If you’ve never heard of a linky before or if you are unsure of what they are and you are a blogger, then you need these in your life and this post is for you! Victoria from Verily Victoria Vocalises runs hugely successful linkys on her blog, so we’ve asked her to write a post giving us the rundown.
What is a linky?
A linky is a post on another website which features a tool that enables you to post a particular subject onto the linky with a photo and a link back to your blog.
Linkys are a great way to highlight and share your content. They tend to run either weekly, every 2 weeks or monthly. They are also a great way to network and get to know other bloggers – this is is especially valuable if you are a new blogger who is trying to get noticed. Linkys can also help your blog traffic and statistics as will commenting on other blogs.
How Does a Linky Help My Blog?
There are lots of bloggers in one place all commenting on each others posts and, if you become a regular linker, then people will get to know you and your blog together with your content and writing style. You can also use a linky as a prompt for your writing. Linkys can be on subjects such as crafts, cooking, poetry, weight loss and photography – as well as more generalised ones for any type of post that you might want people to give a little more attention to.
Are there any rules?
The host usually makes the rules which vary according to the linky. Some ask that you display their badge which helps to publicise the linky, others might ask you to link no more than one post per blogger and there are sometimes rules about how many of the linkers posts you should comment on.
How do I link up?
This is far more straightforward than it may first appear. At the bottom of the host’s post you will see a badge that will look something like the blue one at the bottom of this image:
This will then take you to an image similar to this:
The URL you put in needs to be the one for your specific blog post and not your home page (unless that is what the linky calls for). In your link title you can either opt to put the name of your blog or title of your post. The email section is pretty straightforward!
Once you have put in your URL, the linky tool will automatically pull images from your blog and you can choose which suits the post the best. You may have the option to crop your image on some linky tools, on others you may get asked to upload a smaller photo, whilst another host may opt for a text only linky. As you can see from the first image above, a thumbnail of your post will show up if the linky tool is taking images.
Then you are ready to add your link. You then get the option to publicise your post on social media and, if you do, it is polite to include your host and the hashtag for their linky in your tweet or other social media share.
- Do follow the host’s rules. These are usually very easy to follow and many bloggers have a separate page with more details about their linky.
- Don’t just link and go. Everyone is there to support each other and, even though you don’t have to comment on every single linker, you should certainly visit some of the other blogs which are linking up.
- Do comment on the host’s post.
- When you do visit other linkers don’t just use your comment as a way of asking them to visit you! Be genuine.
- Link back to your host. It might not be essential but I believe that it polite to show your support and participation. For example, when people join my linky, I will publicise their post over Twitter if they are displaying my badge.
How Do I Find Linkys?
The hosts usually send out tweets on the day of their linky and publicise them in the various Facebook Groups and on Social Media. There is a specific Facebook Group called Blog Linkys which may help you to find what you are looking for.