Our Top Twelve Tips For Entering & Winning Contests
Entering contests can be a very interesting, exciting and profitable activity. Millions of prizes are given away every year and now through the Internet, it has never been easier to share in the bounty.
As any contest enthusiast will appreciate, you have to be in it to win it! Yet entering contests on the Internet can be daunting.
Here are a few tips to help get you started. They’re aimed at saving you worry and headaches in the future, so take your time and enjoy.
- Enter As Many Contests As Possible
Obvious really, the more contests you enter the greater your chance to win something. If I were pressed for time, I would enter 100 contests once rather then 1 contest 100 times.
- The More Prizes The Better
Go for contests that have many prizes on offer. If there are 100 prizes on offer, you have 100 more chances to win something with each entry.
- Enter Contests That Have Fewer People Entering Them
Naturally contests that have fewer people entering them will be easier to win, so always enter a lot of these types. They’re generally more obscure contests from less well known sites. Having said all of that, still try to enter every contest you find at least once.
- Read the Rules Of Contests Carefully
You don’t want to disqualify yourself because you entered a contest multiple times, when you were only allowed to enter it once. Even though some information about the contest is listed on Win Free Stuff still read the rules on the contest’s website, we can’t guarantee all the information submitted to us is correct.
- Setup Free Email Accounts
Setup some free email accounts and use those to enter contests. For better or worse you will get some junk mail, so it might as well be to an email account you have set up especially for that purpose, rather than to your personal one. I have 3 email accounts myself. 1 for personal emails, 1 for contests, and another for surveys.
Any one of these will do, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. However, make sure you always check these email accounts for notifications of any wins.
- Enter Real Details
I suggest you always put your real details in when asked. How else can they verify who you are when you have won something?
- Use Win Free Stuff To Keep Track Of The Contests You’ve Entered
To help keep straight which contests you’ve entered use the buttons “Entered” and “Not Interested” on the contest pages. This will easily show you which ones you’ve entered, plus you can hide these contests to only show the ones that you are still to enter.
- Use Win Free Stuff’s User Rated Star System
If time is pressed, you can always use our user rated star system to decide which contests you want to enter. It shows the average score users of Win Free Stuff have rated a contest.
- Use “Web Form Filling” Software
Use “Web Form Filling” software to speed up the process of entering contests. They enable you to complete web forms with just one click, which can make the difference between entering 20 contests in an hour or being able to enter 100 contests in an hour.
I highly recommend RoboForm as I use it and it does exactly what I need. Google’s Toolbar also has an auto fill feature that allows you to fill in your details with one click.
(NOTE: Never use any software that automatically enters contests for you as you will most likely be disqualified automatically.)
- Share The Knowledge
If you know about a contest that isn’t listed on Win Free Stuff, use the “Submit A Contest” button to send us the details about it. Also if you ever find a contest is listed incorrectly, let us know about it via the “Broken Contest” button and it will be corrected as soon as possible.
- Register For Our Canadian Contests Newsletter
If you haven’t already, register for our Canadian Contests Newsletter. That way you will get information on some of the best contests delivered straight to your email inbox.
- Have Fun!
The most important rule is to have fun! Remember you do this because you love it. If it starts to feel like work, take a few days off and come back to it later. There will always be more contests waiting for you when you return.