Renovate Your Home and Win $5000

Some new sites order up ReviewMe reviews to get valuable feedback, but RemodelingMySpace.com — a site that offers all sorts of useful resources for people looking to renovate their homes — ponied up the $300 asking price so that they can give YOU a cool five grand.

Remodel, Blog, and Win $5000!

In what could be one ingenious linkbait scheme, RemodelingMySpace.com — no relation to the teen-filled angst found on MySpace.com — is running a remodeling contest wherein you document your home improvement project through a blog, vlog, podcast, or website and enter for a chance to win $5,000. It’s important to note that no project is too big or too small, and the same can be said about the budget. Instead, the judging criteria are based on creativity, the best use of funds, best use of web space, and so on.

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Details are explained through a somewhat amusing video found on the official contest page. In addition to the main $5000 prize to be awarded based on a judging panel of three home improvement experts and three blogging experts, there is also a $1000 People’s Choice Award (based on visitor votes) and a $250 Random Voter Award.

To enter the contest, you’ll need to link to a resource on RemodelingMySpace that was particularly useful to your home improvement project, whether it be painting kitchen cabinets or just installing a door knob. And believe me, there are a lot of resources on this site (more on that in a sec).

Maybe the best part of this contest is that you don’t need to be a handyperson yourself, because the actual project can be done by yourself, by a team (you + family and/or friends), or by a contractor. Who actually does the physical work isn’t important. The keys are that the project must be creative and documented in an entertaining way.

If you’re a regular visitor of John Chow dot Com, you probably already have a blog, but for everyone else out there, RemodelingMySpace has provided a page that outlines several options where even the newbiest of n00bs can get some free online real estate to showcase their remodeling project. These free blog resources range from Squidoo to LiveJournal. They also tell you all about the contest benefits for bloggers. Other than the cash prize, you also get traffic and link juice, courtesy of the contest entries page.

Click here for full contest rules.

Soooo Much Information

The actual layout of RemodelingMySpace reminds me a lot of a standard three-column WordPress blog in that the center section is filled with the main content, whereas advertisements, widgets, and navigation take up the two sidebars on either side. You’ll also note that RemodelingMySpace was not shy about monetizing: there’s official sponsors like Contractors.com, as well as Google Adsense, AuctionAds, and banner-style ads that are embedded in the middle of articles.

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While they don’t appear to have any videos of their own, RemodelingMySpace scoured the web for any useful how-to videos they could find that’ll help people wire dimmer switches, patch holes in drywall, and solder copper pipes. The photo galleries are also good for sparking up some fresh ideas.

In the right column, you’ll find a long list of article categories that cover everything from ceilings to swimming pools. If you prefer to have someone else do the actual work, there’s also a handy tool that helps you find a trusted contractor. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. RemodelingMySpace continues to grow with more and more content, covering every aspect of home improvement.

Fixer-Upper or a Dream Home?

I think the Remodel, Blog & WIN! Online Contest is a great idea for RemodelingMySpace to nab a bunch of backlinks and create some buzz surrounding the site. I’m also glad to see the vast amount of information available for remodeling enthusiasts.

The layout can feel a little chunky at times, especially the large block ads in the middle of articles, so I would like to see a cleaner interface implemented. I’m not much of a home improvement guru myself, but I can see how RemodelingMySpace can slowly transform a Tim Taylor into a Bob Vila.


72 thoughts on “Renovate Your Home and Win $5000”

  1. Simonne says:

    This is very useful resource, thank you for posting (it seems that ReviewMe can also bring nice surprizes πŸ™‚

    1. Marc says:

      Yeah the videos are great, even if they aren’t theirs, centralizing good ones is a nice feature.

  2. I’m wondering how much people will actually enroll in this contest. πŸ™‚

    1. Jane May says:

      It looks like they already have a good amount.

      1. Alex says:

        With all these prizes, who would not want to participate?

    2. Dave says:

      If you’re already doing some renovation, why not?

