Seven Link Challenge

Finally, the seven link challenge is here!

I was invited to participate on this seven link challenge by two different internet marketers.

Dan Sumner and Linda Bond.

What is the Seven Link Challenge

The main goal of this is to unite bloggers from the whole blogosphere and create some sort of a bank with great blog posts that may have not seen the light in quite some time while making it fun and viral at the same time.

What are the Rules for the Seven Link Challenge

  1. Get nominated by another blogger
  2. Publish your 7 links (1 link per category)

Categories for the Seven Link Challenge

  1. Your most beautiful post
  2. Your most popular post
  3. Your most controversial post
  4. Your most helpful post
  5. A post whose success surprised you
  6. A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
  7. The post that you are most proud of

If you want to check out the source, here it is where it all got started The 7 Link Challenge Rules

Reasons to Participate

In case you’re wondering what the heck am I talking about with posts that nobody sees, picture the following scenario:

You start up a blog, then write several posts for some time, after a while (or after many blog posts to be more accurate) your first articles start getting buried under your newer content.

There are plenty of ways to rescue these older posts by:

  • Using categories and tags
  • Creating menus out of your categories
  • Using featured posts
  • Using a page with links to amazing posts
  • Adding a widget with popular posts
  • Etc, etc.

The point is, whatever you do, there are going to be posts that may be great and difficult to find for your readers (assuming you write lots of great content of course).

And even if you don’t have that problem (I’m a GREAT example as I just have 24 posts published here so far) this is a great opportunity to make your blog stand out and go a bit viral.

The Invitational Chain Reaction

This worked out something like this:

Me <- Dan Sumner <- Randy Smith <- Kathy Dobson <- Barry Wells <- Adrienne Smith

Me <- Linda Bond <- Kathy Dobson <- Barry Wells <- Adrienne Smith <- Steve Scott

I happen to know at least three of these Internet Marketers (or bloggers) besides Linda and Dan.

And if you guessed if I’m going to be heading over to these other people’s blogs, then you guessed right my friend!

That’s the power of going VIRAL.

My 7 Link Challenge Posts

Hint: You can hover over the links to see what kind of post is inside.

1. Most beautiful post I’m not sure if I would use the word beautiful to describe this post because it was basically a no BS recap of what I did or failed to do on 2011 and what my plans are for 2012.

However, it did trigger plenty of comments which included bits like these:

“…in my mind you’re already a super star.”

“…I love the way you address the whole issue of positive mindset.”

“…I see you as a real go getter.”

“…very inspiring.”

“…reading about your list of goals for the coming year made me excited again for my own goals.”

“…you have a gift for writing.”

“…you have really inspired me and blew me away with your goals for 2012.”

I was actually very surprised from the touching comments so thank you all!

2. Most popular post The most popular posts were the mentoring post and the 2012 goals and perspectives post.

However to include a different article here, I picked Going to Mazatlan, Mexico as it did get some buzz.

People were still fresh from the experience of the mentoring post LOL and I actually wanted to publish something not marketing related for the same reasons.

Basically there’s just a picture of my girlfriend and myself from a past vacation there and nothing else.

3. Most controversial post By far the most controversial no doubt about it.

The article touched a few nerves here and there, nobody likes when someone uses the words mentor, guru and I guess we’re about to ban “teacher” if we keep at this pace.

I knew this was going to happen in advance, that’s why I made it very clear throughout the whole post that there’s no need to have a mentor in order to succeed, it was worthless to mention that! lol

It was very fun to write and to record my first video while driving though.

4. Most helpful post This was a review for the USB Blue Snowball Microphone.

I believe it was one of the most helpful posts because even though it doesn’t has many comments, many people treasured that article.

Apparently having a great entry-level microphone is the least concern with Internet Marketers today.

I explain why this is the worse thing to do and this made some people buy the exact same microphone I’m currently using. (thanks guys!)

5. Post whose success surprised me This was barely my third post on this blog and I was having comments from really experienced bloggers not to mention the creator of CommentLuv himself, Mr. Andy Bailey.

It included a video I shot in Madrid, Spain about not being prepared for having so many different power adapters.

6. Post that I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved This was a first list building experiment I did on the blog.

It barely received comments and I think people were thinking that was the whole interview.

The post was edited a few times to make it clear the video being showcased there was just a teaser and I think people still didn’t react too well about it.

A call to action that did not work as expected to be honest.

