Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More Giveaways for Tuesday 12/28

Tip of the week: 12/28/2010

This week’s tip is actually for the Giveaway Hosts. Obviously, I enter lots of giveaways and sometimes I am really astonished by the hoops giveaway hosts expect entrants to jump through to gain entry in a giveaway. Yes I agree that the larger the prize the more intense the task but sometimes it’s ridiculous. I mean, if you are giving away a $10 item you cannot expect people to sign up for some service as a referral of yours. Sometimes I think we might forget the real purpose of a giveaway. The PR rep wants you to host the giveaway in hopes of bringing more buzz around their product/service. You are willing to host the giveaway in hopes of gaining more buzz for your blog – as well as offer your readers a chance at a cool product/service. So although the winner will get something out of it, you still have to think about what you are asking all of the entrants to give up to get it. You also want to put a lot of thought into what sorts of entries you are offering. If you are asking for a vote in a contest or on a list of some sort – you want to link directly to where they can vote for YOU! Do not just link to the sight in general, and expect someone to search and search for you so that they can vote – or offer more than one entry if they will have to do a lot of searching. If you are looking for them to sign up for something that will bring you some sort of benefit – like a finders fee – you should offer more than one entry for doing it. You also want to be very clear about the methods of entry – a great way to point out important points is to bold them or change the text color. This will draw attention and increase the odds that entrants will follow the directions.  If there will be more than one winner of the giveaway and all the winners will win the same exact thing, then you don’t really need to do anything specific. However, if the prizes are different, you want to be very clear about how the winners will be selected. Having said all this – I know (as a giveaway host on my other blogs) sometimes you just can’t win for losing. Sometimes you find a prize much more exciting and therefore valuable than others, or you think that your guidelines are uber clear and still get lots of incorrect entries. The bottomline is to put some thought and effort into how you post your giveaways.

Giveaways entered on Tuesday 12/28/2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

From Me and Mine! I hope that each and everyone of you is blessed with a happy family and a happy home this Christmas. In the midst of all the unwrapping please take a moment to just look around and be thankful for all the good Lord has afforded you. And please know that I am very thankful for each and every one of my readers! Thanks so much for making blogging so much fun!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Giveaways entered on Monday 12/20/2010

Tip of the Week: 12/20/2010

Sometimes you have to use giveaways to obtain things that you cannot afford to buy at any given time, or maybe you really want to give a product a try but don't want to spend the money on it. But items in giveaways are random - you can't count on something coming up in a giveaway. But you can try your best to catch it every time. Are you using Google Alerts?? If not, you are missing out on one of the greatest tools for giveaway addicts! You can actually set an alert to be emailed to you every time a blog posts about a specific topic - such as "Baby Swing Giveaway" or "Safeway Gift Card". You can set it to email each time it finds something, or once a day or once a week. You can tell it to search just blogs or the general Internet. Granted you will get some results that are not what you want, but you will get more of what you are looking for. To set up Google Alerts simply sign in to your Google account (they are free if you don't already have one) and on your main screen about halfway down you will see a link for Google Alerts, click it and set it up! It's that easy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

No entries today =(

Sorry everyone - but I just didn't get around to entering any giveaways today. I had a very long to-do list, that I didn't even get finished with and now I am totally pooped! I will be back tomorrow with lots of great giveaways that I entered - which means you can too!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaways entered on Wednesday 12/15/2010

Today I am a Winner X2

Yay! There is nothing better than opening your email to find a "YOU WON" email - except maybe finding TWO!! Today I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that I won:
A Schick Hydro Gift Pack from Being Allison - My hubby is going to be thrilled when this one arrived - he is already a Schick man and can always use the extras!
Zibits Mini R/C Robot Giveaway from Giveaways With Grace - This one is going to go in the closet for my middle son's fourth birthday, coming in January!
Both blogs have on-going contests so check them out!
See it really does pay to enter lots of giveaways! What giveaways have you won lately? Got any giveaways to share?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaways entered on Monday 12/13/2010

