How to get more inbound links to your blog: blog carnivals

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How to participate in a blog carnival

Go to and sign up for an account. You don’t need to have an account to participate, but it helps you save time in the carnival sign up process if you do. Plus, it enables you to save favorite carnivals so you don’t have to search for them every time.

To search on carnivals by subject matter go to browse all carnivals. You can either pick a category, search by keyword or do both.

After you’ve done your search, click on “Next Edition” to see what blog carnivals are actively needed new entries. Then pick one you’re interested in and click on the orange “Submit your Blog Article to this Carnival” button in the upper right hand corner. Enter your posts URL and any other information they ask for, such as picking a category. Click on submit and your done. You should get an email confirming your submission.

Starting your own carnival

Some favorite carnivals of mine are include review bloggers monthly by Liz of This Full House Reviews. There are also blog carnivals happening that aren’t done through, such as Weekend Herb Blogging at Cook Almost Anything, which was originally started and hosted by Kalyn at Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Why not start your own blog carnival? It’s a great way to partner with other bloggers and meet new ones. You will all benefit by improving your SEO and increasing your traffic. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other bloggers and get some interesting content for your site.

Hosting a carnival once a month on your site is often enough. Any more and you may bore your readers or suffer from burnout.

If you were to create a blog carnival, what would it be about?


Anne-Marie Nichols is the Managing Editor of Mom Central Blogger University. You can also find her blogging up some healthy recipes at This Mama Cooks!

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Comments (4)

  1. I just recently started a Mamarazzi Monday Meme for those camera clicky Mamas out there to share their pictures! :) I love taking pictures of my kids – perhaps too much! LOL – so I thought it would be a fun way to share!

    Here is the intro post if you’d like to stop by! :)

  2. Love your meme! Yes, I completely spaced that a weekly ongoing meme is just like a blog carnival. Way to go!!

  3. Great website on alternative ways to get backlinks. I can attest to blog carnivals. Using trackbacks are another great way to get backlinks.

  4. Emily, thanks for bringing up trackbacks. Yes, they’re a great way of getting backlinks. They’re also a good way of seeing if anyone is talking about you or scraping your blog.

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