Online giveaways are everywhere, but are these giveaways legitimate and do people actually win? A blogger will often be offered opportunities to giveaway products from various companies. This benefits the company (product exposure), the blogger (increased blog traffic), and the reader (prizes). You may have noticed that Cloth Diaper Guru is recently featuring more giveaways and this is because our readers are requesting them. Today we'll give you some secrets on how to increase your odds of winning.
3. Do higher point entry options and daily entries
Higher point entries, like subscribing by email or leaving a blog post comment, are a good way to increase the probability of having your name randomly selected. Sometimes higher point entries require more effort and that's usually the reason they are valued higher. Daily entry options are a great way to earn entries. If it's a prize you're very interested in, stop by daily to take a free entry (which we always offer) or post a Tweet.
4. Check your spam folderYou won the giveaway, but you might miss out on a great prize by not checking your spam folder. Most bloggers need a response from the winner within 48-72 hours or a new winner will be selected. Be sure to visit your spam folder regularly if you have your spam filter set high. Some blogs generate automatic email notification and these "bulk" emails are more likely to be sent to your spam folder. We always send personalized email notifications to giveaway winners to reduce the likelihood of a missed notification.
5. Don't cheat
Cheating is both unsportsmanlike and unethical. Bloggers use verification methods to ensure that the selected winner actually did the entry option claimed. If it is discovered that a winner cheated in claiming entries, then that winner's name will be thrown out and a new winner will be drawn. I recently heard of a blogger who threw out five winners before drawing the name of an honest entrant. Cheating isn't worth your time, so just don't do it.
6. Your time is valuable too
Giveaways are fun, but be sure to keep them in perspective. Don't waste countless hours entering giveaways from websites you care nothing about. If I do enter giveaways, they are usually ones featured on my favorite blogs or websites. Since I focus on a handful of blogs, I can easily follow them all by email and social media. This means I get easy entries when a giveaway is posted.
Hopefully these tip will help increase your odds of winning and, also, help you keep your sanity when you don't win. Remember, winning is all about statistics and a little bit of luck. Keep it fun, and don't forget to show your appreciation to the sponsor and bloggers.