Monday, January 9, 2012

How to Add a Photo to Your Blog's Sidebar

I've held a number of blog giveaways, and one of the requirements to enter is often to post a giveaway photo on your own blog's sidebar. I've had quite a few people ask me about how to do this, so here's a little tutorial for you. These instructions are for posting a photo or other image on the sidebar of a Blogger blog using the "Add a Gadget" feature.


I'll use my own current blog giveaway as an example. First thing, go to my blog post and copy the small giveaway photo at the bottom of my post, then save it somewhere easy to find. Here's my blog post: http://www.plushpussycat.com/2012/01/new-giveaway.html Go there. Find that last smaller photo in the article and right-click on it. Choose the option that says, "Save as" or "Save image." Save the photo where you can find it later, like your desktop, or a place where you always save files or images. Good.

Now open a second window on your computer. Go to your own blog. Now go to the very top of your blog and click "Design," then click "Layout." You'll see the layout of your blog. At the top of the right sidebar in the layout, click "Add a Gadget." Now scroll down a list of choices until you find "Picture." Click the plus sign next to it. Now a "Configure Image" window opens.

In the spot that says "Title," you can type "Plushpussycat's Giveaway," or something like that. In the spot that says "Link," copy this into it: http://www.plushpussycat.com/2012/01/new-giveaway.html Just highlight the text of the web site url in the first window (my blog in this example), and hold down the "Ctrl" key and the "c" key at the same time. Then go to the "Configure Image" window and hold down the "Ctrl" key and the "v" key at the same time. Or you can type the url/web address in by hand. :-)

One more thing to go! You just need to click the "Choose File" button in the "Configure Image" window. From there, find where you stored the photo on your computer, and click the photo. You'll see the photo in the "Configure Image" window now. Now hit the "Save" button in the "Configure Image" window. Now all you see is the "Layout" page. In the right-hand column, just under the words "Add a Gadget," it says "Plushpussycat's Giveaway," or whatever you typed before. Hit the "Save" button at the top of the "Layout" page, and then hit the "View Blog" button to see your work.

You did it--yay! Congratulations on learning a new skill! It's time to pat yourself on the back! I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Until next time.... xoxo Jennifer

30 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer! Following your instructions was really easy and understandable!! Thank you for taking the time to answer my email-question!! :) I am sure, many of the "not-so-technical" bloggers will be happy about your post! Perhaps a label "DIY Blog Issues" might be great...(as Pc experienced kids might not always be around :)

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  2. Jenny, you are so good! I've learned "how to" from you some months ago and I'll always be grateful to you.
    Hugs

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  3. Thank you, Ana! That is so kind of you to say! I'm glad you found my instructions helpful! I like DIY Blog Issues--nice label! :-) It is good to have techie people around--for you it's your kids, and for me it's my husband. ;-) Thank you for your lovely comment! :-) Jennifer

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  4. Hi Drora! How very kind of you to say that! I'm glad my instructions were helpful to you. It was a pleasure to be of service. Thank you for your lovely comment! :-) Jennifer

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  5. Thanks, I really wanted to learn how to do this but had not got around to it. I think that I will be able to do it with your help. A big mini hug.

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  6. You're very welcome, Mary! Feel free to email me if you get stuck anywhere in the process. I'll try to walk you through it via email. :-) Jennifer

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  7. Where have you been when I started blogging... (LOL) - I think that's one of the great things about it: You always get support by nice people! ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit

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  8. Hi Birgit! Yes, you are so right! I have received such amazing support from other bloggers that I'll be eternally grateful. Thanks for your lovely comment! :-) Jennifer

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  9. Gracias por ese tutorial.
    Mil besitos...Julia

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  10. You are very welcome, julia! Thank YOU for your lovely comment! :-) Jennifer

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  11. Blogger can get pretty confusing. I remember how overwhelming it seemed when I started my blog. A couple months ago I wanted to change the font on my blog. Half way through the process I said Forget It!! It was so difficult. Nice job explaining the photo thing.
    xoxo
    Caroline

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  12. hey there Jen!
    I have posted your giveaway pic down the side of my blog, but will also edit my latest blog and add a mention for others to enter!
    I wanted to make sure I was in the running for your great giveaway!!!
    kate :)

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  13. Thanks!This was such a ood thing to learn and believe it or not,this was a veeeeerryyy helpul post :D thanks :D

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  14. Hi Caroline! Thank you for sharing your experience! Yes, it really can be challenging to learn how to do things in Blogger. I appreciate you mentioning changing fonts--I'll try to avoid changing my font, now that I know! ;-) Jennifer

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  15. Thank you, Kate! I appreciate all of your efforts to publicize my blog giveaway! I'm glad you like the giveaway too! :-D Jennifer

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  16. Hi Dinsku! Thank you so very much! :-D I'm so glad you found my tutorial helpful! I'll do more in the future! :-) Jennifer

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  17. Ole Ole Ole. I have obtained it. Thank you for the tutorial. Kisses

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  18. Great job, Coquelux! I went to your blog and tested the link--it works beautifully! :-D Thanks for letting me know! :-) Jennifer

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  19. Gracias Jennifer por pasarte por mi blog y poner el anuncio de mi sorteo, estaré encantada de participar en el tuyo, tambien lo pongo en mi log, besos
    Rosa

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  20. Thank you, Contrastes Rosa Ma! :-)

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  21. Hello Plushpussycat,
    your blog is fantasic. So many grat things to look. Thanks for vitist my blog.
    Greetings
    Melanie

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  22. Hi Melanie! Great to hear from you! Thank you for your lovely comment and for becoming a friend of Plushpussycat! :-) Jennifer

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  23. Thank you Jennifer, I finally did it, with your help it was fairly easy. A Big Mini Hug.

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  24. Hi Mary! Thanks for letting me know. Congratulations! You deserve a pat on the back! ;-) It just gets easier from here, once you've done it the first time. :-) Jennifer

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  25. This was AMAZINGLY HELPFUL!!! Thank you so much!!

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  26. You are very welcome, Wicked Karma Jewelry. And thank you for becoming a friend of Plushpussycat blog. Welcome! xo Jennifer

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  27. Thank you so much for giving these instructions. I have added a link on my blog and would love to be entered into your giveaway :)

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  28. It's so great to have someone who cares! :)
    Thanks a lot!!

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  29. This is great thankyou! I have put a link on my blog but as i started it errr.... yesterday it may not be seen by many people. every little helps though eh?! xxx

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