Tuesday, October 18, 2011
How to Win Blog Giveaways
I love entering sweepstakes, I love the thrill of the possibilities of winning some great prize. The only downside to national sweeping is the boredom I would feel of entering the same sweepstakes week after week.. I discovered that blog giveaways are so much easier to win without the need to enter the same information week after week. I have won so many great prizes, many that I have put up to give out as Christmas presents this year which will save me a great deal of expense on gifts. At my peak, I would win anywhere from 5-12 giveaways a week; some were small items, some were really great like gift cards or toys. Since starting this blog and a new semester of school, I don't have as much time to enter giveaways, however, I still manage 1 or 2 wins a week. I will share with you how to enter and win blog giveaways:
Look for low entry giveaways. This may seem like a no brainer, however, it goes without say that the lower the number of entries, the better the chances you have of winning. If I find a giveaway with more than 300 entries, I will do a search of that item; for example "heart for hearts girls giveaway" to see if another blog has the same giveaway with lower entries. I usually find 2-3 giveaways offering the same prize with much less entries. I still enter the contest with higher entries, but will focus more attention on the ones with better odds. You never know, you may win both giveaways, which has happened to me, and end up with 2 prizes.
I rarely use google for a search of this kind, I prefer Icerocket.com because it will track only blogs and blog trends. If you want a list of low entry giveaways, check out tightwadinutah.com; which has low entry giveaways ending within a day up to 2 weeks.
Follow the Rules. Make sure you read everything! I can't stress this enough. When I first started, I made many mistakes because I did not read everything.One common mistake is skipping the mandatory entry. I haven't entered one blog giveaway that did not have a mandatory entry; the mandatory entry is usually listed separately from the extra entries, so it can be easy to gloss over it. The host, will check to see that you have completed the mandatory entry; no matter how many times you faithfully tweeted or liked a facebook page, if you didn't do the mandatory entry you will be disqualified.
Also, some blogs require you to come back to their site to see if you are the winner; there will be no email announcing you as the winner, so make sure you see if this is disclosed.
Leave you email addy. Rafflecopter asks for email address with each entry, however, giveaways that require comments only, don't always record your email address. Even if the giveaway does not ask for your email address, I would leave it anyway; I want to make sure that if I were to win, the host has no problem getting in touch with me. Many will write out the complete email address, such as "myemailaddress (at) yahoo (dot) com" to prevent spam bots from getting your email address.
Take advantage of extra entries. I cant stress this enough, if you want to win, take advantage of the extra entries. Extra entries usually entail the use of social media;so please sign up for twitter and facebook accounts. Would you rather have 1 entry or 10? I actually entered a giveaway the other day, in which 25 of the 43 entries were mine; why? because I took advantage of every entry provided. I may not win, but the odds are certainly in my favor.
Another great way to earn extra entries is by having your own blog. It's free and really simple to do; set up an account through blogger or wordpress, write a post about the giveaway and provide a link to it and voila! I've seen host giveaway anywhere from 5-20 extra entries for doing so. Many will also give a few extra entries for grabbing their button to paste to your sidewall. In your post, just provide the basic details of the giveaway, such as the prize, the host, and the link to the giveaway page.
Don't let anyone tell you that you should enter in the middle of the contest or later to better your chances of winning. I've entered early and won, I've entered in the middle and won, and I've entered later and won; its all random.
Remember, no matter how many people have already entered, if its something you want, go for it. You definitely won't win if you don't enter. By following the rules, taking advantage of as many entries as possible, and leaving your contact information; you should win