Long before I was a blogger, and even longer before I was even a blog reader, I was a sweepstaker. A “giveaway enthusiast” if you will. Yes, I loved to win prizes. I came by it honest; my mom entered sweepstakes by mail in the ’80s, and I remember when she won his and hers 10 speed bicylces from Del Monte. They also sent along Del Monte themed stuffed animals (like a pineapple and peach). To this day I still have them! 🙂
I got into sweepstakes while in graduate school (don’t ask me how I had time…I have no idea). I won lots of really fun things over the years, perhaps the most amazing of which was a trip to Peru for a National Geographic Explorer adventure. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.
And now I’m on this side of giveaways. I get to host them and play Santa Claus several times each week, sending out congratualtory emails to my fabulous readers to tell them that they are prize winners. It is always a highlight of my day to do so.
Since I am now in the business of advertising giveaways, I thought I’d share with you my top 5 picks for places online to go to win prizes. I’ve chosen these sites based on the amount of traffic they send my way. Lots of traffic means that lots of contest enterers frequent those sites, and that means that they are good!
1. Online-Sweepstakes. Hands down, this is THE place to go online if you are serious about entering giveaways. It is where I got my start, and it continues to be my number one source of referral traffic. You can use the site for free, but the premium subscription is worth it, and I know from personal experience (that trip to Peru was a premium listing when I entered). If you decide to join, would you mind listing nothyself as your referral? Thanks!
2. Tightwad in Utah. This blogger has a running list of giveaways that are ending soon and that have low entries. Low entries means better odds to win!
3. Contest Girl. Great comprehensive list of all kinds of online sweepstakes, organized by category.
4. Just Sweep. Another contest directory. I love the different ways you can choose to view giveaways on this site (like by location!). I also love the “pinterest” type look to to their site. Very visual!
5. I Love Giveaways. I’m fairly new to listing my stuff here, but I’ve seen a good bit of traffic. Don’t miss the instant win tab. Those are always fun to do when you have a handful of minutes to spare.
I hope you find some great new giveaways to enter, and that you will soon find yourself winning prizes! If you found this post through a web search or Pinterest and are new here, I hope you’ll consider subscribing! I have several giveaways every single week!