I have been asked this question more than once recently.
Firstly how I got involved:
I was doing Wendy Piersall’s 10 Days to a better blog and and the task on day 3 was to start to get more links to your blog and participating in a blog carnival was suggested as one of the easiest ways.
So what is a Blog Carnival? There is a detailed description here
*A topic is established.
*A bunch of bloggers write a post on the topic on their own blogs.
*Each blogger sends the permalink of their post to the Carnival host, or via BlogCarnival.com.
*The Carnival host writes one big post talking about all of the submitted entries, linking to all of them.
First you need to find a blog carnival that is about the topic or niche your blog is about.
Head over to http://BlogCarnival.com and scan what’s there or use the search tool.
I found there were a lot of carnivals I could submit to and did.
I also took on the somewhat crazy, but mostly enjoyable task of setting up my own carnival : Abundance Thinking
This is not something you need to do. I am now running a blog carnival twice a month. but you can benefit from this by offering to host a carnival on your blog. Many hosts share this task around and it will help bring traffic to your blog.
In the post announcing Abundance thinking Blog Carnival 5 you will read I am looking for people to host in October and November.
It can also be a way of finding guest bloggers, as you generally will submit in areas that are similar to your own.
Some tips I would give after now having been both a participant and a host of Abundance Thinking Blog Carnival
- Make sure the post your are writing and submitting is on topic for the Carnival of your choice.
- Read the outline for the specific carnival
- Only submit quality content
- This is the place to promote you and your blog, not your products or affiliate links.
- Don’t submit the same post or article to lots of different carnivals
- Don’t see it as a link farm, you will gradually begin to see incoming links, remember it will take time.
- I like to receive contributions that are personal ,tell a story, make a difference- see this post. This is my personal preference. This is a great place to get your voice known. I tend not to read posts that lecture or have been lifted from somewhere else.
- A hosting tip: Blog Carnival have a beta tool InstaCarnival: Where they collect all the submissions they have received into a handy block of HTML, to give hosts a big head start on creating their carnival editions. Please respect your readers and your submitters by reading and checking everyone’s submission and lay it out in your style. I have comments back from many of my contributors, commenting on the way I present it and thanking me for including them. No I don’t include everyone one. I make sure what I put in the carnival reflects what The Abundance Highway is about and meets the outline for the edition.
Happy Blog Carnivalling