I first came across blog carnivals back in 2007 doing an ‘internship’ with controversial internet business builder, James Brausch.
At that stage it was one of the first tasks in his business system. James’ business was amazingly run on hard-nosed metrics, and if a task didn’t measure up it was quickly scrapped. So I knew this was a worthwhile task.
What Is A Blog Carnival?
A blog carnival is where one blog owner asks other bloggers to submit their posts on a particular topic. Different blogs have slightly different rules, but usually the best of the posts are then compiled into a list and published on the blog as a ‘carnival’.
It’s like a ‘best-of’ list of the current blog posts on a given topic.
For blog owners it’s a great way to link up with other bloggers. For readers it’s a good way to find out about relevant posts elsewhere on the net. It’s a win-win, and is still going strong all these years later.
If you submit your post to a blog carnival and your post is accepted you can expect not just a quality backlink from an active blog (really valuable).
You can also expect some high quality visitors from the carnival. Sometimes visitors will be other blog owners, often they will be readers who have an interest in the topic. Both of these are wonderful visitors to have.
The best thing about being in a blog carnival is, unlike almost every other traffic or SEO technique, exceptional content is rewarded.
Well-written, unique posts with a good headline are more likely to be accepted into a carnival, and attract more visitors.
So make sure to only submit your best stuff.
Submitting to a Blog Carnival
Blogs can run their own carnivals, but to make it easier for others to find their carnival most of them end up listing at BlogCarnival dot com.
You can submit your blog posts on the site. It has all the instructions.
Simply select a relevant carnival, put in your post’s details, your name and email address (might be worth using a secondary email address), any categories for the carnival, remarks, and then the Captcha for your submission.
It’s often worth adding some remarks to make people curious to read your post, and give a bit more content to make your listing stand out in the carnival.
Back in 2007 when I did this task it was very monotonous and time-consuming, and since they have added Captcha for each individual submission, it takes even longer.
So is it worth it?
Blog Carnivals – Results.
On my small business blog I published a review of Robert Kiyosaki’s 2009 book Conspiracy of the Rich.
It was a pretty quick post but I decided it was topical enough to submit to blog carnivals – and that was the only SEO work I did at all.
However ever since then Google has ranked my Conspiracy of the Rich Review at #1, and it is still there today!
That’s the immense power you can get via a blog carnival.