Tips for Entering Sweepstakes Online

I would like to share my personal tips for entering sweepstakes online.  My name is Jennifer and I am the owner of SweepTight.com.  Sweep Tight was born because of my sweepstaking hobby.  I created it with the intention of sharing sweepstakes with friends and family.  I quickly discovered the world of blog reviews and giveaways.  Now that I run sweeps of my own, I have less time to enter them.  But, I still try to squeeze in as many entries as I can to maintain this exciting hobby!  Here are some personal tips I’ve picked up along the way:

Sweepstakes Entering Tips

Patience and Persistence are required:  Sweepstaking is not for everyone.  It requires a lot of patience and just as much persistence.  You may get lucky and win something right away, but for some your first win won’t arrive for 6 – 9 months or longer.  I find the act of entering relaxing and somewhat therapeutic.  This is not the case for everyone.  If it feels like a job then you will lose interest quickly.

Create Accounts:  You might want to create a special email just to use for entering.  This way your winning notification emails won’t get lost in your main account.  You will also start receiving a lot of newsletters from entering.  I like to keep it separate.  I recommend having all the top social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.  Social media is always changing and growing.  It’s best to just roll with the punches and go with the flow.  Otherwise you could miss out on entries.

Read the Rules:  Do not waste your time by entering a sweeps that you are not even eligible for.  So many times I have entered something and then realized, wow, this is for people ages 55 and over.. Whoops!  It’s not the end of the world, but that was time lost.  Also, there are cases where you can disqualify yourself.  If it’s only one entry, do not try to enter more than once.  Official rules can be overwhelming, but you will learn how to skim them quickly over time.

Enter for Items you Need or Want:  When I first started I would enter every single sweepstakes that I could find.  I guess I just wanted to WIN…anything!  After winning a few prizes that I had absolutely no use for (a hunting rack??  I hate hunting!), I decided to only enter for things that apply to me.  This also frees up the prizes for someone that really does want them.  Someone out there was probably crossing their fingers for that hunting rack.

Enter all Types of Sweeps:  With the growth of social media there are now chances to win everywhere!  I recommend exploring them all.  Don’t just stop at national online sweepstakes.

  • Blog Giveaways – Blog giveaways can be extremely easy to win.  They can be more work, but the odds are better than huge national sweeps.
  • Contests – Contests that require skill have excellent odds, too.  Since they require a task not a lot of people will enter.
  • Hang Tags – Check your local grocery stores for hang tags, entry forms, or sweeps info on the packages.
  • Snap Tags or QR Codes – Check for Snap Tag entries.  These are images on packages that you scan with your smart phone for an entry – I am not too familiar, I just know they exist.
  • Mail-in Entries – If there’s a prize you really want, check for a mail-in option and mail in some of your entries.  Since not a lot of people do this anymore, imagine your odds if they pick from that bin!
  • Twitter Parties – Twitter parties can be intense and confusing, but once you go to a few you can see what they are all about.  You can win some really cool prizes during them.
  • Just keep your eyes open!  There are more than I have listed here.

Get Scam-Savvy:  Learn how to spot a scam!  Winning a legit sweeps should never require you to send any money, or sit through a seminar of any kind.  Sometimes if a prize is of a large value you will have to fill out a 1099 or other paperwork, but never send money!  If you ever feel uncomfortable or leary call the company.  It’s better to be overly cautious than get caught up in something creepy.

Beware of Taxes:  You have to claim income taxes on the prizes that you win.  It’s your responsibility to add in the smaller wins, but if you win something of a large value you will typically receive a 1099.  We won two trips in one year (yay!) and had to claim over $10,000 in prize winnings (boo!).  Make sure it’s worth it to you, and that you have the money to back it up.  Discuss all tax liabilities with your accountant.

Read Success Stories:  Join a group of sweepstakers or just read about their winning stories.  During a dry spell it can be really tough to keep on entering.  Hearing about the wins of others can reinvigorate your excitement and motivate you to push on through.  Over on Sweep Tight we have a Sweeper’s Spotlight where people submit their winning experiences.  Every time I read one I am back in the game!

Stay Positive:  Keeping a positive attitude is HUGE.  I literally yell at people when they say “I will never win anything…” or anything like that.  You will not win if you constantly think or say negative statements.  I am a huge believer in “like attracts like”.  The message that you send out into the universe is what you will receive back.  I am not going to get all preachy, but just keep this in mind.  Create a dream board of the things you would love to win.  Enter with every intention that you WILL win.  I promise that’s a whole lot better than pouting and expecting nothing from this hobby.

Well, I just threw an awful lot of info at you and I hope I didn’t scare you away!  This truly can be an exciting hobby.  Every day there’s a chance that you will receive a phone call or email informing you of the next big win!

 

Jennifer is the owner, editor, and main product reviewer of Sweep Tight.  She originally started her blog to share her adventures in sweepstaking with friends and family.  Soon after, she fell into the amazing world of product reviews and giveaways.

