First Friday Link Party for Writers — Jumpin’ June Edition

Carol Tice

beach partyThe sun has been out this week and I know I have not been wanting to write!

If you’d like a hit of marketing for your blog done quick so you can take off for a beach party, here’s your chance.

Today’s our June First Friday link party for writers. This is your chance to get some new blog readers and grab some attention for the great stuff you’re writing on your blog.

My link party is for bloggers who’ve got a smokin’ post about blogging, writing, marketing, work-from-home, productivity, or freelancing that they’d like to share with my readers.

Links are limited to 100, so post early.

Good luck everybody! Directions are below.

And this time, believe I’ve managed to enable the feature where you can delete your own link if you don’t like how it displays right off and want to try again…so I am expecting to see awesome headlines and nice graphics, folks.


  1. Esther

    thank you Carol! I love linking here and seeing other peoples links. : )

  2. Tania Fuentez

    What a great way to support writers. Genuine word of thanks to Carol and all contributors here! Stay on your path.

  3. Carol Tice

    Holy molys, the link has only been live for about 3 hours and we’re already more than half full! Looks like some REAL tasty headlines this time…I have to do an interview call shortly but I’ll be back to read and retweet!

    And folks, remember that if you’ve forgotten to put a headline, or put your name instead of your post headline by mistake, you should be able to delete and repost.

  4. Joel Foster

    whoops, wished I read the big tip! I posted MY name instead of the name of the post. The post name is A Blog’s Life: The Birth, Death, Rebirth and Second Death of in case anyone was wondering.
    Happy Link Friday!

    Thanks Carol!

    • Carol Tice

      You can delete it and repost, I believe, so try that out, Joel.

  5. Carol Tice

    OK, I have kinda blown it here! We forgot to get up the link party widget in the sidebar — it’s up now.

    Apparently, I have somehow failed to require linkers to use it on their sites in my linky software…so I’ll just ask for volunteers.

    If you’ve linked above, please paste your party code in and share that you’re part of this link party back on your post! It’s only fair to return the favor.

    I know my readers are cool people, so I know I can count on you for that. πŸ˜‰

  6. Joel Foster

    I’m not sure where to post the code. Any advice? I’m running a basic WordPress site. Clearly this is an internet fail day for me πŸ™‚

    • Carol Tice

      Just put it anywhere on the page with your post, Joel. Most bloggers stick it on the bottom of the post. If you turn your post to html mode instead of visual, then you can just slap in that code and when you return to visual it should show the groovy graphic. Try it out!

      • Joel Foster

        got it, thanks!

  7. Ellyn Baker

    Thank you for this great opportunity Carol. I will enjoy browsing around everyone’s work.

  8. Jane Endacott

    Thanks for this opportunity, Carol! I’m finding other amazing writers and really enjoy reading their blogs.

  9. Tania Fuentez

    I’m having trouble with the code appearing on my site. I copied and pasted it in a new blog post, but to no avail. Any suggestions to make this work?

    • Joel Foster

      It looks like you may be using WordPress. If so, are you posting the code in “visual” format instead of “text”? You have to type under “text” in order for the code to work. If you’re not sure what I mean, these are the tabs in the upper-right corner when you are writing a post.
      After you type in the code, switch over to “visual” and you should be able to see the logo.
      Hope that helps. I had the same problem

      • Carol Tice

        Really appreciate everyone making the effort to give the party credit and spread the word!

      • Tania Fuentez

        Thanks for the helpful tip, Joel. It’s working, but link goes to May edition. Still, great way to spread the word about Carol’s site!

        • Carol Tice

          Darn it! Thought I had that fixed…let me take a look. But that’s fine if it’s another one.

  10. Karen Lange

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to do this! Will jump back in next month.

  11. Mario Zeleny

    I am back again! Wow lots more posts this time. Nice!

    I gotta get my act together (i.e., reduce some commitments and plan ahead) and contribute. I have so much fun visiting at First Fridays!

    I don’t have time to read or look all of them, though I would like too. So, I am being led by the headlines and pictures today. I see some that I am going to click on because I like the picture and head line, but I have no interest the topic. Way to go, you guys… making me click like that! I bet I will be loving one of those articles and voting for one of those guys !

    It’s really nice people are able to repost their pictures and headlines! BONUS!

    Once again, Thank you for the fun. You have great guests!!!


    • Mario Zeleny

      How do I vote, again? Thanks. Sorry to be a little slow!

      • Carol Tice

        Voting starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend, Mario – so come on back for that!

        • Mario Zeleny

          I am so glad I asked… I afraid I missed that. Too busy reading all the good stuff!

          Thanks! See you tomorrow!

    • Carol Tice

      It’s so instructive, isn’t it, seeing your post up against dozens of others all put right together?

