition is done ?