29 August 2015

{Blogger Babble} The Banning Of The Dreaded Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts

By: Me My Shelf And I | 29 August 2015 at 11:32 AM | | | |

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Some of you have noticed an addition to the Rafflecopter forms when you enter a giveaway I am organizing and hosting. If you've missed it:


I've banned Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts.


**A post clarifying the misunderstood parts of this post and touching on the most frequent complaints in the comments can be found HERE**

**EDITED**: It's come to my attention that people seem to think I am targeting ALL sweeps/giveaway accounts in this post, and I apologize that this post is worded as such.  If this is your hobby, something you do to relieve stress,  I am not judging you! This post is meant to explain how a group of rude accounts made your life more difficult, and even offers some options on how to work around it.

Please see the last 2 sections of this post to help you understand what we're watching for and how to avoid it.

This kind of change warrants an explanation and that this what this post will do. It will also give you, my readers, the opportunity to weigh in and get additional questions answered.  Understand I will not change this new policy. I may remove the entry option on the giveaway forms but the base line of them being banned will ALWAYS be in my Terms and Conditions.

The rogue sweeps/giveaway accounts have been an irritant for most bloggers for quite awhile. There's not a few days that  go by where someone isn't complaining about them in some fashion. If you check closely on things you will notice that I'm not the only one with these kinds of rules, and chances are even if they aren't listed directly, most bloggers follow similar personal rules when pulling winners.

I'm not the only one who dislikes this, I'm just the one being vocal about it at this moment.


Let's start with the definition, as Me, My Shelf and I sees it, of a Sweeps/Giveaway account.


I view them as an account that is used only or mostly for entering giveaway. Where 75% of the tweets/posts shared on a daily basis are for giveaways that that person is NOT hosting, but has entered and is hoping to win.

Currently this issue exists almost 100%  only on Twitter and Instagram. 


What exactly does it mean that they are "banned"?
So they can't enter a giveaway you host/organize at all?


No, not at all!!
Basically what this means is, if you have a sweeps/giveaway account you are still more than welcome to enter – you just are not allowed to use that sweeps/giveaway account to do so. Use the other options, there are always many to pick from.  Simple.

To make this easier to understand, when I check your Instagram or Twitter entry when pulled- if I see ONE non-giveaway tweet/post in 2-3 scrolls, you win. JUST ONE!

The 75% is really more of a 90% when you think about it – I'm not trying to be difficult, I'm trying to weed out a major hassle for myself and protect my clients and their current and potential fans.


So Wait, You Check The Entries?



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Yes, I do and I'm not entirely sure why people find this so weird or shocking.

To not check that the person did what they said they did is like giving someone a A+ on a test simply because they handed in the paper – and not bothering to check to see if any of the answers are correct.

I have always checked entries, and I will continue to do so every day in the future. And this goes for 98% of all blog hosted giveaways.

Memorize this: YES – Entries are checked and verified before you are picked as a winner. Always!


Here's how the pulling the winner goes:


1. Click "Generate a winner"

2. Raffelcopter spits out a winners name, contact e-mail and entry (one of the however many you did is chosen)

3. I take that entry, be it a tweet, the fact that you followed on Goodreads…whatever…and I check it. I follow the link. I verify it.

4. If it meets the rules and regulations of MMSAI, and is complete in what was asked of you (for instance, those of you who think you're super sneaky because you "Tweeted then Deleted" are actually not sneaky at all) then that person wins!

This process should take me 5-10 minutes per giveaway/per prize. Unfortunately because of the over-population of Sweeps/Giveaway accounts (and the sprinkling of cheaters…who I will touch on in the coming days), this process takes me now closer to an hour per giveaway, particularly if the giveaway has 2-3-4-5 items being given away in it.


How could Sweeps/Giveaway Accounts be causing you this extra time?


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Take the above and do it approximately 46  times (Interesting Factoid: this is my record number of entries pulled for one giveaway…), for each prize in each giveaway. Understanding that once determined to be a Sweeps/Giveaway account I "Disqualify" them from that particular giveaway by clicking a button that takes them out of the pool of names.

No, seriously I'm not kidding. Between the Sweeps/Giveaway account and those that think that they are beating the rules by faking entries, I spend a huge amount of time pulling winners.

Also, please put this into perspective – if I have 9 giveaways that all end on the same day – which happens quite a lot, that's approximately 9 hours of pulling winners. An entire work day.  I am ONE person running this blog, this tour company and this design business. I do not have a staff – and I needed to cut out wasted time, so here's the cut.


Who cares? You run the giveaways, this is what comes with it. Quit complaining and just let it be.



You'd think so, wouldn't you – only I found a way to lessen the blow. By alerting people up front and making the the first option to enter stating you should not use a sweeps/giveaway account to enter, making sure they know that they will not win here– my time for pulling winners has dropped back to near the regular amount of time.

Also if I did this, only about 6 different people (depending on the giveaway) would ever win. Ever. Seriously, like EVER. So, if I didn't put in the effort to make things fair – why bother having a giveaway at all since these professional giveaway people literally spend 10-12 hours a day entering contests. You stand no chance at winning unless you too quit your day job and stay home to do nothing but enter giveaways all day.


Wait hold on, so what is exactly wrong with them – I mean you can't hate them just because they take up your time…why not just let them win?


I don't hate them, that's a strong word. I am irritated with them, and frustrated and a little befuddled. But hate, no. I shouldn't have used that descriptive.

The short story of my dislike is this: It came to my attention several months back that several of my sweeps/giveaway regulars were using their winnings for nefarious reasons. Winning signed books and selling them for profit, publically announcing they tossed out things won because they just wanted the gift card or another part of the prize pack. Taking what they won from me and turning around to use it for a giveaway of their own. This last one will always happen once in a while, I mean, who hasn't won a book – read it and decided to pass it on? But every, single time?
Throwing things away?
Selling for profit?
No Sir. You will not win here.

It's very sad, because some people choose to enter giveaways as a way to unwind from their day, a stress reliever or just as a hobby. But the big bad "in-it-for-the-wrong-reasons" group has thrown elbows and pushed all the "innocent-and-trying-to-have-fun" group out of the way.


Bottom Line *or* How Can I Help Prove My Sweeps/Giveaway Account Isn't One Of The Bad Apples:


Giveaways help my clients generate new followers across all social media, it puts their book in the faces of people who might not otherwise know about it. Also, they LOVE to do it – to give back to fans and potential fans. They are a necessary part of promotion, one that I will not stop doing because we have a few bad apples.

