Link Party Features – What’s the Big Deal?

Link parties have been around forever and I credit them with getting my blog off the ground and being seen by more than just my sister and her teacher friends. When it comes to link party features – what’s the big deal?

In case you’re a non-blogger, a link party is when a blog that usually has a good amount of traffic hosts an event in which other bloggers are invited to post a link to a blog post they would like featured.

Are Link Parties A Thing of the Past?

Side note:  Many of my sister’s friends now serve my most requested recipe, Mocha Punch, to their family and friends. It tastes better than a Starbucks frap.  (Shoutout to Melinda and friends in Colorado)

Back to the link parties:  I have my favorite link parties that I attend every week, some parties I attend occasionally and some have, well, fallen by the wayside. I mean, let’s face it, they’re everywhere!

I’m currently sharing hosting duties at 2 different parties.  I’ve been a host of the Pretty Pintastic Party (opens every Friday morning at 3 AM EST)  for over a year and I’m practically a brand new host at the DIY Sunday Showcase (opens every Saturday at 6:00 PM EST).  The link-ups for the Pretty Pintastic Party are usually around 350+ and every single post gets pinned.  The DIY Sunday Showcase consistently has 500 or more.  We welcome all types of posts, so stop by sometimes.  (Shameless Plug)

I choose features on a rotation schedule at the Pretty party and I get to pick a favorite every week at the DIY Sunday Showcase.

What’s the big deal about being featured on link parties?

When you’re featured at a link party, you go from being one tiny picture in a sea of 100’s to being the big fish with the big photo to match.  You’re also seen on every host’s blog, pinned to Pinterest and shared on social media sites.  Often times, that means more traffic to your blog. That’s your ultimate goal, right?

I’ve been featured several times and have been the most clicked a few times.  I’m happy to say that I did receive some traffic every single time.

You may be reading this and thinking, “I never get featured at link parties.”  So I decided to be completely transparent and share the way I choose features. Believe it or not, I take it seriously.

 3 things I look for:

1.  Excellent Photos

No matter how intriguing a post is, if the pics are bad, I’m passing.  Big, bright photos are a must.

When I’m choosing features, I scroll through the entire link-up, sometimes more than once.  I don’t just look at the front page.  I have actually picked the last link-up on the last page.

2. Catchy Titles 

Catchy titles demand attention. Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with an unforgettable title.  Here’s one of my favorite articles on the subject:  5 Easy Tricks to Write Catchy Headlines.

3.  Interesting, Relatable Post

I don’t add every single one of my posts to link parties.  They just don’t mesh.  So always ask yourself if what you’re about to post fits in with the niche.

Most people are looking for articles that will teach them something new, help them with a problem, offer travel advice or give them a new craft, recipe, makeup tip or fashion item to try.

I have to tell this story of what happened to me once:  I linked up one of my craft posts to a link party. Later that day I received a short, blunt and to-the-point email telling me that my post had been deleted and the link-up was for recipes only.  Really?  For a moment I thought I was going to be hauled off to Link-Attica.  When I was linking up, I had somehow overlooked the fact that it was a recipe ONLY link-up.  And somehow I think that it could have been handled very differently.  Did I ever head back over and link up anything else?  That’s a big, fat NO.

On the other hand, I once received a nice little comment from someone who had accidentally linked up the same post 2 weeks in a row at the Pretty Pintastic Party.  They apologized profusely.  I said, “Don’t worry about it. It’s fine.”  I’m not the link-up cop and the world didn’t suddenly stop spinning.

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Some bloggers have love/hate or hate/hate relationship with link parties.  What’s your thoughts?  Are they a do or a don’t?

What about non-bloggers, do you visit link parties?  Why or why not?

 

 

 

 

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I used to link up all the time, but honestly, now it takes more time and effort than it’s worth. I think too many people jumped on the bandwagon and I almost never get traffic from link parties – even if I am featured.

  2. I almost spilled out my wine in laughter Alli with Link-Attica! I think we all have done things like that! Heck, I have even called people by the wrong names because I was multi-tasting when I was on the phone! Hope you are now laughing with me! Bloggers, and especially those who host parties…they just understand! 🙂

  3. Link parties are like a double edged sword. It just you don’t know whether you’d hit the jackpot and get a lot of traffic or, get drowned out by bigger and better blog posts. My thoughts? Just do what you feel is more comfortable for you – and never sacrifice content.

  4. This is such great information. I wasn’t sure about doing link parties. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  5. I used to join link parties, too, but I had to stop because of lack of time. I love it because I get to see many great posts.

