Madigan made... a "blog button list" tutorial.
Then I had an 'ah-ha' moment! I played around in InLinkz for awhile. It worked!
It takes a little patience to set up the collection in InLinkz. But once you do, I think it is a smart way to quickly and simply add blog button images to your posts.
Wanna know the best part? This method sets the buttons up in a neat and orderly fashion. Love me some good organization!
(**I am not affiliated with InLinkz. I used its hosting capabilities because that is what I tried for my recent link party. I imagine the other link hosting sites can function the same way.)
- Name the collection and add a little intro to the list. This will show up every time you use it, so keep it generic. (i.e. these are the blog parties I frequent...)
- The default start and end time is 1 week. Leave it for now. We will come back and fix it.
- Pick a Linkz type. You may just want a text list. I like showing a button, so I used the thumb image.
4. Copy the code generated and paste into the html view of your page or post.
- Deleting a link is easy from the ‘moderate links’ function for each collection.
- Adding a link is a bit trickier. You need to 'edit the collection', change the dates so the collection is ‘open’ again. Go to a published page on your blog with the list and add in the link (step 6-8). Once you are done, go back into Inlinkz and close the collection again (step 9).
Yay!! I think this approach will work for me.
I'm going to try it for awhile and see how I like it. If you find a simpler way, PLEASE let me know.
(**Note: I am not affiliated with InLinkz. I used its hosting capabilities because I tried it for my recent link party. I imagine the other link hosting sites can function the same way. I am not an expert on this topic. I just experimented a little to see if it would work. If you have specific questions beyond what this post covers, you may want to direct the question to the linky host you choose to use. I am doubtful (with my limited web savvy) I can elaborate much on the information.)
Update Jan 2011: I should inform you that Inlinkz now has a small fee for its image linkys. I believe that they allow *one* free image linky. If you were going to use that free one for anything, a link party list may be the way to go. OR, you may want to check out the other linky programs out there, but I think that the all charge a fee now.
Update Apr 2011:
I read that Inlinkz just added a new software feature. It allows the link party hostess to *only* allow people to link up if they have a link back within their post. I think that this is a great option for the hostesses to help them ensure participants 'play by the rules'.
BUT Inlinkz initially stated that the website for the host needs to be in your post or page html. Using a linky collection would not register as a link back. Boo! But then after Amanda pleaded with the admin, Inlinkz was able to come up with a fix! Yay! Per their subsequent comment: "The link is valid if there is a normal HTML link in the page OR an InLinkz collection that contains it." So, as best as I can tell, you can still use the method above to link back.