Should I Use an Automated Entry Service?

questions 3Hi Carolyn,
I’ve got a good one for you. Did you ever tried Sweepstakes Ninja or something similar? What’s your and, in general, sponsors opinion on something like that?

That is a good one!

I used to use RoboForm Companion and I tested the beta version of Sweepstakes Ninja.

My current opinion is: don’t use any automated entry program. It’s against the rules.

Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

Sweepstakes Ninja is even specifically named in some sets of rules.

The use of any automated programs that do not cause a user visible browser visit and a direct user generated submit such as Sweepstakes Ninja and any others are strictly prohibited.

How did I go from advocating use of auto-entry programs to being against them? It’s a long story that I outline in my upcoming book, so I’ll give you the Cole’s Notes version here.

I used to love using RoboForm Companion. It worked well to submit straight forward entry pages. As technology always moves faster than we can keep up, software program updates, combined with the use of social media and CAPTCHAs made using RoboForm Companion virtually pointless.

The owner wasn’t interested in upgrading his program and instead sold it to SweepsU. Their original intent was to dovetail it into their website making it easier and faster for their members to enter. SweepsU decided against it and the program was shelved.

Sweepstakes Ninja claims to have overcome all of the obstacles RoboForm Companion encountered. As I have not tested the current version of the program, I cannot confirm or deny that claim.

I believe you are better to spend your time, and money, entering contests found on a sweepstakes aggregate site.

I also believe in investing in your hobby: paid aggregates, full versions of apps and software packages, stamps, etc., but not in wasting your money.

Companies spend billions of dollars every year wanting to engage with you. Using an automated entry program takes that away. If that goes away, so will the sweepstakes.

If you have a sweepstakes, contest or giveaway question, please email me.

2016-04-27T15:27:08+00:00April 5th, 2015|Your Questions Answered, YQA|3 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. Angela Hotchkiss April 5, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    So what is the difference between and automated entry and Roboform. When the rules state no automated entry, does that mean Roboform as well? Thanks for your help!

  2. David Balkin April 5, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Thank you! That’s what I thought. Just wanted to be sure!

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