Linky Parties: Get Maximum Results with Minimal Time

When I first started blogging, I quickly realized that as fun as it is to share my crafting projects, homeschooling resources, and general thoughts on life, it was MUCH MORE REWARDING on the days that I actually had engaged readers.

If you are a blogger or if you’re just thinking about starting a blog, you probably agree with me on this point but when you start out, HOW do you get readers?

Pinterest abounds with an infinite amount of posts on this very topic and many of them are extremely helpful. They cover everything from how to grow your social media followers to methods for gaining subscribers and the subject of this post: Linky Parties.

Get results from your linky party efforts!

How to Organize and Get the Most Out of Linky Parties

I am focusing on linky parties only in this post because they are extremely effective for the beginner blogger who doesn’t already have a large social media following (like myself). You can tailor your linky party strategy to find the exact kind of readers you want to visit your blog without paying for any kind of marketing. Read that: FREE.

So what is the drawback? Well…as with most things of value, they are going to cost you money, or they are going to cost you time. Most of us feel pretty limited on both. Since linky parties are a free method of promotion, as you can imagine, they can take a good amount of your time, but here is a little secret:

They don’t have to take up all your time in order to be effective.

I have been using linky parties as one of my primary methods of promotion for several months now and have discovered that all it takes is a little organization and a strategy.

So what is a linky party?

It’s a place on the web where you can go to link your blog post for all others who visit that site to see it. It is also a place to find other blog posts to read that interest you, and a place to network with other bloggers. Sound good? If it doesn’t, rethink blogging, because for a blogger, this is a goldmine.

When I first started using them, I just googled linky parties and started linking up everywhere. The problem was that each linky party had its own rules and guidelines. Each one required at least two or three comments on other linked blogs. Some required that you comment on the links directly before yours, others just wanted you to find some posts to comment on. Some prohibited linking up your giveaway posts, others allowed them. Some linky parties had a theme, others didn’t. By the time I finished linking a post or two and commenting for just a few linky parties, I was mentally wiped out. I was forgetting which parties I had linked to already and which I had made comments on. I was still getting a few readers and page hits from them, but it started to seem like the small number of readers I gained was not worth the time. It wasn’t. But now that I am organized, It SOOOO is.

Below I provide a few general tips for managing your linky parties. If you are ready to get organized and up your linky party game, go ahead and subscribe to my blog for some free tools to help you either get started, or get organized with the linky parties you already use.

Tips to maximize linky party benefits and minimize the time you have to spend on them:

  1. Find the right linky parties for YOU. There are so many. I am primarily a crafting and parenting blogger and I have found that there are some parties out there that just don’t provide me with that much traffic, because they are hosted by bloggers who are not parents or crafters. Some linky parties say that you can post any type of post, which is great, but if most of the party-goers have nothing in common with you, you will probably not gain much from posting there. Still, be willing to try any linky party once or twice, but keep an eye on your stats to see how many engaged readers actually came to you from that party. For instance, there is a linky party over at Sew Many Ways called the Sew Darn Crafty linky party. I NEVER MISS that party. Why? many of my posts are sewing posts. Sew Many Ways is a very well established sewing blog with loads of traffic – most of them are people who like what I like. I get a TON of traffic from that one party.
  2. Keep track of the posts you link and the comments you make as you make them. You will forget, especially if you are posting more than once a week. Nothing is more annoying than checking back to see if you have already posted a certain link and seeing that you did. What a time waster! You can subscribe to my blog to gain access to some organizing tools to help you with this. More on that at the end of this post.
  3. Follow all the hosts and co-hosts on social media. Many of them ask you to do this, some require it in order to be featured and some do not say anything about it, but you should do it regardless. Why? When they feature a post, they often post it to their social media accounts. You’ll want to know when that happens. Also (as I am learning as a new co-host at the #HomeMattersParty found HERE), it is a considerable amount of work to host a linky party which benefits many bloggers, so it’s just a good way to say thank you to those hosts who are helping to promote your blog.
  4. Make meaningful comments on other blogs that actually interest you. Don’t just do it because you have to. Many of these parties have hundreds of links. There are bound to be a few that strike your fancy. Let them know it the same way you would want someone to let you know they like your blog!
  5. Set a daily yet brief time limit for yourself to devote to linky party promotion each day. There comes a point where the time you spend will not be worth the amount of traffic a linky party is capable of providing. Only you can decide what that is for you but if you set your time limit and use your organizing tools, it will become a simple daily habit, like brushing your teeth. You’ll do it and be done and see the results.
  6. When you first link up to a party, write down: the name of the party, the URL, the general topic, any special notes or rules about it that you want to remember (if applicable), and the day of the week it goes live. (Again, my tools will help you keep track of these).
  7. Be sure to, at the time of your first post, put their button on your side bar (I prefer side bar to posting their button in the actual post you link, because then you only have to do this once and it stays up there for all to see). You can see on my side bar, I have the heading, “Where I party.” If they do not provide a button code, I simply copy the image URL and put it in my side bar with a link to the linky party page (have questions about this, just comment or contact me and I will help).

