RaffleCopter GiveAway and Raffle Widget Review!

November 1, 2011 · 21 comments

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RaffleCopter GiveAway and Raffle Widget Review!

RaffleCopter Makes GiveAways
& Raffles A Snap!

Give-Away contests are notoriously a pain in the butt!

Traditionally, you have to do a lot of tracking, bookkeeping, counting, and paperwork and then deal with a random number generator to find the winner.

So when Andy offered me the opportunity to raffle off a premium copy of Commentluv, I was concerned about not having enough time to do a good job.

Fortunately, several of my blogging friends had had good results using RaffleCopter and suggested I try them out.

Greg from over at @RaffleCopter was awesome and hooked me up with a beta invite.

I gotta say, the widget is a win! It was incredibly easy to set up, manage and low-maintenance.

It’s the least work I’ve EVER done for a online action-to-enter raffle!

 Rafflecopter Demo

 How to Enter Rafflecopter Giveaways

There is no plugin required and it is simply copy and paste code into the html section of your site and you’re good to go.

A tip: WordPress can be cranky about script codes, so after you paste it, stay on the HTML tab, hit publish and leave. Don’t go back to the visual tab.

I will definitely be on the look out for more cool things I can offer as giveaways in the future. If you’re interested in learning more about doing that on your blog, check out Ana’s blog for a post on how to get sponsors for giveaways (and reviews).

Did you enjoy the contest? What were your thoughts as you participated in the raffle and used the widget? Did you find it good, bad, awesome or see any bugs? It is still in beta and Greg and I both welcome your feedback!

Taking The Headaches Out Of Internet Marketing

PS: I do not know what or how or if it will be priced when it comes out of beta. So far it appears that everyone that has gotten a beta invite has been able to use it for free. Enjoy it and be sure to give them plenty of feedback!

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Tracey Keefer November 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I thought it was brilliant in the use of your CommentLuv premium give away! When I asked you about and you told me it tracked everything for you I was amazed! Nothing like a wonderful tool to make giving so much easier! I added my name to their list and hope to hear from them to give it a try or until it comes out of beta.

It was very easy to use as an end user and I used it everyday and I am so glad to hear it made life easy on you as the facilitator!

“Dream, Believe, Become…”
Tracey Keefer


Ana November 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I too checked out RaffleCopter, Kim, and was just as impressed with the ease of use.

Thanks for the mention, by the way!


Aidan Gibson November 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

This is brilliant Kim!

Thanks for sharing. This is right up my street and something that I was chatting about to a client of mine just last week. I will have to bookmark this and come back to it soon.

Thanks Kim


Dereck November 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm


I LOVE THIS! So many thoughts were blasting their way through my head as I was watching the video.

First thing I’m going to attempt is converting this into a iframe tab/reveal tab on my fan page. This looks INSANE! :D

Thanks for the killer updates.



Kimberly Castleberry November 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Dereck, brilliant idea. However, I need to warn you that the minute you do that you will be violating Facebook’s TOS for contests. All contests on FB must be through a sanctioned application they have pre-approved and liking the page must never be a entry requirement. This isn’t to say that people do not do it but that it can cost you your page.


Dereck November 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm


Thats what I was about to look up right now. The good thing is, the “like” isn’t an obstacle because the reveal tab takes care of that.

However, I need to look further into the pre-approval part.

Thanks again!



Kevin Schmidt November 1, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Hi Kim,

I thought the giveaway was really cool and how you did it intrigued me. I found a mention of rafflecopter somewhere within the contest and went and checked them out… very cool stuff!

Thanks for letting us know your experience with it!

Talk soon,


Paul Morin November 2, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Hi Kim,

Looks like a kool and easy to use app. How do they deal with the increased scrutiny and regulations by FTC re: contests and giveaways? I haven’t had a chance to take a close look, but from the brief video, I get the sense that the Terms and Conditions (and therefore compliance) is up to you when you use this on your site.



Kimberly Castleberry November 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Hey Paul, due to the way it’s set up the obligations fall to the person using the app. Fortunately there is a disclaimer/requirements box that is easy to drop whatever we need into it. Great question!


Paul Morin November 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Thanks, Kim. Not a surprise! I can see where the app developer wouldn’t want to take on that risk any more than necessary. Paul


Jeanie November 3, 2011 at 3:49 am

I guess this application will be very useful and very easy in use, But maybe before using it, I would like to read reviews of people who have already used it)
Many thanks for sharing this post with us


Caroline November 12, 2011 at 5:56 am

Looks cool but it does violate Facebooks terms. You can’t use Facebooks functions in any way for your giveaway. Will fb take your page down? Probably not but is it worth that chance?


stacyknows ( March 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

RaffleCopter GiveAway and Raffle Widget Review! http://t.co/3JGjB9sx via @AskKim


Lynn June 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I currently trying to use Rafflecopter… Apparently, if someone like me has the Wordpress.com – it will not work. Unfortunately, only a link is posted :(.

If you know another raffle product that works for the .com version please let me know.



Kim Castleberry June 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Yeah, correct Lynn. WordPress.com strips out embedded javascript so you can’t use any of the tools that utilize that. Perhaps it’s time to consider migration to self hosting :)


Lynn June 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm


Is there a way to keep my blog and member base while self hosting?


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