One of the best ways to drive more traffic to your blog, whether you’re blogging about parenting, couponing, or your home life, is to get sponsors to offer product giveaways. People love winning free prizes, so contests of any sort are bound to attract at least some attention.
As both a blogger and giveaway enthusiast I get to see how both sides work. I take what I like about a particular giveaway and bring it to my own. I use what I don't like and will try to avoid those issues when hosting my own giveaways. I have compiled a list of my own opinions about hosting a successful giveaway. These are things I personally look for in a blog, the do's and don't's that will keep me as a reader.
1. Announce your winners.
I’ve seen blogs which don’t list winners at all and readers have no idea if anyone even won. Your readers take alot of time entering your giveaway's. They will go that extra mile to reach your pot of gold. When hosting a giveaway announce the winner, whether this be on a winners page, announced right there on the post or shown in the rafflecopter widget it's a fair way to let your readers know that the contest is truly closed. As a blogger I have received so many emails thanking me for quickly announcing a winner, trust me your readers will appreciate this about your blog.
2. Keep the contest deadline short
3. Follow Through With the Winner
Once you have a winner, it is essential for you to treat the winner like he is your best customer. Respond to your readers e-mails quickly,contact your sponsor immediately. Even though you are giving something away, your winner is still a customer, and you want to leave a great impression.
Do you use Captcha code..DON'T. Captcha is annoying, moderated is ok. Plain and simple.
EVERYONE complaints about Captcha on Blogger. Yet every second blog I visit has captcha enabled. I (and many others) avoid such giveaways, it just takes up a lot of time to enter them and most of us – don’t have extra time.
Prepare a text for tweeting yourself. It only takes seconds and your giveaway will be properly advertised. It also makes it easier for your readers as they won’t have to make one up
I would love to hear from both my bloggy friends and readers on how to make a great giveaway. What are your pet peeves?