Recently there have been a number of friends who have asked me questions in regards to contesting. Specifically they were asking questions which they ought to have known if they have been contesting long enough. So this Blog post is aimed at setting the record straight for them and for all those new contesters out there who wish to contest successfully.
Contesting Etiquette is an unwritten rule. Sure it has it’s formal roots which are those made up of the contest entry rules and regulations that the sponsor lays out. Rather these rules are of the unwritten variety which every contester should know if they plan on succeeding in contests and without irking many of their fellow contesters out there.
Rule #1 Do Not Post Your Link on Another Contester’s Entry!
This is a rather bothersome and contentious issue which needs to be addressed. When a fellow contester asks for votes, this is not an invitation to post your link on their entry asking for a vote back. This is a complete show of disrespect for another contester and can lead to disqualifications by some sponsors. Doing this shows a lack of respect for your fellow contester.
Rule #2 Ask Before You Post On Another’s Wall
There is nothing more irritating than seeing posts of others on someone’s wall asking for votes. If you need a vote, ask! Don’t assume and post your link. Many times sponsors check out our walls to see what we are doing. Perhaps they are looking to see if we shared our posts about their company and organization. Leaving a vote request without asking or any other form of media is tacky. There are times when it is acceptable to do this for example if you are inviting them to attend or like a page, but leaving your vote link without asking is tacky and disrespectful.
Rule #3 Don’t Hit and Run With Your Vote Request
This is a real irritant. Those who pop up in chat with vote requests and no sooner than they have posted the request they are suddenly offline. If you have the nerve to ask someone in chat for a vote, be gracious enough to wait for a response and repay the favor! Doing the Hit and Run is irritating and frustrating for many contesters and can cause anger in some contesters.
Rule #4 Send One Link Maximum Two In Chat For Votes
Oftentimes there are a certain few individuals who have multiple contests going on at once. I see this as being greedy. If you have more than one contest going on ask for a vote in your chat with one or two. I have better things to do with my time…like sitting here writing my blogs about it, driving a truck and working and entering contests than voting your 5 requests you sent me in chat. Send me one a day and I will be happy. My opinion, concentrate on one or two contests at a time and don;t be greedy. Save some for the rest of those who would also like to win once in a while.
Rule #5 Don’t Compete Against Your Friends
This is one thing that bothers me. Friends pitted against friends. I have seen so many friends unfriending one another over contests. If you can agree with your fellow comper to help you in the next one then stay out of their contest and assist them in theirs. If they were in it first, leave it to them. Don’t try to beat your friends. I do happen to take offense with those who enter every contest they see. If this is the case, then by all means go against them. It would only be fair since you cannot expect to avoid every contest. To me there are some who if a person had a contest sign branded on an ass they would try to enter it!
Rule #6 Enjoy Your Contesting
We are only human. We try to develop relationships and friendships on Facebook as much in real life. If you are not a true friend and are using fake accounts to contest with then I would personally help you to the door to piss off. To me, Facebook contests are a social interaction. If you want my vote then chat with me, talk with me and enjoy my company every so often. Perhaps even learn what I am doing or what kind of work I do. Maybe read a blog or two I write. If your account is simply an “Operation Contest” Account and this isn’t the real you then by all means pack up your bags and leave my company. Otherwise, enjoy the company of your friends and ask for a vote…or two!
Rule #7 Don’t Take It Personal
If you lose a contest, don’t take it personal. Move on to the next one and let it go. Contests are like the Sands of Time. There are just so many with little time to do them.
Rule #8 Don’t Invite People Your Not Friends With
This one really pisses me off. I will be on the road and my Blackberry goes “Ding”, “Ding” “Ding”…each and every time someone responds to a vote on an event I was invited into by someone whom I am not friends with. My first thought…wtf and how did I get invited when we are not even friends. Then of course there is nothing I can do about it. Blackberry options are limited as to what I can do with my account. So I have to wait and bear it out.
Well there you have it friends. These are some of the unwritten rules. There are for sure more than this, but I am sure you will learn them as you go along. Perhaps you have more to add to this list. If you know more or you have something that bothers you, feel free to share them. Thanks for reading Contest Trucker Tips and Techniques. As always stay safe and enjoy your contesting. Have fun!