The beauty of using search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo to find the perfect sweepstakes is that many sites and companies do not promote their sweepstakes as well as they should. With the right definitive search inquiries, you might stumble upon some sweepstakes that many others haven’t entered just because it was not promoted well, giving you a clear edge on competition.
Using search engines for very specific, nuanced searches is easier than it seems. You’ve probably heard of one or two of the tips that will be mentioned, but might not have known how to actually use them or what great results they can give combined.
Narrowing Down Results
Say you want to win an Amazon gift card. There’s something you’ve been itching to get and Amazon gift card sweepstakes are pretty popular. So you search just that, “Amazon gift card sweepstakes.” You are bound to get a ton of results, but the problem is the results might not be as narrowed down as you need. Here are some tips on how to specify to your needs
- Add “-contests” to your inquiry means it would eliminate any search results with the words contest, which might mean more than just a ballot style entry, like an essay or photo contest. If you want quick entries only, type in sweepstakes “amazon gift card” -contests.
- If you want to narrow down by country, you’ll want to eliminate countries that don’t apply. If you are in the United States, for instance, and want to eliminate Canadian and Australian sites, you could search sweepstakes “amazon gift card” -site: . au -site: .ca
- Search results often give pages from all sorts of times and dates. You obviously want the most recent. It’s as easy as adding the year in. So, your search could look like sweepstakes “amazon gift card” -site: . au -site: .ca 2013