Contests Crushing My Site

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Too many contests in a row are causing some serious downtime issues on my technology blog.  With the 10 days of giveaways having a few more live contests I have more strain than normal on a blog that is just about peaked at it’s shared hosting plan.

One of my goals for 2013 is to bring in enough revenue to be able to move my blog to a semi-dedicated or dedicated hosting plan, I just don’t have stable income to afford a plan or the time to devote to a full dedicated server hosting where I would have to do all of the administrative work and maintenance/monitoring/troubleshooting of issues.

It isn’t that I can’t do it, it is actually fun to do but it is time consuming and I have an enormous amount of work to do over the next several weeks and with the holidays I just don’t have the time.

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Meanwhile, my Laptop giveaway ends on 11/30/2012 and it looks like it will be at nearly 70,000 entries which was my largest contest so far.  This contest alone brought in nearly 2,000 more fans to my Twitter fanpage and helped greatly increase attention for my contests and giveaways on DragonBlogger.com

I am going to be taking a break and scaling back to 1 giveaway per month starting in January, this massive Giveaway rush was a holiday extravaganza but is unsustainable from a time and financial perspective at this time.

-Justin Germino

Updated: November 26, 2012 — 4:07 pm