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Linky Etiquette

Many bloggers participate in weekly linkys, in conjunction with their twitter handles. This helps us all to showcase our own blogs, and to find new blogs we love and can connect with.

Each linky has its own unique rules and niche, but there are a number of common rules that they all have, and in order for you to be a positive contributor you need to follow these and abide by a certain ‘linky etiquette’ or ‘manners’ which all participating bloggers should observe.

Here are my top tips on the etiquette of participating in linkys:

  1. Please remember that the HOSTS of the linkys do the hard work of commenting on all the linked up posts, as well as tweeting and retweeting each post; so showing them some love by commenting on their posts is the least you can do considering the exposure their reach has when sharing your post(s).
  2. Most linkys have rules on the minimum posts you must comment on, and one of those is commenting on the post that was linked up just before yours. The best way to make sure you do this is to link your post up FIRST, then tweet it, and then go back to the linkup, refresh the list, and then do the required commenting. Sometimes you can comment on the post you think will be before your’s and then when you link your post after that you could find that two or three more posts have been linked up between yours and the one you commented on. Whilst sharing is caring and commenting is great, if you miss the one that is really before yours, that blogger may not get any comments. So it’s best to link yours first then go back to do the commenting, that way no one is left out.
  3. IF a linky allows more than one post to be linked up, and the rules stipulate you must comment on the host posts, plus the one before your post then please make sure you comment on the posts before each of your linked up posts. Just doing the first one is poor show. Make the effort to comment on the ones before each of your posts. Similarly if the rules just say ‘any’ posts, make sure you comment on as many posts as you link up, plus the host’s posts. Tweeting the ones you really love would be a bonus!
  4. Commenting – occasionally when the rules insist on you commenting on the post directly before your, but you actually don’t like the post or it’s not something that you agree with, or even want to read, there is really no need to be rude about it. There must be something you can say, even if it’s just “Great post. Thanks for sharing.” There is no need to be rude or unkind.
  5. If a linky allows you to link up more than one post and the linky is open for a number of days, there is no need to link all the allowed posts in one dump. You can schedule it in your diary so that you link up the allowed number of posts spread over the number of days the link is open. Please remember Point No. 3 above though.
  6. When tweeting your link up, remember to tag the hosts via their Twitter handles. There is no point in only linking the #linkyname because the hosts may not see it and then they won’t retweet. It’s also bad manners.

If you want a clear step-by-step instruction on how to participate in linkys, please refer to the post by the lovely CuddleFairy.

This post is a work in progress, I may update it at any time. If you have any other tips, or hints, or suggestions, please let me know. I will happily update this at any point if I feel it will be useful to other bloggers.

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63 thoughts on “Linky Etiquette”

  1. Linkys are a great way of getting your posts noticed, increasing your traffic, getting back links and, my favourite one of all, finding new blogs! It’s a shame not everyone follows the etiquette though, many drop their links and run without even looking at the rules. I’ve taken part in some American Linkys and their rules can be extensive, you can even hire someone who will participate in linkys for you over there, for a fee of course!

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  2. I tend to add my link then come back later but i have an ongoing list in my phone which I add to to make sure I remember to do them all. I think I’m doing too many at the moment as it’s hard to keep up some days I find I realise in the evening the linky is opening tomorrow and I haven’t done my commenting! My pet hate is people not having twitter handles when you want to share a great post! #TheListLinky

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  3. Great post explaining linky etiquette! As a linky host, it is so difficult to keep up with each week and Emily, Fran and I work really hard to make sure all our linkers get an adequate amount of comments. Thanks for explaining a bit more into the work that goes into a linky and why it’s so important to follow the rules. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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  4. It is always good to be reminded of the rules. I often come back to comment as then you can get to see a wider selection of posts. I am about to co-host a new linky from tomorrow so then I can see what hard work goes on behind the scenes. #ablogginggoodtime

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    1. Best of luck with your new linky. I did take a look but my girls are too young for me to be able to make a valid contribution. x

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  5. I love taking part in linkys – they’re a great way to find new blogs, and give your own blog exposure too. It really frustrates me when people don’t follow the rules because they’re there for a reason and if people don’t follow them, the linky doesn’t work properly.

    I would add that most linkys have a badge, and it is only fair to add the badge to your post if you join the linky. This gives a no-follow link back the host (in return for the no-follow link from the host to you when you add your link to their site) AND advertises the linky to other people who might read your post. The more people who know about the linky, the more people take part, and the more comments everyone gets – it’s a Win-Win

    #blogcrush

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  6. Thanks so much for writing and sharing this. As a host I get disappointed when posts don’t get comments because people haven’t followed the rules and similarly get disappointed when I link up and don’t get comments. Linkys are fab if people follow the rules. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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  7. #MarvMondays my hope is one day we won’t need linky rules because ettiquette will dictate. I wouldn’t dream of doing certain things in the real world and as technology progresses further i hope this happens in the virtual world too 🙂

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  8. I’d also add, don’t link up posts that don’t follow the theme. There’s a few photo linkies I do, and people haven’t even put a photo in the post, or have done a massive photography post when the title of the linky is 1. Drives me mad and I won’t comment on those.

    I like the comment on at least the post before yours, but lots of people don’t. It does mean that everyone gets a comment, although of course sometimes it is hard to think of a decent comment.

