SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

How has it been for you?

So as we head to the end of the first full week of the advent competitions I’ve been hearing from lots of you via our Facebook page about issues you are having with some Facebook entries.


It appears that good old Facebook is un-liking new pages that you have liked overnight. Often compers are seen as spam on Facebook and can end up having commenting and liking bans or similar. I too thought I was having a mad moment on Saturday when entering some comps and realising that the pages I had liked previously were all un-liked! And it’s a bit of a bug bear when some of the entry requirements are to like the page!


Unfortunately there is not a great deal we can do about this and whilst it is frustrating we can try to minimise issues we have.


  • Try not to like too many pages in a small amount of time.
  • If you don’t have to, don’t share. The more stuff you share and the more people you tag on Facebook the more Facebook can see you as spam.
  • Make sure you put lots of personal stuff on there too; photos and normal statuses and not just comp entries.
  • When commenting, try not to comment with the same thing all the time; mix it up a bit.
  • Maybe stick to comps on already ‘liked’ pages so you don’t have to like any new ones.


If you are one of the ones experiencing the un-liking take a break from Facebook comps for a couple of days; if social media comping is your thing there are plenty of other platforms offering advent comps – Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all have current competitions. And there are lots and lots of web based ones doing the rounds too.


Don’t forget also that our Facebook page is a great comping community and there are always other compers available with their own advice and tips too! And I am there most evenings and can always try and help with any problems you may be experiencing.


Sammy x


Ho Ho Ho! Grab yourself a festive spa break with SP Xtra!
With the kids now back to school I'm on a countdown to my winning holiday in Sri Lanka. My tickets arrived at the weekend, so it all feels real now! I've got so much to organise as not only do I need to make sure the hubby and I are sorted, but I need to make lists for the babysitters and jot down the kid's schedules (as they have far busier socials lives than us!). I think by the time I arrive at the resort I'll be ready to chill for the whole week!
Now talking of chilling, I think you should head on over to Simply Prizes where you will find some lovely competitions; settle yourself down with a cuppa and get comping. Most take a few seconds to enter and there are hundreds of competitions currently listed featuring tickets for days out, short breaks, holidays, toys, things for the home and garden plus lots more!
And I've also found a corker of a comp for you too; how do you fancy a Christmas spa break to Bath? It includes a stay at The Queensberry boutique hotel in a deluxe room, including breakfast, tickets to the real outdoor ice rink Bath on Ice, two Twilight Spa Packages at Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal day spa, a hamper of Bath Christmas Market goodies and to top it off a free pass to many of Bath's top attractions and museums. A nice chance to relax before the onset of the festive madness. Simply enter your details here before 17th November to get your name in the draw.
I was hoping to be a bit more organised for Christmas before I jetted off to the sun but then I realised that Black Friday was going to fall while I was away - so I plan on shopping via Wi-Fi with a cocktail in one hand and my iPad in the other! However, I do realise that sometimes the deals can be hyped up so it's best to compare price, especially as a lot of promoters will release their deals before the day itself. But for your reference this year Black Friday is 24th November and Cyber Monday is 27th November. Last year a lot of retailers ran their deals for the entire weekend so if there is a shop or item you're hoping to get discounts in/on then just keep an eye on their website for sale news soon!
Also, pop on over to our Facebook page where you will find a selection of competitions; it's also a wonderful comping community where you can chat to other compers and share your own comping news and advice.
Plus don't forget that tomorrow The Postcard Store are putting their prices up, so if you want to grab a pack of your favourites and beat the price increase, click here to visit their online shop now. 


Good luck and happy comping!


Sammy x