How NOT to Run a Giveaway Hop
I’ve been busy and didn’t have a chance to look at a Black Friday Blog Hop until today that also ends today. Here are some observations I made on what NOT to do with a blog giveaway hop:
- Don’t link only to home pages. Include published links whenever possible to make navigation easier for visitors. It doesn’t take but a minute to update linkies. You should be communicating with blogs to provide you with this information.
- Don’t forget to make giveaways readily accessible and easy to find by including links on home pages and/or in sidebars. It’s even a good idea to make posts sticky when possible.
- Don’t neglect to check that all links are working. Maybe you didn’t copy and paste links, and forgot to include the “h” in http:/ ? It won’t take anyone anywhere and is another time-waster.
- Don’t make visitors have to search for giveaways. One blog didn’t even have a search form. What are you supposed to do? Go through page after page to find the post?
- Remove blogs that don’t publish a giveaway so entrants don’t waste time visiting for no reason.
- Don’t end giveaways early. Giveaways were already over at several of the blogs I visited. Note that Rafflecopter forms default to a 12:01 am ending time.
I can’t even count on one hand how many I bothered to enter. It’s a good thing there weren’t many blogs signed up. Do you ever find blog hop linkies frustrating, or is it just me?