I used to regularly submit articles to blog carnivals with the hope that people would read my articles and become regular visitors to this site. While I did generate some meaningful traffic from my efforts, it took a lot of effort and time to track my submissions and follow up with the whole process. I actually went so far as to create an Excel spreadsheet to track my submissions, acceptance, posting dates, etc. Basically – it became a major headache for me and I decided to focus more on creating content and turning this site into a destination (and even a little SEO…but not much/enough…).
A few weeks ago my friend Arnel suggested I host my own carnival, as it is a good way to bring traffic to your website. He has been doing it for several months now and it has been very helpful (his site also has an Alexa ranking <100k as of today – so he knows what he is doing!) in driving quality traffic. I kept pushing the idea off until a couple of days ago when I was working on ideas for today’s post – so I decided it was time to setup my own blog carnival and take you through the process! So if you’ve ever wanted to create your own blog carnival, follow along below!
How to Create a Successful Blog Carnival in 6 Easy Steps!
- Step 1 is to find a blog carnival submission service – this will streamline the process of gathering all the articles for your carnival. I’ve used BlogCarnival.com to submit articles in the past, so I’m going to show you how to create your carnival using this service.
- Once you’ve selected your service, sign up for an account – see how easy this is??
- Click on the “Organize new carnival” link
- On this page you’ll fill out all the details about your carnival – what type of blog carnival you are creating, how often you will be publishing it, when your submission deadline is, etc. Be sure to fill this out as completely as possible. You may notice under the “Homepage URL” I’ve listed a new page – AspiringBlogger.com/blog-carnival - I created this page to ensure that I had a place to keep all the carnivals in one place. We’ll come back to this in step 6, but just keep it in mind.
- Once your carnival has been created, you just need to schedule a new “edition” – so click on the link in the sidebar and get to work! Just select your submission deadline, posting date, and a couple of other details and you’re finished!
- Complete the landing page on your blog. This is the AspiringBlogger.com/blog-carnival page we discussed in step 4 and your goal is to direct people to your BlogCarnival page to signup (like I just did with that link)! I included a handy little widget from the website so you can see the past/current/upcoming editions on this page.
That’s all there is to it. Now you need to promote, promote, promote so that people submit posts for you to include in your first edition! One way to promote would be to write a blog post about how to create a blog carnival…wait – that’s an awesome idea – glad I thought about it! I’m definitely a beginner at this, so let me know if you have any helpful tips or suggestions. Oh, and if you want to submit to the first issue of my blog carnival – you can do that HERE!!!