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    VelvetGlove
    Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs
    • #1
    • 4th Jul 08, 8:53 PM
    Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs 4th Jul 08 at 8:53 PM
    General message to all compers:

    Questions are answered more quickly in the
    The Compers Chat Corner Board which is a sub board of the Competitions Time Forum.

    This thread is best used for alerting compers to new tips/hints - also means I can throw them into the main Guide at the start of this thread if they aren't already in there. Thanks





    Introduction

    The following Guide has been put together by shamelessly stealing good ideas posted in this forum by MSE Compers. To all those who have contributed (unknowingly) to this Guide, by sharing their hints, tips & great ideas within various threads, I hope your Comping Kharma is increased & may the Comping Fairy sprinkle winning dust over you!

    If you are after general information about how the forum software works & how to do things then there is an excellent guide here Beginner's Guide to the forums

    If you are looking for tips on how best to search this forum please refer to How do I search to see if a comp has been posted? below

    Before you go any further can I please direct you to READ the Basic Rules About the Competitions Forum. This will help you to understand & give you a better idea of what can & can’t be done in this Forum.

    WARNING: Comping can become extremely addictive!


    How to use this Guide
    You can either read through the whole Guide at your leisure or if you see a question in the list below that you would like the answer to, simply click on the section title for that question & you will be taken directly to that section of the Guide. (I was hoping to be able to take you to the question itself but unfortunately this forum has HTML off which means I can't use HTML anchors, sorry!)

    This Guide focuses on different topics & will suggest ways to achieve a particular result. As with most things there are multiple ways of, For Example, adding a signature, etc. I have mainly focused on one particular way.


    Initial Information

    1 How do you win all this stuff?
    2 How many comps do you enter a day? / How long do you spend entering comps?
    3 How much can I expect to win?
    4 Do you only enter comps from this site? / What about comping mags that you pay for?
    5 How long did you have to wait for your first win?
    6 Do you keep a list of what you enter?
    7 Do you keep a list of what you win?
    8 I'm worried about identity theft from giving out my personal details to enter comps, what do you suggest?
    9 How do you stop loads of spam in your email inbox?
    10 How do you stop loads of spam coming via post to your door?
    11 If you opt in or out of their mailing / 3rd party mailings, does it affect your chances?


    Getting Started (I)

    1 I want to enter comps, what should I do first? / Where do I start?!
    2 Why can't I search for comps that are ending on a certain date?
    3 Does the email address I use affect my chances of winning a comp?
    4 How many times do you enter a comp?
    5 How do you enter so many? / Is there a way to save me having to type in all my info time after time?
    6 Should I put my home number?
    7 A comp site wants me to register before I can enter, what should I do?


    Getting Started (II)

    1 Does it matter what sex you are for entering comps?
    2 How do I keep track of which comps I've entered and what are the green ticks and red crosses for?
    3 When I closed that comp window, there was another window behind it advertising another comp! Shall I enter?
    4 How do I solve the puzzle or answer the question?
    5 I've found a comp I'd like to enter, what should I be aware of?
    6 What tips are there for when I enter an email comp?
    7 What tips are there for when I enter a postcard entry comp?
    8 Are there any comps that can be entered regularly?
    9 Can I enter the radio station / newspaper comps on more than one of the radio station / newspaper websites?
    10 What does it mean when someone posts on a thread 'Check your thanks'?


    More Advanced

    1 What do I do if I see a comp which has already expired / been posted on here? / How do I send a merge request to a Board Guide?
    2 There is a closed comp on the main board, should I do anything?
    3 There is a spam post on the main board, should I do anything?
    4 Sometimes there seems to be the same comp & question on lots of different sites, can I enter them all?
    5 Do you have any tips for entering Rafflecopter comps?
    6 Do you have any tips for the multiple entry comps (Like Real Deal or Golden Balls, etc)?
    7 Do you have any tips for the multiple answer comps (Like Radio Times, Take a Break, Pick Me Up Magazine, Chat Puzzles, etc)
    8 I don't understand the Puzzler thread, there are lots of comps in there but how I do enter them?
    9 Is there an easier way to enter the daily magazine comps that you have 5 or so questions to answer 'No Thanks' to?


    Winning

    1 How long after a comp closes are you notified?
    2 How are winners contacted? / What does the comping jargon actually mean?
    3 Do I have to check if I've won or do I get contacted?
    4 If I win & they ask for money / have to attend a presentation, have I won?
    5 How will I know if it is a genuine prize winning letter / call / email?
    6 OMG! I've won, where can I share my great news?
    7 What happens if my prize doesn't turn up?
    8 Is there anywhere to swap / sell unwanted prizes on here?
    9 How can I put what I've won into the bottom of my posts?
    10 If I win with a company does that stop me winning from them again?


