Amazon $15 Gift Certificate Giveaway 11/11 US&CAN

What’s my goal with this blog? I want to do reviews/giveaways, as simple as that! I sit at home all day long and I’m beyond bored. One of my passions in life is trying out products. I don’t even want to think about how much money I spent on ‘stuff’ before I learned how to use coupons. At the moment, I obviously don’t work and living on one salary completely cut me off from trying anything new.
I realize that before I can contact any companies I need to build my follower list. And this is where I hope that you will help me out!

For fellow bloggers: Do you have any tips on how to contact companies for reviews/giveaways or do you know which companies are willing to work with smaller blogs like mine? I’d really appreciate your help!
(for you help, you’ll get a bonus entry into this giveaway – see below for details)

Today, I’m feeling generous and I’d like to share it with you!

Prize:
One lucky winner will receive a $15 Gift Certificate to Amazon
(Either amazon.ca or amazon.com depending on where the winner is from)

How to enter:

(Please leave your e-mail address in every comment. - I went through some of the comments and many don’t have e-mail addresses and poster’s Blogger profile is private. You can’t win if you don’t leave me a way to contact you!)

(1 entry – MANDATORY) follow my blog via GFC
(1 entry) subscribe via RSS reader
(1 entry) subscribe via e-mail
(1 entry) add me as a friend on Facebook (leave first name and initial)
(1 entry) follow me on twitter @jenyasha (leave your twitter name)

(1 entry per day) tweet - AMAZON $15 Gift Certificate #Giveaway US&CAN Ends 11/11 http://jensgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/10/amazon-15-gift-certificate-giveaway.html (leave direct link)
bonus entries:
(1 entry) for bloggers – do you have any review/giveaway tips? (see above for my question for fellow bloggers)
(1 entry) for non-bloggers – what are you looking for in a giveaway blog? (i.e. many giveaways, easy to enter, good prizes, length of giveaways, types of comment forms?)

Rules:

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada & USA and will end on November 11, 2010. The winner will be determined randomly via random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond back or another winner will be chosen. I did not receive anything from anyone to write this post. I am giving away something I already own.

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338 Responses to “Amazon $15 Gift Certificate Giveaway 11/11 US&CAN”

  1. Renee says:

    I'm following your blog via GFC.

  2. Renee says:

    I'm going to give you my ideas before doing the other entries, because I don't want to forget anything! Here's what I've learned…

    Obviously you need to build up a following, so do blog hops often. I've gotten a lot of my followers that way, and it seems like the possibilities for followers are endless when you do lots of blog hops. Write interesting posts, because if you do, people notice and stick around.

    I have learned a lot of what I know by observing other bloggers. I wanted to review books, and I found book review companies simply by looking at the buttons on other blogs' sidebars or the company they credit for providing their products for review. So a good idea would probably be to go to other giveaway blogs and look at their sidebars and footers to see if they have buttons for the product review sites. I've seen a lot of them, because sometime in the future, I plan to host giveaways on my blog… after I get more followers! (Here's an example: At the bottom of Shining2Save.com, there are a bunch of buttons for review companies. "Pitch It To Me, My Blog Spark, etc.) Do a google search for what you want. I searched because I saw someone else giving books away from a certain publisher, and I was able to figure out how to get my own books to give away.

    Try contacting companies whose products you love and tell them that you love their product and would like to help them get the word out. Ask if they would consider sponsoring a giveaway on your blog. I did this recently and received full-sized products to review and give away just for asking!

    My brother has a VERY new blog with hardly any followers yet, and he started by reviewing products he already had. Then he wrote to the company and let them know that he reviewed their product (with a link to the review). He had reviewed a free software program, and when he told them he had reviewed it, they gave him the pro version to review free of charge. (This just happened again today and he got a full version program for free!) He has less than 10 followers so far, so it's possible when you're just starting out!

    So don't be discouraged. It looks like you're off to a great start. I'd join tons of blog hops if I were you, just to get your followers to keep multiplying. And hosting a giveaway of your own (like you're doing right now) is a great way to get the ball rolling!

    I really hope this helps! Good luck on getting great products to review/give away! (I hope this makes sense, I just typed it out as I thought of it! LOL)

    Wow, I wrote a whole blog post!! :)

  3. Renee says:

    I just subscribed via RSS feed.

