Where to promote a competition

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  1. Zelda is wrong, Money Saving Expert’s forum has never let you promote competitions you or your company are running, and ever since they updated the forum, cut down on the sub forums/acceptable topics, and changed their rules, there even stricter on anything ‘self promotion’, you can’t even stick a link to a personal non-commercial blog in your profile now.

    The compers forum on MSE has a lot less comps posted on it now and less regular users, ever since the the forum software change broke ways the comping forum worked.

  2. zanuda says:

    “…MoneySavingExpert and HUKD (Hot UK Deals) forums, but as self-promotion isn’t allowed, you can’t add your own comps…”

    MoneySavingExpert is OK if you just post the link to competition (and if you are not absolute newbie to the forum :)). But if you start bragging that it’s the best ever company, then yes, it will be deleted.

    Hot UK Deals is kind of funny, let’s say the same toy is a prize in TESCO or national magazine – it’s OK, but if a small company or local magazine runs that competition it is classified as “selfpromotary”… Totally illogical. They didn’t cut only one of the links I posted – competition for Australian Dinosaur Zoo that was touring that time. And a lot of blog/sites were running same type of competitions. I think Hot UK Deals was so flooded they didn’t notice my link was not from The Times or BBC… 😉

    Another tip – google other competition websites from time to time. Sometimes new ones appears. Usually they don’t live very long and after a couple of years they’ll disappear into oblivion but for a short time you’ll be able to use it the same way as Loquax or Competition database…

    • Nope, MSe doesn’t let you promote you own competitions or your own websites/blogs etc. at all now.

      • zanuda says:

        How about “competition time” section of the forum. Who do you think is posting there?!? They would not have enough moderators to post all these competitions… And if some of the new moderators delete your post and post the same link as their own post, who cares, you’ll still have the link to your competition…

        Of course if you start writing like this company/blog is so great, they have all these competition in that category – link there, they would delete this post. And of cause if you post only links to competition and nothing else and don’t communicate with fellow forum users, you might get into suspicion list and if moderator is eager enough, he/she will watch you on the subject of self promotion.

  3. Jamie says:

    There are many competitions around thesedays mostly i see on Facebook and social sites but they just seem to promote things to get likes and shares.

  4. If we did a competition for one of our boiler sales, would we have to get anyone to verify the winner legally?

  5. Shane says:

    Thanks for the great advice. I used your ideas and increased our competition entries by over 25 000!

    • Jack says:

      Hi Shane, do you have an email where i could ask you some questions to gain some advice as i have just started a new venture in prize competitions and with your statement i would like to understand how you achieve such high numbers, Thank you.

  6. Dan says:

    Great article, lots of really good advice for competition runners here.

  7. rebecca beesley says:

    Is your blog comp linky just for hobby bloggers to use or can companies with blog hosting a competition on their blog page add to the linky too?

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