New to competitions - Any tips?

Hi! Relatively new to the world of competitions and was wondering what the more active users top tips would be in relation to actually winning something? As much as I would love to win a car (desperately needed!), a dream holiday (as we all would like after a year of lockdown!) or substantial amount of cash deposited into my bank account, I know my changes are pretty slim! 

What has been the best things you've won? On average, how much do you win in an average 6 month period? Would be good to hear your thoughts.

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  • Ms_DeeMs_Dee Forumite
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    This is what I posted to someone who also recently joined:
    'Welcome to the world of comping.
    To enter the most competitions it's best to have all social media accounts - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram etc.
    I'd also recommend when you see a Rafflecopter or Gleam to enter them too (I win mostly from these!)
    Also join all of the magazine websites in the mag daily section and the Love it magazine site.
    For less spam calls, make sure you check if a phone number is required, often the box will be there but it isn't required, so don't fill it out if they don't require it! Make sure you check the tick boxes, some are after the submit button so scroll further down.
    I enter competitions on a couple of sites as there isn't as many listed here as there once was, BUT make sure you don't enter twice and duplicate yourself, if one entry is required. (with Gleams and Rafflecopters, you can tell if you've already entered before, most social media you can tell too, but free forms aren't so obvious)
    Only spend time on competitions you want to win.
    If you find a low entry competition, you've got a higher chance of winning, but please do feel free to share it on here.
    If you find yourself not enjoying it anymore, take a break and come back, no need to do it if it feels a chore.
    Enjoy and Good Luck!
    Feel free to join the Compers challenge 2021!! if you haven't already, it can help with enjoyment if you can cross something off on the challenge list and we are a good bunch.  3'

    My biggest prizes have been a camper van holiday (Which we had to cancel, due to our animal being really ill) and a Large TV.
    I used to win anywhere from 2-12 prizes a month, most prizes were from Facebook or Gleam competitions, mainly small prizes but all that I could enjoy or gift. 
    This year has been completely different though, I've only won, one prize which was a character for a game online, through a gleam competition wroth £8.99.
    But I need to up my game again, I used to enter anywhere from 50-100+ competitions a day.
    Thank you to everyone who posts competitions and good luck to everyone who enters.
  • mjm3346mjm3346 Forumite
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    nelly1111 said:
    Hi! Relatively new to the world of competitions and was wondering what the more active users top tips would be in relation to actually winning something? As much as I would love to win a car (desperately needed!), a dream holiday (as we all would like after a year of lockdown!) or substantial amount of cash deposited into my bank account, I know my changes are pretty slim! 

    What has been the best things you've won? On average, how much do you win in an average 6 month period? Would be good to hear your thoughts.
    There are several sites out there listing competitions (easy to find with a search engine) - try them to see which you prefer then sticking to one makes it easier to manage - you may want a listing by prize type (one site has 30 different prize categories) prize value, entry method, near closing etc - not just all competitions in the order of the last post on a thread which is the default for this site (which you can change a bit) 
  • nelly1111nelly1111 Forumite
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    Thanks. I've seen something about rafflecopter and gleam but I don't understand what exactly they are! Can someone help me understand please?

    Also how do you determine what is legit as some sites ask for your address etc which I always find a bit personal and makes me think they've got all my details for fraudulent purposes if its not a real comp.
  • Ms_DeeMs_Dee Forumite
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    nelly1111 said:
    Thanks. I've seen something about rafflecopter and gleam but I don't understand what exactly they are! Can someone help me understand please?

    Also how do you determine what is legit as some sites ask for your address etc which I always find a bit personal and makes me think they've got all my details for fraudulent purposes if its not a real comp.
    This was my post on Gleams that I put on my blog.

    What is Gleam?
    Gleam is a competition hosting platform where people can upload competitions with different tasks, you can set mandatory tasks or just regular tasks or even set daily tasks (which is usually optional to enter daily or not.) For example: Visit a Facebook Page = 1 entry, Follow on Twitter = 3 entries, Follow on Pinterest = 1 entry and so on. There are a couple of different accounts you can have, if you are hosting lots of competitions then you may need a paid account, if you are only hosting a couple you can use their free accounts and if you are entering competitions it is all free to enter.

    You can view the number of entries you have in a giveaway at the top left of the widget.
    The total number of entries, from everyone who has entered is often shown in the top middle (although sometimes are not, if the promoter has turned this option off) and the time left of the competition is usually the top right of the widget.

    EXAMPLE:
     

    Once you've logged in and linked your accounts, you shouldn't have any problems entering competitions, just click and go.

    Most competitions that ask for your address are genuine magazine sites, I am very wary if they aren't and try and get to know the company a bit better by looking on their social media and reviews etc. A lot of competitions usually just ask for your name and email address as a required entry, which is standard and only ask for your address if you win, so they can send your prize. 
    Those that ask for your address before hand, sometimes send a prize without making you aware, I love a surprise delivery.
    Thank you to everyone who posts competitions and good luck to everyone who enters.
  • nelly1111nelly1111 Forumite
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    Ah yes they use this on HotUKdeals for their competitions. Thanks for taking the time to explain, much appreciated.

    All the best and good luck with your comping  x 
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