  6. I am sort of in the middle on this one. It can give great traffic, but it does take work to get people to come to your site to add their link and keep it updated all the time. I have done them in the past, but lately I have not.

  7. I enjoy linking up when I have the time to really browse other’s posts and give it the time it deserves. I also enjoy getting to know new bloggers and finding new favourites.

  8. Link parties are good, if your posts are good. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. If you don’t take the time to edit your posts properly, then there is no sense in wasting your time in a link party. Your post will basically get ignored.

  9. They do have a time commitment, but I’ve grown my blog quite a bit and met some great bloggers thanks to link parties.

  10. I used to do linkies all the time. I haven’t done one in forever, though.

  11. I’m actually co-hosting a link party this month .It is a lot of work, but I’m pretty new, and am trying to increase my traffic. My party is the #HomeMattersParty if you want to check it out .

    • Home Matters Party is one of my favorites and hosted by my dear blogger friend, Lorelei! Love that party – happy co-hosting! I link up every week! 🙂

  12. Great post! The great thing about parties these days is the hosts are combined so it’s like entering a lot of them but they are condensed into one. When I first started blogging I was hitting everyone I could find to get my blog out there. I made a lot of friends and following from doing them. I only link up these days when I have 2-3 items to share. Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my Blog Tips & Tricks Pin Board & tomorrow on my Fb page! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!
    Best,
    Kim

  13. I was just wondering the same thing, yesterday! I am an artist and am always trying to drive views to my art. I also enjoy home stuff, so every now and then (as in, about 4 times a year) I have a creative DIY that I share. I just posted a Dorm Room Headboard tutorial this week and tried to link to a few parties and they are no longer existent! Perhaps if I linked and blogged more, the linking would be profitable/beneficial.?

  14. I so agree with the 3 things you look for in a blog post. Those are my top 3 as well. I use to participate in the odd link party, but I too found them time consuming.

  15. Well, I’ve hosted one linky and co-hosted many. I think they’re fun! But they’re definitely not for everyone.

  16. I have done a couple link parties but don’t usually find them to be super beneficial so I’ve stopped doing it!

    xo Bree
    http://bree-west.com

  17. Okay I am the only one who’s never heard of Link parties? Thanks for introducing this to me. I think it is a very cool idea to have Link parties. It might not be for everyone, but I wouldn’t mind at all be a part of one.

  18. I have always been on the fence when it comes to link up parties. They seem like a lot of work and I don’t really get any traffic. Maybe I’ll give it a chance using your ideas

  19. I am trying to get my blog off the ground so I link up all of my posts to at least one link party. I have some link parties that I like more than others and some hosts that I like more than others. It is quite clear which hosts are hosting link parties because they are trying to boost the popularity of their website and which hosts actually take the time to read the blog posts of those who link up. Similarly, I try to read some blog posts when I link up to a link party but I have, on occasion, been guilty of linking and running – sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I would like to be able to blog without linking up to link parties to get a few readers. That’s a long way off so I’ll be linking up for a while now. Thanks for this post.

  20. As a blogger this post help me so much! Thanks for the great tips 😀

  21. I believe there are pros and cons to link parties. While a blog may get exposure and growth, it is also very time consuming to comment on so many blogs and even to link up your own stuff on many sites.

  22. They do work, but I don’t have the time so I pay someone. She is great!!

  23. I am a new blogger and still can’t figure out the whole linky party process. Seems like so much work for efforts I am not convinced pay off. Thanks for education though.

  24. I think link parties are still a thing, they just aren’t really my thing. If they are more creative/craft driven then I’m more likely to check them out.

  25. I think linky parties are a wonderful tool. I do feel as though they aren’t always ran for the right reasons (more for self-exposure) but there are awesome ones like those mentioned above.

  26. I’ve always been a blogger since I heard about link parties, but I think being featured is definitely the key to more exposure.

  27. I haven’t participated in any link parties. But it sounds like fun to gain some traffic.

  28. I have found link parties (both hosting them and attending them) to be highly valuable as a blogger. First, you make some great connections. Next, you do get new followers and fans plus blog traffic. And, lastly, features can do wonders for a blog’s stats. I remember one time I began to get some sizable traffic from a site that I hardly knew. When I tracked it down, I found that I had been featured in a roundup. Granted. it wasn’t a blog party but the results were the same. I was featured and suddenly I was gaining 100 new views a DAY for that post. What a blessing.

