For $12 a year you can organize your blog hop buttons and up to 24 other collections on your blog in a neat, clean way using the inlinkz Link Manager.
I love this tool so much that I started using it for a number of things on my 3 blogs (Bible Love Notes, A szeretet üzenete, and Bite Size Bible Study), and I have about 50 collections so I needed to pay the higher amount of $50 a year for unlimited collections, but I still feel it's well worth it.
I don't get any reimbursement for recommending it. But it can do some fantastic things. (Actually, I might get some credit off my account if you click through one of the "inlinkz" links--barely visible below anywhere I've used it--I'm not sure, but I'd appreciate it). I created my follow coffee mugs with it (upper right side bar), my permanent blog hop buttons (right sidebar), blog hop buttons at the bottom of this post, my Marriage, Blog Tip, Creative, and Subject Archives plus each collection within the subject archives. I also created the header on my blog with it.
Take a look at these and see what you think.
Most questions I get are about the blog hop buttons on my sidebar, which you can also put at the bottom of each post like I did with the ones at the bottom of this post.
There’s a video on how to use the tool, but I still had to figure out some things by trial and error. So here’s some step by step instructions that might help you:
Go to InLinkz and sign up. Then, watch the video…maybe that’s all you’ll need. If not, follow these instructions below:
After signing in, click "The Link Manager" blue box which will take you to a new page.
On that page:
1. Click "add new collection" (arrow 1)
2. A new box will appear. Fill in "Name" and "Description" with the name for your collection (i.e. "Marriage Archive").
3. leave "Columns" at "fill width" to start
4. I suggest you put thumb size at "150 px" to start--that's because downsizing is always possible, but increasing size may cause a blurry image.
5. check "Display name" unless you want just the images to show in your collection.
6. Now click "add new link" on band under the frog (arrow above).
7. When box pops up put the url for the link you want in "target url" (i.e. the specific url for the post/site/facebook page/blog hop site/etc.)
8. Fill in every other box with whatever you want. But fill "displayed name" with what you want to show under the image in your collection and fill "tooltip text" with what you want to show when someone puts their cursor over the image--typically the same as display name.
9. Then click "select image."
10. A box will pop up with the web page url. Click "go" if you want the image to come from that web page. If not, click "picture upload" and download an image from your files. For example, I downloaded my coffee cup from my picture files for my follow buttons on my right sidebar. But for archiving, I clicked web page and downloaded an image from the post (similar to doing it for a blog hop).
10. Once you've chosen the image, click "go" and it will take a few seconds but eventually the image will come up so you can crop it and click "OK." If you un-check “square thumbnail” it will allow you to crop the picture any way you want, but be warned that it will show up smaller than the square images in your collection. tip: Sometimes it takes me a couple of clicks before the image box comes up with the image. If it doesn't do this the first time, try again.
11. It will show up in the "add new link" box in the "thumb image."
12. Click "Accept," and it will close and put that link in the sidebar under "my links"
13. Then drag the image the space in your collection that says "Drop links from the list on the right"
14. Do the same process for each link you want to add to the collection, moving them around in the drop box in whatever order you want.
15. When you've added all the links you want, (you can always go back and add more or delete these), click "create" and then "close"
16. Now you’ll see it as a bar on your link manager list.
17. To insert the collection, click on the little scroll (second from right) and a box will come up with the html.
18. Copy the html in the top box and paste the html into your post or sidebar gadget—wherever you want it on your blog. You won't be able to see it until you preview or publish it.
19. Now you can decide if you like the size or want to make it smaller. If you like it, you're done until you want to add another link to that collection.
If you don't like it or want to experiment with size, go back to your Link Manager and click the little yellow pencil and edit the size and width. Hope this helps!
You can get inlinkz pdf instructions here: Link Manager
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