As a new comper, how can you tell which websites to trust with your details? This post – which is updated regularly – lists all the major UK competition sites – good and bad.
If you’re a promoter looking for advice on where to share your competition or prize draw, click to read Where to promote a competition instead.
When people take up comping, their first instinct is to search Google for competitions. Search results will take them to websites and adverts tempting them with fabulous cash and holiday prizes. They sign up, get bombarded with spam emails – and lose all enthusiasm for the hobby!
When you register with a data collection website like My Offers, your details are passed on to various companies (loans, gas & electric suppliers, insurance companies etc.). The prizes are genuine, but the competitions themselves will be featured across many websites and get hundreds of thousands of entries. In this post you’ll find a list of these spam-generating websites – my recommendation is to avoid them!
If you’re new to comping, your best bet is to stick to entering comps from promoters you trust – magazines, products, shops and companies. Enter directly on their websites or social media pages, and check any tick boxes carefully to see if you are agreeing to further correspondence – in particular don’t tick a box that says your details will be passed on to third parties. It shouldn’t make any difference to your chance of winning a prize draw if you decide not to join a mailing list! You should also set up a new email address to use only for competitions (I recommend Gmail) – and have a good read of my Get Started guide for more advice.
You can rest assured the competitions I share on the SuperLucky website (and my Facebook page) won’t generate spam – as a comper myself I only feature promotions and links to brands I trust. If you’re a promoter and would like to feature your competition on SuperLucky, please contact me for costs.
Competition forums you can trust
If you want to be certain you’re not clicking on spam-generating links – which appear on all sorts of websites – stick to finding competitions on forums, where users post up the links. It’s rare for a dodgy promotion to feature, as they are usually quickly flagged up and removed by the admin team.
- MoneySavingExpert Competition Time forum (MSE) is vast and can be confusing for new compers. There’s no way to sort the prizes by category, but you can view by closing date order – if you have a lot of time to dedicate to comping, it’s great. If you don’t, use the forum search to look for specific prizes and competition types. You don’t need to register to access the competition posts, but if you do use it regularly you might want to get stuck in and post competitions yourself.
- Hot UK Deals Competition section has comps submitted by members, and you can view by category – you don’t need to join to access the listings.
- Loquax Competition forum requires registration before you can access the competition listings on the forum, but it’s a smart and well-organised system. The benefit of a forum which requires log-in is that the listings won’t appear on a Google search – this means less entries than comps listed on MSE or The PrizeFinder.
- Latest Deals Competition section is similar to HUKD, with comps submitted by members.
Competition listings sites you can trust
At the moment these sites don’t feature links to any spam-generating websites, but you might encounter adverts.
Competition listings sites that feature affiliate links
The sites listed below are funded by paid links and advertising, but can be a good resource for comps. Once you become aware of the spam-generating sites (see list further down), you should be able to quickly spot and skip the adverts and links while comping. Stick to the links that take you directly to a promoter’s website or social media.
- www.theprizefinder.com (if you register your details, you can access answers and the tracker BUT you’re also allowing your details to be passed on to other companies)
Paid subscription sites you can trust
No matter what websites might tell you, comping need not cost you a penny – if you do decide to spend money on the hobby, my recommendation would be to join Compers News as you get a printed/digital magazine and chat forum access. Here are some subscription-based competition sites:
- www.compersnews.com (subscription includes monthly listings magazine & private forum)
- www.competitorscompanion.com (NOT related to Competitors Companion magazine)
- www.twitaculous.com (you must connect to your Twitter account)
Spam-generating survey and competition sites
The sites listed below do have genuine prizes, but with a tiny chance of winning. They will generate spam email, junk mail and phone calls, and in my opinion are a waste of your time.
- Beware of prize draws promoted by Optical Express or Thomas Sanderson – they will badger you with annoying phone calls and texts!
- There are lots of ‘tick boxes’ on some online magazine prize draws – Roboform custom settings can help you to tick the ‘No’ boxes, but always double check you’re not opting in to junk mail before submitting!
- http://winit.winsomething.co.uk/ is fine, and features official competitions from Bauer media sites – if you see ‘winit’ added to the start of magazine and radio station URLs, they are Bauer sites too. On a Bauer competition page, click Official Rules to see which other websites the giveaway features on – there’s only ONE prize across all those websites, but you can enter on all of them. Read more in my guide to Click To Win Competitions.
- Most competitions hosted on Facebook timelines or Twitter are safe, as no personal details are collected at the point of entry. It’s when you give out your email address, postal address or phone number you should be checking the T&Cs and watching which boxes you tick! Watch out for giveaways on Facebook scam pages though – if there’s no website address listed on their About section, don’t trust them!
- If you’re struggling to manage the amount of junk in your email inbox, try Unroll.me to organise newsletters into a daily digest email, and unsubscribe from the junk.
- Finally, don’t get tempted by subscribing to Automated Entry Services that will enter competitions on your behalf (eg. Win 24) – most promoters will delete entries from these services so it’s a waste of your money.
These are my own opinions based on my own experiences of these websites, and the experiences of fellow compers – you can always google a website name plus the word ‘review’ for people’s opinions too.
Please do leave me a comment – is there a new website you’d like me to add to the list, or simply to let me know which website you would recommend to new compers!