Mummy says… I have been blogging for over three and a half years now and learn something new most days to save me precious time. There are sooooo many bloggers offering tips and advice, I don’t profess to be an expert or anything, but I would like to pass on some simple tips that I have learnt that save me sooo much time. This post is about how to create a blog badge.
I used to use PhotoBucket, but they have stopped their free image hosting, so this is what I now do:
- Size the image you want to use to 250 x 250 (or thereabouts) in PicMonkey or Canva. Save it to your computer.
- Go to vgy.me and create an account. You can upload images without creating / opening an account but it will not be saved. Make sure you are logged in. Click the large blue button to upload. Underneath you will see the code for the direct link to the image.
- Go to My Cool Realm and enter the website name and url you want to link to. For image URL add the direct image link of your created image, as above.
- Leave the next options as default – making sure Textarea is the one chosen.
- Click Preview to see your button and its code. Click Get Code. Select the whole code and copy.
- If this is a badge for your blog, for others to be able to get the code for your badge, then simply paste into a Text box in Widgets to add to your sidebar etc (WordPress).
- If you are creating an MPU – or an advert to click to another website, then you may need the image to be size 300 x 250. Once you have the right size, follow the steps from 3. above. Open a new post and paste the badge code into the Text Box of the post.
- Preview the post and copy the block of text under the image.
- THIS is what you paste into the Text box in Widgets.
- This will give you a badge (Image) which clicks through to whatever URL you specified when creating the badge in My Cool Realm.
This may sound complicated, but it really isn’t! It is the best way I have found of creating a badge that will link to a sponsor, brand etc. I hope this helps if you need to create a blog badge or MPU!
Let me know how you get on!