Amazing Community Features and Giveaway at Aha!NOW

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Girl surprised with Aha!NOW giveaway

“Giveaway at Aha!NOW? That’s music to my ears. Where did the sun rise from today?” Did you just have such thoughts?

I don’t blame you! In my three and half years of blogging, this is the first time I’m having a giveaway on my blog.

But this post is not only about giveaways, it’s about the readers and blog community on Aha!NOW – it’s ALL about you!

I don’t know how many times I’ve stated this, but I’m going to do it yet another time. This blog would not have been where it is without your love and support, and I’m so grateful for that.

What you’ve given me in all these years, I feel may be I’ve not given back enough. So, this is one of the reasons to hold a giveaway.

I’m giving away something that I get easily without making any efforts. It is something that I’m requested day in and out for, something that many readers of my blog love and vie to get.

Want to know what it is all about? Read a little further… 🙂

Before I get to it, I’d like to tell you the other purpose of this post. But first, know who this post is for:

  • All bloggers and site owners who have their own blogs
  • All writers who want to create an impressive writing portfolio
  • All readers who think they can pen their story and thoughts
  • All visitors who want more interactivity or need help
  • All advertisers, who are looking for best value for their money
  • All loyal and regular fans and followers of Aha!NOW!

Because there is something in this post for each and every one of you. 🙂

Get Started With Community Activities

In my post, after my recent blogging break – more than a month back, I wrote about starting new community features on Aha!NOW.

Some of the community members tried and tested them out. I now find them to be useful and feel like they are an extension of the posts and the comments.

This post comes after a month, as I wanted them to try all the features before officially inviting everybody. Everything seems to be working perfectly, though I know there is always scope for improvement, and we keep working to make it better still.

Therefore, this is the other purpose of this post. It’s time that you step in to start communicating with other members of the community.

Let me add more to it. I want this community to be the first place where you would want to go to discuss or ask anything. If you need help about just anything, this is it – just come and ask!

What Do You Get Out Of Participating In Community Activities

I want to give all the active community members everything that I can think of. I’ve realized that being grateful and giving is the way to live. These are some of the ways to bring happiness in your life.

I’d love to help you in any way I can. In fact, you can also suggest more ways that you can think of.

So, here we go.

Benefits of Being a Community Member and Participating in Activities

First, to be a member of this blog, you need to register yourself. You can do that by accessing either of these two locations:

Registration links for membership

One at the topmost site links above the menu bar, and the other  under the “Community” option of the menu bar.

Once you click on the “Register” link, you’re taken to this form:

Registration form at Aha!NOW for membership

Make sure that you do the following before filling up the form and submitting it.

1) Read and accept the terms and conditions. These are very simple, and be rest assured that there is no fee going to be charged, as the general membership is absolutely FREE.

2) Use your Gravatar email to get your profile picture. All profiles that do not have photos of the members will be deleted without warning. I’ve made this a mandatory condition so as to bring more authenticity and avoid spammers.

You can grab your free Gravatar from here.

If you’ve a blog or website, you get a link back if you fill in the URL (root domain only) below the name field. Of course, you should be the legal owner of the site that you mention; else, the link will be removed.

Once you’re registered, you can extend your profile and fill in more details about yourself. You can let other members contact you on social media by filling in your social media links.

You can even choose what you want others to see and edit the profile settings after you are registered.

To know more about the other community features on the blog, please view the community page.

Here are some of the benefits that you get being a member of the Aha!NOW blog community (ABC).

Promote Your Blog

If you’re a blogger, then this is the best opportunity for you to promote your blog post as they are published, to the other community members. Even the non-members can view these posts.

You can click on the PROMOTE YOUR BLOG banner in the sidebar or the link on the menu bar under “FORUMS”.

Write a short description about your new post and paste its link or the complete url. That’s it. Your forum topic entry will appear in the sidebar of the blog posts and pages.


Promote bar at Aha!NOW

Share Your Problems

Do you have ANY problems about which you want to seek help from other members of the community?

They could be personal, and if you feel you can ask them publicly – please do so, or professional like something related to your blog or blogging.

There’s no need to go anywhere else. Write you problem on SHARE YOUR PROBLEMS, accessible from the sidebar as well as the menu bar.

Other members will see your forum topic on the sidebar and respond to you. Make sure you check the box on “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” to know when somebody responds to your post.

Of course, you can make friends too by introducing yourself in a forum post.

Some other members might find your introduction interesting and would want to carry on the conversation. Remember, conversations lead to building relationships and you can make good friends like this!

