I’m still a big, sick baby over here. I did (stupidly) go back to work Monday but that’s really all I’ve been able to do. And now, God help me, J is sick… that’s worse, right? I hope we can all rally for the big wedding weekend!
Last week Anne and I discussed how we use Google Drive for our blog. I walked through how I use it for giveaway information, so to stick with that theme, we’re discussing how to set up a Rafflecopter giveaway.
Honestly, I go back and forth with giveaways. I’ve met some great bloggers that way. And I’ve gained followers who were never interested in a thing I had to offer. I’d rather have friends who genuinely enjoy reading my blog. I also accidentally schedule all of my giveaways to go live at the same time, inundating my readers with gift cards. I’m aware of it and feel like a jerk.
Anyway, Rafflecopter is my go-to when it comes to giveaways! It’s free to use and user-friendly.
On the homepage, take a tour, set up an account, or log in:
Once logged in, select “New Giveaway”:
Add your prize:
And select “Save This Prize”:
Now it’s time to add your entry options. Start by selecting “Add an Entry Option”:
Rafflecopter makes some of the options really easy!
For example, you can select the “Following an Account” option for Twitter. Simply click and add the username!
I always keep the point value at “1” and rarely make an option mandatory. I try to make it easy on myself and everyone else.
Once you enter the username, click the “Save This Option” button:
You can also easily add your own options, like Bloglovin’, etc. Start by selecting “Add Another Option”:
And choose “Invent Your Own!”:
Enter your heading. For example, I added following my blog on Bloglovin:
Below the heading, describe what you need the entrants to do. This is where I add a clickable link to make it easier to follow Bourbon & Lipstick on Bloglovin.
Click the “link” icon:
I start by adding my text:
Then fill in the brackets to link. In the first set of brackets, add the clickable text. In the parentheses, add the URL:
Once that’s complete, you can set your other options, including entry verification, point value, and how many times a person can enter:
Once you’re satisfied, save the option. Repeat this step until all entries are complete!
Since promotion is half the battle with every giveaway, Rafflecopter allows entrants to Tweet a message for an entry point.
Simply select “Tweeting a Message” from the options drop-down, enter the message you want shared, review your choices, and save the option.
Once you’ve completed your entries, it’s time to schedule and share the giveaway!
Again, I appreciate the simplicity of Rafflecopter. To schedule, select a start date and time and an end date and time:
You don’t have to revisit the site or push a submit button; it only requires you input the time!
After you’re scheduled, preview and install!
I preview and check all of the options every. single. time. Why go through all of the work if the links don’t work correctly? I love that Rafflecopter offers this feature!
If all links work correctly, you’re good to go! Grab the code and share it in your post:
The code works for WordPress and Blogger. Make sure to share it with your giveaway partners!
Rafflecopter will email you reminders, and you can go to the site to randomly choose a giveaway winner.
And that’s it! Don’t forget to check out Anne’s post– I’m sure she shared things I forgot!
While we’re on the topic, have you entered our $90 PayPal giveaway this week?