There are some gorgeous items for sale on Madeit. Items that are just crying out to be shared. So every now and then I write a post featuring a bunch of items I’ve seen in my roving. I work on the assumption that Madeit sellers want to sell their product so they are happy for you to share them as long as you acknowledge them and link to their store. I am always clear that the items are not mine and have come from Madeit. But I do have a quick look at their policies to make sure they don’t have anything written there asking for their images not to be borrowed. Here’s a few tips on how I find items and share them.
Often I come across one item that tskes my fancy. From that I’ll choose a theme. Let’s look at an example:
Say I find this cute felt car decoration. From that I could choose a few themes: boys, cars, felt items, vehicles or room decorations, even pick one of the colours. Then I search Madeit for items that fit that theme – and that I like of course. Madeit has a search function right there on their front page at the left. You can choose to search for by “Title”, “Title & Description” or “User/ store name”. you can also choose a price range.
Once you find an time you want to add to your feature, you’ll want to download the picture. Hover your mouse over the picture you like, and right click. From the menu, I choose “Save Image to Downloads” in Safari. (In Explorer, you would right click then choose “Save Picture as…” and choose a folder to put it in.)
Copying the URL
While you are at the page for the item in Madeit, you also want to copy the URL from the address bar. Just highlight the whole URL (including the http:// at the start), then right click and “Copy” it.
Inserting it in your post
Open the post you are writing, or a new one if you haven’t started yet, and insert the picture from your computer just as you would any picture. Now we want to change the link for that picture to the URL we just copied.
Click on the picture and you will get some options come up in small writing below it. Choose the “Edit Link” option. The link showing next to the web address will be where the photo has just been uploaded to blogspot. Delete that link and paste in the link you copied from the Madeit item page. Then click OK to save. Now the picture will link back to the store page where you found it.
Upload your image as you normally would. In the picture editing screen, look for the “Link URL” box. Delete the URL that’s in there and paste in the one from Madeit. Save or Update to keep the changes.
Both Blogger and WordPress have the option of adding a caption to your picture. I have often put the name of the Madeit store into the caption. Alternatively I have seem a list of stores listed below a group of pictures to identify where they came from. You might choose to make your store name a link to the store too. Just highlight the words and create a hyperlink as you would anywhere else in your blog post.
Let the store owner know
As a store owner, I would be thrilled to know that someone had featured one of my items. You can see how to contact a Madeit seller via their profile. They might provide an email or blog link there, or you can send them a message within Madeit. You will need to be logged in to do this.
I hope that has answered some questions and made it a little easier for you. Do you have any more questions? In this post, click on the pictures to visit the stores they came from.
Let me know if you write a feature article so I can visit and read it.