I recently had an unpleasant encounter with a new blogger who would post her giveaways on my page every few days. This went on for several months and every time, I would delete them from my Facebook page. She is not a fan on my page, does not follow me on Twitter, and is not a visitor of my blog. She also has had no interaction with me and has never asked for permission to post her giveaways.
asked her to stop posting her giveaways on my Facebook page, and to use my
giveaway linky or google search for linkies if she wanted to promote her
giveaways. She sent me several nasty messages in response and harassed me until
my Facebook fans and bloggers from my groups demanded for her to stop.
note to anyone new in the blogging world, never act unprofessional towards
another blogger. They may belong to several blog group networks and you can
earn yourself a bad reputation in the blogging world. This will, in turn,
prevent you from having access to the benefits of blogging and other bloggers
will not work with you in the future. Readers will also remember your page and
will not support you.
Why is posting your giveaways on another blogger's
Facebook page without asking first considered rude? If you think about it,
bloggers work hard to build their page and fans. Each blogger's page is a place
meant for their giveaways and their interactions with fans.
yourself in that blogger's shoes: after working so hard to earn that number of
fans and after hard work day in and day out putting together their reviews
and giveaways, how would you feel if someone randomly stopped by your page
every other day to post several links to their page? In my opinion, this is
getting a free ride without putting in the work.
There are plenty of opportunities for new bloggers (and all bloggers in general) to promote their giveaways. For example, there are thousands of sites that have giveaway linkies. A giveaway linky is a place where all bloggers can post their giveaways.
Readers are a fan of linkies because there are so many giveaways all in one place. I often enter giveaways from giveaway linkies. There are just so many blog giveaways out there that it can be difficult to keep track of each blogger's giveaways.
Linkies are a higher traffic source than posting giveaways on individual FB fan pages because you can reach fans that may not pay attention to postings on Facebook.
Here are a few giveaway promotion sites that I use:
Giveaway Guru's ongoing linky (for all giveaways)
Your Golden Ticket Blog (for low-entry giveaways; high traffic site)
Sweeptight's ongoing linky (for all giveaways)
Sweeptight's Linky List Directory (high traffic site)
Cuckoo for Coupon Deals' Linky List Directory (high traffic site)
The lessons here are:
DON'T post your giveaways on Facebook fan pages without permission from the owner
DON'T harass a blogger when they kindly ask you to stop posting your giveaways on their page
DO use giveaway linkies to promote your giveaways
DO ask first if you absolutely want to post a giveaway to a blogger's fan page
Many bloggers will often open up a thread on their page for anyone to list their giveaways. These are great opportunities! Remember to be mindful of others and help maintain courtesy and respect for everyone in the blogging world.