    Posting Comps

    1 How can I find comps to post on here, I've entered loads & want to give some back?
    2 How do I search to see if a comp has been posted?
    3 What is an affiliate link?
    4 Do any sites not want their comps/answers posted?
    5 Why am I unable to post a link/URL for a comp?
    6 How do I post a comp on here?
    7 How can I amend my thread title if I need to?
    8 How can I delete my post if I need to?
    9 How do I do a 'clicky' instead of putting the full URL?
    10 How can I put a picture in my post?
    11 Are there any sites, from experience, which are likely to generate lots of spam?

    Is there a gentler way to flag up that someone has made a mistake?

    I have a question which hasn't been covered here, what should I do?

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    Last edited by VelvetGlove; 06-10-2013 at 12:44 PM.
    Sad because you don't know what to do? Comping question? Take a look in the Comping Guide to find out
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  • angelheart
    thanks fire**fly
    Mortgage Free by Dec 2016
    26/30 payments
    Balance 25,162.45 / 22,840 approx

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    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 25th Oct 12, 12:22 AM
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    weeowens
    Hi

    I hope I am posting in the right place.
    My laptop broke a week ago, and the hard drive has been replaced, wiping all my original links.

    Before this happened I had some short cuts to - today's most popular. I have searched the forum for the past hour looking for it, please can someone help


    thanks K
    Originally posted by angelheart
    Others shortcuts that may be handy are here:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4140535
    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 25th Oct 12, 2:29 PM
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    weeowens
    Hi benches.I'm unsure why you cannot post the edited links.
    Have you tried posting but minus the www or http bit eg on this it would be:
    forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1014121&page=11

    If not just post a few times in "I won" by congratulating a few.I think after about ten congrats you'll be live.
    ETA: Just spotted your signature.If you are posting re your own company that will be frowned upon by MSE.In all probability it will deleted & you may have your account PPR'd.
    Comps from elsewhere are fine :-)
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 25th Oct 12, 3:31 PM
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    fire**fly
    I've tried to post a new competition, without any links at all, and im still getting the error message stating that because im new/havent made enough posts, that I cannot post an article with links in.

    No links in my signature too, disabled auto parsing incase there was some accidental reference, but not applicable

    Help?

    Thanks in advance!
    Originally posted by Benches
    hi, it's because you're a relatively new user
    you can up your postings as well by asking questions/enquiring/loads of hints & tips etc in the

    Compers Chat Corner or

    The Compers Inn Part 39

    hth
    I am alphabetty Duchess fire**fly tinkerbell &
    Official potty potterer, bestowed by Upsidedownbear
    59 F's won,4 honorary,3 half,2 back rounds.
  • downingarms88
    I wonder if you can help me.I saw a posting in one of today's comps about the referrer which implied that this can be used to mask your use of MSE.Is this correct,and if so how do I use it?
    Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place.
    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 27th Dec 12, 2:30 PM
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    weeowens
    I'm not sure where the post is but it has been mentioned a few times on here.

    I prefer a more simple method.I just drag the comp link to a new tab & that "hides" any link back to MSE.
    In reality I think most promotors do not really care that we arrive via MSE as it be a random draw.I've just got into the habit of dragging the link.

    ETA: More info' from # 371 on here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=54006781&highlight=referrer#post5 4006781
    Last edited by weeowens; 27-12-2012 at 2:46 PM.
  • liquidfrisbee
    Been comping for a little while, but just wondered whether there is any issue entering comps from the links given. I seem to remember reading in a post some while ago that we could be tracked from this site, and some competition issuers may not like that. Should I be copying and pasting the link instead?
    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 14th Jan 13, 8:34 PM
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    weeowens
    Been comping for a little while, but just wondered whether there is any issue entering comps from the links given. I seem to remember reading in a post some while ago that we could be tracked from this site, and some competition issuers may not like that. Should I be copying and pasting the link instead?
    Originally posted by liquidfrisbee
    Some have mentioned this so I just now drag all links to a new tab.

    I am now in the habit of doing it on every entry but it has not made a deal of difference to my win rate :-)
  • talbot206
    New member
    I have been a member a few minutes! and really need some advice on where to start how to go about entering competitions and using this useful site. Any help would be most appreciated as I'm feeling lost!
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 17th Jan 13, 8:33 AM
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    fire**fly
    I have been a member a few minutes! and really need some advice on where to start how to go about entering competitions and using this useful site. Any help would be most appreciated as I'm feeling lost!
    Originally posted by talbot206

    hi & welcome
    when i first joined the 1st thing i found was this thread..
    with lots of useful/helpful info to get started..


    Sticky: Comping Guide - Getting Started & Other FAQs

    (123 ... Last Page)

    then started from page 1 of the comps board

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?f=72

    hth & lots of good luck xx





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    I am alphabetty Duchess fire**fly tinkerbell &
    Official potty potterer, bestowed by Upsidedownbear
    59 F's won,4 honorary,3 half,2 back rounds.
    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 17th Jan 13, 8:40 AM
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    fire**fly
    there's also a great board for asking questions/if you need any help etc

    Compers Chat Corner
    Take a seat, this is the place to chat about comps, post hints and tips, ask questions galore and relax after a hard session comping...





