25 Things I Learned About Online Voting Contests

I’ve entered several contests and drawings this year. I won an iPhone (valued at $600), a full access pass to Blogworld (valued at $900) so I feel I came out ahead.
Pie Contest

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There were a few things I didn’t win even though I felt I had the best submission.  You could also say I won a job online since I’m now doing webinars for Zendesk.  Actually, nearly all my business for the last 3 years of consulting IT gigs came from Internet leads.  This means I did a good job of communicating what I did, SEO and turning the inquiry into billable work.

Ok, back to winning contests!

It takes courage to enter contests. You put yourself “out there” for all to judge. At first I felt very uncomfortable but over time, I began to enjoy the future we all held our breaths for.

I will impart my learnings to date.

25 Things To Consider When Entering Online Contests (If You Want To Win)

  1. Ramp up support from people offline
  2. Blog about it vs using Twitter
  3. Talk about the voting often
  4. Give compelling reasons why you want to win
  5. Ask for the votes
  6. Tell stories about your future after you’ve won said contest
  7. Visualize yourself winning said contest
  8. Avoid people who say they never win stuff (bad luck)
  9. Sometimes the voting isn’t technically setup to be fair
  10. Find supporting blogs and Wikipedia links to strengthen your bid for 1st place
  11. Use Google Alerts to keep your ears open for more contests
  12. Each contest you enter makes the next one easier
  13. Some people never win and some people always win
  14. Research the judges
  15. Research past contest winners
  16. Interview past contest winners
  17. Pray (a lot)
  18. Hope is an endless fountain of abundance
  19. Journal about winning and how your life will change
  20. Stay positive
  21. Tell people you’re looking to enter similar contest
  22. Even if you lose, remember you still made the journey
  23. Faith can take you all the way to the top
  24. Reflect on other times you have felt lucky or blessed
  25. Remember that luck is being prepared for the opportunity

If you found this list helpful, please take ONE MINUTE AND 26 SECONDS to vote for my panel submissions to SXSW (South By South West) #sxsw

The voting period is from August 17th – September 4th, 2009

  1. Register a new account at SXSW.com or sign in to your SXSW account
  2. Confirm your registration by checking your email
  3. Visit my 2 panels and vote for them!

Photo Credit: Visit Hillsborough

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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has worked in the tech industry since 1998 solving big problems for companies of all sizes. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria is a popular speaker and gives talks about culture, communication and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama.

32 thoughts on “25 Things I Learned About Online Voting Contests

  1. anneginther

    Nice tips. I'm doing some RIDICULOUSLY RANDOM things to try to garner votes to win a $25,000 grant to help kids help others! Voting for the L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth award starts Monday, 11/09/09 and goes to the 24th. Please vote for Anne Ginther at http://www.womenofworth.com, and/or visit http://www.randomkid.org/wow.asp to find out what I'll do for you, if you get me a certain number of votes! :) Thanks!

  2. Rob

    Nice post…timely. I'm a finalist for an entrepreneur contest, your vote and a tweet would mean the world to me! I'd like to offer you a free tech support (remote session included) to anyone who votes for me and tweets it out!

    Vote #8 (IT Arsenal) here http://su.pr/1ALxci

  3. Rob

    Nice post…timely. I'm a finalist for an entrepreneur contest that ends in 7 days. I'd like to offer you (and anyone!) a free tech support session (even remote control support) in exchange for a vote! Thanks!!!

    Vote #8 (IT Arsenal) here http://su.pr/1ALxci

  4. Thetesterdelusion


    Hi everyone, I am trying to get on season 2 of sony playstations the tester. Right now I am in round 3 and only top 10 make it to the next round. I need any votes that can be sent my way. I will vote for anything you need me to to help out and I will tell other people about it as well. You can vote once a day everyday. Your support is appreciated! Thank you sooooo much

  5. Jools Stone

    Hi, great post Adria! I'm more than happy to trade votes with others. In fact I will vote for those below right now. Mine ends on Friday. It's a travel blogging contest if you're interested. Happy also to share links between facebook pages etc


    Vote there for me, Jools Stone, only takes a single click!
    Anyone know of good sites forums t get votes from other strangers from? lol

  6. Dandouna

    My husband and I need your vote! we are entered into a contest to win a second honeymoon in Fiji and are now in second place! Voting happens until Nov 19th and your vote is most appreciated:)

    Thank you so much! It takes 2 minutes to register and then you can log in and vote for Dandouna (search by most votes)


  7. Love_lisa_lee

    I need your help to win one of the most major things in my life. My passion is modeling and I am giving my all into this Model search I am in now and I felt relieved ready your tips. Here’s what I have been promoting. Is this writing to generic? Thank you! Happy Holidays!

    Please VOTE for me as your new AKOO clothing SPOKESMODEL!
    PLEASE create an account than VOTE. I know you think this will take to much time, but it literally takes 2 seconds.

    I am on page 10. my name is Lisa Aviles.

    VOTE Once A DAY, December 24th-December 31st. Thank you!

    Please use the link below:


  8. Redneck_child23

    hi never done this b4 stay at home mom bored entered a big buck contest(lol) my husband did shoot a 18 pointer on thanksgiving have had a terrible year.. blah blah have put way to much time into this not to win..http://www.wglx.com/pages/pages/show-us-your-rack.php
    Thanks ahead of time! ps he’s #10… i will also take the time to vote for everyone else on here with a current voting thing!

  9. Mélissa Bertrand

    Hi! Thank you for posting this, it helped me out! but I still need a lot of votes! I am 4th in a contest among more than 2000 girls and I need to be first before march 31st. I would win a $250 value prize pack of E.L.F cosmetics and I really need this because I wanna start my youtube channel about makeup and beauty but I don’t have the money to spend on makeup…so please help me out! VOTE FOR ME HERE :) takes 2 sec! THX :) http://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2012/67025/Melissa_Bertrand.aspx 

  10. Juggalette4eternitymcl

    Please go to this site http://www.1029thebuzz.com/contests.php and click on mapco michelangelo. scroll down and when the 52 contestants’ photo’s pop up please select the circle under the name Scott B. hit vote (underneath the mapco sponsor logo) We are trying to get our new apartment and are not funded and this would help out a whole lot! Thanks!

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