What Materials Do You Need to Start Entering Online Sweepstakes?One of the great things about entering sweepstakes online is that it's so easy and inexpensive to start, and the payoff can be so large! (You only need three things to get started entering sweepstakes online:
- A computer
- An internet connection (the faster, the better)
- Sweepstakes to enter
Your First Steps to Enter Sweepstakes Online:Step 1: Before you dive into entering online sweepstakes, take a moment to consider the information you use on sweepstakes forms. This can help you recognize sweepstakes win more easily, protect your privacy, and avoid scams. Click here for more information.
Step 2: Next, you'll need to find sweepstakes to enter. You can find lots of online sweepstakes on About.com Contests. You might enjoy starting with these sweepstakes lists:Sweepstakes to Enter page to see all of my lists, or my article, Top Ways to Find New Sweepstakes for more ideas.
Step 3: Learn to handle difficult sweepstakes. Sometimes, you'll come across sweepstakes that are difficult to enter. The problem may be with your computer setup, or the sponsor may be having technical trouble. Read about what to do when sweepstakes don't work. Sweepstakes that use Flash often act up as well; here are some tips about how to make Flash sweepstakes work. And if you're still having trouble, report your problem to the sponsor and in the Sweepstakes Problems and Solutions section of the Sweepstakes Forum, where other sweepers may be able to offer suggestions.
Step 4: Enter regularly, and don't lose patience. The secret to winning sweepstakes is patience, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Especially when you've never won a prize, it can seem like a waste of time if you don't win as quickly as you'd hoped. Sometimes, people win within days of starting to enter, and sometimes it takes months. But if you keep at it, you will win. You can read other sweepers' reports on how long it took to win their first sweepstakes prizes to get a better idea of how much it varies. If you're starting to feel discouraged, you can also read how to beat sweepstakes burnout.
Step Five: Make sure you don't overlook any prize wins. It doesn't do you any good to win if you aren't able to claim your prizes! See the following articles for more information:
- What to Expect After You Win
- How Sweepstakes Notify Winners
- What Do Winning Emails Look Like?
- Why You May Have to Fill Out an Affidavit When You Win
- More articles about what happens after you win
This should give you everything you need to get started with online sweepstakes. If you have any questions, click the "comments" link below. And be sure to tune in tomorrow for Getting Started with Sweepstakes Part 2: Sweep More Effectively and Win More.