Call me clueless…but I often have trouble with the simplest things.
Easy tutorials (loaded with pictures) are my one true love. And because I find them intensely useful, maybe you might too?!
Today I want to talk about:
This’ll be a super-easy tutorial on how to use rafflecopter.com to run giveaways on your blog! It’s a pretty simple site, but I know it took me a while to figure out the tricks.
Note: This tutorial is only for the FREE version of Rafflecopter.
Step 1: Create a Rafflecopter account.
And just keep in mind: THIS IS FREE. You can pay for an upgraded version, but I’m a cheapskate and I’m only using the free version. Sorry not sorry.
The main page will look like this:
See my super-duper red arrow? Click on: LOG IN.
Now the screen looks like this:
Fill in your details and click: Let Me In.
Note: I do love how the Rafflecopter site has real attitude.
And you’re in!
Step 2: Plan a Giveaway
Click: New Giveaway
First thing you must do is add in your prize:
Note: You can’t add an image unless you pay for an upgrade. Boo.
Step 3: Add in ways to earn points towards your giveaway.
This is the fun part! You can have as many options as you want, though I personally recommend no more than 10. (Otherwise, whoosh, the giveaway looks a bit daunting.)
If you’re a book blogger, like me, here’s some of the options I like to use:
– Friend me on Goodreads
– Follow me on Pinterest
– Share this via Facebook/ your own blog
– Tweet about it
– Pin this image on pinterest
– Like a page on facebook
– Follow my blog
– Do the chicken dance. Just kidding on this one.
A lot of the options ARE locked if you haven’t upgraded, but you CAN do anything with the “Invent Your Own Option!
Most of it’s self-explanatory, but I’ll run you through a few, okay?
How to add the “Tweet This” option:
I like to tag myself, so everytime someone tweets, I’ll get notified. (You might not want to do this, though!) Then I can retweet it. I also add in hashtags. Like for my Alice in Wonderland giveaway last month, I had #win and #AliceinWonderland. You could have #YAbooks #giveaway.
But you only have 120 characters.
How to use the “Invent Your Own” option:
You can literally do anything with this option.
The trick is to leave a link for people to click on. So don’t just say “Follow me on Bloglovin”…leave a DIRECT LINK to your bloglovin’ profile.
This is the thing I didn’t know how to use at first and I notice a lot of giveaways I enter don’t make use of this! It’s awesome. Use it, peoples.
If I’ve made this a “Follow me on Pinterest”, I leave a link inside the box to my Pinterest profile. And so forth, and etc with anything you want to do.
Step 4: Adjust times and preview!
Your page should then look like this:
See? Little linky!
Step 5: Aaaaand you’re done!!
See? Aren’t you marvellous?
Sometimes the rafflecopter widget itself won’t show up on your blog. This (I’ve noticed) is common for WordPress blogs. You have to click a link to get to the giveaway widget. But it still works!
I definitely pick rafflecopter if I want to run a giveaway.
Why? It’s easy! When the giveaway runs out, you can randomly select a winner and BOOM. No sweat on your behalf. (The widget will also automatically have addresses to email.) It’s also clean and tidy and you can past the same widget to multiple pages.
Cait actually left her house this weekend. TWICE. Contrary to popular myth, she is able to leave the quiet safety of her four bedroom walls. She recently fell into a replicated Viking village and had a picnic at the beach. See? Adventurous. Of course, this means she hasn’t read much lately…or written. Her bad.