I’m giving back even more! Now just for being participating site members, you can earn free cigars, swag and who knows what! Check out the Rewards link at the top for all the details!
Great idea Bryan. How about points for participating in other things on the site? The swap and lotto for example.
Interesting idea, I’m all for expanding it – the swaps are very optional, not many people seem to care. But the lottery addition might be cool…let me think about it!
I like the reward program but I’m the type that learns from other without posting. But I decided to have a 24 hour co a thon yesterday and today. Trying to catch up on the reviews but I ve seen must of them before a was a member on you tube.
This will definitely boost participation as well as traffic to the site. Extra points for participating in user reviews and voting seems like a no brainer. I was also thinking of points for tweets or FB posts but I imagine that can be near impossible to track.
Oh now that’s a DAMN good idea…and yeah tracking FB and twitter is doable but very time consuming for me, so I would like to tie that in, but it’s not feasible right now at least. Great thought on contests though! Thanks
Excellent. Glad I can contribute…can’t wait to see how this develops, I have yet to win on this site.
Was thinking about this more and you could give points for liking your posts on Facebook or for retweeting your blog posts on twitter. Each site will tell you who liked or retweeted. You’d just have to transfer that to their username somehow. And hope their twitter name matches their login info. Ok maybe I don’t have that great of an idea. Ill just leave the bright ideas to you. Thanks for the site and all you do!
This is a fantastic program. I’ve been a registered user for quite some time but never bother to log in. This is certainly a good way to encourage people to promote conversation.
Thanks for setting up the rewards program. I am sure that I will use CO more often since like to watch on YouTube. We like the reviews and the cigar lottery.
Could you create a general cigar thread for comments or questions that are not tied to a review? BTW the font size needs increased inside this box.
i agree a general cigar thread would be awesome i always have questions regarding cigars but my local cigars shops are run by a bunch of idiots that either don’t know a thing about cigars or look at me like i don’t belong
I also agree the genral forum would be great. Just to find out what everyone ealse enjoys smoking and what they think of diffrent smokes.
Sorry guys, but Bryan has previously said that he’s not interested in hosting a forum (although I suppose that could change), since there are already a bunch of forum-based sites out there. I would imagine that it would also take a ton of work to set it up and moderate, too.
Sorry Bryan I should have read a bit further before I posted my reply above.
This is a genius idea. Your site is hands down the best. Ty for all.
Reply box font. Maybe it’s my phone.
Must be, there’s nothing special about it and no one else has ever mentioned it.
This is a great idea, I’ve been a registered user for a little now and love all your reviews and also follow your other site, Healthy Living Obsession. Your doing a great job on both sites. Amazing how you find the time update both sites daily. Just keep doing what you are doing, it’s awesome.
Thanx again !!!!
One of the benefits of working for yourself, setting my own schedule I get to pick and choose exactly which 18 hours I work a day LOL
A very exciting way to continue cigarobsession’s success. And interesting numbers for the stats for the site. Just the view count on youtube shows your increasing success compared to other cigar reviewers.
This will be awesome. I’m already on this site daily now I’ll have more incentive to check in.
Haha my thoughts exactly man. We’re already here… So why not?
I wish I would have explored more a couple months ago. I haven’t missed a day in I don’t know how long. I greatly enjoy your reviews. I haven’t seen a review listed for a Diamond Crown Maximus yet, so I’ll need to send you some.
This is a kick-ass idea! Thanks for rewarding the user base!
This is going to be awesome!
Great idea Bryan! I love that you are trying to turn this into a true community now and with so many followers it will be great to see some more comments about the cigars you review. PS Love the HLO site, truly inspirational to watch someone follow through on such a tough task. Congrats brother
This is an awesome idea. I just usually checked the reviews and never really had an account, but now I’ve made one and will be logging in all the time.
Swag???? haha Common Bryan
Yes, swag – shirts, hats, etc. I don’t get the haha?
I think he was laughing at your use of the term “swag” which you’ve used many times before in several reviews.
Still don’t get it but whatever makes you smile
Ok, we are in different places on the word haha nowadays the word swag does not have the same meaning… damm teens haha.
Old man outrage, way to keep it real Bryan. Neocigaro keep thous kids out your grass.
Great idea to increase the hit of your site!
You could make a custom “review” page (section) too, where the best custom photos, reviews and videos of cigars could be uploaded.
