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Announcing the Mirasee Ultimate Guides Contest!

Adult education Afro American woman book studyingIt’s that time of year again!

It’s become a sort of tradition that every January, we run a contest to level-up the insight and reward excellent writing to jump-start the New Year, and 2014 will be, I think, the very best yet.

Two years ago we ran the Innovative Marketing Ideas Contest, and last January we ran a contest looking for the most Awesome Engagement Strategy. Both were great experiences for the contestants and for our readers, and finding a way to top them has been challenging.

So we did some long, hard thinking about what we want to share with all of you over the course of this coming year, and what help you need to really take your business to the next level.

And out of that thinking came the idea for our next contest: The Ultimate Guides Contest.

It’s a guest posting contest, like our previous ones. From entrants, we’ve asked for posts that are *the* definitive guide for WHY, WHEN, and HOW to do something related to marketing; in other words, the #1 resource that all of the Beacons in our community can bookmark and come back to again and again.

And have we ever got some good ones for you!

We’ve accepted 10 finalists into the contest, and each of them has worked incredibly hard to create the best, most complete, and accurate guides for critical topics for entrepreneurs and bloggers.

I’ll let you know who the finalists are in a moment, but first, I’ll tell you what’s on the table for prizes. 🙂

What They’ll Win and How They’ll Win It

Winners will be judged by the Mirasee team on the basis of a mysterious algorithm that involves social engagement, quality of writing and conversation as well as a few other things that we’ll take to the grave. 😉

  • First prize is $750 cash in hand
  • Second prize is an iPad Mini
  • Third prize is a Kindle Fire HD

As readers, you’ll get to see all of the posts we’ve accepted on the blog, and you can do your bit to help your favorite win by commenting, sharing, and generally letting us know who you think has produced the most exceptional Ultimate Guide.

The ten contest finalists’ posts will go live between January 6th and January 28th, and we’ll announce the winners on February 6th.

The Mirasee Ultimate Guides Contest Finalists

Here’s who you’ll be hearing from.

January 6th: Carol Mortarotti, who blogs at will reveal everything you need to know about Twitter – seriously. All of it.

January 7th: Sophie Lizard of Be a Freelance Blogger will show you how to write a blog post that wins the undying loyalty of your audience.

January 9th: Ahmed Safwan of To Start Blogging has compiled the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to on-page SEO for your blog posts that we’ve ever seen.

January 13th: Rivka Kawano, a bona fide social media expert, will solve the problem once and for all: how on earth do you create interesting content for social media EVERY single day?

January 16th: Fan favourite Cindy Brown from Everyday Underwear will be laying down the law about when, when, why and how to deal with people – even when you don’t feel like it.

January 20th: Meredith Eisenberg who blogs at will be clearing up any lingering confusion or uncertainty you may have about the world of shopping carts and payment processing.

 January 21st:  Lynn Silva, head honcho at DiversiMom, and self-educating expert breaks down how to create unique training guides for yourself or your team. 

January 23rd: Annie Sisk from is going to give everyone a kick in the rear with the ultimate guide to getting stuff done for couch warriors.

January 27th: Jim Bessey from is going to take away our excuses for typos once and for all with 99 self-editing tips.

January 28th: Tim Soulo, the brains behind will break down a high-converting blog post page – so you never lose a subscriber.

I’m so excited about this contest – and I hope you are too!

In the comments, I’d like to hear which posts you’re most looking forward to – and if any finalists are reading, feel free to commence with the (civilized!) smack talk. 😉

Good luck to everyone and…

Let the Mirasee Ultimate Guides Contest Begin!

About Megan Dougherty

Megan Dougherty is an alumnus of Mirasee and is passionate about online education, small business and making a difference in the world. You can find out what she's up to and how side-hustles will take over the world at Follow her on Twitter at @MeganTwoCents.


  1. Cindy Brown ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Not to sound cliche, but I am just honored to be nominated… I will have to set aside time to read all of these posts! I learn so much from everyone associated with Firepole Marketing!

    1. Carol Mortarotti ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      I second that Cindy. I am honored and blown away by all the support. That’s in addition to all the great learning from other finalists posts! Thank you, thank you to Danny and Megan for putting this contest together.

  2. Kathy Steinemann says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Jim Bessey’s contribution. He’s an active supporter of authors via his SoWrite Facebook group and he deserves something for his efforts.

  3. Peter Kanayo says:

    Whoops, awesome, beautiful, splendid, great, outstanding.

    Yes! This is what i call does collection. Thanks Danny for hosting and thanks Sophie, Ahmed for being finalist.

  4. This looks like an exceptional contest with a lot of interesting posts to look forward to. To be honest, I would be happy to vote for them all. But I have to say that Jim Bessey’s post is most intriguing. Typos are kinda my signature.

    22 days to go. Good luck to everyone and can’t wait to read them all!

