Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Starting a Blog: How to Run Giveaways

Hey everyone!
It's been a while since I've done a post in my Starting a Blog series, and I wanted to do a whole post on giveaways for you! I'm going to share a few of my do's and don'ts for running giveaways and I'm also going to share some tips and tricks with you! If you haven't seen other posts in this series, you can click here to get the full list!

Do:
1) Have good intentions
It's easy to think that giveaways are going to boost your blog following, and while that can be true, most times the growth spurt you receive after a giveaway goes live is short lived. Have good intentions with your giveaways and do them to give back to your readers!

2) Follow rules
Depending on your host, there may be some rules you need to abide by. For example, you can't make "liking" a video an entry on youtube or you can get suspended from your account. Be aware of the rules and regulations and even if others are breaking these rules, try to follow them!

Don't:
1) Run too many!
There is such a thing as too many giveaways! You want to space them out a little bit, just to see your analytics and figure out how your demographics and other statistics change after an influx of new readers and followers.

For me, personally, I use Rafflecopter for my giveaways. It's super easy and I like how it compiles the data. If you're running it on youtube, however, you're going to need to go through everything manually, which is super time consuming, but there's no other way to do it!

As for what to giveaway? I like to giveaway things that I know people won't have. So for me, I like to giveaway a lipstick and let the winner choose the color or something like that!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and don't forget to check out my other starting a blog posts! There is a giveaway coming really soon for you guys, so subscribe to my youtube channel as it'll be going live on there later this week!
-Sisi
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