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Monday, May 18, 2015

What You Should Know About Linky Parties

Some of the benefits of a Linky Party may include increased traffic to your blog, building new blog relationships, finding what works and what doesn't work, and exposure to a larger audience and also different audiences.

What is a Linky Party?

A Linky Party is a new creative way to link up your blog with other websites. Usually there is a host that will let you know the days of the Linky Party. I have seen Linky Parties that are available 7 days a week. This makes it more convenient for you to pick days that fit into your schedule. Each day and week there will be different topics available to choose from. You just need to find the right one for you and your niche. I have seen video Linky Parties and Linky Parties that you will just add your blog to the link.


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Requirements

Requirements may vary from each blog host. There are some hosts that require you to follow them on Pinterest and may suggest you post their button to your blogsite. I have seen some blogs that suggest you only pin 5 links per week in order to allow others to have chances of pinning. Then there are other parties that encourage you to pin and add links as much as you want.

How Many Linky Parties?

 
Now according to Crystal Van Tassel at "How to Grow Your Blog with Linky Parties & Learn to Blog," she suggests linking up with about 4 circles within your nitch.  So far I have found several that I link up with; Live it Up at the Healthy, Happy, Green &  Natural Blog Hop is one that I have linked with and I love their new Pin-it Pinterest Linky Parties. I just love pinning. Since I am somewhat of a health buff I like this blog hop. It encourages emotional health for families as well as physical health. I also get to interact with many other bloggers. You can also share to Facebook or even Tweet about it. The pin it Linky Parties are usually once a week.  I have found that there are a vast majority of pins that I find interesting and that I have pinned to on Pinterest. In fact, I found so many good pins it was difficult for me to stop pinning.

The Life of Faith Mommy Moments is another Linky Party that I like. Here you will see various categories to link to such as faith, food, social media, and much more. The Life of Faith Linky parties are very encouraging and uplifting links.

Downfalls of the Linky Party

Unfortunately, there will be those that do not follow the rules of the host. Some will only add their links and not repin any other links, which is a very selfish act. When there are requirements to add the button to your blog, there will be those that fail to do so. Then there is also the possibility that your blog pin may not get repinned, but instead one of your other boards may get repinned. Finally, when there are 7 and 8 hosts hosting a Linky Party the majority of their personal posts may get more attention than your one or 5 blog links. So all of this is important to consider when joining a Linky Party.



Pinterest Pin-It Linky Party

 
This Linky party is different in that you pin a pin from the Linky Party to your Pinterest site to link as oppose to adding your actual blog link. I really like this one so far much better, because I am a visual person and I also love Pinterest. Urban Naturale is also at Pinterest. So you can Pin as much as you like there also.



I am having fun with the Linky Parties. So remember to have fun and learn a few things along your journey. What Linky Parties are you going to?

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10 comments:

  1. I absolutely love blog hops and linky parties! But you're so right — for all the people that abide by the rules, there are always a handful that don't bother to comment on other peoples posts or don't add the badge. We've started being really ruthless and blocking or deleting people that don't!! It's much fairer on everyone else that does!! :) Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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  2. I love link parties! I have found so many bloggers that I love reading just by clicking through some posts (like you!). Thank you for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday link party! :)

    Holly @ www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  3. Hi Betty,
    I love to participate in relevant linky parties so I glad that you focused on the benefits and best practices. I also appreciate the fact that you mentioned the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I have made lots of wonderful friends and connections from linky and Pin parties and I cherish them. Thank you for sharing this valuable post with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing! Thank you so much for your support!

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  4. I love link parties, I have met so many incredible bloggers. In fact, I found this post from one, great tips!

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  5. I am so thankful that I learned about linky parties pretty much at the start of my "blogging career". I have made so many meaningful friendships and the Lord has used the content to minister to me in an area that I needed at just the right time.

    Thanks for taking the time to highlight the benefits of link-up parties. :-)

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    1. Thanks karen. I have made great friendships too.

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