New “Add links to LinkUps” page

This is a whole new way to add links to linkups that it is optimized for as few clicks as possible while providing feedback to the users about the links they added in blogs around the blogosphere.

 

The new link page works as usual.

Just click on the “Add your link” button. You will be transferred to a new page where you can enter your data.

add links to LinkUps via Inlinkz

Figure 1.

The page is built with the end user in mind so as to click/enter data as little as possible. There is a history system that keeps old entries in case you want them entered in another blog. It even keeps the image & the cropping parameters!

You can find a LinkUp using it at the bottom of this very post.

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Figure 2.

 

The outline of the page is as follows:

  1. From here you can navigate back to the blog where you are adding your link.
  2. 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).
  3. Name of the link. It will automatically pick up the title of the blog post but you can still change it if you want.
  4. 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.
  5. The thumbnail you are adding. It also displays cropping in real time (more on this later on).
  6. In the blog tab, you can select a picture for your thumbnail from the ones found in the link entered in no. 2.
  7. 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.
  8. You can enter the direct URL of an image to use as a thumbnail here.
  9. Login with your username/password to flickr to select one of your images to use as thumbnail.
  10. Click here to accept the link.
  11. Clicking on “Show history” will display your old entries and allow you to enter them again with just a click!

 

Let’s see it in action

 

  • 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.
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Figure 3.

 

  • 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.
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Figure 4.

 

  • 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).
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Figure 5.

 

  • 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.
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Figure 6.

 

Adding from history

 

Next time you go to add a link anywhere, the email will be pre-filled in the respective field.

  • Clicking on “Show History” (2) will reveal the links you have added in the past.
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Figure 7.

 

  • If you click on the link itself it reveals more info on where it was added last time & buttons to re-apply the same settings (1) & remove the item from the list.
  • Clicking on “Use” will fill the “Link”& “name” fields & will place the same image as thumbnail, keeping the crop settings too. You can just click on “Done” & you just added the same link to another blog with only 3 clicks!

 

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Figure 8.


More advanced options

While more than ninety five percent of the users using the page will be fine with the above, easy functionality, there are some other ways to define your thumbnail.

 

Uploading images

 

It is now very easy to upload images!

  • Just go on the “Upload tab” & drag a file.
    • The file will be uploaded & be visible in the drop area from where you can click “Select” or “Crop” as usual.
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Figure 9

 

  • Using the Upload button on a smartphone or tablet will also allow you to snap a picture with its camera to use as a thumbnail.
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Figure 10

 

Direct Image URL

 

You can also use the third tab to put a direct URL to the image you want to use. In order to grab the URL, you can right-click on the image itself & “Copy image location/link“.

 

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Figure 11

 

  • Just paste it in the “Direct URL of image” field & click on “load“.
  • The image will be loaded in the box and present you with the familiar “Select” and “Crop” options.

 

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Figure 12

 

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You can see more info on your entered links through the history page. You can see the number of clicks each of your past links had & allow you to “help” it through social media. More services will soon follow, like Youtube thumbnails, picassa images, Facebook photos and instagram.

Let us know what you think!

See the example below:


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28 Responses to New “Add links to LinkUps” page

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  2. Mariane says:

    This is a very easy way to use – I think I will use later this month. Thanks for showing and sharing

  3. Jill Connelly says:

    Very easy to use. But is there a way to edit? I need to change the title that is displaying under my thumbnail image?

    • admin says:

      The links you enter have a small dustbin if you hover over them (in the new widget) or a small red x with which you can remove your link and enter it again.

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  5. Paul says:

    Can you give more instructions on how to use the “upload image” option ? It does not work for me – it always says “URL cannot be empty”. It seems to ALWAYS need a URL despite the fact that you are uploading an image.

    • Aris says:

      The owner of the linkup can decide whether she can allow entries without URLs. Most linkups require a URL to somewhere (eg blog, flickr etc)
      You can ask the linkup owner to turn off this requirement.

      The image upload option is there for cases where it is not possible for InLinkz to grab the pictures from the original site and for user convenience.

  6. Karen says:

    This system and the tutorial above are incredible! Thank you so much for providing all the detailed steps. I am new to blogging, having just started about 6 months ago, and I really appreciate all the effort you put into sharing this “how to”!

