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SOBCon08 Are you looking to be an authority blogger? Join the Authority Blogger SOBCon Contest!

Blog CatalogBlog Catalog, SOBCon08, and Authority Blogger have come together to make an exciting new contest offer. It’s all set to help you launch your yourself this year as an Authority Blogger with the plan, the models, and the support that you need to be off to a successful career.

What is SOBCon08?

As you may already know, I am going to be giving a talk at this years SOBEvent in Chicago.

I’m very excited, not just because I think it will be a fantastic event (it will), a lot of fun (yup), and I will get a chance to meet some really cool people (that too), but also I think the attendees will get a huge amount of benefit from it.

You see, it is a conference like no other.

SOBCon08 is small and focused on truly beneficial and actionable information. It’s a series of mastermind meetings. You will get quality time with serious experts giving real knowledge, not lame half-pitches for their expensive CD box set

Check out the program

Other speakers/presenters include: Anita Bruzzese from Gannett USA Today, on online reputation management, Brian Clark, Copyblogger, on online business models that work, Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle on WordPress, one focusing your business to get noticed, Muhammad Saleem on what makes an appropriate social networking portfolio, Chris Brogan, on social media choices that produce, Dave Bullock, a sales model that converts, Liz Strauss, how to build an irresistible offer and Wendy Piersall on success management.

Don’t you think that is perfect for Authority Bloggers? That’s why we’re offering this contest!

Authority Blogger Contest Prizes and Rules

It’s always fun to start with the prizes. What the Blog Catalog, SOBCon, Authority Blogger competition winner will win:

  1. $1000 budget to pay for SOBCon08 registration and travel expenses which also includes:
    • a copy of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett
    • 60 attendees will get free design and SEO consults from Network Solutions experts.
    • a $99 lifetime hosting offer from THC
    • a pro account at E-Junkie
    • a free subscription to Blogger & Podcaster Magazine and a chance to join their new USA Today guide
    • a professional video interview on you and your biz for BlogTV sponsored by Fuel My Blog
  2. A hour of consulting with Chris Garrett, face-to-face if possible.
  3. The complete Authority Blogger online course when it launches.
  4. An introduction to all of the speakers at the event.

It’s a fabulous prize package!

To Enter:

1. Write a blog post explaining why you’re the best candidate to be the next Authority Blogger. What you’ll add to the event, what you hope to learn from a personal consultancy with Chris Garrett and the wealth of great business bloggers in that weekend in Chicago. Be sure to write with authority. Tell your compelling story.
2. Have your post written by March 31st.
3. Leave a trackback to this post or a link in the comment, so that we know you’ve entered.
4. Your post can include pictures, but should be no longer than 1000 words.
5. Liz Strauss, and Chris Garrett, that’s me, will select the winner on 1st of April.
6. In the case of a draw a representative from Blog Catalog will have the deciding vote.

Make sure you sign up to the Authority Blogger newsletter to be eligible for the full prize and to see all the competition announcements.

Don’t miss the deadline, then you really would feel like an April fool

Get writing and good luck!

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  1. You’re on, Chris my friend. :)

  2. You’re on, Chris my friend. :)

  3. Good luck! :)

  4. Good luck! :)

  5. You are so on… thanks for opening up such an amazing opportunity.

  6. You are so on… thanks for opening up such an amazing opportunity.

  7. My solemn resolution for 2008 is to stay firmly on-topic & keep each blog focussed on its niche and reader interests — and darned if I can find any way to fit in a SOBCon post! But this is truly a fabulous prize, and whoever wins it will be getting a giant leg-up on their business blogging career. I’ll happily help to spread the word. :)

  8. My solemn resolution for 2008 is to stay firmly on-topic & keep each blog focussed on its niche and reader interests — and darned if I can find any way to fit in a SOBCon post! But this is truly a fabulous prize, and whoever wins it will be getting a giant leg-up on their business blogging career. I’ll happily help to spread the word. :)

  9. Hey Chris,

    I’ve not only joined in the fun, I’ve invited all of my readers to do the same, and offered a prize of my own if any of them take it.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Sorry (though not very) if you get deluged with music industry bloggers… :)

  10. Hey Chris,

    I’ve not only joined in the fun, I’ve invited all of my readers to do the same, and offered a prize of my own if any of them take it.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Sorry (though not very) if you get deluged with music industry bloggers… :)

  11. @Adam – Glad you like it, good luck :)

    @Jen – I’m sure if we put our heads together we can find a way it could fit :)

    @Dubber – Thanks for putting the word out :)

  12. @Adam – Glad you like it, good luck :)

    @Jen – I’m sure if we put our heads together we can find a way it could fit :)

    @Dubber – Thanks for putting the word out :)

  13. sounds like a fantastic prize , and one that i realy nead to win:)

  14. sounds like a fantastic prize , and one that i realy nead to win:)

  15. This is such a phenomenal opportunity, Chris! I so wanted to go to SOBCon in Chicago, but had resigned myself to the fact that, due to finances, I just couldn’t go this year. The generosity shown by yourself, Liz and Blogcatalog have given me a very small glimmer of hope, and for that I am extremely grateful. Needless to say, I will most definitely be entering!
    Best of luck to everyone else entering too!

