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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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