So for those of you that follow blogs (like mine) you have probably entered giveaways hosted by a widget called Rafflecopter. Lots of bloggers use Rafflecopter because it really makes our job a lot easier when running giveaways. You probably have also seen bloggers post on Facebook that they have had to disqualify someone because that person did not do the required entries on the widget and therefore were cheating and a new winner was chosen. If you have seen this you probably were wondering if you did everything right and if you didn’t you may have lost your chances to win that awesome prize.
Well, I am here to explain the correct way to enter a Giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget. Below I have tips so that you can guarantee your entries in giveaways using Rafflecopter are valid and that you will not be disqualified.
How to Enter Giveaways Using Rafflecopter
#1 Read Terms & Conditions! This is by far the most important. Anytime you are entering a giveaway be sure to click on the link that says “Terms & Conditions”. This is where you will find the full description of the prize, what the value of the prize is, and who the giveaway is open to. You wouldn’t want to enter a giveaway if it’s only for United States residents and you live in Australia (just an example). If you do still want to enter then just keep in mind it’d have to be sent to a U.S. address if you won so you could always give it to a friend or family member in that area.
#2 Sign-In: You must log in using your Facebook account! If you don’t have a Facebook account then there is also an option to sign-in using your email address. Just be sure that your name matches the information in your email or on your Facebook account. If you don’t sign-in the widget will not allow you to make any entries. This information is safe so don’t worry the only thing that will be displayed on the widget is your First Name and Last Initial.
#3 Get to Earning Those Entries! I say “EARN” because you must earn your entries by completing tasks the host of the giveaway has asked you to do. I have attached a few different images of what the widget looks like and how to earn your entries below.
The image above is an example if you see a Mandatory Entry (Note: not all giveaways will have mandatory entries to complete). This means you must complete this entry and once you do the rest of the options will appear. The other options that will appear are optional. If you don’t see a mandatory entry then you will just see a list of “optional” entries to complete.
As you can see in the picture above, once you click on the +10 (it won’t always be this same amount of entries to earn) it will open a box asking you to complete a task. In this example it’s asking to ‘Like’ the Bargains with Brittanie Facebook page. You do not need to manually head over to the Facebook page, instead the link is right there. Just click on it and it will then appear grayed out like in the image above. This means you completed your task and you can click the green box to earn your entries. Keep in mind the tasks will vary, you might get a follow this page on Twitter, Follow on Pinterest, Sign-up for Email Updates, etc. So just complete what it asks you to. DO NOT CLICK THE GREEN BOX UNLESS YOU REALLY DID THE TASK. Bloggers verify all entries so just clicking the Green Box does not mean you have EARNED your entry and it will count as cheating.
If there is a mandatory entry and you have completed it then you will now see the rest of the options you can complete to earn additional entries. These are optional entries but completing as many as you can will increase your chances on winning.
Once you have completed all these steps then sit back, relax, and cross your fingers (and toes) and hope that you win! If you don’t win this time around, at least you will know that you were in the running to win and you know you weren’t disqualified for not completing the tasks you said you did. It’s a great feeling when everyone is Honest and Ethical.
Now It’s Your Turn…
I have place a “fake” Rafflecopter widget below for you all. Use it and practice on it. Get the feeling of how giveaways work and make sure you are completing the entries right so when it’s a real giveaway you won’t do anything wrong! Come back as often as you need because I will leave this up. Remember this is not a real giveaway just a practice one. Enjoy!
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