Sign In

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Go to www.inlinkz.com and sign in to your account

Dashboard

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At the Dashboard click “Create a new link-up”

Basic Information

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Fill in the basic details of your link-up
1. Add a name for your Link-up. This will be displayed on your dashboard together with a list of all the other link-ups you have made
2. Add a description for your Link-up. The description will be visible on your blog just before the entries. Used this field to display informative text for the linkup such as rules, prizes or other special instructions.The description editor supports formatting. Maximum length of the description is 2000 characters, including the formatting

Duration of Link-up

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The linkup has a starting and an ending time.
It opens for link submissions at the date and time set in the “Start Date” field and closes when the “End date” is reached.
In between these two dates, the widgets displays on your blog an “add your link” button.
Here is how it looks on your blog:

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When the start date hasn’t been reached yet, the widget does not display the “add your link” button but instead it states the date the Link-up will start.
Since the time and date is dependent on the Timezone you have selected in your account preferences, it states the remaining time rather than the exact date.
Here is how it will look like at your blog:

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When the link up has closed and no more entries are allowed the “add your link” button will be automatically dissapear from your blog.
Here is how it will look like:

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Enable voting

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You can allow people to vote on the thumblinks of your link-up. If you wish to do that then you should check the box shown above and set the start date of voting.
Please remember that once voting starts, the linkup stops to accept new entries and the voting graphics will appear, enabling the users to vote
This is how a voted thumblink looks on your blog

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Users have a specific number of votes to cast (check is done by IP address of the voter) and more parameters regarding display and number of votes, can be found in the “advanced parameters” section of this page

Close link-up by number of entries

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You have the oprion to close a link-up if a number of entries has been reached. You can set this number at the above drop-down box.
If you leave it at “no limit” then the link-up will close normally at the specified end date.

Display settings -Thumbnail links

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The above fields are visible only if “thumbnail links” is selected at “Link type”. See below for instructions when “text-only links” is selected.

1. Link type: In this section you can choose wether you want your link-up to display thumbnail links (a gallery of linked images) or text-only links. You can create unlimited text-only link-ups with a free account and only one thumbnail link-up to try it out. Consider upgrading your account to add as many thumbnail link-ups as you want. Images are always more appealing than just text.
2. Thumbnail size: You can setup how big the images of your linkup will be in pixels. You have a number of size options from 75px to 300px, with 125px being the default. Please click below to see how your linkup will look depending on the image size.

300px, 250px, 200px, 150px, 100px, 75px

3. Number of columns: Set up how many images per row will appear at your blog. Please keep in mind the width of your blog and the thumbnail image to make sure that all the images will be visible. We recommend to select “NeatFit” and it will automatically calculate how many images fit on your blog.
4. Display style: This is where you can set what will show below each of the linked images. You can set the value to show the name that the user has entered while linking or just display the image. No matter what you select in this drop-down box the images will still be linking to the person who submitted the image. See below for an example of the different styles available.

Here is an example of a LinkUp where Display Style is set to “Image only” :

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Note that there is no texting below each image. Also note that if you hover over an image social media buttons appear as you can see in the first image.
And here is an example of a LinkUp where Display Style is set to “Image and name/desc“:

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Note that just under each of the photos there is a name/description that the user has entered while submitted her image.

Display settings – Text-only links

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The above fields are visible only when “text-only links” is selected at the “Link type”. See above for instructions when “thumbnail links” is selected.

1. Link type: In this section you can choose wether you want your link-up to display thumbnail links (a gallery of linked images) or text-only links. You can create unlimited text-only link-ups with a free account and only one thumbnail link-up to try it out. Consider upgrading your account to add as many thumbnail link-ups as you want. Images are always more appealing than just text.
2. Number of Columns: Set up how many entries per row will appear at your blog. Please keep in mind the width of your blog and the length of the text link to make sure that everything will be visible. You can select up to 4 entries per row.
3. Display style: This is where you can set up what the linked text will be. When your readers enter their links they add a number of values such as their name and link. Choose between “Name and Link”, “Name only” or “Link Only”.
4. Displayed URL length : If you choose to display the user’s URL but you have a narrow width on your blog, consider limiting the URL characters displayed for a better fit. The links will be trancated but will work fine.

General display settings

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When users submit entries on your link-up they will enter a number of values. Using the settings shown above you can control what they enter.

1. URL Mandatory: If you are running a giveaway and you want people to enter even if they don’t have a blog then you may uncheck this field. You will still have their email to contact them.
2. Display entries: If you are running a giveaway and you don’t want an endless link-up to be shown on your blog then you may uncheck this field. Readers will be able to see the “add your link” button and the number of entries but not a full list of everyone that entered.
3. Max allowed chars in Name/Description: If you have a narrow blog consider limiting the maximun number of characters that users will enter in this field. Keep your titles small and more appealing to the eye.
4. Order of displayed links: Sort the entries displayed by selecting between the values “first entries at top”, “last entries at top”, “random” or “alpyhabetical”.

Notifications

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1. If you want to recieve an emali every time someone enters a link to your LinkUp make sure to select the checkbox. If your LinkUp is very popular you might be getting lots of notifications filling up your inbox. If you feel you can not handle all this feedback then you can unckeck the checkbox any time.
2. You can allow your readers to delete their own entries in case they made a mistake. If you select this check box, when the mouse is over the link a small trash bin will appear.
Here is an example of how it looks when you allow people to delete their own links:

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Note the small bin on the right-bottom corner of the last image.
And here is an example of how it looks when this option is not allowed.

