Everybody loves a good party! Link parties are no exception. In my short time as a “linker-upper” and as a link party host, I’ve seen first hand just how amazing our virtual community of mommy bloggers is. Seriously, how awesome is it that we can sit in our living rooms (or in our coffee shop) and exchange encouragement, information, and ideas with folks we never would have met otherwise?
Joining a link party isn’t hard to do, but there are some general rules of etiquette that you should probably follow. Your blog hosts will appreciate it. 🙂
Etiquette Lesson #1 – Don’t submit duplicate content
Consider this: If you bring your amazing homemade yeast rolls to a potluck dinner one week, everyone will love them and be so glad you did. BUT, if you bring those same rolls the next week and the next…Well, no matter how yummy they were the 1st time around they’re going to be less impressive on week 2 or 3. Same thing with the posts that we link up. It’s important to share fresh posts each week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly fine to submit an older post (unless the party rules say otherwise), just make sure it’s “new” to the link party where you’re sharing.
Etiquette Lesson #2 – Submit relevant content
Just as you wouldn’t take a set of pots and pans as a gift for a baby shower or your famous homemade triple decker chocolate cake with cream cheese icing to a Weight Watchers meeting, you shouldn’t submit a homeschool post to a link up that specifically asks for recipes or marital encouragement. Your content, awesome though it may be, will be more appreciated in a relevant setting.
Etiquette Lesson #3 – Visit other links
Not visiting other links can be likened to attending a networking event, setting up a table with your business cards available for others to pick up, and then leaving. Or being “that friend” who comes to the coffee date and spends the whole time talking about herself without taking time to engage with the others. Not only is it kinda rude, you miss out on the opportunity to meet some really great people or, in our case, read some really great posts. A good rule of thumb is to visit at least the number of posts that you linked up. For example, if you share 2 posts then visit at least 2 other posts. Bonus points for leaving some comment love!
Etiquette Lesson #4 – Adhere to the rules
Take a minute and read the guidelines for each party and stick with those rules. They’re usually not cumbersome; mostly dealing with what type of content to submit, number of posts, etc. If you find that the rules are something that you’d rather not follow, then simply omit that particular party from your list of weekly link-ups. And if you accidentally “break” a rule (maybe link too many posts or link irrelevant content) send your host a quick email apologizing and letting her know that you understand that she may delete your post. I’ve done that a couple of times and the hosts were exceptionally understanding.
Etiquette Lesson #5 – Link back
Link parties aren’t terribly difficult to host, but they are time consuming. Linking back is a huge courtesy that you can offer your host that only takes a couple of minutes to do. Editing your post to link back to the host blog is as easy as grabbing the hosts’ “button” or typing “Shared with: blog name here” at the bottom of the post you share. Better yet, if you’re planning on linking up daily or in a bunch of places, create a page of your own with a link directory and add links to everyone there! It’s pageviews for you and links for them – a win-win!
If you need help learning how to do this contact us and we’ll be glad to give you some pointers.
Etiquette Lesson #6 – Follow your host(s)
Once again, this is a courtesy that only takes a moment, but goes a long way in saying “Thank you” to your host. Just choose 1 or 2 social media platforms and like or follow.
I’d love for my fellow link party-ers (guests and hosts alike) to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions!
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