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Facebook sweepstakes are becoming more common, and giving away bigger prizes.

Facebook sweepstakes are becoming more common, and giving away bigger prizes.

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Facebook helps businesses connect with their customers, share news, and generate buzz about their products. And to help attract people to their Facebook pages, more and more companies are giving away big prizes in Facebook sweepstakes. You can learn more in my Facebook Review.

Many sweepers really love Facebook contests, too. You can see how other sweepers rate Facebook sweepstakes here: Is Facebook Good for Entering Sweepstakes?

If you haven't tried winning through Facebook yet, this easy tutorial will help you get started.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Entering Facebook sweepstakes doesn't take long

Here's How:

  1. Open a Facebook Account

    To enter Facebook sweepstakes, you have to have a Facebook account. Opening an account on Facebook is free and easy to do. To get started, visit Facebook. For step-by-step instructions on how to get started, see Meet People Online With Facebook from About.com's Personal Websites site.

    When you make a Facebook account, you need to be careful about what information you make public. You don't want to display your address, phone number, and other personal information to just anyone. For easy steps to protect your privacy, see this article: Guide to Facebook Privacy.

  2. Find Facebook Sweepstakes to Enter

    Once your Facebook account has been set up, it's time to find Facebook contests to enter. Here are some tips to find Facebook sweepstakes to enter:

    • Facebook Sweepstakes List
      The Facebook Sweepstakes List contains a selection of the biggest and most exciting sweepstakes that require a Facebook account to enter.

    • Facebook Contests in the Sweepstakes Forum:
      Visit the Twitter and Facebook Sweepstakes section of the Sweepstakes Forum.

    • Check Out the Wildfire Sweepstakes Page:
      Wildfire is a company that runs a lot of sweepstakes on Facebook. Visit the Wildfire Sweepstakes Page for a listing.

    • Follow Your Favorite Companies:
      You'll see posts on your wall when companies you follow hold sweepstakes.

    • Follow People who Like Sweepstakes:
      People who like sweepstakes will often post about sweepstakes to enter, or "like" companies offering sweepstakes. You can follow me on Facebook here: About Sweepstakes.
  3. Find the Sweepstakes Rules

    Just like any other sweepstakes, you should always read the sweepstakes rules. Having trouble locating the rules of the sweepstakes you want to enter? Many companies have a separate tab at the top of their Facebook page that lists information about their giveaways.
  4. "Like" the Company's Page on Facebook

    To enter many Facebook sweepstakes, you need to "like" the company's Facebook page. The "Like" button is at the top of the company's Facebook page. When you like a page, you can see a company's updates on your wall, which makes it easy to find additional sweepstakes from the same company. You will also be listed on the company's Facebook page as a fan.

    How to "Unlike" a Company's Page on Facebook

    You can "like" up to 500 pages at once. If you have too many company's liked, or you aren't enjoying their updates, you can stop liking a company by visiting their page and unchecking the Like button. If you want to continue to follow a company, but you don't want to read all their posts, you can also stop companies' posts from appearing on your Facebook wall without "unliking" them.

  5. Enter Your Sweepstakes Information in the Entry Form

    Most Facebook sweepstakes use a standard sweepstakes entry form. The Facebook Promotions Guidelines prohibit companies from taking contact information directly from your Facebook profile.
  6. Share Basic Facebook Information

    After you submit the entry form, many people will ask you to allow them to install an app which will give them access to some of your information. Common requests include basic information, which allows them to see your publicly-displayed information, and the ability to make posts on your wall. Use your judgment when sweepstakes ask for lots of access to your account.

    After the sweepstakes is over, you can remove Facebook applications that you no longer need.

  7. Tell Your Friends about the Facebook Sweepstakes?

    After you enter, many companies will ask whether you want to tell your friends about the Facebook sweepstakes. You can choose individual friends to tell or skip the step altogether. If you want, you can also share sweepstakes only with interested friends, to avoid annoying your friends who don't enter sweepstakes.
  8. Share the Sweepstakes on Your Facebook Wall?

    Many companies will ask whether you want to share the word about their sweepstakes on your Facebook wall. You can choose to post the sweepstakes, skip this step, or you can use a Facebook list to share the giveaway with only the friends you know will be interested,
  9. Voila! You've Entered a Facebook Contest

    Congratulations, you've just entered your first Facebook sweepstakes. Now you just need to wait to be notified that you're a winner. Many sweepstakes will do this through a direct message on Facebook and/or by posting the name of the winner on their Facebook page.

What You Need

  • A Facebook account.
  • Facebook Sweepstakes to enter.

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