How to use Link Parties to Increase Your Blog Traffic
Why Participate in Link Parties
Last Saturday, I participated in a SITS Girls Twitter chat and a few of us were sharing how we generate more traffic to our sites. I had mentioned that I like to use link parties, as it provides a fortuity to discover new blogs to read, generate new blog post ideas and a way to build relationships with other bloggers.
I was then asked if I had a link to the link parties but unfortunately I did not. That being said, I instantly knew that would be my next blog post!
I don’t remember how I was introduced to link parties (or blog hops), whether it was from another blogger or perhaps it might have been from a Google search I performed.
This time last year, I started my own link party., called “Share Your Blog“. The first couple went really well with lots of exposure and engagement from other bloggers. I did a reader survey, and comments were that they would like to see it once a month and not weekly. However, due to inconsistent writing, I believe that I lost quite a few readers and since then participation has been very minimal.
That being said, if you think this is something that you would like to try on your site, I say, go for it!
If you’re not quite ready, then perhaps joining a link party is a better option for now.
Link Party Etiquette
Read the link party post, in its entirety, before adding your links. You might find out that it’s only or food or DIY bloggers. By reading the post first, you’ll realize that the social media tips you were going to link, would not be the right post.
Read the Rules of the Link Party
Perhaps the host is asking you to add the link to your blog but not the post. Sometimes, it’s the other way around – link your favourite blog post. Other times, it’s your social media links that they are requesting you to link to.
I made the mistake once of posting the wrong link. Thank goodness I saw it right away and deleted the link and added the correct one.
The host(s) may ask you to link back or tweet about the link party. Please do so! Why? Because it drives traffic back to the party.
Actively Participate – Link Parties are a Two-Way Street
Yes! The goal is to have more viewers come to your site.. .BUT..you have to do due diligence as well.
The link party host will ask you to comment on a few blog posts yourself. This is your opportunity to connect with new bloggers, find new blogs, and leave meaningful comments. Also, ensure that you’re commenting on the host(s) blog as well.
What are meaningful comments? Nobody likes to read “Hey, saw you on #xyz party!” Read the post and construct a comment that will leave the blog owner knowing that you actually took the time to read his/her post. Who knows, after reading your comment, she/he might take a look at your site and become a follower.
Link Parties That I Participate In
I use Feedly to keep track of the websites that I like to follow. Although, I know that other bloggers use Bloglovin. I say, each to their own. Use what works for you.
Utilizing Feedly, grants me the advantage of knowing when the link parties will start. I try to be one of the first 20 persons to link up. Only because I will have a better chance of people seeing my post and clicking on my link. Remember, the bigger the party, the less chance you’ll have people seeing your link.
Link Parties by the Days of the Week
Epic Mommy Adventures – Meandering Mondays
Mom Favourites – Monday Motivation Link Party
Mrs. A OK – Mommy Monday Blog Hop
The Joy Chaser – #ShareTheJoy – Mondays
View From In Here – #WayWow LinkUp – Tuesdays at 9PM EST
Live Randomly Simple – Totally Terrific Tuesday
Epic Mommy Adventures – Turn It Up Tuesdays
For the Love to – #Alittlebitofeverything – Wednesdays
View From In Here – Social Media Blast – Thursdays at 9PM EST
The Pin Junkie – Pin Junky Pin Party – Thursdays
The SITS Girls – Saturday Sharefest
Sunshine and Spoons – Share the Love Social Media LinkUp – Saturdays 10 AM Central
Sizzling Towards Sixty – Over the Moon Link Up – Sundays
Hannah Spannah – Weekend Blog Share
Annie’s Noms – The Pretty Pintastic Party – Weekends
Few Other Link Parties that You Might Like
Momma Lew – Mini Chef Mondays
The Quinntessential Mommy – Meetup Monday
Epic Mommy Adventures – Turn It Up Tuesday
Good Tips Tuesday
Urban Naturale – Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Blog Hop – Tuesday thru Sunday
The Typical Mom – Wednesday RoundUp
Natalie Loves Beauty – Wake Up Wednesdays
Sunshine and Spoons – Special Needs Linkup – Thursdays at 10am Central
Urban Naturale – Plant-Based Potluck Party – Thursday – Monday
La Petit Chef – Saucy Saturday Blog Hop
The Mad Mommies – Small Victories Sundays Linkup
Laina Turner – Traffic Jam Weekend Link Up
Each week, I do n0t link up at every party. In fact, I may only link up to a half a dozen or so. I do it to foster strong relationships with other bloggers.
READER TIP: Don’t forget to use Pinterest as a search for Link Parties or use Google even Twitter is an excellent search tool. There are so many out there that there is bound to be a party that is a perfect fit for you and your blog!
Hope you found this link party/blog hop list handy! Are the link ups that you like that didn’t make the list? Comment below, I would love to add them to this list!
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