I am by no means an expert when it comes to hosting a Linky Party. However, I have hosted many birthday, super bowl and holiday parties over the years. A party’s a party, whether it be a birthday party or a Linky party. To host any type of successful party there are a few simple guidelines that need to be followed.
- Do you have a theme? Choose a catchy name and theme.
- What kind of posts are you going to allow? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, other linky parties, etc.
- How often will you host the party? Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly.
- When will the party start? When will it end?
- Do you have any requirements for attendance? Follow your blog, add a link to your party, view other party links, etc.
- Design the layout of you party post. Keep it simple! To much information leads people to link and run. You want them to stay a while and view the other posts.
- Create a party button with coding that contains your party’s name and when it starts. Having the coding with the button allows other bloggers to easily display your button on their blog. Hip Chick has an easy to follow tutorial so you can create your own button and coding.
- Send invitations to people on your email list or by visiting other blogs.
- Send invitations whenever you start a new party.
- Make sure the invitations are specific – When it starts. When it ends. Where it is. What they can link.
- Offer incentives to your guests so that they will want to come back for the next party.
- Feature the link with the most views on next weeks party.
- Pin, tweet or share your favorites links.
- Notify the lucky guests by email, this will make them want to come to your next party.
- Create a special button that your featured bloggers can display on their blog.
- Thank your guests by visiting their linked post and leaving a comment.
- If your party gets to big to visit each link be sure to send a thank you note via email.
- Be consistent! If you host a weekly party be sure to start it on the same day and time every week. Being inconsistent is a sure way to have people lose interest in your party. They have better things to do than to keep checking your blog to see if the party started yet.
- Request that your guests post your party link on the post that they are linking to or their side bar. This will help with both yours and their SEO (search engine optimization) ranking. Party pages don’t get as much traffic as the actual linked post does so it doesn’t really help yours or their SEO ranking.
- Do your best to view all of the links, especially if you have run into a creative dry spell. There is a lot of inspiration that can be found in those links.
- Have fun – that’s what party’s are for.