Monday, April 2, 2012

10 Secrets to Winning Blog Giveaways

I {heart} giveaways. For me it's more than just winning a prize, it's a way to discover new shops, try new products, and most importantly it's a great way to connect with other bloggers. Some of my very favorite blog friendships have started by way of winning their giveaways! 

So, how do you win? 

10. You have to enter to win. Sounds simple, but sometimes I read a post about a great giveaway and forget to go back and enter. 

9. Find giveaways that interest you. If you don't need a new Red Sox toaster, don't waste your time entering. You will probably forget to check back and see if you won. 

8. Where do you find giveaways? 
  • Often Blogs will share links to giveaways on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Check the announcement page of your favorite Etsy shops to see if they have blogs. Often they do and will feature and giveaway new products on their blog. 

7. Try to only enter giveaways on sites that you like and will continue to visit. Again, if you enter a giveaway on a random site, you may forget to go back and see if you won. 

6. You found a giveaway and are ready to enter, what do you do next?
  • Most blogs will require you to "do" something to enter such as leave a comment, follow their blog, visit an Etsy shop, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. 
  • The more things you "do", the better chance you have of winning. If you plan on entering a lot of giveaways, you many want to think about opening Facebook/ Twitter accounts and using Google Reader to organize blog publications.

5. Check the number of entries or comments posted for the giveaway. The less comments, the better chance you have of winning. Yes, common sense. If a giveaway has thousands of entries, I then decide whether it's worth taking the time to enter. 

4. Don't be afraid to be COMMENT #1!  You have as good a chance of winning as comment #1 as you do any other number. 

3. LEAVE A WAY TO BE CONTACTED! Did you include your email address in your comment? If you have a Google Account, make sure your account allows your email address to be shown. 

Thank you Shelley from House of Smiths for the excellent tutorial & image

2. Check how long the giveaway will stay open and the end date. Make sure you know how the giveaway host plans to notify winners-- on the original post? On a new post? By email?  Check how long you have to respond. Typically, giveaway hosts will give you 72 hours to respond or they will pick a new winner. 

1. Most sites pick a winner using They plug in the number of entries and Mr. Random picks the lucky entry. Make sure you've actually done everything you said you did {Step #7} because this is where the giveaway host will check. They will pick a new winner if the winning comment hasn't followed the giveaway rules

And finally... ARE YOU THE WINNER??!!  

Reply immediately and be gracious!  It takes giveaway hosts and the giveaway sponsor LOTS and LOTS of time to coordinate giveaways. Be patient in receiving your prize, sometimes it takes time to relay the info from the host to the sponsor. BUT, if significant time has gone by and you haven't heard back or received your prize, it is okay to check in. 

Good Luck and  Happy Entering!


  1. fun post!!! i need to enter more give aways!

  2. Great post! I agree: you must enter! I've had brutal giveaways lately ... I think, just like commenting, no one wants to take the time.

  3. Thanks for the pointers. I totally agree with #7. I had entered a giveaway over the summer and it was someone who I was not familiar with and they didn't contact me and I went on vacation and missed out on the prize. I I am not afraid of entering the high number of entry the one for the Cameo. Over the past 6 months I had entered every giveaway for it that I could find and I finally won one. Also, I am starting to prefer Rafflecopter giveaways. It makes it so much easier to like sponsors and tweet about the giveaway. It is totally important to be gracious. I won a lot of giveaways earlier this year and I used the winnings for my daughter's b-day party and I blogged about it and thanked the hosts and the sponsors.


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