Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Linky Party Etiquette

Since I have hosted around 100 linky parties in the past 2 years, I decided to put together a list of linky party etiquette.
  • Follow the rules! This is most important! If the host limits the amount or type of links, follow along. If they require something you don't agree with or don't want to do, then don't participate! If you are unsure of a rule, leave a comment asking for clarification or email them.
  • Link to host Some hosts ask/require that you link back. This may either be a URL or button link within your post, on your sidebar, or on a linky party page. Even if they don't, it's polite to do. I use a link party page that is easy to edit and it helps me keep track off all parties I participate in.
  • Follow host(s) It's a courtesy and often a requirement to follow the host(s). GFC, G+, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.
  • Don't relink a post! This is a pet-peeve of mine. I probably made this mistake when I first started linking, so now I keep a note card by my computer keeping track of my posts. If I post something on a Wednesday, then I don't start linking until Thursday and I just link through the following Wednesday.
  • Don't link & run! I know people do this. I can tell by my blog stats/links/clicks. You link up for exposure to your blog. Play nice and stick around and party!
  • Visit other links & comment Many hosts will give specifics on this, such as visit the 2 links head of you. My own rule of thumb is visit (at least) 3 others. It's hard to tell what you will find/learn from a small thumbnail, so click & read. Pin stuff you like and let them know in your comment.
  • Thank host(s) Leave a (quick) comment thanking the host.
Next week I will be posting tips about participating in parties. Check out these other posts~
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199 comments :

  1. All good tips, Diana. I must say I am sometimes guilty of linking and running.

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    1. Sometimes when I am in a hurry I will link and then return later to visit others.

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  2. Very very good advice. I must admit that I have a difficult time visiting others when the thumbnail is teeny tiny. It honestly hurts my eyes to spend too much time on those. Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Linda @www.paperseedlings.com

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    1. I don't like that either. It's very easy for the host to adjust the size of the thumbnail!

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  3. Good tips! Visiting from Thursday's Treasures.

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  4. Yes good tips Diana; I am actually interested in taking the time out to check out and link up with new follows on another's blog.

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  5. PS One thing I always try to make sure I do is give a new follower of my blog a welcome and link it back to their blog on my post after they have joined up with me.

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  6. I'm so glad that you posted this Diana! I'm sharing:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  7. Found this awesome post from the Hooking Up With HoH Link Party.

    Great Advice!

    Karla
    simplisticchaos.wordpress.com

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  8. Thanks for the tips! Still fairly new to the link party thing, but I try to play nice :)

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    1. I pick you to be on my team cause you play nice!

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  9. These are great tips!

    Link ups would be more fun if others would read & comment on a few, rather than linking & dashing :)

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    1. I have gotten to know who many of the link & dashers are. I'm just not going to feature them!

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  10. Well said, Diana ! The only thing that bugs me a little of some linky owners {oops, walking over a hot fire here} is that they have a different co-host every other week, and one of their rules is that you HAVE to follow each co-host. I normally check out the co-host first and if it is really a blog that does not interest me at all, I do not link up that week ... if it happens too many times, I leave the party, because then it is actually more a place for one blog {the co-host} to grow. Pinning this, thanks!

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    1. I get what you are saying, Linda. There are parties I've stopped going to for various reasons.

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  11. I'm new to this and had no idea. Thanks.

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  12. Hi Diana!! These are great tips. I rarely do link parties.... I really need to join the fun more often!!! Thank you for following the spoonful blog and introducing yourself. Now I get to play around on your blog too. Happy new year.

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  13. Hi Diana,
    You have hit a nerve for me today as this week I am really considering stopping my linky party purely because a) I seem to only have link and runners as of late b) Some of the images linked are copyright protected, so even though some of the linkers posts are the most visited, I can't even do them the honour of featuring them as I can't use the image (even though I explicitly ask for this in my Link-up rules ;() c)I sometimes feel like my rules for linking-up are disregarded, if they are even read!
    I feel that it is a common courtesy to abide by the rules, when you visit someones' home you don't do as you please and the same should apply when "Partying" on a persons blog!
    I thank you kindly for posting, will definitely be pinning this!
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    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, those link & run are annoying. I just don't visit those chronic ones that I am aware of.