Okay, are you ready to start getting the most of out linky parties? Subscribe to my blog using the above email and name subscription form and you will receive access to two files:

  • For those who like to keep track of things in writing, not just digital format (ideal for those with paper blog planners already – this can simply be added to your planner): a printable page to use each time you sit down to your daily linky party scheduled time. It provides space for you to link up to three parties each day and keep track of all your info for the day.
  • For those who would rather just keep track on your computer: An excel file with a sheet for each day. The excel file starts you off with one or two linky parties filled in (these are linky parties I use and may not be the best for you depending on your blog’s subject matter but they are parties I LOVE and that have been the most effective for me).

For either of these organizers, make sure you actually indicate to which of your posts you linked (not JUST that you linked posts) and which blog posts you commented on. You will find it very helpful to have this information. Often times, I would comment on a blog post and then a month later it would show up at another party looking interesting yet vaguely familiar. You can go straight to your organizer in this case, to see if you should click through to comment or if you already did.

Many bloggers organize their linky parties by day and keep them listed in a linky party page on their blog, such as this one here at Confessions of a Ninja Mom. If you are new to linking up, this is a GREAT place to start to find parties you like.

I hope you find this and my organizing tools helpful. Blogging is a lot of work but I love how there is a huge community of bloggers out there willing to share tips, tricks, tools, and advice ALL THE TIME, and I am glad to be a part of that community. Feel free to contact me or comment if you have any questions about any of this.

Do you use linky parties as a blogger or a reader? How do you like them? Do you have a strategy for them?

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53 Comments on Linky Parties: Get Maximum Results with Minimal Time

    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 7:26 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Natasha! I’m glad you stopping by today and that you found it informative!

      Reply
  1. Elizabeth
    June 11, 2015 at 1:19 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow! Great ideas and organization. I’m not a blogger but I have explored a few links parties. I love finding so many interesting things to read.

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    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 7:28 AM (2 years ago)

      Elizabeth, as previously discussed, you SHOULD be a blogger!

      Reply
  2. Heidi
    June 11, 2015 at 4:29 AM (2 years ago)

    Awesome tips!! Thank you, I’m all about making my job easier!!

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    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 7:28 AM (2 years ago)

      Glad you liked them, Heidi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Reply
  3. Sheena
    June 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM (2 years ago)

    Yes, link parties can consume your day!! I actually recently did something very similar to this to help me maximize my time spent on link parties.
    Sheena recently posted…Angela Pamper SessionMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 9:40 AM (2 years ago)

      I think eventually you have to come up with a system as a blogger or you’ll just lose it! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Sheena!

      Reply
  4. Ashley Perez
    June 11, 2015 at 9:48 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips!

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    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Ashley! Good to see you here today!

      Reply
  5. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    June 12, 2015 at 7:23 AM (2 years ago)

    I don’t blog full time (because I am a lawyer in real life), but I have a few parties that I scheduled (like Home Matters). Even those few links increase traffic, but it’s even more important to me that I find things that I enjoy reading there.

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    • notimefordiy
      June 12, 2015 at 7:26 AM (2 years ago)

      You are so right, Kristy. It would be really hard to spend the time I do on linky parties if the subject matter in the other posts was not something I wanted to read. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

      Reply
  6. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    June 12, 2015 at 8:20 AM (2 years ago)

    I have a notebook set aside just to keep track of what I have linked to where. It can be hard to keep up with
    jeremy@thirstydaddy recently posted…25 QuestionsMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 12, 2015 at 9:04 AM (2 years ago)

      Yes, I am ashamed to admit how long it took me to finally settle on an easy and efficient way to keep track my link ups and comments. It does make a huge difference to have a system in place. Thanks so much for visiting and for your comment!

      Reply
  7. Julie
    June 12, 2015 at 10:29 AM (2 years ago)

    This is a great idea! I have a hard time remembering whether I linked up or not, so I can see this type of printable and spreadsheet helping people out. I’d like to see such a file on Google Drive since I’m all over the place on which device I’m using at a given time heh.
    Julie recently posted…Gratitude and Goals June 12, 2015 #GratitudeGoalsMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 12, 2015 at 10:34 AM (2 years ago)

      Hi Julie! Thanks for your comment! Hmmm…had been sharing it with subscribers on Onedrive. I’ll have to see about getting it up on Google Drive as well. Thanks for visiting!