  3. James says:

    Nice prize, not the kind of cash you’d plunk down if you were going to turn around and sell the domain.

    1. Marc says:

      Well you might… The thinking would suggest that a domain with an audience and traffic is worth more than the same domain with no traffic at all.

  4. Matt Jones says:

    The contest sounds interesting.. but it could easily be prone to cheating. i.e. if you already have a really nice home you could just mess it up a bit (put the TV on its side?…you get the idea), take a photo, then put it back to how it was and take another.

    1. It could boil down to presentation — making it look hopeless at the beginning and cleverly “tjuzsed” at the end. 😈

    2. Hey Matt;

      Thanks for the comment. Cheating was the biggest concern on my mind (cause a guy like JohnChow can clean up in no time with votes), and a big budget could sweep the remodeling side easily, so, if you really look at the judging criteria for the contest – it’s pretty much impossible to cheat. It’s all about creativity – you can’t fake that.

      As an indicator, check out some of the amazing blogs that have already entered – many of these people have put their lives into their project, and their blog about it – http://www.remodelingmyspace.com/contest-entries.htm

      This is exactly what we intended, …featuring amazing blogs that inspire and give great ideas to others.

      PaulM

    3. Gath says:

      I am not sure RemodelingMySpace would even care if people cheated – what they really want are the links.

      As long as the links are all good, then a person who cheats by posting multiple links only helps RemodelingMySpace.

    4. Dave says:

      I think it would be easy to tell the difference between a real renovation job and messy furniture πŸ™‚

  5. Piggy says:

    wow…5000? i hope its worth it

  6. Newbie-friendly…I like that. This will certainly give everyone a chance to showcase their creativity. πŸ™‚

  7. Jason C. says:

    I just noticed, why is there an ad on penis enlargment?…

    1. jake says:

      because you need a bigger dick

    2. Marc says:

      It’s because a while ago we suggested that John shouldn’t put an ad like this.

      1. Alex says:

        I’ve noticed that almost every post has a comment about this issue. John makes money from that link. John, I think it’s about time you write about why you have a male enhancement link on your blog :mrgreen:

        1. Dave says:

          Well it’s going to make the advertiser stick around cause we’re always talking about it…which in turn makes John money.

          😈

  8. Cool! I’ll go bash some walls in my place to renovate! 😈

    1. Derrich says:

      LOL! I could think of a couple I’d like to knock down. 😈

    2. Marc says:

      You’d better hope you win πŸ˜›

  9. Martin Reed says:

    Not sure on their choice of URL, but seems to be an interesting concept nonetheless!

    1. jake says:

      i know it should be somthing like ourspace, lol, thats even lamer, but you getthe point.

      1. Gath says:

        I thought the URL was pretty good. It grabbed my attention, though of course I thought it was about MySpace.

  10. UberDan says:

    I’d need the $5,000 for divorce if I mention home DIY 😯

    1. Dave says:

      Somehow I don’t think that’d be enough Dan πŸ™‚

  11. Ronaldo says:

    This is a nice contest, but I’ll pass on this because I still rent.

  12. Amanda says:

    I could use 5,000 but not to renovate my home.. I don’t own my own home.. I live in a small room in my parents house with my fiance because where we live you need to be a bajillioniare to live outside of your momma’s house.

    1. Jane May says:

      Where do you live?

    2. Marc says:

      bajillionaire… πŸ™‚

      I haven’t heard that word since I’ve been 10.

      1. Alex says:

        And you probably won’t hear it until you’re majillion years old :mrgreen:

  13. limeade says:

    Interesting contest. I’m not really looking to remodel anything right now though. It’s a pretty good promotion though.

    -limeade

  14. dude says:

    argh!
    I remodeled my room like 1 year ago, why are the contests hating me? πŸ‘Ώ

    1. Jane May says:

      hahaha…I was thinking the same thing!

