Happy Tuesday! Still loving summer break so far up here even though it was a whopping 38 degrees when I woke up. I THOUGHT THIS WAS MAY?!
Anywho, let’s get to it. Over the past four years, blogging has made me a better problem solver and more resourceful. I learn new tricks everyday and last week was no different.
There is this fabulous newsletter called The Skimm that provides a roundup of the news around the world. I’m a skimmbassador, which means that a) I looooove The Skimm and b) I help share it because I think its the bomb. Disclaimer: I’m not compensated monetarily for sharing The Skimm OR writing this post. I simply love that it keeps me in the know and helps me appear smart at happy hour.
A number of skimm’bassadors are bloggers and so a few weeks ago, Skimm HQ sent out an image for us to display on our blogs. Only problem for me was that with my generic wordpress theme (I use two thousand eleven), I had only added images by an embed code…meaning that the image was housed on another site and they gave me an html code that would display the image and link back to their site. Groups like Healthy Living Blogs and Fitfluential do this, when I joined their groups I was given the code and used a text widget to display them.
But as for sharing The Skimm, I had to figure out how to add an image without an embed code and then how to include a link to a page where a reader could sign up. After asking a couple questions and the power of the google, I was able to complete the task quickly! Here’s how I did it.
Adding an Image Widget With Link Tutorial
Step one: Go to your plugins and install image widget. If you search for “image widget” it should be the first one that pops up. Install and activate the widget.
Step two: upload the picture you want in the badge/widget to your media (this is just like when you upload your pics to wordpress for a blogpost). Make sure you edit the picture to resize it to fit your sidebar or where ever you choose to put the badge. For me, it’s about 190 x 190 pixels-ish to fit my sidebar.
Step three: click on widgets under the “appearance” tab on the left side of your dashboard. You should see your new “image widget” on the list of widgets available. Mine is in the first column on the left in the image below. Drag the image widget to whichever sidebar or menu you would like to put it on…my “main sidebar” is where I would drag mine to.
Step four, five, six: Click on the image widget in your sidebar on the right side of the page. You can now upload your image to the widget. You should be able to use the image you uploaded to your media. Then add a title if you want. This should be relevant to your image/link if you do add it. Lastly, add the link you want it to send the reader/clicker. For the skimm’bassador badge, the link I added was my unique reference code, so that those interested in receiving The Skimm would be referred by me!
Helpful links: WP Beginner
Disclaimer (again): I receive no monetary compensation for being a skimm’bassador or for writing this post.
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