Rafflecopter: Good or bad?

Rafflecopter: Good or bad?

Good for bloggers, bad for contestants

Rafflecopter has become the gold standard for contests and giveaways on blogs. It's an easy ad streamlined way to get Facebook likes, Twitter followers and comments. The question that I have to ask is if this good or more of a pain for the people entering the contests?

I started blogging back in the days before Rafflecopter. It wasn't easy, but we managed. You posted the giveaway and how people got entries. Often, it was a comment and then they had to say that they were a Twitter of Facebook follower.

When the contest ended, you assigned each person a number and put it through a randomizer that picked out a number and voila, the winner was announced. Rafflecopter came in a few years ago and steadily built steam.

It allows people to have hundreds of entries based on requirements of your choice. People can get five entries for liking a certain number of pages, another five for visiting blogs, etc. In the end, you click a button and Rafflecopter chooses a person at random as the winner. They even give you their e-mail address.

Rafflecopter also allows for several blogs to get together for large giveaways. Bloggers love it because its an easy way to run a contest, but as the person entering, I'm not a big fan. I don't mind liking a few people for a contest, but sometimes you have to like dozens of people. Sure, it's my choice and I could simply not to that one, but I know that most people are and I'm decreasing my chances of winning.

Rafflecopter annoys me and while I understand its use, it's taking the personal touch out of contests and giveaways.