Free Book Giveaway

One of my goals for this website is that it not only be a platform from which I can talk about my ideas; also important to me is growing a community of people.

Like-minded people who are interested in discussing, refining, and spreading their ideas. Making the world better.

I truly value the discussions that happen in response to the things I post here. While it's true I don't reply to every single comment, you can be certain that I read every single one.

To encourage more community-and more discussion-this month I'm starting something new. I have to give credit for this idea to fellow blogger Michael Hyatt, who does something similar on his intentional leadership blog.

This month, March of 2012, will be the first month that we will award recognition for the top 10 commenters to this blog.

Basically, the people who comment the most will be those who make it into the top 10. But the quality of comments that are left will also be a determining factor.

Now let me be clear…

I am not looking for “junk comments”. You know what I mean. If all you have to add to the discussion is “great post!”, you're not going to make it into the top 10 commenters.

My plan is to award my top 10 commenters with a free gift each month. This month, the gift will be a copy of my book, “Million Dollar Marketing Secrets”.

I will also publish a list of the top 10 commenters each month with a link to your blog or website (if you have one.)

My advice to you if you want one of these books (and a link back to your site in my “Monthly Top 10” post): start reading the posts on this blog, including the ones from the past, and when you think you have something to add to the discussion… do it!

You can start with this very post.

What do you think of the “Monthly Top 10 Commentors” idea?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Ray, 
    I have followed your articles for some time.  This is my first post, and I think you have a good idea.  I certainly see comments increasing for you, and you should be able to harvest some gold.
    I know there are several of us that can benefit both from the book and the  link.  Any hints on what other prizes may be won in the future?
    This seems like a very simple idea to increase quality comments to your site.  If this idea works well for you, I could see your members implementing the idea for their sites.

    •  @sgaines  Thank you Scott. When I was in the broadcasting business, we routinely ran contests to build listenership. The contests also served to increase the amount of listening from each listener. It seems obvious to me now the same is easily achievable in the world of blogging as well. I’d be curious to learn if anyone has successfully used contests or other incentives to increase the readership of your blog. Please feel free to share your ideas here. 

  • drkenny

    Great idea, Ray. I think that encouraging communication is very important in the web 2.0 space. As google has entered into the social network space, and search will likely become social, I think it is very important to get our readers into the habit of interacting, ‘socializing’, and sharing our content. If our readers can start to respond to our requests for interaction, and ultimately recommend our content – i.e. +1 it, ‘like’ it, or ‘tweet’ it, then that will significantly help our rankings and reach in this new web space which is evolving.
    I think your approach is a very smart way to start this. Well done.

    •  @drkenny  Good points, Kenny. The interesting thing is, it used to be that we worked hard just to get people to read what we wrote. Now, we face that same challenge, and at the same time we are trying to get more engagement. More involvement, community. It actually shows that the bar has been set higher than ever before. Your observations on social media are spot on!

  • shelhorowitz

    Ray, one of the things I’ve always loved about your work is your promotion of reading. Of course I was especially thrilled when you told people to go out and read my book Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green–and a nice little sales spike “coincided” with your review, so I can say thank you again for the results that accompanied your review :-).
    I’ve personally struggled to get engagement on my blog. So I have no qualms about “sitting at the feet of a master” and watching what you do. Don’t be surprised if I emulate it at some point.
    And in the meantime, if I happen to win one of your books, I will devour it eagerly.

    •  @shelhorowitz  I think we all need to have a well thought out “engagement plan” for our blogs, if we expect them to thrive going forward. The number of “dead” blogs that I run across is quite surprising.
      I think many people start a blog believing it will be an easy way to attract an audience. And it is, with one caveat: you have to be committed to it long-term, you have to be consistent, and you have to think of it like a business in need of a promotional plan.
      Okay, I realize that was 3 caveats-but you get my point.
      Thanks for your kind words Shel.

  • Ray, this is a great idea and it reflects God’s core principle of reward. God operates on the reward system. Those who obey him are blessed and eat the good of the land – Isaiah 1:19. Rewarding those who post valuable comments with a book and link to their website is a great motivation to follow your instructions. Thank you for the opportunity. I am determined to be 1 of the top 10.

  • Ray, having ran a blog since 2006 I hear you when you are talking about junk comments – they are very annoying and spammy!
    I’m just building another blog at the moment and your post has given me some great ideas! I never really thought about offering incentives for the top 10 commentors!  As long as you giveaway something of real value I think you are on to a winner…
    Very simple idea but aren’t they often the best ones…
    All the best,

  • KatherineH

    I know I’m not supposed to be here (just my own opinion), but your blog is irresistible to me and about to become even better, I fear.
    Ha!  I recently saw a hilarious video online about the tale of the three little pigs, spoken and acted the way Shakespeare would have written it.  I laughed and laughed… so good.  And I told my brother, “We need Oscars for gifted people like this, AS WELL AS for people in show business.” (Or something like that).
    This is like a mini-Oscar ceremony in disguise.  It raises the standard and gives an incentive to do something of more value.  Some of us NEED a challenge of some kind in order to do our best.  
    I think you hit the nail on the head–you saw a need for better posts and tapped into one of the means of motivating people.  Great idea!

  • Lisa Sandifur Sumpter

    All of the  comments make by these individuals were positive and somehow reassured you of the fact that in order to get more socialization off of the blogs they highly agreed with giving items away to those who kept up with and gave educational comments that showed they were involved with what was going on in the “internet world”.

  • DanaSusanBeasley

    What a great incentive! I for one have been greatly encouraged by your blogs and videos and writings. Every time I read them or watch them I am more committed than ever to become a wildly successful entrepreneur and be bold in sharing my faith as I do so! Thanks for being a shining witness of faith! I’m looking forward to this contest and mostly getting to know the other commenters who have the same passions as I have!

    •  @DanaSusanBeasley  Thank you again Dana. It’s good to know you’ve benefited from some of what we’ve been sharing here.

  • KatherineH

    I was thinking… One great thing our forefathers did for us (here in the good old U.S. of A.) was give us an incentive to settle down and make a life for ourselves by giving us the right to property, life, and liberty.  When you’ve never had a chance for that before, you’d even die for it.
    They knew what they were doing.  And this little incentive shows me that you do too, Ray.

  • I haven’t been as regular as I need to be in reading (and commenting). The value you offer is immense and I’ve had a goal for years to improve my copy writing skills. I’ve made progress and need tons more. Your give-away caught my attention in my twitter stream. And I’m a huge fan of Michael Hyatt as well so it simplifies for me that you are learning from him too.

    The Monthly Top 10 fits with tips I’ve been given for a
    Fan of the Week on FaceBook. Thanks!