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Alert: Linky Tools (aka MckLinky) is now Paid! – Other Free Linky Alternatives

Many mom bloggers use Linky Tools, aka MckLinky, for our blog directories and blog hops. (I currently use it for my Mom Blog Directory.) Up until now, the Linky Tools service has been free. This is NO LONGER the case. Linky Tools is now a paid subscription.

I just checked my inbox, and I was shocked to find an email from the Linky Tools owner and creator, Brent Riggs, stating that my account will be deactivated on February 7th (Monday) if I do not sign up for a Paid Subscription.

The Linky Tools service has more than 16,000 users, and Mr. Riggs claims that he can no longer pay for all the expenses out of his own pocket. Ads and donations are not working, so he must go to a subscription service. He is asking for current users to pay a yearly fee of $24 (which is roughly $2/month). Unfortunately, we have to pay this yearly fee up front.

While $24 a year does not sound that expensive, and it’s affordable to some . . . but I am currently not making that much off my blog. (I just started in October). So this is an expense that I must devote in other areas of my blogging life.

Plus, the internet is FULL of free services, so I am in search of Linky Tool alternatives that are free.

(I am also very skeptical of Mr. Riggs’ claims that he can’t afford to keep up the service. If there are over 1.6 million entries on thousands of linky lists out there, so why not use Google Adsense, or another advertising program to pay for the service? He does have ads, and I sometimes get $1/click on Adsense. If I had the volume of traffic that Linky Tools has, I would be rolling in the dough. So I am not sure if I believe his honesty. But that’s me.)

Why I Loved Linky Tools

I loved Linky Tools while it lasted. I used the Thumbnail Linky – which was a collection of blog button thumbnails that linked to the individual’s blog. I loved how it looked. The ease of using the Linky Tools was also a plus in my book. The Linky Tools website was easy to navigate, and the list was easy to manage.

Anyone who signs up for Linky Tools has a 30 day free trial, but I’ve used the service for two months now. I have no option but either pay or find another service.

I may come back to Linky Tools one day, when I am making more money from my blog, but until then, I must search for free Linky Tools alternatives.

Linky Tools Alternatives: Step by Step Tutorial on Free Linky Services

So far in my research, I have found three alternatives to Linky Tools. They are Mister Linky’s Magical Widget, InLinkz, and Simply Linked.

Mister Linky’s Magical Widget

Mister Linky’s Magical Widget offers both free and paid subscriptions for its users. In order to use the free linky service, you have to register. The process is pretty straight forward, however their website was unprofessional-looking and I got confused on how to set it up. I’ve decided to show you step-by-step on how to work this service.

Here’s a screenshot of the registration form:

After you fill in the form, you will receive an email confirming your subscription. Click on the link, you’ll be taken to the Mister Linky’s Magical Widget website. You will have to sign in with your chosen user id and password.

You will be taken to a page that gives you a variety of options. It looks like this:

First, you have to choose your blogging platform – Bravenet, Movable Type, WordPress.com, Blogger, SquareSpace, HTML only, Blog-City, TypePad, TextPattern, HomeschoolBlogger, LiveJournal, or WordPress (self-hosted).

Next, you choose the widget that you want. You can choose between Image-Linkies, Original Auto-Linkies, Easy-Linkies, Popup Comments, or Super-Linkies. (There is a preview for each option, so you know what you are getting.) Some of the options are free; others are paid.

(The paid subscriptions are pretty fair. A Silver membership is only $5/year; a Gold Membership is $10/year; and the Platinum is $20/year.)

Third, unless you pay for a subscription, don’t select a meme. Click “Generate Code.” You insert the code wherever you want the linky list to appear.

The downside of Mister Linky’s Magical Widget is that it’s just a compilation of links, no thumbnails.


InLinkz is similar to Mister Linky’s Magical Widget. This linky tools alternative offers a free subscription for unlimited text linky lists and ONE thumbnail linky collection. But if you want to use multiple thumbnail collections, it requires a paid subscription.

