A year ago I had no idea there were so many things being given away on the Internet. If you read this blog regularly you know I share personal finance blog giveaways with you frequently. But there are so many more!
Purpose of Giveaways
Why do blogs host giveaways? The primary reason is to drive traffic to their site. This is why many giveaways require that you subscribe to the feed (or give extra entries).
You’ll find that there are a whole host of common ways to earn entries (comment, subscribe, tweet, blog, etc.). Sometimes the requirements are so onerous it deters entries (at least I won’t enter).
Typically, the giveaway host is given the prize(s) by a sponsor. The reason for this is to get publicity and appeal to a different audience. It is much cheaper than buying TV, radio or newspaper advertising.
To make it easier to find giveaways many blogs have round-ups listing that week’s giveaways. The entries are provided by the host blogs so it’s not all-inclusive. That’s why you might want to visit more than one. I visit the following blogs.
Thrifty Mamacould have been included in the freebies or coupon match-ups articles but she also hosts a giveaway round-up on Sundays. She’s also one of the founders of Savvy Bloggingwhich is a great resource for bloggers.
Sunday must be the day because that’s when Secret is in the Sauce hosts their round-up. If you’re a blogger this site has a blog tip every Saturday.
The Freebie Blogger is the first site I found with giveaway round-ups (again on Sunday). You might remember this blog from the Freebies article.
If you use twitter, search for #giveaway to find ones tweeted. Often the host will note if there are low entrants or if it is ending soon. Other hash tags to use include sweepstakes, contest and freebie.
Check your favorite magazine websites. All You is a magazine that is known for high value coupons. They also have a page dedicated to giveaways and even send out a daily email reminder if you want.
I’ve won a t-shirt and many books with the limited number of giveaways I enter. Do you have a favorite giveaway site I haven’t listed? What’s the best thing you won?
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