How to Get Free Stuff by Entering Giveaways
There are so many ways to get free stuff without coupons (for a comprehensive list, check out my page How to Get Free Stuff), but did you know you could also get free stuff by entering giveaways? Now I’m not talking about those types of giveaways where you have to join a mailing list for a major brand and you have a 1 in 100,000 chance of winning $1000. I’m talking about entering giveaways found on blogs by written by regular people just like you and me. Not only does it give you, the reader, an opportunity to win some really cool stuff, but it also benefits the blogger by giving him or her exposure to new readers who otherwise might never have heard of them.
The types of giveaways out there are astounding. You can win everything from clothes, to makeup, to gadgets and even cash, for very little effort! For example I saw this cute giveaway from Sixtimemommy.com for a shirt, book, and a $50 Visa gift card sponsored by Scholastic (you know, the publishers who make children’s books). I thought the prizes were adorable and who couldn’t use $50, so I entered on a whim and won!
How to find giveaways
There are several sites out there to help you find giveaways. Often they are called “Giveaway Linkys”. Here are a few you can check out to get you started:
- Contest Girl
- Blog Giveaway Directory
- Deal Seeking Mom
- Giveaways 4 Mom
There are many ways to enter giveaways. Some bloggers require you to follow them on social media, or post a blog comment, or retweet their giveaway. Others may require you to repost an Instagram photo with a hashtag or subscribe to their blog. The ways of entry are completely up to the blogger. Often times, the more options you choose, the higher your chance of winning. And you have an even better chance of winning those with low entries. But giveaways are designed to increase traffic and exposure for the blogger and one lucky winner can reap the rewards!
How are winners chosen?
There are a couple of programs that bloggers use to run giveaways. The most popular ones are Raffle Copter and Gleam and they provide widgets that bloggers can put on their giveaway page. The more options the reader chooses, they create more entries for the contest. Once the giveaway has ended, these programs pick out a random name through their generator and the winner is chosen and notified. If the giveaway is sponsored, typically the sponsor will require the winner’s contact information so that they can ship out the prize directly. Or sometimes, they provide a code to the winner via email, so that they can enter it on the website where the item is sold.
How do bloggers get the prizes for giveaways?
Companies and brands are looking for exposure for their products. Most of the time, they will give out a free item for the blogger to use and review and then allow them that opportunity to give one away. Sometimes, bloggers themselves purchase the prizes on their own. I see this fairly often when they are trying to increase followers and they will do a giveaway when they reach a certain milestone.
My very first giveaway, I discovered by accident. I applied for a product that I really wanted on Tomoson. I didn’t check closely enough, but for that campaign, I also had to do a giveaway. Doh! I was extremely nervous and didn’t know what to do or where to start. So I did some research on it, signed up for an account with Raffle Copter, made a giveaway page on my blog, and just went for it. I had almost 200 entries – maybe it’s not that much, but I was stoked! When the giveaway was over, Raffle Copter generated a random winner and the company sent out the prize a few weeks later.
A few weeks ago, I just received an opportunity to do another giveaway that kind of fell into my lap. I had written an Amazon review for a company that makes organic cleaning products called Pure Care Home and they liked my review so much, they actually contacted me to try out another one of their products for free in exchange for a review. I am never one to pass up the chance to try a free product (as you know) so of course I accepted. After I posted my review on Amazon, they contacted me again and asked if I would like to do a giveaway for this product. I said sure!
If you would like to see more of my giveaways, please locate “giveaways” on the main menu to see what’s new!
So as you can see, entering giveaways are a great way to get free stuff without coupons and with very little effort. Why not check them out for yourself and see what kinds of free goodies you can win!
What types of giveaways would you like to see? Have you won any cool prizes from entering giveaways? Leave me a comment below!