Hello Dear Readers!
One of my goals this year has been to figure out which Link up tool I liked best. I love Fellowship Fridays and want to make sure I’m doing them the best way possible. The only way to determine that is by trying out different tools. This is part two of my tools trials of linking up!
My criteria for evaluating the link up tools are:
1) Ease of Use
2) Integration with Social Media
3) Visibility of the links on the blog post after the link up is over
For each tool, I will rate each element on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the worst and 5 being the best) to see what comes out with the highest total score. I love numbers – I can’t help it! But, even if you don’t love numbers, hopefully this series will be helpful.
So far I’ve done eight Fellowship Friday Link ups and I used Linky Tools for five of them. The first three I set up so that I would have to moderate (approve) each entry. The last two I set up to not need moderation. For Fellowship Friday Link up 6 & 7, I used Simply Linked.
EASE OF USE
You set up an account super fast. Basically there are 6 fields to complete.
Once your account is set up, you log in and there are two tabs to navigate from. One is “Current Lists” And the other is “Create New List”
In the Current Lists Tab, you can view a list of the link ups you’ve already created.
In the Create New List Tab, you create a new link up!
To create a new link up, you only have two fields to complete: Name of List and Type (either standard or Carnival (Reoccuring Theme))
And that’s it.
Once you hit submit, the next screen provides the code which you then copy and paste into your blog.
So from creating an account to creating your first link up, probably it’s under 2 minutes.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 5.
SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION
Simply-Linked is just that. Simple. There is no automated social media integration.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 1.
Simply Linked is a free service. And free is great! Especially for those of us who are pinching pennies! The link is stable though and so far has never gone down. I can still see the links. There isn’t much editing power. The only power the owner of the link up has is deleting an entry after the fact. You can’t set up the open and close dates ahead of time. The link up will remain active until you manually log back into your Simply Linked dashboard and close it. Also, there isn’t any way to have the links appear differently. They only appear as text links and it’s very small font which the link up host can’t change.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it a 2.
This gives Simply Linked a total score of 8 out of 15! Stable, basic and quick are its strong points. But for the speed, you must compromise control and customization. For busy bloggers, I think this may often be a fair trade.
Have you ever tried Simply Linked?