Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Giveaway Tips

Many people have inquired as to if I have 'secrets' to winning giveaways. No secrets here. But, I do have some tips that may help you start winning more of the giveaways that you enter!

1. Follow all the rules! I know this sounds simple, but you wouldn't imagine how many entries are disqualified because there are simple rules that weren't followed. Most of the time, following via GFC is the only mandatory entry, but other times you must also follow via Facebook or share the giveaway for all your entries to be counted. Also, if it says leave separate comments for each entry, then do so! If it's worth two entries, then leave two comments. You are robbing yourself of precious entries if you don't.

2. Stay organized. I keep a simple notepad file with dates and then all the giveaways ending on that date listed under them. Simply copy/paste the URL of the giveaway...chances are, you are doing that to share the giveaway anyways. This extra step will only take you an extra half a second, and will save you from entering the same giveaway multiple times. Some bloggers will even disqualify you for multiple entries because they think you are cheating.

3. Browser Add-ons. The 'MyWords' Add-On has been a God send for me. I know there are others out there, you will just have to check it out. Let's face it, I don't want to type out 'I follow you via GFC' and my e-mail 20 times a day. These add ons let you save entry information, like GFC, FB, Twitter, blog, and email values, then enter them with a simple shortcut or, like mine, a right click and then I just select which option I wish to put in. Saves a TON of time on the giveaways where you have to leave comments. Also, a sharing add on, like ShareThis, comes in handy.
The Official Firefox Addon Page

4. Daily tweets/shares. If you have time to do this, take advantage of the giveaways that let you do daily shares. If the giveaway is open for two weeks, that is up to 14 (or more) extra entries that you can get! To make it easier on yourself, bookmark the giveaways that have daily shares, then go through each day when you have some extra time. Make sure to delete them out of your bookmarks once the giveaway is over so you aren't wasting time tweeting something that you aren't going to get entries for.

5. Subscribe to a couple good giveaway blogs. The more you enter, the more chances you will have to be picked as a winner. I win a lot, but I also enter quite a bit. The lists I post every day, those are what I have entered. Honestly, I win less than one percent of the giveaways that I enter. If you are only entering 10 giveaways a week, then odds are, you aren't going to be winning that much.
Here are a few to get your started (besides mine, of course!)
* Gustosa Giveaways
* Etsy Giveaways
* Blog Giveaway Directory
* Blog Giveaways

I hope this helps! If you have any questions, or other tips that you can think of, please leave a comment! I would love to hear your tips or if any of these helped you at all :)


  1. Very useful tips, thank you! And I must say that unfortunately in my giveaway there are quite a few that I have to disqualify. (not following via GFC or like my FB page).

  2. Yep, I kinda enter less than 10 giveaways a week and I won only two times in two years. ;) But hey, that's something too. ;P
    I like your giveaway blog, because you have similar taste as me and you write International / US only / ... But I was wondering how can you enter all of them, because I remember you posted India only, Netherlands only, US only...? Do you enter all of them or you just post those that are interesting to you so we can see them?

  3. @Liz - I even notice on giveaways that I enter, people not following the rules. Let alone giveaways that I host. On my last one, I had to delete probably close to 50 entries of people blatantly cheating :-/

    @Kvacka - I try to post the giveaways that interest me the most like nail polish, makeup, and beauty stuff. I am in US, so I can enter most of them, but when I come across ones that are from other countries and not international, I still post them because I have readers from all over that may like to enter those ones. There are hundreds of other giveaways out there, but what's the point of entering something that you really don't want to win, you know?

  4. Great advice! Once I get on top of all my other networking! Yikes! I would love to post giveaways! New follower from Flock together Tuesday!
    You can visit me at http://lifescuriouswisdom.blogspot.com

  5. Wow, this is really nice of you, thank you! =)

  6. You've really made some organized plans, and know what you're doing. I didn't realize it was such a science. Thanks for sharing. Gail (Bible Love Notes)

  7. Thanks for the tips!!!

    Just to let you know I'm following via GFC.

    Hope you are having a great day!!

    Cherise @ Makeup Not Down

  8. Great post! found you on the blog hop and now following, check out my blog and follow me too!



  9. Ha, I've always wondered what your "trick" was ;)

  10. You are welcome everyone!! Hope it helps you all win some stuff, too! :)

    Amanda - hardly any kind of 'trick' going on. lol. Just organization and perseverance.

  11. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    Stopping by and following from the Tuesday Friend & Follow :)

  12. Wow, that was a lot of good information! I'm glad I found this page.

  13. Hi Sara

    Hope you can enter my giveaway.



  14. wow, that was very helpful,sarah! thankyou so much!

  15. Hi Sarah, I think Add ons looks great, but do you know one for internet explorer (not firefox) I'm searching but cant find one...Thanks

  16. Here is an article I found about IE Addons.

    It lists some of the best ones and has links to where you can find more :)