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  14. These are great, thank you! I especially think it's important to comment on other people's links; I can tell people visit my posts through my stats, but don't leave comments. And we all love comments! It only takes a second to do.

    Thank you! :)

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    1. Right. How hard is a Super cute! or I love this!
      Unless of course they have word verification on. I will try once and if it doesn't work I give up and don't leave a comment.

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  15. I can't agree more! One of my pet peeves is when I link up then I go and click and comment on as many as I can and then no one comes back to say hi or comment.

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    1. You are a commenting maniac! I see your comments all over the place. You are very personable!!

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  16. Love this post! It is a great reminder to take the time and learn the rules, leave a comment and visit others since we all love comments and being visited back!

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  17. good tips for those of us newbies to this world - thanks!

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  18. Great tips! I'm stopping by from Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch. :)

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  19. Good tips. If you participate in too many link parties that you don't have time to actually visit the other entries, then you are taking part in too many link parties! By the way, I found you at the Saving 4 Six link-up.

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    1. Thanks Denise!! I totally get what you are saying!

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  20. Great tips! I tend to link, then come back several times over the week to read and comment on other links.

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    1. I often link and then wait an hour or 2 before visiting so that there are more links to choose from. I link, click/visit/comment, and then thank the host...in that order.

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  21. This is great, Diana! A lot these are my pet peeves as well. I always try to visit 3 other sites when I link to a party. Hence, my 10 hrs of blogging. LOL

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  22. I am pretty new to link parties, so this was a great post for me to read! I pinned it too :) I knew most of these things but I did not know some. I have room from improvement! Thanks Diana.

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  23. Stopped by from GYB hop. I thought I had already been following you as I know I have been here to your blog before. following now. Love these rules as I am a host of Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. I do agree about visiting other links when you link up to a party. It is something I try very hard to do and try to go back and visit later if I linked up early, although sometimes I forget. I think some just link up to get exposure to their own blog.

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    1. Yes, there is a particular food blogger that links & runs and NEVER visits. Plus they relink a lot of the same stuff. Annoying!

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  24. What a great post! Perfect examples of how to be polite and respectful in blog land.

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  25. Diana, I wish I had found rules like these when I was just starting. I just fumbled my way through and learned from my mistakes, taking advice wherever I could find it. Lucky for me there have been a few very helpful veterans along the way to share their advice and experiences. These are some really good etiquette techniques to build camaraderie and respect among our fellow bloggers ~ great for beginners or anyone who may have gotten off track. To me, visiting the other links is so important, considering the whole premise behind linking up is to get exposure. I do try to leave comments whenever possible...especially since I love receiving them too! ;) Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Sherry! It's all a learning experience. I will be posting tips on how to get the most out of linky party participation next week! Hope you come back!

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  26. This is so smart- when I first started I had no idea what I was doing, but it is good to have reminders too...afterall, we are here for community first!

    Cheers :)

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  27. Thanks, Diana and thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope my linkers will follow your advice! Enjoy your weekend.

    (I don't mind if people don't leave me a comment when they link up, but since I no longer have time to visit every single post, I do try to be sure to visit the sites of the people who took the time to comment.)

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  28. Thanks. I am still a bit new to linky parties and needed the etiquette lesson. I do all of the above except the thanking part. I will start doing that.

    Thank You

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    1. The thanking part is more of a courtesy than anything, but if you noticed what Heidi said above she doesn't have time to visit everyone so those that thank get her attention! That's a great way to get featured!

