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!
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:
- Tight Wad in Utah – Low Entry Giveaway List: This is an ongoing list of giveaways ending in the next week with less than 200 entries.
- Mama Dweeb – Low Entry Giveaway Linky: This blog posts a linky every Friday for giveaways with less than 200 entries.
- Oh So Savvy Mom – Low Entry Giveaways Ending This Week: This is an ongoing linky list of giveaways with fewer than 200 entries ending this week.
- Your Golden Ticket – Extra Lucky Link List: An ongoing listing of giveaways ending in the next 2 weeks with under 200 entries.
- Sock Monkey Sweeps – Low Entry Link Up: This is an ongoing list featuring giveaways with 200 entries or less.
- Low Entry Giveaway Links Facebook Community: This is a Facebook community where users post links to giveaways with low entries.
- Multi-Testing Mommy Low Entry Link-Up: This is a new low-entry linky that goes up on Wednesday and only lists giveaways under 200 entries which are open to both US and Canadian residents.
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!