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How to share your link party code with the cohosts (blog hop)

Tags: blog hop, share a party


If you want other bloggers to display your link party (what is known as a “blog hop”), there is an easy way to let them grab your code for their site.

Here is how the cohosts can pick your code:

1. While on your InLinkz home page, click on the "share your code" link of a party:
Share your code

2. Copy the "Direct link". You can add it to your blog or send it via email to your cohosts.

Direct link

Alternatively, share your code through facebook or twitter.
Share the code on Twitter

3. Once the cohosts click on the link, they will be transferred to an InLinkz page to get your code and add it to their blogs (in HTML editing mode).

This is what the cohosts will see:
 
Grab the code


The provided code works for all sites. As soon as they add it, your link party will be displayed to their blogs as well.

Please note: This link will enable anyone to host your link party, so take extra care where you send it to.

How to ask for a backlink?

Tags: backlink


Not linking back is a major pain in all linkups and even when there are such rules, entrants continuously break them.

Since linkup should be beneficial to both hosts and participants, hosts usually require a link back. A link on the participants' site to link back to the linkup site.
This is usually enforced manually. If someone has many links though, it is usually impossible to visit all the linked sites to see that they indeed have a link back and, if not, go back to the moderation page and delete the link.

This is where InLinkz comes to play with the backlink option to help you build your incoming links by requiring backlinks from your entrants to your blog.
Make sure the entrants can leave their link in your collection only if they follow your rules.

This backlink acts as a good referral from other blogs so it is beneficial to your PageRank.

Here is how you can require backlinks to your blog:

1. Click to expand the +Advanced options while creating or editing a link party.

2. Enable the "Require backlinks" option.

3. Once you enable it, the blog(s) you have associated with your Inlinkz account will be displayed. The reader's links should point to this URL/ these URLs.

Required Backlinks

Note: To set or change the URLs you have associated with your blog, go to your Settings > My Blogs.

What happens to links that do not follow this ruleset?


When entrants submit links that Inlinkz is unable to verify their backlinks, the system will still add them to the collection but they will not be displayed on hosts' blog until they moderate them.
The hosts will receive an email about the pending for moderation links and as soon as they approve them from their dashboard > Manage links, the links will be displayed in their collection.

How to collect participants' emails for my mailing list?

Tags: entrants' emails, export emails


To collect the email addresses of the people that have participated in your link parties, open the Guests page from your Inlinkz dashboard.

Guests Page

An alphabetic list with all the entrants’ emails will be available there. Use the email filter to search for one entrant. 
Entrants' emails

Export entrants' emails to an excel file for your mailing list or upload them directly to your Mailchimp list.

Export emails

How do I add a link to a link party?

Tags: add link, add image, upload image


To add a link to an InLinkz link party, please follow the quick steps below.
(You can find a more detailed walkthrough on how to add your links in a party in our blog post here or watch the video)

Quick guide 

  1. Click on the +Add Link button to expand the link options
  2. Type the URL of your link in the URL field. Images will be loaded automatically in the area below.
  3. Optionally you can change the Caption text.
    • The Email address will be entered automatically.
  4. Select one of the images listed in the area below or you can upload an image manually with the Upload tab.
  5. Save your submission.
  6. Shout out the link you added. Once you submit a link, you will be presented with a sharing screen and you can click on the respective items to pin, post or tweet about your link. Clicking on the Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter buttons a window will pop up to let you take action. On Facebook and Pinterest you can choose your text and then share or cancel. On Twitter there is a default text mentions both your blog and the target link party, which of course you can modify before you submit.

Watch the video


How to upload an image to a link party without adding a link?

Tags: no link, upload images


There are two ways to upload an image to a link party without adding a link (a URL):

1. Allow entries without a link


When a host has enabled the "Allow entries without a link" option

Allow entries without a link



entrants without any URL/ link can also enter an event (say, a giveaway):
Enter without link


They still have to enter a caption for their entry. Their email address is displayed by default so they can be reached by both the host and the automatic winner draw function in case they win in a giveaway.