Here is what their collections look like:

Obviously, for Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies, I only need one thumbnail collection – for my Mom Blog Directory. However, if you host multiple blog hops, and you want a thumbnail linky, you will either need to pay for InLinkz, or you have to choose Linky Tools. As far as I know, there are no other options that are free for Thumbnail Linkys.

But what I like about their paid membership and why I prefer them over Linky Tools is that they offer a variety of payment plans. (Linky Tools makes you pay the yearly fee. No other payment plans are offered.) At InLinks, you can pay for one month at $1.99, 6 months for $10.99, or 12 months for $19.99. The price is cheaper than at Linky Tools, and I love that you can pay for it as you go.

Signing up is easy. The InLinkz Website is more professional-looking than Mister Linky’s. Here’s what the registration page looks like:

Once you register, you just sign in with your email and password. To create an InLinkz list, you have to create a collection. It’s fairly straight forward, and here’s what it looks like:

For my personal blog, I will be going with InLinkz as my Linky Tools alternative. I like the overall design and look of their linky tools. (Here’s what it will look like on my Mom Blog Directory. I am having to manually enter all the links from my blog directory. I can’t figure out another way to do it right now).

Simply Linked

Simply Linked is another free linky service that you may want to look into. This linky service only gives you the option of text linky lists, but it’s fairly easy to use. Plus, the service is absolutely free. The website is also elegantly designed.

Signing up is simple, and so is creating a new list.

You will get a code to insert into your blog. The free linky list from Simply Linked will look something like this:

Which Will You Choose?

For my purposes, I will go with InLinkz. I like that they offer one free thumbnail linky list, and that’s all I need for right now.

In the future, when I decide to host a blog hop, I will probably use Simply Linked or InLinkz to host it. Thumbnails are nice, but I don’t like paying for anything extra that I don’t need. I could use that $20 extra dollars to buy groceries, or pay for gas. As long as these services continue to be free for text linky lists, I will just go with them.

What about you? Will you stay with Linky Tools, or will you go with one of these other free linky services?

I hope that you found this blog post helpful. Please ReTweet, StumbleUpon, Share on Digg and Reddit, or Email to friends to help pass on the word!

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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    Thank you for the insightful article. I am still not sure what I will do. Although inlinkz has the free option, their paid option is necessary for most basic functions. Linky tools sounds like good value for the money.

    Adsense can be very spotty in terms of income. I had one site that was making $30/month within a month of my starting it although the traffic was low, and then I have a higher traffic site that makes less than a cup of coffee from adsense each month. So, you never know.

    I am excited to see whether a link up can increase my blog’s traffic!

    Thanks again for the alternatives!

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    just an update for you.. inlinkz is now a subscribed monthly payment only to use thumbnail links.

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    BUMMER! Just went to register at inlinkz, and my email confirmation said it’s “currently free while it goes through it’s beta phase, through February 2012” … (it’s 2/21/12 today) … guess I won’t bother getting started.

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      Thanks for letting me know.

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    Thanks so much for the great information!

  • ArtisticWill Studios July 31, 2011, 11:38 pm

    Thank you very much for the great article on Linky alternatives.Love your comparison on different linky sites. I had “LinkyTools” on my blog as well, receiving the message that they were charging $24 a year. First, I though I wasn’t a bad price, but I wasn’t making money on my blog. On my blog, I mostly showcase talented artists and crafter to give them exposure, plus offer helpful business tips and sites. The more I thought about it, (I agree with you) I didn’t have the luxuries on wasting necessary funds on linky site. I will try InLinks, sound like a much better deal with payment plans. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kathleen Androlewicz July 24, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Thank you for this insiteful article. I was planning on using the Mr. Linky and $24 a year is way to much if I only use it a couple of times a year. If I was using it several times a month and my blog was a blog to make money, I might find it beneficial. By my blog is basically a place to showcase my meager attempts at artwork with stamping and scrapbooking. It’s recreational and therapeutic so if I think, for now, I will go with a freeby. Thanks again for this great article!

  • Bettina July 24, 2011, 2:05 am

    Hi there! Just wanted to thank you for this information, it was incredibly helpful, because I was googling for an hour or so for a good sustitute of Mr. Linky. I’m going with inlinkz for now.