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And sadly that's they way this is. A few bad apples have ruined the fun for everyone.

Is every account that's mostly/all giveaways in it for horrible reasons?
No.

But  a few  have ruined if for you, and I'm sorry.

I am doing my best to pay attention to accounts when I stop in, make note of who's fine, who just entered a lot today but not every day. These things take me seconds to note and I watch, and I am paying attention I promise!

Helping me know you're not a bad apple: Throw out a non-giveaway related tweet/pic on Instagram on days you spend a lot of time entering – anything, something vague. Type in the color of your shirt for all I care, take a picture of an apple – basically - prove you're not a bot – or just forego the Instagram or Twitter options on the giveaways. That's pretty much it. Should you HAVE to do this, no, but it's an option for you.

Entering a lot on a Giveaway Hop – don't worry – I know it's a giveaway hop – no judgment, no banishment from just hopping along. That's the whole point, right?

There are real people out there who WANT these prizes for what they are – not for what they can get for them when they win them. Why not just walk up to a 14 year old who finally got the ARC they were dying for and rip it out of their hands? To me it's the same thing.

Have any questions? Drop them below.
Planning to be rude in your comment – I'd skip it. I don't tolerate anything like that here. Rude and nasty comments will be deleted.


*This post was edited to include extra information on 8/30 to clear up some things brought up in the comments section.

98 comments:

  1. I always say, "do whatcha wanna do". *YOUR* blog, *YOUR* time, *YOUR* rules. I don't have a blog and I couldn't imagine the time and energy and money you all selfless and generously invest. So, blow raspberries at those gaming the sytem and serves them right if they get disqualified. I'm just very, very grateful the giveaways that are hosted :)

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  2. I understand this, but here's what I wonder. When I enter giveaways, I often go through at least 10 people on a list at a time. So I might have like 10 tweets in a row that have to do with 10 different giveaways. But I also do books for trade with my account, and personal tweets as well. So how would I know if that would come up as what you're meaning by sweeps/giveaway accounts? I really enter when I want a book. Once in awhile I'll enter to win a book because I know the students in my library would love to read it and I don't have the money to get it for them at the time. Hope I'm not being rude by asking this. Just curious as someone who kind of enters giveaway hop contests going through the list 10-20 blogs a day sometimes. :-(

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    1. No need to worry about this - and I should have added it in, sorry about that! It's kind of part of the "I scroll, I look and I pay attention" - I can tell if it's all for a hop, I can see if you do this every day, or just once in a while. I scroll minimum 3 times at each blog I stop in for this very reason. What you did today doesn't mean that is who you are every day. :) This takes me literally a quarter of a second per scroll, I go straight to the dates, then to the tweets and scan them. It's a total process that takes me less than a minute, and saves me hours of time in the end. :)

      And like I said - if you have ONE non-giveaway tweet in there, you're always good. So if you're still worried about that, throw in a "Gosh what a great hop this time around" or "How's everyone doing today" tweet. Take a quarter of a second on your end to help yourself - remember I'm not the only one who does this. I'm just so far the only one who's been vocal about it. :)

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    2. Just wanted to check! I do Rafflecopter giveaways myself, so I understand. And there are only certain things I'll do if they're offering a $5 amazon gift card or free e-book vs. a $20 gift card or actual book. So I think this post makes what you're saying clear. Especially after you answered my question. So sorry other people are being rude. :-(

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  3. You are a asshole! calling people who enter giveaways cray-cray and all your other offensive comments! Good luck with the 2 people who read your silly blog! Unreal!

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    1. Yes, I find 8 - 12 + hours a day of nothing but entering giveaways, crazy. I also find jumping out of airplanes for sport crazy, and someone in my family owns a skydiving business...It doesn't mean I find the individual crazy - it's the act I find a little loco. And I won't apologize for that.

      I'm sorry if my standing up for myself against people wasting my time and my money, and my clients time and my clients money is offensive to you. That wasn't my intention - it was to explain this to people who had been asking.

      And thank you for your kind words of luck! I'll be sure to pass it on to my 30K a month (give or take) followers!

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    2. You go girl! Dana you took the words right out of my mouth!

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    3. I'll just add here that she didn't call "people entering giveaways" crazy. She said that she wants to avoid people who do NOTHING BUT enter giveaways, many of whom are doing so for reasons other than innocently wanting a book. ;)

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  4. Well count me out then. I never liked Rafflecopter giveaways any ways. I also cant stand how much time it takes on these. OMG have you seen how many things most want you to do? Like 50 peoples page, then vote on picket fence, then like every one on twitter, then tweet oh and don't forget whats the secrete word for today just so you can go to there blog to get it. I can go on and on. Glad you made this blog so now I know I don't have to waste my time entering all your crap.

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    1. It's actually, me, Leisa Wooten posting not the hub, lol. I agree Colleen. I will certainly do MY part to share this with everyone!!

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    2. I totally agree - doing all those things are INSANE! But it might help you to know that no one (least of all me) ever expects anyone to do them all.

      The point of the Raffelcopter was provide many different ways for people to CHOOSE from to enter.

      Some people like mailing lists, others (like me) hate them! But if the option is there we put it in the form. Not everyone has a Facebook page to visit, some people don't use Goodreads.

      Having 10-ish items in a giveaway here is made to give options to everyone so everyone has a chance to enter, not force you to use them all. Of course if you want to, you can - that too is choice that is yours when it comes to giveaways.

      I do think that some go overboard. If the giveaway prize at the end is worth it, then okay - I guess I can see it. But 45 entry options for a bookmark pack is a little over the top.

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  5. Entering giveaways IS my hobby. You know how ppl play Farmville and other crappy games to unwind and post them all over there social media? Yeah, that's what I do with giveaways. I also read the blog and follow blogs with interests similar to mine. How am I any less of a person than someone who only enters one giveaway a day? Thanks for putting this post up. I hope any other bloggers who feel this way would post something similar. I'd hate to waste your time or mine.

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    1. I never said you were, and I apologize if this is what you took from the post. I support your hobby - my blog post was to point out simply that because of some giveaway/sweeps accounts who do this for the WRONG REASONS, they have ruined it for you. That's unfortunate, as you say this is your hobby but for them it's a JOB and they use what they win for evil, and not good.

      I offer many ways to enter, so if your Twitter account feels too "sweeps/giveaway" to you and you think it might work against you, use the others. :) I am TERRIBLY sorry to have hurt your feeling in any manner, you are not less of a person because of your hobby - you are a wonderful person and I am thankful you took the time to comment and let me know you misread it. I will go back and see if I can't change things to help others avoid this as well!