2. A workaround


When a host has not enabled the above option, entrants can still submit images without links through a workaround:

​1. Add a dummy link on the URL field (eg. http://example.com, http://example.com#1, http://example.com#2, http://example.com#3, etc)

2. Select the Upload tab

3. Bring an image in from your PC

4. Save.

Upload an image to a link party



Keep in mind that when you upload an image without adding a link, there is no way to know where the image originated from and the image will not point to any valid site once clicked.

How to change the blog URL I have associated with Inlinkz?

Tags: change blog


To change the blog URL you have associated with Inlinkz, go to your Settings (1) and from the Profile list on the left, select My Blogs (2).

Add a new blog URL (3) as well as a few related keywords (4).
Manage your Blogs

As soon as you add the new URL, the delete option will be displayed.

Click on the reb bin on the right to delete the URL you need to be removed.

Delete a Blog URL

A quick note:
If you have tied the URL of a specific blogpost and not the generic URL of your blog and you need to replace it, add first a "dummy" URL (for example "www.example.com") so as the system will let you delete the old blogspost URL and then add the generic blog URL. 


How to crop an image

Tags: crop


Once you enter a link to the link field, the widget will bring in all the images associated with this link.

If a selected image doesn't fit properly, you have the option to crop it:

1. Click on the crop link at the top right corner of the image you want to crop.

Click crop



2. Drag the cropping handles around the desired area

Crop the image


3. Apply cropping.
Apply cropping



How to change the image of a link?

Tags: change image


To change the image of a link, you will need to remove and add the link from scratch. 

An easy way to do this, would be to go to "Add link" and just drag the link to be deleted on the URL bar as seen below, and then, simply delete the old one.

Drag the link to the URL tab

Delete the link






Following a host

Tags: get notified, follow a host


If you are keen on participating in a lot of link parties then you might find it difficult to keep up with all your favorite ones.
And it’s extremely important to find out when a link party goes live so as to schedule your entries and be there RIGHT when the party opens.

InLinkz allows entrants to follow their favorite hosts  by simply putting a check on the "Follow host" box while on the linking page:
Follow a host

When you follow a host, you can get email notifications each time a new party is created by this host or is ready to accept entries.

Note: Keep in mind that in order for this feature to work the hosts should activate this option from their backend as well.


How to edit a submitted link

Tags: edit a link


To edit a link's information (the URL and the caption):

1. Go to the party and hover over the submitted link to display the edit icon.

Edit a link


2. The edit page will open to change the URL and the caption of the submitted link.

Edit the URL and the Caption of the link


Note: The maximum limit for captions is 80 characters.

You can only edit a link from the same browser/device you have added the link.


 
Hosts you can also edit the links submitted to their own collections from their dashboard or directly from their blog, once logged into InLinkz.


1. Simply click to view a linkup

Click to view the link party

 

 2. Hover over the link you want to edit and the edit icon will be shown.

Hover over a link

3. Edit the URL or/ and the caption of the link and save.


To change the thumbnail of a link, you will need to submit the link from scratch.

A host can add, edit or remove links from a collection, regardless of the party's status (open or closed).


How can I change the display email when I add a link to a party?

Tags: change login email


The email address that is displayed when you add a link to a party is the email you used to sign in to InLinkz.

If you want to change it, you need to log out of your currently logged in account and sign in to your other email. You can find a logout button just right beside the "add link" button

Logout from your currently logged in email

After this, when you click on "add link" you will be requested to add your email again. Use your alternative email here

PLEASE NOTE

If you are logging in with Google, it automatically fills the same email you are logged in GMail with. To change that, you need to logout from GMail and login back to GMail with your desired email

How to clone a link party and save time

Tags: clone


If you are running recurring link parties, then the clone functionality will save you time.

Cloning is used to create new link parties based on previously defined settings.

