One woman's mission to win as many prizes as possible...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Roadtest #15: Blog Giveaways

Who says you can't teach an old blog new tricks...

By running a blog giveaway in April, I learnt:

  1. Giveaways are brilliant for advertising a blog and growing your readership, if run properly.
  2. Squillions of tiny blogs are holding giveaways right now, hoping to attract your attention.
  3. If blogs are too small or have lacklustre promotion, often only a handful of entrants bother participating.

Points 2 and 3 are great news if you're wanting to win blog giveaways. You just need to find these pint-sized blogs and start entering.

Trouble is, you have a good chance of winning because they're poorly promoted, but unlikely to find them for the same reason. Happily, there's so many blogs in this boat, you're likely to stumble across them while hopping from site to site. Here's some links to start you off: Etsy GiveawaysBlog Giveaways, and International Giveaways.

So, how do you enter? Common entry methods include: leaving a comment, following the blog, writing about the competition on Twitter or your blog, and becoming a Facebook fan. Be warned -- make sure the contest is open to international entrants or people from your country. It would terribly disappointing to win and then be disqualified because shipping would be too expensive.

To give you an idea of the types of prizes, today I entered to win:
  • $25 to use in an online bead store (yep, I'm a jewellery-making freak)
  • Handmade sterling silver ring valued at $80
  • Fiorelli handbag
  • Three American Apparel nail polishes
  • Gift pack of bath bombs and cupcakes, jewellery and nail polishes
I know, these prizes are very girly, but there's a much wider variety available: books, CDs, free website design, gift cards, DVDs... The list goes on.

So go on, support the little guys of the blogosphere. You'll be all a-blog at what's out there!


  1. I am now following your thanks to Fancy Meeting You Monday and it would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog! Plus, don't forget, if you need any help tweaking your blog or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!
    Today we talk about another how to unclutter your blog tip, so come on by! Happy Monday!

  2. Visiting from Fancy Meeting you Monday!

    I agree, entering contests that have low entries are a great choice!

  3. Great tips! One good one is to make sure to leave your contact email. I have had a lot of entrants disqualified because I can't get hold of them. It is so nice to meet you. Thanks for participating in Fancy Meeting You. Rita from One 2 Try.

  4. I'm a new follower from Fancy Meeting You. I hope you'll follow me back!


  5. Hi ApachesPrincess, One 2 Try and Kelly's Lucky You!

    That is totally true, One 2 Try -- I had a few entrants who didn't leave contact details in the giveaway I ran a few months ago here. D'oh!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, guys. : )

    ~ Becks

  6. These tips make a lot of sense if you're out to win prizes. Good thinking!

    Thanks for linking up to Tightwad Tuesday.

    Annie Kate

  7. No worries, Annie Kate, glad you like them! Thanks for visiting. : )

  8. New follower stopping by fromMarvelous Monday BH. I love giveaways and am always looking for those low entry ones! I've actually won 2 giveaways that way!

  9. Hey there! I am following you from the Monday Hops! Hope you have a great week! Also wanted to let you know that I have tons of giveaways going on on my blog right now, some with NO ENTRIES even lol!

  10. Want to enter another low entry giveaway?

    Hi there! Loving your blog! Just stopping in from blog hopping to follow your blog! Hope you will come visit us over at

    Have a great Thursday =]

  11. Love your content! Following you from Saturday Stalk blog hop!

  12. Hi guys,

    I am now following you back -- a bit of a long time coming, but I got there.

    Thanks for the suggestions for blog giveaways -- I think I will definitely be entering more of these in the future. : )