31 May 2010 ~ 16 Comments

3 Ways a Newbie Can Get the Most From a Giveaway Event

This post is written by David Walker. As newbies, our goal is to make money online and one way to achieve that is to build our lists through JV Giveaways. Here, David shares three of his best tips to getting the most from these events as a beginner.

1. Enter Giveaways – Lots of Them!

If you are going to make the most of giveaway events then it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say you should participate in as many as possible.

There could be five, 10 or even 20 events running at any given time and combined, they have a lot of traffic hitting them so it makes sense to list your product in as many as you possibly can.

Visit a website which lists all of the current JV Giveaways taking place and join them all as a contributor.

Another overlooked point is to make sure you complete the Profile section carefully and upload a good head-and-shoulders photograph of yourself. This will help your personal branding because other users who frequent lots of giveaways will see you time and time again.

Events which use the Ultimate JV Giveaway Script have a section on the homepage which displays the photographs and names of some of the more active contributors. I now appear in this section of almost every giveaway I participate in and it works wonders for my personal brand.

2. Choose Your Upgrade Carefully

An important point to remember when participating in these events is that not all giveaways are created equally.

The sad truth is that the majority of giveaways will only add a handful of new subscribers to your list and not the tsunami of fresh prospects the hosts will have you believe.

The key is to proceed with caution, especially if as a newbie, money is tight. To begin with, enter a giveaway with a free account and see how you get on. If you feel it has been successful, the next time you see a giveaway hosted by the same person, you may want to try an upgrade.

As you participate in more and more giveaways, you will notice patterns developing. You will see the same people hosting events which pass by relatively unnoticed and do not attract many contributors or members. It’s these events you should participate in with a free account only.

But, you will also spot events which are exactly that – EVENTS. Those which have a great buzz around them and attract several hundred contributors and thousands of members. It’s these giveaways you should consider upgrading for to get additional exposure and add a greater number of subscribers to your list.

3. Promote the Giveaways By Any Means Necessary

One of the biggest criticisms of most events is the host will downgrade you if you do not promote it. What this means is, your contributor account will be downgraded to that of a member and your gift removed if the giveaway script does not see you have made any referrals under your ID.

This is unfair because a lot of newbies want to use giveaways to build their subscriber lists, often from zero. Therefore it is not the case they are not promoting the event, it is just they are having difficulty in doing so without a list.

Fortunately, some giveaways have removed this restrictive policy. I did this with two giveaways I hosted to make them newbie friendly and advise you to keep a look out for others which do this also.

But, the sad fact of the matter is if you enter a giveaway, on most occasions you will be expected to get referrals otherwise your account will be downgraded. Here are a few tips to get those precious referrals if you don’t already have a list to promote to:

  • Create a list of the current JV giveaway events you are participating in on your blog and send some of your traffic to them.
  • Whenever you join a new giveaway, use Twitter and Facebook to promote your referral links.
  • If you participate in forums, add your referral link to your signature file.
  • As a fledgling marketer you should be making new contacts on a daily basis. On Skype, arrange between a few of you to sign up to different giveaways underneath each others referral links to keep the dreaded “downgrade” at bay.

All of these tips should give you a more positive experience when using giveaways as a beginner and help you both grow your list and enhance your personal brand in as short a time as possible.

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16 Responses to “3 Ways a Newbie Can Get the Most From a Giveaway Event”

  1. ** RJB ** 31 May 2010 at 4:45 pm Permalink

    I’m a giveaway newbie…going to be getting involved in my first one this week so these tips will be really useful, particularly how to avoid the dreaded downgrade!!

    Rob
    (** RJB **)
    .-= ** RJB **´s last blog ..The Super Sneaky “How To Get Over 1.3 Million Safelist Credits In 3 Days” System =-.

    • Jorge 2 June 2010 at 11:14 am Permalink

      Thanks for the comment Rob.

      Wish you the best success and I hope you will not be downgraded :p

      Cheers

      Jorge

  2. Nad Bedar 1 June 2010 at 6:44 am Permalink

    Hi Jorge,

    This is an interesting article, giving very useful information for newbies to grow the list and enhance personal branding.I like the detailed tips.

    Keep up the good work

    Nad
    .-= Nad Bedar´s last blog ..Comment on 5 Strategies of Generating Unlimited Traffic by davy =-.

    • Jorge 2 June 2010 at 11:13 am Permalink

      Thanks Nad

      Always trying to provide the best content for visitors. Glad you liked it.

      Cheers

      Jorge

  3. Sandy Halliday 1 June 2010 at 2:35 pm Permalink

    I was very disappointed in the result of the first giveaway I participated in as I was unable to get any referrals to join. As David points out it is hard for newbies who don’t have a list they can promote it to. The second I entered did not have this penalty but did not get get many people to the event according to the stats so didn’t do well with that either.

