It’s no secret that I love Rafflecopter, the giveaway contest widget. I was getting kind of burned out on running giveaways due to all the behind the scenes work required, then along came Rafflecopter and set my heart aflutter. I dare say it has revolutionized the little world of blog giveaways. But today’s post isn’t about me crushing on Rafflecopter (although I do, pretty hard).
Like all things in life, Rafflecopter isn’t quite perfect and is still a beta program being constantly refined. One of its major benefits is that you can kind of put everything on auto-pilot – the readers submit the entries within the widget and it keeps track of them, so all you have to do when the giveaway ends is click the “Add a Winner” button.
I’ve noticed when I click on Moderate Entries and manually review all the entries, that duplicate entries are slipping through the cracks and in a big way. I’m not talking one or two or even three – I just reviewed a giveaway that ended and only had about 200 entries, and I had to delete nearly 20 duplicate entries! There were 2 or 3 people who had run down almost the entire list of entry options twice.
As someone who also enters a lot of giveaways, I’d be highly upset if I knew that other people in the contest were getting twice the entries, giving them an unfair advantage if the blogger didn’t check through the entries first and just let Rafflecopter randomly pick the winner. Please be aware that I will be reviewing all entries prior to choosing a winner, so you can be sure that it’s a fair giveaway.
Luckily, Rafflecopter makes it easy to manually review entries and here’s how:
1. From your Rafflecopter dashboard, click on the giveaway and click “moderate”
2. Click “Show List” (or you can export the whole file to Excel, but I think this way is easier) and it will display a grid of all the entries.
3. Where the dropdown box says “Group By:”, select name. For any name that has multiple entries, I do a quick scan and make sure none of them are duplicates.
4. If you see an entry that is duplicated, check the box to the left of that entry and click the red “remove entries” button at top.
I realize that many people just pick a winner and then just double check their entries, but giveaways are a game of odds. If there are an extra 20-30 entries in even a small giveaway, it skews the odds for all participants.
The Rafflecopter blog also has an article explaining the grid and how to identify cheating on Rafflecopter, which includes helpful screenshots. I hope this helps all of use Rafflecopter a little more wisely!
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