Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to Get Items From Companies for Giveaways

Hosting a giveaway is a great way to increase traffic to your blog.  Additionally, a giveaway can be fun for you as well as the visitors.  Products for these giveaways can come for a variety of different sources.

  1. Placing a "PR Welcome" or "PR Friendly" badge or page on your blog is one way to attract companies.  Companies are on the look out for blogs that are interested in hosting a giveaway or reviewing their products.  In my personal experience, I have been contacted on several occasions from companies such as CSN Stores and Kidtoons to host a giveaway or do a product review.  You can also see which companies other blogs are hosting a giveaway for and contact that company directly and to let them know that you're interested in working with them.
  2. If you use Swagbucks as often as I do, you can earn points which can then be redeemed as gift cards and products.  So then you could giveaway an gift card.
  3. Signing up websites to do product reviews is another way to get products for giveaways. Many times in lieu of money, these sites will give you the product for the review plus an additional one that you use for the giveaway.  Here's a list of product review sites.
  4. If you can buy a gift card or a product at a great discount, this could be a small investment in order to drive traffic to your blog.  I think of it as an advertising cost.  For example, offers monthly deals on their gift cards and certificates.  Sometimes you can get a $25 gift card for $2.  $2 is a pretty good price to pay for advertising, in my opinion.
  5. Another great product you can offer for a giveaway is a feature article or 1 month of advertising on your blog.  In some cases, this may not be the right

    product for your blog's niche.  But if you're just starting out and participate in blog hops, chances are the majority of visitors are fellow blog owners.  This type of prize is beneficial to you and the winner because more than likely the winner will post on their blog that they won and will refer visitors to your site to read their feature article.  
I have hosted  four giveaways on Blogging Hints and Busy Mom's Tips.  I have given away a $25 gift card, I have been contacted by several companies but have only accepted two offers to hold giveaways and I have given away advertising and a feature article.  All these worked out well and there was an increase in traffic during the giveaway period.

Another thing to remember is to list your giveaways on contest blogs.  Here is a list of blogs you can register your contest or giveaway on.


    1. I'm just starting out with my giveaway blog and this post was very helpful. I'm going to use the tip to do an advertising spot giveaway - great idea! I will be sure to credit you for the idea in my post :)

    2. This is a great post! I love it! Thanks for the advice. Although that last link just takes me to blogger - is that what it is supposed to do?

    3. Thank you SO MUCH! I needed this information badly!

    4. Kat,

      Thanks for the heads up. I've fixed the link. Thanks for visiting.

    5. Hi I'm a new follower. What a great blog thanks for all the tips! I'd love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance :)

      Tania @

    6. Interesting ideas. I just want to walk the fine line of giveaways and quality postings. Until recently I hadn't thought about giveaways, but I'd like to offer some kitchen products. I'm going to check out your product link.



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