I’ve written a tutorial on how to enter my giveaways here on I’m a Lazy Mom, so I thought I’d do a follow up tutorial on how to leave proof that you’ve earned those extra entries I offer. And for that matter, this would help you do the same on other blogs that do giveaways.
Why It’s Important To Leave Proof:
It’s a good habit to leave proof that you have in fact earned extra entries on giveaways. Namely it keeps the blog author from throwing out your entry, or worse, throwing out your name if you won because they can’t prove that you earned the extra entry.
Another reason proof is important is that it makes it more fair for everyone that’s entering. That being said, I tend to give most people the benefit of the doubt. So don’t stress if you didn’t leave proof or forgot to. I do tend to be more of a stickler on really BIG giveaways than on small ones, so it’s good practice to leave proof when you remember to.
How To Leave Proof For Following My Blog:
The first extra entry you can earn on my giveaways is to follow my blog in one of three ways.
In all honesty, I can’t really prove that you chose to follow me through subscribing to my blog (the first choice). So you’ll have to be on the honor system for that one.
To leave proof for following me on Google Friend Connect you simply need to leave your Google Friend Connect name. If you don’t know your Google Friend Connect name then follow these steps to locate it…
Go up to the top right of the I’m a Lazy Mom blog page and locate the Google Friend Connect area. If you are a new follower or you are not signed in, click on the follow button:
If you don’t follow I’m a Lazy Mom yet, it will take you to a page that looks like this:
Before you click on the “Follow this blog” button, locate your Google Friend Connect name to leave as proof that you followed:
You can change it if you’d like in this window as well, just leave the name you are using when you click on follow!
Now, if you already follow I’m a Lazy Mom through Google Friend Connect and you are NOT signed in to it, here’s how you would locate your Google Friend Connect name to leave as proof.
Go to the Google Friend Connect area at the top right of the blog page and click on Follow:
Then you will see a page that looks like this:
Simply sign in and it will take you back to my blog page where your Google Friend Connect area will now look like this and your Google Friend Connect name will appear at the top:
Okay! So now you know how to find your Google Friend Connect name as proof!
What about proof for Email Subscribers? Simply leave the email address you use to subscribe to I’m a Lazy Mom and I can go through my subscriptions to locate it as proof that you did in fact subscribe that way! Note: Make sure you confirm your subscription when you subscribe, or it will not show you as an active subscriber!
How To Leave Proof For Following on Twitter and Facebook:
For the extra entries that require you to follow me or the company sponsoring the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook simply do the following.
State in your comment that you follow I’m a Lazy Mom (or the company) on Twitter and leave your Twitter name in the comment as proof. (i.e. “I follow I’m a Lazy Mom on Twitter and my Twitter name is @yourblogrocks”)
State in your comment that you follow I’m a Lazy Mom (or the company) on Facebook and leave your name as it appears on Facebook as proof. (i.e. “I follow I’m a Lazy Mom on Facebook and my Facebook name is Heada Lettuce”)
Easy enough! Another great way to leave proof is to leave a message on our Facebook wall or mention us in a Tweet so we see you did this extra entry.
How To Leave Proof For Tweeting or Facebooking:
I think the number one question I get for leaving proof for a tweet or a facebook post is this, “How do I leave a link to my Tweet or Facebook Post?” Well I’m going to show ya!
Proof for a Tweet:
Simply go to your profile page and find the tweet you made for the extra entry:
Next locate the “time stamp” below the tweet and click on it:
It will take you to a page that will have this tweet all by itself:
Simply go up to the address screen and copy the address:
Paste the address into your comment as proof that you tweeted and earned that extra entry!
Proof for a Facebook Post:
You basically do the same thing for a Facebook post!
Locate the Facebook post on your Facebook profile:
Click on the “time stamp” below the post:
And it will take you to a page where this is the only post you’ll see. Copy the address to this post and paste it into you comment as proof that you earned this extra entry:
So now you know how to leave some proof that you did in fact earn these extra entries. If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!