Something Really Annoying Gives You The Chance To Win $100

March 5, 2009 by · 15 Comments
Filed under: General Chat 

Hello everyone, and welcome to this very unique blog post. It’s unique because I’m from Yorkshire, I’m a farmers son, and I’m giving away money :-0

But I’m not totally stupid, you do have to do something in order to get the $100 prize, so I’m going to run a little competition for you all. Anyone can enter, there are no restrictions apart from the work has to be your own. Anyone found to be using copy/paste will be thrown down a well.

So then, what’s this madness all about?

Well, it all started a few weeks ago when I found something more annoying than my ingrowing toe nail.

I was looking through my auto responder follow up mails that get sent out to you guys after you’ve signed up to one of my mailing lists.

If you are reading this blog then there’s a good chance you will have experienced these follow up messages first hand, and for that I’M SORRY…really…SORRY, they are incredibly badly written and to put it bluntly, they suck big time.

Take a look at the following example that gets sent out promoting a top quality product that I have an exclusive $100 discount on, you’d think the email would write itself wouldn’t you?….Nope, take a look:

Email Subject: [$100 Discount]

Email Body:

Hi {!firstname_fix},

I hope that you have enjoyed your e-books.

Just a quick email to let you know that after months and months of
nagging my good friend John Thornhill has agreed to give you (my
subscribers) a massive $100 discount on his award winning membership

This discount can’t be found *ANYWHERE* else on the Internet so it’s
definitely worth checking out:

(If the link wont load please copy/paste the URL into your browser)
Hope you enjoyed the email,


All emails sent out using

What you have there is an example of what not to do, why would anyone want to join the site after reading that email? All I’ve told them about is the $100 discount, how do they know what the site is about, why should they know who John Thornhill is – and why should they care?

And I only have myself to blame, I WROTE THE EMAIL!

I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote it, but I do cringe with embarrassment when I look back at it now.

So now we get to the competition part.

As you’ve already guessed the email needs rewriting, but instead of me doing it, and instead of hiring a Ghostwriter, I thought I’d give you guys a chance to get some experience and earn some decent money in the process.

So here are the “Rules” for my $100 Email Rewriting Competition!

What you have to do:

1. Write an email (and a Subject line for the email) promoting the exclusive $100 discount for John Thornhill’s eBook website business membership site.

2. Send it to me via this blog – Click on the “Contact” link at the top of this page.

3. The closing date for entries is a week today – Thursday 12th March, 5pm GMT.

4. The winning entry will be chosen by me and the prize money ($100 USD) will be sent via PayPal

And that pretty much covers it! I know there’ll be loads of questions so rather than trying to think of them all and answer them here, please post a comment and I’ll reply to the questions as they come in!

If you need to find out more about the product the email is promoting, you can view the sales page here:

Good luck to everyone that enters, fire away with any questions!