A beginner’s guide to comping
If you want to know how to win competitions, this page contains all the information and links to get you started! I also recommend you check out my book SuperLucky Secrets (paperback or eBook), which is packed with advice and tips for new compers – and 20 years’ worth of my top winning tips!
So, let’s get started…
What is comping?
Comping is the UK term for entering lots of competitions and prize draws – and if you take on this incredible hobby, you can proudly call yourself a comper! Be warned though – it can be addictive!
But aren’t competitions a scam?
Only a very tiny percentage of UK competitions and prize draws are a scam – in most cases, the promoters really do want a genuine and happy winner! Don’t be a cynic – after all you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to win!
Before I give you some of the best links to get comping, here’s my top ten tips for new compers:
1. Be positive
Successful compers believe they will win amazing prizes – and they do (check my list of prizes if you need proof). If you enter competitions thinking ‘Oh, I’ll never win’ – then you won’t! Read How to be lucky for practical tips on improving your luck.
2. Be choosy
Decide what you want to win and make a wishlist of prizes – from small things like vouchers and tickets to big things like a holiday or a kitchen. If you focus on finding and entering competitions to win those prizes, you’ll find the hobby more manageable. The first step to winning those dream prizes is to find relevant companies on the internet, Facebook and Twitter – follow them, like them and join their email lists so you’ll be the first to hear about new competitions.
3. Get a new email address
You will get LOADS of emails, so set up a new account especially for comping – Gmail is a great option. Choose a short, memorable and simple address, as you will have to write, type and spell it thousands of times. If you want to join Twitter and Instagram for comping, try to sign up with the same short memorable name.
4. Always look for the WIN
Whether you’re in the supermarket, on the train, in WHSmith or in a waiting room, always look out for the magic word WIN. You’ll be surprised where you find competitions – on products, in magazines, on bus stops… If you have a smartphone you can enter most comps there and then. You can also use your phone to search Twitter or Google for comps if you find yourself waiting around – you can always Like or bookmark them to enter later on (see my tips on Googling for comps here).
5. Put the effort in
The majority of people who enter competitions don’t like creative or effort comps, but these offer the very best chance of a win. Tweeting a joke, sharing a photo on Instagram, commenting on a blog, making a purchase, doing a quiz, filming a video – these comps are harder to enter, but much easier to win. In some cases you may well be the only entrant! You can find lots of creative/effort comps on the SuperLucky Facebook page – and the blog giveaways listed on my monthly Blog Comp Linky offer a good chance of a win for just a little effort. Check out my video tutorials if you want to learn how to comp using Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Gleam or Rafflecopter.
6. Go local
Finding low entry competitions is the key to winning lots, and local magazines, newspapers and shopping centres are perfect – create a bookmarks folder in your browser for their websites and Facebook pages, and check regularly. Tune in to your local radio stations as the text and phone-in comps get very few entries!
7. Be social
Join a forum like Loquax or Money Saving Expert to connect with other compers. Compers News Chatterbox is my preferred forum, but only accessible to magazine subscribers (subscribe here). You could join a Facebook comping group – I have one called Lucky Learners – or search my list of local groups or comp clubs. Comping friends are fantastic for finding new promotions and they will let you know if they see your name as a winner – they’ll also cheer you up if you’re going through a dreaded ‘dry spell’ without any wins!
8. Read the rules
Yes, it’s boring but it’s also very important to check the T&Cs and read the rules. It’s no good entering a competition that’s already closed, or winning tickets to an event you can’t attend. It’s particularly important to check the details of any competition where you’re putting in time and effort – whether it’s judged or random will affect the amount of time you should spend on it.
9. Watch out for tick boxes
Don’t get tempted by the big prizes offered on survey sites like MyOffers.co.uk or OfferX. These sites make money from selling on your details and you will get bombarded with spam phone calls and emails. For most other non-survey comps the tick boxes will be optional and you don’t have to agree to receive further information (if you don’t, you might miss out on future competitions though). It’s best to stick to entering competitions found on the websites, Facebook pages or Twitter pages of companies you trust. Check my list of UK competition websites for a guide to the ones which will generate spam – and read how to identify a fake Facebook promotion too.
10. Be efficient
Use the Autofill function in your web browser, or download Roboform to help you log in and fill out entry forms quickly. In your email app, set up your name, address and phone number as an email signature so it’s automatically added to your entries.
The best comping websites
SuperLucky is great if you enjoy competitions that require a bit of effort or a purchase – you’ll find creative competitions here on the blog as well as on my Facebook page and Twitter feed. I also have an easy clickable list of instant win and daily draw comps – lots of people bookmark this for a daily visit!
I can usually tell which UK competitions will be easier to win and I tag these posts on SuperLucky to help you out – find them at superlucky.me/tag/easy-to-win/
If you want to find thousands more easy entry comps and prize draws though, it’s worth registering with a dedicated site or forum – try to stick with using just one so you don’t duplicate your entries. There are lots of UK sites listing competitions, but I recommend these free ones to get started:
- Loquax – use the Prize Directory option to filter the prizes, click Thanks to track the comps you’ve entered
- The PrizeFinder – filter by category, register with the site to use the competition tracker, but avoid the first few comps in each category as they will be paid listings (usually surveys resulting in spam emails or phone calls)
- MSE (MoneySavingExpert) – the competitions board is vast and there’s no way to filter the prizes (apart from a search), but if you’ve got a lot of time to commit to the hobby then it’s your best option – you can also contribute by adding comps that you find
- Competition Database
Find more on my list of UK competition websites
I’ve also compiled a couple of ways you can source competitions via other UK compers – on Facebook if you’re already a Lucky Learner you can join the Facebook competitions group. On Twitter, anyone can subscribe to the Lucky Learners list. These compers have kindly offered to be on the Twitter list, so it’s OK to retweet their tweets (see my Twitter guide for more on this!)
When you start winning…
Many new compers might miss out on prizes simply because they don’t know where to look. Make sure you’re regularly checking:
- Your email inbox
- Your spam/junk folders
- Your Facebook messages and message requests
- Facebook search bar – search for “Your name” plus congratulations or winner
- Your Twitter and Instagram notifications and messages
- Google search for “Your name” regularly
- Facebook ‘winning announcements’ groups such as Competition Winners
If you’re not winning…
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I wish you the best of luck in your new hobby – and let me know when you win your first prize by tweeting me with #myfirstwin!