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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Creating Links in Rafflecopter

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I seem to be hosting lots of giveaways here. Between the ones I source myself, and the group ones. I also like to enter lots of giveaways. I like Rafflecopter and several of the other giveaway hosting widgets. They make it easier to enter than having to leave forum comments, stating which of the dozen or so desired optional entries were performed.

Here's a bit of a tip/how-to article to help those setting up their own Rafflecopter-based giveaways.

If you want to include a live link in the different ways that people enter, you have to make sure you setup the text correctly. Otherwise, the link won't be live and the instructions will just look bad. And, just putting the URL in the instructions won't make it clickable.

The way live links are specified in Rafflecopter is by specifying the text for the user to see in square brackets [text], followed by the URL to visit when clicked within regular parenthesis (URL). The key thing here is there must NOT be a space between the two:

For instance, if you want to include a link to your Pinterest account, your instructions would be:
Head over and follow us on [Pinterest]( Leave a comment with your Pinterest account name!
That's really all there is to it. If you put a space between the two, the user will see [text] (URL) there. If you mismatch the square brackets / parenthesis, again, you'll see the raw content with no live link. And don't try to do this with the Twitter tweet. That's not how tweets work. You'll always get the raw content there, even if you don't have  space between the ] and (.