This new feature on Ohana Mama was inspired by my friend Courtney from Giftfully Simple. I love to help others any which way I can. So when I get an email asking a how or where or what now?, I am always eager to help with advice or solutions or how-to’s. Well Courtney emailed me for a helpful hint and she said… “You should start answering my questions on your blog. I’m sure there are plenty of other bloggers out there that are just starting and have questions just like I have…”
Well, ask and you shall receive! So this is my first helpful hint, a question I get emailed about quite a lot so here ya go!
Helpful Hints From Ohana Mama: Creating a “Grab Button”
A “Grab Button” (not sure if that’s the technical term but let’s just call it that) is a super easy way for others to help spread the news of a party or carnival you are hosting on your blog, spread the word of your site around the blogosphere and create branding of your site. You can use the button that you put up as your entrecard advertisement as well…you can see mine in my sidebar. When you make your button grab-able, it’s a piece of html that allows others to easily copy and then paste into their own site. So how in the world do you make one?
First: Create a button. The common size is 125×125 pixels. You can make one yourself – I did one in Word or in Photobucket directly or go to one of these awesome ladies and have them make one for you for a small fee: Kim at What’s That Smell, Sydney at Sidder Bug Creations or Rachel at Blog Candy Designs – there are more but these are the few I’ve actually worked with and they all ROCK!
Second: Upload the new graphic to an online photo storage – I use Photobucket.
Third…Make your button “Grab-able”!
Here is the code for creating a Grab-able button on a Blogger blog. Go to your blog, under layout or customize, add a gadget (html one) then post this code… (change the parts where you see my notes regarding your URL, Blog Name and Photobucket Link – be sure to leave the quotation marks around those items)
<a href=”Putyoursite’sURLhere” target=”_blank”><img alt=”PutYourBlogNameHere” src=”TheDirectLinkToWhereYourButtonIsOnPhotobucketGoesHere”/></a>
<form><textarea rows=”6″ cols=”20″><a href=”Putyoursite’sURLhere” target=”_blank”><img alt=”PutYourBlogNameHere” src=”TheDirectLinkToWhereYourButtonIsOnPhotobucketGoesHere”/></a>
Hit Save and you should have your Grag Button in your sidebar!
Wanna put someone elses button in your side bar?
On blogger: copy the code in the box under their button. Go to your blog, then to “customize”, click on add gadget, choose the html option, paste the code and save. Vuola!
Any questions? Leave a comment!
Did you create a button using these instructions? Leave a comment and share so we can all go see!
Stay tuned for more super simple but super useful helpful hints from Ohana Mama! Until then…Aloha!