To ease your work, the members could vote, which uploads are the best of each category (pictures, text or video reviews and other cigar smoking related video).
And of course you could give extra points for those.
I feel as-far as a way to gain traffic this was a great idea. however I think it might bring on some people that are only in it for the points and nothing else. But still, now I must say I checked out the site after the announcement of the video but I was surprised and a little disappointed that I had not joined sooner. Now I know there will be others that follow in my footsteps and its great that they did but I still think its going to bring on some unwanted “spam” if you will. (and yes I know the comments need approving before allowing the points to be added but still.)
And just to let you guys know. Im not getting points for all my posts. Im not trying to be a pain or anything but I thought I would let you know in-case its a real problem and others are having it as-well
Everything is fine. You just signed up and kept posting before being approved. It told you after the first one you were waiting to be moderated.
UPDATE: Ok, weird now i’m getting points right away for my posts? I didn’t for the first 6-7 but now its all of a sudden working?
I had to approve your account and you tripped the spam filter by leaving so many new comments right away.
my apologies I just read your reply sorry for the last comment
this is pretty awesome i always watch your videos on YouTube and this will definitely make me visit the website lot more often
2nd update: If i’m right. some of my comments are approved instantly and points are added to my account. but the ones that are not. (the ones that await moderation) I don’t receive points for even after they have been approved. just wanted to let you know. just something to look into
You are posting some of the exact stuff I didn’t want to see. This is not about asking random questions or just making statements like you just did on the glasses post. If you aren’t participating in a relevant discussion please stop.
point taken, will do.
bryan all of your fast replies to peoples comments is making me like your website ive joined alot of sites but there usually dead with nothing interesting. looking forward to some good discussions
Just a quick question Bryan.
Do these samplers get sent outside of the US?
No as stated on the page linked above.
Been here mostly everyday for 2months now and never joined in. The rewards is a great idea, and I’m sure this community will prosper because of it.thank you for your tireless work for this is one of the top 5 cigar sites. Short bio I’m 54,retired,proud to be grampa to 5,and I smoke 3 to 5 sticks a day,and because I live in so.fl 30 years, I always can enjoy a smoke outside or in.
This is very cool, can’t wait to see some more discussion on the site!
A rewards program Wow That is great
This is easily the best run cigar site on the web. Been following a long time and its great to have some incentive. Thanks Brian
Great idea Bryan! Happy Easter everyone, what’s everyone smoking today? For me today sounds like a Cao OSA sol lot 50 kind of day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Right now I’m on the screened porch smoking a nester Miranda special selection. Tons of smoke,earthy,toast,lots good tobacco flavor. My main goal today is trying to decide which stick makes the cut for MLB opening nite on espn.its a tough decision ill be working on it all day…lol
Excellent idea Bryan! Great way to really get people involved on the site. I joined a few months back and it a great site to be a part of….and now there’s a reward program…nice touch. I know you do extra contests like review contests, how about extra points for those?
Sound like fun- It’s for stuff I do anyway but now i’ll make sure i’m logged in!
Bryan, this Thoma, thank you for makin everything so muc everything so much fun.
Hi Bryan, Yet another wonderful idea. Perhaps, at some point a kind of post organizer/quasi moderator would be of assistance to you as this program continues to evolve. I would be honored to donate my time to see your 18 hour days shift back to 17 plus hours!!! Thanks for all your great work. Regards, paul.
Great idea Brian. I’m here everyday any way so now it will be a cool way to open up some good cigar talk.
I with chief, I didn’t post tell now. Be prepared for long threads.
Awesome idea! This will really help the site grow?
I mean, “grow!”
Great idea….and thanks for doing this, Bryan. Amazing how many comments you have gotten today already! Happy Easter to all…..enjoy some tasty smokes!
Interesting idea Brian. Never seen anything like this before. I check the site/Youtube daily. Love the reviews.
Thanks I always try to be original and not just rip off someone else’s idea. That’s why I invented my review format, the lottery, the samplers, now this
Congrats on your success. Pretty soon, this site will need some employees.
Still waiting for the weather to warm up here to try the olive oil and curry trick for hamburgers
What a great idea!! As soon as you think the site can’t get any better!!! Awesome
Great idea Bryan. It has already made the site more interesting as there are more comments to read. Maybe the thought of getting free stuff will get me off my duff and spur me to put my two cents in.
