Did you know you can add linked images to your store banner? How totally cool is that? Now you can bring bright and colourful attention to a specific product, your blog, a social account, your newsletter … whatever you like!
Here’s what my store banner looks like:
Directions for Creating Your OWN Linked Banner:
Make your image. It doesn’t need to be fancy. You could grab a screen shot from your store and add some text. I made mine in Photoshop Elements but you can also make it in Power Point or Pages.
The main things to remember are:
a) the image needs to be 450 by 150 px ( 4.6 x 1.5 inches) and
b) you need to save it as a png file so that the background is transparent.
Upload your png image so that you can grab the image source url.
There are a couple of ways you can do this.
Click on the highlighted area beside “Direct” to copy the source url.
You can upload the image to a new blog post (which you WON’T publish). Once the image is uploaded, switch from “compose” mode to “HTML” mode.
In HTML mode you’ll be able to grab the code you need. It looks a little scary if you’re not used to it, but just look for “src” and copy the code after that (I’ve highlighted it below). Make sure you get it all, but DON’T grab the quote marks.
Here’s what I ended up with:
Next step is to shorten the url because the one above is just UGLY, but more importantly, TpT requires that the code you’re going to place on their site has no more than 120 characters.
Go to TinyURL.com. This is a free service and you don’t even need to register. Just plunk your image URL (from above) into the TinyURL box, click “Make TinyURL!” and you’ll end up with, well … a tiny URL.
Here’s my new one: http://tinyurl.com/q8ndb2e
That’s MUCH nicer, isn’t it?
Copy the URL for whatever you’d like your new banner to link up to. Mine links up to my social icons category.
Once you have it, go back to TinyURL.com and do exactly what you did in Step Three.
Take a deep breath … we’re almost done 🙂
Copy the code below and paste your two new TINY URLs into the red and blue areas.
<a href=”PERSONAL LINK“><img src=”IMAGE URL“></a>
Mine looks like this:
<a href=”http://tinyurl.com/nb5tm7x“><img src=”http://tinyurl.com/q8ndb2e“></a>
Go to your store, go to dashboard and at the very top you’ll see a spot to edit your profile.
Just click on that link and then plug your new code into “Personal Quote”. If you did it correctly then you’ll see your new image! If not, then double check your codes. Even the teeniest tiniest omission will mess things up.
Congratulations, you did it!
Let me know how it turns out for you. I LOVE comments:)