I was asked many times at Creative Estates if I thought Linky Parties were worth it. What I heard over and over was the frustration and thoughts of quitting their own linky parties because of people not “following the rules”. Or, that it is a hassle to add buttons or text links to the actual post they were linking to parties they were participating in.
I view Linky parties as a “Scratch my back, scratch your back” situation for both the blog author (me) and the linker (you). Some blog authors/owners are hoping to gain in traffic, or want their blog link/button placed as a thank you…….to improve their own exposure and SEO. Or both. In chatting with others, it confirmed my belief that people link to parties to increase visits to their blog. (Scratch my back, scratch yours)
When it becomes a one way street, blog authors are dropping their link parties like flies. They feel used. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t considered dropping Get Your Craft On. No it’s not a threat…..no no no.
The bottom line is Get Your Craft On needs to benefit MY blog as much as the linker. When it isn’t, I will drop it. My traffic is actually better when I have a feature, but dang……..it would be SO worth it for me if everyone added a simple text link back to TCB. Should we work together? Then everyone’s happy.
My Rules (that all the other blog linky party authors agreed with)
1. Link to your actual post
2. Link your OWN project. Something YOU made.
3. Link back- by doing so, it like saying Thank you for allowing me access to your readers. (party pages are not that successful for the blog author)
4. Don’t use linky parties to promote your giveaway, etsy shop or current promotion.
You can copy my button and link it back to TCB or you can just link a text link. Don’t know how? Let me know. I’ll help you.
Let’s get scratching!