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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