Thursday’s treasures Link Party 98

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It’s that time of week again, time for Thursday’s Treasures Link Party! Before we get to the party, I want to talk about link parties for a moment.
I know most of you link up to share what you’ve made this week and to see what everyone else has been up to. I also know that you’d like to get a little more exposure for your site.

Every now and then, I see conversations about link parties and that people don’t get traffic from linking up. And I’ll be honest with you, I don’t get a lot of direct traffic from all the link parties I participate in. But here’s why I link up. It get’s me out there. If I meet one new friend a week, it’s worth my time.

I’ve also figured out that just because I don’t see direct traffic, doesn’t mean I’m not getting traffic from linking up. If the host site features me on SM with a direct link back to my post and not routed through the party, yup, I won’t always know it came from them. Here are 2 examples of what I’m talking about


FB feature


This facebook feature goes right back to the post being featured so unless you catch my feature on FB, you’ll never know I was the source of that facebook traffic

FB feature to party

Now I could feature like this and make the reader click through the link party to get to your post but I think we both lose readers that way. Just like on pinterest, I want to get right to the original source and I think my facebook fans do too.

When I pin your post, it’s a direct pin back to you and your post.

Pinterest pins

So hopefully when you link up here, you’re getting more traffic even if you don’t know where it’s coming from. Debi, Christie and I do appreciate you coming back and linking up each week and we do our best to showcase what you share with us.

Here are the features from last week


Lemon Blossom Cookies from Hot Eats Cool Reads


Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Cake from My Lamp is Full

PS Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake Donuts from PintSizedBaker featured at ChocolateChocolateandmore

Pink Lemonade Donuts from Pint Sized Baker


Fabric Wrapped Choker from Jewelry Making Journal


Pork and Zucchini Pasta Ragu from Love Bakes Good Cakes

 chocolate dulce de leche cookies from BeelaBakes featured at ChocolateChocolateandmore

Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cookies from Beela Bakes

Greek-Yogurt-Pound-Cake5-from-ihearteating-featured at-ChocolateChocolateandmore

Greek Yogurt Pound Cake from I Heart Eating

Blueberry Tart from Rosemary and Thyme featured at ChocolateChocolateandmore

Blueberry Tart with Pineapple from Rosemary and Thyme

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button on my side bar.

Pop over to Debi’s and Christie’s and see what they’ve  featured this week.
You know how parties work, there are rules.
Link up a few of your favorite recipes and/or crafts, provide a link back somewhere on your post
or on your party page, If you don’t provide the link back, we can’t feature you.
Debi has even made us buttons, you can grab one off my sidebar.
Be sure to follow my blog, facebookpinteresttwittere-mail or even Google +. Whatever is your favorite way to follow to stay up to date. Be sure to do the same for my co-hosts Debi and Christie, make sure they feel some love too.
By linking up to this party you are giving permission for us to use your photo on facebook, Google+ and other social media to promote Thursday’s Treasures and you, with proper link credit given. Please make sure all photos you link up are your own. Share as many recipes/crafts as you like just as long as you haven’t shared them here before. The party is open all week. Visit a few others and leave some kind words.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Thanks so much for the party Joan!

  2. Thanks for hosting another great party, Joan! I also liked your explanation of link party traffic. It is definitely true, even when it seems that you are not getting traffic … that may not be the case. Have a lovely evening 🙂

  3. Thanks Joan, I have been wondering how to share links from my link party as well. I may have to adjust that next week 🙂 Thank you for the awesome party. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Thank you for hosting, Joan! 🙂 I get most of my traffic from Pinterest pins, and I know many of those could be coming from bloggers whose parties I link up to or from people visiting the parties who pin my post. When I don’t link up to parties, I definitely see a decrease in daily page views so I KNOW that the parties help me with my blog traffic. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the feature Joan! I do all the features and a lot of the link ups the same way! Thanks for sharing the love!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing my Double Chocolate Meringue Cookies on Pinterest! And thank you for another fantastic party! There are already some great link-ups I can’t wait to check out!

    Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

  7. Joan,
    Thanks for the party. Hope you’re having a great week.

  8. Thanks so much for featuring my Greek yogurt pound cake, Joan!! And thanks for your kind comment about it! Thanks so much for all of the sharing that you do both on here and on social media!! =)

  9. Thanks so much for the feature and the kind words about our house!! I hope you have a wonderful week! 🙂

  10. Thanks for hosting, Joan! Hope you are having a great week!!

  11. Thanks for hosting a great party, Joan! I appreciate it!!!

  12. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Thanks for the party and feature, Joan! 🙂

  13. Thank you for hosting such a great link party!

    Raven J. True Blue Baking

  14. I’m a relative newcomer to your site, but I’m really enjoying it. Thanks for all you do to make this space fun and fabulous!

  15. thanks Joan! I wouldn’t have nearly the traffic I have if I had not been linking up for the past year:) LOVE the linky

  16. Thank you for the party 🙂

  17. Thanks so much for hosting! Those doughnuts are so cute. 🙂

  18. I agree linking to parties is more than traffic. It gets me to communicate with other bloggers. I used to get a linkz listing on my stats page but I don’t anymore. Sometimes I get a listing of of site that linked too, but it is hard to track. I just think it is important to connect. Thanks for the party. I enjoy yours every week.

  19. Thank you so much for the party, Joan!

  20. Thanks again for hosting Joan. Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Good Morning Ms. Joan!! 😀 Thanks for hosting again! I’ve missed you lady, I’ve been super busy making cakes for clients but I hope to be around more now! Hope all is well with you and your links look awesome as always, have a great day, Joan! Hope you enjoy my cake, it was yummy! 🙂

  22. Joan,
    thanks for hosting – always a great party 🙂

  23. Thank you so much for hosting! I loooove your features!

  24. Thanks for hosting – you have my tummy growling over here w/ all of the amazing looking features!

  25. Thank you for hosting this great party. Please stop by and join us on our Tuesday Brag About It Party. Link and Hop with BeBetsy

    ~~Thanks, Sharon & Denise BeBetsy

  26. Thanks for hosting Joan! I love when people leave comments on my blog telling me that they are visiting from a linky party. Your post is a good reminder that I should leave those comments myself more often. I think people love to know where we heard about them! 🙂

  27. Thank you so much for featuring my fabric-wrapped wire choker tutorial! What a lovely surprise! Thanks for hosting another inspiring gathering. 🙂

  28. Thank you so so much for featuring me! And I love how you used my cookies to illustrate how traffic is gained. I still consider myself a newbie in the blogging world so I definitely agree that most of my traffic all comes from linking up!

    • I’m so glad you’re linking up, and it does get a little confusing, every link party seems to do it a little different so it’s just good to understand it. Have a great weekend!

  29. Thanks for hosting! I’m new to the Link party here and actually can use all the traffic I can get. Have had my blog up for a little bit and now I am wanting to get serious with it.

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