Every Blogger's Not-So-Secret Weapon
Personally I enjoy giveaways. From a blogger's perspective it works because it brings a lot of traffic and interest to the blog. We get an increase in following, meet new players in the blogosphere and it widens our reach. Win-win!
As a participant I love joining blogger contests for the fun of it and some raffles are really creative. It's also my way of supporting my fellow bookworms by sharing their giveaway to our followers and hopefully our blog's reach will get them the traffic they need. Winning is a perk especially if it's something that I really like.
Back when we used to join giveaway hops, I used to get irritated by hosts who limits the options we can put on rafflecopter or Google docs. I felt that unfair because as we're the one spending money for the prizes, then I think we should have free rein on how we want to conduct the contest. But rules are rules and we must comply.
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It's only recently where I've come to appreciate that limit. I say this because recently I've joined tour giveaways where the prize is ONE average rated ebook and the list of tasks is a mile long like if there are 25 participants we are asked to follow their social media site like Twitter AND Facebook on top of the author's, the tour organizers and the publisher.
I know I sound a little hypocritical because it's their giveaway, their rules. However I think that the requirements should match the prize. Now I know that I can opt to select which task I want to do but if I want to win then I should put in more entries, right? I don't speak for everyone but in my experience I tend to stay away from these kinds of giveaways, I feel like it's a scam and a total turn off. If the prize is for a $2.99 book, I'd rather buy it than "like" and "follow" a bunch of accounts whose content is unknown to me. Maybe that's the goal of the host all along but still, I find it ridiculous to give us the run-around like that. It's like getting a $50 mail-in-rebate instead of an outright discount or a store coupon.
With Holloween peeping from around the corner followed by the holiday trinity of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, I'm sure we'll be seeing a deluge of giveaways, good and bad. So weigh in, I'd like to know what your thoughts are about this topic.