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What is a permalink? How do I find mine?

If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a blog link party, this is a must-know! One of the common courtesies is to link up to the specific post rather than your whole blog. Most well-run blog link parties insist that you do.

Why does it matter? Because not all readers will discover the post while your contribution is your most recent entry. Here’s a really great example, one of my most-visited posts to date is the MckLinky party with all the homeschool rooms from my Not-Back-to-School Hop in August 2009. Those links still get a lot of traffic. If they had linked to the blog, rather than the post, people would click them today and never find the post from way back in August 2009.

So, what the heck is a permalink, and how do I find it? Easy. I’ll show you!

1. Find the post title.

2. Click it. Your blog will reload.

3. Now look up in your browser bar. Instead of seeing your blog’s URL you will see a URL for only that post.

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My blog’s URL is: http://my3boybarians.com/
But my permalink for that post is: http://my3boybarians.com/2010/03/spring-ohhh-spring-where-art-thou/

4. With your mouse highlight the address is the browser bar. To copy click cmd-c (ctrl-c on a PC ), or you can right-click and your context menu will appear.

Highlight and copy your browser | What is a permalink

5. The final step is to paste your permalink into an Inlinkz, MckLinky, Mister Linky or blog carnival link box. Put your cursor in the box and click Cmd-v ( Ctrl-v for a PC ), or right-click> paste the link.

how to participate in blog link party | how to link a blog to a link party

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Paste your permalink in the link feature | What is a permalink

6. Click “Next Step” or “Enter my Link”. Voilà! You just entered your permalink. Congratulations!

Why should you participate in a blog link party?

It’s a really great way to gain exposure for your blog and for you to meet others in the process. It’s also good netiquette to visit some of the other participants. This is how networking and communities are built in the blogosphere.

Looking for some popular blog links to join? Here are a few blogs that hold regular ones.

  • Kimba, A Soft Place to Land: DIY Day, link up your do-it-yourself projects on Tuesdays.
  • Nester, Nesting Place: not a specific day, but she plays link pages often! Ex.) Using Chalkboards in your Home
  • Wordless Wednesday: Wordless Wednesday, no copy, all photo link day.
  • Emily, Chatting at the Sky: Tuesdays Unwrapped, celebrate the small things, focus on “discovering the gifts in the midst of the ordinary.”
  • Kristen, We are THAT Family: Works for Me Wednesday, tips and ideas that make life easier.
  • Right here at Life with my 3 Boybarians: Sweet Shot Day, each Tuesday link up your favorite photo of the week.

Go forth. Conquer the blogosphere!

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Comments

  1. Your site and information is wonderful. Thank you so much. I understand how to link up for the party permalink but how do I link in that party website into my blog at the end of my post so that I link back to them.

    I have a design blog out of Italy that you might love since you love Italy.

    A presto e grazie

    • A host should offer a button if it’s a regularly reoccuring party. If not, simply include the URL starting with http:// of the blog post (not the main blog) of the link up.

      Hope that helps!

      I do miss Italy! 😉

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