You were posting after midnight last night and again at 5am. Must be why I love this site and am here everyday. Now I have a great incentive to join in the discussions rather than just reading them and providing zero input or feedback. I also second or third the thread idea if that’s something you’d be interested in doing. I want to learn as much as I can and this site has already helped me with that. Thanks again!
Bryan I think this is an amazing idea. Your site keeps growing on a daily basis I’m sure and this could only help it grow even more. Good luck and im sure to be participating in all you come up with. Thank you for what you do. Im sure it isnt easy brother.
Very cool idea Bryan. It is amazing how this site has grown…I am sure your HLO site will follow in its footsteps. It was nice to meet the man behind the CO mystique. You deserve all this success. Keep it up!
Interesting idea B…I’m wondering if your system recognizes mobile views? Proabably a stupid question but thats typically how I view the interrnet…
Certainly a good way to promote more activity and comments. It’s got me posting now at least ;).
Great gesture though Bryan, thanks for being generous with your community!
Didn’t you plan any reward program, which could be “played” by cigar fancier outside US?
I’m sure you could increase the traffic of your site more by that.
Anyone can play, I (and the sponsors) simply don’t ship internationally if you win something. It’s up to you, to find someone to ship out for you if you want to play, I have several members that do that.
This is great Bryan. I find myself checking your sites all the time to make sure I don’t miss a video.
Awesome Bryan! I hope the site can handle all the added traffic that is about to storm in. Comments will be flying from all directions!
nice! great incentive to bring people onboard so they can enjoy the site too.
Thanks again for your generosity Bryan. I Hope people appriciate what you’re doing and actually take the time to watch your reviews and not just make random comments. I really enjoys these reviews as well as HLO. Keep up the good work.
I like this idea. It’ll give people incentive to add their own opinions, instead of just hearing from you. This will also probably add more participation in other contests.
Smart idea. This should boost user participation in the site.
I think this is a great concept and keep up the reviews! I would love to see more areas where we can participate on the site.
I forgot to mention points for purchasing cigar art may have multiple benefits as well.
This is an awesome idea Brian! I think it will increase the reputation of your site for sure! Thanks as always
Sorry, just realized I misspelled your name, thanks again for the awesome idea Bryan!
Congrats Brian. I have been a fan of the site for sometime but you finally got me to sign up.
Man, you’ve unleashed a monster! LOL I’ve always felt that it is a common courtesy to leave a valid comment to show appreciation for the thought and work that goes into a post, whether with incentives or not (as if the constant giveaways weren’t enough).
You are a sneaky smart man, my friend. Your site sponsors should be happy you’re here.
will the top ten be reset on a monthly basis?
No, ongoing at least for now. I’m sure I’ll tweak things as we go along. I don’t want new members to feel hopeless in a year from now when totals are way up – but we’ll see what happens…
…and a mind reader too…exactly what I was thinking. Thanks
btw-you can deduct this post if you want. I just thought it was interesting you said exactly what I was thinking
Another great idea Bryan! Thanks for being a down to earth guy and bringing more participation and fun to this cigar community of ours. I’m still a fairly new member, so I don’t know all the regular posters but I will be logging on more in the future. (Is there a facebook page for Cigar Obsession to promote the site itself?)
Yep – big icons, upper left
I’ve logged in before but now it seems as though the latest version of Firefox tells me that I’m being redirected to a place that won’t be able to be completed. What gives? Anyone else experience this?
No one else is having issues, and I just did it from mine, FF v.19.0.2 (on it now).
Yeah i had that happen, after opening a new window it worked however
I had this issue with my account right after the email confirmation when signing in. It has not happened again since then.
Ditto for me after sign up. Just opened new window and no problems since and I was on safari not ff
Have the point limits for number of posts per day been lifted or raised. Just wondering how me and others are gaining more points. Works for me. Fairly new to the site so a lot of my comments have been on videos from several years ago. Hopefully others will do the same so I’m not talking to myself.
Yes, I lifted it this morning and updated the page. I didn’t know how things would roll out but it’s not a problem
Thank you, Bryan for being an organized and punctual individual. I wonder though, will there eventually be an open discussion area (Forum possibly) for members to ask questions openly without inflating particular posts?
No, I have zero interest in running a forum.
Lol, good stuff. Well, I’m gonna go finish this last video of yours and than I’m out. Hope you guys have a good night.
