UPDATED: see bottom of post…
Also, see our poll at Do You Want Extra Entries in Giveaways?
We love bringing our readers fabulous opportunities to win giveaways.
Lately there’s been some discussion in the blogosphere about how various sites select the winners in their giveaways.
We want to let you all know that we hire a contractor to administer our giveaways and she is required to use random.org to select winners for our giveaways. She generally publishes winners on Saturdays here at 5 Minutes for Mom. You can see an example here. On some occasions these tasks are done by our virtual assistant Erica or another contractor.
Another post that we recently read about is that sites should not offer extra entries in giveaways for subscribing to feeds or newsletters etc. So from now on, we will no longer allow extra entries in our giveaways. Each entrant will be able to leave one comment as their entry to a giveaway.
We think it is great for bloggers to work together as a community to establish and maintain best practices. We are always open to your feedback about our site.
Thanks for being part of our community!
UPDATE: Thank you SO much for your valuable feedback in the comment section. Our goal is to make a website that our readers enjoy and trust. We want to hear from you!
We have added the posts’ link to which we were referring. It is from ShePosts.com. We are going to research this topic further and will update you as to what we decide to do.
We will continue looking into the issue and perhaps even have a poll asking readers which method they prefer! We don’t want to annoy or disappoint anyone! (We realize pleasing everyone is impossible. But for people pleasers like us it is VERY hard to not TRY!)
We did not mean to suggest that other should change their method of adminstering giveaways. Rather we just wanted to avoid any controversy and arguments on the subject and simply go back to our original method of administering our giveaways.
At 5 Minutes for Mom, we have made a conscious decision to stay out of all the negativity and controversy swirling around the blogosphere. Although it would be great for traffic, we want 5m4m to be a breath of fresh air for our readers, a place to refresh and relax. Again, please leave your feedback and we will definitely try to make sure that we are giving you the experience you want at 5m4m.