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    Last edited by fire**fly; 22-05-2013 at 9:52 PM. Reason: checking links
    I am alphabetty Duchess fire**fly tinkerbell &
    Official potty potterer, bestowed by Upsidedownbear
    59 F's won,4 honorary,3 half,2 back rounds.
  • ameliejacques
    I'm being stupid....
    I am in the thread called Comping Guide - Getting Started... and all the links pointing to the "Comping Guide" take me to the posts about how useful the comping guide is, but I can't find the actual guide. What am I doing wrong?
    Is it one of the posts within this thread?
    I can't find it !

    Thank you
    A
    Amazingly grateful and stunned by those who post these competitions. Thank you, and for all the love on here ! x
    • weeowens
    • By weeowens 5th Feb 13, 7:06 PM
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    weeowens
    I am in the thread called Comping Guide - Getting Started... and all the links pointing to the "Comping Guide" take me to the posts about how useful the comping guide is, but I can't find the actual guide. What am I doing wrong?
    Is it one of the posts within this thread?
    I can't find it !

    Thank you
    A
    Originally posted by ameliejacques

    Hi,just read from page #1: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1014121

    Lots of info there.
  • VelvetGlove
    Update to Comping Guide
    Hi all,

    Done a few amends to Guide this morning:


    Posting Comps > '11 Are there any sites, from experience, which are likely to generate lots of spam?'
    New site (Bouncing-Babies) added to the list.


    More Advanced > '9 Is there an easier way to enter the daily magazine comps that you have 5 or so questions to answer 'No Thanks' to?'
    compsalex is regularly updating his list of variables to put in Roboform so now there is just a link to his thread (thanks compsalex!)


    Getting Started II > '2 How do I keep track of which comps I've entered and what are the green ticks and red crosses for?'
    Now the green tick/red cross icons and useage has settled, the info is now in the Guide along with all new screen shots. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to be able to just point new compers to this section of the Guide to have a read.


    Big thank you to all the compers who PM me to let me know when there is something to amend in the Guide. It may be my name on the posts but it is kept up to date by effort from all of us!

    If you do spot anything on the Forums that you think should be added to / amended in the Guide then please send me a PM - I would prefer 15 different members send me a message about the same thing than everyone thinking someone else will do it & I don't get any!

    Likewise, if you read anything in the Guide that you think may be old or things have changed, please send me a PM. I have read the Guide so many times now that I can't see things for looking!

    Thanks x
    Sad because you don't know what to do? Comping question? Take a look in the Comping Guide to find out
  • suec
    Hi

    I was wondering if anyone could help I did a batch of comping a couple of years ago and I was trying to find a site I used to see if I won anything. Unless I am making the whole thing up in my memory. It was a site you could enter your name to see if your name was on a winning site. The only reason I am asking is that I think I have just missed out on a prize by luck I saw it on a facebook page but I think I am a few days late to claim (I have tried will have to see). I didn;t receive an email as far as I am aware.

  • VelvetGlove
    Hi

    I was wondering if anyone could help I did a batch of comping a couple of years ago and I was trying to find a site I used to see if I won anything. Unless I am making the whole thing up in my memory. It was a site you could enter your name to see if your name was on a winning site. The only reason I am asking is that I think I have just missed out on a prize by luck I saw it on a facebook page but I think I am a few days late to claim (I have tried will have to see). I didn;t receive an email as far as I am aware.
    Originally posted by suec
    Hi suec, I'm afraid I don't know of a site like that.

    You will get a lot more people read your question and possibly be able to give you an answer if you post in our Compers Chat Corner which is for discussions and questions and stuff, rather than this thread which is FAQ for starting to comp.

    There is a lot more 'foot traffic' in the Chat Corner, best of luck with your hunt!
    Last edited by VelvetGlove; 06-04-2013 at 11:25 AM. Reason: Correcting the link, not sure what I put in there!
    Sad because you don't know what to do? Comping question? Take a look in the Comping Guide to find out
  • Wildatheart
    Gosh, i didn't realise there was so much to it. New to this. I've seen a couple of competitions come up on Facebook and wondered whether they were worth the hassle
  • Becky0306
    Gosh, i didn't realise there was so much to it. New to this. I've seen a couple of competitions come up on Facebook and wondered whether they were worth the hassle
    Originally posted by Wildatheart
    they are well worth the hassle, you can win some really cool prizes, but be warned, it's addictive, once you're into it, it's hard to give up....so it's worth to think twice before you start.......x
  • illiterati
    Thanks great thread
  • centsible
    is the guideline for posting comps to include http(s):// or to exclude it? i've realised that when i've duped comps it can be (like today) because I've searched and posted with the full URL, including http://, while the original is a stripped URL, excluding http://
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