Last week, I quietly celebrated 6 months blogging here at Live Well Play Together. If you’ve been around here, you know that I started blogging back in 2012 personally and then took a long hiatus before feeling inspired to return and get back into things. Thus, this space was born. So much has changed since I started blogging and to say that there has been quite a learning curve since hopping back into the game is no exaggeration. But, I have so enjoyed myself with this new space.
There are about a thousand things to do in order to create a great quality post and even more to do after that to get people to read it. You might remember a few months ago, when I shared my Top 10 Tips for New Bloggers post with my top pieces of advice for bloggers just starting out. If you missed that post, go there right now in a new tab. It’s good. I still stand by all of those tips.
Today, I want to talk about something a little different, but still blog related. We’re going off our regularly scheduled lifestyle programming because I want to share with you some of the ways that I’ve been growing this space of mine. My hope with this post is to give you resources that you can use to bring in traffic to your blog and meet other bloggers that might share your interests.
How to Grow Your Blog with Link Parties
You’ve probably heard of a thousand ways to grow your blog and increase your traffic. That’s because there really are a ton of ways. One thing is for sure though, if you want to get your blog out there, you will have to do a lot of promotion in the beginning. Some of my favorite tools for this are joining and participating in Facebook groups, getting to know other bloggers, being active on social media, becoming a pro at Pinterest (still working on this one), and joining up with other bloggers for weekly link parties.
I could write a post on each of these things separately and I might just do that eventually, but today we’re focusing on Link Parties. Deal? Deal.
What is a Link Party?
Link parties and blog hops can be excellent tools for sharing your blog content, connecting with other bloggers, and finding inspiration and ideas. They are simple and fun – a great resource to all bloggers but especially to new bloggers who are trying to get their content out to a wider audience.
How Does a Link Party Work?
Each link party has a different theme and rules. Some are specifically for crafts and DIY projects, others for fashion, and others are more of a free-for-all. Either way, the process is really simple. You just swing by the host’s site, find the button that allows you to link up and post your link! Be sure to give some love to your hosts and stop by a few other links to spread the love. After all that is the point of a party, right?
Where Can You Find Link Parties to Join?
A quick search on Pinterest will actually lead you to a lot of really great link parties. Another way is to check out where your favorite bloggers are linking up. Many bloggers post this at the bottom of each post or in a separate page on their blog. In fact, that’s exactly what I’ve been working on to share with you all today.
I’ve spent the last few weeks, going through old posts and some of my favorite bloggers lists and I’ve compiled a list of over 140 link parties that you can add to your list. I’ve broken the list into two categories: Crafts/DIY/Lifestyle/Recipes and Fashion/Style. I think there’s something in there for everyone no matter what your niche is.
I’ve also listed each party by days of the week so you should have no trouble finding a party or parties to link to each day.
I’ve also added this list as a permanent page on the blog so you can easily bookmark it and reference it to make it simple. (See right at the top of the page?)
I’m always looking for new parties to add to the list so if you host a party and don’t see it listed, or if there is a party that you love, please be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Do you enjoy these blogging tips posts? Let me know if you’d like to see more of these in the future and I can see what we can do. I think we’ve all got something to learn from one another.
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