How to create a blog button for your blog party

You want your blog to be more visible? Of course you do! So, creating a blog button can be a great idea! There are million blogs out there, promoting similar content – a good blog button will help you to stand out from the crowd.

 

Check out now the free blog button tool InLinkz offers.

 

What is a blog button.

A blog button is a simple, unique hyperlinked image which you can use for blog parties. If someone clicks on it, it will lead to your website. So, it is actually a perfect advertising tool because it promotes your blog, and it does so, from inside someone else’s blog. Their readers get to see it!!! Awesome? Yes! Free traffic!

Of course, the more attractive your button looks, more people will be tempted to click on it. Also, if other bloggers are interested to promote your content or advertise your blog on their page, they can just grab your blog button and post it on their blog.

 

How to make a blog button

The most important thing about your blog button is to be attractive. And it is easy to do it yourself. Think of what will be the best picture to present what you are writing on your blog, search on the Internet to get some ideas and – you are ready to design your blog button on your own.

The blog button usually is square. The best size for your blog button which you can use for a blog party is 125px by 125px. If you want it to be slightly bigger they you can use these dimensions 150px to 150 px. Don’t make it too big as it won’t look good on a sidebar if someone chooses to place it there.

Follow these simple steps and do your blog button to impress!

Step 1

Design and create your blog button

To create and edit  your button you can use Canva– it is free and it has many additional options which can help you to achieve the best and most effective results. You can choose a background, add text or use filters for special effects.

There are several more editing platforms that you can use to create a blog button such as PicMonkey  or Ribbet , both easy to use, so it just depends on your preferences which of these 3 you will choose.

If you don’t have your own picture, you can use the free samples on Canva, or you can search for many free images sites available on Internet. Try google images or Pixabay, they have many interesting photos available for free use.

 

Creating a blog button in Canva

Go to Canva. On the homepage,  click on “Use custom  dimensions” Add dimensions 125 x 125 and start created.

blog button blog party

You can upload a picture you would like to use, or you can search for the available free options in Canva. If you are willing to spend $1, you’ll find variety of interesting photos.

blog button blog party

Create your blog button. Select photo or other elements you want to use to create your blog button and start making in on the right side board. It’s so easy – you can drag and drop elements and make a unique button. Everything depends on your creativity! Go wild!

When you are done, click download and save it to your computer.

blog button blog party

 

Step 2

Upload image to your server

When your blog button is done, the next step is to upload it. If you are using WordPress, you can just upload it to your Media folder. Do this by going to Dashboard –Media –Add New.

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To find its URL, go to Media – Library. Click on the image. In the widow, you’ll see the image URL on the right. Copy that URL. The whole URL won’t be visible, so make sure you copy the whole thing.

If you are using Blogger, then upload your picture in your Web Albums. When you upload the image, to find a URL right click on it and select Copy Image URL.

 

Step 3

Make Grab my Blog Button box code

InLinkz has now a quick tool to create your Grab My Button blog button, along with an optional “grab” code so you can place it on your blog WITH the code your readers need to replicate it on their own sites.

 

The tool is very simple to use and it only needs some input:

The "Create blog button" tool interface

The “Create blog button” tool interface

 

The website URL is your, well, blog. You can either put a link to your home page, or even better, if this is a themed button (e.g. for a linkup), point the link to the specific page you have the linkup!

The image URL is the address of your image on the Internet. You can pick this in two ways:

One, is to go to your website and right-click on the image. Then you can do “copy image URL”. That’s it

The other way is to find the image URL from your media manager on your wordpress backend (providing your blog runs on wordpress).

Make sure the image is on your own server/host. In any other case, the owner can remove, or even worse, change the picture and leave you hanging!!

You can also add a title to your button (not necessary) and if you specify the size, the tool will resize your image to your preference.

Including the grab code, will allow anyone to just pick the code and put it in her blog. If you do not want anyone to be able to link to you, do not include the code.

 

You are ready!. Just click on create. If there are any errors, you will be notified. If not , just grab the code and paste it on your blog post source:

Your blog button code is ready

Your blog button code is ready

Clicking the button will select all the code and copy it on your clipboard.

Just go to your blog post (or sidebar code) and paste the copied code. Done!

Things to note.

  1. The link to your blog is a “nofollow” link. This way, if the site where your button was placed, was not a good one, your own blog will not be getting whacked by google. You can always remove the nofollow property but do so at your own risk (or if you are sure the blogs that will be getting the button are relevant and not “scammy”)
  2. If you require backlinks from your InLinkz linkup contest entrants, having them placing your button in their blog, would provide a valid backlink. You get the additional feature that the backlink contains an image and is much more clickable than a simple text link.

 

Problems you may have during the process

If you are having problems with the blog button code, check your quotation marks. Each and every URL needs to have quotes before and after it.

