Linktree is an amazing tool to help individuals such as myself to make the most out of the one opportunity we get to add a link on Instagram.
When I first came across the platform I thought to myself “Wow! Why didn’t I think of this?”. It’s simple, easy, and like any good product or service, it solved a problem for creatives and influencers who make a living using Instagram. With that being said, it was a no brainer that I signed up and gave linktree a go. After about one week of using linktree, I started to notice something…
My traffic to my blog started to decline!
Yes, girl! After only one week of using linktree I start noticing that I wasn’t getting as many hits to blog and THAT was a problem I wasn’t willing to rock with. As a blogger, your traffic is EVERYTHING so it didn’t make sense to continue using a platform that was hurting my brand.
I had to think of solution and I had to create it FAST. Then it dawned on me, “Keena, why don’t you just create your own damn linktree?“
So that’s what I did, ya’ll! I googled “DIY Linktree” and found that it was super easy (and quick! it honestly took me less than 30 minutes to put it together, hence the name of this blog post) to create a branded linktree for my Instagram profile. Now, it’s time I pass this little nugget of information on to you.
Step 1. Create a new page on your blog
First thing you want to do is simply create a new page on your blog. I use WordPress so my instructions will be specific to that. Once you create your page you can title it something like “Linktree”, “My Links”…I went with “Insta Links” for my page.
Once you create and title your page…you can move on to step two.
Step 2. Create your buttons.
To create my buttons, I use an online graphic design tool that I swear was created by Jesus himself called Canva. I wanted the buttons to mimic the style of linktree’s so I made them full width size (I chose 800px X 100px but you can chose whatever size best fits your blog). Once you decide on your size, you can use your brand colors (a premium feature in Linktree that you would have had to pay for.) to create and style your buttons!
Save your buttons from Canva as .jpg or .png images on your computer and your’re all set! Just like that…we are at the last and final step.
Step 3. Link! Link! Link!
Now that you have your page created on your blog and you have buttons designed all nice, now all you have to do is simply insert them into the page (format them however you like. I have mine straight down in a row as to mimic the look of Linktree) and link your buttons accordingly.
To link your images: Click on the image and select the pencil icon. This will take you to a screen that will allow you to edit your photo like adjust the sizing, add a caption, etc.
Under “Display Settings”, select “Custom URL” on the “Link To” drop box and type your link in the box. If you want to have the link open up in a new page when clicked, check the box that says “Open link in new tab”.
That’s it! You have successfully created your own damn Linktree page for your blog!
This took me about 30 minutes to do in total. Once you publish your page, copy and paste the page link into your Instagram bio and you’re all set. Creating your own linktree is necessary to keep your traffic coming directly to you (and not a third party) and it allows you to stay on brand!
Once I finished my linktree page, I created a short video to promote it. (because i’m extra like that lol)
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This is great! But how does this DOUBLE my traffic?
I’m glad you asked! It’s very simple actually. Now that you have a link in your Instagram bio that is on your blog and not a third party…all that traffic is coming directly to you. Click #1. Once visitors get to your linktree page, you will now get additional clicks as they click on the buttons that go to your most recent post, or your about page, or your contact page. Click #2, #3, #4, and #5!
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