How to Make 2013 a Winning Year!!

There are 3 steps I take at the beginning of each year to ensure I:

1) I start with a fresh Annual Wins Tracker.  (It is a spreadsheet I use to track every prize I win in any given calendar year.)  It always feels fresh, like the first day of school when all your notebooks have yet to be written in with all your new knowledge and adventures.  This is a very handy tool as it:

  • helps me to ensure I get every prize I win,
  • if I am eligible to enter again within a certain time frame (specifically those hosted by radio stations),
  • lets me see which entry methods are garnering me the most prizes.

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2) I review my contest entry system to see if anything needs tweeking.  As entry methods are always in flux (for example, look at the explosion of Facebook contests over the past two years) it is best to ensure one maximizes the number of entries that can be garnered within the shortest period of time.  (I only spend an hour or two a day entering, with the occasional Sunday of indulgence thrown in for good measure.)

3) I set new prize goals.  What do I really want to win this year?!  It ensures I focus on entering those contests first.  This year I would like to win:

  • a trip for two somewhere sunny and sandy, where flip flops are au rigor and I can enjoy the salty sea air and a pina colada at the same time,
  • new kitchen appliances, big and small,
  • updated tools for my business: a new cellphone and new computer.

What do you to ensure you will have a winning year?


2013-01-02T00:34:28+00:00 January 1st, 2013|Contesting, Sweepstaking|7 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilman (aka @ContestQueen) is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Sweepstakes Specialist. Carolyn teaches others how to Find, Organize, Enter and Win giveaways along with working with companies to create, and viral market, winning promotions maximizing ROI and loyal customers.


  1. Di Coke January 2, 2013 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I do EXACTLY the same as you! I use Google Drive/Documents for my spreadsheet so I can access it online from anywhere, and I use my blog and Pinterest boards to create my prize wishlist. Wishing you all the best for 2013!

  2. Carmen January 2, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Happy New Year Carolyn! You are a real inspiration my friend. Thanks for another great tip. I have won some great trips and prizes in the last year and I owe it all to you! Keep up the great work! xoxo

  3. Kay January 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    GOOD LUCK CAROLYN. Thanks for all you do & success to you and yours for 2013. I like the pininterst Idea – just like a virtual vision board.

  4. Pat Drouillard January 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I hope I win some prizes so I can mark them dowm, I am sure trying…

  5. Nicole January 5, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I’m hoping for vacations, home renovations and/or cash to put towards both!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Denise August 3, 2013 at 12:41 am - Reply

    I don’t have a list of my wins. I click favorite on twitter to keep track for now…

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