  16. This is such a phenomenal opportunity, Chris! I so wanted to go to SOBCon in Chicago, but had resigned myself to the fact that, due to finances, I just couldn’t go this year. The generosity shown by yourself, Liz and Blogcatalog have given me a very small glimmer of hope, and for that I am extremely grateful. Needless to say, I will most definitely be entering!
    Best of luck to everyone else entering too!

  17. This sounds interesting. I may be brand new to blogging, but I know my topic well. Now it just up to going out and finding readers! This contest looks like a great way attract people to your blog, whether you’re new or not.

  18. This sounds interesting. I may be brand new to blogging, but I know my topic well. Now it just up to going out and finding readers! This contest looks like a great way attract people to your blog, whether you’re new or not.

  19. Hi Chris, thanks for the great competition.

    Here’s my entry: Are you inspired to be an authority?

    Joanna

  20. Hi Chris, thanks for the great competition.

    Here’s my entry: Are you inspired to be an authority?

    Joanna

  21. @tonybls12 – Get writing :)

    @amypalko – Good luck, I just wish we could help more people go :)

    @Christopher – I think everyone will come away buzzing with ideas, including the speakers and organizers :)

    @Joanna – Great work!

  22. @tonybls12 – Get writing :)

    @amypalko – Good luck, I just wish we could help more people go :)

    @Christopher – I think everyone will come away buzzing with ideas, including the speakers and organizers :)

    @Joanna – Great work!

  23. Excellent concept. I’ve been dying to go to SOBCon, so why not do it in style?

    Here is my submission.

  24. Excellent concept. I’ve been dying to go to SOBCon, so why not do it in style?

    Here is my submission.

  25. OK, Chris, here’s my entry: Only Connect: The Essence of Authority
    Thanks!

  26. OK, Chris, here’s my entry: Only Connect: The Essence of Authority
    Thanks!

  27. @Bob @amypalko – Thanks for your entries! Great stuff :)

  28. @Bob @amypalko – Thanks for your entries! Great stuff :)

  29. Nice to let us newbies in. Thanks. We are on, see you in Chicago!

  30. Nice to let us newbies in. Thanks. We are on, see you in Chicago!

  31. Thanks for the opportunity.I’d love to attend but I couldn’t save enough money.I know what I want to give my readers and clients so I consider myself an expert in my field, always learning to give more to the ones who want to learn (as you do).So this is another good chance to learn and I´m enjoying it

  32. Thanks for the opportunity.I’d love to attend but I couldn’t save enough money.I know what I want to give my readers and clients so I consider myself an expert in my field, always learning to give more to the ones who want to learn (as you do).So this is another good chance to learn and I´m enjoying it

  33. The Cube Rules Secret is Out is the entry. Thanks for the opportunity — this is a very cool and constructive offer!

    Scot

  34. The Cube Rules Secret is Out is the entry. Thanks for the opportunity — this is a very cool and constructive offer!

    Scot

  35. Here’s my official entry – 992 words according to my plugin. It took me longer to cut it down from 2000 words than write my first draft!

    HART’s Entry

    Good Luck everybody :-)

  36. Here’s my official entry – 992 words according to my plugin. It took me longer to cut it down from 2000 words than write my first draft!

    HART’s Entry

    Good Luck everybody :-)

  37. To begin, let me say that this is more than about money.

    This is about developing killer content and then knowing how to package it for the maximum benefit to my readership.

    This is about realizing a dream in a way I never even thought possible.

    As a newbie professor and speaker unfortunately I do not have the time nor resources to drop on my blog/website at the present time. And let’s face it, taking the time to design a logo, or search through WordPress themes is not producing the result I have intended (one look at my website will prove this.)

    That is why a contest like this is too good to be true. In fact, it is better than too good to be true. I have been working odd jobs and doing all within my power to assess the needed funds to accomplish all that you are offering. And to think I could win these goods….truthfully, the thought overwhelms me. I always thought I would have to work really hard to accomplish my goals (which I was prepared to do) it never occurred to me I could actually reach my goals free of charge.

