Hello there =)
In your quest to start your own link up party, you’ve learned that you should have some party buttons. One with your parties name and one for your party features to show off. These are not absolutely necessary but can spice up your party a little bit. Think of them as your parties logo & features badge.
Image editing and creating sites like Picmonkey and Canva can be very helpful in this process. I highly recommend Canva if you think you’re going to have to go back and edit a few times. Canva allows you to save your projects and edit to your hearts desire.
When creating your link up party buttons, there are 3 basic things to consider: color/image, text and button size. Let’s explore each one.
Ready? First decision: will your button have a solid color background or will you use an image?
There is no wrong choice. Need help? Think about your link up parties theme; it may help you decide the direction you go in.
For Two Uses Tuesday, I took my own photos and tried to incorporate each element of my theme; DIY, crafts, recipes & upcycles. The cupcake stamp may be a stretch for recipe, but hey, it works. Stella used the white washed boards of mine to keep our parties branded together (we co-host for each other and the parties overlap) and basic red push pins for the Pinbellish Pin Party.
At minimum, your party logo button should have the party name. Additionally you can add a tag line or day & times your party runs.
A featured button usually has the text “I was featured on [insert name of party]”. You don’t really need much more.
As with all your images, keep the font and brand elements used on your party buttons in line with your blog’s branding. Your party may not be known to many but your established image branding might. Use that to your advantage. That is of course if people place your button on their blog.
The size of your buttons can aid in getting others to want to put them on their blog.
While you may think images that are very small will appeal to others (space savers), you must make them large enough to be effective for advertising you and your party. No hard rules here, just general info and guidelines.
Bloggers are most likely to place your button in one of 3 places:
- At the bottom of the post their linking up.
- On their sidebar
- On a link up party page or blog roll
I recommend creating a few sizes of your party button; for the party and for advertising purposes. Gotta have the most visually pleasing images across all our platforms, right?
- A 250 x 250 pixel for your link up party posts and page.
- A 640 x 640 (or 1080 x 180) pixel image for promoting on instagram
- A 1024 x 512 pixel image for advertising on Twitter.
Why 250 x 250 for your party image?
Square images create a nice grid layout when multiples are added to pages.
Most blog sidebars are 300-350 pixels in width. 250 px is large enough to be seen and will fit cleanly within most sidebars (no cut off).
Don’t feel like to have to have a perfect button/images day one for your party.
Two Uses Tuesday is on it’s 3rd party button. It took me awhile to find the perfect image that represented my party. I also wanted it to be neutral in color so that it looked good on everyone’s blogs; party lovers, features and co-hosts.
Once you’ve made yours, I’d love if you left a link to the image or share it on social media and tag me. Are link up party and blog buttons are old hat for you? Show yours too!
I want to see all the buttons! Blog buttons. Please don’t show me belly buttons…
So now you have a fancy little button to promote your party and for your features to show off. Now we just need some grab boxes with code… Stay tuned!