Friday, May 18, 2012

Tutorial - Joining Linky Parties

Happy Birthday Gail. Sent with love.
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Part 2 on Linking - Joining Linky Parties

How do you share your thrifty ideas?


Check my last post on How to add a link in your own post.

Question: Why would I want to join a linky party?

Answer: This is one way to show off your own post/blog, attract visitors and meet and read some great bloggers in your field of interest.

Question: Isn't that like bragging or showing off or just messing up my own post and providing free advertising for other bloggers? Plus, what's in it for me?

Answer: Sharing ideas, appreciating the work of others, joining in on an interest group, showing appreciation for the projects and ideas of others is part of the sharing/linking.


Assuming that you have written and published the post you want to link to parties you will have to do the following:

1. open the blog post you want to link with (ie) blog party address. I am using Debbiedoo's Newbie Party as an example. If you have under 100 followers or have been blogging six months or less this is a great party to join.

Here is her May 14th Newbie party address: http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/2012/05/vintage-candle-holders-brass-newbie-party-started.html and you would link it by:

hint: I often put all my Linking to: at the bottom of my post. That way if a reader isn't interested in seeing where you link up they can read your post and move on. If a reader wants to check out the blogs you link with it is convenient for them to click and read.

2. Type into your blog post: Debbiedoo's Newbie Party

3. Still in your blog post: Highlight Debbiedoo's Newbie Party

4. Click on Link


5. Paste (or type) Debbiedoo's http address into the Link to http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/2012/05/vintage-candle-holders-brass-newbie-party-started.html

6. Make sure the little box next to Open this link in a new window is checkmarked

7. Click on OK

8. Click on Update (this re-saves your post and publishes it with your new changes).

hint: learn how to copy and paste. On my computer Command C is copy and Command V is paste.


Now what? If you want to join more parties repeat the same process for each addition and when you are finished UPDATE your post.

Is that it?  NO. Now you have to do a kind of reverse. This time you copy the post title of your post that you were adding links to and THEN you have to link to each party you added to your post.

So, for example if your post title is Tutorial - Replacing Backing Paper and you copied the http address at the top of the screen you would have copied:

http://www.avintagegreen.com/2012/05/tutorial-replacing-backing-paper.html




What is next?
Well, you click on the blog post link you added to your post, FROM YOUR POST.
You will have to scroll down their blog post until you see Add your Link


Click on Add your link




There are several different looking link up views but they are all similar in function.
You would then click on Next Step.

This is where you click on Crop (the picture you want to show on their post).

You will now see the previous page 
but you will also see your picture with your title underneath. 

The linky page can also look like this (below). You fill in
1. Your post
2. Your title
3. Your email and your name
4. pick From Web and Crop - (see picture above)
Is that it?
No.

It is polite to make a kind comment on to your hostess/host (generally hostess) about their post, for example:

Thanks for hosting. I enjoyed looking at your features this week. I especially like the tulips and daffodils you showed in your garden. I am following your blog and have a link back on my blog so I remember to visit again.

Comments are written to match the post you just read. Maintaining a Linky Party takes time and it is polite to acknowledge the host of the party for their efforts with a 'thank you'.

Is that it? 
Yes, for that post. 

If you have linked more on your own blog you go back to your blog, click on the next link and repeat until you are finished. It takes time and you will find your own favourite blogs to link to.

Question: How do I keep track of blogs I want to link with? 

Answer: See my side bar, it is FULL of great link parties as well as great posts to read.

Question: This takes a long time, is it worth the trouble?


Answer: You will get faster at following the process and you will also become familiar with parities you want to join. Later on you will become very particular about matching your post to the theme or tone of the parties you link with. Its all a learning process.


Linking to:
The Thrifty Grove
Funky Junk Interiors
Her Library Adventures

8 comments:

  1. A very good post and tutorial Joy! Very informative and great for people wanting to link up to parties. Thank you for sharing this with us this week at TTF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Thank you so much for explaining this. I have never linked or partied and always wondered how it worked. I am going to come back to this later on if and when I decide to join im at a party.

    You are a great teacher!

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  3. Thanks Joy for becoming a follower on my blog and for this post. I think it will take me some time to learn to do this in a meaningful way. I will need to reference this post again for sure!!

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  4. This is such a great post, and informative. I wish I had this as a reference when I was first starting out. There are so many bloggers who would love this information! My fingers are crossed that you will share at Sunday's Best tonight.

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  5. Joy, Joy, Joy what a perfectly timely post for me. Thanks so much. I have had a little nose around and yours looks like a blog i want to hang around with. You have a new black and yellow follower.
    Thrift Bee x

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  6. Thanks for this tutorial Joy! I'm new to blogging & have been trying to join some linky parties. I can link on their site & on my post as you showed but some parties have a "button" they say to grab but I don't know how to do that. Can you help please? Thank you so much!

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  7. Joy, thank you for sharing your expertise. I'm fairly new to blogging, trying to get some traction, and was curious about the ins & outs of link parties. I've printed your instructions and will try to join some parties soon. Thanks again! judy

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  8. What a great tutorial Joy that I am sharing today! Thanks for your support and enjoying reading about your unusual finds!

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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