Let’s see how we can add a link on the new Inlinkz widget:
Clicking on the “Add your link” button, will bring up a dialog box:
Filling the dialog box
- is the URL of your blog (which we will see how to grab in the next step)
- Is your name or description of the link
- is your email. You can leave this field blank but do keep in mind that the owner of the collection may need this to communicate with you.
Grabbing your blog URL
- Switch (on another browser page) to your blog and click on the blog post you want to enter to the collection
- Select the url at the top of your page
- Copy it to your clipboard (Ctrl-C for windows, Command-C for mac)
Insert this info to the InLinkz dialog
paste the copied text in the URL field and add your info on the other boxes.
Then, click on “Next” to go to the next page where you will select a photo to represent your link.
Selecting an image
On this page, you will select an image to be created as your link’s thumbnail.
Just click on one image and it will be highlighted with a blue border (1)
When you are ready, click either “Crop first” (if you want to select a more specific region of your image) or “Add without cropping” to let inlinkz automatically try to fit as much as possible in the thumbnail.
Cropping the image
If you clicked on “Crop first” the dialog will display your original image on the left side and a preview of how the thumbnail will look, on the right. You can manipulate the cropping rectangle and click accept when you are ready.
Completing the link-up
Once you press “Accept”, the dialog will be removed and the blog you linked up will reload. At the last page of the collection, your link will display like above “processing image” for about a minute and then, if you refresh the page, will show up normally.
Deleting the link
If you want to delete your link, you can select the “Delete” option from the menu that pops up when you hover over your link. This is only visible to you and noone else.
Backlinks and permalinks
Authors may ask that you only link a “permalink” or a “backlink” (or both).
When asked for a permalink in order to be allowed to add your link, you need to provide a link that goes directly to a specific blog post of yours and not your first page. For example in our case above a permalink would be http://www.synthfrog.com/general/2009/making-a-module-case/
and it would be accepted as one, where just linking to http://www.synthfrog.com (the first, general page of the site) would not be.
Remember that even if your post is the most recent and the first page lands on it, it is still not considered as a permalink.
Permalinks are usually required because link ups may be seen after many days where the post will not be on top any more. This way the readers will go directly to the relevant post.
The backlink is a link from your blog to the author’s site. So, in order to provide a backlink, you need to have a plain HTML link somewhere on your post.
If you wanted e.g. to backlink to synthfrog, you should have a link that leads there somewhere in your blog post. This, in HTML looks something like this:
<A HREF=http://www.synthfrog.com>Backlink to synthfrog</A>
Usually authors that require a backlink, provide a way to grab easily the code from their site in the form of a button, so just grab their button and put it in your blog post and you should be fine!
Since blogger decided to localize the blogspot platform, URLs are changed according to the place in the world where you view a blog from. So if you are in e.g. Sweden, you will be transfered to example.blogspot.se and some one viewing the same blog from the US would see it as example.blogspot.com.
Since the requirements for backlinks are usually in .com extensions, please take a look at your backlink extension to match the one required by the blog owner (which in most cases is just .com).