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  Old  September 14th, 2010, 2:10am     #1
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I am talking Sunday Morning about blogging and the contests on blogs and would like some input
Was wondering what types of information people would like? I have a half an hour including questions and idea is to present how to enter/win/understand blog contests from a blogger who is also a sweeper.

Any questions or thoughts are most appreciated!

PLUS...if you are going please feel free to ask me questions at the end of my talk!

Wendy

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  Old  September 14th, 2010, 11:13am     #2
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I have a question you can address.......When I enter blogs I usually have a place specifically to put name and email......Then a box to enter a comment or whatever they are asking for. Do I need to put my email again in this comment box.....

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  Old  September 14th, 2010, 1:50pm     #3
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That is a good question. Sometimes in the instructions ( which you really should take a moment to read) the blogger asks for you to put your email in the comments section to qualify. If they do always write it like this:

xxx at xxx dot com or some variation to reducr the chance that it gets into the hands of spammers.

If they don't ask for it specifically it is up to you to provide. I always do to make sure they can get me the notice of a win. If you choose not to, make sure that in your profile that is connected to the account you are using to enter that blog contest is set to be open to the public in regards to email..otherwise the blogger will have no idea how to contact you.

Does that make sense?

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  Old  September 14th, 2010, 2:44pm     #4
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Thanks Wendy...Yes it does make sense..

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  Old  September 20th, 2010, 1:48pm     #5
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I am going.......
Thought that I would not be able to.

I am confused on Blog sweeps. I just do not understand them.

They puzzle me.

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  Old  September 20th, 2010, 1:57pm     #6
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so ask me a few direct questions and let me take a stab at answering them!

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  Old  September 20th, 2010, 2:48pm     #7
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  Old  September 20th, 2010, 8:57pm     #8
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I would like to know if the prizes are really given out (on blogging contests) from folks who have "won" or not won - if they know if someone really won the prize and are blogs really worth the effort. I think that would be a good point to discuss at Hershey. I did hear from one speaker that those who give the prizes are not really obligated to do so and may not if they are not satisfied the blog was a good "advertising" tool.
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  Old  September 21st, 2010, 8:18am     #9
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Here are a few of my ??`s
How do you enter a blog? (Type a valid response in cube?, It is for public view etc)

What makes a blog differant then a regular sweep?

Do most blogs just use your email addy or do some have fields where you hit all your information(NAZ)?

I just plainly do not UNDERSTAND them, probably making more out of it then needed WINK...

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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 1:29pm     #10
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What is the best way to track blogs you entered to win prizes on? I noticed some require you to check back to see winner's name posted.
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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 1:36pm     #11
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Good question! Yes, most prizes are really given out with some small exceptions. They are worth the effort because the pool is much smaller that they draw from. As far as obligation, there is no law at this time that regulates blog contests but most sponsors don't want bad word of mouth and do award the prizes. The commitment in my experience is not judged on the response.

There are a few reasons why prizes dont get awarded:

(1) Sponsor closes up shop before fufillment
(2) Blogger does not forward info to sponsor
(3) PR agency who is handling the contest does not respond
(4) Blogger keeps the prize for themselves

These things are rare ( really they are) but they do happen.

I hope this answers your question. if not ask me more!



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I would like to know if the prizes are really given out (on blogging contests) from folks who have "won" or not won - if they know if someone really won the prize and are blogs really worth the effort. I think that would be a good point to discuss at Hershey. I did hear from one speaker that those who give the prizes are not really obligated to do so and may not if they are not satisfied the blog was a good "advertising" tool.

Wendy

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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 1:39pm     #12
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Also good questions!

There are a variety of ways to enter a blog contest:

(1) comment in the box re: what you are asked to do ie: follow, go to site to learn smething, etc.
(2) fill out simple entry form
(3) tweet or leave facebook info

The main difference is that the draw pool is smaller and it is not regukated by any laws other then the FTC disclosure law.

Some just want email some want full address....it varies.


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How do you enter a blog? (Type a valid response in cube?, It is for public view etc)

What makes a blog differant then a regular sweep?

Do most blogs just use your email addy or do some have fields where you hit all your information(NAZ)?

I just plainly do not UNDERSTAND them, probably making more out of it then needed WINK...

Wendy

Come check out my blog! I have lots of giveaways with low entries all the time!

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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 1:41pm     #13
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Best way to track that I know of is to create a google re-occuring search to send you an email when your name, email address, or screen name appears anywhere on the net!




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What is the best way to track blogs you entered to win prizes on? I noticed some require you to check back to see winner's name posted.

Wendy

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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 2:44pm     #14
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What is the best way to track blogs you entered to win prizes on? I noticed some require you to check back to see winner's name posted.
I use Excel to keep track of the blogs that I enter.













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  Old  September 22nd, 2010, 7:49pm     #15
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That is also a great suggestion!


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I use Excel to keep track of the blogs that I enter.













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