I’ve won three blog giveaways in the last few weeks — a box of elderberry products, a medicinal herb kit, and a music curriculum that includes two penny whistles. The penny whistles made me think of Christmas.
“I wonder if I can win enough blog giveaways to get some Christmas presents for the kids,” I thought. Then I remembered my friend Tami.
Tami Lewis blogs at A Godly Homemaker and she is constantly posting how she’s won another giveaway. In fact, it got so good she wrote a post on how to win blog giveaways. I never realized there was a science to it. But Tami, who has won 427 giveaways in four and a half years, has a system and is more than willing to talk about it. Yes, you can win a bunch of free stuff!
1. Get prepared.
If you want to get serious about winning some free loot, prepare yourself. It’s rather hard to follow someone on Twitter if you do not have a Twitter account. Open accounts on all social media channels. And if you don’t have a blog, start one. Blogger.com is one fast, easy, and free option.
If you want, you can use it just to blog about giveaways (often one of the entry requirements); or you may find you enjoy it and want to blog about other things as well. If you don’t want all the activity to junk up your email inbox, open a separate email account for signing up for newsletters and leaving your email address.
2. Follow the rules.
My friend Karen always requires entrants for her blog giveaways to leave their email address in the comments. No email address, no chance of winning. Believe me, she’s strict. Make sure you read the entire post carefully and look for any stipulations that might exclude you.
3. Use all the entry opportunities.
Tami’s main way of winning is to use all the entries given. She said, “If I get 12 chances and you only get one, then my odds are better.” So if a giveaway asks that you like a Facebook page, follow on Twitter, and subscribe to a newsletter, do all those things if you really want to win.
4. Space out your entries.
According to Angela at A Simple Kinda Life, you should space out your entries. “When you leave comments back to back, you’re lessening your odds,” she said. Angela recommends that you leave your first comment then leave the site. Come back later or the next day and do the second entry. Then come back for the third, and so on.
5. Use a scheduler.
Many giveaways give one entry for every tweet. If you use a Twitter scheduler like HootSuite, you can schedule it to tweet for you each day and you don’t have to worry about it. Then when you have the time, go to Twitter, capture the url of the tweet, and go back and put it in the comment section or Rafflecopter on the blog.
6. Google what you’re looking for.
Have a particular gift in mind? Do a search for “item + giveaway.” You might have better results with this if you’re looking for a big-ticket item like an iPad or laptop. Remember to check the date of the posting before clicking on it so you don’t waste your time chasing giveaways that occurred in 2008.
7. Subscribe to a blog giveaway directory.
So what about Christmas? Do you think it’s realistic to do my Christmas shopping this way? Tami does. “One Christmas we had no money for gifts,” she said, “so I set about entering as many giveaways as possible. I won enough toys, t-shirts, books and DVD’s, as well as gift cards, for each child to have three gifts. And I have seven children!”
Have you won any blog giveaways? What would you like to win? Leave a comment!