It’s Round 4 of our teaming up with eBay’s “Be the Blogger” contest, which means it’s your last shot to win that $1K prize. Everyone who’s one so far didn’t think they had a shot, so they got a great summer surprise.
You might think you’ve got a few weeks to pull it together, but that time goes by way faster than you think. Several of our readers have learned that lesson, so don’t fall into that trap. We’re just reminding you all since so many people have commented on Twitter and Facebook that they thought they had more time.
Each of the rounds of gotten more interesting creatively, and this one is no different. This time, you get to create the Ultimate Gift Guide. These are really fun as they get your creative side going, especially if you’re as big on gift giving as we are. Nothing is more fun that finding that perfect gift that the person had so idea of.
Many of you out there are like that and now’s your chance to pull together a killer gift guide, even if it’s for yourself. That way when people ask you about the holidays, just shoot over that link. It’s not so rude when they ask, plus you’re saving them some shopping time. You decide which way you want to go with that.
So, the Fourth and final round of Movie TV Tech Geeks and eBay’s “Be the Blogger” contest is to create your ultimate gift guide. Whether it’s for you or for that special friend, relative or buddy.
BE THE BLOGGER ROUND 4 THEME – Half-way to Holiday:
This is all about planning way ahead and getting a jump on the upcoming holiday season. you know once July hits, those stores will start slipping in as much holiday stuff as they can.
One of the best reason to enter now is that with summer, so many people are on vacation so the competition might be a little less than if this had been held in the fall. As all our readers know, our biggest contests hit in the fall (The Walking Dead pack, for example) and you know the competition is crazy high, so you might get a better shot.
If you’re feeling stumped on ideas, think about what you or your friends like. Gift guides can range from what to get for that Star Wars fan, Lego fan or just what the average coffee addict would love to have. See, that’s three just off the top of our heads, plus you can check out all of our guides here for more inspiration.
Scroll down below as we take you by the hand step by step to make it much easier for you.
Also, this is only open to residents of the United States, so if you live outside of the US, sadly you won’t be able to take part. You can check out all the contest rules, terms and conditions here. If you’re already an eBay Influencer, this isn’t open to you either.
HOW TO ENTER THE BE THE BLOGGER CONTEST:
Keep this page open or bookmarked so you can refer back to if you get confused as we’ll be sending you over to eBay’s site as you’ll be writing about how you express your passion over there. With round 1 a few people forgot this, so I highly recommend keeping this article bookmarked for that exact reason. Most of our contests are just 1 step, but this one has a few more so following this closely is highly recommended.
Now go to this link: bit.ly/MTTGBTBeBay
I would advise keeping this landing page open as you’ll need to return to it to input the URL of the guide you create.
You’ll know you’re at the right place if you see this image with these very attractive women along with our dashing logo:
Next up are the steps you’ll need to do to create your “Inspire Us” guide as they call it. I know hearing the word ‘guide’ might sound intimidating to some, but just write check out our guides below and find one that inspires you to create your own guide in the same area. Just write about that and give your own fun spin on it.. Here’s some links to some of the ‘guides’ that we’ve done to give you an idea of how varied they can be. Luckily, eBay is more interesting in hearing the person’s writing voice rather than the usual blah blah blah typical boring blogger things.
Here are some samples that we have done to give you an idea and they may inspire your own passion:
CREATING YOUR GUIDE
Your guide needs to be a minimum of 400 words which is extremely easy. There’s no limit to how long it can be though so size is only an issue if it’s too short…like in life sometimes.
You’ll need to use 5 images in the guide. Don’t worry if you don’t own one; you can just pull images from eBay itself and use those. They own them so you’re covered, plus it’s much easier doing it that way.
This one may sound tricky, but you’ll just add 5 hyperlinks to your guide. If you write about music, you can just do a quick search on eBay for ‘music’ or a specific artist and use that link in your guide. So if you mention the artist Kanye West (maybe you’re writing a tongue in cheek kind guide) you’d do a search for Kanye West on eBay and take that link and use it on his name. Simple. Just do that five times in your guide and that’s it. To me, that’s the hardest part of doing this which should let you know how simple this process is.
So to get started, you’ll hit the ‘Get Started’ button as you can see in the image above which will take you to a Guide Page. You’ll just look at the upper right-hand side to where the blue button is that states ‘Write a guide’ and hit the button. Then you’ll be greeted with this image below.
The first thing you’ll see is a ‘Choose a template.’ If you’re planning on writing something like a top 10 list guide or a list thing, choose the second template as it’s best for those. If you’re writing an article piece then you can go with the first template choice.
Then you’ll have something similar to a Blogger type template where you imput your title, and then you can scroll down and see where you can add images (you can do right side images, left or dead center). It’s a pretty basic template and one nearly everyone has dealt with like on Tumblr, Blogger, Live Journal, etc.
In step 4, where they state ‘hero image’ that’ll be the top image that really expresses your article. If you check out our examples above, you’ll see how we’ve done our top images to represent what the guide is about. eBay loves those.
After you’ve finished writing, at the bottom will be the buttons for ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Publish.” When you hit those, there’ll be one of those annoying ‘Captchas’ to do. For some reason, we always have to do it twice. We enter the first Captcha and it always give an error that we entered the wrong one. So, don’t be surprised if that happens to you. Just click to get a new captcha and it’ll go through then.
Once that is done, you’ll have a pop up to decide what category your guide fits so just click on that and then hit ‘Publish.’ It will take a minute or so and then another pop up will come asking if you want to see your guide. Definitely click to see it as you’ll need to get the URL for the final phase of submitting it to the contest.
So we’ve tried to think of everything to guide you through the process so it’s real easy, but if you have any questions, fire away.
You’ve never had it so easy to get that $1K!
SUBMITTING YOUR GUIDE TO THE CONTEST
This is where you really want to pay attention so your guide goes to the right place. Otherwise, all that work will be for nothing.
If you’ve left the original landing page, just go back here bit.ly/ebaymttgcontest.
As you can see in the image above, you just need to hit the drop down box to make sure you have us listed as ‘Your Favorite Influencer.’ Now, that’s not just an ego move either. This is how eBay is able to make sure that all the submissions for you all get to us to judge in three weeks.
Next step is to just grab the URL of the guide you just completed and published. You’ll put that URL in the box under ‘Your Favorite Influencer’ that states ‘Submit your guide URL’.
That’s it. Now just sit back and find out if you’ve won on or around July 15, 2016.
FYI, eBay is not saying this, but from where I’m sitting it looks like they may be looking for more influencers so you might wind up getting more than just $1K out of this. You could become the next eBay Social Influencer! Of course, they are not saying this, but it wouldn’t surprise me so that’s why I letting you know it definitely a worthy one to try out for.
This latest round is a great one that gives you plenty of artistic and creative freedom so enjoy and make some money!