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  29. Awesome post. Thanks for sharing! :)

    http://mrsdchastain.blogspot.com

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  30. I don't link to a lot of parties, mainly because I don't have time to check links out if I do. I feel it is important to visit and comment on other links, that's what the party is all about! But, I can tell I don't get the same back. Bloggers will visit and comment on my blog (sometimes) if I have been to theirs, but I don't see new visitors commenting...or at least it is very rare. I always let the blogger know where I found their link too, I feel that is important so they know the party is working. I don't have a party page, I put every party button and perma-link in each post.
    Good tips, Diana. I've been to your blog before, but I saw this post linked at My Turn's Freedom Fridays.
    Debbie :)

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    1. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I visit & comment on a lot of blogs but I do find that those are mostly from party links. I also visit every link on my own party, which takes a lot of time.

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  31. Great tips, diana!! Thanks! You're awesome! Love the note card to keep track of what you've posted. Been more active lately and started a Google docs so I can keep track of what i've been linking where! :)

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    1. Google docs is another great way to keep track!!

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  32. Great post, Diana!

    I don't know why people link and run. I see an increase in traffic when I actively participate in the traffic. When people comment on my blog, I try to visit their site back. I also try to let them know where I came from. This tells them that the party is working AND when I see that a person came from a party I feel more obligated to check them out back.

    I always want to link up as soon as the party is live. This is often in the morning right before dashing off to work and don't have time to explore. What I do is I quickly scan through the party and open up links in a new tab. That way when I return to my laptop, I have a to do list. In order to close those tabs I have to first review what's in them and leave a comment.

    I also prefer putting the link at the bottom of the post. This way I can remember which post has been submitted to which party.

    Any, who. Happy Friday! :)

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    1. Putting the link on the post is a great way to remember too! I am not very good about saying where I found them, but it is a very personal way to connect!

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  33. Great tips! I was so guilty of the link and run over the holidays. Now I've made a resolution about visiting and commenting! Thanks for the great reminders!

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  34. This is so helpful. I just pinned this so I can remember these tips. I often forget to leave a comment for the host, so I am going to work on being better at this. Everyone loves comments!

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    1. I usually do a quick 'Thanks for hosting!' which only takes about 30 seconds! Thanks for the pin!

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  35. Thanks for the lessons in Linky party etiquette. I like the idea of visiting at least 2-3 others. Share the love!

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  36. Thanks for the tips and reminders...after the holidays I haven't been to many linky parties but will definitely keep these tips in mind as I start linking up more.

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  37. Great post! I learn something all the time! I see you reply to all (or most) comments, is that also supposed to be done? I came from Sun Scholars, Thanks! Deb @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is a courtesy to respond to all comments. Some people do this like I am now...right below the comment, but many respond via email. I prefer to respond via email but many people are NO REPLY BLOGGERS. These people miss out on some important connections.

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    2. Ha!I am new at all this (blogging), and I had to see why no reply bloggers is in caps... I had to google it to figure it out, so now that is fixrd! THANKS!! ☺

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  38. Just pinned this Diana, thank you for compiling this.

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  39. New followers from the Six Sister's hop. Thanks for posting this as I'm kinda new to blog linky's. I look forward to reading much more of your blog. Have a wonderful weekend! Stacie xo

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    1. Thanks so much Stacie! I'm off to check out your blog!

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  40. Thanks! Great advice about netiquette!

    Shockinglydomestic.com

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  41. A Creative Princess party is closed but glad to get you from there. Would you say this is Link Party Lesson 101? Glad to enroll! Guilty of some violations! That's why we go to school...to learn :) Now, it's application time! I hope the sweet and hospitable hosts I have offended in a number of parties I attended would have generous hearts to forgive...

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  42. P.S. I really feel sorry for the hosts of parties who have been victims of my own link and run misdemeanor. How I wish they could read my comments now. I'm truly sorry!

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    1. It's a learning experience for all. Now you know! Thanks for commenting!

