A question that I , and other bloggers, get asked often is where can we list, share and promote the competitions that we may run on our blogs.
I answer them by listing a few good sites but more than often accidentally leave out lots of the good ones as I forget on the spot! Therefore, I decided to write a post listing the top ten sites that I use in case it is of use to anyone in the future. I know it will be a good checklist for me when promoting my future blog competitions. Yes, there are more than ten competition websites but ten is a manageable number.
This list will can also be used to find competitions if you're feeling lucky and wish to enter a few yourself!
Before you start adding your competition make sure you have the following information available so you can copy and paste it efficiently into the competition submission forms:
- The prize (how many and what value)
- End date
- Type of competition (I mainly run Rafflecopter with Daily Tweet option competitions)
- Entry Frequency
- Competition URL
- Prize Category
- Prize value
- Competition restrictions (e.g. UK only, Over 18 etc)
ShareAdd competitions on the "Post New Thread" Forum.
Remember to sign up to Loquax before posting your competition.
It is polite to include a link back to Loquax in your competition post.
FindClick Competitions to find more competitions to enter.
2. All UK Competitions
ShareClick on Submit a Competition to add your comp.
They ask for a simple linkback in return. This is the code:
<a href="http://www.AllUKCompetitions.com">Competitions UK at AllUKCompetitions.com</a>
FindFind more new competition's here.
3. The Prizefinder
ShareClick here to add a Competition.
This is the link to enter New Competitions .
4. Competition Hunter
ShareThis site requires login. You can earn Karma points for submitting competitions or offers. It requires a reciprocal link.
FindFind more free online competitions here.
5. UK Competitions
ShareClick this link to Submit a Competition.
FindYou need to sign up to UK Competitions to view all the competitions. Click on the link to find new competitions.
6. Competition Database
ShareLogin required. Click here to contribute a competition. Linkback is polite but not specified.
FindView the competition list here.
7. Win Free Stuff
Submit your competition here.
Link back required. Example code (more sample codes on their site):
<a href="http://www.win-free-stuff.co.uk">Free Online Competitions</a>
- Find the best UK Competitions brought together all in one spot. It's free and updated daily!
FindFind competitions here.
8. Super Lucky
ShareDi Coke, the competition expert runs a Blog Comp Linky each month. Click Comps > Blog Comp Linky - UK Blog Giveaways Ending (choose appropriate month).
It's polite to link back using the blog code provided:
<div align="center"><a href="http://superlucky.me/category/competitions/blog-comp-linky/" title="SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky"><img src="http://superlucky.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/BCL_badge.png" alt="SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
It's friendly to leave a blog comment too!
Click the Comps tab to find more competitions, as well as hints and tips for entering competitions.
9. Ume and the Kids
ShareAdd your competitions to Ume and the Kids Competition Linky. You will also benefit from free promotion via Twitter and Facebook.
It is polite to add the Blog Competitions Linky badge:
<div align="center"><a href="http://umeandthekids.com/competitions-linky/" title="U, me and the kids"><img src="http://umeandthekids.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/blog-competition-linky-badge_zps0dbb1e61.jpg" alt="U, me and the kids" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
It is also friendly to add a blog comment.
10. Life in a Breakdown
Add your link to the Competition Linky.
View the competitions uploaded to the competition linky.
... and one for luck!
ShareDon't forget to share your blog competition on your own social media accounts, such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Some people even share on Instagram and Google Plus too.
Look for Competition Threads in private Facebook groups and add your links (don't spam them on group walls).
On Twitter remember to use hashtags, such as #win, #comp, #giveaway and #competition so compers can easily find your link. You can also find popular competition accounts to follow too.
To find competitions to enter, join competition groups on Facebook, such as Facebook Competitions.
On Twitter, use the hashtags mentioned above (#win, #comp, #giveaway and #competition ) to find competitions and also new comping accounts to follow.
To Share or not To Share?
Often you will find that compers have added your competition before you have a chance to add it yourself (I love it when that happens!). If you find you have low entries on a new competition and no traffic coming from the sites mentioned above then add them to some or all of the sites listed above and you will soon see a difference.
A lot of competition traffic comes from Money Saving Expert (MSE) Competition Forums. However you cannot add your own competition to this site (self promotion is frowned upon). I usually find that once I add it to a few sites a fellow comper will then add the competition to MSE for me. I only know when I see the incoming traffic. The same applies for Hot UK Deals.
Submitting your competition does not guarantee a listing. Remember to read the terms and conditions on each site and check up to date badge codes and link backs.
Please remember to link back to all of the sites promoting your competition. Here is how I end my competition posts:
Many thanks to the following Competition Promoters:
Are you a competition promoter, comper or both? Which is your favourite site to submit and find competitions?