How to search Google for competitions

Searching on 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 competition forum like MSE or Loquax!  

I’ve recorded a six minute guide to how you can use Google to search for competitions and sweepstakes – watch it and then have a go at saving 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 a Google search

  • Go to (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 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 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. 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”
  • 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”, “proof of purchase required” – combine these with the word win or competition, and you should get plenty of comps in the results!
  • Try searches for themed comps too – eg. win valentines day competition, Halloween photo competition 
  • Use browser bookmarks to save your searches so you can check them regularly for the latest competitions
  • There’s advice on filtering search results using different devices on Google Support forums.
  • The same tips can be used for Twitter searches too!

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

14 Responses

  1. Robynne says:

    Thank you so much for this Di! You have changed my competition game!

  2. oilve one eye says:

    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

  3. Sarah A L says:

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

  4. Stevie says:

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

  5. Chris Fliss says:

    So helpful Di 🙂 Thank you xxx

  6. CAROL PATRICK says:

    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.

  7. Gill Barwood says:

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

  8. Tom J Morrison says:

    Sound advice on finding comps

  9. Keeley Louise Atkinson says:

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

  10. Elizabeth Gurney says:

    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

  1. 05/01/2018

    […] for those wish list prizes using google, or Twitter search. See these handy guides from SuperLucky and Glam and Geeky Mum for tips on how to use search engines to find competitions. […]

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