Use a Blog Carnival to Boost Your Blog`s Traffic

Is your blog not getting as much traffic as you’d like it to? Before you start paying money to improve the situation, you might want to consider a blog carnival. It’s an excellent, free way to get your posts in front of more eyes — and it could win you more links and more loyal followers. Intrigued? Keep reading.

Are you trying to find ways to promote your blog? You have registered your blog on search engines, such as Google and Yahoo. You have also established partnerships with other websites where you’ve exchanged links with each other. There has been some moderate success, but not as much as you anticipated.

Search engine optimization firms have contacted you, promising they can increase your blog’s traffic. You’ve hired one of these firms, and paid a lot of money for its services. However, it has not helped your blog grow.

There is some good news. Why not consider using a blog carnival? One of the major reasons you should sign up with a blog carnival is that it is free. If done correctly, this can be an effective marketing tool to help boost your blog’s traffic and number of backlinks.

Bloggers, hosts, and other readers will see your post. If it is a good and interesting post, people will then want to come your blog or possibly link back to your blog from theirs.

Blog carnivals have been around for a while. Their origins go back to Carnival of the Vanities. The Silflay Hraka blog introduced this tool in September, 2002.

Read on to learn more about blog carnivals and how they can boost your blog’s presence. You may also want to create your own blog carnival if you cannot find an existing one on the Internet. This article will provide tips to get you started and explain how to promote your carnival. Then after you’ve got it up and running, you must learn how to manage your blog carnival. This article will show you how to make sure you run it smoothly.

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A blog carnival consists of a group of blog posts which is focused on a certain theme. You can think of a blog carnival as being somewhat similar to a magazine. It has both a title and topic. Like a magazine, the blog carnival has editors and contributors who help to operate it. Finally, it must have an audience who will read the content.

The blog carnival’s organizer is the one that starts this event. It comes up with the theme, decides what the submission criteria will be, and then solicits for blog submissions that are based on this theme. The blog submissions, or carnival posts, are permalinks to these blogs, which can provide some decent traffic back to the blog, or at the very least provide an all-important backlink back to the original article.

The organizer collects these blog carnival posts, edits and comments on them. The organizer then publishes these posts on the its blog carnival. Carnivals usually have a home page.

The organizer is also the person who usually schedules guest bloggers to moderate or host each edition. As a result, the blog carnival travels around, popping up on different blogs each time. Blog carnivals are generally published weekly or monthly, and they cover a wide range of topics, so you should not have a problem finding one that relates to your blog.

There is another step to promoting the blog carnival. Groups of bloggers, edition hosts, and readers will visit these particular carnivals. These people, particularly bloggers, will contribute by posting their comments on the carnivals. One thing to keep in mind is that these bloggers tend to be gurus on the topic.

The host then edits and annotates these posts. Readers will read these posts, and if they find them interesting, they will click on the link and come to your blog. Keep in mind, the moderator provides your link and also provides a favorable review or description (sometimes) about your post.

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As previously stated, you should use blog carnivals if you want to get people to visit your blog and read your posts (which is the general idea behind running a blog!). Blog carnivals not only enable you to submit your articles, but they will give you a wider exposure to readers.

Blog carnivals can be great marketing tools if you know what to do. One of the first things you want to do is find the carnivals that focus on the topics that interest you. You can find a list of carnivals by visiting Blog Carnival . You can also perform a Google or Yahoo search and find the blog carnival’s home page, learn who the host is, and then submit your posts. However, this is a more time-consuming process, which is why you should definitely consider using a service such as Blog Carnival that is already established and many blog owners already use.

Just like magazines, make sure you read and understand what the blog carnival’s submission guidelines are. Before you submit your post, ask yourself, “is this one that readers will want to read?” You will want to submit your best one. You will also want to submit your post well ahead of the deadline. This will give the carnival host plenty of time to edit, approve, and (sometimes) comment on it. To make it easy for the host who gets approximately 50 entries , include a description of what your post is about.

After your post has been published, you may choose to provide a link back to the carnival on your blog. Just think of this as a way of expressing your gratitude for the carnival publishing your post. Some hosts require this step, while others don’t enforce it.

Another advantage to using blog carnivals is that they take part in SEO (search engine optimization). That way, every blog carnival that you participate in gives you a direct link to one of your posts. So voila!, another backlink to help boost your blog in the SERPs and also to get a few direct visitors from the link itself.

Perhaps you want to be a host. You can attract a lot of attention this way because, as you can see, blog carnivals lure a large amount of visitors. If you become a host, you will want to promote your blog, telling people what it’s about. You can use social sites, such as StumbleUpon, Digg, Mixx, etc., and have each blog carnival participant vote for the carnival on whatever social site you choose to market it. For instance, if you choose to market the carnival on Mixx, and you have a total of 50 entries in your carnival, tell all 50 blog owners to vote for it on Mixx. This would give you a minimum of 50 votes on Mixx, which would definitely get you on the front page!

How to be a blog carnival participant

You’ve decided that you want to participate in a blog carnival. The first thing you want to do is locate the blog carnival’s home page. Then, you will want to contact its owner and get your name on the list, and the process varies depending upon the blog carnival site.

Make sure to only submit your best posts to any blog carnival. Often, blog carnival hosts will stop accepting your submissions if the quality isn’t up to par. Plus, you’ll get much more traffic to your blog if you submit your best stuff. Overall, it’s just the better way to go. I’ve used blog carnivals to promote one of my personal blogs, , and I’ve never been turned down by a carnival host that I’ve submitted to…The reason?…I only submit posts that showcase my best stuff.

Stick to your deadlines. If the blog carnival is supposed to be published tomorrow or next week, make sure you get your post submitted asap before the deadline. If you fail to follow through, the blog carnival’s owner will likely not publish it. To promote the blog carnival, you can use social sites, as previously mentioned, or promote it on your blog.

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Perhaps you want to start your own blog carnival. You have a certain topic that you want to discuss, and it’s not on the Blog Carnival. Perform a Google search just to be sure there’s no existing carnival on your topic. If there isn’t one, then start your own. Here are some tips you will want to follow.

Take the time to develop your carnival. Come up with a plan for how you will operate your carnival. For example, will you be publishing new materials weekly or monthly? After you’ve decided on your topic, it’s time to solicit for post submissions. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get a lot of them. It takes time. Just try to get a few, and build up from there.

Your next step is to submit your carnival to Blog Carnival. Since this the leading website on blog carnivals, word will get around in the community fast, so it’s a relatively easy transition.

Promote your carnival even more by networking with other bloggers that will likely read your content. You can build these relationships by asking the bloggers to submit posts. After you’ve built up some relationships, you’ll may even want to go as far as asking them if they want to host future editions.

Be patient with your carnival’s growth. Just as in anything, it will take time to build a following.

Managing your carnival

Just as it is with websites, managing carnivals can be time-consuming and tedious. Here are some tips you’ll want to consider using. Take advantage of Blog Carnival’s features, such as monitoring past and future hosts, creating deadlines, and promoting your carnival. Sign up for a Google email account so that you can connect it to Blog Carnival.

After your post has been published, post an announcement on your blog. It is also important to understand what your audience thinks of your carnival. Ask readers for their feedback. Consider implementing some of their ideas so you can improve your carnival. You will need to build a good rapport with your host. One of the best ways to have a good relationship is to seek their input or advice.

I hope this helps you to gain a better understanding of blog carnivals and the power they can have to boost traffic to your blog.

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