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What is a Blog Carnival?

How to Generate Traffic to Your Website Using a Blog Carnival
By Cindy King

I’m sure many of you have already heard about Blog Carnivals. Some of you may have even discovered your favorite websites through one of the many Blog Carnivals that have published my articles.

For Those That Have Not Heard Of A Blog Carnival

According to Wikipedia a Blog Carnival is a ‘type of blog that is similar to a magazine’.

It has a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. It is published on a regular schedule, be it weekly, twice a month or monthly. I have seen one that publishes “Whenever I feel like it”.

There are many variations of Blog Carnival, but typically, someone who wants to organize a carnival posts details of the theme or topic to their blog, and asks readers to submit articles to be included in an upcoming edition.

For example, a list could be:

  • Multicultural, International and Internet Marketing
  • International Business & Sales
  • Cross Cultural Communications

The host collects links to these submissions, comments on them, and publishes one blog post, on the host blog, containing all of the links and reviews and links back to each of the authors.

Why In The World Create A Blog Carnival?

There is so much information in the blog-o-sphere that it is hard to find the right information. Search for ‘weight loss’ and you will find about 80 million answers. Search ‘pĂ©rdida de peso’ – the same thing but in Spanish – and you will find an additional 15 million answers.

If there is a subject that you are specifically interested in, following a Blog Carnival in that area is a great way to learn what bloggers are saying.

Writing for a Blog Carnival in that area is a great way to pass on your expertise, gain some visibility and do a little networking.

Who Creates A Blog Carnival?

Well, actually, you do.

There is an organizer and host for the Blog Carnival. This is the person who decides what the Blog Carnival subject will be, what the submission criteria are, and how often it will be published.

The organizer may also decide to allow different people to host editions of the carnival.

After the organizer and host, there are the bloggers and article writers who will create the content on the carnival’s topic. These articles are not actually published on the host’s blog, theses articles must already be posted on the writers own blog or website. The host blog simple links they different bloggers together.

Usually, anyone can submit a link for inclusion in the next edition of a carnival, the organizer may create limits on who posts or how often, but usually this is o[en to the public. Very often the bloggers who contribute to carnivals are experts in their field and are seeking to (indirectly) promote their expertise or services.

An International Internet Marketing Tool

It is all internet marketing. For a blogger, the advantages to submitting your article to a Blog Carnival are:

  • Backlinks,
  • Targeted traffic,
  • RealRank,
  • PageRank,
  • Technorati Authority
  • And more.

The more targeted the Blog Carnival audience the more value your article promotion is.

Reasons For A Blog Carnival

Very often an organizer will be particularly interested in a mixture of articles from different writers, cultures or viewpoints. Communists can write for a Capitalist blog. Organizers will get many visitors, from all over the world, with similar questions and comments but with a slightly different point of view.

Common Blog Carnival Rules

  • The articles must be related to a defined topic:
  • Multiple posts from a single author are accepted
  • Each article will be published once
  • No Advertising – No Spam
  • The name of the person submitting the article
  • The link to that particular article
  • A link to the website or blog home page
  • A short review of the article
  • Anything the Organizer decides

Articles Written In English – As A Second Language

If English is not your first language and you have a very interesting article, I may be able to help. There is an online translation tool from Google that will translate (reasonably well) your article leaving you to polish the final version of your article.

Note: there are absolutely no guarantees or claims to good translation.

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Cindy King is a Cross-Cultural eMarketer & International Sales Specialist, aligning businesses with different cultures. She has over 25 years field experience in international business development and helps mid-sized business owners create international business development strategies that shorten time to profitability.

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