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Blog Sponsor Experiment on World’s Strongest Librarian

by Josh Hanagarne on August 12, 2009

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Hey gang, here’s what’s up:

I’ve accepted a couple of sponsors in the last 24 hours. That’s right! World’s Strongest Librarian has now officially put fancy pants on and people want to be associated with it…by choice!

Here’s what up also:

Rather than make anyone else pay to sponsor WSL right now, I’d rather try something fun to engage us all a bit:

I’m going to open up a few spots for anyone who would like to sponsor World’s Strongest Librarian in order to get their blog or business some free traffic.

I would then put a 125 x 125 banner in my sidebar. If you’re curious as to what that might look like, I’ll be shooting for a similar look to what Darren Rowse has in the sidebar here on Problogger.

Here’s how you do it and what I need if you’re interested

I don’t care if your blog is teensy weensy or if your business is ginormous. This is just going to be a fun experiment. I’ll learn a big about the whole sponsorship thingy, and you’ll get a free, highly visible link on World’s Strongest Librarian for the month of September.

If you’re interested, please email me with sponsorship experiment in the subject

  • Write one paragraph for me on something you did in the last year that you’re proud of. Anything goes.
  • Your URL
  • A description of your blog and/or business
  • Why you’re interested
  • Your pitch: why should it be your ad? Just how cool are you?

By the end of August, I will select four additional sponsors for a total of six to run, free of charge, in the month of September.

You’ll need to provide me with the 125 x 125 banner for the ad.  I would have more luck designing something with a crayon in my mouth than tinkering with design software.

You’ve got a great chance as long as you’re not an obvious spammer, scammer, or you imply that readers of World’s Strongest Librarian need cialis, levitra, or viagra.

Here’s to us, my merry band of virile geniuses!

Josh


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{ 21 comments }

Larissa August 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Fun! I think an ad for Rejoice! Bags would look great on your blog! ;)

Josh Hanagarne August 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Larissa, you know what to do, Lambikins!

Josh Hanagarne August 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Mark, I hope so. It’s going to be interesting to see how much interest there is. Thanks for the interest.

Mark Wolfinger August 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Love the idea.

You, of course, will get lots of readership as more and more people hear of your contest.

Hope it goes well.

nic August 13, 2009 at 7:30 am

Great idea and you have e-mail!

Pamela Wilson August 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Good to see someone thinking outside the proverbial box. Where would be without fresh ideas? Looking forward to seeing how you rate this experiment.
cheers,
Pam

Josh Hanagarne August 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Pamela, thanks. We’ll see how long what appears to be “out of the box thinking” works until everything blows up in my face:) But that would be ok too. Blogs are not life and death, just like most things we take too seriously.

Jackie (Farm Lane Books) February 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

I LOVE the idea of a sponsorship experiment! I think I will give it a try. I would love to know how much it is normal to charge sponsors after the experiment ends. If you don’t want to give personal details in the comments then I’d love to have an email from you.

Thank you for the fantastic idea!

Jane February 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Love this idea, just read the problogger article and this is so fun and intriguing. Have to figure out my own spin for this thing but I definitely want to try it out.

Josh Hanagarne February 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Jane, let me know how it goes. I’d be happy to bounce ideas around if you’d ever like to talk.

rick February 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

Like Jane, I found this article via the Problogger post. Great idea. I always enjoy reading about new approaches to growing business/viewer engagement.

Josh Hanagarne February 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Hi Rick, thanks for swinging by. I was very surprised at how well this worked. Doing something is always better than doing nothing, and I hate waiting. You do not have to do what everyone else is doing. Ever.

Karen February 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hey Josh,

I just came across this article via Problogger… and what an awesome idea :) I am just figuring out how to install ads in my sidebar today, so your timing is impeccable. Great idea!

Karen

Josh Hanagarne February 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hi Karen. Which ad system are you looking at? I’m still like a big toddler fumbling around with mine.

love2eatinpa February 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

hi there!
found you on problogger, you are inspiring, thanks for the great idea! i’m in the same boat as jackie (farm lane books) above… can i trouble you to email me with how much is normal to charge sponsors after the experiment ends. i haven’t got a clue.
thanks!

Pierre William Trudel February 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hi Josh, found your article on problogger.You are unique alright. You kno what, so am I. We are all blogging to show off who we are and that is great. It takes great ideas from ordinary people to create an extra-ordinary world.
Great idea, innovatively presented.
Keep up the great work.
Pierre from the Thee Quest Team
We are unique also.

Josh Hanagarne February 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hi Pierre! Here’s to the unique weirdos.

love2eatinpa February 11, 2010 at 7:07 am

hi josh,
bugging you again… i take it from the fact that you haven’t replied to me that you don’t feel like sharing those numbers? i was trying to find out what is roughly a normal charge for sponsors once the experiment ends.
also, did you solicit only folks who you really wanted to be affiliated with?
thanks!

Josh Hanagarne February 11, 2010 at 1:15 pm

You’ve got an email, my friend.

Zach @College for 10k February 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

Hey Josh,

I used your post as inspiration for my own contest.

Readers – If you are interested in helping me out, click my name above and it will take you to a contact page to get some free advertising.

Josh Hanagarne February 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

Awesome, Zach. Good luck with everything.

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