I get this question quite frequently from my friends and family ever since I entered the realm of having giveaways on my blogs. So are blog giveaways a scam?
Let’s start out by defining a blog giveaway. A blog giveaway is where an individual blogger or group of bloggers decide to have a giveaway on their website(s ). In most cases, the blogger(s ) will seek out sponsors to supply the prizes for the giveaway. The sponsor, in return for giving the item to the winner, gets a lot of brand exposure for their company by the blogger advertising their item. Many businesses are more than happy to sponsor a giveaway for a blogger, but then again, some aren’t.
Are blog giveaways a scam? In my opinion, no they are not. I have entered a few blog giveaways over the past few years and have won a few things. I am a member of a several groups of review and giveaway bloggers that hold giveaways quite regularly on their blogs. For the most part, they all enter blog giveaways themselves. Several of these group members have actually won iPads amongst the other goodies.
Pros of blog giveaways:
- A blog giveaway gives you more of a chance to win because the odds are in your favor. They usually have smaller numbers of entrants than the big company sweepstakes that you see on TV and in magazines.
- Multiple chances to win in most cases by doing the “extra entry” options.
- Easy and cheap to enter-no stamps or purchase required.
- Awesome prizes!!
Cons of blog giveaways:
- None that I can think of other than the fact that they are addicting!!
Now that we have decided that blog giveaways are not scams-get out there and enter some giveaways! Be sure to enter my giveaways listed in the upper right sidebar. You could win some awesome prizes or gift cards for gift giving. (PS-The holidays are coming up!!)
If you don’t like using your personal email address for things like giveaways, read this post about signing up for things online with an email address. Just don’t forget to check your inbox to see if you are a winner. Most blogs only have a short window of time for you to respond before they pick another winner.