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Thinglink empowers bloggers to create more engaging posts by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over the images, they can explore links with additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls.

Use ThingLink to
- Delight readers with engaging visual stories
- Increase the time spent on your posts
- Drive revenue with sponsored rich media posts
- Monitor image and video engagement as your content spreads across the web

Using ThingLink in the blogs hosted at wordpress.com#

ThingLink is a service specifically supported by wordpress.com, so you don't really need to do anything except copy-pasting a ThingLink image address to the blogpost.

1. Copy a link to the interactive image or video from its sharing popup

2. Paste this link to where you want the image be in your blog post

3. That's it, you can see the interactive image or video in your blog post

Adding the ThingLink Plugin to standalone WordPress-based blog#

Installing the ThingLink Plugin is necessary if you want to create ThingLinked images right from your blog. This plugin will allow you to tag images already on your blog, straight from the WordPress website.

1. Log in to WordPress admin (usually yourblog.com/wp-admin)

2. Select Add New under Plugins in the left panel of your admin


3. Search for “Official Thinglink Plugin” and install it. After enabling the plugin, select Thinglink from Plugins menu and make sure your Thinglink ID is filled in. If it is not, copy and paste your ID manually from My Account page


4. Click Save (even if the ID was already there)


5. Go to your blog, hover over any image and start tagging your images by clicking the Edit tags icon. Make sure you are logged into Thinglink in order to tag images. When publishing new posts, you can also tag your images in the WordPress Preview mode. Tagging from inside the WordPress editor is not possible.


Embedding Your ThingLink Image#

To embed an interactive ThingLink image or video to your post, simply copy the image or video URL from the ThingLink website:


Then, click on the ‘Add Media’ button in the Visual editor:

In the new window, select ‘Insert from URL’, and paste the ThingLink URL into the link field. You can preview your content directly from this window:

Then, click on the 'Insert into Post' button to add media into your blog post. In the Visual editor ThingLink media will appear as a shortcode.

If you click ‘Preview’ or ‘Publish’ this post, ThingLink media will appear as shown below:

That's all you have to do! Your ThingLink image is live and interactive on your WordPress blog.


Troubleshooting#

My tags open partly outside images and get cut by site layout#

You can force tags to open inside of your images, however in WordPress it is a bit more tricky:

1. Go to your WordPress admin page (usually yourblog.com/wp-admin)

2. Select Plugins and find “Thinglink Official Plugin” from the list of installed plugins

3. Click Edit next to it

4. You should see the contents of thinglink/rjw-thinglink.php. Find the following lines of code

__tlid = '{$thinglink_id}';
setTimeout(function ...

5. After __tlid = '{$thinglink_id}'; add the following line:

__tlconfig = {vOverflow: false, hOverflow: false};
To allow tag bubbles to open on the sides of the image, set hOverflow:true , and to allow them to open above the image, set vOverflow:true .

6. Click Update File. Now you should have your tags opening inside the images!