      Reply
    • notimefordiy
      June 12, 2015 at 8:27 PM (2 years ago)

      Yes, and commenting can be really fun, too! I am a bit of an introvert by nature and it’s like I get to have all these great conversations without the part that drains my energy. I can drop in and out and interact with people at my comfort level, which is great. Thanks for visiting! I have been loving our party!

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  8. Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai
    June 12, 2015 at 9:02 PM (2 years ago)

    These are great tips! Linky Parties do take time, but they are so worth while. I love meeting new blogger friends and seeing what everyone is doing–so many great ideas. I love hosting the #HomeMattersParty and you are an awesome part of the team! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai
    Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai recently posted…Home Matters Linky Party #41My Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 14, 2015 at 12:02 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Lorelai! I have been having a blast co-hosting and checking out all these great blogs that are out there! You really have built up an awesome party!

      Reply
  9. Charissa
    June 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the linky party tips. I have been documenting which post I have shared on which party and when, however, documenting the comments you make on other posts is a great idea.
    Charissa recently posted…PsoleMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Charissa! Definitely document your comments – at least how many you made if not where they were made. It’s good to be able to see if there is a correlation between your commenting and the activity on your own blog (there usually is for me). Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  10. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    June 15, 2015 at 12:35 PM (2 years ago)

    This is a great post with tons of fantastic info! Thanks so much for being a co-host at the #HomeMattersParty – we LOVE having you!

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    • notimefordiy
      June 15, 2015 at 8:14 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Kristen! I’m glad you liked the post and of course loving the party!

      Reply
  11. Brandyn
    June 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! I love doing blog hops and linky parties, but it can definitely be time consuming if you’re not on top of it!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!
    Brandyn recently posted…Mommy Meetup Mondays Week #27My Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 15, 2015 at 8:16 PM (2 years ago)

      It’s true, Melissa! I am inspired by so many of the posts I come across when I am “mingling.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      Reply
  12. Danielle
    June 16, 2015 at 10:23 AM (2 years ago)

    What great tips! I’m just getting my feet wet in the link parties so this was super helpful for me. #TwinklyTuesday
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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 10:37 AM (2 years ago)

      So glad it was helpful, Danielle! Linky parties can be a lot of fun and they’re great for your blog. Have fun linking up!

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  13. Candy
    June 17, 2015 at 8:34 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! I would be lost without Google calendar to help me keep parties straight. I usually add a text link back into the individual posts instead of putting a button on the sidebar as mine’s pretty full, but either way, as you mentioned, it is important that we link back. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us at our weekly Coffee & Conversation party. :)
    ~Candy
    Candy recently posted…Coffee and Conversation Link Party #46My Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 10:49 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Candy! I can definitely see that. At some point your side bar can probably get pretty crowded! I have seen others also just put a link in their post to a page where they keep all their party links, which also seems like it would make sense once you have a TON of them. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome! They do take time but they are so good for growing your blog and they really can be fun! Thanks for visiting and for your comment!

      Reply
  14. Rebecca
    June 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM (2 years ago)

    Great post, Nicole to maximize our Linkie experience. I’ll use your hints in the future. Thanks for sharing. Cheers !!
    Rebecca recently posted…The Dish on Linky Parties !!!My Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Rebecca! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      Reply
  15. Jenny @ Unremarkable Files
    June 17, 2015 at 1:01 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips! I found linky parties the very best way to actually get some people besides my mom to read my blog in the beginning! It was well worth the investment. I don’t have as much time to spend at them now and put a lot of that energy into other blogging facets now that I’m gaining traction, but I still participate in my old favorites from time to time.
    #mondayformoms
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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 6:56 PM (2 years ago)

      You’re right, Jenny! I imagine that will be the case as my blog grows. I have only been blogging a few months so they are still a huge part of how I get myself out there but I have already started to notice that I have narrowed them down to my favorites and link more regularly at those now, rather than linking up to a bunch randomly. I would love to read a post from you on “life after linky parties” LOL! Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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  16. Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    June 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM (2 years ago)

    Linky parties DO take time!! Especially if you’re hosting!

