Hard Truth: This Guy Will Succeed And You Won’t

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A couple days ago, I launched a Review Contest in preparation for Dukeo’s second anniversary. The idea is extremely simple: you write a review of Dukeo on your own blog, follow a few rules, and you’re automatically entered to win a $200 cash prize.

To read the full details and participate, click here.

The reaction of people to this contest are a very good illustration of why most people fail online.

review my blog win 200

The contest’s post quickly reached 30+ comments with people saying how great this opportunity is because it’s easy money.

And that’s right, it’s super easy money.

The review needs to be 200+ words. How long does it take to write 200 words?

10 minutes? 30 minutes? 1 hour maybe?

This means that anyone has a chance to make $200 for less than 1 hour of work. Decent hourly rate for most bloggers.

If you consider that most bloggers make little to no money, these $200 could be a substantial boost to their monthly income. So I was expecting a decent number of reviews.


You don’t work smart.

Instead of jumping on the opportunity and spending a little time writing a review, you got excited for a second, then you went back to your daily routine: maybe spending the day on Twitter or Facebook, maybe reading blog posts and commenting on a few of them.

Now, think for a second: how much money these activities are actually going to put in your pocket?


You have a chance to earn $200 (which is more than 2 DAYS of a minimum wage salary) for less than 1 HOUR of “work“, and you do… nothing!

You’re not taking any action… You’re not working smart.

And you’ll probably just find excuses for yourself once the contest is over.

If you’re not willing to write 200+ words for $200, there is very little chance that you will ever succeed online.

Of course, I shouldn’t generalize that much…

There are maybe a few people who started writing their review, but there is actually only 1 person who took action as fast as he could: Connor Janzen.

When a golden opportunity presents itself, this guy seizes it!

It took Connor less than a couple hours to submit his review: “Dukeo Blogging Resource”. I invite you to read it: the post is well-structured, interesting and easy to read.

And you know what?

At the time I’m writing this post, Connor has a 100% chance of winning because apparently, nobody else wants to make $200.

Now, answer these questions:

  • Do you want to succeed?
  • Are you able to identify a good opportunity?
  • Do you want to win an easy $200?

Then check the few rules of this contest and write your review right now.

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  1. Mark Henderson

    As the prize is not awarded to the best written piece anyway, but is instead randomly allocated, it’s not comparable to working for two days – it’s comparable to spending two days filling out lottery tickets just in case you win something.

    1. Thanks a lot for your comment Mark. Due to the observations made in the comments and through emails by numerous readers of my blog, the rules have been updated and a prize will also be awarded to the best review based on quality, honesty and originality.

      I know that it’s easier to find excuses rather than actually take action, but be realistic, your comment is 40 words long and it took you what… 3 minutes to write it? Spend 15 minutes, you get a 200 words review and possibly $200 in your pocket. Instead of that, you prefer being negative and not taking action.

  2. Keith Matthews

    I’ve commented on your blog in mine, but it wasn’t an attempt to simply enter your contest. I think,(IMNSHO), that it would be a bit hypocritical of me to comment/review your blog simply for a shot @ $200, without reading/reviewing some of your past stuff. I want to establish some sort of genuine understanding of what you’re all about, then, before your deadline (hey, I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid), enter your contest.

    Fret not, my friend, you’ll get some entries in your contest. Mine shall be one of them.

    Question: suppose, just suppose, that the random winner turns out to be the best-written one as well?

    1. Hey no problem Keith. I’ll include your review in the contest. Thanks for participating.

      Well, if the randomly selected review is the same as the best review, it makes the author a lucky person :)

  3. Matt

    Sorry, but it seems more of a “what’s in it for you” than a “what’s in it for me”. I agree that you have a point but when its for your gain it becomes diluted.

    1. Matt, I just want to reward Dukeo’s readers for helping the blog grow to this point…

  4. Michael

    The economic return is not based on the maximum economic return, but the expected one – which is odds of winning multipled by the value of the winnings Most people will write 200 words and get bupkus.

    The expected value of the time is about $1 for 15 minutes of work, which is less than minimum wage.

    1. Michael, I’m not following you at all. Where do you get this $1 for 15 minutes from?

      Until now, 1 review has been submitted, which means that if you submit a review, your odds of winning are 50% for best review, and 50% for random review, putting you on a $200 wage for 15 minutes of work. Your math is pretty damn wrong.

      Some people really like over-thinking things… No wonder so many people procrastinate and never take action.

  5. Tech Raft

    I think, I should take some more time to surf around your blog and find the things that should really be helping out for this blog. Instead just writing a review for money, I should also work on few analytical things from the monetization point of view. So that either I win or not, I should know that at least I learn :P

    1. You are taking a good approach. Good luck with your review.

  6. Jena Isle

    hello Steven,

    Hey,I started too, :D You don’t go to battle not totally prepared. I’m taking my time because I want to have all resources before I start writing- data gathering, and the like, you know.

    Because my goal is to win, so I have to prepare properly. :D.

    Best regards.

    1. Hey Jena, no problem. This post is just meant to make people react and to show them that nothing happens without positive action toward a goal. Can’t wait to read your review!

  7. John Cloutman

    If you want an honest review I would have to spend at least a little while checking out your blog, else I could crank out a couple hundred words for you, as you say, in only a few minutes without giving your blog much thought. I’m assuming you actually would value an insightful review of your blog, and to do that I’d have to be somewhat knowledgeable about blogging to begin with. In fact, I do crank out a few hundred words in a few minutes many times per day, as you can see by my website and magazine. Additionally it must be said, the hard truth is that I am already successful at something even if it isn’t at winning your prize. Your title suggests otherwise, which is a little assumptive on your part. If you really want valuable insight and commentary on your blog, you might try aiming for input from folks who don’t really need the $200 that badly – some of those folks who don’t need the money are already quite successful and their insight might actually be worth more than the opinions of someone desperate to pick up a couple hundred bucks. A half-hour of a real expert’s time is already worth a couple hundred bucks, so offering them cash for their time isn’t as interesting a proposition to them – they’re in demand and pre-occupied with other demands. With all that in mind, however, you can consider yourself successful inasmuch as you’ve gotten me to spend some time commenting on your contest. Maybe I will look at your blog too, though my opinion may not be as valuable as some others. Good luck!

  8. George From Seekdefo

    Is it still open.

    1. Yes it is!

  9. Connor Janzen

    Thanks for the kind words, Steven. For those who are taking their time writing the review, I do not disagree at all with this approach. In fact, I encourage that for people who want to prepare and write the “perfect” review – if they can get it done.

    I’ve found myself floundering with this strategy multiple times, and usually it’s because I sit around thinking rather than doing. Recently, I’ve been trying to get more of the doing out of the way, and it has helped me collect the thoughts that, previously, felt so jumbled and has allowed me to get more work done.

    Again, I really appreciate this post, and I greatly look forward to all of the other submissions. I can’t wait to read how others approach this opportunity.

    Best regards and good luck to all,


    1. Thanks for your comment Connor. I do not discard this approach at all. This post is just a “reminder” so people don’t miss the opportunity.

  10. Jeff Cox

    Hi Steven, I’m sorry I was unaware of this competition at the time it was running. I think it’s a great idea. I can’t get over, how much resistance there was from the people who posted comments. I think you’re site has great content, and a wealth of information. Had I known about the competition, I would have been pushing people out of the way to have a chance at the $200. I hope you got a lot of reviews for your site in the end. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks a lot for the nice words Jeff. In the end I received a decent number of entries and some great feedback that helped me improve Dukeo. I think everyone won with this competition :)

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