7. Post I’m most proud of I’m very proud of this video because this was the first time I forced myself to die trying to record a video.

Even though I did record quite a lot of footage, I was literally dying through the whole process, so this is the most gutsy thing I have ever done on the blog so far (recording the video interview was very challenging too).

Involved Internet Marketer’s 7 Link Challenge Posts

You can get some inspiration by checking out what my friends did with their own 7 Link Challenge Participation just down below.

Whew… that took me some time as I had to hunt for the 7-Link Challenge post on some blogs but I already did it for you in case you want to check these wonderful people out.

Here are my 7 Link Challenge Nominees

click on the links to check out their 7 link articles

  • Jocelyn Jones (published!)
  • Sandy Halliday (published!)
  • Patrick Griffin (published!)
  • Justin Mazza (published!)
  • Jon Olson (notice sent)
  • Justin Ledvina (notice sent)

I’ll let these guys know about their nominations here although I don’t have a clue if they will participate or if they have been invited already to the challenge.

Post Edit: If you still haven’t been nominated please feel free to join us on the challenge anyway. Let me know and I’ll modify the nominees’ list to include you. I want everyone to participate on this!

Fun Fact Bonuses

Number one this post was supposed to be short and easy to do and it took HOURS to complete!

Number two I got my very first unsubscribe yesterday!

I thought I was going to feel sad or something but it just made me realize the following:

Not everyone is going to like me!

This, believe it or not, makes everything SO MUCH EASIER now, way easier.

Trying to stop aiming for perfection in everything you do is very hard (I’m obsessed with that)

Knowing first hand that you may not be liked by everyone, makes product creation a lot easier and not only that, but everything you do!

You’ll see if I’m wrong or if I’m right sooner than you think.

To the person who unsubscribed from the list… thank you!

To the rest who still remain on-board, THANK YOU!

Speak soon and take care. ;-)


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    • Sandy Halliday
    • December 26, 2011

    I’ve seen some mention of this challenge on other blogs but had not stopped long enough to find out what it was all about.

    I took part in the 100 blog challenge last year which took a lot of time and effort and the thought of doing something remotely similar put me off but now you have explained it in more detail it doesn’t look as thought it will take up too much time.

    1. Reply

      Hey Sandy,

      I think I have heard of that 100 blog challenge before…

      Wasn’t that the one where you were supposed to do blog hopping on 100 blogs? (I joined that one, although my blog at the time was called -not active anymore-)

      I didn’t add you for this because somehow I thought you already had been nominated, bummer!

      If you want to participate, just go for it, I don’t think my five nominees are all going to go for it so it’d be my pleasure if you decided to join us!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such great comments, really appreciate your support Sandy! ;-)

      PS. I modified the post to include YOU! ;-))

        • Sandy Halliday
        • December 28, 2011

        Me and my big mouth! LOL. Seriously though, thanks for nominating me Sergio. Not sure that my posts make the grade but I accept the challenge. It should be a bit of fun and maybe help our blogs get a bit more exposure. Must go now and get writing!


        1. Reply

          Haha you’re welcome Sandy!

          I’m pretty sure you can fit your posts perfectly fine into this 7 link fun challenge.

          Looking forward to that update, take care and thanks for stopping by! ;-)

  1. Reply

    Thanks for the nomination Sergio. I will need some time to get the post up this week but it saves me the trouble of having to think of a topic to write about.

    About perfection, I don’t aim for that anymore either. Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and I just aim to be my best in that moment. Not everyone will like me and I accept that too.

    take care…

    1. Reply

      Awesome stuff Justin!

      I like your way of thinking too my friend, perfection is something that will get in the way to actually getting things done.

      Hope to check out your participation post any time soon, thanks for stopping by, take care and thanks for joining the challenge! ;-)

    • Adrienne
    • December 26, 2011

    Sergio, don’t feel bad. It took me hours to write my post because it took me some time to go back through my older posts to see which one fit in which category! Now that in itself is time consuming but I think you did an excellent job with choosing your posts.

    I’m also thrilled to know that I’ve read all of them accept the microphone review. I remember not visiting that one because I wasn’t shopping for a microphone so knew that post probably wouldn’t interest me at that moment. Hope you’ll forgive me for that.

    I think you’ve done an exceptional job here on your blog sharing not only helpful content but fun and inspiring as well. I love watching you step outside your comfort zone and see that it’s not too darn bad over here on the other side. Now, if we can only get everyone doing that it will be great.

