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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Build A Beautiful Blog Week - How To Grow Your Blog With Link Parties

One excellent way to grow your blog and your readers is through NETWORKING because it really works! Even if you only do one of these memes you will see some improvement. It's a lot of work to do them all so a good plan is to try some of them out and see which ones you like the best or have the most success with. They all focus on different aspects of your blog so if you want to focus on Facebook one week, then do all the Facebook related parties.

If you know of any other link parties that help you network, please leave a comment so we can all check it out. Happy Hopping!

Facebook Like You Back

Hosted by Kelly's Lucky You, Coupon Mommy of 3 and Simply Stacie each Wednesday. Add your Facebook Page to the Linky and "like/fan" other Facebook Pages. This is an excellent way to build up your fan base! It really works!

Social Parade
Hosted by Smart and Trendy Moms every Wednesday and focuses on connecting with new people on your blog. Each week there will be a new way to get followers. For example, one week you will Follow through Google Friend Connect, the next week you will follow on Twitter, etc. You just need to do a short post on your blog about Social Parade and link up on Smart and Trendy Moms. Then blog hop and follow/fan/subscribe away!

Tag Tuesday

A game of Tag- bloggy style! Post your links to your Twitter, Facebook, Blog, etc to the group spreadsheet and then go through the spreadsheet visiting the other sites and saying simply "Tag! You're it!". I always follow everyone on the list too. Its hosted by Adventures of a Military Family of 8 and held every Tuesday.

Tweet It Out Tuesday
This meme is hosted by Empowering Mommy. All you need to do is leave a comment to whatever you want to get the word out about like a giveaway, review, sale, blog post, etc. Empowering Mommy will tweet it and Facebook it out for you. Before you leave, choose someone else's tweet from the list and return the favour by tweeting it out to your followers or Facebook it your friends/fans. I choose the post right before mine and tweet it out. If you are feeling really generous, tweet them all out and let the person know you did. They will likely return the favor and follow you back too!

PR Friendly Mom Bloggers List
Join this hop hosted by Mommy PR and meet other mom bloggers! Add your blog to the list and visit other blogs and tell them you are stopping by from the hop.
Follow and that you are now a follower and make sure to leave your link! Many will return the favour. There's usually over 800 blogs participating. Don't feel like you need to follow them all. Just do what you can and you will see results!

6 Degrees of Blogging
Now held monthly by Work, Wife, Mom...Life! You know the concept of 6 Degrees of Separation...well this is a play on that. Start by clicking on a button on your blog. Then on that blog, you click on another blog button and so on and once you get to the sixth blog, you do a small feature on that particular blog and let them know that you found them through 6 Degrees of Blogging! It's really fun and you can leave a comment on each blog you hop or just the sixth one.

Twitter Hop Thursday
Hosted by Simply Stacie, The King's Court IV, and Little Yaya's and Blessed, Review Retreat, and Moms Wear Your Tees every Thursday. Add your Twitter to the linky and then follow other people on the list. Either DM (Direct message) or @ them to let them know you found them through Twitter Hop Thursday.

The Saturday Network
Hosted by Books at Midnight each Saturday. All you need to do is leave a comment with a brief description of your blog with your link. Visit the blog in the comment before yours and leave them a comment. I usually will follow them too and let them know. They often will return the favor.

New Friend Friday

Hosted by The Girl Creative, this is similar to the Friday Follow. You add your main blog link to the linky and then you comment on the blog before yours and follow and leave your blog link. You can comment and follow on as many blogs as you like.

Hoosier Homemade - Making Your House a Home

Liz, at Hoosier Homemade, has a list of link parties in her footer. Take a look if you'd like to explore more!


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