Not linking back and not putting a permalink is a major pain in all linkups and even when there are such rules, users continuously break them.
Since linkup should be beneficial to both authors and submitters, authors usually require a link back. A link on the submitter’s site to link back to the link up site/post. This is usually enforced manually. If someone has many links though, it is usually impossible to visit all the linked sites to see that they indeed have a link back and, if not, go back to the moderation page and delete the link.
The other common rule is that submitters should put the post address (the so called permalink) and not their blog address. Again, moderating this, is tedious and very time consuming.
This is where InLinkz comes to play with the new set of “advanced options” that do exactly that. Make sure your users can leave their link in your collection only if they follow your rules.
The “Advanced options” button is where both of the above rules can be set. The button is available for both thumbnails and simple text link ups.
These options are not selected at creation time. You have to create a collection first and then click on “Advanced options” to set them. They are disabled by default
When selected, the buttons turn orange and change their wording so it is clear what is selected.
If “Allow only permalinks” (1) is selected, then the user cannot enter a simple blog address (eg http://www.synthfrog.com/). It has to contain a path in the blog to the specific post (eg http://www.synthfrog.com/general/2010/mr-braska-at-mustudio/)
In any other case, the above message appears and they are transfered back to your page to re-enter their link, this time only, with their direct (and correct) blog post url. And you have just saved much time to do something else, more productive or plain fun than trying to moderate rule breaking bloggers.
The other option is slighly more complex and, if not set correctly, might not allow anything to be entered in your collection so please be careful.
When you click on “Require link back” (1), the “URL to search for” is automatically enabled too.
On field (2) you should enter the URL of your blog (without the http:// header in front) that InLinkz will search for in the site that is linked to you.
So, lets say you have a site with address inlinkz.blogspot.com and you have a link up in there where you want people to create a post on their blog, link back to you (have a link on their site to inlinkz.blogspot.com) and submit their blog on your link back. In the URL to search for, you should put inlinkz.blogspot.com.
So, imagine there is someone with the blog named bored-to-backlink.blogspot.com.
When he links up this blog to your collection, InLinkz will go to bored-to-backlink.com and search the whole site for a link leading to inlinkz.blogspot.com (it will only search for links so it will ignore only a textual reference. Textual references don’t count on your ranking. Links however do!)
If InLinkz does not find such a reference, it produces the following screen and returns the submitter back to your page.
So, bloggers that take advantage of your popularity to promote their own site without having a link back to your site so you can get some traffic too, are as of now, a thing of the past.
A word of caution
As with all tools, this can be used in a wrong way.
Putting incorrect addresses in the “URL to search” field, will not allow anyone to link to your collection. A way to avoid this is to copy-paste your address and make sure there is no http:// in front. Moreover you can just use your blog address (eg: inlinkz.blogspot.com) instead of a blog post URL (inlinkz.blogspot.com/funny-characters%20may+endUp.here). This way, you make sure that InLinkz will identify your blog correctly in the user’s blog and not provide a false negative. in this case, less is more.
This feature is available to extended users only, for both text and thumbnail collections.