  15. I visited the site to see the “competition,” and I must admit there are plenty good projects in the works.

    1. Dave says:

      Sounds like it’ll be a tough one to win!

      1. With my luck, I wouldn’t even be surprised anymore. I couldn’t even win a flippingrich shirt! πŸ˜†

  16. shokthx says:

    I wonder if cleaning my desk would count. My wife would love it.

    1. Jane May says:

      Hey, just take some before and after pics, maybe include a new know on the desk and you never know πŸ˜€

      1. Jane May says:

        i meant a new knob…oops

    2. Hey Shokthx;

      If you can make cleaning your desk into something very creative, then also creatively document your clean-up in your blog, you may just win! It’s all about creativity.

      If you can make cleaning your desk stand out above the other entries – you win.

      Good Luck!

      PaulM

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Especially if the cleanup involves the installation of some sort of organization structure… like those closet organizers, except for a desk.

        1. Alex says:

          Hey, can I remodel my tree house? it only has one door and I’m still working on the windows. I could also put some furniture :mrgreen:

  17. Jane May says:

    I could have used this contest a few years back. I wonder if providing before and after pics and a step by step process would qualify me for the contest…I’ve already blogged about some of that.

    Good review, I like the mass of information available on the site.

  18. The site IS pretty helpful, $5000 contest aside. I’ve been catching up on insurance issues and plumbing improvements…simply fascinating. πŸ’‘

  19. bloga says:

    ItΒ΄s a way to save Myspace, the competition is hard and the time to sale past. But 5k doesnΒ΄t came bad.

  20. jake says:

    5g’s wow! no link or amount of links is worth that in my opinion.

    1. Gath says:

      If you get me the links to rank #1 for ‘viagra’, I’ll give you 5K.

  21. jake says:

    hey john will you do a contest where the winner gets a free review, please.

    1. Marc says:

      Forget that, how about a contest where John comes in and remodels one of the rooms in your house πŸ˜›

      1. Good god no. How about John hires someone that knows what they are doing to come in and remodel? Hey, my son just cut the grass, does that count in this contest?

        1. Gath says:

          Did you tell readers about funny little anecdotes – or nightmares – that happened during your project? Any side stories?

          If you can make the story funny πŸ˜†

        2. If the project ends up as a great looking landscape makeover, I don’t see why you can’t qualify. πŸ™‚

  22. Jack says:

    Someone buy me a house, then I will renovate it.

    1. Alex says:

      I’ll buy you a dumpster if you want πŸ™‚

    2. Dave says:

      Don’t think you’ll have much luck with that one Jack πŸ™‚

  23. Hammer says:

    It would seem they are out of touch with reality. You can’t even remodel a closet for $5k these days.

    1. Dave says:

      It’s a contest, you win 5Gs for the best and most creative remodeling job. It’s not 5gs for the remodeling, it’s just five grand for whatever.

  24. Chris M says:

    It’s a great idea, I am heading over there now to have a look!

  25. Gary Lee says:

    This could be a winner! I wish I waited on my bedroom then!

  26. Gath says:

    I like how on the RemodelingMySpace site, under ‘Remodelling Tools’ they list ‘iPod Nano Sport Armband’. What sort of a renovation can you do with that?

    1. Alex says:

      You can change a light bulb in your living room 😎

      1. Alex says:

        …after you sell it :mrgreen:

    2. Dave says:

      Every DIYer needs some good tunes πŸ™‚

  27. Renovating your house JUST to win $5000 is risky. But if you’re remodeling anyway, then you’ve nothing to lose, right? πŸ™‚

  28. Dave says:

    Too bad I haven’t bought my house yet, if only they pushed this contest back 6 months.

    Ah who am I kidding, I am not too handy πŸ™‚

  29. I could use the money when I move.

  30. uncle sha says:

    i wish i have my own home to renovate in the 1st place … haha :mrgreen:

  31. Mr. Red says:

    Heck, i wish i had the 5k so i could fix this house up and sell it, hate this place.

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