I would like your opinion on this please. Is it ever OK to have a contest or giveaway that is for bloggers only?
It seems that there are so many people without blogs that enter blog contests. I guess it's like entering online sweepstakes for them.
It's not that I have anything against them but I'd rather have bloggers who may visit my blog again then someone who just randomly goes from blog to blog just for contests.
I know what you mean. I get hundreds of entries from non-bloggers and feel bad for my loyal readers. I have never done it but I have seen it done and several blogs.
I probably wouldn't do it all the time but every once in a while wouldn't be no big deal.
You could also make it a little tougher for non-bloggers but still giving them a chance to participate by having them email 2 or more friends about your giveaway adding your email to the cc so that you can verify that they have emailed other people about it. I've seen that done too.
I think if you had something really great to giveaway, you could limit it to your loyal readers/fellow bloggers. Making a habit of it may not be a good idea, though.
I do see what you're saying, though. It's a tough decision to make.
I like your suggestions Lori and Amy Clary. It is a tough decision. No I wouldn't make it a practice but do it once in a while. I'm not sure about how what my deciding factor will be though, maybe a coin toss LOL.
I don't think only bloggers are reading the blogs, or at least I don't want to believe it's true. If I get one new person reading my blog because of a contest or giveaway, then it's a really good thing. I think blog contests are a way to draw people in so it's a benefit for both sides. You are trying to draw people in and they are trying to find places to enter contests. If they become a regular, that's just a bonus. If they direct their friends to your blog because they entered a contest and liked what they saw, that's even better. You probably know who your loyal readers are and just maybe they'll win the contest and they'll be happy too.
I don't think that an exclusive contest is a good idea. People can *read* your blog regardless of whether or not they are blog authors or not. I think readership is good no matter what, so I wouldn't set those limits.
Whether anyone comes back or not, kind of depends on if your blog fits what they like to read. You could do a bonus entry for subscribing if you want to build up your following.
I don't know, sometimes non-bloggers are blog readers but they don't blog. I know I use to read blogs before I started my own! Maybe offer it to the people who are already subscribed to your RSS or email newsletter?
I agree with Lori that sometimes it might be ok. I like my non blogger readers and many are loyal. I wouldn't want to shun them. but you might encourage them to try blogging if you held a blogger only contest now and then!