Tip of the Week: 12/13/2010

This week I want to talk about how you enter giveaways. There is one rule that you have to hold hard and fast to: Read the Entry Rules!!! I cannot tell you how many times I have had to delete entries on my other blog because someone didn't pay attention to the rules. As an entrant - I try my best to make sure that I pay attention. I have learned the hard way to always check not just the end date but the time. Sometimes it is as simple as East Coast vs. West Coast time - meaning that if it ends at midnight on the East Coast that's 9pm where I live. Other times I have come across giveaways that ends at 9 in the morning - I think it's strange, but to each blogger their own. Once you get past the timing of the giveaway look for a Mandatory Entry - about 90% of blogs have this on their giveaways and it must be completed for all other entries to count for anything. Then you want to see if they want a separate comment for each entry or if they want one comment with all of them. Giveaways are lots of fun, but they are also serious business for the hosts and sponsors, which means that they do have rules and regulations, and you have to adhere to them if you want to win. So take the extra minute or two and be sure you are doing it all correctly!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Welcome Resolution Blog Hoppers!

Photobucket Welcome fellow hoppers who are arriving from The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood's Resolutions Blog Hop!

It is very easy to participate in this blog hop. Here are the guidelines:
1. Create a post on your own blog listing your own New Year's Resolutions for 2011. They can be totally serious, totally silly or a little bit of both.
2. Come back and enter a link that goes directly to your Resolutions Post in the linky below.
3. Follow as many of the other's on the list as you want to. I only ask one thing, if someone follows you, please return the favor - it's good Karma!
Since I put my "real" resolutions on my main site (the hosting blog) I am going to share my resolutions for this blog specifically:
1. I am going to come up with a new and useful tip every single week.
2. I am going to advertise and enter as many giveaways as I can to maximize my chances to win.
3. I am going to grow this blog to some day include it's own giveaways and prizes!
Do you want to participate in this Blog Hop? Just head over to The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood and join in!
If you choose to follow me here, please leave a comment below so that I can return the favor!

Giveaways entered on Sunday 12/12/2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

More Giveaways for Monday 12/6

Giveaways entered on Monday 12/6/2010

Check this out - Found a Cool Blog!

 I was informed of this great blog - Such Fun to Give - she lists Low Entry giveaways from all over the blogosphere - with new giveaways listed everyday!!! Check it out!

I Won on Mommycosm

Today I opened my email to see that I won a SmartSeat Chair Protector from Mommycosm! I had seen these before and wondered how well they work - so now I get to try one out and see if it's worth buying the rest! Woohoo, what a way to start off my Monday!

Tip of the Week: 12/6/10

This Week's tip is about where to find giveaways - one of the very best places is a website called Online Sweepstakes.They have thousands of giveaways and you can view them in all sorts of ways. You can see the ones expiring on certain days, or the newest ones. You can search certain terms or you can look within the categories they have listed. Also, if you are hosting your own blog giveaways, you can add them there for all the world to see and search! I tell you this really boosts your entries, especially in the last day or so.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sunday Blog Hops - Welcome New Followers!

Hello and Welcome to my very new Blog! If you choose to follow, please, please, please leave a comment with your blog URL so I can return the favor!
Sunday Strolling Blog Hop

Late Night Entries

More Giveaways entered on Saturday 12/4/2010

Giveaways entered on Saturday 12/4/2010

Mommy Mandy - Hickory Farms Giveaway - Party Planner Kit ends 12/5
Yet Another Blathering Idiot - Carmex Giveaway ends 12/5
Pink Dandy Chatter - EcoMOM Giveaways ends 12/5
Thoughts of a Mommy - Family Holiday Gift Pack ends 12/5
Surviving a Teacher's Salary - Xactco TeacherPro Electric Sharpener ends 12/5
First-Time Mommy - BabyCenter Giveaway ends 12/5
Sage and Savvy - Kikkoman Giveaway ends 12/5
Sarah's Blog of Fun - Betty Crocker Giveaway ends 12/5
Mammamoiselle - Starbucks Gift Card ends 12/5
Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports - Gift Card Giveaway ends 12/5