As many of you may know, every week I host a blog hop. It has become one of my favorite parts of blogging, and I have literally met hundreds of bloggers by doing it as well as had the privilege to read blog posts I would have never come across. As a new blogger, I used blog hops to promote my own blog as well as network with other bloggers. I used to join several a day, and I have to admit that many of them were the sole reason my blog ever gained followers. I still remember the time I got my first five “real” followers, and my first “real” blog comments (apart from horrible spam!). I was thrilled! It felt like I had climbed mountains for that first victory. This post series will teach you how to create a successful linky party or blog hop.
Blog hops continue to be a vital part of my blogging. While I don’t visit as many as I used to, I go back to my personal blog hop time and time again to meet new bloggers and form partnerships with existing bloggers. It is the first place I go to look for other gals or guys I may want to do a collaboration/ giveaway/ network with.
At one point I got exhausted by visiting so many different blog hops every day and I thought: why don’t I host my own? The first several times I got almost no link-ups. Slowly, it started to grow. I partnered with some different ladies and did my best to get the word out. Currently, I work with the amazing Chelsee from Southern Beauty Guide. We work together to do our best to make sure it happens every week, promote it, and edit the HTML. I remember getting around 15 attendees… then 50… then some weeks 100! It has been amazing.
So, do you want to host your own link party? Here are a few reasons it rocks:
1. Page views
You will automatically get page views every week for the blog hop, and referring page views from co-hosts who click on your link.
You will notice an increase in your comments and return page visitors.
You will meet other awesome bloggers who are rockstars in areas you may not be, and you can form great friendships. You will see the same faces weekly and will feel comfortable reaching out to them.
You will learn immense amounts of blogging information from link ups. You will read great articles you would have never come across.
Last, you will gain followers by default since people will want to know when your party goes live every week. It gives other bloggers a reason to follow your blog and stay up to date with posts.
Tomorrow I will have a post on how to actually start a blog hop or linky party, including some other tips on the process. Make sure to come back for part two.
What questions do you have? Have you ever started a linky party or wish to in the future?