      After the backlash I am getting, I doubt very much others will take the vocal route, but we all have a common complaint and we don't hide it - I've been a part of huge group convos on Twitter about this topic in fact.

      Thanks for stopping in!

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    2. So how exactly, do you know if someone enters giveaways for the right reasons, or the wrong reasons? I enter for a hobby. I also run a full-time business and take care of my kids. I tweet ALOT in the mornings doing all the RT's for the giveaways that I bookmark. I also VISIT each blog and often their social media pages. I ENJOY IT> I am not entering for the wrong reasons. I am entering because IT IS FUN and I like to new products, win things for my family. You are making an awfully big judgement call based on someones twitter. Sheesh. Talk about cray cray!

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    3. Entering giveaways is also kind of a hobby of mine now. I haven't been reading a lot lately so I haven't been entering book giveaways or book blogging because I usually only have one hand to do anything (on the internet AND in real life) now that I'm a mother. I tend to enter giveaways for baby things these days but have recently started reading ebooks in the middle of the night. While I completely understand why you are being selective with your giveaway winners, I still wonder because entering a lot of giveaways doesn't mean WINNING a lot of giveaways. I can enter a ton and maybe win one every couple of months. Also, twitter just isn't my social platform of choice and I mostly just use it for those giveaway entries. BUT, I always enter truthfully and appreciate that bloggers like you give us the opportunity to read books that we really want to read! (PS, I haven't entered a giveaway of yours in a long time and if I do, I promise to avoid tweeting if I've entered any other giveaways!)

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  6. They should or maybe blogs should be boycotted.

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  7. Honestly how rude are these comments??
    I appreciate your post, my twitter account is mostly for giveaways because I honestly don't know/care to use it otherwise.. I prefer other social media so it's only giveaway tweets. Reading your post made me realize that I should use the other options instead that I'm using in real life as well. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Or simply throw out a 'What's up WORLD!?" or any other, well worded comment that isn't a giveaway, once a day that you spend doing a lot of giveaways. ;)

      Thank YOU so much for your comment. I really appreciate the support and understanding of the situation. ((hugs))

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  8. Wow... peeps are getting a bit ridiculous with the comments. I hope you're letting them roll off you like water. I agree that sometimes the rafflecopters can be a bit crazy with all of the things they want you to do and how many you have to do, but the thing is... *you* don't have to enter. Just like blogs don't have to host. Bottom line, it's for publicity, for the author and blog. And the authors and blogs have the right to control or create them as they see fit. I'm just glad that you are establishing your own guidelines and rules. The indignant few can flounce away, and I think that's telling... either it hit too close to home b/c that's what they were doing, or they were just here for the giveaways and not content. Best of luck to you and thanks again for this great blog!

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    1. Erin you are a doll, and I appreciate the comment! Thank you!

      People never do seem to understand that they are options, not requirements in the form. I try really hard to make sure people understand this. Holy cow, can you imagine if I did expect people to enter everything? That's crazy - I'm just trying to offer options across the board so no one is left out. I

      Hope to see you back soon, for giveaway and content!

      (hugs)

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    2. Congratulations Erin! You just improved your chances of winning a contest on this blog by %200 (maybe more). Always flatter the host about her brilliant 'content'. That makes you one of the people entering for the 'right reasons' regardless of if you read that content or not!

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  9. Your blog, your rules, and you are all kinds of awesome!

    Also, this advice is becoming more and more words to live by: "Never read the bottom half of the Internet." :D

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  10. Yes, it's your blog and you can do what you would like however you might want to read this article.

    http://blog.rafflecopter.com/2015/08/stop-hating-on-the-sweepers/

    That is written by a former PR agent, not a blogger. The only person you are hurting in this is yourself, your media company, and your future clients as well as your current clients.

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    1. Thanks Ty, I'll be sure to look at it and see how or if it will effect things here and make appropriate changes. I appreciate the share!

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    2. Just started it (and will finish!) but one thing I didn't add in the main section above is that 95% of the "sweepers" entering for me - are cheating.

      They clearly aren't even GOOD sweepers. They tweet than delete, re-use URLS over and over, say they did something they didn't actually do, leave wrong (like intentionally wrong) information in the space to collect info such as "twitter.com" when the request is to paste in your Tweet URL....

      They are totally not reading the terms and conditions - entering when they live outside the "only open to US residents", doesn't adhere to the "one entry per household" meaning - I see your IP address and know when you've changed your e-mail addy for more entries....

      So I maybe need to realize more about GOOD sweepers - but most of mine are also cheaters. A topic I plan to touch on, here on the blog in the next few days.

      Thank you for bringing the and backing up that there are GOOD Sweepers out there. Something I made sure to point up in my post. ;)

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    3. My twitter is filled with just giveaways so going by what you said disqualifies me. I paste the url into the box just like I always have. I do not delete tweets, which is why I have 20k+ of them. I do not reuse the same URL either.(that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard of, no offense. LOL) I use my twitter and go through them to do daily tweets. It's easier for me to do the daily entries because the blog links are within the tweet. I click that link, click the tweet button, tweet again and paste the new URL of that tweet.

      All of the sweepers I know do NOT cheat. We do the entries we say we do. We don't delete tweets. We don't keep using the same URL unless you ask us to RT the same tweet daily, which, we cannot do. We can only RT it once and that's it.

      There is a difference between scammers and sweepers as that post states. I think you were meaning to talk to scammers and not sweepers.

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  11. Wow. I can't say as I follow your blog or enter your giveaways but since I saw this on facebook and come over to read it, I can say...I will never follow your blog or enter a giveaway on it.

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    1. I'm sorry that a group of rude accounts will deter you from coming back. My effort to make things more enjoyable for all, by putting forth effort to keep things fair isn't for everyone and I realize that. I'm sorry to have offended you in any fashion, have a lovely day.

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    2. Amber you were the rude one and I reacted!

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  13. So the only thing random here is the site that spits out a number. After that you pick & choose who you want to win? Sounds to me like you are the one cheating as that is not random if someone follows the rules. And then you are disqualifying them based on their hobby? Sounds to me like the bakery that denied making a cake for a gay couple. Don't sweat it though, there are many large sponsors out there who welcome us with open arms knowing its a hobby. They post their rules, we follow, they choose randomly--not pick & choose who you want.

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    1. I agree with you completely. I tried to post this morning saying almost the same thing but when I signed in to Google, my post disappeared and I didn't want to write it all over again. If there was just one random entry per person, the cheaters wouldn't have any reason to try for the multiple entries and the blogger wouldn't have to take the time looking over all the entries to determine who in their opinion deserves the win. Real sweepstakes have rules with independent judging agencies to prevent things like bloggers picking who they want to win their prizes.

