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Grow Your Blog Networking Party #6

Good morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog Networking Party.


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Are you ready to network?

We have a new feature this week. We are going to feature one blogger per week. Which means if you link with us this week, you could be featured next week! Each host is featuring a different blogger so be sure to check out the other hosts’ picks as well!

This week I’m featuring Zainab from Blahnik Baker. I met Zainab in bloggy land a couple months ago and I’m so happy I did! Not only does she bake delicious treats, she’s a super nice, intelligent gal! So after you link up, head on over to Zainab’s blog, say hello and check out some of her treats!  

Zainab from Blahnik Baker


One of my favorite recipes from Zainab:

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Last week we asked what your opinion is on Blog Hops/Networking Link ups. I received some positive feedback, however, the click throughs and number of people linking up has dwindled in recent weeks. This party is about networking! Please don’t link and dash. Try to stop by a couple of other blogs. I know we don’t always have time to do a lot of networking or visiting other sites but it doesn’t hurt to fit in some time for it. If you participate in parties, you should visit at least two other links. That’s my philosophy! Hopefully, those that are linking are meeting new blog friends and obtaining new followers. We plan to study the trends and link ups for a few more weeks. Do you have suggestions how we can market GYP better to reach new bloggers?

The GYB Networking Party

Grow Your Blog

Joining me in hosting GYB is Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner, Tanya from Lemons for Lulu, and Paula from Call Me PMc. We love hosting this networking opportunity each week. We also have four co-hosts joining in the fun.

What is the Grow Your Blog Networking Party all about? NETWORKING. Meeting new bloggers, finding new content to follow, building your readership. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog.

Let’s meet your hosts and co-hosts. Please stop by, introduce and leave a meaningful, engaging comment with each host and co-host. I can guarantee that the hosts will reply to your comment and try to get to your blog to engage in conversation with you!


Julie from This Gal Cooks (Host)
Paula from Call Me PMc (Host)
Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner (Host)
Tanya from Lemons for Lulu (Host)
Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama
Jen from Endlessly Inspired
Cindy from Little Miss Celebration
Jenn from Boys Will Be Boys


  • Follow and/or visit your hosts and co-hosts. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you stopped by!
  • Link up the main page of your blog, not an individual post. You may link up your individual posts to Marvelous Mondays.
  • Visit and follow other bloggers
  • Leave engaging comments on the blogs that you visit.
  • Invite them to visit your blog. Leave the name of your blog in a comment. Please do not leave a link – Google is going to start viewing links as Spam and they will decrease page ranking of sites that are viewed to have a lot of Spam.
  • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog.USE THEIR NAME! A simple “I’m so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me.” just isn’t going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
  • Place our party graphic on your page. It’s not required but it would be a pretty rad thing to do. You can get the graphic by copying and pasting the GYB graphic located in the beginning of this post.


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19 comments on “Grow Your Blog Networking Party #6”

  1. Julie, thanks for taking the time to host this party. Heading over to meet Z at her place.

  2. Thank you for hosting such a great link party!

    Raven J. True Blue Baking

  3. EEEEEEEEEE! What a sweet surprise! I came over to link up as usual and saw my face. Thanks Julie for the feature. You are too kind :). It’s been a great pleasure getting to know you and I’m so happy to call you my blogging friend!! I hope you have a great rest of the week :)

  4. Thanks for hosting Julie and letting me cohost this week!

  5. Hi Julie! I’m stopping by from Superflash Creative and Singles & Pairs. Thank you for hosting! :)

  6. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for hosting this party! Following you via Pinterest and Google+.

    • Hi AnnMarie! Thanks so much for stopping by. :) I hope you’re enjoying your week. Do you have any Labor Day plans?

      Already following you via G+ but now following via Pinterest as well! :)

  7. Thanks again for hosting Julie!

  8. Julie, this is an excellent post to help people network and get to know each other. Thanks for the help and resources for building new relationships.

  9. Thanks for hosting Julie! :)

  10. This is such a wonderful idea, and I’m so glad to have found this party! Thank you for hosting and giving others the opportunity to grow. :)

  11. Thanks for hosting Julie! I love the new feature where you showcase one blogger each week.

  12. Love this party, and am so glad to all you ladies who are taking the lead on sharing the talent! Your blog is really well done and I enjoy visiting it. Will be back to visit often! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

  13. What a great way to meet new blogs and bloggers! Hope to link up this week!

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