How to Enter Facebook Giveaways and Win Prizes

Use Your Facebook Account to Win Contests and Giveaways

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Facebook helps businesses connect with their customers, share company news, and generate buzz about their products. To help attract people to their Facebook pages, many companies are giving away big prizes in Facebook giveaways. 

Sweepers love Facebook contests, too. After all, why not win some prizes while you're connecting with your family and friends or following your favorite brands?

If you haven't tried winning on Facebook yet, this easy tutorial will help you get started.

1. Open a Facebook Account (If You Haven't Already)

To enter Facebook giveaways, you have to have a Facebook account. If you don't have one already, opening an account on Facebook is free and easy. To get started, visit Facebook and follow their directions.


When you make a Facebook account, you need to be careful about what information you make public. You don't want to display your address, phone number, and other personal information to just anyone.

Techlicious has a Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings that will walk you through the steps to make sure only the right people see the things you share.

2. Find Facebook Giveaways to Enter

Once you've set up your account, it's time to find Facebook contests to enter. You can do this organically, by following the pages of companies that you like and that hold giveaways on a regular basis.

If you want to hone your efforts to enter more giveaways quickly, search for Facebook sweepstakes on Google. That will help you find new places to uncover contests.

You can also follow Facebook pages that list giveaways, such as Sweepstakes Advantage and Woobox Sweepstakes. These will ensure that a good mix of giveaways pops up in your news feed on a regular basis.

3. Find the Giveaway's Rules

Just like any other giveaway, you should always read the sweepstakes rules before you enter to win on Facebook.


Having trouble locating the rules of the sweepstakes you want to enter? Many companies have a separate tab at the top of their Facebook page that lists information about their giveaways.

4. "Like" the Company's Page on Facebook

If you find good giveaways, "like" the sponsor's page as well. Although Facebook's rules prevent companies from requiring you to "like" their pages to see their entry forms, it's a good idea to do it anyway.

When you like a page, you can see a company's updates on your wall, which makes it easy to find additional giveaways from the same company. The "like" button is at the top of the company's Facebook page.

You can "like" up to 500 pages at once. If you have too many companies liked, or you aren't enjoying their updates, you can follow these tips to easily unlike multiple Facebook pages.

If you want to continue to follow a company, but you don't want to read all their posts, you can also "unfollow! them to stop companies' posts from appearing on your Facebook wall without "unliking" them.

5. Enter Your Personal Information Into the Entry Form

Most Facebook giveaways use a standard sweepstakes entry form. The Facebook Promotions Guidelines prohibit companies from taking contact information directly from your Facebook profile, so you'll need to type your information into the form.

Be sure to follow the same guidelines for sharing personal information with sweepstakes as you would with any other giveaway.

6. Share Basic Facebook Information

After you submit the entry form, many companies will ask you to install an app which gives them permission to access your Facebook account. The app might ask you to give them the rights to view your publicly-displayed information or even to make posts for you on your wall. Use your judgment as to whether that's a good idea.

After the giveaway is over, you can remove Facebook applications that you no longer need.

7. Share the Giveaway on Your Facebook Wall

Many companies ask whether you want to share the word about their giveaways on your Facebook wall. You can choose to post the sweepstakes, skip this step, or use a Facebook list to share the giveaway with only the friends you know will be interested,

Sometimes giveaways give you extra entries for sharing the giveaway. Posting on your wall can be a good way to do this.

Voila! You've Entered a Facebook Contest

Congratulations, you've just entered your first Facebook giveaway. Now you just need to wait to find out if you're a winner.

Many companies will notify their winners through a direct message on Facebook, by email, and/or by posting the name of the winner on their Facebook page, so be alert. And while you're waiting, be sure to enter lots of other giveaways to boost your odds of winning.

It's a good idea to check your Facebook messages regularly to ensure you don't overlook a win notification.