I previously wrote a post called The Busy Blogger’s Method to Effectively Participating in Linky Parties. Although I still stand by the steps that I included in that post, I have been using another method for several months. I enjoy participating in linky parties as well as hosting my own, Traffic Jam Weekend, every Thursday at 5:00 pm CST. It can be difficult to keep up with all of the etiquette that goes along with it, but the results are rewarding. Hubby has a saying about doing things a certain way, “It may not be the way, but it is a way.” Check out both posts and determine which way is best for you.
1. Focus on one linky party at a time.
Follow all of these steps for the first linky party that you visit before moving on to the second, third, etc. It is very easy to get distracted when you see a plethora of awesome thumbnails jumping out from your computer screen. Don’t leave a linky party before participating completely. You will forget to return to it.
2. Read any host rules listed and then link up your posts(s) accordingly.
Be respectful of any rules posted for participating in the linky party. Some parties are a free-for-all with no rules. Others may list restrictions for number of posts allowed or types of posts wanted. I have participated in parties that ask for family-friendly posts only, one post upload only, or no posts promoting giveaways or other linky parties.
3. Let the host(s) know that you were there.
Leave a comment for the host to thank them for hosting the party. If they embed a tweet in the post about the party, share it. Make sure their twitter handle is included, so they are notified.
4. Use Evernote to keep track of the parties that you link up to.
Are you an Evernote user? I use it to keep track of all of the craziness in my mind. You can use it to record the name of the parties that you link up to (no specific hyperlink necessary), the date that you linked up, and which post(s) you uploaded. The following week, you can refer to it and visit the latest editions of those parties to see if your previous week’s post(s) is/are featured. This tracking method can replace dozens of trackback links at the bottom of your posts.
5. Visit 2-3 posts from other bloggers.
This step is the main objective of linky parties. Read a few posts from other participants. Leave a genuine comment and/or share their post. By doing this at that moment, you are saving valuable time instead of deferring it.
6. Create a page that lists the linky parties that you frequently visit.
By listing the parties that you link up to often, you can provide a trackback for the bloggers’ sites. This benefits you, your readers, and linky party hosts. Keep your list updated to reflect current parties and eliminate broken links for former ones. Include when the parties begin and any specific rules you know about.
7. Link up to another party and repeat Steps 1-6.
How many linky parties do you participate in regularly?
Do you prefer my previous method or this one?
See ya later,