Adding Links to LinkUps via Inlinkz
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:
The outline of the page is as follows:
- From here you can navigate back to the blog where you are adding your link.
- The link you are adding. As soon as you press enter or tab or click outside this field, the images found in the URL will be displayed in (7).
- Name of the link. It will automatically pick up the title of the blog post but you can still change it if you want.
- Your email address. Once you enter it the first time, it will always be entered in for you without even having to click on the input field.
- The thumbnail you are adding. It also displays cropping in real time (more on this later on).
- In the blog tab, you can select a picture for your thumbnail from the ones found in the link entered in no. 2.
- The upload tab allows you to select a file to upload or drag a file on it or even snap a quick picture with your tablet/cellphone and use it as a thumbnail.
- You can enter the direct URL of an image to use as a thumbnail here.
- Login with your username/password to instagram to select one of your images to use as thumbnail.
- Click here to accept the link.
- Clicking on “Show history” will display your old entries and allow you to enter them again with just a click!
Grabbing your blog URL
- Switch (on another browser page) and click on the image 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
- Adding the link and pressing enter in the Link field, will show a “loading icon and fill the respective field with the images found in the target link.
- You will notice that the Name field has been auto-completed with the title of the post.
- Now the only thing you need to do is just select one of the images with the “Select” button underneath it or choose to crop it.
- Clicking on “Crop” will present a small popup with the cropping controls (1).
- Click on “done” (2) when ready or “Reset” to let the program grab the best thumbnail from the middle of the image.
- While handling the controls in (1), you are able to see the preview of your thumbnail on (3).
- Add your email and click on “Done“. You will be presented with a sharing screen and you can click on the respective items to shout out the link you added.
The four buttons come with precomposed text which you can modify before you submit so edit it as you wish.
- Clicking on (1) will take you directly to the blog you added your link. Clicking on (2) will allow you to enter another link to the same blog without having to go back to the linkup page.
Deleting the link
Your link now has a small at the right bottom.
These are visible only to you from the browser you entered it and only if you have cookies enabled.
Well, now delete it!
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).