Have you ever heard of Blog Hops? Blog Hops are sites that create an opportunity for Bloggers to network and quickly get new Followers and comments on their own blogs. There are many opinions and differing views about using these types of sites. Blog Hops give you the opportunity to add your URL to a list of other Blogs that will be shared on multiple Blogs. Some Blog Hops allow you to add a thumbnail along with the title of your Blog or current post. There may be rules stating that you should follow the person or persons hosting the Hop. No problem, it’s a free opportunity and you are likely to benefit in the long run.
While the Blog Hop experience differs for each Blog press on and join as many as possible. After doing so, make sure you take the time to visit other Blogs on the list and become a Follower of those you like and contribute comments. Often times, you can also invite others to visit your Blog. Another way to get more traffic on a Blog Hop is to start your own. A popular site to get started is inlinkz.com.
If you are not interested in starting your own, you might want to consider being a co-host or a guest host. Occasionally, host Bloggers will solicit other Bloggers that would like to be featured. If chosen, you gain a new opportunity to gain more visitors to your blog and in the process more Followers and comments on your posts.
When participating in a Blog Hop, it is best not to just stop and post something like “Hello, I am a new Follower and I would like you to follow me back.” To glean the real benefits of a Blog Hop, you must take time out to read the person’s post and make a comment. In turn, the blogger will most likely return the favor. Once you become a Follower of a Blog and the Blogger realizes you are a genuine Follower, you will be surprised to learn how this interaction can win you some genuine Followers of your own.
Not sure where to start? No worries, once you start visiting a variety of Blogs you will see what the Bloggers are writing about, what their interests are, and the type of comments they receive. These will give you an idea as to what topics are drawing attention and eliciting comments. For instance you will see specific Blog Posts that several Bloggers participate in on a given day – MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY, TASTY TUESDAY, WORDLESS WEDNESDAY, THANKFUL THURSDAY, FAVORITE THINGS FRIDAY, ABC OF ME and SILENT SUNDAY. There are many more in existence. You may decide to participate with similar posts on these specific days or come up with some of your own and invite other Bloggers to join in. The important thing is to keep your eyes and ears wide open and you will be well on your way.