Blog Hop: Grow Your Blog (GYB)

Good morning and welcome to the Grow Your Blog Networking Party. We are so excited to be bringing this party back to you!

I’m super happy to be co-hosting Julie’s (This Gal Cooks) Grow Your Blog (GYB) hop today. It’s such a fantastic way to network with other bloggers and grow your blog (like you didn’t guess already!) 😉

So why not join in the fun and be ready to grow your blog today.


Julie, Paula and I will now be joined by two other fabulous co-hosts: Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner and Tanya from Lemons for Lulu. Each week we will be joined by four co-hosts too (that’s me, yay!) Interested in co-hosting? Just email us at and we will get you scheduled!

What is the Grow Your Blog Networking Party all about? NETWORKING, of course! Meeting new bloggers, finding new content to follow, building your readership. Why is blog networking great for you? Simply put, it increases readership and traffic to your blog. How do you network? Visit. Comment. Invite. Communicate. These are key to growing your blog.

What are some of your tips for networking? Leave a comment below! We may feature your idea at a future party!

Let’s meet the hosts and co-hosts of the party!

Your Hosts

Julie from This Gal Cooks (Host)
Paula from Call Me PMc (Host)
Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner (Host)
Tanya from Lemons for Lulu (Host)
Kaylynn from Among the Young (Co-Host)
Melissa from Persnickety Plates (Co-Host)
Amanda from My Show (Co-Host)
Lisa from Sweet 2 Eat Baking (Co-Host)

Each week we will be including a link up to a social media outlet of our choosing. This week we chose Google Plus. So after linking up your blog, be sure to scroll down and link up your G+ Profile.

Some tips when using G+:

  • Tag people in your posts that involve them. If you share someone’s post on Google plus, tag them by typing @ and their name. A dropdown with a list of names will come up. Select their name to tag them. Below is an example. I wanted to tag Tanya so I typed @ and then started typing her name.

Tagging people in G+

  • Plus one other posts.
  • Add people to circles. One of the great features of Google plus is that you can add people to circles. This makes it so easy to keep track of who posts about food, tech info, DIY, etc. You can create your own circles and name them whatever you want to name them.
  • Participate in G+ Communities. I am part of the G+ Food Bloggers Community. I’ve met some great people through that group. And I even attended a virtual Food Bloggers conference that was held on G+!

Do you have any G+ questions? Just let us know. We’d be happy to answer them for you!


  • Follow and/or visit your hosts and co-hosts. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know you stopped by!
  • Link up the main page of your blog, not an individual post. You may link up your individual posts to Marvelous Mondays.
  • Visit and follow other bloggers
  • Comment to let them know that you stopped by and how you followed (Email, GFC, Facebook, Bloglovin, etc)
  • Invite them to visit your blog. Leave the name of your blog in a comment. Please do not leave a link – Google is going to start viewing links as Spam and they will decrease page ranking of sites that are viewed to have a lot of Spam.
  • Communicate with them about what you like on their blog. Let them know you are interested in their blog.USE THEIR NAME! A simple “I’m so and so stopping by. I followed you please follow me.” just isn’t going to interest someone into visiting your blog. Sure, you can request a visit to your blog or a follow along but engage in some type of conversation first.
  • Place our party graphic on your page. It’s not required but it would be a pretty rad thing to do. You can get the graphic by copying and pasting the GYB graphic located in the beginning of this post.


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  1. says

    Hi Lisa! Thanks so much to you and the ladies for hosting the GYB blog hop and it’s great to meet you! Look forward to following you via email and hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

  2. says

    Hi Lisa! Thank you for hosting the party! Your story is inspiring and all your sweets look amazing! Beautiful photos and wonderful recipes…I look forward to following you on Google +!

  3. says

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the great party. I’m totally new to Google + so this is perfect for me. I hope I can pick up some tips along the way. Happy blogging to all.

  4. says

    Thanks for co-hosting. I am new to the blogging world and I was excited to find this blog hop. I just started following you and can’t wait to see the other blogs out there. Have a great weekend

  5. says

    Thanks for telling me about this blog hop, I’m still getting to grips with G+ so wonderful to be able to link it up here :)


  6. says

    Thanks for hosting Lisa (from a fellow cbias’er!). Great way to find new blogs – there’s plenty to check out.

    Emma @ Bubbablue and me

  7. says

    Thanks for hosting Lisa (from a fellow cbias’er!). Great way to find new blogs – there’s plenty to check out.

    Emma @ Bubbablue and me

  8. says

    TIP: One thing I have started to do is, when I leave a comment on a blog hop, I say what my post title that I shared is. I host my own hop and when others do that I always want to look in the links and find it. Otherwise, I am very glad that they came and took the time to comment but I may not actually see their post (my hop is happily growing and tops 200 each week now. That’s a lotta links!)

    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row