Here is how you can easily duplicate a linkup:

1. Once you have created a new link party you can go ahead and clone it by clicking on the little arrow at the right top corner.

Link party's preview


2.  A list with multiple options will be expanded. Select Clone.
 
Clone a link party


3. The edit page will open. All linkup's data will be pre- filled, except for the opening and closing date. Adjust the duration of the cloned party and enter a new title, if necessary.

Adjust the opening and closing date


4. Clone it and the new party will be shown on your dashboard.



How to add a photo from Instagram to a link party using a mobile

Tags: instagram, mobile, phone


To add a photo from your Instagram account to a link party using your mobile:

1. Open Instagram from your mobile and search for the photo you want to add to the link party.

2. Click on the photo to view it.

3. Click on the three dots on the top right. A list of options will be shown.


Click on the three dots


4. Click Copy Link.
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5. Go to link party you want to participate in. Paste the link on the link tab:
Add your link to link party

5. Save

Make sure the photo is publicly viewable.


I DON'T want the entries to be shown in my blog post. I want a button only!

While this seems strange, you can do it easily! 

There are two ways:

1. Removing the <SCRIPT> part of your code

Just copy the code and then remove anything in the <Script> parts, including the tags themselves:
Removing the script part.

This will display the default message which looks like this:

Default caption of InLinkz button.

You can then edit the code to suit your specific needs (e.g. change the texts and/or colors)

2. Creating a link by yourself:

On the code dialog, there are two options for picking a code. The bottom one, is a direct link which points to the linkup.
Just use this link on whatever you want, for example an image, to make it a link to a party:

Use this unique link to make a button out of anything you wish!

You can use it on images, and/or text!

It seems that I cannot open the links and the hosting page just reloads

Please make sure your browser does not block any popup windows.

​InLinkz works by opening another window to view the link so that might be the case.

To enable the popups for InLinkz, check here.


How to verify my entry to InLinkz?

Tags: verify login


The first time you are going to join an InLinkz link party, you will need to verify your entry.

You can either use your facebook or google login with just one click (1) or you can continue with an InLinkz login (2).
Verify your entry



To create an InLinkz login, click to continue with InLinkz (1) and then enter your email (2) and a password of your preference (3) in the right column. Click to continue (4).
Continue with InLinkz login

A verification email will be sent to your inbox. Follow the instructions to verify your login.

This is a process you need to do only once. If you use the same browser, the system will remember you.

In case login is required, simply enter your credentials in the left column and continue adding your link to the link party.

How to pin a link to the top of a link party

Tags: pin a link


Here is how you can mark a link as pinned on a InLinkz Link Party:

1. Click to view the Entries of a link party.
InLinkz Link Party Entries


2. Search for the link you want to pin.

3.  Click on the green button on the right to pin it.
Click on the green button to pin the link


4. Refresh the page and the pinned link will be show at the top of the party.

Check out more about pinning here.

Important note
Drop the index numbers when you pin links in order to avoid having mixed index numbers in the party. See here how to enable that option.




How to drop the index numbers at a link party

Tags: index numbers


When a new link is submitted to an InLinkz Link Party is assigned with a number.

This number cannot be changed (even if a link has been pinned to the top of a party).

To avoid having mixed index numbers in the party, enable the "Don't show the index number for each entry" box.

Here is how you can do it:

1. Open your InLinkz dashboard.

2. Click to edit a party.
Edit a party



3. Scroll down and click on the "+Advanced options" to expand.
Advanced options


4.  Check the "Don't show the index number for each entry" box.
Don't show the index number for each entry


5. Save.

How to manage the links of a link party

Tags: export emails, manage entries, entrants' emails, pin a link


To manage the links of a link party:

a. Open your InLinkz dashboard

b. Click on the "Entries" tab of the link party you want to manage the links. 
 
