Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Linky Party Tips

Last week I brought you Linky Party Etiquette and now I offer tips for party participation!
I recommitted myself to blogging in October and since then I have been featured 75 times on various blogs. Many hosts feature the links that get the most clicks/views. Here are some tips for participating in linky parties that just might get you noticed and at the very least more traffic to your blog!
  • Link Early! The links nearer to the top of a linky party usually get the most attention. Keep track of when parties take place and try to link as soon as possible.
  • Link a specific post for just a week. I participate in a lot of parties and when I see a thumbnail over and over at various parties it gets my attention. If I saw it just once, I may not click on it...but when I see the same hat over and over within a short time period, I want to check it out! Plus don't you see the really great posts being featured at various sites the same week?
  • Good photos This goes without saying that more professional looking photos get more attention! The key is light. I've seen some great ideas that just didn't get the attention they should because the photos were too dark/small/hard to see. Also, think square! That thumbnail is a square so crop/show the main part as close to a square as possible.
  • Clear labels Some thumbnails are small or limited on text chars. If you add a title to a photo, make sure it's bold enough to get people's attention. You can even just create a title graphic to link as the thumbnail to grab people's attention.
  • Follow trends/holidays Trends get people's attention, but so does great original content. An example of this is my 5 White Elephant Gift Ideas post. This totally original and personalized post was featured on 9 blogs and has become my 2nd most popular post overall. You also want to time things right and plan ahead. Valentines is HOT right now and will actually slow down those last week before Feb 14th!
  • Actively Participate! Visit & comment on others. Invite them to your blog. Let them know where you found them!
  • Thank the hosts! This was part of my Linky Party Etiquette post, but it doesn't hurt to get the host's attention with a thank you. You can also tweet or pin their party, etc. Some parties get 100s of links and the host may not visit them all.
I am sure this list could go on and on. If you've participated in a lot of parties, what are you tips?
Make sure you check out all my other blogging tips/tutorials! I've helped a lot of people out lately!
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Diana is a crafty creative Midwestern work from home mama of 3. She enjoys playing with PhotoShop Elements, sewing & crafting, creating fun for family & friends, camping, and reading. She is the owner & operator of Custom Blog Designs.

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103 comments :

  1. Awesome tips! This newbie blogger thanks you, Diana! =) Wishing you all the best from The "Home Girl" Please stop by and visit my blog anytime! www.the-home-girl-blog.blogspot.com (See? I'm already following your advice...haha!) Thanks again! =D

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  2. Thank you the great tips!!

    Nonny
    www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

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  3. Great tips, I'd add catchy titles, sometimes the photos are a bit odd with a catchy title and I want to read it :)

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  4. Thanks for the tips Diana, I'm learning lots off you!

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  5. Loving all these tips :) Here I was feeling bad for linking up the same link to different parties for a week, but glad to know I'm doing it right, haha!

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  6. Diana, thank you for the tips! You are such a big help, it is nice to have a blog mentor.

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    1. Well it's my mission to make people better bloggers!

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  7. This is a great post - I am relatively new to social blogging and link parties but keen to get involved so these tips are awesome! I found this post via The Crafty Blog Stalker (http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2013/01/blog-stalking-thursday-76.html#comment-form). Come and say hi! :)

    Em :)

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  8. Wonderful tips, Diana! I'll be pinning this and some of your others to my Blog Board! Thanks for sharing your wonderful blogger wisdom with us!

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  9. Great post, Diana! {pity I am in SA - most parties start in the VERY early morning hours, SA time}

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    1. We all have a life and can't make it to each party early!!

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  10. All good tips, Diana. Clear photos are definitely a must, with appropriate text underneath.

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    1. Yes Pam. I've seen some GREAT posts with poor photos that don't get the attention they deserve!

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  11. A real blogger mentor, that's what you are! Thank you!

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  12. Great tips! Thank you!

    - Jocelyn @ jocelynandjason.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks for sharing these tips, Diana. Very helpful. Also thanks for visiting my blog Joyful Altitude, and leaving the comment. Nice of you to follow, and now I'm following you, too. :)

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  14. I really appreciate your last 2 tips. I run a meme and it drives me crazy when people just link up and never visit another link...especially since it's part of the rules of my linky.

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    1. I've figured out who a few of those people are on my Friday link party and I don't click their link and will not feature them!

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  15. Great tips! :) I love checking out what others do at link parties...and I found your link up next to mine at One Project Closer's party. Megan

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  16. Hey Diane, wanted to drop in and let you know you were featured at I Freakin Did it Friday

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    1. How exciting, Kelley! Thanks so much. I grabbed your button for the sidebar & this post!

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  17. Thank you, Diana, for another great round up of tips!

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  18. So awesome! Love your ideas, thanks for linking to Pinworthy Projects, and I think I just found another super awesome blog to follow!

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  19. So true! Great tips, thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
    Steph
    swtboutique.com

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  20. Great tips! I'm still learning about all this "linky" stuff!

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  21. Great tips! I would be happier if all link parties had the random order entry. I think it levels the playing field for people who can't link up early. It's so easy and just a click to change the order to "random". Why do you think more party hosts don't do that??