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    2. That's what I was thinking! Why even bother with a random generator?

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    3. Crazy. Sweepers help out reading blogs and tweeting and sharing blog things as much as anyone else.

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    4. I'm sorry this was misunderstood - no that's not what was said, or meant at all. I apologize if I wrote it in a way that caused issue. Let me explain:

      The only reason I go through so many is because of cheaters (tweet than delete/provide wrong or no info/unfollow after getting the entry...and so on) and the handful of career sweepers who saturate the entries. If I didn't so this, no one but 6-8 people would ever win here unless they cheated to get there.

      What's the point of me having giveaways if no one has a chance to win unless they are sat in front of the computer for 13 hours a day entering over and over or cheating to get the prize?

      I'm not picking who I think deserves it - but these two things caused me to spend an hour for one prize alone.

      My giveaways are set up to promote someone or something. To grow it's social media following, increase traffic and the like. They serve a purpose - they are not held to just benefit those who might win, and people often don't see that. You're offered sometimes up to 10 different ways to enter with my giveaways, all with the same points value. Yes, perhaps turning off the "tweet daily" option in the future could help, and I'll try that - but no one is asking you to do all of the options - that would be nuts, and not why RC was created. It's meant to offer options so no one is left out if they don't use Goodreads or Instagram or what have you.

      Sorry for the confusion.

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    5. What exactly is a "career sweeper"? I think I may resemble that remark - as Groucho would say. Your blog, your rules of course ... well, except that you need to post those rules very clearly and make clear that you intend to cheat the entrants and the publishers.

      THE RULES OF THIS BLOG:
      (a.) No cheaters (obviously, and I'm sorry that you have to put up with that, it's outrageous)
      oh and (b.) also Nobody That You Just Don't Like.

      That way the people marketing the books can be informed that the contest is just for you and your 25 followers and make their marketing decisions based on that.

      That's where you lost me. Your characterization of me, my hobby, how I spend my time and the contribution that I make to the marketing of the various things that are promoted via blog giveaways and contests is insulting and misinformed.

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  14. This post really makes me sad because I enter a lot of giveaways daily. It makes me sad because I feel like you are throwing me in a catergory with cheaters and scammers because my twitter feed is nothing but giveaway tweets...plus the occasional retweets of companies & bloggers I love. I don't share ANY personal information on Twitter, or Facebook, therefore you will never see me sharing ANYTHING about my private life. With nearly 4,000 followers on Twitter, I am not about to ask twitville "what's up?". I wish you would consider in the age of oversharing that some people don't care to post everything or let the world see their conversations with friends. DQ the cheaters but keep the fans who will keep coming back for great stories, reviews, and giveaways!

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    1. Your RT's are the same thing to me, you doing something else. But I see your point and I will make note of it as I write a follow up. Thank you!!

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  15. I have a question. You mentioned that you were weeding out the people that enter giveaways and sweepstakes for a living and one of the reasons was because the same 6 people were or would end up winning all the time. But with you disqualifying the hundred or so people entering on your blog would not another same 6 or so people end of winning all the time? Just to let you know I am in no way trying to be rude I understand that it is your blog and your prerogative to run giveaways as you please.

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    1. I'm happy you asked and I'm more than willing to clear this up! When I "disqualify" a person, it's only from THAT particular giveaway. Each new giveaway is a fresh start, a new opportunity and everyone who entered, has the chance of being won. Sadly the career sweepers have it in the bag because no one else has that much time to enter. It's like when people buy out the best seats at a concert and tripling the cost for profit...people find that bad but no one has an issue with the fact they aren't winning here because of a small handful of people ruining it for them by saturating the entries and also by cheating (two different groups of people)

      Raffelcopter doesn't have a way to ban people across the board (from all) - though if they did this wouldn't be an issue. I could remove the handful of bad sweepers, and eventually after dozens of repeat offences of cheating, remove them as well. But for what I assume is legal reasons (?) that feature doesn't exists - and if it did people would be angry about that any way.

      Thanks for asking and don't worry - you weren't rude to me, I would never think of being rude back! ;)

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    2. You didn't answer her question.

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  16. Interest post here. Definite food for thought. I can see your side that it's frustrating to spend so much time selecting a winner. I also understand that it's your blog, your giveaway and should be your rules. Full stop. You shouldn't have to explain away your choices.

    But for your sanity's sake, just remember, you can't control what someone does with a prize once they have it. It's not your responsibility to make sure that prize is used as intended. If they opt to sell it, they have a right to, because it's their prize. If they want to use the pages of the book for kindling, or for toilet paper, that's their right, too. Of course we would love to see the prize we award to go to someone who loves it just as much as our favorite giveaway enterer. But we can't control what others do.

    And sweeps accounts do provide a ton of visibility, which is the point. The person that enters once that would love the book/prize isn't providing that same level of visibility that the sweeps person is by coming back each day and tweeting, and sharing, and posting, and following. Of course cheaters should be disqualified. But I have no issue with someone whose account is solely used for sharing prize information. And I don't think that's a bad thing. People interested in winning things too will take note and follow and enter.

    But if it is taking you so much time, you should definitely do things as you choose. Set the rules you'd like for the giveaways you host. Make the mandatory entry a comment - and choose the winner from favorite comment - if that's what you'd like. You just have to find something that works for you, that attempts to minimize the number of cheaters, and perhaps takes less of your time.

    Just remember no matter what rules you set, there will always be those that don't follow them, you can't control what happens after the prize is shipped, and you can't make people continue to follow the author/pub when the giveaway is over. (I don't add "follow me" for those reasons, and any blog rafflecopter tours I'm on that have that, always causes a spike and drop in followers after the giveaway ends. It's just the nature of things.) I hope the new rules work out for you and you don't spend 8-9 hours a day (that's INSANE) choosing winners for your giveaways. :(

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    1. Totally agree and understand what you're saying - and this choice was not made softly. I knew what would happen - but as I have been pointing out, and what I hoped to put in a new post I am drafting that touched on the cheating thing, and then tied to the two together (stupid me...waiting. I guess I learned...huh?) the sweepers I am frustrated with ARE the cheaters and I had no idea that the group had a good and a bad, which is MY FAULT for being simple minded on that. And I've stated about 300 times now, I'm trying to understand and learn. Sadly, no one cares ;)

      I would love a way to understand and move forward with out a ban - but honestly...the time spent...it's ungodly and unnecessary.