As responsible members of the community, you’re required to put up decent posts, reasonable questions, and nothing that can upset any other member. If your post is reported as spam or seen as offensive, Aha!NOW has the right to remove or edit it as per the decision of the admins and moderators.


sidebar info

Opportunity to Guest Post

The most active members of the community get the chance to publish their guest posts on Aha!NOW.

You can see the list of active community members on the “Leaderboard” on the sidebar. You will get points for various community activities like commenting, forum posting, interacting with other members, and so on.

The complete list of the community activities that will be rewarded is available on the community page.

Recently, I had Maxwell Ivey’s guest post in the month of July with his inspirational Life Lessons From a Blind Blogger post. This was a blockbuster – Max did a great job and you can ask him how he feels about the opportunity.

Max was one of the early members of the community and a highly active one too. In the month of August, we had Yvonne I. Wilson contribute a very important post – How to Cope With Teenage Pregnancy As A Parent”.

She received the opportunity because she was the most active community member of the month, and I’m thankful to her for dealing so well with such a sensitive issue for any society in the world. I know this post is going to help many parents.

The Leaderboard will be reset or set to “ZERO” at the beginning of each month so everybody gets a fair chance to top the list every month.

Discount on Advertisements

As an active community member, you’re also entitled to avail a discount on the cost of advertising on Aha!NOW.

You can view the Advertise page and contact the Administrator through the contact form on that page.

Your ad can be displayed on Aha!NOW if there is availability of Ad space and you are eligible as per the terms and conditions of the blog.

Giveaways for the Community Members

Many companies, book publishers, e-commerce websites, and other merchants often approach me to giveaway their products or services.

Depending on the kind of offers, my first preference will be the community members of the Aha!NOW blog. Of course, if the offers can be given out in bulk, I’ll also include my blog email subscribers.

But this is not the giveaway I was talking about at the start of this post.

That special giveaway is for YOU, even if you’re not a member of the Aha!NOW blog community presently.

Guest Post Giveaway

Aha!NOW is offering its first ever giveaway, and that is the opportunity to guest post on Aha!NOW.

How much do you value a guest post on Aha!NOW?

Ask those who have done it. In fact, Enstine wrote a complete post about his experiences with guest blogging at Aha!NOW, which was titled – Guest Posting on ~ Traffic and Growth Reports.

Now, I don’t guaranty that your guest post on Aha!NOW will do the same wonders as it did for Enstine, but no harm taking a chance. 😉

Moreover, this blog is now visited by people from over 169 countries, so you can imagine it’s wide range and scope or reach.

Do you know that only regular and loyal Aha!NOW blog community members can guest post on Aha!NOW?

However, I’m breaking this rule today! YOU stand a chance to get this opportunity without being a registered member and any wait periods or spending months in the waiting list.

How can you use this guest post opportunity?

  • If you are a blogger, you can promote your blog to the Aha!NOW audience and other readers, in a better way by featuring as a guest blogger.
  • If you are also a writer, you can include the link to your impressive guest post in the portfolio to show your clients.
  • If you are neither of the above, but you’ve great ideas and impressive writing skills, you can still contribute your story on Aha!NOW and feel proud and happy!

Just submit your entry in the below given Rafflecopter giveaway entry form.

Oh yes, before you can actually do that, you will need to do the following THREE simple things–

  • Follow Aha!NOW on Twitter
  • Send a Tweet
  • Like Aha!NOW on Facebook

Now, isn’t that sweet and simple! So, here’s the giveaway.

You need to first read the terms and conditions of the giveaway.

1)      You can fill up any number of entries, but you are eligible for only one guest post. So, even if your name comes up in the draw more than one times, you get to guest post only once.

2)      Two winners will be chosen who will guest post in the months of September and October, at my choice and discretion.

3)      Ineligible entries will not be considered, even if they appear in the draw. In that eventuality, the next eligible entry in the list will be rewarded.

4)      The eligibility criteria for the entry is following Aha!NOW on Twitter, liking it on Facebook, and sending a Tweet.

5)      Even if you win the giveaway, you should be able to deliver an impressive and useful guest post based on the niches of Aha!NOW, or else you will face disqualification.

6)      You need to adhere to the guest post guidelines to the “T” as mentioned in this post, else your guest post will not be accepted.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway draw date ends on September 3, 2014. About one week from the publish date of this post, on my post on Sept 4th, 2014, the winners will be declared.

