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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along! :: Why I Don't Use It + What I Use Instead

I bet you're wondering why I would be knocking on the tool that everyone has in their instagram bio.

Don't get me wrong -- the concept of is absolutely genius. How wonderful to have all the links you want to share with your audience in one place?! It's convenient, easy to use and just smart. In essence, it's a great tool for bloggers except when their servers are down which is exactly why I opt out.

Why I Don't Like / Use

Reason No. 1 :: when I was using, I noticed that they don't notify you when their servers are down and in my opinion, that's disservice to it's users. Essentially, you are using their product which has their logo plastered at the bottom of the screen on the free version and it's brand name is in the url even if you pay to use their upgraded services, so you're technically giving them free publicity.

The least they could do is tell you when the service isn't working -- I mean, it's a hinderance to your blog / brand if someone clicks the link and they find a broken page leading them nowhere. It looks unprofessional and you wouldn't even know... possibly resulting in that person / brand not wanting to do business with you or never attempting to visit your blog again each time someone clicks the link in your bio.

Reason No. 2 :: It's an unnecessary step that doesn't help your numbers. I know that I click on a lot of links when I'm roaming instagram and sometimes I stop at the first page it shows me which is usually I mean, wouldn't it be nice if that first click contributed to your numbers instead of's?

Reason No. 3 :: It's ugly. I know that's kind of blunt and slightly rude, but it's honestly how I feel about it. The page displaying your links is not only bland, but it's color options are boring.

I know that if you pay $5 per month, you have a few font selections and you can tweak the colors a bit, but $60 a year really isn't worth it when you can have the same type of thing for free.

What I'm Using Instead

What if I told you, you could have all the links you wanted to share with your community.. 
  • all in one place, 
  • be atheistically pleasing / look professional, 
  • represent your brand and your brand only
  • and contribute to your blog's -- all at the same time?!  

It would be a dream, right? Well, hold on to your hats mom bosses because I'm going to tell you that such a tool exists ... drum roll please .... within your own blog

That's right, I have a hidden page on my blog with a collection of all my links and I've posted it's url in my instagram's bio -- it represents my brand and my brand only, looks how I want it to look, helps my numbers, and I don't have to worry about servers being down or constantly check if everything is working properly.

It's really that simple ladies. I've listed the steps you need to take in order to get this going on your blog for anyone who's interested down below. 

How To Set Up A Collection Of Links Within Your Blog

Step No. 1

Make sure that your blog is mobile friendly website. 

This is important for the aesthetics of the page, but also because most people access these links from an app on a cell phone. 

Step No. 2

Make a page within your blog. 

Title it "resources," "links" or whatever best describes your collection of links. I'd advise you to keep the title short and sweet because usually the title of the page becomes part of the url you'll be placing in your bio and the shorter it is, the cleaner it will look. 

Step No. 3 

Get Creative & Customize! 

Do this by using buttons, graphics, script / fun font for your list. I used the dimensions 800 width x 100 height for my buttons, but how big you want them is up to you -- there are also a few websites online that can help you make a widget with pre-made buttons if you don't want to start from scratch! REMEMBER... This is a where you can put your brand's personal touch on the layout and really make it yours.  You can add your @ighandle at the top of the page if you really liked that about -- the possibilities here really are endless. 

Step No. 4 

Link Everything & Make Sure All Links Work.

Because we want everything to run as smoothly as it looks.  

Step No. 5

Publish Page & Add Page URL To Your Instagram's Bio 

& Y O U A R E D O N E  -- see how simple that was? 


Nothings Impossible said...

I love this post! So helpful, I totally agree with how you feel about link tree and this is a great alternative! Thanks for sharing!

Marta said...

I'm so glad you found this helpful!

Kisha Stewart-Harris said...

I am going to look into this as I wasn’t really familiar with linktree. Thanks

The Screenwriter's Wife said...

Good idea! I use mostly because it's so easy and I don't have to think or set anything up.

But I do like this idea and might end up taking time to do this. Thanks for the idea!

TTK said...

Thank you for this post! I have always felt the same way about linktree. I am going to work on this today!

Unknown said...

So helpful! Thank you!

Carla said...

This is so smart! I think I’m going to try that!

Marta said...

so welcome!

Marta said...

happy to help!

Marta said...

so welcome!

Marta said...

it's a great way to increase your blog numbers if that's something you're wanting to do!

Marta said...

very welcome!

TTK said...

I finally have my link page setup and I am pleased with the results! Thanks again for the tutorial! @strongmomsadmom

Marta said...

YAY!!! So glad I could help!

Sarah Vieira said...

Omgsh, love this idea, Marta! I’ll be trying this out

Marta said...

Awe, thanks so much Sarah! Let me know how it works out for you!

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