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    2. You shouldn't have to make yourself so crazy. It's your blog and your giveaways to do with as you choose. You can set any rules you like. Full stop.

      If it's so time intensive then it's so much easier to make it simple and just block all. Bad apples spoil the bunch all the time. They've spoiled things for me so much that I'm not doing my own ARC giveaways online for now due to people using them for nefarious purposes.

      I was just trying to offer hope in the form of not worrying about what happens after cutting down on time actually going through entries. If it doesn't, then make life easy on yourself and ban/block. Sorry you were hit up with all the hate.

      I know you don't hate people who enter giveaways. You just hate cheaters and people who destroy things for the rest of us honest folks. Stay strong!

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  17. There's so many rude comments above!! :( I consider entering giveaways as a hobby, but I do it on right terms -- I only enter when I really want the prize, I don't cheat, and I don't unsubscribe after. In fact, giveaways have led me to the blogs I most frequently check nowadays! As for Twitter, however, when I tweet about giveaways, the tweets are "continuous" in the sense that there's a certain time of the day where I do it. But after that, I just tweet my own stuff the rest of the day. That's fine, isn't it?

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  18. My twitter account is almost completely giveaway tweets as I probably wouldnt even have a twitter account otherwise. It is an extra entry for most giveaways so I use it. My facebook is a mix of personal , giveaway , youtube videos I like and games I play. I would be considered a sweeper. I do it as a hobby , I also read and raised 3 kids and do housework and buy things just like anyone else. I have always thought it was symbitoic relationship between sweepers and blogs and we drive people to you that would not find you. We get out the name of your authors and any other product you are giving away. I enter for things I want, I dont waste my time entering for things I dont. If I won something I didnt care for as a secondary prize etc I have plenty of family were this is always someone who would love it. I think it is good you say you are doing what you are, but I have to say it is very disturbing as well.I have no more chance of winning than anyone else. I dont cheat, I follow all the rules and I expect that if my name is drawn then I win.To find out that you and other blogs are then deciding if we should to me is in fact cheating or rigging the draw to suite your idea of who is deserving to win. So someone who put in no time or effort should win over someone who have promoted your giveaway daily? This makes no sense to me and now I am questioning how corrupt are blog giveaways. Your disclaimer should really say come enter but just know that when it comes to the drawing I will be deciding the winner , I may pull ten names but if I dont like the first 9 it will go to entry number 10. I am so baffled by this , so disturbed by this and wondering if you should even call it a giveaway. There should be another name for it if you soley decide who should win.I understand disqualifying cheaters, sweepers dont like them either . I have no more chance of winning by being a "sweeper " than anyone else if it is truely a random draw.It is luck, if I was to win more it is because I worked harder at it. Seems fair to me, your drawing method does not.

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    1. If you're not cheating, you really don't have anything to worry about. The point of Amber's post here is that there ARE cheaters abusing the system, and the time she spends weeding them out and verifying entries ensures the cheaters do not win. She's looking out for people like you who DO follow the rules. She's not targeting "sweepers" in general -- she's targeting the people who cheat and try and beat the system.

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    3. I think the biggest problem with my post is that people are misunderstanding it and I couldn't feel worse about this. Unfortunately there's no way for me to explain it better, and honestly most (not you!) don't really seem to care about what's being really said.

      I'm not "deciding I don't like" a person and moving on. I've been very forthcoming in explaining how I do things, who is eligible and who is not. I had to punish a lot to block a few - it's not great but I'd love to have someone help me figure out a way to determine the good from the bad.

      You said you had just as much chance as anyone - but the truth is you don't. No one does. My post points out, if I didn't ban sweepers a dozen or half dozen people would only ever be the ones who win. Because they do nothing but enter, all day long. In 2 years, every time I draw a winner I have tracked 8 (possibly 10 but they changed accounts so I can't be sure) names that are pulled, every - single - time. This isn't an exaggeration, every single time I've pulled a winner it's one of these names. Do you know how many giveaways I run? How do you have any chance at all? You do house work and raise kids and read - like millions of others, like me!...Unless you sit at your computer all day, how will you ever win?

      Some of these people have even mocked what they won, laughed about tossing out a book by "some unknown" because all they wanted was the gift card. When this is what represents you, the ONLY thing I see, well what would your conclusion be? What would you decide to do? If you were not a sweeper, had no insight and this is what was handed over as who they were... I can't stop giveaways...

      I thank you, so much for talking, not screaming or calling names or threatening - but talking to me about your thoughts. If you have any ideas how to tell good from bad, I would LOVE to work on it. I'm always about moving forward, and changing when changing is needed. ;) Thank you.

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    4. I am a book blogger and a sweeper. I ALWAYS review the books I win. I just don't use my sweepstakes account to do it. My twitter is connected to both my blog and what I use to sweep. Why? because it gives the largest exposure for both my blog and the giveaways. If it was a personal account I'd have no followers and no exposure for your blog. I have a seperate facebook for gameing/sweeps from my personal. Just because I keep things seperate it doesn't mean I mock book giveaways. I often enter giveaways that are just for books with no gift card. I enter goodreads book giveaways daily. But I also enter giveaways for other items. RIght now I'm daily entering giveaways because I want to win things for my xmas. Why? Because I living paycheck to paycheck and even then it isn't enough. I'm hoping to give my son a lot of books and some toys for xmas. Giveaways/sweeps are my best hope for that. That is what giveaways/sweeps are about...the hope of winning.

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  19. AMEN, SISTER. Those contest accounts drive me nuts!!!! Thanks for taking a stand, and sorry for all the bad apples & cranky commenters.

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      If I could get one or two to help me out, I could maybe change the way they are viewed. Find a way to sort out the good from the bad...you know? Any way - thanks for your words :) HUGS!

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  20. I had to stop reading because your comments are extremely frustrating. To keep hearing that some Contesters 'have ruined it for the good Contesters' is a form of prejudice. If you were labeing every single person in any other group of people because of a 'few bad' apples, you would have people in an uproar. In ever aspect of life we run into people who we don't appreciate their motives, decisions, actions but that doesn't mean we should discriminate against a whole race/sex/country. Well, at least I hope it doesn't. Yes, that is more extreme but it is the same concept. You can't classify all people in a single category. We are all unique. Of course, cheaters should not win. I don't think anyone who isn't the cheater wants them to win - whether the entrant is a contester or not. If they don't follow the rules, they should be disqualified. But remember, unless your rules say you do not allow people who enter other contests to enter yours, you, yourself are breaking the rules if you randomly disqualify someone who played by the rules. I won't preach how sweepers actually bring you more potential customers, and are consumers too. I would just really like you to consider what you perpetuating by lumping everyone into a single category. It is a very dangerous thing to do.