All the links that have been submitted to this party are shown here:
Entries page


1. Click on one link's URL to view the original post.

2. Click on an entrant's email to see all the links they have submitted.

3. Sort the links by the clicks they have received to see which is the most popular link.

4. Sort them by the submitted date to put the most recent first or vice versa.

5. Pin a link to the top of the party

6. Click on the bin to permanently delete a link from a link party.


Filters
Use the filters to view only the pinned links or those that require moderation.

Search for a link or a guest.

Reset the filters.
Filter entries

Export data

Export the entries and entrants' emails to excel files.
Export entries and emails


To get an overview of all the entries that have been submitted to your link parties, visit the Guest page.

Create & add a link party to Blogger

Tags: create a party, blogger.com


This tutorial takes you through the process of creating a link party with images in the administration interface of InLinkz and putting it in your Blogger blog.

Blogger platform


Sign in to Inlinkz

1. Sign in to your account.
If you haven't created an InLinkz account yet, register now for free.

Create a new link party 

a. The Title will be displayed on your dashboard as well as on InLinkz Directory.
b. The Opening and the Closing date determine the duration of the link party. No links can be submitted after a party closes.
c. Choose whether your collection will be a thumbnail collection with captions or only images (Party type).
d. The Terms & Conditions will show on your blog just before the entries.

Note: If you want to get an email each time an entrant submits a link, enable the Email Preferences from your Settings.

e. Click on the giveaway checkbox, if this is a giveaway.
f. To allow entries without a link, click on the relevant box.

To learn about the +Advanced options, click here.

g. Click Create and you will instantly be transferred to your Home page.

Get the code


1. To get the code for the link party, click on the Copy Code button.
Copy code button


2. Copy the code.

Copy the code


3. Open your Blogger editor.

4. Paste the code into your blog post while in HTML editing mode. Don't switch back to preview.

Paste the code in HTML editing mode


Note: If you are not in HTML edit mode, the code will not be entered correctly.

5. Publish your post.


The link party is live on your blog!


Here is what your readers will view, once the party opens for entries:
Open link party



For a more detailed guide on how to create a link party, click here.


How to delete a link

Tags: delete a link


To delete a link from a collection:

1. Simply hover over the link you want to delete and a remove icon will be displayed on the right bottom of the thumbnail.

Remove a link

2. Click on it to remove the link.

Remember, there is no chance to recover a link, once it is deleted. It is a permanent change.


The delete option is visible only to the entrant that submitted the link and only from the browser they have entered the link. Cookies should be enabled as well.


Hosts can also delete the links that have submitted to their own parties:



1. While on your Inlinkz dashboard, click to preview a link party.
Preview the party




2. Hover over the link you want to remove and click to delete it.

Remove a link as host


Keep in mind that we cannot restore deleted links. Only delete a link if you're sure.


How to delete a link party

Tags: delete a party


To delete a whole collection from your InLinkz dashboard (as well as your blog):

1. Click on the little arrow at the right-top corner of the link party.
Click to expand the options

2. Select Delete to remove the link party.
Delete a link party


The delete is permanent, so make sure before you select to proceed with the removal.

Note: If you delete a collection from your dashboard, the link party with all the links will disappear from your blog as well.

Do not forget to remove the script from your blog post or else, there will be a red message there, saying that the link party has not found.


How to organize a giveaway and pick a winner

Tags: giveaway, winner


Need to organize a giveaway or challenge with random, selected LinkUp winner?

InLinkz has the capability to pick the winner randomly using a well tested random algorithm.

Here is how you can set up an InLinkz giveaway in only four steps:

1. The "giveaway" option has been added on the creating page, so simply go your InLinkz dashboard and select to create a new link party.
This is a giveaway


2. Enter an opening and a closing date, as usual, define the entry requirements/ rules and the prizes.

3. Click on the Giveaway checkbox and save.

Once you have created a giveaway, a purple gift icon will be displayed on the party's board which indicates that this linkup is a giveaway.

Giveaway


4. Copy the code and add it to your blog. Invite your readers to participate in your giveaway.

Any collection can be turned to a giveaway at any time.

Free accounts
have full access to the giveaway feature as well.