  5. Way to go Jim Bessey and all the other contestants in this competitive Guides’ Contest. It is wonderful to see a display of incredible talent and writing skill all at the same place. Be sure to have some fun in the bargain – the 10 of you. All the best!

  6. Robin Taney says:

    Seriously? How am I supposed to pick just one?! They all sound awesome, and I’m looking forward to reading each one. Thanks, Danny, for putting together such an incredible lineup.

  7. Jim Bessey | SoWriteUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, I’m blown away by the level of competition here. And certainly honored to be counted among the finalists.

    Big thanks to several of you who’ve already mentioned looking forward to my entry here. (Katherine, Alysan, Debbie, Meredith, and Michal) Thanks also to a bunch of talented writers and editors who helped my put together those 99 tips. I hope my post lives up to your expectations.

    Sophie always offers fantastic advice, so hers tops my list. I’ll also hope to get some serious pointers from Carol Mortarotti about Twitter. I’ll read every entry, for sure.

    Really looking forward to meeting and learning from all of these bloggers. What a great way to start the New Year!

  8. Janice Rogers says:

    I am looking forward to Carol Mortarotti’s post. Congrats for being a finalist. What a great way to start off the new year of 2014.

  9. Diane Young Sussman says:

    I am looking forward to Meredith’s conversation on shopping carts. I find it difficult to decide what to choose!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I want, crave, NEED Carol Mortarotti’s Twitter tutoring! I heard her simple, practical, useful Twitter tips once before and was *just* thinking about how I need them again! 2014’s the year to get full social media coverage for my business, so thanks — bringing Carol’s Twitter expertise to us is perfect timing!

  11. Carol Mortarotti ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I am honored to be a finalist in the contest and I look forward to all of the posts! Lucky us to get all this amazing content for free 🙂

    Thank you Megan! #thankful

  12. Meredith Eisenberg says:

    I am so excited to be part of this content… and I am looking forward to reading ALL of the posts… especially Jim Bessey’s tips because I am the queen of typos :).

    Thank you to Megan for helping me create something better than a first draft 🙂

  13. Ginny McMinn says:

    Looking forward to learning a lot more about shopping carts! There are so many, doing different things. It’s critical to success to have the right one and use it fully.

  14. Debbie Morella-Haynes says:

    I’m looking forward to all of them, but especially Jim’s 99 editing tips. (I suspect you already knew that, though.) 😉

  15. Lynn Silva says:

    Hi Everyone and HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    I am both honored and excited to be a part of this and I have some MAJOR competition. There is not ONE post that I’m not anxious to read, and I truly mean that.

    Honestly, I already won simply by having this experience and going through the editing process.

    I do, however have to thank Sophie…as she helped my post by allowing me the honor of interviewing she and Tommy Walker as part of my post. Without their input, the post would not be what it is.

    And thank you to every single one of you for being supportive, encouraging and so excited! To Danny, Megan and the entire Firepole Staff…as I’ve said before: You’re my ‘fav!’ : )

  16. Jagoda says:

    Wow! Great line up. I look forward to all of them but Sophie and Lynn’s topics are current for me just now so they win my vote today.

  17. Kenda Marks says:

    I am eagerly awaiting all of these. What an exciting way to start 2014 – great idea! Rivka, Annie and Lynn are at the top of my list.

  18. Alysan says:

    Looks to be a fantastic line up with lots of great information in the days to come.

    Excitedly awaiting Jim Bessey’s self-editing tips so blog posts on my site and guest posts will shine.

    Thanks to the Firepole team for the contest. Lots of informational goodies to read.

  19. Daryl says:

    Going to admit partiality to Sophie – she’s written some great content, gives the kick in the pants that many content creators NEED, has featured one of my blog posts on her website, and has a picture of herself posing with a sword.

    Top that.

    Next up would be Ahmed Safwan – I’m really interested in what he has to say about on page SEO! Go Ahmed!

    I love the idea of this contest btw – great work from the team at Firepole, I’ll be watching anxiously (with popcorn) to see the posts and winners!

  20. Lynne says:

    Carol Mortarotti, who blogs at will reveal everything you need to know about Twitter – seriously. All of it.

    This is what I’ll be looking out for. It sounds like ‘not to be missed’ type of stuff.

    1. Carol Mortarotti ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

      Thank you Lynne and Janice and I hope you weren’t disappointed! Twitter is a great platform to connect with peeps all around the world and drive traffic to your site. Look forward to your connect @carolmortarotti

  21. carlos rodriguez says:

    Wow! Great days will come with such wonderful information. I feel eager to read them all. I can’t wait!

  22. Whoa! This is an awesome lineup, Danny! Thanks for the collection of extremely useful posts from all of these folks. I vote for Sophie as well since her topic is about getting followers and keeping them.

  23. Rohi Shetty says:

    I’m a big fan of Sophie and I’m looking forward to her post.
    All the other posts seem pretty great and good luck to them but Sophie gets my vote and my total and unstinted support.
    Kudos to the Firepole Marketing team for hosting such a fabulous contest. Way to go!

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