      The Internet is like that too. You have to bring a great headline and image to get read.

  12. Larry Ray Palmer

    This is a great ideal. Thanks for allowing all of us to share links here. I think I may add the feature to my own site as well.

    • Carol Tice

      I learned about Link Parties at BlogWorld/NMX…apparently they’re popular in niches like home decor/food/crafting/DIY, but I’d never seen one for freelance writers…and I’m loving putting these on!

        • Carol Tice

          I recommend you get your list ready before throwing a party up…the first time I emailed people the day before and explained what it was, etc… Just a tip on getting good engagement on it.

  13. Tom Bentley

    Carol, I forgot all about the “party linkage” until I read your comments here. The code is working to link back here from my site now. Thanks again for the opportunity!

  14. Laurie Boris

    Thank you, Carol, this is fun! πŸ˜€

  15. Rhonda Kronyk

    The link works perfectly. Thanks for that.

    There are some amazing posts this month. I have found it hard to choose which one to vote for:)

  16. I

    Hi Carol, I would like to join the link party, but I can’t find the tool to add my links. Sorry, a complete newbie in this. Would appreciate some tips πŸ™‚


    • Carol Tice

      You can only add links for the first 24 hours the post is up, I — then it’s voting time.

  17. Joseph Rathjen

    Great idea, Carol. And I must say, I was very impressed when my new copy of “The 2013 Writer’s Market – Deluxe Edition” was delivered to my home Friday, and I saw your name on the front cover. It’s great to know that me and my fellow “Denizens” are being taught by the best!

    • Carol Tice

      I’m still freaking out about being on the cover! They didn’t tell me or anything. When I walk past it in a bookstore I’m still all, “What the? Is that my NAME?” There are like 175 pages of editorial in the front and scads of authors and I had no idea they would put me on the cover.

      I have an article in the 2014 edition as well, but I’m assuming lightning won’t strike twice on that. πŸ˜‰

  18. Nida Sea

    I LOVE this monthly link party! I didn’t post this time around because I don’t have any new posts (a habit that is soon to die!). I voted, in any case. Good luck, bloggers!

  19. Cari

    Got the linky and put it in the code and it looks really good but now I’ve heard from two different friends that they’re not able to vote? There’s still 11 hours to go… Anyone have this problem?

    What a great way to grow the reading list.
    Thanks so much Carol.

    • Carol Tice

      Not sure what could be wrong…but it does not show existing votes until YOU vote…you just click on one of the ‘vote’ tabs with the little yellow star next to the word ‘vote,’ below your choice of post. Then your vote is tallied and you can see the standings on all the posts.

      If they’re not seeing the ‘vote’ maybe try another browser? But I haven’t had a problem.

  20. Linda H


    I tried to vote and it let me vote once, then after that I couldn’t vote at all. Shows I have 6 hours left to cast a vote, but it won’t let me. Sorry. Several are good, a couple a read before they were posted here.

    I’ll keep reading–but it’s not letting me vote. πŸ™

    • Carol Tice

      Linda, you can only vote once! That’s why it won’t let you do it again.

      It’s such an adventure, having this new technical feature on the blog! I find my audience is so technically challenged in general that it’s a miracle I get any retweets… πŸ˜‰

  21. Sheila Bergquist

    I can’t enter this because I don’t write about writing. I read Carol’s site for great tips because I am trying to be a writer and make a living at it. But what I wanted to say is I LOVE this link party and read almost all the entries. I have discovered some great new sites! This is such a great thing Carol is doing, but we all know how truly giving she is. Thanks Carol!

    • Carol Tice

      You’re welcome. Honestly, I love reading and discovering my readers’ blogs!

      I should probably do a post out of reading these links and give some pointers on how to make the posts better… πŸ˜‰ Putting that on my idea list!

      And remember, it’s not just writing — it’s blogging, marketing, productivity, work from home, freelancing. The area is pretty broad. And I see some of the posters this time were kind of stretching the definition…so I’ll have to think about whether I’m going to spike inappropriate posts.

      • Sheila Bergquist

        I’m still such a newbie I can’t offer any advice on any of that…one reason I read your site religiously! Yes, there are some entries here that stretched the rules a bit. I get so caught up reading others sites I tend to neglect my own…not a good thing, but I love discovering the gems that are out there.

  22. Patricia

    Carol, thanks for this great link event! There are so many ideas and info shares in these links!

  23. Laurie Boris

    Carol, where can I find the Party code? Or is it too late to post the link? Thank you!

    • Carol Tice

      It’s cool, Laurie — the party, as they say, is over. But we’ll be back next month!

      • Laurie Boris

        Okay, thank you, just checking. A number of people who voted told me they were subscribing to your blog.


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