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  43. Wonderful etiquette! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday!
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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  44. Great tips! I do the same thing to keep track of which posts I've linked where...it makes me nuts when someone links up the same thing several weeks in a row...especially if I've featured it! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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    1. They link after you featured it? YIKES! Wake up people!

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  45. Great tips! I am fairly new to blogging and I love to check out everybody's fun stuff. However, sometimes when I want to leave a comment,and I see that there are already 73 comments (as I see here), I think mine won't make much of a difference. Maybe that's not true? I'm learning:)

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    1. All comments matter, Christy! Don't count yourself out!

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  46. I am trying to follow these as much as possible, thank you for writing about this!

    Lusine
    Enjoy Teaching English

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    1. Thanks Lusine! I appreciate you stopping at my Facebook page too!

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  47. Thank you so much. As a new blogger I am just dipping my toes in the blogging community and this "tutorial" is very helpful.
    Amelia

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    1. Thanks Amelia. Make sure you check out my other tutorials!

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  48. Great tips!! Thanks for sharing them! While most of the rules are clearly stated at the party it is easy to forget or get sidetracked. Link Parties are a great way to share all the internet love so I am thankful to those bloggers that host them. But I never thought about leaving a thank you comment.

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    1. Not really a requirement, but a nice gesture for giving all us the opportunity to share!

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  49. I found you via a link party by visiting others at the party. I wish everyone would read this post.Sharing is a win, win for both the hostess & those that link up. More people see you both & enjoy the parties. A new follower & I am going to pin this post. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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    1. Thanks for the pin Theresa! Off to visit your blog!

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  50. Thanks for the tips on linking up Diana, I am just getting started so I'm trying to learn as much as I can about doing it all the right way! I've not been "following" all the sites that I have linked up to, so you just gave me a little bit of homework to do.

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    1. Just follow the next time you visit them to link!

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  51. Thanks for the tips, I'm kinda new to linkys and am just starting to host my own.

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  52. Being new to all of this, your post was REALLY helpful. Thanks!

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  53. This is a really good reminder! Very helpful for old and new bloggers! Thanks for sharing this at One Creative Weekend!

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  54. These are great tips and this is a great series! Thanks for the reminder of what may seem like simple common sense but is still occasionally forgotten.

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    1. Common sense that goes beyond linky parties, really!

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  55. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them at the link party at 'Or so she says!"

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  56. Thanks for sharing. I'm new to all this and I'm always trying to make sure i don't make a mistake. I am now following you via bloglovin :-)

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    1. Thanks so much! These are more suggestions rather than rules, so the blog police won't be coming after you!

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  57. Great tips, especially for those who are just getting started with linky parties!

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    1. I just checked out your awesome blog and I am glad you are starting linky parties because you have some wonderful projects & tips!

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  58. Thanks for the tips! I was just about to join my first ever link party and I didn't know about these rules of etiquette! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Great tips! I think I sometimes need a refresher on common sense!

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  60. These are great tips! Thanks for linking up to my weekly creative link party :) Have a great week!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  61. Great tips Diana!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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  62. Great post Diana! Thank you for linking up at Party In Polka Dots! I must say, some weeks I would rock it at visiting other links at the parties I link up to and other weeks not so much. I discovered I was linking up to too many parties and it was actually taking the fun out of it. Exposure isn't everything. The parties are supposed to be fun! I know everyone gets busy, but what you have to do is pick the amount of parties you can realistically participate in and follow the rules. I have a lengthy list of parties on my parties page but what I began doing is just picking a few different ones from it every week and linking up. It helps to shake things up a bit! It's fun to check out the other links and meet new bloggy friends. I try to plan some "me" time, pour a cup of coffee or make some cocoa and hop around and party!

    Thanks for sharing! You are so full of wisdom!