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Note that there is no bin available on the right bottom corner of the image when you hover over the image.

Voting

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When readers are able to vote they will see a grey little heart at the top right corner of each entry (1). Once the heart is clicked it will turn red (2).

Voting is only available on thumbnail LinkUps. You can set up the voting “start date” in the “Duration of LinkUp” section, at the top of this form
Just to remind you that once the voting starts the collection will close and no further entries will be allowed.
The voting will end on the “End Date” that you set up in the “Duration of LinkUp” section at the top of this form.

Voting Options

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1. You can set up how many votes your readers can cast (from 1 up to 10 votes).
2. You can choose if you want to disply the number of votes on each entry before the voting has finished. Or leave the box unchecked and no one will know who is winning until the end!
Here is how the LinkUp looks when the “display votes” is turned on

 

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The number of votes on each entry will appear just below the image while voting is still available.

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You have a number of sorting options once the voting has ended.
1. If you select this checkbox then all the images will appear sorted based on the votes (image with most votes first)
2. Maybe your readers will feel uncomfortable if they dind’t get a vote or they are at the lend on this sorted list. Just select a value from this drop-down list and only top winners willbe displayed. Select just the top three winners, or the top 5, you have the option to go up to 30 top winners. The default value is “all” that means that every entry will appear at the end based on the sorting you did in the previous step.

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In this section you have the option to save all the settings of this linkup as a template. This is usefull if you are using the same settings over and over again on your LinkUps such as in memes.
Set up a name for your template in the “Template name” field (1) and select a “template repeat rate” from the drop down box (2).
This will set up how long your linkups last. You can choose between weekly, two weeks, monthly and even every nth of the month (e.g on the 15th of every month)
If you don’t want to create a saved setting, just leave the “template name” blank.

In our example, suppose we want to create a saved setting, so we fill the “Template name” with eg. MondayMeme and the “template repeat rate” to weekly.
Then press submit as usual. The collection script will be presented and the collection can be used in your pages.
Take a note that this template was created while I was creating a Link-Up collection called “Flowers”.

Now if you go to the dashboard the template is saved and you can create a new LinkUp based on it’s settings. All you need to do is select the name of the template (MondayMeme in our example) instead of general settings.

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If you choose the template and hit “Create” not only the settings of the template are available in your newly created collection but start and end time will been adjusted accordingly based on the “template repeat rate” . In our example, because the rate is weekly, the new collection will be placed exactly one week later from the start time of the first collection.

Please note

If you delete the “originating” collection, it removes it’s saved settings as well. E.g. if you remove “Flowers” collection, the option “MondayMeme” will not be available in the drop down menu.

If you edit the “originating” collection, it edits the saved settings too. !

Advanced Options

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At the bottom of the form and just before the “Save” button you can have access to the advanced options.

Advanced – View Options

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The new widget has the advantage of creating pages. To avoid long linkups that users have to scroll down to look at all the entries you have the option to setup how many links will appear per page. The default value is 200 but you can change this number acording to your preferences . Here is how the paging looks like

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Advanced – Linking Options

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1. A permalink is a URL that links directly to a blog post and not a general blog. Click this if you want your readers to sumit only permalinks and not a general link to their blog. This will make it easier for everyone to find the sunmitted entry even if they have uploaded more posts on their blog after the actual submitted one.
2. Check this if you want your readers to be able to submit their entries ONLY if they are linking back to you from their blog.
3. If you want to check on each entry before it is displayed publicly the ckeck this checkbox.
4. This is only usefull when you allow your reader to delete their own links and a number is displayed before each entry. If a user comes back to delete her entry then Inlinkz will automatically add a new number in all entries without leaving a gap. If you want to retain this gap in the numbering then check this button.
5. When readers add their links these are the default fileds that they have to fill in

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You have the option to change the wording of the “Link title:” to whatever pleases you. For example change it to “Latest DIY Project” or “Favorite cookie recipe” by typing it to this field (5).
The end user will now see the customized entry box.

Advanced – Challenge Options

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A link-up can be setup as a challenge where winners can be selected.
1. You can select how many winners your linkup will have (between 1 and 6)
2.Chooce how the winners will be selected. You can pick them manualy, we can pick them for you randomly or pick a winner based on votes (if voting was enabled on your linkup)
3. You can enter a text here if you want us to automatically notify the winners by email.

 

Advanced – Extra Input Fields

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When you set up a new LinkUp there are some default fields that all your reader must fill in order to submit their entry! These include a name/description, their email and a link to their entry (not mandatory for giveaways). If you want to add more fields to the default ones then you need to click the above checkbox. The window below will pop-up where you can set up the details of the field you want your readers to fill in.

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1. The name that will be displayed when the user sees the extra field
2. Type of the input field (text, Date, number or choice)
3. If you want, you can put a default value to be inserted and the user can then edit it. You can always leave that blank
4. If the “Required” checkbox is checked, then the user must enter this info

Here are a couple of exampes:
Example 1:
In case you want the user to enter their favorite color you can write in the “Field name” the wording “Favorite color” and select the “Field type” to be “text”. Leave the “default value” empty and click the “required” if you want them to fill in that box
Example 2:
In case you want them to choose something from a drop down box then you should select “choice” in the “Field type” and fill the “Default Value” with all the available values separated with commas. Let’s say we want them to fill in how many kids they have.

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Note that in the above example I selected “Choice” and added all the values separated with commas. Once everything is ready just hit “Add Field” and then “Apply”.
Here is what the end user will see

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The extra field has been added.