    All I can say is it is too good to be true.

    It is too good to be true because I know that if I were to win, I would be able to put out content that I know would serve teenagers and young adults who are seeking to wrestle with the issues of values, identity, and social action.

    It is too good to be true because I know that if I were to win not only would I benefit but then I would be able to teach others from the skills that I would acquire. I would be a link in an ongoing chain of people who would learn how to proper harness the power of blogging.

    It is too good to be true because I would learn in one setting how to know what is truly communicating to my audience and why. (It is easier on my schedule to plan to learn if the information is being dispensed in one setting versus multiple different settings at different times.)

    It is too good to be true because I know that I would grow as a person by learning what motivates and communicates to others. I get a special sense of fulfillment knowing that by serving others I am also developing as a person.

    And last but not least, it is too good to be true because at last, I would be able to cut the odd jobs and provide another steady income stream to support my family of 4.

    That is why I wish there was some way to convince you I would really, really, really would benefit to most from winning such a contest. Alas, all I can do is say that if I were to win, I would take the responsibility of winning very seriously. I would consider it such an honor that I would be the best student I could. I would seek to use the information as responsibly as possible. I would not be satisfied until I not only digested but explored all possible options in quest to master the material.

    That is the only way I can think of responding to an offer that is too good to be true.

    Chris, thank you for all your hard work and generosity. And thank you for reading my entry and considering me as the winner for this contest.

    I wish you much success in the future.

  38. To begin, let me say that this is more than about money.

    This is about developing killer content and then knowing how to package it for the maximum benefit to my readership.

    This is about realizing a dream in a way I never even thought possible.

    As a newbie professor and speaker unfortunately I do not have the time nor resources to drop on my blog/website at the present time. And let’s face it, taking the time to design a logo, or search through WordPress themes is not producing the result I have intended (one look at my website will prove this.)

    That is why a contest like this is too good to be true. In fact, it is better than too good to be true. I have been working odd jobs and doing all within my power to assess the needed funds to accomplish all that you are offering. And to think I could win these goods….truthfully, the thought overwhelms me. I always thought I would have to work really hard to accomplish my goals (which I was prepared to do) it never occurred to me I could actually reach my goals free of charge.

    All I can say is it is too good to be true.

    It is too good to be true because I know that if I were to win, I would be able to put out content that I know would serve teenagers and young adults who are seeking to wrestle with the issues of values, identity, and social action.

    It is too good to be true because I know that if I were to win not only would I benefit but then I would be able to teach others from the skills that I would acquire. I would be a link in an ongoing chain of people who would learn how to proper harness the power of blogging.

    It is too good to be true because I would learn in one setting how to know what is truly communicating to my audience and why. (It is easier on my schedule to plan to learn if the information is being dispensed in one setting versus multiple different settings at different times.)

    It is too good to be true because I know that I would grow as a person by learning what motivates and communicates to others. I get a special sense of fulfillment knowing that by serving others I am also developing as a person.

    And last but not least, it is too good to be true because at last, I would be able to cut the odd jobs and provide another steady income stream to support my family of 4.

    That is why I wish there was some way to convince you I would really, really, really would benefit to most from winning such a contest. Alas, all I can do is say that if I were to win, I would take the responsibility of winning very seriously. I would consider it such an honor that I would be the best student I could. I would seek to use the information as responsibly as possible. I would not be satisfied until I not only digested but explored all possible options in quest to master the material.

    That is the only way I can think of responding to an offer that is too good to be true.

    Chris, thank you for all your hard work and generosity. And thank you for reading my entry and considering me as the winner for this contest.

    I wish you much success in the future.

  39. Well, just before the cut off. I hope you enjoy it
    http://confident1.com/authority-blogging

    David

  40. Well, just before the cut off. I hope you enjoy it
    http://confident1.com/authority-blogging

    David

  41. Here’s my entry, Chris: Why This Visionary Blogger is The Next Authority Blogger

    Best wishes to all who entered and I look forward to exchanging handshakes and hugs all around in 32 days.

  42. Here’s my entry, Chris: Why This Visionary Blogger is The Next Authority Blogger

    Best wishes to all who entered and I look forward to exchanging handshakes and hugs all around in 32 days.

  43. I’m not certain why the date time on my entry shows April 1st. According to my time, it’s just 10pm on the 31st.

    I do hope you will consider my entry as meeting the deadline. If not, I guess I’m a real April Fool.

    Fingers crossed!

  44. I’m not certain why the date time on my entry shows April 1st. According to my time, it’s just 10pm on the 31st.

    I do hope you will consider my entry as meeting the deadline. If not, I guess I’m a real April Fool.

    Fingers crossed!