Tips on Moderating Entries in Rafflecopter
I have been running several giveaways via Rafflecopter lately. While it is good way to increase traffic and social media presence, I am saddened to see that there are others who would cheat in order to increase their chances on winning. I have observed the following cheating techniques (might be more):
- On entries that can done daily, they would submit the same thing over and over again.
- Lying about their entries (e.g. claiming they have done this but upon verification, they have not or worst, leaving it blank even if you for a specific reply)
- Multiple accounts – This is tricky to detect but might as well use different emails if you want to cheat right?
- Not doing all mandatory tasks (not really cheating but there’s a reason why they are called Mandatory)
In some contests, I try to moderate the entries as much as I can but lots of effort is required. Sometimes, I do not have enough time to check each Facebook Share or Tweet so I have been looking for ways to automate the process. Allow me to share with you my techniques.
How to check if someone follows you in Twitter? (Bulk)
This can be done by extracting your twitter followers. I use an app called Simply Measured to do this. They would ask you to follow them via twitter and they will then generate a report about your twitter account. Actually, the report is very comprehensive and you may find more uses for it.
Download the excel report and then click on the tab “Follower List”. A simple vlookup between this list and the list given by Rafflecopter, and voila! Easy moderation!
How to check if someone follows you in Instagram? (Bulk)
The same applies to Instagram. I use the app called Instagram Follow Checker and upon authorizaing the app, it is going to show you three tables (Followers, Following each other and Followings). Copy the followers table into notepad (to remove formatting and links) then copy it to excel. Do Vlookup again and moderate!
How to check if someone subscribed to your Feedburner Email Subscriptions? (Bulk)
This is a relatively easy one as Feedburner has an export subscribers feature. Just go to your Feed –> Publicize –> Email Subscription –> Subscriber Management–> Export CSV. You know the drill now.. vlookup!
I’m still working on how to export Facebook likes and mass checking of the Facebook share / Twitter Tweets. If you have ideas to share, feel free via the comments below.
Till next time,