Linky Guide

This page helps you to understand about the Spectrum & SEND Sunday linky and how to join in.   This page will tell you:
  • What a linky and specifically what the Spectrum & SEND Sunday linky is and why to take part
  • What the steps are to take part in a linky?
    • What is the 'linky badge', why there is one and how to add it to your post
    • How to add your blog post link to the host page
    • What to do after you have added your post link to promote your post
To visit the latest #SpectrumSunday linky at any time, click here and visit the top post.

What is a linky?

A 'linky' is a collection of links to blog posts from different bloggers that are together on a host blog post.  The aim is to share your blog post with the other people taking part in the linky and to read some of their posts in return.   Your link will be shared by the person hosting the linky and read and shared by other people joining the linky too.

The list is usually created using an online tool such as inlinkz. The tool allows other bloggers to add a link and sometimes an image to the bottom of the hosts page.

Each linky is created with a start and end date and time making a window of time for other bloggers to include links to their blog posts. Spectrum and SEND Sunday runs for two weeks from Sunday morning until a week the following Saturday.  The new link opens again the next day.

Often linky's have a theme .  For example I often take part in a linky called 'Small Steps Amazing Achievements' run by Autism Mumma and Our Little Escapades and it asks for posts about children's achievements and proud moments.  The linky shown above is #ablogginggoodtime by Diary of an Imperfect Mum and Mummy in a Tutu and it is open to any niche or type of post. Spectrum and SEND Sunday is a linky for ASD and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) posts.

What are the steps to take part in the linky?

Most linkies have a set of 'rules' that guide how people can take part in it. Usually this covers three ideas including:
  • Adding a linky 'badge'
  • Adding your post link
  • Commenting on or sharing some of the other linked up posts
  • Promoting your post / linky on twitter or other platforms

Adding a linky 'badge'

Most linkies have a 'badge' which the host asks you to add to your blog post. This is an image which usually displays the name of the linky and sometimes it's hosts. The badge acts as a door between posts and the linky.  As people who visit the linky click on posts to read at the bottom of their post or page the badge allows them a route back to the linky to read another post. The badge also promotes the linky to the bloggers readers.  This means someone reading one of my posts for example can visit the linky and then your post via it. 

The Spectrum and SEND Sunday linky badge looks like this:

The first thing to do, is decide which post you are going to add to the link up.  Then:
  1. Copy the code from the text box under the badge, by selecting it all, right clicking and selecting 'copy'
  2. Go back to your chosen post in your blogging platform and you need to access the HTML or 'text' part of your post.  Here's what it looks like on blogger.

  3. After you've selected text/HTML you'll see something that looks a bit like this.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page, right click and 'paste' the code in.  You can switch back to 'compose' or 'page' or look at your post online to check that it looks right.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me

Adding your post link to the linky

Once you have added the linky badge to your post, it's time to add the URL to the host page. 
  1. Copy the URL of the post you have chosen from the address bar
  2. Go to the host page and click on the box at the bottom of the other linked up posts - often it has 'Add your link' written in it.
  3. This will take you to a inlinkz screen where you can add your url, the title of the post as you would like it to appear under the image, and which image from your post you want displayed. you can always just use the linky badge if you don't have another image
  4. Click done at the bottom right when finished - you will be taken to a 'completed' screen which will ask you if you'd like to go back to the host blog or add another post.  You can add two posts to #SpectrumSunday so feel free to repeat the process if you want to. 
  5. When you are finished choose to go back to the host blog. You can check you are happy with how your post has been added.  If not you can hover over your blog image and hit the dustbin image to delete it and repeat the process to add your links again.

Commenting on / sharing other blog posts

Now you've added your post link, have a look around at others on the linky. Leave a comment on their blog and quote #SpectrumSunday and they may come and find your post to read to. We ask that you comment on posts as reading and sharing is part of what it's all about.  To visit another post simply double click on their image.

Promoting your posts/linky on twitter

Once you've added your posts don't forget to help us promote them. Let people know you've linked up to #SpectrumSunday so they can find your post there too. Promote the linky to get more people involved and so more people reading your post. And most importantly of all, tweet your URL along with the #SpectrumSunday, @MumSomeone and @rainbowsaretoo for us to tweet them to our followers.  We also promote our favourite post linked up each fortnight to our other social media outlets.

That's it.  If you've any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Cuddle Fairy has also written a linky guide which you could visit for another explanation of linkies.

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