I have experienced a number of Rafflecopter problems since I started using it with giveaways. This post is to inform my readers and other blog owners of issues they may encounter while entering/hosting giveaways that use the Rafflecopter form.
Because Rafflecopter is still in Beta I have personally decided to continue to use it (We all know how much easier it is to use than the old way!) and hope that the issues will be resolved eventually.
Info For Those Entering Rafflecopter Giveaways On This Blog
- If you clear your cookies and then come back to tweet every day as a form of extra entry, or you’ve previously entered but forgot that you did and have since cleared your cookies, you will more than likely have to fill out the mandatory entry in order to ‘unlock’ the rafflecopter form. (It will appear as though you never entered). If you’ve ever wondered why that was happening, now you know.
- When you clear your cookies, as mentioned above, and fill in the mandatory entry AGAIN it will create another entry in the form. This means you will have several entries that are not valid. I (and other blog owners) personally have to go through and delete all extra entries. Each blog owner using Rafflecopter should be doing this, lest all entrants odds of winning be completely skewed.
- Because it is unlikely some of you are willing to stop deleting your cookies (hey we all like our privacy, right?) You will be required to leave a blog comment on my actual blog. This serves a very good purpose. If you come back tomorrow and can’t remember if you entered or not (because the form reset) all you have to do is search for your name among the blog comments. It can be as simple as pressing CTRL + F if you don’t want to manually scroll through them. If you already entered, please don’t fill out the rafflecopter form again.. unless you HAVE TO because it is locked (as a result of deleting your cookies).
- Comments on the blog are not added in to the entries. Your entry is when you actually fill out the rafflecopter form. If you win I then look in my comment section and make sure you left a comment fulfilling the mandatory entry. So if all you do is leave a comment on the blog you’re not actually entering!! It’s a 2 step process. Leave comment, fill out rafflecopter form. No need to put anything in the extra info section. I will see your comments on my blog. Another reason for doing this is that companies actually like to read real responses to their products & have real interaction. Rafflecopter is taking away a lot of that, hence the request to leave an actual comment. Thank you for understanding.
Info For Blog Owners Running Rafflecopter Giveaways
If you host giveaways on your blog I hope you are checking your rafflecopter entries. You WILL find duplicates & extra invalid mandatory entries. Once entrants clear their cookies it is possible for them to come back each day & create a new mandatory entry because the form will reset and look to them as though they never entered. They may also be coming back simply to retweet, but be forced to re-enter their info in the mandatory entry to “unlock” the form. I have also seen several extra tweet entries, which seems to mean that they are able to tweet more than once and put in their info again and again. You need to sort by name, ip, email, various ways to make sure you are deleting all the invalid entries. Otherwise your giveaway odds are totally skewed. As someone who loves entering giveaways herself, this would make me sad Don’t believe me? Check your entries! Go ahead, have a look. That person with 25 entries? Bet some of them are double.
What Do Other People Think of Rafflecopter?
These are some great posts that actually helped me to discover some of the known issues with rafflecopter. A lot of bloggers seem to be unaware or just don’t talk about it, but not these blogs. You might want to check them out. They’re very informative. Big thanks to the blog owners.
My Impression of Rafflecopter from Great Gobs of Glamorous Giveaways
More Observations On Rafflecopter from Great Gobs of Glamorous Giveaways
Giveaway Bloggers – How to Manually Review Rafflecopter Entries to Keep It Fair from Rachel’s Reviews & Giveaways
Questions? Comments? Problems??
If you have any questions, or you had issues with the form please leave a comment on the blog so I can see it. I’ll get back to you! I want everyone to have a fair shot so if you need help please don’t hesitate to ask!!
If you’ve noticed other issues with Rafflecopter feel free to tell me about them so that I can update this post.