How to Start Offering Giveaways on Your Blog

How to Make Money Blogging: Learn How To Start Offering Giveaways On Your Blog

A question I have heard over and over during the past few years is: “How do I start offering giveaways on my blog?” I get the impression that many new bloggers think you must have a big blog or super secret sources in order to host giveaways on your blog.

Well, guess what? There is no super secret society one must be admitted to in order to run giveaways and you don’t have to have amazing traffic, either.

No matter the size of your blog, if you’ve built up a loyal readership of people who respect your opinion, there are many companies who would love to offer a giveaway to your readers. They are excited to have the opportunity to showcase their product to your audience.

Here are four simple ways to get started offering blog giveaways:

1) Give something of your own away.

When I was very new to blogging and didn’t know any better, I often paid for my own giveaways. In fact, I often gave away products that I personally owned and no longer needed. I still do this almost every month, just for fun.

While this can get expensive — especially when you add on shipping costs — it is an excellent way to “get your feet wet” when it comes to giveaways. When you approach a company regarding running a giveaway (see next point), you’ll likely have better success in procuring a giveaway if you can show them that you’ve successfully run giveaways in the past.

If you use Swagbucks, you could give away a gift card you’ve earned through them. That way, it doesn’t cost you actual money out of pocket. And readers love gift card giveaways.

2) Approach companies and ask if they’ll run a giveaway.

If you don’t have companies beating your door down to request that you do a giveaway with them, start getting proactive! Have a product or website that you love, write and ask them if they’d consider running a giveaway on your blog. It’s that easy!

Be professional, be concise, and make sure to clearly explain how running a giveaway on your blog would be a win for their company. I’d recommend that you share your blog stats with them, link to a recent giveaway you’ve run, and share why you feel their product or website is well-suited to your blog’s audience. In addition, I’d state upfront two ideas you have for a giveaway but also convey that you’re open to other ideas they might have.

3) Ask for a contact from another blogger who has run a giveaway.

Has one of your blogging friends run a giveaway with a company that you think would also be a great fit for your blog? Ask them if they’d be willing to pass along their contact at that company to you.

Now, please don’t abuse this idea! Most bloggers are happy to share their contacts with you, but don’t expect or demand that they must share all their contacts with you as most bloggers work hard to establish relationships with PR and Advertising companies. But if they are willing to share, this can be a great way to get a direct contact for a person at a company or PR Agency which is likely interested in running giveaways on blogs.

4) Respond to a press release with a giveaway pitch.

Once you’ve been blogging for a little while, you’ll often begin to receive press releases about new products from companies and PR Agencies. If you’re interested in the product and think it would be a great fit for your blog’s audience, consider writing back and pitching a giveaway. Companies are sending out a press release to garner buzz for their product, so they’ll often bite on a giveaway pitch.

If you’re a new blogger or thinking about starting a blog, read my series on blogging.

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
photo by Ginger from Just One of the Boys

Just a reminder, in case you missed my post this morning…

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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-up

Educational Deals & Freebies

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

LEGO City Motorcycle Set for $6.97: Amazon has their LEGO City Motorcycle Set on sale for $6.97. This set includes a firefighter mini figure with a fire extinguisher, a fire motorcycle, a recycling container that features an opening lid, and 2 flames. There are several other LEGO sets on sale as well, including the LEGO City Surfer Rescue Set – $6.99, LEGO City Police ATV Set – $6.97, LEGO City Fire Chief Car – $9.19, LEGO City Recycling Truck Set – $24.95, LEGO 405-Piece Ultimate Building Set – $28.99, LEGO Bricks & More Pink Brick Box – $14.97, LEGO Ninjago Warrior Bike Set – $13.19, and LEGO Castle Gatehouse Raid Set – $25.99.

$20 LeapFrog Digital Download Card for $12.99: Amazon has a $20 LeapFrog Digital Download Card available for just $12.99. This card works with all LeapPad Learning Tablets, LeapsterGS, Leapster Explorer, and LeapReader, and can be used to download learning game, eBooks, audio books, videos, music, and more from the LeapFrog App Center.

