I'm so thrilled to do the first post on our new blog :) Wondering if anyone in this great big bloggy world besides Michelle will ever read this...
So I did a search for the phrase "tips for winning blog giveaways." Several posts/sites came up. I'm copy-pasting the tips I found on here. Some were pretty obvious (like DUH! obvious) and others made my eyes light up (BRILLIANT)!
Here they are:
-Read all the rules carefully.
-Make sure you leave a valid email address with every entry you submit. If you don't they cannot contact you if you win.
-Take advantage of any extra entries they have to offer. For this step you may need to make an account at various social networking sites. It may seem like a hassle now but it will benefit you in the end.
-Always check your Junk or Spam mail folder every few days to make sure nothing has gotten lost there.
-Spell check your entry - especially your email address! Gotta have a way to be contacted!
- Create a blog of your own for posting about giveaways. Some blog giveaways will give you extra entries if you post about their giveaway and link to them in your own blog.
-Don't be the first person to respond to the giveaway. The reason: Many blog hosts will use Random.org to pick their winner. Random.org often picks a higher number. I run blog giveaways from time to time and use Random.org and I find that it rarely picks numbers 1-10. However, sometimes it does but most of the time I found that the numbers were much higher. I have never seen it pick #1. [Note from Chelsea - I don't understand this or agree with it. If Random.org is truly choosing a random number, 1 has an equal chance of being chosen as 27 or 99 or 5,235. Right?!]
-Space out your entries. Do one and then wait until there are some other entries before you do the second one. [Again, this tip doesn't make any sense. Every entry has an equal chance of being chosen.]
-READ THE RULES!
-Include your email with each entry.
-If you receive multiple entries for an action, be sure to leave multiple comments.
-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. [Note to self - I need to create an extra Facebook account for entering giveaways!]
-Schedule Daily Tweet Entries to be sent automatically. Use a program called Social Oomph [Never heard of this! Need to investigate! Sounds brilliant!] Schedule tweet entries to go out between 5 and 6 in the morning. Then when you wake up, easily open 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 sent out, open the giveaway link from the tweet and then leave a comment with the tweet link on the giveaway post. It takes all of 5 minutes each morning and ensures the maximum number of entries in each giveaway.
-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 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.