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Adding a Picture Link To Your Lens –
One of the most common questions I get about Squidoo is how to add a picture that is a link on a lens. Adding images to Squidoo lenses is really important – people love pictures, and pictures can add so much more dimension to your online content. Also, being able to make that image a link to your website or make it an affiliate link to a product can be very effective for your Squidoo marketing efforts. So, let’s walk thru the steps to take to get a clickable picture link on your lens.
How To Add a Picture Link To a Lens
Since the PotPieGirl house is a little chaotic as we prepare for our trip to see Mickey Mouse, I invited Bryan Kraemer from GetStartedMarketing.com over to do a guest post for us. Bryan is one of my long-time readers. He and I agree on most things… except college football. Bless his heart, he is a Kentucky fan (gasp!)
Above all, Bryan has had great success following my One Week Marketing Action Plan. In fact, he recently started helping others with their own One Week Marketing campaigns, too.
He is a great teacher and a really great guy (aside from that Kentucky thing…lol).
So, let’s welcome Bryan to PotPieGirl.com and enjoy his step by step tutorial for adding images and clickable images to a Squidoo lens.
Adding Images and Clickable Images For Squidoo
Hello PotPieGirl readers, this is Bryan from GetStartedMarketing.com and I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to be a guest blogger here on PotPieGirl.com. I have been working online part time for a few years now, quietly building my niche marketing/ OneWeekMarketing campaigns one at a time.
I still hold down a “day job” (for now!) but have been working hard using these bum marketing methods to build a steady online paycheck in the evenings and on weekends. I am married to a wonderful wife (who puts up with my late nights on the computer) and we live in the northern section of Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio.
Like many (or most!) of you, finding a way to pay some bills, increase the savings account, and one day “fire the boss” is my motivation in working online. I have been fortunate to know and learn from great people online for several years now, and I can tell you, the methods from One Week Marketing DO work, and work quite well IF you stick with it and work work work. The rewards are tremendous.
Today I want to share with you something that comes up frequently when I am talking to fellow online marketers, and it is one of the key components that I teach those who are in my coaching program to use One Week Marketing & other bum marketing methods to make money online. That topic is “How to Add a Clickable Image to Your Squidoo Lens.”
A Tutorial on Adding A Clickable Image To Your Squidoo Lens
Adding images is an important part of any lens. Readers love images and they can play a huge role in drawing that emotional response we want to create as online marketers. Adding images that a reader can click on and be taken to an affiliate landing page is even better!
So, pencils sharp – lets get started!
Did you know you are not limited to the images that you directly upload to your lens modules? You can actually insert a picture anywhere on a lens if you know the right html code.
The only catch is you need to host these images somewhere other than Squidoo. There are a few places to host images that are free to use.
I use PhotoBucket.com – it’s free and super easy to use and is what I recommend.
Step 1: Open a PhotoBucket.com Account & Get Your Image on PhotoBucket: Say you want to make your clickable image an ebook cover for a program you are promoting. The easiest thing to do is to upload the ebook cover right from the affiliates page of the website to your PhotoBucket account.
Simply Right Click on the Image you want to save from the affiliate website or photo directory page (make sure it is not copyrighted!), select “Properties” and copy the URL from the properties box:
Right Click – Properties
Highlight and “copy” that URL circled red
Paste that URL where it tells you too on your PhotoBucket page.
Hit Upload Button, and Save. Step one complete!
Step 2: Open up Squidoo and go to your lens in Edit mode. Open your Text Module edit screen and copy/paste the following code into your text Squidoo module:
<a href=”http://www.yourwebsite.com“><img src=”http://www.yoursite.com/yourpicture.jpg“></a>
Step 3: Replace the “http://www.yourwebsite.com” with the URL of where you want the visitor to go when they click the image. For most of us, this will be our affiliate hoplink. For PotPieGirls One Week Marketing, the code looks like this:
http://YourID.potpiegirl.hop.clickbank.net“> (Where YourID = Your ClickBank ID).
NOTE: Sometimes you will need to delete and re-type the “quotation” marks after you copy/paste to your lens. Some copy/paste will make them act weird, and by simply deleting and retyping the “quotes” it fixes the issue.
