Less is more: The fewer the entries, the more weight yours carries. So go for smaller contests, those that limit eligibility, or ones with niche prizes. Get a sense of a blog-run contest's size by checking the number of friends on the blog's Facebook account.
Favor complicated entries: Be willing to jump through a few hoops—submit a video, say, or create a Pinterest board. On Facebook, you probably will have to "like" the page and complete a survey or perform another task. Lots of folks won’t bother—which narrows the competition.
Read the fine print: Examine the official rules. Are you eligible to enter? How often? If the prize is a trip, can you make it? If not, is cash an option? Save time for promotions you actually have a shot at. And remember, in the United States, you must report the cash value of all winnings on your tax return as income, no matter the value.
Did you know? According to a University of Missouri study, the state of anticipating or wanting a product can make you happier than actually having it. So, even if you walk away from a giveaway empty-handed, you still might feel like a winner.