How to increase your blog readership: participate in carnivals

One very effective technique I’ve used to increase the readership on my blogs is to participate in various carnivals relevant to the topic of each blog. Carnivals are an excellent way of getting exposure in your particular niche.

I see the following benefits:

  1. People in your niche become aware of your blog.
  2. It is a good source of developing incoming links.
  3. You discover other blogs in your niche and by reading their blogs you discover new ways of writing about and presenting your subject.
  4. Many of those reading your blog for the first time will leave comments.
  5. You become part of the community in your niche.

While I don’t see huge inflows of traffic from participating in carnivals, I do see a strong bond of loyalty from those who participate in the carnivals. We visit each other’s blogs frequently, we leave relevant comments and we make links back to each others articles where relevant.

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UPDATE: I have written a follow up article in answer to the questions left by people commenting on this post. It is called:  How to participate in blog carnivals – I hope this answers a few questions.

     

    21 Responses to “How to increase your blog readership: participate in carnivals”

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    2. Emad Ibrahim says:

      Thanks for this post… I found you through ProBlogger where my post on blogging tips
      made it to the list 🙂

    3. I am new at blogging as of June 1. The number of visitors to my site has grown steadily since the first week. Last week, I was averaging 20-25 visitors a day. Then I started doing Carnivals. My visitors are 50+ daily the past few days. Carnivals do help

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    5. Simon says:

      Hi Trevor. Can I just ask how you participate in a carnival? Is it just a series of posts on a single topic, one post on a topic or just announcing that your blog is taking part? Thanks.

    6. I’ve also wondered how best to utilize these, or even what they are. I hear from people that they are good, but which sites run these?

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    8. Trevor says:

      Welcome to my blog Emad. I hope that you found something worthwhile on my blog during your visit. I’ve done a follow up article here:
      http://www.trevorhampel.com/how-to-participate-in-blog-carnivals/

    9. Trevor says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog Patricia. Your experience with carnivals mirrors mine. I found them a good way of getting new readers, more links and it helped in developing a sense of community around my blog and other similar blogs in my niche.
      I have done a follow up article here:
      http://www.trevorhampel.com/how-to-participate-in-blog-carnivals/

    10. Trevor says:

      Thank you for visiting my blog Simon.

      In response to your question (also asked by others) I have written a follow up article. This goes step by step through the process of participating in carnivals. You can find the article here:

      http://www.trevorhampel.com/how-to-participate-in-blog-carnivals/

    11. Trevor says:

      Thanks for your comment and question Jess.

      I have written a follow up article where I try to answer your question on how to go about participating in carnivals.

      You can read it here:
      http://www.trevorhampel.com/how-to-participate-in-blog-carnivals/

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