Memes: Adding a meme badge and linking your post to a linkup

An image showing the meme badge of eight different memes.

For all of us who are and have been participating in memes for years, it’s the easiest thing to add a badge to our posts, and then add it to the meme’s linkup. However, when you are new, this can be quite a learning curve. Recently it happened a couple of times that I had to explain to people how to add a meme badge to their post, and then link it. This made me think back to the very first time I participated in a meme, and how unsure I was of what I was doing.

This post will be a simple — I hope — guide on how to add a meme badge and then link your post to the linkup tool.

Step one: write your post

Obviously, the first thing you have to do is to write your post. Now this is the easy part, as chances are you have been inspired by a prompt you have seen, and are writing on topic. A good thing to do when it’s the first time you participate in a meme, is to go to the meme page and look for the rules. Read through them to see if there’s anything you need to keep in mind while you are writing your post. For some memes, such as Wicked Wednesday, you can link a post even if you don’t follow the prompt, but for others such as Tell Me About and 4 Thoughts or Fiction, you have to be on topic.

Step two: finding the meme badge

When you write your post, you do so either using Gutenberg blocks, or the classic editor, like it was before Gutenberg was introduced. I will cover both Gutenberg and the classic editor in this guide. What I will also cover is the following two methods to add the meme badge:

  • by copying code from the meme website
  • by copying the badge image from the meme website

First of all, you have to find the meme badge, and the code. Mostly you can find that on the rules page of the meme, such as for:

Step three: finding the meme badge

For this part of the guide I will use Wicked Wednesday as example, but the principle for all memes are the same.

You have now located the meme badge and the code, but how do you add it to your post? Below you will find how to use:

  • Gutenberg, adding the meme image
  • Gutenberg, adding the meme code
  • The classic editor, adding the meme image
  • The classic editor, adding the meme code

Using Gutenberg, and adding the meme image
  1. Click the black plus and add the image block to your post.
  2. The image block is added. Since I assume you know how to add an image to your post, I am not going to explain that step by step here.
  3. Once your image is added, choose to center it (of course you can choose to leave it aligned left or align it to the right).
  4. Next you have to add the link back to the meme’s website, as this is required for all memes. You can choose to add the link to the main page, or to the specific prompt you are linking to. To add a link, just click the “paperclip” (third icon) and add the URL (web address).
  5. If you want a new window to open when the URL is clicked, click the little arrow to the right of the box where you added the URL, and click the slider ‘open in new tab’ to the right.

Using Gutenberg, and adding the meme code
  1. Click the black plus and add the custom html block to your post.
  2. Go to the meme website, to the page where you have located the code of the meme, and copy the code.
  3. Paste the code in the custom html block you have just added.
  4. Click on preview to see the meme badge.

Using the classic editor, and adding the meme image
  1. Once your post is written, click the ‘Add image’ button at the top of your post.
  2. Add the image like you would normally do, and click on the image to center it, using the alignment buttons.
  3. With the image still clicked, now click the “paperclip” in the task bar to add the URL (web address) to the image.
  4. A dialogue box opens where you can enter the URL.
  5. Click the settings wheel next to the URL dialogue box. A popup window will open where you can choose to add the URL in a new window.

Using the classic editor, and adding the meme code
  1. Once your post is written, click the ‘Text’ tab at the top right of your post. You will see the text you have written, but with HTML code added to it.
  2. Go to the meme website, to the page where you have located the code of the meme, and copy the code.
  3. Now scroll to the bottom of all the text on the page, enter once or twice, and paste the code you have just copied there.
  4. Click the visual tab to see the meme badge you have just added.

Step four: link your post

Nowadays all memes use the InLinkz linkup tool, except for Monochromerotic, which uses Linky Tools.

Adding your post using InLinkz

Please note, in order to use the InLinkz tool, even only to link your post, you will have to create an account on their website. It’s free. You can use your Facebook or Google account to sign up, but if you don’t want your real name to be out there, just create an account manually. It’s easy-peasy!

  1. Copy the URL (web address) of the post you want to add to the meme.
  2. Go to the prompt post, scroll down to the bottom, and locate the link tool. Click ‘Add Link’.
  3. Paste your link in the top box, tagged ‘Link’. If you wait a moment, the InLinkz tool will automatically retrieve your post title and featured image (or any other image in the post). You can change the title (I always remove my blog name) and click a different image to be featured with your link.
  4. When you are satisfied with the name and image, and your email address (the one you used when you created your account, and which will never be visible to anyone but the site owner) is added, scroll down and click the box to agree to the InLinkz Terms of Service & Privacy Policy (you will have to do this only once for as long as you are logged in) and click the ‘Save’ button.
  5. Your post will now appear with the others that have already been linked.
Adding your post using Linky Tools
  1. Copy the URL (web address) of the post you want to add to the meme.
  2. Go to the prompt post, scroll down to the bottom, and locate the link tool. Click ‘click here to enter’.
  3. In the next screen, paste the URL to your post in the top box. Step to is to add the title of your post, step 3 your email address and your name.
  4. In step 4 you have to add your image. Currently there’s a problem with this service, so you have to choose ‘Let me crop my own image’ and ‘from file’.
  5. In the next screen you follow the steps to add and crop your image. When you click on ‘crop image’ you will get the confirmation that your post has been added to the linkup.

More than one

When you add your post to a meme, you might discover that it fits in with the prompt of another meme too. Sometimes there are meme collaborations, where two or three different memes collaborate on a prompt. You are always allowed to add your post to more than one meme, as long as you add the individual badges to your post.

If you have any questions, just let me know and I will help where I can.

Happy linking!

5 thoughts on “Memes: Adding a meme badge and linking your post to a linkup

  1. Wow Marie this is a wonderful post – comprehensive in every sense but clear to follow too. I will add it my 4thoughts meme where i mention badges
    May xx

  2. Great post Marie. I love all the screenshots you have included. I will replace the one I currently link with this one as mine was written pre Gutenberg so is probably out of date. Missy x

  3. I had trouble adding the code for a link up not long ago and had to use the photo and link through that. Not sure what the issue was.

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