Creating a badge for your blog or linky and adding code so that others can add it to their sites doesn’t need to be a complicated process. The badge I use for my “From the mouths of babes” linky took me approximately ten minutes to create and add to my blog. This is how I created my badge using Picmonkey:
1) On the Picmonkey website I started by clicking on design, followed by the square canvas
2) I then clicked on the butterfly icon on the left hand side to add an overlay. I uploaded my photo by clicking ‘Add your own’ and dragged the corners of my image until it filled the canvas. I chose this photo of Jessica as a background because it had plenty of blank space for me to add a speech bubble and text.
3) Next, I added a speech bubble (found in the ‘comic bubbles’ section in overlays).
4) I then clicked on the Tt icon on the left hand side to add text to the speech bubble.
5) Finally I added my logo using the ‘Add your own’ function in the overlay menu again.
6) After clicking ‘save’ I then adjusted the image dimensions to 150px by 150px (a good size for a linky badge) before saving the badge to my computer.
7) The next step was to upload my badge to Photobucket as the image needs to have a URL for the badge code.
8) I generated the badge code by using a code generator found at: http://www.mycoolrealm.com/sandbox/gbgen/ where I just needed to enter my blog name, blog URL and the URL of my image. You can change other settings on this if you wish but I was happy with the default settings.
9) Finally, I copied the code generated into a text widget in my blog sidebar. I also add the code at the end of the linky post each week to make it as easy as possible for those linking up to find the code.
Voilà! One linky badge complete with code created in about ten minutes.
I used a photo as the background image for my badge, however, Picmonkey has a range of different themes, effects, overlays and fonts that can be used to design a badge if you don’t have a photo or image to use as a starting point for your background. Some of these are free to use, others require you to upgrade to Royale membership which costs $4.99 per month or $33 per year after the 30 day free trial period.
Those of you who are eagle-eyed may spot that my example badge is slightly different from my linky badge. I actually used a combination of the A Beautiful Mess app on my phone and GIMP on my computer to design my badge originally which while it was still a quick process is more complicated to explain than using Picmonkey as a design tool.