Do you have a blog?
Are you interested in knowing how to blog?
Never heard of a link up party or wanted to know how they work?
Blog link up parties can be beneficial in assisting to do a number of things for your blog. In this post, I'm going to share with you what a link up party is, and how to prepare your blog to participate in one.
Link up parties or blog hops are platforms where bloggers meet to read and discuss blogs on similar topics. It is great for getting exposure to your blog as well as networking with other bloggers, attracting new readers and engagement. It may sound foreign if you've never participated in one, but they are fairly easy. It takes presenting your blog in the best light to get noticed and selected among the faves in the party. That's why I'm going to share a few tips on how to prepare your blog to be the life of the party!
#1: Have an amazing thumbnail graphic. It's true that a picture is worth 1,000 words. And you want yours to say the write words. Choose clear and colorful pictures that speak to what your blog post is about. Make sure it's interesting enough to attract them to click and read more.
#2: Selective posts that are noteworthy and interesting to your audience. You may have an amazing blog, but if the post you select doesn't have anything to do with the "topic" of the party, no one is going to read it.
#3: Include the direct link; not the blog. You want your party friends to not have to search through your blog to find what attracted them. Post the direct link to the actual post, and make sure the thumbnail is the same! Consistency is important.
#4: Engage with the party host. This is their party, so don't be rude. Most link up parties have requirements that state you have to like and engage on their blog, but if not, do it anyway. Most party hosts are well-respected in the blog world, and it helps to connect with others who can send some engagement your way.
#5: Always link back to the host on your blog. When you participate in their party, and they've given you honorable mention, return the favor. Let people know where you have been. This does a number of things: shows the host that you appreciate them for allowing you to participate in their party, drives the traffic and engagement from their blog to yours, and it is just plain common social media courtesy.
#6: Don't forget to visit other party-bloggers. Who goes to a party and doesn't chat it up with other people at the party? Wallflowers. But the whole purpose of joining a link up is to get your blog off of the wall. Visit other blogs in the party, like/follow posts, leave comments, mention/tag bloggers in comments in reference to the party host, etc. All of these ideas are great ways to, once again, increase engagement and traffic to your blog. This can also lead to partnerships, such as affiliate or feature blogger opportunities.
Blog parties can be very helpful to building, and even monetizing your written works. What's the point of having all of that great content, and no one ever gets to read it? Research parties based on topics and hop on in the fun. Most parties allow you to share a week ahead of time, and some have special topics for different days of the week, so this expands your chance of reach if you have a general blog that covers various topics. Search engines as well as social media platforms are great places to start looking for blog parties that may be great for you. Remember these tips, and go out there and get to partyin'!