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  1. Ive been entering sweeps for many years and have won many times, when the Wii came out, I won 2 of them a week apart, almost all my wins are under $600.00 since there isnt a 1099. I have learned, the most important thing "READ the RULES".

  2. I love the tips now im gonna try this tips to see if I win thanks

  3. Great information. It really helped entering sweeps.

  4. These are excelente tip

  5. Jill Hayes says:

    Try to enter every day.

  6. Beth Johnson Titus says:

    Thank you for all the great tips.

  7. Patience and consistency.

  8. Rhonda Bailey Grisham says:

    Keep at it!

  9. Great tips! I really needed to read this. It was very helpful to me. Guess I didn't realize you need to claim even the little stuff.

  10. Love the tips but I don't really have any of my own but I share with friends so they have a chance too!

  11. I agree with the 2nd email address, also seem to have better luck with IWG's early in the morning. I also seem to enter more sweeps if I do them in the morning, no distractions.

  12. Carol Buchman says:

    All great tips. I keep a notepad by my laptop when entering contests for things I really, really want so I don't "lose" the link.

  13. Wonderful article and great advice. I have to remember that everyone has dry spells and this is a hobby and enjoy it:) I get discouraged at times but even a free coupon can renew my juices again!

  14. I enter as many as I can!

  15. Yes, persistence! Make sure to enter each contest EVERY DAY it runs (if allowed).

  16. Helpful tips always appreciate help. want to win.

  17. Michelle Washburn says:

    I use the Roboform program for quicker and more organized entry.

  18. the only tip I have is you have to enter everyday..

  19. Barbara Kirshner says:

    Thanks for all of your gi veaways.

  20. Wendi Scharrer says:

    Great tips! I enter lots of giveaways. I have won over $1000.00 in prizes the last 2 months. :) The key is to go back for extra entries, refer friends & have fun! Someone has to win….one day it could be you! You have to enter to win! :)

  21. Very informative! I only started entering contests and sweeps so the info was very helpful..

  22. good tips – I love sweeping.

  23. I ditto on the comments of persistence. daily tweets and voting helps.

  24. Amy Richard says:

    the first step to winning is to enter! the rest is luck :)

  25. What great tips thanks so much to Jennifer SweepTight.com I have been a follower and always check out what new sweeps you have, thanks again.

  26. Enter as much contest as possible; favorite is one time entry and instant win they are the most fun.

  27. Have patience!

  28. Great tips love sweepstekes.

  29. Persistence is the name of the game. Just takes time.

  30. Read and follow the rules.

  31. win

  32. Read the rules before entering!

  33. Don't give up!

  34. great tips, and If you really want to win something, the more entries you do..the more probabilities of wining..so one should do the extra entries every day.

  35. Glendaa Wong says:

    I enter contests and cross my fingers and hope I win… I don't hold my breath though.

  36. Enter often.

  37. Christine Creamer says:

    Be persistent! and optimistic too.

  38. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I read the rules twice!

  39. Be consistent

  40. I enter only contests for what I want to win, and skip the ones that want me to sign up for everything and everyone.

  41. enter often, pray a lot, check email account daily!

  42. I agree that it's important to enter only the sweeps that you are truly interested in!

  43. I just make sure I enter daily and hope I do well!

  44. Trisha Blair says:

    Patience and Persistence is my favorite and it does require a lot of it for sure.

  45. Samantha Eldridge says:

    These are great tips.
    The only one I can think of to add is to bookmark the contests and have them sorted by dates and the type of contest…ones to enter daily, tweets only, one time entries, etc…. It makes entering them much faster everyday.

  46. Lilia Fabry says:

    so many tips, so little brain space to hold them all..

  47. Bobbie Julian Meek says:

    Love the tips! I love to enter sweepstakes.

  48. Brooke Untrained Hairmom says:

    These are excellent tips.

  49. Reading other's success stories always gets me excited and keeps me entering too. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. No one wants to think about the taxes but it's something to remember when entering the biggie's.

  50. Great tips! I typically just enter blog giveaways but might have to try entering some sweeps.

  51. Dede Zoomsalot says:

    Wow, I'm amazed that you won two trips in a year! I have never won anything really valuable, but it's fun to enter. Thanks for the tips.

  52. Great tips, thank you!

  53. Positive!

  54. This is great advice! I especially agree with creating a separate email account for just this purpose. Otherwise your inbox is out of control. :) Thanks for sharing all these tips!

  55. Awesome post, I love these tips! I recently started to enter sweepstakes myself and have won some, very awesome. I definitely agree with only entering for things you want to win…. I also won something that was completely useless to me… actually I really don't understand what it is at all. Lesson learned, I will only enter for things that I need! ;)

  56. Awesome post, I love these tips! I recently started to enter sweepstakes myself and have won some, very awesome. I definitely agree with only entering for things you want to win…. I also won something that was completely useless to me… actually I really don't understand what it is at all. Lesson learned, I will only enter for things that I need! ;)

  57. These are some awesome tips. I love entering sweeps online!

  58. These are some awesome tips. I love entering sweeps online!