Monday, June 2, 2008

Improve Your Blog By Joining A Carnival

By Craig Andrews

Improve your blog by joining a carnival, a blog carnival that is. Never heard of a blog carnival? Well, I will tell you what a blog carnival is and the benefits of participating in a blog carnival.

A blog carnival is a collection of blog posts and articles on a particular subject written by many bloggers. They are then posted together on one blog, called a host which may or may not be the organizer for the carnival. These carnivals are then usually ran.

The organizer usually will post the carnival on a neutral site designed to list blog carnivals, like This website will list the upcoming, current and past carnivals in a easy to use format. These carnivals are usually broken up into their respective categories or dates.

So what are the benefits that you can get out of a blog carnival? I will list them in no particular order.

Traffic Increase - This one should be obvious. When you, as a blogger, participate in a carnival, you make a post of the carnivals subject and send the organizer/host a copy of the link to that post. They then post it in the carnival and the readers will click on that link, going to your blog to read the post. This will give you an increase of traffic. Now think if you are the host and the WHOLE Internet is coming to you to read what is in the carnival!

New Readers - This one may or may not be obvious. When you get the increase in traffic from people reading your post, if they like your blogs content, then the may subscribe to your RSS feed or join your list as their way of keeping tabs on you. Either way you win.

Link backs - When the host posts the carnival, all bloggers that contribute will have a link back from that post. If the hosting blog has a high PR, then you will benefit greatly from that. Also, many of the participants will link to you if they like your post also, another bonus!

These are the major benefits that you will receive from a blog carnival. I hope you have enjoyed this article and that it has shown you how these benefits can help improve your blog.

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