So this might be a really dumb question ;-), but how do you get companies to allow you to do giveaways or reviews on your blog? I see so many bloggers doing it, but I have no clue how to get started. I think it would a great way to drive traffic to my blog, help!
The way I started out was to do a couple of self-sponsored giveaways, just to work the bugs out and to be able to show an example to companies of what I could offer in terms of giveaway promotion and entries. It was a lot more work involved than I had realized!
Then, whenever I won a product as a prize at a Twitter Party, or liked a product really well, I wrote a letter to that company's customer relations or media relations department explaining that I liked that product very much, and why, and that I had a blog and would very much like to do a review and giveaway of that product. (That's how I got the first giveaway sponsor.) Basically, once you get your Facebook fanpage fans over 500 and your Twitter followers over 1000, that seems to be when companies get more interested.
So you have to send "pitch" letters describing what you can offer to companies who sponsor a review/giveaway on your blog.
There are also blogger networks/organizations that have campaigns for companies seeking bloggers - and some of them don't have a minimum for Facebook or Twitter or pageviews.
Try: Bloggerdise.com and Business2Blogger.com
I started blogging in July 2008, but did my first giveaway around April 2011. In the meantime I was building up my blog to be content-rich. So even though it's frustrating sometimes to see the fantastic giveaways that some bloggers can offer - if you look at their stats, you can see that they can offer the sponsors a large readership base - and therefore pull in the big fish in terms of prizes and sponsors.
Just be patient. Eventually you'll get there!
And in the beginning, if you don't get alot of entries, try posting the giveaway at tightwadinutah.com they have a listing for low-entry giveaways.
Try Tomoson.com. Some of them have no stat requirements!