Ultimate Blog Party 2012 – Tips & Tricks

by Susan

Ultimate Blog Party Agenda
The UBP12 is brought to you by:

The countdown to the exciting midnight start of the Ultimate Blog Party 2012 has begun.

The UBP12 officially starts Friday, April 13th at 12:01 am.

But don’t be fooled by the “Friday”… it really translates into midnight tonight (Thursday) night if you are in the Eastern time zone. Or if you’re in the Pacific like we are, it’s 9:00 pm Thursday night.

The midnight rush to get your site listed at the top of the Linky Lists is tough for our server to handle, but we’ve been working with our hosting company Liquid Web to ensure it stays up.

But the fact is that when thousands of bloggers hit our site at the same time, it will slow down somewhat due to the heavy load.

So here’s some advice to get the most out of the opening hours of the Ultimate Blog Party.

The UBP is a fabulous way to grow your online community and the more involved you get, the more your friendships will grow. There are steps you can take now before the party opens at Midnight and there are tricks to follow during the event.

How To Prepare Before The UBP Starts

Step 1 – RSVP for LIVE Events
As listed in the agenda image above, we are having FOUR online LIVE events. One Twitter Party and three video chats on Spreecast. RSVP for each of them NOW.

Monday #UBP12 Twitter Party – Monday 9pm Est
Monday Late Night Video Hangout on Spreecast – Monday 10:30 pm Est
Wednesday Late Night Video Hangout on Spreecast – Wednesday 10:30 pm Est
Thursday Live Video Interviews on Spreecast – Thursday 9 pm Est

Step 2 – Write Your UBP Party Post
Ensure you have published YOUR UBP Party Post on your own blog sometime before midnight and have the url of that blog post ready to copy and paste. Include a UBP badge or banner to let your readers know that you’re joining the party.

Step 3 – Pick Your Linky List
Decide ahead of time which Blog Linky List is the best fit for your blog. There are 8 different blog categories, each with it’s own Linky List page.

Also have your Twitter, Facebook Page (NOT personal profile) and Pinterest Page urls ready to copy and paste into those Linky Lists.

You must PICK ONE category to add your Blog link. There are Linky Lists below for the following categories.

  1. Mom Blogs with Product Reviews and Giveaways
  2. Mom Blogs with very Little Product Emphasis
  3. Christian and Religious Blogs
  4. Special Needs Blogs
  5. Specialty Blogs
  6. Business Blogs
  7. Daily Life and Opinion Blogs
  8. Dad Blogs

You can ALSO add your Facebook Page, Twitter Handle and Pinterest Handle to the Linky Lists titled…

  1. Facebook Pages
  2. Twitter Handles
  3. Pinterest Handles

Step 4 – Tweet with #UBP12
Join the Twitter conversation #UBP12 leading up to and during the Midnight opening. We will tweet out status updates if our site temporarily goes down due to the heavy load. If the site does go down, please don’t keep hitting refresh. Instead watch the Twitter stream as we will update there.

Tips & Tricks to Get the Most Out of the UBP

  1. Introduce Yourself and Your Blog in Your Party Post
    In your party post that you publish on your blog, share a photo of yourself and maybe your family or pets. Tell a little bit about yourself as a quick introduction… think of it like you’re at a party and introducing yourself. Consider linking to a few of your favorite posts or those that tell your story.

    Be sure to include a UBP badge or banner so that partygoers immediately recognize they are in the right place.

  2. Tweet Your UBP Party Blog Post
    During the party many people tweet out their blog post urls using the hashtag #UBP12. That is a great way to engage partiers and get more traffic to your post.
     
  3. Share Your UBP Party Blog Post on Facebook
    You can also share your blog post url and chat with other partygoers on Facebook at the UBP12 Facebook event and the 5 Minutes For Mom Facebook group.
     
  4. Comment, Comment, Comment
    Leave meaningful comments on blog posts and blog hop through the comments left on other blog posts and visit all those who leave comments on yours.
     
  5. Enter For Prizes
    Take your time browsing through the prize pages, but make sure you remember to fill out the UBP 11 Registration and Prize Entry Form. You need to fill out that form with your Twitter handle to be in the running for prizes.

New UBP Navigation Drop-down Menu

To make browsing to the different Linky List pages and the various Prize pages, we’ve added a new Ultimate Blog Party menu in our top nav bar. You can now get directly to the particular UBP page you want right from the menu as shown below.

UBP12 Navigation Menu



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Susi April 12, 2012 at 7:29 am

Thank you so much for this. I was a little lost as to what I needed to do exactly since this is my first time participating. Hope I get all this done properly!!! Looking forward to “meeting” lots of new to me bloggers!!! Yay. :)
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2 tinafreysd April 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

Nice sharing of tips…I want to join also in this kind of tips.. Thank you for sharing

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3 Samantha April 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

I’m wicked excited! Just wanted to give you a head’s up though, because on the schedule picture, it says the Monday the 16th, Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 16th… >.> hehe

-Samantha
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4 Susan April 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thank you so much Samantha for pointing that out! My tired eyes totally missed that. I’ll ask our artist to fix it.
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5 Renee April 12, 2012 at 8:45 am

Thank you for this event. this is my first time participating an I am somewhat lost as to what I nee to do since I am not a blogger. I hope that I am doing this right. This is so exciting, I am so looking forward to this.

