Link parties are a great way to help grow your blog by bringing in tons of traffic you wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. Here are a few of the ways linking up to parties helps.
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With so many blogs out there writing in the same niche you are, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Regularly linking up lets people see your blog name every week so they eventually become familiar with it and you.
Link parties are a great way to get thousands of eyes on your posts. They’ll see a picture and a small description and can click straight through to your blog. Every time you have a new project, this will ensure that it gets seen!
By far the BIGGEST traffic increase I’ve seen has been from getting featured. Most parties will choose a few posts each week to feature, which has led thousands of visitors to my blog over the last few months. A great way to up your chances of being featured is to do projects or write posts that are relevant to the current season or holiday.
The more backlinks you have to your website, the more credible you are to Google. Every time you link up at a party, that’s one more link to your blog on someone else’s blog, which is important to search engines.
The majority of people who browse blogs don’t leave comments. If you’d like more comments on your posts, link parties are amazing for that. Most of the parties have co-hosts and they split up the job of visiting and commenting on EVERY link every single week. This means higher traffic numbers for you every week, plus multiple comments on every post you link up.
A lot of party hosts and co-hosts will also pin, tweet, FB, etc., your post if it’s something they like, which means anywhere from hundreds to tens of thousands of people seeing your posts on social media (depending on how many followers the host has).
Some parties have group boards they pin to regularly and your links get posted to their boards. A few allow you to be added as a contributor to the group board too!
Anyone who just links their posts and leaves without browsing through the other links is REALLY missing out! I have connected with so many other bloggers through these parties. Whenever I see a picture I really like or that looks like it’s in my niche, I visit that blog, and a lot of times I’ll send an invite to my FB group or Tailwind Tribe.
You can comment on their posts as well to start to get to know them. The blogger community is one of the best! Everyone is so helpful and friendly. You’d think it would get competitive, but I’ve found that it’s not AT ALL…bloggers are some of the most supportive people I’ve found and I love finding new blogs, commenting and promoting them on social media.
Link parties are also an awesome way to get inspiration for your projects and posts. I am so inspired every time I look through all the links and see what people are doing. Quite a few times a link I’ve seen or a post I’ve read has inspired me to create a project of my own. No matter how great you are at what you do, there is ALWAYS more to learn, and it’s so fun to see what other people do.
I’ve even found lots of awesome people who have blogs that have nothing to do with anything I write about, but I learn so much from them!
Not always, but many times when I visit someone else’s blog and leave comments they visit my blog and comment back. I’m don’t go out and leave comments in hopes of getting comments back, I just like to let bloggers know when I like what they’re doing or when they’ve inspired me. Support your fellow bloggers and leave a few nice words:)
Make sure you follow the rules at whatever party you are visiting. Follow ALL the hosts and co-hosts on some form of social media. Stick around and visit other links and I guarantee you’ll find people to network with in one way or another, which will lead you to social media groups, collaborations, etc.
There are a handful of “no rules” parties, but most say you can’t link up giveaways or anything you’re selling…if you don’t follow their rules, they’ll just delete your link.
Leave a note to tell them thanks for hosting, and if it’s your first time at the party, introduce yourself!
Reading through all of the instructions is also important because sometimes you’ll find opportunities to join a Pinterest group board, co-host a party, etc.
If you know of a great party that has features every week, share the link in the comments below! To see the list of over 100 link parties that are currently running, click here.
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