I must confess than when the RSS Awareness Day idea came into my mind I was not sure if it would spread all over the web, or if it would flop with just a handful of bloggers talking about it. The date was clashing with some holidays (total lapsus from my part), and although Daily Blog Tips has a good reach, I know that we are no TechCrunch.
Right after I published the first post, however, many bloggers expressed their support, and things went upwards from there. I guess that the main reason was the fact that most bloggers and web publishers love RSS, and they know what a pity it is that such a small percentage of the Internet users know or use the format and related applications.
So what kind of exposure did we get? Well, if you search “rss awareness day” in Google today you will get over 600,000 results! Even if you use quotation marks to filter only exact matches, there are over 40,000 results, so tens of thousands of people talked about it, and hopefully many more read about it and got familiarized with the technology.
Many authority tech blogs covered it, including ReadWriteWeb, Mashable and All Things Digital.
Dave Winer, the creator of RSS, also celebrated the date. The interesting thing is that I tried to contact Dave via email, but I guess my email was blocked by some spam filter because he never got it. Instead one of his friends read about RSS Awareness Day and asked Dave about it.
Finally, the RSSDay.org website also got featured on the front page of Digg (with over 900 diggs) and Delicious.
So a big thank you for all of you guys that talked about RSS Awareness Day. Next year we will do an even bigger buzz!
In order to get as many people as possible promoting the event we had some sponsors here at Daily Blog Tips. Every one who talked about the RSS Awareness Day or used one of the banners before May 1st was included in a random draw. Basically I used the trackbacks, Google and Yahoo! to find all these folks, and compiled all of them in a big spreadsheet. Afterwards I pasted the list on the list randomizer of Random.org, and the tool selected the 44 winners. Here they are:
5 $100 credit vouchers from Sponsored Reviews go to:
6 $50 cash prizes via Paypal go to:
$250 in credits from FlashDen goes to:
1 year of free web hosting from Doreo goes to:
5 registrations with 10,000 credits on 125 Exchange go to:
3 copies of Landing Page Optimization: The Complete Guide go to:
3 packages with 100,000 impressions from BlogUpp! go to:
3-month enrollment to the SEOBook training program goes to:
3 single licenses to any iThemes Premium theme go to:
3 $100 credit vouchers to buy links from TNX go to:
5 copies of “Killer Domains: How to Find the Perfect Domain Name” go to:
5 free banner designs from MiniBannersZen go to:
3 single licenses to the Mimbo Pro Premium theme go to:
If you are among the winners, please email me on daniel AT dailyblogtips.com, and I will give you your prize or the coordinates to get it.