Here’s a quick post on how to use PicMonkey to create a Linktree alternative for my fellow bloggers out there who freaked out along with me over the weekend when Linktree was mistakenly marked as spam by Instagram.
It ended up being a non-issue after a couple of hours, but it got me thinking…
Why use Linktree when I can do something similar myself and bring in more traffic to my blog?
This post contains affiliate links.
I’m all about maintaining as much control as possible, so why was I so quick to outsource the linking action surrounding my blog and affiliate links to a third party?
Here’s a link to what I did, so you can see: Freebies and Resources (I hope to add more freebies to the list since there’s only one at the bottom, but I have a link to the main page of this blog, all of my favorite things from Amazon, and all of my affiliate links in one place now).
Designing Buttons in PicMonkey to Create a Linktree Alternative
Log in or create an account with PicMonkey. It’s $7.99/month for the Basic paid version ($5.99/month if you pay for the whole year at one time). There’s also a Pro version, which is $9.99/month when you pay annually or $12.99/month if you pay monthly. I have the Basic version. You can try it free for a week to see how you like it.
Once, you’re in:
- Go to Design (hover over it without clicking).
- Click Custom Size.
- Enter your button size of choice (I did 400 x 200), then click “Make It.”
- Choose a canvas Color (play around with this or enter a hex code you already use on your site), then click “Apply”
- Click on the frame image to the left of the menu you just used to choose the canvas color.
- Choose Rounded Corners (or any of the others you like, but I used Rounded Corners) and be sure to check the box by “Transparent Corners.”
- Click “Tt” from the same menu the frame was on to add text.
- Click “Add Text” and a box will pop up inside the button you’re creating.
- Click inside the box and type whatever you’d like the button to say.
- Highlight the text and choose your font on the left-hand menu and the size on the menu on the right side of the screen. I choose the size after the font because the way text looks at a certain size can be so different from one font to the next.
- Inside the right-hand menu, you can click to center the text in the text box, add effects, etc. I kept my buttons pretty simple and only centered the text.
- Click outside the box and new lines will appear that allow you to stretch and move the box.
- Make any other changes you’d like to the colors, font, positioning, effects, etc, using menus on both sides of the screen.
- Once you have a button you’re proud of, click Export at the top of the screen.
- Name your image and export it to your computer.
- If you need to make several buttons that look similar, you can just go back and edit that original button, save it as something new when you export, and continue.
Linking the Buttons in WordPress
If you’ve ever added images to a blog post, you pretty much already know how to do this.
- Open your post or page.
- Click Add Media.
- Click Upload Files, then Select Files.
- Add your alt text and description in the boxes.
- Under Attachment Display Settings, choose your alignment (I used Center), then click Custom URL where it says “Link to.”
- Enter your URL.
- Choose your size (I used full size).
- Click Insert into Post.
- Click the image in the post, then click the Insert/Edit button in your post editor (looks like a chain).
- A box with the URL and a couple of buttons will pop up below the image. Click the Link Options button (looks like a wheel).
- Check the box next to “Open link in new tab.” You’ll also need to check “Add rel = nofollow to link” if the link is an affiliate link (this keeps you from hurting your SEO, but don’t ask me to explain how or why, Lol).
- Click the X at the top of that box to get out, then preview your post or page and check your link.
- Save your page or post.
At this point, you can take the link to the page or post on your site and put that in your Instagram bio. This is how you use PicMonkey to create a Linktree alternative that not only gives you more control but drives more traffic to your site. Just be sure you disclose that your page includes affiliate links at the top.