    Hosting a party is a lot of work but I have continued to host mine because it helps me and so many others. We have 16 cohosts now. The exposure has done wonders for us all. In fact you, dear lady, have been one of my frequent guests for which I have been so very grateful.
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

  29. To me link parties have a purpose in that if someone wants to see a variety of a similar thing (let’s say fashion outfits) what an excellent way to organize that!

  30. Never participated in a link party and not sure that I would have the time to. Guess my blog will have to grow without that boost. 🙁

  31. I like them when they surround recipes, crafts or themes. I don’t like them for just hello hops anymore.

  32. wow, this is a great idea.. i never heard of this before. Maybe i should try to do this to increase my traffic

  33. The only one I have ever really participated in faithfully since my blog’s inception in 2009 is the Wordless Wednesday Link Up. I always find it fun to see everyone’s photos for the week. But they can get time consuming so I do just the one, and it’s not always weekly. Some months I can only visit once or twice, and when I am traveling I have to skip it. I like them in theory but linky hops and reciprocal boards can take up a lot of time so I have to use them judiciously. Your stories hit home however, some people take them just a little to seriously. On Wednesdays, I don’t even use an official linky widget, if someone wants to leave a comment with the link to their Wordless Wednesday as long as it’s NOT a giveaway I am super laid back about it, I don’t post giveaways on anyone’s WW so I just ask they don’t do that to me. I try to leave WW as a non-sponsored fun with photos thing. I will admit the recipe linky hops I avoid because I don’t get on until late at night and those hops always make me crave a late night snack! LOL 🙂

  34. I think link up parties have a placing in the blogging community. I need to participate in a few parties to try and help grow my readership.

  35. Elizabeth O. says

    It helps the blogging community get a better audience. Although, it’s also our responsibility to put good posts out there.

  36. I used to link up with so many parties and met winderful people. That changed though when I started joining facebook groups.

  37. CourtneyLynne says

    Ahhhh when I first started blogging, linky parties were everywhere, so when you did find one and linked up, it was great! These days I feel like everyone has a linkup and half the time it’s pointless to take the time to link because you won’t get the traffic. So I very rarely link these days.

  38. Rebecca Swenor says

    This is a great post about the link parties. I do think link parties are great for everyone and do think you are right about it mattering how they are presented. Link parties are great because you have a variety of links in one spot to choose from and you don’t have to keep looking when everything is there in one spot. Thanks for sharing.

  39. I used to join a lot of link parties when I was just starting and I agree, it definitely boost my traffic, not to mention, I met a lot of bloggers that I’ve become friends with because of it. It was fun!

  40. A catchy title draws me in. I should work on that more for my blog posts, because right now, I really don’t (yeeikes).

  41. I haven’t done a link party yet but I’m intrigued. Will have to check one out. Maybe a recipe only one. LOL

  42. We used to do link parties on our blog. We dont anymore but maybe we should. I can see there are more benefits to doing them then not!!

  43. I have a hard time keeping track of all the linky parties out there but I do still attend some of them. The right ones can bring in some good traffic so that’s a really great benefit.

  44. I love Link Parties. I have a few that I link up to every week. I have also been featured on a few in the past too.

  45. I did one link party and I thought it was SUCH a great idea, I just more people would have read it. The question asked was “What advice would you give to your younger self”? I had a great post but unfortunately nobody really read it. It kind of soured me on the whole linky party thing. Now I just keep my head down and try to churn out great content and hope that people will eventually catch on and read my blog regularly.

  46. I love link parties. I have such a good time joining them and meeting new people. Problem is, I am the worst about remembering to link up from day to day.

  47. Link parties, if done well, will do great things for bloggers :). Hopefully we can come up with a much better way to do it.

  48. Great that you can do this and involve others! I don’t think it would fit in with what i do (Social Media & List Building coach) 🙁

  49. I know for some niches Link parties are popular. I used to host one and then it died out.

  50. I thought they were a thing of the past, but clearly they aren’t since they seem to still be quite popular. I believe it’s a wonderful way to help boost traffic and connect with other bloggers.

  51. I have a VA do my link parties. It’s worth paying to stay relevant and a part of so many link ups!

  52. I love link parties! I have a VA handle mine for me but I always visit and check out other bloggers work!

  53. I like some link parties and I host a new on on Monday’s. I think the whole thing about your post being deleted could have been handled better to. Apparently she did think she was the link-up police 🙂

  54. Hi Alli – thanks for the great post – I am new to Link parties and was not sure what to do at first, not sure how to put the badge in my HTML – all of it. Maybe I am just not joining the right ones, I don’t know – I put a lot of time in the past couple of days and only received one comment so far. This post gives me something to think about – thanks again.

    Carlyn in Tampa, FL 🙂

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