How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode

You all know how I adore Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB)…it is the resource for all things related to fashion blogging, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a contributor. Long before that I was simply a member, and I found it to be the most useful new discovery in all my years of blogging. Really, I still think it is all that and a side of fries.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with IFB and have seen IFB Links à la Mode Weekly Roundup posts here on G&G and other blogs. Many of you have received a suggestion from me to submit your posts to the Roundup. That said, one thing I’ve been asked repeatedly is how to submit a post to Links à la Mode (LALM). The latest person to ask via comment on my last LALM post is Arash; until now, I had answered this question via email. I think it’s time to share it for those who might still wonder how it all works.

How Links à la Mode Works

It’s simple:

  • You submit your post as a comment by midnight Eastern time on Tuesday.
  • An IFB editor reviews the submissions and makes selections.
  • The IFB Links à la Mode Weekly Roundup is published on IFB on Thursday.
  • Bloggers included in the Roundup have until Monday of the next week to post the IFB Links à la Mode Weekly Roundup on their site.
  • Bloggers included in LALM will not be contacted or notified of inclusion. If you submitted a post, you just have to wait for the post on Thursday. But the best way to find out is to follow @_IFB on Twitter. As soon as the Roundup is published, a tweet is sent out.

You may wonder, why do I have to publish the list on my site? That’s simple too: proliferation of content. Including the list on your site means the entire list has more eyes—and clicks—on it. It makes the list viral, so-to-speak, so you and other bloggers have the chance to be exposed to audiences beyond your immediate blog circle. It’s a brilliant idea, and a win-win for all involved.

How to Submit a Post to Links à la Mode

  1. After you log into IFB, go to the LALM page: http://heartifb.com/members/pg/groups/34/links-la-mode/.
    If you haven’t already joined the group, you will need to in order to submit a post.
    Links a la Mode page screen shot
  2. Under Latest Discussion, click the first link for next week’s submissions. In the screen above, that would be Links à la Mode: January 27th: Official.
  3. Review the rules at the top of the page—this is the most important part:
    “Post the link of your best POST of the week by Midnight New York time TUESDAY. Please include a SHORT one sentence description / soundbite.”
    Links a la Mode submission page
  4. Scroll down and add your link and details in the Post a comment box. Proofread your entry, then click Post.
    Links a la Mode commennt form

You made Links à la Mode. Now what?

Congratulations! If you’re chosen…

  1. After you log into IFB, go to the LALM page: http://heartifb.com/members/pg/groups/34/links-la-mode/.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Group Pages module on the right. Click Links à la Mode: Code.
    Links a la mode code
  3. On the Links à la Mode: Code page, follow the instructions to grab the code.
    copying links a la mode code
  4. Go back to your blog and create a new post. Switch to the source code or HTML editor view and paste the code into the body of your post. This is what it looks like for me in WordPress:
    html code view
  5. Schedule or publish the post with “Links à la Mode” in the title of the post before Monday of the following week.
    Then go check out the posts of other bloggers included with you and leave a comment!

WordPress tip: Is the LALM image too wide for your blog? It’s easy to adjust it. In your post editor, click on the image, click the Edit Image button, and reduce the size of the image using the preset percentages available. Reducing by percent ensures the image does not appear skewed, and the quality remains high.

Comments

  1. says

    I understand the positive consequences of posting the LALM list on your blog and making them viral, but in my opinion there’s one downside to it: at least 20 bloggers post the same content at roughly the same time.

    Imagine readers discovering blogs (via the LALM list or not): chances are that sooner or later they’re going to land on the main page of your blog and see the LALM list they’ve already seen at least once elsewhere. Will they be motivated to scroll down and check out the rest of your blog? Attention spans are so short today.
    Eva’s latest post: Ode to Hermès Kelly CalècheMy Profile

  2. says

    I’ll also add this old, but useful post (it was from the previous crop of editors, myself included): http://heartifb.com/2009/10/23/good-copbad-cop-participating-in-links-a-la-mode/ It basically described what we were looking for in submissions– I know some of these probably have changed with the new editors, but the tips overall are really good and useful regardless of what each editor is looking for!

    Eva, I see and understand your point! From what I’ve seen, there tends to be enough staggering of the when they get posted (I see people do it from Thursday to the following Monday), that it doesn’t seem to be a problem. And hell, I’ve been posting and active in LaLM since it began. I’ve never left a site because LaLM is the most recent post.