    Shelley

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  63. Good tips! It definitely takes time and effort for people to host these, so I feel that if people like to participate, they need to be courteous and follow the rules. My only pet peeve is when hosts ask you to link back and they make it difficult to find their button. If I have to click to several different pages and go on a wild goose chase to find your button, I'm not a very happy camper by the time I do find it. I feel that if you would like people to link back, please make it easy. Additionally, if you have gone to the trouble to make a button for your party, I would like to use it, but not if I have to search hard for it!

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    1. Right...if they require it then it should be within the post. I have had a few people comment that mine is hard to find, so I just moved it to a more prominent place on my sidebar.

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  64. Hello Diana! I actually found this post through a link party at IHeartNaptime.com. As a new blogger I can't even begin to say how much I truly appreciate it! Thank you!
    <3 Lulubell Elaine @ LulubellElaine.com

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  65. I have often wondered what was the proper way to do Linkies. This was very helpful!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Nonny
    notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com
    Stopping by from Piggy in Polka Dots

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  66. Great tips!! I don't host any linky parties, but, when I complete a project I do follow the simple rules and stop by other blogs. I just feel when you stop by other blogs and you tell them to stop by yours...they don't. I think when everyone posts their projects, they are happy and feel a sense of achievement when they do something and want to show it off. I just wish people would reciprocate when you take the time to read their post and make a comment.
    TFS and I look forward to reading more of your blog. I am your newest follower too :-)

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2013/01/fun-fur-boa-scarf.html

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  67. Great reminders, Diana! Thank you! I know that I've appreciated how personal and welcoming you've been to me as a newer blogger. You do a wonderful job of commenting, encouraging, and setting a great example!

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  68. I'm so glad to see I'm following the rules, good to know! I found you from I should be mopping linky party.

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  69. Thanks Diana, I always want to read all the posts at the linky parties, alas I wish that were possible! I have been impressed at how nice everyone is ever since I started blogging, and I always try to find something complimentary to say on every post I read. We are all trying hard and are all busy, creative people, everyone needs some TLC! Thanks for reminding us!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks Jenna! Visiting all is too much, but I now the ones you do comment on are appreciated!

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  70. Thank you for those tips! ;)

    http://ellecrafts.blogspot.com

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  71. Let me try this again...(my computer is terrible).
    Thanks for your tips! You are definitely a great example when it comes to leaving comments. I always appreciate the ones you leave on my blog. It's something I find important, but I definitely have room to grow!

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  72. Thanks for the tips! I'm new to blogging, and the link party world, so this was very helpful. I'd love it if you stop by my (very new) blog and let me know what you think. :)

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  73. Most excellent post. I have thought about the same. My rule of thumb is 5 comments, 3 if it's the first or last week of the semester - survival you know. Thank you. ~Kelly

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  74. Hi I found you on the Blog hop. Now following you. Please stop by and say hi when you get a minute. have a great week. :) Please check out my new Weekly Goals Blog hop. You can find it here. http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup.html#more Would love it if you would link up with me.

    Lenetta

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    1. Nice to meet you Lenetta! I left a long comment for you on your blog!

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  75. Oh, thanks. I'm new to the linky party thing and this is nice to have. Found you via Craft-O-Mania. I've already found such interesting blogs and ideas from the places I've visited!

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  76. Great tips. I'm just starting to dabble in Link parties, so this is great timing!

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  77. Diana, Thanks for the tips. These are especially helpful for those of us just starting to link up. Thank you for hosting as well!

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  78. Diana, thank you for linking to my blog hop. Always glad to have you!

    These are such great points. I used to be a "link and runner". Didn't mean to be impolite. Just in a hurry. I don't do that anymore and I love taking the time to appreciate other people's work. Another thing I've learned is to reply to comments on my blog and also on Facebook. I appreciate every "like" I get on Facebook and I want to take the time to appreciate and also do some "liking back".

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    1. I have actually cut down on the # of parties I am participating in because I don't have the time to visit & comment like I want.

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  79. Thank you so much for the tips. I'm new to this Linky Party stuff and found the information very helpful. I am now a follower.

