What Are Linkies? A Guide For New Bloggers

So last week I invited a newby blog friend to link up to a linky I was guest hosting, I just assumed she would know exactly what I meant. But of course she didn’t, and I didn’t explain what it was, that was until I realised she was struggling. For all intents and purposes I could have spoken in another language, because my poor friend didn’t have a clue.

Setting up a new blog can be so confusing, here is so much to learn. It’s not just witty a post and publish is it? These is so much networking involved which can have so many benefits.

So for all you newbys out there who are in the same boat, here is how I met lovely  friends through linkies. Check out my top blogging tips on linkies for newly bloggers.

linky love

A linky is a blog post link up that a blogger hosts on their page, they sometimes set a subject so that like-minded bloggers can share hints stories and tips all in one place. This allows other bloggers to link their posts to that link up, thus creating a sharing platform.

Here is the link up I guest hosted for Sunday Stars last weekend it is great place to find new blogs to read. If you click add link at the bottom of all the links it brings you to the below page

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You can  add your link, give it a few seconds and it generates options for your image that will appear on the host blog. Once you are happy press done.

Now your blog is linked up check out the hosts rules, generally you would comment on the host, or hosts blog post and then 2 others, or as many as you want to if you are on a roll. It really is a great way to find new blogs to read and find bloggers who you have something in common with, or who write about a topic that interests you.

I have added a few of my favourite linkies below but the lovely Aby from You Baby Me Mummy has created a great comprehensive linky guide here.

Saturday, Country Kids, Coombe Mill.  Fiona runs this linky over on her fab blog, and the rule is to celebrate all things great outdoors. Whether it is a trip to the park or beach if you have an outdoor post this is a great place to share it.

Sunday,  Sunday Stars, a great linky where you can add your favourite post of the week. This is hosted by a large group of wonderful bloggers who rotate the linky between them ( I help out occasionally) the best way to see who is hosting is through the @SundayStars page on twitter

On Sunday I also link up to My Sunday Photo over at One Dad 3 Girls, I love this linky as you just post an image, I love clicking through looking at the other images linked up. There is some amazing photography displayed here.

Tuesday, Twinkly Tuesday  Run by  Caro from Twinkle Diaries, Lisa from Mumma Scribbles and Sadia from How Do You Do It Blogs all run this fab linky together where you can add a favourite post.

Wednesday, Jenny over a Lets Talk Mommy hosts the fab Share With Me where you can add a favourite post new or old.

Thursday, Heledd at Running in Lavender hosts My Captured Moments. I love this linky as it I get to dig out old photos and relive special memories.

Friday, Aby from You Baby Me Mummy and Hannah from Mums Days  host the list. This is a great linky as it motivates me to write a list post every week in some shape or form.

So there it is. Linkies are great way to meet new friends and this is how I have met the lovely people I have come to call friends. It’s a great way to find and read new blogs and become involved in the wonderful  blogging community.

 

14 Comments

  1. 11th May 2015 / 8:13 am

    Great tips. We should all remember that sometimes bloggers talk in another language and that it takes time to pick up all the phrases and acronyms.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      11th May 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks Karen, yes it took me quite a while to pick up, I must say x

  2. 11th May 2015 / 9:31 pm

    That is SO helpful. I often have to explain how to add one when we’re running Sunday Stars…so now I will show them this fab post!! Jess xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      11th May 2015 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Jess, I hope it may help a few new bloggers, its all so alien at first isn’t it x

  3. 12th May 2015 / 10:08 am

    Great post and explanations. Linkies are so handy for finding and enjoying new blogs, catching up on posts you may have missed and promoting your own.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      12th May 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you yes I a so glad I discovered them I have met so many lovely people through linkies x

  4. 13th May 2015 / 9:56 pm

    What a great post – such a clear guide about what linkies are and how to join in with them. I love linkies as a way of building blogging communities and getting to know other bloggers through their blogs.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      14th May 2015 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks Louise, its all so confusing when you start out isn’t it, I hope it helps someone x

  5. 14th May 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Its my mission to join more linkies as I am rubbish at doing this. But totally agree its a great way of finding more blogs and making new friends. Great advice Sarah x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      14th May 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Yes Tracey I have come across some amazing bloggers and posts via linkies xx

  6. 29th May 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Great post. I am making a concerted effort to join in with more links lately.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      31st May 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Thanks Angela, the thing i love is finding new blogs x

  7. 19th May 2017 / 11:48 pm

    Wow. I have been blogging for a year and seen Linky mentioned a few times…never understanding what that was about. Now I do, duh! Better late than never 😉

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      29th May 2017 / 11:14 am

      Ha ha, well at least you know now, look forward to you joining up x

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