From the article: Methods for Using Voting in Contests
Unlike sweepstakes, the winners of contests are determined by skill. But the exact method of choosing the winner varies from contest to contest. For example, there are different ways of using votes to pick contest winners, and different criteria for how the entries will be judged. Does the way a contest chooses winner determine whether or not you'll enter? Why or why not? What things do you look for in a contest you want to enter? Share your opinion here! Tell Us Your Opinion
- It's my opinion that what makes a good contest to enter is the "odds" of winning, such as local contests that aren't really known about.
need to win
- Have been trying to win Publisher Clearing House from 1-16-11 haven't won anything yet but I'am still trying hard to win big so thing could be better for us I Like to send a donateing to some one I know the child have Cystic Fibroses but I can't help I don't have the kind of money send for her I feel I can't do anything I feel thing a going down hill's, and I Like to fixed's up my house , My husband has a recliner that I would Love to get rid of it has black tap covering all the ribs that is so bad. sometime I don't know what else to do, I do need to win the pch.
- —Guest Diana
Good Contest to Enter
- Numerous,high quality,interesting prize awards are always an entry attraction.
- —Guest chuck
contests in general
- I stick to the well known sponsers when entering contests. Less redirecting to other websites.
- —Guest chuck
Popularity Contest or Cooking Contest?
- First of all, I think this practice by some food companies that sponsor recipe/cooking contests that ultimately rely on popularity votes to pick their winner is downright mean-spirited and middle schoolish/high schoolish. There are recipe/cooking contests for children out there too that rely on popularity votes, and I think it's especially damaging to children's self-esteem who believed in their skills and recipe--that it can stand on its own merit, but did not make the cut because they just simply didn't earn the most votes. So, is it a cooking/recipe contest or mr./ms. popularity contest? It must not matter, as long as they sell a box, a can or two. That's the bottomline, I think.
- I'd like to see more cash contests from well known sites, and companies. I am single and live alone. Most of my friends are married. I'd have difficulty finding someone to go on a trip. More and more, I see fewer or no cash sweeps. Thanks for what you do.
- —Guest pickynickie
If you've got a good shot at winning
- Creative contests can take a lot of work and preparation to enter - which means that less people enter creative contests and you're competing against a smaller group of people than with a sweepstakes. I only enter creative contests that I feel I have a REAL shot at winning (voting or no voting). If I read a creative contest description and I don't instantly think of a story, photo or recipe idea (based on the entry criteria) then I don't put the effort into entering.
I prefer less emphasis on votes
- I prefer to enter contests that don't totally rely on votes to pick their winners. I've won contests that needed votes in the past, but I like more involvement from judges.