I want to say with all the hub bub that is going on about dishonesty in blogging (some of which has been posted here), that cheating is in the minority. I also want to state that 99% of the time that the blogs participating in Blogger Opps where a person is accused of cheating (which may or may not be true) that the associated blogs know nothing of it. Sign ups and entry widgets (Giveaway Tools, Rafflecopter, etc) are not accessible to those participating or co-hosting.
As bloggers and it doesn’t matter what type you are ie. deal, life style, giveaway, cooking etc., you are expected by your advertisers and sponsors to keep your site stats and social media up. If we don’t keep these stats up we can’t offer nicer products to you for giveaway, we can’t offer honest reviews or how to videos. Unfortunately, our blogs cost money to keep up AND we also have to help to contribute to our family.
When a blogger cheats it calls attention to our own selves and blogs and is not good publicity but we do it to keep others from being duped. To keep our entrants and readers from wasting their time and effort because we appreciate our readers and respect them. We depend on our readers as much as we depend on our sponsors. When the internet blows up it’s so easy to think that “everyone” is playing unfair when in reality it is a small fraction of people. Individual bloggers are put into a bad position at times trying to work with other bloggers whether required by a sponsor or whether working to boost stats and bring readers the best giveaways or information.
Entrants too try to cheat at times and bloggers are in a situation of fielding comments, emails and checking to be sure that the entries are legitimate. Then there is the issue of making sure giveaway winners do get their prizes, and that means contacting sponsors and pr for more information, sometimes tracking numbers, and getting back to the entrants, as well as providing content to our blogs. Then there is timing, we have schedules to keep up with for sponsors. Many times we are required to report the stats of the post and giveaway to the sponsor as well.
So to sum this up, MOST bloggers the majority of bloggers are honest and don’t have time to figure out how to be dishonest because we’re putting the effort into doing the right thing by everyone involved. It’s important that bloggers, sponsors, pr, entrants and readers all remember this.