  • Elle July 21, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I am going to try Inlinkz for now. I’m just going to try to do a blog hop. A mid length one. So I would only need one collection…for now. Thank you very much for this post. I had no idea that linky tools had gone to a subscription till today. This post showed me several alternatives. Exactly what I needed! I am now a GFC follower.

  • Jean - Culinary Topics July 14, 2011, 8:34 am

    I’m thinking to use LinkyTools.com too, but for my new cooking blog, US$24 per year is not affordable at this moment. 🙂
    I will try to visit those 3 link tools you suggested.
    Thanks you.

  • krishenka July 12, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Great article and I too have just finished my 30 day free trial but never really managed to much with it, did ceate one linky and had 19 links on, not really sure if i want to pay for something I don’t really know yet how to use or if it will be of any use to me. I completly failed at addding add sense and now have got into such a mess with it I have given up. I don’t make any money from my blog and that was never really my intention but every little helps as they say. I need serious lessons on that side. Back to your post I agre with all you say and thank you for posting I even got as far as my paypal account and as it said yearly and I could see no cancel option I opted out and then I found your review. So for now I may just check out your other suggestions. Many thanks for your post.

  • Sara June 26, 2011, 8:06 pm

    This was helpful. Thanks!

  • Jen-Eighty MPH Mom June 25, 2011, 2:40 pm

    I have been using Linky Tools for awhile now and love it. To me, it’s worth the membership and you can have several linkies on one post. Prior to this I used Mr. Linky, but I really don’t care for it anymore.

    InLinkz is another of my favorites – it is easy to use, and clean looking.

    The one I do not care for is Simply Linked. When I am trying to link up my giveaways on blogs that have it, I just X out. You can’t go over so many characters and I have to chop up my giveaway descriptions so much, it is too time consuming. I really dislike this one…

    Thanks for your post!

  • Francisca June 24, 2011, 9:30 am

    Hi I have been looking for what linky tool to use for my blog. I am running the Blogorama Bonanza Event and needed a linky to post blog links. Thank you for the information:)

  • Jenny June 16, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I like Simply Linked 😀 It’s clean and very customizable so it doesn’t look like shit with my layout 😛

  • Lisa June 4, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Liked your post. I was VERY disappointed also to see he is charging for his linky. I’m like you in finding that he is not making enough money through ads and donations to help his cost with that MANY users.

    Thank you for the other links though for I WILL BE looking into a new linky.

  • Candace creations June 2, 2011, 12:17 am

    Thanks! I too missed the notice about Brent Riggs services! I was disappointed as my blog is a hobby I don’t make money on it to be spending on it!

  • cielo May 26, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Thank you for this very informative post… I’ve been searching the web for months looking for something like this… I have a weekly meme going on in my blog and I’ve been using InLinkz only text because I just simply refuse to spend my money on such things. But I’m truly missing seeing all the thumbnails on my blog. Every site you’ve mentioned on this post are now charging to use their thumbnail linky…. any free program out there that you know of???


    • DP May 26, 2011, 12:01 pm

      I’m sorry. No one is doing free thumbnail linkys. They only have free text linkys.
      InLinkz gives you ONE free thumnail linky, but that’s it. It really sucks 🙁

  • Thank you so much! I had too much going on to pay attention to the Linky Tools emails about becoming a paid subscription, and my weekly meme was on hiatus for a while. I’m going to go with Simply Linked now, since I don’t need anything too fancy. 🙂

  • Lu May 23, 2011, 9:40 am

    Thank you for this post! very informative, helped me get the right widget for my blog at the moment 🙂

  • Janice May 9, 2011, 7:45 pm

    Thanks for the info. I’ve been looking for an alternative to McLinky because it’s no longer free. This post had exactly what I was looking for! I am now a follower and look forward to more of your useful posts in the future. =D

  • Lindsey May 5, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Thanks for saving me $24!

  • Denise April 29, 2011, 8:47 am
  • Arlee Bird April 24, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Thanks for this helpful information. I’m going to be needing a list very soon and want to investigate my best options.

    Now following because of the blogging information you offer.