Pick the winner

Once the giveaway period ends, it's time to pick the winner.

1. While on your dashboard, click on the gift icon to manage your giveaway.

Giveaway



2. If the submission period has ended, a green note will pop up. Click on the link to continue. 

Submission period ends


3. Select to pick a winner by clicking on the "pick a winner" link.


Pick a winner

The system will select a winner randomly between the verified entrants. The winner's submission will be marked in purple to make the winner stand out.


Winner of the giveaway

Note: Keep in mind that while picking a winner, the system will let you manipulate the ranking if you wish to. Again, if you want to be completely fair about the randomness of the winner drawn, you should refrain from tampering with this. You can keep asking for the winner until you land on the ones you want. Nobody guarantees that the blog owner will not be biased.

Pick again a winner


Want to let people join your giveaway without adding links for their images? Check out how here.


How to allow entries without a link

Tags: no link


In order to join an InLinkz link party or a blog challenge, it is required from entrants to submit a link, which usually is the URL of their blog post or their social account.
Now, hosts can allow their entrants to join a party (or a giveaway), even if they don't have a link to submit.

How to set up a party open to all

The enter of a link is the default option for every submitted link as you need a URL that points to the picture when clicked.
Otherwise, there is no way to know where the image originated.

However, in some cases, entrants want to participate in a party or a challenge by submitting an image without using a URL.

For these cases, InLinkz has released the option to allow entrants to submit an image without adding a link.

To enable this option:

1. Simply click to edit a link party (or create a new one).

2. Click on the "Allow entries without a link":
Allow entries without a link


3. Save


Now, the entrants, once they click to join the party, they will have the option to enter their image without entering a link


How to add images to a link party from your own computer

Tags: add images, upload images


With the upload function, adding images to a link party from your computer is easy as pie! Entrants have just to save images on their computer/ iPad/ phone and upload them!

The image upload option has been created for those cases where it is not possible for InLinkz to grab the pictures from the original site.

Here is how it works:

1. As usual, click onAdd your link to proceed with linking up.

Add your link


2. Select the Upload tab (the blog tab is selected by default).


Upload functionality


3. Drop an image in from your computer

Drop an image from your computer

or click inside the upload dialogue to search for an image in your files.
Choose an image from your computer

Alternatively, you can copy the URL of an image and paste it in the relevant field:

Copy image URL


Paste image URL

4. Crop the image, if necessary.

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5. If the host hasn't enabled the option to submit images without links, then you need to add a link to the link field in order to proceed.
If you don't have a link for your image, you can add a dummy URL on the link field (eg. http://example.com):

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6. Add a caption for your link.
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How can I get entrants' emails on Mailchimp

Tags: pro user, mailchimp, email list


To import entrants' emails to a MailChimp list, you need first to enable the integration with MailChimp.

Note: The Mailchimp integration is a Pro plan feature. To upgrade your account, click here.

Integration with MailChimp

1. Log in to the Inlinkz and go to your Settings.
2. Select Integrations from the menu on the left sidebar.

Mailchimp Integration

3. Open your MailChimp account and go to your Dashboard.
4. Click on your name and then select Profile.
5. Click Extras and select API Keys.
6. Click the Create A Key button.
Create a API key


7. Copy the API key.
8. Go back to Inlinkz Integration page. Paste the API key on the respective box and click on search.
9. Select the MailChimp list you want your guests' emails to be added and save.

Every time new emails are added simply upload the new list to Mailchimp.

1. Go to the InLinkz Guest page
Upload emails to Mailchimp

2. Click on the Upload to MailChimp button.
3. Select a list from the dropdown menu, if you have created more than one
4. Click to submit your selection.

To learn more about the MailChimp Integration, click here.


Please note that you need to have a way for users to unsubscribe from the mail list you may create and have their permission to send them emails or else your mail may be considered spam
and your address may get blacklisted/blocked. InLinkz assumes no responsibility if anything happens to you or your email !!!