A few years ago, I participated in a few blog carnivals in other niches; I also set up a few blog carnivals of my own. They became kind of popular. Often, I'd receive dozens (hundreds, in fact) of submissions per week. That was pretty cool.
So for my Webify Your Business Meetups, I set one up for this site.
Here's the link:
I showed our Meetup members how to participate in a blog carnival, how to set one up, and why it's important to do so.
Participating in blog carnivals gives you the opportunity to get eyeballs on your website. It also gives you a chance for exposure to other bloggers and webmasters in your niche. Often, you'll find that you'll get the attention of other bloggers and they'll start sending you traffic, giving you backlinks, and mentioning you in blog posts.
However, the magic, in my opinion, begins when you host your own blog carnival. Here's why. For those reasons above, people will want to submit their posts to your carnival. Then, when you approve an entry, that blog owner will promote the heck out of your carnival. They want people to see their article and they'll often promote your website (that contains their post) more vigorously than they promote their own sites.
In short, you will gain a good readership each time you make a blog carnival post.
- Do them weekly
- Give yourself a couple of days to read all the articles and approve
- Don't add a bunch of categories
- Keep it simple
- Publish when you say you will publish
That's about it. Come check mine out. I just started it and this is the first time I've mentioned it. Feel free to submit a post from your own blog to this Carnival here.