Creating Site Traffic Through Blog Carnivals

In starting your online marketing campaign, the first thing to do is to establish your presence in the internet realm by creating your own website that represents your business. It is where you include the basic information of your company as well as your business so people can easily know about you by simply browsing your website.

The next thing do is to acquire high volume of traffic to easily optimize your site on popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and Bing. With high ranking, your website gains popularity and better visibility, making it easier for you to attract more site visitors.

There are different ways to generate site traffic such as article marketing, video marketing, paid advertisement and others. But one method is making its way to help you in your online marketing and that is through making blogs.

Blog carnival is a series of blogs revolving on a particular theme where you can submit your articles to a carnival or carnivals that are related to what you have written.

Basically, here is how a blog carnival works:

  • From the active bloggers registered in the blog carnival, one is chosen to be a host of a particular topic. There will be a different host for each routine.
  • When the topic is identified and told to participating bloggers, they will create blog posts related to the chosen concept and publish them on their own blogs.
  • The host will then gather the URLS of the published articles posted on different blogs and creates an entry with an introduction of the topic and the list of links leading to the chosen blog posts.
  • It is then published online or commonly called as e-zine which is released weekly or monthly.
  • What is great about blog carnival is that you can join the routine for free by simply signing up. This can also help you in building a good reputation of being an expert in the nature of your business by discussing your niche on your posts.

More traffic is attainable once your blog followers increased through blog carnival. Aside from getting back links from the blog carnival and other participating blogs, you also have the chance of hosting a blog carnival soon where you can include your blog for better exposure.

To effectively use a blog carnival, make sure that you have the highest quality of posts so the host is most likely to include your URL in the e-zine. It is best to submit your articles early to have a better chance of getting featured in the publication.

To maintain the good reputation, avoid spamming and follow the rules of the blog carnival to avoid being suspended and even terminated. And lastly, make sure that the articles submitted must be original.

His Most Famous Painting (Harlequin’s Carnival) – Joan Miro

The acclaimed painting, “Harlequin’s Carnival (Spanish: Le Carnaval d’Arlequin),” interpreted as an elucidation of the human subconscious mind, was a masterpiece by the famous Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramist Joan Miro (1893-1983). Modest and secluded in nature, Joan was the son of an affluent Goldsmith. Created during 1924-25, “Harlequin’s Carnival” measures 66cm x 93 cm. This oil painting on canvas, conceived in France, well represents ‘Surrealism,’ the preferred style of the painter. Being magnificently unconventional, “Harlequin’s Carnival” has ever attracted criticism from the art experts for not conforming to the customary eloquence of artistry.

The carnival shown in “Harlequin’s Carnival” is a merry making festival, a period of revelry that concludes before the Ash Wednesday in the Christian Calendar. The end of the carnival marks the beginning of the season of LENT, commemorating the Passion of Christ through individual sacrifices for the next forty days. At the carnival, people celebrate by disguising themselves into funny characters and objects called floats and move around the place, entertaining others, and building a pleasant, festive ambience. Joan Miro depicts many enthusiastic and colorful characters in “Harlequin’s Carnival” as an unprecedented collection, with most of the images and shapes created probably with a frolicsome frame of mind.

The central character of the painting, Harlequin, is a person who wears a mask or disguise for fun. The painting brings forth the hidden expression of a man imagining himself amongst an entertaining and joyfully spirited environment. Some of the other prominent characters of “Harlequin’s Carnival” are two cats sharing the same piece of wool for play and an inquisitive sun peeping through the window. There are similar looking musical notes flowing next to a violin. A yellow masked tall man is shown at the centre and a man disguised as a guitar, seen next to him. The feet of this man are quite visible, as he stands next to the dice, where a busy insect is seated. There is a ladder on the left of the painting and atop are two human shapes swaying in the gentle breeze, enjoying themselves in an imaginative trapeze form. A man with two colored, red and blue, face with a long moustache is shown and you can also see a fish on the table. Several other unidentified images are there in “Harlequin’s Carnival,” as a part of the festival mood.

Overall, definitely Joan’s painting brings about a carnival’s fervor time in the viewer’s mind. “Harlequin’s Carnival” has been defined as “a random choice of images in an illogical arrangement.” The painting currently graces Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.

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.