Blogger Tip Tuesday is back this week and we’re talking about something I think many of you may be interested in! I wanted to share a few tips on how to host a successful link up. This post is an update of a post I wrote earlier this year. As many of you know, I started a Friday Five linkup awhile ago. When I first started, it was just me and few other folks would link up from time to time. After a few weeks, I thought that the linkup would have much more success if I included a couple others to help me host. I sought co-hosts and the DC Trifecta was born! After months of hosting our the Friday Five, I thought I’d share some tips for those of you who are just starting your own linkups (which is so awesome!) and those of you who are already working out how to host a linkup:
- Choose your title and cohosts with care! I didn’t actually do the first part of this. I came up with Friday Five randomly and just ran with it. It’s worked out well for us, but I probably should’ve spent more time thinking about the topic. Luckily, y’all love the Friday Five and we’ve been able to do a lot with the theme. The second part of this is super important. Having cohosts that have audiences that are a little bit different than yours is a great way to get all cohosts some new readers. Mar and Cynthia have been awesome cohosts and we love doing the Friday Five together. Choose your partners carefully!
- Share your topic proactively. This is something we try hard to do each week. Each of us has a static page that list that week’s theme and links to previous Friday Five topics. You can see what I mean about the page here, here (Mar’s page) and here (Cynthia’s page). In addition to our pages, we all tweet and announce the theme on facebook regularly.
- Give your linkup folks some love. The three of us (Cynthia, Mar and I) try to visit each blog that links up with us. Now that we regularly have 50 or more blogs linking up, it sometimes takes me a full week — but we’re still committed to doing that. This is part of growing a community – and that’s really what my goal was with starting a linkup. I have made some great friends through our linkup and I know others have as well.
- Don’t be afraid to make rules. Inevitably you are going to have folks who aren’t interested in building community. They will drop their link in your linkup and not comment on anyone’s blog, not linkup the proper post (most likely they will just put in a link to their blog, not even a post) and you will be annoyed. Rightfully so. However, if you haven’t taken the time to set out rules, then that was your bad. We now clearly articulate the right way to linkup with us on the Friday Five. And for those who don’t play nicely? We don’t hesitate to delete a link. Actually, first we give folks the benefit of the doubt and send an email asking them to please follow the linkup rules. After repeated violations, though…we will (and have, more than once) delete a link. Don’t be afraid to do that.
- Be patient. Seriously. Don’t expect to have 50 blogs overnight. It has taken months for our linkup to grow to what it is now. But as we’ve grown as bloggers, the linkup has grown and so will yours. Keep at it and keep publicizing it and making a commitment to visit each person who visits your linkup and soon you will wonder why you didn’t do this linkup thing sooner. 🙂
Are you hosting a linkup? Leave a link to it in the comments so we can all check it out!