There are some technical details to consider about how to create linkup.
Running your first linkup might be a little intimidating if you haven’t done it before, so there are a few things to boost your self-confidence before you go public.
Creating the linkup itself
First use InLinkz dashboard.
Go to your linkup tool dashboard and click on “Create”
The most important fields you need to fill are the description and the start and end dates:
These allow the linkup to open and close when you want it to.
You can always set the Start Date in the past so as soon as you post your linkup, it will open immediately for submissions.
Regarding the description, since it is rendered through the script, it will not be visible to search engines. Consider putting all your rules and linkup description text in your blog post instead of there. The same goes for the blog button as well.
The only case you would want the description to include the rules and/or button is when the linkup will be displayed in different blogs at the same time (a “blog hop”). By putting the rules inside the description, you make sure that everyone sees them regardless of the blog you adds your link to.
Note: as mentioned below in more detail, the script acts only as a placeholder so when you put the script to multiple blogs, the same links appear to all blogs. No matter where a link is added from, it will be shown on all the places where the script is used
Make sure you subscribe for an InLinkz account a few days before the actual day you will run your link unless you have already one.
A tip for experimenting with stuff in general on your blog (not just InLinkz) is to get another blog that will be used only for testing purposes. This is by far easier on free platforms like wordpress.com, typepad and blogger.
You could for example get a blog named xxxxxtest.blogspot.com (where xxxxx is your actual blog name) and run your experiments there. Moreover, in most platforms, you can restrict access to other people so whatever happens at that blog posts, stays there.
One thing to remember: is that the InLinkz script you put in your blog post, acts only as a placeholder.
This means that when a browser stumbles upon the script code when rendering the web page, it then asks from the InLinkz server to produce the widget. The links are stored in the InLinkz server, not in your blog post. What that means is that you can move, modify, change or cripple the script, without harming the links. Nothing you can do in your blog post will affect your linkup. The only way to modify your links is through the InLinkz dashboard. So if you feel you did something wrong, just discard the old script and get a fresh copy from the Inlinkz dashboard. Your links will still be there.
The script code is inserted while you are in the “HTML” editing mode of your blog editor.
Blogspot blogs name it HTML :
In WordPress and wordpress-based blogs, the same mode is referred as “Text” mode:
Small tip: Keep in mind that in some cases, the preview of the blog editor you have, may not render the widget and you will need to publish the post first. This is where the test blog comes in handy. You can also use a very old post of yours where you can put temporarily the code. The later method has the advantage of putting the script in the same environment as your final post (same plugins, same blog code) and not alerting your blog subscribers with messages of blog posts being published since it is an old post.
Another technical issue is the placement of the widget code. You usually want the linkup to be the last thing in your blog post. When you switch to your blog editor, the easiest way to do is to just go to the very end of your post and add it. In case you want to add it somewhere in between the post, then it is suggested to first finish the post completely, check that it behaves correctly in preview and then add the linkup code.
Make sure the code is not inside another HTML tag as it might cause problems.
If for example you place the InLinkz script code inside a link (an <A> tag), then there is a chance that the widget will be unclickable because the tag you inserted it into, is a link to somewhere else and it will make the widget behave like a huge link.
Another common source of error in code placement is the button that you may use for other bloggers to put in their own posts. The button code snippet is a bit more complex than usual HTML code and forgetting to check it thoroughly, or adding the InLinkz code within its HTML code, will again make both behave erratically.
There are many of them and probably not in the scope of the current article as it would get ridiculously long and boring, explaining every little button.
One thing you might want to know in advance though, is that you can set InLinkz to send you an email each time someone enters a link. In new users, running their first linkups, this is a great confidence booster. Be careful though, if you are a seasoned blogger with thousands of readers. It might flood you with emails. Of course there is a single click unsubscribe from further messages at the bottom of each email so you can immediately stop receiving them:
You can also do minor moderation from that email. That means, you can see what it contains, where it goes, who entered it (and a rough location estimate based on user’s IP address) and there is a single click delete.
Check out the next post to see when you are ready to publish your LinkUp