What is a blog hop?
Well, to answer that we need to look at linkys. A linky is basically a piece of code that you add to your blog post. It creates a form for users to add their name and URL into, and then collates them all into a list. Readers don’t see the code, just the form and the list.
For an example, see our very own Weekly Adoption Shout Out – a linky that invites readers to add adoption related blog posts which then all display in a form.
The benefit of this?
Well, it puts lots of related blogs/blog posts in the same place so readers don’t have to trawl the internet. It also means your blog is placed alongside other popular blogs thus gaining more exposure.
So the blog hop bit…
Well, a straight linky tends to sit on one website, much like the Weekly Adoption Shout Out sits on The Adoption Social.
A blog hop is where the list and form are shown as in a linky, but the code can be taken and added to your own website too. It improves the reach of the linky as it then appears on all related websites (if they choose to show it). Typically, once you’ve added your details to the linky, you take the code and place it at the bottom of the post you just linked up.
How do I create one?
Here at The Adoption Social, we use linkytools.com. We have an account where we can create different types of linky, including blog hops and the code is provided by the linkytools website. You can try it too – from recollection there is a free trial period.
If you decide to set one up, be sure to let us know, and if you need any help just tweet us @adoptionsocial or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org