As if I wasn’t on this site enough!
Thanks for all this Bryan and looking forward to seeing how this all works out. Don’t work too hard
Thanks Bryan, looks like this might be a hit, there are a lot of people on the site already, and there are a few hours left for Sunday.
Hey Bryan. Have you ever entertained the thought of designing an interactive app? An app where the users could post pics or comments and users could get to know each other through cigars. Just a thought. Keep doing excellent work.
I’m all for new original ideas, but there are already too many good apps out there, no need.
Gotcha. Thanks for the reply. I was just thinking since you already do the reviews yourself it would be fun to add users in a different way. But i hear ya. Thank you.
Wow! so not only is this the most helpful cigar website it is now the most rewarding? its great being a member here Thanks Bryan keep up the great work and the awesome ideas.
i think the idea of point system is also very cool, will make me wanna visit this site and comment more often
I know for a fact it has encouraged me to participate in discussion. Usually I just would watch the reviews and maybe check some of the comments. Now I’m posting my own ideas and opinions and creating good discussion I otherwise would not of had. Makes it more fun and I get to continue my learning of all things cigars.
I love this website. every morning I wake up and check to see if there are new videos up so I can watch them before breakfast.
Haha stevenknisley You were my competition until I got deducted points…smh I had already passed you on points, how do you get so many by the way? and not get points deducted?
Because he’s following the simple rules and not going to tons of old posts to say ‘great review this cigar looks good’. 😉
Bryan is on top of things,love your pic smiling and saying that to me haha. ya I know haven’t done it since I got the email, sorry about that.
No worries, you are fine now, I appreciate the understanding, minor growing pains are expected
Will the top 10 have a drawing at the end of March?
No, it’s going to go through April for a full month not 1 day – nice try 😉
Ahh haha I figured it was worth a try. But atleast I now get even more out of being a big fan of this site thanks for everything Bryan.
Excellent addition BG, very inventive.
This site is such a great resource for someone in my particular situation.
I am new to smoking cigars and none of my friends or relatives smoke—I simply don’t have local access to useful information.
This new points system is an added bonus to an already wonderful website, thanks!
GREAT IDEA, THIS WILL BRING OUT A LOT OF PEOPLE INCLUDING ME. SEE ALL OF YOU AT THE FINISH LINE
Awesome idea, Bryan. Now I have a new goal: hit 1,000 points by the end of the year.
Wow this started yesterday, and people already have 30 points? how is that even possible haha its basically 6 points a day 5 in comments 1 for log-in. I started the day it started and barely have 12…hmmm how to get more points bryan????
The rules page was updated and the limit lifted right after it launched. It was in place to start in case people were going to abuse it.
good to know
This is a good idea. PPL love competition lol myself included. Ive been a member and a subscriber for awhile but when i come to the site i rarley log in this might make me from now on.
great idea. i usually just go to your YouTube channel, and this is already causing me to visit the site more often and explore it a little more than i previously had
Good idea! Keep up the good work!
Great idea. People love free stuff and who doesnt love free cigar stuff!!! Keep the great reviews coming I more often than not will look at your reviews before trying a new stick
Bryan, is there a way we can change our avitar? I’ve checked the site and I may be just overlooking it. Mine has a frown. lol I’m typically a happy person. =) I’d like to put my real photo like your has.
Very cool idea Bryan, I’ve kind of been absent as of late, will try to get more active! Keep up the great work!
Bryan is there any way you can put the recent posts app back on the site? I liked to check this out to see if someone commented on an older review or post. Just wondering. Thanks.
Ah, recent comments – yeah that would be appropriate now wouldn’t it?
Good call. I’d prefer to check back on replies thru recent posts than thru many email notifications.
For the custom sampler and the super sampler are those the same as the 2 samplers you made in those videos?
No, it’s just what I call the stuff I send out to people. I will probably have stuff from sponsors in the future too – we’ll see how it evolves…
I won a sampler from Bryan last year and it was phenomenal. 5 awesome sticks just for an idea!
Oh well that sounds good. Sponsor stuff would be cool. could be stuff like how smoke inn has sponsored the last 2 lotteries with humidors or would it be smaller stuff?
As I said…we’ll see…
The site was great on its own, but now, even more incentive to participate more. Awesome idea!
