If you’re like many other new bloggers, you’ve yet to establish enough of a subscriber base so that advertisers are coming to you with money for advertising. This is why so many new bloggers opt to use affiliate marketing or Google Adsense to generate revenue from their website. Since your website profit depends primarily upon your traffic levels, it would make sense to offer the sort of content that draws large crowds – like free blog or website giveaways.
I don’t know about you, but I love free stuff. I know that whenever I see an ad that looks like a legitimate free promotion or contest, I usually will check it out just to see if submitting my name for the promotion is really free. In fact, most marketers will tell you that the word “free” is one of the most effective advertising keywords in the world. For that reason, it’s no surprise that people type the word “free” into search engines over 10,000 times a day. So, you can imagine how powerful it could be for your website traffic if you offer a promotion to your readers that’s absolutely free.
Don’t Have Any Money? Don’t Worry!
You may appreciate the value of giving free blog giveaways to your readers, but you don’t really have the cash to invest in buying a cool product that you can offer as a promotion. Don’t worry – you can offer promotions and giveaways to your readers through cool website widgets that you can embed right on your blog. Using these widgets, you can present the opportunity for your readers to win amazing prizes or get free products directly from the convenience of your website. Let’s take a look at 5 very cool blog giveaway promotions that you can integrate directly into your website.
The first widget that I have to mention is ContestMachine, simply because it’s so cool and very convenient. ContestMachine is a little different than the other options that I’m going to cover because it isn’t a 3rd party running a contest that you can tap into. Instead it allows you to dream up your own contest idea, and ContestMachine handles accepting entries, choosing a winner and distributing the prize.
This allows you the flexibility of offering a tailored contest and prize that matches the content and theme of your blog, but it also means you need to buy the prize that you’re going to give away to your readers. ContextMachine offers 4 levels of pricing depending on the number of contests a month you’ll run, but there is a free account where you can run 2 contests a month limited to 100 entries per contest.
Giveaway of the Day is a very cool website that offers visitors a free giveaway every day. As a blogger, you can embed the Giveaway of the Day widget onto your blog so that your visitors can see what the free item of the day is and how much time is remaining on the offer.
If your readers like the item that’s available that day, they can click on the widget and submit their information. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to offer your readers free stuff without having to come up with it yourself!
Have you heard of the annual HGTV Dream Home Sweepstakes? Every year, HGTV offers an impressive multi-million dollar home to a lucky winner. Some families have made it a yearly tradition to submit their information to the contest with the dream of one day living in such a home. Well, now HGTV offers the dream home sweepstakes widget.
Embed this dream home giveaway into your blog and let your readers dream big. Who knows, one of them might actually win! This widget would be perfect for any blog focused on money, frugal living and discounts, or free promotions.
The “free stuff” widget that I’m most excited about, and plan to use on a few of my own blogs, is the Free-ebooks.net Free eBooks Widget. Not too long ago, I wrote an article about how you can make money selling eBooks. Well, you can also make money by giving away free eBooks on your blog. Even better, with this widget you can give away free eBooks that you didn’t even have to write yourself!
All you have to do is select the category of free eBooks you want the widget to display (meaning you can customize it for almost any blog), then select the color scheme and the size and embed the resulting code into your blog. Now your visitors can immediately download from a long list of free eBooks dedicated to the same topic that you discuss on your blog.
The last cool widget for offering free giveaways to your readers is the one offered by EcoBunga! – a niche giveaway site that offers free stuff and deals for green (as in ecologically friendly) products. The widget that automatically updates with EcoBunga’s best offers is the one that you want.
While this widget is very convenient and offers a nice logo for Ecobunga at the top, you can actually create a widget like this of your own for any website out there that offers free deals or giveaways and includes an RSS feed. As long as the giveaway site provides an RSS feed, you can display those giveaway updates on your site by using tools like Scrollbox or Feed Source.
One day you may be bringing in so much revenue that you can afford to purchase some cool, large prizes and offer amazing contests for your readers, but until then these widgets let you incorporate free stuff and cool contests into your blog without any investment required.
Do you offer contests or free stuff on your blog? Have you ever won anything from these kind of online sweepstakes? Share your experiences in the comments section below.