Fantastic Odds: Why You Should Enter Blog Giveaways

Fantastic Odds: Why You Should Enter Blog Giveaways

I recently posted an article titled Blog Giveaways: How They Work. So now that you know how blog giveaways work, let’s talk about why you should be entering them: Because they are incredibly easy to win!


High Odds of Winning

Think about the typical sweepstakes that you see advertised on TV or in magazines. These contests are heavily promoted with a large advertising budget, receiving thousands and thousands of entries. One extreme example of this is the famed Publisher’s Clearing House, which lists the odds of winning their main cash prize as one in 1,750,000,000. Now, let’s take a quick look at an average blog giveaway. It is rare for a blog giveaway to go over a thousand entries – and typically, they range from 100-300 entries, with countless giveaways clocking in at less than a hundred entries. Those are fantastic odds!


Consistency is Key

You don’t have to spend all day entering contests to win. Obviously, the more time you put in, the higher your odds of winning will be; but I honestly think consistency is more important than volume. I don’t spend huge amounts of time entering giveaways, but I win consistently because I enter consistently. If all I have is a few minutes during the week to enter, that’s fine!


Aim low!

Another way that I maximize my odds of winning is by focusing my efforts on giveaways with low entries. The less entries a contest has, the better your odds will be of winning it! When I’m sweeping, I specifically look for blog giveaways that are ending soon and have less than 100 entries.


So How Do You Find Giveaways With Low Entries?

Some sites have weekly round-ups or linky lists specifically for low-entry giveaways, which is a great place to start! Here are a few that I’ve found:

Do you know of another low-entry giveaway resource not listed here? Email me with the link and I’ll add it to this list!

Personally, I find that giveaway linkies in general – whether they are specifically for low-entry giveaways or not – are a good place to find giveaways that you have high odds of winning. Linkies are often a good resource for finding contests that aren’t getting much exposure elsewhere. Newer blogs tend to have less entries in their giveaways because they haven’t built up a large reader base yet, so I pay extra attention to blogs that are hosting their first giveaway; sometimes this will be mentioned in the giveaway post itself, or I’ll just check out the giveaway because the blog name is unfamiliar to me.

If you want to dig up even more blog giveaways with low entries, try doing a Google search for “Low entry giveaway” and refine the search to results from blogs posted in the last week.


Extra Entries = Higher Odds

You’ll notice that most blogs offer additional entries for performing certain actions, such as subscribing to the blog, following them on Twitter, “Liking” them on Facebook, and so forth. If you find a low entry giveaway that you would really like to win, then make sure you do as many extra entries as you possibly can! Multiple entries will always increase your odds; and if there is a giveaway with 50 entries, and you have 5 of them, who do you think has the best chance of winning?

For example, when I entered Mamanista’s giveaway for a new computer, I fulfilled the mandatory entry of blogging about the contest, and also gained additional entries by posting the contest on Twitter. And I ended up winning a brand new computer!

If you’re not sure how to go about performing these extra entries, don’t worry – I’m going to be posting a number of detailed tutorials in the coming weeks explaining how to enter giveaways on blogs step by step.


Blogs: A Great Way to Increase Your Winnings

Now that you know more about the ins and outs of blog giveaways, you can see why they are my very favorite type of sweepstakes! This doesn’t mean to say that blog giveaways are the only worthwhile thing to enter. I love contests of all kinds, and I’ve won some fabulous prizes from heavily promoted national sweepstakes, such as gift cards and tickets to see my favorite band in concert. I just happen to focus more energy on blog giveaways, because if you want to win frequently, it makes sense to enter giveaways that you have the highest odds of winning!

Do you have any questions that you’d like to see covered in a future article? Let me know in the comments!

29 thoughts on “Fantastic Odds: Why You Should Enter Blog Giveaways

  1. Great article. I haven’t entered giveaways in so long, but now that I am lessening my reviews/giveaway I may have some time!

  2. Awesome post. I did a giveaway challenge last year to see how many giveaways I could win in a month. The odds are definitely higher than any sweepstakes!

  3. Helpful post for people just starting out in entering giveaways. I learned something new – other low-entry giveaway lists….I always check Tightwad in Utah every day.

  4. I LOVE Tight Wad in Utah…just discovered her a few months ago. I am a huge fan of low-entry giveaways too…they are not always things that no one wants. Sometimes I happen upon a giveaway that is perfect for me!!! Thanks for this post. It was really helpful! :)

  5. Very good article. I haven’t had the time to actually enter many giveaways recently since I’m usually hosting them but when I get a chance I will remember these strategies. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m usually too busy with my own blog to enter giveaways, but did a few this morning…. I’m in the mood & it is nice to get something in the mail that doesn’t come with work attached :)

  7. thanks for the links to the low entry linkys, I have a lot on right now that aren’t doing so hot

  8. Great post! Thanks for the low-entry giveaways list and tips. I love entering giveaways and sweeps. I don’t spend a lot of time doing it, but I try to set aside 1 hour a day to enter.

  9. Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone! Jeana, I would be delighted if you wanted to blog about this series! :)

  10. Consistency is key. It’s not all about luck, but lots of time and effort too. Thanks for the low entry links!

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