How to search Google for competitions

Searching on Twitter, Facebook and Google is a great way for you to find new competitions, particularly if you’re looking for specific prizes or local promotions. Or you might simply want to find new comps to share on a forum!  

Today I’m looking at how compers can use Google, and have recorded a six minute guide to searching for competitions and sweepstakes – watch it and then have a go at setting up some searches for your own most wanted prizes. If you don’t have a prize wishlist yet – make one now! Focusing on what you actually want to win rather than entering every competition out there should definitely be a priority.

Tips for your Google search

  • Go to www.google.com (log in if you have a Google account) and type win and your desired prize, eg. win Italy holiday in the search box.
  • When you get the results, click Search Tools – underneath, change Any Country to your country of choice and change Any Time to a date range of your choice – try Past week.
  • If you want to exclude words from your search results, simply add a dash (minus sign) before the word eg. win holiday -Australia would give you holiday competitions but NOT any that mention Australia!
  • When you put a phrase in quotes, the results will only include pages with the same words in exactly the same order as what’s inside the quotes – for example “win a family holiday” 
  • Type OR in capital letters to search for pages that may have just one of two words, eg. Win competition Spain OR Italy holiday gives results for both destinations – without the OR, Google would only show websites that match both Spain and Italy.
  • If you want to restrict your search to a certain website, use site: before the site address, removing any www or http://, eg. win Macbook site:forums.moneysavingexpert.com will only show you results from the MSE forum.
  • If you want to exclude certain websites from your search, simply add a dash (minus sign) before site: eg.  -site:myoffers.co.uk would exclude comps listed on the spam-generating My Offers website
  • Try experimenting – you can combine all these different types of terms in your search box:
    Spain OR Italy “win a family holiday” -site:topfox.co.uk -site:myoffers.co.uk
  • Search for wishlist prizes, favourite competition types and local competitions – also think about phrases that you might find in T&Cs such as “judged on creativity”, “words or less” “closing date for entries” – all these should give you results that are prize draws or competitions!
  • Use browser bookmarks to save your searches so you can check them regularly for the latest competitions
  • Your search might show ads from survey sites like My Offers – if they do, you can click on the ‘i’ and choose to block ads from those websites.
  • There’s advice on filtering search results using different devices on Google Support forums.

Do you have any more search tips? Let me know in the comments section! 

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Author: Di

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  • Elizabeth Gurney

    This is fantastic Di! Thank you 🙂 I’ve tried a few times to search for my own (especially for certain type of prizes) with very little success and these simple changes will really help! x

  • Keeley Louise Atkinson

    Ohhh brill, thank you Di.
    Gonna have a go at this now to try it out 🙂

  • Tom J Morrison

    Sound advice on finding comps

  • Thanks Tom!

  • Gill Barwood

    That was really useful, Di. I didn’t know about using minus to exclude certain sites. Right, off to put your tips into practice!

  • CAROL PATRICK

    I didn’t know anything about how to do such detailed searches – I only did basic question searches. I’m a self-taught silver surfer, so I found it very helpful. Thanks Di.

  • Chris Fliss

    So helpful Di 🙂 Thank you xxx

  • Stevie

    That was very good. I knew a few of those but I learnt loads.

  • Sarah A L

    Great video.
    Is there a way to search for Gleam contests in a similar way to how you searched for rafflecopter giveaways?

  • There’s no magic phrase like “a raffleopter giveaway” that applies to Gleam I’m afraid – but here’s a test search I did for UK giveaways in the last week, excluding the main comp sites – you could try this to start with! https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=enter+gleam+-site:theprizefinder.com+-site:superlucky.me+-site:competitionhunter.com+-site:moneysavingexpert.com&cr=countryUK%7CcountryGB&tbs=qdr:w,ctr:countryUK%7CcountryGB&start=10

  • Sarah A L

    Good advice. Thanks Di.

  • oilve one eye

    Loved this post, it’s netted me a couple of big wins, and I’ve found good companies and shops that I would never have com across normally, thanks Di .. x