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BlogCarnival.com Has A New Owner!

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6:35 am
August 17, 2012


jonrhodesuk

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I wrote an article about blog carnivals a few months ago. I recently received some comments after this article from the new owner of BlogCarnival.com, the first and biggest carnival site. The design of the site has already been modernised and they say they will be making some more improvements, and are inviting suggestions. It seems like it is going to be run in a more pro active way from now on.

 

I did suggest that they remove all the disused blog carivals so that there is less clutter to wade through to find the active ones. They indicated that this is what will be happening in the future.

 

If anyone here has any comments or suggestions about BlogCarnival.com, then check out my post Increase Traffic With Blog Carnivals.

They are keeping their eye on this post and will respond to comments and suggestions you make. It's refreshing to finally be heard! Smile

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1:14 pm
August 17, 2012


Jennifer Lynn

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Is this the blog carnival site that has been laying dormant the past few years? I remember how vibrant and huge it was around 2006-2007. If so, looking forward to a revival!

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2:39 pm
August 17, 2012


jonrhodesuk

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Yes it is! Hopefully new ownership will breed some new life in it. The signs already look promising. Smile

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8:40 am
August 18, 2012


KyleAAA

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Hopefully they will fix it so that I'm allowed to submit to carnivals again. My submissions always got blocked, I'm guessing because of the first 10 letters of my domain name.

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1:00 pm
August 18, 2012


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Haha yah… if you just start typing and don't finish that could be bad.

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7:40 am
August 19, 2012


jonrhodesuk

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KyleAAA said:

Hopefully they will fix it so that I'm allowed to submit to carnivals again. My submissions always got blocked, I'm guessing because of the first 10 letters of my domain name.

Lol, that made me laugh out loud! LaughLaugh You could always contact the new owners and explain the situation to them. They seem a lot more responsive than the last owners.

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11:32 am
August 19, 2012


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I will check it out Jon. Thanks for sharing.

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1:38 am
August 20, 2012


jonrhodesuk

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They have just contacted my blog via the comments fieldto let me know that they removed a lot of old carnivals. I've just checked it out and it is a LOT easier to use now Smile

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8:09 am
August 20, 2012


MoneyBeagle

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All sounds very promising.  The key will be to see if the momentum is maintained in the long term.

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9:35 am
August 20, 2012


ontargetcoach

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Jon,

Have you seen any positive traffic from this carnival site yet? I feel leery to contribute to same carnivals too much as Google might look unfavorably on next update. Any thoughts on this? 

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11:27 am
August 20, 2012


jonrhodesuk

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ontargetcoach said:

Jon,

Have you seen any positive traffic from this carnival site yet? I feel leery to contribute to same carnivals too much as Google might look unfavorably on next update. Any thoughts on this? 

I do get some traffic from some of the carnivals there, but nothing massive. There are also the SEO benefits to submitting to carnivals though.

 

I suspect, and this is only my thoughts on this, that you won't get penalised for submitting to the same carnivals, but the benefits will be reduced each time. I can't see any reason why Google would penalise your site for having several links on the same site. However I also cannot see Google giving the same weight to the 10th link as it would to a link on a new site (asssuming it had same page rank, authority etc.) That is why I try to get included on a wide variety of carnivals, rather than loads of links on just a handful.

 

A link is a vote of quality to a site, and it doesn't make sense to me that a site can have inlimited votes as to what is a quality site. I'm fairly sure it's better to have one link on 10 sites than it is to have 10 links on one site, assuming they are same quality of sites.

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12:41 pm
August 20, 2012


ontargetcoach

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Jon,

 

Thanks for responding, I should add that if I do submit to a carnival, I don't link back for fear of link scheming or trading links, maybe I'm just paranoid.

 

 I'll try for some of the carnivals on the link you provided. Thanks for the info. 

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8:42 am
August 21, 2012


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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ontargetcoach said:

Jon,

Thanks for responding, I should add that if I do submit to a carnival, I don't link back for fear of link scheming or trading links, maybe I'm just paranoid.

 I'll try for some of the carnivals on the link you provided. Thanks for the info. 

If that is the case, you should not submit to carnivals. The spirit of participating is to share everything as a community. Most carnivals will block you if you don't link back.

9:28 am
August 21, 2012


ontargetcoach

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Eric,

 

Thanks for your thoughts. I didn't realize that a carnival would block you for not linking back as I've never read that as a requirement for submitting to any carnival.

But, I guess carnivals can't explicitly state that in the rules or it would be a 'linking scheme' in the eyes of Google. If they are blocking you though isn't that forcing people to link back…I see I may be over thinking or at least trying to predict the next Google update. 

 

Oddly enough, I'm hosting my first Yakezie Carnival this week, I guess that is what has got me thinking about this. 

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9:37 am
August 21, 2012


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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The biggest PF carnival has it very clearly in the rules.

For an article to be accepted, it must meet these qualifications:

  • The article should reflect your point of view or opinion.
  • Positive stories are more enjoyable than negative stories or rants.
  • Only one submission per weblog will be accepted.
  • The entry should fall within the broad topic of personal finance.
  • Do not submit an article which has already appeared or will appear in any other Carnival.
  • The article should be recent, having been published within the last two weeks, but preferrably in the week leading up to the Carnival.
  • As a participant it is your reponsibility to link back to the published Carnival as soon as possible.

11:08 am
August 21, 2012


KyleAAA

Atlanta, GA

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ontargetcoach said:

Jon,

 

Thanks for responding, I should add that if I do submit to a carnival, I don't link back for fear of link scheming or trading links, maybe I'm just paranoid.

 

 I'll try for some of the carnivals on the link you provided. Thanks for the info. 

This fear is unfounded. In fact, it would appear less natural to Google if you DIDN'T link back, because that's what most people do.

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12:15 pm
August 21, 2012


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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Not to derail, but…

 

"Do not submit an article which has already appeared or will appear in any other Carnival."

 

I'm a bit new to carnivals, but I did not read this at all. So, should I only pick 5 or less carnivals and send different articles to each?

5:16 am
August 22, 2012


MoneyBeagle

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That is correct, Jake.  Most (but not all) carnivals require/request that you do not submit the same article to another carnival. 

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2:08 pm
August 22, 2012


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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MoneyBeagle said:

That is correct, Jake.  Most (but not all) carnivals require/request that you do not submit the same article to another carnival. 

 

Thanks. Will do :)

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