Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Hometalk’s new traffic program for bloggers! Bloggers who share three high-quality posts within a 90-day period are now eligible for an email feature DIRECTLY to your blog. With this program, we aim to increase the traffic from Hometalk to your blog and we look forward to a wonderful and successful road ahead!
What’s the Hometalk Traffic Program?
The traffic program is a value-add for Hometalk bloggers who regularly share high-quality content with the Hometalk community. Through this program, Hometalk will feature a rotation of direct links to qualified bloggers in our daily emails to increase the traffic you receive from Hometalk.
Where do you sign up?
No need to sign up! All Hometalk bloggers will now see a ‘blog links’ section under their account settings (on desktop only). Add your three direct blog links today and we will choose one per feature, as you qualify.
How do you qualify?
Bloggers who share three high-quality posts within a 90-day period become eligible for a feature. The 90-day period applies retroactively; meaning, if you share a new post today, our system will include any high-quality posts shared within the past 90-days in its calculation.
Important: You must have three blog links saved under your account settings for our editors to choose from for the feature.
What is a high quality post?
Our goal at Hometalk is to connect people with ideas that will help them better their lives by improving their home & garden themselves. Therefore, a high quality post must fit the following criteria: A. contain a minimum of four pictures and two hundred words. B. give readers a good understanding of how the project was done. Here’s a great example by Amanda of Dwelling In Happiness: DIY Concrete Beverage Cooler.
(Note: this is a value add program. It does not replace or conflict with the minimum post requirements. If you still want to post the minimum 3 pictures and 100 words you are welcome to do so.)
How do you add your blog links?
Click on account settings and then blog links. Input your blog URL at the top and save three blog links of your choice in the open fields.
When should you expect to get featured and how often?
Once in 90 days is the minimum. Once a in 30 days is the maximum. We will be continuously fine-tuning the frequency to match the supply and demand.
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update this FAQ section regularly to keep you informed of new questions and answers as they arise.
When does my 90 day count begin?
The 90-day period applies retroactively; meaning, if you share a new post today, our system will include any high-quality posts shared within the past 90-days in its calculation.
What is a “rotation of direct links?”
Hometalk will feature 4 different blogger links within the same email. The links will rotate, meaning each reader will receive any one of the 4 links. Therefore, if you were featured in the email, you might not see your feature in the email you received that day.
How much traffic should I expect?
That will vary from blogger to blogger. We hope it will translate into a few thousand clicks, new subscribers, and residual traffic.
How will I know if my Hometalk post qualifies?
We do not have a notification system in place. We’ve provided the criteria above as a benchmark. As long as you meet the criteria, your post qualifies.
How soon after qualifying should I expect a feature?
It depends on the number of blogger participating in the program at any given time. We are continuously balancing supply and demand and aim to feature you soon after you qualify.
How will I know if I was featured?
We aim to have a notification system in place soon. Meanwhile, keep an eye on your Google analytics! (Which is a good thing to do, anyway!)
My blog is in a foreign language. Do I qualify for the Hometalk Traffic Program?
Currently, we are only featuring bloggers who’s blogs are in the English language. We will keep you updated about future plans to expand the program.
I have two Hometalk profiles with separate blogs. Can I participate in the traffic program with both domains?
While we love the enthusiasm, bloggers can only participate in the traffic program with one domain.