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  21. This really saddens me. I have a seperate account on facebook for entering giveaways. I am a casual blogger and use my same twitter account as my book blog account. However most of my feed is taken up right now with giveaways. But you would toss me to the side because I spend 3-4 hours a day indulging in a hobby. You should know that most people who enter giveaways don't win them. We do it for the dream and the thrill of seeing we won something. We experience new authors and new products through giveaways. We are not all cheaters and we are a large community who support each other. I never unsubscribe and often come back to blogs I like. I rencently went through twitter and cleaned up and deleted some people I followed. BUT and this is a big but I only picked people who no longer post (as in not since 2014) or who don't follow others (I had one blogger who has over 6000 followers but only followed 45 people). You have the right do what you want with your blog. It is a shame because I'm a follower of you on my book blogging account and am feeling like unfollowing you.

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    1. No, I likely wouldn't! :) Which is what I explained - several times in my post, but seems to be getting glossed over or missed, I don't know which. You even said "right now it's mostly giveaways" it's not always only that way! -I look, and pay attention to things, I scroll at least 3 times, if not more - especially if you're a name I remember, recall or if you're a blogger. My 90% is OVERALL assessment made after looking closely - not a "in the last 2 days" kind of thing.

      I'm trying to weed out cheating, and repeat offender sweeps account. Sadly the cheaters all use sweeps accounts, and to ban them I had to ban all. If you're not a sweeps only account, if your account ISN'T just for, and only for sweeps - you have nothing to worry about. ;) And even if it is - just use some of the other options to enter. You never need to do all of them. Options are there so everyone has a chance! :) Good luck, and don't stop entering!

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  22. My twitter account is for giveaways as I do not have any friends that are on twitter. What a shame!

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  23. I've been contesting as a hobby for close to ten years now. It's fun. I don't watch TV so it passes the time. I've won well over $100K worth of goods and services during this time. I've been lucky.

    Not once have I sold or trashed a winning.

    But I have seen a huge increase over the last ten years in people who not only do that, but brag about it. People who deliberately enter contests to win items so they can sell them on Kijiji.

    Really? In my opinion that's just not right.

    You know what also irks me. Those same people stalking my feeds for good contests and ripping them. If your feed is identical to my feed I will figure that out.

    I get your frustration. It may surprise you, but I share it.

    I doubt I have ever entered one of your contests. I just bumped on to this post on Twitter.

    All the best to you. Keep running your contests. And keep weeding out the bad eggs.

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    1. Thank you - I really appreciate having a Sweeper understand where I am coming from. I'll be adding all the "bad eggs" from these posts to my banned list (which I have for various other reasons - bloggers who sell ARCs and many other reasons) and making sure you are on the PEOPLE I LOVE list.

      Also - you are lucky ! Holy wow! That's a lot of stuff ;)

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  24. Wow guess I am unfollowing you! I spend 3-4 hours a day entering contests as a hobby. I only use my twitter account to enter contests and have no desire to use it to talk to people...so all you see is tweets. Same with my instagram account. I don't enter for things I do not want, I do not delete my tweets after I have tweeted either. That you are deciding who wins based on what you see on those accounts is insane in my opionion and very biased. But it is your blog and since 75% of the people who frequent blogs are people that contest as a hobby best of luck. I think you are burning many bridges here with pr companies by not making the winner random.

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  25. I do not follow you anyway. I found this from a sweepers tweet. I enter giveaways to win prizes and money. Why should it be a big deal of who wins a prize. There are extra entries in so many giveaways and a lot of people enter the giveaway to win a prize and get the extra entries. I am not going to stop entering giveaways and tweeting from my account that I use for giveaways!!!

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  26. So having read all these comments, lemme add my 2 cents:

    First off, Amber, I love you. You are simply giving a public voice to how a lot of people feel. Serial sweepers are annoying and take away prizes from people who genuinely want them. Some people just WANT WANT WANT. And I get it - I do. And I understand that some people have a "sweeps account" so they don't blow up their friends' feeds with nothing but entries to a multitude of contests.

    To those of you who say this is "cheating" or "rigging" and how you're absolutely distraught and dismayed that you can't win something ... Grow up. OK? Grow up. If you don't like it, start your own blog and do your own giveaways.

    Want to know how much starting and running a blog is? Free. I've never paid a cent for my blog and have a lot of giveaways sponsored by publishers.

    More importantly, Amber is NOT saying that having an account solely for entering random giveaways is evil or bad - but there are people who will create multiple accounts and enter the same giveaway 150 times to sway the odds in their favor. Know how we know that? It logs your IP address every time you enter.

    When we see 150 entries from the SAME COMPUTER when there is a maximum allotment of 10 entries per person, a red flag goes up.

    Most of us verify that the entry is valid (if you tweeted something, the tweet better be there; if you followed someone, it should show that, etc.). If you tweet something and then delete it just to get an extra entry point, that is (say it with me) CHEATING.

    Lastly, this is her blog. Not yours. She can run a giveaway any way she sees fit. If you don't like it, click the little red X up in the corner. But for goodness' sake, stop acting like a 5 year old who can't have another lollipop.

    Sorry for the rant, Amber. =/

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    2. I agree with Anna, she is NOT saying that. She is literally SCROLLING through twitter accounts to see if people are ONLY tweeting giveaways. Then she is lumping them with the cheaters. That's why over half of her engagement is from "sweepers" saying they are un-following her.

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  27. Yep. In my giveaway policy I say that I reserve the right to disqualify anyone for any reason. I check the entries and make sure they have done the requirement, and I also make sure they're not someone who just enters giveaways all day. Because like you said, only those people would ever win. And it's my blog, so I get to disqualify anyone for any reason I choose. I think lots of book bloggers feel this way.

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    1. So do I - right in my Terms and Conditions in each form and on the blog in the Giveaway Policy area!

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    2. You might want to check the contest and sweepstakes rules in your state (as might this blogger), what you are saying that you do actually is probably in direct violation of FCC and Postal Service rules and state mandate.

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    3. FCC? It's clear you have NO idea what you are talking about. You want the FTC. http://www.bbb.org/boston/industry-tips/read/tip/sweepstakes-promotions-161/ You probably should not trash someone if you haven't done your research first.

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  28. Also, can I add that when I have picked a serial sweeper as a winner, they never reply back to me to claim their prize. Or they'll email me a month later to claim their prize when I said they had 48 hours.