  7. Jen Leeflang says:

    Is there a way that I can get my name coming up instead of my blog name, as with the old inlinkz? Having type retype my name is tedious especially when I am linking up to numerous challenge blogs every day?
    Thanks for your assistance.
    Jen Leeflang

    • Aris says:

      Hi Jen,

      we’ll very soon add an option to save (and enter by defaut) whatever you want (not only the blog post title) so you will be able to have the name as a default title.

  8. Fay Terry says:

    I have been using inlinkz successfully to add my thumbnails to Leslie Saeta’s blog. On the tenth day (September 10th,) it would not enter the full name of my blog as it had been doing. How can I fix this so that the whole blog name will show again?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Aris says:

      The length of the blog name is set by the owner of the linkup and it can be whatever from 10 to 100 characters. Unfortunately this is a setting only she can change

  9. Haley says:

    I was able to add my links on inlinkz using my iphone 4s until about 3 days ago. When I try now it just has a spinning circle of dashes and none of the info boxes load. What can I do to make this work again?

  10. I have been using Inlinkz successfully for at least 4 years, I find it always reliable. Thanks for the tip on using History I will try using it this week for Wordless Wednesday, it will be much faster.

  11. I have no blog and when I try to post my image I keep getting a message asking me to enter the link to a blog.

    There’s a note in the space provided for the blog link indicating I leave the space blank, yet, when I try to post my jpeg, I’m not allowed to do so.

    What do you suggest i do?

    Please help me. Thanks and Happy New Year! Roxanne Naydan

    • Aris says:

      The option to leave the space blank is only available if the host has checked the relevant option on her dashboard.
      the best way to add photos along with a link, is to upload them to some photo-sharing service (free ones are google’s photos and flickr)
      and then use the provided link in the link box

  12. When I tried to upload images for Days 1 and 3, I received the message “Link already exists in linkup” and the images were not added to the collections for those days. What am I doing wrong?
    I enjoy this challenge, and want to share my work.
    Thanks,
    MarySue Krueger

    • Aris says:

      in some cases, the link may be already there but not visible yet. This happens when the link is pending moderation.
      As soon as the host approves the link, it will become available.

  13. Aris says:

    The green check shows up on links you have visited from the current browser

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  15. Lori says:

    Trying to add my image through intsagram, but it keeps saying I need to add a url…am I doing something wrong?

    • InLinkz says:

      Hello Lori! The instagram function picks up an image from instagram, not the respective URL. You will need to enter the URL manually.

  16. Leigh says:

    Hi, InLinkz folks. For about the last 1-2 months, I’ve not been able to upload my links, whereas I’ve done so with ease in the past. I’m using Firefox, and all the fields get populated, but the “link title” field just loads and loads forever (spinning thing). I’m able to drag and drop, as well as simply get a photo (a simple, small jpeg photo), but everytime I do so, I get the error message of “error grabbing,” which has a pop-up saying that the photo is not really a photo, etc. It is really a photo. It’s a simple jpeg photograph. It’s almost like (?) my computer is no longer (or your computer/server is no longer) communicating with mine. Is there a plug-in I need (that’s been done in the last 1-2 months) or some other suggestion you can make other than placing my link in a comment? It’s not up to the blog-owner to manually input my link; that would be too onerous, but InLinkz is just not working for me, suddenly, and nothing I do allows me to download a photo and, thus, complete the link. Help! And thank you!

  17. Lori says:

    {“code”: 403, “error_type”: “OAuthForbiddenException”, “error_message”: “You are not a sandbox user of this client”}

    still get this message and am unable to load a photo 🙁

  18. What’s up to all, the contents present at this web page are genuinely amazing for people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  19. I would like to know –
    I am uploading OK, but I am not seeing the “HIstory”… of all I have uploaded…. Only the LAST one that I have uploaded…. right now we are on day 5 of the 30 in 30 days challenge and would the system show ALL 5 that I have uploaded successfully. I see a green checkmark on the image icon after the upload and on the site and see that all 5 have successfully been posted…. however confused on not seeing the entire history of all uploads

    • Aris says:

      Due to no personal data involved in the linkup history, the only way to save the history is on each browser. This means that the history is saved in your browser and if you view it from another browser, it will not appear there.