Monday, May 23, 2011

To Giveaway or Not to Giveaway. That is the Question

For the past two weeks, I've been crazy busy doing a blog tour to promote my latest book, Protective Custody. On many of those stops, I've used drawings for commenters to win a prize. I'm not really sure that offering a giveaway entices readers to a blog, though. It's been my experience that there are some blogs that just get more traffic. Maybe they've been around a while or maybe they are associated with a popular website.

I'm curious now. As a blog reader, are you more likely to comment if there's the possibility that you might win something? For me, I don't think it makes much of a difference, although I have won some giveaways after commenting on certain posts.

Just in case you were wondering, I have one guest appearance this week and that will be Friday, May 27 at Borders True Romance blog. I'll be talking about dedications. Am I offering a giveaway? You bet. One commenter will get a $25 AMC Theatres gift card. So come on by.


Hot Ash Romance Novels said...

I was confused about the efficacy of giveaways until I talked to one of my writing idols. She has thousands of followers on her yahoo group, even though these loops are dwindling now. She said she holds a lot of contests. Blogs seem to have replaced the yahoo loop, so I guess that's where people are looking for contests now. Hey, if it works, and you can afford it, why not?

Wynter said...

Thanks for the advice, Ash. Yeah, Yahoo groups definitely seem to be on the decline.

Brenda said...

Big decline on groups, I have first hand knowledge.

Michelle Polaris said...

I'm still ambivalent about contests. But I too appreciate that comment Ash.

Michelle Polaris said...

I'm still ambivalent about contests too. Thanks for that feedback Ash.

Paige Tyler said...

I don't do giveaways much, so I don't know if they help or not, but I haven't noticed a jump in sales after I've done a giveaway.