    So glad you took this challenge and I hope everyone you’ve nominated will do the same. You’ll get a lot of attention and those older posts will too. Thanks for the mention, it’s always appreciated!

    Take care Sergio!


    1. Reply

      Thank you Adrienne!

      I thought the post was going to be pretty easy to write since I have just a few articles published but wow, it really did take me some time but all in all, it always takes me an eternity to write any kind of post so it’s all good.

      No need to forget you about the microphone review! I know you encourage me with almost every single post I create so that already speaks TONS about you!

      I know there are people watching that are willing to take the next step but I’ve found out that if we try to rush them by force, the worse it becomes so we’ll give them spare time to join us. ;-)

      I think the nomination was the harder part, almost everyone is taken! LOL

      But I managed to get great people anyway, I hope they can join the challenge.

      A couple already confirmed and one is actually pending, so I hope we can see some great stuff from them any time soon.

      Take care Adrienne and thanks for all your best wishes and comments.

      Hope I can pay you back your time sometime on this life, speak soon my good friend! ;-)

    • Joseph Lampo
    • December 26, 2011

    Hi, Sergio. Received my first email from you today via subscription, though I’m also on your RSS feed. In the recent past, I believe I read something about a “Seven Link Challenge” on Dan Sumner’s blog. Is this held often?

    I’m working on my website, as I mentioned a few days ago; hope to be up and running soon. Am going to write some posts to have them ready, as I always seem to be pressed for time, as we all are, no doubt.

    I’m looking forward to see how the Challenge pans out. Hope to be able to participate in something like that in the foreseeable future.

    Good luck, and keep on bloggin’.

    1. Reply

      Hey Joseph,

      Dan Sumner invited me to take the Seven Link Challenge.

      This is been going on for a few months, I don’t have the exact date.

      Just focus on getting your site out there and you’ll be able to participate not only on this challenge but in several others as well.

      I’ll try to keep you informed whenever a new challenge rises up for you to join, sounds good?

      Thank you for your best wishes, looking forward to hop in to your new blog and get fantastic at it, take care! ;-)

        • Joseph Lampo
        • December 27, 2011

        Thanks, Sergio. Appreciate your comments!

        Talk again soon.

    • Jocelyn Jones
    • December 27, 2011

    Hey Sergio, Okay, I need to re-read what I just read, and take the time to figure out what I am supposed to do, but I am always up for a challenge so I ACCEPT! :)

    1. Reply

      Hey Jocelyn!

      LOL Sorry I think my post wasn’t that great in explaining what to do.

      The rules for this fun challenge are here:

      Just find other five IMers/Bloggers you like (and have a connection with, otherwise maybe they won’t accept!) and nominate 7 posts from your blog in each of the categories mentioned in the post.

      That’s it!

      Everyone is doing their post differently, that’s why I included the section “Involved Internet Marketer’s 7 Link Challenge Posts”.

      Hope that makes sense and thank you for accepting to join me on this fun challenge!

      If you have any other questions or something’s not clear enough, just let me know and I’ll be more than happy to try to explain this again! haha

      Take care and speak soon! ;-)

        • Jocelyn Jones
        • January 3, 2012

        LOL, okay, so I re-create on my blog and then nominate five other people to do the same, is that correct? Seems easy enough. Let’s see what I come up with :)

        1. Reply

          Hey Jocelyn,

          Yeah, pretty much! Is it done already? LOL

            • Jocelyn Jones
            • January 4, 2012

            Hey Sergio,

            Yup, it’s done. I “borrowed” your description, hope you don’t mind, but don’t worry, I made sure to give you credit! LOL

            1. Hey Jocelyn,

              Glad you took the challenge.

              I’m already checking yours out and nope, I don’t mind you borrowing my description.

              Take care and THANK YOU for the mention! ;-)

  2. Reply

    Hey Sergio, some great posts there my friend I have read them all and comments on some too. It does take time to complete your post, it took me a few hours going through my old posts and looking for ones that would fit the criteria.

    “Fun Fact Number two I got my very first unsubscribe yesterday!” This is inevitable Sergio. You are right too, you can ‘t please everyone also some people are only in it for the free eBook on offer as well. Don’t let this worry you at all you are providing some great info.

    Enjoy the rest of the holidays Sergio speak soon :-D


    1. Reply

      Hey Daniel,

      I checked out your prior comments and replied to each and everyone, thank you!!

      That’s good to read that it took you a while too even if it was because you had to go through many of your older posts.

