Saturday, August 20, 2011

How to Host a Blog Party

Due to the volume of questions I received, I'm reposting this. It was first published when I guest posted at Type A Decorating.

So you want to hold your very own linky party. Congratulations for reaching this milestone! But before you proceed, here's a word of caution. Blog party is not for the faint of heart. It's both time-consuming and rewarding at the same time.

How do you know when you're ready? Definitely it's not when you reach a high number of followers, and definitely not when you have a lot of posts published already. You are ready when you're willing to work hard to make your blog party a success.

Ok, you're willing to work hard and put in the hours required to make your blog party a success. The next crucial step is to identify your goal as to why you're holding a link party. Is it because you want to meet other excellent bloggers? Or is it to increase your audience to showcase your creative projects? Or is it to increase your followers? Once you've identified your goal, you now have a way of measuring your party's success. So what are the next steps after identifying your goal? This brings us to the following:

3 Things You Need Before Hosting Your Link Party

1) Have your party button ready. You can either make it yourself using free graphics and personalizing it using picnik.com, or you can hire somebody to make one for you. Plan well on how your party button will look like because it is your link party's brand.

2) Choose your link party tool. If you want to know vital stats such as how many views each linking post gets, then Inlinkz is the way to go. Inlinkz also offers free text link ups. If you want details on the reasons why Inlinkz as a link party tool totally rocks, please check out the post.

3) Invite, invite, invite. Remember that participants in your link party won't just magically appear - they have to be informed that you've got this awesome party that they'll benefit from. I've seen a lot of blog parties that died a slow death simply because no one came (or because the host just got burned out). You might think it's a shameful self-promotion when you invite others to join your party but remember that if it's for the good of many, then go for it. How do you invite them? Definitely visit each blog one by one and tell them. If you apply the etiquette in sending invites to your linky party, you'll have a high success rate of positive responses, and will eventually have higher number of party participants. You can also email the friends that you've made throughout your blogging career and 100% of the time, they'll support you.

Now that you've started your party, if you're just starting as a host, it's a good idea to respond to people asap and spend time visiting their linked project to thank them for joining your party. It's also important as a host to make your blog sociable, meaning, make commenting on your blog easier by turning off your word verification and being not a "no-reply blogger."

The whole point of the party is to have fun so just enjoy, relax, and learn creative ideas from your party guests. Occasionally, you'll get some critical emails cloaked as "suggestions for improvement" but don't let these deter you from enjoying the party. I started my first blog party in January this year, and I've enjoyed it ever since. Hope you'll have fun, too!

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16 comments:

  1. Great advice! I'm new to this blog world and really enjoy these blog parties! It's a great way to find all these creative people! I'd love to host a party in the future (when I'm ready). Thanks for the info!
    Kristen
    http://mycoveredbridge.blogspot.com/

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  2. Great ADVICE! Love it! Thanks a bunch for sharing!

    Angie
    www.littleinspiration.com

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  3. thank you so much for this helpful post! We just started our blog and have 60 followers and would like to have a party someday...Thank you, Julie

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  4. Thanks for sharing all those great tips, you know I'll need them soon!!

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  5. SJ,

    You are so awesome! Thanks for sharing these great tips! I will definitely remember to use all the great advice you have given to me. Not only in this post, but by allowing me to co-host with you last week. Thanks again for letting me do that. I really enjoyed having that experience!

    Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
    thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi,

    thanks for following me! I'm following you too now!


    Greetings Sofieke

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  7. Thanks for posting this, SJ! I was thinking about starting a party of my own literally 5 minutes before I saw your post! This will come in handy when I decide to take the plunge!

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  8. Thanks for these tips! I am planning to host a Month full of Sewing Skirts! yes 'Sew Skirts September'@ Adithis Amma Sews and am planning to have a linky party wherein all the participants can share their creations all through the month! This post really means a lot and is just right for timing!

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  9. Great advice!

    I've been invited by bloggers to post my tutorials on their new linky parties and I'd like to add something from that side of things...

    If your linky party is brand new, minimize the "rules" for linking up (i.e., follow my blog, post a badge on your site, be my friend on FB). I've often been deterred from wanting to link because, in my opinion, you need to "earn" the right to have free advertising on my blog!

    I want to keep the number of badges I display from overrunning my own blog. I think bloggers who are new to linky parties need to do the linky party for a few weeks/months and get a following and/or establish that they're going to follow through with it, and then I'd love to put their badge on my blog alongside the others.

    Just my opinion as a linky fan!

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  10. Hi SJ. Yes I think that from what I have seen it take a load of commitment when you host the party so you need to be ready. At the moment being a newby I am just having fun linking to all the parties and meeting other bloggers. i love posts like these though thta give technical info as well. Thanks so much!

    Veronica
    www.taselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  11. SJ..

    Thank you for being soo helpful..I'm a newbie here on b-world..and im really lost with all the technical stuff..
    i know i have to go a looong way..but truly appreciate ur heart for putting up a tutorial of thsi kind to help others..

    check out my blog..and do let me know what u think abt it.

    Blog hugs,
    Babita

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  12. This post is very helpful! I am in the planning stages of my first linky party, and this is some much needed advice. :)

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  13. Small bits of content which are explained in details, helps me understand the topic, thank you!

    Party Planner Los Angeles

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  14. I am so HAPPY, I found your helpful content! I've had a blog for well over a year and I work on it at least 8 hours a day. I've been so busy founding deals and bargains to post that I don't even know anything about blog parties. I want to learn all I can and I will use everything I learn from you to heart. Thank you once again, I LOVE learning new things so I am looking forward to learning all I can about Blog Parties. I'd really love to start one for my birthday which is Feb 3rd, but I think realistic that maybe a little too soon. Hopefully very soon, though.
    God Bless you and wishing you a very successful New Year!
    Laura

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