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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to create a clickable link in Rafflecopter



Rafflecopter has made hosting giveaways so incredibly easy! The simple widget makes entering your giveaway foolproof, and also makes sharing so much quicker. One thing I noticed when entering giveaways on other blogs is that I sometimes have to copy and paste link into the address bar of my browser because it's not clickable. If the prize isn't super enticing, I might skip that entry altogether.
As a blogger, we want those Pinterest followers to help grow our readership. We take care to put in different methods of entry that benefit both our blog and the company that is sponsoring the giveaway. It's a huge waste of time to add all these methods of entry and then have most people skip them over because they'd rather not copy and paste! And in a world where you can click on most anything, do you blame them?

Unlike most social media outlets, Rafflecopter doesn't automatically make your link clickable. This is why it's important to take an extra couple of seconds and enter in some super simple code. The first time I did this, I noticed a definite increase in the amount of entries that each person used! I've created a simple tutorial to help you out:

I'm using Pinterest as an example because this option is only available to those who pay for premium Rafflecopter services. Luckily, there's a way to get around that. 
Select "Invent Your Own Option" at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.

Fill out the highlighted areas.


When you're adding your link you just simply use brackets next to a parenthesis. In the brackets you'll put whatever text you'd like the link to say, and in the parenthesis you'll put your link address. No spaces, no quotes, nothing else. 

I even made a little rhyme to help me remember the code even easier. Text in bracket, link in parenthesis - that's how you make Rafflecopter linkies!

When you're done it will look like this:

Now when people enter your giveaway they can click right over to your Pinterest page, your Google+ page, your sponsor's website or wherever else you'd like them to go! You'll see an increase in the amount of entries each person takes advantage of, and hopefully you'll see even more success in your giveaways.

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5 comments:

Alma Bosek said...

Thank you fir sharing.

Lydia said...

Smart reminders! Thank you!

daydreaming beauty said...

This was so much easier than I expected!! Thanks for a great and helpful post! :)

Brittany said...

I'm so so so happy I found this! I was wondering why none of my links were working! Thanks for sharing

Eugenia said...

Hi!

It's my first time using Rafflecopter and I'm trying to add a clickable link to my Instagram page following your instructions, but it doesn't seem to be working and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, seeing as how I'm following your directions. Please help!

Thanks!