After a two-year hiatus I’m happy to announce the return of GuitarSweepstakes.com! We’re regularly updated with the latest guitar, bass, amp, gear, music, and stringed instrument giveaways from around the web.
Back in 2005 I launched a site for guitar owners and collectors. Most of the content was about guitar care and maintenance. This was in the early days of popular CMS systems like WordPress. At the time, none of these platforms met my needs so I built the site myself. While the site had a loyal following, it was a hobby, and eventually became too hard to maintain.
One of the most popular features of the site was the list of guitar sweepstakes and giveaways. In 2009 I launched GuitarSweepstakes.com to focus solely on finding and listing the best guitar related contests on the web. This time I used Blogger to manage the site, but had issues with it being repeatedly flagged as a spam site.
In 2010 I rebuilt the site again from scratch, and kept it up & running until 2011 when Illinois passed the infamous Amazon Tax law (later struck down as being unconstitutional). The effect of this law was the cancellation of all Musician’s Friend and Amazon affiliated based in IL. The sudden loss of almost all the revenue the site generated (which was not a lot to begin with, but covered the hosting and development) forced me to put the site on hold until I figure out an alternative.
It stayed on hold as other projects and client work kept me very busy, but I always wanted to revive the site once again. This time I built the site using WordPress as a base. I’ll be adding more features and making lots of improvements, but right now I’m just really excited for the relaunch and I hope you are too!
The official launch is Aug 1, 2013, but in the mean time I’ll be adding sweepstakes as I continue to work on the site. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and add us to your Google+ circles!