Free Kindle e-Books for Kids: There are several free Kindle e-Books for kids available for download including Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep, Black Beauty, Butterflies, ABC Animals, Rocky at the Farm, 25 Winter Stories for Children, and The Discontent Ray of Sunshine.

Playmobil Cat & Kittens Playset for $7.99: Amazon has their Girl with Cat & Kittens Playset on sale for $7.99. This set includes one figure, a cat, kittens, cat basket, ball of yarn and other accessories. There are several other Playmobil sets on sale as well including Playmboil Three Wise Kings – $13.25, Playmobil Koala Bears with Kangaroo Set – $9.84, Playmobil Carrying Case Vet Clinic Set – $12.99, Playmobil Rescue Ambulance – $19.99, Playmobil School Bus – $19.99, Playmobil Living Room Set – $19.86, and Playmobil Speed Boat – $21.21.

Rory’s Story Cubes for $6.99: Purchase Rory’s Story Cubes for just $6.99. The Rory’s Story Cubes Game is a pocket-sized game that is ideal for promoting creativity, imagination, and story-telling abilities.

Free Blank Writing Pages: 3 Dinosaurs has a free set of Blank Writing Pages available for download. These pages are available in both landscape and portrait orientation, and there are a variety of different line sizes to choose from.

Melissa & Doug Felt Food Sandwich Set for $15.20: Purchase the Melissa & Doug Felt Food Sandwich Set for just $15.20. This 33-piece play set includes a variety of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments that children can use to create hundreds of different sandwiches.

Spot It! Game for $8.99: Amazon has their Spot It! Game on sale for $8.99. This game of visual perception includes five challenging ways to play for hours of play for 2 to 8 players, and it develops focus, visual perception, speech-language skills, and fine motor skills. Since this game is packaged in a travel sized tin, it’s portable enough for on-the-go play as well.

Free 2013 New Years Memory Book: Royal Baloo has a free 2013 New Years Memory Book available for download. There are two other booklets available for download as well – an ABC booklet and a countdown booklet.

LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket for $13.49: Amazon has their LeapFrog Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket on sale for $13.49. This set encourages little ones to explore shapes, colors, and manners along with fun learning songs. The 14-piece picnic set includes 6 food items, 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 cups, 1 blanket and 1 basket. Plus, parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path for customized learning ideas and insights from LeapFrog.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Heart Chest Set for $7.60: Purchase the Melissa & Doug Do-It-Yourself Wooden Heart Chest Set for just $7.60. This set includes a heart shaped wooden keepsake box, glitter and craft glue, colorful gems, 4 pots of paint and a brush and it’s the perfect spot for storing special treasures.

Free Lorax Preschool Unit: Download a free Lorax Preschool Unit from 2 Teaching Mommies. This unit includes such skills as patterns, graphing, sorting, spelling, numbers, and more.

My First Super Science Kit for $27.99 Shipped: Groupon has their My First Super Science Kit on sale for $27.99. This set includes five test tubes and two test tube holders, an energy stick, giant red magnifying glass, multiple papers, powders, goos, and beads, Insta-Snow powder, growing starfish and growing spider, plastic popper, crystal-growing dog sponge, energy beads and yarn, various trays and containers, and instructions. This kit will enable kids to complete more than 70 fun experiments, and it covers the basics of biology, chemistry, and physics. Plus, this set includes free shipping.

Duplo Ville Baby Zoo for $9.99: Amazon has their LEGO Duplo Ville Baby Zoo Set on sale for $9.99. This 18-piece set typically retails for $14.99 and includes a variety of animals, a zoo keeper, and large building bricks.

Free Snow Learning Pack: Download a free Snow Learning Pack from 3 Dinosaurs. This pack includes such skills as sequencing, pre-writing, math sheets, blending words, measuring a thermometer, and more.

Highlights Magazine Subscription for $19: Plum District is offering customers a one-year subscription to Highlights Magazine for $19. There are three different subscriptions to choose from – Highlights Hello for children ages 0-2, High Five for children ages 2-6, or Highlights for children ages 6-12.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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