    Tossing It Out

  • Nina c. April 17, 2011, 11:01 am

    Thank you so much for this article! I am trying out linky right now but do not want to have to pay for it later. These free alternatives sound great and I will be more than happy to use them to do blog hops in the future as i love these so much!

  • MamaGee April 15, 2011, 5:39 pm

    very very helpful! thanks SO much 🙂

  • Kelly April 14, 2011, 11:11 am

    I tried simply-linked this week. It was working fine then 6 days later it just disappeared and it won’t let me add it again. There is no contact information on the site. Not sure why but I will try it again this week. Hope I have better luck because it is simple and free.

    • DP Nguyen April 14, 2011, 11:25 am

      I’m sorry to hear about Simply Linked. I’ve never tried it. I use InLinkz, and it has always worked for me. I do like the look of Simply Linked, though. Hope it works out for you soon!

  • Momceo4 April 11, 2011, 4:08 pm

    than k you for posting this email very informative to all. i recently also got the same email from linkytools mr riggs. i completely agree with you 100% word for word. go girl!
    and i too think i use inlinks and simply linked for my furture blog hops and linked list. thanks again
    folllowing on gfc follow back http://www.lifeasamomnwife.blogspot.com and http://www.mommieceos.blogspot.com pam b.

  • Catnapier April 5, 2011, 3:30 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I tried that Mister Linky and never got my code. I even emailed him to no avail. So I went with Inlinkz. Thank you again.

  • K F April 4, 2011, 3:17 am

    Found your post from Googling “Free linky” and man, am I glad you came up. After a netless hiatus from blogging, I missed the fact that Linky Tools was now for money. Honestly, upon reading his note, I was a little taken aback at his tone. I’ll also point out that I was signed up under both my blogs, and did NOT receive an email for either, contrary to his stern admonishments.

    I can’t thank you enough for this very detailed post! You’re a life saver!

    • DP April 4, 2011, 3:22 am

      You are very welcome. I am so glad I could help!

  • Krislin, Ting (S.Pike) March 21, 2011, 8:50 am

    You have no idea how grateful I am to find the solution from your post.. Yeah, I was caught by surprised that they are charging..

    Anyway, I was planning to start and host a meme.. I fell down upon knowing I have to pay and it isn’t a small sum to me, at least not now.. so I was about to forgo my idea when I saw your article..

    I am thankful for you detailed sharing.. and with that, my new meme is ready to face the world.. 🙂

    If you are interested, do drop by and yes, I am following you..

    Hope my blog does interest you a little so that you will follow too.. 🙂

    Meme is on Tuesday so if drop by and join..

    See you and *HUG*

  • Yourgoldenticketblog March 14, 2011, 8:46 am

    so helpful thanks!
    New follower and I would love to have you come follow me and spread the word to mommy friends about my giveaway blog. Lots of family and kid friendly items!

  • Kimberly March 13, 2011, 4:13 am

    I unfortunately somehow missed the eamil about linkytools not being free. I went to log in today and found myself without a tool to use. It is possible the email went into my junk mail and that is how I missed it. Who knows.
    before linkytools, I used Mister Linky’s Magical Widget. It was okay. I think I will have to go back to that, at least for a quick fix tonight! Thanks for the other options!

    • DP March 13, 2011, 3:18 pm

      I really did enjoy LinkyTools, but I don’t want to pay for something that’s paid unless there are no other options. Good luck finding the right product for you!

  • AlyceB March 8, 2011, 4:21 am

    THANKYOU!!! I am in the process of writing a Motherhood 2.0 series and was wanting to add a Linky to each post so other’s could share too but didn’t really like Mister Linky, and this has just saved my plans!! Had to share on FB and let all my bloggy friends know 🙂

    • DP March 8, 2011, 3:39 pm

      You are so welcome!

  • Marie March 1, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the post. I am currently trying out Linky Tools and didn’t know there were better free services out there.

  • InLinkz February 21, 2011, 10:27 am


    All text collection features (text linkies) are FREE FOR EVER and for anyone. No restrictions whatsoever.

    Here is a partial list of services provided by InLinkz: http://www.inlinkz.com/features.html

    Thanks again for the exposure you have given to InLinkz!

