I haven’t entered a blog giveaway in a while now because I just don’t have the time but I used to enter giveaways like it was my job. I won a lot, too. A stash worth of cloth diapers, a Kindle Fire, gift cards, a baby carrier, a $4300 camera (yes, really), and some other things here and there. I sometimes got more than one winner email in the same day and often at least one a week. For a while there I was on fire! But how did I win so often? Well, I’ll tell you.
First, you have to know where to find the giveaways if you’re going to enter them, right?
How to find blog giveaways
There are lots of websites out there devoted to listing blog giveaways. I list mine there and have found great ones to enter as well. Some of my favorites are:
The second most common way I used to find giveaways was to search hashtags on Twitter like #win and #giveaway or for the specific item that I wanted to win like #clothdiapers or #carseat along with win and giveaway to get the best results.
RSS feed or email subscriptions
If you enjoy the giveaways on a particular blog then sign up for their RSS feed on Feedburner, Feedly, or Bloglovin or subscribe to their email list. That way when they post a giveaway you’ll know about it.
Don’t rely on their Facebook page because Facebook’s reach is awful these days. Unless you check their page directly, you’ll probably miss it unless you set up an interest list of your favorite blogs.
How to win
Okay, so now that you know where to find giveaways to enter, how do you win?
The key to winning is simple: do as many entries as you can. Especially the daily entries. Most giveaways have a daily tweet option which is a quick, easy entry so there’s no reason not to do it. If they have a daily comment or any other daily entry, do them. Don’t just do one entry and abandon it. Sure, you may get lucky and win but the odds of winning are far greater with the more entries you put into it.
I can’t tell you how many entrants I’ve disqualified for not following the directions. For example, if the giveaway host asks you to comment by answering a specific question, answer it as asked.
I’ve also disqualified a lot of entrants for claiming entries that they didn’t do. If you claim an entry make sure that you’ve actually done it. Trust me, the giveaway host will check and disqualify you if the tweet, comment, whatever isn’t there.
What to do when you do win
I can’t stress this enough. When you win a giveaway PLEASE be gracious to the host. Giveaways take time from securing a prize, to setting up the form, to writing the post, to promoting it for two weeks. Say thank you, be appreciative, GET EXCITED! Giveaway hosts get really turned off if you just give them a flat “thanks” without any punctuation or worse, just send them your address. Common courtesy goes a long way.
And with that, good luck and happy sweeping!
What awesome giveaway prize have YOU won recently?