I’d like to make it clear that I’ve increased the frequency of guest posts on Aha!NOW, on popular demand.

Now on there will be two guest posts on this blog every month, as to the one earlier. For the next two months, one guest blogger will be chosen from this giveaway and one from the Leaderboard toppers for each month.

So, even if you don’t win this giveaway, you still have a chance to guest post by being one of the top active community members.

I wish you all the best and await YOU to be the next guest blogger at Aha!NOW.

A Word For The Advertisers

I want to convey the information to all readers who are either product or service providers that I’m offering advertisement spaces on rent at special and extremely low prices.

The advertising rates will be revised on October 23, 2014. So it’s your opportunity to grab the offer now and seek the best value for your money.

Please visit the Advertise page for more information along with the rates of advertisement.

The adspace allotment will be on first-cum-first basis and the prices are fixed – no bargaining. Of course, the Aha!NOW blog community members will get the additional membership discount.

Finally, I want to thank all the visitors who commented on Aha!NOW in the month of August.

Thank You Commentators!

For me, every visitor to Aha!NOW is valuable. There are people who read the posts and give it star ratings if they like them, or promote them on social media, without me asking for any promotion. So, I am really thankful to them.

However, the ones who comment on the posts need a special mention. Even though this is not the end of the month yet, but I’m honoring the commentators anyway.

Here are the Top 10 Commentators on Aha!NOW for August 2014.

Yvonne I. Wilson

Maxwell Ivey

Balroop Singh

Swadhin Agrawal



Corina Ramos

Mi Muba

Kumar Gauraw

Jens-Petter Berget

This list was generated by MyCommentAuthors

Congratulations all the above commentators, and you did deserve the “dofollow” links – you earned them rightfully! I hope you know that this link is more important than a CommentLuv link.

Wasn’t this a sweet way of displaying the top commentators of the blog? Well, you too can do that.

In fact, this was made possible with a Free WordPress plugin by Enstine Muki. And, it’s called “MyCommentAuthors”.

It not only helped me display the top commentator list on my blog but also sent a “thank you” mail to all the wonderful people who commented on Aha!NOW this month!

Go try it yourself and download this plugin NOW! (It’s NOT an affiliate link!)

Lastly, check out this post on Enstine’s blog – Hint: It’s about me. 🙂

That’s all from me today. Thank you for reading, and registering yourself as a blog community member if you already did or are going to do it!

Let’s make Aha!NOW a help and information platform to bring happiness into everyone’s life. 🙂

Share Your Thoughts:

What are your views about the community features of Aha!NOW? Did you fill up your entry for the giveaway? What does guest posting on Aha!NOW mean to you?

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  1. Don Purdum

    2014-09-10 at 4:44 am

    Hi Harlenna,

    I wish I would have discovered this sooner!!! What a great idea to create a dynamic community via your website. I love this!!!!

    And I see you’re using Enstine’s new plugin. I love that guy. He is really working hard these days for his community and it’s going to pay off big for him.

    It’s getting late here in the evening, but tomorrow I will look over in more detail and would love to be in the community and contribute and help you in any way I can.

    I hope you have an amazing middle of the week!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Gladys

      2014-09-10 at 6:45 pm

      Hello Mr. Don

      Welcome to the community.

      Yes I agree totally with this great idea.

      I look forward to reading your articles and gleaning from them.

      Again, welcome

  2. Gladys Cruz

    2014-09-05 at 12:44 am

    Hello Ms. Harleena

    What a wonderful strategy you have in building a community. I love it. I really feel I am a part of something.
    I am looking forward to learning new things, but also getting to know more people.

    Thank you for having the heart to draw us in by providing this community.


  3. Harshajyoti Das

    2014-09-04 at 11:03 am

    I hardly get lucky with giveaways and lucky draws.

    Thank you Harleena for hosting this interview and for picking my name out of 38 participants.

    I will work out a couple of titles and will get back to you.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Harsh,

      Congratulations! I enjoyed my first raffle experience and was happy that you figured up in the random selection process. May be now you can change your perception about the giveaways and lucky draws! 🙂

      I’m sure you’ll do your best to come up with an impressive guest post, because the ABC settles for nothing less than that! 😉

      Thanks for expressing your thoughts. 🙂

  4. Kaustav Banerjee

    2014-09-03 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Harleena,
    I am thrilled to hear that being a member of the AhaNOW community is that easy now! I will jump into it right now. This is a great opportunity for bloggers and I can assure myself that I will get loads of like minded people with me at your community.
    I am not wasting time. I am running right now!! 😀

    Thanks a lot!!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Kaustav,

      The doors of the Aha!NOW blog community are open to everyone, as far as they play it clean and fair. You’re most welcome and I’m sure you’ll love your experience over here.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  5. Adrienne

    2014-09-03 at 4:11 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I know I’m late to this post but my allergies really gave me a horrible time on Friday. It didn’t help I guess that I cried all that morning because a friend of mine had to put their animal to sleep. My heart just broke for her. Anyway, my commenting got very behind so here I am. Finally!