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  9. Spot on tips, especially number 2, as I never refresh before commenting on the post before mine! I might have not commented on the actual post before mine by not doing this. Normally if I link 2 of my posts in a row, I’ll make sure I comment on the 2 before my 2 (if that makes sense). Thanks for sharing! #Blogstravaganza

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  10. Oh yes, I love my linkies and it has been brilliant to get to know so many people and blogs. I take the commenting and tweeting pretty seriously as I think its important to all play our part in making them all work.
    Mainy x
    #Blogstravaganza

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  11. As a linky host myself, I am sure that you can imagine why I LOVE YOUR POST! 🙂 Running a linky is so much fun, but it can be quite sad when you come across posts which have had no love at all. You have listed some fab points. #TheListLinky

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  12. I like this, I make sure I only join them if I know I have an hour our so in the following days to give everything a read. My only one problem is when sometimes the host post isn’t something I’d normally read or have much thought on and I want to say more than “hey nice post!” 🙂 It annoys me when people comment on a post and it’s obvious they’ve only skim read it. #coolmumclub

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  13. I too wrote a post about linky etiquette … mainly because I was tired of so many people not following the rules of my own linky. (Which doesn’t exist anymore) Linkys are hard to manage and try to fit in other blogging and daily life so I give huge kudos to those who are still running theirs.

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    1. I should imagine it’s very time consuming running a linky. To comment, tweet and retweet all the posts that link up, and ‘police’ it … as you say, kudos to all those lovely people.

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  14. Point 4 is a very good suggestion, I know KCACOLS recently changed to a fortnightly linky so everyone has plenty of posts to consider sharing!
    If someone links up a post inbetween my two posts in the small time i try to link up, I always comment on the posts inbetween as well as the one before my first one. otherwise that person may not get a comment and its just polite i guess! #ablogginggoodtime

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  15. Great post – linky etiquette is something I’ve always tried to be strict with myself – but in my linky I trust other bloggers to police themselves. We’re all adults after all…but not sure everyone always does everythig we’d hope!

    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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    1. haha … of course! I really do think most of the time it’s down to commenting and then linking and in between that someone else’s post goes up and they’re the one who ends up without any comments.

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  16. I join a lot of linkys and to be honest, no, I don’t comment on many of the posts. I do read the posts, I share a lot of the posts but when any comment is along the lines of “Thanks for making me read two pages on how your kid got shit everywhere and sneezed in your open mouth” I feel it best to keep my trap shut.

    Furthermore, most of the linkys I join just because I like the hosts, I like their blogs and it gives me direction on what stuff of theirs I should read next.

    Too bitchy? Sorry but I don’t make other people read really gross crap. Like, the kid got shit EVERYWHERE. You can’t unsee that.

    #showmeyours

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  17. Yay. Thanks for writing this. Myself and Lianne at Mrs Mummy Harris are starting a new linky next week. I won’t link drop as it’s not fair but we are kind of spamming Twitter with it, so feel free to take a look. This post will hopefully help us have a successful first week by reminding people to play nicely. #coolmumclub

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    1. I hadn’t seen anything about it. Twitter is so strange sometimes. I often feel like I’m spamming when I tweet my posts, but then you realise it moves so fast that you miss things too. I found your tweet and retweeted. Sharing the love.

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  18. Love this! Really great list of things people should do when joining a link up. I’ll be sure to link this in my next one ; ). I think sometimes it’s hard to follow all the rules especially when you don’t have that much time, but as they say the more you give the more you get!! Thanks so much for linking up at #StayClassyMama!

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  19. This is a great list! Sometimes I feel like I need to leave a blood sample and my first born child to participate in certain linkys. LOL Once someone even deleted my link up because i didn’t come back till the evening to visit other blogs. My cat died and i was burying it. Like cut a girl some slack….some people take this linky biz really seriously.

    Anyway, glad you linked up to #ShowMeYours where rules and regulations never apply. 😉

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    1. No way! haha … that’s hard core linking! Most of us are all half concentrating on the linky, and half concentrating on keeping the kids alive.
      #ShowMeYours is one of my favs!

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    1. My pleasure. I hope it came across with the right tone – not as a school teacher lecturing students, but as someone offering advice and tips.

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    1. It is to get your work out there, read, liked, commented on. It can be a great way of finding new blogs to follow as well as boosting your page views & likes. Basically – sharing is caring.
      I can recommend a couple for you if you like. Or you can take a look at my Linkys List page where I try to remember to link up the badges of the linkys I have participated in.
      https://momoftwolittlegirls.com/linkys-and-contributions/
      You don’t have to do all of them, or any at all. But if you do want to, let me know.

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      1. Thanks, I think I get it now, I’ve just had a quick squizz at one of the badges on your page. I must say there’s quite a lot of reading there but it is a brilliant networking feature – I can see it would be invaluable to those whose goal is to increase their viewership and in turn work towards an income, possibly, from blogging. At this stage my goal is simply to craft my writing skills. Thanks for the help!

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  20. I think most of us (there are always a few) try to abide by linky etiquette on the whole, but I think posts like this one are great, especially for new bloggers. I remember not having a single clue wjat it was that I was supposed to be doing and just muddling through!! #coolmumclub

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  21. A good idea to write this down. It is really important. I am always surprised when hosts mention that some posts got no comments. How? Only if people haven’t followed the rules. I think you’re right though – people over commit and life gets in the way. They need to choose their faves and show loyalty and courtesy. Alison x #stayclassymama

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  22. Some great advice. I always have z mental list in my mind if the linkys that I need to go back to that week and do my reading on. I always feel terrible if I forget and then make sure I go back as soon ask remember! I always try to do the minimum number stipulated then any others that catch my eye. Wish I could do more, but it’s hard to find the time. #CoolMumClub

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  23. I usually add my post and then come back later. Sometimes the next day or even a couple of days later. That way I get to see more of the posts and I can spread my own workload around. #StayClassyMama

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