Ginger Snap Crafts: how to hold a stress-free, fun & successful link party {blogging tips}

how to hold a stress-free, fun & successful link party {blogging tips}

This week marks my 2 year blog birthday! I can’t believe it! I still feel like I’m so new to this blogging thing & half the time don’t even feel like a blogger! ha! I’ve got some fun things planned for this week so I hope you’ll follow along! Tonight we are going to have a huge {wow me} wednesday party with over 40 other bloggers co-hosting!! It’s going to be ah-mazing! #biggestlinkpartyever. (See it even has it’s own hashtag! ha!) So make sure you stop by tonight to link up your latest & greatest.

On Thursday I’ll have two huge feature post from last week’s party & this week’s party. My co-host will also be featuring some of their favorites on facebook, twitter, pinterest &/or on their own blogs. So you’ll want to check that out. Annnd on Friday I’ll have an awesome giveaway that I’m sure all you crafty ladies will want to enter! ;)

I absolutely love blogging, and I feel so blessed with all the amazing bloggers I’ve met, opportunities that have come my way & how much my blog has grown over the past 2 years. I love sharing my own projects on my blog, and I love featuring all of YOU just as much or even more. When I look back over the past two years I feel that my link party has been one of the biggest things that has helped my blog grow, introduced me to many of you & allowed me to feature YOU. Sometimes I think link parties get a bad rap around blogland…some say that there are too many, too much work & too time consuming. Buuut I’m here to tell you that you can hold a stress-free, fun & successful link party! Here’s how! :)

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1. Stick to a schedule.

You know I LOVE a schedule! ;) With link parties it so helpful to have a set time & place!  Almost from the beginning my party has always started at 7 pm central time on Tuesday nights. When you are consistent bloggers will know when to link up & come back regularly.

Schedule your post in advance. If you noticed my link party pretty much says the same thing each week.  I have a link party outline saved as a draft & simply copy & paste most of my post each week & then add a new link party code.  You can even preschedule a whole month at once if you wanted. My link party post usually takes under 30 minutes to get written & scheduled. Not much time at all compared to a tutorial or sponsored post!

2. Have reasonable expectations.

I’ve heard some bloggers say they gave up their link parties because visiting each link was just too time consuming. Ummmm…yes, that would be! Even at my first party I didn’t visit each link, and now with 500+ link ups each week that would be impossible! Just remember bloggers are coming to be seen by other bloggers & for the opportunity to be featured on your blog.  They are not linking up to get a comment from you! It’s OK if you can’t visit everyone! I do visit around 15-25 links each week, & I always leave a comment on those that I feature. Hopefully eventually I’ll get around to everyone just not all in the same week! :)

Also have reasonable expectations about the number of links.  Sometimes it’s takes a while to get the momentum going but if you enjoy your party & stick with it it will grow! :)

3. Let your party work for you!

Let your party work for you not the other way around!  My party actually gives me a whole day off from blogging! Don’t get me wrong I love blogging (almost too much). ha! Buuut sometimes I need a break.  Once my party goes live on Tuesday night I can pretty much take all of Wednesday off.  If you notice I hardly ever have a post go live on Wednesdays. I don’t even have to turn on my computer on that day if I don’t want to! Wahoo!

4. Team up!

If you don’t feel you have the time or energy to go in alone or if your party needs a little boost consider teaming up with a few other bloggers & hosting a joint link party. You can share responsibilities & your readers get even more exposure!  So it’s a win-win! :)

5. Enjoy yourself!

I LOVE my link party!  It’s truly a highlight of my week. I enjoy seeing what you are up to each week, & I love your sweet comments & support. On the other hand if you are holding a link party & not enjoying it don’t feel like you have to keep it up. Your readers will understand. You do not have to hold a link party to be successful & grow. Do what is best for you! Blogging should be fun & as stress free as possible! :)

Now just for fun here are the links from my first link party!! I’m happy to say that some of the ladies are still linking up today & have become great friends! I’ll even get to meet a few of them at Snap in a few weeks! Eek! :)

Here’s a few more of my blogging tip posts you can check out! :)

how to grow your blog

How to Grow Your Blog

thank you

Featuring Others & Being Featured

bloggy boot camp

10 Things I Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp

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This  post were created for Ginger Snap Crafts by Ginger Bowie.


  1. Thanks for the info Ginger. Hopefully all will go well tonight on my end (especially since i will be in a meeting until about 9pm! lol). Happy Birthday to you!

  2. Cute! I didn't know our blogs were the same age :). How fun! I have to say, you are in my top three favorite bloggers for sure. I LOVE your site! Thanks for sharing so much on here. XOXO!

  3. Happy Blogiversarry! I was out to work also, but I scheduled the post to be up on the exact time as you suggested. Hope everything went well!

  4. Wow Ginger, your kind words give a lot of hope. See, I used to get overwhelmed often about how much work a blog means and how hard it is to get to be notice at this newbie stage, but I realized that in the moment I let it go and started really enjoying, linking up, getting inspired by other amazing blogger, following them people started to come to me. That was really great!

    I'm still a newbie hahaha but I'm really enjoying this blogging world, it is becoming MY world and day by day I have more and more ideas and projects, it's so cool!. This post means a lot because I've been thinking about starting my own link party but I must confess I get a little shy and scared. Now It's kind of clearer and I might start planning (I love planning) this new project!!!

    Thank you so much Ginger you have given me so much confidence and and excitement about this and you have been very kind, hope to get to meet you some day!!!

    Can;t wait to party begins!!!!


  5. Thank you ladies so much! :)

  6. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! That is a lot of work:) I love your site:) I have yet to host a link party, but this info was very helpful if I ever do decide to do so. Thanks for sharing and have a great evening!


  7. This was a good one for me to read. Thanks for the tips. Maybe one day I will get some followers. lol

  8. great timing! thank you so much for this post. i used your tips to create my first gratitude link party- Thankful Thursday.

  9. Hi Ginger,

    What suggestions do you have to encourage guests to follow the rules such as visiting at least 3 other blogs and leaving a comment, using the linky tool on their page so others can link-up via their blog, adding the blog button to their side bar..



  10. I don't really have a good answer for this one! I do list the "party rules" at each of my link parties, and I really hope other's follow them, but I don't double check or make sure they do. I wouldn't go on a rant on my blog about rule breakers or leave comments on their post if they haven't linked back to me. I think that's a big turn off to other bloggers. I know when I link up to parties I always try & follow their guidelines. So hopefully others are doing the same for me. :)


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