3 Easy Ways to Get Votes on Facebook and Win Contests

Use Vote Exchanges and Other Facebook Strategies to Win More Contests

Unlike randomly-drawn sweepstakes, skill-based contests need a system in place to determine which entry is the most deserving to win. In some cases, judges decide on their own, but in many cases, the public's opinion is taken into consideration through voting.

When you enter a voting contest, you need to rally your friends and acquaintances to vote for your entry to win. But how can you leverage your friends effectively to help you become a big winner?

Social media is an important method of reaching out to people and asking them for votes. Here are some ideas for getting votes on Facebook to secure an edge over your competition.

For some more ideas about how to improve your odds of winning outside of Facebook, check out How to Get Votes for Contests.

Use Your Facebook Wall

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Leverage Your Facebook Wall to Get More Votes. David Malan / Getty Images

Post a link to your contest entry on your Facebook wall, and ask your friends to help you. If not all of your Facebook friends are interested in giveaways, you can use Friend Lists to show your vote requests only to the friends you want to ask to vote for you.

Becoming Facebook friends with other people who enter contests can make this strategy even more effective. Friends who know how much meaning wins to you are more likely to enter enthusiastically and regularly. Visit sweepstakes groups and online forums to find people who share your passion for winning.

If people are allowed to vote more than once, be sure to remind them to enter regularly. You can use a social media scheduler like Buffer to schedule posts every day or every week, to keep your friends coming back and voting for your entry.

Join Facebook Vote Exchange Groups

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Facebook voting groups are a valuable way to help each other win. Ariel Skelley / Getty Images

Many Facebook groups exist to allow people to ask for votes for their contest entries. In most cases, you'll be expected to "return" votes by helping to vote for the people who voted for you. Be sure to read the rules of each voting exchange group that interests you before participating.

Before you start asking for votes through exchanges, it's very important to be sure that the rules of the contest that you are participating in don't prohibit them. Sometimes you are only allowed to ask for votes from people you know personally, and breaking this rule can end up with your entry being disqualified.

Vote exchange groups spring up and disappear regularly. Use Google search and Facebook search to find current groups.

Create Your Own Facebook Voting Group

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Starting your own Facebook group can help you draw together people who can help you win votes. Hero Images / Getty Images

Creating a group on Facebook is free and easy, and you can set up whatever rules you like to help find willing people to vote for contest entries.

You have several options if you don't want to set up and maintain a vote exchange group. For example, you can set up a Facebook group for one specific contest, or gather your sweepstakes friends together to form a mutual support group to share winning tips and encouragement as well as votes.

If you don't know how to get started, see How Do I Create a Group? from Facebook's support pages.

Warning: Asking for Votes Indiscriminately Can Get You Disqualified!

Before you start soliciting votes on Facebook and elsewhere, keep in mind that not all contests allow their entrants to participate in vote exchanges. In some cases, vote exchanges are considered cheating.

Be sure to read the rules carefully, to ensure that you won't be disqualified for participating in a vote exchange. Some contests may have restrictions on who you can ask to vote for you, like saying you are allowed to ask friends to vote but not strangers. Others may specify that you are allowed to post a link to the contest, but not to your specific entry.

If you are unsure, ask the sponsor for guidance about how vote requests can be made before you start. It's better to be safe than sorry when a misstep might get your entry kicked out of the contest.