    You are really continuing to improve your blog and your new community so congratulations. Sounds like everything is going really well and I’m so thrilled for you.

    I’m sure that those eager to write a guest post have all signed up and patiently waiting to hear the good news. I have a feeling you’re going to have yours lined up soon months ahead of time as well.

    Love what you’re doing here Harleena and I wish you the best moving forward. Have a great week too.


    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      How are you feeling now? I hope you’re much better now and I know the allergies can really make it worse for you to be yourself. Oh, it’s so sad to know about your friend’s animal. It gives me shudders to even think of it happening to my dog. I’m sorry for your friend.

      It doesn’t really matter if you get late or are not able to comment on the post, because I understand that something important must have kept you from coming.

      I always wanted to do something for the Aha!NOW community and then Vinay and I thought to go ahead with our plans during the blogging break we had. So far, so good. I expect small problems but we’ll eventually try to clear them and make the way for a better community experience. I’d surely like to have your views and feedback if you get the time for trying some of the new community features.

      I’m happy that I had good entries for the guest post giveaway, and I’ll surely have the next few months booked.

      Thank you for your good wishes and for sharing your thoughts. Do have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

  6. Maketta

    2014-09-02 at 10:54 pm

    Hello Harleena,

    I am happy to see that the Aha-now community is growing and I’m very glad to be apart of it. I will definitely register to be a member of the forum. This is very inspirational for bloggers to read. It gives them the motivation to keep moving ahead. I really look forward to participating here for years to come.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 12:59 pm

      Hi Maketta,

      I’m honored to have you as a regular visitor of Aha!NOW and I’m glad you like the way the blog is growing. I really look forward to you registering yourself as a member of the community.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Do have a great week ahead! 🙂

  7. Philip Varghese Ariel

    2014-09-02 at 6:51 am

    Hi Harleena,
    I missed this post miserably 🙁
    I must rush now!
    Hope I can jump in and have a place 🙂
    This initiative really good.
    You are giving a chance to everyone.
    Nice that you selected the raffle process to do this.
    May everyone have a face-up to your lovely place.
    May you have a wonderful and busy week ahead.
    Keep informed.
    ~ Phil

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Phil,

      I’m glad you visited and read this post. But I’m sorry that you could not enter the giveaway. However, you can always look out for another giveaway, if it happens, in the future, or try to top the community Leaderboard.

      Thanks for your wishes and sharing your thoughts. Have a great rest of the week! 🙂

      • Philip Verghese Ariel

        2014-09-04 at 1:58 pm

        Hi Harleena,
        That’s Ok, No worries. 🙂
        Sure, I will look out for new events.
        Have a good day. 🙂
        ~ Phil

  8. I. C. Daniel

    2014-09-01 at 9:59 pm

    Ohh… big changes on Aha-Now since my last comment. It’s great those interested in guest posting got this big chance. Aha-now is a real community, even without commentluv plugin there’s lots of comments on every articles. Congratulations Harleena!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-04 at 12:52 pm

      Hi I.C. Daniel,

      I’m glad you like the changes and the guest post giveaway. Yes, Aha!NOW will always be a real community and there will be a face to each of its members. I guess when the relationships are real, you don’t need CommentLuv anymore. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

  9. Lorraine Reguly

    2014-09-01 at 5:19 am

    Hi Harleena!

    I think it’s wonderful that you are going to help others by offering a guest post position. 🙂

    I’ve attempted to enter. I’m not sure I did, although I followed ALL of your requirements. Do you have a way of checking to ensure I did everything properly?

    Please let me know. Thanks!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-01 at 10:02 am

      Hi Lorraine,

      I don’t think we have your entry, so no harm trying it again. Since the raffle is an automatic process, I’d not want your entry to be left out.

