Selecting and Notifying Winners
Someone left a comment the other day on one of the Winning Posts that really kind of bothered me. They had made a comment about one of the winners winning more than one giveaway in a month. They also mentioned wondering if the winners were really randomly drawn.
Here is my process:
– I delete any entries after the expiration date and time.
– I go to Random.org and draw a number for the winner based on the number of entries for that giveaway. Random.org then assigns me the winning number. I go to that comment number and there is my winner.
– There is a Mandatory Entry for every giveaway. If I choose your number and find that you haven’t done the Mandatory Entry, I choose another winner. Companies are donating products for giveaways, so the least we can do is visit their site and complete the mandatory entry for the prize.
– People have tons of opportunities for entries in the contests. They can blog about the giveaways, tweet on a DAILY basis, leave comments on non-giveaway posts. The more entries you have, the greater chance you have of winning the giveaway.