Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB)

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:
    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:
  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.

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. January 24, 2011 at 12:26 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Good to hear more about how this works 🙂

  2. January 24, 2011 at 5:08 am — Reply

    I had some problems before how to post properly but now I know why? hahah
    Thanks for sharing love,
    Lee x

  3. FRESH OUT: How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode

  4. January 24, 2011 at 9:01 am — Reply


    This is what I’ve need for a while. It had been explained to me in the past but this post basically answered all my questions and the visual aids were a really nice touch. Many thanks for doing this V! 🙂

    • January 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm — Reply

      No worries! Thanks for asking!

  5. January 24, 2011 at 9:23 am — Reply

    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.

  6. January 24, 2011 at 10:32 am — Reply

    I’ll also add this old, but useful post (it was from the previous crop of editors, myself included): 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.

    • January 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm — Reply

      Thanks for adding that, Ashe!

  7. January 24, 2011 at 10:36 am — Reply

    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

    • January 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm — Reply

      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:

      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.

      • January 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm — Reply

        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

  8. January 24, 2011 at 10:41 am — Reply

    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.

  9. January 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    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

    • January 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm — Reply

      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.

  10. January 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    What a great post! I get a lot of these questions too and usually answer via email as you do, but from now on I am sending them straight to you! The screencaps will be invaluable for anyone who has never done it before, and hopefully will illustrate how easy the process truly is!

  11. January 24, 2011 at 1:11 pm — Reply

    You are such a sweetheart for sharing this. I know it took me a while to understand it when i first tried submitting a link (now I have the hang of it).

  12. January 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    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.

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm — Reply

      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!

  13. January 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode

  14. January 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    Brilliant post V it would be especially useful to new IFB members. I found it complicated when I first joined xx

  15. January 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm — Reply

    Seriously that is one of the most helpful posts I’ve ever read-I’m technologically retarded and this was a fantastic help-thanks to you I’ve done my first submission!
    Bea x

  16. January 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm — Reply

    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 🙂

    • January 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm — Reply

      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!

  17. January 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    You might want to add that it’s necessary to join the appropriate discussion group on IFB to post your link of the week. 🙂

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm — Reply

      GREAT catch, Terri! Thank you! I added it.

  18. January 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    LOL, this was highly needed. I get asked how to submit to links a la mode all the time, now i have some place to send people to. thank you!!!

    also, i am like bella and have not been using the code but just copying and pasting the actual post. =P is that bad?
    Kristy Eléna – Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm — Reply

      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!

  19. January 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm — Reply

    First let me say I LOVE the new banner!!!

    I know I had a hard time figuring out how the IFB Links worked! Great break down of the process V!

    • January 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm — Reply

      Thanks, MJ!

  20. January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    thanks so much for this post – i was wondering how to submit! i just submitted my first post – a fun DIY – tassel earrings! check it out if you have a minute!
    fingers crossed that i make the cut!
    xox grace

  21. January 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode

  22. January 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm — Reply

    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

  23. January 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode Everything you need to know, thanks to the lovely V!

    January 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm — Reply
  25. January 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    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!!

  26. January 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm — Reply

    Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour ‘s How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …such a great breakdown!

  27. January 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm — Reply

    RT @thejerseygem: Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour ‘s How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …such a great breakdown!

  28. January 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: FRESH OUT: How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode

  29. January 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm — Reply

    RT @gritandglamour: How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode Everything you need to know, thanks to the lovely V!

  30. January 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    Oh V, thank you for this.

  31. January 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm — Reply

    Everything you wanted to know & were afraid to ask: RT @gritandglamour: How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode

  32. January 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm — Reply

    You are the best with this stuff! Thank goodness for G&G – otherwise we’d be all clueless running around like chickens with our heads cut off!

    Another great post! Thanks, V <3


  33. January 25, 2011 at 12:04 am — Reply

    RT @thejerseygem: Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour ‘s How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …such a great breakdown!

  34. January 25, 2011 at 1:04 am — Reply

    Hey V,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog with your kind words, I appreciate it very much.
    I am glad you did a post on this because I was kinda a little unsure on how to submit a post to Links A la Mode even after reading the directions on IFB. Reading this posts makes the whole process so much easier.


  35. January 25, 2011 at 1:30 am — Reply

    Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour 's How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …such a great breakdown!

