Over my years of blogging, I have run a few Giveaways, both of my own creations and for other companies. I did so early on in my blogging when I was exploring and learning. At that stage my blog was still very much a hobby - but the thought was beginning to form that I could perhaps turn this into my 'job'.
I tried them out because I read that Giveaways were a good way to drive traffic to your blog.
Rules and Regulations
Then one day a couple of years ago I read that you had to be careful with permits to run a Giveaway on an Australia blog as there are rules and regulations you must follow. Having done a few by then, but not had much luck with traffic increases, I just decided to stop and leave them well alone.
If you are interested, there is a great article here explaining clearly the rules about running Giveaways on Australian Blogs.
I understand there are also rules for other countries, so you may want to look those up for your country if you choose to run a Giveaway yourself.
As I said, I never had much luck with Giveaways driving traffic to my blog. I'm not really sure why, It's not something I have spent much time on or learnt about during my 4 years of blogging but I do know many people have a lot of success with it so I don't want to dismiss it completely.
Perhaps one day when my blog is bigger I may revisit the topic, and research the rules before launching into one again!
How about you?
Have you ever run a Giveaway on your blog?
Did you research all the rules and regulations first?
Or do you enter Giveaways yourself?
I'd love to hear feedback on this topic since it's really something I've not had any luck with nor been game to try again just yet!