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Where to Get Contest Votes

How to Get People to Vote for Your Contest Entries

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Many contests use votes to choose their finalists or winners. Even if you have a fantastic entry, you'll need votes to take home the prize. Here are some ideas about where you can find votes for your contest entry.

1. Get Votes in the 'Vote Requests' Section of Sweepstakes Forums

Lots of sweepers need votes to win, so many sweepstakes forums have a special section devoted just to vote requests. This is a great place to post the news about your contest entry and ask people to help you win.

Bonus tip: Make sure to read through the other vote requests in the forum and vote for your fellow sweepers. Most people will be more than happy to return the favor.

2. Put Your Vote Requests in Your Forum Signatures

There's another way to get contest votes from forums as well. Most forums allow you to put a link into your forum signature, which is attached to every post you make. So adding a simple signature link inviting other forum members to vote can be very effective. You can do this in any kind of forum that you frequent, not just sweepstakes forums.

Bonus Tip: Make sure you don't come across as too commercial or "spammy" with your forum posts. Genuinely participate in the forum by asking questions, having conversations, or answering questions from other forum members, and let your signature speak for itself.

3. Add Vote Requests to Your Email Signature

Just like you can add a signature to your forum posts, you can also add a signature to your email. By writing a sentence or two about your contest that invites readers to vote for you, you can give yourself a new chance to get a vote every time you email a friend or acquaintance.

4. Use Twitter to Generate Contest Votes

Twitter is a website that lets you connect with lots of other people -- which makes it perfect for asking for contest votes. If you take the time to develop a network of friends on Twitter, you'll have lots of people that you can tell about your contest entry, and ask for votes.

Bonus Tip: In order to utilize Twitter well, don't be too commercial with your vote requests. Take the time to follower people who really interest you, both among your friends and family and who share interests with you. Post about things other than your vote requests as well, and don't go overboard with the number of times you ask for votes.

5. Get People to Vote for You On Facebook

Facebook is a powerful way to get people to vote for your contest entry. You can contact your own friends and family members through Facebook, or use Facebook Groups and Events to spread the word about your contest entry.

If you don't have a Facebook account yet, you can read my tips on Getting Started with Facebook. As well as getting people to vote for you, you can also enter many contests and sweepstakes through Facebook.

6. Ask for Votes Through Your Blog

A blog is an online journal, which can be used for anything from your day-to-day musings to sharing your knowledge about a specific topic, like sweepstakes. If you have a blog already, you can ask your readers to help you win your contest by voting. You can also start a blog and write about your sweepstakes experiences, which could attract people who'll be happy to vote for you. Having your own blog can also make it easier to enter blog contests.

If you don't have a blog already, read Create a Blog in 5 Steps from About.com's Blogging Guide.

7. Ask Your Friends and Family

When you're collecting your contest votes, don't forget to ask the people you know in person to log in and vote for you. You'd be surprised how many votes you can generate when you ask your friends to ask their friends. Those votes could be the difference between winning a big contest and losing.

8. Final Note about Getting Votes for Contests

Before you use any of these methods to get more votes for contest entries, make sure you read the rules of each contest carefully. Some contests put restrictions on if and how you can attract people to vote for your entry. Make sure you don't accidentally disqualify yourself by overlooking these rules!

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