      So many people approach me for a guest post on Aha!NOW and I wish I could give them all an opportunity, but if I have to select a few only, so I thought the raffle to be the best process to give a fair chance to those who are interested.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Do have a great week ahead! 🙂

      • Lorraine Reguly

        2014-09-01 at 11:51 am

        I tried twice. Maybe I’m having problems due to the fact that I followed you on Twitter and liked you on Facebook and Tweeted the post all separately. Gosh. Who knows?

        If you have any control over this, let me know. I’d like to make sure I’m entered. 😉

        Have a good week, too.


        • Harleena Singh

          2014-09-01 at 12:38 pm

          Yes, you’re in! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway, and I’d be delighted to have you over as a guest blogger on Aha!NOW, if you win. 🙂

          Thanks for making the efforts and wish you have a beautiful week ahead! 🙂

  10. Bren Lee

    2014-09-01 at 12:00 am


    I love the direction you are taking your site as well as your forum. I wish I could find more time to head over to the forum and check out all the features. I promise to in the near future.

    Keep up all the good work gf! You’re still an inspiration!


    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-01 at 9:32 am

      Hi Bren,

      I’m so glad to know your views. I’d certainly love to have more of your contribution on Aha!NOW. I’d look forward to it and thanks for being a community member!

      Thanks for the kind words and for sharing your thoughts. Have a wonderful week ahead! 🙂

  11. Siddharth Sharma

    2014-08-31 at 10:42 pm

    Hey Harleena mam,

    It;s looking like that you are ching your blog from blogging community and it will become a most popular and powerful community of bloggers in all over world.

    You are another most popular blogger and today i saw this giveaway here! it’s really something special.

    Thanks for Share 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-01 at 9:29 am

      Hi Siddharth,

      The community was always there on Aha!NOW, now I’ve just added more features for interaction and engagement. I hope to make this a popular community for bloggers and non-bloggers alike.

      I’m glad you like the giveaway. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Enjoy your week ahead! 🙂

  12. Shalu Sharma

    2014-08-31 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Harleena
    Looks like a lot of things are changing on your blog. I like the fact that you have a forum as well. Didn’t realise, when did you start? Looks good and I am certainly interesting in joining. I will love to guest blog at least once on your site. I am ready following you and also a member of the Aha Now page on Facebook.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-09-01 at 9:26 am

      Hi Shalu,

      Just adding a few more spices to a delectable cuisine for my blog viewers. 😉

      I started the forum since I cam back from my long blogging break and mentioned that in the post too. I’m glad you like it.

      Thanks for registering as a community member and I’d surely love to have you as a guest blogger on Aha!NOW. Thanks for following Aha!NOW on the social media. I hope you entered the giveaway to win a chance to guest post!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  13. Shivkumar

    2014-08-31 at 3:17 pm

    Blog come community, seems to be interesting.
    Thank for giving this opportunity to enter in community at Aha-now.

    Hope to see myself as one of the Guest Author at Aha-Now!

    >SK Lohar

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-08-31 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Shivkumar,

      I’m glad you like the concept of the community within the blog. Thanks for registering yourself as a community member and I hope you enjoy being one.

      Definitely you have two ways to guest post – enter and win the raffle and top the Leaderboard!

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  14. Lexis

    2014-08-31 at 3:14 pm

    Such a great community. I’m definitely going to register <3

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-08-31 at 7:00 pm

      Hi Lexis,

      Thank you and I’d really look forward to having you as a community member.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  15. Steven J Wilson

    2014-08-31 at 12:15 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I have to say that this community you created seems amazing. If there is anyone who I think will be great at building a community it’s you.

    Based on your post and so many of your lovely comments I see everywhere! Really, It’s like I think I see you on every single post I read 🙂

    Based on the features you created in this community, I believe it will be a hit and mainly because the focus is on your readers and building a solid community where we can come together for many different reasons.

    I surely see this as a go to location for many! The special offers don’t hurt either 🙂

    Congratulations on starting this quality community Harleena!

    On my way to sign up now! Have a great rest of the weekend!

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-08-31 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for your kind words and for appreciating the community.

      I like to visit blogs and bloggers who are friends or who are visitors of my blog, so I guess we’ve lot of common places too that we go to and probably that’s why you see me everywhere! But I love to communicate and engage and a community serves that purpose well. 🙂

      I really want this to be a share and help platform and the blog promotional features are just a small part of the big benevolent plan! Yes, its not only for blogging, but we can get together for discussing other things and aspects of life too.

      Thanks for sharing such beautiful thoughts and praises, and I’d really love to have you over as a community member!

      Do have a great Sunday! 🙂

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