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Get FREE Blog Traffic with Linky Parties and Blog Hops!

Updated on March 15, 2013
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A Newbie Needs Followers

As a fledgling blogger it is always disappointing to see a lack of followers and comments on projects that you have poured your heart and soul into. Hub Pages (online site where you can post articles and make money via several outlets) has a very tight nit community of fellow bloggers who are supportive and action oriented...BUT what do you do on the outside?! Beyond the comforting reaches of Hub Pages, you are going it alone so how do you get started to build your traffic and your business?

Clearly if you are reading this, you must have another blogging outlet other than hub pages that you need to drive traffic to. You have your site up and running, you have the content there, have painstakingly designed and altered your site...and sit and wait for an audience. Since you are just starting out with your site, it seems silly to make the large investment into GoogleAdwords and Bing's version of traffic production. You are starting out ona new venture so keep your overhead low and don't worry...there are tons of FREE options for you!

If you have a little time to invest,

Try taking part in a Linky Party or Blog Hop!

What is a Linky Party or Blog Hop?

It is an amazing tool that connects bloggers. Think of it like a pot luck dinner. At this potluck, everyone meets at one location (the host's website) and everyone (bloggers) bring something to share (an article). See the picture at the side. This is an image from my blog hop. Some have hundreds of participants but this was my first try! I will take the 40 or so that I have so far, It started at midnight and is now noon.

How to get started

I started with Linky Tools but they only give you one month for free. I hear that there are other free services so I will be trying these and filling you in on how they work!

To Host: Simple sign up at linky tools. You will get your blog party posted in their directory for other bloggers to see as well as will be given a code to post to your site allowing entry to your party. Give your party a theme or task. 1 blogger today gave you a set of 5 questions that you were to answer on your own site and post a linkback to her site. LOVE IT! It kept visitors on her site for more time while they read questions...well played blogger lady! Now...visit all of the guest posts that you can,ideally as the host you should visit them all! Each post submission is presented on your page in the form of a link and thumbnail. Leave a valuable comment on the guests' site and link with them via pinterest, facebook, linkedin, email, twitter, google get the idea! You can solo host OR co-host with a fellow blogger.

To be a "guest" - find ongoing linky parties (and trust me there are at least 20 a day that I can find on just the linky directory alone without googling). On their post for the party, you will see a spot that shows other participants and then the phrase "you are next...CLICK HERE" there. From Here, you will post one of your blogs that pertains to the site or the challenge of the day. You will get hits from many other participants and comments from them as well! Visit other participant's sites, leave comments, and connect!

That sounds easy right? IT IS!

Here are tips on how to be in and Host a Successful Blog Hop!

  • Visit as many of the sites and parties that you can
  • Leave meaningful comments and invite them to your site. If you have an upcoming blog party- post it with your comment on other blogger's sites!
  • If you are hosting...have a GIVEAWAY! It really brings in the fellow bloggers
  • HOSTS should feature a few blogs that got high traffic or where especially awesome!
  • Have a "website button" available for guests to use to linkback to your site. Some hosts will require the linkback or they will delete your submission. EVIL
  • CONNECT with anyone and everyone that you can!
  • ONLY submit content that is relevant. If it is a "green" site- don't submit.."why I love burning down the forest"...bad idea!
  • If you find a blog that you can't relate to who is hosting...just go to their comments and explain the situation and invite them to join in your party. For instance, a lady was having a blog hop today about homeschooling her children and requested only posts relating to homeschooling..I have none but value the connection as I am doing it next year. I left a polite comment and asked that she join my linky party....she DID!

So those are just a few tips on a linky party! My website had 200 unique visitors yesterday during the blog hops. I will take 200 new visitors...wouldn't you?

Check out the Linky Parties and Blog Hops and let me know what you thought. It is so easy to do and really does produce great traffic. If you have had a successful party or hop previously...please share tips and tricks!


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    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      It is my pleasure Kathrn Stratford - thanks for reading! they are a blast and very makes me want to get a glue gun out! YIKES!

    • Kathryn Stratford profile image


      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Very interesting. I have seen Blog Hops going on. I have periodic e-mails from a couple of my subscription blogs that host them, but I have never actually checked them out. The Linky Party sounds interesting, too. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks victoriasheffield for reading! I plan to go more in depth as I learn how to best maximize on the experience!

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      So far...I haven't really dug into the Ebay parties BUT I may start one to see what happens. I have been able to get some of my ebay articles in them though. Some are vintage item inspired so that fits right in with what you do. It is free to start one so we should co-host one!

    • VictoriaSheffield profile image

      Author Victoria Sheffield 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      nice article!

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Great innovative ideas, Heather! Have you come across any eBay Linky Parties yet? (You just knew I was going to ask that, right?)

      I might just have to defibrillate my old blogs and link up with these cool interactions.

      Thanks for sharing this info, Heather!

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the share bake Like a Pro! if you decide to be a guest at just join in and post your link. It definitely helps inspire me to get busy and tackle projects...and that is something that I don't have the patience for! I was actually getting my sewing machine out! Epic fail!

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for reading careermommy and for bookmarking. It really isn't too much work at all to be a party of the party. It takes about half an hour to visit and comment on a few sites. Let me know how it works for you!

    • Bake Like a Pro profile image

      Bake Like a Pro 

      5 years ago

      OMG... every day something new is popping up on the internet and it's so hard to keep up. Great article mommymay. I will share it with others but I don't have the time nor the patience to try it myself :). Thank you.

    • Careermommy profile image

      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank you Mommyway for this insight. I need to sit down and spend concentrated time trying to increase visitors to my sight. This will be bookmarked for sure.

    • Mommymay profile imageAUTHOR

      Heather May 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      I am glad to hear that it wasn't just a fluke!! I am just getting started blog hopping and so far it is well worth the time! Thanks caseymel for reading!

    • caseymel profile image


      5 years ago from Indiana

      Great article! I have tried a few different frugal blog hops. I have a list of them on my site The Frugal Review. When I do blog hops, I see an increase in visitors and sometimes I even get a new follower from it.


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