  3. says

    Thank you so much for laying out this process in such a simple and straightforward manner!

    sadly i’ve never been able to complete my IFB registration (after i never heard from them re:1st reg, i contacted them several times with no reply), so their wonderful fashion blogger resources remain out of my reach. i look forward to the links of the week every Friday, and would especially love to be able to easily find other SF Bay style bloggers. IFB truly has developed an amazing resource base for all style bloggers! steph

    • says

      Tiny, you really should reach out to Jennine about your registration. She is swamped, but I know she would never want people to be denied access because of a tech issue. Maybe try again after the IFB Evolving Influence conference? Use this form: http://heartifb.com/members/mod/form/form.php?id=280960

      I know she is swamped right now trying to get the conference organized. If you don’t hear back from anyone next time you try, let me know and I’ll chase it up for you.

      • says

        THANK YOU V! i e-mailed Jennine a couple of weeks ago, i’ll try again. my guess (from working client accounts in the point of service computer program industry) is that my e-mail got entered incorrectly somewhere or something eenery like that. it wouldn’t be so frustrating if they weren’t such a great organization with so many resources for members!

        thank you again V! i so appreciate the offer of further help, as well – it’s not like you’re twiddlin’ yer thumbz with nothin’ to do – fingers crossed there’s no need. take care, steph
        tiny junco’s latest post: The Genius of Issey MiyakeMy Profile

  4. says

    I am so glad you are on the go again.
    You are beyond fantastic.
    At the begining it took me ages to find out how things were done on IFB; and here you are easing other bloggers way.
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Vani, you are a true angel.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  5. says

    I had NO idea about the code! I’ve just been copying and pasting the IFB ariticle on the LALM. Have I been faux-pasing this whole time? What happens if we don’t use the code? Does the code help the seo, or something? Yikes!

    Thank you for posting this. I know it feels a bit confusing over there, as the directions aren’t as clear as they could be,but I’m sure this post will make the list, and everyone will know how to do it. And that should keep the editors very very busy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    Thanks for another great post!
    the Citizen Rosebud
    Bella Q’s latest post: Sacramento Seen- Last Saturdays Verge Success PartyMy Profile

    • says

      No worries, Bella. I don’t think posting the other way is wrong, but using the code ensures a consistent, clean layout.

      I took the liberty of creating this post because I’m actually a trained tech writer, so I understand what it takes to craft effective instructional copy. Jennine is one person, who, I imagine, never expected her site to grow so much so fast! She may revamp the instructions in the future, I don’t know. I know that right now she is insanely busy with the conference. If she wants this copy in future, on the site, I will absolutely give her permission to use it.

  6. says

    When changing width of the LALM image, you should also delete the height so you don’t get a distorted image. In WordPress, I usually click on the image in the Visual editor, click on the Edit icon, go to Advanced, edit the width and delete the height pixels. It’s a bit easier than picking through the code.
    Amy @ Pintucked’s latest post: Beginning A New PathMy Profile

    • says

      Amy…thank you for your comment! You are right! I don’t what I was thinking; I actually edit the image using the instructions that now appear above. But that’s why I love about having open comments on a post…people like you help perfect the process!

  7. says

    To be completely honest, I think this method is extremely ineffective and I have been wondering why this is how it’s done.. can you explain that as well?

    A normal “ping” function where you just send a link via a form that ends up directly in an email seems much more efficient to me, but I may be wrong! This could also simplify notification of the posts that are selected…

    But there may be a very good reason as to why it’s done like this, one I can think of straight away is that everyone can see all the links no matter which ones are “picked”, but a list of that can also come out of a “ping” function. I don’t know, I guess I would think you would have more submissions if it were easier to do? Especially for new members :)

    • says

      Girl, I will say– I edited for a year and half. The new editors usually have between 50-75 posts to read through to narrow it down to 20. If it got too much larger, it’d just become unmanageable!

    • says

      Kristy, as I wrote to Bella, copying and pasting the page in standard view is not bad, but using the code ensures consistent and clean formatting.

      Thanks for sharing this, if you do!

  8. says

    Hi darling! I was just going to DM you to hear how you are, and then I realized that you had posted! My heart jumped out and I surfed right on over :). This is a great post, I am sure it will be very helpful for lots of bloggers. The IFB really is amazing, trailblazing the bloggerworld and bringing us all toghether. You know, I adore that community is such an ever growing focus all over the web. You add to that so beautifully Vahni.

