Many people ask me how I keep track of my sweepstakes entries. I don’t have a perfect system and don’t use any special program to do it. I actually just use my Bookmarks list in Firefox and Chrome. In Internet Explorer they are called Favorites.
Using bookmarks or favorites is one of the easiest ways I find to organize what sweepstakes and instant win games I am going to enter each day. Of course, this system will not tell you if you have entered for that day but I enter all of my sweepstakes at the same time everyday so that is not a problem for me. If you enter a few and then go back to your list and enter some more later in the day just pick up where you left off on the list.
I don’t spend my time on other sweepstakes sites for obvious reason but, you might and that is okay. Once you find a sweepstakes from a sweepstakes site save it on my bookmarks or favorites list and next time you want to enter it just go to your list. You should only be using sweepstakes sites to find sweepstakes. From there you should just be going to the sweepstakes or instant win entry form page each time to enter.
Use these sites to learn how to make a bookmarks/favorites list for the browser you use
- How to make Favorites in Internet Explorer: www.microsoft.com/favorites
- How to make Bookmarks in Firefox: support.mozilla.com/bookmarks
- How to make Bookmarks in Chrome: support.google.com/chrome
This screenshot will show you what my Internet Explorer Favorites list looks like. This was last year’s list because now I use Firefox instead. This year my list isn’t quite as pretty and organized because I am so busy so that is why I am not showing it in Firefox. Notice that I have a folder for instant win games, blog giveaways, restricted sweepstakes, a folder for each month, and a must enter daily folder.
Blog Giveaway Folder
What I put in here are blogs that have ongoing giveaways. I don’t put individual blog giveaways in there because many of them end too quickly. By saving just the site I can go back and see what they have that is new when I have time.
Must Enter Daily Folder
I put sweepstakes and instant win games in here that I tell myself I must enter everyday. Many times I don’t have time to go through my entire list but if I have a few minutes I can quickly enter just what is in here and not feel like I have wasted a day without entering.
Instant Win Games Folder
The only thing in this folder is instant win games.
Every folder will only have those sweepstakes that end in that month. Some of these sweepstakes may also be in the Must Enter Daily folder.
Misc Sweepstakes Folder
Miscellaneous sweepstakes may include Facebook, Twitter, contest and anything else that I don’t enter much and doesn’t fit in other categories.
Restricted Sweeps Folder
The sweepstakes in this folder are usually restricted just to me in some way. For me they are either just for Connecticut, the New England area, or for military. They will be different for each person.
Places to Find Sweeps Folder
In this folder are sites I use to find sweepstakes as well as saved Google search pages. If I know I use a specific search method that works then I save the first page of the search results and give it a unique name.
Dating Your Bookmarks
I put the date a sweepstakes ends in the bookmark/favorite title so that I can quickly see when all of my sweepstakes end when I look through my list. Once again, seeing the dates helps me when I don’t have time to enter all of them each day. If a sweepstakes ends in 2 months I know that I can skip that if I don’t have time.
When you go to save a bookmark or favorite it will come up with the name that site has given it but you can easily edit the name by erasing what they have and typing what you want. That way you can add a date or even change the name of the sweepstakes or maybe put the prizes in the title instead.
So, this is my system and it works for me. I love to organize things. It might be a just bit too much for others who don’t want to take the time to set it up. I found that once I set it up it was easy to maintain each day and each time I found a new sweepstakes to add to the list.
For more detailed instructions on how to create and organize bookmarks/favorites use these links. Internet Explorer calls them Favorites and Firefox calls them Bookmarks but they are basically the same thing. It is a way of saving a webpage so you can find it again when you want to go back to visit it again.