Can you add making swaps to the list of activities that earn points? I would love to use cigar swaps more, but there are only 5-10 offers at a time and they are usually very specific.
I really want to stay hands off on swaps, I’m just playing craigslist with that. That’s the nature of swaps, people looking for specific things. I wasn’t sure how many would be interested in it, but by all means start a trend and put up and ad
Andrew, as Bryan said, why not initiate a swap from your end? I participated in one that worked out well. As for awarding points for swaps, I’m not sure how Bryan would be able to verify that a swap was successfully carried out.
Just a note.. I have been haunting your site for wow, quite a while finding it very educational and fun.. I even host get togethers where we set up and watch your review.. all having great fun..
This concept is great.. Congrats to your ongoing efforts… we on the West Coast are greatly appreciating them.
Hey Bryan when I log in it doesn’t go to the page but instead is an error, I found out that If I go back that It goes to the homepage and I am logged on. Just thought I would let you know don’t know if it is the site or just me dealing with this. no biggy for since I found that little solution.
I’m not sure man, I’m not getting complaints and obviously tons of people are logging in daily…maybe try clearing your cache files or another browser.
Î you don’t want anyone going to the old posts then remove them. Some of us hadn’t seen them before
I would love people to enjoy the older posts. What I don’t want is for people to make 10 comments in 5 minutes of ‘this cigar looks great’ on them. Seriously, I email you privately to be nice, the rules are pretty darn clear…and you want to be a dick? Really?
Am I the only one that did that? Hey Bryan I see that You and bbarber have a picture of your actual self. Even though the pic that everyone else has is kind of funny I would like to put a picture of myself on this place, where do I customize that? lead me to the right place?
I have always been a very esthetic person. I feel like I know my way around wine and whisky. (not bourbon). I smoked cigarettes for ten years, but quit a couple of years ago, I still use nicotine, In sweden which is were I live you have a product called snus. I will post a link if you are interested.
Anyway. I am new to this whole cigar world. Smoked a couple now and then, never really bothered to read much into it thought.
Point is. Thank you. I enjoyed your videos. and I really appreciate your passion. It rubbs off. Looking forward to some summer eavnings on my balcony with a 12 yearold single malt and a cigar to go with it.
I forgot the link.
Nicotine levels are about nine times the level of a normal cigarette.. So this is highly addictive. I do not suggest nor recommend anyone to try this precut, as it is highly addictive.
That said. I enjoy half a box a day. Of the baggy stuffy. don’t like to get my fingers dirty
Based on the number of posts over the last few idea, I would say your new concept/rewards program has caught on like wildfire!
You’re pretty awesome for this. It’s just kind of sad that some people want to whine and complain so much (on youtube) about it. It’s a completely free contest with all the cost on Bryan… of course he’s not going to pay extra to ship out of country.
But it is nice as it seems to have increased comments a ton. Usually when I’ve commented there’s a much larger scroll bar!
I agree that ppl will complain..but hey ppl complain about everything. Even when someone (Bryan) is going to give away FREE things that cost ppl NOTHING lol
Bryan, something I have noticed is when I comment on a video while watching it the video restarts. Guess I will just have to wait before the video is over before commenting. Oh well, still love the reviews!
This rewards program is such a great idea. I pretty much come to this website first when I’m looking at a new cigar to see if u have reviewed it. Now I have a reason to actually post stuff. My main reason I hardly posted before is straight up laziness!
I can see you already are docking people points as well, so I will make sure my comments are not pithy little statements, but actual comments as if I wasn’t getting points.
Somehow, you keep making this site even better!
Gotta say, this was a stroke of genius! Loving the point system!
I am out of touch for 3 weeks and look what happens. Nice!
Yesterday I noticed I randomly got a point. I figured out it was bc I visited the site but it was probably the 5th time or so. I guess it on a delay or I’m missing something. Just wanted to throw that out there. Also please tell me if my posts are not worth the point. I’m really trying to make useful comments and I don’t want to anger anybody thinking I’m just trying to pad my points. Again great idea and love the site.
i like the new feature that pops up a “+1″ in the upper right. feels like im playing a video game, one point at a time!
Man, if only this was in effect a few months ago, ive watched almost 200 of your videos on youtube before subscribing here. Keep up the great reviews!
Thanks Bryan got me hooked, fairly new to the site. On a 24 hr review a thon. But like Boucher I have watched must you reviews In the past on you tube.