    (Speaking of which, some companies will ask you how many RSS subscribers you have. So that's another thing other than followers that matters to review companies. If you want to increase your subscribers, you could consider making that the mandatory entry for a giveaway… just my two cents!)

  4. Renee says:

    I subscribed via email.

  5. Keepers at Home says:

    I'm following via Fun Follow Friday.
    Please follow back at
    http://gardenofgiveaways.blogspot.com
    Thanks!!

  6. The Coupon Scoop says:

    Follow you on gfc!
    couponscoop@gmail.com

  7. The Coupon Scoop says:

    My advise for reviews/and giveaway would be for readers to enter as many times as they can!!

    couponscoop@gmail.com

  8. The Coupon Scoop says:

    Became a friend on facebook
    Coupon Scoop
    couponscoop@gmail.com

  9. CJ says:

    New follower through gfc
    cherlynjpeters(at)yahoo(dot)ca

  10. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

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    I'm a follower on Blogger/Google Friend Connect as spamgirl. :) Thank you!

  11. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    Subscribe through RSS. Thank you!

  12. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    Subscribe through email. Thank you!

  13. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

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    I'm a Facebook follower/friend/liker – Kitty C. Thank you!

  14. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

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    I'm a follower on Twitter as @antispamgirl. Thank you!

  15. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/28433831878 . Thank you!

  16. Glogirl says:

    I am a new follower via GFC.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  17. Glogirl says:

    I subscribed to your RSS feed in a Google Reader.

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Glogirl says:

    I am following you on Twitter @glogirl3

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  19. Glogirl says:

    Non-blogger entry. The first thing I look for in a giveaway blog is how many giveaways are open to Canadians. I love following Canadian blogs as I know their giveaways will be Canadian friendly. I like blogs that have their giveaways open for a couple weeks (ie. 2-3 weeks)anything beyond that and it seems to drag on (especially since I like to tweet daily if I can). I like giveaway blogs that publish my comments immediately. Sometimes if I'm entering multiple comments ie. 4 entries for subscribing, I lose track of what comment number I submitted because the comment went into moderation. I love your format and love that there is no validation word to type in. Makes it quick and easy to enter. That's my two cents on giveaway blogs!!

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. Renee says:

    I followed you on Twitter (I'm @lotsofgiveaways)

  21. TopWinger says:

    I follow via GFC

    topwinger17 at hotmail dot com

  22. TopWinger says:

    I subscribed through e-mail.

    topwinger17 at hotmail dot com

  23. TopWinger says:

    I follow on twitter (TopWinger)

    topwinger17 at hotmail dot com

  24. Emma says:

    I subscribed via e-mail
    benjifiliso@hotmail.com

  25. Emma says:

    I send a friend request to add you as a friend on Facebook – Emma B
    benjifiliso@hotmail.com

  26. Emma says:

    I follow on twitter @jenyasha – @benitozk
    benjifiliso@hotmail.com

  27. Emma says:

    I am looking for a useful prize that I can use personally or gift to friend.
    Many giveaways will be a plus.
    Length of giveaway not too long, I think 2-3 weeks is good. Otherwise it will be too much effort for those small prize -IMO.
    benjifiliso@hotmail.com

  28. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/28520508749 . Thank you!

  29. Glogirl says:

    Daily Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/28534026028

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  30. Julie says:

    I follow you on GFC (west coast mama)

  31. Julie says:

    I follow you on twitter (@westcoastmama)

    juliecroftlaursen at gmail dot com

  32. Julie says:

    Google Analytics is your friend!

    juliecroftlaursen at gmail dot com

  33. Spamgirl @ CanContests.com says:

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*com

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/28604679681 . Thank you!

  34. won says:

    Following on GFC.

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

  35. won says:

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

    rss subscribed.

  36. won says:

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

    Email subscribed.

  37. won says:

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

    FB friend request sent (Wendy T).

  38. won says:

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

    following on twitter (won2x)

  39. won says:

    won2xx at (gmail}} dot com

    What I'm looking for in a giveaway is length of time. I understand running the giveaway for a long time on big ticket items, but not always on others.

  40. Glogirl says:

    Daily Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/28617086390

    ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

  41. Karen says:

    I am following via GFC

    kpuleski at gmail dot com
    http://practicalfrugality.blogspot.com

  42. Karen says:

    Following on RSS Google Reader

    kpuleski at gmail dot com

    http://practicalfrugality.blogspot.com

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