Tutorial

Jazz up Your TpT Shop!

It's easy to add a linked banner to your TpT store following this tutorial. BarbaraLeyne.com

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:

My Teacher's Pay Teachers banner

 

Directions for Creating Your OWN Linked Banner:

STEP ONE

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.

STEP TWO

Upload your png image so that you can grab the image source url.

There are a couple of ways you can do this.

You can upload it to a free site like Photobucket.share-link

Click on the highlighted area beside “Direct” to copy the source url.

OR

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.

compose-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.

HTML-mode

Here’s what I ended up with:

source-code

STEP THREE

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?

STEP FOUR

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.

STEP FIVE

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>

STEP SIX

Go to your store, go to dashboard and at the very top you’ll see a spot to edit your profile.

Edit-Personal-Quote

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:)

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Jessica
    July 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    This was really good. I was just thinking I need to spruce up my store but had no idea how to do it! Thanks,
    Jessica

    1. Reply
      Barbara
      July 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      You’re very welcome, Jessica! I’m glad you found it useful:)

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