Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday - How to Host a Linky Party on Inlinkz

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Last week, I shared with you how to link up for linky parties.  Do you feel ready to try to host your own linky party but you just don't know how?  Well, you are in the right place!  I'm going to show you how in hopes that you'll be ready to create your own linky party.  I'm always looking for new and fun linkies!

The first thing you need to do is decide on a theme.  What do you want your linky to be about?  Try to come up with a unique idea.  You increase your chances of having more participants this way.  But make sure it isn't too unique that no one will want to link up with you!

How often will your linky run?  Weekly?  Monthly?  Just make it clear how often it will run.

What day of the week or month will you host your linky?  Is it a set day of the week?  First Thursday of the month?  Last Sunday of the month?  Specific date of the month?  You will want to figure this out before you proceed.

Once you decide on your theme and when your linky will run, you should make the graphics that go with the linky party.  What are participants going to include in their posts so their post is recognized as part of your linky?  A good idea is to make sure the frequency of the linky is included on the graphic.

Now you are ready to set up your linky.  Head on over to the InLinkz site by clicking on the picture below.

Once you are on the site, you will need to sign in or create an account if you don't have one already.  To do this, find the sign in link at the top right of the main page.  It will bring you to a page that looks like this:

Since I already have an account, I can just log in.  For those of you without accounts, you will need to click on the register button.  Don't enter your email on this page yet if you don't have an account.  When you click on register, it will take you to a page that looks like this:

Enter all your information on this page in order to register.  After you have signed in or registered/signed in, then you will see this main page.

You are ready to create your linky.  Click on the second option - create a new link-up.  The page will look like this.  Enter the name of your linky.  This is only for you so you can keep track of all your different linkies.  I usually just leave the editor mode option alone.  In the box, you want to type the text that will display with your linky.  This should be directions you want people to follow when linking up.

If you scroll down, you will find where you can enter the start and end date.  If you have the paid version, you have more flexibility on how long your linky can run.  I think the free version only lets you schedule it for 30 days, but I could be wrong since I don't have the free version anymore.

Keep scrolling down and you can change the display options.  Since I have the paid version, I have access to the thumbnail links.  This is when you see graphics in addition to the links.  If you don't have the paid version, yours will say link only.

You can change the settings to optimize the linky for your blog.  I usually leave the default sizes alone because I know it works with my blog settings.

If you want people to vote on the links in your linky, you can customize the voting options.  I leave this option alone because my linkies haven't been ones where I want people voting.  Underneath that, you can customize notifications.  If you like being notified when new links are added, make sure you check this box.  You will get an email when new links are added.  You can also give users the option of deleting their own links.  Decide on which settings work best for you!

The last option is to save the linky template so you don't have to enter all the information each time.  This is very helpful for recurring linkies - weekly and monthly.  Give it a template name that you will remember.  You will use this when creating new linkies.  Set up the repeat rate.

Then you are ready to create your link-up.  Click on the orange button and you are all set!

You will be taken to this page where you get the html code for your blog post or website.  Copy this code and insert it on your page.  If you use Blogger, make sure you switch to the html view so you can post the code directly.

After you copy the code, click on close.  It will take you to your dashboard.  Your dashboard will show you all the linkies that you've created.

This is also a great place to start when creating new linkies based on templates.  The first option says add new link-ups based on.  The drop-down box will show you all the linkies you've created that are templates.  So next time you want to create a new linky based on a previous template, find the name and click on create.  It will load the create page, but will already have all the same information for the template.  You will just have to change the date.

What are you waiting for?  Go create a new linky to post on your blog!  If you set up a new linky, please let me know!  I'd love to link up with you.

If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive. Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones. You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like. Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish. If links aren't working when I check after 7 am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.

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