If it doesn’t work, there might be a possibility that your copy-paste process fiddled with the quotes. Delete every quote (“) and re-type it one by one.  Be sure not to add any spaces or extra characters in the process.

Once it’s in your sidebar or blog post, other bloggers can simply copy all the code in the grab box and paste it into their website. Then, your blog button will be placed on their website and ready to be clicked!

Free traffic!!!!!

If you found this tool helpful, share it with your followers or grab the provided link to put it on your blog. Bloggers searching for a way to make a blog button will thank you!

 

Go create your button now!

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Blog challenge how-to: promote your online shop and products

Chances are, you have an online shop or products to sell, but you don’t know how to find the right customers? Try a blog challenge!

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

 

 

Link parties are a good way to connect with people. Some of them will just use your linkup party to share their post and further promote their work, but the majority will do something else – they’ll read other posts shared on your linky party.

 

Call it curiosity, comparison or liking to stay informed, but week by week these people will return and submit their new work at your next linkup party again and again.

That’s how successful link parties will help you to drive traffic on your blog. But, if you’re making and selling your own products or having a shop, linkups can be a great way to further promote them, attract customers, and why not, capture the attention of other high-profile bloggers who could write about your products or your business.

 

Run a blog challenge to promote your online business

One of the most difficult parts of any business is promoting your products. So, the goal of your blog should be to connect with the potential customers.

Your potential customers will certainly like to know the advantages of your product before they decide to make a purchase. The best way to do that is to ask them to try it and give their enthusiasm, comments, or feedback about it in their blog post.

All these can be done with linkup challenge by following these 3 simple steps:

         Organize a blogger challenge

         Ask your participants to use your product in a blog post they’ll submit in a linkup party (YOUR linkup party)

         Link their work with your product.

This example from Simon Says Stamp challenge can help you to make your linkup challenge prefect.

 

1. Link for the shop is visible in the challenge header

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

2. The right message is implemented (while not forcing anyone to actually buy their products, they are kindly asking and show appreciation for people using it).

 

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

 

3. To make their blog challenge even more interesting, they are organizing a giveaway.

(You can use the linkup tool to organize the giveaway too!!)

 

Linkup challenge Inlinkz

 

4. They are linking submitted work with the products people were using to make it.

 

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

 

5. At their shop, they have added examples of their customers’ work, which can be done with their products.

 

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

Picture of the product is appealing first, and below are examples of what can be done with it.

 

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

One of the examples of what can be done with their product.

This is the best example of product display marketing. Actual people (and not demonstrators) who actually used the product with actual results!!!

 

Why it is good to promote your products through a blog challenge?

A blogging challenge can be an effective way to drive traffic to your shop, build prestige around your product and get all its advantages in front of interested shoppers.

However, here are the 3 most important things you’ll achieve with a linkup challenge.

 

1. Show the advantages of your product

If you ask participants to use your products in a linkup challenge, then you’ll get real purchases of the products. People who will participate are actually your target group – they are using this product category anyway. So why not to use an opportunity and persuade them that your product is better that your competitors’?

 

2. Show how your product can be used

By asking bloggers to actually try to create their works with your products, you’ll get many examples on how your product can be used.

This is a great asset, especially if someone is interested to buy it. There will be hundreds of usage examples of the products, which makes the products very valuable as it can be used for so many different designs/techniques.

 

3. Referrals

Those who take part in your shop’s blog challenge will feel great to be part of it. Of  course, this is something that has to be shared with their friends. This is how your shop will get more exposure, and your products will become known in a wider group.

 

The widget itself, offers social sharing options to aid in the process and cater for the “vanity factor” of each entrant and her desire to share her creation (with YOUR products) with the rest of her following.

 

Linkup challenge to promote shop or product Inlinkz

 

A linkup challenge is an easy and affordable way to get your shop and products in front of a lot of people. And what is more important, your products will be exposed to the right kind of people: potential customers. Since there are not many shops who are using this tool for improving their business, this is the right time to try it!

Remember: make sure the platform, the timing, the messaging, and the steps people have to take to enter your contest are easy and well thought out, to be able to get the best out of linkup challenge!

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Why is it good to have daily linkup parties

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Daily linkup parties! Every day is a new opportunity for blogging

Every day is a new opportunity. Can daily linkup parties be something that can make your blog more attractive?

Like in a real life, your blog party needs to have a good theme and good timing.

A good theme is one of the best ways to attract other bloggers to join your blog party. A theme will help them to understand if they would like to join your blog hop and if so, what do they have to bring with them.

In real life, when you call people to join an event which is considered as generic, like a birthday party for example, most probably they will all come. But if you make a Halloween party, some of them might not come because this theme is not familiar to them.