    -__-

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  29. Amber, you know I adore you, and thank you for taking a stand.

    I agree with ALL points that you've made, and the ones that have been made by subsequent bloggers.

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  30. I completely respect the frustration you are feeling with the giveaway gamers, so to speak. I've had to ban a couple in years past who were obviously abusing the giveaways by creating new accounts but were unfortunately not smart enough to mask their IP addresses. So I implemented the rule of one entry type per IP address. This disqualifies multi-reader homes, but oh well.

    My main question is, if you are spending a lot of time culling out the bad sweepers, how much time are you going to spend disqualifying them? It seems to me that the same actions need to take place: person enters, person wins, you verify entry. Unless there is something I missed?

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  31. Very interesting post. I completely get where you are coming from and this is an issue that myself and my co-bloggers discussed a year or so ago. It came about after we did a reader survey and asked our readers what they disliked or liked about the blog. Many of them said they hated the way giveaways were run and that surprised me. They disliked the fact that it seemed unfair. So in the end we decided that if the giveaway was sponsored by us, that we'd only allow one entry per person (a free entry). Giveaways sponsored by authors and publishers get the usual tweet entries and whatnot, but only one point per entry. I feel like this worked as a nice middle ground for everyone. Sweepers were free to still enter and those without social media accounts had a better chance at winning too.

    It's your blog and your rules ultimately, so I hope the comments don't get you down. -Steph Sinclair

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    1. I think I might switch to this approach, Steph, because I get the "it's unfair" comments from my loyal readers, as well.

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    1. Accusing people on the internet of being cheaters and calling them by name is a very serious matter. I don't know these women, but that's outrageous.

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  33. From what I have read, the only position on which we can agree is that cheaters should be banned. Even you yourself have admitted that you have pretty much clumped together cheaters in the same vein as avid giveaway fans, both banned outright to spare you the constant 'background check' upon winner selection! However the more I read, the more you seem eager to be seen to 'understand' and not generalise folk who enter several giveaways a day/have accounts for this purpose. However the bad eggs have already ruined it for all the genuine (albeit eager giveaway fans) so an outright ban on all is the way to go? This makes no sense? You are trying to encourage giveaway fans to add the occasional "hi there twitterville" for what purpose exactly? To me that is worse, fake gestures to appease giveaway hosts just so they won't get banned is utter madness and quite frankly cringeworthy. I genuinely don't understand why you can't just ban the people who haven't entered by the app rules, if they haven't followed but ticked yes - disqualify them, if they haven't tweeted as said - disqalify them, simples! The ones who have ruined it for us all as you stated are dealt with swiftly and the rest who have spent the time and effort to enter properly regardless of whether its their 1st or 50th sweep of the day are still in with a shot. It should not be for you to judge the people who have entered or why or to pick and choose winners at your discretion unless they have broken the rules. You cannot possibly know their personal situation or reasons for entering, perhaps if you took the time to know a few you may have a better understanding. I also don't understand why you encourage "sharing on fb" or "tweeting" if you don't want to attract the "wrong sort" - change the giveaway format to suit the fanbase you are keen to reward/engage. Make your contests more effort based, focused on what your existing long term followers can relate to. Why ask them to share, tweet, like, pin, regram unless you are trying to encourage more people to enter? Surely it's common sense that the people who will respond are the people who like to enter giveaways?! If you want new people who are going to comment daily on your posts and interact often then surely its the product itself that needs sharing, not a giveaway? I hope there is some food for thought in the replies you have received.

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    1. No, what I said - but I admit not with much clarification - is that in my case the cheaters ARE the sweepers when it comes to my blog. I've never had a cheater here who didn't have a sweeps account. Never, not once, not ever. Seriously.

      That DOES NOT mean all sweepers are cheaters, but I can't ban just the cheaters because that rule would make people roll their eyes at me and it would change nothing. Okay, if you plan to cheat - please don't enter...it's not allowed? I mean, seriously?

      I have to run giveaways for my clients. I will not spend hours doing so to filter through punks who fake posts because they think they are clever. I banned Sweeps - they all stopped coming in. You can't argue with results.

      My blog numbers have soared, my readers are happier as made evident by their comments and e-mails and every blogger has agreed with me and admitted that they do the same thing, only I brought it up.

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  34. Oh and FYI - I was directed here after a comment posted on the rafflecopter blog entitled "Stop Hating On The Sweepers"
    I just wish more bloggers would take the time to judge less and understand more sometimes :-( Ps, I also have a job and look after 2 children inbetween entering giveaways, I have a life, a history and a story, just like everyone and hate to be generalised and disqualified for just following the rules! My comment on the rafflecopter blog was this in response to Sweeper Haters:
    I enter giveaways, but I specifically search for what I want to win and only enter what I want or need. I find it sad that the time and effort spent submitting my entries may be being discounted if i'm seen as a "sweeper" or "comper" - seems very unfair and judgmental. I've won a few books from blog sites which not only have I enjoyed, but passed on and recommended to friends and family, books they would often not have heard of had I not won and been given the amazing opportunity to read. I have also had my eyes opened to products and companies that exist which I had never heard of if it wasn't for the brand being shared via my comping friends or my giveaway searches. Yes, I enter the competition, but also find myself browsing their websites and finding some real gems which I have often purchased and been delighted with, whether I was their winning entrant or not! It isn't all about what I can get for free, just the browsing of brands and finding innovative products is a real bonus in itself. I regularly share websites I find along with non-comping friends/family if I think it would be of interest, they love browsing through and getting a peek of whats out there and right up their street - after all they would never have seen it otherwise! They often go on to purchase/subscribe/follow too - and not for the giveaways!

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    1. I understand all this and that is why I made this choice. Unless you have 13 hours a day, you're not going to win here. Cheaters, spammers and what I will call career sweepers enter over and over and over. With out fail every single time I pull winners I get the same handful of professional sweepers...8-10 of them and then dozens of cheaters.

      Why run giveaways if my actual readers and people with a life, like you, stand no damn chance at winning because you don't have all the time in the word to enter giveaways. Perhaps I should just let the first person pulled, regardless of cheating or the fact they would win EVERYTHING - and see how you all react then? I did something to make things FAIR.

      I also have 2 kids, a house a husband and all that stuff - why is what you do more important than me? I should spend 9 hours a day pulling giveaway winners and screw my life? I don't think so. I did something to make this fair and save me time I was wasting away from my family. If you, or any one else don't like it - I'm sorry but I can't do a thing about that.

