How to use Link Parties to Increase Your Blog Traffic

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.

Last Saturday, I participated in the 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!

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!

P.S. Bookmark this page, so that you can come back to it for future reference.

~ Rosie

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Hey, I’m Rosie! I am a strategy consultant from Alberta, Canada. I provide smart, savvy women with advice on their goals and future direction so that they can plan effective strategies for growth, whether it’s personal or business-related. I’ve been featured on Annette’s Rochelle Aben’s radio show “Perspectivepower” and ceoMom’s. When I am not blogging, you’ll find you me drinking coffee, making popcorn and hanging out with my two daughters. If I can follow my dreams, you can too!

45 thoughts on “How to use Link Parties to Increase Your Blog Traffic

  1. Thank you for this useful post – I do participate in Link Parties and do my ‘due diligence’ but often find that it’s difficult to find the comments box on some blogs. So if anyone’s not getting enough comments, it may be worth them checking how easy they have made it to comment. So far, it’s super-easy on your blog.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting on this post, Alexandra. That’s a really good comment about how difficult it can be to comment. It’s important for bloggers to keep their websites user-friendly for those visiting their site. I have seen sites like that and end up not commenting. Def a good point!

  2. nickitruesdell says:

    I found this link through the Monday Mommy Blog Hop! Thanks for sharing. I’m enjoying the increased traffic from Link Parties, as well as the new blogs I’ve encountered!

    • Rosie says:

      Awesome! Thanks for stopping by. Any advice for those that are thinking of using link parties on their site? Or participating in them?

    • Rosie says:

      Most welcome Joan. Glad to hear that you’re able to find the list helpful. How did you find the parties that you’re participating in now?

  3. Yes!!! ???????? I’ve heard a lot people say link parties don’t bring much traffic, I have to disagree. I think they do, especially if you actually mingle. It’s a party, you must mingle, get your name out there, break the ice! Some link parties will bring more traffic than others, but that can change from week to week. I think it depends on the community too. 🙂 I sincerely appreciate you adding #MMBH to your awesome list!
    Thank you!!!
    XOXO

    • Rosie says:

      I think that’s the keyword – mingle. Be social. Interact. Engage. Be authentic.
      I’ve always had a positive experience participating in link parties. Thanks again for the mention on your blog!

  4. Thank you so much for including my blog and also linking up with us… there are great linky party that I will be following myself … great information …. #alittlebitofeveryting

    • rdigout says:

      For sure! Anytime that I can help another blogger is a win-win for me. What are the challenges you have faced as a host? And what have you learned from hosting Link Parties?

  5. Thank you. I am fairly new at doing the Link Parties but I really enjoy them I have learned so much from others and feel that I have made some new friends. I feel a little overwhelmed with so many so I am trying to do a lesser amount to keep track of them and make sure I have followed all of the rules. What does it mean to link back to the party?

    • rdigout says:

      Hi Pamela,
      Doing less is better, than trying to do a lot of things at once. It’s a lesson that I have had to learn. Linking back means that you either, use their badge and post it on your website or blog post. It will say in their rules or guidelines for the link party. Or you can simply link back by adding a link to their post at the bottom of your blog post. Hope that makes sense! ~ Rosie

  6. I just now have realized the genius that is link parties! I’d heard before about interacting with other bloggers but in a world with a million blogs it’s nice to have a pre-made list of sites to visit that I’ll probably have comments to share with. thanks so much for adding this to the #Alittlebitofeverything link party today. I’ll probably link to you in the coming days since I’m all about link parties right now!

    • rdigout says:

      Hi Patty, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! I am happy to hear that you found this list useful. Don’t worry, it took me awhile to understand the benefits of using link parties but it’s a great way to get to know other bloggers! Cheers,
      Rosie

  7. Edward says:

    Really love this post. I found this post using a link party! Ironic. I love how you have written about your experiences with link parties and shared advice. I am trying to find link parties suitable for sharing my blog and discovering others. I will have to investigate the link parties you have suggested. I have bookmarked this post to come back too.

    • rdigout says:

      Thanks for the kind remarks Edward. What type of blog do you have? Feel free to check out the links here. Don’t forget to use Pinterest search, Google search or even Twitter search to find other link parties and sometimes they are called blog hops.

  8. As the co-host for Pretty Pintastic and the creator of Small Victories Sunday Linkup, I’m glad to see both on your list! Obviously, I love meeting new to me bloggers and readers through these linkups, and I think they’re great for making more meaningful connections and fostering a sense of community on the blog.

    • rdigout says:

      Hey Tanya, happy to see you here. 🙂
      As a host of link parties, any advise for the bloggers that are thinking of starting one of their own? Is it hard to have two on the go?

  9. I’ve recently been stepping up my blog linky party game and it has helped quite a bit. I’m a small blog, but I was getting about 250 pageviews per week, at the most. I’m now getting over 400! May not seem like a lot, but it is for me! Thanks for sharing the links to additional parties!

    • rdigout says:

      I would say that anyone coming to your blog is a success! Keep up the great work. What challenges are you facing as a new blogger or new host of a link party?

  10. Kyla Matton Osborne says:

    Great post! I’ll be sharing on social media 🙂

    I’ve actually just hopped over from a link-up, so here’s proof that they work to bring new readers to your blog. I love discovering new writers and blogs to follow. Depending on the day, I might add half a dozen or more to my contacts so I can keep track of their latest pots 🙂

  11. beautiesandthebibs says:

    Great points I use link parties often to find new material to read and also get my posts out there like you say it’s a two way street and if every participates then they are great. #weekendblogshare

  12. I use lots of linkies (see my #5for5Challenge update post for a full list) and it helps to be realistic about the level of participation you can manage.

    Some linkies are huge and it’s easy to get lost in the mix or forget which ones you’ve joined and how many you have commented on!

    #WeekendBlogShare

    • rdigout says:

      I’ve added your blog to my Feedly account. Can’t wait to read more of your posts.
      Very true, that there are some link parties that are huge. I use Feedly to keep track of the blogs I read, that way I can bookmark the blog post when I do participate in a link party. That way, I know which ones that I added a link and can back later that day to comment on other blogs. Hope that makes sense?

  13. Thanks for including my party in your list! Your tips are great- especially about meaningful comments. There’s nothing worse than taking the time to host the party and comment on everyone’s posts with a real comment, only to find that other people are not doing the same. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare

    • rdigout says:

      I mentioned to a blogger earlier,that I use Feedly to keep track of the blogs I read, that way I can bookmark the blog post when I do participate in a link party. That way, I know which ones that I added a link and can come back later to comment on other blogs. I think there will always be bloggers that dump links and dash. Best is to concentrate on the bloggers that are taking the time to know you and willing to work together. 🙂

    • rdigout says:

      Happy to hear that you found link party useful Diana. Hopefully, you feel more comfortable to try participating in a link party now! 🙂

  14. Good points, Rosie! I participate in quite a few link parties that are focused on style (since I switched the focus of my blog to style), and I have met a lot of great bloggers through link parties. I think for link parties to be successful it’s important that people don’t just link drop. And it’s great when the host sometimes acknowledges you.

    Thanks for the list of link parties. I’ll check them out later!

    • rdigout says:

      I had mentioned to another blogger that I think that there will always be dump links and dash bloggers..but it’s more important to connect with the ones that are really there to make a meaningful connection. My blog has changed over the year, which also means that I have used different link parties over the years too. LOL Happy linking Andrea….thrilled that you found my little piece of the web! 🙂

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