      I thought I was getting even worse at writing LOL

      Thank you about the unsubscribing bit man.

      At first I thought “wow, someone just decided to leave?”

      The opt-in box says “Get My Blog Updates Here” and that’s all I’ve sent, blog updates!

      But then luckily after a few minutes of some heavy thinking I realized I unsubscribe from lists almost on a daily basis.

      It is just part of the game.

      Thank you for all your previous comments and taking all this time to write great bits here and there too.

      Really appreciate it and hope to speak soon again, take care and enjoy the rest of your holidays as well! ;-)

    • Linda
    • December 29, 2011

    Hey Sergio – so glad you took me up on the challenge!

    You did a GREAT job, but it shouldn’t have taken you HOURS!! But, I am glad you participated and you picked out some awesome posts. Funny – before I came here I started watching your interview with Patrick and it is still running. I knew I missed a few of your posts, so trying to catch up while I am here ;-)

    It can be heartbreaking when people unsubscribe – I get quite a few of them…we can’t please everyone and some of them just join for some freebie and have no desire to receive anything else from you, unfortunately :(

    Hope all is well and looking forward to talking with you soon!

    1. Reply

      Hey Linda,

      Thank you for inviting me to participate on the challenge and checking out my other articles!

      About the unsubscribing thing, I knew it would happen, I just didn’t know how was I going to take it.

      Just as you are saying (and others in the comments thread) we can’t please everyone so I think having a low percentage of unsubs it’s completely ok.

      Again, thank you for taking the time to check out my other articles and I hope I helped with the video recording answers.

      Take care and I hope you have a rocking New Year’s celebration, all the best! ;-)

    • Patrick Griffin
    • January 10, 2012

    Hi Sergio,
    Many thanks for nominating me for this challenge and I will be delighted to take part.
    I have penciled in a date for it later this month and plan to get working on it later today.
    However you have not made things easy for me because at least two of the people I would have nominated have already been nominated by you.
    I will leave another comment here when I have published the post.

    Finally I remember feeling exactly the same as you when I had the first person unsubscribe from my blog.
    It is easy to think that you must have done something wrong – maybe if ten people left in a day you could pinpoint it down to doing something wrong – but the simple fact is, as you point out, that not everyone will like what we blog about.

    That is life and is totally natural but it also reminds me that I have not had a look at my blog subscribers for a while now so I better head on over to Aweber and see what things are looking like.

    OK well I have taken a look and this was what I found…two new people have joined in the last 24 hours but two people have also left in the past five weeks.
    Of those who left one stayed just about long enough to confirm their subscription, download the free reports I offer and unsubscribe…they were with me for a whole seven minutes!
    The second stayed one week and didn’t open a single one of my blog posts during that time (or at least didn’t open any of the emails which I send when I publish a new blog post.)


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    Hey Patrick my pleasure my friend!

    As a tip, for the people I nominated here maybe they won’t take me up on the challenge so feel free to nominate yours regarding of what you see here.

    Thank you for sharing your story with unsubs, apparently this is more common than what I thought, so I’m not going berzerk about it.

    Thanks for stopping by and deciding to participate on the 7-Link Challenge, I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy reading that post a lot, cheers and take care! ;-)

      • Patrick Griffin
      • January 26, 2012

      Hi Sergio,
      I said I would come back and let you know when I posted and now I have.
      And thanks to the wonders of the CommentLuv+ plugin I don’t even have to post the link in here myself!

      1. Reply

        Awesome sauce man,

        I’m ready to check out your 7 links entry, don’t forget to add your entry link at

        And welcome to the club, thanks for jumping in! ;-)

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    • Ayesha Kanwal
    • February 7, 2012

    I love the concept of this challenge. To many times bloggers write good content and are not sure how to promote some of their best or often over looked posts. As a blogger’s popularity grows we have a chance to resurrect a couple of oldies abut goodies and we should do so. We should be interlinking to other posts we have written as often as it makes sense.
    This helps to increase the “Sticky Factor” as well as reduce the bounce rate. It really brings our readers deeper into the family if you will.
    Thanks for highlighting the challenge and sharing your your older posts.

    1. Reply

      Hey Ayesha,

      Welcome to the site and yes, you said it best than me, I hope you could get a chance to see around and maybe get to know me a little better from all the crazy things I write here.

      Thank you for stopping by, take care and welcome to the blog.

      Hope to speak soon ;-)

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