Blog Carnivals: Where To Join Them & How They Work

by Justin

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For quite awhile now bloggers have been rejoicing in this little known traffic method.

Their secret is up now though, the mainstream has caught on to their little gem.

If you play well with others and know how to share then you too can cash on this strategy.

How Blog Carnivals Work

I normally explain things better when talking in examples, so let’s pretend you and I plus two of our friends were all bloggers in the same niche.

Each of us have our own blog and let’s say they’re on the topic of Tomato Growing…

If we decided that on the 15th of every month all four of us would share our best advice about a specific part of tomato growing and link to each others articles… That would be a small blog carnival. an authority on the subject says…

A Blog Carnival is a particular kind of blog community. There are many kinds of blogs, and they contain articles on many kinds of topics. Blog Carnivals typically collect together links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic. A Blog Carnival is like a magazine. It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Editions of the carnival typically come out on a regular basis (e.g. every monday, or on the first of the month). Each edition is a special blog article that consists of links to all the contributions that have been submitted, often with the editors opinions or remarks.

Where To Join Blog Carnivals?

There’s several sites out there that list blog carnivals, but is the best I’ve seen so far. Not all of them are listed in directories though.

You might need to get a little clever and do some searches in Google. For example searching – weight loss “blog carnival” provides quite a few blog carnivals that are both listed and unlisted.

Lastly, if you can’t find one to join then you’ll just have to create one. Just like you would ask to join into one, you can ask others if they’d like to join yours. It would probably help if you knew what they looked like so here’s an example of a blog carnival.

But What Do I Say To Them?

If you are trying to join into a blog carnival then it’s all about the value of the content and your expertise, that’s what you bring to the table. If it’s the other way around and you are trying to recruit people for your own blog carnival, then it’s all about the free traffic and exposure you can offer them.

At the end of the day it’s worth the little bit of awkwardness and setup time it takes to become involved in a blog carnival. The free traffic, backlinks, exposure, and relationships you build will be worth their weight in gold.

Don’t put it off, get one started today! Feel free to use the comment section below to advertise your blog carnival or advertise what you have to offer for anyone else that may be reading the comments. This post will eventually rank on the first page of Google for Blog Carnivals so it could provide quite a steady source of leads for you.

Justin & Chaunna Brooke

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Justin Brooke
Internet Mad Scientist

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Wade February 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Great post Justin

Your a champ!



Rob March 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

Just another example of why you’re on my ‘must read’ list. I am working feverishly on building traffic, so this will be another tool I can utilize.
P.S. I think you’re worth your weight in gold! ;)


semmy March 2, 2011 at 8:23 am

Hi Justin I’ll try this one!! thanks for this article!


Abigail July 19, 2011 at 12:30 am

I’m not sure why, but I just can’t seem to get my head around Blog Carnivals! Thank you for the post though, I think the mists have parted a little further…

Maybe I shall have to take the plunge and try it out. Thanks for the link to the blog carnival site!


Jon Rhodes March 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I have been regularly submitting to blog carnivals and they have helped increase my blog traffic. It’s not massive because there are usually numerous links on a carnival page, so traffic and link juice is shared out by a lot of sites. However they are free and a great way to build links without having to write content to post on other blogs.


kristin @mondayswithmac April 4, 2012 at 12:57 am

Great explanation!

I am hosting a blog carnival on parenting. All of the good details are here:

The carnival is being sponsored by My ChiChi Baby who is giving away $100 gift certificate to one lucky participant.

It will be held on May 2nd, 2012.


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