What do you think about contests that ask you to do a million things just to enter their book giveaway?
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Personally, I find it a bit annoying and kind of ridiculous. It causes me NOT to enter contests. The probability of me winning anyway is small, but then asking me to do all of the above just for their little contest is a bit ridiculous. I think if it was simple you'd have MORE people enter your contest.
But, I'm a newbie...what do I know? What do you think? Does it work to have all that stuff to do? Does it annoy any of you? Tell me your thoughts.
Interesting topic. Have to agree that I don't like the giveaways that "force" you to jump through all kinds of hoops and I usually don't enter those. And I don't like having to become a follower just to enter. I wouldn't want anyone following my blog unless they were interested in what I had to say, so why force them? Think that the hoop jumping for extra entries is fine so long as it's clear that it is optional, and I believe it's a good way to get the word out about your contest. I haven't hosted any giveaways, but the last thing I would want to do is annoy people.
I don't enter those contests any more...it too much work for a book..when I do it I keep it simple. I like to reward the followers I do have. It does get annoying and so far I haven't won a thing from it.
I don't do this to my readers. If you want to enter, you just leave a comment with a way for me to contact you. I had an author ask me to post on a giveaway on my blog for her and ask people to jump through hoops, not a single person entered. Later on, this same author participated in my blog party, I set the raffle rules. She got 11 entries.
If I have to spend half an hour of time, which is already stretched to the limit as is, with entering a contest, I won't do it.
I have nothing against bloggers who ask for people to follow them or link their contest on other blogs. Networking makes the world go around and they are giving away a book, so I understand that. However, I will admit when I look at the rules and see a bunch of requirements or a lot of for this, you get +1, for this, you get +5, etc., my head starts swimming and I check out.
I do think that the extra requirements work, at least for some people. It will guarantee in some cases that you get more followers, who will hopefully become regular readers of your blog - - and perhaps get the word out to others by posting a link on their blog.
However, again, I think it's all personal choice and there is no wrong answer.
If it is too long and/or complicated, I don't enter - I'd rather be reading!
Also, if comments are counted from other posts on the the blog or if you can enter on a daily basis, I'll skip it. Some people have that kind of time, but I don't. If I think the odds of me winning are really slim, I'll skip it. There are lots of contests out there, so I try to make my entries really count.
I consider Following, Tweeting, and spreading the word to be pretty basic and those are the contests I enter and the options I offer for multiple entries at my own blog. (I reserve the right to occasionally throw in something more interesting if I think it's really appropriate.)
I agree it can be annoying but it might help to remember that many new bloggers are usually hosting the contest to build a membership and to increase traffic at their site so the extra entries for jumping the hoops makes sense. And the extra entries are optional not required. +10 is a gimme. You're not doing anything but benefitting from a past action.
What I don't get is entering a contest on a blog where the blogger is popular and the number of people who entered the giveway hits triple digits. Why enter? On other blogs, a giveway has fewer people entering yet others don't jump on these contests. I don't understand that.
And it's a free book so asking the entrant to do more than leave a name to get something free isn't ridiculous when winning amounted to a few key strokes and no cash.
It's not that I don't think you can't win on triple digit contests. My point is if you're willing to enter with those odds, why skip over the fewer entry ones? And I'm talking about contests that are advertised on other blogs so it's not simply a matter of not knowing about less than popular blogs.
I totally get what you mean! These were pretty unique giveaways that weren't on a ton of blogs (say like Catching Fire, The White Queen, etc.). All I did was tweet and leave the comment. If there is a book I want and it's all over the blogosphere (Catching Fire, The White Queen, etc. are great examples) I am more likely to enter on the not-so-well-known blogs and do the extra steps. Especially if I like the blog, I am going to go out of my way to tweet, promote to drive some traffic to that blog. I like to see bloggers succeed.
That's what I like about the book blogging community, we like to help promote each other's blogs (i.e., awards, tweeting, shout outs, blogger interviews, etc)
Now with my giveaways I do offer extra entries but they are just extra, which many people still do them to enter.
What really ticks me off is when you ask someone to leave a comment on the review of the book and or guest post from the author and they don't do it. Which shows me one of two things... either they are incapable of reading (and probably shouldn't be entering for a book) or they don't care enough about the book being given away to care. :)
I also find it funny that people consider such things as "work". I mean most books cost between $10-25 and you have to actually work to get that money whereas the giveaways are free......