    These are great tips — sadly — many people are happy to link up but rarely bother to comment on other bloggers posts which is really unfair and defeats the object! We’ve started to block those bloggers now so it’s fair for the people that *do* bother to play nicely. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again next week! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk
    Caro | The Twinkles Mama recently posted…Home Etc #5 — Home and Garden Inspired Blog HopMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM (2 years ago)

      Absolutely, Caro. The point is to share – which means GIVE and RECEIVE! As a “linker” that does comment I appreciate that you as a host are concerned about that. I think it is yours that asks to comment on the one before you if I am correct. I actually think that is a great idea because it means that even a WAY beginner blogger who might not know the drill when it comes to catchy titles or what kind of images work best will still get some exposure and meet another blogger through that party. Good to hear from you today and thank you for hosting your party!

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  17. Amy
    June 17, 2015 at 4:13 PM (2 years ago)

    Great list. I remember when I first started blogging, I had no idea what a link party was! This list will be super helpful for new bloggers. Thanks for sharing #ConfessionsLinkUp
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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 7:06 PM (2 years ago)

      I know, Amy! I found out about them when I came across a post written by a mom who was giving her readers a look into a “day in the life” of a blogger and she talked about joining a few linky parties in the morning. So of course I immediately got on Google and searched “linky parties” to find out what on earth she was talking about! I wish I could remember which post that was now – I would give her a shout out! LOL Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  18. Danielle
    June 17, 2015 at 7:57 PM (2 years ago)

    I love the ideas you put forth in this post to participate in link parties!!! I really want my readers to know about this too! I want to share this in my weekly series called “Roll Out The Red Carpet Thursday” – I share bloggers’ amazing posts that I’ve found during the week. I hope that’ ok! Have a great night!
    Danielle recently posted…7 Ways a Mother’s Discontentment Affects the HomeMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM (2 years ago)

      Absolutely, Danielle! I’m glad you liked it! Go ahead and share away! And thank you for visiting and commenting!

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  19. Leandra
    June 18, 2015 at 2:18 AM (2 years ago)

    Great advice. I’ve just joined lots of linky’s and am trying to work out which to stick with, this is a really helpful post! #twinklytuesday

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    • notimefordiy
      June 18, 2015 at 6:59 AM (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad it’s helpful, Leandra! It took me a few weeks of linking up before I was able to tell which ones were working the best for me. Thank you for your comment!

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  20. Sheryl
    June 18, 2015 at 1:38 PM (2 years ago)

    I too am with Leandra I’m enjoying “meeting” new people including you by linking and visiting other blogs but realize I’ll want to pair down to the ones that are best fit for me. Thanks for sharing your resources.
    Sheryl recently posted…Cherished RecipesMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 18, 2015 at 1:45 PM (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome, Sheryl! I think the pairing down happens naturally, too, as you start to investigate other avenues of exposure. I got a ton of traffic when craftgossip picked up one of my tutorials and as that started to die down I amped back up the linky parties to boost it back up again. That’s what I like about them – they are there when you need them, fun to be a part of, and then you can calm it down on weeks that you need to focus elsewhere. Thanks for your comment! Nice to “meet” you!

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  21. Natasha in Oz
    June 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM (2 years ago)

    This is a great post! I agree with everything you have said and I know that my blog wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for all the linky parties I have joined over the years.

    I’ve hosted a few over the years and after a break am back blogging and ready to start a new party. If you are free on Saturday evenings (USA time) or Sunday mornings (Down Under time!) I’d be thrilled if you could link up to Sundays Down Under! There are no rules and I welcome all family-friendly posts.

    Thanks again for the post-I’m pinning it right now!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    • notimefordiy
      June 18, 2015 at 7:58 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Natasha! I’ll head on over and check it out this weekend. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  22. Jules Ruud
    June 21, 2015 at 5:59 PM (2 years ago)

    I have been thinking about starting my own link party on top of co-hosting this one. These tips are great and will definitely come in handy. Thank you for sharing this at #MommyMeetUpMondays.
    Jules Ruud recently posted…What I Love About Joel As a DadMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 22, 2015 at 9:08 PM (2 years ago)

      Glad they will be helpful! Thanks for coming by and reading!

      Reply
  23. Bonnie Lyn Smith
    June 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM (2 years ago)

    LOVE this! Sharing with my blogging groups! I am so excited that I already do all of these things…great to check myself against to make sure I’m being efficient. Blessings!
    Bonnie Lyn Smith recently posted…A Father’s Love: Defender and ServantMy Profile

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    • notimefordiy
      June 24, 2015 at 3:12 PM (2 years ago)

      Yay,Bonnie! Thank you for sharing with friends and so glad you are already doing these things. I think it may have taken me a little too long to figure out and start implementing some of them myself. Thanks for visiting!

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