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Last week I posted a question on my Facebook page asking people what they’d like to see more of on the blog and one of the questions I got was about Blog Link Parties.
Blog Link Parties are a great way to participate in the blogging community, meet new people, read about interesting things, find new friends and share all your hard bloggy work.
I’m going to start right at the beginning – if I miss anything or you have any questions just leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to answer or point you in the direction of someone who can answer it for you.
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1. What is a link?
It’s the abbreviation for hyperlink. It’s where text or an image is able to be clicked on to take you to another website. For example: this is a hyperlink to my Facebook page. (Now you’ve clicked it be sure to like the page! #shamelessplug)
2. What is a blog link party?
It’s like the name suggests – it’s a party! There’s a host (the blog that puts the party invitation out) and participants (those that put link up). You have to have a blog to be able to link up (what a great motivation to get a blog!).
3. How do I link up?
Most bloggers with use inLinkz or Linky Tools. There’s a really great tutorial here at Blogher about how to link up using an inLinkz tool, which is probably the most common tool for link parties.
4. What are the rules?
It really depends on what the host has stipulated, but like all things in life there’s some unspoken etiquette.
There’s a really great post written by Crafterminds using dinner party analogies to explain Linky Parties. It’s a funny read and I’m always a big fan of funny.
For me I always try to read and leave comments on a minimum of 3 links at the party. I love the recommendation to leave a comment on the hosts blog – it’s a great way to thank them for hosting and for providing the party venue.
A minimum for most link parties is that you put a link back to the host blog on your post. I like to include their blog button if they have one as most people are more visual and just skim posts.
5. What should I link up?
This is really dependent on the link party that you’re linking to – always read the link blog post and then find an appropriate post.
You can link to older content as long as it fits the parameters of the link party. I try to, where possible, make sure it’s current content when I join a link party.
6. How often can I attend a party?
Most link parties are run weekly and you’re welcome to attend weekly – just make sure you’re not repeating links to the same blog posts.
For those of you looking to blog regularly link parties can be a great prompt for blog content. You know what’s wanted and when it’s due – it’s like the posts write themselves.
7. Where do I find link parties?
There’s heaps of places you can find out who’s hosting what and when. A great way is to read a variety of blogs – this way you’ll get to see what others are linking to.
Pinterest is another great source of link party information. Just search on a combination of terms like “blog, link, party”. Google is also a great way to find link parties – just search like you did on Pinterest.
You may even find that there’s blogs out there that have collated link parties that you might be interested in and put them all together in one post for you to pick and choose.
8. What’s in it for me?
Seriously, this is like life – you get out of it what you put in. I really love the parties as they’re a great way to meet new people, find new blogs to read and get inspired.
There’s a fabulous blog post on Snippets of Inspiration about how to get the most out of Link Parties – I’d highly recommend reading it if you’re interested in participating in Link Parties.
I hope this has helped shed some light on what blog link parties are. If you’d like anything else, just let me know in the comments – happy to help out where I can.
So, who’s off to find some link parties to hang out at?