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6 Susan April 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Great to hear you’re joining the fun. You don’t have to be a blogger to join the fun… you can still add your other social media profiles Twitter, FB Page and Pinterest page to those linkies if you want. And of course join all the live events, browse through and visit sites and enter to win PRIZES!
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7 Supra April 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

Thanks Susan, for sharing such a nice post! I’m an aspiring blogger and I shall like to the tips and tricks of becoming a successful blogger.

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8 Jenny April 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

awesomeness. i’ll definitely scheduale my post to go live at midnight :P
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9 Susan April 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Wonderful! See ya at the party.
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10 LaughWithUsBlog April 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I’m ready to party! So fun!
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11 Tanya April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Another tip is to offer some sort of door prize or giveaway to those visiting your blog – it can help get them connected with you and your blog. If anyone is needing prizes to give away, just head over to my blog through the link above and shoot me an email through the contact form. See you tonight!
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12 Cascia Talbert (The Healthy Moms Magazine) April 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thanks for all this information! This was the post I was looking for! I’m going to get my dinner now but I will be back in a couple of hours to leave my links, enter for the prizes and visit other blogs! I am looking forward to The Ultimate Blog Party 2012!
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13 Mormon Media Reviews April 13, 2012 at 1:27 am

Thanks for putting this together. I have never joined a Blog Party and look forward to meeting new friends.
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14 Kimberly C. April 13, 2012 at 2:16 am

I mistakenly sent my prize sign up in without adding in the prizes I would love to get. :( Not that I am picky…. :)
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15 Nia Stanley April 13, 2012 at 11:18 am

I entered but I clicked something before my photo was cropped properly. Just like in most things with blogs, I’m new but learning! Anyway, feel free to visit http://www.thefabgirls.com, a blog I created for African American teens. Because being female and black is FAB!

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16 Shala Howell April 13, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Thanks for the FAQ and for the Blog Party. This is my first time participating in the Blog Party, but I’m looking forward to it.
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17 Sallie's Kitchen April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I’m new to blogging, so this is just great for me, gonna have a good look around and find some new friends!
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18 Becca April 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The prize form isn’t working. Oops, maybe I missed a deadline- either way can I still blog about it and post to it?
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19 Anna Hettick April 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Thank you for this! The only thing close to this that I’ve ever done was a little ole twitter party and I was a bit overwhelmed! Thanks!!
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20 Gena April 14, 2012 at 2:39 am

Thanks for taking the time to not leave us newbies behind. I got a lot out these Tips & Tricks and can’t wait to dive in. So excited to meet some new mamas!
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21 Catrina Barton April 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm
22 DIStherapy April 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Oops! I entered my linky in more than one category- now what??!
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23 Mary April 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

This is fun!! I am a new blogger and missed the announcement. Looking forward to meeting new bloggers and adding prizes the next go round. Thanks for all the hard work!
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24 Kim April 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I love your banner – I’ve been seeing it everywhere and I just have to tag alone.

Mommie…Again
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25 hminnesota April 16, 2012 at 9:02 am

I love this party. so many prizes, all in once place and so easy to enter .

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26 Cindy Brown April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

Looks like I missed the initial deadline so I cannot participate? This would have been a neat thing, but I just found out about it last night. Maybe next year.
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27 Molly April 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

This looks like so much fun.
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29 Amanda April 16, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I think I did it wrong. Sigh. I had fun tweeting though. You are so amazing to coordinate this :)
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30 MarcieMom April 17, 2012 at 5:35 am

Thank you so much for organizing this, just tweeted you that the only prize I wish to have is the advertising cos I really need help promoting my eczema blog for parents. Everything I do is for charity and goes to the first eczema fund that I’ve set up in Singapore, that pays for treatment for low income patients. I try my best to come up with cartoon every monday, a post every wednesday and bonus on tuesday is currently working with Dr Sears Lean plus a friday Q&A. It’s so super tiring to keep up all these and it’s very difficult to do so plus get followers + traffic + I’m a working mom. I appreciate any help that you can give me, as I’ve mentioned, it’s all non-profit and for the good of children suffering with this chronic condition.. imagine always watching out for scratching, and thanking there’s no blood today.
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31 Adrienne April 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Having a blast meeting some fabulous new bloggers! Thanks for hosting!!
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32 Young Listener April 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I have just started my own blog paying homage to mothers and women and JUST missed this Blog Party Extravaganza! Bummed but not defeated, I hope to be a regular part of this community still.
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33 Kim DelTorchio April 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I just missed this ultimate blog party, but I just started my blog. I hope to be a part of it next year. I hope to become a part of this community of bloggers.
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34 Piper April 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Hey there! This is my first blog party!! I’m really excited about meeting new bloggers! This is the fist time I have ever blogged!! I hope you all will come visit me and help me along!! Thanks!! Look forward to getting to know everyone!!

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35 Create With Joy April 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Dear Susan & Janice

I just wanted to let you know how much fun I’ve had at the party this year and how helpful this post was to me throughout the week!

This is my second year of participating. Last year I joined halfway thru and felt a little lost. This year I felt so much more involved – I’m looking forward to meeting UBP12 bloggers for weeks to come & I am already anticipating next year’s events!

Thank you for all of the effort you and your team put into this. You ladies rock!

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