Blog Carnivals: The Biggest Kept Secret

One the best kept secrets that I don’t see too many bloggers using is a Blog Carnival. You’re probably asking, what the heck is a Blog Carnival. Well, it doesn’t involve games or bearded ladies; a Blog Carnival is an event that someone hosts on their blog. It explores a specific topic or niche and is published on a regular basis. These publishings can occur weekly, monthly or anytime the editor decides to host one. Any one can host a Carnival and anyone can submit a post to a Carnival.

A Blog Carnival has huge advantages for bloggers.

  1. It allows you to submit your related posts & have them seen by a wide audience. Who doesn’t want exposure!
  2. They are an excellent source for one way links.
  3. Most blogs that host Carnivals have decent rankings so this brings up your ranking.

There are many topics that you can cover when submitting your posts. They range from:

  • Blogging for cash
  • Monetizing
  • Traffic building
  • Success
  • Improvement
  • Crime blogs
  • Fast cash
  • Make money blogging
  • Singers blogs
  • Chinese blogs
  • C++ blogging

Now that you know about this secret go take advantage of all the links you can get, exposure to your site and host one or two Carnivals yourselves.

This post was guest blogged by Jane May. She teaches readers how to create and monetize blogs on Daily Web Ideas.

51 thoughts on “Blog Carnivals: The Biggest Kept Secret”

  1. Jane you are really all about value….

    This is all about “Showcasing”

    Going to get on this right now!

    1. JaneMay says:

      I aim to please 😀

      1. That’s a good habit to have in this field. I’m sure the company you are with is also extremely impressed with the “results” you attract to the table.

        I would guess that you have a millions and 1 things to do a day but it’s because of that workload and the excitement that your the queen of the crop, no?

      2. Andy Dang says:

        This is a great post. I too will jump on it.

    2. Yeah I used Blog Carnival all the time and thats why my Technorati authority is almost at 200 :mrgreen:

      1. I have done several carnivals myself…never thought about hosting one though…hmmm

      2. I think that Technorati is down at the moment!….. Yikes.

      3. Andy Dang says:

        I don’t know why I’ve never came across carnivals before. Thanks for this entry though.

    3. Zac Johnson says:

      Thanks Jane, signed up and checking it out.

  2. Hosting carnivals — you or John should delve deeper into that. Could make for a pretty interesting post. 💡

  3. Bob says:

    Giving away all the secrets huh 🙂

    1. JaneMay says:

      Not all, just a few 😉

      1. Andy Dang says:

        Jane, How did you get to post things on John’s site? I’m searching for that answer, but I can’t find it anywhere.

  4. Jane, your blog is currently down.

    1. JaneMay says:

      I know, my server is acting up…trying to figure it out now.

      1. Nate W. says:

        All fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

        1. JaneMay says:

          Thanx Nate! His response time really is amazing 😀

          1. Nate is the ultimate go getter. He is well connected too!

  5. Jason says:

    what do you guys think about software like webceo( to help in managing blog visibility?

  6. Dj Flush says:

    Blog Carnivals eh 😀 This truly seems one new topic of my interest

    Oh Let me think to host a Technology Blog Carnival lol hehe

    Thumbs up to Jane 🙂

  7. Ankur says:

    Surely going to work it out. Anyone who has already used it, can you tell the approx visitors/links you get?

    1. Andy Dang says:

      I will drop that comment on your site.:neutral:

  8. ➡ 💡 By the way, I’m going to host a blog carnival, the details are here:

    1. JaneMay says:

      Good luck with your carnival!!

      1. Thank you, Jane!

        Amazingly, it’s a first Funds Zine carnival, but I already have about 30 submissions – I probably will make two carnival posts 🙂

  9. Vincent Chow says:

    I’m one of those who just learn about blog carnival :p Thanks for posting this up.

    1. JaneMay says:

      No problem. I was surprised to hear that not too many people were using these carnivals. It was a great way to start for me.

  10. Terry says:

    Good call on this post. I’ve been hearing things about carnivals for a while now, but never taken the time to post. Going to try now, been inspired by the post/comments. Thanks.

    1. Jane May says:

      Glad to hear you’re stepping out of your confort zone and “doing” instead of hearing. Let me know how it works out for you.

  11. Casey says:

    I remember joining this a while ago but didn’t understand it. I get it better now. I will have to take advantage of it now that you recommend it.

  12. andy w says:

    Seems interesting, really critical issue: theme of the carnival? Politics in Argentina? :=)

  13. Bob says:

    One of my guest bloggers had a great article on blog carnivals a little while ago, links included for those who are really interested.

  14. Ali says:

    I’ve never really looked into blog carnivals before. Keep seeing all these threads all over the place for them but never bothered participating. Maybe now it’s about time I did.

    1. Andy Dang says:

      But then again, now that it shows up on John’s site, it may be too late.

  15. Alvin Phang says:

    Nice sharing Jane! Another website to bookmark to get backlinks.. it will surely help to market my blog more as I got so much Internet Marketing tips to share on my blog…

    The best was I got 50,000 people looking at MyBlogLog Widget and it is now circling around the BlogSphere like crazy =P

  16. Bryan says:

    This is a great site to get blogging tips. Not entirely what i expected when I started reading but its been great so far.

  17. Wow Jane, this is wild 😯 , I read an article over the weekend about blog carnivals and I was thinking just today that I needed to learn more about them! 💡 Thanks for a timely post!

    ➡ Don

    1. Jane May says:

      I tend to read people’s minds like that 😛

  18. Edwin says:

    Second time in a week that I read something about blogcarnivals….seems something to keep an eye on and look further into

  19. Andy Dang says:

    I read about blog carnival last week from a magazine on campus. Did you get this information from the web or possibly a magazine?

  20. I’ve done several carnivals, it’s quick and easy, esp. if you have a posting that fits the theme nicely!


  21. Rhea says:

    I co-founded a Carnival for Baby Boomer blogs and it’s been great. We do receive residual traffic whenever any of our members get extra attention.

  22. Sucker says:

    Ha… I looked into BlogCarnival a few times in the past year and the carnivals I looked at seemed deserted.

    Guess I’ll have to go back and see what I missed 😎

  23. Cool post. I read about blog carnivals a few months back but haven’t yet tried them myself…
    But I think you could have explained what blog carnivals are exactly a little better, how they work, etc.

  24. Hi John, thanks for the article in your site. very helpful. I think I fall in the same mistake of other Google whores 😆 I make experiment blog for adsense, which seems to be zero traffic 🙄

  25. Roy says:

    Wha???? Jane writes for JC dot Com? I didn’t know that…

    Yes, carnivals are good, but I haven’t “carnival-ed” (???) in quite some time… maybe it’s time to jump back in… on… whatever…

    and look into hosting one.

  26. green says:

    i will join up all decent carnivals ❗

  27. Yes, Blog Carnival! I totally forgot about this site….it is great 🙂


  28. Gary says:

    I used to contribute to the Carnival of Cars. When the host stopped running it, I started the Carnival of Wheels. It generates consistent quality traffic, helps PR and even gives me ideas for new content. The only thing to remember is that writing a good carnival takes time. To write meaningful commentary on submissions, you need to actually read all of them, rather than just skimming. On weeks where I have had 15 or 16 submissions it can take a few hours of my Sunday.

  29. Michael says:

    carnival’s are interesting but I don’t think that I would use them, mostly because I don’t think that I would pay attention to them. I won’t write anything that I wouldn’t read

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