Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Unwritten Link Party Rules

Link Parties. Apparently a blogger's dream. If you do it right. And they come with such cute buttons!

Please note that all my parties are organized by when they go live. 

This is why, for example, you see all these Wednesday parties listed under Tuesday. I have found that they go live on Tuesday evening. This makes it so much easier for me when I'm linking up. On Tuesday morning, I open up all the Tuesday parties, and then check them throughout the day until they go live. Then I can close everything at the end of the day and know I caught them all.

If you want to see how I keep track of my parties and which ones I've joined, check out my Link Party Tracking Sheet.

Monday

Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home 10308754_10203781373763465_7536899127074402936_n faithfilledparenting.com

Tuesday

party in your pjs Savvy Southern Style

Wednesday


No Minimalist Here Weekly Blog Link Up Party-Treasure Hunt Thursday- From My Front Porch To Yours

Share Your Cup

Thursday

This Is How We Roll Thursdays A Kreative Whim Photobucket Olives-n-Okra

Feathered Nest Friday

Friday

Snippets of Inspiration Embracing Change

Saturday


The Girl Creative Fun Money Mom
Saturday Sharefest

Sunday


Craft-o-maniac This Makes That How To Get Organized At Home Mummy Do It
Celebrate Your Story

When I wrote this, I was a brand new blogger. I just want to make that clear from the beginning. So all of these thoughts and ramblings are my own, based on what I read and experienced in the first few weeks of blogging.

Before I even wrote my first post, I was researching the internet on how to have a successful blog, and I found these things called "linkies." They are a great way to promote your blog and get the word out that you have something worth reading.

So after a couple weeks of writing silly little at home posts, I finished my first original blog post. In my case, it was my Christmas Card List. I was pretty proud of it and very nervous about putting it out on the web, but I knew I had to try it.

When you join a link party, they will often have a set of rules. Something like:
  1. Link to a specific post
  2. Don't include link parties or givaways
  3. Link back to the party via a text link or button
  4. Visit at least 2 other blogs and comment (and tell them the party you came from)
  5. Joining the party gives the host permission to feature your post
These are the basics, and they vary a little (or some parties have no rules), but stay pretty close to the same. But after my first weekend attempting to join a link party, I have put together my own set of rules.

Beginners Link Party Rules (and things you must know)

  1. Know what time the party starts and post as early as possible. This can be hard to figure out for some, but others make it easy (even including it in their button).
  2. While some parties ask that you not repost something from a previous party, it seems that linking multiple posts to a single party is totally fine.
  3. Linking up to multiple parties, visiting the other linked posts, and leaving comments, can easily turn into a full time job. I understand a bit better now why people say you spend as much time promoting your blog as you do writing it.
I'm sure this list of mine will evolve over time, and perhaps some link party veterans will correct me on my observations. Maybe I'll get good at this someday. :)

7 comments:

  1. I found the tips for your Christmas card list really helpful (and a great reminder that I need to get moving on mine)! This link party post is also great and please feel free to join Share The Wealth Sunday, a link party that my blogger friends and I throw every Saturday night starting at 7pm. Hope to see you there!
    xoxo
    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm still working on getting my cards ready, but I figured we could all use an early start! And thanks for the tip on your link party, I've already joined!

      Megan

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  2. Hey...I'm a VA and I do linky parties for other bloggers. Let me know if you'd like me to start adding you to my party list.

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    1. Yes, please add me to the list! I'd love to join other linky parties. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Congrats on jumping into this crazy world of blogging! Hope you will be a regular visitor at our Best of the Weekend Link party!

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    1. I'm clearly still figuring it all out, but thank you so much for visiting and for making your blog party an easy way for us all to connect!

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