Thursday, 7 June 2012

Top Tips: How to Win Competitions Online

I have recently got quite a few people asking how I win so competitions so frequently, so I thought I should fill you all in! I actually posted this blog post over a year ago, but I here is the new updated version with some new extra inside tips! If you want to find out how to win competitions, check out my top tips. I hope this helps some of you who are interested in entering competitions to win some fabulous prizes!

tips on how to win competitions online

Lots of people say to me 'how do you win so much stuff?' or 'I never win anything', but I bet that those people very rarely enter a competition! I have been entering online competitions since March 2010 and have won over £5500+ worth of prizes. It is something I recommended everyone should take part in, so you should give it a go too because you have to be in it to win it! 
If you would like to see a list of everything I've ever won, you can see it here, which I try to update as often as possible.


How to Win Competitions

Time -  

 'Comping' takes time. You have to have a lot of spare time to find the competitions, enter them, and then wait for the prizes to start coming. I would recommend putting aside 30mins or an hour every day for entering competitions. In about an hour you could enter about 25 competitions. If you do this every week then you would have entered 175 comps! 

The more you enter the more chance you have of winning! I started entering competitions when I was at university and had a lot of spare 'study time' and over the summer break. Now that I work full time, I try and do a few in my lunch break or in the evenings. I don't win as often now that I'm not constantly entering, but every win makes the time spent worthwhile.  

  Effort -  

You also need to put the effort in. Some competitions need more effort than others. I have won a few prizes from competitions where you have to upload your own photo of something, or do some hard research to find an answer to a question. But the good thing about those kind of comps is that fewer people enter them.. meaning there's more chance of you winning! 

Luck -  

Some people will say that you win things just down to luck. This may be true but you really do need to put the time and effort into it as well. You won't win every competition going through luck alone. 

Form Fillers -  

Usually when entering prize draws you will have to fill out a lot of information such as your name, address, etc. This can take a very long time to keep typing! Therefore if you haven't already, change your internet browser settings so that it saves your 'Form History' so then you can just click each box and your details will show. This will save you a lot of wasted time.

Finding Competitions -  

I find my competitions in many different ways. My main ways are through Facebook, Twitter and I used to use competition 'prize finders'. On my Facebook account, I join the fan pages of many different companies and organisations and they often run 'giveaways' or 'sweepstakes' where you have to be a fan or 'like' a photo to be in with a chance of winning. This is an easy way to win as there can be few entrants, however the prizes are usually small. I recommend joining the Competition Club Facebook page, which often gives updates on all the available FB comps. 
Twitter is a very simple way to enter competitions, as the giveaways are not regulated like the Facebook ones. Again, you follow different companies, and then you usually just have to 'retweet' a specific message, and then you are entered! Although I have won competitions on Twitter before, I'm not sure how the winners are chosen. 
I also sometimes use prize finder websites which is basically a mass list of all open competitions in the UK. Other ways of finding comps is through websites of magazines, TV channels, and company sites. Keep an eye out for them as they can be anywhere! If you want something specific, then try Googling for it. Search along the lines of 'Lipsy dress competition'.

Junk Mail -  

Through entering prize draws you are usually agreeing to give the company all of your personal details which sometimes means that they will pass them on to other companies, or they will send you (junk) mail. This can be via phone calls, texts, emails or post mail. 

Therefore I have a secondary email account which I use for comping only, and I usually don't provide my real telephone number. I have received very few bits of postal junk as I guess its too expensive for companies to use any more! Use a free email service such as Hotmail to set up a new account, and then use this email whenever you sign up for competitions. You will receive a lot of junk mail! But keep an eye open for any 'Congratulations!' emails! You don't want to delete those :)

Fake Competitions -  

When people start out comping they often enter any competition they find. However you should always be aware of where you are entering your details. Websites I think that you should never enter your details into are ones where they advertise lots of competitions and want you to answer surveys etc directly on that site. For example, I do NOT recommend these types of sites: Win 4 Now, UK-PrizeDraw, Prize4U, Prizes.UK, InstantPrizeDraw or FindAPrize.  

