Winning the Web Wins Over Tyler Cruz

January 14, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

The competition versus Tyler Cruz is now over. Guess who won? …Winning the Web! Now is that really a surprise? Tyler Cruz was definitely a worthy opponent, but in the end he was really no match for me and all of my wonderful supporters (and t-shirt lovers).

I want to thank everyone for participating and showing their support. The contest received a huge response with 114 participants who blogged about it and casted their votes. The final score is officially 55-51 (61-53 if you count ineligible votes that did not follow guidelines). Congratulations to all Winning the Web readers. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

The contest was a big success because it got both Winning the Web and over 114 editorial links in just 10 days. However, it was a logistical nightmare in that it was extremely difficult to keep track of votes and enforce unclear rules. If any of you are looking to set up a similar contest, be sure to set tight rules so there isn’t any room for miscommunication later on.

I’ve received t-shirt sizes and shipping addresses from most of the voters. If you haven’t done so already, please contact me with that information so I can get you a beautiful new shirt as soon as possible.

As for the 3 winners of $100 in cold hard PayPal cash, they were randomly generated and are listed below. Congrats and thanks for voting WTW. Clearly, you made the right decision. 🙂 Tyler should be sending you payment soon (to your email address on file).

Again, thanks to all for voting. I will be creating another post soon with link backs to all WTW voters. 🙂

As for how I beat Tyler Cruz, that’s for a future post. I’ll outline all of the Internet marketing strategies that I effectively used, and what I did to come out on top. Stay tuned!

Update (1/25/08)
Thanks to everyone for voting for me! Below are the backlinks as promised. 🙂

Bankruptcy to Millionaire, Aczafra, Bernard Griffiths, krazl, DotDriven, My Blog Contest, YeePage, Thomas Sinfield, Messaoud, SEO ROI, Sukosaki, Mixed Market Arts, Bloggin-Ads, Gybos, Jayaprakashv, Zedomax, Image Gag, Johny Cow, Tech Jaws, Affiliate Confession, Quest to Write, McBilly, FM-Base, Haroon, The University Kid, Knupnet, Learn How 2 Earn, This Gen Media, Contest Radar, Blogger King, Web Contest Blog, Boggy, BetshopBoy, Kris Karkoski, Entrepreneur, Ferrari Dave, Wikaki, 1 Man and His Blog, Another Night Shift, Slug Bugs Little Corner of the World, Mark Cole, Wiellyam, Alebar, Web Atlantis, True Blue Titan, Dat Money, Sven’s World, Andrew Pavelski, Xfep, It’s Write Now, Blogging 4 Everyone, Your World Gallery, Dorm Earning, 5xmom, Date Sweetie, My Very Own Random Rantings, I’ve Entered, Freedom Ideas, Info Queen, Truth and Opinion, Sean the Blogger

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31 Responses to “Winning the Web Wins Over Tyler Cruz”

Affiliate Confession on January 14th, 2008

Congratulations on winning Gyutae. I’m looking forward to your post on your marketing strategies for the contest.

Kris Karkoski on January 14th, 2008

Congrats – message sent.

Neil Duckett on January 14th, 2008

Nice work on winning Gyutae, you deserve it.

Collin LaHay on January 14th, 2008

Hooah! Congrats Gyutae, I knew you would win.

Bernard Griffiths on January 14th, 2008

Wow first time I have ever won a blog contest! Thanks and congrats Gyutae!

Tevin Anderson on January 14th, 2008

‘Grats. WTW WON. Whodda thunk… one of these days I’m gonna win a prize 😛

Jay on January 14th, 2008

Congratz! Um, was my vote counted? I think it should have… but I’ll assume it WAS counted, did I still qualify for the Entrecard credits and the one-size-fits-all t-shirt?


Daniel.D on January 15th, 2008

Congrats Gyutae !!!
You deserved to Win.
Where my T-shirt man ?? 🙂

Chris on January 15th, 2008

Although I voted for Tyler, congrats to you, Gyutae. That was a fun game though

G Smith on January 15th, 2008

Well I didn’t win $100, but I will get a free T-shirt. Congrats to the lucky three and to Gyutae.

DotDriven on January 15th, 2008

Congrats Gyutae…and Tyler. In the end you both win ;).

Looks like Tylers last minute push actually helped but maybe he waited a little too long. I didn’t think it would have come out so close but looks like it worked out in the end.

McBilly on January 15th, 2008

A big congratulations Gyutae! Hehe. Congratulations to Tyler too. It was a pretty cool competition that got both of you a lot of links. Looking forward to your post Gyutae! 😀

AndrewPavelski on January 15th, 2008

Congrats & a big shout out 2 winning the web for “winning” the contest.

Darren Singleton on January 15th, 2008

Great contest, congratulations on the win. Hope I got there in time to be eligible for the T-Shirt?


The University Kid on January 15th, 2008

I knew I backed the right person. Glad to see the winnings too 😎

By the way, the email address I use for commenting isn’t the one I use for Paypal – how do I get my right one in?

Oussama Messaoud on January 15th, 2008

Congrats Gyutae! You made it and congrats to Tyler too for the great come back!
You both win and we had a lot of fun.
Can’t wait for the “strategies to win” post.

Wiellyam on January 15th, 2008

congrats Gyutae! good job.

Ilias on January 15th, 2008

Congrats Gyutae! I didn’t believe the votes would come so close.. 55-51 !
Message sent !

Bruce Cat on January 15th, 2008

Congrats – A big win for you 🙂

Nathan on January 15th, 2008

Whew, I didn’t know it came so close

mann3r on January 15th, 2008

congratulations on winning Gyutae! and to the winners of 100$ too!

ImageGag on January 15th, 2008

Glad we could help! Congrats again Gyutae.

Rob Schultz on January 15th, 2008

Wow! Much closer than I had anticipated. Congratulations for coming out on top! 🙂

Mike Huang on January 15th, 2008

Gyutae, I sent you like 2 messages asking about the shirts and how we are suppose to contact you, but I never received a reply…


David Chew on January 15th, 2008


Thomas Sinfield on January 15th, 2008

Wow… thanks Guys!
Excellent competition, and congratulations Gyutae on winning!

Alan Johnson on January 15th, 2008

I would like to congratulate both of you for doing great and, as expected, it was a close call. I’m sure that it is a win-win situation for all parties involved that some important lessons have been learned.

Best wishes,

Alan Johnson

Carl - on January 15th, 2008

Congratulations to all the winners, I agree with Alan, its a win=win situation for all.

Guru on January 18th, 2008

What happened to that linkback to all the voters ? looks like you’ve forgotten to do that after winning.

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