15 August 2013

Grow Your Blog Networking Party!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I'm really excited to be one of the co-hosts for GYB Networking Party this week! Networking parties are such a great way to grow your blog and meet new friends - if you haven't co-hosted one, I highly recommend it!

Before we get to the party: this week is Slow Cooker Week and along with three other bloggers we are giving away a really useful Crock Pot! So be sure to click on the link and enter the giveaway over at CallMePMC!


If you haven't heard of the Grow Your Blog Networking Party, you're probably wondering what it is all about! In a nutshell, it's NETWORKING. Meeting new bloggers, finding new blogs to follow, growing your readership. You may ask - What does blog networking do for me? The number one benefit is that it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog.  

Do you have tips for networking? Leave a comment below! We may feature your idea at a future party!

Our wonderful hosts are: Paula from Call Me PMcDeb from Cooking on the Front Burner, Tanya from Lemons for Lulu, and Julie from This Gal Cooks. Every week, they also have four co-hosts join them. 

Interested in co-hosting? Just send an email to growyourblog(at)gmail(dot)com and they'll get you scheduled!

Now let's meet the hosts and co-hosts of this week's party!


Each week, along with the party, the hosts like to offer their collaborated suggestions on different ways of networking, as well as tips on growing your social media following.

This week's GYB Networking Party Featured Mentoring:
Link Parties!


Today we want to offer suggestions and tips for growing via link parties! We've broken this down for those of you who give parties and for those of you who attend parties!

For the host…

Set up your party!
  • First, subscribe to a link service such as Inlinkz or Linky Tools.
  • Set the code up each week within this service.
  • Write your post and include the HTML text.
  • Email it to co-hosts if you have any.

Suggestions for a successful link party.

  • Don't make the rules too complicated.
  • Have a theme, this will help set you apart from the other parties such as food, project, crafts or hop link up. But, if you are too specific, you won't have as many people link up or visit. I know this first hand. I host Saturday Dishes that has a specific theme each week. We've had bacon, corn, blueberries, and back to school to mention a few. I don't get near as many links as Marvelous Mondays does and I promote it just as much.
  • Have a party button and feature button, this will essentially be advertisement on other blogs
  • Have a consistent start time each week so regular followers know when to link up
  • Email and post on social media as soon as party starts to remind everyone of the party
  • Visit links and thank them for coming, this is important for growing your party and, in turn, growing your blog
  • Promote links via all social media, when linkers see you're promoting their posts and they receive traffic because of it, they are more likely to come back to your party and tell others about it.
  • Offer guest hosting spots to promote party and increase traffic
  • Feature inspiring posts each week from the last party or create a roundup and feature like shares

For the contributor...

Link to the party
  • Enter your post title
  • Enter the post URL, not your blog URL
  • Enter your email address, this isn't visible
  • Choose the best picture of your post as the thumbnail

Follow the rules

  • Follow the rules, if your host is going to take time to promote your post, the least you can do is follow the rules she's set for the party.
  • If it's a themed party, follow the theme and only post items related to that theme
  • Post only new content unless the party rules specifically state you can use older posts
  • Do not post content you shared before at the same party
  • The standing rule is to post only three posts from your blog, dont be greedy, allow others to have a spot
  • Follow the host via RSS so you'll receive notification when the party goes live
  • Link early, if possible, this allows for more visibility of your post.

It's just good manners! {Basic Etiquette}

  • Follow your host(s)/co-host(s)
  • Visit other links and blogs
  • Comment on blog, tell them how you found them
  • Leave a message when you follow a blog and tell them how you're following
  • Do not leave a message like this. "I followed you, here's my page, follow me back." No! Do you hear me? No! This is no way to get followers. You want followers who will read your blog, that you will interact with you, that you will become friends with. Comments like this will start you off on the wrong foot and possibly get you 'unliked'.
  • I know that likes from pages don't calculate in the total followers that show. Let people follow you how they want to for goodness sake. I interact with people a lot more from my page, Call Me PMc, than I do as my real-life Paula account. Why? Because I'm always on my page, not my personal account.
  • Now sometimes, even if someone leaves me a not so nice 'I followed you, now you follow me' message (btw, doesn't that sound like in grade school, 'I invited you to my party, now you have to invite me to your party'?) Ok, I've beat that horse enough. I will follow them, just because my page will show up on their timeline and possibly be seen by others. It's a free ad!

  • Follow and/or visit your hosts and co-hosts. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you stopped by!
  • Link up the main page of your blog, not an individual post. You may link up your individual posts to Marvelous Mondays.
  • Visit and follow other bloggers
  • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed (Email, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, etc)
  • Invite them to visit your blog. Leave the name of your blog in a comment. Please do not leave a link – Google is going to start viewing links as Spam and they will decrease page ranking of sites that are viewed to have a lot of Spam.
  • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog. USE THEIR NAME! A simple “I’m so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me.” just isn’t going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
  • Place our party graphic on your page. It’s not required but it would be a pretty rad thing to do. You can get the graphic by copying and pasting the GYB graphic located in the beginning of this post.



  1. Hi Kim, I want to thank you and the ladies for hosting these great GYB parties. I loved your recipe for the crock pot baked potatoes. I invite you to visit my blog My Silly Little Gang. I blog about the things I go through with my three boys. I share recipes, DIY, and reviews for products and places. I hope you visor and ley me know what you think.

    1. Thanks, Silvie - I'll be by to visit soon!! Glad you liked the potatoes!!


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