26 August 2011

Weigh In On Rafflecopter

Weigh In On Rafflecopter!

With the introduction of Rafflecopter being used now for giveaway entries in many blogs, I'm open to hearing what others have to say about this service.  I currently do not use Rafflecopter for my giveaway entries.  I am still in the post a comment mode.  Not sure yet if I will ever switch over.  I'm hoping to get some good feedback from my readers on the good, or the bad, of Rafflecopter.

There is a big reason why I have yet to make the switch.  Years before I even started blogging, I was (and still am!) a member of Online-Sweepstakes.com.  I'm sure many of you will recognize that website as a good resource to gain traffic for your blog giveaways!  The discussions on Rafflecopter on this site by its members has me not really sure which way to go.

Most of the comments that fellow members of this site are concerned about is regarding cheaters, which I fully understand.  Blog giveaways can take a good little chunk of time to enter, especially if you like to get in all the extra entries you can!  There's been talk of some Rafflecopter giveaways being sketchy due to the fact that one might boast 2,000 entries, while the main entry is to leave a comment and there are only 100 or less there.  I have to say, as someone who does like to enter fellow blogger giveaways, this does make me nervous!

So here are some of the questions I have.  Hopefully some of you more Rafflecopter experienced bloggers can help me out!

  • If you use Rafflecopter, is it hard to manage catching those who unfortunately cheat?
  • Have you tried Rafflecopter and like it, or have you switched back to the general commenting method?
  • Do you have any feelings regarding preferring entering giveaways that use or do not use the Rafflecopter method?
  • If you have switched to Rafflecopter, are you seeing an increase in entries? 

Please Chime In With Your Feedback! 


  1. From an entering/user point of view, I like the ease of use of Rafflecopter. From a giveaway host POV, I just don't trust an outside application enough to use it right now. Any downtime or bugs could really hurt your giveaway!

    - Bridget

    Giveaway Promote | Promote your giveaway for free.

  2. I used rafflecopter for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I'm hooked! It was so easy to set up (and that sort of thing isn't my strong suit) and moderating entries is super easy!
    I would never switch back and honestly, since rafflecopter was introduced a few months ago I hardly ever enter anything that's comments to enter-it has to be an awesome prize, and I haven't seen any yet! ha! The ease of rafflecopter has won me over...
    oh, and yes, I did see more entries in my last giveaway...
    though I will say I'm not a review/giveaway blog primarily-I do a review/giveaway maybe once a month or so...but even so, I'd never go back to the commenting method as long as rafflecopter's here

  3. I am hosting my first giveaway using Rafflecopter in the coming weeks, and I am super excited. I can't speak to the ease of management, but I am more likely to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway because it really is super easy...I hate having to open a bunch of windows or leave 20 different comments.


  4. I am in the middle, I prefer either way!

  5. Can people cheat it, absolutely. I've got a giveaway going right now using it and I am clearly seeing someone who's working the system. That's ok though, because one of the great things about Rafflecopter is the fact that I can export and dort the entries. I can see exactly who is trying to cheat and remove them completely. That makes me a happy camper. I also like the ease of Rafflecopter as someone who enters giveaways.

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

  6. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Jamie, that makes me feel better! I think I will make the change soon after reading your opinions. :)