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What’s a Blog Hop and why you should join one

Since I started my blog, I have gotten several questions from other new bloggers inquiring on exactly what a Blog Hop is. When I first started blogging, I too had the same questions and thought it would be a good idea to discuss exactly what it is, how it works and what the purpose is.

First, let’s talk about what a Blog Hop is. This is taken directly from the Inlinkz website which is the tool that allows others to link-up. More on this later.

A Blog Hop is a linky list that is shared between a group of blogs so people “hop” from blog to blog seeing the same list on each blog. Participating in and adding your blog and icon to the list will help generate traffic to your blog.

They are also sometimes called – Link Parties or Link-up Parties, whatever you know them by, they are basically all the same. Blog Hops are usually arranged by a host and several co-hosts and are held on a weekly basis. You join by entering your information into the Link-up list like the one below. This list will be found on the host and co-hosts posts for the Hop.

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The link list allows other bloggers to join in and “link-up”. Depending on the theme, the link-up can be of a specific blog post, a blog’s page social media site such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or the main blog page. The theme can vary significantly and is decided on by the hosts.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of not only hosting but also joining a Blog Hop is to create relationships with other bloggers, to meet and interact and ultimately grow your blog through these new relationships.

What are the rules?

The standard rules of a Blog Hop are as follows:

    1. ‘Follow’ the hosts and co-hosts by the requested method, and this depends on the theme. Example: A Pinterest Blog Hop, the hosts would like to be followed on Pinterest by each of the participants.
    2. Place the Blog Hop button on your sidebar or your “hop” page” while you are hosting. The button is usually created by the host and includes details on the hop and a link directing others to the Hop page. Sharing and putting the button on your page makes others aware of the hop allowing them to join in, increasing the number of participants and potentially increasing your following.
    3. Visit other blogs and return their follows. Blog Hops can generate huge responses and hundreds of entries. It’s not expected of you to follow each and every person who links up, however, it is common practice, other than the hosts, to visit a few other blogs, leave comments that you are following them from the specified Blog Hop. It is also common practice to return the follow of everyone who follows you. If you are new to the hop, it is ok to leave a comment on the general hop page letting everyone know you are new so we can visit your blog and meet with you.
    4. Fees: Most established blog hops charge minimal fees for co-hosting. This is a standard practice due to the amount of time and energy it takes to host a successful blog hop. Co-hosts typically can also expect a good amount of new followers.

My two cents

I highly recommend that new bloggers link-up at as many hops as they can to get their blog exposure. After-all, aren’t you spending the time to dress-up your site, composing your thoughts, taking pictures and putting it all together in your posts for a nice presentation? There are many people out there who can identify with you on what you’re feeling and writing about and it’s a great way to connect with like minds. If you have the opportunity to co-host a Blog Hop early on you will see many benefits.

Ultimately, hops are a way to drive traffic to your blog, be recognized by your picture or logo, it allows readers to connect with you on a more personal level and ultimately growing your readership. In my opinion, there are no disadvantages to joining or hosting a link-up.

Happy Hopping!

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Rachelle Chase
    November 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks so much!! I really needed this advice as a new blogger! =-D

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      Melanie
      November 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

      So glad this helps Rachelle! 🙂

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    Paisley
    December 1, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Thank you SO much for the easy explanation. I have been trying to learn about blogging, and your site (especially this post) has really helped! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
    -Paisley

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      Melanie
      December 3, 2013 at 2:58 am

      That makes me so happy 🙂 glad I could help. I’m cohosting a blog hop this week and we have our Get Inspired link party on Thursday. You should stop by. 🙂

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    Ursula
    April 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Any hops coming up? I’m new and anxious to get hoppin! 🙂

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    Taylor Newcomb
    April 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Melanie!

    Will you be hosting a Blog Hop any time soon? I’ve had my blog for a while but, as a college student, my posting has been pretty sporadic and inconsistent. However, with summer nearing (and the impending doom that is graduation), I’m planning on posting much more frequently. I’m really looking to boost my followers/viewership and could really use some advice!

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    Quaintrelle Georgiana
    July 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I just created a blog hop on my blog on the topic Summer adventures, join if you are interested 🙂 http://quaintrelle-georgiana.blogspot.cz/2014/07/blog-party-summer-adventures.html

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      Melanie
      August 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Sounds great, I will head over there! 🙂 I also started a new one for Instagram. Come and join in! http://www.mommymentionables.com/instagram-link-up/

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        Quaintrelle Georgiana
        August 5, 2014 at 4:42 am

        Ah, that´s a shame, I took it down because the time was up and noone took part, maybe next time. Thank you for the invitation, but I don´t have Instagram account, maybe someday in the future. BTW I love the design of your social network´s icons! 🙂

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    Deedra
    July 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I am hosting a blog hop on my blog. I don’t like the way Inkinkz looks now. I have to pay to have thumbnails? Do you know of any other places I can get the linky list?
    Thank you for your help.

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      Melanie
      August 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Deedra, yes you have to pay in order to get the thumbnail pix. This is really the only one I use, I know there is another one but now I can’t recall the name. I just started an Instagram linkup, you should come and join! 🙂 http://www.mommymentionables.com/instagram-link-up/

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    Angela Arrington
    August 2, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Thanks so much for this invaluable information! I’m a newbie so I appreciate all the tips and info I can get my hands on! xoxo, Angie

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    Allison
    October 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I find your post very informative! I am new to blogging and want to network & meet new people!! I’m not sure where to find blog hops. Are there any coming up that you know of? Let’s connect!

    -Allison

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    Angie
    November 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you – this post was very helpful! I am new to blogging and trying to get started with blog hops.

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    Kishana
    January 10, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I’ve been to a few websites trying to understand how a blog hop works! Thank you for not only giving a definition but adding a visual piece to it. I’m a visual learner *blushing*. Now I understand what and how a blog hop works. Thank you!!!

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    J.Schulman&Co.
    March 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Thanks so much for posting this! I am new to the blogging world (loving it btw) but each day am learning new tricks of the trade! Are there any blog hops going on now that I can join?

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    Nettie
    March 24, 2015 at 2:48 am

    I learnt something today. I had no clue about a blog hop. Glad I came across your blog. I’m looking forward to blog hoppin, as Ursula mentioned above.

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    May 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

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    Virgie
    May 26, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I would like to find some blog hops in my niche to join. Is there any specific place/way to find them? Thanks

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    Loulou
    December 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for the info but could you explain a “follow”….
    I’m still trying to figure out blog hops and go to many but never seem to put the right info on my blog page.
    Loulou

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    alisha
    April 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

    i usually dont share personal stories, but i feel like sharing about my relationship and infidelity issues. appreciate if you could advise me regarding this matter. happy reading. 🙂

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    LINDA
    August 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I can use any help you can give me. I am a retired school administrator trying to figure out the blogging world. Please let me know if there is anything you can do to help me get traffic to my website.

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    Katelyn S. Bolds
    August 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Very helpful explanation. If you are interested in a guest post about holistic living and simplifying health, let me know. 🙂 Great site!

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