Keep a log -  

Make a note of how many competitions you are entering per day. And when you start winning things its nice to keep a log of what you have won and how much its worth. Even with little freebies such as cosmetics and hair care products its nice at the end of your first year to add up how much you got :) Every win should encourage you to keep entering as many as possible. Also, its always polite to thank the competition runner for your prize once you have received it :) Manners and prizes cost nothing :D

Problems -  

If you have won a competition and you are having problems claiming your prize, try emailing the promoter to ask what's going on. If you receive no reply, try writing to them on Facebook, Tweeting them, or emailing a different member of staff from the company. Fortunately I haven't had a problem with claiming a prize, but it could happen.  
I think that's about it for now :) If you would like to know anything else, then please leave me a comment and I will get back to you!


13 comments:

  1. These are great tips, you certainly are lucky with your giveaway/ competition wins, I'm quite jealous haha! I don't normally advertise things like this on other people's blogs but I thought this was fitting so I hope you don't mind, but I have a competition on my blog at the moment that nobody has entered yet, so if anybody is interested, you have to be in it to win it!

    Frances xx

    http://francescassandra.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. What a brilliant post!! I'd love to enter loads of competitions but am always very wary of them. I normally only enter this mornings competitions!! Lol!! Although since I've been following you on twitter I keep following and retweeting your tweets!!
    Thank you for the fan advice!!
    xXx
    teatoastanddaisychains.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I started entering competitions recently, I have already won something I was so shocked! I quite enjoy looking at all the different competitions, I don't think I could 'comp' for a living as some do, but it's a great thing to try out! :) I loved your tips too - I use prize finder! xx

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  4. Such an awesome blog post as always. I really enjoy reading your stuff. I have been a Comper for many years now i had a similar blog post hidden away in drafts and you gave me the kick up the bum to publish it. Nothing compared to yours. I used to blog purely about comping but so many jealous people out there werent keen. I have thanked you a million times before for getting me onto Twitter comping. :) wishing you loads of luck in future competitions.

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  5. Great blog post, since discovering your blog I've been inspired to enter more competitions as you are proof that you can win and since starting just under two week ago guess what? I WON MY FIRST COMPETITION 2x weekend tickets to the latitude festival worth £350 eeek :) So pleased. Thanks for your advise happy comping! x

    http://sammy-kins.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. This is a great post, will defo be having a go, last year I won an ipad which I love and have some give-aways recently which is always fun, lovely feeling when you win something will keep trying!
    http://fashionbreaksmyheart.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. This is brilliant, thank you! I very rarely enter competitions because I just think 'oh I won't win anyway' but you have won so much! I will definitely try your tips! x

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  8. thanks for the advise! very helpful... recently i also found this great pinterest competition...it is sooo easy!

    the prize is a trip to berlin !!!

    http://pinterest.com/smartofficial/win-a-trip-to-dmy-festival-berlin/

    Karen Simon

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  9. This might be an old post, but still applicable today! I enter a lot of comps, have a separate email account set up especially, ensure I tick/untick the newsletter/promotion boxes and avoid any that 'cost' like phone and text ones. The TV ones are usually the biggest, a good site for those if you're not sat in watch TV all day is TV Competitions.

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  10. Brilliant tips! I'm definitely going to try and get back into it
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  11. This is really helpful, Victoria! The good thing about participating in a contest or two is that it enhances your skills and abilities, and you learn which areas you might need to improve on. And the exposure itself helps boost one’s self-confidence, especially when they actually win. And it's a great way to meet people who have the same interests as you do, and maybe even establish a network out of it. It feels great when you can be friends with your competitors/rivals, yes?

    Lucius Cambell @ Skild

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  12. I find my competitions in many different ways. My main ways are through Facebook, Twitter and I used to use competition 'prize finders'. On my Face book account, I join the fan pages of many different companies and organizations and they often run 'giveaways' or 'sweepstakes' where you have to be a fan or 'like' a photo to be in with a chance of winning and helps for scholarship essay writing help

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  13. A top tip for comping is to visit ygtbiitwi.com daily to enter all the multi entry Rafflecopter and Gleam competitions, prize draws and giveaways. The list is updated daily and out of date competitions are removed daily.

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