Step 4: Replace the “http://www.yoursite.com/yourpicture.jpg” with the location of your image on your PhotoBucket account.
PhotoBucket makes finding this information SUPER easy. It is right here on your screen where you image is stored:
Copy and paste that url from the IMG Code Line – excluding the [IMG] at the beginning and end of that code.
Note: You may need to delete and retype the quotes when you paste to your lens, just like before. Its weird, I know.
Your final code will look something like this:
http://YourID.potpiegirl.hop.clickbank.net“><img src=”http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv211/YOURID/21bFNi1qljL_SL160_.jpg” ></a>
Save your module, and you now have clickable images in your Squidoo lens! Pretty cool stuff, and a super easy way to add more power to your lenses and One Week Marketing campaigns. You can also add other pieces of custom code to give your image a title, or to align it right, center, or left on your lens.
Important: Make sure you test your image to make sure it works correctly before promoting it!
I briefly mentioned earlier that I have started offering coaching as well as custom lens creation for anyone who wants to learn more details how to build a lens, get it to rank in Google, get clicks, and if things go right, some sales. I decided to spend my limited time providing help to others because I have had so many wonderful people, such as PotPieGirl, take their time to help me get going.
I invite you to visit my site, GetStartedMarketing.com to read about how I worked with a new internet marketer named David, and before we even got to Day 5 of a OWM campaign, he had his first ever sale! It is a really inspiring story.
Get the details on his experience with me, and check out my offer for coaching or custom campaign creation just for you by visiting here:
A big thank you to Jennifer, and all the great readers here at PotPieGirl.com!
To Our Success,
Thank you, Bryan!
If you need help with your One Week Marketing campaigns or just want some Squidoo lenses made for you, I encourage you to check out Bryan’s services here.
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Oh, and I forgot….
I made a lens about RedGage – has a cool video that explains how it works.
You can find it here:
Excellent advice on the clickable image, that is really helpful, thanks.
I too am a Kentucky fan, live in Northern Kentucky, so take it easy on us Kentucky fans, lol.
I hope you have a great time in Disney. My family and I just got back after a week long stay in Disney World, we had an excellent time.
Thanks again for the image advice
Hey Scott – thanks for reading! Think Jodie is coming back? I live in NKY as well, drop me a line sometime.
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Thanks for the info it was helpful. Yes i know Australia is a long way, but a week to receive an email, just kidding
Have a nice break and a good trip. Talk soon
Love the help with the grammar on this site thanks
You are providing very good tips and tricks here.
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Oh man, it’s not nearly as hard as I thought!
Thanks so much for that tid bit. 🙂
Hi Bryan and Jennifer.
Firstly have a well deserved break Jen.
Next, Bryan this is pure gold, thank you so much for taking the time to show us the simple things that can take us newbies hours.
One question please, I have my pictures working beautifully, now how can I align the text next to them. At present, the text sits above the picture.
Many thanks I look forward to your reply and I love your website – awesome.
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Thanks for the article. it is very useful.
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Thanks for the great advice! I just came across your blog and love the content. I look forward to reading your posts in the future
It’s really wroth it to read blog post, I’d wondered as regular user of squidoo lens this idea didn’t click in my mind. Clickable image is great way to attract more visitors towards your site from squidoo lens.
I am reader of brayan’s blog and he has done wonderful job in this guest post.
Excellent tips, i will try it on my Squidoo account. Thank you for this tips.
Jennifer, can you write something about the new Squidoo rules (no more weight loss, loans etc lenses). Thanks.
This was very helpful info! I’m an artist, so I can really appreciate the visual illustrations! Very well done abd easy to follow.
This is fantastic. This could be very useful for me when addting Clickable Images For Squidoo. This could facilitate for clients for me. Many thanks!!
thank you so much for that tip.. i think i’ll be able to help my friend.. smiles:D
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A note to everyone who has commented: THANK YOU for reading and leaving your feedback!
I will be adding more information like this to my blog over time.
I’m having trouble getting the image to show properly after the tutorial clickbank has new links. Im not sure if this will affect the links and how they show up but it is not working properly 🙁