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How to Win Blog Giveaways
As the owner of The Blog Giveaway Directory, I get asked all the time for tips on how to win giveaways. As a blogger who runs giveaways frequently, I have inside knowledge on how blog giveaways work. As a blog giveaway enthusiast, I have won hundreds and hundreds of prizes. In fact, the past 2 years, gift cards and prizes I won took care of Christmas for our family. Just think about that - a completely FREE Christmas! We easily saved $500 each Christmas due to my hobby.
Over the years, I have discovered some great tricks and tips on how to win more often. With thousands of blog giveaways currently running, I am happy to share my winning tips with you.
Winning Tip #1
Always read the blog giveaways entry information carefully and follow the rules.
This may seem like common sense, but you would be amazed at how many people don't read the entry information carefully.Bloggers DO throw out entries that don't follow the rules. You are kidding yourself if you think otherwise! Include your email address with each entry. If the blogger can't contact you, they will choose another entrant. Don't miss out!Each comment counts as 1 entry. If you receive multiple entries for an action, be sure to leave multiple comments. For example, if you receive 2 entries for tweeting about the giveaway, leave 2 comments.
Winning Tip #2
Take Advantage of ALL Entries
Winning Tip #3
Schedule Your Daily Tweet Entries to Be Sent Automatically
I schedule my tweet entries to go out between 5 and 6 in the morning. Then when I get up at 6, I can easily open my list of sent tweets on twitter and go down the list. (It's the Your Tweets link at the top right of your Twitter homepage.)
Since your tweet about the giveaway should include a link to the giveaway, it makes it easy to enter each one directly from twitter. For each tweet I sent out, I open the giveaway link from the tweet and then leave a comment with the tweet link on the giveaway post. I takes me all of 5 minutes each morning and ensures that I get the maximum number of entries in each giveaway.
Several people have told me that they would never tweet for entries because they don't want more people entering. I am going to let you in on little secret though. Around 30% of all giveaways I win are from a daily tweet entry! That's one out of every 3 prizes I probably wouldn't have won had I not tweeted about the giveaway daily.
Winning Tip #4
Use Software to Speed Up Your Entry Time, So You Can Enter More Giveaways
Entering blog giveaways can be time-consuming. There are a couple of great pieces of software I use to help speed things up. The faster I enter, the more giveaways I can enter. The more giveaways I enter, the better my odds are of winning.
This software creates keyboard shortcuts. When I am entering blog giveaways, I use it for entry comments that I find myself using all the time. For example, whenever I type in "~2", Texter automatically replaces it with "I follow you on twitter as Greatgiveaways." It saves me so much time typing. I have about 30 keyboard shortcuts that I use frequently. The best part - it's free to download and use!
This software fills forms with a simple mouse click. It saves all your login and passwords. I use Roboform for many purposes, but it comes in handy for entering blog giveaways that use forms. It is also useful for daily entries. Click here to download a free trial of Roboform. (You are limited on the number of passcards you can save, but it is fully functional and quite useful for entering blog giveaways.) No more manually typing in your name, address, or email address on Wordpress Giveaways. Think of all the time it could save you!
Winning Tip #5
Improve Your Odds By Seeking Out Giveaways With Low Entries
Winning Tip #6
Use SayandWIn when sending one-time tweets or posting to Facebook for double the chances to win.
SayandWin is a free service you can use to post to both Facebook and Twitter. By using this service when sending tweets and posting to Facebook as part of your giveaway entries, you have the chance to instantly win Amazon gift certificates. The prize is usually a $1 or $5 gift certificate, but I have won many times. So not only do you get your entry in the blog giveaway, but you can also instantly win Amazon gift certificates. So you have twice the chances to win a prize with that one action.
Winning Tip #7
Focus on the Prizes You Really Want to Win
Be sure to search the Blog Giveaway Directory for those prizes you really would love to win!
Remember - You Can't Win if You Don't Enter.
Keep at it and the wins will start coming!