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How To: Create A Rafflecopter Giveaway

6.25.2014

When I first started offering giveaways I was like a lost puppy trying to figure out how to run a Rafflecopter. It took me hours and I wish I had been able to find a tutorial on how to set one up. So I thought I would save you from lost puppy syndrome.

ONE Go to https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/  -  You can use their website free of charge, your options are just more limited. To be honest, I use it free and it does everything I need.

TWO This is the homepage that shows your current giveaways, past giveaways and where you will click "New Giveaway" on the left hand side. 


THREE Click "Add a prize" to enter the prize you are giving away. You can only use a picture if you have a monthly subscription. Free users can only put text here. (In my opinion that's no big deal because most likely you are going to show a picture in your post of your prize.)
FOUR Once you've entered your prize you will see you can now add more prizes. For instance if you are giving away a different assortment of items (ie. gift card, nail polish, perfume). You can also add a "nickname" for your records in looking through past giveaways. And you can enter "Terms and conditions" (ie. people 18 and older, US residents only.)


FIVE Now this is where the fun begins. You must start plugging in your "entries". This can get time consuming especially if you have a lot of people involved in your giveaway. Click "Add An Entry Option" and this is what you will see. Some of these options are disabled if you are using the free version. Don't worry, you can use the "Invent Your Own" option to create the same entry. I'll show you.


SIX Here I have chosen "Invent Your Own". I am choosing to have people follow me via Instagram for this entry. This is what will show on the main part of the Rafflecopter. Where it says "Your Text To Link Here" you will put "Instagram". Then where it says "http://your-url-here.com" you will put your direct link to your profile on Instagram. So that when they click the word Instagram it takes them directly to your page. You can also have them tell you basic information so you can verify entries once the giveaway has ended. (For instance, I want to know your Instagram name so I can verify you actually followed me via Instagram.)


SEVEN Below is what it looks like once I've filled in my information. Now you can also choose if you want the entrants to be able to do this option daily for more entries (this is perfect for tweets) or if it's mandatory ( I use this as a free entry to get your email address so I have a way to contact you if you win).

EIGHT After you have finished adding all your entry options you are almost done! Now you must add a date and time you'd like your giveaway to run. And then click "Preview & Install".


NINE Now it's here that I click "Preview All Options" and test out each entry option making sure they are all working properly and going to the right webpage. If you are missing anything as simple as the "http" in a link, they won't work properly. So test them all out. 


TEN Now all you have left to do is install your widget on your blog post. Simply click "Copy" to the right of the html code. Now go to your blog post and click "HTML" in the top left corner. Copy and paste this code. And she's ready to rock! You did it! Now get a cocktail, stat!


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask :)

20 comments on "How To: Create A Rafflecopter Giveaway"
  1. Thanks for this. Pinning it for later use!

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  2. I have always wondered about this! Thanks for sharing! I am pinning it now :)

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  3. Very awesome! I was so lost when I tried to use Rafflecopter too! Thank you for sharing :)

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  4. Just pinned this in case I ever need it! Thanks lady!

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  5. Great post! The first time I used Rafflecopter I was SO confused! This will definitely help me next time!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  6. Awesome! Might need this soon. ;) Thanks!

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  7. YOU are awesome. i've been throwing around the idea of doing this, but wasn't really sure how. thank you thank you thank you!

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  8. Great post, I love Rafflecopter!

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  9. AH! I have been wanting to start using this but I've been afraid...so what is your system for organizing a multi-person giveaway?

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  10. Great post girl thanks for sharing! I had no idea!

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  11. I love you and your wealth of knowledge (and patience with me hah). Great info!

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  12. This is wonderful, thank you thank you! Now, if I can only figure out how-to start hosting giveaways. oxox, Amanda

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  13. Can I just say that I love your blogging tips. Thanks for this girl and keep the tips coming!

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  14. Thank you, that was super helpful! :-)
    www.meowlifestyle.com

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  15. I so appreciate this post. Please know I was wanting to pull my hair out because things weren't working - and then I found this post. Thanks!

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  16. Great post! Really helped me out with the Instagram portion!

    www.wanderandlustjewelry.com

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  17. I was trying to set up a giveaway and was struggling with the links for Instagram. Your post was really helpful, I will definitely be referring to it when I try again. Thank you!!

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  18. Thanks! This really helped me out!

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