Blog Carnival – More Than Just A Backlink Tool

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.

Carnival Glass Bowls Costliest Items In It’s Category

Carnival glass bowls form part of the large carnival glass collectible items. These are produced by pressing the glass and coating it with an iridescent coating which gives it shiny look. This process is known as doping, hence this glass is also sometimes referred to as dope glass. This process was first adopted in the early 1900s and it lasted only till the mid to late thirties, and today is extinct.

The company Fenton was the first and largest, widely recognized carnival glass producer. Fenton initially began life as a company which decorated blank glass produced by other companies. In 1907 it started creating carnival glass. When production started, Fenton glassware was marketed as “Iridill” or “iridescent ware”. This was an instant hit and several other companies began producing and marketing their own carnival glass bowls.

In the late twenties, demand for their products began to wane. This was due to the decrease in sales during the Depression, and also in part to the saturation of the market by glass companies. To get rid of stock, companies began selling their wares at deeply discounted prices to carnivals, which the carnivals then used as prizes for their games. Several companies went out of business during this period.

Known as “carnival glass” by glass collectors, the popularity of carnival glass bowls surged in the 1950s. Originally used as carnival prizes, today reproductions are made by several companies. Fenton glass in particular is a prized collectible and the most frequently manufactured.

At present, auctions, antique shops, and online stores are the best places where one could get carnival glass at various prices. Fenton antique glass as well as other well-known carnival glass fetches high prices. Popular colors of these glasses are marigold, as well as dark hues like blue and green. However, carnival glass bowls in red or pastel color are the costliest item of this category. On a popular auction website, one rare ice-blue plate sold for $16,327.55!

For the newbie collectors, there are a lot of resources with plenty of information. A lot of web sites and books are out there for information on the many sizes and shapes these antiques are available.

If Your School Doesn’t Have An Annual Carnival, Here Are 9 Reasons Why It Should

1. School Carnivals Are Incredibly Popular With Students and Parents Alike

Quick, which would you rather do- go to the school carnival or visit to the dentist? See? No contest. OK, maybe that’s not a fair fight, carnival vs. dentist, but the fact is, a school carnival is one of the absolute highlights of the year for any school that has one. It has all the best rolled up into one great package: people having fun, the school making money, and if it’s a really good carnival, there’s always food of some variety on a stick.

2. Carnivals require lots of people as volunteers, but the work is fun and not stressful.

Even though carnivals require a number of people willing to take charge of a wide range of responsibilities, the vast majority of jobs involve having fun and interacting with people. Whether it’s baking items to sell, running games, passing out prizes, decorating the carnival space, face painting, or even selling tickets, the atmosphere of a school carnival is light and enjoyable. These are exactly the kinds of jobs to break new volunteers in on. Once a person has mastered the art of the school carnival, he or she may be ready to take on more challenging volunteer duties within your fundraising team.

3. Carnival Expenses are Low

Since carnivals are held in the school building itself, there won’t be any facility rental fees the school will have to pay, which can often be one of the most expensive items in the budget. Also, food can be donated, and games can be used year after year. Many decorations can also be used more than one year. Of course, there will be a desire to add some new things each year, but the core of the activity can be relatively inexpensive to operate year in and year out.

4. Carnival Income is High

While expenses are kept low, the opportunities to generate revenue are high. Of course, you have the admission tickets, but there can also be charges for food, entertainment, games, and contests. All of these can be purchased with tickets or tokens, so that cash doesn’t have to be handled and potentially lost. Also, revenue can be made from renting out booths to local non-profits, so they can market themselves to the carnival attendees.

5. School Carnivals Become Instant Traditions and Reliable Income

In fundraising, you are always looking for something that will be a guaranteed success, year after year. It’s important to be able to count on a certain range of income. Therefore it is wise to develop activities that will become traditionally expected by your community. Carnivals are so popular, they become one of these traditions almost instantly. Imagine holding your first carnival one year, and then canceling it the next. That doesn’t seem very likely.

6. People are Familiar with the Concept of a School Carnival, so They Come Ready to Have a Good Time.

Even if your school hasn’t ever held a carnival before, most people have been to at least one sometime in their lives. Therefore, you’re not going to have to do a lot of explaining or convincing to get folks involved. This is one of the reasons why you could expect a very respectable turnout your very first year doing it. People are hesitant to try things that are unfamiliar to them. The good news is that most everybody not only knows what a school carnival is, but they also have good memories of it.

7. Carnivals Allow for Teachers and the Principal to Relax

Once you swing open the doors on the school carnival, a whole new feeling spreads over the school. Gone are the worries about tests and having a hallway passes. The joyous, euphoric, and electric atmosphere allows everyone, including teachers and the administrative staff to relax and enjoy the festivities. Having worked as a school principal, I always felt is was important to take every opportunity to have fun with the parents of my students, as well as my staff of teachers. It improved all our relationships and increased our ability to work together.

8. Carnivals Build Camaraderie with Both Kids and Adults.

Carnivals also have the ability to help parents get to know one another. I think that when parents of students get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere, friendships can be made. This is not only beneficial to them, but also to the school in that it seems to increase the number of volunteers we get for school activities. Even if you have a busy schedule, if your best friend is working the school carnival, you might also be inclined to do so, because it becomes a social opportunity.

9. Since So Many Schools Do Annual Carnivals, There is Abundant Information Available Regarding Carnival Themes, Games, Contests, Entertainment, Revenue Producers, etc.

With the exponential growth of the Internet, it is simple to find out extensive information on almost any subject- school carnivals, especially. A simple Google search will yield a wealth of knowledge. Also, it is wise to talk with families who are new to your district. Perhaps they have suggestions from their old school that worked. Trust me, if you put the word out there that you’re thinking of launching a school carnival, you’ll have people banging down your door with ideas.

Conclusion

Fundraising for any kind of a group is hard work. Often, the results are uncertain, but I can’t remember a time when I ever was ambivalent about how much money we were going to make. There’s always been an urgency to make as much as possible with every event or sale. With a carnival, you have just about the closest thing to a sure bet that you can find in this world of fundraising. As I mentioned in the introduction, a carnival mixes the best of everything, and everyone has a good time. In my estimation, that makes the idea of having a school carnival a real no-brainer.