From the Contest Queen

In my last newsletter I wrote about the problem I had with my website, subscribing to this e-newsletter and how it had finally been resolved.
Well, there is something else I didn’t know about; whitelists and blacklists. Since the subscribers to this e-newsletter got so large so fast, when I tried to send out Issue 7, Bell Web Hosting thought I was sending out spam and I was “blacklisted”. After several phone calls and emails, I was finally “whitelisted’ (which means the email I am sending out to a large number of people at one time is legitimate and being requested by the recipient). I apologize to all those that received two, three, four, or more copies of Issue 7. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please email me directly if you encounter any further problems with this e-newsletter or my website.

If you live in the Toronto ON area and want to learn how to contesting online, I will be teaching a class called How To Win Cash, Cars, Trips and More…Online! in conjunction with The Learning Annex. The first class is booked for Wednesday May 17th. Click here to sign-up.

Our fully-functional online store is now open.  Not only are you able to purchase You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter, you can also buy Winner Wear, such as baseball hats, and I'm Lucky products such as necklaces, key chains and lucky charms. Check back frequently as the product lines will only continue to expand.

The really neat thing about being the Contest Queen, is now companies are contacting me in advance of launching a promotion to ensure all their i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed. It is very exciting to ensure the rules are correct and the online entry forms work perfectly. Taking my advice, 1for15.com Inc. is running an Early Bird Draw with a grand prize of $5000 cash! Once you register, you can Tell-A-Friend and earn extra entries. If your friend returns to the site and registers from your referral, you get even more entries. You can only sign-up once but referrals are unlimited! Also, once you are registered, on May 1st you will get a reminder email to come back and play for the $1,000,000 Grand Prize! The contest is open to both the US (excluding New York & Florida) and Canada (excluding Quebec) age 16 and older. So go and enter, enter, enter!!

HAPPY CONTESTING,

carolyn@contestqueen.com

Tips and Tricks

We received this great tip from Monique. Monique’s system of tracking contests and sweepstakes is different than mine. She is doing what I recommend to all contestors; make the hobby your own and do what works for you. You will enjoy the hobby more and I feel the good karma will in turn attract more wins!

Hello Ms. Wilman,
I saw your interview on Canada AM and I've been enjoying your newsletter since that same morning. I have been entering contests for at least a year now. At the beginning, I found that I was entering so many contests that I would forget which ones I've already entered and I may have disqualified myself by entering twice or didn't take advantage of daily or weekly entries.

To solve this problem, I found a great way to track my entries. I created an Excel spreadsheet and included columns for Contest Name, Website Address, Prize, Date I Entered, Closing Date, Draw Date and Notes (number of allowable entries, need UPC, etc.). I've found this system works for me. As contests close and winners are posted, I can delete them from the spreadsheet.

Have a great tip? Send me your best tips to share with the contesting community. Remember “You Can’t Lose Helping Others Win”. tipsandtricks@contestqueen.com

Our Contest

The Winning EDGE subscriber winner is Don of Simcoe ON! Congratulations!! You have won Winner Wear. A set of baseball hats embroidered with Contest Queen and Sweepstakes King logos.

Our next draw is for LUCK. The winner will receive a Xamrock leather keychain containing a genuine four leaf clover.

If you are receiving this e-newsletter directly from me you are already entered! Please forward this newsletter to your friends so they can sign-up and have an opportunity to win too!!

Your Questions Answered

Many new subscribers are asking similar questions to ones I have already answered. To read those answers, check our 2005 and 2006 archives of Your Questions Answered.

Hello,
I'm new to online contests. I was wondering how safe it is to enter contests online? Do you consequently receive a lot of junk mail, as a result of giving out your e-mail address? What about your name, address and phone number? Have you ever had a problem with unwanted mail or phone calls?
Thanks for your input.
Jo-Anne
Toronto, ON


Hi Jo-Anne,
I feel very safe. I have been entering all my standard contact information online for years. I do get a lot of junk mail (spam) but I know people that don't enter contests online that get more than I do. You need to invest in a good spam filter - you can find links to some on my site here. Many ISP services will also include spam filtering in their e-mails services as well.

I believe you can safely enter your name, address, and phone number, etc. into promotions because that is already public information. Especially if you are listed in the phone book! Plus, it’s not enough information for identity theft. Also, large companies have very strict privacy policies and will not sell or give out any of your information.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Hi Carolyn,
After reading the recent newspaper article on you I've revived my interest in contests. I had won a few things and then I guess my interest flagged. I would like to download software that fills in the information for me but having looked at some of the sites I'm overwhelmed! Can you tell me which contesting software you use in order to facilitate filling out the contest forms?
Thank you,
Mairi
Pickering ON


Hi Mairi,
I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first. It took me three years of trying different methods and systems before I found one that suited me.

Go to the Resources section on my website and look under Contest Sites to determine which site(s) you like. This is where you find the websites that post contests you may wish to enter. The secret to this hobby is to find what you like. Do you want to enter online, call-in, mail-in, test messaging, or in-person?  Most people find a favourite and stick with it.

Then go to Contesting Software and use one (or a combination of) package(s) you feel helps you enter faster. I recommend RoboForm because it will auto-fill online forms with the click of a button, plus they have an online tutorial so you can learn how to use their software very quickly. When I started using it, it cut my contesting time in half. Many contests are now using forms that are based on Flash technology, and these cannot be filled automatically. So, even running an auto-fill program will not save you from typing out your information on every contest.
GOOD LUCK,
Carolyn

Send me any sweeping or contesting questions you would like answered. questions@contestqueen.com

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter

The Canadian Edition of You Can’t Win If You Don’t Enter is now available for sale in my online store. I am currently working to expand distribution so you can purchase the book in your local bookstore or borrow it from your local library.

The American Edition is currently being researched. I am targeting to have it available for sale Fall 2006. Please forward your suggestions, links, questions and any feedback you may have directly to me: carolyn@contestqueen.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Keep your eye on this section for future updates on the book’s progress.

Feedback

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