Thursday, March 11, 2010

Free Sweepstakes Software

Entering sweepstakes and blog giveaways can be time-consuming. If you only have time to enter a few each day, your chances of winning are a lot less than someone who enters a hundred a day. Fortunately I have come across some free sweepstakes software that can help you out!  This will be the first in a series of three posts on the free software I use to be able to enter hundreds of giveaways in an hour.  So let's start with form-filling software.

Form fillers can be a huge time-saver when using the internet, but did you know they are especially helpful for entering sweepstakes and blog giveaways?  Many current browsers have built-in form fillers, but they can only do so much.

There is a program I have been using for around 5 years now, that I absolutely love.  It is called Roboform.  Roboform goes beyond basic form-filling and allows you to save "passcards".  These passcards can save a whole web page of information. With the built-in form fillers, you are pretty much limited.

Let me demonstrate how Roboform can speed up the time it takes to enter blog giveaways.  Wordpress and similar blogs can be extremely time consuming because you have to type in your name, email address, and website for each comment you leave.  Below is a form similar to what you might see on a blog giveaway with my information already there.
example form
Now let's suppose that this particular giveaway allows daily tweets.  So each day, you will be typing in that same information.  The only thing that will change is the tweet link.  Roboform can be a huge help in cases like this.
You just need to type your information once.  Before you hit submit, go up to the Roboform toolbar and click on save.

roboform toolbar

Give the passcard a name that corresponds to the blog so you will remember what it is.  Then hit save.  That's all there is to it.

roboform save

(You will have to forgive the shaky circle up there in the image!  Evidently I draw with a mouse as poorly as I draw with a pencil!)  Anyway, so the next day when you tweet and go to get your entry, just have Roboform fill out the information for you.  Then all you have to do is copy and paste the new tweet link into your comment and hit submit.  Much quicker, right?

Roboform also works great for longer forms like you might find in sweepstakes or blog giveaways that use Google Docs for their submissions.  Mommies with Cents and The Review Broads are two blogs with giveaways that I can think of off the top of my head that use Google Docs for their giveaways and allow daily entry.  With Roboform, forms that took a minute or two to type can now be completed and submitted within seconds!  This handy piece of free software will definitely allow you to enter more sweepstakes in the same amount of time, thus increasing your chances of winning.

Roboform is free to download and use.  Give it a try.  Your fingers will thank you for saving them all that typing!

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sharonjo said...

Thanks for sharing this great info! I knew there was probably some "secret" way to fill out entry forms but had no idea what it was!

Dimes2Vines said...

Thanks I did not know about this and am looking forward to your next posts! It does take so much time to enter giveaways and tends to get tiring day in and day out!