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How to Utilize Referrals without Spamming Your Family and Friends

Refer-a-friend sweeps and contests are becoming increasingly popular as the companies expect us to farm out not only our information but the info of the people around us as a condition of entry. Obviously, we don’t want to annoy the people we love. And what’s more, sending unsolicited messages may violate the Federal Trade Commission’s rules regarding CAN-SPAM.So...

Sweepstakes Experience? Now Almost Anyone Can Run Their Own

Giveaways aren’t just for big brands. For bloggers, influencers or brand builders, sweepstakes are an opportunity to increase audience engagement, gather followers, and increase reach.Running a giveaway makes sense as one more way to be active in this fun and exciting online community. Take what you’ve learned from your own experience and throw the best online sweepstakes — and...

Carolyn Wilman: Winner and Writer

You almost can’t be a sweeper without knowing who Carolyn Wilman is. She’s probably top of the list in the sweeps who’s who. Wilman, the Contest Queen, spends her time entering sweepstakes, winning fabulous prizes and helping others do the same. Wilman claims that to date, her followers have won over $1,000,000 in cash and prizes by following the...

Organization Can Save You Time

It may seem basic but next-level sweeps winning isn’t possible without it. Get organized to step it up. Create a spreadsheet in Excel or Google Sheets and create a column for the important stuff: Including the date you are entering, the name of the game, the website URL, your entry method (web, text, mail, etc), the drawing date and...

The Reporting Mistake That Could Get You in Trouble With the IRS

Winning cash or things of real value, like a car, vacation or makeover — or a house (!) is an incredible thrill that will have you jumping up and down with joy. But do you know who else has their eye on your prize? The IRS. And you’ll remember to pay up for those biggies, but it may not be...

When Analog Beats Digital: A New Way to Improve Your Odds

The cultural shift away from snail mail to digital communication means mail-in contests are receiving fewer entries than ever — and as we keep sharing: one of the best ways to improve the odds of winning is to find those sweeps with fewer entrants overall. Revisiting the practice of mail-in entries — however seemingly outdated — could dramatically improve...

How Jumping Through Entry Hoops Improves Your Odds

Obviously, if you enter the sweeps with the fewest entries, your odds of winning are better. Here’s what we do to figure out which sweeps are likely to have fewer entrants: Long entry forms take time to complete, and time is something not everyone has (or patience) so a lot of people abandon the task before they ever hit...

Signs and Symptoms of Sweepstakes Burnout (and What to Do about It)

Burnout manifests as exhaustion and sensations of cynicism and detachment from an occupation or hobby. It’s that “I don’t wanna” syndrome that hangs over your head, sucking the joy out of everything you love, and suddenly your sweeps seem like too much work. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. Recognizing burnout is the first step in getting...

Why Text-to-Enter Is My Favorite Type of Sweepstakes

Text-to-enter is one of our favorite methods of sweepstakes entry. All we have to do is follow the directions and use our cell phones to text a specific word to the ‘shortcode’ provided. This is, by far, the fastest method we’ve found to enter sweeps, so we’ve started looking for them, saving links in notes, and working through them...

Using a Google Voice Number to Protect Your Privacy

Entering sweepstakes means giving out a lot of personal information, including your phone number — which exposes you to the risk of having that information sold to robocall companies, cluttering up your voicemail and interrupting your life with annoying sales calls. There are a lot of (paid) options out there. But we’ve come to rely on the free, dedicated...

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How Jumping Through Entry Hoops Improves Your Odds

Obviously, if you enter the sweeps with the fewest entries, your odds of winning are better. Here’s what we do to figure out which...