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Blog Contests - My problem with them...

Posted by Sandra Venneri on July 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Ok..... my first experience with a blog contest was fantastic - I hardly entered many until I won that Nikon 1 camera on Christmas Eve (Merry Christmas to me!). A $700 camera was enough to trigger my interest and start entering more of these. Well then I entered blog contest world and everything about how exciting online contests has been for the past 9 years had a blow. There are a few major problems with the blog contests out there...

  • Everyone is using Rafflecopter and the program itself is easy to use. It actually can post how many entries there are (which can be discouraging if you know 10,000 entries are in there already!), and here's the catcher - you get one main entry and have to do all these things to get additional entries such as "Liking" on Facebook, Tweeting, etc.... and since I refuse to be on Facebook personally and I really don't want to give my other accounts like that to the contest blogger or their sponsor (more on that) I only get one entry most times.
  • Most blogs require you to sign up for their newsletters - I have one coming to me that is EVERY day and it's a "mom" blog -- like how many kids can you have if you have time to write every day?
  • Sponsors - gone are the days of personal, stand by your word recommendations. Many blogs can now apply to major companies to have their products (usually new on the market) sent to the for a "review". I have never done this but really - do you think a major company is not going to have in the fine print - must say positive things only? I hate when a contest is linked to a recommendation - it makes me think that mom is not as credible any more..... unless I can see all their product reviews and see they do have negative opinions on free products they were given.

So my rant is over - three main reasons I usually avoid blog contests (unless very local and very limited number of entries).

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