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  80. Great post, some very good points! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

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  81. This is a great reminder to us all! Thank you so much for posting. Blogging is very time consuming and it only takes a sec to say Thank you. I'm glad that you linked to my Linky Party Show Me Your Plaid Monday's! off to read your post on how to host a good party!

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  82. Diana this is a great post, so many of us need to be reminded of the proper etiquette. Thank you for coming by and sharing it on Fluster's Muster Party.

    Hugs & Smiles,

    Robin
    http://www.flusterbuster.com

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  83. Thanks for the reminder.. I as most
    get busy and run off sometimes and
    I'm going to try to do better..
    Thanks again
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  84. Hello I found your blog on the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. These are some very great tips and I am so glad you put them out for others to see. I am a new follower.
    Love
    Patricia
    www.thettdiaries.com

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  85. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Marti

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  86. Great post Diana!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  87. Diana,
    This is such great advise, especially for new linkers! Thanks so much for sharing on Creative Thursday last week. I'm featuring this on this weeks party (if I ever get it up and running, ugh!) Have a great day :)
    Michelle

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  88. thanks Diana for this great post!!
    I often link up to partys, but I don't have time in the day to check out other links, so I always come back in the evening in my free time, and also at weekends and I always find some fantastic post and pin them to share

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    1. That's great Natasha! I often will go back to a party to see what else is linked!

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  89. Great tips. I'm a stickler for rules on linky parties. What I do personally, is I link up and come back later to check on the links. I have a folder of bookmarks on my browser specifically for blog hops! I feel bad for people who link up when the party ends and don't get any views. I visit as many blogs as I can and I comment as much as possible and tell the person where I came from. It frustrates me the amount of people who just link up and don't visit others. That is the whole point of the blog hop.

    Another huge pet peeve of mine is people who link up their homepage instead of the relevant post or specific post. I hate wading through 5 days of posts to find your book review you linked up to a book club linky party.

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    1. I too will often return to a party a little later. Especially if I am one of the first to link. I need to wait for other stuff to see. There is a way with InLinkz to set it where people cannot link up their homepage of their blog. That is an advance option that I always click. It is annoying to find homepages pinned though...that we don't have control over!! Often those people don't have a search box!

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  90. Oh! And I'm stopping by from Thursday Treasures :)

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  91. Thanks for all the tips! I am new to link parties and learning the rules. This has been very helpful. I am wondering what you mean by "Don't relink a post" - does this mean not to link to the same post on various parties or not to link a post more than once on the same blog?

    I do visit as many of the links as possible and leave comments - coming to you from A-Zebra party :-)

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    1. Do not relink the same post more than once on a blog!

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  92. Well Put! Thanks for sharing this on my link party! Tara from Trendy Treehouse

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  93. Good list Diana. With so many linky parties these days (and I am usually a reader, not a linker) I find that many of the same people link the same thing over and over and over. I also see that a lot of people don't follow the rules. Say for the instance the rules say to link up cat projects (I made that up), there will invariably be several projects that have absolutely nothing to do with cats, or even pets.

    I also see a lot of links with a lot of comments and then some with none. That's right, none. I like the linky parties that ask to link to the one or two above you. There's nothing worse than linking and getting no comments.

    You also mentioned being a follower, and that is something I really don't understand. Yes, I know everyone seems to want lots of followers, being required to be a follower makes me think the number of followers they have really means nothing at all.

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  94. You have good tips here!(I found you just by Google) I am a new blogger (4-5 mos) and new to the linky party world (2-3 weeks). I'm finding the linky party scene confusing. Maybe I'm just reading waaaay too much information on etiquette and how to participate because it seems the more I read, the more confused I get - I have SO many questions! I also agree with Marti on the following concept - why force someone to follow? I would want people to follow me because they want to, not because I am requiring them to. I'm off to check out your other blogging tips......

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