How to Host a Successful Blog Hop- D.I.Y. Sundays

What is a Blog Hop?


Simply put,  a blog hop is when bloggers enter thier url, blog name or their name and often email address in a linky. This information comes up as a list.


Bloggers then click and follow other members on the list. You should leave a comment on the person's blog and he or she will follow you back.

Joining a blog hop enables bloggers to meet fellow bloggers, increase their reader base and their blog following. It also helps bloggers to find blogs that they might not necessarily find.

How to Create a Blog Hop

A blogger can host a blog hop with anyone of the following linky. Here are two popular ones:

You can sign up for free and then create your hop and cut and paste the html code in html format when you are creating post. You can then click back to compose and look at it in preview. Then you can publish your blog hop.

How to Gain Blog Hop Participants

Gaining blog hop participants is very simple- ADVERTISE. Advertising your blog hop is the key to having a successful blog hop. No, I don't mean paying to get the word out there. Here are some simple steps that have worked well for me.

  • Post bulletins at the various blogging networks. This will allow fellow bloggers to know there is an event occurring at your blog. Also, it can attract new followers.
  • Send a Newsletter. Inform your readers  that you will be hosting a blog hop by sending a newsletter. Depending on the response of your readers, you can send a reminder. Remember, no one likes to be spammed.
  • Visit your blog friends/followers and personally invite them. I usually visit my blog friends and personally invite. I think that the fact that you take the time to do this says something about you as a blogger. 
  • Use your comment list. I also scan my list of comments and go to the blog of my commenter and invite then also. If someone takes the time to comment on your blog then there is a strong possiblity that they will come back.
  • Most important is to take the time to follow back. You need to engage your blog hop participants by following them back or just going to their blog and say thank you.


Remember that blog hops is not only about gaining followers and building stats. It is also a way of exploring the blogs in our community and sharing ideas.


Please stop by tomorrow for the Online Friends Blog Hop. I will be Guest Hosting.


Comments

  1. Great post! I just started my first blog hop and this will be weekend #2. So far so good! Great tips. I think I may include a link to this on my blog for anyone new to blog hops if thats ok with you? It's every Friday-M if you ever want to join in and link up :) I'll be sure to check out the hop you're co-hosting !

    Kristin@meetmeonthebrightside.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks! I am in the process of making a blog hop. I found this really interesting.

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  3. your blog hops are always fun so THANKS! :)

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  4. Thanks, Great tips for my first blog hop

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  6. Great post l am following this blog hop on https://theonettiencube32.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/lets-party-blogging-style/ but there are not many participants what can we do.

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