How Does A Linky Work?

I didn’t realise until recently when sharing my linky for Talk of the Town that some bloggers and authors might not have linked up in this way before.

Having emailed some screenshots to those who requested I thought I’d post a walkthrough here.  It’s not as hard as you might think it is 🙂

The linky I’m using is InLinkz and I’ve chosen this because I’ve used it myself when linking up before so know how easy it is (and it’s a reasonable cost for the year).

On the link up post of the host/co-host you will see a button you need to click to add your link.  InLinkz looks like this:

It will tell you when the linky closes.

*I’ve chosen to keep Talk of the Town open each week from Saturday to midnight Tuesday so you can add your links at your leisure.  The post that you will need to link from will be live on Jera’s Jamboree from the early hours of every Saturday morning.*

Once you’ve clicked Add your link you will be taken to a screen similar to that below.

Where it says Link, copy and paste the URL from the post you are linking, for example, one of my recent posts:

Complete your Email address next and the Link title will be filled automatically with whatever title you gave your post.  Your title might be over the 50 characters allowed (as mine was in the image below).  You can edit the link title.

You will then see images from your website/blog shown in the Image source.

Below is a linky I joined in with recently.

You can choose where you want the image source to be taken from (notice the Instagram symbol on the left hand side).  For me it is usually ‘Blog.’

Images are picked up from the sidebar too so there will be a variety and not necessarily from the post you are linking.  You will see in the top right of the screenshot that I didn’t use the first image from the Image source.

Click Select for the image you want as your thumbnail and then you can Crop the image if you need to. This will be the image that shows on the hosts/co-hosts link post.

Once you’re happy than click the blue done! button.

You’ll then be taken to a screen like this one:

You can choose to share your linkup or not – entirely up to you.  Some linky’s have rules that allow you to link up more than one post so you can do it from here by clicking on I want to add another link to the same linkup.  If you click Take me back to the linkup! then you can check out the other posts on the linky.

Returning to the linkup post, you will see the thumbnails (including the one you just linked):

The screenshot above is taken from the first Talk of the Town.  You’ll notice there is a green tick on the top of the left hand side of the thumbnails.  Clicking on a thumbnail will open that post in a new window.  When you return to the linkup post, the green tick shows you which posts you’ve looked at.  Handy if there are lots joining in the linky so that you know what you’ve viewed!

I hope this demystifies linking up and makes you feel more confident – not just with Talk of the Town but with other linkups too!  There are some fabulous linkys out there.

Shoutout for:

  • #MySundayPhoto hosted by Darren at Photalife

Weekly.  Always lots of photos to see from around the world

Do you join in any linkys?

You’re welcome to add them in the comments.

Married with two sons in their early 20's, by day I'm an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I'm enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I'm a stationery addict and lifelong learner. I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I'm a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it's an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.