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This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

I am excited to announce that I am running my first blog contest on OMNINOGGIN. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Prizes

  • One 1st place winner will get one custom banner design from buytemplates.net ($149 value)
  • Two 2nd place winners will each get one 125×125 do-follow ad spot on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($30 total value)
  • Two 3rd place winners will each get a do-follow blogroll link on OMNINOGGIN for 30 days ($20 total value)
  • Every contestant will get a 185 icons pack at the end of the contest from icongalore.com ($134 value)
    Icons from IconGalore.com
  • Every contestant will get 10 premium exclusive templates immediate after subscribing to the buytemplates.net newsletter ($290 value)
    Templates from BuyTemplates.net

How to enter

Here are the things you need to do to participate in this contest:

  1. Subscribe to the buytemplates.net newsletter.
  2. Subscribe to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed.
  3. Open the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed it in your feed reader, scroll down to the footer section of this post, and write down the special code for this contest (it should be highlighted in burgundy)
  4. Comment on this post saying that you have subscribed to the buytemplates.net newsletter, subscribed to the OMNINOGGIN RSS feed, and make sure to include the special code for this contest.

This will earn you 1 entry into this contest!

Increase your chance of winning

After performing the above required steps to enter, you can increase your chance of winning by doing any of the following.

  • Stumble this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your StumbleUpon user name along with the entry comment above.
  • Digg this post (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Digg user name along with the entry comment.
  • Vote this post up on Reddit (+1 entry): Make sure you include your Reddit user name along with entry comment.
  • Blog about the contest (+3 entries): Make sure include the URL of your blog post in the entry comment.

When does the contest end?

This contest has ended! Thank you everybody for participating! Here are the winners.

This is a 2-weeks long contest. It begins 3/9/2009 12:00AM PST (-800 GMT) and ends 3/23/2009 11:59PM PST (-800 GMT).

Sponsor

This contest is sponsored by Website Templates from buytemplates.net. Buytemplates.net is a one stop shop for all your website requirements. They offer the following products and services:

  • Professional pre-designed website templates
  • Template customization
  • Custom template creation (custom web design)
  • SEO/SEM services
  • Website Maintenance Services

You can download hundreds of templates with a small membership fee. Their membership fee starts as low as $49 for budget, $69 for standard, and $99 for premium plans. You don’t have to hire a web designer or external web design studio and pay enormously to design a single web template.

24 Free OMNICON Glossy Web 2.0 Icon Pack

Today I would like to release the OMNICON glossy web 2.0 iPhone type icon pack version 1.  If you use the WP Greet Box plugin, you will probably recognize that these are the icons used for pre-installed greeting messages.  Just to be clear, I created these icons from scratch, but I got my inspiration from Fast Icon.  Also please feel free use the comment form for any more iPhone type button icon requests you may have.

Screenshot

24 free glossy web 2.0 iphone type icons

License

These icons are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works.  They are free for the taking as long as you provide a link back to this page (via blog post featuring this icon pack, attribution link in the footer/sidebar, etc. (get creative)). Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 4.4

What’s new in this release?

In this release, I added more default greeting messages using my own set of social media icons. I also added the ability to specify multiple greeting messages per referrer by means of a wildcard (*) and a list operator (,).

The following new default greeting messages were added along with its own social media icons:
Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 4.3

What’s new in this release?

On this release, I added the ability to detect the visitor’s search keywords and use those keywords to display related posts for the visitor. *IMPORTANT* Upon upgrading, make sure you deactivate then reactivate the plugin. This will give you default settings for newly available options.

Currently this works for the main search engines and other search engines that adhere to a few standard rules of query structuring.

This is what your visitors will see if search keywords were detected in the referrer:
Greet Google Closed
Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 4.2

I received a lot of great feedback for versions 4.0-4.1.1, so I decided to incorporate some of those suggestions into version 4.2. I have also ran through my 25 test cases prior to releasing the code so hopefully, this release will go a lot smoother than version 4.0 release. *IMPORTANT* Upon upgrading, make sure you deactivate then reactivate the plugin. This will give you default settings for newly available options.

What’s new in this release?

Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 4.0

I think this version of WP Greet Box is ground breaking enough to bump the version up to 4.0. To be honest, the reason version 4.0 came out so early is because I just found out 3 days ago (via Google Alerts) that I have a new competitor, Referrer Detector, written by Phan Van An. He seems like a really nice guy (he mentions my name repeatedly in the post), but he could have at least contacted me about co-authoring before forking the code :). With that said, I checked out Referrer Detector and decided to implement some of its wonderful changes in WP Greet Box and expand WP Greet Box to be able to work with WPMU (Thank you Andy Beard for your suggestion).

What’s new in this release?

Read on…

Released WP Greet Box Version 3.1

I’ve been quite busy with life lately, so I haven’t paid too much attention to my plugins. Good thing I had a whiff of inspiration today so I decided to add a few enhancements to WP Greet Box.

What’s new in this release?

Read on…

Released WP Greet Box version 3.0

I’ve been quiet for the past week for many reasons, but the most important reason is that I’ve been working on WP Greet Box version 3.0.  It turned out that there we so many positive responses (and feature requests) on the WP Greet Box plugin that all I could do is work on it whenever I get the chance (at coffee shops, during lunch breaks, before sleeping, etc).  It sounds tiring, but it was all worth it!

What happened to version 2.0?

I silently released version 2.0 after adding the ability to add your own custom greeting messages per referrer URL.

What’s new in this release?

This release has cookies support so now we do not keep showing the same message to returning visitors.  I also added a configurable default message to show when no referrer match is found.

Where do I download, file bugs, make feature requests, comments, and suggestions?

Please visit the original plugin post.

WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin

Today I would like to announce the release of ‘WP Greet Box’ WordPress Plugin, a plugin that can help you increase your blog exposure and build loyal readership.

Description

Smashing Magazine with WP Greet Box This plugin lets you show a different greeting message to your new visitors depending on their referrer url. For example, when a Digg user clicks through from Digg, they will see a message reminding them to digg your post if they like it. Another example, when a visitor clicks through from Twitter, they will see a message suggesting them to twit the post and follow you on Twitter. You can also set a default greeting message for new visitors (not matching any referrer URLs) suggesting them to subscribe to your RSS feed. Professional bloggers know that having these targeted suggestions on their blog increases their blog exposure and loyal readership. Best of all, this plugin is compatible with various WordPress cache plugins so you do not have to sacrifice speed.  Even Smashing Magazine is using this plugin.  Take it from the pros and download it! Read on…

Weekend Links #2

Weekend Links for the week ending on 07-18-08