In the month of February I was featured 10 times. That’s pretty good, I think.
Maybe it’s not, but I think it is! So go me! Ha!
The first time I was featured I was elated! I was so happy that someone actually read my blog, and LIKED it! I was like, “wait.. what?”
It felt like Martha herself saying “Oh yes, I like it.” *faint*
Clearly it wasn’t Martha, but that’s besides the point. Someone featured me!
The next time I got featured I was even happier! It’s not a fluke! It’s actually happening! People are reading my blog! People are liking what I have to say and share and make and do!
Getting featured is really great for a few reasons.
- It validates your efforts!
- It makes you feel awesome!
- It drives NEW traffic to your site!
- It will probably get you a few new long term readers!
So now you’re wondering about how to get featured. How do you do it!?
Here are a few things I look for when I feature people in blog hops and round ups.
Clear, clean, relevant photos with text.
I don’t want to have to click through to your post to figure out what I am going to see, I want to know what to expect before I get myself into it. If it’s a recipe I expect to see a beautifully plated food item, with simple props (if applicable), and easy to read clear text stating what I am looking at. What I don’t want to see is a bunch of blurry, badly lit photos with basic fonts. Which brings me to my next point…
Use Modern Fonts and Elements.
This should go without saying, but PLEASE for the love of all that is good and holy, STOP USING COMIC SANS. It’s not doing you any favors, and probably preventing people from clicking on your link ups. I don’t want to read your post about meatloaf if your photo looks old and out of date, because it makes me think your recipe is too. Use modern and fresh fonts, overlays and effects. Use PicMonkey to edit your photos. Your readers will thank you for it.
Create New and Fresh Content.
In this blogging world, we all bounce ideas and content off of each other. Lots of people use Pinterest for ideas and inspiration from people who have done it before. That’s fine, as long as you are adding a bit of your own spin onto it. I don’t want to click on your links and see that your post is a blatant rip off of the original. Change the recipe a bit, change the tutorial a bit, infuse it with your own style! We aren’t reinventing the wheel here, but do a LITTLE bit of work to make it your own.
Share Content on Relevant Linkups.
There are lots of link ups out there. Lots! I join a lot of parties each week. Not just mommy link ups, or craft link ups, but also other types too. If I have a post that’s about Home Decor (like my DIY Anthro Garland) I am going to be going to link ups that might specialize in Home Decor. You won’t get your DIY craft featured at a recipe link up. Sorry, it just doesn’t happen. Stick with the right genres and you’ll get noticed.
Follow the Rules
Each blog hop or link up has a set of rules. Usually it’s to follow the hosts (at least in the area of which you are sharing for social media link ups), it’s the least you can do for them seeing as they are hosting this for you, right? Other rules can include visiting other links and commenting on them. There really isn’t any way to know for sure that you are or aren’t doing that, but it’s the right thing to do and it helps you out too, so why not? A lot of the time, if you “link and leave”, hosts won’t feature you, simply because you didn’t follow the rules of the link up. It’s good Social Media skills, make sure you respect the “rules of the house”.
So there you have it. My tips for getting featured.
Make sure you check out my list of Link Parties to get you started on where to start sharing your content!
If you do get featured, make sure you proudly display it on your blog! You can see an ever growing list of my features here, and keep posting lovely things because I make the rounds and if I see something totally awesome, I will feature you on Sundays during my “Best of the Internet” series! Just for having cute stuff out and about!
Until next time!
Make sure you check out my other posts in my Blogging Series, How to Organize and Plan a Months Worth of Blog Posts & How to Create a Successful Blog