      I don't mean to be snarky, I've been very nice to this point. But I'm really sick of people thinking that I don't matter and they run the world in all their comments. I only banned their sweeps accounts - I offer many ways to enter a giveaway. They are not all requirements, they are OPTIONS.

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  35. Just to clarify I never said you "don't matter"?? However if you post a rant about "sweepers" in which you are perfectly entitled to your opinion, surely it stands to reason they will want to reply with their own opinion which they are equally entitled to! What did you expect? Your page, your rules, however after a post like this of course people who have offended in the process have a right to rebuke!

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  36. Especially (I might add) when these are the people who have spent hours wasting their own time happily entering comps via the right processes not knowing that even if they legitimately won they have been disqualified without knowledge! So they have every right to get "narky" back for having there time wasted too!

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  37. So I'm a retired person who likes to enter giveaways. I'm also a consumer who likes discovering new products and read reviews. I don't do social networking for social reasons. I connect with my friends in person. All my social accounts are used for entering giveaways. I guess that puts me in the category of annoying, bad sweeper. I follow giveaway rules and do nothing illegal. I was unaware that folks like me were unwelcome.

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  38. Kinda sad that you feel this way! And yes, it's your blogs and your rules. But we "sweepers" bring a lot of traffic and that helps YOU out. It would be hard for me to enter any of your sweeps because all my social media is linked to sweeps in some sort of way.

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  39. Wow, lots of harsh comments. I'm also someone who enters giveaways as a hobby, but I also use my social media accounts for other purposes - if I don't feel comfortable sharing a giveaway on a social media account, I don't enter (that's why I almost never tweet giveaways.) I also only enter giveaways if I genuinely want the prize. I appreciate that you are trying to level the playing field for people who are being truthful with their entries. If someone enters a giveaway and doesn't follow the rules, it's only fair that they're banned.

    As someone who doesn't like to spam giveaway entries, it's nice to know that steps are being taken to dissuade that behavior. However, as a "sweeper" of sorts, I also understand the frustration of people who spend time entering in what they believe to be a genuine manner only to learn they were DQed. For their sake, I think it would be fair to specify in the rules ahead of time that giveaway accounts are not allowed. I noticed you are doing that with some of your most recent giveaways and, IMO, no one should have the right to complain after that. They must confirm upfront that they are not a sweeps account, so they can't claim ignorance to the rule. If they enter saying they are not a sweeps account when they actually are, that's cheating, and they should be DQed. It would be different if you didn't inform them ahead of time of the rule, but in this case you are, so the expectations are clear from the beginning.

    All in all, I think a lot of the commenters are rushing here from some other source and spitting nasty words at you without actually taking the time to understand what you mean. I consider myself a sweeper, so if you say all sweepers are cheaters, I disagree. However, I don't think that's what you meant, and I agree with you that actual cheaters should be barred from winning. Hang in there - the barrage of hateful comments should end eventually.

    Oh, and on a side note regarding your comment that the same people win all the giveaways - have you considered limiting the number of giveaways a person can win in a 30 day period? Perhaps you already have such a restriction in place, but I think it's a good way to ensure the prizes go to a diverse pool or participants. I personally try to avoid entering giveaways for a period of time from the same host after I've won something to give other people a chance to win.

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    2. I also want to add that I'm a long-time reader of your blog (for years, I believe), so that might factor into my response. I'm a vicarious young adult author and reader, so I tend to enter a lot of giveaways offering books in that area. I believe people should only enter these giveaways if they're actually interested in the prize (aka book) being offered. It's just good karma. If I don't plan to read the book that's being given away, I won't enter the raffle for it.

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  42. I spend more time reading social media than I do making my own status updates. I have zero desire to spam my friends and family with inane thoughts about the color of my shirt or stock photos of apples. What this means is that the timeline on my social media accounts is full of blog and giveaway shares and not much else, e.g. exactly the type of stuff you would ban me for even though there's no greedy or nefarious intent behind how I use social media.

    Obviously, it's your blog, your rules, your giveaways. But considering I found this post being shared among several upset Facebook sweeping friends, I am unconvinced that your "anyone who doesn't use social media in a way I find personally appropriate is cheating and/or unworthy" approach is one worth taking. Nobody is going to completely change their social media habits just for a chance at winning a tote bag from your blog. That is an unrealistic expectation.

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  43. I have an account dedicated to sweeping because I do enter a lot and some of my family and friends have expressed that they do not wish to see these posts. I understand disqualifying cheating entries, but my account on twitter generates a lot of new followers from my posts, which in turn gets your tweets retweeted and possibly drives more traffic to your site.

    The more people that visit your site and enter your contests, the better your stats are for your prize sponsors, so why alienate the good sweepers? As long as they are actually posting the tweet you requested and when you follow the link, the post is still there, they are following the rules. Isn't getting more traffic the reason you ask people to share your post via social media in the first place?

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    1. *High five* I was going to post the same thing.

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  44. There is no way to determine who is going to sell a prize or throw it in the trash before you award it. People who sweep are real people. You are hosting the giveaway in order to promote, in order to expose your product to new people- you are going to attract sweepers. It is very disheartening that you admit that you then will discard the winning entry of a person if you have negative view of their past time. We are tweeting your tweets. Broadcasting and advertising for you. but you don't withhold your side of the agreement with us. Cheating is tweet and delete, or lying about completing entries. Rules that govern sweeps and contests are baked by federal legislation and I actually believe what you are doing is illegal. But, thanks for the heads up- I had actually already suspected what you confessed to - and will adjust accordingly. You can expect far less free advertising and promotion your contests moving forward.

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  45. Yea people suck some times. I actually made a twitter account on accident. Don't ask me how because I have no clue. And yes most of my post are giveaways because I prefer to read what others have to say vs. putting my own tweets. Some people sure know how to ruin all the fun for others. I understand completely where you're coming from and it's just sad that you had to come to this.

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  46. perhaps you might want to think about sending engraved invitations to those you feel meet your criteria of a good sweeper to enter your precious giveaways-the elite

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  47. A giveaway should be ran fairly. If you can not prove someone cheated and they claim the entry and you verify it then why are they cheaters? Because someone chooses to spend several hours a day entering, that does not mean they cheat.People who enter drive traffic to the site but in your eyes they are cheaters. So why have a giveaway at all if you do not want new readers? Perhaps you should hope for increased traffic to your site because of your talent. Not for the incentive to visit.
    Sorry you feel people who enter are cheaters. So do not have a giveaway at all then there are no frustrations about bad people visiting your blog.

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