As most of your know TLC is producing Extreme Sweepers (High Stakes Sweepers) and it airs August 14th, 2011. The show will showcase people who spend up to 60 hours a week enter sweepstakes to be become big winners. If you have been following my site long enough you will know you don’t need to spend that much time to be a big winner.
My philosophy is to be smart about what you enter – “work smarter, not harder” – it applies to life in general and also to the hobby of sweeping.
I have been entering sweepstakes for 18+ years and in that time have won plenty of good prizes. I usually win something once a week and I only enter from 15 to 30 minutes a day. I have won a truck, cash, computers, tablets, Smartphones, furniture, trips, clothes, appliances, food, and just about everything there was to win.
It doesn’t take entering 60 hours a week to win on a regular basis.
Channel Guide Magazine said this about sweepstakes
The special showcases the strategy and surprising winnings of five everyday people who do everything they can to win big. And, they are not alone. According to the Direct Marketing Association, 55 million Americans per year enter sweepstakes, and around 15 million enter four or more a year. Read more
I always knew there were a lot of people entering sweepstakes but didn’t realize it was quite that many. If those numbers are correct then that means being smart about what you enter is more important now than ever. Yes, the Extreme Sweeper show will showcase “Sweepstakes Superstars” and it will also bring more competition to the hobby but that doesn’t mean you, or I, have to stop winning.
When I started entering sweepstakes back in 1993 the only way you could enter was through the mail or in your local area. I found the Internet in 1996 and we were all worried that the competition of the Internet would change how much we won just like you are worried that the new TV shows on sweepstakes will create more competition.
The Internet changed the way we enter, brought the hobby into the digital age, and taught us new skills. Today I win just as much as I did back when there was no Internet access and I believe I win even more because there are so many more sweepstakes available now.
Think of your part in the hobby of sweepstakes as a competitor. You are competing against everyone else who wants to win, as if you were in a sport. Never fear any competition. It makes you hone your skill and get better at whatever you do. Think of the hobby as you being an athlete in the Olympics. Who is going to take the gold medal? I will if you don’t because I’m in it to win it!
This hobby will always have it’s spikes in interest as it is advertised on TV, in online and in newspapers. The seasoned sweeper who is smart about how they enter will always win no matter how many people find out about it. Many people who learn about this hobby will drop off once they find out there is work involved. They want the quick win and don’t stick around long enough to enjoy the rewards long-term.
You have to learn how to be a Smart Sweeper to win on a regular basis. Many will enter but few will win as they say.
How to be a Smart Sweeper Who Wins:
Enter sweepstakes that aren’t as highly publicized. Why would you spend everyday entering a sweepstakes on a Facebook page that has 3 million members when you could be entering a sweepstakes on a Facebook page with say 500 members. If you find a sweepstakes on a national brand’s Facebook page or website you can be guaranteed your odds of winning have just gone down dramatically. The brand’s loyal customers will enter right alongside the sweepstakes hobbies. Enter once and move on. Search out those Facebook pages with less fans.
Enter local sweepstakes. When you enter sweepstakes that are local to your state you have a better shot of winning. You can find local sweepstakes in grocery, drug stores or restaurants. You can also find them through your local radio or TV station. You can find them online. You can also join Sweeties Secret Sweeps and find even more because we do a lot of the work for you by finding and posting them on our site. The Secret site is just part of your sweeping portfolio. You also need to search out locals for yourself if you want more sweepstakes to enter. No one person or site will give you every sweepstakes that is available to enter so keep your eye out in your local area for winning opportunities.
Get a Sweeps Buddy. Just like a member of a Triathlon team, having a sweeps buddy will help you win more because you will work together to help each other find sweepstakes. Each person might want to focus on certain prizes and in that way you can be on the lookout for sweeps for each other and share them. Find someone in your state and help each other find the locals. A sweeps buddy can also encourage you to keep going when you aren’t winning or what we call “dry spells”.
Entering Quick-Ending Sweeps. Many sweepstakes last a day, few days, or just a week. These are the hardest to find but if you know how to search you can find and enter them before anyone even knows about them.
Enter Daily. I win because I am consistent. I enter everyday of my life. It sounds like a lot but if you break it down to 15 minutes a day as you have time it really isn’t. Of course, you can skip days and still win and yes, I have missed out on entering some days so don’t worry if that happens. What I am trying to stress is being consistent. Don’t take a week or month off. Enter everyday that you can.
Do you really want to win? Then follow these steps and you will win on a regular basis. Be consistent, enter the locals and winnable sweeps, work with a partner, and you will reap the benefits!