A Mr. Linky fix Tutorial – Just a Note- January 26, 2015

Most of you using Mr. Linky have found that the green frog shows up beautifully in your editor, and indeed, people can see the Mr. Linky as it sits in their e-mail notifications, but once the post goes live, there’s a blank spot where Mr. Linky should be.

This happened to us at Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie a couple of weeks back.  I wrote a ticket to Mr. Linky, thinking that my problem was with them.  They replied that the problem lay in WordPress’s cache policy.  Our Jen from Blog it or Lost it! put her analytical mind to the problem as well as wrote a ticket to WordPress with my correspondence with Mr. Linky.  She spent not a bit of time posting back and forth with a WordPress person and got no satisfaction, but observing the Haiku Horizons weekly prompt, that uses Mr. Linky, but their own badge to direct their readers to the Mr. Linky form,  figured out what needed to be done to get Mr. Linky to work.

On Haiku Horizons, you won’t see Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page, but the Haiku Horizons badge, which once clicked takes you to Mr. Linky where you can add your data.  How does this work.  Why in the same way that you get an image widget to show up on the side-bar of your Blog!

You go to your Media Library choose the image you want reproduced on your sidebar, copy and paste the code information you find attached to your image into the Widget information box and there you go… you’ve got an image of one of your photos or badges of sites you follow on the sidebar.

So, what you must do to use Mr. Linky is download the image to your computer and then upload the Mr. Linky Green Frog to your Media Library, it will create a code … below is the Modified code (I changed the blog info shown) for a the image of Mr. Linky on a hypothetical Blog:

https://happytohelpyou.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mister-linky-logo.jpg”></a&gt;

It has all the information to open an image from your media editor, location name, date uploaded, name and type of image  when it was uploaded in html form … I’m presuming that the <a> says to show the image, but I’m not code oriented so I can’t tell you.

Now you can go and get your regular code from the Mr. Linky site:

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=maryslittlelamb=12Feb2015b&meme=wr”><img border=”0″ src=”http://www.blenza.com/linkies/graphic.php?owner=maryslittlelamb=12Feb2015b&meme=wr”></a&gt;

you’ll recognize this … in our case it’s an modified old code used by our Jen for MLMM …

Remove  the last part of the code after src= this is a facsimile of what you should now see:

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=maryslittlelamb=12Feb2015b&meme=wr”><img border=”0″ src=

At this point add to this code contains the information of where your Mr. Linky frog is on your Blog:

<a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=maryslittlelamb=12Feb2015b&meme=wr”><img border=”0″ src=”https://happytohelpyou.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/mister-linky-logo.jpg”></a&gt;

I wrote the information for our Media Library onto a Notepad txt document and then saved where I can get to it easily. If you want to use your own badge for the Mr. Linky image … just upload a thumbnail of your badge and use the code it create in your regular Mr. Linky information code like I did here for the Mr. Linky Logo.

If someone has an easier way to work around this problem … let us know!

Hope this helps … and happy blogging!  Bastet

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “A Mr. Linky fix Tutorial – Just a Note- January 26, 2015

  1. Great post — thanks for sharing this with everyone! Hopefully this will help everyone work around the problem till WordPress stops running with scissors in regard to linkups. o.O

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    • Hopefully, but seems that Brenda at Sunday Whirl can’t even get the Mr. Linky to open in her browser … but I don’t know what the problem is. Basically though it’s ridiculous that bloggers have to learn how to program in order to use their W.P. account 😦

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          • I think HA has too, because I was wondering why there weren’t any *featured* images for several posts at MLMM and went to look — thought it would be simple just to pick a feature and be done with it. Nope. They were outside images — stored on another site and shared at MLMM. And it worked FINE.

            So…. makes you wonder.
            Perhaps they want people staying INSIDE WP — using pingbacks — not relying on linkups.

            Or I could just be paranoid 😉

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          • Lots of “kids” right out of school perhaps? Lots of textbook stuff – or lab stuff – but little “real life” experience?

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          • The last one you said .. lots of enthusiasm … besides if you’ve ever done a little exploring into WordPress Com … not the blog place but the “other” place where nerds chat together, we might understand better what’s happening. It’s kind of like Ubuntu and other opensource stuff … they jive together and think they’ve done something clever … and then put it into the system. That how most software upgrades work … from Microsoft to Facebook … nerds playing with code.

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  2. Reblogged this on Blog It or Lose It! and commented:
    A feasible “work-around” for the MisterLinky widget problem. Feel free to share. And if anyone has questions I can walk you through it step by step.

    Thanks, WordPress, for breaking things …

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  3. I am having trouble with mr linky. Sometimes it allows me to put a poem on your blog and when I return to check some poems out and comment it says FORBIDDEN you do not have permission to access this site. This is happening to me on other sites that I visit too. Just thought I would let you know !

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    • Thanks for telling me this .. no one has brought up this problem before and frankly I can’t say what the problem can be. I will mention it on one of the future posts to see if others are having the problem. I’m terribly sorry for the problem!

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