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How to Win Giveaways - Insider Secrets for Winning More Often

Updated on March 2, 2011

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 blog giveaways comes down to odds. You are more likely to win a blog giveaway with 10 entries than with 1 entry. Yes, it is time-consuming, however most blog giveaways offer 10-20 entries each. Take advantage of them. If you need more information on how to take advantage of the different entry methods, check out How To Enter Blog Giveaways.

Sign up for social media accounts that are frequently used in blog giveaways. You will want a free account with Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon to start.

Sign up for a free blogger blog. Many blog giveaways give 3-5 entries for blogging and including a link back to the giveaway. Your blog posts don't have to be elaborate. Check out the Blog Giveaway Directory to see how I format my giveaway posts. It's quick and easy and you will benefit from all the extra entries. You can also use this free blog to take advantage of all those entries from posting buttons.

Sign up for email updates using a separate email address. This way you gain the entries, but it doesn't clutter your main email address. Also have a dedicated account for all the RSS feeds you subscribe to for entries.


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Winning Tip #3

Schedule Your Daily Tweet Entries to Be Sent Automatically

Schedule your giveaway entry tweets in advance using Social Oomph. It's free to use, by the way! Schedule one tweet a day until the giveaway ends. The service will then tweet for you. It makes things so much easier!

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.

Texter

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!

Roboform

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

Enter giveaways the day before they end and look for ones that have less than 250 total entries.

Do a Google blog search for the phrase "first giveaway". Bloggers holding their first giveaways typically don't do as much advertising. So they will have way fewer entrants.

Attend Twitter parties. These last for about an hour or so and typically quite a few prizes are given away. A lot fewer people enter because of the time commitment so your odds are better of winning.

Enter for smaller prizes. Bigger prizes tend to get 1000 entries or more. Go for the prizes that are $10 to $20 in value and your odds are better. Keep an eye out for $5 Amazon gift certificates giveaways. This is a popular prize for bloggers hosting their first giveaway and less people enter because of the small value. However, since the gift certificates stay in your account and add up, I find it worthwhile to enter.

Enter giveaways where you have to check back to see if you won. Most people can't be bothered to do this and won't enter. So entries for these types of giveaways are typically low. Just make sure you make note of when you need to check back.

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

Since blog giveaways are more time-consuming, it is a good idea to focus on the prizes you really want. Keep a list by your computer of all the prizes that would make good gifts or you really want. Enter those giveaways first. Chances are the same prize will be given out on several sites so enter for as many as you can find to improve your odds of winning.

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!

Brag a Little! - Share the best prize you have ever won in a blog giveaway.

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      TofuFairy 6 years ago

      Some of these I already do but some were new to me and that is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!!!! The best prize I have ever won is a full-sized upright freezer! I have also won thousands of dollars in Visa GCs over the past two years. Like you, I have not bought a gift for anyone for anything for a very long time. Its awesome!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @TofuFairy: Wow! Congrats to you! I find that I can give much nicer gifts this way than I could have ever afforded to otherwise. I recently won a Tassimo Brewer which my husband is getting for his birthday. We don't usually have a lot to spend on birthdays so I am so excited to be able to surprise him with it. He loves his coffee!

      Thanks for visiting!

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      TofuFairy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: that is so cool! yeah I totally agree...like this past Christmas I gave my stepdad fresh chocolate covered cherries, his fav, via a GC I won...would have cost me $65 and I never would have paid that...LOL...and he loved them! I've been doing giveaways since 2008 and post pictures of my winnings on my FB account...so far I have three albums of pictures...nearly 600 pictures...not sure exactly of all the wins because some wins are either multiple items or multiple pictures...but you get the picture...I am so addicted! haahaha

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @TofuFairy: Oohhh that is a yummy prize! I bet your stepdad totally enjoyed them. 600 prizes is awesome. You are as addicted as me LOL.

      By the way, I updated this lens with a tip about using sayandwin that I forgot to mention when I first posted it. Do you use SayandWin to send out the tweets for your blog giveaway entries? I just won another Amazon gift certificate from them this afternoon. It was only $1 but they add up :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your tips. I have not heard of social oomph, texter or sayandwin. I am very excited to try these. I have won quite a few blog giveaways but would always love to win more. :) Your blog is fantastic. I love how you can search for canadian contests. Great feature!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      This blog give-away thing is all new to me. Thanks for the hints. Blessed. Be sure to post your link to the Plexo on http://www.squidoo.com/blogging-tips-lenses-barbra... After it is approved, you can come back and vote for it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are quite welcome Shannon. I hope the tips are helpful to you. Wishing you lots of wins in the future :)

      I just changed the blog couple of months ago to make it more user-friendly,with searches by expiration date, country eligibility, etc. I still have a few tweaks I want to make, but overall I am happy with how it turned out.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @BarbRad: Thank you so much for the blessing! It was nice to see that first thing in the morning :) Also thank you for the Plexo. I added my link.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I can't wait to see what other great features you have up your sleeve. Hope 2011 is a year full of wins for you too!

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      TofuFairy 6 years ago

      @anonymous: yes he did! LOL total addict! I have never heard of sayandwin actually. Will check out your post about it. I rarely to never do the daily tweets. That is one of the things you mentioned that I am going to check out though. You were right on target about the being too lazy to do it. LOL

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Just wanted to pop back in and say that I LOVE texter. It is already saving me a ton of time. :) One quick question about sayandwin. How do you know if you win. Does something pop up or are you emailed? Thanks again for all of your tips.

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      Miss_Organic 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Shannon, I am glad Texter is working for you. And you can't beat free!

      SayandWin will switch pages to a winning notification if you win. I usually wait for the "thanks for sharing" text to disappear. It will show up before that if you are a winner. Then you have to fill out a form to claim your gift certificate.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Miss_Organic: Ok, I will be on the lookout for that. Thanks so much for answering my question Miss Organic. Have a great night.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Shannon,

      Miss Organic is my other account that I use for my other blog. I logged into the wrong account to respond to your comment. I think I was half asleep :)

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      Geniusabi 6 years ago

      great lens , loved the Lens organization and layout.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thx!! this information helped me to win on www.freetowin.info

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the info! Great article!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Any hints on winning on the robocopter widget?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      if i win a conteston twitter how do i contact that person?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Recently won a $40. Amazon card! Spent w/in hours tho!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      Great lens. The tips are interesting too.

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      Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I've never won one yet, but your lens has been an eye-opener! Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The best prize I won was a $100 gc to American Girl. I also won $75 cash and $25 cash to pay forward to a friend. I have won over 60 separate blog giveaways since September 2012.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Awesome! dealsalbum.com is going to have a giveaway and offer one of users who sign up to their website or invite his/her friends to sign up to their website, are you interested?

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      KristiCarl27 3 years ago

      I'm just starting entering giveaways! Thank you for the tips!! I was starting to get discouraged, but now I have a couple new tools to try. Yah!

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      Aditya Mittal 2 years ago

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      anonymous 3 weeks ago

      thank you ma'am. but don't have a twitter account because i'm 17.

      what should i do

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