The same happens with blog parties. If you are writing about how to create e.g. a felt rinoceros, bloggers who are already doing DIY crafts will be more than happy to join your party. However, mums or make-up bloggers, who are not so familiar with this topic, will most probably skip it.

 

Why is it so important to make a blog party which will attract more bloggers to join?

 

First step is already done by using linkups – you can connect with your readers and bring them together. So, when you have them all together, you need to think carefully what themes will be of interest to them.

If your blog belongs to the one blogger’s group, like craft blogs or travelling blogs, most of the time your goal is to attract other bloggers who are writing about similar things. What about the others, who are maybe interested in your posts, but they simply can’t find you?

This is where linkups can help!

Think what might be the topic which will attract bloggers who are writing about something else to visit your blog? There are many mums among DIY craft blog writers, so why not to try to reach them and increase the number of your readers?

 

How to make a good choice of link parties which everyone can join?

 

The best way is to have several blog topics during the week. This is where daily linkup parties can help! Some days can be reserved for topics you are covering in your blog (for example, topics which can concern mums, travelling or DIY blogs), but other days can have general topics which will attract all.

Here are some proposals which will help you to understand how to make the best strategy for daily linkup parties.

 

Daily-linkups

 

Daily linkup parties

 

Try to make blog parties as often as you can, with variety of topics which can interest every blogger, no matter in which blogger’s group they belong.

 

Monday linkup parties

 

Monday is always considered as the beginning of the week, where you are preparing yourself for the things that have to be done in a week ahead. This day is perfect for selecting a theme which can be general and which every blogger can join.

Good theme for Monday linkups can be inspiration. No matter what is the topic of your blog, everybody has and needs inspiration. Craft bloggers may be inspired by spring to create new cards, but at the same time a mum can be inspired with a nice, sunny day to finally go out and enjoy playing with her kids outdoors.

For those who have coaching blogs, inspiration can be a success they made with their last client. Traveler bloggers can find inspiration for their next trip and bloggers who are selling goods can be inspired to add a new product in their catalog.

So inspiration on Monday linkups can be a topic that bloggers will like, and they would love to share their experiences in linkups.

 

Tuesday linkup parties

 

When you finish with general topic and gather all these interesting bloggers at one place, now it is time to focus on those who have similar content as yours. This will be a good way to understand what they are doing and get ideas for yourself. Also, this can be a good source for everyone else who is searching for some specific answers. They will appreciate the opportunity to expose their work through your blog.

If you have a DIY craft blog, your Tuesday linkup can be about new projects. What are the new things that other bloggers have created, how did they do it  (they can share their “how to” blogs), why did they created it…Everything about new crafts can be added there.

With Tuesday linkups, bloggers will be happy because they will gain more readers, which will get familiar with their work, and you will get new ideas and gain traffic to your blog.

 

Wednesday linkup parties

 

Let’s make another general topic day! Wednesday can be a good day for topics about learning. What different bloggers can learn from each other? Why did they fail to do something? Or how they made a successful sale, or met someone who helped them to further develop their blog, skills, business?

This Wednesday linkup will literally be interesting to everyone. And every blogger will find something interesting to read.

 

Thursday linkup parties

 

Thursday can be reserved for bloggers that belongs to your blogger’s category. This day will allow them to share their experiences with specific topics, dealing with problems they might have.

For example, if you have craft DIY blog, your Thursday linkup can be about how to choose the best paper or textile for your next project, or what to do with paper of textile that has left. For mums, this day can cover topics like why babies are not sleeping or eating, why children are not sociable or have too many friends. Coaching bloggers can for example talk about finding a new client or how to advertise their business. Traveler bloggers can discuss about accommodations and tickets.

So, each and every category can find an interesting topic which can help and give some precious answers to everyone.

 

Friday linkup parties

 

Make Friday linkups the best and the most interesting. It’s time for all bloggers to relax and have a nice blog party! Maybe this can be a day when bloggers can share their best posts. Or their most popular posts. Or whatever they choose. Or you can do a combination of all those, by changing it every Friday?

We are leaving Friday linkups up to you! You know best how your readers like to party!

 

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Why is it good to use daily linkup parties?

 

Blog readers are acting as content consumers. They visit blogs, read and leave. Announcing daily linkups can engage them to stay more and make them feel that this is their blog too, since they always have a chance to add something new there. This will turn them into more loyal, active readers and contributors to your blogging success.

No matter which theme you select, bloggers will know what to expect from your blog party. If they have something new to share, your Tuesday linkup is the best way to do it. And every Tuesday they will be there.

Daily linkup parties will be a good inspiration for them. They will visit your linkups not only to read what’s new, but also to find new and inspiring theme to their next blog post.

And, they will be more than happy to stop by next day, to see what’s going on. Because they’ll know that your blog parties are not something they would like to miss.

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