    I have decided to make a twitter-list today with you and other lovlies, your tweets seem to get lost in all of the chatter, and we can`t have none of that :D.

    Sending big hug to you and say hi to your lovely Aussie :)

    xx Anika
    http://byAnika
    Anika’s latest post: Coming into focus in loud stripes and floralsMy Profile

  9. says

    I am awwwwful, and i mean completely SHOCKING, at social networking. I mean, it took me long enough to get onto twitter!! I am also incredibly retarded with using IFB. I don’t know what it is, but there needs to be a dummies guide to IFB with my face on the cover haha. It’s quite shocking because I’m usually a whiz when it comes to technological things! Ah well, I have got with it tonight and sent my link in for this week :) Thank you V for posting this! Very much appreciated!!
    xoxo
    Meg
    Meg’s latest post: Friend Friday- Beckerman BabesMy Profile

  10. says

    Vahni!

    Thank for the the step by step process. This is extremely helpful and more importantly now I know how to submit posts!
    You are the best!!
    Xx!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna.blogspot.com

  11. says

    I can tell you are a tech writer because those directions were beautifully straightforward and easy to follow. I figured out all this business about 1 day before you posted this but I’m glad to read your instructions because it solidifies what it took me a long time to figure out on my own. Thanks for sharing this. Your writing skills are top-notch!

  12. says

    Thank you all for your comments and feedback, and for sharing this post. I know the LALM process took me a while to figure out, so I’m glad to know this is helping others. That’s the point! Let me know if you discover that I missed anything.

    Ashe also left an important link in her comment above…if you want to know what editors are looking for in LALM submissions, be sure to read Good Cop/Bad Cop: Participating in Links á la Mode.

  13. says

    What a great idea for a post. I love IFB!

    I think a great follow up would be what to do after you you’ve been selected and do your post. I like to go to all the other selected postings and comment and follow them all on twitter. Then tweet, tweet, tweet!

  14. says

    Great stuff! If I read a post that is amazing I suggest that the author submit it for links a la mode, I can send them directly to this now rather then explaining it all myself
    x

  15. says

    Congratulations on Being involved(being the moderator!!) with IFB conference I know you’ll do very well. =) I totally love your new BCBG scores you definitely nailed it and look so edgy feminine! I love your look =)

  16. says

    Thanks for sharing! I know it was a little confusing in the beginning, but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I love posting a link and reading what other people have submitted as well. Definitely love following IFB on twitter too, I always look forward to seeing the new LALM.
    Jaclyn’s latest post: Slightly obsessed withMy Profile

    • says

      No problem, Jaclyn. I also get excited when I see the tweet for the week’s LALM. So many great blogs to explore.

      Thanks for your comment!

    • says

      The code is for posting the list on your blog, if you made the list. Or if you just want to. Re-read How Links à la Mode Works above.

  17. says

    Firstly a belated thank you for posting this. I wish the fine folks at IFB would re-write their instructions. Ya know, as it is absolutely muddy and unclear as to what to do.
    Codes? Never understood, because it’s not explained. Until now.
    And yet, it didn’t work on my blogger. So copy and paste for me.
    well, I tried, G&G!
    Bella Q’s latest post: eBabeMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks, Bella! I don’t understand why the code didn’t work for you. Did you copy and paste it into HTML view in your editor? It should work when you do that.

  18. says

    I recently joined IFB and I’ve posted to LALM once before and I have to say that this is the clearest instructional for the process I’ve have read yet. It can be very confusing! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Aquí’s latest post: sweet limeMy Profile

  19. says

    Thank you so much for this, I’m a beginner blogger and I was absolutely lost on IFB.
    Do you think IFB would consider linking your post to their LALM site? I found out about it by asking lovely Courtney from Those Graces, who submitted a link before, to give me some pointers. If this post could be reached directly from the site, I’m sure more bloggers would contribute their best.

  20. says

    Wow!
    Finally. Thanks for helping. I honestly think that IFB could be a great resource for me if I only UNDERSTOOD how to use it!? I’m not tech-unsavy, either, hehehe. I’m glad that i’m echoing other bloggers sentiments.
    Thanks again,
    TFE

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