    I am just about to try another and have upgraded for this one but in spite of advertising it on Twitter and in my signature in forums I still have not got any sign ups. I wonder if people are getting fed up with them as there seem to be so many now.

    David did not mention the quality of the gift you contribute. I think you have to consider this very carefully and not enter a PLR product that others may also have contributed.
    .-= Sandy Halliday´s last blog ..Social Media Tools For Marketing – Build Your Following =-.

    • Jorge 2 June 2010 at 11:12 am Permalink

      Hi Sandy

      I think the quality of the products is crucial for success. That’s why the main advice is to contribute with your own product. The problem seems that everybody is using PLR/MRR, the majority of them free, thus there are a lot of duplicate offers around and the participants in giveaways are not interested in duplicated content.
      I’m planning to participate in giveaways but either with a very good PLR that I must pay for or I’ll wait a little bit more and create my own product.

      Wish you all the luck in your giveaways participation.

      Cheers

      Jorge

  4. Waylon Gaither 1 June 2010 at 7:01 pm Permalink

    But, you will also spot events which are exactly that – EVENTS. Those which have a great buzz around them and attract several hundred contributors and thousands of members. It’s these giveaways you should consider upgrading for to get additional exposure and add a greater number of subscribers to your list.
    +1

    • Jorge 2 June 2010 at 11:08 am Permalink

      Hi Waylon

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. That is a very helpful hint.

      Cheers

      Jorge

  5. Peter Beckenham 2 June 2010 at 10:37 am Permalink

    Hi Jorge,

    Very fact-filled and educational article..many thanks.
    My question to you is:
    For the complete “newbie” with no list, how can they participate in a Giveaway event as they will be contributors but have no list to promote the event – an essential component of the contributor’s part of the deal! Any ideas as when I was asked this I suggested that some giveaway events are points based for contributors and the newbie could “buy their way in purchasing points”….if they were not too short of money.
    Actually the giveaway I am involved with right now allows this but it also allows contributors to get in via referrals of others as either contributors or members to the event. Any thoughts on this?
    .-= Peter Beckenham´s last blog ..Maybe You Need Some Inspiration? =-.

    • Jorge 2 June 2010 at 11:07 am Permalink

      Hi Peter

      yes, usually you’ll need to have a list or buy some points. Anyway, there is a thread in Marketing With Alex forum called Julie’s Birthday Giveaway is Live! where you can participate in a giveaway and receive 50 points free. I’m plan to take part in this.
      Cheers
      Jorge

  6. Jorge-
    Great job on enlisting the help of David for this post! He is a master at moving through the JV Giveaway arena as a contributer and as a person running it! Perhaps a great idea of a followup post would be how you got David to do a guest post!

    Keep up the good work!
    Jerry
    .-= Jerry @ TheOnlineSuccessProgramblog.com´s last blog ..Need an OTO for giveaways? =-.

    • Jorge 6 June 2010 at 5:49 pm Permalink

      Hi Jerry

      Thanks for stopping by. Well, regarding David’s posy, it was not my “work” but the kindness of David that did the trick. He offered to do some guest posts for MWA 3.0 students and I just jumped at the opportunity. David is really a very helpful guy and I’m already enlisted in one of his Giveaways, which will be my first participation on one as well.

      Cheers

      Jorge

  7. davy 7 June 2010 at 8:53 pm Permalink

    Hey Jorde

    Some great ides i got from your post really helpful

    Thanks
    Davy

  8. Jorge 7 June 2010 at 9:05 pm Permalink

    Hi Dave

    welcome. I’m working to always provide the best content and solid ideas so we all can go one step ahead. And yes, David post is very helpful.

    Keep tuned

    Jorge

  9. Paula 8 June 2010 at 8:25 am Permalink

    Hi Jorge I came across your by mere chance and I liked it, I am starting to learn about On-line Marketing and I also have a blog which is very poor compared to yours although my Blog is written in Portuguese I am considering very seriously in writing one in English as well, feel free to stop by my blog and leave your comments and/or advice
    thanks
    Paula
    Paula´s last blog post ..Aprender a diferenciar entre cada pessoa

    • Jorge 8 June 2010 at 10:46 pm Permalink

      Hi Paula

      Thanks a lot for stopping by, pleasure to have someone here from my own country.

      For the sake of the discussion I’m also answering in English but I’ll pay a visit to your blog very soon and I’ll post in Portuguese.
      I hope you can find here some information that helps you to get more from Internet Marketing, I would like to post more frequently but real world sometimes almost doesn’t let me sleep…

      Cheers

      Jorge


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