The Internet is a great place to find competitions and prize draws. In fact, by the time you read this, it has probably overtaken the number of competitions available in the ‘brick and mortar’ world. If you want to participate in competitions to try your hand at winning all kinds of interesting prizes, online is a good place to start.
There are literally thousands of competitions available on a daily basis, making finding prizes easy and convenient. And once you get up to speed entering competitions in the comfort of your own home, it may very well become a new hobby!
Where to locate competitions
Prize draws are very easy to locate. A simple search on Google for “win a…” will display hundreds of sites, but there are also specialist competition sites available where you can find prizes organised by category. FreebieShare.co.uk’s Free Competitions section (see our main navigation bar) also has a roundup of popular competitions. All are free to enter for UK residents aged 18 and over. Social networking platforms are excellent places to find competitions. Follow your favourite brands on Facebook and Twitter and you will no doubt see prize draws, usually on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Prizes available to win
You may be surprised at the vast range of prizes up for grabs. You can win all kinds of things online, from low value items like books and shopping vouchers, right up to high value items like cars and holidays. The more valuable the prize, the more entrants there often is. As such, your chances of winning may be less than for lower value prizes. It can still be worthwhile entering high value competitions, but you may find better luck on draws with a greater number of prizes, such as vouchers. Other popular prizes include: smartphones, laptops/tablets, weekend breaks, household goods, food hampers, cooking courses, etc.
Competition entry advice
If you intend on entering lots of competitions, it is worthwhile setting up a secondary e-mail account from a provider such as Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com. To enter a draw, most operators will ask you to provide your e-mail address and subscribe to a newsletter. If you enter dozens of competitions, your primary e-mail account could quickly become overwhelmed. Therefore, having another account just for comping is highly recommended.
Entering lots of competitions can take up quite a bit of time, especially if you’re having to fill out multiple entry forms. One way to speed up the process is to use automatic form-filling software. Nowadays, basic form filling can be handled by your Web browser, but dedicated software like Roboform is also available.
Maximise your chances of winning
Depending on your aim, you will likely adopt some form of tactic to try and win. While entering the odd competition just for fun requires no particular approach, if you are entering many competitions, it is best to formulate a plan. This could involve entering a set number of competitions a day, entering draws with specific prizes, or going for contests with multiple prizes. For example, if you would like to win a car, you may decide to just enter car competitions. Not fussy about what you win? Then enter as many competitions as possible. Of course, there are no guarantees that you will emerge as the lucky winner, but regularity and persistence is often rewarded after a certain length of time.