Thank you for joining another Blogging Basics! Today Anne and I are discussing link-ups.
In my opinion, link-ups are the best way to get exposure for your blog without spending a dime. I met some of my closest blog friends after co-hosting a weekly link-up with The Grits Blog. Other bloggers visited my blog, said hello, and the rest is history. My page views increased immediately and I made lots of new friends. Link-ups are prompts or themes hosted by a blog or bloggers and you are encouraged to add your post link to the mix (if it meets the theme’s criteria). It’s great exposure for the host and for you.
How to Join:
When I first started, I had no clue how to join link-ups; it seemed like such a daunting task. Where to start?
There are hundreds of link-up options: recipes, beauty, crafting, DIY, life, you name it! Once you find a party you want to join, see if there’s a corresponding button. Joining a link-up is great exposure for you but you shouldn’t just dump your link and leave: it’s a lot of work to run a link-up, and they only work if there’s promotion from both sides.
How to add a button to your post (I did NOT know how to do this for months):
Many hosts will include the code below their button for easy copying and pasting. Copy the HTML and paste it into your post. In Blogger, go to the “HTML” section and paste code, then click back to the “Compose” section. You should now see the button!
Copy and past code in WordPress as follows:
I usually paste the code at the end of my post, but that’s your discretion. When complete, click the “Visual” header and your button should appear.
How to Add Your Link:
Each linkup will have some variation of the following. For my example, I used the linky tool from Anne’s Awesome Linkup:
Click the “Add Your Link” button and follow the prompts:
You will want a thumbnail image (see above) that grabs the audience’s attention and can choose an image from your blog, upload it from your computer (or phone), or insert an image URL. Again, not everyone uses InLinkz, but each tool will be similar.
Link-up parties I know:
Selfishly, I must first mention our Beautiful Mess link-up. We host it every other Monday and create a prompt for each session. Our idea behind it was to showcase some realness behind the blog and to provide a fun Monday topic. Our next linkup is September 21stand our prompt is “Your Biggest Pinterest Fails.” I can’t wait to see the responses and hope you’ll join us!
Grateful Heart Monday from Ember Grey: weekly. No prompts, simply show your gratitude for something happening in your life.
Weekending from Biana at B Loved Boston: a weekend recap linkup- how fun (and easy)?
Monday Madness from A Cute Angle: Anything goes here!
The Awesome Linkup from Love the Here and Now: The first Tuesday of every month. It’s an opportunity to discuss all the great things happening in your life, and I think it’s the perfect way to start a new month!
Recipe Swap by Green Fashionista and Martinis and Bikinis: Share your favorite recipes and come away with some new dishes to try!
The Makeup Mix-up with Making Mrs. M and Miranda Writes: I’ve yet to join but this is right up any beauty lover’s alley!
Friday seems to be a huge link party day, probably because by the end of the week we’re all exhausted and want to write about random things. Just me?
Oh Hey, Friday: Share five things- a list, five recipes, five things you bought over the month.
Five on Friday: Self-explanatory. Share any five things!
High Five for Friday: Similar format as the aforementioned group- link up with five things that made your week!
This Week’s Faves/Blogger Love with All the Joys: Share love of your favorite blog posts and products from the week!
I know there are some I missed, but there’s a link-up topic out there for everyone. What are your favorite link-ups? What did you wish you knew about link-ups when you started blogging?
Make sure to check out Anne’s post!