Create an Eye Catching Square Image
Make sure you have an eye catching square image - that looks great even as a small thumbnail. Yes we all want gorgeous vertical images for Pinterest but those images need to be cropped for link parties. Make sure your font is bold enough to be seen and your image isn't so detailed that it's blurry when shrunk down.
Show Up Early!
For most link parties it's important to show up early! I know for some large link parties people are just waiting on the server for it to go live and 4 minutes later there are already 96 link ups! So find out at what time it starts and jump in line.
One of my favourite link parties doesn`t have a set time it starts at, so I made sure I signed up to receive the weekly e-mail as soon as it goes live.
A few link parties run in ascending order though so the newest links are posted at the top but this isn`t the norm.
A simple trick that I have applied is to always tweet my link and make sure I add the hosts twitter name at the end @linkhost or hashtag the link party name (if there is one) This gets your tweet noticed, reposted and favourited.
Leave a Comment.
Also you will always stand out if you leave a comment. Even a thank you for hosting with a short genuine message will get you noticed. Link parties will have 300 links and only 6 comments.
Finding a Link Party
You may need to try a few different link parties to see which ones work best for you. Check your stats and if you are not receiving any traffic from a party - you may want to scratch it off your list and try a different one. You can find a great list of link parties sorted by day, categories, and social media and including general rules and times they go live at Link Party:
Account for Social Media
I find it`s sometimes difficult to determine how many views are derived from a specific link party because it doesn't take into account how many views you may receive from social media. For instance some hosts have a Pinterest board dedicated to their link parties, or they may only pin their favourites.
Some of my favourite link parties are ``Pin It`` parties where everyone is required to pin a few of their favourites or the ones before yours this way you know you will be getting at least a few pins, which could get you hundreds of views if posted by the right person.
Did you have any other tips for getting noticed at link parties ??? Would love to hear them.