May 14th : Prep Day
My initial concern about my two-week experiment (entering sweepstakes eight hours per day to see if the quantity and quality of my prize wins increases) was how to find enough sweepstakes to enter for that many hours.
So, I made a brainstorm sheet of locations I could look for sweepstakes when I started the following day. These included local television stations, local radio stations, giveaway and contest searches on Facebook, sweepstakes listed on aggregate contesting sites, and consulting with a book I bought on Amazon called Just Your Luck by Wayne Brown (2017). Brown’s book lists sweepstakes sites and rates each one by giving them a 1-5 star rating.
May 15th: Day One
On my first day I entered sweepstakes for eight hours and entered a total of 126. Now, let me clarify that when I already have a list of daily contests created and can just click the link and autofill the forms, I can enter that many sweeps in about 2 hours. Why was I working at a slower pace over a longer time? Here are my theories.
- I was searching for new contests and had to add each one into an XCEL spreadsheet so that I could properly track the data I’m collecting.
- Even with my prep list, finding new contests to enter can be challenging. I noticed that many different sites listed the same contests, so finding unique ones was time-consuming.
- Many of the new sweepstakes I entered used Gleam forms, on which you can get additional entries into the contest by completing various social media actions. A form fill will not work on these, and often the sites require you to visit each social media link for a minimum of ten seconds.
But overall, I did not feel like it was an eight-hour day. Since I was on a mission to find sweeps, I was busy and concentrating on my goal. I even won one instant win prize on my first day – a Coke FIFA World Cup beach towel!
May 16th: Day Two
On my second day I entered sweepstakes for eight hours and entered a total of 108. On this day I realized that Sweepstakes Advantage has a great list of Facebook sweepstakes, so I did not need to spend as much time searching for them myself.
Some Facebook giveaways use forms that allow you to use your form filler. Others are individual posts where you need to like, comment, and share. I have not read it, but I know that Wendy Limauge, the woman behind Sweeties Sweeps, wrote a book called Learn How to Win Cash and Prizes on Facebook (Social Sweeping 101). If you are not comfortable sweeping using Facebook, perhaps this book will help.
Again, challenged by finding enough sweepstakes to enter, I ended up finding an article that looked promising called ”100 Websites to Submit and Promote Online Contests.” The article was geared toward sweepstakes promoters but did have a comprehensive list of sweepstakes sites. But, much to my disappointment, upon further investigation, the article had many links to non-working sites or sites that were up but had not been updated in years. Most of the more current ones it listed I already knew about.
May 17th: Day Three
On my third day I entered sweepstakes for eight hours and entered 150. This was the first day sweepstaking felt more like a job than a hobby. I was not as excited to be entering them and beginning to feel tired from fitting these extra eight hours into my schedule.
I also got some unwanted results from my increased sweeping. Normally, I enter sweepstakes just 1-2 hours per day and I’ve been doing that about nine years. In all that time I’ve only gotten one scam phone call and one solicitation phone call as a result. But on this day I had an increase in both spam calls and e-mails. I got five or six unwanted phone calls. But since I use a Google Voice number as my sweepstaking phone number, I can easily block numbers from calling again. And this seemed to work because my phone was very quiet on Friday!
May 18th: Day Four
On my fourth day I entered sweepstakes for 5 hours (I had a personal situation that took me away for a large part of the day) and entered 98. My largest challenge was again finding enough sweepstakes to enter. However, I noticed over on the Facebook page for Contest Queen that she was asking for people to submit questions for a live Q&A happening next week on sweepstaking. So, I submitted a question about how to find enough sweepstakes to enter if you do it all day. Hopefully I will have my answer soon!