  36. January 25, 2011 at 1:31 am — Reply

    RT @thejerseygem: Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour 's How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …suc …

  37. January 25, 2011 at 5:04 am — Reply

    RT @thejerseygem: Baffled by IFB? Check out @gritandglamour 's How to Submit a Post to @_IFB Links à la Mode …suc …

  38. January 25, 2011 at 9:00 am — Reply


    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!!

  39. January 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    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!

  40. January 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    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.

  41. January 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    Fantastic advice that I’ve benefited from myself!

    • January 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm — Reply

      Ha! And thanks for sending it back to me, Kristin!

  42. January 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm — Reply

    Hey V. I have been trying to update my blogroll…since a post you did some time ago about how you need one.

    Do you have a button?

  43. Levtor
    January 26, 2011 at 11:29 am — Reply

    I’m proud of you wifey!!!!!!!!

    • January 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm — Reply

      Thank you babe!

  44. January 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    Wow, I thought you had to pst the entire links a la mode when you ENTERED your post for review! haha, I guess Ijust did that for nothing 😛 oh well 🙂 thanks for this!

    • January 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm — Reply

      Ha! Hey, that’s good karma for you!

  45. January 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    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!

    • January 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm — Reply

      Tori, that is exactly what we all should do!

  46. January 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm — Reply

    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

    • January 28, 2011 at 11:15 am — Reply

      Fabulous, Gemma! Thank you. hope you will.

  47. January 27, 2011 at 12:48 am — Reply

    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 =)

    • January 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm — Reply

      Thank you Laura!

  48. January 27, 2011 at 12:50 am — Reply

    I just commented on the wrong post!! oops…

    • January 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm — Reply

      No worries. Hubby did the very same thing!

  49. January 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm — Reply

    i wish you had posted this like a year ago when i was trying to figure it out. i had to learn the hard way.

    • January 28, 2011 at 11:15 am — Reply

      Ouch! Sorry Cate. I learned the hard way too, if it’s any consolation. Thanks for your comment!

  50. January 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm — Reply

    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.

    • January 28, 2011 at 11:17 am — Reply

      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!

  51. January 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm — Reply

    Can you explain to me what the code is for?

    • January 30, 2011 at 11:36 am — Reply

      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.

  52. February 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    Submitting my first post to @_IFB and using @gritandglamour's handy guide to do it!

  53. February 4, 2011 at 2:44 am — Reply

    Thanks so much for this V now I just have to write a post worth submitting : )


    • February 4, 2011 at 10:26 am — Reply

      Fabulous, darling! Go for it!

  54. February 9, 2011 at 7:59 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing! That’s really helpful… =))

    • February 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm — Reply

      So glad! And thank YOU for commenting!

  55. February 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm — Reply

    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!

    • February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm — Reply

      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.

  56. March 2, 2011 at 9:35 am — Reply

    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!

    • March 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm — Reply

      Fantastic, Aqui! Glad this was helpful, and welcome to IFB! Such a great resource.

  57. March 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    Got questions yesterday about how @_IFB Links à la Mode works. Read: How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode

  58. April 3, 2011 at 6:04 am — Reply

    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.

    • April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am — Reply

      Fabulous, Madeline! Always nice to hear that a post helped a fellow blogger!

  59. April 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    It's @_IFB Links a la Mode deadline day. I've had questions about how to submit. It's all right here:

  60. April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Thank you!!!!! RT @gritandglamour It's @_IFB Links a la Mode deadline day. I've had questions about how to submit.

  61. May 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm — Reply

    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,

    • May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am — Reply

      Yay for help! We all love a helping hand. Glad this post helped! Thanks for your comment.

  62. June 13, 2011 at 7:46 am — Reply

    Thank you so much for this, it really helped a lot! I’ve read this post before, but I didn’t understand it all until I actually tried submitting a post myself 🙂

    • June 13, 2011 at 7:48 am — Reply

      Super! So now I hope we’ll see more submissions from you on IFB!

      • June 13, 2011 at 8:14 am — Reply

        Now that I know how to do it, I’m sure I’ll be submitting posts all the time ^^,

  63. June 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm — Reply

    @ambuji @AnikaByAnika I think you should start w/ bag or bandage!! Here is great how to from @gritandglamour

  64. July 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    @gritandglamour TX FOR THIS! How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode

  65. April 18, 2012 at 2:16 am — Reply

    How to Submit a Post to IFB Links à la Mode via @gritandglamour

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