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.

Google Social Searcher – finding those wins!



It can sometimes be easy to miss your name in a winning notification on Facebook; it may be the promoter contacted you with a message that went into your ‘message request/other’ folder, or they tagged you, or simply put your name in a status – whatever they did it can slip through the net and be missed by you.


Take a look at Google Social Search; this is a really easy way to check if your name comes up in any winning posts. It isn’t a sure fire way of ensuring you don’t miss a win, but it really does give you a helping hand!


You’ll find a search bar at the top and beneath that, logos for social media pages. I usually only search Facebook but that is purely because I do most of my social media comping that way.


There are several ways to search your name – I normally search with – Congratulations “Sammy Fairman” OR Well done “Sammy Fairman” OR Winner “Sammy Fairman”.


This will then bring up several pages of posts. It’s best to change the search to date order from relevance in the tab to the top right above the posts. This will ensure it brings up the newest posts first. And I normally try to do a search every week to 10 days to help me not ‘miss a win’!


Take a look at my most recent video on how I search my name and be sure to let me know if you find out about any ‘new’ wins! Good luck all!


Sammy x




Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)


There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)


I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.


So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.


Chat soon!


Sammy x