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    1. Danni, The reason why I don't randomize my posts is that I would have trouble keeping track. I never have the time to visit every post in one sitting. I have to break it up into various chunks of time and if they were random I would totally be confused. I've been hosting a weekly themed link up at BentoBlogNetwork.com for a long time and while the first several linked get more clicks, I have people vote for their favorite and the winner seems to be from all over the link up.

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  22. These are great tips! Thanks for linking up to Talkin’ About Thursday link party. I hope you will come back next week too!
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  23. Thanks for this! A bunch of tips here I never though about.

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  24. Great tips! We are new to the link party circuit so we need all the help we can get!
    Amy and Michaela
    www.makinglifewhimsical

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  25. Thanks for the tips. Starting a brand new link party over at http://snappeeturtle.com/blog on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd! Would love to have you join!

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  26. Great tips Diana! I'd love to feature this and your other blog articles on my new blogging blog SoYouWannaBeaBlogger.com with your permission!

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    1. That is fine with credit, Melissa. I also have my Blogger Tutor site, although I don't update that frequently and it's referenced in a few of my blogging tip posts. http://the-blogger-tutor.blogspot.com

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  27. The second tip is so true! I finally clicked on "Turn Off the Captcha" today! lol

    Fabrizia @ www.fabtwigs.com

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  28. More great tips for everyone Diana - thank you!!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  29. I saw your link on The Gunny Sack Link Party #72. This is very helpful information. I still have a lot to learn about link parties. My post is #109.

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    1. Thanks Reecea! I'll be sure to check it out!

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  30. You always have such awesome tips! Thank you for linking up to Party In Polka Dots!!


    Shelley

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  31. I love all the information that you give! It is a great reminder to more seasoned bloggers and a great for new bloggers!Thanks for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's

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  32. Great tips. I appreciate them. I am your newest follower and hope you will follow me back.
    http://www.countrifiedhicks.com
    http://www.facebook.com/countrifiedhicks

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  33. Thanks for the tips! I love it when bloggers are so willing to help those of us who are new at this!

    --Katie from {Simply Clean Living}
    http://simplycleanliving.blogspot.com

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  34. Great tips! Thanks for sharing at the Crafty Cowgirl Funday Sunday - can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  35. I found you over at Fluster Buster - as a new blogger these are really good tips - thanks for posting!
    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  36. Love these tips! Thank you for sharing them on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Hugs and Smiles,
    Robin

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  37. Thanks for the great tips! I need to be better at linking up early :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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    1. I'm pretty good most of the time with linking early, but sometimes I have an actual life. LOL!

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  38. Hi Diana! I'm a new blogger and like a sponge I like to absorb every bit of good info that will help me have a successful blog right from the start. This is a wonderful post for people like me! Thank You! I found you at the Fluster Buster party and now following you on FB from my personal account to make it count (Lizy) and also on GFC!

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  39. Great advice!! I've never hosted a Link party but I am always appreciative of those that do and do try to get around to all the participants. Now following! :-)

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    1. Thanks Charlene! I am committed to visiting all who link at my party, although I won't always comment if they have captcha (word verification) on!

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  40. Hi,
    We found you from the Six Sisters Blog Hop. You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    Thanks!
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

    http://thebusybhive.blogspot.com/

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  41. This is really great advice Diana. They are really true. I always really appreciate when I see people commenting on other posts. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

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    1. You are most welcome, Debi! Thanks for sharing each week!

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  42. Great tips! Link parties are so cool. I spend SO much time clicking around. I'd love to hear what you (and others!) have to say about HOW to link up. It takes me an hour to link up to six or eight parties - what process do you use to speed the process along? I'd like to spend more time clicking on other links than linking up my own....

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    1. Diva~ Have you read any of the other tutorials I have. I am able to click up quickly as I have a page that lists all the linkies I go to. It's the visiting that takes a while.

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  43. Great info, Diana! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken.Chick.com

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  44. Great tips Miss Diana!!

    Thanks so much for partying with me last week at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you share tomorrow evening!

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  45. Hey! This will be featured today on Smart School House for Whimsy Wednesday! Your feature and the new party will go live soon. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week! You are fabulous!

    Kelly from Smart School House
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SmartSchoolHouse
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/SmartSchoolHous

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  46. Great tips, Diana, and thank you. I've just started a link party on Tuesdays (here's the latest: http://housewifehowtos.com/link-party-2/how-to-tuesday-link-party/") and have been scratching my head trying to figure out how to get people to join. These tips will be very useful, I'm sure!

    Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

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    1. I have a better tutorial to help you grow your blog party!
      http://www.dianarambles.com/2011/11/how-to-host-successful-blog-meme.html
      Do you have a blog button?

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  47. Great tips! Thanks. I actually got here from a link on someone else's page when i was participating in a blog hop. but now I'm following you.http://kyoticrafts.blogspot.com/2013/02/theyre-here-baby-top-hats_1.html

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  48. These are such great tips Diana! Congrats on being featured so many times. You obviously know what you're talking about, and have great posts besides. Thanks for being so generous and sharing your knowledge with us. Have a great weekend!

    Debbie

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