  • Anonymous February 21, 2011, 8:23 am

    THANK YOU!! So helpful!

  • Tamara February 20, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I decided to go with Simply Linked. 🙂 I appreciate your effort.

  • Golden Reflections February 20, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Thanks for putting this together! I have chosen inlinkz for my blog. Again thanks for all you research and hard work on this!!

  • Sara February 18, 2011, 3:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I am thinking about starting a blog hop and I was going to use Linky until I saw “your first 30 days are free.” I am going with Simply Linked.

  • Alex February 15, 2011, 4:55 am

    I subscribed. Brent is SUPER nice and works with any problem or question you have. My blog makes no money, I do it for fun and I don’t have any extra income to be spending BUT since I have used Brent and he is a super person I have no problem paying for it. I do not think I should be using a service he provides for free week after week. He spends a lot of time updating and making linkytools work.

    As for questioning his honestly, I find that kind of rude but you can say what you want. I believe him. He may not want all kinds of ads on the sides of the pages that don’t look pretty. Plus imagine how expensive it is for him with all of the space required for all of the images that are linked up week after week.

    • Pat Aroulis February 21, 2011, 10:15 am

      Ha ha ha !! That’s nice. It is like reading Brent’s texts again and again in various forms spread around the blogs to justify his move. Plus he never said that he removed the ads because they were not pretty. He said that they do not make money (they are not working to be exact). The ads are still there and they STILL say “visit shop to keep linkytools free” Yeah right.

      I never received an email from linkytools. I never got a reply to mails I’ve sent. I even created a trial account, sent email, used contact form and even now, I havent received a reply yet.

      Simply linked seems fine to me now 🙂

    • Pat Aroulis February 21, 2011, 10:15 am

      Ha ha ha !! That’s nice. It is like reading Brent’s texts again and again in various forms spread around the blogs to justify his move. Plus he never said that he removed the ads because they were not pretty. He said that they do not make money (they are not working to be exact). The ads are still there and they STILL say “visit shop to keep linkytools free” Yeah right.

      I never received an email from linkytools. I never got a reply to mails I’ve sent. I even created a trial account, sent email, used contact form and even now, I havent received a reply yet.

      Simply linked seems fine to me now 🙂

  • Foursons February 10, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I just Googled “free linky list for blog” and got your page. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • DP February 10, 2011, 9:07 pm

      You are very welcome. I’m so glad to see that I am coming up on Google search! 🙂

  • Katy F. February 10, 2011, 6:54 pm

    I ended up subscribing at Inlinkz. I like having the thumbnails too much. I have a book blog and I host link-ups for a couple of reading challenges. I like having the cover image to go with the link. 🙂

  • Theresa February 10, 2011, 1:25 am

    Great information! This is really helpful for helping to sort through free linky tools.

    Thank you for following me today! I look forward to spending more time on your blog. So far I am intrigued.

  • Feedingfour February 10, 2011, 3:16 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this!! I was flipping out a little because I host 2 linkys – a blog hop and a recipe linky. I was okay with the blog hop being links only, but a recipe hop with only links? I didn’t know inlikz offered a thumbnail linky for free. I searched for “free thumbnail linky” and came across your blog. Thanks for breaking it down!!

    • Anonymous February 10, 2011, 3:18 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      InLinkz only offers one thumbnail linky for free. All those after that, you have to pay for. But one for free is better than none at all!

  • CK February 9, 2011, 5:26 pm

    I never got the email from Linky Tools either. Thanks for comparing the alternatives. Saved me a lot of time. I’m leaning towards InLinkz for the same reasons.

  • Staceysprague February 8, 2011, 7:45 pm

    New follower! Found you on Bloggy Moms. Look forward to reading your blog!

  • Theresa February 8, 2011, 5:30 pm

    This was an interesting post. Lots of information about the different Linky services you researched. Thank you for the welcome on MBC. I look forward to following your blog.

  • Just Another Hat February 8, 2011, 4:26 pm

    Thanks for this post. I totally forgot about the change and when I looked at my blog yesterday, all of my thumbnails were gone. I am now in search of a new, free linky service. I will probably select from one of the brands you mentioned. I don’t host a blog hop, but I do have a page of giveaway linkys and blog/twitter/facebook hops that I participate in.

