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PostSubject: Best Contests to Enter   Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:05 pm

Question: What are the Best Sweepstakes to Enter?

Focus Your Time on the Best Coontests with the Best Odds
What are the best contests to enter? There are so many contests out there, and I can't enter all of them every day. Of course, I'd prefer to spend my time entering the contests that I'm most likely to win. So how can I decide which are the best contests to enter, and which have the best odds of winning?

Answer: In general, you can say that there are three aspects of any contests that can increase your chances of winning: there are fewer competing entries, you can boost your number of entries, and more winners will be selected. Let's look at each one:

The Best Contests Have Fewer Competing Entries
Some contests have an astonishingly low number of entries. When you have a 1 in 50 chance of winning as opposed to a 1 in 50,000, your odds are obviously much better. So how can you tell if a contest has a lower than average number of entries?
While it's impossible to know for sure how many entries a sponsor has received, we can make a guess based on the contest rules. The more Provinces that are prohibited, the more your chances rise (assuming, of course, that you are not a resident of any of those Provinces!). contests that are only open to your local area have the best chances of winning. Similarly, a contest that is only open to men rules out roughly 50% of your competition (or more, since a lot of women enter contests!)

In general, some signs that a contest will have fewer entrants include:

•Entry is restricted on the basis of Province, age, gender, etc.
•The contest is annoying to enter - it has a long survey, for example, or requires multi-page registration. Not everyone will bother with it.
•Some element of skill is required to enter. Fewer people even attempt to enter video, writing, photography, or poetry contests.
•The prizes are attractive only to a certain subset of people - for example, a gift certificate to a local restaurant, or a high-tech gadget that only engineers will understand or crave.

You Have Better Odds When You Can Enter More Often
The best contest odds come when you can get more entries than other people. For example, most people don't really enter daily contests every single day. If you are diligent about entering daily, your chances will rise. You can get the best odds of winning contests by:
•Entering the maximum number of times specified in the rules
•Using contest referrals when available.
•Keeping your eyes open for other chances to get extra entries that the sponsor may offer. Some will give extra chances to win for watching an advertisement or completing a survey.

The Best Contest Offer More Prizes
The best contests to enter for really high chances are those that offer a lot of prizes. Contests that are giving away 100 prizes have 100 times the odds of winning compared to those giving away just one prize. Even if the prizes have a lower value, the motivation that comes with winning makes them worth entering. While I love to win high-value Contests, it's those little prizes which arrive frequently that keep me energized to enter every day.
•Find Contests with multiple winners in the Lots of Prizes Contest list.

Contests with Poor Odds
Some contests generally have quite low odds of winning. If the prize is good enough it might be worth the long shot but it's generally a better bet to focus your efforts elsewhere. Some of these types of contests include:
•Creative Presentations
•contests that are advertised across the nation.
•contests with few prizes awarded.
•Giveaways with a very long entry period.
•Contests with unlimited entries
•Prizes not guaranteed to be awarded
By comparing these three aspects of each giveaway, you can decide which are the best Contests to enter, and focus your energy on winning more prizes.

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