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Join a community Even though a higher number of entrants makes it less likely any one person will win, “compers” are a surprisingly sociable bunch. There are hundreds of online communities where people share stories of their wins and swap information on new competitions. For a newbie, these forums are goldmines of tips and information (see below for some starters)

Check your spam folder regularly Because so many spam and phishing emails include words like ‘congratulations’ (ie “Congratulations - you’ve won the Nigerian lottery”), many email accounts filter similar messages straight into your spam folder. Check yours regularly and update your ’favourites’ with the details of any websites you regularly enter competitions through.

Opt out When you fill out any online competition forms, you’ll almost always be invited to sign up to a newsletter or mailing list. Sometimes that’s the price of entering the competition, but often you can opt out. Always opt out – it will help you keep some control of your new inbox.

Be careful As with everything in life, if the deal looks too good to be true then it probably is. Check that a company is legit before you enter its competition; you don’t want to walk into the net of a phishing attack. Run an internet search if you’re unsure and see what other competition regulars have to say.

Ready To Start? Here Are Some Winning Tips

Where to find your competitions Competition communities are the best resources. In particular, the comping forum on and although use your own judgement about the

competitions listed there, don't bother with the

Bingo, just go straight to the forms!

Focus on prizes you really want That means you don't spend all your time trying to enter them all. Apparently there are over 30,000 competitions at any time in the UK!

Don't pay to enter You will often see comps on TV at the end of a programme, don't text - note the web entry details and save yourself at least £1.50

Answer 'tricky' questions and slogans Comps that require any kind of answer or slogan attract far less entries than the straight prize draw type, prioritise these as you have more chance of winning. More so if you come up with a quirky slogan.

Stock up on essentials Make sure you’ve always got a steady supply of postcards and stamps, just in case that dream comp comes up with a super quick deadline and is by postal entry only.

Check the rules It’s amazing just how easy it is to get yourself disqualified, just because you haven’t read the rules properly. Read the small print, look out for trick questions and pay particular attention to the closing date.

Good Luck! Willie More websites worthy of a look:

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