  • Billie Monster February 8, 2011, 4:11 am

    Thanks for the very useful info! I’ve never had a use for linky lists before, but I will soon. Cheerios!

    ~ http://www.billiemonster.com ~

  • ANKH February 7, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Thanks for this post! I didn’t get a message either. I thought they were fun, but I don’t make enough from my blog to justify paying that either.

    Also, I don’t really like blog hops. Linky Tools have these “testimonials” about increased traffic to blogs. While that may be true, I would rather one reader that actually reads my posts than 20 hoppers that leave generic comments that in one way or another proves they didn’t actually read any of what I posted.

    I think I’ll probably go with Inlinkz, too. Thanks for the info! 🙂

    • Anonymous February 8, 2011, 1:49 am

      I enjoy blog hopping, and I find that some of the ones who hop by actually read my posts, and I like that if they follow my blog, I become part of their Google Reader blogs, so they can keep up with my posts that way. I get a good chunk of traffic from my RSS feeds, so blog hops work for me.

      Glad I could help! 🙂

  • Cathy Holmes February 7, 2011, 7:50 pm

    I also host a huge linky tool on my blog. (It is a collection of alphabet crafts for all of the 26 letters. So I had 26 linky tools for each letter and probably 12-13 links for each.)

    All of the sudden I notice that all of my links are not working. I am SO bummed. I have searched my email and I have never received any notification about this service going to a paid subscription. I am wondering if I will ever be able to restore my blog back to how it was.

    • Anonymous February 7, 2011, 7:57 pm

      They were AWFUL at informing people. I only received the email when I searched through my Spam folder. Had I not checked my Spam, I would have never known either. Log into your Linky Tools account and see if you can export any of your links and information. So sorry!

  • ATLWLSDIVA February 7, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my page at http://www.atlantawlsdiva.com! I am now following you as well. This is a great article on Linky. Please be sure to stop by on Tuesday for my DIVA-tude and tell the fans what makes you a diva. Also let me know which Linky product you decide upon.


    • Anonymous February 7, 2011, 6:46 pm

      Hi Faith,

      I ended up using InLinkz because they allowed me to have a thumbnail linky for free. Thanks for visiting!

  • Jennifer L February 7, 2011, 1:58 am

    GREAT post! Thank you!

  • Devonay February 6, 2011, 7:00 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I’m following back.

  • Bella Michelle February 6, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Thanks so much for your sweet welcome over at Bloggy Moms! I am your newest follower and hope you will come visit me at http://www.SouthernSomedays.com

    As far as the Mr. Linky…wow, that will mean a lot of changes for a lot of bloggers out there I am sure. Particularly those who truly just blog for fun and love having fun blog linky parties. It will be interesting to see how it changes things. Happy Sunday!

  • Ecboutique05 February 6, 2011, 4:57 pm

    Great info 🙂
    I’m following.


  • Jennifer February 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

    I use LinkWithin. I’ve been very happy with their service (and it’s free)!

    • Anonymous February 6, 2011, 4:30 pm

      LinkedWithin is an awesome service, but it’s for related posts. This is for linky lists, like you see on blog hops. Thanks for visiting, I will check out your blog too!

  • Terry Edwards February 6, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Hi, following from the Super Bowl Blog Hop. I’ve been using simply linked. I like it because it’s simple to use and gets the job done. Nice blog. 🙂

    • Anonymous February 6, 2011, 4:30 pm

      I liked their website. Very elegant and smooth. I may use them in the future for just lists stuff.

    • Heather January 9, 2013, 9:05 pm

      How do you get Simply Linked to show up in your post? I have a self-hosted wordpress blog & it seems I need a javascript plug-in but can’t find one that works on the pages. Help!!!

  • Funsavingmoney February 6, 2011, 1:35 pm

    I have been using Mister Linky’s Magical Widget and have been really happy. The only downside is you can only have one linky up at a time.


    • Anonymous February 6, 2011, 4:31 pm

      Thanks for letting me know!

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