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Monday, January 26, 2009

Get More Visitors to Your Blog from Blog Carnivals

Patras Carnival the float of the king of CarnivalImage via WikipediaIf you read this blog, there's a good chance you're a blogger as well.

And if that's the case, did you know that you can generate links and traffic to your site by contributing to - or even holding your own - blog carnival?

I only found out about blog carnivals towards the end of last year. The concept is that someone who owns a blog announces that they will be holding a carnival on a particular topic and date, and invites contributions.

Any blogger can then submit a recent post they have made that is relevant to this topic. If your post is accepted for the carnival, a link to your post is included when the carnival is published. Note that some blog carnivals accept all submissions, but others are quite selective.

Being included in a blog carnival creates an inward link to your blog post. This can help improve your blog's search engine ranking, and also generate extra traffic to it. Bloggers whose work is featured in a carnival are expected to help publicise it, so a busy carnival can attract a lot of traffic for all the participants.

The best way to get started in this field is to visit the website and search for carnivals in your niche (e.g. writing). In many cases you can also submit your post to a carnival via the website. The video below explains how to go about doing this:

If you are receiving this post by email, you will need to visit my blog to see the video.

If you would like to see a published blog carnival, click here to view a recent issue of the Write Anything Creative Carnival. The next issue of this wide-ranging carnival is due out on 14 February 2009 - so if you want to make a start with blog carnivals, it could be a good one to submit to now.

I would just add a couple of tips from my admittedly limited experience of blog carnivals. First, if you choose to provide any additional information about your post on the entry form, bear in mind that it may be published word for word in the carnival, so think carefully how best to phrase it. And second, choose your post carefully. It should be something reasonably substantial and original, that visitors to the carnival will find genuinely worthwhile and interesting to read.

Good luck, and see you at the carnival!

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Blogger Nick said...

The Write Anything Creative Carnival, mentioned in this post, is now out. It's at

Scroll down the carnival page and you'll see a link to one of my recent blog posts. Did you enter the carnival as well? If so, let me know with a comment below. If not, never mind, there's always the March edition!

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Pamela Martin said...

Thanks much for this informative post. I've been blogging for some time (although my blog takes a back seat to my fiction writing) but am new to blog carnivals.

Also appreciated your related post on "blog carnival submitter", which is how I found this post.

Everyday, so much is new...!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

No problem, Pamela :-)

The Carnival of the Indies is another excellent blog carnival for independent authors and publishers. Check it out at

10:38 PM  

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